Spooky Halloween Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies!Happy belated Halloween! I have always loved Halloween and all things festive that relate to this wonderful holiday. So, naturally, I had to make a special, spooky treat. As I’ve mentioned before, Nevin’s parents got us an amazing KitchenAid Mixer so I figured I’d use it to make a big batch of cookies! This recipe makes a seriously aggressive amount of cookies so feel free to halve or scale it down if you don’t want to have cookies for a month :-). Again, this recipe can be used for any roll-out sugar cookies. Get yourself some fun and festive cookie cutters and have a blast! Continue reading

Housewarming Party!

So this post comes about 2 months late, but better late than never! As you know, Nevin and I moved into an awesome new apartment back in July. We managed to get the place in good enough condition to have a housewarming get together in the middle of August! We invited a bunch of friends over, made some food, and enjoyed some drinks. Also, it just so happened to coincide with Han and Chewie’s 1st birthday, so we made sure they were dressed to impress and enjoy the lime light. Unfortunately, Chewie grew a little shy and decided to spend his evening relaxing under the sofa in Nevin’s office, so we didn’t get many pictures of him all dolled up. Luckily, we had attention seeking baby Han to fulfill that requirement. Continue reading

Kale Citrus Salad! (Guest Blogger!)

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Every now and again, Amanda goes off on an adventure and leaves me (The Photographer) to my own devices. So I thought…why not use those devices and takeover her blog while she’s out of town!

Now, I know what all of you out in the Blogosphere must be thinking: Time for a post about the shady inner-workings of ‘PinchPurrfect’! Chef Chewie’s DARK SECRETS revealed!! Unfortunately…no. She comes home soon, and I value my life. Soooo, let’s just stick to the food!

I’m sure Amanda has mentioned my love of the Food Network (specifically, Ina Garten aka The Barefoot Contessa – I feel so nurtured when I watch her!). When I do get a chance to watch Ina, I sometimes stick around to see who’s on next; the other day I caught the first segment of “The Pioneer Woman”. It’s a show about “an accidental country girl” who whips up recipes that have to be approved by “cowboys, hungry kids”, and her! Nice! During the segment she showcased her Kale Citrus Salad…it looked so good I decided to have it for dinner and share it with all of you! You’re welcome!!

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Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo Chicken DipAnother reason why I am obsessed with crockpots: this recipe. This buffalo chicken dip is delicious and surprisingly ‘healthy’! I use healthy in this instance simply to demonstrate that it is relatively low is calories, fat, and sugar. Using a crockpot makes this a very easy starter to pull together. All you do is mix your ingredients, wait, then serve to hungry people! It’s all the flavor of buffalo wings and none of the messy, sticky hands! This is an especially fitting recipe given that football has also just started up. Can someone say Superbowl Party ideas? I know, I’m jumping the gun a little bit, but don’t pretend you weren’t already thinking about it! Continue reading

Vegetarian Eight Layer Party Dip

8 Layer Party DipWe love love love Mexican flavors. Honestly, what’s better than the flavor combination of guacamole, sour cream, and spicy jalapeños? This delicious and vegetarian dip combines those 3 along with 5 other delicious flavors to form the ultimate party snack! You can also always jazz this up and add ground beef to appease your more carnivorous friends. I made this with some of my veg-head friends in mind, as a party snack for our Housewarming Party (more on that in a later post, don’t you worry)! The best thing about this dip is that you don’t have to cook a single thing, and putting everything together takes less than 20 minutes! Even still, with such a short preparation time, I guarantee it will take even less time to disappear into your friends’ bellies :-)  Continue reading