The most wonderful (and busiest) time of the year calls for oversized sweaters and no-frills weeknight meals. Good old fashioned tacos are an infallible household staple, but it might be time to taco-bout “beefing up” tried-and-true taco Tuesday. Although fresh salsa, ground beef, and crispy tortilla shells are a Mexican fare trifecta, one shouldn’t shy away from experimenting with different flavors and ingredients. Here are some of our favorite non-conformist taco recipes to spice up your family’s favorite go-to meal.
The holiday season is an opportune time to give back and lend a hand to those in need. It’s true what they say; it really is the thought that counts. Often, the most touching sentiments are those firmly rooted in empathy, thoughtfulness, and kindness. Here are some meaningful and simple ways to channel your charitable spirit without busting your holiday budget.
Move over, boring bubble baths. Bath bombs have been on the scene for a couple of years and have single-handedly revolutionized the way we unwind and de-stress. Not only do they smell like a bouquet of fresh flowers, but their water-activated explosion of vivacious color is nothing short of a spectacle. The best news? You don’t have to venture into a hectic shopping mall to experience this kaleidoscope of color.
Kids have rich imaginations and boundless curiosity, which allow them to see life and everything around them in kaleidoscope colors. Everything seems brighter, more colorful, and more interesting in their eyes.
The holiday season means lots of cozy nights in, festive music on the radio, and memories shared with loved ones. However, the most exciting part about this time of the year is definitely the abundance of readily available desserts. And speaking of desserts, who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned biscotti?
There are a few good reasons why crinkle cut cookies are a holiday tradition:
- These cookies are so good you need the holidays to force moderation.
- This particular type of cookie offers the perfect amount of sweetness. The deep, rich chocolate flavor will lead you to be satisfied after only a few, yet leave room for you to try a few other sweet treats from the holiday table.
- The powder sugar finish creates a festive snowy appearance.
- Crinkle sounds very similar to Kringle, as in Kris Kringle, AKA Santa Claus!
Admittedly, I’m a pretty sub-par baker. After subjecting my loved ones to countless batches of charred, tasteless creations, I took a hiatus from making desserts. It wasn’t until I unearthed this delicious and easy recipe from a friend’s Detroit-based cookbook, Sister Pie, that I decided to give the whole baking thing another go. Read More “Robert Redford Cookies”
Carmelitas are a no-mixing-necessary, layered bar. The crust and topping are both made with the same buttery, brown sugar, vanilla-infused oatmeal and flour mixture. In the middle, there’s chocolate and caramel sauce. They’re comparable to a soft oatmeal chocolate chip cookie with a streusel-crumble topping. The amount of melted caramel in this recipe probably even supersedes the number of napkins you have on hand. Read More “Carmelita Cookie Bars”
There was a time in my 20s when the oven was the most used appliance in my kitchen; almost as much as my coffee maker. I loved baking so much back then, that friends constantly showed up at my apartment knowing there would be something good to eat.