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A Passage to Little India: Orange County Walking Food Tour

Posted by on Apr 11, 2019 in Dining, Family, Featured, Melissa's Produce | 0 comments

Yesterday, I embarked on an epicurean adventure in Artesia with Melissa’s Produce and Farhana Sahibzada. Indian cuisine is one of my all-time favorites, so when I was invited to attend this special walking food tour, I cleared my calendar to learn more about Indian cuisine in Southern California. Melissa’s Produce has spiced up my family cooking by introducing me to unique and delicious produce, and this event turned it up a notch. As an Orange County native, I have never been to Artesia (gasp!). I really didn’t even know where it was until I searched it on my GPS. I quickly realized that I drive right past it 2-3 times a week on my way to attend events in LA, and could of been experiencing the best Indian food in SoCal for all these years. I had only done...

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Roasted Garlic and Heirloom Tomato Flatbread Recipe

Posted by on Mar 27, 2019 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

When roasted garlic and heirloom tomatoes come together, it is pure bliss. I have recently been kinda obsessed with Trader Joe’s pre-made flatbread lately. It is so fresh, light, and makes for an easy weeknight dinner. I’ve been having fun creating new recipes using their flatbread, and Melissa’s Produce brings the bread to life. Another one of my favorite foods is burrata cheese. I always have a container in my refrigerator at all times. When the kids came home late from school one-night last week, and I was faced with the question of, “What to cook?” I used some of my favorite staple ingredients to make this tasty flatbread recipe. The recipe only took minutes to make, and after cooking in the oven for 10 minutes, dinner was served. This entire recipe can be made within 15 minutes, making...

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Seaside Baker: Decadent Fruit Desserts

Posted by on Mar 22, 2019 in Family, Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 2 comments

Dessert for lunch? Yes, please. I love going to Melissa’s Produce to have lunch with all my favorite foodies, celebrate a new cookbook author, and indulge in delicious cuisine. When I got an invitation to come to Melissa’s for a delicious day of desserts, I cleared my calendar to attend the event. Let’s just say that I have a little sweet tooth.. I love to celebrate bloggers who publish their first books. Jackie Bruchez is a well-known blogger (Seaside Baker) who is now a celebrated published author of the book Decadent Fruit Desserts. She is incredibly talented, and the minute that I walked into Melissa’s Kitchen, and saw all her desserts, I was in sugar heaven. Melissa’s Produce converted into a dessert version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for the day. The counter was filled with samples of...

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Indian Cooking Classes at Adya in Anaheim

Posted by on Mar 20, 2019 in Dining, Family, Irvine, Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

Adya is one of the best places to bring your family to get Indian food. Both locations in Irvine and Anaheim offer a relaxed family-friendly dining ambiance. Plus, they have delicious food that even the pickiest little eaters will love. During my recent visit to Adya, I attended a cooking class with Chef Shachi Mehra using fresh Melissa’s Produce. I have always been intimidated by the thought of making Indian food at home. During the interactive cooking class, Chef Shachi showed me how simple and easy cooking Indian food at home for my family can be. We learned how to make four simple family-friendly recipes using fresh Melissa’s Produce. The two favorite recipes that I learned how to make was the tangerine and radish salad with fresh mint and fennel. The salad was fresh, and when made with Melissa’s...

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Tangerine and Radish Salad with Fresh Mint and Fennel

Posted by on Mar 19, 2019 in Dining, Recipes | 0 comments

We all love Melissa’s Produce. It is the freshest produce available. If you can’t grow produce in your backyard Melissa’s is the best option to feed your children. Today was an exciting day as I was able to visit one of my favorite restaurants in Orange County, and one that uses Melissa’s Produce, Adya. I can’t believe that it has been five years since attending the media event for the grand opening of Adya at the Anaheim Packing House. Time has flown by. I first fell in love with Chef Shachi’s food when she was at Tamarind of London. It was my favorite Indian restaurant in OC, only because of the chef and her talents. Once Chef Shachi left, it closed its doors shortly after. Once Adya opened their location in Irvine, I always seem to find myself sneaking...

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Kiwi Berries and Burrata Avocado Toast

Posted by on Mar 17, 2019 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

When first introduced to Kiwi Berries from Melissa’s produce, I didn’t know what to make with them. I first experimented by making a smoothie so that I could fully experience their flavor. Next, I made a delicious tart for dessert, and the next morning make avocado toast with burrata and kiwi berries. It ended up being the best avocado toast I have ever made. Avocado toast is a healthy way to pack a lot of nutrition into your kid’s breakfast, and kids love it. There are so many creative ways to serve avocado toast to your kids, and this is guaranteed to become one of their all-time favorites quickly. What are Kiwi Berries? According to Melissa’s Produce, Kiwi Berries are a cousin of the Kiwi Fruit. They are luscious berries with smooth skin, delicate seeds and are similar in...

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Kiwi Berries and Heirloom Tomato Tart with Basil and Ricotta

Posted by on Mar 7, 2019 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

What do you do when you receive beautiful Baby Heirloom Tomatoes from Melissa’s Produce? You make something delicious. Last night, dinner was a disaster. I attempted to make a recipe that failed and found myself digging through the freezer for food to feed the kids. That ended up being hot dogs. Ugh. I quickly learned what food snobs my kids have become after feeding them organic, fresh food every night of the week. I’ve never been that macaroni and cheese + hot dogs kinda mom. After all the dirty looks and complaining I got from the kids over dinner, I decided to surprise them with a delicious dessert. About Kiwi Berries Kiwi berries are very sweet, and I thought they would compliment the heirloom tomatoes, and the sweet cheese mixture perfectly. And, it was incredible. For the crust, if...

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Squash Blossom and Burrata Flatbread Recipe

Posted by on Mar 6, 2019 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

After making stuffed squash blossoms with my daughter, we decided to make a squash blossom and burrata flatbread with the squash blossoms we received from Melissa’s Produce. The flatbread ended up coming out amazing, and my kids devoured every last bite. Plus, they requested that I make it again for them the next evening. Where to Find Squash Blossoms If you are not familiar with squash blossoms, they are delicious. When you purchase them online at Melissa’s Produce or from a local retailer, you’ll want to cook with them right away – they don’t hold long in the refrigerator. You can make your own bread. But, if you’re a busy mom like me, you probably don’t have time for that on a weeknight. Trader Joe’s has incredible flatbread (found in the bread section of the store). They also have...

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A Little Book of Cheese at Melissa’s Produce

Posted by on Mar 5, 2019 in Family, Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

Cheese? Yes, please! When I got an invite to attend a celebration of Chef Debbi Dubbs cookbook, A Little Book of Cheese, I immediately said, “Yes!” When I arrived at Melissa’s Produce, the kitchen smelled amazing. There were multiple dishes featuring cheese, and I quickly learned that the aromatic dish was the minestrone soup. I enjoyed a quick meet and greet with Chef Debbi. She signed a cookbook for me to bring home to my daughter, and also gave me a copy of her second cookbook. Next, it was time to taste some of her recipes. Lunch at Melissa’s Produce I started by trying her apple pecan salad with goat cheese. Then, I had a taste of the Italian chopped salad. Both of the salads were amazing, but I found myself going back for seconds of the Italian chopped...

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Lemon and Ricotta Stuffed Squash Blossoms

Posted by on Mar 1, 2019 in Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

Squash blossoms are one of my favorite foods. During the summer, I grow squash blossoms in our backyard garden and enjoy cooking with them. One of my favorite things to do with squash blossoms is to stuff them with second favorite food – cheese. Where to Find Squash Blossoms Knowing how much I love squash blossoms, our friends at Melissa’s Produce, surprised me this week with a box of beautiful squash blossoms. When you purchase squash blossoms, you’ll want to prepare something with them right away – they do not hold long in the refrigerator. We were so lucky to get so many squash blossoms that my daughter and I made lemon and ricotta stuffed squash blossoms. Plus, we also made a squash blossom and burrata pizza to pair with it. It was the most delicious night ever in...

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Cherimoya Coconut and Chicken Chili Recipe

Posted by on Feb 25, 2019 in Family, Recipes | 1 comment

Have you ever heard of a Cherimoya before? Me either. The one thing that I love about Melissa’s Produce is that they offer exotic produce, and introduces families to new culinary possibilities. When I received a package from Melissa’s Produce containing Cherimoya, I didn’t know what to do with it. I did some research, and found that it is best paired with tropical fruits like coconut. When doing my research on Cherimoya, I learned that you need to be cautious with this type of produce. The skin and the seeds are toxic, but the fruit is delicious. I waited until my Cherimoya was ripe (a soft brown hue). Then, it was time to explore the amazing fruit. There was little online that talked about Cherimoya, and I was struggling with what to make with it. It was a cold,...

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Romanesco and Bacon Quiche Recipe

Posted by on Feb 19, 2019 in Recipes | 0 comments

After roasting some fresh romanesco that I had received from Melissa’s Produce, I was excited to make something delicious for my family. With breakfast being one of our favorite meals of the day, I decided to make a romanesco and bacon quiche. And, it was delicious. If you’re not familiar with romanesco, it is a delicious vegetable. My kids are always fascinated with how it looks, and that makes them want to eat more of it. It is often served in pastas or as a side dish. You can find the freshest romanesco online or at a retailer that sells Melissa’s Produce. Romanesco and Bacon Quiche Recipe The dish is super simple to make. Plus, it is great to bring to your next girlfriend get together or to serve to your kids on a weekend morning. You can either...

