Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Seattle, IFBC and Krusteaz

One of my favorite parts of being involved in Krusteaz Baker's Dozen is the annual trip to Seattle to visit the Krusteaz facility and the IFBC conference. The International Food Bloggers Conference (IFBC) was my very first conference that I ever went to. I was able to connect with other food bloggers, brands, and the other members of the Baker's Dozen team!

This year was no exception. I was able to meet more of the new 360 pr company members and spend time at the Krusteaz facility and at the conference. This year when I got there and had a few hours to eat at a Seattle pizza joint that I had eaten at last year Serious Pie and I ate a yummy mushroom and truffle cheese pizza.

The next morning before I headed to the Krusteaz headquarters I stopped by Bakery Nouvea and tried a few different items. My favorite was the twice baked almond croissant and the banana bread.

That morning we headed down to Krusteaz headquarters and got a tour of their building and then headed to the kitchen to have a little fun baking with their products. My group was given their flatbread line and we were assigned to make lunch for everyone. We decided to make 4 different kinds of flatbreads. We did a meat lovers with mushrooms and peppers with a red sauce, a chicken alredo pizza with spinach and tomatoes, a BBQ chicken pizza with purple onions, corn, and pineapple, and a veggie lovers pizza. 

Then we all attended an amazing mobile photography class where we learned new tricks for taking pictures and editing them with our phone taught by Todd Coleman. What an great informational class.

After that I headed to Pike's Place and ate some greek yogurt from Elleno's Greek yogurt. Both times that I have gone there I have gotten marionberry pie! It is to die for! 

And then Beechers mac n cheese. It is unreal! Get the biggest size they have. I didn't and am still sad about it! They also sell their cheeses and a take home mac n cheese kit! 

The next morning we attended the IFBC. Krusteaz hosted a fun cookie exchange party and we did some crafting and made little take home gifts to stuff with cookies to share with friends at the conference. It was such a fun event and everyone there loved it and had a great time! You can find the printables from the event here at Hostess with the Mostess.

What a fun an amazing time at the conference and spending time with Krusteaz Baker's Dozen members! I am lucky to be part of such a fun amazing group! 
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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Creamy Bean Dip

Football season has started and I am always looking for fun new recipes to enjoy during the game while the men watch football. Ill be completely honest I really don't mind watching football with my husband, dad, or brothers. I grew up playing sports and have had a love for them my entire life. I usually understand what is going on while watching or playing different sports.

With that being said I love any type of fun appetizer food. I love ordering appetizer when I am out to eat even though I am pretty sure that my husband always looks at me like "there is no possible way we can even eat half of the food we ordered" but I still do it anyways!

I love when it is football season because it always gives me a great excuse to make lots of different fun appetizers. So when I was sent a package from Stonyfield and Bob's Red Mill I kept thinking of different types of bean soups that I could make for fall then it dawned on me to make a fun bean dip using their Orca Beans and Greek Yogurt and boy was it creamy and delicious! My 2 year old daughter ate it straight up. Wanted a bowl full of it and a spoon. Well she pretty much ate it with her hands but she could not get enough of it! Defiantly a must at your next Mexican fiesta or football party!

Creamy Bean Dip
adapted from Jen at

Orca beans (prepared as it reads on back of package, yields 3 cups)
1 cup Stonyfield Greek Yogurt
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 heaping Tablespoons of green chilis (I used the ones from a can)
1 (14.5 oz) can petite diced tomatoes, drained
1 1/2 cups Mexican shredded cheese

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a circle baking dish with cooking spray. In a blender, combined cooked orca beans, greek yogurt, salt, pepper, and green chilis. Pulse blender until all ingrediendts are combined. I like to still have some chunks of beans. If you like your dip more creamy blend it all the way. Pour into a medium size bowl and add the diced tomatoes and 3/4 cup Mexican shredded cheese. Fold together. Then pour into the circle baking dish. Top with remaining cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 10 minutes. Then remove foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!


