Our Back To School Morning Routine With A Breakfast Sandwich

 

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I feel like I have been preparing for a marathon. Practicing small little jaunts, that are priming me for the big day. My son is going into kindergarten, and even though he has been in preschool for a while now, it just feels different. I have this overwhelming excitement building up in me for various reasons, but one of the main ones is our morning routine. I keep going over the basics of what needs to be done, in order to get out of the house on time and get him there ready to take on his day. This routine I’ve been planning has to be consistent and easy to attain.

  1. Lay out the uniform the night before. This will take the guess work out of what he will be wearing and allow him to just focus on putting his clothes on fast.
  2. Make him a healthy breakfast. I plan on making a decent batch of bacon or sausage that could last for a few days in the fridge. That way in the morning all I have to do is make an egg and put it between two pieces of toast along with a slice of cheese and the bacon for a breakfast sandwich. He is going to have to be at school all day long, and I want to make sure I send him off well balanced and prepared to take on his scholastic learnings. Plus I don’t know if he will eat at lunch time, and at least I know for sure he’ll be eating a big breakfast.
  3.  Make sure he takes his daily vitamin. People have warned me when your kid goes to school he/she is sure to bring home a cluster of different illnesses (cough, cold, flu…. you name it). I am going to take an extra preventative step and make sure he is loaded up on his daily vitamin. I know it won’t keep everything at bay but I’ll take any extra assistance a gummi vitamin wants to help provide. daily vitamin
  4. I’ve been teaching him how to wipe down his table/desk with clorox wipes when ever he eats, or does busy work at his desk. I like the idea of keeping the space where he will spend most of his time germ free. A healthy child means “no” missing school, and a better education for him since he’ll be present. This will be part of our morning routine, having him get his backpack ready with a folder, school supplies, lunchbox and his clorox wipes, so he could wipe away while at school too. wiping down the desk with clorox wipes
  5. Laying down the rules. I figure I will start each morning with a little pep talk, and a schedule of what he can expect from his day. I will write down the list on a big note pad, and go over the details with him. Then I’ll give him a burst of love and send him off to school with positive energy by his side.

The best part of this routine is I’ll be able to get the uniform pants, ingredients for breakfast, daily vitamins, clorox wipes, and big note pads all from Walmart, which will make it so easy to attain my morning routine throughout the year.

Ingredients for breakfast sandwich:

  • wheat english muffin
  • 1- slice colby jack cheese
  • bacon (cooked)
  • 1/2 – teaspoon butter
  • 1 – egg

Directions:

  1. Toast english muffin in toaster or toaster oven until crisp.
  2. Once toast is done place cheese slice on one of the toast slices.
  3. Place bacon on top of cheese.
  4. In a small frying pan over a medium flame add butter and allow it to melt. Coat the pan with butter.
  5. In a bowl whisk the egg until scrambled.
  6. Then pour egg into the small frying pan and cook on one side for 3 minutes, then flip and cook the other side for 2 minutes.
  7.  Remove egg from pan and place on top of bacon. Top with remaining toast.
  8. Enjoy!

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The Hundred Foot Journey Movie Review And A Curry Chicken Salad

curry chicken champagne grape salad

You know that feeling you get after you just walked out of a film that was so satisfying on every level? The story line was great. The acting was superb. The cinematography was excellent, the art design was dazzling, and you were completely sucked in from start to finish. That was me with The Hundred Foot Journey. I loved everything about it. I roared with laughter, I cried, I had so much food envy throughout the movie… I just loved it! Here…let me give you a briefing on what the movie is about.

An Indian family loses everything they had and owned in India and decides to flee to Europe, the south of France to be exact. Once there, they open a restaurant directly across the street from a very highfalutin 1 Michelin Star restaurant. The culture clash that ensues with the rival restaurateur Madame Mallory (Hellen Mirren) begins and takes us on a visually mouthwatering adventure.

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There is a little bit of everything in this film for everybody. It’s the perfect date film, or a girls night out, or Sunday with your Mom. The Hundred Foot Journey is in theaters now! Go see it!

In complete tribute to the foodie film I wanted to create something I could make quickly but be transported back to the film. Here is my Curry Chicken Salad.