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Kiwano Horned Melon Fruit Salsa Recipe

Posted by on Feb 12, 2019 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

In my family, when salsa is made it is eaten within the first couple of hours. Instead of going to the regular grocery store and buying salsa I decided to try to make some with the recent kiwano (horned melon) I got from Melissa’s Produce. I told my family that I was making kiwano fruit salsa and they were so excited! Before I tell you how to make the salsa I should give you a little bit of background about the kiwano horned melon. It is part of the cucumber family and could also be known as the African Horned Melon. A ripe kiwano melon has an orange outside with mini spikes. Be careful, they can tend to be pointy. The health benefits of kiwano melon are extraordinary. There are countless vitamins such as, Vitamin B, zinc, potassium, and...

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In Melissa’s Kitchen with Nancie McDermott

Posted by on Feb 11, 2019 in Dining, Family, Recipes | 0 comments

Last week, I had the honor of visiting Melissa’s Produce for a cooking demo by the highly renowned author, Nancie McDermott. I was in for a treat. Not only did I get a chance to sample some of the foods from her cookbook, Fruit: a Savor the South, by I also got to learn so much from her. My favorite thing that they served from her cookbook was a Horchata de Melon cantaloupe seed drink. It was light, refreshing, and boasted with fresh flavors. It was so delicious that I ended up going back for seconds (and maybe thirds). Another highlight from the luncheon was her arugula salad with persimmon. Persimmon is a fruit that I don’t often serve to my children, and to be honest, I usually forget about it. Having the fresh Persimmon from Melissa’s Produce paired...

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How to Cut a Kiwano Horned Melon

Posted by on Feb 6, 2019 in Recipes | 0 comments

When I first read about Kiwano horned melons in the Melissa’s Great Book of Produce, I was a little bit confused on how to open and eat them. I eventually figured it out and I am here to now share that knowledge with you. If you do not know what a kiwano horned melon is, it is a orange melon (about the size of a mango) and it has little spiked on it. The fruit is a little intimidating, but cutting it open is really no that hard. All you need to do to begin is wash the fruit and cut it right down the middle. Make sure it is longways (like a hot dog) and straight down the middle. Once the melon is cut you might be a little confused about what is on the inside. Inside the...

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How To Roast Romanesco

Posted by on Feb 4, 2019 in Recipes | 0 comments

Romanesco is one of my all-time favorite vegetables. While at Melissa’s Produce last month, I was able to bring home some to prepare a dish for my family. Melissa’s Produce Description of Romanesco Though Romanesco looks like a vegetable from another planet, it is a member of the Brassica family that includes cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage. The bright green symmetrical spirals of varying sizes are actually individual buds of the plants flower. It is believed that Italian farmers in the 16th developed the variety through cross-breeding. Romanesco tastes very similar to cauliflower, but with a slightly nuttier, earthier flavor. Regular-sized Romanesco is about the same size of a normal head of cauliflower; there is also a “teenage” Romanesco, which is about half the size. How to Eat Romanesco The vegetable can be enjoyed raw. I will often chop it...

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Roasted Fennel Pizza Made With Melissa’s Produce

Posted by on Jan 31, 2019 in Recipes | 0 comments

Making pizza has been an activity I have grown up doing. I love spreading the dough and putting all the toppings on top especially when it is with my family. Furthermore, I love finding fun, new ingredients to put on the pizza. When we received fresh fennels from Melissa’s Produce, my mom and I just knew that we had to make a roasted fennel pizza. Roasting Melissa’s Produce Fennel We started by roasting the Fennel the night before and they smelled so good! It got me excited to make the pizza the next night. I have never cooked with fennels before, so had excitement about adding something new to something that I love making…pizza. My mom helped me plan out the recipe and we began cooking. We set up the kitchen and began to cook. We started by making...

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From Mexico to Malibu: The Lula Cocina Cookbook

Posted by on Jan 25, 2019 in Dining, Family, Recipes | 1 comment

If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know how much love I have for Mexico. Last year, I traveled to the country over ten times, and currently working on purchasing a home in Mexico. I love the food. I love the people. I love everything about Mexico. Cookbook Event at Melissa’s Produce When my friends at Melissa’s Produce invited me to an event to learn about a Mexican food cookbook, I cleared my calendar to attend. There is nothing I love better than authentic Mexican food, and when doing some research on the author, I learned that she is also the owner of Lula’s Mexican Restaurant in Santa Monica. Plus, I used it as a great opportunity to wear the new belt that I just got in Mexico City. As usual, I arrived at Melissa’s...

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Roasted Garlic and Parmesan Fennel Recipe

Posted by on Jan 23, 2019 in Recipes | 0 comments

One food that I have been dying to experiment with is fennel! When I received a box full of fresh produce from Melissa’s Produce, I was so excited to see fennel. I didn’t know how to prepare it, and after doing some research, I found out that most people roast the vegetable. So, I used two of my favorite ingredients to roast with: garlic and parmesan to create this recipe. I planned to roast the fennel one night, and then use it in a pizza recipe the next night. Little did I know that my kids wouldn’t be able to stop eating the fennel after I roasted it. I had to hide a couple of pieces from them to be able to use on top of the pizza the next night. Preparing the fennel was easier than I expected....

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Persian Cucumber Yogurt: Maast-o Khiar Recipe

Posted by on Jan 22, 2019 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

The one thing that I love about Melissa’s Produce is how they bring together people who share a love for food. Every month, we all come together. We celebrate a new cookbook author and enjoy great food together. Over the years that I have spent at Melissa’s Produce, there is one author who I adore, Faye Levy. She is kind, and so talented. Recently, my son was sick. She was presenting her recent cookbook at Melissa’s, and I couldn’t attend. I saw the pictures of the food, and everyone savoring her talents. I reached out to her, and she shared this special recipe with me. Also, she allowed me to share it with all of you! My kids love Maast-o Khiar. So, I asked her if she had a version of it. Of course, she did. The recipe comes...

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Orange Fluff Salad with Melissa’s Produce

Posted by on Jan 21, 2019 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

When we received South African baby pineapples and neapolitan tangerines from Melissa’s Produce, I knew we had to make something. I began to think of fun recipes to make. My mom and I finally thought of making a orange fluff salad with the nectarines and pineapples that we got. Making Orange Fluff with Melissa’s Produce This recipe is easy and fun to make. When I was in the kitchen I was having a blast mixing up all the ingredients in one large bowl. If you have little ones this is definitely a recipe for you to try. Not only is it super fun, but it only took about 15-20 minutes. The hardest part of the entire recipe was peeling and cutting the fruit. We made enough of this orange marshmallow fluff salad to fill at least five peoples stomachs,...

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Cinnamon Butterscotch Pears Chip Recipe

Posted by on Jan 18, 2019 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

Have you ever had butterscotch pears before? Neither had I until recently. I was excited to try the pears the minute that I saw them in my box delivered from Melissa’s Produce. Butterscotch Pears is available at Melissa’s Produce The minute that my taste buds sunk into one of the Melissa’s Produce butterscotch pears, it was like tasting a pear for the first time. The skin was so light, and delicate. Plus, the fruit was not bitter like other pears. Melissa’s imports the fruit directly from Korea. Also, they have them hand-wrapped to preserve their moisture. In addition, the pears were flawless without a single dent or blemish. What to Make with a Butterscotch Pear I immediately knew that I wanted to make something sweet with the butterscotch pears. At first, I was going to make a pie. But,...

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Delicious Turmeric Root Hummus Recipe

Posted by on Jan 16, 2019 in Recipes, Turmeric Root Recipes | 0 comments

After getting some fresh Turmeric Root from Melissa’s Produce, I couldn’t wait to experiment with it. The first thing that I thought of making was hummus. My kids love hummus, and I was curious to see what it would taste like with Turmeric Root in it. If you’re not familiar with Turmeric root, many claim it to have super healing powers. People eat or drink foods with Turmeric Root daily to help with inflammation, cancer and many major diseases. Turmeric Root is Available at Melissa’s Produce Turmeric root is easy to find online at Melissa’s website. It can also be found at many retailers that sell Melissa’s fresh, and seasonal produce. Plus, one package goes a long way. Use it to make soups, curries, and add to your favorite recipes. Once we made some flavorful hummus, that all my...

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Turmeric Root and Ginger Tea Recipe

Posted by on Jan 14, 2019 in Recipes, Turmeric Root Recipes | 0 comments

While having lunch at Melissa’s Produce last month, they talked a lot about the healing properties of Turmeric Root. Some have even made claims that it cures cancer! After visiting Melissa’s Produce, I began doing research. I learned that it does have many healing powers. The one thing that caught my attention was the anti-aging benefits. Turmeric Root is Available through Melissa’s Produce Melissa’s Produce was so kind to send me a package of Turmeric Root to experiment with and create recipes. You can purchase it online or find it at a retailer that sells Melissa’s Produce. My daughter and I made Turmeric Root and Sweet Potato soup, and hummus, we were hooked. It has a sweet, bitter flavor that we loved. We ended up spending the entire day in the kitchen creating recipes with the spice. The one...

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Caprese Chicken Sheet Pan Recipe

Posted by on Sep 4, 2018 in Family, Recipes, Sheet Pan Recipes | 1 comment

Whenever my daughter and I see Caprese salad on a menu, we cannot resist ordering it. There is something amazingly delicious about the flavor combinations of tomatoes and cheese, mixed with some balsamic & fresh basil ~ oh my! Instead of doing the traditional burgers and hot dogs over Labor Day weekend; I decided to surprise my daughter by making Caprese chicken. And, since it was a holiday weekend, I kept it simple by doing it on a sheet pan – the prep time was less than five minutes! Caprese Chicken Sheet Pan Recipe Ingredients: 2 Cups of Melissa’s Produce cherry tomatoes 2 Cloves of Melissa’s Produce garlic (minced) 2 Tbl. Olive oil 5 Fresh Chicken thighs Fresh Mozzarella slices (Trader Joe’s has it pre-sliced) Balsamic vinegar Salt Pepper Basil Directions: 1. In a bowl. Mix the cherry tomatoes...

