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Baking Season Is Upon Us

Hey there W+A readers. Sunday night sneaked up so quickly and Christmas will be upon on us next weekend. We've had our decorations up for a few weeks now and John wrapped all of our presents. I contributed by adding some bows. I'm not big on the wrapping and he seems to enjoy it, so why not let him run with it! This week I did a lot of baking. From cheddar egg muffins to oatmeal coconut dark chocolate "cookies" and tonight I made some healthy pumpkin white chocolate brownies. I've really been trying to use what I have in my kitchen and have started adding to my baking ingredients collection. I stocked up on some chocolate morsels, cinnamon, canned pumpkin, coconut flakes, nuts and some other necessities from the baking aisle. Since it is baking season, I figured I'd try my hand at baking some more, especially guiltless treats that John and I can snack on during the week.

Last Monday I prepared some healthy egg muffins. They take no time to prepare and made our…

Sicilian Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake

I hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving break. We spent the holiday by my parents, but that didn't stop us from making our own turkey on Thursday morning. I love making roasted chicken in the oven, its one of our favorite go-to meals so I figured a turkey had to be pretty much the same thing. I preheated the oven on roast at 350 degrees and gave our bird a good scrub down of freshly squeezed lemon and kosher salt. I mixed together a baste of salt, pepper, minced garlic, smoked paprika and extra virgin olive oil and brushed it all over the turkey. Of course making my first turkey was a little nerve racking so after a few phone calls to my mother and my aunt and a quick google search on "How long do you cook a 14 pound turkey for?" I set my timer and hoped for the best. After a few hours of cooking, our bird started to crust up beautifully and I continued to baste it every couple of minutes. Once the top became browned I covered it with foil and let cook a…

Skinny Pumpkin Carrot Dark Chocolate Muffins

The mid-week hump is here and I was in the mood to get baking early this morning to kick off baking season. I love having healthy sweets in the house, but its tricky to find so called "healthy" treats at the grocery store that aren't loaded with processed ingredients. I don't enjoy baking as much as I do cooking, but these muffins are so simple to whip together and are only around 125 calories each! They are delicious with your morning cup of coffee, a mid-day snack or an after dinner treat.

Here is what you will need:

-1 package of spice cake or carrot cake mix
-1 can of 100% pure pumpkin
-4-5 tablespoons of dark chocolate chips (feel free to add nuts, too)
-1 cup of water 

Preheat your oven on bake to 350 degrees. Line your muffin tins with baking cups. Mix together the entire box of cake mix, 1 can of pumpkin, 1 cup of water and 5 tablespoons of dark chocolate chips. Pour about 3-4 tablespoons of your mixture into each baking cup and bake for 20-25 minutes. I typ…

Barbecue Chicken Flatbreads

Well, its been some time since I have written. I guess you can say life got in the way. Between vacationing this summer in San Francisco, to our big move and finishing up a couple of renovations around the house, time slipped away! Oh, and the cutest new addition to my family, my sweet nephew Christian James came early this August. I guess I have neglected you, my lovely little blog, but I'm finally back. Just because I haven't written much doesn't mean I have stopped cooking. No way, not a chance! John and I still cook Monday through Friday and save the weekends to try new local restaurants and splurge a bit.

Since we've spent most of the summer working on the house and exploring our new little town, we definitely have found our go-to local spots. We have a couple of great restaurants less than a mile away and have been venturing into neighboring towns too, indulging in some yummy eats. Still, the week nights are for healthy eating and I have been cooking up some rea…

Cauliflower Pizza Happenings

Happy Wednesday W+A readers! Its been a bit since we have posted, but we've been busy cooking and loving our new Instagram account! Be sure to follow us @whiskeyandaprons to see all of our delicious eats and cocktails we got going in ;)  This past weekend was Valentine's Day, so we decided to head out Saturday night when it would be less busy. John made reservations at one of our favorite restaurants on the water, Louie's Oyster Bar & Grille. We had a delicious meal followed by some sweet desserts. It was the perfect evening out!

Sunday night I decided to cook John and I dinner. Everyone has been crazing over the cauliflower rice from Trader Joe's but it is impossible to score some. I've also heard they limit each customer to two bags at a time. So after striking out twice, I decided to rice my own cauliflower and make some yummy cauliflower crust. I will admit, it was a bit time consuming but so worth it. Here's what you will need to make your own.


One Pot Spicy Chili Con Carne

Happy New Year W + A readers! Twenty fifteen was a great one, but I am happy to embrace the new year with new spirits and a new attitude. I always think of a handful of resolutions to work up to each year, but this year is definitely dedicated to achieving goals and starting new ventures that are challenging and exciting. I like to believe I am pretty darn good in the kitchen and I love coming up with new recipes to cook for me and the hubby every night. Luckily, John is a big leftovers guy, but me on the other hand, not so much. Each Sunday I've been taking the afternoon to food plan for the week, jotting down meals to prepare for the work week and also threw in some personal goals as well. Some recipes I've been coming up with are new and the rest are our easy go-to staples, but this year I am ready to try some new things in the kitchen! We enjoy cooking healthy dishes, but we are always up for a bit of indulgence at least one day a week (typically we leave that day for a we…