Ingredients for curry chicken salad

Ingredients for curry chicken salad:

  • 1 – pound chicken (cooked and chopped into cubes)
  • 1/3 – cup red onion (cubed)
  • 1/3 – cup pistachio
  • 1/3 – cup champagne grapes ( I used Melissa’s Produce) (stems removed)
  • 1/3 – cup mayo
  • 1 – teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 – chili powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Combine chicken, red onion, pistachios, champagne grapes in a bowl. Mix to combine.
  2. Mix mayo, curry powder, and chili powder in a bowl to completely combine.
  3. Pour curry mayo over chicken mixture.
  4. Mix to combine.
  5. Salt and pepper to liking.
  6. Spoon salad over a slice of lettuce. Or put on a slice of bread.
  7. Enjoy!

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Mango Lime Refresher

mango lime refresher

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Number of Servings: 10

Let’s elevate the tailgate experience at your place. Nothing like watching college football from home, while enjoying all your favorite treats. In honor of the season I created a lovely drink that has become the number one request in my house. This mango lime refresher brings a tropical freshness to the tailgating experience. Offering a cool balance between bites, and quenching your thirst at the same time. Give it a try, my guess is you will love it as much as my family does. Then hop over to the awesome “Tailgate At Your Place” site , the digital destination that will help you throw the “ultimate” home tailgate party. It is such a wealth of tailgating party info, you’ll be able to find college football trivia, party tips, and other recipes. Throwing parties has never been so easy. Here’s the bonus part, when you interact with the site, you have a chance to win one of hundreds of prizes! Isn’t that cool? Make this drink! Go to the site and be ready to enjoy the football season!

Ingredients:

  • 2 – large ripe mangos (peeled, and all flesh cut from bone)
  • 2 – limes (peeling removed)
  • 1 – 1 inch strip of lime peel (reserved from peelings of lime)
  • 1/2 – cup sugar
  • 9 – cups water
  • 10 – strawberries

Steps:

  1. Add mango pieces, lime, lime peeling, sugar, and 2 cups water to a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Strain mixture through a sieve. Allowing all liquid to pass through. Discard pulp.
  4. Add mango/lime liquid to a pitcher, then add remaining 7 cups of water to pitcher and mix to combine.
  5. Place pitcher in the fridge for a minimum of and hour and a half to chill.
  6. Serve cold and garnish glass with a strawberry.
  7. Enjoy!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Red Baron. The opinions and text are all mine.

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My Food Interview With The Cast Of “The Hundred Foot Journey” Movie

Sometimes life throws little surprises on your lap.  A few weeks ago I was asked if I would like to interview the cast of The Hundred Foot Journey and that cast included Dame Helen Mirren.  Being that this movie is based around food, and I am a huge film fanatic, I jumped at the chance!  I had lived vicariously through my Mother as she read the book a few years ago and I was now anxiously awaiting the release of the film when I was asked to do the interview.  I had no idea how gorgeous the food and story were going to translate to the big screen, but it is a sight to behold on all levels.  From food that looks like it was created in the heavens to a stellar cast of great performances to a solid funny, touching story that will be considered a classic food-film for years to come.  It will be in theaters this Friday, I highly suggest you go and see it.  In the meantime here are a few things the cast had to say about their food experience with the movie.

Question: How much food training?  What kind of training did you go through for the film to master the tricks of the trade from an appearance stand point?

Helen Mirren /Madame Mallory:  No I did not. Luckily I didn’t have to cook in the film. I just had to break some eggs at one point.  I don’t break the shells the ‘official’ chef way, but I have seen people break an egg like that with one hand and I had practiced that way prior to filming.  Then of course the chefs on the set said “Oh no, we would never break the eggs that way, we would bang two eggs together.”  I did it for theatrical purposes with one hand.  I did though observe a chef in beverly hills for a few nights to watch the kitchen run and it was like a beautiful ballet.  Like a beautifully oiled machine.  Quiet, absolutely silent. Maybe a little bit of talking, but it was absolutely fascinating.

Charlotte Le Bon /Marguerite: I did culinary classes with Manish in a restaurant in the area where we were shooting for a couple of hours, then after that I went to a friend’s restaurant in Paris and watched the chef for two nights.  For sure I am not a great cook and I will never be able to make good food.  So I don’t care about learning to cook a ham. It’s more about gestures and being a leader in the kitchen.  That was the most interesting part was the way the chefs I observed moved, and how they would yell at people.

