• Food & Drinks

    Monster Cookies

    Monster cookies are truly the perfect cookie. Once you make the ‘base’ dough, you can really add anything you’d like. Have fun and make these cookies your own! They’re the perfect companion for your afternoon cup of coffee or tea!

    Makes 30 scrumptious cookies

    • 1 1/2 cups creamy or chunky organic peanut butter
    • 3/4 cup agave nectar or maple syrup
    • 1 stick of butter at room temperature
    • 3  eggs
    • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
    • 3 1/2 cups rolled oats 
    • 2 tsp baking soda 
    • 1/2 cup walnut baking pieces 
    • 1/2 cup golden raisins 
    • 1/4 cup chia or flax seeds
    • 1/2 cup peanut butter M&M’s 
    • 1/2 cup peanut M&M’s 

    Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with silicone baking mats

    In the bowl of an electric mixer combine the peanut butter, agave nectar, and butter until smooth. Beat in the eggs and vanilla unti combined.

    Add the oats through flax seeds stirring with a spatula until all ingredients have been fully incorporated. With a medium ice cream scoop, drop batter onto the prepared cookie sheets. Place 3 M&M’s each cookie and flatten slightly before baking. I chose peanut butter and peanut M&M’s but you can choose your favorites. They taste amazing with caramel as well!

    Bake 10 to 14 minutes or until golden brown. Let cookies cool for about 5 minutes before placing them on metal racks to cool completely.

    Bet you can’t just eat one!

    Happy tea time!

    xx,

    T

  • Food & Drinks

    Antipasto On A Stick!

    Antipasto is top on my list of “go-to” appetizers! The only problem is that most require plates, and cutlery, leaving you with even more dishes to do at the end of your soiree! Enter Antipasto Skewers! They offer the perfect mixture of everything and are a tasty “2 biter”. Be sure you have some cute cocktail napkins, and cocktails of course, and you’re good to go! 

    Antipasto Skewers: Purchase your favorite Antipasto fixings. I always opt for a combination of the following:

    • Olives
    • Salami
    • Artichoke hearts
    • Sun-dried tomatoes
    • Mozarella cheese
    • Fireroasted peppers 

    Gather some cute skewers and start building! It doesn’t get much more simple than that!

    My formula usually starts with mozzarella and ends with an olive!

    Happy Hosting!

    xx,

    T

  • Food & Drinks,  Wellness

    Turkey Chili

    This chili is a staple in our house. It’s quick to make and bonus, tastes even better the second or third day! We always take it with us when we go skiing and have it ready after a long day on the slopes! This is a make ahead dinner that is sure to please!

    Serves 8 people

    Ingredients

    • 1 lb. lean ground turkey
    • 3 cups ( 1 large) Onion chopped
    • 2 cups (5 large) Carrots chopped
    • 2 cups (1 large) Red Bell Pepper chopped
    • 3 cloves garlic
    • 1 cup chicken broth 
    • 1 can diced tomatoes
    • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
    • 1/3 cup red wine
    • 2 tablespoons chili powder 
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 2 teaspoons cumin
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 2 pinches cinnamon
    • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
    • 2 cups frozen corn 

    Garnish

    • 1 cup sour cream
    • 1/2 cup lite Mexican cheese

    Begin by cooking the ground turkey in 1 teaspoon olive oil. this should take about 5-7 minutes. The turkey will be pale in color and no longer pink. Remove from pot and set aside.

    In the same pot, add a nice drizzle of olive oil and sauté onions, carrots and bell pepper until onions are translucent and carrots are soft. Next add in the garlic and stir. Next add in the chicken broth, diced tomoatos, tomato paste and red wine, mix togethe runtil the tomato paste is fully incorporated. Next, add the spices, Chili powder, oregano, cumin, salt and cinnamon. Add the turkey back in and let it simmer for about 10 minutes to help the flavors meld! Add the canned black beans and frozen corn and cook 5 minutes longer just to warm the beans and corn.

    Serve with sour cream and lite Mexican cheese!

    Enjoy!

    xx,

    T

  • Food & Drinks,  Wellness

    Baked Brocolli

    This is one of our most favorite sides. Baking the broccoli brings out a somewhat “nutty” flavor and it can be the perfect addition to a salad, pasta dish or just have it as a side dish. This recipe is simple, fool proof and well, downright delish.

