Monthly Archives: December 2010

Minimalist Packaging

Oh my. What a world it would be if all of the packaging was as minimal as these.

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Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili


After my first sitting of my root canal Tuesday morning, I didn’t want to have anything to do with hard crunchy food, or even the cooking of the food. My favorite investment has always been my crock pot. I throw so much in there that it is usually about to over flow. Really, just ask Elliot. I love the way my crock pot makes the house smell, and I really love how it cooks everything so perfectly. This recipe was very easy, and the only cooking that was necessary was the cooking of the ground turkey meat. It has a great kick and is perfect for those cold nights in.

Sweet Potato and Turkey Chili

1 pound of cooked ground turkey
2 small sweet potatoes
2 14.5 oz cans of kidney beans
2 14.5oz cans of diced tomatoes with green chilies (I get mine at Trader Joes. If you don’t have these buy a can of chopped green chilies separately)
1 bag of frozen corn
2 tbsp of chili powder (palm full)
2 tbsp of cumin
1 bay leaf
1 tbsp of cayenne pepper
2 cups of organic chicken stock

Cook your ground turkey in a skillet. Cook until browned, and drain the fat from the pan.

Put all of your ingredients in your crock pot. Add in the ground turkey meat. I cooked mine on a high heat for 4 hours.

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Type Tuesday 12.28.10

Holy Moly. Sometimes when I see an Illustrationist I just look at their work for an hour and I forget where the time goes. Seb Lester has stolen my attention today.

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Snowed in Day Two

Stir fry and quinoa are my go to for a quick, easy, and satisfying meal. For a snow day, this might not be a classic but it took my 25 minutes to make and I was still able to catch the end of The Hills episode that was on. Don’t judge! It’s one of those great and terrible shows to watch, especially when it’s a marathon. Anyways, today is looking a lot like yesterday. Curled on the couch with animals, watching tv, reading blogs, and waiting for the roads to clear.

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Peanut Butter Balls

This recipe, I can’t take any credit for. I came to my parents house today because I was supposed to have a root canal early on Monday morning. However, because of the blizzard we are having in Connecticut right now, I am now snowed in at their house and my appointment was moved to Tuesday morning. Just one more day I get to be nervous! Either way, I am having a nice time relaxing by the fire, playing Wii bowling, drinking wine, eating good food, and spending time with my parents, and of course with my cat too.

My parents are very conscious of my gluten free diet, and it’s quite amazing and so sweet of them. When I got home my mother had made two types of peanut butter balls, ones that had graham crackers in them, and ones without so that they were gluten free. Thanks ma! All that I had a hand in was coating them in chocolate and shooting photos of them (with my dads nice camera). So I had my mother give me the recipe, and I’m merely relaying it to you. I hope you enjoy it! I know I’ve already enjoyed 3 or 5…

Peanut Butter Balls

1 cup of margarine
13 oz of confectioners sugar
12 oz of Peanut Butter of your choice
1 bag of Chocolate Chips (Milk or Dark)
1 teaspoon of Crisco

Melt the margarine. Add in the confectioners sugar and mix using a stand mixer. Add in the peanut butter. Mix until well blended. Pour batter in to a bowl and chill overnight. Make 1 inch sized balls by rolling them in your hands. Put balls in to a tupperware and store in the refidgerator until you are ready to cover with chocolate.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler and add just a bit of Crisco (this will help thing the chocolate). Stir constantly until all chips are melted. Using tongs grab a ball and dip it in the chocolate. Roll in the chocolate until completely covered. When the ball is all covered, transfer it to the parchment paper. When the tray is full, put it in the freezer for 15 minutes. After the 15 minutes you can either eat them all, since that is basically what I did, or store them in an airtight tupperware in the refrigerator.

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Bows bows bows!

While I don’t celebrate Christmas, I do love giving people gifts on the holidays. This year was a bit hectic, so I didn’t get to wrap my presents exactly how I wanted to. However, I did get a link from a friend to these homemade bows that you can make out of any random paper you have lying around.


Once you get the hang of it they were so easy to make! I wish I had double sided tape instead of glue, because they would have held much better, but I think they look great!

I hope that everyone has a safe a happy holiday! Enjoy time with your friends and family, and eat lots of good food!

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12.25.10 Pleasurable Palette

Thanks to the holidays, I have been eating many many sweets. So it is only fitting that my color palette is of gorgeous food. Macaroons never looked more appetizing then they do in a soft pink hue.

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