Oven Roasted Cauliflower

I think I might buy stock in cauliflower farms.  Can you marry a cauliflower?  Tonight I was testing the recipes from Pinterest, and this one was in the queue — oven roasted cauliflower and it was a hit.  Like, licking my plate, wishing I had more, hit. It was lemony, garlicky, with just a few bites of caramelized crunchy tips from the olive oil.  And the Parmesan cheese at the end, adds just another zest.  I think this would be the perfect side to grilled chicken or salmon.  One medium-sized cauliflower served three people generously, so if you want to make it for a dinner party you might want to cut up two heads of cauliflower. Now go out to the grocery tomorrow and make this.  Follow me on Pinterest for the recipe, or click above for the direct link to the recipe.

Find it in Everything — What the Queen is reading in January

I have always had a crush on Drew Barrymore.  Her movies are so endearing, especially Never Been Kissed (great chick flick to watch with your teen).  Every time I see her interviewed she is positive, articulate and thoughtful.  She’s a new mom, with another baby on the way.  And, she has launched a pretty line of cosmetics called Flower Beauty at Walmart.  I have tried several of her products and not only are they high quality, but they are super affordable. She just released her new book Find it in Everything.  In it she shares her photographs of the heart-shaped objects and patterns she has come across over the past ten years.  Her personal collection of photographs are simple, sweet and would make a perfect Valentine’s Day gift.  In the preface of her book she talks about how she believes her fondness for heart-shapes came from when she was a … Continue reading “Find it in Everything — What the Queen is reading in January”

Trader Joe’s Top 25 Picks — Mine made the list!

Trader Joe’s Top 25 list of their customer favorites was just announced and this proud consumer is so excited that a few of my very own faves were included! Click on the link to see if your faves are on the list.  Mine were Pumpkin Coffee, Pumpkin Bread & Muffin Mix, and the Mandarin Chicken. While you are on their site, sign up for their Fearless Flyer.  The flyer is so creative and makes you want everything — plus they have a feature where you can create a shopping list and they will send it right to your inbox to use while you’re in the store! Mark you calendar for January 28 when it’s National Appetizer Day.  The store is supposed to have fun food samplings and give aways.  I was not compensated in any way for this post.  I’m just a fan. Hope your Tuesday is terrific.

How to Make a Marginal Lasagna

That title makes you want to tune in, doesn’t it?  In an effort to help me be better organized on my weekday meal planning, which I mentioned in Sunday’s post, I made the Pinterest Crock Pot Lasagna.  Here’s how The Hive residents weighed in on the results.   The recipe said to take one bottle of any pasta sauce, uncooked lasagna noodles, one 16-oz carton of cottage cheese, and 2 cups of mozzarella cheese.  Start with the sauce and make three layers.  Cook for 5-6 hours. Results:  Worth trying again but with these modifications — use two jars of sauce.  It was a little too dry which I think is what made it cook faster than the 5 hours.  By the 5th hour, the edges were starting to burn.  And although I like my lasagna to have a little crispy cheese edges, this was burnt.  I think this extra liquid would also insure that … Continue reading “How to Make a Marginal Lasagna”

Quick Pottery Barn Orchid Knockoff

I was flipping through my new Pottery Barn catalog last night and I spotted something I wanted to try and replicate on my own. I love the centerpiece using the glass hurricane with the orchid.  It’s not a new idea, but I think I liked how the orchids were placed in the glass with moss making it look kind of terrarium-ish (I just made that word up). The glass hurricane sells for $79, but I wanted to come in way under that.  I already had the orchid stems.  I need a few bags of moss sheets, balls, and floral putty to hold it down.  I knew I also wanted a tinted glass hurricane.  I found one at Target for $23. I gathered all my supplies, which cost less than $16 at Michaels, plus a pair of clippers for the floral stems.  I bought two bags of moss, and one bag … Continue reading “Quick Pottery Barn Orchid Knockoff”

