Monday, February 25, 2013

Art Party Cupcakes & Treats


Artist's Pallet Cupcake for Art Party

Isn't there something SO inspiring about seeing beautifully decorated food?  Even if fondant and icing aren't your choice of medium, a beautifully decorated cake, cupcake or cookie just seems to get the creative juices flowing.

Paint Brush Rice Krispy Treats for Art Party

I can't take credit for the artistry you see here.  My friend, Katie, is the master artist.  She turned everyday cupcakes and Rice Krispy treats into pieces of art, or at least tools of the trade.  She has so graciously allowed me to post her masterpieces here.

Artist's Paint Cupcakes for Art Party

I love the detail she put into the artist's pallet cookies, and the paint dipped Rice Krispy treats are genius!  Today's art party cupcakes and treats are just a window into the colorful world of Katie's Creations.  I plan on posting more in the future, so be sure to subscribe above so that you can receive updates when new posts come in.

Have a great day!!

Niki

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Easy Lemon Garlic Chicken & Sweet Potato Souffle

Easy Lemon Garlic Chicken, Sweet Potato Souffle & Salad
Hi Everyone!!

I just want to quickly share a few recipes that I tried for the first time this week.  They are SO easy...and healthy too!!!  I mustn't forget the fact that they are Gluten-Free!

Lemon Garlic Chicken

The first is a Lemon Garlic Chicken Recipe that I found on Cooking Light's website.  Here's the link to the full recipe - they call it Lemon Grilled Chicken Breasts.  

I made a few adjustments to the original recipe:

Swapped Chicken Tenders for the Chicken Breast Halves
Baked Instead of Grilled - I went by the baking time on the package of chicken.

Sweet Potato Soufle - 3 Servings

Ingredients:
3 Sweet Potatoes, unpeeled
Almond Milk
Vanilla Flavoring
Agave Nectar (You could substitute another sweetener, like honey, sugar, raw sugar, etc.)
Caramelized Pecans, chopped (I found at Whole Foods, but you could make your own.)
Marshmallows

As for the Sweet Potato Souffle, I came up with this recipe.  Based on the fact that sweet potatoes vary in size, I recommend just adjusting the amount of each ingredient with the "age old" taste test method.

1. Pierce each potato with a fork a couple times on each side.
2. Place potatoes in foil-lined baking pan and bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes.
3. Slice potatoes open and scoop contents into a mixing bowl.
4. Add almond milk, a splash of vanilla flavoring, and agave nectar to taste.
5. Mix by hand or with a mixer based on preferred texture.
6. Pour mixture into buttered or sprayed, small casserole dish.
7. Place marshmallows on the top toward the center and sprinkle pecans around the outer edge.
8. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 more minutes.

I served the chicken and sweet potatoes with an arugula salad containing strawberries and a sweet lime vinaigrette.

I hope you enjoy this meal as much as we did!  Have a great day!!

Niki

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Homemade Valentines using Wax Candy Drinks plus Free Printable


Homemade Valentine with Wax Drink Candy

This year, I wanted to make homemade valentines for my daughter's class.  I decided since those wax candy drinks are her favorite type of candy, like they were mine at her age, they were the perfect choice!  I thought about catch phrases, and finally decided on "Cheers to a Fabulous Friendship!" and "Cheers to a Fabulous Teacher!"

Homemade Valentines with Wax Candy Drinks

Lucky for me, they had the 10 packs at my local Dollar Tree.  Four drinks fit perfectly inside the cellophane wrappers, so I just used scissors to cut them.


Below is the graphic I created for the top label.  Feel free to download for your own personal use.



Hope you have a Happy Valentine's Week!! 

Niki