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Monday, February 6, 2017

Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

For those of you who know me I love remaking recipes and this one I had to share and also post my first recipe in over a year.

As you may know this week marks one year living back in Seattle, WA.

I would love to share with you what I found online and then saw Ree Drummond making on Saturday at her home.

This is mighty delicious and I'm eating it right now with homemade BBQ meatloaf.


1/2 Butternut Squash, baked @ 350 for 30-40 mintues (salt and pepper and olive oil drizzled)
thinly sliced yellow onions (2 slices), then half chopped
1 - 2 teaspoons of butter
dash of raw sugar (optional)
3/4 cup 2% milk
1 cup cheese (cheddar, white cheddar, or a delicious creamy cheese)
1/2 box of medium shell pasta, cook al la dente and drain.

Halved the butternut squash at 350 degrees,  cook until the fork can scoop it out, then add the scooped pieces to the same pan and bake for 10 more minutes, some recipes called for the butternut squash to be blended up, smooth and creamy. Set aside when were ready to use it.

Caramelized Onions: Add butter thinly slicked in a pan on medium heat. The onions will start to wilt and brown up, I add a dash of raw sugar to the pan and cook for 1-2 more minutes, then remove from a pan to a plate, let cool.

In the same pan with all the juices add the butter, then cheese and milk, and mix well. Add the onions in the mixture and let it combine until smooth. Add the butternut squash to the pan and mix well. I let it almost boil up and then turn down , but stir occasionally.

Add the Al la dente pasta and mix together well.

Serve right away while its hot, its GREAT the next day reheated in the microwave. This dish goes great with meat and fish. I had it with my homemade meatloaf OH My.

This dish is a little savory with a kick od sweetness from the onions and the butternut squash.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Living in NYC

I love living in NYC. I also enjoy my ME time. I've been here for about 2.5  years now and believe a lot of my friends have came and gone. A lot of the people I was close with moved back to Seattle. I think its funny when I am out and about and end up meeting new people its always from the west coast. I never thought myself as a WEST coast gal, but I know that's where my heart will always be.

I know you've heard the saying "follow your heart", and I did to realize I love living in NYC for the exploring, building foundations/connections/new relationships. I also realized that people come in and out of your life here or maybe I'm getting older. I had excuse me HAVE many friends back in Washington state and sometimes I wish I could move NYC lifestyle to Seattle. I would have friends and be able to explore and enjoy life without ever being bored. NYC is never boring. Ive also learned a new lifestyle of living. Here are a few tips I believe you will need to realize when you move here.....
(coming from Seattle)

Seasons: I never owned as many functional coats in my life. I always had TNF (the north face) rain coat when I wanted to dress down, a pea coat, and then other fun colorful looking coats. I was really into dressing fashionably or trendy before I moved here and owned a lot of heels, cute boots, but all that soon went away. I feel like IF I could afford to live in Manhattan again and not have five roomies I would be able to walk short distance and have fun and dress up. Its not something one (me) does all the time, but that isn't an actually "typically lifestyle" for everyone. I live a realistic lifestyle that allows myself to focus on the functional and actually what I really "NEED". I use to say sometimes its ok to spoil yourself, well living in NYC I haven't "spoiled myself" with items in a very very long time. Actually the last person who did was someone I was talking to. Its nothing to be ashamed about, but I realized materialistic things aren't always the KEY to a happy life. I rather eat tasty and delicious food.

Eating out: Speaking of food I loved to buy a bunch of food and have it for weeks and then head to the store and buy more and more food. I then realized I was spending an average of $300 a month of food. When I moved here I realized to get all the items I would visit three different stores, long lines, and take up my weekends. I realized its OK to start a new lifestyle. I now spend about average of $20-40 bucks (sometimes I don't shop for the week) on groceries and then just eat it until its gone, then I would go for two or one items down the street from work. I have realized this is about 100-150 in costs a month (breakfast/lunch/dinner). I then also added in "ONLY" eating at spots I never tried at least two to four spots a week. Its not always meals, sometimes its delicious savory and sweet bread, ice cream, cookies, cupcakes, smoothies, and sometimes I wouldn't always buy food, but I still kept up with my "new spots". I was able to save more money with this new lifestyle. I then started going to farmers markets where my produce was better quality and delicious. I did weekend food exhaustions and started freezing soups and food so when I "needed" something I would just pull it out, heat and go. It was an idea life and that's how I did that!

