When I was a little girl I was taught how to eat a whole entire fried fish by myself with bones and everything. In Jamaica there is a beach called Hellshire. This beach is known through out the entire island and loved by all natives and foreigners. You see the reason why Hellshire is so loved is because of its food. But not just any food, here there is a specialty… Fried Fish, but not just any kind of fried fish– Escovitch Fried Fish.
From the time you park your car and walk to set yourself up on the beach you have to go through a little hut, now there are many on the beach, but this one particular one we always went through had Red Snappers the size of my head, and at 5-6 years old you already know that’s pretty big. I spent my summers in Jamaican and each time my family and I would go to the beach for some fish. Once you walk in to the hut, you not only get to choose the fish you want but you you watch them cook it and then they serve it to you with a HOT HOT HOT Escovitch Sauce and plenty of festival.
There is nothing sweeter in this world then fresh fried fish, and hot festival being served to you while your feet are in the sand and you are looking at the beautiful blue ocean.
That moment is what we call bliss!!!
The beauty of this recipe is that it is so easy to recreate and make at home… bring a little island to your life!
Breakfast quesadillas are such a easy simple way to begin your day. I don’t know about any of you but breakfast is my most favorite meal of the day. Now though there are many times when I skip out on breakfasts, actually I wouldn’t say skip out I usually have breakfast much later on in the day, I am always looking for new ways to jazz up our breakfast selections.
The real beauty to this recipes is that it calls for no time at all. Scrambling of the eggs takes about 5 minutes. Sauteing chopped sausage and green pepper takes about 3 minutes and combining all of those into a grilled quesadilla takes about another 5 minutes. So it takes 15 minutes or less to make a delicious filling breakfast!
To me that sounds pretty doable and definitely well worth 15 minutes of my time… even if I do feel like I am scrambling in the mornings, it’s so worth it!
So let’s stop gabbing and start making something yummy for breakfast…
Frosting is my kryptonite. Well at least one of them. I love visiting my local cake decorating store here, in Orlando called D&G Occassions. I get so much stuff from there all the time its a shame. So I try and limit how many times I venture there. The last time I was there I had found vanilla bean paste. I know, how wonderful! I knew from the moment it cam home with me I was going to make Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting!
Vanilla Bean flecks in an oh so white creamy buttercream frosting is so pretty to see and so yummy to eat! This frosting is simple and easy to make that you could probably make it with your eyes closed standing on one leg… Of course that doesn’t mean you need to actually try that at home, just saying…
You can also make this recipe with an actual vanilla bean pod and scarpe out the vanilla beans inside. I just had my paste and wanted to use it. Either one works really well.
Spice up your buttercream frosting with some vanilla beans next time… Read the rest of this entry »
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Life is hectic. Schedules are all over the place. Kids activities drive us from one location to another and sanity is supposed to be kept amongst it all. After a while it gets hard to even remember where you started from. Having kids, I knew that their schedules would one day become overwhelming, I just never realized how much. You see my daughter dances, which is twice a week but her schedule has not become out of control unlike my son. He plays soccer. But he plays soccer for an Academy team here and its INTENSE, to say the least. For the past three weekends we have been traveling, from Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, Brandon, to Jacksonville. I know all over Florida. Of course we love every minute of it but sometimes its hard with practices all week and games and tournaments.
That sometimes we as moms just need something to help make our lives a little easier…. especially when it comes to feeding our families. Morning times during the week we choose easy things for breakfast like muffins, banana breads, toast, maybe some waffles. One of my favorite things I love to do is over the weekend, I love to make a big batch of Buttermilk Pancakes and freeze them. This allows my kids to take one or two out and warm it up for their quick morning breakfasts. Sometimes I’ll even whip up some yummy breakfast quesadillas… YUM!
No matter what we make we absolutely love to use LAND O LAKES® Butter with Canola Oil. This butter has such a smooth creamy texture and its flavor is sweet and perfect to spread right out of the refrigerator on our favorite breads, pastries or breakfast items, or topping on your favorite dinner or side dishes. Land O Lakes® Butter with Canola Oil is made with only three simple ingredients: sweet cream, canola oil and salt. One of best parts about it is that it has no artificial ingredients, so we as moms don’t have to feel guilty serving it to our kiddies. We love the ease of using LAND O LAKES® butter and how it helps simplify our busy life!
