Spoonful of Easy – Easy. Peasy. Done. https://spoonfulofeasy.com Easy. Peasy. Done. Tue, 15 Dec 2020 18:19:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.6.2 https://spoonfulofeasy.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/cropped-carissa-logo-square-1-32x32.png Spoonful of Easy – Easy. Peasy. Done. https://spoonfulofeasy.com 32 32 No Boil Ravioli Bake https://spoonfulofeasy.com/no-boil-ravioli-bake/ https://spoonfulofeasy.com/no-boil-ravioli-bake/#comments Sat, 14 Apr 2018 19:35:14 +0000 http://spoonfulofeasy.com/?p=346 This No Boil Ravioli Bake is an easy weeknight dinner that requires zero prep or planning on your part.  The ravioli cooks right in the oven!  No pre-cooking, no defrosting, just grab your bag of frozen ravioli, layer and go. Dinner’s handled!  This post contains affiliate links.

Today brought a late spring snowstorm to the area and – because, kids – we also had to brave the icy tundra (the interstate) to travel to Convenient Care for a potential pink eye situation.  It was a nail biter of a drive, peppered with questions like, “Why are there no Easter vampires?”  Bottom line, come dinner time I #1 Needed my cooking coach, Redd’s Apple Ale #2 Needed just a total easy, low-prep dinner.  This No Boil Ravioli Bake fit that bill to a tee — bonus, it packs a veggie punch with some delicious steam in the bag spinach that bakes right in the dish.

Can I be honest?  If I see any casserole, soup, etc. that starts with “First, boil the noodles …” it’s just a total pass for me.  Not like boiling noodles is hard, but it is something you have to watch and watch and drain and just generally fuss with.  Nope, no thank you.  This recipe uses frozen ravioli and that ravioli bakes to perfection in the oven.  Adapted from here.

Ravioli Bake How To

First up, put about a cup of sauce in the bottom of a 9×13 pan.  Don’t scrimp here, you want enough sauce so that the ravioli come up easy and leave you with little cleanup.  Place a single layer of frozen ravioli on top of the sauce.  We’re using cheese ravioli here, but this bake is equally good with beef ravioli.

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Add some spinach to your ravioli bake for a veggie punch

This step is optional, but I like to sneak in some veggies wherever I can.  I use the steam in a bag spinach and just sprinkle the whole bag over the first layer of frozen ravioli.  I was carefully sprinkling it and my 4 yo said, “Why don’t you just dump it out all at once?” Good point, bud.  So that’s what I did.

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Layer on about half of your shredded cheese, and then pour the remainder of the sauce over it.  Helpers encouraged at this stage as you can see from the picture :).

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Repeat your layers, ending with a shredded cheese layer.

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Sprinkle the top with Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning and we are crazy for garlic, so we always add some minced garlic.  Fresh if you’ve got it, but from a jar works great too.

Cover it tightly with tin foil and pop it in a 400° oven for 30 minutes covered, 10 minutes uncovered and a few minutes under the broiler to brown things up.

No Boil Ravioli Bake via Spoonful of Easy

No Boil Ravioli Bake via Spoonful of Easy

That’s it!  Zero prep work or time spent watching anything because it’s a No Boil Ravioli Bake and dinner’s handled!  Looking for a few more easy dinners?  Be sure to check out Pita Pizzas and Easy Tortellini Soup. Anyone else have any tricks for skipping the boil stage?  Tell me in the comments!

No Boil Ravioli Bake
A zero prep, no boil ravioli bake that cooks up tender in the oven.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 bag frozen ravioli, beef or cheese
  2. 1 jar of spaghetti sauce
  3. 2 cups of shredded cheese
  4. Parmesan
  5. Minced garlic
  6. Italian seasoning
  7. Steamed spinach (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400. Place one cup of sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 pan and spread it around. Place one single layer of frozen ravioli and top with spinach if using. Then sprinkle one cup of cheese and the remaining sauce in the jar on top of the first layer. Add a second layer of ravioli and top with the remaining cheese plus garlic, Parmesan and Italian seasoning to taste. Cover with foil and bake covered for 30 minutes and uncovered for 10 minutes. Put it under the broiler for a few minutes to get the cheese golden brown.
Adapted from Amy Lynn Titus blog
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Easy Seafood Boil https://spoonfulofeasy.com/easy-seafood-boil/ https://spoonfulofeasy.com/easy-seafood-boil/#comments Mon, 16 Jul 2018 10:00:00 +0000 http://spoonfulofeasy.com/?p=1534 Yep, I am proof that even those of us from the landlocked states can master the Easy Seafood Boil.  Impress a crowd at your next get together without busting out the grill or just throw it together for a fun weekend dinner.  So for anyone who has wondered exactly how you do a seafood boil – I’ll walk you through step-by-step.  You’ve got this!

