Loaded Guacamole by DelightfulEMade.com

Loaded Guacamole by DelightfulEMade.com

I don’t know about you, but Mexican food is a staple here at our house.  Any time we’re having something like tacos, enchiladas, or fajitas, there is ALWAYS guacamole to go with it.  For the longest time, I was one of those people at the grocery store buying the little tiny container of guacamole for $3.99.  Not only was it rather expensive, it didn’t taste that great.  This home-made Loaded Guacamole tastes way better!

Loaded Guacamole by DelightfulEMade.com

Loaded Guacamole by DelightfulEMade.com

Once I discovered how easy it was to make this Loaded Guacamole at home, there was no more buying that mediocre stuff at the store.  Not to mention, when you’re making something at home, you know exactly what’s going into it.  The Loaded Guacamole has nothing but fresh ingredients along with some simple spices that you can easily find, making it Clean-Eating friendly!

Harrison helping with chopping garlic.  :)  My little sou chef.

Harrison helping with chopping garlic. :) My little sou chef.

To get my 6-year-old fella to eat more veggies, I’ve come to notice that if he is there helping me prepare what we’re eating, he is much more apt to try and LIKE it!  He was also pretty excited to help use the Ninja Food processor that he and his daddy got me for Christmas. ;)  So I got him chopping away – he helped chop and prepare almost everything that went into the food processor – the avocados, garlic, onion, lime juice, chilies, spices and tomatoes.

Loaded Guacamole by DelightfulEMade.com

Loaded Guacamole by DelightfulEMade.com

Harrison got a little excited with the food processor, and we ended up with a creamier guacamole – which is great.  I also really love a chunky guacamole, where you have bits and pieces of onion, avocado, garlic and tomato.  To make a chunky guacamole, simply pulse your food processor (or blender) just a few times – it will incorporate and break everything up, but still remain chunky.  We ended up just chopping the tomatoes by hand, and stirring those in at the end, rather than pureeing them with the rest of the ingredients.  It gives it a nice pop of color intermixed with the green.  Perfect for Cinco de Mayo!

Loaded Guacamole by DelightfulEMade.com

Loaded Guacamole by DelightfulEMade.com

Here is how this fantastically fresh, easy and clean-eating friendly dip comes together:

Loaded Guacamole
 
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Recipe type: Dip/Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 8-10
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You’ll never buy guacamole at the supermarket again! This fresh, easy and delicious Loaded Guacamole has everything that you love about Mexican food – fresh, spicy and loaded with flavor!
Ingredients
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
  • the juice of one lime
  • ½ c. chopped, fire roasted chili pepper (fresh or canned)
  • ½ tsp. garlic salt
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • ½ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2 medium roma tomatoes, chopped
Instructions
  1. In a food processor or blender, add the avocados, onion, garlic, lime juice, chili’s, and spices. Pulse for a few times to chop and incorporate all the ingredients, leaving a chunky guacamole. (For a creamier guacamole, puree for a few seconds longer.)
  2. Lastly, pour the guacamole into a bowl, and stir in the chopped tomatoes.
  3. Serve with tortilla chips and fresh vegetables.

*If you’re rather strict on clean eating, you can fire-roast your own chili pepper at home, simply by roasting over an open burner until the skin blackens.  Once cool, peel off the blackened skin, and you’ll have a deliciously roasted chili pepper.

**If you don’t have fresh chili peppers readily available in your produce section, you can find canned chopped chili’s in Mexican food section of the supermarket, near the salsa.

This post is the third of four post that is a part of the 2014 Clean Eating Challenge.  Me and other fantastic food bloggers will be bringing you some great Clean-Eating friendly posts, and hopefully some additional ideas to help you eat cleaner, and fresher in the future!

Enjoy!

Erin

Rolo Blondies by DelightfulEMade.com

Rolo Blondies by DelightfulEMade.com

This past week has been my son’s spring/Easter break.  Its been a good week, although not very productive for me.  Understandable, right?  It seems like every time we have a holiday, I need to clean out our candy shelf…yes, I have a candy shelf.  This week when I went through our “shelf”, which includes multiple jars, containers and bags of various kinds of candy, I made a sweet discovery – Rolos!

Rolo Blondies by DelightfulEMade.com

Rolo Blondies by DelightfulEMade.com

I knew they were in the candy shelf, but I guess I had forgotten how many were there.  I’m pretty sure they’re from Valentine’s day, but there’s a good chance they’re also from Christmas.  Eeek!  Either way, I needed to do something with these.  In my opinion, Rolo’s are too delicious to throw away, and definitely still good, so I decided to make Rolo Blondies!

