Thursday, March 9, 2017

Sesame Beef and Noodle Stir Fry

This dish is right up my families alley! My kids are huge steak lovers! All of them! Im not gunna lie sometimes I just say that any type of beef is "steak" just so they will eat it. And it works every time! Along with steak my kids will eat piles of snap peas and edamame. 

Sesame Beef and Noodle Stir Fry

1 lb flank steak
1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons minced ginger
1 cup toasted sesame dressing and marinade
1/3 cup apple juice
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon red peper flakes
1 teaspoon black pepper
16 ounces frozen stir fry veggies
2 (7 ounce) packages of Udon Noodles (seasoning sauce packets discarded) -these are found in the refrigerated section at the grocery store 
2 Tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

In a large ziplock bag combine minced garlic, minced ginger, marinade, apple juice, soy sauce, red pepper flakes, and black pepper. Shake really well. Then add the flank steaks. Marinade 1 hour or overnight if possible.
In a skillet cook the steaks. Discard the remaining marinade. Cook steaks for a few minutes on each side. Then remove steaks and place on a plate and let sit for a few minutes while you finish cooking the rest. 
Throw in the stir fry vegetables into the remaining steak juices. Cook according to the back of the package. Once they are cooked toss in the udon noodles. Cook for a few minutes. While they are cooking slice up the steak into strips. Once the vegetables and noodles are all combined add in the steaks and mix. Top with sesame seeds and serve! 

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Homemade Oreos

I grew up loving these cookies so much! When my mom would make them they were gone in seconds! I think it also doesn't help that each cookie takes 2 cookies to make a sandwich! We would always run into the kitchen when they were done and eat them until we were sick! 

My kids love them just as much! Some of them lick the frosting out of the middle and some of them eat them entirely! They are super yummy and super simple! Just how we like it in our family! 

Homemade Oreos

2 pkg. Devils food cake mix
1 1/3 cups butter, softened
4 eggs

Mic together with electric mixer. Share into nickel size dough balls. Bake at 350 degrees F for 8 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes and then frost bottom size with butter cream frosting; top with another cookie.

1 lb powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 to 3 Tablespoons milk, to desires consistency and beat until creamy

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Companies that are changing society

One of my favorite things about being a food blogger is having the chance to work with brands that I already love. Stonyfield has always been one of those companies. Besides the taste and quality of ingredients another thing I love is getting to know the companies better.

A little over a year ago I was able to go on a farm tour for Stonyfield and see the behind the scenes are their mission to create great quality products all while helping to "save the earth"! So today when they announced that they were part of the B Corporation I wasn't too shocked, but more proud!

I loved getting to know more about the 900+ companies involved in it and what they do to to be leaders in a global movement to use business as a force for good! They use the sources from being a successful business to help solve society's problems! You can learn more about it by watching this sort clip and here is also some links, links with more information! 

I received a fun package full of some pretty amazing products that are also part of the B Corporation! There is nothing quite like getting a package with this label on it! YUM!

And then I open it up to find these beauties! Full of some of my favorite brands and some new brands that I have not yet tried! 

If you have not yet tried the new"er" Stonyfield Greek Grassfed yogurt you need to! The blueberry and vanilla bean are my fav!

Now onto the other goodies and a little bit about the way they are changing society and making the world a better place! 

King Arthur is one of my very favorite product lines! They have an amazing Bake For Good program they do to help solve hunger through out the world! As well as being part of the B Corp and the certifications that go along with being part of it! 

Method is being very climate conscious with lowering their carbon emissions in every aspect of their company from manufacturing to business operations. Along with making their products animal friendly and their environmental friendly packaging.

Pukka was a brand that I have never tried! Famous for their herbal teas in the United States and UK. They believe in our responsibility to love ourselves and life. 

Purely Elizabeth is another brand part of the B corp! They donate 1% of their sales to non profit organizations that are striving to help preserve the planet. They also have environmental friendly packaging as well as organic products. They really focus on creating healthy products for their consumers with nutrient rich products and their superfood line. Along with the first probiotic granola! 

Preserve products are all about being made from recycled products and having no waste. They have their Gimme 5 Program where they collect #5 plastics such as yogurt cups and other house hold containers and recycling them to create new products! All while doing their recycling in the USA. They are helping make a change in the world by their massive movement in recycling!

