EAT | Allie’s Favorite Green Beans

I HATE green beans. I remember when I was little, I used to pass my green beans to my little sister underneath the table so she would eat them for me. As I’ve gotten older, I know that they’re good for me, so I choke them down (especially if my kids are watching).

My girls are not like me, though. They actually aren’t picky when it comes to food, and they really like veggies! My oldest daughter, Allie, who is 8, loves green beans. They are one of her favorite foods, and I even eat them this way. Here’s how I make them!

What you need:

  • One cup water
  • About one pound of fresh green beans
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds

First, we need to toast the almonds. This MAKES the green beans. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place almonds onto a baking sheet. Bake for about 5-7 minutes or until they are slightly brown. Toasting is necessary.

Next, I like to cut up the green beans into bit size pieces.

Heat up the water and sugar into a pan and bring up to a boil.

Add the green beans in, and then lower the heat to simmer and cover them.

After about 10-15 minutes they will be ready. Transfer them to a serving bowl and then top with sea salt and almonds.

Super easy! Everyone likes these, so if you like green beans, I’m sure you will too! 🙂

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EAT | DIY Starbucks Iced Caramel Macchiato

Hello!!! Today I am sharing a super easy DIY Starbucks drink. The Caramel Macchiato is one of the most popular and best selling drinks at Starbucks, but since Starbucks is expensive ($5.57 for a Venti), I like to make my own at home!

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 cup milk (any kind you prefer- I like nonfat)
  • 2 tsp vanilla syrup (I use Starbucks brand)
  • About 1 cup of ice
  • 2 shots espresso (or just 2 oz REALLY strong coffee)
  • Caramel syrup (I use Torani)

The first thing you do is pour in your milk. If you have a reusable Starbucks cup, just fill it to the first line.

Add two tsp of vanilla syrup.

Add your ice.

Add in your espresso shots.

Top with caramel drizzle. The best part!

That’s it!! Super easy, and it tastes EXACTLY like Starbucks. For a fraction of the price!

Do you like Starbucks? What is your go-to order? Let me know in the comments!

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EAT | Creme Brûlée

Hello! Today we are getting fancy! One of my all-time favorite desserts is Creme Brûlée. I always order it for dessert and I love to make it at home. It is easy, delicious, AND you get to play with fire!

Here’s how to make it.

What you need:

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • more sugar for sprinkling
  • BLOWTORCH

First off, preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

Combine cream, vanilla, and salt in a saucepan and heat. You want to get this hot, but not boiling.

After it’s hot, set it aside.

In another bowl, combine egg yolks and 1/2 cup of sugar. Beat until fluffy.

This next part is a little bit tricky. You need to add the hot cream, but you don’t want to scramble the egg yolks, so you need to temper it by pouring just a little bit of the hot cream in, whisking it together fast, and slowly pour the rest in, and whisk together. It will be a foamy consistency.

Next, we need to pour it into our ramekins, so place four of them into a baking dish.

Slowly add the mixture to each of the cups. These are 8 oz ramekins.

Lastly, we are going to fill up the baking dish with boiling water. Pour it in only halfway up the ramekins. This prevents the custard from browning around the edges.

Place (CAREFULLY) into the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until it’s set. This particular batch took 38 minutes, but it differs each time. You can tell if they are set by opening the oven and jiggling the pan a little bit.

TA-DA!

So, you need to refrigerate these (I always leave them overnight) so that they are really cold. When you are ready to serve them, take them out of the fridge, sprinkle some sugar on top, and torch ’em. Torching them makes that crunchy caramelized sugar top that is OH SO delicious.

Some people top them with berries, whipped cream, caramel…but I like them just like this.

They are so good. Let me know if you try this recipe and if you like creme brûlée!

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EAT | Lunch For One – Tortilla Pizza

So, being a stay at home mom with kids in school (they abandoned me), I often find myself eating lunch alone. I’m not going to make a big meal just for me, so I’m always looking for quick ideas. On the rare occasion that I get tired of eating a sandwich (I’m the sandwich queen), I love to make myself a little personal pizza. These little thin and crispy pizzas are under 200 calories, and are SO GOOD. The key is having a good sauce, and I always use Rao’s. It’s the best. Here’s how to make it!

What you need:

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Flour tortilla
  • Pizza sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Oregano

In a skillet, heat just a teaspoon of olive oil, and crisp up your tortilla. You want to get it really crispy (almost burnt) on both sides.

After it’s really crispy, spread some pizza sauce on it, and make sure you go all the way to the edges, so the tortilla doesn’t burn. Don’t go really heavy on the sauce, or else it won’t be crispy.

Sprinkle on some mozzarella and then top with some oregano.

Bake on a cookie sheet for about 7-8 minutes on 400 degrees.

Voila! A delicious little crispy pizza!

Sometimes I make two. 🙂

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EAT | Banana Walnut Bread

Hello! Today we are making a delicious treat that my whole family loves to eat for breakfast. This banana bread is special because it has just the right amount of sweetness, and it doesn’t come out dry like a lot of banana bread recipes. I hope you like it!

What you’ll need:

  • 3 mashed bananas (about 1 1/4 cup)
  • 1 1/3 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (optional, but recommended!)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Mash bananas and add melted butter. You can just use a large spoon to mix, no electric mixer needed.

Add baking soda and salt and stir.

Add in sugar and mix.

Add egg.

Add flour slowly and combine.

Add walnuts and pour into loaf pan.

Bake for about 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Perfect.

Perfectly sweet and delicious! I love to make this at night after my girls go to bed, refrigerate it, and then surprise them with a treat for the morning! Everyone in my house prefers this bread cold, but it tastes so good either way!

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xx