So I’ve seen quite a few cool seafood boils on Pinterest and simultaneously thought, “Wow!!” and “Nope! Not for me!” Like I would certainly eat every morsel given the chance, but it seemed overly complicated to make at home.  But all that changed when a few friends on Instagram posted the most amazing pictures of a seafood boil and I started really rethinking my stance.  Especially when I originally thought the pictures were taken at a restaurant and I commented on their pics to find out where they were so I could go there immediately.  I was so surprised to find out that they had made it themselves and while camping no less.  They were so incredibly nice to share a step by step with me and guys it’s easy.  And delicious.  Which are basically the hallmarks of any recipe that becomes a go-to for me.  This recipe isn’t hard or work intensive (Yay! You get to enjoy the party too!), it’s all about the layering of ingredients, but the total cook time is over an hour.  So plan some appetizers/snacks so your guests (or children) aren’t circling you like sharks waiting for it to be done.   Bonus: this recipe is it’s super easy to scale up or down depending on the size of your crowd. Easy Seafood Boil | Spoonful of Easy #seafoodrecipes #seafoodboil

Seafood Boil Ingredients & Seasonings

The only seasoning you’ll need for this seafood boil is Old Bay.  This was my first time trying Old Bay seasoning and umm, why have I been missing out?  It’s super delicious.  You’ll also need kielbasa, potatoes, shrimp, crab legs and corn. 

Grab your biggest pot and bring enough water to completely cover your ingredients (just eyeball it) and a half cup of Old Bay seasoning to a boil.  Once it’s boiling, here are the layers:

  • Add your kielbasa to the boiling water immediately
  • 10 minutes later add your potatoes
  • 15 minutes later add your sweet corn
  • 15 minutes later the crab legs
  • 5 minutes later the shrimpEasy Seafood Boil | Spoonful of Easy #seafoodboil #oldbay

Frozen Shrimp Notes

For any other “always forgets to defrost” folks out there like me, you may be wondering, do I need to thaw the frozen shrimp before cooking? Nope!  We boiled the frozen shrimp just by tossing it in the pot and it really didn’t change the timing of the last step.

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So you don’t really need to watch it closely until you’re gauging if the shrimp is done.  I just set the timer on my phone so I knew when to toss in the next round of ingredients.  When the shrimp is pink, just drain the water out and dump it out on newspapers or butcher paper and bust out the tongs!Easy Seafood Boil | Spoonful of Easy #seafoodboil #oldbay

Need something to serve people while they wait?  I’d recommend some Brie on the GrillBacon, Egg & Cheese Deviled Eggs.  Or just a bunch of Wine Slushies, trust me, no one minds waiting after you’ve given them a bunch of frozen wine. Just keep ’em coming.

Easy Seafood Boil
Serves 8
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Prep Time
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Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 lbs. shelled raw shrimp
  2. 2 packages of kielbasa sausage, sliced into hunks
  3. 8 red potatoes, halved
  4. 12 ears of sweet corn, quartered
  5. 8 crab legs
  6. 1/2 cup Old Bay seasoning
Instructions
  1. Bring the water and seasoning to a boil
  2. Add the kielbasa, boil for 10 minutes
  3. Add the potato quarters and boil for an additional 15 minutes
  4. Add the sweet corn and boil for 15 minutes
  5. Add the crab legs and boil for 5 minutes
  6. Add the shrimp and boil for until the shrimp turns pink about 5 minutes
Adapted from Amber and Marcus Camp
Adapted from Amber and Marcus Camp
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Nadine West Review #1 https://spoonfulofeasy.com/nadine-west-review/ https://spoonfulofeasy.com/nadine-west-review/#comments Tue, 10 Apr 2018 02:35:00 +0000 http://spoonfulofeasy.com/?p=592 My first Nadine West review – a more affordable style subscription service.  I just happened to stumble across Nadine West’s Facebook ad and decided to give their style subscription service a try!  If you’d rather watch than read, you can check out my video review here

So as you might have guessed if you’ve been following my blog, I really like having things that someone chooses for me delivered to my home (ahem, Stitch Fix, Birchbox, and those are just the ones I’ve discussed on the blog, hehe.)  Soooo, if it’s in a box and delivered to my door, I’m probably going to give it a try. 

Obviously the Facebook algorithm has discovered this about me as well and Nadine West’s ads started showing up in my news feed.  Their main competitor is Stitch Fix, and they did throw some indirect shade their way because their main hooks are that you receive an outfit vs. just separate pieces, and the items are priced way lower than Stitch Fix at $10-$30.  It’s a monthly auto-ship program, but you can cancel at any time and if you don’t keep anything, you just pay for the shipping.  I went for it!

