Category Archives: Recipes + Cooking

Lucky Party Popcorn

Lucky Party Popcorn Recipe -- with sprinkles amd Lucky Charms

So I know this week is when people start to feel all of the holiday treats and decide to make diet-related resolutions, but I still need to share this awesome party popcorn with you.

Lucky Party Popcorn Recipe -- with sprinkles amd Lucky Charms

I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love popcorn as a snack. And it’s made even more fun when it’s jazzed up for a party or special event. And the good news is that it’s not too hard.

Ingredients for fun party popcorn

Easy Hot Chocolate From Scratch

Easy hot chocolate from scratch

Easy hot chocolate from scratch

Guys– did you know how easy it is to make your own hot chocolate? I had no idea, until one day recently I was out of those pre-mixed packets. I was all about to give up and have tea or coffee instead, when I realized that I had powdered cocoa on hand. Sure enough, with cocoa and a couple other ingredients I made hot chocolate in mere minutes.

Hot chocolate recipe for two

Thinking about buying a juicer? Read this!

Concerns about juicing-  should you buy that juicer?

A couple months ago I became enamored with juicing. It started because I tried these awesome fresh-made juices at my local Farmer’s Market. Then, in an effort to convince George that we needed a juicer, we both watched the documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, which is all about juicing for health. Needless to say, I was even more hooked, and George was still indifferent.

Concerns about juicing-  should you buy that juicer?

I threw caution to the wind and went ahead and bought a juicer– a Breville multi-speed juice fountain, to be even more exact. But, in true Lauren form, I had all of these concerns pop up right after I ordered. Would I actually use the juicer? Was it too much work? I was terrified that I made the wrong decision and wasted my money on a whim.

Miniature Fake Fried Eggs

Miniature Fake Fried Eggs // a goofy treat that's great for April Fools Day

Miniature Fake Fried Eggs // a goofy treat that's great for April Fools Day

While I love celebrating holidays of all kinds, April Fools Day often stumps me. I don’t like to play mean or destructive pranks, so I’m left with cute and harmless tricks. Last year I made brown E’s (“brownies”) for George and I was so happy when he fell for it! This year I made miniature fried eggs out of candy, which is just a sweet April Fools treat.

materials for Miniature Fake Fried Eggs

At Home Vegetarian Dumplings

Homemade Vegetarian Duplings -- with instructions of how to fold wontons

Homemade Vegetarian Duplings -- with instructions of how to fold wontons

Earlier this week I was craving dumplings. As a vegetarian, it can often be hard to find meatless versions of foods that typically have meat or seafood. After a disappointing Yelp and local menu search, I decided to just make my little Wonton meal at home.

Cooking fresh ingredients for At Home Vegetarian Dumplings

Mostly, I followed this recipe from Chow. However, I completely omitted mushrooms because I am not a fan. Instead, I just increased the tofu, spinach, and carrots.