Manish Dayal /Hassan: In pre-production I did a lot of in the kitchen training.  I had to really understand how things were done in a French kitchen vs. an Indian kitchen.  In an Indian kitchen you’re just trying to get the job done, you move wherever you need to move to get the dish cooked the best possible way.  Where as in a French kitchen there is a very very specific hierarchy, there are rules, you have to know where your skills are, by knowing your skills you know where you are in the kitchen physically.  No one crosses each other in a French Kitchen.  There is always a way to stand to be out of the next persons way.  It sort of functions like a puzzle, with very stiff movements.  And an Indian kitchen isn’t like that, everyone is moving around trying to get the job done.

Question: Tell us about the omelet?  Did you actually get to cook that?

Manish Dayal /Hassan:  It’s my Dad’s recipe.  Oh I cooked it!  And they had some French cooking consultants on the set and they were horrified.  They couldn’t believe how I was preparing it, what I was adding to it.  They were in shock.  The way to make that scene important was to make it my omelet.  It couldn’t be a proper french omelet, or it wouldn’t fit the story.  My father’s secret to an omelet is milk.  It takes longer to cook, but makes the eggs flakey.

Question: What is your favorite food memory?

Manish Dayal /Hassan:  My Mom’s cooking.  If there were three things in front of me, I could always tell you which one my Mom cooked, just by the way it tastes.  She makes rice and dal, and my favorite memory is she would put lots of peanuts in it!  I would eat just that as a kid.

Charlotte Le Bon /Marguerite: Yeah, but it’s usually very bad food.  Like kids food.  I don’t know why but kids love to eat tasty food, and tasty food is always bad food.  I think of the hamburgers my father use to make where the meat, when I was still eating meat, was almost raw in the middle.  Or the foods my grandma makes and still does, It’s the odors… odors are the best souvenirs.

Helen Mirren /Madame Mallory:  My mother was not a great great cook, but she was a good cook, and she made several signature dishes.  She made these wonderful ‘piroshki’ cabbage pies.  And actually chocolate, chocolate is an incredibly memorable thing for me, because I didn’t eat chocolate at all because I grew up in England after the second world war, and had never had chocolate until I was about 7 years old.  My first taste of chocolate was pretty amazing and I never quite forgotten it.  More than the taste of it was the smell of it.  I love milk chocolate.

Question: Were you a cook prior to starring in this film?

Manish Dayal /Hassan: You know I wasn’t. I knew basic things like how to make eggs. One thing I did know how to do well is BBQ because my Dad is a big griller.  I would always watch him do that, so I kinda picked it up a little bit.

Charlotte Le Bon /Marguerite: I don’t cook a lot. I’m kinda lazy actually. I’m a vegetarian too. I do cook to impress when I’m having guests over.  I’ll make risotto and fancy pastas.  Lots of parmesan.  They never come out like I want them to.

Helen Mirren /Madame Mallory:  My great cooking secret is my showtime grill.  It’s genius.  I saw it on an infomercial one night and got my credit card out.  The showtime grill arrived and it’s fantastic.  You can not go wrong.  It’s the most wonderful, wonderful thing.  I can’t say enough about the Showtime grill.  Aside from cooking chicken on my grill I love making soup, because it is an endlessly changing thing.

THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY arrives in theaters everywhere on August 8th!

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Cheers To The Best Separation Ever: Chilaquiles Divorciados! #GiveAway

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Some things just stand better on their own. Chilaquiles Divorciados is one of them. I heart everything about them…especially the name. Two completely different chilaquiles that decided to throw in the towel on their union and disconnect whole heartedly. One hot and spicy “Chila” stands in all her red distinction , and the other easy going and smooth “Quiles” swims in his pool of green chile. Two separate dishes plated together but each making a different statement on their own.

