Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Coming Soon

its been quite a while since i had a chance to update anything around here.
so i figure i might as well go big.

you might have noticed some changes in the design here on sugared limes.
well...this is just temporary,
i'm in the process of working on a completely different look.

since it is summer, and i do as much as i can to enjoy the sunshine 
(while im not stuck in the office working hours on end)
 it might be a while before i'm ready for the big reveal,
but hopefully it will be worth it. 

and i have lots and lots of recipes and pictures 
to share when i'm back up and running.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Peppermint Jo Jo Truffles

on my few and far between trips to Trader Joes,
i always keep an eye out for a few of my seasonal favorites.

peppermint joe joe's are at the top of my list

this time i took a whole package and smashed them with a hammer,
mixed them with softened cream cheese and rolled them into small balls

then dipped them in melted chocolate 
for a smooth, glorious, minty, chocolaty truffle.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Something A Little Different

today i've got a little something different
no delicious recipes to try
or pictures to persuade you to stray
from your (quickly approaching) bikini season diets.
just a simple request.


my new years resolution this year was to
read 50 books in 52 weeks.
aggressive, i know.
so far, i'm a little behind
and thats where you come in
i need suggestions!
have any great new finds or old favorites to recommend?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Car Bomb Cookie Sandwiches

almost a month ago now,
my sisters best friend future brother in law turned 21
21!! i can't believe he is finally legal

since he lives miles and miles away, and cupcakes don't travel so well,
i turned my car bomb cupcakes into car bomb sandwiches

start with chocolate Guinness cookies

and frosting that has both Jameson and Bailey's

ice every other cookie 

and press together forming sandwiches

i packed them into parchment lined boxes and sent them 
on their way to a house full of 20 something frat boys
i can assure you they did not last long

-xo, enjoy!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Skinny Taste: Poached Eggs Over Pasta

for a while now i've been a huge fan of Skinny Taste,
gina has amazingly delicious healthy recipes

last week i made one of her newer recipes
poached eggs and asparagus over pasta 

while your pasta is cooking (i used tri color noodles)
shave some romano cheese,

 and cut asparagus into small pieces
add the asparagus to the pasta water about 8 minutes 
before the pasta is done
(this is when you should poach your eggs)

drain pasta and asparagus, pour into a dish,
and top with poached eggs
and cheese

-xo, enjoy!

Monday, April 11, 2011

St. Patrick's Day: Car Bomb Cupcakes

i've finallllllly gotten my picture situation figured out...i think
so now i can finally share all of the recipes that i've been 
saving up for you

starting with the car bomb cupcakes i made to celebrate my favorite 
day of the year - St. Patrick's Day!

a little Guinness, (it wouldn't be St. Patrick's Day without it)
flour, cocoa, salt, baking soda, eggs, butter, and sugar & sour cream
make an amazing chocolate guinness cupcake 
check out my earlier post for the recipe

milk, butter, chocolate and Jameson Whiskey make up 
the chocolate ganache filling

lots and lots of sugar, butter and Bailey's Irish Cream 
(and some kelly green food coloring)
make up the frosting

dig out the center of your baked and cooled cupcakes

and fill with the Jameson ganache

top with the green Bailey's icing  and
resist the temptation to eat these throughout the process...
the finished product is worth the wait!

-xo, enjoy!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Ten Years

a while back, one of my dearest friends cait started a food blog.

when cait and i met, she was among the pickiest eaters i know.
her diet consisted of mainly pasta, bread, chick-fil-a, pretzels, and lettuce.
the latter of the two were her "normal" pre-prom/homecoming diet
which always resulted in her amazingly talented and crafy Mammy coming over the morning
of the dance for last minute alterations so her dress didnt fall off.

she has since learned to love many foods and over the last year expanded her palate beyond belief!

a little over a year ago i got cait to try sushi for the first time
and yesterday she posted it on her blog.
it brought back lots of funny memories that i've had
with this girl over the past (nearly) ten years.
[thats right pretty, we've been friends for almost TEN years!]

heres a look at the video and be sure to visit cait's blog!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


as you can tell from my last three posts 
i'm having many issues trying to upload pictures to my blogs lately.

i've been making so many delicious things that i cant wait to share with you!
hopefully i'll have this issue sorted out soon!

in the mean time,
tomorrow is my favorite holiday!

"St Patrick's Day is an enchanted time - a day to 
begin transforming winter's dreams with summer's magic"

how are you spending your St Patrick's Day?