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Summer Tomato Salad Recipe

Posted by on Aug 29, 2018 in Recipes | 0 comments

Samples provided Our backyard tomato plants have been working hard all summer to provide our family with an abundance of fresh tomatoes. But, as the summer nights are slowly coming to an end, I have found myself sifting through the leaves of our tomato plants to find the last tomatoes that our plants will provide this year. That is why I love Melissa’s Produce so much because they seem to find those hidden tomatoes when we can’t find them in our backyard, and yet they taste just as good as the ones we grow ourselves. After a quick visit at Melissa’s this month, they sent me home with some of their heirloom cherry tomatoes, and I made this quick (and simple) summer tomato salad recipe. What I love about this recipe is that you can cook it and have...

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Spicy Hatch Chile Breakfast Casserole Recipe

Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

Samples provided My favorite veggie season of the year is hatch chile season. This year, I have been cooking up a storm in my kitchen with fresh hatch chiles from Melissa’s Produce, and over the weekend, I made a tasty breakfast casserole using hatch chiles ~ that I couldn’t wait to share with all of you! The breakfast casserole is ideal to make over the weekend so that your kids can re-heat it throughout the week before going off to school. It is packed with nutrition, and a little bit of heat to help wake them up on those early mornings before heading off to school. It’s simple and delicious ~ Enjoy! PS. If you have kids who don’t like spice. Melissa’s Produce does offer mild peppers so they can still enjoy the authentic flavors. Hatch Chile Breakfast Casserole...

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Simple Prosecco Grape Recipe

Posted by on Aug 24, 2018 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

Having friends over? Looking for a fun new snack to serve while entertaining? Then you need to try making Prosecco grapes. With it being the peak of the grape season, and Melissa’s Produce has been filling the shelves of my local market with delicious seasonal grapes, I decided to make prosecco grapes for a recent girls night out that I hosted. Prosecco grapes are so easy to make, and you’re guests are going to love how sweet and delicious they are. For this recipe, I made them with Melissa’s Produce champagne grapes, but you can use any kind of grape that you want – just as long as it’s from Melissa’s Produce (wink). Simple Prosecco Grape Recipe Ingredients: 1 Package of Melissa’s Produce grapes 1 cup of sugar 1 Bottle of Prosecco Directions: 1. Clean the grapes and take...

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Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta Recipe

Posted by on Aug 21, 2018 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

We had a hint of cooler weather yesterday, that had me in the mood for a little comfort food. While daydreaming about the Tuscany hills in Italy, I was inspired to make this creamy Tuscan children pasta sauce for our family dinner. The recipe is simple, delicious and your kids are guaranteed to come asking for more! Enjoy! Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta Ingredients: 1 Onion (diced) 1 Garlic clove (diced) 5-6 Chicken tenders 1 Cup of sundried tomatoes 1/2 Cup of white wine 2 Tbl. Olive oil 1 1/2 Cups of Heavy cream 3-4 cups of spinach 1 1/2 cups of parmesan cheese 2 Tbl parsley (chopped) Salt/Pepper 1. Cook noodles per package instructions. 2. In a saucepan, heat the olive oil. 3. Add the onion and garlic. Cook until translucent. 4. Add the chicken tenders and white wine....

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Summer Corn Salad Recipe

Posted by on Aug 17, 2018 in Recipes | 0 comments

Samples provided Summer might be coming to an end, but the produce is fresher than ever. I had been traveling all week, and the first thing my kids asked me when I got home was, “What’s for dinner?” I knew that I had two hatch chiles from Melissa’s Produce still in the refrigerator and a couple of ears of corn that I had planned on making elote with before my trip, so I put everything I had in my garden and refrigerator together to make this refreshing summer corn salad – and it was delicious! The best thing about this recipe is that you can add the hatch chiles into a portion of the dish, leaving a “bland” salad for your picky eaters. After mixing all the ingredients, I put a small amount aside for my picky eater and...

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Mexican Avocado Toast Recipe

Posted by on Aug 14, 2018 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

Samples Received One of my favorite things to make the kids for breakfast is avocado toast. The breakfast dish is packed full of nutrition and helps the kids get a healthy start to their day. The only downside is that avocado toast can get a little boring when eating it multiple times a week, so I decided to put a new Mexican inspired twist on my avocado toast recipe. The fresh hatch chiles in my refrigerator from Melissa’s Produce and bread from La Brea Bakery helped to inspire me to make this recipe. The toast has a nice kick to it, and not too spicy for my picky eater. The minute that the kid’s tastebuds sunk into my Mexican avocado toast, they were in heaven…and asking me for more. If you like avocado toast, you’re going to ‘love’ this...

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Hatch Chile Salsa Recipe

Posted by on Aug 13, 2018 in Recipes | 0 comments

Samples received Hatch Chile’s are one of my favorite vegetables and are only available for a short time every year. During Hatch Chile season, I always get the freshest hatch chiles available from Melissa’s Produce. Last week, I enjoyed cooking my family some tasty stuffed hatch chiles that I paired with a freshly made hatch chile salsa. Making homemade salsa is one of the easiest things to prepare for your family. You can quickly make a large serving, and your children can enjoy it throughout the week, or you can use it to make many other recipes. You can purchase Hatch Chiles with different heat intensities (mild, medium or hot). I made it with mild chiles and then added some jalapeno to half of it for my older son who loves spicy foods and me. Enjoy making this Hatch...

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Stuffed Hatch Chile Recipe

Posted by on Aug 10, 2018 in Family, Recipes | 2 comments

Samples provided It’s the most delicious time of the year – Hatch Chile Season! I love chiles, and hatch chiles are my ultimate favorite. Earlier this week, I went to Melissa’s Produce to learn about the new cookbook, “The Camp & Cabin Cookbook,” and to enjoy some tasty dishes made with hatch chiles. After tasting some of the recipes from Laura Bashar’s new cookbook and getting inspired to get the family back into the kitchen, I brought some fresh hatch chiles home and got the family together for a fun night of cooking in the kitchen. Stuffed peppers/chiles are one of the easiest ways that I have found to get my kids to eat peppers or chiles, so I decided to make stuffed hatch chiles paired with some grilled carne asada and freshly made hatch chile salsa. The result...

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White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pancake Recipe

Posted by on Nov 27, 2017 in Recipes | 0 comments

Samples provided One of my favorite things to do on the weekends is to cook breakfast for my family. I am currently in my second year at the Orange County School of the Arts Culinary and Hospitality high school where I have been expanding my passion for culinary arts. One of my mom’s favorite snacks is Mauna Loa Macadamia Nuts, so I surprised her over Thanksgiving break by making her white chocolate macadamia nut pancakes, and it was her favorite breakfast that I have made for her yet. What got me inspired to make these pancakes was when I saw that Mauna Loa now makes chopped macadamia nuts, making it easier than ever to make baked goods with the delicious nuts. The recipe is super simple. You can use any basic pancake recipe (or mix – which I don’t...

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DIY Disneyland Mickey Día de los Muertos Rice Krispy

Posted by on Sep 26, 2017 in Disney, Recipes, Theme Parks | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of Disney There are many delicious treats available to enjoy at the Disneyland Resort during Halloween and Día de los Muertos. Along with delicious Día de los Muertos foods, families can capture a photo with the sugar skull car in front of Ramone’s Auto Body Shop in Disney California Adventure and see an ofrenda honoring Ramone’s late friend Doc Hudson. One of our favorite Día de los Muertos treats available at the Disneyland Resort this year is the Mickey Día de los Muertos Rice Krispy treat. While at Disneyland this year, we had the honor of getting a DIY tutorial on how to make a Mickey Día de los Muertos from one of the “sweetest” candy makers at Disneyland, Rob. In the video, Rob shows families how simple it is to make this delicious...

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Celebrating a Love for Avocados

Posted by on Jul 11, 2017 in Events, Family, Health, Recipes | 0 comments

This post was sponsored by the Hass Avocado Board as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Avocado season is my favorite time of the year. Every morning, I wake up and make the kids and myself avocado toast for breakfast. I am always getting creative with the different toppings that go on our morning avocado toast, but there is nothing better than enjoying avocado toast when the delicious fruit is in season. Why avocado toast? Every kid loves avocados, and it is a great way to get good monounsaturated fat and nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients into their daily diet. Plus, avocados contain less than one gram of sugar per 1-ounce, the least amount of sugar per serving of any other fresh fruit. This avocado season,...

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Messy Minions Candy Bark Recipe

Posted by on Jul 3, 2017 in Crafts, Entertainment, Family, Film, Recipes | 5 comments

This post is in partnership with Bounty. Minions..Minions..Minions! My kids and I love everything about the minions. The first time that we were introduced to them in the first Despicable Me, we fell in love with them. My kids have minion clothes, hats, and everything minion. When I learned that Bounty was introducing Despicable Me 3 prints on their paper towels and napkins, I immediately knew that I needed to get some for my kitchen. Having three busy kids in my household, we’re always making messes or spilling things in my kitchen. That is why I need a paper towel that is strong enough to clean-up the biggest messes while using the smallest amount of paper towels to tackle the mess. The one brand that I have found to be the most absorbent is Bounty, and I was thrilled...

