Pumpkin Spice Latte

3 Oct

Who doesn’t love a good pumpkin spice latte? Or pumpkin spice anything, really.

I posted a copycat recipe for a lightened up Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte over on Hello Giggles this morning. You can Check it out here.

 

Please leave a comment over at Hello Giggles if you have an idea you’d like me to re-create for Take Out Fake Out!

Have a wonderful day, everybody!

Pinteresting Things Tuesday

1 Oct

Hey ya’ll

Since I’ve been on a Pinterest binge the past couple weeks, I wanted to do up a little post of all the things I’ve been obsessing over on that dang website.

I am going to try making this a weekly thing but you all know how bad I am at that. So bear with me.

1. Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes
 


 

Umm, heck yes! My favorite winter drink made into a cupcake? Yusss.

 

2. Bahn Mi Pizza

 


 

Is this a thing?? I am always amazed by the new ways people switch up the basic pizza!

 

3. These Crockpot Carne Asada Nachos

 


 

Nachos are like my holy grail pub food. Plus these ones look all vegetable-ey.

 

4. Spring Samosas with Sweet and Spicy Mint Chutney

 


 

Samosas are one of those favorites that I always forget about. These are a neat twist on the classic Samosa, it uses rice paper wraps instead of pastry, so they’re even guilt free!

 

5. This Cheesy Artichoke Pumpkin Dip

 


 

Serving it in a pumpkin? Priceless.

 

6. Pumpkin Cake with Candied Pumpkin Seeds Inside

 


 

Adorable.

 

7.  Asian Salmon Tacos

 


 

I never thought of using salmon in tacos! What a wonderful idea.

 

8.  Pan Fried Pork Dumplings

 


 

Just yum. Would be perfect for a Dim Sum brunch.

 

9. This Fudge Sundae in a Cookie Bowl

 


 

What the…what?

 

10. Pumpkin Ravioli with Hazelnut Brown Butter Sauce and Balsamic Drizzle.

 


 

Nommmm.

 

I hope you enjoyed! If you want to keep up with my pins, you can follow me here.

 

Miss Delish asks:

 

What are you pinning today?

 

Have a great day, folks!

 

Garlic and Sage Pork Chops with the Creamiest Mashed Potatoes Everrrr

27 Sep

We have the creamiest mashed potatoes ever, and we have the longest title ever.

Sometimes you just have to make a long title to get your point across.

First lets talk about some TV things. We all know it’s the season for new and returning series and to be honest, I am feeling overwhelmed with the amount of new shows that look amazing. The shows that I am continuing to watch from last season are:

- Modern Family

- Big Bang Theory

- New Girl

- Girls (which isn’t on till later in the year)

- then just randoms like Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and The Layover, SNL, ect.

But now I am really screwed. There are like 10 new shows that I want to start watching and I know I just don’t have the time it’s not good for you to watch that much TV.

The other night, I started watching Hostages, and now of course I am hooked. Can we just talk about how much drama they managed to jam into that first episode. WOW. Also, I am intrigued by this show because it seems more like a movie plot, rather than a TV series. It will be interesting to see how they continue with the show.

We also caught an episode of The Goldbergs, which was hilarious. I absolutely love Wendy McLendon-Covey, pure comedy right there.

I’m also super interested in:

-Trophy Wife

-Hello Ladies

-The Blacklist

What have you guys been watching!? Do you have an insight as to which shows I should commit to?

Anyhoo, on to the goods.

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I made this last week when I just felt like a ‘fall’ meal. I wanted something hearty, with some type of pan sauce. I threw this meal together pretty quickly and it was delish. Typically you would want to have some veggies with your meal. Don’t worry, we had salad which is not pictured.

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I seared off the pork chops and then removed them from the pan, added some olive oil, chopped garlic and sage. Then added some chicken stock and white wine to de-glaze. I seasoned it up and then added the pork chops back to the pan, covered it and simmered for a couple minutes to cook the chops through. Then I served the pork chops and pan sauce, over a scoop of the best mashed potatoes ever.

The end.

Miss Delish asks:

What new/returning shows are you into this season?

What dish comes to mind when you think of fall?

 

Garlic and Sage Pork Chops in Pan Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: Serves 6

Garlic and Sage Pork Chops in Pan Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 bone in pork chops
  • 6 cloves of garlic. chopped
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh sage
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste

Method

In a large heavy bottomed pan (that has a lid) heat butter and olive oil over medium high heat. Once melted and sizzling, add the pork chops, you may have to fry them in batches. Allow them to cook without moving them for 2-3 minutes until they are nice and golden brown, flip them and cook for another 2-3 minutes on the other side . Remove to a plate and set aside.

While the pan is still hot, add in the garlic and sage and cook, stirring constantly, for 2-3 minutes until softened and fragrant. Add in the white wine, followed by the chicken stock. Bring to a simmer, and then lower the heat and taste for seasoning. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Add the pork chops back to the pan and simmer for 5-6 minutes until cooked through. Serve, drizzled with the pan sauce.

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Creamiest Mashed Potatoes Ever

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 6 large yukon gold potatoes
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp kosher salt

Method

Peel and cut the potatoes into the cubes. Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water. Set the pot over high heat and bring to a boil. Once the water has boiled, lower the heat to medium and remove the lid if you were using one. Cook for 20-25 minutes until fork tender.

Drain and add back into the hot pot. Turn the heat off but leave the pot on the heat with the lid removed, while you get the butter and cream ready. This will help to evaporate any extra moisture from the potatoes and result in a fluffier final product!

In a microwave safe bowl or measuring cup, add the butter and cream. Heat in the microwave for 1-2 minutes until the butter is melted and the mixture is steaming.

Remove the pot with the potatoes from the heat and mash them until they are fairly smooth and there are no more lumps of potato. Then add in about 1/4 of the hot cream mixture and mash, mash, mash until the liquid is absorbed and the potatoes are smooth. Repeat until you have used all of the cream. Add the kosher salt and give it one last mix before serving.

Enjoy!

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Hello Giggles: Take Out Fake Out Debut

27 Sep

Good afternoon everyone!

As you may have seen on my Facebook or Twitter pages, or maybe you even read the Article on HelloGiggles.com. I am now going to be posting a weekly column for HG!

The column is called Take Out Fake Out, and every Thursday I will be posting an article about how to re-create some of your take out or restaurant favorites, as a healthier and homemade recipe!

I am beyond excited to have joined the Hello Giggles team, and I really hope you guys like the articles I will be posting. If you want to check out yesterdays entry, I will link it up below:

Take Out Fake Out: Souppa Bacona

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I re-created “Olive Garden’s” famous Zuppa Toscana soup. Which has been a favorite of mine forevs.

I made the recipe much lighter but still kept the full flavor and creaminess! And you can enjoy a serving of this for 200 calories.

You can check out the full recipe here.

While you’re there, make sure to check out all the other awesome articles on Hello Giggles.

*Beware* you may not get any work done for the rest of the day.

Pumpkin Spice Donuts

26 Sep

So, I made these little cuties.

They’re just so….*ahhhh* angels singing.

And to boot they’re freakin’ easy and quick to make.

All you need is a spice cake mix, can of pumpkin puree, oil, eggs, cream cheese, powdered sugar and milk. OH and sprinkles, can’t forget the sprinkles.

Mind are just terrible looking, compared to the beauties on this pinterest pic.

I just chalk it up to the fact that none of my pinterest endeavors will ever look like the picture. Much less disappointing that way.

Check out the recipe here!

Talk to ya’ll later.

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