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Friday, February 17, 2017

Cajun Baked Shrimp ~ Bubba Gump Would Approve!

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.


When I think of my favorite movies, most of them are from 15 or more years ago. Not that there aren't some really great movies that are "newer", but there was something magical about the films from the 80's and 90's. I've been slowly introducing my girls to the classics that I grew up on- The Princess Bride, Never Ending Story, 10 Things I Hate About You, Titanic... They initially snubbed their noses at these older films, but in the end, found that they enjoyed them very much. There's one film I haven't gotten around to watching with them yet, but it's on my list of things to do before sending Mariah off to college this fall, and that's Forrest Gump. It's a long one, but I think it's a film that everyone needs to see at least once in their life. I'm pretty sure that has to be one of the most quoted films of our generation, no? Who hasn't yelled, "Run, Forrest, Run!" at some point? Or talked about how life is like a box of chocolates? And, of course, you gotta love good old Bubba Gump rambling on about how many different ways you can serve up shrimp. Allison has been on me to make her some shrimp for the past month since it's one of her favorite eats. Her and Bubba would have been best friends, I'm sure. Last week we had some pretty good sales on shrimp, so picked up a few pounds, then made the family this Cajun Baked Shrimp from Golden Blossom Honey.

Cajun Baked Shrimp
 
The Cajun seasoning gives it a true southern flare, and is there anything better than southern cuisine? I don't think so! You could invite Bubba Gump to dinner and I'm sure this Cajun Baked Shrimp would shoot straight to the top of his list of favorite ways to cook shrimp. It's definitely at the top of my family's list of favorites now!

Ingredients
1/3 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
3 tablespoons GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 pound uncooked large shrimp, shelled and deveined

CLICK HERE FOR FULL RECIPE

Cajun Baked Shrimp

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What is your favorite film from the 80's or 90's?

 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

I Heart Brookies!

We all have our vices right? Mine happens to be kitchen items. Dishes, bake ware, utensils, decorative bowls... I have a really hard time walking through the kitchen section at the store without buying something. It all just beckons me to snap it all up and put it in my cart. A few months ago Jason challenged me, saying that he bets that I don't know half of what I have bought for the kitchen. In true Theresa fashion, I scoffed and rolled my eyes, then insisted I knew every little thing I have ever bought and shoved into the far corners of my cabinets.

Fast forward to last week when I was looking for a pan I use once in a blue moon. While digging through my stash, I stumbled up a heart shaped silicone mold (affiliate link) that I bought a few years back and... you guessed it, totally forgot about.

heart shaped silicone mold

"Oooh, I forgot I had this! I should make something for Valentine's Day with it!" Of course, Jason overheard that and had to rub it in just a little bit about how right he was. I was able to get him to shut his mouth pretty quick when I mentioned maybe making some brookies (brownie cookies) in the mold.


Brookies are my family's favorite sweet treat, combining my chocolate chip cookies with homemade brownies. It's a really rich, indulgent treat, so they don't get made too often around here since my waist line would surely pay the price. But, every once in a while, a girl has to indulge.


These can be made with store bought cookie and brownie mixes, but I prefer to make everything from scratch. I think it just tastes better that way.
yield: 18 Brookiesprint recipe

Heart-Shaped Brookies

INGREDIENTS:

For the cookie layer
  • 1/2 cup butter *real butter, not a spread*
  • 1/2 cup Crisco Butter Flavor Shortening
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1- 12oz package semisweet chocolate chips
For the brownie layer
  • 1 cup chopped chocolate bar (85% or more cocoa) - I usually use a Lindt Cocoa Bar
  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

INSTRUCTIONS:

