Kale, Sausage, and Cous Cous Stew

kale stew

During the winter months, I eat soup almost every single day for lunch and a fair amount of dinners as well.  Soup is such a wonderful way to get loads of veggies into a meal and it doesn’t hurt than the ‘one pot’ aspect of it is pretty appealing as well.  The last thing I want to do on a cold winter night is do a ton of dishes (dry hands!)

This soup came about totally by accident. [Read more…]

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Kahlúa Peppermint Hot Chocolate

peppermint hot chocolate cocktail

You may have seen a few tweets or photos on instagram from me about my love for peppermint hot chocolate, so I thought it was high time to give you guys the scoop on what I’m sipping on this holiday (and winter!) season.  I add in winter because this is actually my favorite drink to warm up with after a long day on the mountain (which is typically in January or February).  A side note: friends and family already know this about me, but here on House of Earnest, I don’t know that I’ve ever shared how much I love to ski.  Someday I’ll tell you guys the story of when Matty and I moved in together and our adventure living in Vail, but today, let’s just say that I love to ski and after a day of skiing, this is my number one apres ski cocktail.

I usually have to direct the bartender in exactly how I want it made, so it’s nice to have all of the ingredients at home this Christmas to be able to whip up a batch for a snowy evening.

For this particular post, I decided to take the cocktail one step further and make some homemade peppermint chocolate marshmallows.

peppermint and chocolate marshmallows

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Homemade marshmallows really kick this drink into treat territory and are as pretty as they are delicious.  I love how the soft pink color looks melting in a sea of chocolate.  I challenge anyone not to smile while drinking fluffy pink foam.

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Keep reading for the full recipes! [Read more…]

5 Awesome Christmas Cookie Recipes

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Wow!  It’s been a big few weeks for us.  If you didn’t see our big announcement yesterday, check it out.  For today, though, We’re sharing five(!!) different types of cookies for your holiday and all of the work was totally worth it.  I’ve been snacking on these lovelies for the past couple of days – testing each recipe and ensuring that they’re good enough to share.  I made a variety of flavors – chocolate, spice, nutty, creamy – and a variety of types – sandwich, drop, sliced.

There is a little something for everyone and I’m so excited to share all of these cookies with you!  [Read more…]

Natural Maple Cinnamon Coffee Creamer

maple cinnamon coffee creamer

If you’re a coffee drinker, your mind is about to be blown.  When I started doing the Whole30 challenge, I realized just how much crap was in a lot of the stuff that I ate and drank and thought were harmless.  I’ve finished the challenge and reintroduced dairy to my life (hello cheese!) and thus, milk in my morning coffee.

I love flavored creamers, but with all of the random ingredients they contain, I thought I’d take a stab at making my own creamers.  I started with a basic vanilla and worked my way to this maple cinnamon which I’ve been drinking all week and am quite happy about.

Maple Cinnamon Creamer diy coffee creamer

It’s literally one of the easiest recipes you’ll see and has only four ingredients.  If you can boil water, you can make flavored creamers.  [Read more…]

Pumpkin Kahlúa Layered Dessert

kahlua trifle

Buckle your seat belts, guys… this dessert is off the charts. You already know I have an affinity for individualized attention when it comes to my parties, so making a sweet, after dinner treat that was single sized was my main focus when starting out here, but quickly took a backseat to the flavor explosion that happened.  Layers of pound cake, Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice Liqueur, pumpkin pie filling, whipped cream, and chocolate not only make this dessert a delight for the stomach, but also a feast for the eyes!  Look at those layers!

Something this seemingly intricate, however, is pretty darn easy thanks to the combination of store-bought ingredients. When I serve the dessert during our Friendsgiving, I’m going to set up a full Kahlúa ‘Bar’ with coffee, hot chocolate, cream, and a bunch of other mixers for guests to create the after-dinner-drink of their dreams.  In my opinion, however, for this dessert, you can’t go wrong with a classic Kahlúa and Coffee.

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It’s also a great recipe to make well in advance!  You can make it up to the night before your event and just stick it in the fridge! Easy instructions after the jump!  [Read more…]