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees

    • 3 cups broccoli, trimmed into bite sized pieces (I usually make them smaller if they’re going into a salad)
    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • 1/2 tsp salt,
    • 1/2 tsp pepper

    Place broccoli in a mixing bowl, toss with olive oil, salt and pepper.

    Bake 20-25 minutes

    Warning: Once this comes out of the oven a few pieces will inevitably be consumed by passers-by, for this reason I always add a few more pieces than I think I need just to account for the missing florets.

    Happy cooking!

    xx,

    T

  • Food & Drinks

    Beet, Avocado & Goat Cheese Salad

    This salad is such a nice combination of flavors, the arugula adds a little peppery taste, the beets are sweet and the pepitas add great texture. Here’s the challenge with this salad, try to get all components into every single bite! It will be the best bit of salad you have ever tasted!

    Ingredients

    • 6 cups arugula
    • 1 small, 3 oz log goat cheese
    • 4 small beets peeled and steamed (you can find these pre-steamed and

    peeled at your local Trader joes or supermarket)

    • 1 small avocado, sliced horizontally
    • 2 tablespoons pepitas (Raw pumpkin seeds)

    First and most importantly, use a teaspoon to scoop small pieces of goat cheese and roll into balls with your hands until you have about 10 cheese balls. Keep rolling until cheese balls look smooth. Set aside.

    Slice beets and avocado into thin slices. Place arugula in a large bowl, dress with your favorite vinaigrette or simply olive oil and balsamic, toss to coat all leaves.

    Assemble arugula leaves on a serving platter, shingle beets and avocado in altering layers on top of leaves. Sprinkle with goat cheese balls and pepitas.

    Voila! Easy, healthy and delicious too!

  • Hygge

    15 Stocking Stuffer Ideas

    Hi there Grace Girls!

    The holidays are just around the corner and Black Friday is looming near, which means great deals on Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers. I don’t know about you but I always loved opening stockings on Christmas morning. Now that I make stocking for people I’ve realized how  hard it is to find the perfect small gifts for stockings! Here are a 15 ideas for stocking stuffers, for her, him and the kids!

    5 Stocking stuffers for her:

    The perfect small things for your mom, sister, cousin, aunt…you get the idea. 

    Makeup mirror for travel: This one great for women ‘on the go’ whenever a makeup refresh is needed, this is the perfect thing. Small enough to fit in a handbag and it lights up too! Click here to check it out! 

    Eye shadow applicators: Why is it that the eyeshadow ALWAYS lasts longer that the little applicator? and using a q-tip or your finger to apply eyeshadow just isn’t the same. These Covergirl applicators are under $3 and will tide over your makeup lover..at least until Easter!

    Reusable shopping bag: For those environmentally conscious folks (or folks who don’t want to spend .10c for a shopping bag each time they go to the store) these mesh bags really do the trick. They’re lightweight, can be tossed into a purse and bonus, they’re washable too! Reusable mesh bags are a stocking stuffer essential!

    EOS lip balm: This goes into my families stockings each year, Eos lip balm not only hydrates and nourishes your lips but the best part is the shape. You can always find it in your purse because of the “egg” shape. The vanilla mint flavor is a must as well!

    Soy candles: The cold winter months call for calmingly lavender scented candles. These offer a clean, fresh, lavender scent and burn up to 35 hours, and they come in a 2 pack so you can keep one for yourself, better yet, light it while shopping online for stocking stuffers!

    5 Stocking stuffers for him:

    The perfect small things for your brother, dad, husband, boyfriend…we’ve been here before. 

    Pens: I know it sounds weird to talk about “writing” experience but these pens are literally the best! They write super smooth with a fine tip. For under $8 for 3 pens these will spoil you and nothing will ever compare…maybe! Click here to purchase! 

    Earbuds:  Where do earbuds go? You have them one day, and the next, poof, they’re gone which is why they’re the greatest stocking stuffer ever. Even if you already have some, more of these little guys is always better, you never know, a set for travel, a set for the office? These Earbuds work with iPhone, Samsung galaxy and Android.

    Notebook: Moleskin notebooks are a great stocking stuffer, no matter who you are, you can always use a cool, sleek notebook! They come in a variety of sizes too!

    Card pocket for phone: Card pockets are essential when space is limited (ie: in a pocket). Grab out just the cards needed, maybe a bit of cash and you’re ready for a night out or a quick run to the store.

    Swiss Army pocket knife: This is the perfect stocking stuffer, and practical too, you never know when you might need a tool, nail file or a pair of tweezers and it’s a small keychain version too so it’s always accessible. Click here to check it out!

