Do your kids ever get obsessive about wanting to do absolutely everything you do? Hanging out in the bathroom to watch your every move, fierce back seat driving, wanting to drink whatever hot beverage you're sipping on? Only my kids? I think not--hah! To ensure you get at least forty-five seconds to yourself to savor your warm adult sized hot cocoa, they will enjoy making these mini ones. They are so fun, easy to make, and of course...delish!
Thanksgiving has come and gone and you know what that means?! CHRISTMAS! It's officially ok to break out the carols, mistletoe and holiday yummies. I wasted no time getting creative with some new recipes and this one will have you in the mood to watch Christmas Vacation, every Hallmark movie marathon and wrap twenty gifts at the same time. We've partnered with Real California Milk to bring you delicious stuffed pancakes with cranberry buttercream filling and orange syrup. Plus, we are sharing about their Spot The Seals For Good campaign below and how they help those displaced by the recent hurricanes in Florida and Texas along with the California wildfires.
We are just a few days from Thanksgiving, which means in my book, it's finally ok to break out all things Christmas. I know for many, getting into the holiday season comes with sparked memories, traditions and the smells associated. Two of my ultimate favorite smells that immediately wake my senses are oranges (Floridian all the way) and cranberries. Mix in a little cinnamon and rosemary and it's a Christmas potpourri done deal.
Pumpkins, spice and everything nice, that's what fall is made of! I don't always have an abundance of time on my hands (who does?) which leads me to get a little creative with recipes. With the holidays quickly approaching, I found a way to get pumpkin included in pretty much any recipe whether prepared how granny makes it from scratch or semi-homemade. I'll be sharing this trick below along with talking about how using products with the Real California Milk seal can help those recently affected by hurricane Irma and Harvey.
September 1st officially means I can let my love for all things pumpkin out of the bag. Don't tell anyone, but I actually made this Pull Apart Pumpkin Bread recipe over at Sweet Life of Anna in August and it was AMAZING! This pull apart bread was super easy and added a nice twist to the traditional pumpkin bread. To me, this is like pumpkin bread and a cinnamon roll got together to have a baby and Oh. My. Goodness, cutest baby you ever did see! If there is one thing you need to add to your holiday menu list or just because, make sure it's this recipe!
I love watching my baby grow, and I am sure that I am not alone when I say that I want to keep her small and in my arms forever! But the inevitable happens and she grows and learns new things everyday! She has recently transitioned (and is still transitioning) to solids, in addition to her several bottles of milk a day! I have listed a few tips that I have learned along the way. I hope you find these tips helpful as you start this new adventure of transitioning your little love bug to eating solid foods.
From Annie's Aprons
When I think of desserts for the 4th of July the first thing that comes to mind is apple pie! This apple pie is packed with delicious juicy cinnamon apples, topped with a brown sugar buttery topping and a flaky crust. Serve it warm over vanilla ice cream and your taste buds will love you forever! What I love about this pie is how easy it is to throw together. Whether you're a new or seasoned baker this pie is a must try for everyone!
To make this delicious apple pie you simply combine the apples (I always use green apples to break up the sweetness), sugar, flour, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. Then stir everything together until well blended.
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.
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