September 1, 2014

Easy Broccoli Cheese Casserole, with a Kick!


Happy Labor Day, friends! Where did August go?? Last month, I got to sample the Primo Picks at HEB, once again. And, the August picks were delicious! Lots of hatch green chili flavored goodies. I'd show you a picture of the hatch green chili tortilla chips, but they disappeared mighty quickly. Among the samples was a jar of hatch green chili queso. SO good! I decided to use it in a very easy broccoli cheese casserole and the results were tasty...and, just a little spicy. We decided to call it Broccoli Rice Casserole, with a Kick. 


This is the jar of queso. Can you tell one of my family members (who shall remain nameless) helped himself to some of my dip (*cough*Joseph*cough*)? It's okay, I only needed 1 cup for this recipe, so, I'll let it slide. This time. ;)


(Easy!) Broccoli Cheese Casserole, with a Kick

1/2 C. Broccoli (diced into small pieces and steamed)
1 C. Central Market/HEB Hatch Green Chili Queso
3 C. Instant Rice
2 C. Water
Cilantro, to garnish. 

Mix queso and water and bring to a boil. Add broccoli and rice and stir. Remove from heat and replace lid. Let sit for 5 minutes, until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender. Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve hot. 


Yes, I used instant rice. Scandalous! I told you this side dish was EASY. If you are fundamentally opposed to instant rice, by all means, modify this with regular ol' long grain rice. I'm sure the results will be deliciously cheesy...with a kick! :)

To check out previous recipes from my HEB Primo Picks, check out this links below.


***I received products to sample from HEB. All opinions are 100% mine. 

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August 27, 2014

A Versatile Dresser (+ Baby Shower Sneak Peek)



Recently, I got the opportunity to pick a piece of furniture from Sauder and, after carefully reviewing all my options, I chose this beautiful white dresser. I chose this piece because my dear hubby needed a new dresser for his bedside. Yes, I said dresser for the bedside! What can I say?? I like non-traditional bedside tables. You can see the current bedside table in this blog post. Besides the sad state of the wicker, the current dresser just wasn't roomy enough for all his things. We always (always, always!) need more storage around here!

At this point, I'm sure you're wondering what a bedside table has to do with a baby shower. Well, this past weekend I hosted a baby shower and, before this dresser made it to our bedroom, it made a pit stop in my living room. Why? Because it was just what I needed to house a delectable dessert buffet! I'll show you the rest of the baby shower details soon, but first I wanted you to see how versatile this dresser is.



The entire process, from ordering the dresser to receiving the dresser to assembling the dresser to styling the dresser, was a total breeze! The dresser arrived in one long box and my husband helped me assemble it in one short afternoon (okay, okay- he mostly did it alone while I distracted the 3 year old).



This is definitely a quality, affordably priced dresser and I'm already loving it! I especially like how the drawers gently close instead of slam shut. My daughter has filled some of the drawers with her things (she's a collector of things, just like me) and I've yet to hear a slammed drawer (thank you Sauder!). And, of course, I'm a form AND function gal, so I have to mention the pretty silver handles. So stylish!



Once I get this dresser situated in my bedroom, I'll come back and show you how I styled it as a bedside table. And, of course, I'll be returning in a few days to show you all the details of my Rustic Chic Baby Shower :).

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August 15, 2014

Frozen Iced Coffee- a Decadent Summer Treat


Summa-time! Yes, it's still in full swing here in Texas. And, for us, Summer is all about being with our friends and family. Today's recipe for Frozen Iced Coffee (using just two ingredients!) is perfect for enjoying some sweet (and refreshing!) moments with someone who makes you smile. If we can't slow down and savor life during these long Summer days, when can we??

Did I mention this recipe is a two-ingredient treat?! International Delight has a delicious line of iced coffees (I love the Mocha Light) and that's the absolute star of this frozen, iced drink!


Frozen Iced Coffee (for two!)



Pour iced coffee into an ice-cube mold and freeze. Repeat process with almond milk. To make frozen iced coffee, place iced coffee cubes and almond milk cubes into a high-powered blender (I use a VitaMix). Blend cubes on high until smooth and creamy. Divide into 2 large glasses and enjoy with a straw or a spoon! Sometimes I sprinkle cocoa powder on top, to make it extra fancy.



Yep, this recipe is as easy as it sounds! I eat mine with a spoon, because it makes a pretty thick treat- I'd say it's more on the ice cream/granita side than a simple frap. It's definitely a decadent way to share a Summer afternoon with your favorite friend!



Have you tried International Delight Iced Coffee yet? It's really so tasty! And, until the end of August, you can visit the ID Facebook page and enter to win one of 100 tumblers they're giving away EACH week. So fun!

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