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Enter to win a Veggie Wash Prize Pack! 10/27-10/31

Hey there pals and gals! I’m so excited to announce that my friends at Veggie Wash have teamed up with me to host another giveaway. This time we’re giving away 2 bottles of Veggie Wash and a $35 Amazon Gift Card  In full FTC disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Veggie Wash, and there are Amazon affiliate links within the post.

Veggie Wash Prize Pack Giveaway
October 27-31, 2017
Open to US Residents

I have been a brand ambassador for Veggie Wash for three months now, and as I’ve learned more about the product, I’m an even bigger fan of it. In fact, I am now a firm believer that everyone needs a fruit and vegetable wash in the pantry for all of their produce.

Here’s the thing – when you buy produce at a farmer’s market, a Whole Foods or even just your favorite retailer, at a minimum there’s at least a dozen finger prints on the food you’re buying. Veggie Wash takes all those prints away, and more! Washing with water is not enough! If you’re into eating healthy, you can’t forget to clean your produce the right way!

Clean Produce is Better Produce

Sponsored by VEGGIE WASH
Organized by  FAMOUS ASHLEY GRANT

Why do you need Veggie Wash? Pesticides and other agricultural chemicals are specifically engineered to be “waterproof” so they are not washed off by rain and irrigation. Many fruits and vegetables (grapes, apples, cucumbers, etc.) are also coated in wax to preserve the quality and appearance of the produce from the fields to your kitchen table. In addition to agricultural chemicals and other residues, 20 or more strangers may have handled your fruit or vegetable before you put it in your mouth.

Veggie Wash safely and effectively removes wax, soil, and agricultural chemicals found on standard and organic produce. It cuts through wax and chemicals to leave fruits and vegetables truly, safely clean. What’s more, Veggie Wash uses ingredients from citrus, corn, and coconut, to remove harmful surfaces.

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Best Veggie Recipes Roundup Featuring Veggie Wash – Part One

Hey there bloggy friends! Today I have a very special post! I’ve gathered a bunch of veggie recipes to share with you. These posts that my bloggy friends wrote are just amazing, and I hope to try making each and every one of them VERY soon. Though this post is sponsored by Veggie Wash, all opinions are my own.

Best Veggie Recipes Roundup Featuring Veggie Wash – Part One

The first recipes I simply HAD to share combine veggies with fruit!!! Anyone who knows me understands that if it’s going to be healthy, it sure better be tasty if you expect me to consume it. Ha! Well, these are smoothies that blend fruit and vegetables making them the perfect breakfast on the go that has protein, stuff that’s good for me, and most importantly taste amazing! Check them out:

Strawberry Blackberry Sweet Potato Smoothie

Healthy and Hearty Pumpkin Apple Smoothie

On a side note – my friend Tracy from Having Fun Saving and Cooking wrote an awesome book of more than 50 smoothie recipes, and many of them incorporate vegetables into them. Check it out here! It’s less than the cost of a smoothie at your favorite cafe!

Now onto the recipes where veggies are the stars. Don’t get me wrong, I love most vegetables, but I simply have to have recipes that still taste good. After looking at many of these, and trying a few, I feel confident in saying they will all be added to my cookbook of what to fix in my meal plans going forward.

Low Carb Broccoli Cauliflower Rice

Cinnamon Honey Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Butternut Squash Soup Recipe: Simple to Make And Simply Delicious

Kadai Paneer Recipe

Fresh and Sweet Cooked Carrots Recipe

For all of the recipes listed here, make sure you begin by washing your produce with Veggie Wash! Pesticides and other agricultural chemicals are specifically engineered to be "waterproof" so they are not washed off by rain and irrigation. Many fruits and vegetables (grapes, apples, cucumbers, etc.) are also coated in wax to preserve the quality and appearance of the produce from the fields to your kitchen table. In addition to agricultural chemicals and other residues, 20 or more strangers may have handled your fruit or vegetable before you put it in your mouth. Veggie Wash safely and effectively removes wax, soil, and agricultural chemicals found on standard and organic produce. It cuts through wax and chemicals to leave fruits and vegetables truly, safely clean. What's more, Veggie Wash uses ingredients from citrus, corn, and coconut, to remove harmful surfaces.

