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Showing posts with label recipe. Show all posts


Honeyed Peach Crisp (Only 4 Ingredients!)

We L-O-V-E dessert in this house.
Because of that I am always trying to come up with new ideas for simple
and somewhat-healthy options to satisfy our sweet tooth in a "good way."
Two big favorites in this house is my berry "cobbler" and the apple crisp (in a mug) 
and today I share with you the latest fruit creations...
Honeyed Peach Crisp!
(and there are only 4 ingredients!) 

Honeyed Peach Crisp by 504 Main


Bunnies, Bunnies & Few Eggs! A Collection of Creations

Hi All! I just wanted to share this collection of bunnies and more that I posted last year. I am very caught up in selling my house and getting ready to move at the moment and that has made me step back a bit (just for a bit) from the blog.
Hope you enjoy! 
Here are some super CUTE bunny projects...
(and a few good eggs for good measure)
and if you have a cute bunny project...
leave a link in the comments so we can check it out!
Easter Table, 504 Main
These projects were compiled from Tickled Pink and the responses to my Facebook Page request!  To see all the awesome ideas...click on "Read More!" 
Thanks Everyone!


FROZEN Inspired Waffle Sundae (with a Healthy Twist)

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Every night we have a Disney FROZEN sing-a-long in this house.
My daughter is dancing and singing, I am cooking and singing...
and even my son is (quietly) singing along to FROZEN as he does his homework.
I love that this sweet movie, its characters, and its music has found a place in our home.
So, are we excited for FROZEN the Movie to be released on DVD on March 18?
Um, yeah...you could say that! Beyond excited!
In fact we already have a small party planned for after school on Tuesday!
FROZEN Inspired Waffle Sundae (with a Healthy Twist) #FROZENFUN #shop #Cbias


Quick Apple Crisp for One (in a Mug)

My family has a sweet tooth.
I don't always want to make a huge batch of cookies, cake, whatever...
because I will eat them...ALL!
I am also trying to healthy up our kitchen (I am always doing that)...
so the other day me son was asking for a treat...
and I decided to try this out...and he loved it (and so do I)...
so naturally I want to share our new recipe for Quick Apple Crisp in a Mug!
Quick Apple Crisp in a Mug by 504 Main


Award Winning White Chicken Chili Recipe

A couple of ears ago I put out a call to the readers of my blog for an
AMAZING chili recipe.
I was going to a 4th of July Chili Cook Off, and, well, I wanted to win.
A reader  (and I cannot find the link to her blog...so if you are reading this...
let me know and I will give you full credit for this masterpiece!) sent me this recipe....
and I did not win overall -the man who did win that takes like 15 hours to make his chili...
and it is amazing and there is no competing with him. But it did win Best Chicken Chili!
(and it should also win the ward for the hardest food to photograph ever)


Cornflake Berry Granola Cereal Bars

My family has a cereal obsession - for real!
Heck, even when it was just hubby and I there was a lot of cereal in the house.
I use cereal in cookies, in cobblers, and I love making new cereal bar creations
Here is my latest creation...
Cornflake Berry Granola Cereal Bars
Cornflake Berry Granola Cereal Bars by 504Main

These tasty treats are so easy to make  - seriously like 15 minutes max!


Persimmon Pudding Cake (recipe)

Until recently I had never tried a persimmon.
I really had never given this fruit much thought...
but I purchased quite a few to use in for table decor over Thanksgiving.
Then one morning "at coffee" someone mentioned Persimmon Pudding.
Now I was really intrigued and had to try it..
but my own version, of course!

persimmon pudding cake by 504 Main


Turkey & Cranberry Tamales (featuring Save Mart Supermarkets)

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I have a confession...I have never on-my-own cooked a turkey.
I always leave it to my hubby.
Well that all changed this week when I headed out to Save Mart Supermarket
to shop their BOGO deal. My kids and I are always on the go and
the mix-and-match meat sale allowed me to grab a great deal on some of
their favorite meal "must haves." Better yet, these cuts of meat were hearty...
so they allowed me to cook up a meal, have some left overs...
and to whip up a batch of tamales.
Turkey and Cranberry Tamales by 504 Main #FreshFinds

My kiddos go crazy for tamales!
They have been asking and asking for me to make some, and this presented the perfect opportunity for me to try one of my unique tamale concoctions - I just love trying unusual, non-traditional ingredients in my tamales. So, I figured...it is almost Thanksgiving...
how about some Turkey Cranberry Tamales - oh yeah...yummy!

