Recipe Roundup!

This week I’ve got two dinners + two desserts for you to try. I’m trying to slow down my baking until I can round up some more friends to take them… or at least switch over to baked goods that can be shipped! I never thought it would be so hard to get baked desserts out of the house, but husby + I just don’t eat them often enough to keep up with it all.


Chicken Gyros via Annie’s Eats ~ instead of stuffing into a pita, I used naan bread as a substitute. Tastes amazing, but be prepared to start 24 hours before you want to eat to prepare the tzatziki sauce.


Coconut Macaroon Nutella Nests via Two Peas & Their Pod


Mini Whiskey Oatmeal Cream Pies via Food Plus Words ~ I used Cabin Fever, a maple flavored whiskey in this recipe. They taste exactly like the pre-packaged oatmeal cream pies with a kick of booze!


Spiced Pork Chops via Gordon Ramsay’s Healthy Appetite with Sweet Potato Italian Fries via Martha Stewart Recipes




Recipe Roundup

This first recipe made an amazing breakfast for Saturday morning. I will definitely be making them again.

Crepes via All Recipes stuffed with Sausage, Bacon, Eggs + Oven Home Fries w/ Peppers + Onions via Food Network


Key Lime Mini Cupcakes via Family Circle Magazine


Lemon Supreme Sandwich Cookies via Lamb + Wolf (a modification of my Spice Cake Sandwich Cookie recipe)


Lettuce Wraps via Women’s Health Magazine


Nutella Cookies via Kirbie’s Cravings


Happy Cooking + Baking


Strawberry Bagels

Bagels are one of my favorite foods, but I never really ate them often before being pregnant. Something about eating a piece of bread the size of my fist first thing in the morning… just didn’t really appeal to me. However, now I have half a bagel every morning before the gym + what better than homemade bagels?

After trying a few different bagel recipes, I decided to give it a go on my own.

Strawberry Bagels (makes 6-8)

  • 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup warm water (approx 105 degrees F)
  • 3 1/2 cup bread flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
  • Oil or Shortening for greasing

In a small bowl mix together the yeast + sugar; then pour the warm water over the top. Let it sit for about 5 minutes until it gets frothy… if not your water may have been too hot or too cold to activate the yeast.

In a stand mixer, fitted with a dough hook, combine the bread flour, salt + yeast water. Knead the dough for 6-8 minutes until smooth + elastic.


While you are kneading the dough, slice your strawberries.


Lightly flour your work surface + knead the strawberries into your dough by hand. The juice will make your dough sticky again, so have extra flour on hand to get the elasticity back. Place the dough in an oiled/greased bowl + cover, then let sit to rise for 1 hour.


Turn the dough onto a floured surface + cut into 6-8 pieces. Then roll the dough out into approx 10″ with tapered ends + circle the ends on each other + mash them together to form a bagel shape. That is a technical term, I believe. Place the bagels on parchment paper, cover + let rise another 15 minutes.


Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Fill a large pan or pot with about 2 inches of water, then bring to a boil on your stove. Place in a few bagels at a time (they should float); boil one side for 1 min + then flip with a slotted spoon to boil on the other side for 1 min. Remove from the pan + set aside while you finish the rest.


On a parchment paper-lined baking sheet lay out your bagels + place in the oven for 20 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven… slice, butter/jelly/cream cheese/nutella/whatevs… shove in mouth!




Recipe Roundup

Cooking is definitely one of my favorite things to do. Here is another roundup of some of my favorite recipes!


Nutella Sandwich Cookies via A Beautiful Mess


Blueberry Bagels via Food Coma


Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bacon Cookies via Food Network Magazine


Double Chocolate Cookies with a Peppermint Patty Surprise via Rachael Ray Magazine


Peanut Butter Cup Stuffed Ginger Cookies via Rachael Ray Magazine


Spent Beer Grain Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via Draft Magazine


That is it for this week! Give them a try to see if you like them.