Making the divorced dish is almost easier than making them whole. I wanted to make them from scratch using homemade corn tortillas. I pulled out my bag of Maseca and got my tortilla press out so I could flatten the masa into perfect discs. Cooked them up on a comal, and let them cool overnight in the fridge. The next day I cut and fried the tortillas of the dish together and at the last minute I allowed them to take a new path solo. One took the red way and the other took the green way. For the lucky person sitting in front of the plate, this is the most ideal scenario. The eater gets to savor the best of both worlds and both “Chila” and “Quiles” can gracefully keep their own identity.

tortillas being made with Maseca

Ingredients for chilaquiles divorciados:

  • For tortillas: 2 – cups maseca
  • 1/4 – teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 – cup water
  • For red chile: 1/2 – large onion peeled (fried)
  • 3 – garlic cloves peeled
  • 1 – oz. new mexico dried chile
  • 1 – oz. california dried chile
  • 1 – large dried passilla chile
  • 1/2 – tablespoons salt
  • For green chile: 1/2 onion peeled
  • 2– garlic cloves (browned/fried)
  • 3 – tomatillos
  • 2 – huero chiles (yellow chiles)
  • 2 – serrano chiles
  • 2 – jalapeno chiles
  • 1 – cups of water (from water chiles boiled in)
  • 1/4 – teaspoon of vinegar
  • 1/2 – teaspoons chicken bouillon
  • 1/2 – teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 – cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 – cup pepper jack cheese (grated)
  • 1/4 – cup queso fresco (crumbled)
  • 1/8 -cup red onion (diced)
  • crema (optional)
  • avocado slices (optional)

Directions:

  1. Tortillas: Mix maseca, salt and water together using your hands. Divide dough into 16 equal round balls. Press in a lined with plastic tortilla press. Cook on a comal for 1 minute on each side. Allow tortilla to cool completely, and store in a ziplock over night in the fridge.
  2. Red chile: Fry onion and garlic cloves until golden brown. Set to the side. Boil red chiles until soft for 35 to 40 minutes. Place onion, garlic, red chiles (stems removed), and salt  in a blender along with 1 cup of water. Blend until smooth. Remove from blender and strain through a sieve. Place to the side.
  3. Green Chile: Fry onion and garlic cloves until golden brown. Set to the side. Boil tomatillos, and yellow and green chiles until soft for 35 minutes. Place onion, garlic, chiles (stems removed), 1 cup of water, vinegar, chicken bouillon, and dried oregano into a blender. Blend until smooth. Remove from blender and strain through a sieve. Place to the side.
  4. Cut cold tortilla into triangle pieces. In a large frying pan add vegetable oil and allow to get hot. Fry tortilla triangles for 5 minutes on each side until golden crisp on both sides. Fry until all tortilla triangles are done and are now chips.
  5. Remove from oil and drain on a paper towel lined plate. Divide the chips in half.
  6. In one pan over a medium flame add half chips and 1/2 cup red chile sauce.
  7. In another pan over a medium flame add half chips and 1/2 cup green chile sauce.
  8. Top each pan with 1/4 cup pepper jack cheese.
  9. Plate the two chilaquiles side by side and top with queso fresco and red onion. Avocado and creme also go nicely on the top of this dish.
  10. Enjoy!

Divorced Chilaquiles #MasecaNosGusta

Do you want to make your own divorced chilaquiles? Now you can! I am giving away this awesome Maseca Tortilla Kit! Enter below for a chance to win!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Maseca. However all the recipe and opinions are my own.

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Cherry Chipotle Pork Ribs: Using The 2-2-1 Method

Last year I realized that I did not have a rib recipe (aside from short ribs) on my blog, nor could I say I really knew how to make them.  Then in a very candid conversation with my friend Stephen from Latino Foodie who was also in the same boat with the “rib situation” we both decided to master making ribs.  Well we kinda motivated each other to get ribbing.  That was last summer and it didn’t happen on my part.

Then last month I was on a trip with Walmart in their hometown of Arkansas and they brought in some master bar-b-que experts to teach us a few tricks of the grill.  I watched them and was amazed at a few things I had never learned along the way, and knew I would incorporate my newly found knowledge into some grilling recipes.  Then one of the masters teaching us about steak, grilling and the best cuts to look for mentioned that he was a rib master and had won many competitions.  Mind you he was not showing us how to make ribs at all.  I waited until his demo was over then pounded him with a million questions about making ribs on the grill from start to finish.  He told me about the 2-2-1 method which means, 2 hours with the ribs on the grill (ribs facing down), 2 hours with the ribs wrapped in foil (meaty side down-ribs sticking up), then remove ribs from foil and place them back on the grill (rib side down) for 1 hour.  Now the part I didn’t know is you can’t cook ribs under direct heat, or at least you shouldn’t.  He told me to heat the outer flames on my grill to a medium low heat and place the ribs in the middle.  And to keep the hood of my barbecue closed the entire time with the exception of the meat turning (of course.) He said his favorite ribs to grill were the St. Louis Style pork ribs.  I asked him where I could buy my ribs and he said he always buys his slabs at Walmart.