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Friday, September 25, 2015

Raspberries and Cream Pie

This time of year I always start thinking of pies. I love making mini pies but rarely make a whole pie. Maybe because I like how little pies look and maybe it is so I can portion control and not sit and eat half of a pie by myself. But whatever it is pies are delicious. I make a similar pie to this one with blueberries. I have made both of these pies countless times. And each and every time they turning out yummy. Sometimes they are more set up then other times but on this occasion it came out a clean slice of pie when I cut it. Serve warm with either ice cream or whipped cream whichever you prefer. We eat ice cream almost daily in our home so that is what we use most of the time. This pie is between a pie and a cobbler with the crumb topping. And hits the cravings of both! So let me know what you think! 

Raspberries and Cream Pie

Cream filling:
3 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
2 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Crumb Topping
2 1/2 Tablespoons brown sugar
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup flour

Start with the cream filling. In a bowl or mixer, mix together the sugar and flour. Add in the sour cream, eggs, and vanilla. Place the raspberries in the pie crust and then pour the filling over the raspberries evenly.

Now make the crumb topping. Mix together the sugar, brown sugar, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg. Pour the melted butter into the bowl and mix together well. Then add the flour in gradually while stiring to create the crumb topping. Place the crumble over the pie evenly.

Bake the pie at 375 degrees for 55 minutes. (even pie crust edges get too brown cover with tin foil)

Serve with ice cream and enjoy! (This pie is a mix between a pie and a cobbler)

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Creamy White Chicken Chili

We have not always been one of those families who eat super regularly. I don't know if its because it doesn't get very cold in Arizona or what but I make soup occasionally. Mostly when it is raining or when I am craving it. I recently found out that my oldest son who is 7 loves chili. It never was his favorite food until recently. The funny thing is that he asked for chili dogs all the time. But then just asks for a bowl of chili and no hot dog. We had chili dogs at his 1st birthday and had a huge hot dog bar but he doesn't seem to remember that yet he still asks for chili dogs when I ask what he wants me to cook that week.

A group of girlfriends decided to do a freezer meal swap a few years back. We each made our favorite freezer meal and then made 6 of them. Then we all got together and did a swap. Where each of us then had 6 different meals to take home. I have done chicken pop pies, calzones, and baked ziti as my freezer meals. But there is one friend of mine who makes the best white chicken chili. We all request it every time that we do the freezer meal swap! And luckily she was kind enough to share with me this recipe. 

This recipe is easy and delicious and is best topped with cheese and sour cream in my opinion. And of course we serve it with cornbread. Because what is chili without a side of cornbread!

Willis White Chili
recipe from: Lauren Willis

4 cans white beans
2 cans of white corn
3 cups chicken broth
2 can diced green chilies
2 chicken bouillon cubes
2 medium onions chopped
1 Tablespoon garlic powder
1 Tablespoon oregano
1 Tablespoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
4 cups shredded chicken breasts
1 24 ounce sour cream

Combine broth and cubes. Add all spices. Simmer for a few minutes. Add green chilis, corn, chicken, beans, and onions. Cook for 15 minutes. Add sour cream and stir. Cook for another 5 minutes.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Four Things You May Not Know About Milk

Ever since my children were little milk has been their favorite drink. None of my children were juice drinks and always preferred milk in their sip cups. When they hit about 4 they start to drink less milk. Unfortunately I have never been a milk lover.

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to be a part of a special milk campaign. It opened my eyes in ways that I never could have thought. Ever since then I have been more aware of ways that I can make sure that myself and my 3 children get enough milk in their diet daily!

Let me jot down some important bullet points that you should know about the nutrition of milk!
  • It is important that your children get enough protein in each meal but especially breakfast to keep them satisfied and full past mid morning
  • a glass of dairy milk provides 8 times more protein then a glass of almond milk (this was mind blowing to me!!!!)
  • milk is the most affordable way to get your child's protein nutrition at 25 cents a glass
  • milk is the top food source of calcium, vitamin D, and potassium (which are the 3 of the 4 nutrients most likely missing from your child's diet)
  • milk is a great way for children to get their bone building nutrients

Those are just a few of the bullet points that I have learned by being a part of this milk campaign! Over the next several months I will continue to share different facts and reasons why milk should be a daily essential in feeding and fueling your children.

Since school has started and I now have 2 children gone all day I realize the importance of supplying my children with the breakfast essential "milk" as their main source of protein in the morning. That way when they are gone at school they can focus enough to learn and be able to focus at school without feeling hungry and distracted.

There a different ways that you can create a healthy breakfast for your children with milk. I used to make them smoothies with almond milk and have since switched over to dairy milk so that they can get the maximum amount of protein in their breakfast.