Signing up for Nadine West 

Sign-up was fairly easy, and when they say a 30-second style quiz, they mean 30 seconds.  You look at 5-6 pictures of outfit collections and click which of those pictures you like.  Then you write a few lines describing your style and that’s that.   After signing up, they let me know that they were expanding fast, so I’d have to join a wait list, but if I would share that I had signed up on Facebook, they would move my name up the list.  About four days later I received an email that my first package would be here in about four days.  So not too much of a wait in the end!

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What I received in my first Nadine West shipment – unboxing

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Here are some flat lay shots of the four items I received: a top, bottom, necklace and earrings.  The top was a Nadine West house brand, but everything else were brands I hadn’t heard of like “Leggings Depot.”  

Top: Just a Swingin’ $22.49 Bottom: Inked Rose $21.49

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Earrings: Forrest Waves $14.99 Necklace: Off Balance $29.99

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Nadine West Try-on Time!

Guys, I hated every single thing in this package!  It took everything I had in me to put this outfit on for you for the post.  First, like I mentioned, one of their selling points is that they send a complete outfit, not different pieces.  In what world are these pieces an outfit?  A long, dangly necklace with a casual henley-neckline top with dangly earrings?  

This outfit was unflattering and completely not my style in any way, shape or form.  I never want to completely trash pieces because I’m sure things I’ve worn and loved are 100% on someone else’s “Clothing I Would Never Let Near Me” list.   So maybe this outfit would be a hit for someone else, but it could not have been less of a hit for me. (Style note, my earlobes have a weird “champagne taste” thing going on and I can’t wear costume jewelry earrings, only the real deal, so that’s why you won’t see those in the try-on pic.)

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Begrudging smile pictured here 🙂

Will I be back for another go with Nadine West?

Well, I’m not out anything since they waived the first shipping fee for this package and it was easy to return with the pre-paid label.  I like that the company is a small business and trying to grow.  The hooks in their ads spoke to what I feel like I’m missing from my go-to, Stitch Fix: more outfits and more affordable pieces.  So I’ll send in my feedback and I’ll be back next month with another Nadine West review.  Fingers crossed for next month! (Spoiler alert: I did go back.  Check out my latest review here or earlier reviews here: Nadine West Review #2 and Nadine West Review #3.

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Nadine West Review #2 https://spoonfulofeasy.com/nadine-west-2/ https://spoonfulofeasy.com/nadine-west-2/#comments Fri, 27 Apr 2018 06:00:00 +0000 http://spoonfulofeasy.com/?p=778 My second Nadine West Review (style subscription service.)  If you’d like to learn more, check them out here.   This post contains affiliate links.

After I was super disappointed with my first shipment, I wasn’t really looking forward to my second package arriving.  But I did fill out my feedback from the first shipment, and they really seemed to pay attention (plus, Nadine West herself left a pre-recorded message on my phone saying that she hoped I would love everything and that sometimes it took a few tries to get it right.  So that made me hopeful it would be a better match.)  And after reviewing everything, I can definitely say they’re getting closer!

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What I received:  Four pieces: a 3/4 length sleeve top, a tank top, bracelet and a necklace.  I think I need to let go of the idea that this is supposed to be an outfit like some of their ads say, because there is no way these pieces make an outfit.

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Nadine West Piece #1, The Beat Goes On Top, $28.99

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Initial Thoughts:  I wasn’t super enthused when I pulled this out.  It reminded me a ton of the top from my first shipment that I promptly returned.  

The Try-on:  Better than I thought!  It was really comfortable and looked cute with jeans.  I just don’t wear a lot of black on top and couldn’t see myself wearing this very often.

The Verdict:  Returned!

Nadine West Piece #2 Summer Love Tank, $24.49

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Initial Thoughts:  Again, just medium enthused.  I liked the color palette, but I don’t own a racerback bra, so if I kept it I’d have to buy another piece in order to be able to wear it.

The Try-on:  I really liked it on ~ it paired well with a cardigan so I could wear it now.  And after I took a quick review of my summer clothes I discovered I don’t really have a cute, super casual top like that to wear with jean shorts for the summer.  Plus, after continuing to think about it I thought this could be a great 4th of July top.  Having my 4th of July outfit handled in April makes me feel super accomplished!

The Verdict: Kept!

Nadine West Accessories: Rings of Love Necklace $21.99 & Royal Etchings Bracelet, $15.59

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Initial Thoughts:  If I’m going to buy jewelry, I want it to be more of a statement piece.  I have a lot of more understated pieces, so neither of these were something that would really add to my wardrobe.

The Try-on:  Unfortunately the items are packaged in a way that you really can’t try them on.  So if I had been into them and wondering about the length of the necklace, etc., there’s really no way to find that out without tearing up the packaging.