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The Secret Life of Pets ‘Pupcakes’

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Entertainment, Film, Recipes | 0 comments

I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team One of our favorite movies to watch right now on Netflix is “The Secret Life of Pets.” The hilarious animated film is about a terrier named Max and a stray who Max doesn’t like named Duke. Together they go on an epic adventure in New York City trying to find their way home. The film has a great message, is super funny, and is a film that families can enjoy watching again and again. During the holiday weekend, my kids wanted to stream “The Secret Life of Pets” on Netflix, and I surprised them by making ‘Pupcakes’ for their movie snack. I paused the movie when the dogs were at the sausage factory for an intermission and brought out the pupcakes. The minute that my kids saw the paw print...

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Shrimp Broil Sheet Pan Recipe

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Family, Recipes, Sheet Pan Recipes | 4 comments

Now that summer is quickly approaching; I have been thinking about quick and easy ways to get a healthy dinner on the table every night. I’ve decided to try and make as many sheet pan recipes for the family this summer so that I won’t have as many dishes to do every night. Since my kids love shrimp, I made a tasty Shrimp Broil Sheet Pan Recipe for dinner last week, and it was a hit in my household. The best part is that there was virtually no mess!! Shrimp Broil Sheet Pan Recipe Ingredients: 2 heads of corn 1 Pound of shrimp 1 Package of andouille sausage 1 Pound of small baby yellow potatoes 2 Tbls. Chopped parsley 1/4 Cup of melted butter 4 Cloves of garlic (minced) dash of salt and pepper optional rice Directions: 1. Chop...

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Sweet Chili Chicken Wonton Cup Recipe

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in Recipes | 0 comments

Are you looking for the perfect appetizer recipe for your next event? Crazy Cuizine is one of my favorite products to make simple and delicious appetizers. The meats are made with restaurant-quality products, and every time I make an appetizer using the Crazy Cuizine Sweet-Chili Chicken, it is always a hit with my guests. Crazy Cuizine recently offered one of their best recipes for us to share with all of your, and it is guaranteed to be a proud pleaser at your next event. Happy Cooking! Sweet Chili Chicken Wonton Cup Appetizers Ingredients: 1 Box Crazy Cuizine Sweet-Chili Chicken 12 small square wonton wrappers ¼ cup cream cheese Splash of milk Sweet-Chili Chicken Sauce (included with product) To taste: green onion garnish To taste: red chili garnish Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Spray 12-cup muffin pan...

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Blood Orange French Toast Recipe

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

Sample received Last week we got a special shipment. It was a beautiful green box and inside of the box were four beautiful Limoneira blood oranges. I immediately brought the oranges close to my face, and I was tantalized by the lovely aroma of the oranges. I couldn’t wait to share the oranges with my children, and they fell in love with the flavor of the blood orange. My kids were enjoying the Limoneira blood oranges so much that I decided to incorporate them into a recipe. I was getting ready to make the kid’s french toast for breakfast, and I wondered what the French toast would taste like with blood orange flavors. The result was some of the best french toast that I had ever made for the children. They devoured every last bite and asked if I...

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Disney’s Food & Wine Festival Beef Tenderloin Sliders Recipe

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017 in Disney, Recipes | 1 comment

Recipe courtesy of Disney Where’s the beef? It is at Disney California Adventure at the Food & Wine Festival. While eating my way through the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival, I enjoyed many delicious bites. One of the highlights of the festival was the Beef Tenderloin Sliders at the Garlic Kissed kiosk. The slider packed a large amount of meat that was juicy, flavorful, and every carnivore’s dream come true. Sliders are one of my go-to recipes to make on a busy night after the kids have had after school activities, and I need to make dinner in a dash. I was thrilled to find out that Disney was willing to share their secret recipe to this family-friendly “perfect” weeknight meal with us. Let’s get cooking, and make these tasty sliders for our families tonight. Make plans...

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Disney’s Apple Bacon Whoopie Pie Recipe

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in Disney, Recipes, Theme Parks | 0 comments

Recipe courtesy of Disney One of my favorite desserts that I savored at the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival was the Apple Bacon Whoopie Pie. It was unlike anything I had ever had before, and I kept going back to order more. I was beyond thrilled when Disney offered the recipe for their tantalizing Apple Bacon Whoopie Pie for us to share with you. Have fun making this tasty dessert with your children at home, and then bring the kids to Disney California Adventure Park to have it during the Food and Wine Festival. Hurry! The Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival is happening until April 16th. Disney’s Apple Bacon Whoopie Pie Recipe Recipe courtesy of Disney Makes 12 BACON BRITTLE 2 tablespoons butter 1/4 cup sugar 2 tablespoons chopped, cooked bacon BACON CAKE 1 box...

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Disney’s Moana Pua Cookies

Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Family, Film, Recipes | 0 comments

Sponsored Disney’s Moana is one of my favorite animation movies of last year. I loved the story, the music, and the message behind the film. It wasn’t just me that loved the film, but also my children. When I found out that we could watch the film before it was released on DVD with Disney Movies Anywhere, I couldn’t wait to download it and start watching it with my children. Ever since downloading it, we have watched it over and over again. We decided to invite some friends over for a fun Moana movie night, and since Pua is my younger son’s favorite character, I made adorable “Pua Cookies.” The cookies were a hit with the children attending our party, and the kids devoured every last crumb of the cookies. I brought them out to the children during one...

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Funfetti Rainbow Pancakes

Posted by on Feb 26, 2017 in Recipes | 0 comments

Sponsored I love making pancakes for my family every weekend. I am always trying different ways to make pancakes, and after being inspired by the upcoming National Pancake Day holiday, I decided to make funfetti rainbow pancakes for my kids. The recipe was easy to make using my new T-fal pan. While I used to make pancakes from scratch, I have found that Krusteaz takes just as good as making them from scratch, and allows me more time to be creative with the different types of pancakes I make for my children. When I made the funfetti rainbow pancakes this morning for my kids, they squealed with delight when their eyes first spotted the colorful pancakes. I made the pancakes extra special for my kids by topping them with whipped cream and extra sprinkles. How do you make funfetti...

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Super Bowl Mini Baked Potato Bites

Posted by on Feb 3, 2017 in Giveaways, Recipes | 0 comments

Sponsored Are you ready for some football? The Big game is this Sunday, and everyone is busy planning recipes for their upcoming Super Bowl Party. My husband always gets together with his college friends at a different house each year to watch the game together. Since it is our year to host the party, I wanted to make some unique and fun dishes that I know his friends will enjoy. I went to Smart & Final to pick-up some of my favorite First Street Brand ingredients and spent the afternoon testing recipes. One of my favorite recipes that I can’t wait to serve on Super Bowl Sunday are the mini baked potato bites that I made. My children loved them, and gobbled them all up within minutes. The recipe is super simple to make, and I would recommend making...

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Trolls Rainbow Bars

Posted by on Feb 3, 2017 in Entertainment, Film, Recipes | 10 comments

Sponsored Are you ready to par-tay? Dreamworks “Trolls” is coming out on DVD and Blu-ray starting on February 7th! In celebration of the release of the feel-good movie of the year, I made the kids some tasty “Trolls” rainbow bars. I grew up collecting and playing with troll dolls as a child, and when Dreamworks released the movie, I couldn’t wait to share it with my children. We got dressed up in our most colorful outfits and went to the theater together as a family to watch the film. The film had my children giggling with delight and out of their chairs dancing in the theater. It quickly became one of their favorite films of the year. The DVD and Blu-ray edition of the film features an interactive ‘Party Mode’ that will encourage your children to sing – dance...

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The Perfect Banana Smoothie Recipe

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

Sponsored My son loves banana smoothies. I have been making him one every morning for years, and it is an excellent way to sneak probiotics into his diet. Since I make him the same kind of smoothie every day, I am always looking for new ways to make it. When I was recently introduced to Organic Valley Grassmilk yogurt, it was the one thing that his banana smoothie was missing all those years to be the best banana smoothie ever. Grassmilk is cultured in small batches with milk from grass-fed cows. Since their cows are grass-fed, they produce milk with a perfect balance of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids. The yogurt has a creamy topping that melts in your mouth with every bite, making an absolutely creamy smoothie. The first time that my son tasted his smoothie made with...

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Asiago and Heirloom Tomato Crostini Recipe

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in Recipes | 1 comment

Sponsored in partnership with Laughing Cow My favorite thing to make when we have guests come over is the appetizer. I love to unleash my creativity to create fun and unique flavor combinations with my recipes. When having some friends over last week, I decided to make asiago and heirloom tomato crostini. The Laughing Cow is one of my favorite cheese brands to make appetizers, and when I noticed some new cheese flavors while shopping in my local grocery store, I knew I wanted to try making something new. I had made a recipe pairing sun-dried tomatoes and asiago cheese in the past, and wasn’t quite sure how the cheese would pair with heirloom tomatoes, and it turned out to be pure deliciousness. The recipe is super easy to make, and your guests will devour every last bite. Supplies...

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Cooking Fun with the Chase N Yur Face Cookbook

Posted by on Dec 27, 2016 in Recipes, Shopping | 0 comments

Chase Bailey is one of the most inspiring children on the internet. He has been sharing his journey with autism and love for cooking with families online for many years. We even had the honor of having his inspiring mom, Mary Bailey, be a guest blogger on our website. This year was a big year for Chase Bailey as he launched his first cookbook, the Chase n Yur Face Cookbook. The minute that our Chase N Yur Face Cookbook arrived, I was overwhelmed with happiness. The cookbook is full of beautiful food photos, recipes, and my kids favorite – fun facts. All of the recipes have short ingredient lists and simple instructions that even my children have been able to make some of his recipes. There are so many recipes in my new Chase N Yur Face Cookbook that...

