Thai Basil Beef with Coconut Rice

The other day I went to make the rice part of this recipe and was so sad when I realized I couldn’t find my copy of the recipe. Luckily I tracked it down, and made it differently this time. The first time, I followed the recipe exactly but then the second time I decided to try doubling the rice and keeping the coconut milk the same. It was still creamy and a nice coconut flavor, but allowed us to have more of the rice since that was our favorite part. The beef is also good, don’t get me wrong, but cooking the rice with coconut milk was aaaaaaamazing.

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Crepes for Brunch

Happy New Year! I wanted to start the year by sharing something brand new for me. I’ve eaten crepes before, but never attempted making them because I assumed they would be too difficult, or require special tools. It turns out, they are maybe even easier than pancakes. I love that you can make the batter ahead of time and just wake up and make them. I didn’t even use a blender to make them which would have made it easier (the Fudgelet was sleeping and I wasn’t going to risk waking him to save a little elbow grease).

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Pumpkin Pie Cloud Dough and Zucchini

Are you confused? Well, I came across this activity for making apple pie cloud dough which sounded neat, but I didn’t have apple pie spice on hand. What I did have was pumpkin pie spice.

So, I decided to make a smaller batch with pumpkin pie spice, and then it inspired me to cook zucchini with it for dinner. Both turned out great, so keep reading for both!

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Homemade Ice Cream Cake with Jam (new technique)

I have made ice cream cakes and cupcakes before, but I needed to share this on here to show what I just learned. Even though it’s past summer and you might not care about ice cream anymore. Even if you never considered making ice cream cakes before. I am here to tell you that they are fairly easy, and definitely easier than making a layer cake. Both the decorating and the making parts.

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Easiest Fudge Popsicles

Seriously, this is one of the easiest recipes I have found for eating chocolate in a frozen stick form. And, it was actually full of chocolate flavor. Probably because it is mostly melted chocolate.

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Ramen Salad

Oh my goodness. I did it. I just posted with complaints of not finding a good party salad, and then bam, I made this one and loved it. I have even been enjoying the leftovers! Not only is it super easy to make (one of the easiest side dishes ever), but it was a hit with my friends, too. I can’t say it is toddler-friendly, but I wasn’t intending for that when I picked it. A friend where I used to teach would make a ramen salad that she would share with us and it was so good! I didn’t think to compare until just now, but when I looked, hers is almost identical to the ingredients except no slaw, it used edamame and sunflower seeds, and you could add the seasoning packets, but she never did.

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Throw-together Grilled BBQ Chicken

Now that we have a grill, I have been using it multiple times a week each week. It’s less about not heating up the house and more about just enjoying the way the food tastes. Most weeks I grill chicken thighs with some seasoning and either yogurt/sour cream/mayo/olive oil rubbed on top. The second part helps keep the chicken moist as it grills. K really likes the outside of the chicken to get a little dry and this technique has allowed me to do that, making almost a bit of a crust, while allowing the inside to be moist and tender.

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