Start with the Brownie Layer
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. In a double broiler, melt chopped chocolate and butter. Stir until smooth. Allow to cool slightly.
  2. In a large bowl, combine sugar and melted chocolate mixture. Sir in egg whites and vanilla. Gradually add flour to chocolate mixture.
  3. Press brownie mixture into the bottom of silicone mold, filling 1/2 way. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove from oven, allow to cool.
Cookie Layer
  1. While brownies are baking, start your cookie dough. Combine flour, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, combine softened butter with shortening, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla. Beat until creamy. Beat in egg. Gradually add flour mixture and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips.
  2. Press cookie dough onto cooled brownie layer, leaving about 1/4 inch of space free from the top of the mold to allow for cookie expansion. Return mold to the pan and bake for an additional 9 minutes.
  3. Remove mold from oven and allow the brookie mixture to fully cool before removing from the mold. Serve.
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Brownie Cookie. Is there any better treat to celebrate Valentine's Day? Probably not.

Brownie Cookie

♥ Wishing you all a Happy Valentine's Day ♥

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Choose To Sparkle with StickerBeans

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'm a firm believer that everyone deserves to smile, shine and sparkle, and if you know me, you know it's the little things that make my heart sing. Thankfully, I've raised two girls who think the same way that I do, finding joy in the little things. And if those little things shine and sparkle, all the better! That's why us Mahoney girls have been pretty excited about the latest trend in accessories: StickerBeans™

StickerBeans Rhinestone Stickers

When I was a kid, sticker collecting was all the rage. It was fun to hunt down cool stickers and trade for new ones with your friends. I had tons of sticker albums filled with my favorite designs. Sadly, times have changed and sticker books aren't as cool as what they once were. Two Moms, Dana Runyon and Kim Spadaccini also shared in my love of sticker collecting, and wanting to bring back the fun and excitement of the hobby, came up with the idea of StickerBeans™. Gone are the days of putting your favorite stickers in a book only to be seen when you get the urge to flip through the pages of the album. Now, you can add trendy and sparkly stickers to your accessories and show them off wherever you go.


StickerBeans Rhinestone Stickers

StickerBeans™ stickers are made from sparkly rhinestones that add a little glitter and glitz to every day items. Pop them on phone and tablet cases, laptops, lockers, notebooks, pencil boxes... almost anything your little heart desires for a fun fashion statement.

StickerBeans Rhinestone Stickers

 Easily peel the sticker from the plastic backing, then stick your StickerBeans™ to anything that needs a little sparkle and shine.


StickerBeans Rhinestone Stickers

Allison was pretty excited to see these come in the mail and couldn't wait to immediately add the puppy dog StickerBeans™ to her cell phone. She then started piecing out which ones she wanted to share with her friends so she could add a little sparkle to their day too! 

StickerBeans Rhinestone Stickers

StickerBeans™ come in a variety of sizes, 2-inch, 5-inch, and 2-feet, so you can bling out anything from phone cases to walls. Prices start at $3.50, which I think is an inexpensive way to add a little flair to your favorite things.


There are oodles of designs available, from donuts and cupcakes to emojis and nail polish and unicorns, and with the line constantly expanding, there's something for everyone. They are fun to collect and share with friends, and with Easter right around the corner, StickerBeans™ would make an awesome, inexpensive basket filler! To find out more and to purchase your own, be sure to visit StickerBeans™ today!



 What design do you thing would make for a fun rhinestone sticker?


Friday, February 10, 2017

Sweeten Up Valentine's Day with Chocolate Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

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.


You know Valentine's Day is right around the corner when you see a billion strawberry dessert recipes pop up. I was planning on making a few strawberry flavored desserts this weekend myself, maybe a pie or cupcakes, but then I decided I wanted cookies instead. I just wasn't feeling strawberry flavored cookies, so I decided to head over to Golden Blossom Honey to see if they had anything that included red fruit in a cookie that could pass off as a Valentine's treat. I actually found this Chocolate Raspberry Thumbprint Cookie recipe in their Christmas recipe collection, but hey. Raspberries are red, chocolate is the universal flavor of Valentine's Day, so why not? Plus, my friend Dezzy recently asked why I never post raspberry desserts, so dahlink Dezzy, this one's for you ;)

Chocolate Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

Honestly, I don't bake with raspberries often because they aren't at the top of my favorite fruit list. Something about the texture of the berry isn't my cuppa tea, but this recipe calls for raspberry jam which is definitely something that I can get behind. I think any kind of fruit makes for a wonderful jam, raspberry included.

