After 9 months of no drinking (for a wonderful little reason), I am pretty excited about being able to sip on a few holiday cocktails this winter. Every Christmas, my dad loves to make these amazing chocolate martinis. The problem is, though, that I am pretty sure he uses about a gallon of chocolate syrup to make each one. Yes they are delicious, but they are like having three dessert servings in one sip! So I thought why not play around with the martini recipe until I can discover something delicious, but at the same time, slightly healthier than just sticking a straw into the container of Hershey’s syrup. Of course, experimenting with cocktail recipes is certainly not the worst job to have! Enter the “Decadent Chocolate Martini” – a slimmed down version of the original with all of the same great taste. Just remember to pace yourself if you whip up a batch- they are delicious, but they are strong!
Decadent Chocolate Martini Recipe
- 5 oz Kahlua Rum
- 5 oz Vanilla vodka
- ½ cup non-fat Chocolate milk
- Chocolate syrup, optional
- In a martini glass, drizzle chocolate syrup and place in freezer while you mix other ingredients.
- In a mixer, combine all ingredients. Shake until mixed completely.
- Drain liquid from mixer into glass. Enjoy immediately.
Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
267 Calories, 34 g CHO, 1 g FAT, 4 g PRO, 115 mg Sodium, 12 g sugar
What’s red and green and easier to make than a roll of pre-made sugar cookie dough? My festive Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan of course! This is one of my favorite recipes since it not only tastes great, but it takes less than 5 minutes to prep and make. You can toss it together and run out to finish your last minute shopping while it cooks. And if you make enough, you can have easy leftovers for tomorrow too!
This time of year between trying to juggle end of the year work projects and deadlines, last minute shopping, wrapping (which I loathe!), Joey’s birthday (I can’t believe he’s turning 3 already!!), and oh yea a brand new baby(!!!) it’s just too crazy to even think about what to make for dinner. I really didn’t want to resort to take out since I’d like to eat as healthy as possible before all of the large holiday meals. And that’s where this recipe came in. I love me some chicken parm (who doesn’t?), but it can be very time consuming. When trying to multitask while watching a toddler who loves to climb and jump off furniture and a new baby who loves to be held, I need to make my recipes as simple as possible. So I thought, why not throw all of the chicken parm ingredients in the slow cooker and see what happens. Luckily, the result was delicious!
- 1 lbs skinless chicken breast
- 1 Tbs olive oil
- 2 cups tomato sauce
- 1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
- 1 Tbs minced garlic
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Coat the bottom of a slow cooker with olive oil and place the chicken breasts on top. Sprinkle on breadcrumbs and garlic. Pour the tomato sauce on top and then add the Parmesan cheese. Cook on high for 4 hours. During the last 15 minutes of cooking, top with fresh mozzarella and allow to melt. Serve warm with a side of steamed veggies (I chose steamed broccoli for a red/green festive combo) and enjoy!
I can’t wait to hear what you think!
Now that the temperatures have dropped below 20 degrees, it can be hard to get outside. As much as I want to bundle Joey up and let him run and play outdoors, it just isn’t safe to bring a two week old out into the bitter cold. I’ve been trying to do as much as possible to help Joey stay busy and burn off his never-ending energy, but he is still bouncing off the walls some days. One of the hardest parts about recovering from a cesarean section birth is that I am not allowed to exercise or lift Joey right now. He’s so used to me running around with him, I feel like we are both going a little stir crazy without being able to do our same activities. And while it can be easy to stay inside and watch his favorite cartoons, I’d really rather he isn’t camped out in front of the TV all day.
After exhausting activities such as coloring, play-doh, and painting, I turned to my awesome intern Kelly (of Kelly’s Knack for Cooking) for some fresh ideas. She never disappoints me! Today, she came up with the most adorable DIY craft that any toddler or young child would love. This Snowman Sock Craft is a great way to get into the holiday spirit and keep little hands busy. It only takes about 20 minutes to make and then provides hours of fun after as your child can enjoy playing with his new toy.
All you need are the follow materials below and the creativity to decorate a snowman. You can really go multiple ways with designing your very own snowman, it really depends on the materials you find and use.
Pour rice into sock with funnel. Tie a knot with end of sock.
Place pet costume on top of knot. Tie scarf around rubber band.
Super glue buttons to make eyes and nose. Draw a mouth with sharpie or felt pen (have fun with it!) and sit your little snowman upright and enjoy!
Note: Most items can be found at your local dollar store, helping to make this a low cost craft as well.