Diapers & Football: Our baby girl’s ‘sprinkle’

This idea of a ‘sprinkle’ is definitely something new for me. As my mom calls it, its very Millennial. Haha. For those that are unfamiliar, it’s just a mini baby shower for baby number 2. There’s no registry and it’s typically just small gifts or diapers. With Noah, we had a traditional baby shower with lots of family and friends and I had never intended on having anything for our next baby. But some of my friends thought it would be a good idea to get together, especially since I may not see some of them before she’s born (and maybe a while after that!). I didn’t want to make it big deal, but thought diapers are always needed and easy for anyone to pick up. Plus the love of football in our house is strong, why not incorporate the two?! Girls can like football too. 🙂

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Turkey Black Bean Sloppy Joe Recipe

I woke up with a serious pregnancy craving last week. I needed Sloppy Joe. It’s a childhood classic and I knew I had to make it for dinner. This recipe is a little lighter than the traditional recipe, but still very kid friendly (Noah devoured it). It’s also made with San Marzano tomatoes, but can easily be swapped out for tomato sauce.

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My Mom’s Egg Salad

Summer reminds me of a lot of things: bbqs, the pool, street festivals and my mom’s egg salad. It’s something I grew up eating as a kid and I had a serious craving for it this past weekend (yes, those pregnancy food cravings have hit). I wanted to share the recipe with you guys! It’s got a lot of crunch, which I like and haven’t tasted anything like it. I hope you like it as much as I do.

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Summer Recipes

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Spring and summer are some of my favorite times to cook. I love anything on the grill, salads, and lighter recipes on warm, summer nights. We cook a few recipes often that I wanted to share with you guys. They are easy (like just a few steps) and could also be great for entertaining. Let me know if you guys make any! I would love to see if you make any 🙂  Continue reading

Kicking Off Summer with Barritt’s Ginger Beer

And just like that, the summer season has officially arrived. That means BBQ’s, parties, and long days hanging outside. This past Memorial Day, we had a BBQ and it happened to be very very hot (like 95 degrees). I wanted to make some cocktails that are easy and refreshing for really warm day.

Barritt's Ginger Beer Cocktail Recipes

Barritt's Ginger Beer Cocktail Recipes

Barritt's Ginger Beer Cocktail Recipes

To be honest, I am not the best bartender, but I have been experimenting a lot recently. With some recipe research, I found Barritt’s Ginger Beer. This ginger beer helps making cocktails super easy, just adding a few other ingredients. Perfect for a novice like myself. I also liked that they have Diet Ginger Beer option as well.

Diet Ginger Beer cocktails

Barritt's Ginger Beer Cocktail Recipes

My husband and his friends are huge bourbon drinkers, so the Kentucky Mule was perfect. It’s one of the easiest cocktails I have ever made. Just bourbon and Barritt’s Ginger Beer, garnish with mint. Really, that’s it. I made these per order, but because they are simple, it wasn’t a problem

Barritt's Ginger Beer Cocktail Recipes

For my friends, I have a few that do not drink, so I decided to make a mocktail. I found the Mexican Mule. Another very easy cocktail, just tequila, lime Juice and Diet Barritt’s Ginger Beer. Garnish with lime and jalapeno. I replaced the tequila with lime soda water and it was delicious. I had one and didn’t even miss the tequila. I made a pitcher of it ahead of time (no ice until drinks were served) and guests could add their own tequila if they wanted. Another very easy cocktail and a major crowd pleaser.

Kicking Off Summer with Barritt's Ginger Beer

Barritt's Ginger Beer recipe cocktail for summer

Barritt's Ginger Beer Cocktail Recipes for summer

Both mule recipes turned out to be a huge hit and made our BBQ that much better. Definitely perfect for those hot, summer days ahead of us.

Barritt's Ginger Beer cocktail Recipe for summer

They also have several other mule options that are just as easy like an Irish Mule, Moonshine and of course, the traditional Moscow Mule. Check out some of their recipes and let me know what you think!

Until next time,

Christine

This Instagram post is sponsored by Barritt’s Ginger Beer, but all opinions and views expressed are my own. 

