Happy Birthday Blush & Basil!

Wow! How has it been two years already?! I started this blog as a way to share recipes I made with friends and family. I had no idea it would turn into what it did. I’m grateful for all the support and continued feedback! Thank you for subscribing and following me on social media. You’ve helped me grow this little blog into something a lot bigger than I expected. And I couldn’t have done it without all of you, the ones reading this right now!! I am excited for the future of Blush & Basil and I hope you continue the journey with me!

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Southern Deviled Eggs

It’s been years since we’ve lived in the south. But, I still talk about Charleston and the food of Charleston often. I miss it so much and can’t wait to go back to visit. One of my favorite appetizers from Charleston was southern style Deviled Eggs. Before living there I didn’t know they were even a thing. So I decided to put my own spin on them and we’ll, they are amazing. I made these a few weeks ago for the Mcgregor vs Mayweather fight, and they went quickly.

Ingredients:

  • 12 hard boiled eggs
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup diced baby sweet dill pickles
  • 2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Sliced baby sweet dill pickles, to garnish
  • Smoked paprika, to garnish

Directions:

  1. Slice hard boiled eggs in half and place yolk in a medium mixing bowl.
  2. Mash up egg yolks. Add mayo, mustard, diced pickles, vinegar, garlic powder, and salt & pepper. Mix until well combined.
  3. Place filling into a zip lock bag and cut the edge, slowly pipe mixture into hard boiled eggs. Garnish with a sliced pickle and smoked paprika.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to serve
  5. Enjoy!

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Mini S’more Sandwiches

Happy Sunday! Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday weekend! These quick and easy s’more sandwiches are perfect for your Labor Day BBQ. They take about 15 minutes to make and they will get eaten even quicker! 😊

Ingredients:

  • 1 Jar Marshmallow Fluff
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 packages graham crackers, broken into individual pieces.

Directions:

  1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper.
  2. Melt chocolate chips in microwave, stirring every 30 seconds to avoid burning the chocolate.
  3. Spread layer of marshmallow fluff on graham cracker and top with another graham cracker.
  4. Dip half into chocolate and place on baking sheet.
  5. Repeat until all the graham crackers have been used.
  6. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  7. Enjoy!

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Jalapeno Popper Wonton Cups

It’s been a busy day in the kitchen today! I spent all day cooking up some new recipes. I didn’t know which to post first so, I did a poll on twitter (if you don’t follow me yet click here). Well, you voted and so today’s recipe is Jalapeno Popper Wonton Cups. It’s a quick and easy recipe (as are all my recipes) and more importantly, they are delicious! These are perfect for a party or appetizer. This is a recipe for 12 wonton cups, if making for a party, I would double the recipe.

Ingredients: 

  • 24 Wonton Wraps
  • 8 oz. Cream cheese (room temp)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4-5 chopped jalapenos (remove seeds to lessen the spice level)
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a muffin pan with cooking spray. Place 2 wonton wraps in each muffin cup.
  2. Bake empty wonton wraps for 5-6 minutes.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together cream cheese, cheddar cheese, jalapenos, and seasoning. Spoon mixture into wonton wraps and top with more shredded cheese.
  4.  Bake for an addition 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Let cool, serve and enjoy!

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Wednesday: OOTD

Hey guys!

So I’ve been working on changing a lot with Blush & Basil. One of the changes is, I’m going to be posting more lifestyle and beauty posts. However, I’m still going to be posting recipes too! I wanted to expand and be able to post more of what I love.

Today’s blog post is about my outfit of the day! Everything I wore today was under $50. The key is always looking at what’s on sale online. The shoulder cut out shirt I’m wearing I purchased for only $10, my jeans were on sale for only $15, and my shoes were on clearance for only $25. Check below for the link to to purchase for yourself:

Shirt: Charlotte Russe $10.99

Jeans: Target $15

Shoes: Lauren Conrad $25

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Stuffed Peppers Two Ways (Meat Eaters & Vegetarian)

Happy Wednesday! Last night I made stuffed peppers and instead of making the same ones I usually make (see previous recipe if curious) I added more ingredients for some extra flavor. Boy, am I glad I did that. They turned out so good! And so easy. I made two different kinds. One stuffed with meat for the meat eaters and a vegetarian option. Tag me in your photos on social media @blushandbasil if you make any of my recipes! 😊

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 4 cups cooked corn
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed
  • Taco seasoning
  • Zucchini, chopped (for vegetarian option)
  • 1 lb ground turkey (for meat eaters)
  • 6 bell peppers rinsed, deseeded, and top cut off
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees, lightly spray a 8×8 square pan. Place bell peppers in pan and bake for 15 minutes.
  2. In a medium sauce pan cook ground turkey, add taco seasoning. In the meantime in a small saucepan cook zucchini 5-6 minutes (undercooked slightly, it will continue to cook in the oven) add taco seasoning to zucchini. Once both are cooked at half corn, black beans, and rice to each sauce pan (if making both).
  3. Stuff peppers until full and sprinkle too with cheese. Place back in the oven for 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

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Buffalo Ranch Lettuce Wraps

Happy Saturday! It has been a busy summer here! A few weeks ago I made this recipe and since then I think we've had them 3 times. Haha! They are so good!! It's a quick recipe that you can make for lunch or dinner. You can even make it ahead for lunch the next day.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound chicken, cut into cube pieces
  • 1 packet of ranch seasoning
  • Romaine lettuce
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup Buffalo sauce
  • Ranch dressing to drizzle
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a medium skillet heat olive oil over medium high heat.
  2. Add chicken and cook fully. Add seasoning and buffalo sauce.
  3. Place chicken on two piece of romaine lettuce and top with Parmesan cheese. Drizzle ranch dressing if desired!
  4. Enjoy!

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