Holidays are done and 2014 is here. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a fabulous New Year! I am so excited for 2014 this year especially with the soon to be arrival of our third little one Jacob. I know that 2014 will be a year filled with many blessings, health, and prosperity.
Happy New Year All!
Can you believe Christmas is in just two days… Crazy right! I mean I feel like the year had just began and now its over. With Thanksgiving being so close to Christmas I feel like the holidays have been one after the other. To top it off life itself, has been crazy lately. I mean with the kids schedule and me and this pregnancy I feel like I have had no time to do anything anymore. I like to tell people my body has been taken over by the body snatchers. But, we in the ending stretch and coming down the wire, so I am pretty excited.
This year we decided to stay home for the holidays and that means just trying to plan dinners and getting of the gifts for the kiddies and family. One of my favorite places to shop is Target of course, that’s why whenever there is a way to save some money I’ll take it. I’m always looking for easy recipes I can make for a crowd and this holiday I wanted to make a baked artichoke dip… So yummy!
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Look how easy it is…
Mix all the ingredients together except the artichoke hearts.
Chop up the artichoke hearts and then add to mixture.
Mix it all together and spread into a greased dish and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes until cheese is bubbly and browned.
Serve warm and with pita chips.
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Pancakes are such a staple in my house, I think I make them at least once every two weeks, sometimes once a week. At least I make some version of pancakes… I means I sometimes make Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Cinnamon Pancakes, Chocolate Pancakes, Buttermilk Pancakes or even Biscoff Panckes. Really I think I can make pancakes with anything.
I used to be so afraid of baking or cooking with sour cream, I don’t know I guess i just thought that whenever you cooked with it your food would just taste like sour cream and because I am not a huge sour cream lover I would always try and stay away from it. Well not this time. I had always wanted to try making Sour Cream Pancakes.
These pancakes were fluffy and had such a great taste. I only recommend eating them right after they’ve been cooked. They don’t taste the same after. A definite yummy breakfast recipe to have in my repertoire!
Have you tried Sour Cream Pancakes before?
Before I was pregnant I always had a craving for sweets. But not candy, sweets… Dessert sweets! I have always had a sweet spot for chocolate brownies, actually I have always had a sweet spot for any dessert that is chocolate. Now since I have been pregnant I haven’t really had a sweet tooth for anything which is really strange. I keep waiting for the cravings to come but they haven’t yet.
Until one day I wanted brownies. but not just any kind of brownies I wanted an over the top deep chocolate brownie. I remembered Lori from RecipeGirl sharing a recipe for deep dark brownies and I knew I needed to make it.
These brownies were soft and fudgy but had a deep dark chocolate flavor that just hit the spot. The perfect ending for a chocolate craving!
You guys are all aware of how much my daughter and I love to cook. Well you also may know already that KK loves to cook on her own as well. She has definitely been spreading her wings in the kitchen lately and I absolutely LOVE it!
Ever since she was a little girl she has always loved following me i the kitchen and being my shadow. I think KK partly loves to cook because she loves the ability to be creative and think outside the box. She likes to try and put her own spin on recipes and loves to watch. We especially love to watch other kids cooking on television, like Rachael Ray vs Guy Fieri Kids Cooking Contest and of course Masterchef Junior.
A couple of weeks ago I asked KK if she wanted to enter into Uncle Ben’s Bens Beginners Cooking Contest this year. This contest is a National Contest that empowers and encourages families cooking together and making healthier choices. The contest has received hundreds of entries from families nationwide.
Of course the minute I mentioned it she absolutely squealed and started jumping up and down saying yes she wanted to enter again. Last year, their first year hosting the contest, she had entered and loved the experience.
This year we kicked off the voting process by being featured on FOX35 News Good Day Orlando, which for KK was so cool. She was so nervous and giddy but did an awesome job and I was son proud of her.
Next she was also featured in the Orlando Sentinel talking about the contest and informing people on how to vote.