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Disney’s Sugar Spiced Noodle Kugel Recipe

Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in Christmas, Disney, Family, Holiday, Recipes, Theme Parks | 0 comments

We attended a media event as a guest of Disney The holidays are sweeter this year at the Disneyland Resort with their all-new Festival of Holidays celebration at Disney California Adventure Park. There are many delicious sweet and savory food offerings at different kiosks located throughout the theme park. One of the tastiest food offerings during the Festival of Holidays is the Sugar Spiced Noodle Kugel. While I was visiting the Disneyland Resort this holiday season, I was honored to be given a unique opportunity to learn how to make Disney’s Sugar Spiced Noodle Kugel and share the cooking tutorial with all of you. The recipe is a twist on a traditional dish served during Hanukkah. It features a lemon cream sauce with cranberries and frosted flakes. It is simple to make and a great recipe to invite your...

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Entice Rudolph with Reindeer Chow

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Christmas, Entertainment, Family, Film, Holiday, Recipes | 0 comments

Sponsored One of my favorite things to do during the holiday season is to watch the classic version of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” with my children. The timeless story brings out the spirit of the season in a way that is indescribable, and watching a classic holiday movie is one of the best ways to get your family into the holiday spirit. Along with “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” we also enjoy watching “Frosty the Snowman,” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” during the holiday season. The one thing that has been challenging for me in the past was finding the movies to download and watch with our children every year. When I learned that an Anniversary Collection of the three timeless films was being released this year, I jumped at the opportunity to add it to our home...

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Among Friends Allergy-friendly Baking Mixes

Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 in Dining, Family, Recipes | 0 comments

When having a child with food allergies, finding baking mixes that turn out just like non-allergy baking mixes is a challenge. There have been so many times that I have purchased a gluten-free brownie mix, and the brownies turn out thin and tasteless – until being introduced to Among Friends Baking Mixes. I have been testing out their baking mixes for the past couple of weeks, and wish that I had heard about them sooner. Their pancake mix is my son’s favorite. It is hand-crafted using whole grain, gluten-free, no gums, no GMO’s, and no fillers. Only the ingredients that you would want in a pancake being served to your precious children. It’s not just pancake/waffle mixes that Among Friends makes but also a wide variety of cookies and cake mixes. They have something for everyone to enjoy. Guess...

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Disney’s Jack Skellington Sugar Cookie Recipe

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Disney, Family, Recipes, Theme Parks | 0 comments

The best way to celebrate the Halloween season is by cooking delicious desserts and treats with your children. After visiting the Disneyland Resort with your family, come home and create magical memories together while making these tasty Jack Skellington sugar cookies. Here is the delectable recipe courtesy of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. Jack Skellington Sugar Cookies Makes 18 cookies 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup butter, softened 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract Icing 2 egg whites 3 cups confectioner’s sugar 1/2 teaspoon almond extract Black food coloring paste Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl and whisk until combined. Set aside. Combine butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Add flour...

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DIY Minnie Mouse Halloween Candy Apples

Posted by on Oct 9, 2016 in Dining, Disney, Halloween, Holiday, Recipes, Theme Parks | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of Disney Halloween Time is in full swing at the Disneyland Resort, and our favorite thing about the holiday is all the delicious treats. There are so many tasty treats to try at Disneyland during Halloween Time, and the Halloween-themed Minnie Mouse Candy Apple is a favorite this year. While celebrating Halloween with my family at the Disneyland Resort this year, I had a chance to stop into Trolley Treats on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure Park and meet with one of the talented chefs at the Disneyland Resort who taught me how to make a Minnie Mouse Candy Apple. Making a Halloween-themed Minnie Mouse Candy Apple is super simple, and can easily be made at home to impress some of your guests at your upcoming Halloween Party. Watch this step-by-step DIY...

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Trader Joe’s Tasty Tostada Recipe

Posted by on Aug 7, 2016 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

Trader Joe’s is my go-to place for a quick dinner. When I am stuck wondering, “what can I make for dinner?” the girls that work in the sample section of our local Trader Joe’s always have the answer. One of my favorite recipes that they have shared with me is their simple, delicious, and tasty tostada recipe. You can make these tostadas for your family within minutes, and everyone in your family is guaranteed to love the delicious flavor. I also made this recipe for a friend who recently had a baby, and she immediately asked me to share the recipe, because everyone in her family loved it. Everything you need to make this recipe needs to come from Trader Joe’s. The meat and the ingredients for the sauce come from their meat and salsa making it hard to...

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How to Make Circus Animal Cookie Zootopia Bark

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Crafts, Entertainment, Film, Recipes | 0 comments

Sponsored An outdoor summer Zootopia movie party would not be complete without some fun animal-themed candy treats. When planning our summer Zootopia outdoor movie night, I made the kids some delicious circus animal cookie Zootopia bark. Making candy bark is one of the easiest things parents can ever make for a party. It takes just a few seconds to make, and you can add virtually anything to the bark to theme it around your kid’s party. Since I was planning a Zootopia outdoor movie night, I wanted to make something colorful, festive, and animal-themed so I used circus animal cookies. The result – the kids loved it!! All I needed to purchase was two ingredients (white chocolate morsels and circus animal cookies.) How did I make it? I poured one bag of the white chocolate morsels into a bowl...

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How to Make Zootopia Pawsicles

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Crafts, Entertainment, Film, Recipes | 0 comments

Sponsored One of our favorite scenes from the film Zootopia was when Nick Wilde made “pawsicles” and sold them to the hamsters. My kids laughed hysterically during that scene in the movie. With Zootopia coming out on Blu-ray and DVD on June 7th, I got started right away planning an epic Zootopia themed outdoor summer movie night complete with homemade pawsicles and Zootopia candy bark. We were fortunate enough to get an advanced copy of the film, so we surprised some of our closest friends with a pre-summer Zootopia outdoor movie night. All our kid’s friends couldn’t wait to come over and see their favorite movie again. Everyone brought their blankets, pillows and arrived in their pj’s for the movie. The minute that the pawsicle scene came on in the film, I paused the movie and brought our pawsicles...

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Calming Mornings with TAZO Chai Latte

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Dining, Family, Health, Hot Topics, Recipes | 0 comments

“This post was sponsored by Starbucks as part of an Influencer Activation. I received compensation and complimentary products to facilitate my review.” My favorite thing to do in the morning is brew a cup of tea and watch the sunrise while reading a book on our outdoor patio. It is calming, and the perfect way to start my day before the craziness of chasing after three kiddos all day commences. Before drinking tea, I was a major coffee drinker. I would drink 4-5 cups of coffee a day, and found that I was dependent on coffee getting me through the day. Part of my “new me in the New Year” commitment to taking care of myself, I have stopped drinking coffee and switched to tea. It was not as easy of a transition as I thought, and I was...

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Chocolate Passion Fruit Tart Recipe

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Recipes | 0 comments

What to do when you are invited to a dinner party with foodie friends and you’re charged with making dessert? Especially when you spend far more time contemplating the savory side of a menu than the sweet side. This was my challenge one recent Friday evening. And I wanted to bring my A game. While it seems almost everyone loves chocolate for dessert, I lean towards something with fruit. And this got me thinking about a memorable sweet treat I had tried recently… a passion fruit filled chocolate. The tropical tang of the passion fruit is so unique and one of my all time favorites. Combine it with dark chocolate and it’s a match made in heaven. After a little thought, I decided to make a Chocolate Passion Fruit Tart. And while it’s been several years since I’ve made...

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Kid-Friendly Shrimp Ceviche Recipe

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

I love ceviche, but I have never found a ceviche that my kids would eat. While I was in Mexico last month on a mission trip, I asked the family who we were staying with if she could help me to develop a ceviche recipe that was still flavorful, but that my kids would eat. She took my children and me into her kitchen and taught us how to make multiple different styles of ceviche. To my surprise, the kid-friendly version ended up being my favorite, and the best part – it is super easy to make, and can be made the night before. All of the ingredients can be found at Trader Joe’s, it costs less than $20 to make enough, and is enough food to feed 15-20 people. I recommend making it the night before so that...

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Knott’s Boysenberry Meatball Recipe

Posted by on Mar 22, 2016 in Knott's Berry Farm, Recipes, Theme Parks | 5 comments

Recipe courtesy of Knott’s While at the Knott’s Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival this weekend, the boysenberry meatballs were one of my favorite dishes that I sampled. The meat was juicy, tender, and tantalized my taste buds. But, it was the sauce that made them some of the best meatballs that I have ever had before. Our friends at Knott’s Berry Farm were so generous to share their secret meatball recipe with us so that families can enjoy them at home for years to come. Every time that you serve the Knott’s boysenberry meatballs with your children, all the wonderful memories of your visit will come back. Boysenberry Meatballs Ingredients 2 lbs. Ground beef 1 cup Bread crumbs 1 ½tbs. Granulated garlic 1 tbs. Italian herbs ½ cup Milk (to soak bread crumbs) ½ tsp. Salt and pepper 1 jar...

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Kid-Friendly Veggies in a Bottle

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Family, Health, Recipes | 0 comments

Trying to get my kids the daily amount of vegetables into their diet is one of the biggest challenges I have experienced as a mom. My picky eater is always refusing to eat his veggies, and I have to use creative tactics to get them into his diet like sneaking them into pasta sauces, pancakes, and more. Another way that I’ve been successful at getting him to eat his vegetables is with smoothies and juicing. The only problem with juicing is the massive amount of mess is creates in my kitchen and the long clean-up time. Since I am a busy mom who doesn’t have the time to juice daily for my son, I have been trying new products, and recently fell in love with Bolthouse Farms. Each bottle has 3 3/4 servings of vegetables, and they use freshly...

