Easy Champagne Sangria

Is it just me, or does winter seriously suck this year? Okay, I’m pretty sure it’s not just me. I was feeling down in the winter dumps the other day, so I decided to make this awesome champagne sangria for my boyfriend’s birthday party. It may have been snowy outside, but it felt like Cabo on the inside!

Once again, I got this recipe from the lovely Kristin at Iowa Girl Eats. She seriously has some of the best and easiest recipes!

Champagne Sangria

You will need:

  • 1 orange
  • 1 pomegranate
  • 4 kiwis
  • 1 bottle of sweet Riesling
  • 1 bottle of Brut champagne
  • 1 1/2 cup orange juice

Start out by de-seeding your pomegranate. An easy way to do this is to cut it in half, and then pulling out the seeds under water – this helps them separate from the pith more. After you’re done, strain them and put them aside.

Doesn't this just make you want to be on a beach somewhere? I hate winter.

Doesn’t this just make you want to be on a beach somewhere? I hate winter.

Next, slice your orange. It’ll look super pretty, like this:

Did you know oranges are actually in season right now? Maybe December isn't too bad.

Did you know oranges are actually in season right now? Maybe December isn’t too bad.

Then, slice your kiwis. Make sure to slice off the skin first, but try to get as close to the kiwi as possible, so you don’t lose too much fruit.

Yum.

Yum.

Now you can combine all of them and mix them up.

I could just eat this the way it is!

I could just eat this the way it is!

Next, pour the Riesling into a pitcher or a punch bowl. Make sure that it’s sweet Riesling! I used Chateau Ste. Michelle’s famous one. It’s pretty good and not expensive.

And I'm from Washington, gotta support my local economy!

And I’m from Washington, gotta support my local economy!

Then you can go ahead and add the fruit into the pitcher or bowl.

Almost done!

Almost done!

Let it sit anywhere from 2 to 24 hours. When you’re ready to serve, pour in the whole bottle of champagne and the 1 1-2 cup of orange juice. Mix it together and then serve!

I'm sure this would've been a big hit at the party if we didn't drink most of it first.

I’m sure this would’ve been a big hit at the party if we didn’t drink most of it first. Oops!

And you’re done! This was so easy to make and not too expensive, either – I’ll definitely be making it again!

Gluten Free Crunch Wrap

Hey everyone! Sorry for the lack of posting – I’ve been crazy busy with school and spending the holiday with my crazy family (please help me).

I LOVE Crunch Wraps. They are seriously my downfall when it’s 2am and I’m still studying and trying not to die. But…as pretty much all fast food is, they’re terrible for you. Here’s a better version!

Snow Drifts & Snickerdoodles

I fell in love with Taco Bell’s crunch wrap supreme when I was living in Santa Cruz, almost 10 year ago. I have wanted to make home-made ones just never have gotten around to it, until the other night. I couldn’t figure out what to make for dinner and then, BAM. I light bulb went off in my head. You can make these of course with gluten, which I did for Owl. But since I am trying to cut out gluten from my life I made mine without.

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Gluten Free Crunch Wrap
(this recipe is for one, but the meat makes enough for more than)

1lb Ground Turkey
taco seasoning
Corn Taco Shells
Food for Life Brown Rice Tortilla Shell
Sliced Cabbage
Quinoa
Black Beans
Tomato
Guacamole
Plain Greek Yogurt
Shredded Mexican Cheese

Cook ground turkey as directed and add in the right amount of taco seasoning. ( we don’t add as…

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Healthy Meals for Novice Chefs

Healthy Meals for Novice Chefs

Hey everyone! While I was browsing the social media sphere today I came across this great article from the Reno Gazette-Journal. Pretty cool that it just happened to be from my local newspaper, right? Anyways, this article is perfect for Lessons in Adult Life – just look at the name! I especially like the part about planning your meals beforehand, when I plan, I actually make the food instead of just going to El Pollo Loco again.

Healthy Crock Pot Open-Face Sausage Pizza Sandwiches

Hey everyone! This week’s recipes is one of my favorites I’ve made so far. And, it’s also by far the easiest! It’s definitely gonna be a staple in my house from now on.

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This recipe comes from, once again, my favorite Crock Pot recipe book: The Better Homes and Gardens Skinny Slow Cooker mag. I slightly modified it and my version turned out great!

You will need:

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 12 ounces uncooked ground Italian chicken sausage
  • 3 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped green peppers (or really any kind of peppers you want!)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onions
  • 1 8-ounce can pizza sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella
  • 4 ciabatta rolls, split and toasted
Chances are you already have some of these!

Chances are you already have some of these!

Start out by heating the olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Then, add the sausage and cook until brown. Make sure to break it up!

I got over my fear of touching uncooked meat for this post. You're welcome.

I got over my fear of touching uncooked meat for this post. You’re welcome.

Once the sausage is browned, drain out the fat. Coat your Crock Pot with the cooking spray, and then go ahead and toss in all the ingredients except for the bread and cheese. Cook for 4 to 4 and a half hours on low, or 2 to 2 and a half hours on high.

It even looks good before it's cooked!

It even looks good before it’s cooked!

Once it’s done, divide it evenly on all the ciabatta halves. Top them each with some of the cheese.

And you're done! So. Good.

And you’re done! So. Good.

THAT’S SERIOUSLY THE RECIPE! It’s so easy, and inexpensive too! I’m in love.

BuzzFeed’s Ultimate Roast Chicken Tournament

BuzzFeed’s Ultimate Roast Chicken Tournament

Have you heard the hype about BuzzFeed’s Ultimate Roast Chicken Tournament? I woke up today and this was all over my Twitter feed. It’s definitely worth a read, and all of the chickens look delicious – but I won’t give away which one won.

This article is great because, as I’m sure you know, roast chicken is both delicious and healthy, which sometimes can be hard to find. Even if there’s one that calls to you more than the winner, worry not, they have the recipes available for all of them. Happy roasting!