Shrimp a la Caroline

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

This is how I like to cook and eat shrimp: with lots of garlic, onions, a little spicy, with a touch of lime juice and bread slices to soak up the incredible flavorful sauce at the bottom of the dish. I called this dish shrimp a la caroline because it's so me, what else (ha!)! And also it takes less than ten minutes to make, pretty easy and simple. Take a look: 

Recipe by Sweet Caroline

1 lb. fresh shrimp (I used whole shrimp but you can use shrimp without the shells and deveined)
7 cloves garlic, minced
1 white onion, diced
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
2 green onions, chopped (for garnish)
1 lime, cut into wedges
few slices of bread

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium//high heat. Add the garlic, onions and red pepper flakes and sauté until onions are translucent. Add the shrimp and let it cook until they turn pink, season with salt. Add the butter and mix until it melts completely. Transfer shrimp to a serving dish, serve with lime wedges and slices of bread, garnish with chopped green onions. Enjoy!

Quiche with Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions & Munster Cheese

Monday, February 24, 2014

Quiche is something that I can easily eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It's so filling and delicious! I made this quiche with caramelized onions, mushrooms and cheese and it's by far my favorite combination of flavors. Take a look:

Recipe by Sweet Caroline

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
Pinch of salt
4 tablespoons ice water

1 cup baby bella mushrooms, sliced
1 small white onion, sliced
2 tablespoon olive oil
3 eggs
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup shredded munster cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

In a medium bowl, combine flour and salt. Add the cold butter, using your fingers combine the butter with the flour until the mixture resembles coarse meal, with just a few pea-size pieces of butter remaining. Sprinkle the 4 tablespoons ice water and incorporate into flour mixture to moistened and to come together like a ball. Transfer to a plastic wrap and form into a disk and wrap it nicely, refrigerate for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat half of the olive oil over medium/low heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally until caramelized. Transfer onions to a dish. Add the remaining olive and add mushrooms, sauté for a couple of minutes until being to brown. Transfer mushrooms to a dish. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, beat together the eggs, heavy cream, salt and pepper. On clean and floured surface, roll out the dough to fit a 10" springform pan. Transfer dough to your pie pan and gently press the bottom and sides to eliminate any bubbles. Using a knife, cut the top rough edges on the side to make it even. Add the caramelized onions and mushrooms, sprinkle the shredded munster cheese and pour the pour the egg mixture. Bake for 50 minutes, quiche should be puffy and golden brown. Let it cool slightly before serving. Enjoy!

Teriyaki & Mustard Salmon

Friday, February 21, 2014

Hey, I hope you've liked the new look of the blog, just let me know what you guys think! I've decided to change things a bit and go for a clean and modern look, makes it easier to look at and read it too. I'm also looking forward to different post formats and subjects and of course, I'm continuing with my yummy and easy recipes as usual. So, go ahead and make my delicious and scrumptious teriyaki and mustard salmon. Take a look:

Recipe by Sweet Caroline

4 center cut salmon fillets (with skin)
2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
4 tablespoons olive oil
4 scallions, chopped

In a small bowl, whisk together the teriyaki sauce, dijon mustard, olive oil and 1/2 chopped scallions. In a deep dish, arrange the salmon fillets, pour the sauce over to cover the fillets, marinate for 20-30 minutes. Place fillets in a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Sprinkle the other 1/2 chopped scallions. Serve hot and enjoy!

Spicy Kale Chips

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

I love kale and these spicy kale chips don't disappoint! Crispy, crunch, spicy and super healthy. Who doesn't love that? Take a look:

Recipe by Sweet Caroline

1 bunch kale
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon sea salt

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Remove kale leaves from the stems, cut leaves into pieces (not too small). Wash and dry leaves. Add the leaves to a bowl, drizzle olive oil and season with sea salt and red pepper flakes. Toss to combine. Transfer leaves to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, bake for 8-10 minutes or until crispy. Serve and enjoy!

Chicken & Barley Soup

Monday, February 17, 2014

This is by far my favorite soup recipe, so delicious and so filling. This soup is usually made with rice instead of barley but since I wanted to change things a little bit I opted for the barley. Take a look:


Recipe by Sweet Caroline

1 lb. chicken breast, boneless and skinless
4 medium carrots, peeled and diced
4 ribs celery, diced
1 white onion, diced
2 tablespoon oil (vegetable or olive oil)
8 cups chicken stock
1 cup barley
Salt and black pepper

Cut chicken into bit size pieces, season with salt and pepper. In a large pot, heat the oil over medium/high heat. Add the chicken, cook completely. Add the carrots, celery and onions, allow it to cook for a couple of minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour the chicken stock, bring to a boil. Add the barley. Let it cook until the barley and vegetables are tender (about 15 minutes, depending). Serve hot and enjoy!

Snow…Lots of Snow

We got plenty of snow last week and that's how we spent Valentine's day, playing in the snow and making a snowman. Sophia had lots of fun, she'd never seen this much snow and she loved every minute of it. Take a look:

So happy that she was going to build a snowman, notice the carrot!

Loving my new boots.

She loved throwing snow everywhere. 

♥ ♥ 

Valentine's Day Egg in a Nest

Thursday, February 13, 2014

I love egg in a nest and I even shared a recipe in the blog while back. Since Valentine's day is tomorrow, I think this would be a clever way to make breakfast for someone special. Take a look:

Recipe by Sweet Caroline

Ingredients (serves one): 

1 egg 
1 slice of bread (I used whole wheat) 
1-2 tablespoons of butter 

Cut a shape out of the piece of bread, I simply used a heart shaped cookie cutter. In a non-stick skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Place the bread in the pan, crack the egg in the hole. Let it cook until the bread it's lightly fried and the egg until set. Serve and enjoy!

