Chopped Chicken Rice Bowls

Perfect for an easy, balanced meal, these chopped chicken rice bowls with a tasty curry mustard sauce are always a hit at mealtime!

Perfect for an easy, balanced meal, these chopped chicken rice bowls with a tasty curry mustard sauce are always a hit at mealtime! * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

When the Godfather and I were undergrads at the university, there was a place near campus that was famous for it’s chopped chicken bowls and pita sandwiches. We ate there a few times, liked the food, and filed away the “healthy chicken rice bowl” idea for after we were married and had a place together. Rice bowls were a good compromise for us at the time. I liked a lot of variety and veggies and salads, and his main food groups were: coffee, rice/bread, meat, and coffee. Since rice bowls have two of the four food groups, I could sneak in veggies and a sauce so everyone was happy. Since we were both planning to work and pursue graduate studies, we were also looking for easy meal ideas.  (more…)

How to Make Monogrammed Sugar Cookies Without A Projector

A little creativity and time are all you need to create monogrammed sugar cookies – even if you don’t have a projector! This post and video will show you how to make monogrammed sugar cookies without a projector. 

A little creativity and time are all you need to create monogrammed sugar cookies - even if you don't have a projector! This post and video will show you how to make monogrammed sugar cookies without a projector. * GoodieGodmother.com

Before I got into cookie decorating, I always wondered how cookie artists achieved consistent results over dozens of cookies. In some cases, it’s pure skill. But not everyone is a natural born artist, right? I can barely draw a straight line without a ruler! Then I discovered the existence of the KopyKake and other similar decorating projectors. Absolutely marvelous inventions, but expensive, and requiring more space than justifiable for a hobby artist like myself. So, I looked for alternative cookie decorating methods, especially to create designs like these beautiful baby shower monogrammed cookies that I shipped off to my friend Jennifer before the birth of her baby girl in November. (more…)

Black Garlic Hummus

With a rich, mellow garlic flavor, black garlic makes a fantastic addition to hummus. It’s easy to make black garlic hummus in just a few minutes as a healthy snack or appetizer! 

With a rich, mellow garlic flavor, black garlic makes a fantastic addition to hummus. Enjoy black garlic hummus in just a few minutes as a tasty snack! * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

You’re probably wondering what black garlic is and why we’re using something that looks burnt in hummus. While this Wikipedia article can help with loads of details and a history of black garlic, I’ll give you a quick overview here. Black garlic is basically garlic that’s been heated over the course of several weeks so that it basically caramelizes. The cloves are soft and have a very mellow garlic flavor as opposed to the sharp flavor you find in fresh garlic. In terms of flavor, think of it as being one step beyond oven roasted garlic in terms of mellow-ness.  (more…)

Easy Kale Shrimp Tortellini

Keep dinner simple with this quick Easy Kale Shrimp Tortellini pasta recipe on GoodieGodmother.com! * #Buitoni #CloserToDinner @BuitoniUSA #ad

Let’s start the week with a little real talk, shall we? As a full-time blogger, I am a work at home mother. This means that while I have my office at home and can (in theory) work whenever I’d like and still be present for all things domestic, I’m actually constantly juggling the duties and expectations of being a “stay at home mom” with the realities of running an active and growing blog. It’s hectic and all coordinated via a paper planner, but I definitely find myself feeling the rush around dinner time.  (more…)

Churro Bagels

The perfect balance of cinnamon and sugar takes this breakfast favorite to the fair! Churro bagels are a perfect sweet breakfast treat, and leftovers freeze well for later. 

I didn’t know this, but the Godfather and I grew up bagel snobs! Apparently, it’s what happens when one is raised in an area like South Florida with plenty of ex-New Yorkers who demand decent bagels. When I talk about “decent bagels”, I’m referring to bagels with flavor, a chewy crust, and a soft yet still chewy center, not that round bread with a hole nonsense sold at most chain bakeries. You can imagine the culture shock when we left our South Florida bubble and moved to Georgia. The Godfather mentioned the lack of bagel options to a co-worker and she recommended a freezer brand. He didn’t know how to reply. We momentarily lost hope. (more…)

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