April 14th, 2014

Carrot Cake Salad

Carrot Cake Salad

 



I know there are a lot of Carrot Salad recipes out there – but here is my favorite way to make it.  This crunchy, sweet salad has all the basics of carrot cake:  toasted pecans, chopped dates, pineapple, coconut, and of course carrots. That’s it!  No mayo, no sour cream, no dressing of any kind.  I guess that makes it healthy and good- so good in fact you might even considering skipping the Carrot Cake Cheesecake for an extra serving of the salad if you want to be really good!

 

Carrot Cake Salad

 

The wonderful flavors in this salad can stand on their own!  The carrots give it crunch, the pineapple and coconut give it sweetness, the dates add a unique depth, and the toasted pecans make it simply irresistible {be sure to take the extra few minutes to toast them – it makes all the differences.} It goes perfect along side  your Easter ham, but you’ll also want to serve it at upcoming summer picnics – or maybe even for dessert!

 

Carrot Cake Salad

 

Below is a simple recipe – but to be honest I never stick to it.  Use more or less of any of the ingredients to create a combination that’s just perfect for you!

 

Carrot Cake Salad

Ingredients

3-4 carrots peeled and grated (about 1 1/2 lose cups)

1 1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut

1/2 cup toasted chopped pecans (toast in oven at 375 for about 7 minutes)

1/2 cup chopped dates

1 (8 oz) can pineapple tidbits, well drained

Directions

Mix everything together and serve!

Serves 4-6

kyrasiggie

 

April 11th, 2014

Sweet Eggscape – {free} Easter Printable

Sweet Eggscape



Easter is just a week away – time to have a little fun and spread the love {or chocolate in this case!}  Here’s a fun and simple printable to make you a favorite among all your friends.  Grab some plastic eggs,  fill them with some yummy treats, attach this cute printable tag, and wait for the smiles!

 

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Your co-workers will be so excited to find a little chocolate treat on their desk – and don’t forget about your kids’ teachers- They always need a little extra love!

 

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Download the Yellow Sweet Eggscape tag here.

Download the Violet Sweet Eggscape tag here.

Download the Blue Sweet Eggscape tag here.

Have fun with this – you are sure to make some great friends with this sweet surprise!!

kyrasiggie

 

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April 10th, 2014

Orange Creamsicle Pie {Kool-Aid Pie}

Orange Creamsicle Pie



One of my favorite childhood treats, is an Orange Creamsicle. And every now and then I love that flavor and it is brings me to such a happy place. This super easy Pie gives you that great Creamy Orange flavor and takes just a couple of minutes to make. It is perfect to whip up for the kids, a friend or yourself.

Orange Creamsicle Pie

Ingredients:

1 packaged 9 inch graham cracker pie crust
1 package Orange Kool-Aid
8 oz Cool Whip, room temperature
1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk

Directions:

In a large bowl, whisk together the Kool-Aid, Cool Whip and sweetened condensed milk, until fully combined. Evenly spread mixture into the prepared pie crust. Refrigerate until set, atleast 2-3 hours or up to overnight.

orange creamsicle kool-aid pie

jocelynsiggie

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April 9th, 2014

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

 



It’s Spring – must be time for another asparagus recipe.  As I’ve mentioned before, I remember cutting wild asparagus along the ditch banks in the spring.  Later, my father actually raised asparagus commercially so I have a deep-seeded love for these green spears.  Today’s Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus is my new favorite.  These yummy spears are a perfect appetizer for Easter or any time of the year – you certainly don’t need a special occasion, in fact a few of these make a fast and incredible tasty low-carb meal.  You can also serve them as a beautiful side dish.

To make this easy dish simply trim your asparagus to about 7 inches and wrap each spear in prosciutto cut length-wise.  Just start at the top and roll it down at an angle.

 

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Next just cook them in a tablespoon of olive oil for 2-3 minutes to let the asparagus get nice and tender and the prosciutto brown to brown and crisp like bacon.   Finally, finish it off with fresh ground black pepper.

 

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

 

Yum- the result is amazing and it only took about 10 minutes!  The recipe below is for 12 spears just to give you the ratio, but believe me you will want to make lots more- they are even good cold the next day for lunch!

 

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus


Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Ingredients

12 spears asparagus, trimmed to about 7 inches

6 slices prosciutto, halved length-wise

1 tablespoon olive oil

fresh ground black pepper to taste (I like lots)

Directions

Lay each piece of asparagus at a 45 degree angle across one strip of prosciutto and roll down until the asparagus is basically covered.  Heat olive on medium-high heat and cook asparagus until the prosciutto is brown and crisp and asparagus is tender – about 2-3 minutes.  Turn as needed to brown all sides.

Recipe adapted from Eat Drink Paleo.  These spears are so yummy, you’ll have a hard time getting them to the table!

 

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

 

P.S.  Here’s a few other favorite asparagus recipes:  Roasted Asparagus and Goat Cheese Tarts, Asparagus Spring Salad, Chicken Bundles with Asparagus

Do you have a great way to serve asparagus? We’d love to hear about it and maybe give it a try!  Leave us a comment below or send an email!  Have a good week -

kyrasiggie

April 8th, 2014

Cadbury Egg Ice Cream

Cadbury Egg Ice Cream



I am going to be honest, please don’t judge, I do not like Cadbury Eggs. I never really have and I am not really sure why even. It is odd, I know. I like pretty much anything that includes chocolate or a fair amount of sugar. However, I LOVE LOVE LOVE this Cadbury Egg Ice Cream. Another true confession, I hid it in the back of my freezer so my kids wouldn’t find it. I secretly ate it after they went to bed. I know, so rude. So, fair warning if you are going to actually share this ice cream you may want to double it.

Cadbury Egg Ice Cream

Ingredients:

2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
12 mini Cadbury Creme Eggs, roughly chopped

Directions:

In a large bowl, whisk together the cream, milk and vanilla together until well combined. Begin freezing according to your ice cream maker manufacturer’s instructions. About half way through the freezing process, add the Cadbury Eggs and continue freezing. For a firmer ice cream place in the freezer in an airtight container.

jocelynsiggie

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