Friday, April 17, 2015

Spring = Party Time

Hello and Happy Friday!  We are simply basking in the happiness of having our very first week of decent weather.  What a difference a week makes!  Last week we had SNOW but this week?  Some beautiful 70 degree weather, sun and all the things about Spring that we SO look forward to!  Looks like tomorrow we will have another beauty of a day!  We are in the home stretch before April Vacation which means one more week of homework and activities before 9 days off for the girls and a much needed break!  
I hope you are all off to a wonderful weekend! 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Big 'Ol Blueberry Hand Pie (Easy desserts)

Sometimes you just need a treat!  Last week we were on the go constantly. I can't remember a time before when we were so busy.  Between after-school activities and the regular hustle and bustle of the week, we were on the go nonstop! After we made it through, it was clear a bit of a celebration was in order. I decided to whip up a super easy, giant hand pie and slice it into pieces. (Insert Applause!) This couldn't be simpler after a complicated week!  
Ingredients


Directions

  • On lightly floured surface, roll out your crust
  • Spread an even layer of Stonewall Kitchen's Wild Blueberry Jam on half of the crust and folded it over. 
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes of baking time or until golden brown. 
  • After cooling, slice it into 8-10 pieces.  

This was yummy and just enough to be celebration worthy but not time consuming! A special dessert doesn't always have to be a labor of love! Sometimes, a treat can simply allow you more time with the ones you love!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tuttorosso Tomatoes - Enter to Win a Spiralizer! #sponsored post

Please note, this is a sponsored post and I did receive a promotional item in exchange for the review.  All thoughts and opinions are, as always, my own! 
Springtime is time for fresh and light eating around here!  Now that we are in the 60 degree temps, I'm thrilled to start cooking even healthier! Now is the time I typically pull out my Spiralizer and enjoy more fresh veggies. 
Have you tried a spiral slicer yet? I have a small handheld gadget that should turn all my favorite veggies into spirals, but it hasn't worked so well for me. I purchased a fabulous Spiralizer and there is a big difference than my usual chopper.  I mean, it's hard not to take every firm fresh veggie I have and run it through! This thing is sturdy and strong, easy to use and even easier to clean. There's no excuse not to eat your veggies when you have something this fun and simple to help.  My kids love using it too - and we all know how fun it is to get them involved in the kitchen! 

I usually check out the recipes Inspiralizedwhere Ali Maffucci conjures up the best and most delicious recipes using all sorts of spiralizing techniques - there's more to those 3 blades than you ever imagined! Not only is the website great, Ali has also just published a cookbook of the same name filled with spiralized recipes you'll want to have on-hand. I'm happy to let you know that Ali has also developed her own spiralizer and today is the very last day that Tuttorosso tomatoes is having a giveaway so you can win your very own Inspiralizer!

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Have a great day guys! 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Things Do Work Out!

Don't you just love it when things work out like you planned?  I can't tell you how many recipes I've had high hopes for that have turned out to be just, eh. But sometimes, they turn out even better than you expected!  That was the case when I whipped up this Spring Quiche that was inspired by Lemon Tree Dwelling's Bacon Swiss & Asparagus Bake.  Of course Cathy's came out beautifully and mine, well, it needs a bit more work (and a little less crust cooking).  But, overall we were giddy about the beautiful result!  I opted for a similar quiche but utilized Ham Swiss & Asparagus with a touch of dill.  All the carnivores in my family raved about it. If you want to try this recipe, check out Cathy's recipe and simply replace the bacon for about a cup of chopped ham and pour into your favorite pie crust.  I love that this is easy and beautiful, the perfect delicious brunch to serve with a delicious salad!  We paired ours with a Roasted Beet Salad that was simple and so good!
Roasted Beets served over a bed of mixed greens lightly tossed in balsamic and topped with chopped almonds...flavorful, healthy and perfectly paired with a couple Spring quiches!  

You know what else I love?  That sometimes, even when I am at my wit's end regarding something - like this past Friday and the weather...something wonderful happens!  We had a 65 degree day yesterday, FULL sun and you know what?  It's going to be 70 degrees today!  Yes, sometimes things just have a way of working out!  It's so nice to know my comforter coat can be stashed away until the next little arctic surprise! 

Have a great day!
 
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