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Cooking with Fig & Olive: The Cuisine of the French Riviera

Posted by on Feb 24, 2016 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

Well, it’s the New Year. The holidays are behind us and if my Facebook news feed is any indication, I’m not the only one looking to get serious about eating right after a month long blow out. Okay, it might have been two months. The timing could not have been better to receive a copy of Fig & Olive, The Cuisine of the French Riviera. This bi-coastal restaurant shares many of the recipes that have made it a popular dining destination. The recipes feature fresh, colorful ingredients with flavorful olive oils used in place of butter and cream. After flipping through and considering recipes to try out for dinner such as Whole Branzino stuffed with lemon, rosemary, thyme and garlic; Côte de Boeuf With Olive Oil Bérnaise; and Seared Orange Scallops with carrot purée, I came upon Francine’s Chicken....

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Fiesta Quinoa Salad with Garlic and Lime Grilled Shrimp

Posted by on Feb 9, 2016 in Recipes | 0 comments

Lent is right around the corner, and I’ve been busy in the kitchen whipping up new recipes that the family will enjoy eating during Lent. Since I have been on a strict diet in the New Year, I wanted to create a dish that was full of nutrition, and one that my kids will still eat. With quinoa being one of my favorite things to cook with in the kitchen, I decided to make a fiesta quinoa salad and pair it with garlic and lime grilled shrimp. The result was delicious perfection, and even the kids asked for seconds. The dish is super easy to make, and you can easily make it in advance (perfect for nights when you get home late from a sporting event). I served the dish cold, so you’ll want to make the quinoa far...

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Lemon and Raspberry Pancake Recipe

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Recipes | 0 comments

Sponsored We are lucky enough to have a lemon tree that provides us with a plethora of fresh lemons all year long. I love squeezing the juice from the homegrown lemons into my water every morning and then using them to create delicious dishes for my children. We recently received a gift package from T-fal to celebrate National Pancake Day that included HungryJack products, and I immediately thought that the kids would love it if I made them lemon and raspberry pancakes for their Sunday morning breakfast. I got up early and walked into the garden to pick the best lemon and berries to make the recipe. I substituted the water that was recommended on the back of the HungryJack pancake mix with the lemon juice to create the most flavorful pancakes that I have ever made. While making...

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Exclusive Zimzala Restaurant Valentine’s Day Cocktail Recipe

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 in Dining, Holiday, Recipes, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

Looking for the perfect cocktail recipe for your Valentine’s Day dinner or looking for one of the most romantic places to go out for a cocktail in Orange County? Zimzala Restaurant at the Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach is one of the hottest new places for couples to escape together for the night to sip on delicious handcrafted cocktails while enjoying the fresh ocean breezes. The general manager of Food and Beverage at Kimpton’s Shorebreak Hotel, Blake Brissette-Mathias, let us peek into his recipe book, and share two of his Valentine’s Day cocktail recipes. With more than eight years of experience, Blake is at the forefront of the culinary scene in Orange County by creating cutting new food and beverage initiatives. Get your cocktail glasses ready, and entice your husband tonight with one of these distinctive cocktails. Sex Appeal...

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Banana Caramel Cream Pie Recipe

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in Recipes | 1 comment

Who doesn’t love a slice of homemade pie after dinner? I have been challenging myself to try new things in the kitchen this year, and that includes becoming a better baker. I am great with making a healthy and delicious dinner, but when it comes to desserts, I fail miserably. While on my quest to become a better baker, I decided to make something simple for my first dessert and ended up with an incredibly delicious banana caramel cream pie. I was walking around the grocery store trying to think of what ingredients I could use to make the pie and wanted to ensure and keep the instructions simple. It ended up being one of the easiest things I have ever made, and everyone in my family devoured it. Ingredients: 1 Pre-made pie crust (freezer section) 1 Package of...

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Egg and Avocado Toast

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Recipes | 0 comments

I LOVE Avocado toast. The toppings are endless when making avocado toast. I decided to make an egg and avocado toast this morning since I’ve been trying to master the art of poaching an egg – it is harder than it looks, so I bow down to chefs everywhere who have mastered the art of poaching an egg. For the first time, I used a gluten-free Multigrain bread from La Brea Bakery. Since I’m trying to make healthier choice in the New Year, the flax seed in the bread is what caught my eye. Next I wanted to use some microgreens on top of the avocado, but our local store didn’t have any in stock, so I used regular sprouts instead. I then poached the egg, gave it an ice bath, and then put it on top of the...

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Zootopia Zoo Snacks

Posted by on Jan 17, 2016 in Disney, Film, Recipes | 0 comments

Sometimes my house can feel like a zoo. There are often kids running in and out the front door like a stampede of elephants, and I often have little growling tigers who don’t get their way. I know that I’m not alone, and life can often feel like a zoo for many parents. How do I calm my little monkeys when they are swinging from the ceiling? I serve them a healthy and delicious snack. In celebration of the upcoming film, “Zootopia,” I surprised the kids this afternoon with these tasty zoo snacks themed snacks – and they loved every delicious bite. Making the fun zoo snacks is simple. All you need are bananas (for the monkeys), peanut butter (for the elephants), and animal crackers (for the kids). I guarantee that these snacks will satisfy even the wildest little...

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Dinosaur Egg Cupcakes aka Croods Cakes

Posted by on Jan 14, 2016 in Entertainment, Featured, Film, Recipes | 3 comments

The prehistoric family that we all know and love, The Croods, are back with all-new adventures in the all-new Netflix original series “Dawn of the Croods”. My family loves sitting by the fireplace together and dreaming of being in a prehistoric era while watching the hilarious series. Before sitting down to watch The Croods with my kids this weekend, I surprised them by making Dinosaur Egg Cupcakes aka. Croods Cakes. I am not going to lie. Making them was a labor of love. If you’re planning a Croods theme birthday party or dinosaur themed birthday party, then these will totally impress your guests. How do you make dinosaur cupcakes aka Croods cakes? First you start by making the egg shells. I purchased brown eggs and then while they were in the egg carton, I used a super sharp knife...

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Healthier Lemon Chicken Piccata Recipe

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

Clearly I have never been born to fry meats, and that was proven true when attempting to make chicken piccata for the first time. The minute I heard the sizzle..I panicked and turned down the heat. It didn’t compromise the flavor, and benefitted the health of my kids. Is it still piccata? I think so..just to the 20th Century healthy family. How did I make it? I started out with my Grandma’s recipe of covering the chicken tenders in salt, pepper and flour while the butter and olive oil heated up..but I couldn’t follow through on clogging my families arteries. Instead – I drizzled fresh lemon juice on the chicken, then covered them in flour before sprinkling a tiny bit of salt/pepper on top. I added the chicken to the butter and olive mixture before turning down the heat...

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Italian Sausage and Spinach Soup Recipe

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

The weather is cooling down, and the kitchen is heating up. The one thing that my kids LOVE on a rainy day is a bowl of warm homemade soup. I am always trying new things in the kitchen, and when I found myself with a couple of extra cans of crushed tomatoes from the holidays, I made this Italian sausage and spinach soup. The result was pure deliciousness. It ended up being one of the best soups that I have made, and the kids ate every last bite. A successful homemade meal is one where there are no leftovers. The soup can be made in less than 20 minutes and guaranteed to be a new family favorite. Ingredients: 1/2 onion 2 Tbl. Garlic 2 Tbl. Olive Oil 1 Pkg. Sweet Italian Sausage (Sliced) 1 28oz. diced tomatoes 1/4 tea....

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Garlic and Parmesan Broiled Asparagus Recipe

Posted by on Jan 4, 2016 in Recipes | 0 comments

Getting my kids to eat enough vegetables has always been a struggle. With asparagus being one of my favorite vegetables, I have been determined to make a recipe that my kids will like. It has been a constant battle of trying to make my kids eat their asparagus for years until finally developing the perfect kid-friendly asparagus recipe. Thanks to my lemon tree that continues to provide my family with an abundance of fresh lemons throughout the year, I was able to create this delicious garlic and parmesan broiled asparagus recipe that goes perfectly with any dish. If you are able to make the recipe during the Spring or Summer when the weather is warmer, you can easily grill the asparagus. Simply add a little foil to the barbecue and then add the asparagus mixture to the top of...

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Cheesy Chicken Noodle Bake Recipe

Posted by on Dec 29, 2015 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

As the weather keeps getting colder, I’ve been craving some of my favorite comfort foods. While I’ve never been big on making casseroles, my daughter helped me to create this delicious cheesy chicken noodle bake. It was creamy, delicious, and simple to make. ~Enjoy Cheesy Chicken Noodle Bake Ingredients: 1 12 1/2 oz. can of chicken (we used the one available at Costco) 1 10 3/4 oz. can of cream of chicken soup 1 8 oz. container of sour cream 16 oz. egg noodles 1/4 cup cheddar cheese 1/8 tea. Of salt and pepper Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 Cook egg noodles as directed on package, and drain. Mix all the ingredient (except cheese) and then place in a casserole dish. Top with cheese Bake for 30-35...

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Lightening It Up With White Bean Salad

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in Recipes | 0 comments

With the holidays almost here overindulging is a certainty for me. Creamy buttery mashed potatoes with Madeira gravy, Italian sausage dressing, turkey skin… my favorite part of the bird, and that’s really just a glimpse of the gluttony I fall prey to. After a couple of days of this sin, I need a break. Something lighter and healthier starts to sound really appealing. Something like White Bean Salad. High in protein and low in fat, white beans are the perfect size, shape and texture to mix with vegetables and greens to create a delicious and satisfying meal or side dish. The bean salad keeps well and can be eaten cold or warm temperature, and best of all it’s easy and you can add pretty much any raw vegetables that appeal to you. I like to start with cooked and...