As I looked around me I noticed that I was surrounded by either pregnant women or women having babies. I’m gonna give you a little number throwing out there, in my kids elementary school we have had 4 women give birth and 5 more waiting to give birth. In my church we have had 5 women give birth and are waiting for 4 more to pop. Yah! I know its A LOT!
It’s like an epidemic going on. We have a saying “Something’s in the water!” because there have been waaaay too many babies popping up… literally!
My husband says to me “whatever those women are drinking stay far away”, I just laugh at him because I too am telling myself the same thing. Anyways, the whole reason of me talking about babies and all is that my church started an awesome meal set-up for families in need, whether it be for an accident, surgeries, sickness, or just babies entering the world. It’s great because it really allows us to live life together and bring a family in need a delicious meal that will alleviate the burden of them wondering what to do for dinner.
Of course I wanted to make something for my lovely friends who just brought a beautiful baby girl into this world. I decided to make Eggplant Lasagna. This recipe is so easy and great for families who do not eat meat and want something comforting and oh so yummy!
It’s a beautiful thing but I don’t think I have been around so many pregnant women at one time… LOL! Have you?
Do you like surprises?
Me, I have never been one for surprises, I kind of like to know whats gonna happen before it does. You know like when it comes to parties, or books or even movies… My husband would say to me always stop asking questions and just watch the movie. But one thing which is kind of funny is that I love surprising others!
I love doing small or big things for my family… especially when they don’t know about it. I especially like surprising my kids with snacks in their lunch boxes. Sometimes with a little note saying how much I love them. A usual snack that my kids love are chips.
Chips are a huge part in this house. Actually snacks in general are. You see having two kids as active mine are always snacking at some point in time during the day. ALWAYS! We love all kinds of different chips, but as a mom you know how important it is to try and get your kids to eat the right kind of snacks throughout the day!
When I was asked to partner with The Green Giant and their surprise, we all know who the Green Giant is, don’t we?, I got excited and knew I just had to be part of their big surprise.
So you may ask yourself what is this big surprise you say… Well here it is…
Green Giant had found a way to package all of those needed vegetables into bite size delicious chips. Their new Veggie Snack Chips are available in two different varieties: Multigrain Sweet Potato Chips and Roasted Veggie Tortilla Chips.
I eat a lot of bananas. I always have extra sitting on the counter top and sometimes they don’t always get eaten. Of course that doesn’t mean that they go to waste… Oh no no no… They usually end up in some kind of treat, whether they banana fritters, banana shakes, or banana bread. I wanted to change up this banana bread and add chocolate chips and peanut butter.
I know peanut butter, Mmmmm. I love Peanut butter. This recipe is so simple and easy to make. I think banana bread is so comforting and perfect with a nice cup of coffee. If you love banana breads and want to add something special, try adding peanut butter and chocolate chips. If you would rather Nutella then try Nutella swirled banana bread, either way if your like me in the next few days yow will have some ripe bananas begging for some attention.
Do you have a favorite banana bread combination?
Do you guys remember me posting on Instagram this succulent photo of Pot Roast I made? If you don’t then that probably means that you need to start following ThatsSoYummy on Instagram, oh yea and you can also see all of the photos on Facebook as well. But back to the topic on hand of this absolutely delicious yet simple recipe… a one pot, Pot Roast.
The beauty with this recipe is that everything can get thrown into ONE pot or if you want your slow cooker. How simple is that. Perfect for cleaning up as well. This roast is combined with carrots, onion, garlic, red wine, tomato paste, bay leaves and thyme… Yep all that good stuff! Let it cook for 2 1/2 hours and what you will have as end result will be a sure cry of heaven on a plate!
I know I know, I said I was going to get this recipe out to you guys and I apologize for it taking so long. But here it is…
Enjoy and sorry for the wait…. Well worth it though!
February 1st: All snuggled up to watch Juju play his soccer game.
February 2nd: Hitting the weights hard this am… Gotta get it!
Everyone knows how much I love Red Velvet Cake. You know how much I love brownies. Did you ever stop to ask yourself how would Red Velvet Cake Brownies taste? Its the combination of both worlds!!!!
Let’s just say they would taste AWESOME! I wanted to make so sweet and delish because Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and my kids kept asking me to bake. Of course I knew these would knock their socks off especially when combined with Dark Chocolate M&m’s and cream cheese frosting.
These brownies are rich in flavor but gooey in the center like brownies. Plus who wouldn’t smile at the beautiful color they are.
They are so festive and perfect for your Valentine’s!
There’s still time to make these babies, Let’s start baking…
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