Thursday, March 20

These little lovelies will make the perfect addition to your next get together. They are super easy and can be made the night before. Talk about convenient!


Olive Cream Cheese Pinwheels Recipe

Ingredients

  • 8oz sour cream
  • 8oz light or regular cream cheese
  • 4oz can diced green chilies, drained
  • 4oz can chopped black olives, drained
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • 5 10" flour tortillas


Instructions

  1. In a large bowl stir together sour cream, cream cheese, green chilies, olives, cheese, garlic powder and salt
  2. Divide mixture between tortillas and spread evenly
  3. Roll tortillas
  4. Place each tortilla in plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours or overnight
  5. When ready to serve, unwrap and slice



Tuesday, March 18

This smoothy is so creamy! The combination of avocado and banana makes it extra creamy and super thick.
The combination of avocado and banana makes this smoothy extra creamy and super thick. My Own Blog Review

Banana Avocado Smoothie
Recipe adapted from Smoothie Web

Ingredients
  • 1/2 medium avocado, peeled
  • 1/4 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk
  • 1 tsp Stevia
  • 3 Ice Cubes
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients to desired consistency

Thursday, March 13

If you love crunchy brussels sprouts than this baked recipes will knock your socks off. Even if you like to boil your brussels sprouts you can still adapt this recipe, and get the same great flavor.

This is my first elaborate brussels sprouts recipe I've tried. They are such a great vegetable, and do so many good things for our body that I'm really on the search for great ideas and recipes. So if you have any go ahead and share them with me!

Also, did you know if you live in a heavily polluted area these amazing vegetables help your body get rid of toxins? True story!

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Avocado and Lime. Brussels sprouts have great health benefits! Learn more and get the recipe on My Own Blog Review


Brussesls Sprouts with Bacon, Avocado & Lime
Recipe adapted from The Little Red House

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb brussels sprouts
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves diced garlic
  • 3 Tbsp bacon bits
  • Lime juice to coat
  • Salt, black pepper and paprika to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil
  3. Slice brussels sprouts in 1/4th's or 1/8th's
  4. Toss cut brussels sprouts, olive oil, garlic and seasonings together
  5. Spread out in a single layer on the baking sheet
  6. Bake for 20 minutes; toss and bake for 10 minutes more, or until brussels sprouts have browned
  7. Remove from oven
  8. Toss gently with avocado, and more lime juice if necessary
Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Avocado and Lime. Brussels sprouts have great health benefits! Learn more and get the recipe on My Own Blog Review

Tuesday, March 11

I have really been trying to incorporate veggies into our meals lately, and it's actually been a lot of fun! The variety of dishes you can make from one vegetable is amazing! I really loved these green beans, with the hint of lemon, the added ginger and crunch of walnuts. It was an awesome recipe to start off with! I'm really excited to share all my other great recipes with you.

Here's to eating healthier.!.

The variety of dishes you can make from one vegetable is amazing! I these green beans, with the hint of lemon, the added ginger and crunch of walnuts sounds amazing!

Green Beans with Walnuts and Lemon
Recipe adapted from The Daily Meal

INGREDIENTS

  • 12 oz fresh or frozen green beans, trimmed
  • 1/2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1/4 tsp finely shredded lemon peel
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
DIRECTIONS
  1. Cook beans in a medium saucepan, covered, in a small amount of boiling water until crisp and tender; drain
  2. In a separate saucepan melt butter over medium heat
  3. Add walnuts and ginger; cook until nuts are roasted, about 2-3 minutes
  4. Remove from heat; stir in lemon peel and lemon juice
  5. Stir nut mixture into cooked green beans
The variety of dishes you can make from one vegetable is amazing! I these green beans, with the hint of lemon, the added ginger and crunch of walnuts sounds amazing!

Thursday, March 6

This recipe only takes minutes to prepare, but it tastes like it took hours of slaving over the stove to make. The sauce is super thick and rich in peanut flavor!

