Category: home_recipes

Orange + Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin Recipe

 orange + lemon poppy seed muffin recipe
Orange + lemon poppy seed muffins are on the menu today, and hooray for that because they are the tastiest muffins I've ever eaten.  Seriously. If you have a couple lemons and oranges kicking around the fruit bowl, all you need to add to those is a little bit of poppy seed and some basic pantry ingredients and you're halfway to citrus heaven.
   

Orange + Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin Recipe

Can we talk about poppy seeds for a minute?  I've always loved a good poppy seed muffin, I mean really, who doesn't?  But Eastern Europeans LOVE THEM some poppy.  I don't know what it is about poppy seeds, but my husband's mother, our Babcia, sends boxes upon boxes of poppy seeds after a visit to Poland.  I'm not really sure what we're supposed to do with all of them, but I really truly, actually have about 5 pounds of poppy seeds sitting in my kitchen cupboards.  So if any of you are jonesing for some, you know where to find me.  I'm down to 2 tablespoons shy of 5 pounds after making these muffins, so I have plenty left for you.
   

Poppyseed Muffins

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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Summer Grapefruit Citrus Cooler Drink

summer grapefruit citrus cooler drink

I love grapefruit!  Grapefruit has been an acquired taste for me, honestly.  Anytime my mom bought it when I growing up, I protested as a matter of course, but the older I’ve gotten the more I can appreciate the tartly sweet citrus for the tasty business it is.  I still like to mix grapefruit with other flavors when I can, and sometimes when I eat one by itself I add a small spoonful of honey to maximize the awesome.

So you can imagine how much I love a good grapefruit drink then. I like it, I like it a lot.  (name that movie)  A bubbly grapefruit drink with lemons, cranberry juice and a sprig or two of mint?  Fuhgetaboutit.  Heaven.  Even if you’re not a huge grapefruit aficionado, I think this drink might appeal to you.

I’m just saying.

 

summer grapefruit citrus cooler

The glorious thing about this drink recipe is that you can make it with or without alcohol, and you can sweeten it or leave it a bit tart, depending how you like your drinks.

 

summer grapefruit citrus cooler

I like a tiny bit of sweet to counteract the tart, but I didn’t add any sugar to this recipe.  If you like … >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Chocolate Chip Cookies From Me to You

Chocolate is my boyfriend.  My other lover.  My favorite mistake.  And I’m totally okay admitting it.  Cutting sugar from my diet makes me a raging lunatic, so I’m not even going to try anymore.  Sure, maybe I’ll stop at one cookie instead of the whole batch, but breaking up with chocolate, permanently, just isn’t in the cards.

We should make some chocolate chip cookies to celebrate this declaration of love, yes?  I think so, too.

chocolate chip cookies from me to you

Chocolate chip cookies are one of the ultimate comfort foods.  The treat you hope your mom has made for you, cooling on the counter, just waiting for you on your very worst days.  And for whatever reason, for me, oatmeal chocolate chip raisin cookies are all the better.  Eat one or two of those bad boys with a tall glass of cold milk and all the sadness in your life just magically disappears.

We’re not talking calories here, because magic and calories don’t mix.  Just go with it.

Today I’m sharing my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, which with a few tweaks you can make into chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, if you’re so inclined, or my very favorite: chocolate chip oatmeal raisin … >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Orange Cream Smoothie Recipe Just For You

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Today we’re talking orange cream smoothies.  Because I love you.  Because citrus is delightful.  Because we all know orange creamies are the best, so it only follows that orange cream smoothies are a dream.

orange creamcicle

We’ll get to the recipe in a second, but let’s start at the beginning of the story.

This week I went to Kohl’s to buy myself a Mother’s Day present.  Because if I’ve learned anything in life so far it’s this: sometimes you have to make your own dreams come true.  I didn’t know exactly what my dreams were for Mother’s Day, but I did spend a good long time wandering around Kohl’s thinking about it.

I flirted with some gorgeous flowy summer dresses, made heavy eye contact with a pair of suede loafers in the shoe department, tried out nearly every perfume in cosmetics, and had a hot and heavy affair with a delicate, stunning diamond eternity band.  But in the end, I came home with a new Ninja Blender.