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Third time’s a charm?  Again, I’m not out anything since I’m keeping one of the pieces, otherwise I would have to pay the $9.95 shipping.  But I really like the tank and it will be a great piece for summer.  I’ll definitely keep filling out my feedback to see if they can get closer to my style on upcoming pieces and be back for another Nadine West review next month.  Be sure to check out Nadine West Review #3 and Nadine West Review #1 and Nadine West Review #4 for more looks!  Or check out all my Fashion Reviews here.

Anyone else try Nadine West?  I’d love to hear you thoughts in the comments.

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Jello Watermelon Sheet Cake https://spoonfulofeasy.com/one-bowl-watermelon-sheet-cake/ https://spoonfulofeasy.com/one-bowl-watermelon-sheet-cake/#comments Fri, 20 Apr 2018 02:26:51 +0000 http://spoonfulofeasy.com/?p=707 This Jello Watermelon Sheet Cake starts with a cake mix and a box of Jello and comes together in minutes using just one bowl.  Honestly, the longest part of it is the baking time!  A perfect crowd-pleaser for picnics, or just a fun summer dessert to have around at home.  This post contains affiliate links.

Everything about this watermelon cake screams “Summer!” to me.  Like pretty much when I look at it, I hear the lyrics “Summer, summer, summertime, summertime …” playing in my head.  This is a perfect make and take recipe and there’s no fancy layering of ingredients in the prep.  Start with a box of white cake mix, a box of watermelon Jello, dump all the ingredients in a bowl, mix it up and bake!

Jello Watermelon Sheet Cake How-to

Watermelon Sheet Cake

So, seriously, dump your dry and wet ingredients together in a bowl and mix for two minutes and that’s it for prep.  I like to be really literal with my desserts and wanted it to be obvious right away that it was a watermelon cake, so I dropped a few drops of red food coloring in, but totally your choice.  

watermelon sheet cake

Pour into a greased 9 x 13 pan (I’m partial to Baker’s Joy myself — nothing ever sticks and it doesn’t leave any kind of sticky residue on your pan. Most stores carry it by the Pam) and bake at 350° for 35-38 minutes.

Jello Watermelon Sheet Cake Frosting and Toppers

Then frost away!  I used three cans of Duncan Hines Whipped frosting because in my dream world every cake is equal parts cake and frosting, but if you have more reasonable frosting expectations, one frosting can would definitely do the trick.  I used 15 drops of food coloring total to get it green and sprinkled the top with some white pearl sprinkles for flair (I got these in a spring sprinkle kit at Meijer, but you can find something similar here.)  Then serve it up and enjoy!

watermelon sheet cake

I changed up this Watermelon Sheet Cake for a fall twist as a customizable Tailgate Cake and I’ll definitely be trying it with some other Jello flavors.  Any other combinations you’d like to see/try?  I’d love to hear in the comments.

Watermelon Sheet Cake
A perfect summertime dessert ~ no fancy layering of ingredients required! Just dump, mix and bake.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 box of white cake mix
  2. 1 3 oz. package of watermelon Jello
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1 1/4 c. of water
  5. 1/4 c. of vegetable oil
  6. 1-3 cans of frosting
  7. Red and green food coloring (optional)
  8. Sprinkles (optional)
Instructions
  1. Add the box of cake mix, box of jello, eggs, water and oil into a large bowl. If you'd like to take the cake color up a notch, add a few drops of red food coloring. Mix all on high for 2 minutes. Pour batter into a greased 9x13 pan and pop into a 350° oven for 35-38 minutes.
  2. Let the cake cool completely and top with 1-3 cans of prepared frosting. I used Duncan Hines Whipped and added 15 drops of food coloring for the green color. Top with sprinkles if you want some flair!
Adapted from Taste of Home
Adapted from Taste of Home
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Toaster Oven Bacon https://spoonfulofeasy.com/toaster-oven-bacon/ https://spoonfulofeasy.com/toaster-oven-bacon/#comments Mon, 30 Apr 2018 06:00:00 +0000 http://spoonfulofeasy.com/?p=162 This Toaster Oven Bacon takes just 8 minutes and requires zero attention from you while it cooks up perfectly crisp in the toaster oven.  Perfect for low-carb breakfasts for busy mornings or for recipes that call for a few slices of crispy bacon. This post contains affiliate links.

So I try to eat a fairly low-carb breakfast in the morning to balance out the many other non-low-carb choices I make throughout my week.  I wanted a way to have hot, crispy bacon every morning with my eggs and there’s no time for breakfast foods you have to monitor in the morning at the Nelson house, which is the beauty of this recipe.  Zero time and attention from you, but crispy fresh bacon in whatever quantities you choose.  I love the “cook bacon in the oven” hack is great for a big batch, but it just doesn’t reheat that well.  I finally found the perfect fix with Toaster Oven Bacon!