    5 Stocking stuffers for the kiddos:

    The perfect small things for the kids…be sure to add copious amounts of candy and sweets too..it is the holidays after all! 

    Playing cards: In this day and age, we are so focused on tech, phones, video games and TV. Cards are the perfect way to engage a child and maybe teach them a new game or two! Cards are a classic. These cards are too cute with animals on the backside, choose from a variety of animals that suit your little’s fancy (get it…suit!!).

    Yo-Yo: Yo-Yo’s are a classic, they teach hand, eye coordination and offer a bit of fun too! They’re the gift that can go anywhere and bonus, they’re not annoying for parents either!

    Fun Bandaids: Owies are never fun, but having a cute bandaid to cover it up makes it feel a little better. These bandaids offer a few different characters, from Paw patrol to Frozen, there is a pack for every kid!

    Emoji Sticky notes: These are thinking outside the box! They’re fun too, with 4 different designs there is an emoji for every mood!

    Lipsmackers: Whether these are for a boy or a girl, lip smackers are always fun. For boys they have Starwars and M&M’s theme while for girls they have Frozen. Who knew lip balm could be so fun!

    Have a great time Black Friday shopping for stocking stuffers! Make sure to buy a little something for the shopper too!

    Here’s to a stress free holiday!

    xx,

    gracegrl

     

  • Food & Drinks

    DIY Pumpkin Spiced Lattes!

     

     

    It’s that time of year! Fall is here and so are PSL’s! We say “yummy in my tummy” but at over $4 a piece that’s a little scary for your bank account! So in the Grace Girl kitchen we opted to create our own!

    Here’s the recipe, and if you want to follow along with me while you make it, check out the video below!

     

    1 1/4 cups milk warmed in microwave or on stovetop

    2 shots of espresso

    2 tbsp maple syrup or agave nectar

    4 tablespoons pumpkin

    Place all ingredients into a measuring up and use an immersion blender (or regular blender, but immersion is easier to clean!) and blend together until smooth.

    Pour into 2 cups, top with pumpkin pie spice and serve!

    Enjoy!

    xx,

    gracegrl

     

  • Uncategorized

    Add a little more “fun” to your work supplies!

    This post is inspired by back to school supplies shopping time. I don’t know about you, but as kids we always looked forward to going back to school, being in a routine and well, of course, the best part was picking out school supplies! We would wait for our “supply” list to come out and the minute it was out my mom would drive us to Target to pick out our new swag for the year!
    Since I’m not in school anymore and don’t have a “set” supplies list I find that I purchase “work supply” items WAY too often. I’ve found that work supplies are sadly a bit less fun. It just felt different than that excitement I felt as a little one.  Yellow legal pads and number 2 pencils just don’t do the trick. We have complied a list of work supplies to add a little more fun to your day to day work life!
    1. We stumbled across these and HAD to have them, Fun file folders will brighten up any desk and even if you don’t use the paper inside of them but once a year, they can still bring a pop of Joy every day! Click here to check out some Grace Girl approved folders!
    2.  For those of you who are still a ‘kid” at heart, we found the perfect thing to put a smile on your loved ones face. These lunch box notes are the perfect little surprise to stick inside a friends purse, your significant other’s computer bag, or in a lunch! Or, you can leave one in the morning if you’re the first one up. What a nice treat for someone to wake up to a cute little note to have with morning coffee! Check ’em out here!
    3. Paper Mate mechanical pencils –  if you’re like me, sometimes you just need to write with a pencil, and these are truly the best. They don’t break, are a good width to hold and are brightly colored too! The fact that they’re brightly colored makes them fun and also helps you keep track if someone ‘borrows” one and doesn’t give it back. You know who you are, lol!
    4. If you’re a list maker, then this is the thing for you. Instead of having to carry around planner, I keep a little “my week” notepad on my desk which helps me remember items that I need to follow up on. No matter how hard you try, you can’t keep everything stored in your head. There are many fun options out there for weekly notepads.
    5. We use paper clips quite often for their ‘reusability” factor, and I don’t know about you but I get bored with the same plain clips. I recently purchased some of these cuties! Everyone needs animal shaped paper clips in their life right? Just wait for the smiles when you hand the entire boardroom your proposal stuck together with a turtle paper clip.
    We would love to hear what your favorite work products are! Leave a comment below! 
     
    xx,
    gracegrl
  • Hygge

    50 things that make us happy!