Networking: this was easy for me, because this is what I do ALL day long at my job. I ask ONE of my friends and they said this isn't something they do all the time. In fact its hardier for them to meet new people or even trust new people into their lives. I think its being open and not afraid of someone sharing their life experiences with you. I believe its important to always stay active in your community, work life, social life, and just being part of a group. I moved over here with Meetup. I was a part of it in Seattle and continued doing it as the years went on. I really think that helped. Meetup allowed me to attend many events and meet a lot of new people! I have went to special events, feeding the homeless, meals on wheels, pop up events, museum group gatherings, and really enjoyed myself. I also started being really active in YELP events/stores. I really enjoy being a part of the NJ team. We are always getting together and having brunch/drinks/chatting/ and its a group of people I have learned to know what they like and most of us live in NJ, but work in NYC. The YELP community if pretty keen.

Overall living in NYC I adapted very well to my me lifestyle in ways I didn't imagine! I have made moves I never imagined I would do....watch a Seahawks football game on a Thursday evening with friends. Hang out there all night and then head to the megabus pick up location on 8th and catch the bus to Boston! I had never been and wanted to go and my trip was only 12 bucks to and 14bucks back! I went over on a budget and managed to eat, survive 14degree weather for several hour, not renting a car and seeing the whole city! It was an amazing opportunity and wouldn't trade being able to do things like that for the world! I enjoyed my time in NYC!

If you ever want some advise, someone to talk to, or just want to know what to order at this restaurant as your waiting in line message me I'll help you out!!!!

Daysha45@aol.com is the quickest and fastest way to get a hold of me!

What am I doing now???

I have recently moved back to Seattle! I have been here for two months. I have a great job, living in city, and haven't decided on a car yet! Living day by day in Seattle in a different lens then when I moved from here has been kind of exciting! Lots has changed but Seattle hasn't changed much! The city is quiet after 8pm and everyone is home resting for their next work day!

I hope this information given was a great resource to guide you! I know your thinking what is your top what you love in NY? I will be gathering that information very shortly and making it available soon!!!

Please forgive me as my computer died a month before I moved here. I will be up shortly promise!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Christmas Cookies

I wanted to share with you  a little something from my childhood. I remember me and my papa would get tasty platters of cookies from my aunties mother in law. She would slave all weekend long or maybe longer making a variety of cookies, treats, fudges and more. We would get one of the see through like platters (a real plate) none of that dollar store plastic plates. She was legit. She later down the years opened up "Patty's Chocolatier". It was a cute little spot in my home town and I do believe she shared wonderful holiday joy.

Christmas Cookies

I decided to start off a few years ago by making the peppermint candy canes ( I loved these the most). I wasn't into baking but a realize why I wasn't as good. Everything is very precise, therefore keep measuring all the ingredients carefully. Butter needs to be softened when asked, don't mix baking powder with baking soda. In the end you will thank me. As my friends would say "Auntie Daisha" or "Mama Daisha" knows best.

Candy Cane Cookies (Betty Crocker)
1cup sugar
1 cup of butter or margarine; softened (let it sit out in the kitchen for about 1 hour or so)
1/2 cup milk (2%)
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 teaspoon of peppermint extract
1 egg
3 1/2 cups of all Gold Medal all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of red food coloring
2 tablespoon of finely crushed peppermint candies (don't use candy canes) /
2 tablespoon of sugar

Stir together 1 cup sugar, the butter, milk, vanilla, peppermint extract and egg in large bowl. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Divide dough in half. Stir food color into 1 half. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours.

For each candy cane, shape 1 rounded teaspoon dough from each half into 4-inch rope by rolling back and forth on floured surface. Place 1 red and white rope side by side; press together lightly and twist. Place on ungreased cookie sheet; curve top of cookie down to form handle of cane.

Bake 9 to 12 minutes or until set and very light brown. Immediately sprinkle candy mixture over cookies. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

Hello..... everyone needs snicker doodles in there life. Here's the recipe that I used for my tasty treats. If you want to cheat get the Betty Crocker on for 2.00 bucks at Target.

