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February 13, 2020

Keeping Romance alive in a Marriage

Marriage has had a bad rap in the years it has been a "thing"? When I was growing up everyone was married and they liked it. You aspired to meet that special someone and settle down with them. Girls dreamed of planning a big ol' wedding! As, I grew older I realized that life is not so easy and things can really stand in your way. You may not meet that special someone right away. You may have to survive a few bad apples until you find "the one". I was one of the lucky one's, I met my spouse at age 25 and have been happily married for almost 8 years! 
Does that mean our life is easy? That it has been sunshine and roses ever since we got married? Ha, NO! It has been some of the most trying times, in my life. If I had told my spouse what we would endure in our first four years, I wonder if they would have signed up so enthusiastically? Ok, they would but I have to wonder is THIS why marriages do not last? I'm from a generation of "instant gratification". Marriage, ladies and gents, it's WORK, work, WORK, work. Enjoy some tips on how to keep the romance alive in your marriage or relationship, blow:
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February 10, 2020

Copycat Chipotle Bowl Recipe

 We LOVE Chipotle but sadly there is not one close to where we live.  I have to get extra crafty and make my own Copycat Chipotle Bowl Recipe!!
What you will need:
Steak (cut into small squares)
Corn
Pinto Beans
Pico de gallo salsa (or any kind you enjoy)
Lettuce
Cilantro
Cooked rice
Cheese
Sour cream (optional)
 Mix the Corn and Cilantro together and heat in microwave. I also heat up the Pinto Beans until they are soft.
Cook steak squares the way you like them. I suggest around Medium!
 Mix all ingredients together and stir.
 Top with sour cream.
 Serve & enjoy!
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February 7, 2020

Eat Your Way Through St. Simons Island, GA

While visiting some of the Southern States, I came across a culinary gem! It seems many of you might have visited this island before but if you haven’t give your taste buds a delicious vacation. Capture picturesque salt marshes, as you ride over the tidal rivers and enter St. Simmons islands.  Saturate yourself in history or enjoy the sandy stretches like East Beach. While it is one of the largest islands, in a chain of islands, it is easily navigational. Just find Frederica road and you will be able to locate just about anything the island has to offer.
I escaped the cold weather in New York by staying at the King and Prince Resort. Many accommodations are offered to tourists from Bed & Breakfasts to chain hotels. The Resort offered some modern luxuries I was personally looking for in this particular trip. My first stop was brunch in the ECHO Lounge. Arriving on a Sunday I was “Welcomed” with a Bloody Mary Bar! It did look very appetizing but I settled down after my road trip with a Prosecco and Crab Cakes. Light taste, perfectly cooked, with just the right amount of sauce to compliment this fresh dish.
After settling into my room I caught a ride on Lighthouse Trolleys by Cap Fendig. While out exploring we watched anglers fish off a nearby Pier located in the Pier Village for all kinds of seafood, including crabs (pictured above).
A full day of exploration meant it was time to enjoy a meal at the King and Prince Resort. Executive Chef James Flack prepared a delightful meal incorporating Southern Hospitality at its finest. He started off with a roasted heirloom apples slow roasted with candied walnuts, figs and apple brandy vinaigrette. The appetizer was my personal favorite, smoked venison tournedos. I would like to say he was paying homage to his Northern roots with this dish. Tender, moist, flavors described as “wild” verses the traditional “game” taste and cooked to absolute perfection!
With such a hearty dinner, I ate a light breakfast at the Sand Castle Cafe & Grill located by the pier. Afterwards, climbed the 129 steps to enjoy the views at the top of the St. Simons 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. Simons Island is a perfect place to learn some history. Fort Frederica, for examples (pictured above), was built as a southern boundary marker.
If you are exploring and learning about a place try to have one of their local dishes. At the pier I heard many anglers talking about the Georgia Shrimp being caught and decided to try them out. They were so much larger compared to the shrimp we have back in New York!
Another captivating view I think worth mentioning is the Avenue of Oaks (pictured above). Each new location I visited, I felt the people were so inviting and genuine. It was easy to pass the hours just listening to stories of how they came to the island and how is has changed over the years. In these conversations is when I find the best places to snap some photos or find local food joints! It is amazing what you can learn about an area by just asking a local! With all this scenic beauty you can really work up an appetite while exploring it all.
Personally, I love finding “off the beaten path” places to eat. A place I can bring my family and enjoy a meal without dressing up or worrying if my son is “too” loud. Gnat’s Landing not only had a great place to sit and rest they were extremely family friendly. A bulldog statue is out front waiting to greet you, what more could you ask for? The Vidalia onion dip was worth the trip entirely!!
One of the many things I noticed while out exploring is the majestic Oak trees. They are dripping with moss and truly a marvel frozen in time. With so many areas tearing down trees, it’s refreshing to see establishments embrace them! While out on the King and Price Golf Course, I saw many Oak trees. I even heard a pair of Eagles reside on the property and could you blame them?
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”.  The Hawaiian Cake was hands down the best dessert I’ve consumed in my whole 32 years. As a professional Food Judge who recently graded a competition based on only desserts, that is saying something. It is a moist cake, filled with chopped walnuts, pineapple and magical ingredients topped with homemade frosting, yum! Do not leave this island without trying a piece, it is THAT good! I wonder if they would ship some to NY?
While I know St. Simons Island has so much more to offer food-wise these are the places I enjoyed this visit. I plan on coming back to try out more. 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. 
Have you ever traveled here? 
If so what places do you enjoy eating at? 
I would love them to my next trips  itinerary; just leave me a comment below!
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February 5, 2020