Rolo Blondies by DelightfulEMade.com

Rolo Blondies by DelightfulEMade.com

The basic recipe I use for Blondies is super simple.  The base is made in a sauce pan, and can be easily adapted for a large 9×13 pan.  I made a smaller 8×8 batch, because I had just enough rolos for a smaller pan.  Another thing I like about this recipe – you don’t have to wait for the butter to come to room temperature – you simply melt it in your sauce pan, along with the brown sugar.  Once the butter and brown sugar melt together, you let it cool for a few minutes, add the rest of the ingredients (right into the sauce pan!), and the batter can go right into the baking pan!  It really doesn’t get any easier!

Rolo Blondies by DelightfulEMade.com

Rolo Blondies by DelightfulEMade.com

Rolo Blondies
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8-12
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If you’re a fan of Rolo’s, you’ll love these bars! Slightly crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside and dotted with Rolo candies all through the middle. Seriously delicious!
Ingredients
  • ⅓ c. butter
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 c. flour
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 c. rolo candies
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare 8×8 pan by lining it with aluminum foil, and spraying the foil with baking spray. Set pan aside.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, add butter and brown sugar. Melt on medium-low heat until the butter and brown sugar melt together, stirring continually. (Don’t allow to come to a boil.) Once butter and sugar are smooth and melted, remove from heat, and allow to cool. (While cooling, I usually begin unwrapping the candies.)
  3. Once butter/sugar is cooled, (warm but not hot to touch), into the sauce pan stir in egg and vanilla until creamy. Combine flour, baking powder, and baking soda in seperate bowl. Gradually add to wet ingredients, and stir until all is combined.
  4. Pour batter into prepared 8×8 pan. Evenly add the rolo candies to the top of the batter – I like to push them in, so they are sunk into the batter. Bake at 350 for 25-28 minutes until golden brown. Let blondie cool before cutting. Great served with ice cream!

Note: If making in a 9×13 pan, simply double the ingredients, and increase the baking time just slightly by a couple minutes.  Be sure to insert a toothpick into the batter, and if it comes out crumb-free, the blondies are done.

These really are an easy, fun treat to have just about any time you’re in the mood for something sweet.  Great for a bake sale, classroom treat, or just something sweet to have with your coffee.

Enjoy!

Erin

Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon by DelightfulEMade.com

Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon by DelightfulEMade.com

Have you ever made and ate a meal and then when finished ask yourself, “Why don’t I make this more often?”  That’s what I said to myself last night after making this super delicious and easy Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon.

Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon by DelightfulEMade.com

Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon by DelightfulEMade.com

In our house we love eating salmon – its probably from our years living in the pacific northwest, where salmon is very fresh and plentiful.  I eventually learned how to grill using cedar planks, and it couldn’t be easier!  The cedar plank gives the salmon a subtle, yet very flavorful smokey flavor.  When using the cedar plank, you don’t need a fancy glaze or a heavy tarter sauce to accompany the fish.  It is simply perfect with just a few ingredients.

Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon by DelightfulEMade.com

Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon by DelightfulEMade.com

You can find cedar planks almost anywhere grilling supplies are sold.  I purchased mine at Target in the seasonal grilling area where the accessories are located.  You can definitely find cedar planks on line as well.  Rule of caution: DO NOT use a regular piece of wood you would get at a hardware store.  Home building lumber has typically been chemically treated and is not intended to be used for cooking.

Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon by DelightfulEMade.com

Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon by DelightfulEMade.com

Anytime you’re grilling with a cedar plank there are a couple simple rules to remember.  Rule One: ALWAYS remember to soak your cedar plank in water before grilling.  This prevents the wood from going up in flames with your food along with it.  I do this by filling a large roasting pan with water, a couple inches deep, and submerging the plank, and holding it down with a bottle of wine or jar of sauce from the pantry.  Something to keep it fully submerged.  I soak the plank for at least a couple hours.  Rule Two: When grilling the salmon, keep a spray bottle of water on hand, just in case the plank flames a bit.  Don’t worry – its fine if this happens.  The spray bottle is there to shoot down the flames, and keep the food from being charred.

Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon by DelightfulEMade.com

Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon by DelightfulEMade.com

Another bonus to this fantastic dish:  its Clean Eating and a Paleo friendly dish.  There is definitely something to say for simplicity!  There are very few ingredients in this dish – but you don’t need much.  Salt and pepper, garlic, dill and some lemon slices accompany the salmon and provide it with some extra depth.  Here’s how it comes together:

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Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon
 
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Recipe type: Main Dish: Fish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 3-5
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This Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon is deliciously simple. Made with just a few ingredients, it gets its flavor from the smokey cedar plank that its grilled on. Clean Eating and Paleo Friendly, this dish is super health, and super delicious!!
Ingredients
  • 3-4, (4-6 oz.) salmon fillets, or one large half salmon (look for wild caught if available) fresh or frozen
  • 1 lemon
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh dill, minced
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. -3 hours prior to grilling, prepare your cedar plank by soaking it in water. (A large roasting pan filled with a couple inches of water works well. Submerge the plank in water by holding it down with a heavy item like a bottle of wine or jar of sauce.) Let the plank soak fully for at least 2 hours. DON’T SKIP THIS STEP!
  2. Using an outgood gas or charcoal grill, light it for medium high heat. Don’t use a cedar plank indoors.
  3. When plank has been soaked, place your fully thawed salmon fillets on the plank. Sprinkle fillets with salt and pepper to your taste. Next sprinkle on the minced garlic and dill. Lastly, slice the lemon in half. Squeeze one half of the juice of the lemon onto the fillets. Slice the other half of the lemon in slices, then the slices in halves. Place the halves on top of the salmon.
  4. Place the prepared salmon onto the hot grill. Check the salmon on occastion to ensure the plank isn’t flaming up. Use a spray bottle filled with water to shoot out any flare-ups. Grill for 12-15 minutes, or when salmon flakes. For a thicker salmon, increase grill time appropriately. Safely remove the hot plank from the grill with grilling tongs. Transporting on a baking sheet works well, as the plank will be very hot.
  5. Serve right away with additional lemon wedges if desired.

As you can see, this recipe is incredibly simple.  Now that the weather is getting warmer, and grilling season is upon us, I’ll definitely be making this much more often.

This recipe is part of the 2014 Clean Eating Challenge, and post 2 of 4.  Me and several other fantastic food bloggers will be coming up with some fantastic Clean Eating options to keep us healthy.

Enjoy!

Erin

Buttermilk Sheet Cake with Chocolate Fudge Frosting by DelightfulEMade.com

Buttermilk Sheet Cake with Chocolate Fudge Frosting by DelightfulEMade.com

How many of you grew up where the potluck dinner was standard and commonplace for community, school or church gatherings?  The potluck dinner was definitely a part of my community back in South Dakota.  It seems like there was one all the time.  It was a chance for the people of your community come together and enjoy a really fantastic meal made by everyone.  The dishes brought to a potluck (at least where I grew up) were something that you and your family REALLY loved, and would be something that you would serve your most honored guest.  This Buttermilk Sheet Cake with Chocolate Fudge Frosting is something you would find on any potluck table back in South Dakota.

Buttermilk Sheet Cake with Chocolate Fudge Frosting by DelightfulEMade.com

Buttermilk Sheet Cake with Chocolate Fudge Frosting by DelightfulEMade.com

For anyone that’s been to a good church or community potluck, you know that the measure of any good potluck dish is whether or not the pan is empty by the end of the dinner.  This Buttermilk Sheet Cake with Chocolate Fudge Frosting is one of those cakes that would vanish at any good potluck.  The cake is a moist, delicious cake that has a wonderful vanilla flavor that’s not overly sweet.  Topped with a delicious chocolate fudge frosting, it make for one fantastic dessert!

Buttermilk Sheet Cake with Chocolate Fudge Frosting by DelightfulEMade.com

Buttermilk Sheet Cake with Chocolate Fudge Frosting by DelightfulEMade.com

This is a dessert that will appeal to anyone that loves cake, and especially those that love yellow cake!  Perfect with a glass of milk or a fresh cup of coffee or tea, it is one of those desserts that tops off any great meal.  Very easy to make, as the batter is basic, and goes right into a 9×13 pan.  The frosting can be made as the cake cools, and can be enjoyed right away or refrigerated and enjoyed for later.

