Valentine's

Best Toasted Garlic-Butter Ravioli with Spinach Recipe (Delish.com)

Ingredients:

kosher salt
16-18 oz. cheese ravioli
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
freshly ground black pepper
5 oz. baby spinach
1/4 c. chopped fresh parsley
1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan cheese (we chose Pecorino Romano)

Directions:

Bring 12″ sauté pan of water to a boil and generally season with salt.  Prepare a rimmed sheet pan with parchment paper.  Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente.  Remove ravioli using a slotted spoon and place in a single layer on the sheet pan, then discard water. 

Place the pan over medium heat.  Add oil, butter, and garlic; stir with a rubber spatula.  Add half the ravioli and stir gently until well coated; immediately add the balance of ravioli and repeat.  Flip the ravioli gently as needed to prevent them from sticking.  Cook ravioli until golden brown, about 5 minutes. 

Gently toss in the spinach, then garnish with parsley and parmesan.  Serve immediately!

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Valentine’s Day is for lovers! What would be more comforting than a sumptuous bowl of cheese filled ravioli?!

Valentine's

WINE-INFUSED BROWNIES:

Ingredients:

Hershey’s Triple Chocolate Brownie Mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 Tbsp Blackberry Wine*

Directions: 

Follow baking directions on the box, replace the water with wine* for extra flavor.  To add festive flair to our brownies, we used Lauren’s heart aluminum cake pan

Valentine's

What says love more than coffee and chocolate? Our delicious Spirited Cafe Mocha combines the sweetness of chocolate and the richness of coffee. Yum!

Valentine's

SPIRITED CAFE MOCHA: (VICTORIA MAGAZINE)

Ingredients:

1/2 cup heavy cream
1 cup chopped milk chocolate
1 cup espresso
2 ounces amaretto
2 ounces chocolate liqueur
2 cups steamed milk
Garnish: cocoa powder

Directions: 

In a microwave-safe dish, heat heavy cream and chocolate on medium in 30-second intervals until chocolate is melted. Whisk to combine. Add espresso, amaretto liqueur, and half of the steamed milk; stir just until combined. Pour into glasses, and top with remaining steamed milk and milk foam. Sprinkle with cocoa powder, if desired.

Valentine's

We’ve got a scrumptious menu for a romantic dinner with your sweetheart! Cozy up by a warm fire and enjoy DATE NIGHT IN this Valentine’s Day!  XO ❤

Valentine’s/Date Night Simple & Delicious Dinner for Two HERE

Healthy

Mason Jar Parfaits are simple to make in just a few minutes time. Try fresh fruits with greek yogurt or fresh vegetables with hummus!  Both will help you make a healthy choice for breakfast, lunch, or snack time. Just grab and go!

Healthy

Healthy

Grilled chicken and roasted sweet potato Kabobs are the perfect combinations for a delicious dinner.

Healthy

Who needs mayonnaise anyway? Swap the condiments for roasted red peppers on your next turkey sandwich for a healthier approach. The fresh baby arugula adds more color and flavor!

Healthy

Let’s face it, mornings can be hectic! These make-ahead egg white breakfast muffins with turkey sausage will keep you satisfied.  They taste great and are the perfect portable breakfast for those mornings you’re flying out the door!

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We’re kicking off 2018 with a bunch of healthy and simple recipes to help you stay motivated and fit this year! Here are some of our favorites that you can prepare in advance for eating on-the-go! Egg White Breakfast Muffins, Mason Jar Parfaits, Grilled Chicken and Sweet Potatoes, and a delicious Turkey Sandwich. Yum! Doing meal prep will help us and you avoid grabbing something unhealthy and stay on track. To watch how we prepare these recipes, click on the link below. Plus, we’ve got some great snack ideas too!

Healthy Eating On-The-Go

 

DIY

DIY

DIY

DIY

DIY

DIY HOT COCOA BAR

Inspired by a winter wonderland theme, we created our own hot cocoa bar. It’s simple, fun, and yummy! After all, a delicious cup of hot cocoa is the best recipe for cold winter days!

Setting up and hosting our DIY Hot Cocoa Bar is ideal for winter parties, holiday parties, or family gatherings. It also works for cookie exchange parties and a baby shower – just take notice the napkins.

First, you will need hot cocoa mugs. Anything goes with the mugs: matchy-matchy, different styles, holiday-themed mugs. This part is up to you.

You will also need hot cocoa mix and a wide variety of toppings, so everyone can get creative. Go for decorative stirrers instead of spoons, it adds a nice touch. We used candy canes, sprinkles, and marshmallows to follow our theme. Cinnamon sticks, caramel bits, and whipped cream toppings are great too.

Now the pro advice: give your chocolate bar a little something extra special by adding cute chalkboard jars to place and label all your toppings. Spray mason jars to display decorative florals and add pictures frames, glass trays, ornaments, and twinkle lights.

