Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Spaghetti Balinese Recipe

  Not even going to pretend I made this without help. I enjoy watching Youtube videos and I came across this particular one. I have added and taken things out of the original recipe to accommodate my families taste! It is SUPER easy to make, with savory flavors that is sure to be a hit.
What you need:
1 pd of ground turkey or hamburger (I used turkey)
3 cloves of garlic (diced)
1 Small onion (diced)
Olive oil (about a tablespoon)
1-2 Can of tomatoes (diced) or you can use fresh
1 can of tomato sauce
2 packets of  gravy mix
2 teaspoons of chilli flakes
Spaghetti ( I used angel hair)
Small glass red wine
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Christmas Package from Santa

Every child WANTS to believe Santa Claus is real. My son in particular knows the Santa we see in the shopping Malls is the THEE Santa but rather just an adult in costume. I like to think he has the spirit of Christmas though. We send a letters to Santa every year in hopes he may hear my sons magical wishes for the coming Christmas Holiday. This year I thought I would jingle things up a bit. I headed to PackagefromSanta.com and sent him his very own customized box of Christmas Magic.
This post is in collaboration with  PackagefromSanta.com All opinions are my own.
I truly had no idea if he would believe it came for THE Santa or if he would just think the idea itself was neat! When it arrived I soon realized that the idea of Santa was definitely still in him even at age 7! The package was so authentic and realistic I have to say I am a bit jealous Santa did not send me a package ;).
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Monday, November 20, 2017

Quick Trip to Ricketts Glen, PA

Sometimes us city folk need a trip to the back country roads!! I had a work trip venturing to the Pocono Mountains and decided to leave early. My spouse and I have not traveled to many parts of Pennsylvania yet. Since it is our neighbor state I feel bad about that and want to explore it more.
We made reservations at the Lodge at Raven Creek in Benton, PA. According to their website it  was described as: a quaint Bed & Breakfast near Rickett's Glenn State Park and Bloomsburg, PA. 
Aside from that we had no idea what we would be walking into to. We arrived late at night due to our GPS (need to replace that glitch-y thing) and turned it early. Before doing so, can we appreciate this fabulous decor in our suite (pictured above)??? Our room had a nice design, layout, modern amenities and we both slept comfortably. 
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Why is STEM Learning Vital for our Youth?

 As a mother you hear a lot about all the things you need to teach your child. Society, the education system, other parents and media flood you with advice on how to raise your child. One of the major educational focus teachers have in the last few years are STEM learning programs. What is the STEM approach people are talking about, you might ask? It centers around Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education. I often see companies advertising for more parents of daughters encourage their child to enter into engineering because they want more in that field. Luckily for us, our son enjoys these four subjects with absolute GUSTO! He not only excels in these categories, tests high for his age but thoroughly enjoys them. We encourage him to not only learn via text books but handling technology and using these in every day life practices!

 I partnered with Verizon. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Weekend trip to St. Simons Island, GA

