Making Pesto Sauce (Rare Recipe #2)

Easy and delicious

I don’t share recipes often – the last one was around Christmas – because I don’t cook that much, (which you can tell by my note to peel the garlic 😂). However, this sauce is something I’ve been making for years and it’s my mom’s recipe, so you know it’s delicious.

You will need:

  • 3 cups of fresh basil leaves
  • 1.5 cups of walnuts or pine nuts
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup of grated parmesean cheese
  • 1 cup of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

I use a Nutribullet to combine all the ingredients. The recipe notes to add oil slowly, but I just add it all at once. Sometimes I don’t have fresh garlic cloves, so I’ll use garlic powder. I’ve also tried this with pistachios and it was still delicious. There’s a lot of wiggle room with the recipe thankfully!

I don’t have to measure anything now that I’ve made this so many times, so do what works for you. I always make a whole batch and freeze it into cubes to throw on pasta or chicken. My fiancé loves it too (first time saying that!).

Would you try this recipe? What’s your go-to for a quick, easy dinner?

A Christmas Recipe

My favorite holiday tradition

One of the best parts of Christmas is baking cookies and holiday treats with my mom. We’ve made this variation on a Rice Krispie treat for almost two decades and it’s one of my favorites.

I should note that I’m not domestic at all – I burnt butter yesterday – but this recipe is quite simple and doesn’t require any baking. Just melting marshmallows on the stovetop.

You will need:

  • 16 oz bag of mini marshmallows
  • 1/4 stick of butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp green food coloring
  • 4 cups cornflakes
  • Cinnamon candies (red hots)

Steps:

  1. Melt butter and marshmallows in saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally until smooth.
  2. Add vanilla extract and food coloring.
  3. In large bowl, pour mixture over cornflakes; toss until coated.
  4. Moisten hands with cold water and shape 1/4 cup mixture into circular wreath on wax paper.
  5. Press in red hots and let cool for 1 hour.

What’s your favorite holiday recipe? Let me know if you try this one!!

Gift Guide: Home/Hostess ($40 and under)

2017 Gift Guide: Home
Gifts for the home are great because they’re generally useful and can be really thoughtful as well. I think these options work well for family and friends or for a hostess you’ve never met before.
  1. Ceramic Picture Frame from Target ($13) – This is pretty but relatively neutral, so it should match most home decor themes. I’d recommend printing out a meaningful picture if you know the recipient.
  2. Mini Waffle Maker from Urban Outfitters ($18) – How adorable is this tiny waffle maker? It’s a fun gift that doesn’t take up too much room – something I’m hyper aware of in our tiny NYC apartment.
  3. Kate Spade Trinket Tray ($40) – I’m always dropping my rings, keys, lipsticks, etc. in mini dishes and love the “odds and ends” print on this one.
  4. Hot Chocolate and A Pretty Mug ($20 and $14) – Edible gifts are the best! This would also make a great gift for teachers.
  5. Cookies and Recipe Cards from Rifle Paper Co. ($12) – Again, love a gift that is edible and these recipe cards are so cute.
  6. Hammered Coasters from World Market ($20) – Coasters are a pretty useful gift, especially for a party. I love the gold color and hammered details; these look way more expensive than they are!
  7. Reversible Throw Blanket ($30) – It’s always nice to have a new, cozy throw. I love this blue one, but maybe stick with cream or gray if you don’t know the hostess’ color theme.

Let me know your favorite item from these home/hostess ideas and feel free to link to your gift guides as well!