Scalloped Potato Casserole With Root Vegetables

Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

Crispy Asparagus Fries

Italian Stir-Fry Veggies

The Best Sweet Potato Casserole

Roasted Parmesan Broccoli

One Pot Vegetable Biryani

Honey Roasted Carrots

Asian Cucumber Salad

Purple Sweet Potato Gnocchi With Tahini Parsley Sauce

Lemon Balsamic Asparagus Recipe

Roasted Buffalo Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Sauce

Honey Roasted Carrots with Goat Cheese and Pepitas

Bruschetta made with Heirloom Tomatoes and Kale

Healthy Vegetarian Spinach Rolls

Avocado Potato Salad

Mediterranean Sweet Potato Hash

Veggie Loaded Breakfast Casserole

Creamy Roasted Vegetable Soup

Garlic and basil sweet potato fries

Ginger Curry Carrots

Mexican Style Quinoa~Healthy Meal or Side Dish

Chili Lemon Mint Sugar Snap Peas Recipe

Turmeric Cauliflower Broccoli Gratin

Where the Cool Foodies Go – My 2017 Food Wine Conference Recap #FWCon

Although I did receive a complimentary ticket because I was a speaker, and I was a brand ambassador, all opinions below are my own.

My third year attending Food Wine Conference was eventful, exciting, emotional and educational. Alliteration aside, I’m so grateful to have had the experiences I did at the 2017 event held at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida. This year’s conference was my most fun yet.

Not only was I a speaker on a panel the last day of the conference, but I stepped out of my comfort zone a little and participated in the recipe contests, forced myself to really try and learn something new, and promised myself that no matter what I would stay as positive and open-minded as possible from beginning to end. All of this resulted in one of the most enjoyable weekends I’ve had so far as a blogger. Here’s a recap of all that went down… Okay fine – here’s the Reader’s Digest version because to go into too much detail would take entirely too much typing, and I know you’re busy like me and you want the golden nuggets so you can get back to beating that level of Candy Crush or whatever it was you were doing 😉

Day 1

On the first day, I arrived about an hour early. I checked in, grabbed my Food Wine Conference credentials and swag bag, and proceeded to reunite with as many bloggy friends as possible. Shortly after the conference actually began with the CK Mondavi and Family Welcome Reception

They revealed their new labels, and I sampled a delicious glass of their Pinot Grigio before switching to water and Sprite for the rest of the evening.  I snapped some silly photos at the Photo Booth Fun with Florida Dairy Farmers, and then headed into the Cookbook Exchange room where I stuffed my face with latkes and salmon slathered in Intensity Academy’s  yummy Everything Sauce.

Next up was the Taste of Rosen Shingle Creek – in my opinion this year’s taste was the best one yet. Look at some of the delicious stuff I got to try:

Strawberry Shortcakes with Beignets instead of Shortcake (ohmigosh good!)

Andouille spoon bread with fried oyster and sweet corn gravy as well as a beef tenderloin baguette served medium-rare with wild mushroom relish

Caprese salad on a stick

Florida Goat Cheese salad with pickled beets, citrus, pecans and palm sugar vinaigrette

And the second most yummy item after the beignet shortcake was the Fried Lasagna. I ate it so fast, I didn’t get any decent images of it, but luckily my bloggy friend Caitlyn snapped a great shot here:

Fried Lasagna. Can I just eat this for the remainder of the weekend?! #FWCon #livesweatsleep

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Day 2

The day began too early for me, lol. However, when it’s conference weekend you put on your big girl panties and get to work! The day started with a delicious all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet at Rosen Shingle Creek’s Cafe Osceola. This was the first of many eats for the day. There’s no going hungry at Food Wine Con!!!

Next up was the welcoming remarks and The State of Sunday Supper Movement with Family Foodie herself, Isabel Laessig. And right after that Ina Pinkey presented her documentary about her time running and closing a successful restaurant.

After that Dianne Jacob spilled the beans on how to get into the 1% of Accepted Book Proposals, and then it was time for eat number 2.