Chocolate Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

This was only my second time ever making thumbprint cookies, and I have to wonder why I don't make them more often. They are so easy to make, and the chocolate and raspberry jam combo is almost sinful, it's so good. I don't even want to admit how many of these I scarfed down before I presented the remainder to the family.

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1/4 cup GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons sugar, to roll cookies in
1/4 cup seedless raspberry jam

CLICK HERE FOR FULL RECIPE 

Get a little fancy and top the cookies with raspberries. Plus, you could always consider them healthy if there's real fruit on top, right? If you want to get extra fancy, I think drizzling white chocolate over the tops would make them pop even more!

Chocolate Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies
 

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!



Chocolates, cakes, cupcakes, cookies... What's your favorite Valentine's Day indulgence?

 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

St. Joe Ice Festival

We had a great time at the Niles Ice Festival last year, so when I found out we were going to have unseasonably warm temperatures for this years festival, I decided we'd have to skip since the heat would probably have most of the carvings dripping before we arrived. I was a bit bummed we were going to miss it, but was pretty stoked when I heard that St. Joe, Michigan was going to offer an ice festival this year, and as luck would have it, the temperatures were going to be ideal for the weekend it was on.

ice sculpting

The St. Joe festival was no where near as big as Niles, and after seeing the huge castle and other massive carvings at last year's show, I was a bit disappointed in this show. However, there were some really lovely ice sculptures to admire, so the trip wasn't a total bust.

ice sculpting

ice sculpture

ice sculpture

ice sculpture

ice sculpture

My favorite was this mermaid ice sculpture:

ice sculpture

ice sculpture

Jason's favorite was the Chicago Cubs World Series Champion Ice Sculpture, but the burger and beer was a pretty close second.

ice sculpture

ice sculpture


Is there anything better than a cold beer and cold pizza? ;)

ice sculpture

ice sculpture

There was an oversized snow person making balloon animals for the kids. 


If that wasn't your thing, you could try your hand at the dead frozen fish toss. Which really wasn't my thing either. Yuck!


Allison has been obsessed with roosters for quite a few years, and even more so after seeing the hilarious rooster Heihei in Moana, so we made her stop for a photo with this one.


Even though it wasn't as big as last years ice festival, we still had a great time and will return if they put on another ice show next year.


Does your town put on ice festivals?

Friday, February 3, 2017

Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce So Good You'll Want to Double Dip

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.


By now you have probably already decided on your game day menu, and I think in many circles, the party food is almost as important as the game itself. While the main dishes always get the attention, it's the little touches that really help to make an ordinary game day staple really pop. My menu usually consists of finger foods, which are delicious on their own, but add in a good dipping sauce? You go from tasting good to tasting great! So, what's a good dipping sauce you say? Honey Mustard, of course! Now, you could just buy a jar of honey mustard and be good to go (especially if it's the Golden Blossom Honey Mustard), but add in a few extra spices and you've gone from great to amazing. That's why I think this Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce from Golden Blossom Honey should be on every buffet table for the big game this Sunday.

Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce
Serve it with chicken wings, pretzels, onion rings, french fries. Or slather some on top of your favorite sandwiches and sliders for a tangy zip of flavor. It goes great with most game day recipes and is so good, you'll have to resist the urge to double dip. 


Ingredients
1/2 cup GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY MUSTARD
1 teaspoon dried tarragon, crushed
2 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

CLICK HERE FOR FULL RECIPE

Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

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!



Are you hosting any game day parties this year? What's going on your buffet table?






 
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