It’s no secret that we love using shortcuts to create a fun and delicious recipe! A homemade cake is certainly healthier (if you can call a cake a healthy thing, lol!), but you don’t have to do everything from scratch when you are busy.
Just a few little tricks and you can create this delicious cake out of a box! It is safer to say two boxes, lol! One box of French vanilla cake mix and one box of gingerbread man cookies.
This Holiday Season, we are staying in and celebrating with our immediate family. This year it’s all about staying home, connecting with them, and trying new recipes. We will be cooking a lot!!! So, when Mezzetta sent us their castelvetrano and kalamata olives, their marinated artichoke hearts, and their sun- ripened dried tomatoes we wanted to create something yummy for our families to enjoy. After all, Mezzetta Makes it Betta!
This is a sponsored post by Mezzetta. All opinions are our own.
Growing up, our dad always served olives, whether we had guests or not. He loves them so much; he could eat off a jar. Maybe that’s why we both love olives since we always had them in our pantry. They can strengthen the flavor of any dish but are also amazing on their own. Green or black, we love them all!
Homemade Olive Spread is so delicious and comes together in minutes. We also love how versatile it is and how it adds a fantastic salty and savory flavor. You can serve it by itself, add to your charcuterie board, or on top of pizza, sandwich; so many possibilities!
As you probably already noticed, we are all about simple recipes that are full of amazing flavors! This recipe combines the buttery sweet flavor of Mezzetta’s castelvetrano olives with the rich and unique taste of Mezzetta’s kalamata ones. Mezzetta olives are so rich and delicious that it was not hard to create this appetizer that we can now rely on each time.
This recipe has no secret! It is just a combination of high quality ingredients that will make this spread a success.
Place all the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. Since it’s a small amount, an olive spread can go a long way; we recommend using a small food processor or an immersion blender. Pulse a few times, but don’t overdo it; you want the olive pieces to be small but not pureed, a little chunky in texture. Serve with bread and crackers.
Don’t be afraid to play with the ingredients; if you don’t like parsley, add your favorite herb. Or better than that, mix a few of your favorite ones. Also, you can try different varieties of Mezzetta olives; they have so many options that will please anyone.
Did you know that orzo is pasta!? It’s shaped like rice, but it’s actually pasta. This salad is such a hearty and filling one that you probably don’t need much else for dinner.
When planning our holiday meal, we all tend to spend all the attention on the main dishes, the appetizers, and the desserts., and the side dishes tends to get overlooked. But with just a few steps, you can create an amazing salad that is as much as comfort food as the other traditional dishes.
This hearty winter salad combines 6 ingredients that are profoundly delicious and comes together as a very festive side dish. We tossed the orzo with arugula to add lots of green, Mezzetta sun-ripened dried tomato for a sweet-tart flavor, pine nuts for a toasty crunch, parmesan cheese for a gritty texture, and finally, the artichoke on top. The Mezzetta marinated artichoke hearts add an essential briny flavor; it’s the perfect final touch.
Start by preparing the orzo: boil water, add the orzo, and cook for about 7-9 minutes or until “al dente.” Be careful not to overcook it! Drain the orzo and gently run cold water over to cool off. We like to wait a few minutes for the orzo to dry a little and then add the other ingredients. Add the arugula, sundried tomatoes, pine nuts, shaved parmesan, and top it all off with Mezzetta Marinated Artichoke Hearts.
For the dressing, combine all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust salt and pepper as needed. This salad also tastes great with only olive oil, salt, and pepper. It’s a great alternative for a simple and quick dressing.
You can try different variations to this salad by switching the greens; spinach works well. You can swap the nuts; shaved almonds would work beautifully here. If parmesan cheese is not your favorite, try feta or your favorite kind of cheese. The sky is the limit; you can swap ingredients to the ones you like best.
We hope you can enjoy these two recipes as much as we did! There is nothing better than cooking at home, staying in, and connecting with your family. Savor these moments!
With a chocolate cake base and creamy mousse topping, this make-ahead chocolate raspberry mousse cake is as easy as a pie and a great dessert for the Holiday season. There is no secret! It is just a soft and moist chocolate cake, topped with a creamy chocolate mousse and covered with fresh raspberries! Does this sound amazing or what!?
For this recipe, we used a boxed chocolate cake mix. It’s hard to beat the convenience of a box mix cake, and we are always looking for ways to simplify a recipe but keeping a delicious taste. The cake combined with the chocolate mousse will taste as you made it from scratch.