Now...for your purists...this is my version of a tamale,not necessarily a traditional tamale...but we LOVE it! And so do the guests I serve them too! 
Every time I tell people I make tamales they look at my like I am crazy.
I had always heard how time consuming tamales were,
 but I really don't have that feeling when I make them...so go for it!


Sparkling Apple Cardamon Cocktail

During the holiday season, I do a lot of entertaining
(OK, I confess I entertain all year long - I love a party, big or small!).
It's not always formal or fancy...
but I do like to offer my guests amazing food and a specialty beverage...
other than coffee, the beverage of choice
for most of my friends is a sparkling wine (or prosecco or champagne).

sparkling apple cardamon cocktail by 504 main

While anything sparkling is great on its own...
every once in awhile I like to change things up a bit.
Add a new flavor...
add a new twist...
and surprise my guests!


Make Your Own Vanilla Extract

I really try to not talk about "the holidays" this early,
but last year I made homemade vanilla extract and it was a huge hit.
Thing is, you gotta make it now!
Those vanilla beans need to flavor that vodka for weeks and weeks.
So I will break my rule and share this one super easy
and much appreciated DIY Holiday Gift now!

Vanilla Apothecary Label from The Graphics Fairy
I go through Pure Vanilla Extract by the gallons..or so it seems. 
I put it in everything...pancake batter, waffle batter, coffee, oatmeal- you name it!
It is a pricey little habit...and I had no idea until about one year ago that you could make it yourself! DREAM ON! This is the best Vanilla Extract EVER (and you can make it for a GREAT price


Make Your Own Pumpkin Pie Spice (too good to not share again)

I gotta tell you...I flip for pumpkin anything!
Carved pumpkins,tattooed pumpkins...
Big pumpkins, small pumpkins...

I also love that pumpkin pie flavor. So much so that in the Fall (and summer, and spring and winter) I often use pumpkin pie spice in my recipes when it calls for cinnamon (and I think the flavor profiles fit).

What I do not like is the price of pumpkin pie spice. I got a teeny tiny bottle of it at the store yesterday...almost $6.00. All of the other spices were on sale...so I had a flash of brilliance (or at least I think so).

Why don't I just make my own?

In fact, I already had all of the spices I needs at home. I use cinnamon a lot and ginger too, but nutmeg and allspice, well I do not use them all that much.


Fall Dessert: Oatmeal Cookie Apple Pie Bake

This Apple and Oatmeal Cookie Fall dessert is brought to you by Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community and Smart and Final.

Fall is coming!
Fall is coming!
To me that means crisp sunny days...
pumpkins...warm sweaters...colorful leaves...
apples...and baking!
Yes, Fall makes me want to bake...and bake...and bake.

Oatmeal Cookie Apple Pie Bake by 504 Main #ChooseSmart #shop

Sometimes there is too much happening in my life to bake a treat completely from scratch, but yet I still want to make something with that special homemade feel. For that reason, I challenged myself to create a go-to Fall dessert that was totally yummy, but also super easy to make. I purchased First Street Bakery Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, one of Smart and Final's pre-made bakery items!

I have made dessert with cookie crusts before...but man oh man it takes time.
By using the First Street Bakery Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, I was able to skip quite a few steps, and save on time and ingredients!


Strawberry Basil (Green) Smoothie with Driscoll's Berries

I love - seriously love berries - strawberries, raspberries, blue berries and blackberries - and I jumped at this opportunity from Collective Bias® to shop for Driscoll's berries at Lucky Supermarket and create a fresh summer recipe! 
#FreshFinds Strawberry Basil Green Smoothie

In this house we anxiously await berry season - sweet magical goodness!
As much as we love good ole berries just as they are,
we also love cooking and baking...and now drinking berries! 