Ever visit a place and instantly know it is going to be somewhere you come back to year after year?  Took a long weekend to the  St. Simon Island in Georgia and felt this exact feeling. I am not sure what made me feel this way maybe it was the pineapples displayed on their front sign marking Southern Hospitality?! For years I have felt this same draw from Saint Augustine, Florida. Once I started telling people where I was traveling too I found so many of you have visited here before. All these years I feel I lost because I had no idea this little piece of history heaven existed. Glad I changed that and now I am sharing about my trip with complete admiration and gusto!
One of the first stops after check in was a trip to the Christ Church, Frederica, an Episcopal community. "They combine the ancient ways of Christ’s followers with the modern needs and experiences of today’s people". You can attend a service (president's have so you are in good company), or explore the grounds and historic cemetery! Just look into tour information and services here
Since I am such a history buff and foodie I explored much of the island while visiting. I ventured to the pier and observed anglers ringing in their catches. From crabs, fish to shrimp! 
It was truly a delight to find a place with such hospitality and passion for the food scene. From culinary chefs to every day home cooks this island has it. Enjoy all the places I ate while in town here.
 Next, I climbed the 129 steps to enjoy a view at the top of the St. Simon island Lighthouse. Imagine a 360-degree coastal view of the area. I love saturating myself into the history of a place while visiting. Georgia was the epicenter of conflict in the 1700s and St. Simon Island is a perfect place to learn some history. Fort Frederica, for example, was built as a southern boundary marker.
 We embarked on a little “putting” competition while enjoying the course. Would it surprise you I have never played gulf before (Even though I live extremely close to many courses)? I was excited to learn some techniques but more excited to taste their food. Whenever I hear an establishment cooks from scratch, my taste buds do a “happy dance”.
Overall, my experiences were so positive I found myself not wanting to leave. Everything about the area, fellowship with locals and businesses were so inviting.
Before checking out we did manage to squeeze one final HOORAH with a friendly food competition.  It was held in the Retreat Dining Room overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. With their Executive Chef, Sous Chef and Banquet Chef as judges. We won the smoothie competition with our "Peanut butter crunch" smoothie creation (pictured above)!
Have you ever heard of the King and Prince Resort??
Or traveled to St. Simon Island?
I would love to hear your suggestions on locations I might have missed for my next trip!
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Monday, November 13, 2017

20 Delicious Culinary Shows to embrace the Holidays

November is the start of delicious desserts in my family. My mother is one of the best bakers I have come to know. I am not just saying that because I am bias. She has talents I wish rubbed off on me. While I love to cook, baking has never set well with me. She can taste a sweet treat and replicate it without a recipe. It is almost like a work of art! I believe it was her food passion that started my journey down the culinary road. Last year, I officially became certified as a Food Judge and started to work in the food industry. Grading competitors as they tried to win different food competitions while making friends along the way. To celebrate the start of Holiday Desserts, treats and cookies here are some great shows on Netflix centered all around Food! Cooking everything from scratch has really encouraged my passion for creating dishes and these shows help fuel it!
 I am a member of Netflix’s blogger StreamTeam. I did not receive compensation for this post, but Netflix has provided me with a membership and other bonuses for being part of the Stream Team. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Recipe: Pesto & Cheese Tortellini

First off this is NOT my recipe. I got this from a Hello Fresh box we enjoyed. If you are interested in this meal box enjoy my review here
What you will need:
2-4 cups 2% Reduced Fat Milk
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese 
Pesto- to taste
12 Asparagus 
4 Garlic 
 1/4 cup Panko 
2 Vegetable Stock Concentrate 
18 Tortelloni 
Salt, pepper & oil to taste
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Friday, November 3, 2017

NOW that's what I call Music

Have you ever turned up your music to sing loudly when you were excited, happy or just needed a little pick me up? For some, including myself, music has a way of taking us out of our funky moods and putting us in a positive space. 
  
This is a sponsored post in partnership with Now That’s What I Call Music.
In my childhood I battled with depression, sleep disorders and cancer. I turned to music (still do actually) when I needed to refocus and clear my head. 
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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Capon Spring & Farms Review

 We took a scenic drive along the Cacapon River to a 19th Century Resort called the Capon Springs and Farms. Many describe it as one step up from camping and I would agree with that to an extent. While you may not have all the modern luxuries this place offers so much more to families. 
 I was hosted as part of a FAM tour to help facilitate my review. I was not required to write a positive experience. All thoughts, opinions and photos are my own.
While here you can enjoy a home away from home uninterrupted. Put down your electronics and reconnect with your family members again over a game of ping pong, pool, cards or day at the Hygeia Bath House & Spa. 
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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Top 10 Ways to Show your Dog Love

 
Dogs are a magnificent creatures. They can become domesticated animals that are around when you need them. They can lift someone up from a disability and become service animals. They fight along side many of our military in combat. What are ways you can show them love in return for such faithfulness?
 “This post was made possible by iConnect and Petcurean. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine."
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