 Pete & Gerry's Organic Eggs are also apart of the B-Corporation! Not only are they the 1st certified humane egg producer they are have been apart of the B-Corp since 2013! They were the 1st egg producer to become part of it! They believe in not going industrial and believe in free range chickens without antibiotics, hormones, pesticides and GMOs. 

I hope you have loved getting to know more about some of the amazing companies apart of the B corp! Make sure to go out of your way and congratulate Stonyfield along with the other companies that are a part of it as they strive to make the world a better place to live! 

And of course I had to share some of my very favorite ways to use some of my favorite products of Stonyfield! So...

Here is also some of my very favorite recipes using Stonyfield Products!

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Rainbow Cake in a Jar

With my daughters Unicorn party coming up I knew that I wanted to do something different then cupcakes. I wanted to come up with something that would look just as cute as it tastes and that it would be a little different then normal.

So I looked and found some rainbow in a jar recipes that were all over Pinterest. Some you cut and scoop after you bake and others you bake right in the jar! With the party chaos happening and the actual party only starting in a few hours I whipped up these rainbow cake in a jar and let them cool for an hour and then topped then with frosting and cupcake toppers from Party Parcels and they were a huge hit at the party!

And bonus was they were super easy to make!

Rainbow Cake In A Jar

2 white cake mixes+ (the right amount of water, eggs, and vegetable oil on the back of the box) x2
food coloring (this is the kind that I used) (purple, blue, yellow, pink)
14 (8 ounce) mason jars

1/2 cup butter, softened
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 lb powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
milk if necessary

Make the white cake mixes according to the directions on the back with the correct amount of water, vegetable oil and eggs. Mix well. Add 1/2 cup of the batter in 4 different bowls. (If there is any remaining batter equally add it into each bowl. Take a toothpick and add a dot of 1 of the colors into a bowl of batter. Mix it together and add more food coloring depending on how bright you want your cols to be. Move onto the next color and repeat the steps until all 4 colors are completed. 

Then grab the jars and add a generous amount of non stick spray. Then take a cookie scoop and starting with purple add a scoop of the batter to the jar. In the end you are going to want the jar to be filled half way full. So divide the bottom half of the jar into fourths and add each color the right amount. 

Fill the jar with all the colors I started with purple then blue then yellow and the topped with pink!

Grab a 9x13 baking dish and place the jars in them not touching and bake at 350 degrees and bake the 8 ounce jars for 25 minutes. Check with a toothpick. And take out when toothpick comes out clean. (if you are using bigger normal size mason jars bake for 35 minutes)

Let cool for 1 hour and then make frosting by mixing all ingredients together and then frost the top of the cakes. If the cake rising above the jar cut off the top to create a flat place for the frosting to go. Top with sprinkles and a cupcake topper

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Unicorn Party

Flower Crown: Fancy Free Finery
My baby turned 1 at the beginning of February! A few weeks before her party I was going back and forth with what I wanted to do for her. I was leaning more towards a small family party when my 8 year old called me out about how all 3 of my other children had a petting zoo for their 1st birthday and Demi had to have one too! So I figured I would go along with the tradition and make it an even 4 out of 4 for 1st birthday party petting zoos!

So the planning began...right away I wanted to do a unicorn party along with the petting zoo. So the party chaos planning was in full force! Since it is more of a party that we invited the entire family to I knew I needed to plan a full dinner along with it. And luckily my mom has a tradition to throw the 1st birthday party! So she headed the dinner along with the petting zoo and the magical unicorn rides! I found the unicorn horn on Etsy here! It was great quality and very easy to use! You can special order different sizes depending on the size of the horse.

So lets start with the kick off to the party, the Invitation! I looked on etsy for hours and found my absolute favorite of them all. It was the perfect mix of whimsical and fabulous! Which is exactly what I was aiming for! So I headed to Wise Monkey Papery from France and chose this Rainbow Unicorn Pastel Invitation.  She has a lot of amazing items in her shop so make sure to check them out for every occasion! She has some amazing wedding items and other things like menus and thank you cards and other invitations. Of course I was obsessed with her mermaid invite as well. 

