Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Prosciutto and Pea salad

This is one of my favorite salads to make! Last week, Dan mentioned that it was also his favorite salad and asked if I could make extra for him to take for lunch. I'd call that a win!

Prosciutto and Pea salad
Serves 2 large portions, 4 small

4 pieces of prosciutto
2 large handfuls of arugula or spinach
1/2 shallot (can use red onion)
1/2 cup peas
sprinkle of parmesan cheese
*I usually eyeball this recipe, so amounts may be slightly off.

Dressing ingredients:
1/3 Olive Oil
One Lemon juiced
1 tsp Dijon Mustard

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Place prosciutto on baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes until crispy. Tear into pieces. Combine prosciutto, greens, chopped shallot, peas, and parmesan cheese. Toss with salad dressing. You will have plenty of dressing leftover.


Monday, January 14, 2019

Snowman Cupcakes

These are the best chocolate cupcakes I've ever made. I've actually made them 3 times and am considering making a cake out of the same recipe. I just need an occasion. These cupcakes start out with a cake mix but with some special add- ins, they are so delicious and rich! 
I will preface this to say that this particular combination of cake, frosting and excess sprinkles might be a sugar overload for some. 
To make the cake, frosting and decorate the cupcakes does take time. If you want the snowman look but short on time, I would suggest just using a cake mix and pre-made frosting.
Snowman Cupcakes 
Cupcake Ingredients:
Original Recipe
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder preferably dark cocoa powder
  • 1 cup water or cooled coffee (I used coffee
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips, optional.
  • 1 cup sour cream
Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Line cupcake pans with cupcake liners. This recipe made 30 cupcakes for me.
In a large mixing bowl, combine cake mix, sugar, cocoa and flour. Mix to combine. Add in water, eggs, vanilla extract, mini chocolate chips if using, and sour cream to the dry ingredients and mix well using an electric mixer. Mix for approximately two minutes.
Scoop cupcake batter into cupcake liners. Batter should fill the cupcake liners about 2/3 of the way full. Place cupcakes in oven to bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely on cooling racks.
Once cooled completely, frost and decorate.

 Frosting Ingredients:
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 4 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (clear is best for a truly white frosting)
Combine ingredients. Beat with mixer. Add additional milk if frosting is too thick.
Snowman Ingredients:
  • (snow) Sparkling white sprinkles, I used Wilton brand.
  • (eyes) Chocolate chips
  • (carrot nose) Orange M&M’s or Reece’s Pieces
  • (mouth) Mini chocolate chips

Monday, January 7, 2019


Roman turned 4 on December 22nd. We celebrated with a birthday party at Sky Zone with a few of his buddies. We went straight from the party to Christmas with Dan's family. We continued the week with more Christmas celebrations and time with my family as well.
 Roman is really into the Transformers Rescue Bots.

Cute snowman gift wrapping my in-laws did this year!

My in-laws and nieces with Roman and their snowmen presents

Baking cookies

 Roman ended up with a 24 hour fever that kept us from Christmas Eve mass and celebrations, but he was all better by Christmas morning.

Santa came!
 This year we opted for a smaller get together with friends in lieu of a larger party. It was a really fun night!
We prepared as much food as we normally do and have amazing leftovers for days!

Roman with his cousin Rye

 Matching PJs with my mom and sister

Another eventful and fun holiday season! Not a single picture of Dan, Roman and I as a family though. I can't believe it's over and that Roman is 4! Happy New Year everyone!