Very First!

{blog giveaway!}

You heard right, folks! Since it's Christmas (almost... December 1 counts...) and since I'm a really nice person... 
 I've decided to do a giveaway for a Plug-In Scentsy Warmer!

The giveaway starts now, and will end on Friday, December 2 at 9pm (my time) (so mountain time... duh). At which time, the winner will be announced.
You will have your choice as to which Plug-In warmer you'd like, here are a few of my favorites...
 Boho Chic (currently behind my Christmas Tree... with Festival of Tree's burning...)
Groovy Green

You can check out the rest of the Plug-In's and all the other great Scentsy products by visiting my personal Scentsy website: http://kelseyfairbanks.scentsy.ca.

 Now, for the RULES:
  1. Like my Facebook Page and become a follower on my blog. 
2. Leave me a comment either on this post AND/OR Facebook letting me know you're a follower- It's that simple, kiddos.
Once again, the winner will be announced on Friday at 9pm. 

Good luck!

Ready...... GO!



Margharita Pizza

{pizza pizza}
I've always been so curious about margharita pizza, since it's obviously not made out of the alcoholic drink, it baffled my mind for the longest time. I also have to admit, I've never had fresh mozzarella before until I made this pizza. It was like heaven! I love cheese, but this was cheese x5! The combination of mozzarella, basil, and tomato sauce is genius. Pepperoni and pineapple has a run for it's money. Anyways, the recipe is farly simple. But lets always remember the rule with pizza... you can make it however you want. This is a great idea if you are wanting to switch things up for dinner tonight!
Fresh mozzarella
Fresh basil leaves, whole
Your favorite pizza sauce
Pizza dough (you can make your own, or use store bought)
Italian seasoning

Preheat your oven to the dough's specifications. Like all pizza, roll your dough out to desired thickness and size, and place on baking sheet or pizza brick. Spread with a thin layer of sauce... then add some more sauce, and spread it around. Slice up your fresh mozzarella, as thin as possible, but thick wont hurt either I suppose. Place cheese slices around on top of the pizza. If you like your pizza super cheesy you can place them closer together. Next, lay basil leaves on top of cheese, again you can use as much or as little as you'd like. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning.

Bake for time specified with your dough, and enjoy! 


Good Mood Tostadas

{comfort food in a taco shell}
I don't even know what the heck tostadas even are, but they look like open faced tacos to me. And I love tacos. So immediately, of course, I loved these! They were pretty easy to assemble, and oh so delicious for a week night. I highly recommend them to anyone. They did actually make me feel better after a long hard day at work!
1 tablespoon vegetable, plus more for frying
1 pound ground beef
One package taco seasoning (plus water for the seasoning)
Pinch of Salt
1 can re-fried beans
6 small tortillas (corn or flour)
1 recipe Yes, I Make My Own Salsa

All the fixings you like:
Shredded cheddar cheese
Sour cream

In a medium skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over moderately high heat. Add the beef and cook, stirring to break up any lumps, until browned, about 6 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Spoon off any excess oil from the skillet. Stir in the taco seasoning and water and cook for 1 minute. Scrape the meat into a heatproof bowl, cover and set aside.

Assemble all your condiments so they are ready to go. Heat 1/2 inch of vegetable oil in the skillet over moderately high heat. Test the temperature of the oil: when a drop of water sizzles on the surface, using tongs, place 1 tortilla in the oil. Fry, turning once, until golden grown, about 1 minute. A flour tortilla may bubble a bit, but it will flatten out after frying. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
To serve, spread each tortilla with re-fried beans, then top with a few tablespoons of ground beef and desired condiments. Ta-da!

100 Recipes Every Woman Should Know

Streusel topped, Cream Cheese filled Pumpkin Muffins

{oh yes, i went there}
Truth be told, these pictures were taken a while ago... I'm just THAT lame. Nonetheless, they are still amazing and you should just stop looking for another pumpkin bread recipe right now. This is, hands down, the best recipe I've ever put into my mouth. Ever. Pumpkin bread is my #1 favorite food, and I've tried many different recipes. This one is my absolute favorite! You can use this recipe for pumpkin bread with small or large loaf pans (50 minutes baking for large loafs) or cupcakes/muffins... you could probably even use a bundt pan. It's pretty versatile!
1 15oz can pumpkin puree
4 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup water
3 cup white sugar
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

Cream Cheese Filling:
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4cup pecans, roughly chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Make the cream cheese filling: For the Cream Cheese Filling: In a medium bowl, stir together the cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Add the vanilla, and stir to combine. Form the mixture into a 12-inch log on a piece of plastic wrap, wrap it, and freeze it for at least two hours.

Make the Pecan Streusel: In a medium bowl, use a fork to combine the flour, sugar, pecans, butter, and cinnamon. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 350F, and line muffin pan with muffin tins. In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water and sugar until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. 

Remove cream cheese from freezer, and cut into 12- 1 inch cubes. Scoop a small amount of pumpkin batter into the prepared muffin tins, placing one cream cheese cube on top. Add a little more batter to cover cream cheese, should be no ore than 2/3 full. 
Sprinkle with streusel, and pop them in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack. Store in an air tight container. 

 So freaking good... and can I just add, these make GREAT gifts to neighbors and friends- perfect for the holidays!

Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread - Allrecipes.com
Browned Eyed Baker - Pumpkin and Cream Cheese Muffins with Pecan Streusel


Yes, I Make My Own Salsa

Not sure if you knew about my new book... "100 Recipes Every Woman Should Know", It's amazing! Everything I've made from it has been easy and has turned out fantastic. Have you heard of Engagement Chicken? I haven't tried it yet- ya know, since I'm not really interested in being proposed to again, but it sounds yummy! Anyways, so I got this salsa recipe from my new cookbook- and was it good? If you're asking if my husband ate it with nothing else but a fork, then yes. I guess that means it was good!
this picture was taken with my iphone

4 large plus tomatoes, halved
1/2 small red onion
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 jalapeno pepper, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh lime juice

Remove the pulp and seeds from the tomatoes then cut them either into small cubes or large cubes depending on how you like your salsa. Cut the onion up as well, I like mine very small. In a serving bowl, combine the tomatoes and onion with the cilantro and jalapeno. Mix well and add salt and pepper and lime juice to taste.

And that's all folks!

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