    Because we’ve been feeling like life is really, really good, we’re sharing with you 50 things that make us smile!!

    1. That first cup of morning coffee

    Thanks, Jametlene Reskp for the photo!

    2. Puppy’s (always make anyone smile)

    3. Sunflowers

    4. Jade Roses

    5. Little kid hugs

    6. Spotting a deer

    7. Going to bed with freshly washed sheets!

    8. Watching a Gossip Girl Marathon

    9. Joel Kanitz’s voice (if you don’t know who this is…you NEED to…voice of an angel!)

    10. Driving down the Pacific Coast Highway on a perfect day

    11. Country music sing-alongs

    12. Watching it snow (not this time of year…but in the winter)

    13. Hanging out with our girlfriends

    14. Christmas Dinner

    15. Getting a new pair of shoes

    16. Getting a cute text

    17. Eating a box of French Macarons in the bubble bath with Chardonnay ala Ms. Blair

    18. Discovering a new recipe

    19. Tom Ford scents

    20. Getting the newest issue of Instyle magazine

    21. Receiving a compliment

    22. Finding the perfect gift for a loved one

    23. Getting invited to a party! (always exciting especially when you usually host!)

    24. Sunshine when rain was predicted

    25. Freshly clean and waxed car!

    26. Making eye contact with a cute stranger

    27. Pilates

    28. Feeling like you could run forever

    29. Freshly painted toes

    31. A really good glass of rich, smooth Cabernet

    32. Finding your favorite jeans at half price

    33. Finding money in your pocket when you go to do the laundry

    34. Getting a handwritten letter in the mail

    35. The smell of freshly cut grass

    36. Eating peanut butter right out of the jar!

    37. A book you can’t put down

    38. Filet Mignon

    39. Silk robes

    40. Baby chicks

    41. Friday nights

    42. Smell of the air after a spring rain

    43. Rainbows

    44. Paris…everything Paris

    45. Receiving a beautiful bouquet

    46. Watching Dynasty on the telly

    47. In our crazy world finding out that Gentlemen still do exist!

    48. Playing Scrabble with funny people

    49. Harvesting crops from the Garden that you’ve grown

    50. Reading comments from people on our blog

    That’s 50 things that make us smile! Leave us your comments and tell us what your top 10 are! Have a phenomenal day!

    xx

    T

  • Food & Drinks,  Wellness

    Pumpkin (Kurbis) Soup for Fall

    I love the way the changing of the seasons opens up a whole new arena of styles, activities, and of course, tastes! I love fall with its leaves changing color as the air gets crisp and cool. But the way this particular season informs my table gets me particularly excited!

    With the onset of the slightly colder weather I have been longing for cozy soups, flavorful stews and scrumptious baked treats! That’s why I’m bringing you this delicious and slightly addicting recipe for pumpkin soup. This soup is incredibly delicious and well, also happens to be featured in my new cookbook “Culinary Adventures in Germany” on iBooks, but that’s a story for a different day! Cooking should always involve enjoying the process, so grab the wine key, uncork your favorite Cabernet and get cooking, and remember—-the wine you drink while cooking doesn’t count! Ha!

    Recipe for Kurbis Suppe (German Pumpkin Soup)

    Ingredients

    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 onion, peeled and chopped
    1/2 teaspoon fresh minced ginger 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    1/4 teaspoon fresh nutmeg
    pinch of cinnamon
    3 cloves garlic
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme
    1 cup apple cider
    1/3 cup dark rum
    1/4 cup maple syrup
    29 oz. can pumpkin
    1 1/2 cups chicken broth

    Preparation

    Sauté onions in olive oil until golden brown. Add ginger, cumin, nutmeg, cinnamon, garlic, salt and thyme. Saute 5 minutes, stir in cider, rum, maple syrup, pumpkin and broth.
    Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes, keeping an eye on it so it does not burn on the bottom.

    Turn off heat and puree with an immersion blender. If you feel the soup is too thick, add more broth to make it the desired consistency. Whisk milk and flour until smooth, then whisk into soup to give it that velvety, smooth texture. Add more salt if desired.

    Serve soup with some roasted pumpkin seeds and thyme leaves, if desired.

    Note: This soup tends to “bubble up” a lot, make sure you wear an apron, control the heat and keep an eye on it…we don’t want pumpkin soup all over your kitchen!! Makes 4 servings

    Bon Appetit!

    xx,

    T

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