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  Ready. Set. Eat. : A Jump on Meal Prep (sponsored)

Hi CLE friends! Hope you guys are prepping for a fun Labor Day weekend ahead. So many great things to do around town from holding onto summer activities (beach trip, ice cream, boating & more!) to prepping for fall (yard work, county fairs & back to school shopping) it is going to be a busy weekend for sure.

This past week has also been a jam packed week for my family. Our little guy started Kindergarten last week and while he loves it, it for sure adds a few more prep elements around the house. From prepping his clothes the night before, to packing his lunch, to doing his worksheets and practicing his guitar…weeknights are a whirlwind. To try and make after-work time easier on all of us; Sundays are filled with LOTS of meal prepping to help make dinners easier for the whole family.

Last Sunday I spent the afternoon cleaning TONS of produce. From snapping homegrown beans, to roasting cauliflower, to dicing up peppers, making small jars of mirepoix, grilling chicken and hours slow roasting tomatoes…food prep makes work and school nights better around here.

Last weekend I bought Roma Tomatoes specifically to slow roast (275 for 4 hours) and add to salads, sandwiches and dinner time for that extra healthy and yummy topping. I made sure they were cooled down before I stored them in the fridge in some of my new fridge containers that I found on Wayfair. Give them a try, they are so yummy.

Also, cleaning and prepping our produce and proteins on Sundays help make weeknight, family dinners so easy that there is no excuse not to eat at home. For dinner the other night, I simply stir fried green beans, broccoli, peppers and chicken breast (topped with roasted tomatoes and basil) for an easy, quick dinner meal.

Since we cook a lot at home; I love new pots and kitchen tools. Recently I bought a new Le Creuset pot for meal prep and a bunch of  glass storage boxes for make ahead meals. I donated some of our older kitchen things and our new kitchen additions have been making meal prep extra special.

Last nights dinner was super simple, so I thought I would share. I took the cleaned and prepped peppers, broccoli, beans, chicken and mushrooms and sautéed them in ghee and a handful of spices. I topped each bowl with the roasted tomatoes and basil and voila! Dinner was served in under :20 minutes. I’m telling you, with these new kitchen “toys” and a few hours on the weekend…cooking during the week can be very easy and quick.

I hope I have inspired some of you to make time over this upcoming holiday weekend to prep for next. It doesn’t take a lot of time and with a few new, kitchen pots and storage containers I promise you will thank me!

SPONSORED POST: Thank you to Wayfair for inviting me to share a few ways to make weeknight dinners better. Thanks for supporting this business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Happy National Toasted Marshmallow Day 2018

Happy National Toasted Marshmallow Day to all you smores lovers out there! I mean…who doesn’t love roasting a sweet, puffy, sugar explosion over an end-of-summer campfire?

This summer we’ve had a few backyard evening fires in our outdoor firepit. Our little guy legit thinks we are camping just steps away from our home…it’s quite cute.

In honor of this food celebration, I thought it would be fun to toast up some marshmallows for an after-dinner family treat. While I would like to be able to make time for “camp fires” every night, I thought this pan I found at Wayfair would be perfect for a weeknight smores-making celebration.

We assembled graham crackers, chocolate squares, and the classic puffy marshmallow pouf…placed them in this new pan invention…set them into the oven on bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees and voilla! In-home smores party all around. Happy National Toasted Marshmallow Day everyone and even better happy long, Labor Day weekend to you!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Wayfair for including my story about making smores as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Family fourth fun. Sponsored by Wayfair

Happy Fourth of July week friends! It’s been a crazy, fun, busy last month for our little family. We traveled to Nashville for one of our friends’ weddings, we have had tons of family visiting for birthdays and celebrations. We have taken time off to get outside and enjoy this magical time of year to live in Cleveland. We have cooked and baked and grilled and entertained and now I am currently loving all things take out, HA!

For the holiday week, I wanted to make something special for our family that was both festive and simply low calorie. We have had Mitchell’s ice cream cake living in our freezer for the past few days and while I love me some mint chocolate chip; dairy doesn’t agree with me like it used too. Enter “superhero, layered sugar-free Jello” to the rescue!

If you’ve ever wanted to make a layered jello treat but thought it might be too time intensive or even challenging, let me assure you it’s so simple you can’t go wrong. I bought three Jello flavors (blueberry, raspberry, and strawberry) which were perfect for red, white and blue holiday fun.  I made one flavor about every three hours, making the Jello and simply pouring it over the other flavor and popping it back in the fridge to obtain the different color layers.

For the adults, we made the dessert treat in fancy wine glasses and for the little ones we opted for smaller, low profile glass bowls. We served the treat with fresh blueberries and strawberries for our guests to decorate their own dessert masterpiece with. The kids LOVED them and the adults appreciated the simple, low-calorie fun. Next time you are looking for a simple, but super festive and fun dessert I highly recommend a fancy Jello treat!

Side note: Our little ninja turned four last week…he loves celebrations, making dinner and having friends over. He had the best time with this festive fourth of July dessert…and loved that we were all eating them together!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Wayfair for including my story about a simple 4th of July dessert as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

 

 

 

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  (sponsored) Dreaming of my Indian Pina Colada cocktail!

Hello friends, happy spring! Recently I have been reflecting about our trip to India. While I loved so many aspects of the adventure, one of the things I discovered that I thought I would share was the bright yellow, Indian Pina Coladas!

We were out at the pool and feeling very festive and tropical when the server came by our patio chairs to see if we wanted a drink. From across the pool, I spotted a bright,  yellow drink all dressed up with multiple, cocktail umbrellas…I knew I had to try one. The server assured me it was a Pina Colada and while I was hesitant at first (I normally don’t love these coconut, suntan lotion-type drinks) I was feeling vacationy and went for it.

When it arrived I was totally BLOWN AWAY by how delicious the drink was. Not thick, not perfumy, just pure pineapple, coconut, and rum! I knew when I got home I was going to try and create it for summer nights by the pool. So I thought I would give my recipe version a shot.

INGREDIENTS (makes two drinks)
1) 1 cup ice
2) 1 cup diced pineapple, fresh
3) 2 ounces coconut water
4) 2 ounces white rum
5) Pineapple slices & mint for garnish

Place all ingredients in your blender and voila! You have a “healthy” Indian-inspired Pina Colada! I’m telling you, it is so light but with a subtle coconut flavor but a fresh, bright pineapple taste. Pour it into a playful glass, add some mint, a pineapple slice and enjoy!

Once you try this light version of the traditional cocktail you will never want anything else. Promise! So cheers to discovering new cocktails while away and the teaching yourself how to make them once you get home…it is a perfect memory that keeps on giving!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Wayfair for including my story about my Indian Pina Colada as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

 

 

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  (sponsored) Winter prep at home with Wayfair

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Hi friends. It’s here…SNOW!!! First snow of the season last night and lots of excitement in our home. We LOVE winter sports; everything from sledding and snowshoeing to skiing and snowboarding…we have a closet of gear just waiting to be pulled out for the season.

It’s the time of year when I pull my boots out on a daily basis and pack my heels and flats for work. There is nothing worse than damp suede shoes all day, yuck!

IMG_9926I have also been making a few changes around our house to prepare for old man winter. I pulled out a few velvet pillows, we put away our outdoor furniture and I added a few utility-like (but very fashionable) rugs to our entryways. No soggy socks for this household. HA!

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I really love this rug I found on Wayfair by Elle Decor Collection. It is chic but very utilitarian and super affordable. It’s these little things that we bring inside during the winter months that not only visually keep our homes dry but adding a rug like this to your entry is pretty stylish as well. Happy fall/winter decor updates everyone, have a great weekend.

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Wayfair who invited me to share my “Beautiful Utility” story as part of their social outreach. I received a gift certificate to their store in exchange for my review of their products. Thanks for supporting this businesses, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!