Monday, October 20, 2014

Garlic Asparagus

Garlic Asparagus

1 bunch of asparagus, ends cut off and trimmed
1 heaping Tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon water
2 teaspoons butter melted
salt and pepper

Place a frying pan on your stove and heat up. Add your asparagus over medium heat. Then add your garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Add the water. Continue to look over the asparagus and stir them. Making sure that all sides and asparagus are being cooked. Add the butter. Continue to stir and cook. The asparagus will start to turn a deeper green and soften and the garlic with start to brown. Once it gets to that point grab one out and taste it. See if it is how you like them cooked. Soft but still have a crunch is how i like them! Serve immediately. 

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Ninja Turtle Party

Throwing parties has been in my blood since I was a young girl! I loved having parities, helping my mom throw parties, or throwing parties for my friends. And as I have become a mother I have enjoyed putting extra effort into my kids parties. The themes chosen have mostly been their own choices (which is not always my favorite) but I have made it what they want it to be! 

After I went to IFBC in Seattle last month I have been deciding what direction I want to take the blog. I have been wanting to expand my horizon and incorporate more things on the blog. So I have decided on Fridays to add party and party food ideas along with great food to eat while traveling. 

I have some other things up my sleeve but aren't quite ready to present yet. So for now I will just stick to adding the parties and traveling sections to the blog. So I hope you all enjoy them!

In August my son Remington picked Ninja Turtles as his birthday theme. With all the rage about Ninja Turtles lately I was able to find some pretty fun stuff. I bought some stuff from etsy to have the perfect printables and invitations and extra fun stuff. Unfortunately creating printables isn't my forte so thank goodness for etsy.

Here is the shops that I used:

I also had a bounce house, snow cone machine, cotton candy machine, and a ninja turtle pinta.

invitation envelopes 

party prep begins...

fabric cut into strips with eyes cut out

dollar store tins, sprayed with dark and light green spray paint and tied with brown ribbon

green goodie bags from the dollar store with the printable above

funfetti cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting with fondant cupcake toppers

cake ordered from local grocery store (per sons request haha)

Used green butcher paper and a projector and projected image onto the paper and then traced it and cut it out

chocolate pudding and crushed up oreos

lime green jello

cakepops ordered from a local AZ girl (email me if you want her info)

Birthday Boy enjoying the cotton candy machine

our favorite candles are the sparkler candles from Party City

glued these on the back of the goodie bags

I also did Toxic Ooze and Mutant Animals that I found on that website! Containers and "growing animals" were found at the dollar store 

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Win a Weber Grill and a Year Supply of Krusteaz Flatbread Mixes

A few weeks ago I did a post where I introduced the amazing new line of Krusteaz Flatbread Mixes. One of the many perks of being part of the Baker's Dozen is that I get to experiment with there mixes all the time. It is usually a couple times a week! Before these flatbread mixes hit the shelf in stores I was sent a box full of them! What a fun and great product they have made! Flatbreads seem to be the trend in restaurants everywhere. And with these simple mixes I have been able to create these recipes at home for my family.

Check out recipes here!

Also while I was in Seattle I had the pleasure of meeting the "Hostess with the Mostess." She shared some fun ideas about how to be creative with the new flatbread mixes. She even has a youtube video on "How to make grilled BBQ chicken flatbreads"

Here is some more amazing recipes using the flatbread mixes located on Krusteaz website: 

But what I am excited to share with you today is the AMAZING giveaway that is going on right now!

The Kick Off the Season with a Chance to Win Delicious Flatbread from Krusteaz and a Weber® Grill!

From now through November 6, 2014, register for a chance to win one of three flat-out awesome prizes, including a brand spanking new Weber® Grill!  All you have to do is visit here and “like” for a chance to win. 

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·         The Grillmaster Prize Winner will receive a Weber® Original™ Stainless Steel 3-pc Tool Set.

·         The Flat-Out Awesome Prize Winner will receive Krusteaz’s New Flatbread Mix Line.

To learn more and enter to win, visit here:

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*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by Krusteaz. However all thoughts and opinions are my own*

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Loaded Berry Crispy Chicken Salad

I love making salads for myself. But I rarely make them for dinner. My kids won't eat salad and I thought that my husband didn't like salads for dinner. But it turns out that I was on a salad kick a few weeks ago and made salads a couple of times and my husband loved them! So I made a few different ones and we absolutely loved this one! The fresh berries with the crunchy chicken and bacon paired with sugared almonds was just so yummy! 

