Saturday, September 21, 2013

Apple Bundt Cake with Cider Glaze

We are currently in Nashville for the next 10 days, but before we left town I wanted to make something to take to my family but also use up the rest of the apples & cider I had bought earlier in the week. I had an idea to do some kind of apple cake, and after looking at several different recipes I ended up coming up with my own. I love how it turned out!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Easy Apple Cider Muffins

It's been a busy month around the Sage house, hence the lack of posts, but I'm excited to get back to sharing some of my favorite recipes with you all! I love making these muffins in the Fall, and with apple season beginning, I thought this would be a great recipe to share this week.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Whole Wheat English Muffins

Days seem to be flying by lately and it's hard to believe that summer is coming to a close. And even after being out of school for 4 years, it still feels strange not to be in Auburn this time of year. It's hard to believe that I've been out of college for the same amount of time I spent there. Those days went by far too quickly. I think Fall is when David & I miss Auburn the most, because some of our fondest memories happened during that time. The craziness of rush, tailgating & football games with friends, rolling Toomer's Corner, Fall formals & date parties, etc. There's just something uniquely special about Auburn that you can't fully grasp without being a student there. I'll always be thankful for the life-long friends and amazing husband that I met during my time there.

Speaking of my sweet husband, he asked if I could pick up some english muffins for him at the store this week for breakfast. We've made a huge effort over the last year to switch to a more "real food" mindset, cutting out as much processed foods as we can. I'd say we live by the 80/20 rule, with 80% of what we eat being healthy, clean, whole natural foods & allow ourselves to indulge about 20% of the time. The 20% typically happens when we eat 1 lunch & 1 dinner out on the weekends. I have to say that since we've made this change, we both feel SO much better and are much healthier overall. I also just don't keep things in the house that we can't resist. I have a hard time resisting sweets & soda, so I don't keep them in the house. Back to the english muffins...the ones at the store had way too many ingredients to fit into our "real food" rule so I decided to make them myself.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Chewy M&M Cookies

Whew. It's been a week already. I've definitely not had a chance to post recipes like I would've liked, but I thought I'd share one that I made today. Sorry for the lack of pictures. I realized right before I got started that my camera was out of batteries. Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Pecan Chocolate Chip Bagels

I have been wanting to try my hand at these for awhile. I love bagels. Breakfast, lunch, dinner...I'll take them any time of the day. Never with cream cheese though. Gross. Have I mentioned I don't like dairy? Usually I top mine with a little peanut butter, almond butter or preserves. And I have to say, these are really good with peanut butter. I may or may not have already eaten two of them.

These really weren't hard to make, they just took awhile because of having to rise for an hour, boil for 2 minutes & then bake for 15 minutes. I'll definitely be making these again. I'm already dreaming of other combinations. Apple Cinnamon, Cranberry Orange, Lemon Blueberry...

Friday, July 19, 2013

Fruit Salsa with Baked Cinnamon Chips

Happy Friday! Hope you're staying cool inside or by the pool because it is HOT! The kind of hot where you step outside early in the morning and it's already hard to take a breath because of the humidity. I love spending as much time as possible outside, but with the heat index hitting triple digits today, I think I'll stick with the AC.

This recipe is a nice twist on your normal salsa. I love serving it with cinnamon tortilla or pita chips. But it's also great to serve on chicken or fish. It's nice to make during the summer because the fruit is in season, which means it's cheaper!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Cinnamon Apple Chips

Here's a yummy & healthy snack to help you cut down on all those potato chips! Making your own apple chips is super easy and it's a great alternative to some of the unhealthy options we tend to gravitate toward. Kids love them too!

This is a really easy recipe, but it takes awhile for them to dry out in the oven. So make sure you start this when you'll be home for a couple hours. I usually will put them in the oven after I make dinner, because I know we'll be home the rest of the night.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Monograms & Margaritas Shower

This past weekend my mom & I threw a wedding shower for my future sister-in-law. We picked a really fun theme, Monograms & Margaritas, and had a great time planning everything. Michael & Meagan are getting married in November, and this was their first shower, so we had a wonderful time kicking off their wedding events!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Favorite Kitchen Tools & Products

I've been working on a list of all my favorite kitchen tools, appliances & products. You can check them out through this Amazon page. Just click on the Amazon logo below to see all the products. Check my "Kitchen Essentials" link on the right side of my blog to view any new products I add!


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Chocolate Toffee Saltines

I'm going to switch it up tonight and share a sweet recipe. These are so good. Not healthy, but so good. I make toffee a lot during the holidays, but this was the first time I've made it with saltines. I loved how they turned out!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Redneck Caviar

This was one of everyone's favorites this weekend. It's great with tortilla chips or to eat as a cold side dish, and it is SO easy. I made my own dressing, but you could also just use a bottle of italian dressing. This is a great dish to bring to share because it's quick and easy to make a large amount.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Crockpot Chex Mix

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great 4th of July. David and I had a wonderful weekend at the lake with his family, and now I'm in Nashville for a week to visit my family. And after my 7 hour drive turned into a 10 hour drive yesterday because of traffic, I am VERY happy to be here!