Asian Chopped Salad with Steak

Hi! It’s me, your-not-so afraid to admit it salad lover. Especially this time of the year, I love a good, hearty salad. One of my mom hacks is taking a premade meal or any kind salad kit and really make it my own. That’s exactly what I did with this recipe. I used an Asian Salad Kit and a marinade for the steak. There is so much you can add based on what your preferences are. This Asian Chopped Salad with Steak is so good, easy and a perfect weekday meal. You do need some time for the marinade, but definitely something you can throw together before leaving for work.

I hope you guys enjoy it! And if you make it, let me know what you think!

Asian Salad with Steak Marinade recipe

Asian Salad with Steak Marinade recipe

Asian Salad with Steak Marinade recipe

Salad 

You can either use the Dole Asian Salad Kit found at Jewel or Marianos. Aldi also has a great one too. I added avocados, but you can add everything from red onion to more sliced almonds if you would like.

Steak Marinade

  • 1 ( 1 1/2- to 2-pound) flank steak (We only had beef stir fry in our freezer, but it worked out great)
  • 1/4 cup low sodium Kikkoman soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup sesame oil
  • 3 Tablespoons honey
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. Place the plastic bag in a large bowl and then add the soy sauce, sesame oil and vegetable oil to the bag. Whisk in the honey, garlic, ginger and green onions. Add the steak to the bag, flipping it to coat it in the marinade, and then seal the plastic bag.
  2. Place the steak in the fridge and marinate it overnight, or for a minimum of 10 hours.When ready to cook, remove the steak from the fridge and preheat your cooking surface (grill or stovetop grill pan).
  3. Remove the steak from the marinade, discard the leftover liquid, and sear the steak on each side until it’s cooked to your desired degree of doneness.
  4. Let the steak rest for 5 minutes or so and add it to your salad.
  5. Enjoy!

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Until next time,

Christine

This was an Instagram post sponsored by Kikkoman, but all opinions and ideas are my own. 

 

Recipe: Brown Sugar and Bourbon BBQ Chicken

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My husband recently was having a rough day at work and I wanted to prepare a meal for him that I knew would make him feel better. Plus, May is National BBQ month, so why not?!

He loves BBQ and Bourbon, so I found Delish’s recipe, Brown Sugar BBQ to make sandwiches. I did some adjusting to it and it made it just right for us.

This is a 6 hour slow cooker recipe with just a few ingredients. In fact, I had everything in the fridge, with the exception of the coleslaw. In all, it took me around 10 minutes to prep. I LOVE recipes that are easy, but able to make it my own and adjust it to our personal taste.

BBQ and bourbon sandwich recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 c. barbecue sauce, plus more for drizzling (Used Sweet Baby Ray’s)
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. bourbon
  • 1/2 c. Italian dressing (I love Wishbone)
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 Slider buns (Use Martin’s potato rolls)
  • Coleslaw, for serving

Directions:

  1. In a slow-cooker, add chicken breasts, barbecue sauce, brown sugar, bourbon, Italian dressing, garlic powder and paprika. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Toss until well coated, then cover and cook on high, 6 hours.
  3. Shred chicken and serve on buns with a drizzle of barbecue sauce and a spoonful of coleslaw.

BBQ chicken and bourbon recipe

I was also not going to bother heading to the store for the one ingredient I was missing, the coleslaw. But, this is a must! The combination makes the entire sandwich. For the Italian dressing, I used a generic brand, but would use Wishbone next time. Just because I feel like it is the best and it might have made a difference in the taste.

At 5 hours, I thought it was done and was tempting to stop it. But don’t! That last hour changed the texture of the meat and I am glad I waited. They turned out perfect! The meat melted in your mouth. It was sweet and tangy from the BBQ sauce and smokey from the bourbon.

Definitely one of the best meals I’ve made in a long time. It’s really easy, but not quick meal you can put together. It takes time, but something you can throw in the crockpot before you leave for work.

Let me know how it is! And as always, you can sign up for weekly blog alerts here. Thank you for following along!

Until next time,

Christine

 

Recipe: My MIL’s Puerto Rican Rice

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Every family has their recipe’s that have been passed down. One that everyone fights over the last bite during the holidays. This recipe is that dish. My MIL makes the best Puerto Rican rice, no matter how many times I have tried to replicate it. It’s fluffy, so much flavor and filled with “love”, as she says.

When I first started dating my husband, I have never had it and now, I don’t think I could live without it during our family gatherings. It’s that good. Although, it has never been written down, this past weekend, I was finally able to get an approximation of what makes it so good.