Buttermilk Sheet Cake with Chocolate Fudge Frosting by DelightfulEMade.com

Buttermilk Sheet Cake with Chocolate Fudge Frosting by DelightfulEMade.com

Buttermilk Sheet Cake with Chocolate Fudge Frosting
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12-16
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The perfect dessert for anyone that loves a great yellow cake! This delightfully moist cake is topped with a delicious chocolate fudge frosting for a classic dessert!
Ingredients
  • ¾ c. butter, room temperature
  • 1½ c. sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 c. cake flour
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. whole buttermilk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Chocolate Fudge Frosting:
  • ¾ c. butter, room temperature
  • 2½ c. powdered sugar
  • ½ c. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 5 Tbsp. whole buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. almond extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13″ baking pan with non-stick baking spray. Set prepared pan aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl and a stand or hand mixer, beat butter and sugar on low until creamy. Stopping to scrape down the sides, add eggs one at a time. Continue to beat on low until all eggs are incorporated and batter is creamy.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. In a liquid measuring cup, measure out buttermilk. With the mixer on low, begin adding the dry ingredients to the batter, and alternate pouring in the buttermilk in gradual increments. When all ingredients have been mixed, add the vanilla and mix until completely incorporated. Pour batter into the prepared pan and evenly smooth with a spatula. Bake at 350 for 26-28 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean with no crumbs. Let cake cool after baking.
  4. For the frosting: In a clean mixing bowl and stand or hand mixer, beat the butter on low. In a small bowl sift together the powdered sugar and cocoa. Gradually add to the butter while beating on low until all is combined, stopping to scrape down sides of the bowl. Beat in the buttermilk, and extracts until combined. Spread frosting over cooled cake. Serve right away or set aside for later. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

This recipe was adapted from the magazine Taste of the South: Southern Cakes, now on newsstands near you.  Visit Taste of the South Magazine for this and other fantastic cake recipes.

This cake really does take me back to the days of potlucks.  There was always a fantastic yellow cake, and it was usually gone by the time anyone wanted seconds.  I hope you and your family get to enjoy this cake – its a classic that everyone will love!!

Enjoy!

Erin

Blueberry Almond Chia Seed Pudding by Delightful E Made

Blueberry Almond Chia Seed Pudding by Delightful E Made

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, but I am definitely a creature of habit.  I often tend to get in a rut where I make the same four breakfasts for myself.  I do the same exact thing at the gym, for the same amount of time, every time I go.  I’ve wondered why I do these things – I think its because I find comfort in the known.  On the down side – its VERY boring!!  I quickly get sick of the same workout and the same thing for breakfast, and then get to the point where I choose not to work out, or choose a drive-thru breakfast because I’m tired of what I have at home.

Blueberry Almond Chia Seed Pudding by Delightful E Made

Blueberry Almond Chia Seed Pudding by Delightful E Made

I’m here to tell you that this Blueberry Chia Seed Pudding is the PERFECT breakfast!  It’s a make-ahead breakfast, which means it’s ready to go when you are in the morning.  It literally takes about 2 minutes to put together the night before you go to bed, and its waiting in the fridge when you’re ready to eat.  It’s very healthy as well.  Chia seeds are a super food, loaded with Omega-3′s, fiber, antioxidants and many other good-for-you benefits.  You’re also getting plenty of protein and calcium from the milk and almonds, which will also help you feel fuller longer.

Blueberry Almond Chia Seed Pudding by Delightful E Made

Blueberry Almond Chia Seed Pudding by Delightful E Made

I personally love the fact that this breakfast tastes fantastic!!  It has just a bit of sweetness from the honey and almonds, and the chia seeds combined with the blueberries and almonds give this pudding a great texture and crunch.

Blueberry Almond Chia Seed Pudding by Delightful E Made

Blueberry Almond Chia Seed Pudding by Delightful E Made

If you haven’t jumped on the chia seed bandwagon yet, I would highly recommend doing so.  I had to do a bit of looking around, but I eventually found chia seeds in the health food section at the super market.

Blueberry Almond Chia Seed Pudding by Delightful E Made

Blueberry Almond Chia Seed Pudding by Delightful E Made

Here are the super-easy directions for this go-to, delicious breakfast:

5.0 from 3 reviews

Blueberry Almond Chia Pudding
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1
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This Blueberry Almond Chia Seed Pudding is not only a quick make-ahead breakfast, its uber healthy and super delicious!
Ingredients
  • 1 c. almond milk (or any other preferred milk)
  • ½ c. fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 2 tsp. honey (or any other preferred sweetener)
  • 8-10 raw almonds, roughly chopped
Instructions
  1. Using a 1-pint mason jar, or any other resealable container, add the milk, blueberries, chia seeds and honey. Stir ingredients to incorporate. Place lid on container, and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.
  2. Just before eating, chop almonds and add to the pudding.
  3. Refrigerate any leftovers.

