Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" #12







Welcome to the 12th week of 
 Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" 

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Last week we had  308 awesome linkups!   

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Easter Pavlova with Lemon Curd and Yoghurt | www.pinkrecipebox.com

Usually I’m not a fan of meringue (the base of the pavlova, in case you’re unfamiliar with this dessert) but meringue is the perfect thing to make a nest-shaped Easter dessert.

If you whip the egg whites up into the right consistency, you can pipe the meringue into a curly-swirly nest shape like I did. If you’re out of piping bags, you can always dollop the mixture onto the tray and then use a spoon to create the delicate swirls and nest shape.


Sally Hansen Limited Edition Palm Beach Jellies from "In the Makeup Aisle"
This collection consists of 6 sheer jelly polishes that really reminded of the OPI Sheer Tints. I swear every time OPI releases a different type of polish all the brands release there version of it. I don't think this is the last sheer jelly collection we will see this season.


DIY Easter Egg Garland | The Jenny Evolution
Don’t you just adore Easter and all of the sunny decorations that come with it? This DIY Easter Egg Garland is the perfect chance to introduce bright, cheerful colors back into your homes even while the weather outside is rainy and dreary. (Well, at least it is in Chicagoland!)

I have a craving for doughnuts that just won't go away.  And since I am truly incompetent at making fried doughnuts, the three or so times I have made doughnuts have been in the oven. Although, I confess, I have never actually ATTEMPTED to make fried doughnuts, I doubt that me and a pot of hot oil are a good combination under any circumstance.

Optimize Your Blog Post for Pinterest in Eight Simple Steps!

Optimizing your blog for Pinterest has become almost a necessity for anybody that's serious about blogging.  I've picked up a few tips and tricks along the way that have really helped me get the best results from Pinterest.  I hope these help y'all too!








This was a fun vignette to create, using the pink gingerbread travel trailer and  spring flowers I purchased to use in the gardens. Since it is much to wet to work in the flower beds, I arranged the flowers around the little trailer and snapped away. A fun way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon.










Google-Plus-SEO 
I love Google+! I like it sooo much better than Facebook, mostly because it doesn’t have all the drama and personal issues that are posted all over FB, at least I haven’t seen it on G+. I also find it easier to use and more visually appealing than FB with more features, no games or requests for help building or upgrading their Post Office.

Anise Hyssop (an herb) is an excellent addition to your garden both for the herbal benefits and for attracting butterflies.  Pollinator such as the butterfly are very important for your garden and for balancing a sometimes delicate eco-system.

Transform a Dollar Store glass plate and candlestick into a beautiful gold glitter cake stand!

Now, let me tell you something about my house. If you read this blog regularly, you know I have 3 boys. Which means I don’t get to bust out my girly side all that often. My life is way more sports and dirt than princesses and glitter.
But today, my friends, I’m embracing the glitter. And gold. And all things sparkly.

How to Make Vanilla Extract from "LittleOwlCrunchyMomma"
Vanilla extract is one of those things that you should always have on hand in your kitchen. It just adds that little bit of flavor to so many homemade goods that just make them shine. I first learned how to make my own vanilla extract from Marillyn over at just-making-noise. I pinned her recipe a long time ago, and finally got around to trying it months later.


Small Armoire Makeover from "The Interior Frugalista"
Small Armoire Makeover from bedroom to dining room
My most recent project is a Small Armoire Makeover that I've had since the late 70's.  When we completed the Master Bedroom Closet Expansion we no longer needed it so I decided to give it a makeover. Now that it's finished, I think it's Too Pretty For A Bedroom Armoire!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

What's in Season? @FreshfromFL Berry Bars

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fresh From Florida for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Fresh From Florida

Yeah for Spring! We are FINALLY getting into some warmer weather. We are finally seeing some green leaves on trees and flowers blooming. It seems like winter has lasted forever!! Such is life in the mid-Atlantic states I guess.

Now. If I lived in Florida, the weather would be warmer, the trees would already be in bloom, and the produce would be plentiful!! Getting in the 5 fruits and veggies would be so easy in Florida. There’s a range of fresh food options there 24/7/365. We’re dying for winter to be over but Floridians are already noshing on a range of fresh produce that’s in season right now!!


Monday, April 14, 2014

#MeatlessMonday Macaron Cooking Class @Sur_la_Table

Macaron for #MeatlessMonday. They’re meatless, right? They start with an M? *shrugs*

The meat free meal I made last week is for #SundaySupper on April 27. You will have to stay tuned for it. It’s delicious!!

But, do not fret my loyal readers. I have a FABULOUS tale to tell you today! Oh. The alliteration is running rampant! Can ya tell I’m SUPER excited?

*deep breath*

Some of you may stalk me on Instagram or Facebook and probably got a sneak peek at my weekends activities. But I’m here to tell you, the two photos I posted were NOTHING compared to the experience I had this weekend at my Sur la Table Macaron class!! Yup. I finally broke down and took a class on making these little B…um beauties.

Since I was SUPER excited, I was there early, which is good because I drank a considerable amount of liquid before we left. Thankfully the Bed Bath and Beyond was open. That also gave S something to do while I was in the class. Yup! He went to Pentagon Row with me and just did some shopping while I was baking.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Arepas de Queso - Stuffed, Wrapped, and Rolled #SundaySupper

Arepas. Yummy, tasty, simple arepas. Oh how I love thee.

I was first introduced to this yummy carb on my first trip to Bogota and Cevecheria. They are so tasty and yet so simple. It’s like a thicker corn tortilla type flavor, but so much better than I'm describing it. 



