Monday, November 13, 2017

Vegetarian Chili for Two

This post is in partnership with Le Creuset. As always, all opinions are my own.

Happy Monday sweet friends. My husband and I are just now coming down from a very
exciting weekend. Our one and only daughter, Madison, bought her very first house,
moved out of our house and got engaged! I'm still in shock over it all!

We are so happy for her, but gosh we miss her already!  Luckily, she isn't very far away
so we will see her often, but our house feel so empty now. We adjusted to being empty
nesters while she was in college, but after she graduated she moved back home to
save money for a house. It was nice having her and her boyfriend around all of the time,
but I guess we will adjust once again.

Vegetarian Chili for Two

Now that I'm cooking for just my husband and I, you may see more meals and desserts for
two on the blog! I'm sure I'll still be sharing family recipes as well since Madison said
they still want to come over for dinner often :)

Today I'm sharing a vegetarian sweet potato, black bean, quinoa chili for two. It actually
serves about four, but we're saving the leftovers for lunch to take to work later this week.

Vegetarian Chili for Two

A small (2 quart) Le Creuset Dutch Oven is the perfect size for vegetarian chili for two
and the Le Creuset french onion soup bowls I used for homemade french onion soup
are just the right size for a warm bowl of chili. The handles make it convenient to enjoy
a bowl of chili outside by an outdoor fire pit. Cozy!  Pumpkin muffins are a delicious
accompaniment to this hearty chili filled with sweet potato, black beans and quinoa.
I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Vegetarian Chili for Two

Vegetarian Chili for Two

2 tsp. olive oil
1 small onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
1 sweet potato, peeled and diced
1 - 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 - 14.5 oz. can diced tomato
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
1/3 cup quinoa
2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
1/8 tsp. salt or to taste
pepper to taste

Heat oil in a small dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and sauté about 4 minutes
or until slightly softened. Add garlic and green pepper and stir for about 30 seconds.
Increase heat to medium high and add vegetable broth, sweet potatoes, black beans,
tomato, quinoa and spices. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30-40 minutes, or until
sweet potatoes are tender.

Top with shredded cheese and sour cream, if desired.


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Holiday Baking Favorites

Holiday Baking Favorites - Me and My Pink Mixer

Holiday baking time is here and I couldn't be more excited! I love baking all year round,
but there is something magical about baking cookies while listening to Christmas music
and being surrounded by the glow of holiday lights. I just love it!

Our favorite holiday cookies are spritz cookies, peanut butter cookie cups, pizzelles,
and sugar cookies. If I have time I'll also make gingerbread men and toffee crack.
I'd love to hear your holiday favorites in the comments below! I'm always looking for
new ideas!

Now for my holiday baking favorites!

KitchenAid Stand Mixer - my all time favorite kitchen tool!
Cute pot holders - this one is from Anthropologie.
OXO Cookie Scoop - works like a charm!
Silpat Baking Mat - keeps cookies from sticking to the pan.
OXO Baking Sheets - bakes perfect cookies every time!
Cute aprons - I love this one from Anthropologie!
Gir spatulas - my absolute favorite spatualas!
Glass Mixing Bowls - I don't have these jadeite glass mixing bowls, but I wish I did!

This is not a sponsored post. I'm just sharing things I love.

Happy baking!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Pumpkin Muffins {Small Batch}

Pumpkin Muffins Small Batch

Hey friends! Happy November!
We've been pretty lucky here in Virginia with the weather - it's been pretty warm for
this time of year, but that's all beginning to end this week. It's supposed to get down in
the 20's Thursday night - yikes!

I haven't been doing too much fall baking yet, besides our favorite pumpkin chocolate
chip cookies and pumpkin cheesecake bars, but I did take some time to bake a small
batch of pumpkin muffins with pepitas (pumpkin seeds) over the weekend. I don't have
a lot of freezer space, so small batches work best for us. I like to take them to work to
enjoy as a mid-morning snack, so six muffins work out perfectly.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Halloween Brownie Cupcakes

Halloween Brownie Cupcakes

Happy Halloween Eve!

I'm just popping in today with a quick and easy dessert for Halloween.
This one is so easy you won't have any problem at all getting the ingredients today.

There's no recipe really, since I used a boxed brownie mix (Ghirardelli is my favorite),
but I think they are really cute and fun. Halloween brownie cupcakes are a festive
version of my Ganache Blackberry Brownie Cupcakes, but instead of berries, I
topped the brownies with candy googly eyes, sprinkles and candy corn.

Halloween Brownie Cupcakes would be a fun dessert to take to the office tomorrow
or to serve for dessert tonight!

Enjoy and Happy Halloween!!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are a fall favorite around here. I've been making
these delicious cookies for years because everyone loves them and they are
perfect for this time of year!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

French Onion Soup & A Le Creuset Giveaway

This post is in partnership with Le Creuset. As always, all opinions are my own.

When my husband and I were first married I could barely cook a thing. We survived on
pasta, frozen fish and pizza. Luckily my parents lived near by and my mom would invite
us over for dinner from time to time or we may have starved!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Chickpea Vegetarian Stir-Fry

Chickpea Vegetarian Stir-Fry

I'm all about a one pot meal, especially for weeknight dinners! After a long day at work,
I would much rather go for a walk/run or catch up on Netflix instead of washing a bunch
of pots and pans!

Chickpea vegetarian stir-fry is a quick and easy meal, especially good for meatless Monday!
It is delicious served over rice or quinoa. If you meal prep, make the rice or quinoa on
Sunday and the meal will come together even faster.