During our first break Duda Farm Fresh Foods gave all of us a smoothie bowl with celery, spinach, ginger, arugula and mint. What’s funny is that most of the bloggers around me, upon reading the ingredients were visibly quite nervous to try this dish. But you know what? As far as a I could tell everyone, including me, loved it. I couldn’t believe how well these ingredients came together. Here’s the bowl:

After break we jumped write into another keynote with Amanda Rettke of IamBaker.net where she spoke about Building a powerful Social Media Presence. Dude, this chick has a reach of 28 MILLION on Facebook at the time of this writing. She knows her stuffs ya’ll! In fact, just since hearing her talk, a few of my bloggy friends have been implementing the wisdom she was throwing down with awesome results. I need to work more on my own implementations STAT!

The next chat before lunch was about Enjoying your work more – Five Easy Tricks to Time Management with Denise Vivaldo. This girl cracks me up!!! LOVE listening to her talk. And because we weren’t all still full from breakfast and break, it was lunch time!

My photos of lunch didn’t do it justice, so here’s one Food Wine Conference shared:

The lunch we had was a build your own taco bar with Mann’s Fresh Vegetables. It was so yummy!!! I piled my plate as a taco salad with all the things.

Once lunch was over we headed back to the main room for a keynote with Peter Horst called A Window to the Chief Marketing Officer’s Soul: how to powerfully engage your brand. Then, believe it or not, it was time for ANOTHER eat!!!

Duda Farm Fresh Foods gave us all celery packs with an option of peanut butter or ranch. I ran to the restroom and all the ranch was gone. Those suckers went fast! But, the peanut butter was still pretty good.

Next was a panel featuring, Janice Mondavi, Debbie Lyons-Blythe, Gina Nucci, Kara Sanders and Lance Ham where they chatted on doing your work with passion. I then slipped out of the room missing the Roots & Boots presentation because I wanted to take a nap before dinner.  Needless to say my plans were thwarted by a networking opportunity, but it was a great experience.

Before I knew it it was time for dinner! The main dinner of the Food Wine Conference is always quite the affair, and this year was no exception. We were treated to yummy eats by Certified Angus Beef and the meal was paired with CK Mondavi wines. Again, my photos didn’t do the dinner justice, so here’s one from bloggy friends Christie Campbell:

Dinner ended and we were directed to the after party hosted by the Florida Strawberry Growers Association – The Strawberry Jam. I was a proud ambassador for the brand, so I got a kick out of taking loads of pictures at the party.

The party them was 50s sock hop, and it was loads of fun. We were treated to Strawberry mocktails and cocktails, cupcakes, candies, and heaps of 50s music. Here are some of the photos of the event:

Although the party wrapped later on, I left early to try to get a good night’s sleep for Sunday where I would speak at a blogging conference for the first time! WOOHOO!

Day 3

I overslept when I hit snooze. Whoops! Luckily, I made it in time to hear most of the breakfast keynote speech by the stunning and super fun Dorothea Bozicolona-Volpe. I just love her!!! She spoke on “5 Social Media Strategies to Design Your Personal Brand”

Then, we broke off into different sessions. Some folks left for the Food Service Social Media Bootcamp while others hung out with Florida Dairy Farmers to learn about The Power of Dairy. Next, it was time for breakout sessions where you could go into different classrooms to learn the topic that spoke most to you.

For session 1 I went to the Turning Your Blog or Website Into a Business panel featuring Marisa Langford, April Erhard, Jorge Bravo and Heather Montgomery

For session 2 I took the class on Everything you want to know about Facebook Live!

Next was the InstaFood workshop where we learned quick food styling, photography and video tips from food content creators to help us create posts your customers will happily give their “heart” to.

After that we had lunch and the now famous Hashed Competition. For lunch we indulged in a baked potato bar. Soooo yummy. I covered mine with bacon bits, butter, steak and I don’t even recall what else. But trust me, it was good!

During the Hashed competition each table was turned into a team competing for the win. We had to take ingredients on the table and create a cocktail. Although we didn’t win, our team had loads of fun. Here’s what we came up with:

 

Finally it was time for my panel to speak. The panel I came up with was Using your Blogging Skills to Get Paid. The idea for it came from the fact that so many bloggy friends of mine are getting frustrated with the monetization thing, and wishing they could make more money to keep blogging. So, I along with my bloggy friends Caitlyn Connolly, Tracy Shaw and Lori Moreno shared how we make money because we’re bloggers, but necessarily directly from our blogs.

