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Friday, May 26, 2017

Pucker Up For This Lemon Drop Martini

Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.


If you are hosting any parties over the long weekend, you may be thinking about what eats you are going to serve to your guests. I always stress over the food, but my husband likes to take a more laid back approach to party hosting by planning out the drink menu. He figures as long as you have a good drink menu planned, who really cares what's on the dinner menu? In a way, he is a bit right. I noticed our party guests had a lot more fun whipping up margaritas at our Cinco de Mayo party last month than they did stuffing their tacos. This Memorial Day weekend is shaping up to a beautiful one for us, with nice warm temperatures and lots of sunshine, so Jason's already looking forward to sharing eats and a few good drinks with friends. Nothing says summertime and sunshine quite like the citrus goodness found in lemons, so I found the perfect drink recipe to serve at our gathering this weekend in this Lemon Drop Martini from Golden Blossom Honey.
lemon martini

Lining the rim of the glass with honey gives it a perfect combination of sweet and sour. A lemon drop martini is a great drink to serve while soaking up the sun, but carries well into the night served around a bonfire too. 


Ingredients
Fill martini shaker with ice
1 lemon wedge squeezed and dropped in shaker
Add 3 ounces (2 shots) vodka or 1 1/2 ounces vodka and 2 ounces lemonade concentrate
Add 3/4 ounce Cointreau
RAW GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY for garnishing around the rim of the martini glass


lemon martini
 
 
You can find this recipe, as well as many more delicious recipes right on the Golden Blossom Honey recipe page! Be sure to follow Golden Blossom Honey on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on new products and promotions.





If you like this recipe, be sure to come back every Friday, where I feature a new recipe from Golden Blossom Honey!



 What are your Memorial Day weekend plans?


 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Garlic & Herb Braid Bread - Get In My Tummy!

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We were walking around the market on Sunday, when I decided that I was super hungry and needed to get something in my belly stat. As I came trudging up to the register with a huge loaf of ciabatta bread, Jason asked if we would be having it with dinner. Uh, no. I plan on ripping into this as soon as we get in the car. Needless to say, he wasn't impressed with my snack of choice.

As I sat in the car munching away on a hunk of bread, I wondered why I didn't buy a stick of butter to eat with it. I learned that when it comes to bread, unless it's smothered in butter, dipped in oil, or soaking up soup, it really isn't that tasty to me. I need flavor with my bread. So, I tucked the rest of the loaf away with the intentions of adding a little flavor to it when I got home, but when I went to sneak a piece for a late night snack, realized someone ate the remainder of my bread! Yes, folks, I live with a bunch of heathens who have no respect for mama's late night bread cravings.  

Yesterday, while Jason was at work and the girls were at school, I decided I was going to treat myself to some homemade bread. I thought about making ciabatta to make up for my loss, but remembered that I had a recipe for a Garlic & Herb Braid tucked away for a rainy day. Or, should I say week, since that's all it's been doing here every day. 


Garlic & Herb Braid Bread

With a scrumptious mix of herbs, your kitchen will smell like a pizzeria as this bread is being baked into golden perfection. I was really glad I went with my instincts and made this garlic herb braid over boring a ciabatta. It comes of out the oven looking really pretty, but best of all, it is super simple to bring together. Simply form your dough into a ball and let it rise...



 Divide it into 3 equal pieces...


Braid, then tuck ends under the bottom to form rounded ends. 





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Garlic & Herb Braid

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 to 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • ½ ounce quick rise yeast (4 ½ tsp)
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried dill weed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 tsp dried rosemary, crushed
  • 3/4 cup milk (I used whole milk, but 2% is fine also)
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup butter, cubed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Stir together 1½ cups flour, sugar, yeast, and all seasonings in a large bowl. In a small saucepan, heat the milk, water and cubed butter to 120 degrees. Beat into dried ingredients until just moistened. (I recommend using a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment to beat together the wet and dry ingredients as the dough gets stuck between the beaters of a handheld mixer). Add egg and beat until smooth. Stir in remaining flour in small batches to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 4 minutes. Cover and let rest for 30 minutes.
  3. Divide dough into 3 equal parts. Shape each section into a 15 inch rope. Place ropes on a greased baking sheet and braid. Pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Cover and let rise until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan and let cool on a wire rack. Once cooled, brush the tops with melted butter if desired.
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*original recipe adapted from Taste of Home Magazine*


Jason isn't a fan of rosemary because he thinks it taste like twigs and dried grass when I sprinkle it on our dishes. However, I was able to sneak it into this recipe since it called for the rosemary to be crushed. The best way to do that is with a mortar & pestle set.


