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Friday, April 21, 2017

Turkey Tostadas for Cinco de Mayo

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What's better than Taco Tuesday? Normally the answer would be nothing, but for the next week the answer would be Cinco de Mayo Friday. I don't know about your family, but in mine, it's a holiday that's not to be missed. So much so that we had my sister-in-law postpone her trip to Florida by a week just so she could celebrate with us (and cook up our tacos. love you Laurie ♥) We definitely throw down when it comes to Mexican cuisine, making sure we have a huge assortment of dishes on the table for everyone to enjoy. In addition to tacos, my girls are HUGE fans of tostadas. If I serve them up once a week in our house, I'm sure there wouldn't be any complaints. What I love about tostadas is how you can customize each one for your own specific taste, and there are so many options on how to make them unique each and every time. So, when I saw Golden Blossom Honey's version of a tasty tostada, I knew we had to give these Turkey Tostadas a try. 

Turkey Tostadas

These are perfect for Cinco de Mayo or any day of the week. I think we should start a petition to have Taco Tuesday changed to Tostada Tuesday. If you aren't a fan of turkey, you can easily substitute it for chicken, black beans, jackfruit, or shredded seitan. See, I told you tostadas are super versatile!

 

Ingredients
2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1-2 tablespoons canned chopped jalapeno peppers (according to taste)
2 tablespoons GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
4 cups cooked turkey, shredded
Avocado Sauce:
1 avocado
1/3 cup prepared salsa
2 tablespoons sour cream
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped

8 tostadas
4 cups romaine lettuce, thinly sliced
8 tablespoons cotija (Mexican cheese), crumbled or Monterey Jack cheese, shredded

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Turkey Tostadas

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What's your favorite Mexican inspired dish?




Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Vampire Diaries Season 6 Giveaway

Is anybody else frazzled this time of year? I sometimes feel busier during spring than I do at the holidays. Graduation and wedding season is right around the corner and in addition to the invites that are quickly filling up my social calendar, we still need to finalize our summer travel plans. Right now this girl would love to kick up her feet, zone out, and indulge in binge watching her favorite shows. Sadly, it's not a luxury I can afford for the time being, but my loss is your gain. As I was doing some spring cleaning, I came across this Vampire Diaries Season 6 Box Set and thought since I haven't hosted a giveaway here lately, it would be fun to pass it along to someone who needs a break as much as I do right now ;)

Vampire Diaries Season 6

The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S., 13+ and will run through 5/6/17. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to winning email before a new winner is selected. Please enter on the Giveaway Tools widget below. Good Luck!


Friday, April 14, 2017

Walnut Pineapple Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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The girls have had a lot going on school wise this week, and between college campus visits and choir concerts, I'm am so ready for this 3 day weekend! I haven't had a lot of time for myself, so when I managed to find a few free hours in my day one day this week, I decided to go to my happy place- the kitchen. Jason mentioned something about wanting carrot cake recently, and though we are both limiting the sweets lately, I figured we both deserved a little treat since we've both been on our feet a lot this week. I found this Walnut Pineapple Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting on Golden Blossom Honey, and while I didn't make it for any kind of Easter celebrations, it would certainly be a smash if you served it up at your gathering this year. 


Don't mind my funky looking carrots. I never claimed to be a good cake decorator. My Facebook friends may recall the horrendous looking cake that I made for Jason's birthday a few years back. It was not pretty, but like the hubs said, it doesn't matter what it looks like as long as it tastes good going down. And I can claim that this is the best carrot cake I've ever tasted!



I never thought to add pineapple to my carrot cakes, but did it ever make a delicious difference! I caught Jason sneaking seconds, and admit, I cut off a few extra slivers for myself, too. 


Cake:
4 eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
2 cups grated carrots
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cups walnut, coarsely chopped
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, well drained

Icing:
12 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup RAW GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 


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Wishing you all a wonderful Easter! 

 
 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Peter Cottontail Loves Pickled Carrots & Zucchini

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It seems like Easter isn't creeping up on us, but is charging at us full steam ahead. Thankfully, I don't have to host dinner this year, but I'll still need to provide a dish for the buffet table at my in-laws. Cole slaw is usually served, but I wanted to try something a little different this year, so yesterday I did a test run on this Pickled Carrots and Zucchini recipe that I found on Golden Blossom Honey. With how fast Easter is approaching, summer will be here before we know it. I've been hitting the gym hard and don't want all of those evil burpees and squats to amount to nothing. That's why I am really in love with this recipe. It tastes very similar to cole slaw without the fatty dressing that's on the traditional version.

Pickled Carrots and Zucchini

Pickled Carrots & Zucchini make an awesome side dish for your Easter meal. The tender carrots and zucchini topped with a zesty dressing is a mouth watering combination. If Peter Cottontail shows up, you may have to chase him off because he'll want the entire dish for himself!

Ingredients
1 pound carrots, peeled and cut into 3-inch long matchsticks
1 pound zucchini, trimmed and cut into 3-inch long matchsticks
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups white wine vinegar
1/2 cup RAW GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh dill, finely chopped
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper

CLICK HERE FOR FULL RECIPE

Pickled Carrots and Zucchini

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What's on your Easter menu this year?




