May 2009

Orange Thai Beef Skewers

I started the poll on the sidebar last week because I wondered if I was the only one who used an outdoor bbq almost every day this time of year. Apparently I’m almost the only one, lol. There weren’t too many of you there with me, but a large majority are grilling at least a couple of times a week, so that’s good! I’m going to tell you right now that you’ll be seeing a lot of grill recipes from …

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Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie

I figured since it’s Friday, we’d actually get something to EAT today! (Or drink rather, but you get the idea. It goes in your mouth, not on your head or face And a smoothie sounded rather spa-ish, wouldn’t you agree? When I asked you to tell me your favorite flavor/scent from Southern Alchemy the blackberry pomegranate came up over and over again. So I thought this smoothie would be perfect since you could easily substitute blackberries for the blueberries. Now …

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Posted in Sara, Spa and Body
Spa in the Kitchen: Hair Treatments

If you’re here for the first time today, this post is part of a week long spa feature. Check here for more info, and don’t forget to enter to win some great spa products! I mentioned in my facials post that I came across some pretty nasty stuff when researching what people like to use for homemade beauty treatments. There are a few things that I refused to smear on my face, no matter the promised results. Eggs and mayonnaise …

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Posted in Sara, Spa and Body
Spa in the Kitchen: Sugar Scrubs

If you’re here for the first time today, this post is part of a week long spa feature. Check here for more info, and don’t forget to enter to win some great spa products! Of all the homemade beauty treatments in the world, sugar scrubs are my favorite. Maybe it’s because I have such a sweet tooth and slathering sugar all over my body somehow connects to that The great thing is that almost everyone has the basic ingredients for …

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Posted in Sara, Spa and Body
Spa in the Kitchen: Facials

This post is part of a week long spa feature. Other posts include: Sugar Scrubs Hair Treatments Super Smoothie My cute friend Emily introduced me to homemade facial treatments at one of our annual Girls Weekends a few years ago. I wasn’t sure about slathering the colorful goo on my face, but once I saw the wonders they did for my skin I was quickly a believer! There’s a reason that the beauty treatments you see in stores and spas …

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Posted in Kate, Potatoes
Diner-Style French Fries (and Fry Sauce)

There is something about diner food, or even the suggestion of diner food, that seems to have magical powers over people. One morning a few months ago, I was watching Gilmore Girls and Lorelai and Rory ate some particularly delectable-looking burgers and fries at Luke’s Diner. That night, I was out with some friends and there were at least two of us who said that we’d been craving a big burger and homemade fries all day…and then we realized that …

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Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls are a favorite in our house. We seem to always get the cravings on Sunday afternoons, so after church when we’re all home being lazy, I’ll often whip up a batch. There have been lots of times where I would have loved to make them for breakfast, but who wants to get up at the crack of dawn so they’ll actually be ready in time for breakfast?? Even if you don’t mind, by the time they’re ready to …

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Posted in Kate, Potatoes
Tutorial: Mashed Potatoes

After Sara’s fruit salsa a few weeks ago, you should be well-acquainted with the idea of Choose Your Own Adventure cooking! What it REALLY is is getting to a point where you’re comfortable enough in the kitchen to play around with different flavors and figure out what you like. So if you think of something that’s not on our list here, give it a shot! The Basics –You can use any kind of potato you want for mashed potatoes; however, …

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Spicy Honey Chicken Salad

Long-time readers of our blog will recognize this little number. Whenever the topic of favorite Best Bites recipes comes up, whether it be with friends, family, on-line forums, parenting boards, etc. Spicy Honey Chicken is one of the things that’s almost always mentioned. It’s something I posted really early on before we had more than 14 readers, so I thought it could use a refresher with new pictures. On that original post I talked about how much I love it …

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Strawberry Sauce

Okay, do you ever find yourself in Costco [I can only dream] or Sam’s Club around this time of year and see those GIANT flats of strawberries for, like, $3? And you think to yourself, “Self, that is an awesome deal on strawberries, but after the novelty wears off with my kids and my husband and myself and I make strawberry shortcake and strawberry jam and some strawberry smoothies, what will I do with the remaining 14 pounds of berries?” …

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