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Disneyland Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

Posted by on Oct 6, 2015 in Disney, Recipes, Theme Parks | 0 comments

We attended a media event as a guest of Disney One of my favorite things about visiting the Disneyland Resort during Halloween Time are all the delicious desserts offered throughout the season. From decorated caramel apples to tasty cookies, there is something to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth when visiting the Disneyland Resort. One of our favorite Disneyland seasonal desserts is the pumpkin cheesecake. Guess what? Now families can enjoy this popular tasty treat right in the comfort of their home thanks to our friends at Disneyland, who gave us their secret recipe to share with all of you. Put your apron on, bring the kids into the kitchen, and bring the magic of Disney into your home by making this delicious holiday recipe together as a family. Don’t miss celebrating Halloween Time with your family at the Disneyland Resort...

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Chicken Tortilla-less Soup Recipe

Posted by on Sep 18, 2015 in Recipes | 0 comments

I’m calling this recipe my Tortilla-less Soup. I forgot the tortillas and honestly, this healthy soup doesn’t need them. Boasting tons of flavor from fresh vegetables, cumin, and roasting juices, it’s a light soup that’s easy to make and easy on the figure. Here are a few tips for making the soup: Cook the chicken breasts in advance until just done and then shred in long strips with the grain. To prevent chicken from becoming overcooked do not add into the soup until near the end, giving it just enough time to warm up. As the cooked chicken breasts rests, they will form juices. Be sure to add these juices to the soup. It’s a real flavor boost! For a textural difference, I like to julienne the vegetables rather than dice them. There is something so satisfying about getting...

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Quick and Easy Moroccan Spiced Wings

Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in Recipes | 0 comments

Wings and football just go together. Here’s a quick and simple recipe for Moroccan Spiced Wings perfect for game day. These crowd pleasers require four ingredients, a grill, and minimal prep. While pretty much any rub you like will work, one of my recent discoveries that I absolutely love is the Moroccan Spice Rub from Spice Merchants in Laguna Beach. This blend of garlic, onion, chilies, sea salt, bay leaf, and spices such as cumin, clove, turmeric, coriander, cinnamon, and ginger is perfect for grilled wings and a departure from the usual. They’re addicting. A few tips: If party wings aren’t available at your grocer, simply buy whole wings, remove the tips, which can be frozen and reserved for stock, and cut the wings at the joint. Dry wings before seasoning with kosher salt. Allow to sit for a...

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Smoky Corn and Shrimp Chowder

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Recipes | 0 comments

Soup… I love soup. Even in the summer. While usually I’ll go for the chilled soups when it’s hot out, say an Andalusian gazpacho or a chilled summer squash yogurt dill soup, when the weather cools down a bit, like it did this past Sunday, chowders start to sound good to me. And what could make a better summer chowder than a corn and shrimp chowder? Usually when I see chowders they have potatoes in them, but corn is already carb heavy so I figured I’d ditch the potatoes and come up with a way of making it creamy, but still chunky without them. I prefer my chowders a little more on the brothy side anyway. So with that I came up with my own version. This one has bacon, and smoked paprika giving it a smoky flavor and...

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Fig & Olive Signature Chocolate Pot de Crème recipe

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Recipes | 0 comments

In celebration of National Pot de Crème Day on Thursday, August 27th, FIG & OLIVE shared their delicious signature Chocolate Pot de Crème recipe with us. As one of diners’ most beloved dishes, pot de crème is a prime example of dessert trends returning to simple roots—showcasing the pure classic taste of chocolate, vanilla, butterscotch, and other flavors without excessive garnishes and sauces. Dessert aficionados can mark the holiday with the restaurant’s comforting Chocolate Pot de Crème with Crunchy Praline Financiers and Vanilla Cream ($9), which stops short of over-indulgence with a shaving of orange zest and a modest-sized glass cup. Pot de Crème Serves 10 Ingredients: 2 cups Heavy Cream 1.5 cups Milk 4 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar 3 Egg yolks 11 Oz of Dark 64% Chocolate Directions: Bring heavy cream and milk light boil being cautious so as...

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Grilled Turkey Zucchini Sandwiches

Posted by on Aug 3, 2015 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

Back-to-school time is just around the corner, and it is never too early to start thinking about healthy school lunches for your kids. Ever since my older son developed severe food allergies, I began to get creative with making healthy (and fun) school lunches. By packing him healthy and fun lunches, he doesn’t feel bad about never having the opportunity to buy a school lunch like many of his friends in school. One of my favorite healthy and easy school lunches to make my kids is turkey zucchini sandwiches. The kids love them, and they are packed full of nutrition to give them the fuel they need to be successful in school. Since my son has severe food allergies, I have to be extra cautious about the ingredients used to make their turkey zucchini sandwiches. It is important that...

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Heirloom tomato, Avocado and Gruyere Gourmet Tuna Melts

Posted by on Jun 20, 2015 in Recipes | 0 comments

While my husband and I enjoy our stuffed avocado tuna cups, I use the same mixture to make these kid-friendly gourmet tuna melts for the kids. The kids love them, and I love that I feel comfortable feeding them a tuna dish with SafeCatch tuna where every fish is tested and has a 70% stricter than FDA mercury limit. I recommend making the paleo stuffed avocado cups for the parents, and these for the kids – it’s two dinners in one! They are super simple to make, and will give your kids the perfect amount of nutrition that their bodies need to grow. I guarantee that this dinner will be a hit in your household, and a new favorite for your kids Mixture Ingedients: 2 large organic avocados (diced) 1/4 red onion (chopped) 2 Tbl. chopped cilantro 1 can...

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Paleo Stuffed Avocado Tuna Cups

Posted by on Jun 20, 2015 in Recipes | 0 comments

With my husband on a paleo diet, I am always looking for new recipes to make for him. One of my favorite things to make him for dinner on a weeknight are avocado tuna cups. They are super simple to make, healthy and delicious. When it comes to making anything with tuna, I always use the purest product available on the market with SafeCatch tuna being my number one brand of choice. Why? They are the only brand that tests every fish and is 90% stricter than FDA mercury limit. Plus there is no GMO’s, additives and are BPA-Free. It is a brand that I can trust in knowing that my family is eating the safest and healthiest tuna available. Tip! Make double of the mixture, and then make gourmet tuna melts for the kids! Paleo Avocado Tuna Cups...

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Lemon Glazed Cookie Recipe

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Recipes | 0 comments

I love to bake. It is one of my favorite things to do. My neighbor has a lemon tree that produces some of the largest lemons I’ve seen and filled with sweet lemon juices. She is always bringing them over for me to use in recipes, so when my kids were taking their afternoon nap; I whipped up these delicious lemon glazed cookies that are guaranteed to win over the hearts of everyone in your family. Enjoy making these sweet treats this summer… Lemon Glazed Cookies 3/4 cup sugar 2 Tbl. lemon juice 2 Tbl. lemon zest 1 3/4 cup flour 1/4 tea. baking powder 1/4 tea. salt 12 Tbl. butter 1 egg yolk 1/2 tea. vanilla Glaze 1 Tbl. cream cheese 2 Tbl. lemon juice 1 1/2 cups of confectioners’ sugar Directions (cookies) 1. In a food processor,...

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Soul Satisfying Spaghetti Carbonara With Brussels Sprout Leaves

Posted by on Jun 14, 2015 in Recipes | 0 comments

On a cool evening earlier this week, I was craving a comforting but easy dinner. I already had Brussels sprouts on my brain and was thinking about how good they’d be if I separated them into leaves and sautéed them with bacon and tossed them with a few toasted bread crumbs. Not exactly a meal, but fortunately I also had some Parmesan and eggs in the refrigerator and spaghetti in the pantry and realized I had the makings of Spaghetti Carbonara. A perfect place for my Brussels sprouts leaves I thought. While Spaghetti Carbonara is very simple dish, its success is all about timing because the pasta needs to be hot when the eggs are added so they cook. To accomplish this I like to get the pasta water boiling and then reduce the heat until I’m ready to...

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Lemon Chicken and Pasta Recipe

Posted by on Jun 13, 2015 in Recipes | 0 comments

When my neighbor surprised me with a basket full of lemons, I decided to make this delicious lemon chicken and pasta recipe for my children. The dish is simple to make, and kid tested, mom approved. Lemon Pasta Recipe Ingredients Table salt 1 pound spaghetti 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil , plus more for serving 1 medium shallot , minced (about 3 tablespoons) 1/4 cup heavy cream 2 teaspoons finely grated zest (about 1 lemon) 1/4 cup juice from 2-3 lemons 1 ounce finely grated Parmesan cheese (about 1/2 cup), plus more for serving Ground black pepper 2 tablespoons shredded fresh basil leaves or oregano Instructions Bring four quarts water to boil in large Dutch oven (or pot or what have you) over high heat. Add one tablespoon salt and pasta to boiling water; cook, stirring frequently, until...

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Whipped Lemon and Raspberry Cheesecake Bites

Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in Recipes | 0 comments

When I woke up craving cheesecake but didn’t want to put the time and energy into making a traditional cheesecake, I got creative by making these whipped cheesecake bites with a hint of lemon and raspberry. The result was one of the most delicious desserts that my family has ever had. Did I mention that I was able to make them in less than 20 minutes? That’s right ~ they are a perfect dessert to bring to your next Summertime barbecue or potluck…and I guarantee that your guests will be begging you for the recipe. Whipped lemon and raspberry cheesecake bites Makes 24 bites Ingredients: 1 8oz. tub of whipped cream cheese 1 tea. of vanilla Juice from one lemon 1 cup powdered sugar 1/8 tea. lemon rind 1 10oz tub of cool whip 1 pkg. phyllo dough Directions:...

