• Breakfast,  Dessert,  Recipe

    Screwdriver Orange Sticky Buns with Vodka Glaze

    There wasn’t a lot of food suggested in Blindsighted but I love a challenge. As soon as I read the screwdriver quote, I knew that I would somehow be incorporating vodka, orange juice and a southern breakfast dish. Pecan sticky buns make me think of Georgia. And so, voila- Screwdriver Sticky Buns. I literally had to slap my husband’s hand away from the steaming bun to get this picture. He took one bite and declared this a Christmas morning tradition.  Out of the blue, Sara said, “I want a screwdriver.” Jeffrey frowned at this but he walked over to his toolbox and rummaged around. “Phillips?” “No, a drink,” Sara answered.…

  • Appetizers,  Breakfast,  Recipe

    Brooklyn Lox and Cream Cheese Bagel Balls

    These Bagel Balls are so fun! They’re a NYC deli stop in a bite. Smokey lox, cream cheese and briny capers surrounded by chewy everything bagels create a classic taste in a fun new way. These are also great for on the go eating in the car. My bagel sandwich comes up for pickup. I take the white paper bag, thank the woman and make my way back down toward the water. Brooklyn Bridge Park is less a park and more a stretch of grass. The benches are full, and I pop down on a rock, right by the water’s edge. I open up my sandwich and take a bite.…

  • Breakfast,  Dessert,  Recipe

    Grown Up Pop Tarts

    Must be 21 to eat these. So if you follow the blog, you may have noticed the Apple Cider Donut Holes stuffed with three different filling flavors. Well, they were delicious.  Yet three mostly filled pastry bags of delightful and flavor packed fillings still sat in my fridge this morning. Genius hit at 5:30 am while my two year old refused to sleep- pop tarts!! This pie dough tart is stuffed with Apple Pie Filling and Salted Caramel then frosted with Maple Whiskey Buttercream before being drizzled with the Salted Caramel Sauce again. Yep, you’re welcome.  peace and xo,   jenni Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share…

  • Dessert,  Recipe

    Guest List Red Velvet Cake

    When I read the Guest List, I knew almost immediately that I would be baking a wedding cake. Did you know that red velvet gets a natural slight red tint from cocoa powder?? Of course, it’s become standard to add coloring to get the deep velvety red that we know and love. Have you tried this recipe?? I’d love to hear your feedback. Please comment and rate! Peace & love, jenni Want to be alerted when I post new recipes? Subscribe below to be in the know!

  • Breakfast,  Dairy Free,  Gluten Free,  Healthy,  No Refined Sugar,  Recipe,  Vegetarian

    Carrot Breakfast Oat Cups

    Each bite of these are ridiculously delicious- and guilt free!! Gluten, dairy and refined sugar free makes these high in fiber and healthy. Not sure you could eat 16 muffins? They also freeze for up to 3 months! This recipe has 4 of the recommended Spring/Follicular Phase foods: oats eggs nut butters carrots Have you tried making this recipe? Are you cycle syncing? I’d love to hear your feedback. Please comment and rate! Peace & love, jenni Want to be alerted when I post new recipes? Subscribe below to be in the know!

  • Breakfast,  Dairy Free,  Gluten Free,  Healthy,  No Refined Sugar,  Recipe,  Vegetarian

    Healthy Maple Granola Recipe

    Go ahead and cross granola off of your grocery list. This healthier version is so easy to make! Maple flavors paired with warm spices create a comforting but healthy granola. I love this as an evening snack with my tea but it’s also great on any of my smoothies. I created this granola out of a list of recommended iron rich foods. Women have a higher iron goal than men: we need 14.8mg a day while men only need 8.7mg. Alisa Vitti recommends eating iron and vitamin B rich foods to support blood loss and energy during the menstrual phase of our cycles which is why I’m grouping this recipe…

  • Breakfast,  Dessert,  Recipe

    KimBees Tea & Berry Scones

    Why have I always thought of scones as dry, crumbly, tasteless things that 18th century lords and ladies ate in their stuffy parlors? Goodness, these things are actually heavenly!! As a tea drinker, Behind Every Lie was a delightful change from all the coffee loving characters I’ve been reading about. Also, Kimbees Tea recently sent me some teas in exchange for an honest review. The timing couldn’t have been better! Their tea is rich and has a pure taste. I personally love the Spice Tea flavor but the Ceylon is everyday delicious! It is so tasty that I was inspired to make a tea glaze to drizzle over these scrumptious…

  • Dessert,  Gluten Free,  Recipe

    Deep, Dark Chocolate Torte

    Flourless and rich chocolate goodness, this torte is a great treat for your gluten free friends. It tastes like you spent hours in the kitchen. In reality, it is so incredibly easy to make and takes only 6 ingredients.  Ingredients 1 cup unsalted butter 1/3 cup heavy cream 10 oz bittersweet chocolates (I use Ghirardelli 60% cocoa) 3/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 5 eggs you will also need:  9″ springform pan Preheat oven to 325. Heat the butter and cream over medium heat until simmering and the butter has melted. Add the chocolate and stir until completely melted. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sugar, cocoa powder…

