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Easy Strawberry Danish @UpsideDownPear

So I was really craving a pastry the other day, but I didn’t want to go out and buy one. I mean…they’re expensive. Like $3 for one! I decided to try making them on my own….and by making them I mean buying premade pastry dough and adding some jam on top.

Easy Strawberry Danish @UpsideDownPear

I didn’t really follow any recipe, but I saw images (most likely on Pinterest) of pastries being baked with blueberries in the center. So, I thought to myself, I’ll just bake some pastry dough with some jam in the center, and then ta dah a danish. You know what? It actually worked! And it worked well!! These are super easy, look super fancy, and are fun to eat.

Easy Strawberry Danish @UpsideDownPear

These would be fun to make for a family breakfast or a party of some sort. Not to mention that they only take 20 minutes to make. I will say to make sure that you use a thick jam. I tried to use a fruit spread, and let’s just say that the filling melted before the dough had risen. It was a bit of a mess. I used a strawberry jam for these, and they turned out perfect. The jam melts, evens outs, and fills the shell perfectly. It’s simple and fun. I know you’ll love these as much as I do. I can’t wait to make more in different flavors!

Easy Strawberry Danish @UpsideDownPear

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Slow Cooker Chili @UpsideDownPear

Now I’m not in New England or anything, so I don’t have to tunnel my way out the front door. On the other hand, it’s been in the single digits and below for far far far too long. Why is it that the closer we get to spring, the colder it gets outside? Doesn’t Mother Nature know that’s not how this works?

Slow Cooker Chili @UpsideDownPear

Well, it’s a good thing that we have this amazing chili to help keep us warm while the negative windchill keeps on dropping! The beauty is that after cooking the meat on the stove, everything else happens in the slow cooker. All you need to do it put everything together in the pot and then let it do its thing.

Slow Cooker Chili @UpsideDownPear

Because you cook it for at least four hours, the meat becomes super tender and just begins to fall apart. It’s a nice change from the ground beef or chicken that you could use for chili. I also like to add lots of veggies to my chili. Not only does it help to give some body to the dish, but you also feel like you’re being totally healthy. We like to make up a big batch and then freeze half of it for later. It becomes a great time saver when your schedule leaves no time for cooking…or the weather is so cold you don’t feel like getting out of bed.

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No Bake Cookies @UpideDownPear

With all this cold and snow, I decided I needed some chocolate. But I also was feeling a bit lazy, so I thought the perfect thing to make would be these no bake cookies! I love no bakes for a whole bunch of reasons, and so should you! Not only is everything made in one pot (can you say less dishes!) but they come together in less than 30 minutes and on top of everything they’re just incredibly addicting.

No Bake Cookies @UpideDownPear

I actually used almond butter instead of peanut butter, and I didn’t taste a difference. The almond butter gives it a bit of creaminess, but instead of noticing an almond flavor gets a bit buried under the cocoa powder. So feel free to sub the almond butter for peanut butter if that’s what you have. My almond butter was also natural and didn’t cause the cookies to be runny (in fact they’re still a bit crumbly) so just use whatever is currently in your pantry. I’d say that these are like breakfast cookies since they contain oats, but I’d be kidding myself. Although with just one cup of sugar in the whole batch, it’s almost like it’s a healthy/cheating cookie. Am I right?!? Anyone?

No Bake Cookies @UpideDownPear

I’m fairly positive that you have all you need to make these in your kitchen right now. So grab a pot and let’s get set! Nothing’s better than taking a break with a cup of coffee or tea and a few of these.

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Easy Miso Soup

This has got to be the easiest soup ever! It’s a bit of a cheater recipe as in I just use water instead of stock, but it tastes just fine to me so I’m not going to worry over that. This miso soup goes nicely with my easy onigiri for a nice light lunch or if you decide to pick up some sushi (which we totally did for dinner). You could even pair this with some curry if you were looking to round out your dinner.I’m usually weary about picking up sushi at the grocery store as I’ve had some bad experiences, but our Kroger actually has a really nice looking sushi bar. We’ve picked up sushi there a couple of times now and it’s been super delicious (and a bit cheaper) than some of the other places around here.

Easy Miso Soup

We’ve had this miso paste for quite some time now, so I decided it was time to make some soup. I mean especially with this super freeze that’s happening outside, we needed some way to warm up. Plus it gave me the perfect excuse to buy sushi and make rice balls (which I’m always up for). Miso is actually pretty healthy for you, and you can add a bit of seaweed which is also known to have health benefits.

Easy Miso Soup

The seaweed you’re going to want to look for is called wakame. It might be a bit hard to find if you don’t have an Asian grocery store nearby, but I have seen it sometimes at the regular store as well. If you still can’t find it, there’s always Amazon. If you search for it there, you get a bunch of choices. I’d probably pick based on reviews. Then you round out the soup with tofu. I always buy an Asian brand (usually Japanese) since the quality is better. That’s all you need for this soup, and you really don’t even need the seaweed and tofu. Those are just bonus. Make this totally easy soup and warm yourself up during this cold winter!

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Chicken Pesto Chicken

Do you ever have one of those moments where as soon as you do something, you know you shouldn’t have? Like…oh I think I’ll send this picture out, and then it turns out that you sent it to the wrong person or something? Yeah, I’m kind of having one of those days. Nothing major or anything that will ruin things for life. Just little things that you’re like…why!? Why did I decide to do that…now I look dumb. Oh well. I guess it’s live and learn right?

Chicken Pesto Chicken

One thing I don’t regret is this chicken and pesto dinner! It’s crazy easy so even I can’t screw it up. You can use your favorite pesto (or homemade version if you have one). I haven’t dabbled into making my own pesto sauce yet, so I get mine from Costco. Have I mentioned that I love Costco yet? I’m pretty sure you’ve heard me talk about all sorts of things I pick up there. They have everything, and I highly recommend their pesto sauce.

Chicken Pesto Chicken

I decided to boil the chicken because it just makes everything easier and you don’t have to worry about overcooking as much. Plus I really really really hate cutting raw chicken. It’s just the worst and it’s so messy and I’m at the point that I’ll do pretty much anything to avoid it. So boiling it is. Boil and then cube, toss, and serve. Dinner in minutes! This is great for those weekdays when you feel that you just need to catch a break. Plus, you can make up a big batch ahead of time, and heat up into smaller portions for later. We do that, and it makes for quick lunches as well.

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MeHi! My name’s Alexis and I finally took the leap into blogging after reading so many fun posts by other food bloggers.  I’ve always had a passion for eating, but have never really felt comfortable in the kitchen.  There are so many drool-worthy recipes out there, that I wanted to document my musings in the kitchen both following others’ recipes and becoming brave enough to create my own.  Please take a look around! I really want to hear from you! If you make something, like something, don’t like something, please comment or use the contact form!  Reading your comments really makes my day!  If you’re looking for an easier way to get my recipes, you can sign up for my email and get them directly to your inbox.  I hope to hear from soon.

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