Toaster Oven Bacon How-to

Start with a pound of bacon and cut it half with your kitchen shears.  I’ve tried whole slices and just can’t get dependable results on the cook time like I can with half slices for some reason. 

Toaster Oven Bacon

Place whatever portion you’d like on your foil-lined toaster oven pan and store the rest in a Ziploc bag for use throughout the week.  Put the pan in the toaster oven ~ no preheating (truly, you don’t need to watch this at all)~ at 400° for eight minutes.  Now I like my bacon like super duper crispy, so if that’s not your taste, you may need to play around with the time a bit to get the texture where you like it. 

toaster oven bacon

Take your slices out and drain them on a paper towel and done!  I like to serve this in the mornings with what I like to call a Rustic Pan Scramble, which just means I put two eggs in a skillet and swoosh them around with my spatula instead of doing any kind of real prep and call it done :).  

toaster oven bacon

Anyone who likes softer bacon find a good modified time that works for them?  I’d love to hear in the comments.

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Nadine West Review #3 https://spoonfulofeasy.com/nadine-west-review-3/ https://spoonfulofeasy.com/nadine-west-review-3/#comments Sun, 14 Oct 2018 09:00:00 +0000 http://spoonfulofeasy.com/?p=2403 My third Nadine West Review!  Nadine West is a style subscription service similar to Stitch Fix, but is a lower price point.   You fill out a profile and they choose pieces for you — mine have been a mix of apparel and accessories.  If you’d like to learn more, check them out here.   This post contains affiliate links.

I discovered Nadine West when their ads showing up in my Facebook news feed.  Their main competitor is Stitch Fix, and they did throw some indirect shade their way because their main hooks are that you receive an outfit vs. just separate pieces, and the items are priced way lower than Stitch Fix at $10-$30.  It’s a monthly auto-ship program, but you can cancel at any time and if you don’t keep anything, you just pay for the shipping.  I did two shipments in the spring (check out my first Nadine West review here and my second review here) but then the shipments started to get further and further from my style and I didn’t keep anything and was out the shipping, so I gave it a rest, but decided to give it another go.

I did need to go a different direction with my fashion pics you’ll see below.  We call my 21 month old “Baby Tornado” and so my CIO (my husband) can only moonlight as my photographer if Baby Tornado is asleep.  The man wears many hats around here :).  So the timing just didn’t work, and I needed to go the mirror selfie route.  Still kinks to work out on the best place/angle to shoot that way (you’ll get a little sneak peek at my neighborhood because I’m shooting from my front porch.  Hey, I go where the light is :)), but hopefully you can still get a good idea of the pieces.  And check out my unboxing video below for my initial thoughts.  Unlike Stitch Fix, you can’t peek, so it’s all a surprise when you open it.

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So here’s my thoughts on what I received:

Nadine West Review Piece #1: Bracelet $8.49

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My take: First, this is the most unflattering picture of my hand that has ever been taken.  But, I’m so loving this bracelet, I still put it out there.  And that price — less than $10, woo hoo!  I am not a great accessories shopper, but I’m also super picky about accessories that are sent to me.  Lots of fun for my style subscription stylists, I’m sure.  Loved this!  

Verdict: Kept!

Nadine West Review Piece #2: Leaf Me Be Necklace $19.99

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My Take:  I made the mistake of letting my son “try-on” a necklace of mine and he lost it.  In the car.  So I was down a fashion necklace and this totally fits the bill.  Love the length, and the feather charm is too cute.

The Verdict: Kept!

Nadine West Review Piece #3: Jaicee Top, $34.99

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My Take:  Fitted knit tops are just not for me.  They are zero flattering and I spend the whole time I’m wearing them adjusting them.  I did love this goldenrod color though, but the floral print seemed a little young on me.

The Verdict: Returned!

Nadine West Review Piece #4: Mesh Arrow Leggings, $25.99

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Nadine West Review #3 #nadinewest #fashion

My Take:  When I first received these, I thought “ho-hum, another pair of leggings” but these were so fantastic.  They have a phone pocket, a great high rise and the perfect amount of stretch.  Plus that adorable side detail you’ll see in the picture above.  But I have soooo many leggings.  So many.  There is just no need for another pair.  I almost pulled them out at the last minute, but I just couldn’t justify it.

The Verdict: Returned (begrudgingly)

Nadine West Review Piece #5: Cozy Cardi, $33.49

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My Take:  Love this color — like a light dusky plum.  And layering pieces are always really good to have for fall — love a good cardigan.  This was just a little too long and trendy on me.  Like I’m not that trendy.  I’m more of a medium-trendy.  I like to play it more in the safe zone with my cardigan length, so this didn’t quite do it for me.