I made some really easy & tasty treats last week to share at the lake, so I'll be sharing those throughout this week. First recipe up is this Crockpot Chex Mix! It was the first time I've made homemade chex mix in the crockpot, but it was so easy and it left the oven free for me to make other things. It also allowed me to make a lot more at one time instead of just being able to fill single baking sheets. This will definitely be the way I make it from now on!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Look for new recipes next week...

Hello friends! Sorry for the lack of recipes over the last week. We got back from vacation on Sunday night, are leaving for the lake in about 30 minutes and then I leave for Nashville on Sunday. Basically after next week I'll have been in our apartment for a total of 3 days in 3 weeks. So needless to say life is a little crazy right now.

BUT I've been making some really fun treats this week to take to the lake with us, and I can't wait to share them with you guys next week! Have a wonderful 4th of July!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Kitchen Tips: Slicing a Watermelon

I came across this tip recently, and couldn't believe I hadn't thought of it myself! We love buying watermelon during the summer, but I hate having to cut the rind off each piece. I tried this new way of slicing up my watermelon and I couldn't believe how much faster it was.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Vacation on 30A

We are currently sitting in the airport waiting to fly home from the beach. It's always a little bittersweet heading home from vacation, but we're also excited to get home and back to a normal routine. We had such an amazing week though, with lots of sun, relaxation & good food.

30-A is a collection of small communities along one highway. They all have their own style and "downtown" area and we had a great time exploring each one. We stayed in Seagrove Beach, but found ourselves in Seaside most nights.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Bruschetta Chicken

Well tomorrow David and I are officially on vacation for the next 10 days. We're headed to my hometown, Nashville, tomorrow and then fly to the beach on Saturday. We will be visiting one of my favorite places on earth, Seagrove Beach. I have so many memories in Seagrove, Seaside & Destin from vacations with my family, mother/daughter trips in high school & spending Spring Break there with in college. If we had all the money in the world, the first place I'd buy a vacation home would be on 30-A.

All that to say, I won't be posting recipes again until we get back but look for some fun updates from our trip over the next week. I am so looking forward to some rest and rejuvenation with my sweet husband.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Asian Chicken Wraps

The theme for dinners this week is definitely quick & easy. We're leaving for vacation on Thursday, so this week has been a little crazy with me trying to finish everything up for work for the rest of the month and get us ready to go at the same time. Needless to say, it's not leaving me much time to get creative in the kitchen at night. Tonight, I wanted something fresh & healthy that could be ready in under 30 minutes. These Asian Chicken Wraps are a great summer meal, and easy to customize with your favorite fruits & veggies.

Friday, June 14, 2013

San Pellegrino Sparkling Sangria

Nothing says summer like a glass of good Sangria. I'm always on the hunt for new variations to try, and I came across this recipe about a month ago. It's actually from a great restaurant in Nashville, called Sambuca. They have amazing food, so if you're ever in the area you should definitely check them out!

I made a few slight changes to their recipe, but overall I really liked the original. Sangria is something that gets better the longer you let the fruit soak. So I recommend making it at least 8 hours before you plan to drink it.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Mini Taco Pockets & Southwest Stuffed Peppers

So tonight I tried 3 new recipes to make dinner. Yes 3. Not something I'd do on a normal night, but thankfully they all turned out great and will definitely be a repeat in our house. The taco pockets called for canned crescent rolls. Did you know Pillsbury crescent rolls have 20 ingredients? Yellow 5, Red 40, Ferrous Sulfate, Hydrogenated Oil & Potassium Chloride just to name a few. I don't know about you, but I don't have any of those in my cabinet, nor do I want to.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Chicken & Spiced Apples with Rosemary Sweet Potatoes

I've been working on a new layout for the blog today, so let me know what you think! It was my first experience with changing code, and I'm still playing some customization, but I like how it's turned out so far. Thank goodness for online tutorials!

This is one of my go-to chicken recipes, and we have these sweet potatoes at least once a week. The cinnamon apples are a great compliment to the chicken.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Herb-Crusted Chicken

I would bet that you have all the ingredients for this meal in your cabinet. This chicken is great sliced up over pasta or on it's own with a couple of side dishes.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Happy Friday! I really wish there was a way you could smell these cookies through the computer, because our apartment smells heavenly right now. David & I are headed to the lake this weekend with his family so I decided to make some treats to take with us.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Orange Ginger Chicken Stir-Fry

I love a good stir-fry recipe. Typically I'd use fresh ginger in this recipe, but apparently I forgot to buy it at the store this week. Oops. But it was still great with just the ground ginger.