I'm a firm believer that to be able to create delicious dishes, you have to have the proper tools on hand, and a high quality mortar & pestle set is a must for any kitchen. In my kitchen, I use this Sweese Porcelain Mortar and Pestle Set


The bowl has the capacity to hold a little more than a cup of ingredients. It's made from a heavy porcelain, is lead-free, and chip resistant. The lower half of the bowl is rough, like sandpaper, which makes it really easy to grind down ingredients. The pour spout is very convenient to help transfer ingredients without mess. The wooden pestle is smooth and lightweight, and easy to grip. If you like to make homemade sauces, or you grind a lot of herbs or even pills, then you definitely need to add this set to your kitchen stash. 



What's a loaf of bread without adding a little butter? This garlic & herb braid is flavorful enough to eat without adding any butter or oil, but I am the kind of girl who slathers butter on everything, so I had to add a bit to my portion. I like my butter room temperature, so I keep it tucked away into my Sweese Butter Dish. This dish is wide and deep, so I can fit 2 sticks of butter in easily. If you are a user of the wider sticks of butter, like Kerrygold, then you're going to love this dish since it's hard to fit that type of butter into traditional butter dishes. This dish is made with chip resistant porcelain and is oven, microwave and dishwasher safe. It comes with a tight fitting cork lid (must be hand washed) that has a rubber seal to keep butter fresher longer. Since it has a deep design, your butter is IN the dish, not ON it, there's less mess to deal with. 



I like the simple and clean look of my Sweese products, and think they would look classy in any kitchen. Now that wedding season is upon us, if you are looking for a great wedding gift, you can't go wrong with the mortar & pestle set or the butter dish. 


Here's a special offer just for YOU! Sweese is generously offering my readers 20% off of the Sweese Butter Dish when you purchase it from Amazon. Use code THER0125 at checkout. Code will be good through 7/16/17.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

You Color My World ♥ Summer Coloring Fun Days Ahead!

Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items. This post contains affiliate links. Please see my policy tab for more information.


The countdown is on. The girls will be celebrating another school year down in just two short weeks and we couldn't be more ready! If you are like us, your year has been packed full of activities and the promise of summer break with no school commitments has you giddy with excitement. Now, as excited as I am about the idea of sleeping in late, no homework, and no early morning lunches to pack, the one thing I am not looking forward to is, "I'm Bored!" I think that's the universal phrase that grates most parents nerves during summer break. Thankfully, I've got a secret weapon stashed away to help blast away summer boredom blues.... New activity books that the girls and I can do together!

Stick it To 'Em Book

If you've been here a while, you know that we love to get our craft on, especially during the summer months. One crafty activity that we all love here are adult coloring pages. So, when I heard about Stick it To 'Em: Playful Stickers To Color & Create, a sassy book with over 275 stickers to create, color, and share, I knew I had to have it in my crafting arsenal to break out when the girls start getting stir crazy in the summer. 

Stick it To 'Em Book

Stick it To 'Em offers guided instructions for easy drawing and lettering techniques, as well as step-by-step tutorials all designed to get your creative juices flowing. There are over 35 pages of stickers, some ready to pop off the page so you can immediately stick them wherever your heart desires, some black and white stickers ready for you to color in, and some blank sticker pages so you can design your own one-of-a-kind sticker creations.

Stick it To 'Em Book

Stick it To 'Em Book

There are multiples of each sticker, so each of us can take turns putting our own unique spin on the designs. Allison was itching to start using the book as soon as it arrived, so I gave her a little sneak peek so she'll have something to look forward to during the slow days of summer.

Teen Sticker Book

She then claimed a few of the sweet treat stickers to pass out to a few of her friends at school so they'll have something to remember her by over break.

Donut Talk To Me

Teen Sticker Book

Allison loves this book so much, if we happen to do a holiday gift guide this year, this book is definitely going to be included in it. 

The other book I have stashed away is Mom & Me: An Art Journal to Share

Mom & Me Art Journal
 
I don't think this book would be great for older teens, but for the 6-14 age set, I think it's perfect. This book is a full color art journal that mom and child work on together. Side by side pages are almost identical, one for the child to work on and one for mom to work on. Mom and child can write each other letters, share the things they are thankful for, write out their emotions, and share their future adventures, hopes and dreams. 

Mom & Me Art Journal

Each page is beautifully illustrated with blank spaces ready for mom and child to add the finishing touches to the page. This book is an awesome way to open up the lines of communication between mother and child through art and creativity. There are 127 pages in the Mom & Me Art Journal, so you'll have plenty prompts and activities to keep you busy all summer long.

Each book is available in major book retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, and Booktopia across the US, UK, and AU. Be sure to order your copies before your kids are out of school for the summer and "I'm Bored" becomes the phrase of the day.


                                                              


What activities do you have planned to keep the kids busy this summer?



Summer Fun Starts Here! $20 Amazon Giveaway


Who's ready for the 3 day weekend? Me! And, probably you too! Memorial Day weekend is my unofficial start to the summer. It's time to dust off the grill, break out the sunscreen, and spend days lounging by the pool. The neighbor's pool that is because I'm not lucky enough to have my own ;) Since we are heading into my favorite season, I want to celebrate and host a little Amazon giveaway to get you excited about the season too. What are you looking forward to this summer? Let me know, then enter the giveaway below!

