Looking for the PERFECT gift for your good friend? You know, the one that spends all of her free time trying out new recipes?…she is the cook, the baker, & the entertainer!
Check out Coton Colors. Inspired by all the celebrations of life, Coton Colors offers a collection of hand-crafted pottery, decor and gifts available in retails stores across the U.S. Coton Colors was founded in 1995 by an entrepreneurial artisan based upon her love of celebrating every occasion.
One of my favorite collections by Coton Colors is the Happy Everything Collection. Check out the Original Happy Everything Platter. It is a 16-inch round ceramic platter with a velcro strip that allows you to add little attachments to match your occasion. The platter comes with the Birthday Cake attachment, and there are over 80 additional attachments you can purchase separately!
Cookbooks are always a good gift idea! Check out the Happy Everything Cookbook. It is comprised of 250 full color pages broken up into chaptered menus. There are lots of delicious recipes plus creative inspiration and humorous anecdotes. If you are like me, you will really appreciate all of the beautiful photography in this cookbook. Coton Colors Founder and Owner, Laura, and her dear friend, Susan Murray, a.k.a. ‘The Curious Cook’ offer a peek into the often unpredictable occasions of their lives. Be prepared to feast on something FABULOUS!
Some of my other favorites from Coton Colors include the set of chevron bowls. See below… soooo pretty!
& in my own kitchen I use the GORGEOUS measuring spoons. Everyone should have pretty kitchen utensils:
Summer is really the only time I enjoy Ice Cream anymore (pregnancy was a whole different story!) One of my favorite summer time treats as a child was my mama’s ice cream cake. So, now I’m going to try making one for my kids. The ice cream cake she made had oreo cookie crust, mint ice cream and some sort of chocolate-y/carmel-y topping. I really need to see if she still has that recipe. It was AMAZING!
I found 4 ice cream cake recipes that I’ve bookmarked. (& I couldn’t leave out the ice cream cupcake!) Anyone else have a killer recipe?
We made the Pork Carnitas tonight and they were soooo delicious. Here are a few pics from my iPhone! This is such a great football Sunday meal. The pork slow cooks for 3 hours and the house smells really great!
The only change to the recipe that I made was that I bought a 10 lb bone in pork shoulder. It took quite some time to cut up the meat. The good news is that there were plenty of leftovers for our german shepherd, Stella!
I was searching through yummy desserts this evening…homemade ice cream, crème brûlée, and brownies made from carrots & spinach. I came across this darling photo and it got me thinking- if I ate more meals in my underwear would I consume A LOT less? Maybe a good diet strategy? hmmm…
photo via tumblr
i keep finding new, yummy potato latke recipes. sweet potato latkes? i never even thought about this!
3 cups grated sweet potatoes
1 cup finely chopped onion (about 1 medium onion)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon mild paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle
2/3 cups Greek yogurt
oil for cooking
Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
Mix together the sweet potatoes, spices and flour in a large bowl with a fork. Blend in the eggs and mix thoroughly.
Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a skillet over medium heat. When skillet is hot and oil begins to shimmer, begin cooking latkes.
Measure a generous tablespoon of the sweet potato mixture and spoon into skillet. Place four pancakes in skillet per round, flattening each with a fork.
Brown latkes for about four minutes per side, until golden brown, and place on a paper towel to drain.
Keep cooked latkes in warmed oven until ready.
Serve warm, adding a dollop of yogurt to each.
recipe and photo by theyearinfood.com
after chilling the dough overnight, i got started on my Forest Friends Cookies.
my adorable new cookie cutters (from Wee Waldorf)
i decided to add a some food coloring!
ready for the oven
the cookies are done yum yum!
a little decorating and ready to eat!
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
In a large bowl, mix together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add food coloring if you like. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (I chilled overnight).
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely and decorate.
this is the easiest cookie recipe and so delicious. beware if you are a cookie dough eater like me. this dough is so so yummy!35595860729510?l=www.spearmintkitchen.com’ alt=” />