#FreshFinds Strawberry Basil Green Smoothie

We have been drinking green smoothies for a long time now...
and recently began experimenting with adding savory flavors to the fruit.
To me the combination of strawberries and basil seemed fresh and perfect for summer....
and a special treat to share with my girlfriends or MY KIDDOS!   

#FreshFinds Strawberry Basil Green Smoothie

I headed to Lucky Supermarket to shop for Driscoll's berries 
and was so happy to find a gorgeous display of berries as soon as I entered the store.
 I happen to know a very knowledgeable "berry person"-
he told me the key to keeping berries fresh  is dependent on how quickly
they get from the vine to refrigeration.
Most of the time I see berries on a regular produce shelf.
#FreshFinds Strawberry Basil Green Smoothie

I got "lucky" the berries were refrigerated..and you know what...
the berries lasted for over a week in my refrigerator. Why were there still berries after a week, you may ask?
I bought so many berries...like seriously stocked up on this shopping trip.
Read more about my shopping trip on google+.

Now here is how to make a deliciously sweet with a hint of savory green smoothie! 
 Strawberry Basil (Green) Smoothie

NOTE: You can adjust the ratio of berries to basil to greens to suit your tastes. I happen to like this combination.
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 Cups of berries. You can use all one type or a combination of berries. I used strawberries.
  • 1/2 cup to 1 cup (per your taste) fresh basil leaves
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cups fresh greens (kale, spinach, or a combination of greens). I like Power Greens or Baby Kale
  • Juice of one lime
  • Ice (optional)
  • Optional: 1/4 to 1/2 avocado
  • Tools: Blender. I have a high power blender...depending on your blender it may take longer to blend the ingredients.
#FreshFinds Strawberry Basil Green Smoothie

Make It
  • Place the water and greens in the blender and run until thoroughly combined.
  • Add the basil, blend.
  • Squeeze the lime in
  • (optional) add avocado
  • Add the strawberries, and blend until smooth.
You have created a delicious and healthy treat
to share with your friends at the end of a long day.
#FreshFinds Strawberry Basil Green Smoothie

So do you love berries?
What do you like to make with berries? 
One last berry tip...only wash them as you use and need them! 

#FreshFinds Strawberry Basil Green Smoothie
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Easy Polenta Eggplant Stacks (recipe) #FreshTake #Cbias

I like to play with food...
sometimes I get lucky and get paid to play with food
like in this sponsored post from Collective Bias 
where I used Kraft Fresh Take to create a simple recipe for an
Easy Eggplant Polenta Stack.
It is really good...don't miss it...keep on going for the recipe!
504 Main by Holly Lefevre
You know how you can sometimes get into a meal time rut?
Yep, I have been in one.
Seriously the kids are asking...every night, "That again?"
Between baseball and gymnastics, and homework, and life...and year end school activities...life is way crazy!

(Click on READ MORE for the yummy recipe! )


Avocado, Kale, & Tomato Salad with Garlic Lime Dressing (recipe)

Kale is one of my favorite foods. 
For real!
I put it in smoothies and eat it almost every day in a salad (or two).

Kale is not only loaded with essentials that are good for you,
it is a hearty green that compliments so many other flavors.

I love that kale does not get soggy or limp like other lettuces.
I can make a large salad (without the dressing),
put it in a container in the refrigerator, and pull out what I need for days.

This Kale, Avocado, & Tomato Salad
is has become a staple in my house and for just about every party I throw!

I am going to give you the recipe for making a large salad to serves 8 (side salad)
or for one large single serving salad (dinner size)

For a LARGE Salad
1 Head kale. I prefer to use a head of kale or the pre-cut kale. You can use baby kale, but it is not as hardy - the leaves are a bit more delicate.
1 Cup cherry tomatoes
2 Avocados
1/3 cup toasted (unsalted) sunflower seeds

Garlic Lime Dressing (large salad)
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (it took me about 5 limes)
Coarse ground black pepper to taste (1/2 teaspoon+)

  • 2 cups of kale or 3-4 leaves kale.
  • 10 cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 to 1 Avocado
  • 2 Tablespoons toasted (unsalted) sunflower seeds

Garlic Lime Dressing (single serve)
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • Juice of a lime (maybe 2)
  • 1 small clove of garlic minced
  • dash of black pepper

Make It!
  • Prepare your kale:
    • If you are using baby kale, wash if necessary and pat dry.
    • If you are using a head of kale, wash and pat dry. I like to use the slicing blade in my food processor to cut ribbons of kale. You can also cut the kale into ribbons with a knife. I generally remove the rib/stem of the kale when using a knife.
    • If you are using precut/washed kale, you can also slice the kale into ribbons, or sometimes I like to tear the kale from the stem/rib.