I must say, it was pretty cool speaking at a conference! I thoroughly enjoyed it, and am excited to share that I’ll be speaking at another one in September. More details on that soon. By the end of my talk the entire weekend caught up with me, but unfortunately I couldn’t stick around to relax. I had to immediately rush home to take care of some ghostwriting work which meant that my panel was the end of my Food Wine Con fun…

All in all, the entire weekend was a remarkable experience. I loved so much of it, and can’t believe it’s already over. If you’re a blogger that does anything with food and/or wine, I highly recommend you consider attending next year.

Thank you to all of the sponsors who made this weekend possible. Thank you Isabel for believing in me enough to trust me to run a panel. I’m just so overwhelmed with gratitude right now, and can’t wait to see where my blogging career takes me next!

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Boozy Milkshake! 2017 #FWCon #makeitwithMILK Contest Entry

I’m attending the 2017 Food Wine Conference, and although I’ve always wanted to enter one of their recipe contests, I’ve been chicken every year. This year, that changes! I decided to enter the Make it With Milk Recipe contest!

The rules seemed simple enough – Develop an original recipe which must include at least 1 cup of real milk and at least 1 cup of one other dairy product (cheese, yogurt, ice cream, etc.) Be creative! It cannot be an adapted recipe.

So, I came up with a yummy drinkable food recipe that in my opinion is PERFECT! Here’s my entry. Let me know what you think in the comments below 😀

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Boozy Milkshake Featuring Wish Farms Berries!

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Yields: 2 Boozy Milkshakes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Wish Farm Strawberries (freeze them the night before)
  • 1 cup of REAL milk
  • 1 cup of chocolate ice cream
  • 2-4 oz of vodka depending on how strong you like your drinks
  • Grand Marnier – just a splash as this will be a floater
  • Whipped Cream

Directions:

  1. In a Blender (I used a Ninja) add the 1/2 cup of frozen Wish Farm Strawberries
  2. Cover the berries with the cup of real milk
  3. Add the vodka
  4. Then add the cup of chocolate ice cream.
  5. Blend!
  6. Pour into a glass
  7. Pour a little Grand Marnier on the top of the boozy shake – not too much, just enough to act as a floater like I said
  8. Top with whipped cream, add a straw and slurp it down!

 

Ya’ll, this drink was sooooooooo good, and was so filling I almost didn’t eat my dinner. I loved every single sip of it. I can’t wait for the next excuse (read weekday) to make these yummy boozy milkshakes. I hope you make them and love them too.

To make them mocktails, simply remove the alcohol.

Want to enter this contest too?

You can enter the Food Wine Conference #makeitwithMILK Contest here. And, remember, you need to use at least 1 cup of real milk and at least 1 cup of one other dairy product for your recipe to be valid in the contest.

Interested in attending the 2017 Food Wine Conference?

The Food Wine Conference brings together bloggers, small business owners, winemakers, chefs, public relations professionals, traditional media, new media, authors and brands.

Bloggers gain knowledge and insight to:

– SEO – Search Engine Optimization
– Marketing and promotion on social media channels
– Effective writing
– Publishing a cookbook
– Working with PR agencies
– Food photography

Attend the conference and tap into information and resources that can lead to growth for both you and your blog. Connections are very important in today’s ever growing blogosphere. This conference puts you and those connections in one place. It is an opportunity not to miss!

Learn more about the conference right here!

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Boozy Milkshake! 2017 #FWCon #BerryDelish Contest Entry

I’m attending the 2017 Food Wine Conference, and although I’ve always wanted to enter one of their recipe contests, I’ve been chicken every year. This year, that changes! I decided to enter the Wish Farms Berry Delish Recipe contest!

The rules seemed simple enough – Develop an original cocktail/mocktail recipe which must include at least 1/4 cup of fresh Wish Farms berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and/or blackberries).  Be creative! It cannot be an adapted recipe.

So, I came up with a cocktail recipe that in my opinion is PERFECT! Here’s my entry. Let me know what you think in the comments below 😀

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Boozy Milkshake Featuring Wish Farms Berries!