I found this recipe here and made it but with the ingredients that I had at our house. It was pretty dang close to the recipe with just a few subtle changes. So head over and check out her blog. She has so many yummy recipes! Im sure her salad was just as tasty as this one that I made! So compare the two recipes and see which one suites you best! 

Loaded Berry Crispy Chicken Salad

2 chicken breasts
1/3 cup flour
1 egg, whisked
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
vegetable oil for frying
2 romaine heurts, chopper finely
6-8 strawberries, sliced
1/3 cup blueberries
1/2 container of raspberries
4 strips of crispy bacon, chopped
1/3 cup feta cheese crumbles
1/3 cup candied sliced almonds
raspberry vinaigrette salad dressing 

Grab your chicken breast and trim off any access fat. Then season with salt and pepper. In a frying pan heat up the vegetable oil just enough oil to coat the bottom. like 1/4 inch. Heat up until oil is hot. Grab the chicken breasts and dip into the flour. Then shake off and dip into the eggs and then the panko breadcrumbs. Add the chicken to the hot oil and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until chicken is golden brown. Slice into it to make sure that it is cooked all the way. Once it is slice and set aside. In a large bowl add the romaine lettuce and then add the remaining ingredients sprinkle evenly over the whole salad. The lay the sliced chicken on top. Then you can toss the raspberry vinaigrette dressing in it or you can serve it and then let each person dress the salad how they would like! 

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Juicy Grilled Pork Chops

My husband is not a fan of pork chops. I rarely cook with them for that reason. I saw some on sale and grabbed them and figured I would incorporate them into my meal plan somehow. Even if it meant saving them until my husband was out of town or working late or something. I decided to give them once last try one night knowing that my husband was going to be around. 

After I made these and my husband tasted them he then told me that the reason he isn't a pork chop fan is that whenever he has eaten them they have been dry. But low and beyond these were the exact opposite of dry! They were yummy and juicy and he absolutely loved them! As you can tell by the pictures these are a very juicy version of pork chops! They are easy and delicious! Great way to mix pork chops in when they are on sale or if you are a pork chop fan already you will probably love these even more! 

Juicy Grilled Pork Chops

4 pork chops
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1/4 cup honey
2 heaping Tablespoons of brown sugar
2 Tablespoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon thyme

Combine ingredients (except the pork chops) in a bowl and whisk until well combined to create the marinade. Grab the pork chops and place in a ziplock bag. Then pour the marinade over the pork chops. Marinade for 1-2 hours. The longer the better! Then turn on the grill and heat it up for a few minutes then toss the pork chops on. Cook for about 5 minutes on each side on medium. (This time with depend on how hot your grill gets so just watch them) You want them cooked but still be able to see a tiny bit of pink in the center. The meat will be at about 140 degrees. Place on plate and let rest for a few minutes and then serve up! 

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Halloween Food Ideas

I feel like with Halloween food it is all about getting a good visual ideas of fun and festive Halloween foods. Here is a collaboration of a few Halloween foods that I made last year! Most of them aren't much of a recipe but just a vision. So if you have any questions or need any more info let me know and I will send it on over to you!

Halloween is one of my favorite times baking in the kitchen with my mom. Majority of these dishes come from her. We have our annual "spooky dinner" the Sunday before Halloween. And we spend hours in the kitchen making fun goodies with businesses to deliver to their clients. I also have Bunco at my house where I host a fun Halloween dinner.

Sorry the quality of pictures aren't the best! This year I will do better with higher quality of pictures of all the food! 

Ingredients: 2 chocolate chip cookies, red frosting, mini marshmallows, slivered almonds

Ingredients: Apples, caramel, milk chocolate, white chocolate, toppings: health,oreo,sprinkles

cheese ball olives, vampire teeth

ingredients: chocolate pudding, oreaos, malono cookies, worms 

ingredients: strawberries, milk chocolate, white chocolate

oreo cookies drizzled with milk chocolate

pumpkin bread bowls

ingredients: hot dogs, Pillsbury crescent dough, mustard

cinnamon sugar breadsticks, almonds

pumpkin bars with edible knifes (found at michaels) and red gel icing

orange slushy ingredients: orange sherbet, vanilla ice cream, sprite, cream soda 

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