December 17, 2014

C & C in the Kitchen: Sweet Potato Pizza

It's me, Katie. And I'm back in the kitchen. Two recipe posts this week. Tis the holiday season, I suppose. Remember my 6-week Reboot earlier this year under the tutelage of Dietitian on a Mission, well one of my most favorite recipes (and Dr. B's) from the program was the Sweet Potato Pizza. And we've made it several times since. It's just SOOOO good, and pretty good for you.

First, the crust. 

2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
1.5 cups flour of choice (gluten free, almond, cashew, etc.)
1/4 cup shredded parmesan
1 Tbsp dried Italian herbs
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp garlic powder
3/4 tsp salt
coconut flour to dust your hands
Pizza toppings of choice (minus tomato sauce)

Preheat over to 400.
Boil sweet potato pieces until very soft, about 20 minutes. Drain and place in large mixing bowl. Mash.
Add the rest of the ingredients and mix. With your hands coated in coconut flour, remove dough from bowl, and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. 
Press dough thinly on the cookie sheet, using coconut flour as needed (mine covers most of the pan). 
Bake for 20 minutes until lightly browned.

While the crust cooks, I sautéed red onions, red peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, and spicy chicken sausage. 

After the crust has cooked for 20 minutes, remove from oven, put on the toppings along with your cheese of choice - I use lite mozzarella sparingly, and return to the oven for 15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. 

An added bonus, it's good cold the next day for lunch too! 

December 16, 2014

What I Wore

Remember that dress I blogged about from ASOS (post here)?

Well, I ended up getting it in black, and I wore it this weekend to the Junior League of Portland Holiday Charity Gala (I am on the Board of directors). At first I was concerned that the dress was a little too va-va-va-voom for the Junior League, but with some reassurance from fellow board members, I decided to go for it. 

I didn't get too many full length shots, so here are a few photos I took in my mirror before heading out. I have to say, this dress fits me perfectly, and I felt great wearing it. Despite being so low cut, it didn't feel revealing. I did make sure to use a lot of double-sided sticky tape to keep everything in place. 

Our first stop of the night was the barre3 holiday party.

My +1 and I were definitely over dressed, but it's better to be over dressed than under-dressed, right? Doesn't he look handsome?

And finally, we ended the night at Waverley Country Club for the Junior League of Portland holiday Gala. My fellow Board members brought out their holiday best, and apparently black and red was the theme of the night. Doesn't everyone look lovely?

Another win for ASOS! Now I just need another occasion to wear this dress. 

December 15, 2014

C & C in the Kitchen: Belly Buttons

At Thanksgiving I was introduced to Belly Buttons. No, not the odd body part (I'm not a fan), these little amuse bouches of deliciousness. And, to top it off, they're crazy easy to make and the perfect treat to wrap up and give to teachers, colleagues, babysitters, friends, hostesses, neighbors…you name it. 

Belly Buttons:

Square or round pretzels (Synder's of Hanover calls them Snaps)
Bag of Hersey's Kisses of your choice (I used half peppermint and half regular)
Bag of regular M & Ms (I used dark chocolate)

Preheat oven to 250.
Line up all the pretzels on a cookie sheet. 
Place one kiss in the middle of each pretzel (the unwrapping is the prefect job for a child or your +1 - Dr. by was my assistant). 
Place in the oven for 4 minutes (or until the kisses are at the very beginning of losing their shape and melting)
Take out of the oven, place one M & M on top and push down to spread out across the pretzel.
Place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to cool. 



December 12, 2014

Time Saving Tips

First things first...Congratulations to Katie Denis! You are the winner of the Danielle Nicole Handbag!

Now on to business, Today we are going to share a video that will change your life. It will save you time and a whole lot of hassle. Are you ready?

I don't know about you, but I will NEVER use my old method of putting the duvet cover on the comforter ever again!

December 11, 2014

Products We Love: Siggi's

Who needs Greek yogurt when you can eat Icelandic yogurt! Packed with protein and ingredients you can actually recognize and pronounce - flavored yogurts are made with real fruit and sweetened with agave nectar or cane sugar - Siggi's has become my go-to afternoon snack. And the Pumpkin & Spice is fall perfection, almost making you think you're enjoying a big slice of pumpkin pie. 

Founder Siggi Hilmarsson started the company after being tired of sugary American foods and homesick for the flavors of home. 10 years after cooking up the first batch of yogurt in his Tribeca kitchen, Siggi is living the American entrepreneurial dairy dream. Not for the cost-concious at heart, it's a little more expensive that your average yogurt, but worth every penny. Find a store that sells Siggi's near you (Regan says her local Target has them)! I'm pretty sure you'll love this product just as much as C &C does! 

December 10, 2014

Effortless Chic Morning to Night

Today I am sharing a designer I have known for a long time. We go back...all the way back to Middle School. Even then I could have told you that she would do something in fashion because she was by far the most fashion forward teen I knew. 

Our childhood friend, Trina Pierre, has a gorgeous clothing line based out of Seattle. The Trina Pierre Collection is a ready-to-wear line with a sophisticated and practical aesthetic made with washable and eco friendly fabric. Trina is an on-the-go mom, just like me, and many of our readers. Her clothes are classic and can be worn everyday, nearly anywhere. 

Trina recently launched a kickstarted campaign to fund her 2015 collection. She is offering all of her rewards at wholesale prices, and all rewards will arrive at your doorstep in time for Christmas.  

I would like the Simone Top and Andrea dress to arrive on my doorstep!

Watch the video to learn more!

December 9, 2014

C & C Does Holiday Decor

By the time Thanksgiving rolls around I'm rearing for the holidays. Christmas is my FAVORITE of all - there's a reason it's called the most wonderful time of year! From the lights and fir-scented candles to peppermint everything (I'm looking at you Trader Joe's) there's nothing I don't love. Because Thanksgiving weekend is a busy work time for me, we decked the halls the weekend before. This was my inspiration...

This is my reality (the battery operated, wreaths were an addition this year from Balsam Hill and the magnolia wreath was a One King's Lane find last season). It's going to be an annual work in progress to try to achieve the above. 

We ventured out to Pine Valley Farms in Maryland to cut down our Frasier fir (for the third year). Dr. B did the cutting…I did the modeling. 

You may remember my post on collecting ornaments. I might suggest this travel trick for your own tree. It turns decorating into a walk down memory lane (new tree skirt from Costco was an October purchase - I love getting out of the gates early). 

For me, the rest of the house is all about subtle holiday accents here and there. Our living room coffee table tray is gussied up with some berry branches from Trader Joe's. 

One day I aspire to a collection of Simon Pearce evergreens, but for now, this lone tree stands proud on a mirrored tray. 

A mantle isn't complete without stockings…and some glitter. I picked up the glitter garland at Home Goods and the reindeer came from a store at home in Idaho (similar here, here and here). 

With a more modern color palette in the dining room, not conducive to the traditional reds and greens, traditional Christmas balls in not-so-traditional colors along with a bowl full of holiday cards are the perfect accent pieces (candle sticks from Home Goods). 

And to top it off, this giant metallic Christmas ornament was the find of the century (also at Home Goods) two years ago. 

Merry Merry decorating!