This not only makes a great breakfast, I love it as a mid-day snack.  I often make a double batch in a larger mason jar, and have half for breakfast and save the other half for a snack later in the day.

The month of April I’m participating in Eat Clean 2014 Challenge!  This recipe is the first of many more clean eating options coming in the month of April.  For many more clean eating options,  here are what my fellow food bloggers have brilliantly come up with:

Garlic Greens by Rick A Bamboo

Rosemary Pita Bread with Roasted Red Pepper Hummus from Clarks Condensed

Roasted Sweet Pepper Dip from Keep it Simple, Sweetie

Clean Cobb Salad from Cooking with Curls

Easy Spinach & Egg White Omelette from Yummy Healthy Easy

Fire Ants on a Log from Project Domestication

Taco Stuffed Avocado with Avocado Salsa from Yours And Mine Are Ours

Paleo Biscuits  from My Natural Family

Grilled Zucchini from Bite of Delight

Orange Chicken with Chickpeas Stirfry from My Daylights

Tropical Smoothie Bowl from Je suis alimentageuse

Greek Salad from Tips From a Typical Mom

Stir Fry Tofu and Vegetables in Chile Sauce  from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks

Lazy Summer Salsa Recipe from Everyday Southwest

Enjoy!

 

Strawberry Shortcake Martini by www.DelightfulEMade.com

Strawberry Shortcake Martini by www.DelightfulEMade.com

I’ve totally had one of those days!  A day where a huge, costco-sized jug of laundry detergent falls of the shelf and proceeds to spill every where kinda day.  A day where I do my best to get some things done around the house and one hurdle after another continues to present itself.  Today, is definitely a day for a cocktail!!  This Strawberry Shortcake Martini is the PERFECT remedy on a day like today!

Strawberry Shortcake Martini by www.DelightfulEMade.com

Strawberry Shortcake Martini by www.DelightfulEMade.com

This cocktail is the perfect drink for spring and could be an excellent at Easter brunch or even viewing the Kentucky Derby, should you have something other than a mint julep.  Made with strawberry puree, cake flavored vodka and cream liquor, it packs a punch but also has a creamy, sweet texture that is sure to please.

Strawberry Shortcake Martini by www.DelightfulEMade.com

Strawberry Shortcake Martini by www.DelightfulEMade.com

5.0 from 2 reviews

Strawberry Shortcake Martini
 
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Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2
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Perfect for when you’re in the mood for a sweet, creamy cocktail! Made with strawberry puree, and cake vodka, its a dessert and drink in one!
Ingredients
  • 4 oz. cake flavored vodka
  • 4 oz. cream liquor
  • ½ c. fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • ½ c. half & half
  • ice
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, slice about ½ cup of strawberries, and sprinkle with the sugar. Let the strawberries macerate (the sugar will help the juice come out) for about 30-60 minutes in the refrigerator. Add the strawberry mixture into a food processor or blender and puree. Set aside.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add the ice, vodka, cream liquor, and half & half along with the strawberry puree. Shake vigorously. Pour into two chilled martini glasses. Enjoy!

This recipe can also be made in the blender.  You could substitute the half & half with ice cream and have a spiked milkshake instead of the cocktail!

I hope the remainder of my day has less challenges that what its had so far.  I will take refuge in the fact that there’s a sweet, creamy Strawberry Shortcake Martini waiting for me at the end of the day!  Cheers!!

Erin

Rosemary Citrus Water by DelightfulEMade.com

Rosemary Citrus Water by DelightfulEMade.com

Are you drinking enough water?  I can say with fair certainty that most days I don’t drink enough.  I’m not a soda drinker, but I really love me a cup of coffee.  In fact, that’s the first thing I go to in the morning.  Its not that I don’t remind myself to drink more water, its just that I’m a little bored with plain, old water.

Rosemary Citrus Water by DelightfulEMade.com

Rosemary Citrus Water by DelightfulEMade.com

This Rosemary Citrus Water is the perfect remedy for plain, old water.  The flavor is refreshing, but not overpowering.  The rosemary compliments the citrus flavors beautifully, and definitely helps encourage me to drink enough water throughout the day.  This water can also be used when wanting to detox, and its perfect when you’re in the practice of clean eating, as there are no processed or refined products – just simple water, fruit and rosemary!