How to score CHEAP tickets for Sporting Events & Concerts

Everyone keeps asking how we get CHEAP tickets for the Buffalo Sabres game..... 
It's super funny because last year we wanted to go to at least ONE Buffalo Sabres game. Now, we go pretty much every other week. Hey, when you score tickets for $38 in the 100 level, you go to games!
So here is how I score inexpensive tickets, step by step ( I expect invites when ya'll purchase tickets 🤣😉).

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January 27, 2020

Orange Chicken Recipe

Orange Chicken Recipe
What you will need:
1 Cup BBQ Sauce (Sweet Baby Ray’s) 
1 Cup Sweet Orange Marmalade (Smucker’s) 
2 TBSP Soy Sauce
Inspiration recipe here.
 In a sauce pan, add the BBQ sauce, marmalade, and soy sauce. Turn the heat on low and let it simmer for 20 minutes, stirring a few times. 
 Meanwhile, cut up your chicken breasts into cubes. In one bowl beat 2 eggs, while the other bowl should mix the dry ingredients. Dip pieces of chicken in the egg and then cover in flour/cornstarch. Set on an extra plate.
 Add a thin layer of oil to a frying pan and turn your stove on medium/high heat. Once it sizzles, add the chicken to the pan. Let it cook for 3-5 minutes each side until it’s brown and cooked on the inside.
  Set the oily pieces on a paper towel and let drain. 
 Add the chicken to the sauce and toss! 
 Eat it on top of white rice and enjoy. I think veggies would be good with it such as green peppers or broccoli. Enjoy!
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January 22, 2020

Setting Intentions not Resolutions in 2020

Most people make "Resolutions" with each coming year. Often times, I have fell into this almost bleak trap of goal setting. While I want to accomplish the resolutions I have set, they seem to fizzle out before January is over with. I think Carrie Underwood posted it best last week: "Set Intentions not Resolutions". Over the past month, we have experimented with several different products to reach our goals. These products pictured above have become part of our daily regimens and really held up.

In the morning we have Green Giant Cauliflower Veggie Hash Browns
For workouts we been using:
Gold Standard Whey Powder- we have the double chocolate flavor but you can pick others to fit your taste.
Amino Energy Fruit Fusion- ours is grape flavored ( again choose your preference)
We also switched our son's vitamin supplements to L’il Critters Children’s Gummy Vitamins

I found all of these at our local Walmart if you are interested in any of them!
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January 19, 2020

Celebrate National Popcorn Day by watching Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Celebrating Popcorn Day and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, starring Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning and Michelle Pfeiffer! This iconic villain flick arrived on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD January 14, 2020. Who has watched this??
When we first watched Maleficent, I was memorized by the fantasy world they created. This sequel doe not disappoint. It's jam packed with action, fantasy characters and an interesting ending! 
BLU-RAY & DIGITAL BONUS: 
Extended Scenes The Queen Comforts Aurora - Queen Ingrith takes advantage of Aurora’s fragile state to gain her confidence and accelerate the wedding plans. 
Philip and Aurora Dance - Aurora struggles to gain Queen Ingrith’s approval when she realizes how she is viewed among aristocracy. 
Featurettes Origins of the Fey - Angelina Jolie discusses Maleficent’s lore, her newly discovered origins, and the diversity of the cast who portray the Fey. 