Valentine's Day Heart Shaped Cookies

During Christmas time, I made these glittery cookies for my family and to send to some friends, pretty much everyone loved it! Since the dough is so delicious and the cookies always come out perfect, I thought it would be a nice idea to make them for Valentine's day. Take a look:

Recipe by Everyday with Rachael Ray

Cream Cheese Cookie Dough
1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
4 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
6 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup plus 2 tablespoon flour
red sanding sugar

Using an electric mixer, cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar on high speed for 3 minutes. Add the vanilla extract, egg yolk and slat and mix at low speed until blended. Mix in the flour at low speed until incorporated. Halve the dough; pat into 2 disks. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment. On a floured surface, roll out 1 piece of dough 1/4 inch thick, dusting with flour if the dough sticks. Using a 3-inch cookie cutter, cut out cookies and transfer to the prepared pans. Gather the dough scraps and knead into a disk. Refrigerate dough for 15 minutes before rolling out more cookies. Sprinkle the cookies with the red sugar. Bake until the edges are golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Using a thin metal spatula, transfer the cookies to racks to cool. Repeat with the remaining dough and glitter. Serve and enjoy!

* Tip *: if you're giving these cookies to loved ones, try to wrap them nicely. I found this cello bag at a craft store.

Valentine's Day Strawberry Milk

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

I love making this for my kids and they loved it! It's super simple but so perfect to serve to loved ones on Valentine's day, take a look:

Recipe by Sweet Caroline

Ingredients (serves 1):
1 cup milk, cold or hot
1 tablespoon strawberry syrup
Whipped cream
Red or pink sugar sprinkle

Combine milk with strawberry syrup, pour into a mug and top with whipped cream. Sprinkle the top with red sugar. Serve and enjoy!

DIY Project: Valentine's Day Sharpie Mug

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Here's a fairly easy and simple diy you can do for Valentine's day to give as a gift to family and friends.  I've decided to draw hearts and xoxo to create a design, just be creative if your design! Take a look:

Ceramic mugs
Sharpie pen

Draw on the surface of the mugs using the sharpie in any color and bake it for 30 minutes at 350 degrees oven. Remove from oven and allow it to cool completely before using or washing.

Happy crafting!

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Monday, February 10, 2014

Since Valentine's day is coming up very soon, I thought it would be fun to create a little gift guide to help you find a little gift for everyone in your life. I've created a guide that's very simple but sweet, nothing too extragavant but still special. Take a look:
Valentine's Day Gift Guide

For lovely ladies: We all have a special lady in our lives, either our mom, a sister or a friend. I'm sure that the ladies would love each and all of these gifts. You can't go wrong with a beautiful bouquet of flowers, a Kate Spade gold bracelet, a set of Tresor's In Love or a set of a Valentine's day inspired nail polish.

For sweet kids: I love to include gifts for my kids on Valentine's day, I think books or a cozy pajamas are great options as gifts for kids.

For chocolate & cookie lovers: Let's be honest, we are all chocolate and cookie lovers, am I right? chocolate covered strawberries, fun shaped cookies or a box of really good quality chocolate can please any choco-holics or cookie-holics in your life.

For family & friends: I love giving cards to family and friends, I love funny and sweet cards to give to them. How about you?

For gentlemen: I don't know if you think like me but I believe shopping for men sometimes can be difficult, but I think that my picks are wonderful choices. I'm sure that any guy would love this iPhone wallet card case or this six-piece grooming kit from Sephora or a gorgeous watch or even this mustache pillow for his office or man cave.

Good luck finding gifts for your loved ones!

Whole Wheat Pancakes with Carrot & Apple

Thursday, February 6, 2014

I made these whole wheat pancakes and the family loved it! They devoured the pancakes and didn't even noticed the carrot or apple. This is super healthy and nutritious too, perfect way to start the day. Take a look:

Recipe by Sweet Caroline

1¼ cup whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 egg beaten
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 medium carrot, peeled and grated
1/2 red delicious apple, peeled and grated

In a bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, combine egg, milk, and oil and add all at one to flour mixture. Stir until blended, but still slightly lumpy. Add the grated carrot and apple, mix to combine. Pour about ¼ cup batter onto a hot, lightly greased skillet or griddle. Allow them to brown on one side (this should take 2 minutes), then flip and allow them to brown on the other side. Serve warm with maple syrup. Enjoy!

February's Wish List

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

This month's wish list is full of adorable and lovely things since it's the month of L-O-V-E after all! My favorite find this month is the conversation starters cork board set, I think it's fun and a great to display photos, messages and notes. I'm also loving these white geometrics vases and the heart shaped kitchen utensils, aren't they just so cute? I'm looking forward to buy a really nice cheese board, but I just can't decide on which on one: the wooden board or slate board? Either way, I hope you'll enjoy it this month's wish list, take a look:

February's Wish List

Ian's 2nd Birthday Party: Thomas the Tank Engine Party

Monday, February 3, 2014

This past Saturday we celebrated Ian's 2nd birthday 
with a party inspired by Thomas the tank engine.
Since Ian loves trains it wasn't too difficult to choose a party theme.

The party was held in our home, I had fun setting up the
decorations with my husband, baking cupcakes, making sweet treats,
and cooking the food for our guests. For the food, I decided this year 
to make pasta. I made two pastas: ziti with meatballs and vodka sauce
and rotini with chicken and alfredo sauce, they were both equally delicious.
Take a look:

This beautiful cake was made by a friend of mine. I loved it!

The birthday boy!

Every time he would see the camera, he said: cheese!!

He really tried to blow out his candle, I just helped a little.

♥ ♥ 
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