Rosemary Citrus Water by DelightfulEMade.com

Rosemary Citrus Water by DelightfulEMade.com

Getting this water ready to go, is quick and super-easy.  All it requires is cutting up your fruit, adding some sprigs of rosemary, and pouring water.  I like to do this at the beginning of the day, and store it the fridge keeping it cold.  I simply fill my glass when I need a refill.

Rosemary Citrus Water by DelightfulEMade.com

Rosemary Citrus Water by DelightfulEMade.com

I also like to keep my travel glass filled and ready to go when I’m in the car running errands.  It not only keeps me hydrated when I’m out and about, but it prevents me from spending extra money on drinks, and consuming extra useless calories.  Win, Win!!

Rosemary Citrus Water by DelightfulEMade.com

Rosemary Citrus Water by DelightfulEMade.com

This Rosemary Citrus Water is super easy to put together at the beginning of your day.  Here’s how it comes together:

5.0 from 1 reviews

Rosemary Citrus Water
 
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Recipe type: Drink
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1-2
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This Rosemary Citrus Water is a delicious, easy way to stay hydrated. It can be used as a detox drink, or when making a priority of clean eating.
Ingredients
  • One lemon, sliced
  • One lime, sliced
  • One orange, sliced
  • 3-5 sprigs of Rosemary
  • 2 qts. (64 oz) cold, filtered water
Instructions
  1. In a large pitcher, add the sliced lemon, lime, orange and rosemary. Pour the filtered water over the top. Add ice if you prefer. Keep refrigerated and consume throughout the day.

As you can see, it can’t get much simpler than that!  I’m proud to say that since I’ve been drinking this water, my desire to have other not-so-healthy beverages has diminished greatly.  And it really helps to have a travel cup filled and ready to take with me in the car throughout the day.  As a result, I have more energy, feel more hydrated and more healthy!

Enjoy!

Erin

 

Spring Krispie Cake by DelightfulEMade.com

Spring Krispie Cake by DelightfulEMade.com

I don’t know about you, but as a kid, I ate what seems to be thousands of rice krispie treats.  Because they are so easy to make, we learned to make them by ourselves pretty early on.  Between my brother and I, we could easily go through a batch in one afternoon!  We eventually discovered the art of putting M&M’s in with the cereal – oh, my!  They went from good, to AMAZING!  Have I ever mentioned that M&M’s are my favorite candy?

Spring Krispie Cake by DelightfulEMade.com

Spring Krispie Cake by DelightfulEMade.com

Now that I’m the mommy, I’m always looking for fun, seasonal treats for my kiddo.  While strolling through Target, I discovered they have White-chocolate Easter M&M’s!!  How cool is that?  These were the perfect addition to add to my Spring Krispie Cake!  FYI – The regular milk chocolate M&M’s are just as delicious as the white chocolate, and work just as well.

Spring Krispie Cake by DelightfulEMade.com

Spring Krispie Cake by DelightfulEMade.com

The Easter M&M’s and some colorful candy melts, elevate this regular batch of krispie treats to a whole new level.  Simply putting the krispie treats with the M&M’s into a bundt pan, and letting it set for a few minutes, helps make these even prettier!

Spring Krispie Cake by DelightfulEMade.com

Spring Krispie Cake by DelightfulEMade.com

This Spring Krispie Cake is perfect for a spring celebration, a post-Easter egg hunt treat, a cute treat for a classroom clebration, or any other time your looking for a fun and pretty snack.  They also couldn’t be easier to make.  Its basically just your regular rice krispie treat recipe, adding some M&M’s and preparing in a bundt pan.  (Make sure you use some non-stick spray, otherwise it won’t come out.)  Drizzle with the candy melts, and your done!  Easy, peasey!!

Spring Krispie Cake with M&M’s and Candy Drizzle
 
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Recipe type: Dessert or Sanck
Cuisine: American
Serves: 10-12
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This Spring Krispie Cake is perfect for a fun, springtime snack! Adults and kids will love these!
Ingredients
  • 3 Tbsp. melted butter
  • 40 Large Marshmallows
  • 6 c. krispie rice cereal
  • 1 c. White Chocolate M&M’s (found at Target. Regular M&M’s are great, too!)
  • ½ c. candy melts (1/2 c. for each color you choose)
Instructions
  1. In a bundt pan, generously spray with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large microwave safe bowl, melt the butter. Add the marshmallows, and toss in the butter to coat. Microwave for 1 min, 30 seconds until the marshmallow are completely melted. Stop at 45 seconds to stir. Add the cereal, and stir until the marshmallow and cereal is combined. Add ¾ cup of the M&M’s and stir until dispersed into the cereal/marshmallow mixture. Press the mixture into the bundt pan. Let the mixture set for about 10 minutes to harden. Invert on to a plate. Press the remaining M&M’s into top of the cake where needed.
  3. Melt the candy melts in a small microwave safe bowl, on 30 second increments until completely melted. Drizzle over the cake. Do this with each color you wish to use. Let the cake set for about 30 minutes or until the candy drizzle hardens. Slice and serve.