  • Dessert,  Recipe

    Caramel Cake Petit Fours

    The Cake This is basically a pound cake with a few minor adjustments, including extra eggs. Eggs are the magical ingredient. Their job in this batter is to provide structure. When heated, egg proteins coagulate and give stiffness to the cake- all the better for shaping our little petite fours. Nerdy Tips It’s important to cream the butter and shortening first then mixing in the sugar. It gives the end product structure by beating air into the butter, while the sugar helps to hold the air by dissolving, leaving little bubbles throughout the fats.  Mixing in the eggs one at a time helps to create a lighter, spongier cake.  Use a…

  • Appetizers,  Breakfast,  Recipe

    Bacon Bit Grits

    Creamy Cheesy Grits Inside a Crispy Shell After conquering my fear of making grits, I wanted to make something bite sized and party friendly. While making chicken tenders for the kids one night it hit me- why couldn’t I bread and bake grits? So tada! Crunchy, cheesy, bacon-y grits in a bite. Of course, you could make these without bacon, but in my humble opinion, bacon makes everything better…… This appetizer/breakfast enhancer/dinner side is easy to make ahead and bake when ready.   makes 24 grit bites Down to the Nitty Gritty…. 3/4 cup grits 4 cups of water 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp black pepper 1 tsp garlic powder 2…

  • Dessert,  Recipe

    Scupper’s Cherry Pies

    Ingredients 6 cups frozen sweet dark cherries **and the juice 2 Tbsp lemon juice 4 Tbsp cornstarch 2/3 cup sugar 1/2 tsp salt Take the juice from the frozen cherries and whisk in the 4 Tablespoons of cornstarch.  Add all ingredients to a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then on low heat simmer for 10-15 minutes. Let cool. Fill pie crust and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes for mini pies or 40-50 minutes for one large pie.  I used the large sized muffin tins and these were the perfect size for individual pies. For non stick tins, there is no need to grease the pan.  Nerdy Tips If you are…

  • Appetizers,  Breakfast,  Recipe

    Tate’s Spicy Sausage Balls

    Coon Balls 1 lb hot ground sausage 8 oz sharp cheddar, shredded 2 cups flour 1 Tbsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt milk as needed Preheat oven to 350. Combine sausage, cheese, flour, baking powder and salt. Use hands to mix. Add milk as needed to get a slightly sticky consistency. Roll into golf ball sized balls and bake for 25 minutes until golden brown.  Nerdy Tips Use block cheese. Pre-shredded cheese will dry the coon balls out. Add flavoring to your taste: cayenne, garlic powder, onion powder.  The options are limitless. Pre-cooked coon balls can be frozen then reheated at 350 for 10 minutes.  Pair with my Creamy Dill…

  • Dessert,  Recipe

    The Only Pie Dough Recipe You’ll Ever Need

    I have used this pie dough for over 20 years with a few simple tweaks here and there. I think I found the “un-tweaked” original recipe in a cookie magazine. But it’s how you use the ingredients makes all the difference.  Do yourself a favor and don’t limit this recipe to your usual pies. I use it for savory chicken pot pies (use less sugar) or my kids’ favorite- homemade pop tarts!  Ingredients 2 1/4 cup flour 1/2 cup sugar 1 tsp salt 1 cup cold, unsalted butter 7-10 T cold water Mix together the flour, sugar and salt. Cut the butter into 1/4″ cubes. Use a pastry cutter or…

  • Recipe

    Yorkshire Pudding

    Ingredients 3 eggs 1 cup flour 1 cup milk 3/4 T salt 1/3-1/2 cup hot meat drippings Heat oven to 400 degrees. Whisk ingredients just until mixed. Let rest 30 minutes while the oven preheats. Put 1 tablespoon of drippings in each tin. Place in the oven for 5 minutes. Fill hot Tims halfway with batter. Cook for 10-12 minutes until golden. Serve at once. 

  • Dinner,  Recipe

    Alice’s Cottage Pie

    Alice misses her home cooking and attempts a cottage pie at the beginning of The Giver of Stars. In true Alice fashion, I too attempted this pie and it didn’t come out as ‘golden’ as I had hoped but was tasty none the less! The mashed potato topping I used was taken from the  vintage cookbook and did not disappoint.   Cottage Pie Nerdy Fact: Cottage pies are usually made with beef, while a Shepard’s Pie is made with lamb.  2 T olive oil 5 carrots, sliced 1 leek, sliced 1 lb ground beef 2 T parsley 2 tsp Italian Seasoning 1 tsp garlic powder salt & pepper 1 1/2…

  • Dessert,  Recipe

    Sven’s Swedish Christmas Cookies

    These traditional Scandinavian cookies taste like Christmas. Buttery with hints of warm spices, they go perfectly with a hot beverage. I took the liberty of decorating with white piping which I believe is more of a German tradition.  This dough is more workable after being refrigerated for at least one hour, but preferable overnight.  Ingredients 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup brown sugar 1 egg 1/4 cup dark corn syrup 1 tsp ginger powder 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp ground cloves 1/4 tsp salt 1 3/4 cups flour 3/4 tsp baking soda Mix ingredients together. Refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour. Roll out dough to 1/4″…