These Sesame Peanut Noodles take minutes to prepare. The sauce is super thick and rich in peanut flavor! on My Own Blog Review

Sesame Peanut Noodles
Original recipe found in the Deseret News

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 Tbsp soy sause
  • 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 Tsp ginger
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbp Sriracha sauce
  • 1 Tsp sesame oil
  • Zest and juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 pound Udon noodles that have been cooked and drained {found in the Asian cooking section}
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts {for garnish}
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped {for garnish}

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, mix together the peanut butter, soy sauce, vinegar, oil, ginger, honey, Sriracha, sesame oil and lime
  2. Place the cooked noodles in a pan and cover with the sauce
  3. Stir to coat and heat over low until noodles are hot
  4. Serve with chopped peanuts and sprinkle green onions on top

Tuesday, March 4

It is so nice being in our own home. I will always cherish the time we were able to spend back home with family while my husband did some rotations in Utah. A lot changed over that two months, namely my son's ability to speak multiple sentences at one time. It's crazy how fast they grow! We had a Superbowl party while we were there and I can't wait to share some of our family favorite recipes.

If you grew up in or around Salt Lake City, chances are you attended a birthday party at The Lion House. Unfortunately, they don't do these parties anymore, but luckily my mom was able to recreate some of their recipes. Yum!

Lion House Tuna Fish Sandwiches, just like I remember eating at birthday parties as a kid! Perfect finger food for parties.
Lion House Tuna Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • One loaf white bread, ribbon sliced {sliced horizontally}. You can order bread sliced like this at the bakery, just do it a day or two ahead of when you need it.
  • 2 cans of white tuna 
  • Miracle whip
  • Cheez Whiz {in the bottle}
  • Dried Parsley

Instructions

  1. Mix the tuna fish and miracle whip to desired consistancy
  2. Spread tuna fish on the bottom layer of bread
  3. Place a slice of bread on top of tuna  fish layer
  4. Spread a layer of Cheez Whiz on top of the second slice
  5. Alternate the tuna and cheez layers untila ll teh bread is used
  6. On the very top layer {no tuna or cheez} spread a thin coat of miracle whip, enough to moisten the bread, and garnish with the dried parsley.
  7. Cover with foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve
  8. This recipe is better if it is made a day ahead as the bread softens; but this is not critical
  9. When ready to serve, slice pieces into desired thickness
Lion House Tuna Fish Sandwiches, just like I remember eating at birthday parties as a kid! Perfect finger food for parties.

Friday, February 21


It's time to Celebrate! Why you ask? Because my friend Aubrey, from Real Housemoms, is celebrating her birthday and the huge accomplishment of reaching over 200,000 fans on Facebook. That. Is. Amazing!

How great is this giveaway? Not only are there 2 winners, but there are 2 amazing prizes!!!
Check out the awesome list of participating bloggers below
The kinds of blogs you will want to follow
I'm so honored to be a part of this giveaway with every one of them!

SayNotSweetAnne {i love} my disorganized life Real Housemoms White Lights on Wednesday It's a Keeper Call Me PMc Beyond Frosting A Family Feast The Brunette Baker Mandy's Recipe Box Life Tastes Good Persnickety Plates Dolen Diaries Lady Behind The Curtain Frugal Foodie Mama Cooking with Curls Cupcakes & Kale Chips Juggling Act Mama Busy Mom's Helper Yours And Mine Are Ours Flavor Mosaic The Freshman Cook Cravings of a Lunatic My Own Blog Review Organized Island Sweet Twist of Blogging Julie's Eats & Treats rick•a•bam•boo theBitterSideofSweet The Kitchen is My Playground

This giveaway ends February 27th at 12am CST

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Monday, February 10


I have been doing a lot of research lately on the effects of diet on our overall health and happiness. While I'm not looking to become a full on vegetarian, let alone full on vegan I have really read some amazing studies and learned so much! Forks over Knives on Netflix is a great place to start if you are interested in learning more about the effects our diets have on our health.

One of my friends, ok, we're basically sisters! She and her little family adopted a vegetarian lifestyle several years ago and converted to a vegan diet three years ago. Naturally, I went to her for some guidance on where to start! Her husband and family have chronic migraines and he hasn't had a migraine in three years! Isn't that amazing?