These really are pretty simple to make.  Best of all, because the candy melts come in so many different colors, you can make this cake with any colors you wish!  Would be great for a kids birthday party or celebration, or a fun classroom treat using the school colors!  There are so many different combinations to choose from.  (The candy melts can be found at most craft stores, and come in a variety of colors.)

I hope you get to enjoy this fun, springtime treat with your friends and family!

Erin

Very Cherry Cupcakes by DelightfulEMade

Very Cherry Cupcakes by DelightfulEMade

Every year at this time, our area begins to see many tourists.  We live in the Washington DC area, and spring is the time everyone wants to see the Cherry Blossoms in full bloom in our nations Capital.  It really is a site to behold!  The trees are gorgeous, and it turns the tidal basin of the Potomac and everywhere around it a glorious shade of pink.

Very Cherry Cupcakes by DelightfulEMade

Very Cherry Cupcakes by DelightfulEMade

We’ve had a pretty brutal winter here in the Mid-Atlantic.  (We are literally waiting for yet ANOTHER snow storm to roll through tomorrow morning.)  Regardless of our never-ending winter, the cherry blossoms are set to arrive soon.  As far as I’m concerned, they can’t come soon enough!  I’m SOOOOO ready for spring!  With that being said, I needed to whip up a batch of these amazing Very Cherry Cupcakes to cheer on the upcoming arrival of spring and the cherry blossoms.

Very Cherry Cupcakes by DelightfulEMade

Very Cherry Cupcakes by DelightfulEMade

As far as I’m concerned, a good cupcake must have two components that take it from good to great.  Those two components are obviously, cake quality and frosting.  I’ve had numerous cupcakes (some REALLY expensive ones from fancy cupcakeries) that really disappoint on one of the two of these areas.  Either the cake is DRY, or the frosting tastes like a mixture of granulated sugar and butter flavored shortening.  Lets face it – there’s nothing worse than a dry cupcake…oh wait, yes there is.  A dry cupcake with seriously disappointing frosting – that is the worst!

Very Cherry Cupcakes by DelightfulEMade

Very Cherry Cupcakes by DelightfulEMade

I’m here to tell you, and my husband and son can definitely attest, these cupcakes score some high marks on both cake quality AND frosting tastiness!  The cake for these Very Cherry Cupcakes takes an already moist cake recipe and amps it up with some chopped maraschino cherries.  The frosting is a delicious cream cheese frosting, lightly flavored with the maraschino cherry syrup that nicely compliments the cake.  Topped with a lovely cherry, these cupcakes are not only beautiful, they taste out-of-this world!!

Very Cherry Cupcakes by DelightfulEMade

Very Cherry Cupcakes by DelightfulEMade

Very Cherry Cupcakes
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert – Cupcakes
Cuisine: American
Serves: 24
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These pretty, pink cupcakes are packed with flavor and perfect for Spring. Great for bake sales, birthday parties or anytime you’re craving a great cupcake!
Ingredients
  • ½ c. butter (1 stick), room temperature
  • 1½ c. granulated sugar
  • 4 egg whites, room temperature
  • 1½ tsp. vanilla
  • 2 c. cake flour
  • 1½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1⅓ c. buttermilk
  • 1 (10 oz) jar, maraschino cherries, finely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. reserved maraschino cherry syrup (from the jar of cherries)
  • Cherry Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ c. butter (1 stick), room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp. reserved maraschino cherry syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • a few drops of red food coloring
  • 1 (10 oz.) jar, maraschino cherries WITH stems
  • 5½ – 6 cups powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line (two) 12-cup cupcake tins with paper liners. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl with a stand or hand mixer, on low, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. While still on low, gradually add the egg whites one at a time. Add the vanilla and mix until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, while mixer is on low. Batter will be smooth and creamy. Measure out the buttermilk, add the cherry syrup and stir. While mixer is on low, slowly add the buttermilk mixture to the batter. Lastly, add the chopped cherries, and slowly mix just until evenly dispersed into the batter.
  4. Add the batter to the lined cupcakes and fill to ¾ full. Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean and free of crumbs. Let cupcakes cool.
  5. While cupcakes are cooling, mix the frosting. With a clean bowl and stand or hand mixer, cream together the cream cheese and butter. Add the cherry syrup and vanilla, and continue to mix until smooth. Gradually add the powdered sugar one cup at a time. (Do this slowly, so you don’t end up with powdered sugar everywhere.) Frosting will be thick and creamy. Lastly, add a few drops of red food coloring and thoroughly mix into the frosting to achieve a pink color. Spread or pipe on to the cooled cupcakes. Top with an additional maraschino cherry with stem.