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Rosemary and Lemon Salt Scrub Recipe

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015 in Beauty, Recipes | 0 comments

I love using salt and sugar scrubs, and with the abundance of lemons growing in my backyard, I attempted to make a rosemary and lemon salt scrub. While most people make them using essential oils, I made them using only ingredients from my backyard lemons. I was able to use the rinds  from the lemons to make lemon infused bath salts, so I didn’t waste any part of the lemon. If you are going to use store bought lemons vs. organic, then I would recommend doubling the lemons used in this recipe since store bought have fewer juices and scent. Lemon and Rosemary Salt Scrub Recipe (Makes 12 4oz. jars) Ingredients: 7 cups of epsom salt 2 Springs of rosemary (chopped finely) 4 ounces of fresh lemon juice 1/4 cup of oil oil (I used lemon flavored olive oil)...

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DIY Homemade Lemon Bath Salts

Posted by on Jun 1, 2015 in Family, Parenting, Recipes | 1 comment

Homemade bath salts are one of the easiest things to make, and parents can feel comfortable knowing that they are using a 100% all-natural product in their children’s bath. It’s all about the lemons this summer, and while making a rosemary and lemon salt scrub, we used the zest from the lemons to make this simple DIY lemon bath salts. The only thing you need to plan when making them is about 1-2 hours for the salts to fully dry out before storing in jars. Homemade Lemon Bath Salts Ingredients: 4 cups of epsom salts Zest from two large lemons (I would double if using store bought lemons) Cookie sheet Directions: 1. I used a small grater to get all the zest off the lemons 2. Mix the zest well with the salts in a large bowl 3. Put...

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Lemon Garlic Shrimp Orzo Recipe

Posted by on May 27, 2015 in Family, Featured, Recipes | 0 comments

Lemons..lemons..lemons! Our garden is blooming with lemons and that means that everything I make for the next month will more than likely feature lemons. After five days away from home at the most magical place on Earth, I was inspired to get creative with ingredients in my kitchen, and the one thing I could make was this incredibly delicious lemon garlic shrimp orzo. It was light, fresh and delicious. Perfect to detox from the churros, popcorn and corn dogs we have been noshing on for the past couple of days at Disneyland. Lemon Garlic Shrimp Orzo Ingredients: Juice from 1 lemon 2 Garlic cloves (minced) 1 Tbl. olive oil (we used lemon infused olive oil) 1/4 cup of parsley 1 pound shrimp 1 tea. salt 1 tea. pepper 2 cups of cooked orzo Directions: 1. Cook the orzo per...

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California Pizza Kitchen Summer Cocktail Recipes

Posted by on May 24, 2015 in Dining, Family, Recipes | 0 comments

Bring the flavors of California Pizza Kitchen home with these two delicious Summer cocktail recipes. California Roots is a cocktail made with fresh avocado and mint, vodka, fresh Agave Sour, a fennel salt rim AND their famous Cucumber-Basil Soda is filled with thinly-sliced cucumbers, fresh basil leaves and sweet homemade syrup. Perfect for a hot day, CPK’s newest Next Chapter cocktails and sodas are always a thirst quenching bang for any get-together. These two party favorites are delicious, refreshing, hand-crafted and super easy to make at home. California Roots Makes: 1 drink Ingredients: Lime wedge Fennel salt 1 ½ ounces vodka 1 ounce fresh agave sour ½ ounce agave nectar ¼ of a ripe avocado, mashed ice  Mint sprig Procedure In an electric spice grinder (or clean coffee bean grinder) combine 1 tablespoon kosher salt and 1 tablespoon fennel...

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10 Minute Lemon Chicken Recipe

Posted by on May 9, 2015 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

Our garden is producing more lemons than we could have ever dreamed, and that means that I get to be creative making lots of lemon recipes this Spring for my family. After a busy day working in LA, I found myself tempted by wanting to eat out of dinner ~ but decided to stay home and cook something healthy. I was on a mission to cook a quick and healthy dinner, and thought lemon chicken would be the easiest. I got some of the lemon olive oil I’ve been saving to make something delicious with, chicken tenders, capers and started to create what would become our new quick and healthy weeknight dinner. What do you need? 1 large lemon (2 if they are not organic/homegrown) 2 Tbl. capers 1 package (1 pound) fresh chicken tenders 3 jarred artichoke hearts...

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Celebrate Kentucky Derby Day with Fig & Walnut Julep Recipe

Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Recipes | 0 comments

In celebration of the Kentucky Derby, Fig & Olive shared with us their exclusive Fig & Walnut Julep recipe. Beat the heat and enjoy celebrating the Kentucky Derby Day by making this refreshing cocktail. FIG & WALNUT JULEP 2 oz. Four Roses Bourbon .75 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liquor .5 oz Lime Juice .25 oz Taylor Tawney Port .25 oz Simple Syrup 2 Black Figs (muddled) 3 mint leaves 2 Slices of Fig 1/4 inch thick Grated Walnut 1 Mint Sprig Ice Preparation Cut mint sprig to about 4 to 5 inches long (long enough so it will be able to peak over the edge of the rocks glass). You will have to strip the mint off each sprig until you have just 3 to 4 smaller leaves at the top of the mint for garnish. The rest of...

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Stained Glass Butterfly Cookies

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in Easter, Family, Holiday, Mother's Day, Recipes | 0 comments

It is Springtime and the best time to make sweet treats for your kids. Woman’s Day Magazine has been one of our favorite resources to be inspired to make delicious and creative treats with our children, and this months issue is packed full of a great recipes for Spring and Mother’s Day. Now that the temperature is rising, and the flowers are back in bloom this adorable dessert will bring the outdoors right into your kitchen! Stained glass butterfly cookies Active: 1 hr 30 min – Total: 2 hr 30 min Makes: About 6 dozen · 2 ¾ cups of all-purpose flour · ½ tsp baking powder · ¼ tsp kosher salt · 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature · ¾ cup of granulated sugar · 1 large egg · 1 ½ tsp pure vanilla extract...

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Fig & Olive’s Andalucía Gazpacho Recipe

Posted by on Apr 16, 2015 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

As we go into the warm summer months, it is the perfect time to cook with the fresh flavors of the season. One of my favorite springtime and summer dishes is gazpacho, and the chef at Fig & Olive was so generous to let us share his favorite gazpacho recipe. It is packed full of nutrition, and the kid’s love it! If you haven’t already planted tomatoes in your backyard, now is the perfect time to plant so that you’ll have the freshest tomatoes to make this flavorful soup. Fig & Olive’s Andalucía gazpacho Yields 4 servings Ingredients: 2 lbs Tomato ¼ lb Red Bell Pepper 2 tsp Cumin 2 TBSP Sherry Vinegar ¼ cup bread (French baguette or bread of choice) 1 Hot House Cucumber 1 TBSP Salt 1 tsp Tabasco 2 cups water ½ cup Spanish Onion...

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Mouthwatering Cheesy Maple Bacon Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

Lunch provided on behalf of the National Pork Board How often do you feed your family pork? I admit that I am guilty of always feeding my family steak, chicken, and fish on a regular basis. Recently, my friends have been talking a lot about their kids finding a love in the different pork dishes that they have been serving their families. Pork is known to be a healthier meat, and is just as lean as a skinless chicken breast. When the National Pork Board offered to bring my family lunch for the day, I couldn’t resist so that my kids could have a chance to try the protein that everyone seems to be talking about. I took the kids for an afternoon at the park, and once we got home, a local chef delivered us a handmade pork...

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Sun-dried Tomato Pasta Primavera Recipe

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in Recipes | 0 comments

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Bounty My kids love when I make pasta, however, I don’t love the mess that it makes in my kitchen. There is always sauce splatter on the stovetop, and unless the kids properly wash there plates then I’m stuck with hard to clean pasta sauce on the dishes the next morning. Once I discovered the new Bounty with Dawn ultra-durable paper towels, I don’t even question making pasta for my kids anymore. The 2-in-1 paper towel easily fights grease and mealtime mess with just one disposable sheet. In celebration of discovering this cool new product, I made a delicious sun-dried tomato pasta primavera recipe, that I couldn’t wait to share with all of you. Sun-dried Tomato Pasta Primavera Recipe Ingredients: 1 package of your kids favorite pasta 1 bottle of marinara sauce 2...

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Delicious Chicken Tostada Recipe

Posted by on Apr 1, 2015 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

Instead of having our traditional Taco Tuesday, we mixed it up this week by having Tostada Tuesday. With my husband working late, and one kid at baseball practice, I had to figure out a recipe that could be served at different times throughout the evening. When making the recipe I realized that it is my all-new favorite weeknight dinner recipe. It is so simple to make, can be prepared in less than 10 minutes, and everyone in my family loved it (even my picky eater). The toppings for the tostada can be made in advance (win-win for mom). Ingredients for the topping: 3 Tbl. olive oil 2 tea. garlic 1/2 package of “Just Chicken” pre-cooked strips from Trader Joe’s (you can use other branded pre-cooked chicken strips) 1/4 red onion 1 zucchini 1 cup of corn 1 cup of...

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Birds Nest Cookie Tutorial

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Easter, Family, Holiday, Recipes | 0 comments

I love Spring. The beautiful flowers, amazing weather and the sounds of singing birds. When the birds first laid their eggs in the small bird house on the edge of our front porch, I surprised the kid’s by making birds nest cookies for their afternoon snack. The cookies are super simple to make, and kid’s love them! Whether you’re looking for a tasty Easter dessert or just a fun treat to give to your kids this Springtime, then these birds nest cookies are guaranteed to be a hit with your kids. What do I need to make them? Baked sugar cookies (your own recipe or pre-made dough) Pastel green food coloring White icing Hershey’s chocolate eggs (pastel) Plastic icing bag and tip (can be found in the making grocery isle) How do I make them? Freshly bake your sugar...

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