We made and baked the cake as directed on the box. You can bake it in a 9’ pan or in a 13 x ’9’ pan. The cake should not be too tall, aiming for a thin cake layer (about 2’ tall). We baked ours in a 9’ pan and ended up removing the top to make it thinner.
While the cake is baking, you can start preparing the chocolate mousse. You will notice that this recipe calls for gelatin. The gelatin is a stabilizer and also helps maintain the light and airy texture in the mousse.
When adding the whipped cream, carefully fold into the chocolate and stop immediately when the chocolate mousse is incorporated.
It is also very important that the mousse has a firm consistency; otherwise, it will run all over the raspberries. We recommend chilling it in the fridge for at least 1 hour before adding it to the dessert.
When the chocolate cake is ready, and the mousse is firm, you can start assembling the dessert. Watch the video for the tutorial.
If you’ve been following us for a while, you know that we love flowers and flower arranging. Fresh flowers add color and bring life to any Home Decor!!!
If you feel intimidated by creating a flower arrangement at home, this three-vase arrangement might be a great start! This arrangement is a no-fail, and you will love it. It has a balance of simplicity and visual impact. The three different heights play a role in creating an impactful floral arrangement with minimum effort.
All you need is three glasses vases of different heights (these range from 15 inches to 9 inches), two varieties of flowers in the same color, and some foliage! We love the traditional red and green for the Holiday season, so we stick to this color combo here. We chose to work with red alstroemerias (18 stems) and red roses (12 stems). This arrangement would also look beautiful with amaryllis or red lilies.
The first step is to fill the vases with room temperature water; unless the flower buds are tight and you want to help them open up faster, you add warm water. Don’t forget to add flower food to your vase water (they usually come with the flowers when you purchase them at grocery stores)! It will help slow down bacterial growth.
This is a loose arrangement, so all you gotta do is to keep your flower stems long and just give them a little trim as needed. When trimming the stems, make sure to do it at an angle. Doing this ensures that the flowers will be able to absorb plenty of water and nutrients.
We prefer starting with the highest vase as this will dictate how high the other arrangements should be. Add the first set of flowers to the vase and tip them over. Make sure that there are no leaves below the waterline. Follow the same step with the foliage and the roses. That’s it!!! It is just three vases with flowers leaning on them! It can’t get any easier than that.
Pumpkins are a staple of fall and the perfect addition to the season’s table decor. Paired with one of our favorite flowers: hydrangeas and autumn-themed plates, it created a seasonal flair.
In this tablescape, we went with the small white pumpkins for a more elegant and clean look. We added dried green hydrangeas that we kept from the summer!
The two tall vases on each end of the table gave an exquisite look to the table decor. The hydrangea burgundy and dark green shade of colors complemented the fall feel. Check out our you tube channel for a tutorial on this arrangement.
For the dinnerware, first, we selected a natural willow placemat (we also love this one) followed by a whitewash colored charger plate, dinner plate, and an autumn-themed salad plate. These pieces’ colors all followed a fall hue; carefully consider the dinnerware’s design and color scheme to match the table decor’s theme. We kept drinkware simple and sweet! As for the flatware, we went with a bright stain place setting embellished by detailed braiding, so unique.
The classic white tablecloth got an uplift by placing table runners vertically, not your typical table linen selection. Don’t be afraid to experiment with what you have!
Sweet Summertime can become even sweeter with this Blackberry and Vanilla cake. These two flavors come together to create a showstopper dessert, that will have your guests reaching for seconds. It’s so easy to make and looks stunning. Definitely a must-try!!
We pretty much love anything with lemons, they tastefully enhance the flavor of almost everything! This make-ahead lemon mouse is light, soft, and simple to make, truly the ideal summer dessert. With only three ingredients, this sweet citrus flavor dessert will wow all of your guests. And can we talk about the lemon bowls!? How adorable are they!?
Fall is upon us; it’s probably the most desired season! The temperature starts to drop, the air becomes crisp, and people are slowly drawn into hibernation mode. Hosting at home can be cozy this time of year; we are sharing 5 essentials for a fall tablecape that we hope help spark your inner hostess and most of all creativity.
1- Color Scheme: When planning your table decor, bring on the warm hues of red, orange, brown, green, and purple. Plaid, copper, and brass are also seasonable.