**This recipe was adapted from the Better Homes and Gardens: Baking cookbook, from the White Cake recipe.  You can purchase this fantastic cook book at http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/better-homes-and-gardens-baking-better-homes-gardens/1116529856?ean=9781118453261

These cupcakes are perfect for a spring celebration, a bake sale, a little girls birthday party, or even a cute baby shower.  The pink color is lovely, and the cherry cake makes it even better.  Garnished with a cherry on top, these are an ideal cupcake for any event!

I hope spring has already arrived where you are.  I’m anxiously awaiting its arrival here along with the beautiful cherry blossoms, and I’ll have one of these cupcakes in my hand to celebrate!

Enjoy!

Erin

Shrimp Rossini Pasta by DelightfulEMade

Shrimp Rossini Pasta by DelightfulEMade

As a Catholic family, we always make it a point to observe the Lenten season.  We refrain from red meat on Fridays, which means a fair amount of fish.  I try to make meals that include fish and seafood year-round, so I’ve always got a good number of meals ready to go once lent rolls around.  This Shrimp Rossini Pasta is the perfect dish anytime your looking for a great pasta & shrimp dish.

Shrimp Rossini Pasta by Delightful E Made

Shrimp Rossini Pasta by Delightful E Made

I came up with this dish when eating at one of our favorite restaurants; Bertucci’s.  I looked all over for a great recipe that mimics their Shrimp Rossini Pasta, but wasn’t able to find ANYTHING!  I did the only other thing I knew, and that was to develop my own.

Shrimp Rossini Pasta by DelightfulEMade

Shrimp Rossini Pasta by DelightfulEMade

The sauce is a Rose type of sauce that includes tomato, white wine and a bit of half and half.  Its not too heavy, and compliments the delicate nature of the shrimp.  The capers and garlic in the sauce go wonderfully with the shrimp, and add some nice flavor to the sauce.  I’ve also tried multiple types of noodles in this dish, and have discovered that a long, thin noodle seems to go the best with the sauce.

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Shrimp Rossini Pasta
 
Author:
Recipe type: Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 6-8
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This pasta dish is wonderful with a great rose sauce and shrimp that make it an amazing restaurant quality meal that’s enjoyed at home.
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. pasta, cooked and drained (spaghetti is preferable)
  • 1 lb. shrimp (large, uncooked, rinsed and cleaned with tails removed)
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 jar (4 oz.) capers, drained
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1 c. white wine
  • 1 c. half and half
  • ½ tsp. garlic salt
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, begin boiling water to cook pasta. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. In a large skillet, heat 1 Tbsp. olive oil, and add shrimp. Sprinkle with a little garlic salt to season. Cook for 2-3 minutes, just until shrimp is light pink. Remove from skillet to bowl and set aside. Cover to keep warm.
  3. In the same skillet, heat 1 Tbsp. olive oil. Add garlic and onion and cook for 6-8 minutes until onion is translucent. Add the white wine, and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 2-3 minutes (this will cook off the alcohol.) Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, and capers. Bring to a simmer, and stirring occasionally. Add the salt, cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes. Stir to incorporate the spices while simmering. Add the half and half, and cooked shrimp while continue to simmer.
  4. Once pasta is finished cooking, immediately add to the sauce. Stir to completely incorporate the sauce and pasta. Serve immediately. Top with shaved Parmesan, Romano or Assiago cheese.

The sauce is simply amazing!  It has a bit of a kick to it with the cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes, however, its not overly spicy.  The onion and capers and some nice texture and flavor.  Be sure not to over cook your shrimp, err on the side of light pink (just a couple minutes), before adding to the sauce.  The shrimp will be nice and delicate, and taste amazing with the pasta.

I hope you get to enjoy this wonderful pasta dish as much as my family and me.  Its great to enjoy with a nice glass of wine, and a fresh salad on the side.

Enjoy!

Erin

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