The Verdict: Returned!

Nadine West Review Piece #6 Not Your Grammy’s Cami, $19.99

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My take:  It’s a spaghetti strap, and I’m not wearing that solo because 1) I’ve committed to never wearing a strapless bra again and 2) I don’t want to.  Hehe.  So I’m showing it layered here.  They put the tag in the worst spot, so there’s not getting around that in the pics.  I liked the tunic length and cool cross detail up front.

Verdict: It’s a no for me.  I don’t really need another layering cami.  Returned!

I’m definitely going back for another round next month!  I’m not a great accessories shopper, and I’ve worn those pieces multiple times already and it made it my favorite thing: easy!  And cheap.  Yep, cheap and easy, just the way I like it :).  Added customer service bonus: I received a recorded voicemail from Nadine West (the person) thanking me for my order and it was a really nice touch.  Be sure to check out my Nadine West Review #1 and Review #2. and Review #4 here.  Anyone else out there try Nadine West?  I’d love to hear in the comments!

 

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Overnight Caramel Rolls https://spoonfulofeasy.com/overnight-caramel-rolls/ https://spoonfulofeasy.com/overnight-caramel-rolls/#comments Wed, 24 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000 http://spoonfulofeasy.com/?p=1954 Overnight Caramel Rolls are the perfect make ahead breakfast.  Wake up, pop them in the oven, and you’ve got homemade caramel rolls to serve for a delicious and memorable holiday breakfast or fun weekend breakfast so you can still sleep in (if your kids allow it — if they do, please tell me your secrets, I need to know them.) This post contains affiliate links.

I want to make a new category of breakfast called the “wake and bake”.  I love special breakfasts for weekends or holidays, but like I’ve said here, I don’t exactly rise and begin shining.  I just rise.  So when I see a breakfast that involves hours of morning prep, I think, hmmm … hard pass.  I like a breakfast where I can just roll out of bed and really mainline some coffee before I’m asked to do too much else.  

Good news, if that’s your speed as well, the morning work involved on these overnight caramel rolls constitutes taking the plastic wrap off the pan and turning on the oven.  They would be worth a lot more effort, but they don’t require it.  So that’s a huge breakfast win in my book. Woo hoo!

Overnight Caramel Rolls Using Rhodes Dough How To

Overnight Caramel Rolls using Rhodes Dough #easybreakfast #overnightbreakfast

Grease up your 9 x 13 pan — I always use Baker’s Joy.  Then sprinkle toasted nuts along the bottom of the pan.  The original recipe calls for pecans, but I use a mixed nuts packet that I find in the end cap of the ice cream aisle at Walmart.  Because I’m super cheap and they’re super tasty.  Now you can do it without toasting the nuts — but it does add a really good layer of flavor.  If you’re interested in toasting them, just melt a tablespoon of butter in a skillet and cook the nuts on medium heat until toasty and brown — about 10 minutes.  Let them cool a bit.

Top the toasted nut layer with a box of butterscotch pudding and some cinnamon.  Add the frozen balls of Rhodes bread dough on top.  I fit about 15 in the pan.  Use a pastry brush to brush each ball with melted butter — making sure to coat each dough ball and then drizzle the remaining butter over the dough.  Sprinkle the tops with brown sugar.  

Grease a piece of waxed paper.  Now for whatever reason, I have a rebellious streak and when I see recipe instructions, I always think, “Hmmm, but are they really serious?”   So the first round I did not grease the waxed paper, and it was a sticky dough disaster.  So definitely grease the waxed paper and lay it on top of the pan.  Let the dough rise at room temperature overnight.  

Overnight Caramel Rolls Morning Prep

Overnight Caramel Rolls using Rhodes Dough #easybreakfast #overnightbreakfast

So literally wake and bake.  In the morning, turn on the oven to 350°, remove the sheet of waxed paper and pop them in the oven for 25-30 minutes.  

Get ready to serve a delicious overnight breakfast

I tried this recipe a few times.  Fail number one was the wax paper incident.  Well, fail, or failure to follow the instructions, it’s a toss up.  Fail #2 was one batch was just like a batch of dinner rolls with nuts on the bottom.  The pastry brush butter step helped with this, but what really took them next level was adding a delicious glaze.  Now we’re talking!  Super duper simple — 1 c. of powdered sugar stirred with some water, vanilla and cinnamon.  Easy even if you’re bleary-eyed.  Drizzle it on the rolls while they’re still warm. 

Overnight Caramel Rolls using Rhodes Dough #easybreakfast #overnightbreakfast

Now you probably should wait for these to cool down a little.  But when I hear something’s done, I come to the table sprint speed.  My husband will lollygag around and come that direction when he gets a chance.  Umm, what?!  So I don’t wait — I eat these rolls the second I’ve finished the glazing.  If you don’t wait for them to cool, the brown sugar/nut layer doesn’t stick to the rolls 100%.  Now, I’m totally fine with just scooping anything that falls off onto my plate vs. waiting a few extra minutes but your call!