I have also added more milk to my children oatmeal and if they are eating an on the go breakfast, eggs, pancakes, waffles or anything that doesn't include a serving of milk I have my children drink their 8 ounce glass of milk while I am making their breakfast so that they make sure to get it in.

Those are a few tricks and ways to add more milk into your children's diet before to create a healthy breakfast packed with protein!

Mini Breakfast Casseroles


Fruit Pizza

Peanut Butter and Banana Sushi

Breakfast Bar

I am excited to be a part of The National Milk Life Back to School Campaign. You can see more info about it and the facts about milk here.

What tip about milk surprised you the most?? Comment below for a chance to win a month of free milk! 

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

When I began planning my families trip to Orlando a few weeks ago I realized that we would need a place to stay close to Disney World when we first arrived in the Orlando area for our 6 day vacation. Before I even looked at the Disney World resort hotels I looked to see if their was a Four Seasons Resort in the area. I am a Four Seasons lover through and through. I love staying at their amazing locations and I believe that their hotels have some of the best costumer service when compared to other resorts that I have stayed.

So when I found out that there was a Four Seasons Resort at Walt Disney World I did everything I could to make it possible for our family to stay there. When we landed in Orlando we decided to take a taxi because my children have never ridden in a taxi before and I thought it would be for a fun experience for them. And it sure did! Sometimes the simplest things help create the best memories for your children. We told the driver where we were staying and he went on and on about how amazing it was there. I believed him but definitely was blown away when we pulled in to their property.

We walked in and I said our last name to the bellman out front and then they turned to my boys and said you must be Crew and Remington! Customer Service I tell you!!!! The entrance lights were amazing and then we headed up to our room. The room, the bathroom, the bacon, the view it just goes on and on. Then throughout the room and in the fridge were gifts for each member of my family.   Its things like that that keep me going back to Four Seasons Resort.

We then headed to dinner at Ravello. They had a fun magic dining experience that my husband and I both decided to try! Ill tell you more about that because right when we sat down we ordered my children's meals. We got salmon, pepperoni pizza, and steak. I wish I could have gotten a picture of the steak but my 5 year old son ate that faster then any meal he has probably ever eaten. My husband and I could not believe it. He said it was the best steak he has ever had haha. Im not gunna lie I snuck a piece of my daughters pizza and I know exactly why they are famous for their wood burning pizza oven. It was suburb! We started with the garlic bruschetta. My husband isn't a huge goat cheese lover so I was excited to eat this one alone! But then my 7 year old son tried one bite and ended up eating 2 of the 3 pieces! Nothing like watching your son who was once a picky eater eating bruschetta with goat cheese, oven dried tomato and pesto on it!

My husband and I then enjoyed the cesare salads and then my husband got the ribeye steak and I got the grilled chicken. Oh and in between that we added the pasta option and I tried the stracci. Oh my!!!! Literally the best pasta dish I have ever eaten. The sauce tasted like a creamy lobster bisque. It was unreal! My favorite thing I ate all night. It is a must try for sure! 

After all these amazing dishes we ended the night with trying both of the dessert options that they had on their "magical dining" menu: the granita-cassata and the nutella gelato. Our favorite was the granita. Had to pry that thing out of my little girls hands. She could not get enough either. My husband and I were very impressed with the service and the quality of food they served exceeded our expectations times 10! And what made it even better is that all 3 of my kids loved their meals too and left the table stuffed and ready for some more hotel fun! 

Later that night we all got in our swim suits and headed to their pool oasis. The best resort pool our family has ever been to. It was full of fun for all ages. It was shocking when our children asked to spend the next day at the pool and hotel then at Disney World! haha unfortunately we had already bought our tickets and know that it was our only day to go so we tried to cram all the fun we could in that night!

The next morning before we headed to Disney World we stopped by the fun little shop Lickety-Split. We enjoyed the acai bowl, bagel and cream cheese, blueberry muffin, chorizo burrito, and some treats for our ride to the park. Which they have an amazing complimentary bus that takes you there. My little girl loved her chocolate covered pretzel rolled in rainbow sprinkles! 

We absolutely loved our stay at the Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World. We all cannot wait to return and will make sure that we get to spend way more time there then we did this past time! 

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