I told my husband that 2014 is going to be "the year of the salad" for us. We are good at eating vegetables. David and I both love them (Lainey is another story), but we typically eat them cooked... sauteed really, unless they're Brussels sprouts, and then we bake them.
But it's starting to feel boring and a little too predictable. I believe it's time we seriously expanded our vegetable repertoire and for me that's expanding into the world of salads. But how? The problem is that when I think about lettuce and dressing, I'm just not that inspired.
But when I think about a gorgonzola radicchio salad with orange vinaigrette like this, I start to get excited.
That's why I put this collection together. I wanted to see beautiful vegetables, in interesting combinations, with delicious, tangy sounding dressings. I thought this would motivate me to get chopping. And so far it's working.
My new favorite thing to do is add strawberries and a strong cheese, like feta, to a simple arugula salad, then add a tangy balsamic vinaigrette. I know it's not revolutionary, and doesn't hold a candle to some of the these creations, but for me it's definitely a start.
This is a sponsored post by Foodie.com but the opinions are all my own. I want to eat these salads!
Are you ready for some football... or at least a football party?
Every year we try to host a few families for a Super Bowl Party. We always have a children’s themed table/room and an adult area. Putting out finger foods, crafts, games and fun activities for the kids keeping them busy while the adults watch the game.
This year my daughter wanted to make a paper chain for the children’s table.
I took it one step further and added something fun to the paper.
To learn more about Melissa and read all about her party planning adventures, visit her at My Party Passion.
Valentine's Day is almost here! If you're looking for some bright and fun "hearts and stripes" party printables, check out this free set Shana of Unlimited Party Themes designed! Aren't they cute? The set includes: Valentine's Day cards, cupcake wrappers, bag toppers, banner, cake toppers, and cupcake toppers DOWNLOAD THE HIGH RESOLUTION FILES FOR PRINTING HERE:
- Free printables - Valentine's Day party printables
- Free printables - Valentine's Day cards
- Free printables - Happy Valentines Day banner
Milk and cookies parties are so popular on our site, both as birthday parties and baby showers. That's why I'm so excited that Michelle at Printabelle designed this set of free "Milk & Cookies" printables for us to give away!
The collection includes: a welcome sign, invitations, water bottle labels, cupcake toppers, blank tented cards, straw flags and a banner.
DOWNLOAD THE HIGH RESOLUTION FILES FOR PRINTING HERE
And remember, if you’d like any of these printables personalized, Michelle will do it for just $3 per file! To learn more about Michelle and see all the printable collections, head to Printabelle and the Printabelle Facebook page.
My daughter, Lainey, loves applesauce. It is one of her favorite snacks.
So we when we were given two flavors of Mott’s® Snack & Go applesauce to try out: their natural applesauce and their strawberry applesauce, Lainey was excited. And as you can see, she was big fan!
As a mom, I feel good giving her applesauce in her lunches, and in these little pouches, there’s nothing easier.
I also like to make cinnamon applesauce muffins as a healthy snack for our family. These are simple to make, and by using applesauce, I'm able to cut down on the butter and sugar. Plus I add walnuts to give them crunch, and to add some extra good stuff.
CINNAMON APPLESAUCE MUFFINS
- 3 cups white flour
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
- 2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 cups applesauce
Preheat the oven to 350F.
In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir until evenly distributed.
Add the eggs, oil, and applesauce to a second mixing bowl, and beat by hand until thoroughly combined. Pour the mixed ingredients into the dry, and stir by hand with wood spoon or spatula until just combined. Fold in the walnuts. The dough will be thick, but don't worry, that's normal.
Coat a muffin tin with nonstick spray or thoroughly coat with butter. For 12 muffins, fill each about 3/4 full. For larger muffins, you can fill to the rim and get about 9 muffins.
Bake for about 25 minutes, until the dome of the muffin is nicely browned, and a toothpick comes out cleanly.
Happy face eating healthy applesauce muffins, a mom couldn't be happier.
Mott’s® Snack & Go is the nutritious applesauce kids love in a squeezable pouch they can take with them wherever they go. Mott's is also the only applesauce brand with Box Tops for Education®, helping to support kids' schools. Visit us at motts.com to learn more.
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Mott’s® via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Mott’s®.
My 4 favorite parties of the week!
This amazing softball party sure hits a home run, this adorable BOWtique party for a big Minnie Mouse fan, a rustic and lovely bridal shower brunch, and a pastel Peppa Pig party with so many cute ideas!
Clockwise from top left:
I wanted to share the posts I did for Spoonful this week...
Check out these gorgeous rainbow party ideas!
Here's a round-up of completely adorable penguin treats for your winter parties!
Invite the kids to help you make these simple and delicious cheesy bacon pinwheels.
For more party ideas and inspiration, check out all my posts on Spoonful!
Thinking of throwing a Sofia the First birthday party? Don't miss these 7 must-have ideas!
Pink and purple cupcakes are topped with images of Sofia on lollipop sticks. They will surely be a welcome treat for your guests!
A large, beautiful balloon in the shape of Sofia the First is a nice way to welcome the girls to the party!
Hanging purple pom-poms match so well with a Sofia the First party and look very pretty above the dessert table!
A beauty station is such a fun activity for a princess party! Gather a variety of pretty nail polish and make up and let the girls get gorgeous!
Have a lovely crown topped frame and tiaras ready to use as photo props. The guests will love to pose as princesses!
A castle cake fits perfectly with the theme, like this amazing one from a princess party.
Here's a sample of some of the recipes in the app, but there are so many more, perfect for feeding hungry football fans!
Also, if you need free football party printables to decorate your party, check out what we have on our site!
- Makes 12 Cupcakes
- Preparation 45 - 60 minutes, plus cooking time of 30 minutes
- 140g (5/8 cup or 9 tablespoons) butter
- 230g (1 cup plus 2 tablespoons) super fine sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 glass milk
- 230g (2 cups) plain (all purpose) flour
- 40g (5 tablespoons) cocoa
- 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 250g (2 cups) icing (powdered) sugar
- 100g (6 tablespoons ) butter at room temperature
- 2 tablespoons stem ginger syrup
- 1 tablespoon milk
- We like this gingerbread men recipe for the mini gingerbread men
- 50g icing (powdered) sugar
- Water (approximately 1 teaspoon)
1. Preheat oven to 170C (340F)
2. Cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, then add eggs and milk and stir slowly until well combined.
4. Carefully divide the mixture between 12 cupcake cakes and bake for 25-30 minutes, until the top of the cake springs back when gently pressed. Once cooked leave to cool completely on a wire rack.