Here is my video showing you exactly how I made my delicious cherry chipotle ribs, from start to finish, using the 2-2-1 method.  Oh and can I just say they were the best darn ribs I ever had!  Toot, toot (my own horn.)
Cherry Chipotle Ribs Using The 2-2-1 Grilling Method #WMTMoms

Ingredients for cherry chipotle ribs:

  • 1 – teaspoon garlic powder
  • a pinch oregano
  • 1 – teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 – teaspoon ancho chile powder
  • 1 – teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 – teaspoon chipotle pepper powder
  • 3 to 4 – pounds St. Louis Style Ribs
  • 6 – tablespoons butter (divided in half – one portion per packet)
  • 1 – lime
  • 1/4 – cup honey ( 1/8 cup per packet)
  • A generous helping of Cherry Chipotle Fruit Sauce by Not Ketchup (Shhhhhh, I bought this sauce at Sam’s club! If you can’t find it feel free to use your fave fruit sauce or BBQ sauce)

Directions:

Watch video for directions and how to get these scrumptious babies in your life! :)

ribs on the grill freshly dressed in cherry chipotle Not Ketchup

St. Louis Style Pork Ribs Cherry Chipotle

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Catch The Lowest Prices On Groceries With Walmart’s Savings Catcher

Savings-cather-walmart-receiptI don’t know about you, but I love finding quality products and pay the best price the market has to offer for them. No one likes to be overcharged. Right? Especially when it comes to groceries and other household items. I know a few of my friends clip coupons and look through the ads to find the best prices possible on things they need around the house. Or only shop on certain days when their supermarket offers super low prices. Well don’t waste another minute doing this kind of research… Walmart will do it for you. They have this new program that I have been testing out as a sneak peak called “Savings Catcher,” and what it is is a reward program which allows you to shop knowing you are getting the lowest price possible, and that goes for groceries too. At the end of your shopping experience, all you have to do is log into Walmart’s Saving Catcher site, and type in your TC # on the receipt. The saving’s catcher would then populate all the stores in your surrounding area and compare the advertised prices from their stores to Walmarts’, and if any of those surrounding stores offered an item at a lower price… Walmart will pay you the difference. How does this happen? It’s so simple and easy to do and will be available to the public starting this August 4th! Let me explain further….

  1. Log into Walmart’s Saving Cathers Site. walmart savings catcher log in
  2. Create an account or log in with your password, where it says sign in.
  3. Then this page will appear.  Take your receipt and type in the TC # (at the bottom of your receipt right above the bar code) into the savings catcher site along with the date. savings catcher TC number code walmart
  4. Next will receive an email letting you know that Walmart received your receipts and are looking for lower prices.
  5. Then a few days later you will receive another email letting you know that they either found lower prices or didn’t.
  6. When savings are found, you can accumulate your saving’s catcher credit and redeem it at any time onto a walmart gift card to spend at Walmart!
  7. Once you redeem your savings Walmart will send you an e-gift card right to your email box. LUCKY! Get ready to shop and know you REALLY are getting the lowest price.

If you’re still not clear on how to use the program, check out this video:

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Dip And Drizzle In Chocolate With Wilton’s Melting Pot

Chocolate dipped snacks using  #WiltonCandyMelts

The thought of melted chocolate on anything my heart desires makes me go all googley eyed. Yes, I’m a chocolate fanatic. In fact, I went to a brunch last year where a free flowing dessert fountain oozed with an abundance of melted chocolate that could spark the envy of Willy Wonka. I was tempted to jump in and swim in a pool of chocolate, but I behaved myself and acted like a grown up. Instead I opted to make a cozy little seat at the rim of the basin and eat until my heart was content. As I sat at the edge of the fountain reaching over to dip my strawberries and marshmallows, I thought to myself “If only I could have a small portion of this melted chocolate to dip whenever I wanted. Oh that would be such giddy fun!” I imagined all the spectacular  projects I could do with my son, or how decorative the snacks would be at my next party. 

