Posts tagged #recipe

Moscow Mules

My favorite easy summer cocktail this year was the Moscow Mule.  I think its popularity in our house ensures it will linger well into the Fall...  

Here's what you need for one Mule:

  • 1 shot (1.5 fl oz) vodka
  • 1/2 fl oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup ginger beer
  • ice (cubed or crushed)
  • lime wedge for a garnish

You could enjoy a non-alcoholic mocktail with just the ginger beer and lime if you wanted to.  Or, you can even have a Kentucky Mule, by substituting some smooth bourbon instead of vodka.  

Copper mugs are the not-so-secret key ingredient (I'm convinced the metal affects the taste). And they are oh so pretty!  Mixed metal decor is hot for the Fall, too (cb2 told me that, so it must be true).  So display those shiny beauties out on a shelf!

Posted on September 29, 2014 and filed under yummy, pretty, party.

Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Question.  Is it embarrassing that I have 2 cookie ice cream sandwich photos in my most recent photo library images?  No?  Ok, cool.  

I'm not a huge sweet tooth, as you know.  But lately I'm having a thing about cookie ice cream sandwiches.  Cookies and ice cream?  Always yes.  My little bro and his girl were in town recently, which translates to I gained about 5 extra pounds of fun food--which included these 2 bad boys:

from Diddy Riese, fresh baked cookies, at only a whopping $1.75.  DR is a Westwood late-night must-eat with a notoriously long, but worth it, line.

from Manhattan Beach Creamery, the Cream'wich.  Right on the Strand in MB so perfect for a sweet treat if you're in the South Bay.

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My go-to combo is pretty boring (read: classic): chocolate chip cookies with either chocolate chip or cookie dough ice cream.   But it never disappoints. 

Maybe I'll try to make some at home, and then I could be more adventurous (strawberry shortcake?  red velvet?  rolled in sprinkles?).  They sound pretty simple to make..

  • Bake cookies, whatever kind you like
  • Let them fully cool - 30 minutes +
  • Add 1 scoop of ice cream (about 1/3 cup) to a cookie
  • Sandwich a 2nd cookie on top
  • Eat (or wrap in plastic wrap, bag and freeze)!

Or of course Martha has a fancy recipe HERE.  Or see Betty's take HERE.  

I guess I'll have to hit up Coolhaus soon, an ice cream sammy place just up the street in Culver City or now in food trucks.  Who's with me?!

Taco Soup!

I finally had some time to cook again, hooraaaay!!   

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One of my absolute Fall favorites is Taco Soup.  It's a simple recipe, and the longer it all melds together, and the more times you have it as leftovers, the better it gets!  I got this recipe from my mom, but I'm not sure where it originated.  You can let it cook unattended in a crock pot all day, or simmer in a soup pot for just a couple hours.

Taco Soup


  • 1.5 pounds ground beef or turkey
  • 1 large onion (white or yellow) , chopped
  • 2 (10oz) cans tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1 (16oz)  can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 (16oz) can black beans (or pinto, if you prefer), drained
  • 1 (16oz) can hominy, drained
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning (or homemade) 
  • 1 envelope ranch dressing dry mix
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • sour cream
  • tortilla chips (optional) 


  • Brown ground beef with the chopped onion in skillet or pot, stirring frequently; drain.
  • Add tomatoes, beans, hominy, and seasoning packets.  Mix well. 
  • Simmer for 2 hours or longer (basically until you can't wait!).  
  • Add 1 to 2 cups of water to reach desired consistency.  I like it more like a thick chili instead of a watery soup... 
  • Top with shredded cheddar + serve with tortilla chips.
  • Makes about 6 servings.  

We just had it leftover on yesterday's cloudy Sunday afternoon while watching football (go Broncos!), pumpkin scented candle lit, cookies in the oven--pretty much the perfect Fall afternoon! 

Check back later this week for our London photo recap and some updates on the home decor front! 


Posted on October 28, 2013 and filed under yummy.

It's Fall Y'all!

Hooray, my favorite season has arrived!!  I just hope it starts cooling down here...we seem to be continuing on a bit of a heat wave.   But until then...

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One of my favorite things about Fall is the excuse to go pumpkin crazy!  I just raided my Sweet board on Pinterest, and here are a few pumpkin-inspired recipes you better believe I'll be treating myself to this season: 

Pumpkin pie cupcakes with graham cracker foundation

Pumpkin Spice Lattes, duh

Pumpkin Monkey Bread (I'd add a cinnamon sugar glaze!) or Pull Apart Bread

Pumpkin Bread with cream cheese swirl

Pumpkin Spice Donuts

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with cream cheese filling: I made these last year and they were delicious! 

Apple Cider Pumpkin Pie Smoothie or Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Homemade Pumpkin creamer, which we also loved having on hand last Fall! 

What are your favorite sweet pumpkin creations?