Overnight Caramel Rolls using Rhodes Dough #easybreakfast #overnightbreakfast

That’s it for Overnight Caramel Rolls!  My main goal for you here, even if you’re an early bird, is that you get to enjoy the leisurely pace of the weekend or the holiday too.  Why choose between enjoying some downtime and serving a delicious breakfast?  Why can’t we have both?  Looking for more easy breakfasts?  Try Homemade Biscuit Donuts and Toaster Oven Bacon or if you need more easy holiday recipes, check out my Amazon ebook that’s all Christmas cookies that start with a mix!  Let’s wow people this holiday, but also have time to relax too :).

Overnight Caramel Rolls
Serves 12
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Prep Time
8 hr 15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
8 hr 45 min
Prep Time
8 hr 15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
8 hr 45 min
Ingredients
  1. Stick and a half of butter, melted but not hot
  2. 1 cup of chopped nuts, toasted
  3. 1 3.4 oz. box of butterscotch pudding mix (not instant)
  4. 1/2 c. brown sugar
  5. 12 pieces of frozen Rhodes bread dough
  6. Cinnamon to taste
  7. Glaze: 1 c. of powdered sugar mixed with 1/4 c. of water with cinnamon and vanilla to taste
Instructions
  1. Lightly grease a 13 x 9 pan
  2. Sprinkle the nuts evenly on the bottom
  3. Sprinkle the box of pudding mix over the nuts
  4. Sprinkle cinnamon over to taste
  5. Add the balls of frozen dough on top of the mixture
  6. Use a pastry brush to brush each ball with melted butter and then drizzle the remaining butter over the dough
  7. Sprinkle the tops with the brown sugar
  8. Grease a sheet of waxed paper and cover the rolls and let stand overnight at room temperature
  9. In the morning, remove the sheet of waxed paper, heat the oven to 350°
  10. Bake for 25-30 minutes
  11. Top with the glaze while still warm
Notes
  1. Toasting the nuts isn't essential to the recipe, but I think it makes a great addition to the flavor. Melt 1 T butter and add the nuts in a skillet over medium heat stirring constantly for a few minutes until toasted.
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Sugar Plum Fairy Cookies https://spoonfulofeasy.com/sugar-plum-fairy-cookies/ https://spoonfulofeasy.com/sugar-plum-fairy-cookies/#comments Mon, 03 Dec 2018 10:00:00 +0000 http://spoonfulofeasy.com/?p=2731 Sugar Plum Fairy cookies are perfectly purple and sparkly fun.  Perfect for a Nutcracker viewing party or just a fun Christmas cookie outside of the red and green color scheme!  This post contains affiliate links.

Unlike the Grinch movie, I did know the Nutcracker movie was coming out.  It came on as a preview and I was mesmerized when the first few notes came on.  I love being a boy mom, but I don’t have a lot of a chance to geek out over childhood toys with the boys like my husband does.  The Amazon Toy Book came in the mail and my husband was laughing with glee over the vintage toy section.  Yep, the 80’s kids are “vintage” now :).  So when I heard the first few notes of the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy I was totally there for it.  What better way to take your geeking out to the next level than by creating a baked good tribute?  But much like Hot Buttered Rum sugar plums sound really Christmasy, but I don’t actually want to eat hot rum with butter in it or a plum with sugar on it.  I just like the idea of it.  So these Sugar Plum Fairy Cookies are purple, sparkly fun and have a light, fruity taste.  Perfect for a new Christmas cookie to add to your platter.  

Sugar Plum Fairy Cookie How-to

Grab your sugar cookie mix — I always use Betty Crocker– and prepare it per package directions.  Then add half a box of Berry Blue jello and half a box of Cherry Jello to the bowl with 2 T of water and mix it all up.  Fun fact, I went to the store thinking I would grab some grape Jello, but they don’t make it.  No purple Jello to be found, so that’s why the mixing of boxes.  

Sugar Plum Fairy Cookies

Scoop out balls of dough and roll them in sugar or sanding sugar.  I like a little extra bling on my cookies, so I went with this sugar here.  Roll them until coated.

Sugar Plum Fairy Cookies

Bake at 375° — I used a silicone baking mat on an AirBake sheet– for 11-14 minutes or until the bottoms are browned.  

Sugar Plum Fairy Cookies

Sugar Plum Fairy Cookies

Sugar Plum Fairy tribute dessert complete!  If you’d like to see more Christmas cookies with mixes, head here, or check out my Christmas Cookies Ebook on Amazon. 