It seems Wilton has granted me my wishes, because they now have this amazing little pot to melt your chocolate melts in: Wilton Candy Melts™ Candy Melting Pot.  You choose the flavor, add them to the silicone lined pot, and let them melt. What you choose to dip or drizzle is up to you. Plus Wilton has the coolest tools to help make the whole dipping process a lot easier. Here’s the cool part, when your done, all you have to do is let the chocolate cool completely in the fridge, then pop it out of the silicone lined pot… So easy, and more importantly there is very little mess if any at all.

Nicole Presley and Ericka Sanchez #WiltonCandyMelts
chocolate dipped cookie #wiltoncandymeltsA few weeks ago my friend Ericka from Nibbles and Feasts hosted a “dip and drizzle” party here at my house, and invited over a handful of delicious friends: Wilton candy melts, pretzels, strawberries, marshmallows, cookies, potato chips, Wilton Candy Melts™ Candy Melting Pots, and a bunch of blogger friends. We had such a swell time dipping and drizzling, and of course the snacks were gone before we could even let them set and harden. Here are a few pictures from the party. Oh, and do yourself a favor…. melt some chocolate and dip away. 

friends dipping and drizzling #WiltonCandyMelts

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Coconut Donut Cakes: Heaven Is For Real

Coconut Donut Cakes #WMTMoms

My belief is no matter what religion you believe in or not: To believe in the spirit of humanity. To be kind. To treat the people you love with tenderness, patience, and respect.  To extend a hand when you can. To love with everything you got. To let people live their lives as they see fit without judging them. I believe in unconditional love.

Two weeks ago I was out having dinner with my family and on the ceiling of the restaurant was a painting of Jesus. My 4 year old son asked me who was that man and what was he looking at? I found myself at a crossroads of how to explain faith to him. I myself am still coming to terms with what I believe and what I don’t believe, plus I wanted to be mindful to not force my beliefs onto what my son should believe. Instead I would love to open him up to all sorts of different religions and theories and let him decide on his own as he grows and matures.

I decided to start a gradual introduction of religion, so he would have the tools needed when he gets older to make that decision on what he chooses to believe. I announced we would have a family movie night, and I was going to make a heavenly dessert of coconut donut cakes to go with our movie viewing. I wanted to make the evening fun, and show the lighter side of faith first. I had heard that “Heaven Is For Real” was a great family friendly movie and could be our initial stepping stone into the world of faith. The movie didn’t Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 4.11.34 PMdepict the type of church I grew up with, but the message was the same. I’m not sure if my son understood what heaven was from this film because I asked him to draw a picture of heaven and he drew a picture of my coconut donuts instead, but he did understand the core of human emotions and reached his arms around me as the film left me teary eyed, saying “You’ll be okay Mom.” That’s all I could hope for from him at this age.

I absolutely loved that Heaven is for Real was based on a true story and was the story of a small-town couple who must find the courage and conviction to share their 4 year old son’s life changing experience with their town and the world. The film stars Greg Kinnear and Kelly Reilly as Todd and Sonja Burpo, the real life couple whose son Colton claims to have visited heaven while having a near death experience. I got my DVD at Walmart, which includes an exclusive bonus disc. That bonus disc filled my enquiring mind…. because of course I didn’t want the story to end… I wondered what happened to them, and where are they now? Here are a few of the bonus tracks you could look forward to if you buy your disc at Walmart.

  1.  The Burpos: 11 Heavenly Years Later – An intimate sit down with the Burpos and a look at their home town to get a sense of their life now and how Colton’s miraculous story changed them.
  2.  Heart of the Movie – Todd Burpo reflects on the events from his story and how they are reflected in the film
  3.  Answers – Todd Burpo reflecting on the events in the movie.
  4.  Religious Leader Vignettes – Religious leaders reflect on the themes of the film and how they translate to real life lessons for everyone.

What is your faith? Do you have one or many or none? When was the last time you had a family movie night? What would you like to eat these coconut donut cakes with?

