Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Glazed Lemon Cookies and Chocolate Dipped Shortbread

I made these cookies for a Memorial Weekend party and they were a huge hit.

The glazed lemon cookies are a Martha Stewart recipe, and the chocolate dipped shortbread are an Ina Garten recipe.  The only thing I changed on the shortbread recipe was that I rolled it into a log and sliced them, vs. rolling them out and using cookie cutters.  Rolling pins, cookie cutters and myself do not get along.  My way was super easy.  They only took 12 minutes to cook, not 20.  I dipped them in dark Belgium chocolate from Trader Joes (1lb brick, I used half the brick).  
The lemon cookies also only took about 13 minutes to cook, not 15-20.
I will be making both again for sure!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Weekend Recap

We had a nice weekend!
Starting with homemade pizza Friday night and a walk at the beach:

First sunset we have seen this year!
Saturday morning we went to Cuyahoga Valley National Park and rewarded ourselves afterward with a cupcake and cannoli from a local Italian Bakery.  Yum!

Left over panini, it wasn't pressed down at all.
So I pressed it at home when I re grilled it.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

World Market

Let's just talk about World Market for a second (some parts of the country call it Cost Plus).  I recently joined their Explorer Program and I think you should too.  You basically use your account # every time you make purchas.  Once you purchase $100 worth of food products you get a $10 gift card.  There's no expiration either to get to your $100 purchase total, so you could take an entire year to do it if you want.  Also, for every 6 bags of coffee you buy you get one free one.  And if you buy a bag of coffee on a Wednesday it counts as if you had bought two.  Not to mention their coffee is YUM.  We currently have the Texas Turtle Blend (bought on a Wednesday, two points!).  So besides the $10 and the coffee deals you also get coupons and recently I had a random $10 off $30 which I put to good use.  

Food I enjoy from World Market includes: coffee, chocolate from around the world, British items for my husband (like HP Sauce, Heinz Beans, various chocolate), Maui Sweet Onion Chips, lemon pancake mix, fruit jams and preserves, baking items, pasta sauces, and chicken korma sauce.  I also enjoy their wine and beer (I don't think that counts towards the $100 food purchase though unfortunately!).  We recently tried Buffalo Bills Orange Blossom Cream Ale and it is delish.  

I wish I could take you all on a shopping trip there!  Besides the food section I also love their patio/outdoor items, kitchenware (particularly serving items and coffee mugs), home accessories, greeting cards, and fancy french soaps.  Last time I was there I got this pretty teapot for only $15:

I also want to mention that they are currently doing a $100 gift card a day giveaway on their Facebook page until May 27th.  The only bad thing is that my local World Market closed, but the nearest one is only about 12 miles away so it's not THAT horrible.  

*I am not affiliated in any way with World Market, I just really enjoy this store :)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

French Onion Soup

I followed Deb's recipe to a T and it was AMAZING!
Recipe: http://smittenkitchen.com/2011/04/french-onion-soup/

Monday, May 16, 2011

Shower Products Review

Two recent purchases:
Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Fortifying Shampoo

The claim on this new shampoo is that it will not weight your hair down because it has no silicone, will leave no residue and will wash away clean.  It is also biodegradable.  It does still have sulfates in it, but I enjoy a good lather, and the fruity smell.  Anyway, my verdict is that it will be a good once a week shampoo for my baby fine hair to help get rid of residue and give my hair a break from the blonde salon shampoo I use.  Overall it's probably just as good a drugstore shampoo as any other one out there plus it's environmentally conscience.  Thumbs up.

Aveeno Skin Relief Body Wash - Fragrance Free

This is a non-soap body wash for sensitive skin, dry, itchy skin.  I am really liking the moisturizing properties of this and can see it being great in the winter time but also during the summer after a day at the beach or in the sun.  Another thumbs up product.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Frozen Yogurt

Yay we finally got a do-it-yourself frozen yogurt place like they have all over California (Pinkberry, etc.), Yogurt Vi.  It's at Legacy Village in Beachwood and you get to serve your own yogurt AND the toppings.  The prices seem good especially with the sales they've been running (10-20% off certain days).  Love the strawberry and the vanilla and even the sugar free raspberry!  The topping selection is also great, lots to choose from.  Love the mini buckeyes.  Plus you are getting your live active cultures, better for you than ice-cream! 


Monday, May 2, 2011

Dinner Series: Chicken Florentine Style

Do yourself a favor and make this!
This was amazing, and pretty easy also.
Recipe here: 
I did not change anything.