You can find a lot of these items at the Dollar Store, the options are endless, keep it simple or go all out! And yes, with so many flavored vodkas or liqueurs available it’s easy to make your hot cocoa bar adult- friendly. Go ahead and warm up these cold winter months!

Caramel

Caramel

Caramel Apple Martini

Recipe:

1.5 oz Butterscotch Schnapps (3 Tablespoons/1 shot glass)
1.5 oz Sour Apple Pucker (3 Tablespoons/1 shot glass)
1 oz Tito’s Vodka (2 Tablespoons/ 3/4 shot glass)

Place all ingredients over ice in cocktail shaker. Drizzle martini glass with caramel sauce, then pour!

Caramel

Caramel

Fall days ask for sweet treats. After all, who doesn’t love to sink their teeth into a crisp and sticky caramel apple? Honestly, we can’t get enough of this traditional and classic Fall treat, so it’s no surprise that we would enjoy a cocktail infused with the same flavors, a Caramel Apple Martini!

Practical girls, we love recipes that are both simple and delicious. Follow our steps and enjoy a cozy cocktail that will warm you right up!

The ingredients represent our favorite Autumn flavors at their best: Butterscotch Schnapps that are sweet as candy; and Sour Apple Pucker that sort of tastes like a Granny Smith Apple. You’ll feel a burst of sweetness followed by a mouth-puckering sour taste.

Simply add your favorite vodka. Yes, any type will do. Drizzle your glass with a smooth, creamy, and delicious ooey gooey caramel sauce. Then, pour it into your Martini Glass and serve.

We think of this as the ultimate fall & festive inspired cocktail, where sour and sweetness are perfectly balanced. This is the textbook choice for your next fall party, holiday, or girls’ night out. Not that you need excuses to treat yourself with one of these!

Pasta & Beans

Pasta & Beans

Pasta & Beans: Pasta e Fagioli (Rachael Ray)

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons (2 turns around the pan) extra-virgin olive oil
1/8 pound (about 3 slices) pancetta, chopped (omitted)
Two 4 to 6-inch sprigs rosemary, left intact (omitted)
One 4 to 6-inch sprig thyme with several sprigs on it, left intact  (omitted)
1 large fresh bay leaf or 2 dried bay leaves
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 small carrot, finely chopped
1 rib celery, finely chopped
4 large cloves garlic, chopped
Coarse salt and pepper
Two 15-ounce cans cannellini beans
1 cup canned tomato sauce or canned crushed tomatoes
2 cups water
1-quart chicken stock (replaced with chicken broth)
1 1/2 cups Ditalini pasta
Grated Parmigiano or Romano cheese, for the table

 

Directions:

First, heat a deep pot over medium-high heat and add oil and pancetta. Brown the pancetta bits lightly, and add herb stems, bay leaf, chopped vegetables, and garlic. Season vegetables with salt and pepper. Add beans, tomato sauce, water, and stock to the pot and raise heat to high. Bring soup to a rapid boil and add pasta.

Reduce heat to medium and cook the soup, stirring occasionally, 6 to 8 minutes or until pasta is cooked al dente. Rosemary and thyme leaves will separate from stems as the soup cooks.
Remove herb stems and bay leaf from soup and place the pot on table on a trivet. Let it rest and begin to cool for a few minutes. Ladle soup into bowls and top with lots of grated cheese. Pass crusty bread for bowl mopping.

Pasta & Beans

Pasta & Beans

Pasta & Beans

Pasta & Beans

Chilly Autumn and Winter days ask for comfort food and what can be more comforting than a classic pasta and beans meal, Pasta e Fagioli? Growing up, Pasta e Fagioli was a staple recipe that was made year round. It’s an economical way to feed the entire family and often times, you can throw in whatever leftovers you have from the refrigerator or the garden. That was the case with our parents and grandparents. Today we try an original recipe by Rachael Ray, with a twist. We did follow this delicious recipe by using the main ingredients, but decided to tweak it a little to our liking, 2Orchids style!

Although herbs like rosemary and thyme, as well as pancetta (Italian bacon), can add extra flavor to the recipe, we decided to omit those from the dish.  You can substitute Italian sausage for pancetta and still have a flavorful soup or, go meatless like we did without sacrificing flavor. We also added tomato paste to thicken up the soup and used chicken broth instead of chicken stock. After all, cooking is all about going with your gut.

There is something to be said about soup on the second day, therefore we like to make a big pot to enjoy leftovers and the flavor definitely improves overnight!  For us, everything is better when topped with cheese, so sprinkle a little Pecorino Romano and grab a fresh loaf of Italian bread.  Enjoy this rich and hearty meal by yourself or with loved ones. Warmer hearts ♥♥ guaranteed!

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