This is another great meal that can be ready in 30-45 minutes. Which is good, because I usually don't find my way into the kitchen until around 7:00, making dinnertime in the Sage house around 8:00. David likes to say we're "European" when it comes to dinnertime. I like to tell myself this will continue even when babies are in the picture. We'll put the baby to bed by 7:30, and then enjoy a relaxing meal & wine, just the two of us. That's how it works, right?

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Summer Garden Pasta with Zesty Italian Dressing

Well, it's Wednesday, which means it's pasta night in the Sage house. Here's a light summer pasta with ingredients you can get at your local Farmer's Market!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Southwestern Turkey Skillet

Southwestern Turkey Skillet is one of David's favorite meals, and also one of the easiest meals I make. I like to make my own taco seasoning, but you can use a packet of taco seasoning from the store if you'd rather do that. I choose to make my own because almost all taco seasoning packets you'll find at the grocery store contain MSG as well as many other ingredients you'll have a hard time pronouncing.

MSG (monosodium glutamate) is a processed concentrated salt that has no nutritional value, and is used by many food companies simply to enhance the flavor of lower quality foods. Because MSG is processed, it can cause many adverse reactions like nausea, vomiting, hyperactivity, seizures, migraines, skin rashes, and asthma. If that doesn't keep you from consuming foods containing MSG, then I don't know what will. Luckily, making your own taco seasoning is super easy!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Nutella-Stuffed Cookies with Sea Salt

We don't keep many sweets in the house (other than my dark chocolate bar hidden in the freezer), so I love the chance to make some sweet treats for a special occasion. We're having dinner with some friends tomorrow night, so I decided to make some cookies to share. In my opinion, if you're going to have dessert, you might as well have the real thing. We don't skimp on ingredients over here. You're not going to find me substituting black beans for flour or avocado for butter. I'd rather have the real thing and run an extra mile tomorrow. Am I right?

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

One Pot Tomato Basil Pasta

I love finding new recipes to try on Pinterest. I came across this pasta recipe recently, but tried it for the first time tonight. I'm not sure when it happened, but somehow Wednesday has become pasta night in our house so I'm always looking for new recipes to try. This will definitely be a repeat in our house after trying it tonight! I can't wait to try it with fresh tomatoes once the Farmer's Market starts this summer.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Crunchy Asian Chicken Salad

After 4 days of wonderful (but heavy) food in DC, all I wanted was a big salad. This salad is so easy to make, and it's one of our favorite meals during the summer. You could easily make this gluten free by omitting the ramen noodles and using GF soy sauce.

Washington DC

This past weekend David & I went to Washington DC for 4 days. DC is one of my favorite cities to visit, and I think David has become a huge fan of it now too. One thing that is so nice about DC is that most of the major attractions are free! The Smithsonian museums, monuments, National Archives, Capital Tour, Holocaust Museum, etc are all free.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Weekend Getaway

David and I are headed to Washington, DC in the morning for a little belated Anniversary trip. I surprised him with the trip for his birthday this year, so instead of going away for a weekend for our anniversary in March, we get to celebrate again this weekend! DC is one of my favorite cities to visit, but it's been a few years since I've been and it'll be the first trip for David since he was little. We can't wait to explore the museums, take a night tour of the monuments, visit the Capital & Arlington, and eat lots of good food!

Hope you all have a relaxing & fun long weekend. Can't wait to share pictures and stories from our trip when we get back next week!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Wheat Berry Salad with Citrus-Shallot Vinaigrette

This salad is one of my favorite side dishes during the summer. It's simple, healthy and a crowd pleaser. Typically I'll make a double batch so I can have it for lunch during the week too. It's great warm or cold, but I prefer it chilled. One thing to note is that the wheat berries don't cook quickly, typically taking about an hour, so usually I'll make this earlier in the day so it's ready to go for dinner.

Monday, May 20, 2013

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Tonight David and I had plans to go to our friends' house to help remove tree limbs that were covering their front yard from a storm that went through Peoria last night. We were also going to have dinner at their house, so I decided to bring some of my favorite cookies to share.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Flourless Chocolate Cake

I apologize for the lack of photos in these first couple of posts. I wanted to highlight a couple things I made this week, but only had pictures of the end product. From now on, I'll be taking pictures of each step in the recipe :) Flourless Chocolate Cake is one of my favorite desserts. My mother-in-law follows a gluten free diet, so this was the perfect cake to make for her birthday this week.

Quick Yeast Rolls

There are few things I love more than a warm yeast roll straight out of the oven. I decided to try my hand at them for the first time this week and loved this quick recipe I found on Pinterest. Many recipes I came across were going to require a couple hours of prep and rising before baking, and considering I decided to make these about an hour before dinner, I just didn't have that kind of time. But these quick rolls were just what I was looking for and were AMAZING!