If you make it, I’d love to see it! It’s such dish that is near and dear to me. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
  • 1 TBSP of Sofrito (Goya is the best)
  • 1 cup of white rice
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 4 oz can of regular or Spanish style tomato sauce
  • 1 can of gandules (pigeon peas)
  • 1 package of Sazón Goya
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2-4 TBSP of Manzanilla olives
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic or garlic powder
Directions:
  1. Heat oil in pan
  2. Add sofrito and spread through pan, until hot
  3. Add garlic/garlic powder and Sazon Goya and mix until hot
  4. Add rice, tomato sauce, water, gandules, olives, and bay leaf and mix very well
  5. Bring water to a boil and turn down to medium and cover
  6. Keep covered!! And allow rice to cook for 15 minutes and then turn once
  7. Keep cooking until all liquid is evaporated and rice is cooked
  8. Occasionally stirring it or “fluffing” the rice
  9. Enjoy!

Until next time,

Christine

Getting Cheesy: National Cheese Lover’s Day Party

Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love cheese? It is one of my favorite things to eat and create some really fun dishes with. Since cheese is always such a hit, I decided to throw a cheese party for my friends (and for my son because it’s his absolute favorite). And why not a MAC N’ CHEESE BAR?! I have a few vegetarian friends and this would be perfect. Everyone can customize their own mac n’ cheese bowls and we can celebrate National Cheese Lover’s Day!

Setup

Since the holidays, I have been kind of entertained out. Over doing the dishes, the clean up, etc. I also have a toddler running around, so something fast and easy is preferred. I decided to minimize the dishes and use Solo Cup Products to make my clean up easy and less complicated. They are completely disposable, recyclable and really durable. I knew this would be the best option, but still keeping my party looking right.

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They have write on cups that are perfect to label all the toppings. It looks clean and organized in your setup. Everyone can make their own mac n’ cheese bowls with lids Whatever they don’t finish, the bowls serve as to-go plates. Lastly, the paper plates serve for meat and cheese platters. It’s perfect and fuss-free.

National Cheese Lover's Day Party

National Cheese Lover's Day Party

National Cheese Lover's Day Party

Mac n’ Cheese Bar

And for the best part: the MAC N’ CHEESE. Honestly, you could make it from scratch or get a pre-made box. Whatever makes your life easier. From scratch, I like recipes like this. But you can grab a box and totally add in your own ingredients. I took a box of mac n’ cheese, added mild cheddar cheese, bread crumbs and baked it at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. It turned out DELICIOUS!

National Cheese Lover's Day Party

Toppings

Cheese is so versatile. It can be paired with so much. Here are the toppings I used:

  • hot dogs
  • salumi
  • bacon bits
  • cheeze its
  • broccoli
  • spinach
  • jalapenos
  • green onion
  • cubed cheese

National cheese lover's day party using solo products

National Cheese Lover's Day Party

National Cheese Lover's Day Party

Extras

The more cheese the better right? For an appetizer, I made a meat and cheese plate with salami, cheddar and pepper jack cheese with pita crackers. Really, anything would work; spinach artichoke dip, cheese dip, etc.

National Cheese Lover's Day Party

For the drinks, the best wine to pair with macaroni and cheese all depends on how fancy and cheesy your mac and cheese is. With a regular, old-fashioned recipe, you might just want a simple glass of white wine. An unoaked Chardonnay might be your best bet for an original recipe or even a dry Riesling. If you got a little fancy and added truffles to your recipe, champagne pairs perfectly. No wine drinkers? Cider pairs well with cheese too.

A party that will please everyone with an easy clean up? To go cups already set!

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Doesn’t get better than that!

Until next time,

Christine

This post was sponsored by SOLO cup however all opinions and experiences are my own!

Easy Holiday Appetizer

 

Easy recipe appetizer for honey goat cheese and prosciutto recipe topped with Sunsweet Dates.

It’s the holiday season and I needed to bring something last minute to a friend’s party. I didn’t have a lot of time and needed to throw something together quickly. This bruschetta has 5 ingredients and was a huge party pleaser. It’s sweet and savory, best of both worlds. You could also top it with pistachios or balsamic for extra flavor and a splash of color. Enjoy! Find the recipe here.