 

Orange cream smoothie

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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Moms Home Made Sunday Dinner Rolls

Home made bread and Sunday dinner rolls, and delicious fresh cinnamon rolls are a part of my DNA.  And up to this point in my life, have only been in my DNA so far as I enjoy eating all of the above foods very much, because carbs = yummmm.  But even though I love me some rolls, I’ve never actually been able to make them.  Properly, and for real.

mom's sunday dinner rolls(if you want to skip the story behind the rolls and jump to the recipe, you can find it at the bottom of this post)

My grandmother and mother both were, and are, phenomenal cooks.  My grandmother literally fed an entire neighborhood of boys (and girls too) throughout the better part of the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s.  Somewhere in her busy days of raising four children and their friends, (and doing it well) my grandma managed to work full time as a nurse at a state mental health hospital, attend Brigham Young University with her daughter (my mother) to finish her college degree, write papers and complete homework, and keep an immaculate house.

Rolls I can only imagine the exhaustion.  But somehow through the fog of homework and child rearing … >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

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How-To Preserve Garden Herbs For Winter

Today’s how-to is all about preserving garden herbs for winter.  Did you know that was a thing?  If only my teenage self could see me now.  She’d be horrified that I not only keep a garden, but take extra steps to preserve my herbs for the Winter.  It’s all good, teenage Allison, chill out.

how-to preserve garden herbsLearning how-to preserve your herbs to use in the cold months of the year is a thing, and it’s a super easy thing at that.  Also, tasting *fresh* garden herbs in the depths of frozen Winter?  I don’t want to go Martha on you, but it’s a good and lovely thing, a very wonderful thing, so let’s get to it.

I planted a lot of herbs in my Summer garden this year, and had rosemary and basil coming out my nose so I’m grateful there’s a way to preserve that business.  (although don’t try to preserve basil, it’s a wimpy plant for the freezer)  Let’s get started, shall we?

How-To Preserve Garden Herbs For Winter

Items needed:

  • chopping knife
  • cutting board
  • fresh rosemary
  • ice cube trays
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • Saran-Wrap
  • freezer

garden rosemaryStep 1:

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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

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Moms Simple Homemade Granola Recipe

My mom’s granola is one of the better things this earth has to offer, and I’m not even kidding a little.  It’s the simple things in life that make it so good, you know?

homemade granola Growing up as one of the younger siblings in a family of 8 kids, I got ripped off a fair amount of my young life.  I never had anything new, and anything precious I did have was broken / stolen / maimed within moments of landing within my reach.  But, like any good cliché, I always had a playmate, which came in handy every year when we took our family vacation. >> Read More

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

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Decadent Toffee Apple Dip Recipe

Apple Dip Serving2 copy This Toffee Apple Dip is going to make you very popular this fall. I know this because once, many years ago, my husband and I attended a grown-ups only Halloween party at a neighbor’s house. In the middle of the buffet was a platter of apples and a bowl of a creamy, sweet dip I’d never heard of before. Guests were wild for it. The lovely gal who made it explained that it’s her go-to treat to take to all sorts of functions, and graciously shared the recipe for her Toffee Apple Dip. I was instantly envious that I hadn’t discovered it first.  I wished it could be my go-to treat for parties. But, as it was, I tucked that recipe away for the right opportunity to share.

Luckily, I moved out of state a short time later and could wow my new neighbors with toffee apple dip. Now it’s my go-to treat recipe for all it’s sweet and creamy, with a buttery toffee crunch. Plus it’s healthy, because, well, apples. And it’s incredibly simple.

Toffee Apple DIp

Your Ingredients:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • dash of cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/3 cup
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Kimberly

...by day, making a home where the buffalo roam. By night, pretty much the same thing, punctuated by the occasional fantasies of sunny beaches, italian movies and sparkling lemonade.

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Make Your Own Iced Coffee + Recipe

Iced coffee is one of the most joyous drinks of summer, isn’t it? Icy cold caffeinated beverages help keep the hot summer temperatures at bay while soothing you with their tasty glory. Tasty, tasty glory.

Have you ever made your own iced coffee though? It’s the easiest thing in the whole amazing world. And I have a yummy recipe for you and you, and you in the corner. No need to spend upwards of $8 a cup at your local coffee shop when you can make it for around .50 cents a glass.

For realsies.

Below is the lowdown, (and the recipe!) for your very own tasty cold beverage. The main bummer about iced coffee is that the melting ice in the cup waters down the delicious flavor of the coffee, but don’t worry, I’ve got a way around that.

MAKE YOUR OWN ICED COFFEE RECIPE

Step 1: Brew some coffee

Step 2: Cool coffee in refrigerator

Step 3: Add a dash of vanilla + stir

Step 4: Add ice cold creamer ice cubes

Step 5: Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar

ENJOY!

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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

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