 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Edible Easter Baskets

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Back in December, I bought this Wilton Silicone Shot Glass Mold with plans to make some desserts for New Year's celebrations. With the hubbub of birthdays and Christmas, by the time New Year's Eve rolled around I was exhausted and never did get around to using it.


I was recently thinking about what kind of Easter treats I could make this year. I remembered that I had this mold tucked away and figured I better do something with it before Jason started griping about buying another kitchen gadget that I never use. After a bit of brainstorming, I thought it would be fun to use it to make some edible Easter baskets.

Edible Easter Baskets

These "baskets" are super simple to whip together and will make a splash on your Easter party spread.


Made with either white chocolate or Wilton Bright White Candy Melts, Twizzlers Pull-n-Peel Licorice Twists, and icing decorations, then filled with pudding and topped with edible grass and egg shaped chocolate candies, these Easter baskets are totally edible.


yield: 8 basketsprint recipe

Edible Easter Baskets

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 bag Wilton Candy Melts or White Chocolate Chips
  • Twizzlers Pull-Apart Licorice
  • 1 box (4 serving size) pudding mix or store bought pudding cups
  • Edible Grass
  • Easter Sugar Icing Decorations
  • Egg Shaped Chocolate Candies (such as M&M's)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Melt candy melts according to package directions. If using white chocolate chips, melt over a double broiler over low heat. Pour melted candy into silicone molds. Allow to set. Meanwhile, mix pudding according to package directions. Set aside.
  2. Remove set candy from molds. Pull 3 strands of licorice from the licorice rope, keeping all 3 strands in tact. Using a dab of melted chocolate, coat both ends of 3 strands of licorice. Gently place ends of licorice to the top of the basket, forming an arc for the handle. Hold in place for several seconds, until set.
  3. Using a dab of melted chocolate, coat the back of the sugar icing decorations and adhere to the front of the basket.
  4. Fill the baskets with pudding, top with edible grass, then candy eggs. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
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If you want to keep party cleanup to a minimum, make a few edible chocolate spoons with a Silicone Spoon Chocolate Mold topped with a few sugar icing decorations. So festive and fun!

Edible Easter Baskets


What are some of your favorite Easter treats?


Monday, April 3, 2017

Getaway Grille & Cubbie Bar is a Home Run Eatery for Chicago Cubs Fans

Who's excited that baseball season is upon us once again? I know Jason is. He's still floating on cloud 9 after the Chicago Cubs epic World Series win. The only thing that could have made that series better would have been if they would have brought the win home at Wrigley Field, but hey, a win's a win, right? A well deserved and much anticipated win at that.

When we were up at the ice festival a few months back, we decided to stop for lunch at the Getaway Grille & Cubbie Bar located in Bridgman, Michigan. Jason's been wanting to dine there for a while, so he was pretty excited to finally get the chance to go in for a bite.
Getaway Grille & Cubbie Bar


Getaway Grille & Cubbie Bar

I imagine if I were to let Jason take over the decorating of our home, it would turn out exactly like the Getaway Grille & Cubbie Bar's setup. From the minute you set foot on the property, you are immersed in all things Chicago Cubs. The bear paw walkway will lead you to a dining experience that's almost as fun as being in The Friendly Confines itself.
Getaway Grille & Cubbie Bar

Getaway Grille & Cubbie Bar
The interior is fully decked out in Cubs memorabilia. From the decoupaged baseball card tables, to the player photos on the walls, and the fun little signs, a true Cubs fan will get a kick out of the atmosphere.
Getaway Grille & Cubbie Bar
Getaway Grille & Cubbie Bar
Getaway Grille & Cubbie Bar
Getaway Grille & Cubbie Bar
Getaway Grille & Cubbie Bar
 Even the walls are painted to resemble the brick wall at Wrigley Field, and they made sure to add in the ivy, too.
Getaway Grille & Cubbie Bar

Not a space is left untouched by Cubs decor. Our waiter told us to check out the bathrooms which have the Cubs Greats hand drawn onto the walls.

Getaway Grille & Cubbie Bar
Getaway Grille & Cubbie Bar

As much fun as the decor is, we really were there to eat. The menu consists of Cubbie eats, from the Holy Cow Burger, Lost in the Ivy Salads, Seventh Inning Stretch Sandwiches, and Batter Up Baskets.
Getaway Grille & Cubbie Bar Menu Getaway Grille & Cubbie Bar Menu
How can you go wrong with ordering when you can have St. Louis Sucks, Don't Hate On 1908, or a Bleacher Bum? The food was really scrumptious and portion sizes were fair. Allison had the Irish Nachos and Jason ordered the Italian Beef. My only complaint was there weren't really any options for vegetarians except for the salads, which was a bit disappointing. They were totally cool though and allowed me to order the mushroom & Swiss burger minus the beef patty and added extra sauteed mushrooms to the bun to make up for the loss.
Getaway Grille & Cubbie Bar Menu

If you just want to stop in for a drink, head over to the bar for a cold one and watch the game on the big screens. 

Once we were finished with our meal, we took a few minutes to admire the outdoor decor.
Getaway Grille & Cubbie Bar

Getaway Grille & Cubbie Bar

Then took a few photos with the stadium seating prop :)

If you're a Chicago Cubs fan, a visit to the Getaway Grille & Cubby Bar is a must. You won't be disappointed!


Do you watch baseball? Who's your favorite team?


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