Cilantro Lime Rice (Chipotle Copycat)


Autumn is turning 3 on Friday. I can’t deal!!!

In typical Mom style, I can’t handle that she is going to be 3 years old. It’s all gone by so quickly.


Autumn and I went to my mom’s house this past weekend to celebrate with her and my grandmother. My mom can’t make it to Autumn’s birthday part this upcoming weekend so we had a great time having a little party at her house. So sweet. Autumn had a blast playing around with all her new toys, especially her new fishing game and Doc McStuffins doll.

For her birthday party, we rented a bounce house for her and her friends to play around on. It has a slide, she is very excited. I am excited about the ice cream sundae bar. I bought the cutest little cups for them. ha!


In other non election, non-3 year old birthday party news, I have the most amazing rice recipe that will be perfect for all your Taco Tuesday dinners.

This is just like Chipotle’s Cilantro Lime Rice. I swear. It’s so good.

Funny story, I used to LOVE going to Chipotle but once I got pregnant I haven’t been easily been able to go in. When I was pregnant the (delicious) smell from the restaurant would make my stomach flip, which was a problem since I had to walk by it every time I went to my DR from my office, and with my high risk pregnancy, I went often. So I hold my breath still whenever I go since it still makes me feel icky, even though I love their barbacoa salads.

I’ve made this rice with basmati, jasmine, and regular long-grain rice. All are really good but I think that the basmati has the best result. I used long-grain rice when I photographed this recipe.


Anyway, I always make a double batch of rice when I make this rice. It goes so quickly in our house. We use it up with tacos, burritos, and in salads. I have also been known to eat it with breakfast with a fried egg.

This will be one of those side dishes that will be showing up at your house often. Everyone will just love it!


Cilantro Lime Rice (Chipotle Copycat)

Makes 4 servings


  • 2 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup basmati rice (long grain rice will work as well)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 Tablespoon canola oil (or any flavorless oil)
  • 1 Tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange juice


  1. In a medium saucepan over high heat, bring the water/broth to a boil.
  2. Add the rice, bay leaf and salt. Stir to evenly coat the rice. Return to a boil.
  3. Once it is at full rolling boil, reduce to simmer and cover for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, leave covered for 5 minutes. All liquid should be absorbed at this point.
  4. Remove the bay leaf and fluff the rice with a fork.
  5. Add the oil, cilantro, and juices. Stir to combine.

Adapted from Slow Roasted Italian

Post contains affiliate links

Posted in Cooking, Food and Drink | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Crunch Cookies- SRC


So… it’s been a rough week.


I haven’t felt like doing much of anything. I have ignored my blog. I have ignored it’s FB page. I have just done the bare minimum to get by… pbj sandwiches and eating my feelings. On Saturday, I went to my mom’s, as planned, for Autumn’s bday, and Autumn spent the whole night throwing up. I couldn’t even catch a break during my break from reality.

And in one last woes me eating my feelings day, I enjoyed quite a few of these Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Crunk Cookies. Worth it.


Making these couldn’t have come at better timing.

Sometimes things happen for a reason.

Case in point, I had retired from Secret Recipe Club last month as it as my 5th anniversary and I felt it was time to move on. But then I found out that this very month would be the last month for Secret Recipe Club as the whole group so I just had to pull a Jordan and step out of retirement

chocolate-chunk-oatmeal-crunch-cookies_05 chocolate-chunk-oatmeal-crunch-cookies_06

chocolate-chunk-oatmeal-crunch-cookies_07 chocolate-chunk-oatmeal-crunch-cookies_08

Getting CJ’s blog, Morsels of Life, for my very last SRC post was so great because she has so many wonderful recipes to pick from. I enjoyed browsing through her wide selection of recipes, including her breakfastspizzas, and desserts. I ultimately picked her Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Crunch Cookies.

Autumn and I made these cookies together, which was such a fun thing to do with her. She is so eager to help out by adding the ingredients to the mixer and turning it on. So fun.

The end result are great chocolate chip cookies that have great texture from oats and rice krispies. They are not exactly oatmeal cookies, nor are they super crunchy. It’s this loely in between that


Thanks to CJ for such a great recipe this morning. Also, to everyone who has partipated in Secret Recipe Club. It’s been real.



Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Crunch Cookies

Makes 30 cookies


  • 2 1/4 Cups quick cooking oatmeal
  • 1 Cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Cup unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1 Cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 Cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 ounces chocolate chunks
  • 1 1/2 Cups rice krispie cereal


  1. In a large bowl, combine the oatmeal, flour, baking, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Beat together the butter and sugars for several minutes, until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides occasionally.
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla extract, beat well again.
  4. Incorporate the dry ingredients
  5. Gently mix in the chocolate chunks and cereal.
  6. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  8. Form heaping tablespoon rounds and arrange on the cookie sheets with enough room around them for some spreading.
  9. Bake for 12 minutes, rotating half way through.

Adapted from Morsels of Life

chocolate-chunk-oatmeal-crunch-cookies_09 chocolate-chunk-oatmeal-crunch-cookies_10

chocolate-chunk-oatmeal-crunch-cookies_11 chocolate-chunk-oatmeal-crunch-cookies_12

errr, ignore the mess in the background. ooph!


Posted in Baking, Food and Drink | Tagged , , , , | 7 Comments

Quick Queso con Chorizo


Autumn went to her first birthday party this weekend. So cute!


Price took her to the bowling party for one of her classmates (and soon to be neighbor when our house finally gets done).

She had a blast with her friends, giving some bowling a try, dancing, singing, eating pizza, and cake with ice cream. It was a whirlwind 2 hours of her running around, hopping, and rolling on the floor. Oh man, she was a hyper filthy mess after it.

Price called me on the way home ‘START THE BATH!!!” Hahaha.


The only thing that bummed Price about the birthday party was that it was on a Sunday afternoon so it ruined his NASCAR and football watching. ha!

We just really like our Sundays for lounging around and snacking on stuff like this Queso con Chorizo.

quick-queso-con-chorizo_05 quick-queso-con-chorizo_06

quick-queso-con-chorizo_07 quick-queso-con-chorizo_08

quick-queso-con-chorizo_09 quick-queso-con-chorizo_10

We don’t often do lunches on weekends, especially on Sundays, as we normally just snack. We like snacks as we are in game day mode watching football or NASCAR. There is just something so fun about making a batch of salsa or guac, or boneless wings, or poppers, or whatever.

We all really enjoyed this meaty, cheesy dip while we recently watched my beloved Giants win. YES!!! It’s not too spicy, but it has a good amount of heat from the chorizo. If you want it spicier then add some diced fresh jalapeno to it. If not, then make it as is as it rocks with all that cheese, meat, and veggies.


Get ready to dig in!!!


Quick Queso con Chorizo

Serves 8-10 for a snack


  • 4 ounces raw chorizo, casings removed
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 pound Velvetta, cut into 1″ cubes
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 dry pint grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/4 Cup diced fresh cilantro


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the chorizo. Break it up as it cooks with a wooden spoon. When fully cooked, remove to a paper towel lined plate to drain the excess fat.
  2. Add the onion and pepper to the skillet, saute until tender.
  3. Turn the heat down to low. Add the cheese and milk to the vegetables. Stirring to help melt the cheese evenly.
  4. Once the cheese has melted, add the meat back in and mix well.
  5. Mix the tomatoes and cilantro in.
  6. Serve with chips. (If this is going to sit out for a while then I suggest serving the dip in a small dip warmer to keep the cheese warm.)
Posted in Cooking, Food and Drink | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Pumpkin Muffins with Crumble Topping


Does your kid think you are a short order cook?


My toddler does, esp in the morning. She likes to proclaim “I’d like pancakes and bacon.” Okay, sure, but it’s a Tuesday morning, so… no.

But I can usually talk her into a muffin.


