homemade irish cream

October 16, 2012

who doesn’t love irish cream?! i remember being a kid and watching my grandparents use irish cream on the on their ice cream as a dessert. maybe i love irish cream now because i’m no longer being left out of the goodness! irish cream is great in coffees, or even by itself. you can also bottle this recipe in mason jars and make adorable gifts. christmas is coming up! get to making this recipe!!

sweet & spicy oven cooked bacon

October 15, 2012

I am one of the few people I know not crazy about bacon. Don’t get me wrong, I love the stuff if it is cooked correctly, but so often it isn’t. Cooked correctly for me is crispy throughout without being tough…thin, not thick…not any of those slimy parts.

For better or for worse, I discovered a treasure this weekend…a recipe that gets a star on all my bacon needs.I discovered Oven-Baked, Sweet & Spicy Bacon. I am in lust over this stuff and that is after eating only one piece. My pledge to myself is this, “Self…never, EVER make this when you are alone, you know you would eat the whole pound of it by yourself.” After trying this recipe, you will know why I had to make this solemn vow.

perfect mashed potatoes

October 14, 2012

For years, mashed potatoes were a source of frustration for me. It seemed I made them the same each time, and yet they would not always turn out the same – sometimes not even edible. Here is a recipe for making the PERFECT mashed potatoes!

brown sugar chocolate chip cookies (cow chip cookies)

so these are my FAVORITE COOKIES OF ALL TIME. and that’s saying something. my mom owned a cookie company a couple years ago…and i loved all of her cookies. she is the absolute best amateur baker in the world. but these are my childhood favorite. we called them ‘cow chip cookies’ as kids and i thought that was so funny. these are NOT good for you. but once you taste them you wont care. they are so addicting. you’ve been warned. my mom adapted this recipe from martha stewart…so you know its good.

crescent roll asparagus spirals

October 12, 2012

i LOVE this as a side dish. such a great compliment to so many different types of meals. plus you get your bread, and your vegetables, in one dish! i’ve made this a couple times for my boyfriend and each time we like it more. there are lots of ways you can variate it as well. you can add cheese, add prosciutto, add different spices, the possibilities are endless! this is a simple recipe for asparagus wrapped in crescent rolls…and in some of the pictures i have prosciutto added. be creative!

cheesy prosciutto wrapped chicken

October 9, 2012

cheese. chicken. prosciutto. these are a few of my FAVORITE things. and in my still limited repertoire this is one of my favorite things to make. its pretty easy but looks very intricate. i love fooling people into thinking i worked harder than i actually did!!! this was the first meal i made for my brother and sister in law…and they were impressed. it even prompted my brother to exclaim ‘everybody who thinks becky made a good meal raise your hand!’. this is a time-honored family tradition that all the of fabulous cooks of previous generations enjoyed…but i had never heard it about myself. very proud moment! :)

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