RECIPE DETAILS: EASY GRANOLA

Granola Recipe

On Sunday, I decided to make my dad’s ‘world famous’ granola to have on hand for the week. He has been making and perfecting this recipe since I was in high school. Get ready, because it is kind of addicting. Just like Pringles, once you pop, you can’t stop. ;) I posted a shot of the granola going in the oven on Insta Stories and received a ton of interest for the recipe, so here you go! I should mention, this isn’t your typical über healthy granola made with no grains. It’s the good stuff and totally worth every calorie.



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COOKING DETAILS: HOMEMADE HUMMUS

Homemade Hummus

Well, I’m officially back in the kitchen after a long hiatus. Mostly due to the fact I was in Nantucket all summer, but then again, I don’t really have an excuse for the last two months. I was long overdue for a weekend spent in the kitchen making new recipes and experimenting. One thing you may not know about me is I LOVE to be in the kitchen. Whether I am baking or cooking, I get this warm and fuzzy feeling.

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SUMMER GRILLING

Grilled Watermelon with Queso Fresco

Wednesday officially marked the beginning of summer and the start my favorite season. Maybe it is the fact I grew up in Arizona and still get all the feels when I head to the pool, but I have always loved summer.  There are a few things that really get me into the summer spirit: pool days, watermelon and cook outs. Maybe this is why Fourth of July has always been my favorite holiday.

To kick off the season, we invited a few friends over for a little summer solstice get-together. My favorite thing to do for a casual week night dinner is to cook the entire meal on the grill with a little help from La Vaquita.

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COOKING DETAILS: BREAKFAST TACO RECIPE WITH LA VAQUITA

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I definitely wouldn’t call myself a pro in the kitchen, but there are a few items on my rotating menu that I have been told from time to time are the best they’ve ever had. One of those meals is breakfast tacos. Simple, yet delicious and if you live in Texas, you know tacos are a staple no matter what time of day.

With breakfast tacos being on our menu at least four times a week, I like to switch up my recipe and add fresh ingredients to keep the hubs on his toes.  Honestly, the key to good breakfast tacos is fresh ingredients. Recently, I picked up some La Vaquita Queso Fresco Crumbles at Central Market to add a little mild and smooth texture to the dish. I love that adding authentic Mexican cheese really amplifies the flavors of this simple dish. The fluffy eggs, Queso Fresco crumbles, avocado slices combined with the crunch of the watermelon radish and jalapeño make for the perfect marriage of flavors.  Then I drizzled a little of the Crema Mexicana to offset the heat of the jalapeños and let me tell you, it was perfection.  This recipe has become the most requested dish in our house. The best part, it takes less than 15 minutes to prepare.

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NEW YEARS EVE ENTERTAINING WITH LA VAQUITA

First off, I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday with family and friends. Today is the first day I pulled out my computer in 5 days! I honestly cannot remember the last time I have ever done that. It felt so great to unplug and really enjoy quality time with my family in Arizona.  We are headed back to Dallas today and I am excited to start prepping for a little New Year’s eve get together at our house.

With a little help from La Vaquita, I am sharing my three go-to appetizer recipes that will be a hit at any get-together and how to host a stress-free New Year’s eve party.

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COOKING DETAILS: HEALTHY BANANA MUFFINS

Healthy Banana Muffins

In effort to start baking and cooking more at home, I took this Sunday (while my husband was watching football) to test out a few new go-to recipes for the week.  First up on my list was these easy banana muffins.  They are the perfect quick breakfast when you are on the go in the morning.  Reheat them all week and spread a little almond butter on top for extra protein ;)

Head to the bottom of the post of the full recipe.

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RECIPE DETAILS: TURKEY CHILI

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When the temps dropped under 90 last week, the first thing on my mind was chili. There is nothing that gets me more excited about Fall than cooking.  I definitely go through stages in the kitchen.  Some months I spend all my time searching for new recipes and meal prepping and other months you can find us eating takeout 4 times a week (I am definitely no Martha Stewart).

This past weekend, I flipped my switch and I am ready to get back into the kitchen.  To ease myself into my new routine, I decided to go with a tried and true recipe: turkey chili.  I have been making this meal for the last few years and it is a household favorite, especially on football Sundays.

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LOVE YOU, FRIDAY

Black Ruffled Top

“Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do it Doing what you’re afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that- that is what life is.  You might be really good. You might find something about yourself that’s really special and if you’re not good, who cares? You tried something. Now you know something about yourself.”- Amy Poheler

This week has been filled with lots of highs and lows. It has been a week that taught me something about myself.  A week that made me realize I am stronger than I thought I was last week. Life has a funny way of throwing you curve balls, but I’ve realized embracing them is what make you a better person. I think without the lows, the highs wouldn’t feel as good. This week, the highs were incredible! I met Mark D. Sikes, Reese Witherspoon and spent my days catching up with “my people”. It was seriously one of those weeks where I will look back and think, did this really happen?

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Ruffled Top / AMO Denim in Kate (c/o)/ Clutch (c/o) / Sunglasses / Espadrilles / Choker (c/o)

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TOP 3 BARBECUE SPOTS IN DALLAS

18th and Vine Barbeque

After living in Dallas for the last two and a half years, I decided it was time to start sharing a few of my favorite places in the city I call home.  So, when Draper James asked me to explore my city to create their Dallas City Guide, I could not have been more excited.  First up on their list was the top barbecue spots in town.  Although I am still partial to Kansas City BBQ (oops, don’t tell!), Dallas has been whipping up some of the best barbecue in Texas.  So, after trying endless restaurants on our ever-growing list, I narrowed it down to my top 3.

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COOKING DETAILS: LAST NIGHT’S DINNER

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The first week of every year I feel refreshed and ready to tackle the new year with a fresh outlook.  Last year I said I was going to cook more at home and this year I am determined to make that happen.  My plan: Ease into cooking 4 nights a week at home (because let’s be honest by Friday I am going to need a glass of wine and probably a cheese board-even though I am not supposed to have it).  I recently found a great clean eating guide that helps with portion control while still enjoying a well balanced diet.  Year after year, I say to myself I am cutting carbs and eating only fruits and veggies to cleanse my body. About 2.5 days into my cleanse I cave and order a pizza and it all goes down hill from there. Well today, I  hit 2.5 days and I am still feeling good thanks to my plan to not deprive myself of the foods I love. Instead, I have been enjoying smaller portions once a day.

ROASTED VEGETABLE ROTINI

Yields 4 servings

1/2 box of Whole Wheat Rotini

3 large carrots

1 red pepper

1 yellow pepper

2 broccoli floretes

1 carton of cherry tomatoes

1/2 red onion

Obviously this recipe can be adjusted to using any veggies you love (these are some of our favorites and what I had in the fridge).

Step 1: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Step 2: Roughly chop all veggies so they are approximately the same size and lay flat on a baking sheet.  Take 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and drizzle on veggies.  Add salt and pepper as desired. Place baking sheet in the oven for approximately 15 minutes or until vegetables are lightly browned.

Step 3: Boil pasta until al dente (approx. 12 minutes for whole wheat). Drain pasta and place into a large bowl.

Step 4:  Take veggies out of the oven and toss into pasta bowl.  Add 1/2 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar to taste.  Add a little fresh parmesan cheese to taste.

We added grilled chicken to this recipe for extra protein.

What are some of your cooking goals for this year?  I would love to hear! Also, if you have any great, easy recipes send them my way :)

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