Oh sweet butter croissant, how you make my heart pitter patter. I wasn't sure there was something that could top a day to day croissant, but there is. Enter Kouign Amann--a beautiful, flakey, caramelized croissant and brioche combination. Originating from the region of Brittany, France, your taste buds will feel like you need to put on a beret and twist the ends of your mustache (if you have one). The best news? You don't have to purchase a ticket to fly over the Atlantic, but can get your own taste of France right here in Tampa, Florida at Petit Piquant off of Howard. As one who has been to Europe many times, these fit the bill and then some.
Piquant is under the care of celebrity chefs Rosana Rivera and Ricardo Castro and they are all things delightful. Their warm welcome is right up there with the pastries coming out of the oven. Their new addition to their patisserie family is being released today. You will find sweet flavors like guava, cinnamon sugar, raspberry, lemon and strawberry alongside more savory flavors like Lox salmon, braised short rib rib and roasted tomato with goat cheese. Well, I won't keep your taste buds waiting any longer, so I give you, the Kouign Amann...
Allow me to tell you more about myself (for those who don’t know me. Haha!). I’m Jennifer, and I’m married to my absolute best friend ever. I have two sweet kiddos, my 5-year-old daughter, and my 1-year-old son who are literally the most exhausting and amazing little people ever. I’m a working-mommy turned stay-at-home-mommy. I absolutely love spending time with my family. I do photography. I love being involved in my church. And guess what – I used to be 336 pounds.
Three days spent in Denver. Three days I'll never forget with my sister. Three days I drank hot coffee and savored my meals. I called it my momcation and it was all things lovely. The stars just happened to align for a last minute trip to visit my sister in Denver. So--I packed a very small bag that I didn't remember being capable of doing since before kids and just hopped on a plane. I absolutely adore my kids, but OMGoodness, to only have to entertain myself was just what this momma needed.
There is so much to do in and around Denver, but I wanted to share a few of my fave foodie spots for your next trip over or a local foodie exploring all the hits. All the hiking, adventuring and even shopping can work up an appetite and these are sure to win a nomnom hashtag from your visit.
true food kitchen
When people say not to mess with a good thing, they must not know the potential of making a classic even more divine. I give you...MILKA OREO chocolate candy. You can thank me later, but I will go ahead and say "you're welcome my friend." The best part about these new treats is they are effortlessly delicious. The MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy Bar highlights the vanilla creme center with a little crunch and the MILKA OREO Big Crunch Bar focuses on a chocolate cookie center with a layer of creme, then rich European Milka chocolate on the outside. See why I said "you're welcome" already?!? So, whether you are an eat-from-the-inside-out sort of Oreo indulger or vice versa, you are covered and easily just as satisfied. Their MILKA OREO Choco-Mix combines mini chocolate and vanilla cookies with chocolate candies and morsels for the perfect on the go snack. I can't think of another way to describe them all other than effortless melt-in-your-mouth goodness.
When you welcome your first little one into the world, everyone says "sleep when they sleep." It's easy--you get plenty of rest and feel like you can conquer this thing called mommyhood. When pregnant with your second, you are always going since you have a toddler to run around after. Finally that little one graces you with their presence and in no way were you prepared for the sleepless days/nights that lay ahead of you. You finally get that little one to sleep, you plop on the couch--and your little guy says "Mommy play cars with me?" You somehow muster up the energy to get down on the floor and do exactly what he asked.
Moments where my son needs me are almost more peaceful then when I am alone with him. He creates a sense of calmness over me, and helps me focus on that second not the hour before or what will happen later--but the now. I love to create meaningful moments with my oldest when the little one is resting to help me regain my energy to tackle both boys.
Every now and then the stars align and we manage to get out of the house for an actual date night. For all other nights, we have to get creative. Otherwise, with our three little kids at the table, as soon as we try to have an adult conversation, one of them decides to tell us a story about their stuffed animal tea party or which dinosaur ate the other. We don't want to miss any of those sweet moments, so we usually put our plates to the side until we can sit and enjoy later, so it better be worth the wait.
This recipe is inspired by one of our favorite restaurant dishes we used to eat once upon a time ago, and by that, I mean half my lifetime ago. So without further adieu, happy date night at home! And oh, if you don't want yummy, higher than normal calories, look away quickly!
by: jenn landry
If you’re a busy momma like me, balancing daily household chores, running errands and working is hard enough as it is. Now throw in trying to plan a well balanced meal for children who are so picky! As much as I am reluctant to admit, I’m often finding myself ordering chicken nugget meals at the closest fast food restaurant on my way home from grocery shopping.
Feeling guilty that they weren’t eating enough greens, I was desperate! Big emphasis on the was part of that statement until I found these amazingly delicious, yet veggie packed on-the-go snacks great for everyone in my family. They are Garden Lites muffins. My favorite flavor they offer is the Blueberry Oat muffins and my husband and kids absolutely LOVE the Chocolate muffins. Of course, how could they not, when warmed up, the chocolate morsels are just so scrumptious. Think lava cake for only 120 calories!
I remember loving fruit rolls as a child-you know the round ones that were oh so good? It seemed like we wandered the aisles of the grocery store for what seems like hours until we arrived in the produce section where there was a stand with twenty different flavors my little self couldn't decide upon. My mom always let me snack on one and let me hand the wrapper over to the cashier at check out-shhhh, don't tell!
Now that my kids are a tad older, I thought I'd introduce fruit rolls as a special treat sort of snack, but holy yowza, there's a lot of sugar and a whole lot of unpronouncables! I came up with a super easy, make your own recipe that their six little hands enjoyed helping with. And the best part? I even snuck in Kidz Sprinkles Multi-Vitamins by Dr. Rach for extra vitamins, minerals, probiotics, enzymes, fiber and omega-3. Yep, that felt really good and I may have given myself an itty bitty pat on the back.
If your morning is anything like mine, it can be summed up in one word--chaos. Having three kids under five, you have to make the most out of every second you have and everything has to be dual purpose. It would be very easy to feed my kids something with an extreme amount of sugar and a whole bunch of unpronoucable ingredients, but I want to start the precidence for the rest of the day to make it a great one. With Great Grains® cereal they get substance and mommy still gets to feel like the morning has been conquered with time to spare.
To tie in the fun factor, I've created a new fan favorite in our household called the inside out cereal bowl. I took things out of the box (pun intended), and made the cereal the "bowl" for our yogurt "milk." Their Cranberry Almond Crunch and Raisin, Dates & Pecan flavors have just the right mix of texture and variety to work perfectly for this recipe. The kids not only had a fun time making them with me, but their imaginations ran wild while I had the satisfaction they were eating something wholesome. Ready to make it with us? Grab your coupon here and purchase Great Grains® to join in the fun!
inside out cereal bowl
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