Sunday, November 16, 2014

NatureBox for the Win!

Holy moly. I'm only 10 days away from hosting my first family Thanksgiving. 17 of my most favorite people are making the trip to Kansas City. They are all coming from Nebraska and Iowa so I want to make them feel extra special during their stay.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. No pressure to buy everyone the 'right' gift but rather it's dedicated to spending time with your loved ones and sharing all of the blessings we've experienced. Oh and lots and lots of eating.

Because everyone will be traveling and staying in the area for a few days I wanted to offer up healthy snack options to balance out all the traditional goodies.

Fudgy Heath Brownies

Fudgy Heath Brownies - my go-to brownie recipe with a ton of Heath candy pieces

I've always loved Heath candy and they always remind me of the same childhood memory.

I was in middle school and a couple friends and I went to the local Dairy Queen to get ice cream. In our small town the Dairy Queen was the place where a lot of the super cool high school athletes worked. One of those athletes name was Heath.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Cider Beer Poached Pears with Pound Cake

Cider Beer Poached Pears served with Pound Cake and Ice Cream #CleverlyPoached #CleverGirls

I did something fancy. I poached pears using cider beer. Doesn't that sound fancy?!

I'll let you think I'm super cool until you see how easy it actually was. But we can keep the secret and your fiends and family can still think YOU slaved hours making a fancy dessert.

This is the best time of year to buy pears. Our grocery store had like 7 varieties of USA Pears to choose from. There is even a little sign by each with a quick description, taste profile and suggested uses. Much easier than me asking Siri (she's not very helpful).

Do you know how to choose ripe pears? Apply gentle pressure to the narrow "neck" of the pear with your thumb. If it yields to pressure, it's ripe!

I knew I was going to attempt poaching so I went for the Bosc Pears that were a little firm; making them perfect for poaching.

Poaching a pear is super simple but, like I said, looks fancy. The most common poached pear recipe uses wine and sugar. The only time I like wine is when it's in sangria with a ton of fruit so I used one of my favorite cider beers instead. I absolutely loved the pears; it added just the right hint of apple and sweetness.

Cider Beer Poached Pears served with Pound Cake and Ice Cream #CleverlyPoached #CleverGirls

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