One of my food heavens: Coconut donut cakes

Ingredients for coconut donut cakes:

  • 2 – sticks butter (room temp)
  • 3/4 – cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 – cup unbleached flour
  • 1/2 – teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 – teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 – teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 – teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 – large egg
  • 2 – egg yolks
  • 1 – teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 – cup butter milk
  • 2 – cups powdered sugar
  • 3 – tablespoons whipping cream
  • 1 – cup shredded sweetened coconut

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Spray a donut baking pan with a non stick baking spray. I used a mini donut tray and a normal sized one. Set to the side.
  3. In a mixer beat butter and sugar until fluffy. For about 3 minutes.
  4. In a separate bowl whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon together. Set to the side.
  5. Slowly add eggs to butter/sugar mixture and continue to mix until fully mixed in.
  6. Alternate between adding in the flour mixture and the buttermilk. Mix until fully combined.
  7. Fill the donut cavity one third of the way up. Use your finger to smooth the top of the batter. For the mini donuts I used 1 teaspoon of batter, and for the normal sized donuts I used 5 teaspoons of batter.
  8. Bake for 7 minutes for mini donuts, and 12 minutes for normal sized donuts.
  9. Remove from oven and  allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes. Then invert them onto a cooling rack to cool completely. donut cakes with no icing
  10. In a bowl whisk powdered sugar and whipping cream together to make an icing.
  11. Dip each donut into the icing. dipping donuts in icing
  12. Top with coconut. one donut iced, and one with coconutsprinkling donuts with coconut
  13. Let set on a cooling rack for 30 minutes.
  14. Enjoy!

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Roasted Brussels Sprout And Goat Cheese Salad #KikkomanSabor

This post is part of a compensated campaign between Kikkoman and Latina Bloggers Connect.

Roasted brussels sprout and goat cheese salad #KikkomanSabor #sponsored

I’ve been making roasted vegetables for over a decade now. Once I discovered roasting vegetables was far more superior over boiled or fried in flavor I never turned back. I make roasted veggies quite often, and love to switch up the flavor in my vegetables when ever I can. Let’s take the precious brussels sprout for instance… my family won’t have anything to do with them, unless they’re roasted.

The other day my fiancé said he wanted a salad, and I looked into the fridge but didn’t have a head of lettuce in sight. I saw a nice plump supply of raw brussels sprouts sitting there begging to be made. I thought “What if I make a brussels sprout salad and enhance the flavor with Kikkoman soy sauce? I could coat the brussels sprouts with soy sauce before roasting, then make a soy sauce mustard dressing, and sprinkle the whole thing in goat cheese.” The thought of it made my mouth water. I then started kicking myself for not thinking of making my brussels sprouts with Kikkoman sooner. I skipped the regret and started making my old recipe with a new twist. It was so easy and simple to make and seriously the salad was so cosmic it belonged to the stars. You have to try this super yum-a-licious salad, it makes the perfect accompaniment to dinner, or a solo act for lunch.

Ingredients for brussels sprout salad using #kikkomansabor

Ingredients for roasted brussels sprouts and goat cheese salad:

  • 1 – pound fresh brussels sprouts (stems trimmed off and cut in half)
  • 4 – tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 – teaspoons Kikkoman Soy Sauce
  • 1 – teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 – teaspoons deli mustard
  • 3 – ounces crumbled goat cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Wash, trim, and cut brussels sprouts.
  3. Place brussels sprout halves in a large bowl.
  4. Pour in 2 tablespoons olive oil, and 2 tablespoons Kikkoman soy sauce over the brussels sprout halves. Mix with your hands to evenly coat brussels sprouts. coating brussels sprouts with olive oil and #kikkomansabormixing brussels sprouts with hand
  5. Remove the brussels sprouts out of the bowl with your hands ( Note: Do not pour the brussels sprouts out onto the sheet, you don’t want the baking sheet to be wet) and place on a large baking sheet.
  6. Place baking sheet in the oven for 10 minutes to roast. Then remove the brussels sprout halves from oven and using a spatula flip to roast the other side. Place back in the oven for an additional 10 minutes. Brussels sprout halves will be in the oven for a total of 20 minutes. Remove from the oven. Some will be extra crisp and slightly charred and others will be a little browned. Set to the side and allow to cool for 20 minutes.
  7. In a small bowl whisk 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 teaspoons Kikkoman soy sauce, garlic and mustard. Making a dressing using Kikkoman for brussels sprout saladwhisked dressing #kikkomansabor
  8. Pour dressing over roasted brussels sprouts, and mix to coat evenly. pour dressing over brussels sprouts
  9. Sprinkle goat cheese into the top of the salad, and mix one final time. sprinkle goat cheese on top of salad
  10. Eat either warm or cold. roasted brussels sprouts in a #kikkomansabor dressing with goat cheese mixed in #sponsored
  11. Enjoy!

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