I enjoy whipping up a batch of muffins, even on a week day morning as it’s a quick process when I am using a mix, and then I can hop in the shower while they bake. It’s all about multi-tasking in the mornings and I can manage to make some delish muffins with our favorite mixes from Krusteaz.

pumpkin-muffins-with-crumble-topping_05 pumpkin-muffins-with-crumble-topping_06

pumpkin-muffins-with-crumble-topping_07 pumpkin-muffins-with-crumble-topping_08

pumpkin-muffins-with-crumble-topping_09 pumpkin-muffins-with-crumble-topping_10

She likes their blueberry muffins the most but since she just inhaled some pumpkin spice pancakes recently I decided to see if she would love the pumpkin spice muffins as well. And we all won out since she liked them.

I did jazz up the muffins with a yummy crumble on top.


The crumble is quickly made with some melted butter, flour, sugar, cinnamon and pepitas. It adds great flavor and texture to the super soft, airy muffins. Plus, I love pepitas so I use a ridiculous amount of them in my fall baking. #sorrynotsorry

I hope your day starts off as well as our days do when we begin our days with freshly baked muffins.


Pumpkin Muffins with Crumble Topping

Makes 12 muffins


  • 1 package of Krusteaz Pumpkin Spice muffin mix, with required add ins (2 eggs, 1/4 Cup oil, 2/3 Cup water)
  • 1/4 Cup butter
  • 3/4 Cup flour
  • 1/2 Cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 Cup pepitas (raw pumpkin seeds)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Preheat over 350F. Fill a muffin tin with liners.
  2. Mix the muffin batter according to package instructions
  3. In a medium sized bowl, melt the butter in the microwave (I suggest 1 min at 50% power)
  4. Add the flour, brown sugar, pepitas, and cinnamon to the melted butter. Mix well to create crumbles.
  5. Evenly fill the muffin liners with the batter. Then evenly top with the crumble mixture. Gently press into the better to
  6. Bake for 19-21 minutes, until a tooth pick inserted into the center of the muffin.
  7. Let cool enough to handle before enjoying.


This is a sponsored post from Krusteaz, but all opinions are my own.


Posted in Baking, Food and Drink | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

Bee a Thoughtful Guest with Gather Chocolate


Hi. I like bees.

Is that a given with the name of my blog? Hopefully!

gather-chocolate_01 gather-chocolate_02

So it should come to no surprise that I was head over heels in love with the that recently arrived at my door step. What a wonderful package to open up at the end of a long day!

I was so eager to open up my box of handmade Gather Chocolates from Harbor Sweets, a New England based confectionery company.

What’s so special about this box of chocolate?


Besides, just being chocolate and therefore awesome. The Gather Chocolate box contains a delightfully delicious assortment of chocolates that have a wonderful purpose, besides being a great sweet treat.

Harbor Sweets teamed up with the Pollinator Partnership to help support the bees!


The Pollinator Partnership is the largest non-profit organization devoted exclusively to the health of the pollinators. Supporting pollinators, like bees, is so very important as they are vital in our food production. We all know that bees are in real trouble so helping them is extremely important in their well being, and ours.

Harbor Sweets created the assortment of chocolates in the Gather Chocolates box to highlight rich natural flavors like honey, molasses, sour cherry, and coconut.


I enjoyed sampling the 12 piece box of chocolates ($18.50), but there is a smaller 6 pieces sampler for $12.50 that would also make for a wonderful gift. There also is a larger gift set that has other New England treats like cookies, honey from Ipswich, MA, and tea. Perfect for the holidays!

gather-chocolate_06 gather-chocolate_07

The Caremlized Honey Truffle had a nice deep floral note to the filling.

The Cashew Caramel was addicting with the salty and sweet combination of flavors.

The Sour Cherry was my favorite as it was rich in flavor that wasn’t too sweet

Pomegranate Molasses was such a unique flavor.

I could have eaten a dozen of the Coconut Clusters.

The crunch from the Sesame Crunch was wonderful in contrast to the other fillings.


Bee a thoughtful guest with a box of these Gather Chocolates.

A bottle of wine and a box of chocolates. It makes the perfect gift for a hostess, boss, friend, or even yourself!!



Leave a comment saying which flavor you would like to try for your chance to win a 12-piece box of Gather Chocolate.

Ends 11/7 at midnight. Open to US residents.


While I enjoyed Harbor Sweets chocolates, all opinions expressed are my own.


Posted in Food and Drink | Tagged , , , , | 6 Comments