Treats: Homemade Salsa

Modified from this recipe, I used these 8 ingredients to make a homemade salsa. I skipped onion, but added garlic salt.

  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Black Beans
  • 1 jalapeno, finely chopped
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup of corn
  • 2-3 tablespoons of chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
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Such a simple recipe – only 8 ingredients!
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My chopping skills could use some work. I never really know which knife to use!
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Starting to combine ingredients.
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The finished product!

Let it chill for 1 hr and then indulge! This would be an amazing and easy dish to bring to a party, tailgate or any other kind of gathering. I love how simple but good this is – and fresh! You could take it a step further and dice your own tomatoes. Maybe when I learn more about knives I’ll give that a shot 🙂

Treats: Easy as Pie

As somewhat of a linguistics nerd, I do wonder where some of these phrases come from. “Easy as pie,” what exactly does that even mean? Pies are not especially easy to make, my mother’s secret Apple Pie recipe is proof of that. But this pie – this s’mores pie – is seriously easy and seriously delicious! However, it is not at all scientific, so it can be as marshmallow-y or chocolatey as you want.

What you’ll need:

  • Graham Cracker Pie Crust
  • Marshmallow Creme
  • Hershey’s Chocolate Bars
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Regular Pie Crust

I kind of cheated on this recipe and bought the pre-made graham cracker crust because of time constraints, but it was amazing, so I’m sticking with it. Preheat your oven according to the crust’s directions.

Fill the bottom of the pie crust with your marshmallow creme. You can use as much or as little as you want. Some recipes call for all 8oz but I probably used about 5 or 6.

Break apart your Hershey’s chocolate bars and arrange the pieces on top of the marshmallow creme, forming a layer of chocolate. Be careful – the crust may break if you press them down too hard.

Sprinkle mini marshmallows on top of your chocolate layer. As many as you want! I also added more chocolate pieces once I got to my desired level of marshmallowness.

Then, roll out one pie crust to fit around the circumference of your pie pan. Cover the pan with your pie crust and fold around the edges as you wish. I kind of twisted mine so that it had a braided effect.

Taking a handful of chocolate chips, press them into the pie crust. You can be a tad aggressive with it – I wanted my crust to be extra cracked so that the marshmallow could kind of ooze out and make it feel like a real campfire treat. Again, as many choco chips as you want!

Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. This is what came out of my oven (along with some delectable smells):

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I would highly recommend serving it warm, maybe with some ice cream? I think next time I make this, I will add some type of peanut butter element 🙂

If you decide to make one, share pics and your tips below!

Treats and Treasures

Hey there!

I’m taking Little Wonders in a new direction and I hope you are along for the ride. I’ve been thinking for a long time about what ‘little wonders’ really means to me – and it may sound obvious, but it’s all of the little things that make life wonderful. In 2011 when this little project started, I was hoping to hop on the fashion blogging bandwagon, but it wasn’t feeling right. I was looking for my hook, my edge, and I think I have finally found it.

From now on, you can come to Little Wonders and expect to find a few different things:

  • Treats: baked goods, recipes and other goodies
  • Treasures: memories, miscellaneous finds and places
  • Gifts: carefully curated ideas for unique gift-giving
  • Gestures: housewarming, cards, ways to #treatyourself, etc.

Keep an eye out as I have some posts coming that are not only easy, but fun and sometimes even delicious! Follow along and let me know what you think.

– Amanda

Blue Star Bistro

Since moving to Chicago, I joined a ton of area email lists to get tips and leads on places to shop, eat, explore, etc. One day, Blue Star Bistro came across my email with a deal for two appetizers, two wine flights and two desserts. I saved it for a special occasion and when my roommate moved in, we decided to go to celebrate her birthday. A $12 cab ride later, we arrived at the adorably cozy wine bar. It was a Monday, so we had the place practically to ourselves.

Preceding our visit, we tweeted BSB about coming in and we were told to mention our tweet when we finally made it there. Although we were apprehensive to mention it at first, it turned out that our waitress was the face behind their twitter and the guy behind the bar was the manager! How lucky are we? We enjoyed our deal of a dinner with two appetizers that I couldn’t get a picture of because they were SO good! I would highly recommend the Croquettes as an appetizer – it’s like a mozzarella stick rolled into a ball with goat cheese instead. Bad description? Top it off with a sweet blueberry sauce. YUM!

We had the choice of two wine flights – we chose the ever-popular Latin Lover wine flight and now I can’t remember the name of the other! We were smart enough to write down the names of the individual wines, though:

From the top left: Selecto Falagnino Negroamaro, Cantina Gini Chianti and Colterenzio Pinot Grigio

From the bottom left: Torresella Nero d’avola Sicily, Ramos Adriano Pinto Portugal and Dos Fincas cabernet/merlot Argentina

As if that weren’t enough, we took full advantage of the graham cracker crusted Nutella dessert – complete with marshmallow and raspberry sauce. To. Die. For:

We can’t stop talking about the amazing food, wine and people we experienced at Blue Star – we are definitely rounding up all of our friends for our next visit.  Can’t wait to make it a “regular spot” – and I will definitely have to take my mom when she comes next week (hint hint!)