Texas Kickin’ Fried Chicken, with Habanero Hot Sauce! {Recipe} #SauceOn

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By now, most of y’all know that I’m a proud Texas Gal, born & raised! I’m also a proud Latina … well, half anyways! I love TexMex food and habanero hot sauce. And I love mixin’ it up a lil bit in the kitchen. I like adding unexpected ingredients to my foods…kinda like I love trying new foods. I’m the one at the taco stand ordering the Tripas & Lengua Tacos! (If y’all don’t know what that is, google it!) I’m the one trying the escargot and frog legs… and I’m the one turnin’ up the heat en La Cocina! (That’s in The Kitchen, for those of you that don’t habla espanol!)

I don’t cook a lot of fried foods, I know they’re not healthy-so I try to steer clear of them. When I do decide to fry something up, whether it be fish, or chicken, I want to make sure it’s something my family will enjoy eating & remember…because it’ll be a while before I fry up anything again! #SauceOn #shop My family can put a hurtin’ on some fried chicken, I ain’t even gonna lie. They can tear it up! Fried chicken is one of the dishes I like to experiment with from time to time. Take today, for example, I was at Walmart…in the Hispanic Food aisle, and I spotted the El Yucateco Habanero Sauce. My wheels got to turning & I knew just what I wanted to do. I just couldn’t decide between the Red Habanero Sauce, the Green Habanero Sauce or the Black Label Reserve… so I bought them all! Holla!#shop #SauceOn#shop #SauceOn I finally decided I’d use the Black Label Reserve Habanero Sauce, available exclusively at Walmart, to add a different flavor to my fried chicken & kick it up a notch! And boy did it ever! #shop #SauceOn Before I go any further, y’all can ‘like’ El Yucateco on FB here. You can also find lots of exciting recipes here. Now that that’s outta the way, let’s head to the kitchen, shall we?! I know y’all have all probably made fried chicken before, but for those that haven’t…we’re gonna take this nice & slow. We’ll start with the batter:#shop #sauceon#shop #sauceon I used 2 cups milk, an egg & a 1/4 teaspoon of El Yucateco Black Label Reserve Habanero Sauce. Blend well & set aside.

Now for the flour mixture: 3 cups flour, 1 tablespoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper & 1 teaspoon paprika. Mix well.#shop #sauceon Take a piece of raw chicken and dunk it in the batter mixture:#shop #sauceon Then place it in the flour mixture and cover it well: #shop #sauceon Then back into the batter and back into the flour a 2nd time… this will ensure it’ll be nice and crunchy! Once you’ve completed those steps, it’s ready for the frying pan. Make sure your oil is already heated up, before placing your chicken into it. Hot oil is key to great fried chicken:#shop #sauceon#shop #sauceon#shop #sauceon I like to fry about 4 pieces at a time. Make sure they’re good and golden before removing them from the oil. The ones pictured below are almost done! #shop #sauceon The habanero sauce in the batter was just what I wanted, it gave the chicken a little added flava! I also made sure to add some on the side, once I plated up our dinner; that way, if we wanted a lil more, it was right there. #shop #sauceon#shop #sauceon 

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I hope you love my Texas Kickin’ Fried Chicken as much as my family did! 

Texas Kickin' Fried Chicken
Yields 10
Delicious Fried Chicken with just the right Kick of spice, thanks to the Habanero Hot Sauce in the batter!
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Ingredients
10 chicken legs (drumsticks)
1 egg
2 cups milk
1/4 teaspoon El Yucateco Black Label Reserve Habanero Hot Sauce
3 cups flour
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
Instructions
Add egg, milk & hot sauce to bowl, mix well.
In separate bowl, mix flour, salt, pepper & paprika.
Take one drumstick & dip in liquid batter, then dunk in flour mixture. Repeat each step once again.
Place drumstick in frying pan of hot oil.
Cook until golden brown, them remove from oil.
Repeat with remaining pieces of chicken.
Notes
You can add more hot sauce to the batter, depending on your personal taste. I also like to serve the hot sauce with my meal. Enjoy.
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Samsung Chef Collection, Changing the Game in Home Appliances! #MasterYourHome

This is a sponsored conversation, in collaboration with MomSelect & Samsung. All opinions are mine. 

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Last week, I had the privilege of attending the BlogHer Conference, in San Jose, CA. It was my first BlogHer conference & I must admit-it was fantastic! The speakers were top-notch – I learned a lot, and had a blast doing it. It was great to see so many of my blogger friends, and to meet other bloggers that I so greatly admire. I left the conference with a full heart, for numerous reasons; those of you that know me, know exactly what I’m talking about! <3

BlogHer14 will forever live on in my memory. 

Look at me, gettin’ all mushy on you! Enough of that…how ’bout I share some of the AMAZING products I saw on the expo floor, shall we?! There were many vendors at the conference, each of them showcasing their products and/or services. One of the ones I was most interested in seeing for myself, was the Samsung booth. OMG y’all!                                                                                                                    chef-collection-s1

I’m no stranger to Samsung products, we’ve bought their electronics for years. Phones, TV’s, you name it- we’ve had them (or currently have them) and have been very happy with the quality & performance.

Now,  Samsung is changing the game when it comes to Home Appliances!

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They’re taking your every day home appliances and making them high tech…like WAAAAY high tech! I was so impressed with all the appliances they had on display, but one of them was callin’ my name y’all … The Chef Collection Refrigerator, with the 4 doors (French Doors) it was like something out of The Jetsons! Take a look at this: RF34H9960S4Isn’t it a beauty?!  I just couldn’t get enough of it, I kept touching it and opening and closing the doors. (Picturing it in my kitchen!) There’s an LED Display on the outside of the fridge… it’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen before!  It’s a sleek and seamless temperature display, consisting of LED lights that shine through micro-pinholes to display temperature settings.  That one feature alone, blew my mind! But there was more, so much more!

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The 34 cu. ft. extra-large capacity 4-Door French Door refrigerator has enough room to fit up to 34 bags of groceries! That’s a lot of vittles! The Samsung Chef Collection Refrigerator features innovative Metal Cooling that locks in cold and seals in freshness. The stainless steel paneling helps maintain consistent temperature throughout the refrigerator. The premium cooling system features 3 evaporators for ultimate freshness and provides precise temperature and humidity controls in all three zones. Your food stays fresher longer with 2 compressors and 3 evaporators, an industry first.

See the bottom-right hand door? The bottom-right door can be a fridge or freezer, maximizing fresh food storage space. The most fresh food storage available in its class at 26 cu. ft. when the convertible zone is used as a refrigerator. Four customizable temperature settings: Fridge at 41º F, chilled at 30º F, Soft Freeze at 23º F, and Frozen at 9 to 1º F.

This fridge does so much, y’all really need to watch the video! There’s a chef pan that can be transferred straight from the fridge into the oven, a sparkling water dispenser, high efficiency lighting, a chef basket, a chef pantry, it’s energy star rated… it just goes on & on! 

This refrigerator is now on my wish list & if Samsung would like to send me one…you know, for research purposes…I’d be one happy Mama! 

A girl can dream, right?! 

 

My Visit To #Strawberryland {Recipe}

 This is a sponsored post in collaboration with the CA Strawberry Commission. All opinions are my own. 

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I was recently invited on a Strawberry Farm Tour, to learn more about strawberries and farming. I’m a huge strawberry fan, and already eat as many strawberries as I possibly can, so you know what my answer was… heck yeah I’ll go! 

DID YOU KNOW that nearly 90% of U.S.-grown fresh strawberries come from California, with more than 1.7 BILLION pounds being harvested annually? California strawberries are grown by hundreds of family farmers, who are passionate about producing the sweetest and healthiest strawberries in the nation. 

Due to our rich, sandy coastal soils, western ocean exposure and moderate temperatures, California has the perfect combination for a year-round strawberry growing season. More than four hundred family farmers grow strawberries on approximately 40,000 acres from Orange County, all the way to the Monterey Bay. With a 12 month growing season, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy CA Strawberries each & every day of the year…no excuses!

logo-4 We’re all trying to eat better these days, and I’m no exception. I was happy to hear that California grows more organic strawberries than any other place in the world. Woot-Woot! Not only that, but CA farmers have invested more than $13 million dollars in research and sustainable farming practices to reduce pesticide use and environmental impacts. For one particular insect, the lygus bug, strawberry farmers are working with a bug vac, a series of hoods with fans that fit over the beds, mounted on the front of a tractor, to suck the insects off of the plants and fruit. It’s like a big bug vacuum cleaner! 

After spending some time in beautiful Santa Cruz, CA- it was time to head to the strawberry farm. We boarded the bus, headed to Watsonville, CA. 

Rod Koda, Strawberry Farmer in Watsonville, California

Rod Koda is a third generation strawberry farmer in Watsonville. Rod, and his wife, Gwen, took over the family farm in 1985. Their farm, Shinta Kawahara, was established when Rod’s grandmother-in-law started growing strawberries in 1959. The Kodas continue to farm both organic and conventional strawberries on more than 27 acres along the Monterey Bay coast. Here he is, with his daughter, Joanna, explaining his planting philosophy to us. Watsonville_blogger_event_1353

A dedicated farmer and family man, Rod enjoys working on his equipment and spending time with wife and three children. Rod has a bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Farmer Rod is such a likable man, he’s passionate about his strawberries and wants to deliver the best possible product to us, the consumer. He showed us all around his farm, and introduced us to all the different strains of strawberries he grows. (My favorite was the Albion!)                                          Watsonville_blogger_event_2024 When it was Q & A time, I knew exactly what I wanted to ask him. “What about GMO’s?” I was overjoyed when Farmer Rod told me they do NOT use GMO’s. There are no genetically modified CA strawberries commercially grown & shipped … YAY! 

DID YOU KNOW eight strawberries contain more vitamin C than an orange. Low in sugar, with only about 50 calories, strawberries are a great source of fiber, folate and potassium. Strawberries help maintain a healthy heart, boost memory and may lower the risk of developing some types of cancer. Eating strawberries more than twice a week appears to delay cognitive aging by up to 2.5 years! I knew strawberries were good for you, I just didn’t know HOW good for you, they’re a Superfruit! 

Watsonville_blogger_event_1727 I had a blast out in the fields, seeing where my strawberries come from, and how they’re grown, I learned so much from Farmer Rod and appreciate the strawberries on my table that much more.                                                Watsonville_blogger_event_1883 Farmer Rod isn’t the only talented one in the family, his wife, Gwen, makes a mean Strawberry Granola. She was kind enough to give me the recipe, and I’m sharing it with all of you!  

Farmer's Wife Strawberry Granola

Farmer's Wife Strawberry Granola
Delicious granola made with fresh CA Strawberries.
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Ingredients
3 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup cashew pieces
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon (generous) salt
1/3 cup honey
3 tablespoons (packed) brown sugar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup assorted dehydrated strawberries
Instructions
Preheat oven to 300°F. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment. Mix first 7 ingredients in large bowl. Stir honey, oil, and brown sugar in saucepan over low heat until smooth and not grainy.
Pour honey mixture over oat mixture; toss. Spread on prepared sheet. Bake until golden, stirring every 10 minutes, about 40 minutes. Place sheet on rack. Stir granola; cool. Mix in fruit.
Notes
DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 week ahead. Store airtight.
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 Next post, I’ll share all the yummy food we ate while on the tour…stay tuned!

 

Professional Event Photos, taken by Bob Durell from Robert Durell Photography, thanks to Chaminade Resort & Spa for hosting us, and to The Lobos Truck for our delicious lunch after the tour. Many thanks to Farmer Rod Koda and his family, and of course, the The CA Strawberry Commission. 

Luscious Cream Cheese Pound Cake Recipe {Giveaway} #HamiltonBeach #NielsenMassey

I’m a Hamilton Beach Ambassador & was provided a product to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own. 

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Summer is a great time to do some baking. I don’t know about you, but my family is very busy/active in the summer, which means they get extremely hungry. They’re always rummaging around in the kitchen, looking for something yummy to eat… and they’re always requesting I bake them something sweet. 

I’d been wanting to bake a pound cake for quite some time-just hadn’t gotten around to it. When Hamilton Beach sent me this beautiful 6-Speed Stand Mixer, I knew just what I’d make first! (Isn’t she a beauty?!) 

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Hamilton Beach Stand Mixers save time & energy and are built to handle even the thickest batters. Here’s a bit more info for you: Dimensions (inches): 11.89 H x 8.66 W x 13.59 D 

  • Same mixing action as KitchenAid® stand mixers
  • Mixing action gives complete bowl coverage
  • Powerful 300 Watt motor
  • Better mixing than 2-beater stand mixers
  • 3 attachments offer mixing versatility
  • 6 speeds and special fold setting
  • Stainless steel 3.5 quart bowl
  • Includes flat beater, whisk and dough hook
  • Mixing head spins as it rotates completely inside the bowl
  • Tilt-up head lifts out of the way for easy bowl access
  • Nonslip feet  
  • As I was preparing my grocery list, to get all my ingredients, I received one of those ingredients in the mail! Nielsen*Massey sent me a bottle of their Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract, one tablespoon equals one vanilla bean. (In other words, this is the good stuff!) 
     
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     I couldn’t wait to use my new stand mixer & vanilla, game on! 
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    This Pound Cake has cream cheese in it, which all but guarantees it’s gonna be delicious… my cream cheese fans know what I mean!
    Here we go: Cream together 1 1/2 cups butter and 1 8oz pkg cream cheese. 
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    Next, slowly add in 2 1/2 cups sugar, mix well.
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    It’s time to add your eggs, one at a time- 6 total. Add an egg, then mix, making sure egg is completely blended in before adding the next one.
     
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    The time had come to add our Nielsen*Massey Vanilla! Yay! You’ll need 1 teaspoon. 
     
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    Add in 1/4 teaspoon salt next.
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    Blend them both in. Now add 3 cups flour, SLOWLY and one cup at a time. (Look at my Hamilton Beach 6-Speed Stand Mixer doing all the work!) 
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    My batter looked so light and fluffy and smelled so good! I just wanted to dip my finger in it… but I didn’t! 
     
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    Time to pour the batter into your greased & floured baking pan. 
     photo 3-002 Bake in a preheated 350* oven for 60-75 minutes. Insert a toothpick into the center of the cake, if it comes out clean, cake’s done. Let the cake cool for 10-20 minutes, then remove it from the pan. Once it cools done some more, you can decorate it however you like. (I added my whipped cream to the top a bit too early… and it began to melt).
     
    I dusted the top with some powdered sugar, added some whipped cream & mixed berries. I love the way it looked when I was all done! photo 5-002
     
     Here’s another pic, then we’ll get to my FANTASTIC GIVEAWAY!   
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    Ahh, the cake was delicious, the vanilla is the finest I’ve ever used & my Hamilton Beach 6-Speed Stand Mixer worked like a Boss! Now it’s time for one of my readers, yeah YOU, to win this mixer & a 2 oz bottle of vanilla! Thanks to Hamilton Beach & Nielsen*Massey! Good luck everyone! 
     
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My Miami Culinary Food Tour Experience!

I was invited to participate in a food tour while visiting Miami, FL. All thoughts & opinions are my own. 

I was in Miami recently, for a conference. While there, I took part in a food tour, courtesy of Miami Culinary Tours. It was my first food tour & I’m hooked! If every tour is as good as the tour I had of South Beach, sign me up! See that lady right there? She was our tour guide, her name is Mirka & she ROCKS! photo 5-001

First stop was Bolivar Restaurant, where we sampled the freshest Ceviche I’ve ever tasted! The Empanada was yummy too! photo 3-004photo 2-002photo 1-003 When we were done with our ceviche, we gathered up our belongings (cameras!) and headed out the door to the next stop. Miami Culinary Tours are all walking tours, you will be out & about for roughly 2 hours. All the stops are located near each other- so no worries. Next up, Manolo’s On The Beach, for something sweet! photo 4-004photo 1-005 We were treated to THE BEST CHURRO EVA! Can you say Dulce-de-Leche Churro! OMG! It was warm and soft, the filling was heavenly, you just don’t know! photo 2-005photo 3-005photo 1-006 I will never be able to eat an average churro again! When everyone finished, we raced each other to the exit, eager to see what Mirka had in store for us next. We weren’t disappointed, as we entered Habanos Restaurant, for a taste of authentic Cuban cuisine. photo 1 Cuban Sandwiches were on the menu, and Mama liked!  We were told a great Cuban sandwich begins with great homemade bread. That delicious pork can’t hurt either! photo 4photo 5

 As you can see, Miami Culinary Tours are packed with food. They’re also packed with tons of Miami history, Mirka shared historical tidbits with us as we walked from place to place. You ready for our next stop? Let’s go…photo 4-007 The Tides Hotel, on Ocean Dr., is beautiful inside! photo 2-006photo 3-006 And they welcomed us with ice cold Mango Margaritas! photo 1-007photo 2-007  After we’d finished our drinks & cooled down a bit (it was a little hot out), it was time to say goodbye to Tides and hello to Blocks Pizza Deli! We watched as they prepared healthy, organic pizzas. photo 5-009 photo 1-009 We weren’t there for pizza though, nope, we got to sample their Vegetarian Pockets! Pesto, feta cheese, tomatoes, olives & spinach… bring it on! The Sun-Dried Hippie had big, bold flavors! photo 2-010photo 4-010 It was now time for the last stop on our South Beach culinary adventure. Who wants gelato?! The best gelato in Miami can be found at Milani Gelateria! And this place is cute! It’s located on Espanola Way…where there’s plenty of outside dining at numerous restaurants.  photo 1-011photo 5-011Here’s Milani, look at those ice cream cone tables & chairs! I told you it was cute! photo 1-012photo 3-012 As cute as it was outside, INSIDE is where all the magic happens! That’s where you’ll find the Spinning Wheel of Gelato! (Yes, it really spins!)photo 1-013photo 3-013 Milani prepares their gelato from scratch, each & every morning! I loved it! 

I also LOVED my entire Miami Culinary Tour! Thank you to Mirka and the whole gang- you made this woman a believer in walking food tours. Heaven help the next tour I sign up for, because I’ll be comparing them to this one! 

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Fruit Paletas Made With Almond Milk {Recipe}

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Do you know what a Paleta is? Paleta is Spanish for Popsicle! They are usually made with fruit, and they’re great for summer! I’ve made paletas with everything from coconut milk to fruit juice. I recently started making my Paletas with almond milk, I like the benefits of almond milk and Silk Almondmilk is the one that tastes best to me. I like making these for my kids, and using healthy ingredients is the key to a great paleta! #silkalmondblends #shop

When I lived in Arizona, there was a little paleta shop right up the street from my job. They had every paleta known to man in that tiny space. Going in there was always a thrill, because you never knew what combo the shop owner would come up with next! That’s the thing about making your own paletas, anything goes. You can add as many, or as few, ingredients as you’d like. You can also blend all your ingredients together and then freeze them. (I’ll make some of those for you next time!)

For these particular paletas, I kept it nice & simple-using ingredients I know my kids will eat. I knew it was going to be hot, so after a trip to the post office, I swung by Safeway & picked up everything I needed to make my delicious treats. First up, was my Silk!#silkalmondblendsBlend_Van_248x565AlmondCoconut_Uns_248x565 

Silk Almondmilk Protein + Fiber has 50% more calcium than dairy milk, it’s a good source of protein & fiber, an excellent source of vitamin E, has no cholesterol or saturated fats & is GMO free. It’s also free of dairy, lactose, gluten, soy, casein, egg & MSG. Silk Almond Coconut Blend has the exact same benefits, but with only 35 calories! They’re both free of artificial flavors & colors. 

Next, I picked up the fruits I’d need, and some mint. #silkalmondblends #shop Slicing the fruit is the first step. Careful with that knife!#silkalmondblends #shop Once the fruit is all cut up, place it in your popsicle molds. Combine the fruits any way you want- you got this! #silkalmondblends #shop When you have the your molds filled with fruit, the next step is to pour in the Silk Almondmilk! (I made 2 paletas with Almond Coconut & 2 with Protein + Fiber.) Watch out, this part can be a bit messy! #silkalmondblends #shop Now, put the tops on them and place them in the freezer for a few hours. (These paletas do not have any added sugar, just the sweetness from the fruit.)#silkalmondblends #shop When they are completely frozen, remove from the freezer. You may need to run them under some warm water, to get them to slide out of the mold. They should look similar to this: #silkalmondblends #shop#silkalmondblends #shop Looks pretty tasty, don’t it?! Yep, I knew you’d agree! (The ones made with Almond Coconut are whiter in color.) I’ll leave you with one last pic… #silkalmondblends #shop

I hope you’ll try my Paletas! Let me know what you think, if you do!

 

 

 

Belgium Waffle Recipe & #HamiltonBeach SoftScrape Hand Mixer #Giveaway

I’m a Hamilton Beach Ambassador & have been provided a mixer to facilitate this review & giveaway. No other compensation has been provided. All thoughts are mine. 

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Y’all know there’s nothing better than a home cooked breakfast made with L-O-V-E to get your day started off on the right foot. My family enjoys sitting down to a big breakfast every weekend, it’s our special time. During the week, we’re not all able to sit down and eat breakfast together, so we make up for it on the weekends. One of the most requested breakfast entrees in this home, would have to be waffles! We all like eating them & I like making them… from scratch of course! Making my Belgium Waffles is even easier since I now have the SoftScrape 6 Speed Hand Mixer with Case from Hamilton Beach.

Hamilton Beach® Hand Mixer handles are designed for control and comfort, and the unique Bowl Rest™ feature allows the mixer to sit on the edge of the bowl to eliminate messy drips. A special QuickBurst™ button provides a quick boost of power and can be used for tough tasks at any speed. With the Soft Scrape™ Hand Mixer, I can mix without having to constantly stop to scrape the bowl…that’s because its unique Soft Scrape™ attachments thoroughly incorporate ingredients as I mix.

Cooking and baking are so much more enjoyable when you have all the right tools! Don’t you agree?! 
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Now, back to my Belgium Waffles! My recipe is simple and easy to follow, which I like. I’m always changing it up & adding different ingredients, so feel free to adjust it to your liking. I believe anything goes when creating recipes- just experiment until you get it right. I like to add cinnamon to my waffle (and pancake) batters, because its good for you and it gives the finished products a little something extra. photo 5photo 2 

Butter is a MUST for my waffles, they just wouldn’t be the same without it. REAL butter, not that artificial stuff. I wish I could bottle up how good the house smells when these waffles are baking! It’s divine!

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Once they’re done, there’s nothing left to do but drizzle some syrup over them & enjoy! Here’s the recipe:

Belgium Waffles
Yields 8
These delicious Belgium Waffles will have you asking (begging) for more! Easy to make, you'll never need another waffle recipe... ever!
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Ingredients
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
2 eggs (separated)
1 1/2 cups milk
3/4 cup melted butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl.
In a separate bowl, lightly beat the egg yolks and then add the milk, butter, cinnamon & vanilla. Mix well.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry and blend well.
Now beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form & fold into the batter.
Bake in your preheated waffle iron until done.
Notes
You can garnish with strawberries, like I did, or use whatever you like. Enjoy!
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TWIX® Berry Delight Dessert, Perfect for Father’s Day! {Recipe}

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for #CollectiveBias and its advertiser. #EatMoreBites 

#shop #EatMoreBitesTo me, nothing screams summer like fresh berries. I love buying (and growing), organic strawberries and blueberries for my family. I also love creating yummy recipes using these fresh ingredients. What goes better with strawberries than chocolate? If you ask me, I’ll say nothing!

I decided to whip up a yummy dessert, something light, with a twist. I ran over to Walmart to pick up a few things, I had an idea, and once I get an idea in my head-watch out! All the menfolk in my life love sweets, so I’m constantly trying to think of new & innovative desserts for them. Sometimes, I’ll take an old favorite and mix it up a bit… that’s what I did with my TWIX® Berry Delight! I headed to the candy aisle, because the chocolate I needed for this recipe was TWIX® Bites!photo-528 I grabbed a couple bags of TWIX® Bites and headed to the produce section for all my yummy fruit. Ingredients for this one are simple: TWIX® Bites, strawberries, blueberries, whipped cream, cream cheese and jello! Oh and sugar, but not too much. 

In my mind, I could taste the TWIX® Bites and berries combined & it was divine! Wait, have I mentioned the coupon? Y’all know I’m a frugal shopper & if there’s a coupon out there, I’m gonna find it! Like the one below, just click on the pic to get it!   2539_21mars_wmt_CB-Bite-Assets_vB-300x157

Thanks to Coupons.com, you can also save $1.00 off any 2 Mars Brand Bites, 2oz. or larger. Includes TWIX®, 3 MUSKETEERS®, MILKY WAY® Simply Caramel, MILKY WAY® & SNICKERS®. I just love saving money, don’t you? 

So I get home & start putting my plan into action, first thing I needed to do was crush up my TWIX® Bites. #shop #eatmorebites Once that was done, I packed it all down in my 9×13 baking dish, to form the crust. #shop #eatmorebites You’ll notice I didn’t pulverize it, I wanted to keep it kinda chunky- I wanted that chunky texture! Next, I popped it in the oven (400*) for 7 minutes.  OH! Grease your pan- please! #shop #eatmorebites It came out of the oven all ooey-gooey… and smelling so good! Let it cool completely. Make the cream cheese mixture & spread it onto the cooled crust. #shop #eatmorebites#shop #eatmorebites#shop #eatmorebites Now, prepare your jello mixture, add the fruit, and once it has thickened up a bit-pour it over the cream cheese layer. #shop #eatmorebites#shop #eatmorebites#shop #eatmorebites#shop #eatmorebites Look at all that yumminess! I love it! Y’all want a close-up, don’t cha?! #shop #eatmorebites  And how about a side view?! #shop #eatmorebites Yes, Lawd! Give me mine right now! But wait, it’s not quite finished yet, gotta put it in the fridge for a bit. How about a few more pics of the finished product?!#shop #eatmorebites#shop #eatmorebites

Yep, this one’s a keeper. The men in my life are gonna love this Father’s Day treat!

Here’s the recipe. 

TWIX Berry Delight
This delicious dessert will become a family favorite. Easy to make & OH SO YUMMY!
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
7 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
7 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
2 - 7oz pkgs TWIX Bites
1 8oz pkg cream cheese
3/4 C sugar
1 C whipped cream
1 6oz pkg strawberry jello
2 C sliced strawberries & blueberries
Instructions
Crush all of the TWIX Bites, put them into a greased 9 X 13 baking dish. Press down on them to form a crust.
Heat oven to 400* and place baking dish (with TWIX Bites) into oven. Bake for 7 mins.
Remove dish from oven & allow to completely cool.
Place cream cheese, whipped cream & sugar into a mixing bowl. Mix until well blended.
Spoon cream cheese mixture onto cooled TWIX Bites crust, spread evenly.
Mix jello with 2 cups boiling water, stir until jello is dissolved.
Slice strawberries and put both strawberries & blueberries into jello mixture.
Allow jello to sit & thicken up a bit.
Once thickened, pour jello/fruit combo over cream cheese layer- spread evenly.
Put baking dish into fridge for 30-45 mins, or until jello has firmed up.
Enjoy with a dollop of whipped cream & additional fruit for garnish!
Notes
This is a great dessert for potlucks and other get-togethers!
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BlogHer Food ’14, Are You Ready For Me?! {Miami!}

I’m up packing my suitcase for Blogher Food ’14! This will be my first time attending the conference, and I’m so excited!! It’s in Miami this year.

I can’t wait to share all the fun stuff with y’all when I get back. I’ll be going on a Food Tour of South Beach while I’m there… going to try everything they put in front of me!

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When I get back, first thing I’ll do is post my GIVEAWAY for that fabulous Hamilton Beach Hand Mixer I have waiting for you! Then I’ll be posting about all the delicious Miami food in the weeks that follow.

See ya soon! 

 

Where ‘Ya Gonna Eat In… Downtown Atlanta, GA? Ray’s in the City, of course! #ATL

This is not a sponsored post in any way, shape, or form. I made my own reservations, paid for my meal & Ray’s has no idea I’m writing this. All opinions are mine. 

I recently shared a great place to eat in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, now let’s take it to the Dirty South… shall we?! photo 5

While on a recent visit to the #ATL, I had the pleasure of finding Ray’s in the City, located in Downtown Atlanta. 

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From their website: “Ray’s in the City is the quintessential Downtown Atlanta restaurant. Enjoy hand-cut steaks, made-to-order sushi and seafood flown in daily from the Atlantic and Pacific all in a casual, yet elegant setting. From exceptional service and entrée recommendations to wine pairings, our friendly and knowledgeable staff are committed to providing you a truly memorable dining experience.”

My dining partner & I were seated in the Peachtree Room, which has panoramic city views of Peachtree St. 

footer-inthecity photo 2-001 We started dinner off with an appetizer. I’m a Texas Girl, so I went with a bowl of Seafood Gumbo. It was very tasty, but I couldn’t find the seafood. Have your kleenex handy, it’s got a kick to it! photo 5-001 Next up, my Field Green Salad, which included blue cheese, candied pecans, dried cranberries, & roasted onion balsamic dressing. This salad was delicious, I couldn’t get enough of it! Excellent! photo 2 It was time for me to order my entree & I was thrilled to see Oysters on the menu! The menu says Fresh Shucked Oysters, but I prefer mine fried… so I asked if they’d fry them for me & they said sure. Yay! photo 3 Look at them beauties! I also ordered some mashed taters, Whipped Yukon Gold Potatoes, to be exact. Oh Em Gee! I love me some mashed taters & these were like butta! photo 1 It was a huge portion too, I guess that’s why they’re called Sharable Sides. (For the record, I was not able to finish them). How about another Fried Oyster shot? photo 4 I was in Heaven eating those oysters, they were everything! I ate them nice & slow-savoring each & every bite. After dinner, we were both way too full to order dessert, but I’m sure it would’ve been yummy. Oh, I almost forgot to mention the live music- Ray’s has live music most nights after 6PM. 

I highly recommend this restaurant, if you are in Downtown ATL, you gotta stop by and check ‘em out. photo 3-001photo 1-001 

Ray’s is located at 240 Peachtree St. NW Atlanta, GA 30303
Monday to Saturday : 11AM-10PM. Sunday 11AM-9PM

Live Music Wednesdays – Saturdays  6PM-10PM

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