Get Your Drink On With A Lime Breeze

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Get Your Drink On With A Lime Breeze

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy long walks on cool evenings, barbecues, baseball games, picnics, beach days, and concerts.  Handsome and I love any activity you can do outside.

One of our favorite things to do is going to concerts in the park.  These events combine two fun summer activities; picnics and music (check with your local parks to see if have a concert series).

Over the years we have come up with a pre-concert ritual.  As we are making and packing our picnic menu items for the picnic part of the outing, we enjoy a cocktail (or 2).  This is not just any ‘ol cocktail, it is one we concocted in the beginning of summer and that is our signature cocktail we drink all season long.

This summer’s cocktail is called Lime Breeze.  I love lime sherbet and Handsome loves Bacardi Superior, I blend those two with a little coconut water and you have a satisfying Lime Breeze.  Tasty and refreshing, just perfect for the hot and humid weather Southern California has been experiencing.

Get Your Drink On With A Lime Breeze

Bacardi is also into concerts, as they have teamed up with Live Nation!

Right now, Bacardi and Live Nation have an awesome sweepstakes happening!  

On selected Bacardi Superior bottles you can redeem a code to receive $5.00 in Live Nation Concert Cash and with 2 codes you will receive $15.00.  You must be 21 or older and State exclusions apply.  Visit www.bacardisummermusic.com for details and restrictions.

Get Your Drink On With A Lime Breeze

Last time I was at the store I picked up a bottle of Bacardi Banana Flavored Rum.  I’m so excited to start using it in cocktails, punches and recipes!

Get Your Drink On With A Lime Breeze

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5.0 from 3 reviews
Get Your Drink On With A Lime Breeze
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Serves 2
Ingredients
  • 2 large scoop lime sherbet
  • 8 oz coconut water
  • 4 oz Bacardi Superior
  • whipped cream (optional)
Directions
  1. In a blender add all ingredients until combined.
  2. Pour into glasses and top with whipped cream.

Get Your Drink On With A Lime Breeze

 

Live Passionately. Drink Responsibly.

Until Next Time…

XOXO

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Roasted Carrot Soup

 

Have you ever been unloading your groceries after going to a big box store and ever wondered…why did I just purchase 5 pounds of carrots?   Yes, this just happened.

Carrot recipes here I come.  First up! Roasted Carrot Soup.

A family favorite anytime of the year.  If you really love that carrot flavor, this soup is for you.

Roasted Carrot Soup

Now comes the dilemma…Do I have the other ingredients I need to make these recipes?  I always have fresh herbs on hand…or do I?  I buy them and they somehow make it to the bottom of my vegetable drawer where they are never seen again (until it’s too late and they are wilted and squishy). YUCK!

Thanks to Pop & Cook I always have fresh herbs in my freezer.  What is Pop & Cook?  It’s genius!  It’s my favorite cooking secret!

pop and cook roasted carrot soup

 

Pop & Cook is pre-portioned fresh garlic, onions and herbs.  They are frozen into cubes so you can store them in your freezer to have on hand whenever you need them, use what you need and pop the rest back in the freezer.  The perfect amount of herbs right at your fingertips; no cleaning, no prepping, no mess!  The garlic and herbs are picked at their peak of ripeness and are flash frozen within 90 minutes of harvest to ensure quality and freshness.

 

You can find Pop & Cook exclusively at your local Walmart in the freezer section.  Pop & Cook products do not contain preservatives or artifical ingredients.Roasted Carrot Soup

 

Here’s how they are measured out:

  • Crushed Garlic 1 cube = 1 clove
  • Crushed Ginger 1 cube = 1 teaspoon
  • Chopped Basil = 1 teaspoon
  • Chopped Cilantro = 1 teaspoon
  • Sauteed Glazed Onions 1 tray = 3 chopped onions

Knowing I have these items in my freezer at all times makes making dinner a snap on those busy days when I have to get a meal on the table fast.

Roasted Carrot Soup!