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Yields: 2 Boozy Milkshakes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Wish Farm Strawberries (freeze them the night before)
  • 1 cup of real milk
  • 1 cup of chocolate ice cream
  • 2-4 oz of vodka depending on how strong you like your drinks
  • Grand Marnier – just a splash as this will be a floater
  • Whipped Cream

Directions:

  1. In a Blender (I used a Ninja) add the 1/2 cup of frozen Wish Farm Strawberries
  2. Cover the berries with the cup of real milk
  3. Add the vodka
  4. Then add the cup of chocolate ice cream.
  5. Blend!
  6. Pour into a glass
  7. Pour a little Grand Marnier on the top of the boozy shake – not too much, just enough to act as a floater like I said
  8. Top with whipped cream, add a straw and slurp it down!

Ya’ll, this drink was sooooooooo good. I loved every single sip of it. I can’t wait for the next excuse (read weekday) to make these yummy boozy milkshakes. I hope you make them and love them too.

To make them mocktails, simply remove the alcohol.

Want to enter this contest too?

You can enter the Food Wine Conference #BerryDelish Contest here. And, remember, you need to use at least 1/4 cup of fresh Wish Farm berries for your recipe to be valid in the contest.

Interested in attending the 2017 Food Wine Conference?

The Food Wine Conference brings together bloggers, small business owners, winemakers, chefs, public relations professionals, traditional media, new media, authors and brands.

Bloggers gain knowledge and insight to:

– SEO – Search Engine Optimization
– Marketing and promotion on social media channels
– Effective writing
– Publishing a cookbook
– Working with PR agencies
– Food photography

Attend the conference and tap into information and resources that can lead to growth for both you and your blog. Connections are very important in today’s ever growing blogosphere. This conference puts you and those connections in one place. It is an opportunity not to miss!

Learn more about the conference right here!

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The Perfect Easter Dessert- Cuteness Alert

Easter is next Sunday and while hunting around on the Family Foodie blog for and Easter recipe, I found these adorbs Easter Cupcakes. Seriously ya’ll- how stinkin’ cute are these little guys?!?

So, obviously you can probably tell I didn’t follow her recipe since my cupcakes are chocolate and hers were vanilla, but the idea is still there and I think that counts for something! LOL. All I did was make a box mix and then slap on some yummy vanilla icing and then shaved a chocolate bar on top to make my nest, added some speckled egg shaped jelly beans, and VOILA! I had my cute little Easter cupcakes.
 

 

This dessert comes together pretty quickly if you cheat like I did so if you are responsible for bringing desserts for your Easter celebration Sunday I would totally recommend these!

 

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Gimme More StripTease Winghouse! Reviewing Their New Menu

Thanks to my partnership with the Tampa Bay Bloggers, I was given a free meal tasting at Winghouse in exchange for this post and some social media love. However, this has not impacted my review and all opinions are my own.

On Tuesday, March, 21st the hubby and I had the pleasure of checking out Winghouse’s new limited time Striptease Menu.

I for one am always down for a good strip – chicken strip that is! And, Winghouse certainly delivered quite a few of those. Check out some of the delicious menu items we got to stuff our faces with:

The first thing we got to try was Flip Flop Wines’ new canned wine. I tried the Crisp White, and the hubby tried the Fizzy Moscato. I preferred it in a glass, and he preferred it in the can. Neither one of us are really drinking alcohol right now though, so after a few sips we switched to soda and water.

I will say this though, if I was going to get down with some wines, these are crisp and refreshing. Bummer factor? They’re less than 6% alcohol whereas Flip Flop white wine is normally about double that. Therefore, I’ll stick with my Flip Flop Pinot Grigio when buzzing about.

From here on out it’s all food, and the first food item we sampled was the Fully Loaded Fresh Potato Chips – This appetizer features house-made fresh chips that are flash-fried to a golden brown. They are lightly salted and crispy good. Then, if the chips alone weren’t enough, they are covered with blue cheese crumbles, tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, and hot sauce, and served with creamy ranch dip and WingHouse cheese sauce.

Holy noms Batman!!! This was pretty yummy, but I knew I had to pace myself because loads more was coming my way.

You can’t tell it from the photo, but these golden brown nuggets are actually Fried Cheesy Broccoli Bites! They are filled with creamy cheese and tender broccoli. It’s kind of like broccoli cheese soup in a bite, except they’re perfect for sharing. My hubby loved them with the tangy dipping sauce they’re served with, but I preferred them plain. So good!!!