Snicker Doodles
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup of butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup of shortening
2 eggs
2 3/4 cups of Gold Medal all-purpose
2 teaspoon of cream of tart
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

Heat oven to 400ºF

Mix 1 1/2 cups sugar, the butter, shortening and eggs in large bowl. Stir in flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.

Shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. Mix 1/4 cup sugar and the cinnamon. Roll balls in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.

Sugar Cookies
Recipe Credit: Sugar Cookies
1 cup butter; 2 sticks of softened butter
1 1/2 cup graduated sugar
1 egg
2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup of granulated sugar for rolling

Butter Cream Cheese Frosting
3 cups of confection sugar
2 teaspoon vanilla extract, pure
1 package of cream cheese, 8 oz.
1/2 butter, salted

I whisked together the butter and cream cheese (softened a bit), then added the vanilla and confection sugar until well blended.

With Jam
1cup of butter cream cheese frosting
5 teaspoons of jam

Whisk cream cheese and jam until incorporated

Preheat oven to 350º F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat.
Cream together butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg and mix until well-combined.
Stir in flour, baking powder, salt, and vanilla.
Scoop cookie dough by the tablespoon full and roll into a ball.
Add granulated sugar to a large bowl for rolling cookie dough in before baking. Place each ball of cookie dough into the bowl of granulated sugar and roll to coat well. Place cookie dough onto baking sheet, spacing about 1½-inches to 2 inches apart. Lightly press each cookie down. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned.

Thumbprint Cookies
3/4 cups softened butter
2/3 cups of white sugar
1 large egg
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup of your favorite jam (Sara Beth's in NYC: raspberry/strawberry)

Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
In another bowl, whip the butter and sugar until fluffy (or in a mixer for 5mins). Beat the egg and vanilla in the mixture until combined. Slowly beat in the dry ingredients mixing until incorporated.

Scoop the dough into 1inch balls with cookie or ice cream scoop and roll into sugar. Place each balls about 2 inches apart on parchment paper.

Press a thumbprint into the center of the ball about 1/2 inch deep in the cookie. Bake at 350 degrees (preheated oven) for 12 to 15 minutes. Fill each indention with about 3/4 spoonful of jam.

Bake the cookies until they are golden from on the edges, about 15mintues.

My final product.....

No Bake Cookies
Recipe Credit: No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
My momma would always make these (my best friends mom). I love them sooo much. I know they are a lot of sugar I can taste it, but I'm the cookie monster. Its really something I love and enjoy. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
2 cups sugar
1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
1/2 cup Pet (evaporated) milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 tablespoons cocoa
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 cups oats

In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients except peanut butter and oats and cook over medium heat.
Let boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter and oats.
Spoon out quickly onto wax paper or aluminum foil.
Cookies will harden as they set.

Peanut Butter Blossoms
Recipe Credit: Peanut Butter Blossom
48 Hershey's Kisses
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Granulated sugar


1. Heat oven to 375°F. Remove wrappers from chocolates.

2. Beat butter and peanut butter in large bowl until well blended. Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture

Rosemary's Tasty Treats

Happy Holidays.

Daisha M. Nieto

Monday, December 21, 2015

Seattle, WA / Zillah, WA

At the end of August I went home after living in NYC for 2.5 years (time flies) I felt like I needed to go home an do the things that I miss most.

Eat Teriyaki Teriyaki and Wok
Have a maple bar donut at Top Pot Donuts
Go to Pikes Place Market and view all the tasty fruits and veggies
Hang out at Kerry Park and take a photo
Take a road trip to Portland (I miss driving a lot).
Enjoy an evening at Joeys South Center with my dearest friends Joeys Southcenter
Go to my old house in Interlake and see my favorite cat Snug (he missed me a lot)
Check out the city and breath in the fresh air, yet travel with NO one else on the road but me

It was an eventful trip. I was gone for five days and it was the best trip I had in a while, besides D.C. wait Philly was fun too, oh but I did enjoy my road trip to Cincinnati, Ohio. Then again I really need to think about the few road trips to CT. I really love and enjoy traveling and it allows me to really focus on what others are doing in their lives, eat tasty food, and I really just want to be able to get in a car and drive, to hop on a bus after a long week and sleep and listen to music and arrive in a new city and have fun. I enjoy what I feel like after I do something.