Roasted Carrot Soup

 

Roasted Carrot Soup
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Ingredients
  • 8 carrots, peeled and cut into 1 inch slices
  • 2 garlic Pop & Cook cubes
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil + more for roasting carrots
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • ½ cup of whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt + more for seasoning carrots
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper + more for seasoning carrots
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 dash of hot sauce (optional)
  • 1 spring of green onion - optional
  • croutons - optional
Directions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place carrots, salt, and peper (to taste) in a bowl and coat them evenly with olive oil.
  3. Spread carrots in a single layer on to a baking sheet.
  4. Roast carrots for 20 to 25 minutes until carrots are golden brown and tender.
  5. Place 1 tablespoon of olive oil into a dutch oven over medium heat.
  6. Add 2 Pop & Cook garlic cubes and sautee for 1 to 2 minutes.
  7. Place the roasted carrots into the dutch oven.
  8. Add the chicken broth, milk, salt, pepper, nutmeg, and dash of hot sauce.
  9. Cook for 25 minutes over a soft rolling boil. Stiring occasionally.
  10. With an immersion blender (or a countertop blender) blend the soup to a smooth consistency.
  11. Once soup is completely smooth add butter and cook for an additional 10 minutes.
  12. If you like, add the green onions and croutons.
Memos
*Carrot soup can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 day or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

 Roasted Carrot Soup

Find out more about Pop & Cook Here.

Until Next Time…

XOXO

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One Skillet Zesty Cheezy Corn Dip

 

One of my favorite summer foods is fresh corn.  This year the corn has been especially sweet, so I have tried to incorporate it in as many dishes as possible.  Sadly, I have a family member who is not as crazy about corn as I am, but we can all agree this one skillet zesty cheezy corn dip fast becomes a favorite of everyone who tastes it.

One Skillet Zesty Cheezy Corn Dip

In fact, the “I don’t want corn again” person (they have asked to remain nameless) has requested this dip for our casual Friday night dinner.  This zesty cheezy corn dip along with a salad made with my mom’s special vinaigrette makes the perfect easy-peasy Friday night meal.

I’m going to let you in on a little secret…The ingredient that makes this corn dip so delicious is not the corn, it’s the Mezzetta Peperoncinis.

One Skillet Zesty Cheezy Corn Dip

Have you ever tasted a peperoncini?  When I was growing up peperoncinis were always sitting in a bowl on our table at every family gathering.  In fact, every home of every Italian friend I had, had peperoncinis sitting on their table in a bowl!  Peperoncinis turn an average meal into crave-worthy mouth watering meals.

They are so delicious Handsome loves to eat them right out of the jar down to the very last one.

4.6 from 5 reviews
One Skillet Zesty Cheezy Corn Dip
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Ingredients
  • 4 ears of fresh sweet corn (kernel removed) or 2 cans of whole kernel sweet corn
  • ½ finely cup chopped Mezzetta Peperoncini
  • 6 slices of bacon, crumbled
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup shredded mexican blend cheese
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ⅓ cup cilantro, chopped
Directions
  1. Pre-heat over to 375 degrees.
  2. In a cast iron skillet, cook bacon over medium high heat until crispy.
  3. Remove bacon from skillet and set aside (on a paper towel to absorb grease).
  4. Remove all grease from pan except for 2 tablespoons.
  5. Add the corn, peperoncini's, ¾ of the bacon, cream cheese, mexican cheese, salt, pepper, and ½ the cilantro to the skillet. Mix well.
  6. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until the cheese has melted and bubbly.
  7. Top with remaining ingredients.
  8. Serve immediately.
Memos
*DO NOT use frozen corn.

 

To get every bit of flavor right down to the bottom of the Peperoncini jar, years ago, my mom came up with this very simple vinaigrette.

One Skillet Zesty Cheezy Corn Dip

Combine:  1/4 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup peperoncini juice, 1 teaspoon dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon honey, along with salt and pepper to taste.  Shake it up to combine.  You have just a transformed an everyday vinaigrette to one that will brighten every bite!

One Skillet Zesty Cheezy Corn Dip

 

The wonderful people at Mezzetta’s and Chef’d have a national sweepstakes happening as of August 1st, 2017!

One lucky winner will receive 52 meal kits from Chef’d (a $1560.00 value) and 10 runner up winners will receive a $50.00 Chef’d gift card.

Enter here for your chance to win!

Head over to the Mezzetta website now for more information.

Bonus – Every entrant will receive a 10% off coupon to use on any Chef’d order!

What is your favorite recipe using Mezzetta Peperoncinis?

Until Next Time…

XOXO

One Skillet Zesty Cheezy Corn Dip #AD @Mezzetta So delicious and super yummy. You won't be able to eat just one bite!

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Easy Sunday Morning Cinnamon Rolls

There is nothing better than a nice relaxing Sunday morning, except a relaxing sunday morning with homemade cinnamon rolls!

Easy Sunday Morning Cinnamon Rolls

You would think that homemade cinnamon rolls would be a ton of work and then there would be no more relaxing Sunday morning, but fear not.  These cinnamon rolls are a cinch to make and can be in your belly in no time!