Next up was the Shrimp and Chicken Combo! The shrimp and chicken combo features both buffalo shrimp and chicken strips made with a zesty blend of WingHouse seasonings. And if you need something to dip them in, it’s served with ranch dressing. I LOVED this shareable! The shrimp was super tasty, and that chicken – it was finger lickin good!

This is where things got REALLY exciting when we got to try this triple threat you see above. Yep, we didn’t indulge in just one entree, we tried THREE, and I was in Heaven.

From left to right here’s what you’re looking at.

The Stripclub features grilled chicken, Swiss cheese, ham, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and WingHouse’s signature sauce. It was pretty tasty.

The Bacon Ranch Chicken Wrap in the middle features golden fried chicken, bacon, ranch, tomatoes, and cheese. This delicious concoction is wrapped in a Chipotle wrap and served with a dill pickle and chips. Now, it was good, but not as good as the Stripclub, and didn’t hold a candle to what we got next…

The Strip Cheese! Ohmigosh you guys, this sandwich was so good I actually took one home to eat for lunch the next. It is the best thing to happen to a grilled cheese since someone decided to add meat m’kay?!? This glorious sammich features chicken strips, gooey pepperjack cheese, bacon strips and tomatoes on marble rye bread.

Jealous of my dinner yet?

We were nearly bursting at the seams eating all this yumminess. But wait, there was dessert.

Deep Fried Twinkies ya’ll. Yep, that’s what you see here in all it’s gooeyness….deep-fried-Twinkies. Deep fried Twinkies drizzled with a raspberry sauce – certainly a sweet way to end a blogger tasting!

But, if I’m being 100% honest, and you guys know I am – these were just a little too sweet for me. My hubby felt that way too. In his words, “Twinkies are already delicious, why change that?” I couldn’t agree more with him. Sorry America, but you can keep this fried dessert…

Welp, that about wraps up my Winghouse Striptease tasting experience. Overall, we had a fabulous time, and the food was great. Out of everything we tried, the Stripcheese is hands down the best thing I ate. I HIGHLY recommend it, and secretly hope they keep it on their permanent menu. Just in case though, hurry and get to Winghouse now so you can try all the goods on this limited time menu!

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My Low Carb Egg Casserole (I Won’t Shut Up About)

 

I make the most EGGcellent low carb egg casserole and it is sooooooooooo yummy. It makes four servings so it can my breakfast multiple days in a row. Anything that makes me not have to cook or think about breakfast in the morning makes me a happy Ashley indeed!

I went searching for the perfect casserole and became frustrated that most of the recipes required 12 eggs so, here’s how I made mine:

Ingredients
– 3 eggs- Cracked obviously. You don’t want shells in your food.
– 1 cup of shredded cheese (I used Publix’s 4 Cheese Mexican blend because it has more flavor and is better than your stupid cheddar cheese)
– 1/4 cup diced ham (you could go with chunks but I am not a fan of eating anything with the word chunks in it)
– 1/4 cup of green and red peppers diced (I’m lazy so I used the diced blend that is already cut up in the produce section)
– 1/8 cup onion (I’m not as big of a fan of onion- it over powers everything)
– 1/4 cup of milk (to make it fluffy!!! FLUFFFFFFAY!!!!!!!!<- Gabriel Iglesias reference fool!)
– salt and pepper to taste

Steps
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees- because no one wants to eat uncooked eggs except for those freaks who drink them in their muscle shakes. BLEH! GWOSS!
2. Mix up your ingredients in a bowl. Scramble it with a fork til its real nice and blendy
3. Grease a pan real good like with some of that slick spray oil stuff. I used a small pan for mine – it was one of those small oval pans from the Wilton baking section of Jo-Anns but you could probably use a loaf pan or something like that 😉
4. Pour that golden, vegetabley and ham goo into your pan
5. Put that precooked goo that is now in a pan into your oven and bake the demons out of it for 30 to 40 minutes. Mine took 40. must of put up a good fight
6. Cool it a tad, slice it and EAT it.
7. pat self on back for casserole done good!

 

Recap of my Visit to Oldsmar Chick-Fil-A and a Giveaway!