Living in NYC has made me learn so much about myself. I've learned that I can love someone someday. I have also come to the understand that having a car, house, and animal isn't the best thing for me right now. I know there are THINGS I want, but I have a journey and trip that is sooo much more to me than settling down right now. I may have came to NYC for love, but I have to remember why i am in NYC. I only want to stay for a little bit, and i don't want to struggle or allow myself to ONLY be able to do a few things. I like being able to do anything and get out and do anything. I don't want the weather, my friends, or my lover be the one to keep me refined from that.

I've also learned what a "loyal" friend is and how much my friends back home mean to me. I love each and everyone of them in a different way and I will always be able to reach out to them with whatever I have going on and they will be there. They aren't going anywhere, they are going to be a part of my life always. At this point in my life I need to look out for me, and what my best interests are.

I have also learned that I do know how to be a minimalist. I don't like the idea of having too many things and I like the idea of just leaving tomorrow and not looking back. I want to continue having fun and shine lite into others life and really make others enjoy life weather its trying a new restaurant, going to HH because you are having a shitty day, hang out on the beach because that is what we need to do on a Saturday, have a birthday party to celebrate you being on this earth. All these things make a huge difference in each of our lives, but we also need to be open to embrace it. There is sooo much going on around us that we really can't even believe to see because we are sooo caught up on what we got going on. Therefore I advise once a week take a min to people watch, take a min to look in another lens, take a look at what can be yours if you really want it.

Stop telling yourself that you "want", you "need", you "try", and ask your self are you really telling yourself the truth?

At the end of the 2 years living here I really have to say its been great, its been sweet, but it is time for me to find a new journey and new chapter in my life. I'm not looking to run, I'm not looking for something. I just want to live, be me, share stories, enjoy life, and eat great food, because we ONLY live once and that is the only thing I can tell myself without lying.
My Momma's Monkey Bread- Delicious
Pull Pork Sandwich W/ Dip
My Family in Zillah
My Papa's Grapes
My Papa's Company

Homemade Beechers "Marco Polo" Mac & Cheese W/ Sausage

Homemade Beechers "Marco Polo" Mac & Cheese
smoke sausage (kielbasa); sliced in 1/4 inch cuts
1 clove garlic; diced 
1/4 cup of white onion (separate)
Cut slice of yellow squash
4 cups of spiral pasta
1/4 milk
1/2 cup of marco polo cheese
1/2 cup of Mexican blend; shredded
dash or two dashes of ground pepper
Handful of canned whole peas, optional
Bring 1/4 cup of water to a boil, add spiral pasta and cook "al la dente"
In a pan add a swirl of olive oil, garlic, and onions (set some aside), and squash. Remove veggies and add the sausage; brown on each side. Set aside on a plate. 
Start the rue (use the same pan) add the "set aside veggies" into the pan. Add the milk and cheese bring to a simmer and add pepper (just a dash), until smooth. Add the veggies, sausage, and pasta in the pan. I added peas, but this is very optional. I just wanted it for the color.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Thanskgiving 2015

This year I went out and bought everything for my little thanksgiving for Sunday. I wanted turkey, green bean casseroles, cauliflower mash potato's and stuffing. I had two items Ive never made on the menu this year (I always have to challenge myself); the stuffing (with the turkey and without) and cauliflower mash.

I ended up cooking everything in less than three hours. It wasn't stressful at all and I had leftovers for days. I'm really glad I was able to pull everything off. I got 95% of my ingredients in NY Trader Joes on my lunch and then brought everything home Friday evening. Saturday I went out to find cornbread and that was the key ingredient I was missing. I cooked the corn bread during the morning and let it sit out all day. I made breakfast burritos and those were a hit to hold me over until........the thanksgiving feast. I started baking cookies around 11am and then preparing my feast around 430pm. I was finished and cleaned the whole kitchen by 800pm. I was very proud of my self. I will have to say that I will have turkey for about five days this week. I'm going to need to throw in a burger or two for lunch or dinner.