To Vote for KK and her Cajun Shrimp and Rice CLICK HERE!!!!!
You see the only way to win is to vote. You can vote once a day, every day, every 24 hours. If selected as a grand prize winner, KK could win $15,000 cash and also receive a $30,000 cafeteria makeover for her school, Timber Lakes Elementary. Plus, two members of the family would also appear on the Rachael Ray Show. Pretty cool stuff huh!
Voting has been going strong and is still going. It will end October 27th! So it is so important to get your vote in ASAP EVERYDAY!!!!!
Thanks so much guys!!!!
Lately I have been on a HUGE sandwich kick. I don’t know if it’s because I’m pregnant but I notice lately I have been eating a whole lot more of sandwiches. My new big thing is adding tasty spreads to my sandwiches to change them up a bit. Last time I spoke to you all about making a sundried tomato mayo spread which was absolutely yummy.
That’s when I got excited to share with you all something new from Hidden Valley®. Hidden Valley has come up with Hidden Valley Sandwich Spreads and Dips. They have four different flavors: Spicy Chipotle Pepper, Oven Roasted Garlic Parmesan, Smoked Bacon, and Country Herb.
Have you ever tried Boar’s Head Jerk Turkey before? OMG! If you haven’t then now is the time. I can only find it at Publix and this turkey is spicy with a kick. It is so yummy especially when its added in a sandwich. Not just any sandwich but a panini that is filled with melted cheese, spinach, lots of bacon and a out of this world sun-dried tomato mayo. I’m drooling as I share it with you.
As you all know my husband and I are expecting our third child and I can honestly say that I haven’t had weird cravings or been dying for anything in particular. The one thing that I do find myself eating alot of are sandwiches, especially paninis. Weird… huh! For example when I first made this panini I think I ate for four days straight for lunch. I don’t know why but it was that good!
I think this mayo plays a big part in too, I never used to be a fan for just plain ol mayo but this one has a great flavor when combined with chopped up sun-dried tomatoes.
Trust me the next time you have a hankering for a panini, pick up some Boar’s Head Jerk Turkey and make this mayo, you can add it to anything you want!
I am such a fan of making meals that require only one pot to make them in. The ease of not having to dirty a million dishes makes my life so much easier sometimes. Especially now with being pregnant I need all the ease I can get. Now although I wast easy, nothing beats comfort food and to me lasagna is pretty comforting, and it doesn’t matter what kind either it can Lasagna Bolognese or Eggplant Lasagna, either way it’s all yummy! This recipe is even somewhat healthier because I used ground chicken instead of ground beef, you know you gotta switch it up a little bit. Plus with all of these delicious flavors mixed together it really will feel like a true lasagna.
Lasagna’s one of my families favorite meal of the night, and this awesome recipe only uses one pan to make it… what could be better than that? Read the rest of this entry »
Do you guys remember when I had the pleasure of hosting the great giveaway from Del Monte® to host a Can Creations gathering with friends to try out some yummy creations with Del Monte® products. One of the desserts that I share with you all was this delicious Pear Torte that was so simple and easy to make.
I just realized I didn’t really share with you all this recipe, so here it is…
When you were younger did you ever try Stouffer’s French Bread Pizza? When I was a kid I remember every time I would walk down the frozen aisle section in the supermarket, I would always beg my mom for us to buy the frozen french bread pizzas. I don’t know what it was but they just looked so yummy I needed to have one. Of course then when we moved to France it was so easy to make them ourselves since we would buy french baguettes every day.
I think one of the best things about these french bread pizzas are that they can be made individually or for large crowds. The choice of toppings that you can add are pretty yummilicious. I mean you can go the old fashion way with just pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese and maybe some pepperoni. Or you can jazz it up with alfredo sauce, chicken and Parmesan. The choices are truly endless. Serve these pizzas either straight out the oven or room temperature, either way its delicious! Now let’s start making some French Bread Pizza… Read the rest of this entry »
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