Sunday, June 17, 2018

Cooking Corner-Father’s Day Dinner!

Let me start with Happy Father’s Day To all the amazing dads out there! Hope you are all having a great day! 

Here in Jersey, it’s been a beautiful day-definitely a day to spend outside even tho that’s not how I spent it.
We spent all day yesterday out & about so today we had to get groceries & get stuff done.  We gave hubby his gift last night & this morning we went out to breakfast.  After breakfast we went to get some groceries, stopped to pick up my daughter’s friend & came back home. We realized we still needed a few other things so went to another supermarket then came back to start cooking.  The girls went down to the pool while I started cooking.  Today, hubby requested Cuban style shrimp in red sauce so out came my favorite Cuban cookbook, The Estefan Kitchen!  I don’t need it anymore but like to take it out just to make sure I don’t forget anything.  This cookbook is not part of my cookbook challenge because this one is definitely a keeper!  Every recipe I’ve tried from this book has tasted just like my grandmother’s cooking and were simple, not too many ingredients just like my grandmother’s. 

This recipe is fairly simple, you need:
Tomato sauce
Dry white wine

I cook up the onion & garlic first, then add some wine and then add the sauce, cumin & oregano.  I let it simmer for a bit before adding the shrimp.

Notice how the book is so dirty-proof that I’ve used it a lot!

Dinner was ready in 30 minutes, I also made white rice to go with it! Unfortunately, both my kids don’t like to eat this so it was rotisserie chicken with white rice for them. 

It was a nice day overall even though I didn’t get my pool time! Guess there’s always next weekend!

How was your Father’s Day Weekend?

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Cooking Corner~Cookbook Challenge Day 3

Hi All.  I'm still working on If It Makes You Healthy and this is my 3rd recipe from this book.  This one is a favorite type of food for me and it is Chicken Tacos.

It looked like a very easy recipe and it was.  Just throw all ingredients into your slow cooker....set it and forget it until the time is up.

While everything was cooking, I went ahead and prepped the toppings for my tacos.

When the chicken was finished cooking, I let it cool for a bit and then took it out and began to shred it.  I like it very shredded, I don't like big chunks of chicken in my tacos or wraps.

I forgot to take a picture of the finished product...oops! But it was really good.  This is a definite keeper, although I could use Rotisserie chicken and heat it up quickly with some sauce and cheese like I do for my Chicken Enchiladas.  I'm always in a rush so this recipe may not be used too often.
This is great for the days I'm home longer and want to make something from scratch.  
I may keep this recipe handy, but still not convinced its worth keeping the entire book!

I'm off to look for another recipe to try!

Did you try any new recipes this weekend?

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Cooking Corner~Cookbook Challenge Day 2

 Hi everyone!! Today I have another recipe from If it Makes you Healthy to try.
In the past year, I have discovered that Brussel sprouts aren't that terrible, but I only knew how to roast them in the oven.  As I flipped through this cookbook, I saw that there was a recipe for Brussel sprouts & cauliflower.
So let's give this a try.

cutting up the cauliflower was a little messy - I had florets all over the place!

Cutting the brussel sprouts was very time consuming.

Aside from all the chopping, this was a quick recipe.  Not difficult but I had to buy pine nuts, which I normally don't keep handy.  The dish tasted good, but I'm not too sure this is something I would cook again.

So far I've made 2 recipes and we are 1 for 2.....let's see which recipe I make next.

Do you have this book?  What should I try next?

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Travel Tuesday....Let's Talk Disney!!!

Hey guys!!! Are you all ready for Memorial Day Weekend? 
We are still making plans so this post is not about our Memorial Day weekend plans but it is about a place I totally love.  Disney!! Lately, I've been thinking about Disney so I've been watching a lot of Disney vlogs on YouTube.  Watching these videos has really made me want to start planning my next trip, although I was thinking of putting it off until we are official Floridians, which I hope happens by 2019.

For now, I'll settle for watching YouTube and help others plan their Disney vacations.  Now, I'm not here to sell you Disney or tell you to book any vacations through me, although that would be nice & greatly appreciated!  I'm here to just talk about some of the great things going on at Disney this year!

Here are just a few of the current offers available:

Booking Window: March 21- August 1, 2018
Travel Window: most nights May 28-August 30, 2018

Booking Window: Now through July 7, 2018
Travel Window: Valid for Arrivals most Nights

August 20 through September 29
November 24 through November 27
December 7 through December 23

These current offers are great and I highly recommend taking advantage of the Free Dining Offer.

Besides these offers, there are so many reasons to plan a new Disney Vacation.  I was there over a year ago and there have been many changes since then.  For one, Pandora-The World of Avatar has opened up in Animal Kingdom.  This part of the park looks amazing and I for one can't wait to experience it for myself.

Over at Hollywood Studios there have been many changes too.  Rides have been closed down and new ones are being added.  In June, Toy Story land will be opening up!  This area will make you feel like you are one of the toys and I can't wait to see it!  Another addition that I'm dying for Disney to finish is Star Wars land.  Now this one won't be ready this year, so I am patiently waiting for its opening!

Of course, all of the traditional rides are reason enough for me and I promise you won't be disappointed!

So what are you waiting for?  Whether you book with me, another agent or on your own, give Walt Disney World a try.  If planned right, you will have the time of your life!

Of course, I am here if you need help!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Fitness Plan - Day 1

Its been over a month since I've worked out.  I didn't plan on taking off a month but I did, so now its time to start over!  I do have to say, I gained some of my weight back but not all of it, so that is some good news.

I'm back on my meal plan which consists of mostly protein and veggies.  This week I'll be eating the same thing all week, and I prepped on Sunday so I don't slip up during the week.

I started my morning with T25 from Beachbody and then did some toning moves after work.  I hope to workout twice a day every day, but this doesn't always happen as planned.  There are days I come home completely exhausted & not in the mood for anything.  This is why it is so important for me to workout first thing in the morning.  I'm also determined to drink a gallon of water everyday....which means I'll be visiting the restroom every hour!!

Its never too late to start, everyday you wake up is your chance to try again!

How are you doing with your fitness & nutrition goals?

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Cooking Corner~Mother's Day Meal

Hi everyone!! I'm back with another recipe, and this is one of my own.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE pasta and the cheesier the better.  This recipe is not diet friendly at all, but I decided to use turkey instead of beef in an attempt to make it healthier!

I started with cooking the ground turkey and I cooked it the same way I would've cooked the beef.  I use onion, garlic and lots of Italian seasoning.
I thoroughly cook the turkey and then add a chunky pasta sauce.  You can use your favorite sauce, homemade or jarred.  I use jarred sauce because it makes my life so much easier, plus the 3 times I've tried making homemade sauce, it has been a fail! 

While the meat is cooking, I start boiling my ziti.

While the meat cooks with the sauce and the pasta boils, I start preparing the ricotta cheese to add to the ziti, then set it aside.

Meat is looking good and you can't even tell its turkey, in my opinion!

Now to mix it all up!!  I first spread sauce at the bottom of the pan, then add pasta, then add meat & then the cheese.  I continue layering like this until I use all the ingredients and then I stir it all up.

Once its all mixed, I top it off with lots and lots of mozzarella cheese.

Then it goes in the oven, which I've preheated at 350 degrees, and let it cook up & melt the cheese for about 30 minutes.

Now you are ready to eat!!  Everything was delicious!!

I would share the recipe, but I don't measure anything!

Hope everyone enjoyed their mother's day!

Cooking Corner-Father’s Day Dinner!

Let me start with Happy Father’s Day To all the amazing dads out there! Hope you are all having a great day!  Here in Jersey, it’s been...