Here’s how I made them…

Easy Sunday Morning Cinnamon Rolls

Mix ingredients together to form the dough.

Easy Sunday Morning Cinnamon Rolls

Roll out the dough, slather the dough with softened butter, and generously add the cinnamon and brown sugar.

Easy Sunday Morning Cinnamon Rolls

Roll the dough and cinnamon sugar mixture into a log and seal the edges.

Easy Sunday Morning Cinnamon Rolls

Cut dough log into even pieces and let rise until doubled in size.

Grab a warm cinnamon roll and your favorite Sunday morning beverage and enjoy!

5.0 from 6 reviews
Easy Sunday Morning Cinnamon Rolls
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Ingredients
  • *DOUGH*
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour + more for dusting
  • 2¼ teaspoons active dry yeast (1 package)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter + more to butter baking dish
  • 1 large egg
  • *FILLING*
  • 3 tablespoons softened butter + more to grease 9"X13" pan
  • 6 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • *GLAZE*
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Directions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer add flour, active dry yeast, sugar, and salt. Mix together.
  2. Bring milk and butter to a tempeture of 115 degrees.
  3. Add milk and butter mixture to the flour mixture and combine using a dough hook attachment.
  4. Slightly beat the egg and combine it with the flour mixture.
  5. Mix the dough on medium speed for 5 minutes.
  6. If the dough is still sticky add flour 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough has a smooth texture.
  7. Let dough rest for 5 minutes in the mixing bowl.
  8. Lightly dust your work surface with flour.
  9. Roll dough out into a rectangle (approximately 12" x 15").
  10. Spread softened butter over the entirety of the dough.
  11. Mix the cinnamon and brown sugar together and then spread it evenly over the butter.
  12. Working with the long end of the dough, roll up tightly.
  13. Cut the roll into equal slices.
  14. Place cut side down into a buttered 9"X13" pan.
  15. Cover and let rise for 40 minutes or until the rolls have doubled in size, in a warm draft free place.
  16. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  17. Bake rolls for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  18. Whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, salt, and vanilla and pour over warm cinnamon rolls.
Memos
*cinnamon and brown sugar are to taste, add or take away the amount depending however you like it.
*Rolls can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days (I promise they won't last that long!).

Until Next Time…

XOXO

Easy Sunday Morning Cinnamon Rolls

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Cooking Caramelized Onions Outdoors With My Induction Cooktop

 Thank you Avalon Bay for the gift of your fabulous Induction Cooktop.  The content, photos, and opinions are all mine.

Do you hate to be inside cooking when everyone is outside having fun?

I have a way to do both without trashing your pots and pans using them on your BBQ grill.  Want to know what it is?

 An Avalon Bay Induction Cook top! Continue reading →

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Slow Cooker Roasted Chicken Bone Broth

Once you taste this delicious homemade slow cooker chicken bone broth it will be difficult for you to go back to store-bought chicken stock from cans or cartons.

Not only is the taste so much richer and full of flavor, it’s far more nutritious and it does not contain any of those nasty preservatives that come in some of the store-bought varieties.

Slow Cooker Roasted Chicken Bone Broth

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Creamy Corn Chowder

Creamy Corn Chowder

This past week was the best of both worlds for me.  Fresh spring-time sweet corn and 2 days of rain.

I’ve been wanting to make corn chowder for sometime now, but the weather has been in the 80’s lately and I knew my family would not be happy with a bowl of warm soup for dinner.  Now was my time…

To get that depth of flavor, I place the cleaned corn on a baking sheet and in the oven on broil it goes until the corn browns a bit.  Once the corn is cool enough to handle cut the corn off the cob. Continue reading →

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Cauliflower

100 Years of West Coast Flavors!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Cauliflower

If you are anything like me LA VICTORIA® Brand is a staple in your home.  I like LA VICTORIA® Brand because of the delicious taste of their salsas & hot sauces, but I also love what the brand stands for.  Did you know that they support hands-on education that teaches kids where their food comes from with a day of gardening; the connection of the food and the earth leads to healthy eating habits and a appreciation for food. Continue reading →

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Binge Watch Sunday With Parmesan Carrot Fries

Parmesan Carrot Friesarmesan Roasted Carrot Fries

Once a month my family has a binge watch Sunday.  We decide a head of time what we want to binge watch and then plan the menu items we will want to snack on throughout the day.  Most of the time it’s Jeopardy, we keep score and everything, we save up all the episodes for the month and then do a marathon. Continue reading →

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