Aurora’s Wedding - Elle Fanning gushes over Aurora’s fairytale wedding; plus, hear from some special guests as they give their best to the bride and groom. If 
You Had Wings - Get a glimpse of the elaborate visual effects that allow the Fey to take to the skies. 
Outtakes - Uncooperative cats, a serious case of the giggles and even the “floss dance” found their way into Ulstead. “You Can’t Stop The Girl” - Music video performed by Bebe Rexha
In celebration of the release, MultiCultural Maven has created a how-to guide to making your own flower crown, inspired by the film! Check out the instructions above!
Geeks Who Eat  also created a pie pops recipe inspired by the film! 
Check out the recipe above!
 Cuddle on the couch, with some comfy blankets, popcorn and let the movie roll! 
Do you enjoy Disney movies??
Which Disney movie is your ultimate favorite??
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January 6, 2020

Health is a Human Right - Providence St. Joseph Health Community Benefit

Health is a Human Right for everyone, but it requires resources, commitment, and funding. I'm partnering with Providence St. Joseph Health to shine a spotlight not only on the need but to raise awareness about the programs and work that they and their partner organizations are doing to meet the needs of the communities they serve.
For a lot of us it would be hard to imagine a scenario in which we would find ourselves homeless, without medical or dental insurance, having no access to mental health resources, or a nutritious meal. As a mom, it pains me to think of not having what seems the most basic care for my family. That's where the Providence St. Joseph Health Community Benefit work comes in.

Providence St. Joseph Health Community benefit provides, partners on, and supports programs and services with the goal to improve the health and quality of life of the people in the communities they serve.
“Go into the neighborhoods, find out what disorders exist and try to remedy them through your own efforts if you can, or through others who have some influence over those involved…” – Father Jean-Pierre Medaille, founder of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 1650.
With 51 hospitals across their family of organizations, Providence St. Joseph Health supports patients with expert clinical care but also with a range of community-based care, programs, interventions and services. By partnering with new and existing local and national organizations to affect change, the impact was huge. Providence reported $1.6 billion invested in communities across seven states in 2018.
This post was created in partnership with Providence St. Joseph Health. All opinions are my own.
Through their community health needs assessment, Providence St. Joseph Health identifies and prioritizes the most pressing needs in the communities they serve.
Recognizing that many factors – biological, social, economic and environmental – affect an individual’s, and a community’s, health and wellbeing. Providence St. Joseph Health Community Benefit programs take many forms:

Free or deeply discounted medical care for those who lack insurance or can’t afford to pay
Comprehensive support and care management services to low-income and uninsured/underinsured individuals living with chronic health problems
Education efforts aimed at reducing the stigma of mental health conditions in the community.

With programs like: 

Grace Clinic: For nearly 17 years, Grace Clinic, operating almost exclusively through community donations and volunteers has provided the uninsured in the community with access to comprehensive primary care including medical treatment, urgent dental care, mental health counseling and spiritual care.

Providence Community Care Center: A central hub for people who are street dependent to gain access to mental health, substance use, housing and primary care services—all under one roof, in a compassionate and safe environment.

GoNoodle: This decision was a direct result of a Community Health Needs Assessment which identified childhood obesity as an area of unmet need in the region. The mission is to empower kids to be the best version of themselves by providing engaging content that helps them get much needed physical activity, while building the social/emotional skills necessary to make good decisions later in life.
Making Healthy eating accessible: In 2018, 673 pounds of fresh produce was provided to the community from the garden, and another 257 pounds were donated to the Missoula Food Bank. There is even a mobile market that takes fresh vegetables to affordable housing complexes.

Health for a Better World centers on the belief that health is a human right. Providence St. Joseph health believes everyone deserves a chance to lead the healthiest life possible. And that it is important to understand and address the root causes of poor health such as food and housing insecurity, isolation, access to education and nutrition, and find holistic ways for communities to improve overall well-being. I couldn’t agree more!
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Ranchy Chicken and Veggie Recipe

 
Need an easy recipe to whip up on a busy night? This Ranch Chicken and Veggies is the perfect one pot dinner.
What you will need:
Chicken thighs or breast
2 tbs oil
1 Packet of Ranch Dressing
4-5 Red potatoes
Green beans 
 Spray a oven pan. 
Place chicken, cut potatoes and green beans in a oven pan.
 Mix Dry dressing packet and oil together. 
Drizzle over the chicken mixture. Cover and bake at 380 degrees for 1-2 hours.
 Check occasionally to make sure chicken cooks through.
 Remove from the oven.
Serve and enjoy!
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