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Sugar Plum Fairy Cookies
Serves 20
A fun Sugar Plum Fairy Cookie that's perfect for a Nutcracker viewing party or as a pre-movie snack!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 17.5 oz. sugar cookie mix (I used Betty Crocker), prepared
  2. 1/2 of a 3 oz. box of Cherry Jello
  3. 1/2 of a 3 oz. box of Berry Blue Jello
  4. 2 T water
  5. Sugar or sanding sugar
Instructions
  1. Prepare the sugar cookie mix per package directions
  2. Add 2 T of water and half of each of the boxes of Jello to the same bowl
  3. Mix by hand until combined
  4. Scoop out the balls and roll them in sanding sugar or regular sugar until coated
  5. Heat oven to 375° and bake 11-14 minutes or until done
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Pan Roasted Vegetables (from frozen!) https://spoonfulofeasy.com/pan-roasted-vegetables/ https://spoonfulofeasy.com/pan-roasted-vegetables/#comments Thu, 02 Aug 2018 10:00:00 +0000 http://spoonfulofeasy.com/?p=912 An easy vegetable side that won’t heat up your kitchen and no waiting for the oven to preheat or competing for oven space/temperature.  Grab your bag of frozen veggies, add a swoosh of olive oil and you’re about 2o minutes away from golden, pan roasted vegetables that are an easy anytime side!  

I want to be like a super cool vegetable ninja.  I read one time that the ideal is to serve three different kinds of vegetables with a meal.  Sometimes I hit that, sometimes I’m far from it, but my goal is to serve amazing and varied vegetables that everyone loves.  Notice I said “goal” not “reality”.  When I do achieve it though, it’s super rewarding when my 4-year-old says, “What’s this?!  I never tried that before, but I know I don’t like it.”  Umm, thanks for that, bud! 

“Pan-roasted” just sounds fancy, like I’m secretly the sous chef at a trendy bistro in Soho instead of shouting at my younger son not to throw food at the dog while he laughs joyously.  I can imagine the glamorous life, right? 🙂  So first up grab your bag of frozen vegetables — I’ve done this with tons of types: broccoli, broccoli-cauliflower mix, peas, green beans, vegetable medley, even Brussels sprouts, and I’ve gotten great results every time.  And it’s easy to do two bags at once, just bump up your pan size.   Throw down a swoosh of olive oil and throw in your veggies.

Pan Roasted Vegetables (from frozen!) | Spoonful of Easy #roasted vegetables

Throw in some salt, pepper or whatever seasonings you like along with minced garlic and onion if that interest you.   Pop on the lid and turn the burner to medium high.  Almost every mix takes about 20 minutes, and I just stir them every five minutes or so, but you can definitely move on to other prep.  Towards the end when they really start to brown up, you need to watch them a bit more carefully, but this dish doesn’t need a ton of attention from you until the very end.

Pan Roasted Vegetables (from frozen!) | Spoonful of Easy #roasted vegetables

Once you start seeing the vegetables brown up and stick to the pan, you’re set!  If you’re using a type of vegetable that’s a little on the tougher side like Brussels sprouts, take it off the burner once it’s browned enough and just leave the lid on for a few extra minutes to make sure they soften up to your liking.  That’s it, easy pan-roasted vegetables with no pre-planning, chopping or oven heating.

Quick update:  when I’m super duper in a hurry, I go ahead and microwave the vegetable bag per the directions and then just give it that quick golden-brown finish in the skillet with oil and seasoning.  The golden brown on the sweet potatoes below is the product of about five minutes of skilleting post microwaving the bag from frozen.  Not sure if that’s a verb, but it is now :).  So start from frozen or get the golden brown post microwave — totally up to you!

Pan-roasted vegetables

So any way you start it, finish those veggies in a skillet to get the nice and toasty roasted without the time or oven heating up of traditional oven roasting! Any other mixes that you’ve tried?  I’d love to hear in the comments.

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Pan-Roasted Vegetables (from frozen!)
Serves 4
The easiest way to roast up a bag of frozen vegetables to golden brown. And it won't compete for oven space!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 1-2 10 oz. bags of frozen vegetables
  2. Olive oil
  3. Salt and pepper, to taste
  4. Minced garlic and chopped onion, to taste
Instructions
  1. Add a swoosh of olive oil to your pan and turn the heat to medium high
  2. Add your bag of frozen vegetables and seasonings, garlic and onions
  3. Cook with the lid on, stirring every 5 minutes or so
  4. Once the vegetables start to brown, stir every minute until they're the browness you'd like
  5. If you're working with a tougher vegetable, leave the lid on for a few minutes after you've taken the pan off the burner to get them soft enough
  6. Serve immediately
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Pan-roasted Vegetables | Spoonful of Easy #easyvegetables #vegetables

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