December 30, 2014

Peanut Butter Fudge


Each holiday season, I volunteer myself to make what seems like too much, but somehow end up finding the time to bake it all! This peanut butter fudge recipe will change your life! With only three ingredients AND no baking, this one can be tackled and crossed off of the list in less than 15 minutes.

Recipe adapted from Lauren's Latest.

INGREDIENTS
  • 3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 12 Reese's peanut butter cups, unwrapped and quartered
DIRECTIONS
  1. Line an 8x8 pan with foil and lightly spray nonstick cooking spray; set aside. 
  2. In a double boiler over medium heat, combine the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk. Slowly heat until melted, about 7 minutes. Stir until there are no lumps, then immediately pour it into the foil-lined pan. Smooth the surface with a spatula.
  3. Press the chopped Reese's into the smoothed surface. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before removing from the pan and cutting into bite-size squares. Enjoy!




December 23, 2014

Turkey Meatballs


As a distance runner, this is my go-to for a great source of carbs and protein. When eating clean during training, I love to use Kroger's 99% fat free ground turkey and their 100% whole grain spaghetti noodles. Since the meatballs are very simple to make, I make them a pound at a time and freeze any leftovers for a future, even easier meal.

Original recipe was from Gwyneth Paltrow's It's All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great cookbook and featured in Self Magazine, but has been adapted.

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, freshly minced
  • 2 Tbsp. EVOO
  • ¼ c. Italian Parsley, chopped
  • 3 Basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 c. Italian style breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
DIRECTIONS
  1. Heat skillet over medium heat with EVOO. Once oil is hot, add the chopped onion and garlic. Sauté until fragrant and translucent. Remove from heat; set aside.
  2. In a glass bowl, add the ground turkey, chopped parsley and basil, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper, onion and garlic mixture, and egg. Mix with hands; combine well, but careful to not overwork the meat.
  3. Add more EVOO to the skillet; reheat oil. Roll turkey mixture into balls. Cook meatballs in skillet, flipping sides until browned, about 10 minutes. 
  4. Serve immediately over cooked pasta noodles and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Enjoy! 






December 21, 2014

Potato Bites



This is one basic, easy-to-go-to recipe you will want to keep in close reach. With only four ingredients, these potatoes are packed with flavor, yet can be served with breakfast or dinner. Oh and did I mention this is another recipe from my mother? She seriously has the best recipes in her collection!

INGREDIENTS
  • 4 russet potatoes, cut into cubes
  • 3 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1/3 c. EVOO
  • 2 packages Lipton Onion Soup Mix
DIRECTIONS
  1. Combine all ingredients and arrange on a baking tray.
  2. Bake at 350°F for 40 minutes, or until potatoes are cooked through. Enjoy!

*Baker is from Crate and Barrel, similar here.



December 16, 2014

Carrie's Creations Turns 5


Five years ago today, in my college apartment with a point-and-shoot camera, I published my very first post.

I initially started this blog to share recipes I made with my family while I was away at college. My photos, staging, and writing have come a long way since then!

177 posts and 33,137 all-time page views later, I want to thank each of you for reading and sharing. Thank you for the accountability. Thank you for the support. You have no idea how much it means to me when you tell me how much you enjoyed a certain recipe or that you miss my posts when some time has passed. I love being able to share my passion with you. Here’s to another year!