Thanks to my affiliation with Tampa Bay Bloggers, I got the chance to dine at Chick-Fil-A in Oldsmar. Although I did get to feast for free in exchange for a blog post and social media love, this didn’t have an impact on my recap. All opinions are my own!

Let me tell you guys, it was a fabulous night! I have been in a blah mood since losing my dad, and this was the first real outing I had scheduled of the New Year. Mixing food with friends turned out to be just what I needed! Here’s how it all went down…

First, we got schooled in all things Chick-fil-a. For example, did you know the reason the fil-a in the name is a play on the word filet? And, have you ever noticed that the C in the logo is a chicken?!? We also learned that the process to become a franchise owner is an extensive one. I consider this a testament to Chick-fil-a’s quality of service. They care so much about their brand that they are very careful with who they give one to. I actually love this about them!

Then, we ATE!!! I was sooooooooooooooooooooooooo excited to learn that my favoritest salad of like EVER was back on the menu. Check it out:

GAHHH!!! For those of you who don’t know, this sexy beast is the Southwest Chicken Salad. It is my like favorite thing EVER on the menu. I cried when they took it off, and I’m ecstatic it’s back!!!

Of course, there are some fries in the background because I don’t know about yous guys, but I can’t go to Chick-fil-a without ordering their waffle fries. I always get it with the Chick-fil-a sauce because duh! Dipping! It’s so good. If you haven’t tried it, you gotta try it. And, I totally recommend you stop by the Oldsmar location and give them some love if you are in the area.

Finally, if you are in the healthy eater mindset, Chick-fil-a has you covered there too. Check out this super food salad they have on the menu:

Oh yeah, that’s my kind of healthy eating. Want some of their food? The manager was nice enough to give me a calendar, and he gave me one to give away to you guys. I’m sorry I didn’t post this in time to let you score January’s free offer, but there are like 11 other months, if you win I really hope you will forgive me. Okay, get in on the giveaway below. And, if you can’t wait to learn if you won or not, you should check out the FREE APP, that lets you score freebies at Chick-fil-a. Be sure to like Chick-fil-a of Oldsmar on Facebook too. They often have fun events at their location that are worth checking out!

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Recap of Cooking with Cabot Cheese 1-23-17

On Monday, January, 23, 2017 I had the pleasure of attending an event called Cooking with Cabot at the stunning Epicurean Hotel in South Tampa. Upon arrival we enjoyed a fabulous Cabot Greek Yogurt bar complete with fruit, nuts, and even chocolate!

Shortly after breakfast we kicked things off with a fun Facebook live video. Check it out here. In the video Chef Jimmy  made a veggie dish inspired by Japanese Negimaki. Get the recipe here.

Essentially this veggie appetizer combines thinly sliced squash, zucchini, leeks, red bell pepper and Cabot Sharp Light Cheddar. Next, Chef Jimmy gave us some fabulous tips for maintaining cast iron.


After schooling us in cast iron maintenance, we got to indulge in mac and cheese adult style! Chef made a basil- tomato mac and cheese. NOM NOM NOM!

When I tell you this dish was damn tasty, holy cow, it WAS!!! Get the recipe here!

Then, if we weren’t full enough, it was time for lunch. Of course, before lunch we had a quick work out session with a mini kit from FitKit.com, but then it was chow time! Look at everything we ate:

First bites: Apple & New York Vintage Salad featuring New York Vintage Cabot Cheese, apples, baby greens, walnuts, grapes, and poppy seed dressing

Roasted Tomato Soup

And finally…the main dish. Grilled Chicken Breast featuring caramelized Brussels sprouts, almond, alpine crisp and banyuls gastrique.

After lunch it was back to the cooking theater to compete for prizes. We were split into teams and asked to create the perfect cheese plate. This was my team’s:

Our team was named Moo! But, I promptly renamed us Moo! Bitch Get out the Way. No one else called us that, but I loved every second of it. Our team didn’t win, but the winning team had one less member than the rest of us. So, we added our name tags into a basket and mine was pulled so I was a winner too!!! I got knives and a Slate Plate and all kinds of goodies 😀 Over all the entire day was soooooooooooo much fun!!!

Thank you to Cabot for hosting it! I had a blast.