Friday, January 2, 2015

Changing What and How I eat for 2015

I love food, all food, but there comes a time in your life when just eating any and everything starts to weigh you down physically, mentally, and emotionally. I really just want to feel better about myself and know that I am treating myself right. I decided to finally do my juice cleanse a few weeks ago. After coming off of it, I have not eaten any meat or dairy and I honestly feel great.

I have become a Pescatarian. I will be adopting a diet of 80% plant based foods, 10% fish\shellfish, and the occasional 10% dairy. I've been trying new recipes like Thug Kitchens "Roasted Chick Pea and Broccoli Burrito", which was delicious and one that I highly recommend. It's a winner in my book. I made split pea soup last week that turned out well. The only thing I worry about is my ability to stay consistent. I have learned time and time again that being consistent is the key to making anything in your life work. So I will labor for a few weeks chopping up veggies and trying new recipes until I find that this new way of eating works for me and my family. For New Years Day, I made a pot of black eyed peas for good luck. Paired it with a mixture of collard and mustard greens, cornbread and a 1/4 cup of rice. Our first completely vegan dinner of the year and many more to come.





Friday, August 22, 2014

Song Crush: Morse, by Nightmares On Wax

This is one of the most relaxing songs I've heard while listening to Pandora's "Visioneer Radio" station. It's one of my favorite stations to listen to when I'm in the house or out in the backyard sitting around the fire pit with a glass of red wine. This is just one of the many cool, laid back, deep vibe songs you can catch playing this station. Love it!




Friday, June 13, 2014

Corn Pudding

Super easy, delicious side dish. I L.O.V.E this yummy corn pudding. So sweet and delicate with a nice crunch of corn. So glad my mother-in-law told me to make this. I can serve this for Sunday Dinners, Barbeques, Thanksgiving and anytime I need yummy side dish. A variation of this dish I may want to try would be a sweet and spicy corn pudding; by adding Chipotle or Cayenne Pepper, but I like it just like this.
 

 





Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup of Butter (softened)
  • 1/3 cup of Sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of Sour Cream
  • 1 8-1/2 ounce box of Corn Bread Mix (I used Jiffy)
  • 1/2 cup of Milk
  • 1 15-ounce can of Whole Kernel Corn (drain it)
  • 1 14-ounce can of Cream Style Corn

Directions:
  1. Preheat over to 325 degrees.
  2. Grease 3 quart baking dish.
  3. Using a hand Mixer, cream together butter & sugar until fluffy.
  4. Add eggs. Beat in one at a time, mixing well before adding the other. 
  5. Add sour cream, and mix. 
  6. Gradually add in corn bread mix and milk. Alternate each, when adding into mixture. 
  7. Fold in drained whole kernel corn & creamed corn into mixture. 
  8. Pour into greased baking dish and bake for 45-50 minutes depending on your oven.

Serve while warm. Great as leftover! This recipe was adapted from the Taste of Home recipe index.


Sunday, March 9, 2014

Blueberry Banana Crepes

Hello 2014!

Finally adding a post to my blog and it feels so good to share this crepe recipe.

Sharing because, it's delicious! You must try this for dessert or anytime. Your mouth will be happy!



Not sure where I got this recipe, but it's the best I've come across for soft, chewy, simple crepes all the time.


Ingredients:
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbs melted butter
  • Optional (you can add whatever you like) For this recipe, I used:
    • Nutella spread
    • 2 bananas peeled and sliced
    • 1/3 cup washed blueberries
Making Batter:
  1. Measure and have all ingredients ready to go (mix water and milk together in a cup).
  2. Whisk flour and eggs, combine until large lump forms.
  3. Gradually add in milk and water. The secret to a smooth batter is to add your liquid to the flour mixture a little at a time, going from wet paste to a smooth batter. The goal is to get as few bumps as possible. Will require a little elbow grease.
  4. Finally, add salt and melter butter and beat until smooth.
Cooking Crepes:
  1. Heat medium sized pan on low-med heat.
  2. Spray pan with Olive Oil Spray.
  3. Pour 1/4 of a cup of crepe batter into pan.
  4. Swirl immediately to cover pan evenly with batter.
  5. Let cook until edges lift off the sides, then flip.
  6. Cook another 1-2 minutes until lightly brown.
Serve:
  1. Spread on Nutella
  2. Fill with banana's and blueberries
  3. Fold in two, sprinkle with powdered sugar and dig in.
  4. So Yummy!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Song Crush: Autumns Evening Breeze

Here's an awesome track I found by Sound Providers called "Autumns Evening Breeze" to help celebrate the coming of Fall. I just love this song. I love it's cheery, laid back vibe. Something about this song just makes me so happy. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!




Sunday, February 24, 2013

Transformer Birthday Party

I wanted to share what I did for my son's 7th birthday party. He loves Transformers a lot, and I mean a lot. I would show you his transformer collection, but you would think mom was nuts. So for his 7th birthday party, it was only natural to make transformers the theme.
 
I started by going to Etsy to find a custom invitation, but instead I found a whole Transformer Printable Birthday Party Package. It was created by SplashBoxPrintables. The package consists of a custom made invitation, banner, water bottle covers, cupcake toppers, candy bar wrappers, food description tags, and tons of other things that you just cut out and paste to card stock for a finished look. The package was $27, which I thought was worth if for all the printouts you get. Especially since they have your child's name on it. Check out the pictures below:

 The Banner


These cupcake toppers must be cut out as well. To make it easier, use a circular cutting system that can cut 2" diameter circles. I used my Creative Memories cutting system. Glue them to card stock and then glue those to candy sticks.


Water bottle covers. Nice touch.



Transformer cake, made by me. I borrowed the Classic Birthday Cake recipe from CupcakeandCashmere's pretty little blog. Everyone loved the yummy almond flavor of this cake. The buildings around the cake are made out of store bought fondant. Which is so much easier and neater to use. I've made fondant out of mashmallows & confectioner's sugar, but found it very sticky and messy. With the ready made, you just roll out the piece, cut it into the shapes, and lay them to dry overnight. The transformers toys were laid on top a piece of parchment paper to keep it clean.


Just a few ideas in case you ever decide to throw a transformer themed party.

Party Games Played:

- Energon eating contest (purple Jello cut into cubes), served in bowls; first kid to eat it all wins. My nephew won this one. He was amazingly fast.
- Pin the Autobot symbol to Bumble Bee's chest (Party City)
- Transformer Pinata (Party City)
- Musical chairs
- Balloon popping race
- Back-to-back balloon race
- Freeze Dance- this is hilarious, especially if you have 5-8 year olds.
- The kids also had a bounce-house

Overall, we had a fun day!