One winner will receive a $20 Amazon e-gift card. The giveaway is open worldwide and ends 6/8/17. Winner will have 24 hours to respond to winning email before a new winner is selected. Please enter on the giveaway widget below.




*vectors used above were downloaded from Miss Kate Cuttables. 



Monday, May 22, 2017

I Mom Hard All Day, Every Day #wingmama




All moms know that motherhood can be a battle. Some days it feels like a never ending uphill battle to get everyone's needs met while still trying to hang on to my own sanity, and when I speak with my girlfriends, I relieved to know that I am not alone. We all have our own war story when it comes to parenting. Some of those war stories are funny, some not so much, but it's a comfort to know that whatever "war" is raging in my house on any given day, at the end of the day the Wing Mama has my back.

Have you met the Wing Mama yet? The Baroness of Red Baron Pizza is getting moms to share their parenting "war stories" to earn wing mama patches. Are you a "Human Napkin" for your kiddos? A "Screentime Regulator"? Maybe a "Toddler Translator"? These are some of the patches us moms proudly wear. As for me, my patch is the Mom Hard patch, because I Mom Hard All Day, Every Day!

I'm a mama to two teen daughters, and you would think that the older a child gets, the easier the mom job gets. Nope. I'm still scrambling to find shoes and backpacks, help with homework, make sure everyone is properly fed, showered and ready to start the day. And that's all before 7am. Then we have dental appointments, after school activities, award ceremonies, and when the bus is running late for the millionth time this year, I get to play chauffeur to all of the neighborhood kids. Mariah needs a ride to work, Allison needs new track shoes, and I just need a nap. But, since I Mom Hard, I do exactly what needs to be done every single day to make sure things run smoothly for the family. At the end of the day I am exhausted, but the kids still need to be fed, and here's where the Baroness has my back.


Red Baron Pizza

Red Baron Pizza

After a long day of running, the last thing I want to hear is "What's for dinner?" With my picky eaters, dinnertime can be a war in itself, but thankfully we can all agree that Red Baron pizza is a great idea.


Just heat and eat and my job is done for the day. We'll grab a few slices, head out to the deck, light a little fire, and relax in each other's company.


Cheers to Red Baron Pizza for quick dinner solutions so I can continue to Mom Hard every day.


Do you have a parenting "war story" to share? The Baroness wants to hear all about it! Head over to Facebook and Twitter and share all of your dirty little parenting war stories with her. Be sure to let her know which wing mama patch (check out her bomber jacket!) you most relate to by tagging @baroness and using the hashtag #wingmama.

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3 lucky readers are going to win (1) coupon for a FREE Red Baron Pizza! All you have to do is share a short parenting "war story" on Facebook or Twitter using the #wingmama hashtag. Come back and leave me a comment with your share link. If you would like a bonus entry after you have shared your war story on Facebook or Twitter, visit Red Baron and leave me an additional comment letting me know your favorite product from the brand.

The giveaway will run though June 5, 2017 and is open to residents of the U.S. You can enter once a day using the #wingmama hashtag and sharing your daily link in the comment section below. Winners will have 24 hours to respond to winning email before a new a new winner is selected.



Friday, May 19, 2017

Wake Up To Sunshine In A Cup With This Cantaloupe Banana Smoothie

Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.


I don't know about you, but I am pretty thrilled that the warm weather is back! Beach days, back yard BBQ, walks in the park, and sitting on the deck reading a good book with a cold drink in hand are some of my favorite things about this time of year. I'm a southern girl, so sweet tea is usually high on my list of favorite summertime drinks, but one other beverage has that beat: a fruity smoothie. I usually use strawberries as a base, but have been branching out and trying new concoctions lately so I decided to give this Cantaloupe Banana Smoothie recipe from Golden Blossom Honey a try the other day. 


I like to cut up my fruit and freeze it solid before blending for a thicker consistency, but it's just as tasty fresh out of the melon and peel. One of the things I like about the combination of ingredients is you don't get tiny seeds stuck in your teeth, like you would if you used a berry base. With this recipe, you get a creamy consistency and a light refreshing taste rolled into one yummy smoothie. Perfect for lazing around on a warm summer day soaking up the sounds of nature and sunshine. 

1 cup cantaloupe
1 banana
1/2 cup nonfat or low fat plain yogurt
1 tablespoon RAW GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY


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You can find this recipe, as well as many more delicious recipes right on the Golden Blossom Honey recipe page! Be sure to follow Golden Blossom Honey on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on new products and promotions.




If you like this recipe, be sure to come back every Friday, where I feature a new recipe from Golden Blossom Honey!



What's your favorite summertime beverage?


 
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