Check out some of these blogs:

Chocolate Covered Katie - The Healthy Dessert Blog {healthy desserts}
Oh She Glows - Glow From The Inside Out {everything is healthy}
Veg News - Vegan.Think.Eat.Thrive {Vegetarian Newspaper}
The PPK - Post Punk Kitchen {Vegan cooking and baking...apparently the mac and cheese is amazing}
Artisan Vegan Life - From Miyoko's Kitchen to Yours
Vegetarian Times - The World's Largest Collection of Vegetarian Recipes {Have a vegan section}
Chef Chloe - She won Cupcake Wars! {vegan take on traditional recipes}
Vegan Baking - The Hows and Whys of Vegan Baking {treats and homemade replacements}
Vegan Menu - What Does A Vegan Eat Anyway? {great vegan blog list}
Lunch Box Bunch - Healthy.Happy.Life. 100% Vegan {recipe and lifestyle blog}
101 Cookbooks  - Healthy Recipes Journal {good, natural, and all homemade recipes}

Friday, February 7

So it's no secret that I love Valentine's Day. I kind of love any day or Holiday that gives me a reason to spoil the ones I love!!! I decided to do a little roundup of Man Approved Desserts because let's be honest I don't know very many men who love the colors red and pink. Valentine's is for the men in our live too...not just us. {Or is it?}


I asked a couple of my closest blog buddies to share the recipe(s) the men in their lives just love! So here you are:

The Way To His Heart...Man Approved Desserts. Including Cake, Cookies, Bars, Pies and More!!!
My Own Blog Review

The Way To His Heart...Man Approved Desserts. Including Cake, Cookies, Bars, Pies and More!!!
The Mandatory Mooch

The Way To His Heart...Man Approved Desserts. Including Cake, Cookies, Bars, Pies and More!!!
It Bakes Me Happy

The Way To His Heart...Man Approved Desserts. Including Cake, Cookies, Bars, Pies and More!!!
My Life as Robin's Wife

The Way To His Heart...Man Approved Desserts. Including Cake, Cookies, Bars, Pies and More!!!
My Own Blog Review

The Way To His Heart...Man Approved Desserts. Including Cake, Cookies, Bars, Pies and More!!!
It Bakes Me Happy

The Way To His Heart...Man Approved Desserts. Including Cake, Cookies, Bars, Pies and More!!!
The Mandatory Mooch

The Way To His Heart...Man Approved Desserts. Including Cake, Cookies, Bars, Pies and More!!!
My Own Blog Review

The Way To His Heart...Man Approved Desserts. Including Cake, Cookies, Bars, Pies and More!!!
It Bakes Me Happy

The Way To His Heart...Man Approved Desserts. Including Cake, Cookies, Bars, Pies and More!!!
A Little Clarification

The Way To His Heart...Man Approved Desserts. Including Cake, Cookies, Bars, Pies and More!!!
Frugal Foodie Mama

The Way To His Heart...Man Approved Desserts. Including Cake, Cookies, Bars, Pies and More!!!
The Mandatory Mooch

The Way To His Heart...Man Approved Desserts. Including Cake, Cookies, Bars, Pies and More!!!
My Life as Robin's Wife


Which one do you think your man will love the most?

Wednesday, February 5

5 Winners Will Win a Beauty Prize

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Here’s the info for Free Beauty Events latest contest. From now until March 31, you can enter to win 1 of 5 prizes. Each prize will consist of 
  • COVERGIRL Blast Flipstick
  • Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara, Extreme Black
  • Minx Essence of Beauty Forever Paris Fine Fragrance Body Mist


The Contest runs through 3/31/2014, winners will be chosen on 4/1/2014 and notified by 4/15/2014.

Increase your chances of winning! 
Receive additional entries via comments on their blog articles.

Just supply your name, email and zip-code here. If you win, you will be contacted via e-mail to obtain your shipping address. Make sure you add winner@freebeautyevents.com to your acceptable email recipients list. U.S. residents only.

Limit one entry per contest period. Thank you.