Chipotle Marinade

by Melanie on March 31, 2014

chipotle marinade

This recipe has totally got me dreaming of summer time and “cookouts” as they call it here in the South.  Out west we said BBQ but here that is the type of meat not the event.  It is so funny how different parts of the country have their own way of talking, huh?!  Let me tell you though, anyway you say it this marinade is the BEST for when you are ready to use the grill!  We used it for tacos and some quesidillas and salad a couple nights later.  I am going to be using this recipe a lot this summer, I am sure of it!   Tacos, Burrito Bowls, Salads, Quesidillas…mmmm.  Be sure to make some Pico de Gallo and guacamole to go with it!  Seriously YUM!

In other cooking news…last weekend I helped a couple of cute boys ask girls to prom using  giant cookies.  It was so fun! I shared how they did it here.   The finished product turned out so cute!

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Chipotle Marinade
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1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup minced garlic
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup tabasco chipotle sauce
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin

Heat oil over medium heat.  Stir in the garlic and cook for about 15 seconds–do not burn the garlic!  Remove from heat and stir in the remaining ingredients.  Return to heat and bring to a boil.  Cool down and pour over meat to marinate in the fridge for a few hours or overnight.  Grill when it’s taco time:)

Recipe Source:  Summer Harms


Baby Onesie Sugar Cookies

by Melanie on March 28, 2014


I recently hosted a baby shower for a dear friend who is having her 4th boy!  4 (or 5) sons is pretty special and deserves a special celebration, don’t you think?!  Actually, I think all babies deserve a celebration whether they are the first or one of many!  Parties are fun and I say the more the better:)   I had a great time making these sweet little onesie cookies but they really made me miss my babies.  How do they grow so darn fast?!  I can’t believe that I did it 5 times!  I had 5 sweet little onesie clad boys and it went by in a blink of the eye. I miss those little guys but I do love the young men they have turned into:)  OK back to the recipe… so I used my FAVORITE sugar cookie recipe that I have posted before.   I will repost the recipe here for your convenience:)  It is the best recipe because it actually tastes good! I am not a fan of those darling decorated cookies that are fun to look at but do not belong in your mouth!  I think royal icing is yucky.  This icing hardens up pretty good, similar to royal icing but it tastes fantastic too!  Cookies should be good in my opinion!

I ordered my onesie cookie cutter here on Amazon.  I wrapped them in little cellophane bags to give to each of my guests as they were leaving.  Sweet and tastey to boot

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Favorite Sugar Cookies
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1 cup butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 egg, beaten
1  t. almond extract
1 t. vanilla
1 t. salt
2 ½ c. sifted flour

Directions: Cream butter. Add powdered sugar. Blend in egg, almond extract, vanilla, salt and flour. Chill dough until firm. Roll to ¼” thickness on well-floured surface. Cut with cookie cutters. Place on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-10 min. Cookies should not brown. Frost and decorate when cool. Yields ~approx 2 dozen cookies.

Powdered Sugar Glaze
This frosting will harden upon standing, giving cookies a glazed surface.
2½ cups powdered sugar
3 Tbsp milk
2 Tbsp butter, softened
1/4-1/2 tsp almond extract
Food coloring optional

Directions In small mixer bowl, combine the powdered sugar, milk, butter, and extract. Beat at medium speed until smooth, adding additional milk, if necessary, to reach the desired spreading or “flooding” consistency. Color with food coloring, if desired

**To give the glazed look …simply outline the cookies with some frosting in a tube or pastry bag.  Then add a bit of milk to a portion of the frosting and fill in the lines.  I use a toothpick to “push it” into the corners. Let is set up somewhat and then add any decorative writing or accents.

Be sure to let the icing dry for a couple of hours before trying to wrap in bags.  Enjoy!

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