Mrs. Creel’s Monkey Around Bread

I love my church lady friends, because they can cook anything from casseroles to monkey bread and it’s amaze balls (this is my new favorite word for 2014).  I went to an ornament exchange and my friend Mrs. Creel brought this.  I ate three-fourths of it and I wasn’t embarrassed in the least.  I realize that today, being the first day of the year when most people have “EAT NO MORE SUGAR” at the top of their resolute list, it’s not the best time to give you a recipe for monkey bread, but I don’t care.  It’s delish, so deal. Mrs. Creel’s Monkey Around Bread 1/2 cup sugar 1 tsp. cinnamon 2 cans of Pillsbury Grand Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing 1/2 cup chopped pecans (if you’re not a nut person, you can omit) 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar 3/4 cup butter Preheat oven to 350.  Grease … Continue reading “Mrs. Creel’s Monkey Around Bread”

Off to a New Year’s Eve Party

Very soon after we moved into our home, almost seven years ago, we became friends with the neighbors in our section of the neighborhood.  We really enjoy getting together and for the last six years we’ve each taken turns hosting a NYE party.  We’ve had theme parties, like dress from a character from the ’60s, and come in your pj’s.  I found this clever idea for goody bags for the ladies from oh so beautiful paper. I just used white lunch sacks I had on hand, and printed the tags from the link. I included a can of black eyed peas for good luck in the new year, a packet of Emergen-C for good health (they used a packet of Alka Seltzer), and Hershey Kisses for love in the new year (I used dark chocolate kisses for more good health). These are the cute labels you can print on card stock.  Their webpage made me want … Continue reading “Off to a New Year’s Eve Party”

Who Wants Hot Cocoa?

You know how moms have to buy their own gifts, wrap them, put them under the tree and act all surprised when they open them on Christmas morning?  I do that.  It’s okay, this way I get exactly what I want. This year I treated myself to the Williams-Sonoma Hot Cocoa carafe.  It’s on sale right now for $14.99 (from $34.99, so it’s a sweet deal).  You could pick up a few for next year or they would make a great Valentine’s Day gift. It is the cutest thing I have ever seen.  It holds three cups of hot cocoa.  Made of ceramic, you can heat the milk in the carafe in the microwave, but I think the preferred method would probably be to make your cocoa the usual way on the stove, then pour it in the carafe to keep it warm. It also comes with a built-in, battery operated … Continue reading “Who Wants Hot Cocoa?”

Scenes from my Christmas vacation

Our family tradition has always been to spend Christmas at home.  When Daddy passed away in 2011, we knew it would be hard for Earnie to wake up and not have him there with us so we all went to Ruidoso, New Mexico for a little getaway.  Daddy loved the mountains.  And, the best part of the trip, it snowed!  As if he ordered the snow just for us.  It was really special being there with my sister and brother-in-law and my family. So this year, with it being our first Christmas without Earnie, we went to her favorite place — the beach.  I put Mr. Bee in charge of finding us a spot.  My criteria was that it needed to be a beach front property within just a few feet from the water.  It had to be private with no chatty Kathy’s on the porch asking me where I … Continue reading “Scenes from my Christmas vacation”

Vintage Memories of Christmas

This morning, as I was laying in bed, I was thinking if I could go back to any point in time at Christmas when would it be?  I decided it would be during the “wonder” years, when you are little and you know for sure there is a giant, fatherly man coming down the chimney after midnight.  That time period would have been in the late ’60s, early ’70s. Here are the top things I remember: Tons of Friends Coming Over for Parties: People like Mary and Rhoda were always at our house. Earnie had such great friends (just like me) who never had to come up with a reason to throw a party.    Earnie and Ray would have parties for their employees, a Christmas Eve party for close friends, neighbors and family, then get together for Christmas day with family for an entire day of eating, playing, and celebrating.  … Continue reading “Vintage Memories of Christmas”