After the invitation I searched pinterest and etsy to see all the printables that were options for the party. They had to have the right style, color, and design. After lots of searching I went with Amanda's Parties To Go! She has lots of amazing options for parties! Girls, boys, babies, holidays... she has it all! She has a super fast turn around and has great prices.  Her Unicorn Party Package is also on sale right now! Finding the right printable person is one of my favorite, most important parts of the party. It sets the tone of the entire party, makes everything flow, and takes everything up to the next level! Amanda has created just that! The theme is whimsical and fabulous plus her mix of floral, gold, and pastels just made them the perfect printable for the party! 

I always like to add more dimensions to the party. So that the party doesn't look like any other party out there. I like to add more banners and prints from other etsy shops. So I headed to Hooray Party Co. and had her do Demi's name is gold glitter to add to the backdrop! Along with doing a banner for the table.I also used her party favor box as part of the decor to hold things. I wish I would have ordered more to give them to each guest because they were the cutest little things! I also had this cake topper that ended up also being part of the decor because of the style of cake I decided to go with! 

This was the first time that I also had larger prints through out the party! The unicorn prints out there are the cutest little things ever! I could not, not add them into the party! Right when you walked in there was this Unicorn Party PrintNice Party is located in Spain and her shop is as whimsical and playful as they come! I found the print and then saw that she also had some party printables. I ended up only being able to incorporate a few of her items, but they added the perfect touch of a more playful theme. I wanted to add them to the mini water bottles because of the patterns. And I loved how they turned out! 

And since I loved this saying so much I had to add this print to the party! Aenanon Art Work has great prints for the entire house! They are located in Greece and I was so impressed with the customer service and how fast to respond they were! The prices are amazing! Especially since a lot of their shop is 50% off which makes a lot of the prints Under $3! 

And since it was my babies 1st birthday I knew I had to incorporate some Sweet Melody Designs! She has the sweetest most precious items in her shop! I loved this girl on the unicorn print but decided to go with her little unicorn print! It was perfect for a 1st birthday party!  I also wanted the guests to enjoy her prints so I added them into their goodie bag to take home as a party favor! She designed them to be different colors and I had them printed on card stock so that everyone could enjoy them! My 4 year old has her party favor still hung up in her room with her photos and it makes me smile every time I see it and it reminds me how much fun we had at the party! I can't wait until I re-decorate my next room so that I can incorporate some of her prints that she has in her shop! Her woodland theme is a favorite of mine! 

And I have saved my favorite for the last! When there is a theme for a party I try not to go overboard with images of the theme, so in this case I didn't want "Unicorns" all over the place on the plates, napkins, and such! So when I found a Unicorn Birthday Party in a Box from Party Parcels it was just what I was looking for! All in one place! The box came in and I couldn't wait to open up the party in the box and trust me, it was as fun as it looks! I did order add on's of more plates and utensils and I wish I would have ordered more of the unicorn party hats! Every single kid there wanted one of the fun party hats! The unicorn party balloons were amazing! My little sister assembled them for me and they come with great instructions and are fairly simple to assemble. Since I did the rainbow cake in the jar instead of cupcakes I used the cupcake toppers on those instead. I loved the look of the banners that also came with the package. The quality of the banners was amazing. Easy to assemble and easy to hang! Ultimately if you wanted to throw a party all you would need is this! It has everything you need from decorationsplatescupsnapkinsutensilsgoodie bags, and cupcake liners and toppers!

Party Parcels is a newer shop that I am so glad I found! They only have a few options in their shop currently like a garden partysugar and spice baby shower, baby boy showercalico zoo party, along with the unicorn party that I got! 

On the tables I got a variety of unicorn fabric and also this fabric from Joanne and then put this gold sequin table runner from Amazon.

On the ceiling I did a variety of things! Instead of hanging garlands on the table and windows like I normally do I hung them from the ceiling. I got some from Michaels in the unicorn party sections and then I got this hot air balloon garland and this heart garland, and then I hung down balloons that I ordered off of Etsy (marble and cloud), and these tissue pom moms , and these honeycomb balls, I also used some tassel garlands from Republic of Party. 

On the wall I did some custom star vinyl from Classy Clutter designs! And I was finally able to use my backdrop from Rookie Crates that I originally ordered for my daughters mermaid party.  And then on the sides of the backdrop I hung 2 unicorn heads from Target

Photos taken By Jen Bluth from Life Is Bluthiful & Pip Goods

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