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My name is Amber. I work in commercial real estate. In my free time, I try to do as many creative and active things as I can. I take frequent vacations because I'm really into the idea of completing a bucket list. Also, traveling and getting to see/ experience new things is very enticing. I decided to start blogging because I'm always cooking something, creating something, or trying to find a good bargain. I figure there's no better way to share my thoughts than a blog. It also helps me remember things by jotting them down. I thoroughly enjoy making up new recipes or putting a twist on something classic. I hope you can enjoy it as much as I do. 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Holiday Peppermint Bark

Holiday Peppermint Bark made with Dark Chocolate #Dreamsmorerealthanreality
Holiday Peppermint Bark is festive and can be a great gift if you wrap the bars in their own little bag or holiday tin. It's easy to make if you follow a few simple steps.
  • 1 Package Dark Chocolate Chips (11.5- 12 oz.)
  • 1 Package White Chocolate Chips (11.5- 12 oz.)
  • 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil or Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 Cup- 1 Cup Crushed Peppermint 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Mustard Chicken

Easy Mustard Chicken #dreamsmorerealthanreality

Mustard chicken is done a variety of ways. With my Mustard Chicken recipe, your chicken will stay extremely juicy while having a tasty sauce over top. This recipe is great to just throw together and leave in the oven. We all get busy, so prep time isn't always something we have time for. This can be thrown together really quick so you can accomplish other tasks while it's baking. You can serve the chicken with steamed veggies, salad, or any other side dish of your choice. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Chicken Enchiladas with Red Sauce

Making homemade Chicken Enchiladas #Dreamsmorerealthanreality
Making your own enchiladas for that great fall and Winter weather should be easy. With this recipe it is! 
Here's what you'll need:
  • 1 small package of corn tortillas
  • 1 package of shredded cheese
  • 3-4 chicken breasts cooked (with salt and pepper)
  • 1/2 onion chopped (you can saute the onion for more of a caramelized taste)
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 2 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 4 Tablespoons Chile Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin
  • 2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon ground Black Pepper
  • Pinch of Cinnamon (brings the flavors together) 
  • 3 1/4 Tablespoons Flour
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Halloween Pumpkin Carvings

Halloween Pumpkin Carvings and a recipe for Roasted Pumpkin Seeds #dreamsmorerealthanreality
It's that time of year to bust out the Orange, the black, the scary, and of course...the pumpkins! 
Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year. Everyone gets to dress up (including my dog), eat candy, go to haunted houses, Halloween decorations and lights, and there's sooo much pumpkin! 
Pumpkin spice coffee creamer, pumpkin spice muffins, Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats, Pumpkin Waffles, Pumpkin Pie, etc...
Check out some pumpkin carving ideas and at the bottom there's a simple recipe for roasting the seeds that you take out for carving. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Mini Pizzas

Tomatillo Salsa perfect for Taco Tuesdays or any kind of party #dreamsmorerealthanreality
Mini pizzas- fun for the whole family. These are incredibly easy to make and fun to eat. They work for dinner, for appetizers, or for parties. 
My pizzas were healthier, but you can also do pepperoni, bacon, sausage, margherita etc. 
For the dough you will need Rhodes Rolls (the thaw, rise, and bake kind, 12 count). 

Turkey Meatloaf

Everyone needs a good meatloaf recipe. There's nothing better than some comfort food, especially once winter rolls around. What if you could have the comfort without all the guilt that usually follows? With this recipe you can. 
Using lean ground turkey instead of beef saves immensely on calories and is better for you. Also, kicking it up a notch with jalapenos and cayenne pepper will boost your metabolism. Not to mention the Panko bread crumb topping that offers the satisfactory crunch without all of the calories of regular bread crumbs. 

Turkey Meatloaf #Dreamsmorerealthanreality

Tomatillo Salsa

Tomatillo Salsa perfect for Taco Tuesdays or any kind of party #dreamsmorerealthanreality

In a food processor or blender, combine the following ingredients: 

28oz. can Tomatillos (drain half of the water) 
1/2 Cup Chopped Cilantro
2-8 Jalapenos (depending how spicy you want it- I typically do 7 or 8- chop off stem) 
1/2 white or yellow onion
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
1 Teaspoon Sea Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Lawry's Seasoned Salt (I use low sodium) 
1Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 1/2 Teaspoons Black Pepper

Blend ingredients until fairly smooth, making sure the main ingredients are chopped thoroughly. Here you have it, the perfect salsa for any occasion (or for Tuesday Taco night). 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Pumpkin Spice Waffles

Pumpkin Spice Waffles made with organic pumpkin #dreamsmorerealthanreality

Fall... the leaves change and the air gets crisp, but most importantly, there's Pumpkin everything! Nothing makes me happier than fresh pumpkin. Whether it be a latte, pie, cookie, or in this case a waffle. Yes you heard me...Pumpkin Spice Waffles. They're not too hard to make either. Basically just a twist on my regular "Waffles- light and Crispy."

Turn Your Cinnamon Roll into a Waffle

Turn Your Cinnamon Roll into a Waffle #dreamsmorerealthanrealityI found quite a few blog sites on Pinterest that did the cinnamon rolls made into waffles idea.
A few that have similar recipes/ideas are Little Bit Funky, Mrs. Happy Homemaker, Must Have Mom, Chef in Training, etc...
Everyone seemed to do it differently, including myself. A lot of people followed the trend of doing one cinnamon roll per quadrant. Whereas I did one at a time in the waffle maker. You still get a little bit of that doughy center we all adore in a cinnamon roll.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Cheddar and Herb Chicken Burgers

Cheddar and Herb Chicken Burgers healthy and delicious #dreamsmorerealthanreality
So do you ever crave a burger but don't feel like splurging the calories for some fatty beef?
Look no further. I promise this chicken burger is a winning recipe. I made it for my boyfriend and he ate two...and he's a big fan of beef burgers. He kept complaining about me using chicken, but he ended up liking them a lot. Go figure.
What you'll need:
1 lb Ground Chicken
3/4 Cup chopped and sautéed onion
1 Cup Spinach
1/2 Cup Cilantro
2 Garlic Cloves
1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 Teaspoon Seasoning Salt (Lawry's)
1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
1/2 Teaspoon  Cayenne Pepper (optional)