I had never even heard of these fantastic nibbles until I went to Colombia. Now, I want to master them and make them at home. The ingredients? Three. Water, masarepa (precooked corn flour), and butter. Four if you want to add salt. Five if you add cheese. In any event, they’re not complicated, but I just recently found the masarepa in my grocery. Granted I wasn't looking at international foods stores, but was THRILLED when I found it on my regular grocery trip.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Boost Your Post Party #7

Hey, friends, we are going to do this a little bit differently this week.
There are TWO FACEBOOK link ups in one.

Baked Pasta and Sausage with Tomato Cream Sauce - Contributor Post on Sew Crafty Angel





You can find this TASTY dish on Sew Crafty Angel as my PREMIER contributor post!  

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Oatmeal Blondies with @PEEPSANDCOMPANY Rocky Road Topping - Behind the Curtain Dessert Challenge

It’s REVEAL TIME! Reveal for what?? For the….





Yes. After putting this on my calendar for the last few months I was FINALLY organized enough to actually participate in it!! Trust me. It’s on my calendar from here on out and I will make sure it’s on there for next year, too. I haven’t done enough sweets baking lately. Of course, that may all change after this weekend, but you’ll have to wait to find out about that!!

Corned Beef and Cabbage Enchiladas for #WeekdaySupper

Sometimes, I have these great ideas. Then I think to myself, “Is that REALLY a great idea? Does that really appeal to anyone else but me?” Um…sometimes.

This was one of THOSE dishes. In my head, it sounded delicious. Then the more I thought about, the more I realized that S probably wouldn't enjoy it as much as I would. So, I opted to just toss a few of these together and not subject him to my eclectic dinner palette.



I whipped up a small batch and they were rather tasty!! My co-worker that sampled them, J, said that they could use the Thousand Island dressing. I’m not a huge fan of the stuff and don’t really like it on Reubens, but just thought I’d throw that out there for the other peeps in the blogosphere that might enjoy the tangy dichotomy of flavors. Yup! Whipping out the big words! *snort*

Anyway.



These honestly whipped up in no time at all! I honestly thought we would have more corned beef left after the St. Patrick’s Day boiled dinner. That’s one of the reasons I went for a corned beef meal, but no. Ate it all! So, I purchased corned beef from the deli counter. I’d suggest asking them to slice it thicker than usual. I purchased some canned sauerkraut. I think I would have preferred some sautéed cabbage, but that’s usually not a feat I like to tackle on a week night and would have definitely put this dish over the 30 minutes budget. 

The rice? If you have a rice cooker and can have it ready or precook the rice the night before, perfect! If not, purchase the Minute Rice or Uncle Ben’s reheatable pouches. Make sure it ‘s enough for 4 cups of rice. And the Swiss? Your choice. I don’t think we have pre-shredded Swiss, so I whipped out our presto shredder. More about that in a future post. I’m still learning that system.




Okay. You have to get past the traditional “enchilada” mentality. The enchilada is just the method. These are ALL Reuben in flavor! Sans the dressing on mine. The corned beef and sauerkraut are heaven together! The Swiss cheese is the perfect binder with the rice to make for a hearty filling. And the Swiss cheese “queso” on top is tangy and tasty! And it browns up nicely in the oven. They smelled delicious and aromas didn't disappoint! These tasty pretty darn good for completely made-up in my head if I don’t say so myself!



Corned Beef and Cabbage Enchiladas

Recipe by A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures (@AKitchenHoor)



Ingredients

  • 1 pound corned beef, sliced
  • 28 ounces sauerkraut, drained
  • 3 cups Swiss cheese, grated
  • 4 cups brown rice, cooked
  • 3 cups milk
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seed
  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • a pinch ground nutmeg
  • 8 whole flour tortillas
  • Thousand Island dressing to garnish

Cooking Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Place the sauerkraut, rice and 1 cup Swiss cheese in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine. Add the caraway seed, garlic salt, and black pepper and stir again.
  3. Place a tortilla on a flat work surface. Top with 2 ounces of corned beef and 1/3 cup rice mixture. Roll and place seam side down in a 9 x 13 casserole dish coated with cooking spray. Repeat with remaining tortillas, corned beef, and rice mixture.
  4. Combine the milk and cornstarch in a small saucepan over medium heat; stirring with a whisk to combine. Stirring occasionally, bring to a slow boil and then simmer until thickened. Remove from heat and add 1 cup of Swiss cheese.
  5. Pour the cheese sauce over the enchiladas and top with the remaining 1 cup of Swiss cheese.
  6. Bake at 350 for 15 to 20 minutes or until the cheese is browned and bubbling.
  7. Cool slightly before serving.







Monday

Grilled Turkey Rachel from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Thinly sliced turkey, Swiss and cole slaw layered between two slices of grilled rye bread.

Tuesday
Ham & Cheese Biscuit Empanadas from La Cocina de Leslie
If you like ham and cheese, then you’re going to love these flaky biscuit empanadas stuffed with ham, broccoli, and a chipotle cheese sauce.

Wednesday
Scrambled Egg Fajitas from Curious Cuisiniere
Scrambled eggs aren’t just for breakfast when you break out the tortillas for this fun and quick, Mexican-inspired dinner.

Thursday
Corned Beef and Cabbage Enchiladas from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Basically, these are like a Reuben without the Thousand Island Dressing. Unique, tasty, and easy enchiladas for any #WeekdaySupper.

Friday
Brown Sugar Glazed Cod Tacos from Family Foodie
Whip up this Glazed Cod in less than ten minutes and let the family add their favorite toppings for a fun #WeekdaySupper.