Winter Sangria

Merry Christmas! I decided to make a sangria for the first time ever and it came out pretty good, so I wanted to share with you all. The kiddo is passed out with chocolate on his face from all the festivities today, so I figured I had a few minutes to share this recipe.

Ingredients-

  • 1 bottle of pinot grigio (I used barefoot)
  • 2 cups of white grape juice
  • 1 can of sprite
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • heaping of dried cranberries
  • few stems of rosemary and extra for garnish
  • container of raspberries

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Just throw in all the ingredients and stir and serve! I put the grape juice last so I can just fill up my pitcher with it, so not exactly 2 cups. Garnish with a stick of rosemary and cheers!

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Happy Holidays!

J

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Dulce de leche alfajores cookies

A Christmas treat!

I spent most of the day baking today with help from my sous baker, Lemise. I usually bring my normal apple pie for Christmas, but I wanted to try something different this year, so I made cookies. But not just any cookies, dulce de leche alfajores! I drool over them every time we eat at this Peruvian restaurant, so I wanted to give them a whirl. The recipe was simple, but we ran into a few problems. Let me tell you, I will never ever use a recipe from pinterest ever again! every time I have, my meal failed. Once we fixed the problems, it was pretty easy. So follow these instructions, not the pinterest crap.

What you’ll need-

Cookies-

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 sticks unsalted chilled butter (8oz.)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • another cup of powdered sugar to sprinkle over cookies
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Dulce de leche-

1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk or can of la lechera.

Instructions:

Sift together powdered sugar, salt and flour in a mixing bowl and set aside.

With an electric mixer, blend together butter until light and fluffy. Add the flour a little at a time on low speed, then add vanilla.

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Form the dough into a ball and wrap the dough in plastic wrap and put in the fridge for 30 mins.

To make dulce de leche, take wrapper off of can of condenced milk and place it in a sauce pan filled with water. The water should cover the can. Cover the pot and bring to a boil. Turn down to simmer and cook for 3 hours. Keep adding water if the water evaporates and gets low. Remove the can and let cool to room temp. Open when ready and stir with a spoon.

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Note: if you would like to skip this step, you can pick up a can of dulce de leche at your local grocery store. taste just as good. It’s called La Lechera Dulce de Leche.

Take out your dough and roll out onto non stick parchment paper. I put parchment paper also on top so it wouldn’t stick to the roller. Roll out to be about a half inch thick and cut out your cookies. Make sure the cookies are pretty thick.

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Bake on 350 for about 10-12 mins. Check them at 10 mins. You want them to be barely brown on the edges. I can’t lie, I burnt a few. Don’t be like me.

Once you are done, it’s time to build your cookies.

Glob a lot of dulce de leche on one cookie and sandwich it with another cookie. It was trial and error to find the best way to powder sugar the cookies and we found that sifting sugar over each side was the only way. So powder them up and you’re done!

**Note- make sure to sift your dry ingredients and use chilled butter. Dough will become gooey and hard to work with. trust me, that was my first batch!

The cookies make good gifts or a yummy treat for your fam and friends for Christmas. Maybe even put them in a cute package for your neighbors???

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I want to give a big thanks to Lemise for spending the whole day baking with me and my not so happy 2 year old! Love you girl!

Thank you all for stopping by! Let me know how your cookies turned out.

Merry Christmas!!

J

untraditional wrapping

This is my first etc. blog! Partly because I refuse to cook Fri-sun… but I did make pancakes for breakfast, they got lucky this time!

Tis the season for shopping and lots of wrapping. I just finished up my wrapping… hopefully… you never know. But, I decided early on I wanted to go nontraditional this year and skip those ugly bows and ribbon. I decorated a lil rustic this year with gold burlap around the tree and used twine to hang things up around the house, so I wanted my presents to match. I use twine for everything, so why not for my presents?? So I hit up target and found some cute paper for $6 and 50 can-o-tags for only 5 bucks! I had the twine but I got it from Michaels. It was so simple to do my wrapping and it turned out pretty cute. How did you wrap your presents this year?? FullSizeRender (29) IMG_2959 IMG_2963 IMG_2965 Thanks for stopping by! J

Blackened chicken with cream sauce pasta

This recipe is really easy and husband and 2 year old approved. Last week I was being lazy and picked up some alfredo sauce from the jar for dinner and it was really nasty! So this week I made it up to my family and made the homemade version and it came out really yummy! I usually add broccoli to this recipe to sneak in those veggies, but again, I was being lazy. don’t be like me.

Serves-4

Ingredients:

  • boneless skinless thin cut chicken
  • blackened seasoning
  • garlic salt
  • paprika
  • butter
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 cup of whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup of shredded parmesan cheese
  • black pepper

Rinse chicken and cover chicken with blackened seasoning, then a pinch of garlic salt and a pinch of paprika. Do this on both sides. Heat oil in pan on medium and add chicken. Cook until juices run clear.

Boil pasta while you are cooking chicken. I used bow tie pasta. But fettuccini or penne would also be great.

Set aside chicken if finished and start your cream sauce. Heat up one tbsp. of butter in a sauce pan on low/medium heat and add your chopped garlic. once heated not browned add 1 cup of whipping cream and whisk until a small boil. slowly add shredded parmesan and whisk to combine and melt. Add pepper to your liking and vola!  Add cream sauce to pasta and slice up your chicken on top.

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Hope you enjoyed this recipe. Let me know if you end up making this for your family 🙂

Buon appetito!

J