Snacks

Friday Favorites + Homemade Croutons

We made it to Friday only because I’ve been drinking A LOT of this lately. 😉

One.

Banana Republic earrings are a favorite and something I went shopping for this week.

Two.On Monday it was extremely cold all day so we had my Easy Tomato Soup for dinner. Except this time, I made some homemade croutons to pair with it. I debated about sharing this because it’s nothing fancy or mind-blowing. But I will tell you, it added just the perfect amount of crunch and topping to an already tasty soup.Homemade Croutons--Recipe at: Stephanie-spring.com Homemade Croutons--Recipe at: Stephanie-spring.com

Homemade Croutons


 Ingredients: 

  • One baguette
  • EVOO (enough to coat the bottom of a pan)


What to do: 

In a large pan, lightly coat the bottom with EVOO on medium to medium-low heat. Cut the baguette into one inch pieces. Stir occasionally to avoid burning. Remove from heat and place desired amount on top of soup! 🙂


Three.On Wednesday, I mentioned how one of my New Years Goals is for some, “me” time and I want books as a part of that time. I need some recommendations though! I’ve talked about some of my favorite books here and here. I also mentioned a modge-podge here. Leave a comment and fill me in on your favorites! 🙂

Four.

Did someone say three day weekend? Thank you, Martin Luther King Jr. 🙂

Five.

You can find the winner of the $25 gift card to JORD watches, here!

Happy Friday everyone! I hope your weekend is relaxing and cozy!


Spread Love, Joy, and Peace

dsc_0177dsc_0178dsc_0166The holidays encompass so many things in my mind. I cherish the extra time with family that falls through the cracks throughout the year. I love seeing friends from near and far, coming together under one roof for one party or another. I crave the food that is hearty and rich and should only be enjoyed among the ones you love. It’s the epitome of holidays to me.

To kick off the season in eatable fashion, a cheese board is the staple of it all. The conversation starter. A piece of art. A mix of flavors that pairs the best with wine. From Thanksgiving to Christmas my heart bursts at the seams with all that’s in store. Cheese boards are the beginning of memories to be made. Here’s to the combinations on one small board that will have your heart singing from Thanksgiving to Christmas and beyond!


Pictured//The Spread:

Cheeses: Brie// Scottish Sharp Chedder// Honey Infused Goat Cheese

Nuts: Almonds// Walnuts

Fruit: Granny Smith Apple// Ginger Peach Jam// Craisins// Green Grapes

Sourdough Baguette

Local Honey

Cabernet sauvignon




Buy:

Cheese boards: Walnut Board/ Slate/ Light Plank

Spreaders: Jessica N Designs Spreaders: Use discount code: JNDHoliday15 for 15% off all orders placed from Friday November 18 – Sunday November 20. 

Wine Glasses: Red Wine Glasses

Linen Towel: Red Stripe/ Blue Tassel

White Ramekins: Round One/ Round Two/ Round Three

Clear Prep Bowls: Big and Small


 

Frozen Yogurt with Dark Chocolate PB Cups

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Our ice cream maker was an unexpected gift for our wedding and boy did we welcome it with open arms! It is easy to use and clean up!


Even if it is chilly outside, your family will love this and keep coming back from more. Plus, you don’t need to tell them it’s made with yogurt and candy without junk and less sugar than normal. 😉 Secrets safe! xo

 


Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 cups Stonyfield Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 6 UnReal dark chocolate peanut butter cups (cut into bite-sized pieces)


What to do:

Combine all ingredients, except peanut butter cups, into a stand or hand-held mixer. Mix until sugar is dissolved. Pout into ice cream maker and churn for about 20 minutes. Churn another five minutes. Then, slowly add the bite-sized peanut butter cups. Pour ice cream into a freezer safe container with a lid. Place in the freezer for at least two hours. Scoop and enjoy!


 

*As a Stonyfield blogger ambassador, I am being compensated for this post. However, the thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Thank you!*

Unreal Candy

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Unreal candy is 100% real and leaves little to no room for feeling guilty about reaching for that second or third peanut butter or almond butter cup! All their candy is certified fair trade, 100% made in North America, and has my weakness: dark chocolate options, which are also 100% vegan! The best part? They taste amazing and will cure that sweet craving we all have. I love real food and Unreal Candy is just that! xo
Unreal Candy“Fall In Love” Candy Coated Milk Chocolates/ Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups/ Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

*As a Stonyfield blogger ambassador, I am being compensated for this post. However, the thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Thank you!*