Saturday, June 27, 2015

Festive Fruit Pizza

It's that time of year when BBQ's, outdoor parties, and all kinds of fun festivities are in full force. Sick of bringing the same boring bag of chips and dip to every party? Surprise your friends and family with this delicious dessert that is so easy to make, oh so yummy, and semi-healthy (I mean it does have fruit in it....). Enjoy!



Ingredients
1 roll refrigerated sugar cookies (I used Pillsbury)
1 package 8oz cream cheese (softened)
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Your fruit of choice! This time I used strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, and kiwi
1/4 cup apple jelly

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350*. Spray 12 inch pizza pan with cooking spray. Layer the pan with the cookie dough using your hands to evenly spread it out across the pan for the crust. Bake for 13-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely, for about 30 minutes.

2. While you are waiting for your crust to cool, prep your fruit. Cut them into bite size pieces to arrange on the pizza.

3. In a small bowl, beat together cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer until fluffy. Spread the mixture over the cooled crust. In a separate bowl, stir the jelly until smooth. Set aside momentarily.

4. Arrange your fruit on top of the cream cheese mixture in whatever pretty pattern your little heart desires (it would be a fun to use a cookie sheet and place fruit in the shape of an American Flag for the 4th of July!). Spoon or brush the jelly on top of the fruit. Refrigerate until chilled, at least one hour. To serve, cut into wedges or squares. 

It almost looks too pretty to eat (not that that's going to stop me...)! Bon appetit!! 


with faith, love, & coffee,

kellie ann

Mexican Stuffed Peppers for 2

Ingredients
One package of tri-colored peppers (I chose red, yellow, and orange)
1 lb. ground beef
1 small onion
1 taco seasoning mix packet
1 package of stove-top mexican style rice (I used a fajita flavored kind)
1 small can of refried beans (about 1/2 cup is needed)
1 cup shredded colby jack cheese (plus a handful extra to sprinkle on top)
Desired toppings (sour cream, salsa, etc...)

Directions
1. Preheat your oven for 375*. Prep your peppers by cutting out the stem and seeds, making a whole in the top. Next, you are going to blanch them by putting them into a pot of boiling water for 3-5 minutes. Run them under cold water when they are done and set them aside temporarily. While you have your knife out, you can also chop your onion into small pieces and set this aside as well. Cry accordingly (the onions get me every time).


2. Get that rice going! The rice packet I bought took 7 minutes to cook on the stovetop, so follow the directions on the package and let that cook while you continue on with the next step.

3. Brown your meat on the stove. Follow the directions on the taco seasoning packet, draining the meat and adding water and the seasoning packet. At this time, also add in your onions, refried beans, and shredded cheese, mixing everything together until blended well (it looks grosser than it's going to taste, I promise!)

4. Once your meat and rice are both ready, combine them into one pot or bowl. Mix them together.

5. Set your peppers upright in a baking dish. Scoop your meat and rice mixture into each pepper, overflowing if needed (you may have extra filling, if this is the case, feel free to use an additional pepper or just scoop the extra filling into the bottom of the dish to add to your plates). Add 1/4 cup water to the bottom of the pan to help add moisture during the baking process. Cover the baking dish with either a lid or aluminum foil. 

6. Cook peppers in the oven for 40-45 minutes. Remove from oven, take off lid, and sprinkle cheese on top of each pepper. Place back in oven for 3-5 minutes, or until cheese is melted.


7. Plate up your peps and serve with desired toppings (we used sour cream and salsa with ours!). Delicioso!!



with faith, love, & coffee,

kellie ann

Monday, June 8, 2015

Wine, Bachelor, & Yoga Pants


Ok guys, it's Monday and we all know what that means.... it'ssssss BACHELOR(ETTE) DAY!! Seriously, how do I get sucked into Monday becoming by far my favorite day of the week every season as I sit back and cringe, watching a pseudo-fairy-tale unfold before my very eyes, usually the kind that does NOT end up with a happy ending. Somehow every season I always hold out hope. This season, however, my hope is dwindling a little earlier than usual. Let's do a quick bullet point list of some of the important happenings so far with Kaitlyn Bristowe as The Bachelorette.


  • The Bachelorette. First of all, let me say that while Britt is one of the most beautiful girls I have laid my eyes on, I am glad that Kaitlyn was ultimately chosen. Her sense of humor, real-ness, and down to earth/laid back kinda girl vibe gave me hope for a good season. 

  • The Men. Aside from Shawn who is Ryan Gosling's real life twin (yum) and maybe one of the Ben's (I can't quite remember which one I'm a fan of-- it's easy to be confused when there's multiple guys with the same name), most of the guys in my opinion are a big thumbs down. See next bullet point for two in particular.

  • JJ and Clint. Ew. Ew. Ew. First of all, JJ gave me a bad vibe to begin with. Then there's Clint, who looks like The Beast after he transforms into human form. Both are villain-ess guys who apparently have fallen for each other (huh??) and are trying to stick around to figure out their bromance. To be perfectly honest, I'm just confused by this whole dynamic and want it to end.

  • Nick. Ohhhh Nick Viall. I will admit that after Andi's season I felt a little bad for this poor guy whose sex life was exposed on national television. Now he's coming back for more, and it seems like revenge (in a backwards sort of way) is going down. Apparently him and Kaitlyn did a little flirting pre-show, so it seems fitting that producers would choose to cast him halfway through the show to throw a little twist into things. I'm already cringing as I watch previews for what's to come as Kaitlyn confesses to the rest of the guys that she slept with someone... who I can only suspect is Nick. He Instagrammed this quote the other day which makes me wonder if the final outcome bodes well for these two, especially considering it seems like the rest of the guys run for the hills upon hearing the devestating news of Kaitlyn "two-timing" all of them (wait a second, isn't this whole show one big cluster of two-timing on national television? I guess that's neither here nor there.....). 


What does everyone else think the outcome of this season will be? Are you enjoying it so far? OH! And one more thing. No matter what happens on Monday nights, know that you will ALWAYS find me lounging on my couch in those comfy yoga pants, bottle (I mean glass) of wine in hand, tuned into ABC, savoring every fine, dramatic moment. I have teamed up with an awesome company, Clothing By OWL, to give all of my fellow Bachelore/ette lovers a great deal on this amazing shirt (see photos down below! Hey, I never said I was a professional model ha). Go to their website and when you checkout, use code "BACHELORETTE10" to get 10% off your purchase, with another 10% given toward an animal rescue. Be sure to check them out on Instagram too at @clothingbyowl. Thanks for your support guys!



                           

Well, I gotta run. Bachelorette starts in t-2 hours and that means I need to get my snacks & wine ready, yoga pants on, and kick my husband out of the living room ;) Enjoy everyone! 


with faith, love, & coffee,

kellie ann
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