Preparing the Turkey (15-20 ppl with leftovers)
1 (20-pound) fresh turkey
1 1/2 sticks softened butter
3 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary leaves
3 tablespoons chopped orange zest

2 Turkey tenderloins (small portions or two people with leftovers)
Salt and Pepper (1 teaspoon each)
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon orange zest
4 sprigs of type; finely diced
1 teaspoon parsley

1. Rinse off with cold water and patch dry, sit and rest. Use a towel and butter the pan graciously. Add the dry ingredients all over the turkey and underneath. Cover in an oven safe pot (the one you will bake it in) and place in the fridge for 5 hours or overnight. The smells are amazing once you remove it.

2. Keep the pot covered in room temp for about 10 mins. Add dressing to the pot (cranberry, brussels sprout, and corn bread stuffing: recipe to follow) and bake for about 1.5 hours. Remove from the oven.

3. Add 1/2 tablespoon of butter throughout the pan and cook with pot uncovered for about 10- 20 mins; crisp the stuffing and brown the turkey edges.


1 to 2 tablespoon flour
1 cup of low sodium veggie broth (trader joes)
5 to 10 syringes of turkey drippings (chucks and all)

1. Whisk drippings (I like chunks of turkey too) and 1 tablespoon flour at a time on medium - low heat in a sauce pan. (Imagine a little thyme/parsley/rosemary/sage flavors all up in that gravy).... I can smell it now. WOW, getting a little hungry too.

2. Add the broth a little bit at a time.Whisk vigorously as it will start to thicken, add the broth until its a smooth consistency. Make sure the lumps are out.

3. If you want to strain the gravy you can. Fancy people use a white cheese cloth, but I use a strainer over a pot and then in a fancy serving dish for the table. I now add a little pepper and salt if needed. Make sure you sample it before placing it on the table. We don't want grandpa to add more salt to your homemade gravy.


1 cup of cauliflower; diced (cleaned )
1 cup of russet potato; diced (cleaned and skin off)
1 tablespoon cream cheese
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup milk
Salt and Pepper (dash)

Boil cauliflower and potato with a little a pinch of salt in the water. about 15mins or until cauliflower and potato's are ready. Rinse. Add milk, butter, cream cheese, and seasonings in the same pot and blend well until cauliflower is completely blended together. Serve hot. Taste and serve.


2 cups of butternut squash; cubed
2 cups of brussel sprouts; quartered
1/2 gala apple; cut into a 1/2 inch dice
1/2 shallot
2 tablespoon of olive oil; divided into 1tble and 1tble
1/4 cup of onion. diced
1/4 cup of celery, diced
2 slices of whole wheat bread; diced
1/2 pan of 1 day old corn bread; diced
1 teaspoon of thyme, chopped
1 teaspoon of parsley, chopped
3 bay leafs (disregard later)
1 cup of organic veggie broth
handful of dried cranberries

Heat oven at 400 degrees. Add squash, sprouts, and apples to olive oil, shallots, salt, and pepper and lightly toss then place on parchment pepper on a cookie sheet. Roast until veggies are tender. Remove veggies from the oven. Reduce heat to 350 degrees.

Add olive oil to a large pot. Sauté celery and onions and cook until translucent (5-8 mins). 

Add the roasted veggies in the pot and stir in the veggie broth. Stir until bread has soaked up most of the juices. Add a dash of salt and pepper to bring out the flavor. Transfer to the baking sheet again and bake for about 30mins at 350 degrees. Serve hot.


1 can of condensed cream of mushroom soup
3/4 cup milk (2%)
1 tsp of soy sauce
dash of pepper for seasoning (I like a little more than normal)
4 cups of cooked cut green beans or two cans of drained any style green beans (I LOVE sliced)
1 1/3 cups crispy fried onions

In a casserole dish or pie pan (that's what I used) stir condensed soup, milk, soy sauce, and pepper, then add 2/3 cups of the fried onions. Bake at 350 degrees until the dish starts bubbling. Then add the additional fried onions for another 5 mins until they are golden brown.

Napkin 101... look up a great idea on Pinterest. I did for the first time and it was loads of fun and everyone thought you spent hours decorating the table. It took me literally 20mins.


Friday, November 13, 2015


Ok I have a guilty pleasure that I would like to share with you today. I've recently been into getting drawing, coloring (adult coloring books), designing, and allowing my creative side shine. I've been really into re-creating recipes but making sure I write them down. I love to create them and have actually been taking this up a lot on my down time. I wanted to share with you one of my easy holiday creations that tends to BLOW the socks off people when you give it to them...
Project: wrap them into