Mini Key Lime Cheesecakes

even with the lost hour of sleep this weekend i was inspired to cross many things off my to do list. baking for a friends birthday being one of them.

i saw this recipe on Patent and The Pantry and was so excited to make them!
since it was the first time i made them i followed the recipe almost exactly so take a
look at gwendolyn's site for the exact measurements.
limes, cream cheese, graham crackers, lime juice, butter, sugar and one egg
make this microwaveable treat super quick and super easy!
and yes, i said microwaveable.

press graham cracker crumbs and melted butter into the bottom of mini
canning jars to form a graham cracker crust.

mix the rest of the ingredients until smooth and fluffy,
spoon over the crust and microwave for 2 minutes
give or take 30 seconds.

chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour

enjoy -xo

Monday, March 14, 2011

Sunday Lunch

as i was running errands this weekend i worked up quite an appetite
and was craving something light and summery

what better than a tomato, basil and mozzarella sandwich?
it was quick and easy and made with all fresh ingredients.

i sliced tomatoes, and mozzarella and put them on top of whole grain bread
with some mustard and balsamic vinaigrette.

enjoy -xo

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes

the secret ingredient in this recipe?

yep. yogurt. plain lowfat yogurt.
adding yogurt (or sour cream) to a plain old cake mix
makes for a deliciously soft cake.
or cupcakes for this matter.

slice some fresh berries and push into the raw batter before baking

and after just a few minutes in a warm oven, they'll look something like this:

pulse some fresh strawberries, and beat with softened butter
and lots and lots and lots of sugar

for a gorgeously sugary pink frosting

dip in melted chocolate

xox -enjoy!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Homemade Pizza

some pillsbury pizza dough, mushrooms, peppers, onions, 
garlic, balsamic vinegar, and cheese 
make a pretttttty good (and quick) pizza.

while your crust is pre-baking for 10 minutes,
cook your veggies in a pan with some balsamic vinegar

spread cheese on the warm crust, and top with cooked vegetables
return to the oven until crispy golden brown

join with a small salad

and a cold beer


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Valentine Menu

this year for valentines day 
we made stuffed pork chops and a delicious chocolate raspberry cake.

in the stuffed pork chops were these funny looking things

oyster mushrooms,
weird looking,
strange texture,
great flavor.

dessert was this:

chocolate cake, with chocolate whipped cream frosting.
top with fresh raspberries for some valentines day prettiness.
quick, easy & delicious!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Happy Valentines Day

...a day late.
so what. i have this adorable cake to make up for it.
i wish i could say that i made this....it would have been the cutest
valentine baking project. instead you'll have to wait until later this week to see
what i whipped up this weekend.


Monday, February 14, 2011

Loaded Chocolate Chip Cookies

everyone loves chocolate chip cookies.
but lately ive been a little bored with the classic chocolate chip.
so this time around i added a few extras,
and they turned out deliciously!

i followed my go to recipe found on the back of nestle tollhouse chocolate chips
but this time i added some toasted coconut and sliced almonds

bake and enjoy with a little milk.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Cheeseburger Mac & Cheese

there are a few things about super bowl sunday that i should preface this post with

1. i dont care even a little bit about either of the teams that played this year
2. super bowl sunday should consist of beer, friends, 
sweatpants, naps, good food, and a warm fire
3. i firmly believe that calories dont count on a day like today

these are the reasons i spent a few solid hours in the kitchen today

while my dad cooked up some bacon wrapped shrimp 
and spicy italian sausage stuffed pepperdos, I made cheeseburger mac & cheese

5 slices thick-cut bacon
1/4 lb ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
¼ cup all-purpose flour
One 14-ounce can vegetable broth
3 cups milk
1 1/2 tablespoon good-quality chili powder
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon dry mustard
4 cups (1 pound) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups dried elbow macaroni, cooked 

cut the bacon and cook in a dutch oven over medium heat until crisp
remove to paper towels & drain

 add the onion, cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally
add the garlic and continue cooking until onion is soft and lightly browned
add the flour and mix well. cook for 2 minutes
add the broth and bring to a simmer, stirring often
add the milk, chili powder, pepper, and mustard
return the soup to a simmer, stirring occasionally, cook for 3 minutes
add the cheese and bacon, cook about 4 minutes

stir in macaroni and return to a simmer

Monday, February 7, 2011

Two Years

when there are no words...
know that the silences are carrying the
thoughts and prayers of all who love you.
-dawn dais


seven hundred and thirty days

thinking of you today, 
as if today is like every other;
but its not.

today we can't say "last year..." 
today is plural. 
today we are two years closer to seeing you again

i miss you.
i love you. as always.

Sunday, January 30, 2011


the past few weeks have been somewhat of a lull for me 
only in regards to baking.
all other aspects of my life have been an insane whirlwind 
of work, attempting to meet up with friends, work,
buying a new car, work, reading, 
and the occasional few hours of sleep a night
{this should be considered a nap. by no means have i 
gotten a good nights sleep in far too long}

for christmas i was given an array of baking/cooking related items
and i cant wait to use them. 
unfortunately for now, my bed, 
a cup of tea (or a bottle glass of wine), and a good book
are a lot more appealing. 
i have a few posts up my sleeves 
to hold you over until i get back in the groove
but i'd love to have your input.

what would you like to see on this blog?
have a type of cupcake, cookie, pie or dessert 
that you've been meaning to try?
let me in on all your little secrets!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Mustard Filled Croissants

similarly to this recipe i posted a little while back
i made these easy appetizers to take to a friends this weekend
only 30 minutes start to finish!

using store bought croissants lay out each triangle
spread with mustard
sprinkle salt and ground pepper

starting with the larger end, roll croissant
bake until golden

eat warm or allow to cool