  • Wash and slice tomatoes in half
  • Slice both avocados into smaller chunks about 1/2 inches in length

  • Combine all ingredients in a bottle or mason jar and shake. You may have some left over dressing depending on your desired use on the salad. It keeps well and it so good on so many other salads too!
  • Place the kale, tomato, and sunflower seeds in a large bowl
  • Add the avocado just prior to serving (as close to serving time as possible)
  • Toss with dressing - add dressing a little at a time until you feel you have reached the right amount. I usually use almost all of the dressing for a large salad and about 2 Tablespoons for a single serve salad.

If you like Kale,be sure to take a peek at my

This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre


Reese's Puffs Treat Bars with Reese's Miniatures! (Courtesy of my kids!)

I innocently bought my kids Reese's Puffs cereal
and their sweet little imaginations dreamed up this
purely delicious chocolatey peanut buttery extravaganza! 
Reese's Puffs Treat Bars with Reese's Miniatures

I am convinced they are trying to torturing me this week
(in a good way..kind of) - 
I am doing a Spring Detox/Cleanse
(more about that next week)!

They claim they wanted to create a special treat
for when Grandma and Grandpa come to visit
(Grandpa might just love his Reese's!)
What ever the case...these are delicious...
yes detox and all I had to try them!


How To Make Almond Butter (recipe)

We eat Almond Butter like no one's business in this house.
I have long been intrigued by how it is made...
and recently discovered...it is pretty darn simple!

How to Make Almond Butter

Well...I had to try it.
The price of Almond Butter keeps going up and up at the store.
Well, for that matter, raw almonds are not cheap either!
(so I am looking for a good bulk almond seller!
If you know a source that you would care to share...I'd love ya forever!)

But...I love to make things myself...
so I grabbed a bag of almonds and went to it!
Seriously, it was stupid easy to do....
I have no idea why I researched it so much and procrastinated!

How to Make Almond Butter

yield about 1 1/2 cups
time: 10-15 minutes for roasting, 10 minutes for processing

  • Food Processor or High Power Blender. I have a Vitamix but chose to use my food processor.
  • 1 pound raw almonds - shelled, skin on (you can buy roasted ones if you want to skip a step - see below)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil - optional

  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • Spread almonds on a rimmed cookie sheet (mine has no rim...I was just careful. The rim just keeps them from falling off)
  • Roast the almonds for about 10 minutes - then check them. You may need to add a few minutes. BUT BE CAREFUL - do not burn them - check often!
  • Remove from the oven and let cool. 
  • Once cool, put almonds in the food processor (with the regular blade attached) and turn it on. 
  • It quickly turns to almond meal. 
  • After about 4 minutes (in my 17 year old food processor), I started to see  the beginnings of almond butter.
  • I gave it a few more minutes and well, it seemed the almonds did not have enough oil...and maybe needed some help.
  • I added 1 Tablespoon of olive oil and ran the food processor for about 2 minutes. Then I added about 1/2 Tablespoon more...and that was plenty.
  • Scrape down the sides and bottom, if necessary, and run again
  • I sort of got excited and lost track of time, but I would say it took no more than about 8-10 minute to get the almond butter consistency I was looking for.

My hubby likes chunky almond butter but I used all the almonds!
To make it chunky, roast some additional almonds...
chop them up...and throw them in there at the end!

Transfer the almond butter to a glass jar or air tight container and store in the refrigerator.

Now I cannot wait to try some new flavors! 

Almond Butter

I have been researching this for a long time all over the internet...here are a few other sources (with pretty much the same recipe) but they have some tips!
(She shows the grinding process step by step and minute by minute

Have you ever tried to make your own nut butter?
And, I have to ask...do you know of a good bulk almond seller?

This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre