Wednesday, August 13, 2014

My Survival Kit

I was recently challenged by the good people at Man Crates to list the things I can't live without...a Survivor Kit, if you will.
 
 
 
I'm so excited to share my top 5 things.
 
 MY SURVIVAL KIT:
 
1. First I have to start with DARK CHOCOLATE! This is the type that I prefer and I usually have a pack sitting around the house, just in case. If I can't find these when I'm out to the movies or something then I usually pick up a Rocky Road Cluster or Dark Chocolate Dipped Marshmallows on a stick at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory!
 
 
GHIRARDELLI DARK & CARAMEL SQUARES
OR
 
 
 
2. I must have a refreshing drink with my chocolate and my favorite is VITA COCO COCONUT WATER! It's an acquired taste, but once you get used to it, it's amazing!
 
 
 
 
3. I'm addicted to the smell of my ICI PERFUME! It's a little flowery and citrusy and I can't get enough of it. I used to wear it in High School and I think since then it's been discontinued, but I can still get it on eBay, which I'm extremely grateful for!
 
 
4. NAIL POLISH! Specifically Morgan Taylor Nail Polish. It's really glittery and fun! What can I say? I'm a Nail Technician, so technically I have an excuse to buy a lot of it!
 
 
 
and just as important as #1...
 
5. JIMMY JOHN'S BEACH CLUBS...I cannot get enough of these. I'm very luck to live over 4 hours from the nearest Jimmy John's because I'd definitely be broke and fat if I lived any closer. Still, I dream of these sandwiches! I get mine without the cucumber and it's heavenly!
 
  
 
 
 
Well, that's it! My must haves! I'd be a happy camper for days with a stock pile of this stuff!
(and of course my fully charged iPhone)
 
I'd love to hear about what you guys can't live without and if you're looking for fun gifts for those men in your lives, check out: Man Crates!
 

Friday, July 4, 2014

Best Ambrosia Salad

This is seriously the BEST way to make Ambrosia Salad!


Wikipedia says, "In ancient Greek mythology, ambrosia (Greek: ἀμβροσία) is sometimes the food or drink of the Greek gods, often depicted as conferring immortality upon whoever consumed it.[1] It was brought to the gods in Olympus by doves,[2] so it may have been thought of in the Homeric tradition as a kind of divine exhalation of the Earth."

That describes this delish dish perfectly!
And it's my favorite fruit salad dish to bring to all my spring and summer parties!


INGREDIENTS:

1 Tub of Cool Whip
2 Cups of Cottage Cheese
2 Cups of Shredded Sweetened Coconut
2 Cups of Mini Marshmallows
1 Sm Pkg of Strawberry Jello
1 Jar of Maraschino Cherries (drained)
1 Can of Mandarin Oranges (drained)
1 Cup of Fresh Pineapple (thickly sliced)
1 Cup Fresh Green Grapes (rinsed & halved)
1 Cup Fresh Blueberries (rinsed)

*You can buy the already canned fruit cocktail, but I prefer fresh! It tastes so much better!


 To make, start by mixing the first 4 ingredients listed: Cool Whip, Cottage Cheese, Coconut & Marshmallows.


Then mix in the Jello.




Then add the last few ingredients: Cherries, Mandarin Oranges, Pineapple, Grapes & Blueberries!
It's a rainbow of FUN!




Doesn't it look amazing? I crave it all the time. You can be as creative as you want with your fruit choices as well as Jello flavors. I've tried it with Cherry and that was just as good!





Have a Happy 4th of July Everyone and Thanks for Stopping by!





Saturday, April 26, 2014

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

I recently started a  Paleo diet, where you pretty much only eat Meat, Nuts. Veggies and Fruit. I'm doing pretty well, but I wanted to find some more creative recipes and came across this one on Pinterest

CAULIFLOWER PIZZA CRUST

INGREDIENTS
 
1 head Cauliflower (7-8" wide)
1 large egg
1/2 cup Shredded/Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 tsp Italian Herb Seasoning
1/8 tsp Salt
1/4 tps Ground Pepper
Toppings of Your Choice

Start by pre-heating oven to 375F. 
Rinse head of cauliflower.

Cut off all the leaves.

Cut into smaller pieces.

 I just used my Ninja Blender and it worked great! I removed any bigger pieces that chop up.

Line a cookie tray with parchment paper and pour chopped cauliflower on evenly.

Place in oven and bake for 15 minutes at 375F. Once done, raise heat on oven to 450F.

The original recipe said to put into three layers of cheesecloth but I didn't have that so I just used paper towels.

Be careful, the cauliflower is still pretty hot.

Add the egg, cheese, salt, pepper and herbs, then mix together with a fork or spoon.

I spread it out with that rubber scraper, but then patted it down more with my clean hands.

Bake for 15-20 minutes at 450F.

Chop up your favorite ingredients. I didn't end up using the spinach, but I did use chopped red & green peppers, chopped tomatoes, sliced black olives, chopped garlic and hamburger meat. 
Next time I want to try Hawaiian with ham and pineapple.

Once done, place toppings on. I put the sauce on first, then added cheese and the rest of the chopped and sliced ingredients and then added more cheese.

Place in oven again for another 15 minutes or so or until the cheese is melty. hehe

And voila! Healthy and delicious Cauliflower Crust Pizza!!!

Wanna bite?

I totally loved making this! I haven't made regular pizza dough ever, but this seemed like it was pretty easy to me. I get intimidated by the whole yeast thing, so to me this was super great!

Bon Apetit!

 
Partying it up with:
 
Kitchen Table Art

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