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Ridiculously Easy Roasted Corn

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I love fresh veggies in the summer. We are so fortunate to live in an area surrounded by local farms that offer fresh veggies at a very low-cost, and I really wanted to enjoy these treasures year-round, so I bought a vacuum sealing system for $20 on an online yard-sale and realized that it was the best money that I ever spent!

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My freezer is full of green beans, berries. tomatoes, and corn. At the end of the season, I went to the farm across the street and bought three dozen ears of corn, then blanched them, and cut the corn off the cob. I then vacuum sealed them in family sized portions. It has been so nice to open a bit of summer during the doldrums of winter.

Last night, I was making a nice dinner for my husband, and I pulled out a pack of corn. I debated just steaming it, or sautéing it with some zucchini, but then I decided to roast it since the oven was hot, and I really didn’t feel like tending to the stove. Well, this was a stroke of brilliance. I will make corn this way from this point forward!

It’s so easy, with one step clean-up, and fool-proof instructions.

Here is the recipe!

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Ingredients:

  • Corn (frozen, or fresh off the cob)
  • Olive oil spray
  • Salt & pepper
  • Fresh thyme
  • Parchment paper

Procedure:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Spray paper with olive oil spray (Really,you can use any variety of spray.)
  4. Spread corn in a single layer.
  5. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and fresh thyme.
  6. Roast in the oven, about 15 minutes, until the edges start to brown.

That’s it! The nice thing about this recipe is that you can make the whole dish while any meat you are preparing gets a chance to rest. You capitalize on an already hot oven, and it requires no attention. Once it is done, transfer the corn to your plates, or a serving bowl, then sweep the parchment paper into the trash, and clean-up is complete! It doesn’t get any easier than that.

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One Happy Mama: My experience with a chocolate chip pecan pie with a candied bacon graham cracker crust

I absolutely love bacon. I could subsist on it, seriously. I also love pecans. I think they’re awesomely yummy! These are two of my weaknesses, so you can imagine my reaction when my BFF casually mentioned this pie, that a friend of hers serves at a local restaurant. Get ready, it’s a chocolate pecan pie, with a candied bacon, graham cracker crust. My heart skipped a beat when I envisioned this awesomeness!

Unfortunately, I live in PA, while my very lucky friend, Steph, lives in Hilton Head, the home of this wonderful pie. I’ve been vowing a visit, to no avail, but luckily, Steph loves me so much that she shipped one to me as a Thanksgiving treat!!! She was my most favorite friend that day! And, it was awesome. This pie had a cool smokey flavor that blended so well with the nutty pecans. It was dreamy.

I felt so privileged, that I posted a picture on my Facebook page and bragged to all of my friends. I was the only girl in PA that had a pecan & bacon pie from One Hot Mama’s in Hilton Head. I’ll tell you what, I was ONE HAPPY MAMA that day!

Are you jealous? Well I’m going to feel a bit like OPRAH when I tell you that you can have one too! My handy dandy friend Steph just sent me a link to order these pies and have them shipped anywhere! (ok, maybe just the US) Don’t you want one? I know you do! So, here is the link. Click it & order one so that you can be the envy of your bacon & pecan loving friends too!

Click here to get your pie!

Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie with a Candied Bacon Graham Cracker Crust Ordering Instructions

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Lenora Dame Jewelry Trunk Show

Lenora Dame Jewelry is hosting a trunk show of their designer accessories THIS weekend, both in person & online. This jewelry has been featured in many magazines, including In Style, shown in The Devil Wears Prada, and worn by celebrities, like Katy Perry! Lenora’s jewelry is sold in upscale stores such as Nordstrom & Anthopologie at premium prices, but this weekend only, it will be deeply discounted.

That’s not all…It gets better! For all of the lucky moms who have a Philly Burb Moms Savings Pass – YOU GET AN EXTRA 20% OFF YOUR ENTIRE PURCHASE!!!!!

Lenora Dame is offering this special discount for current cardholders who present their key-tag at checkout.

Do not miss this sale. Grab your girl friends, neighbors, and strangers and make it a girls trip. Wine and snacks will be available for you to enjoy while you shop. It truly is the event of the season, and you don’t want to be caught missing out on all of the deals and steals that Lenora has to offer.

What: The Lenora Dame Holiday Trunk Show

When: Friday, November 14th 5-9 pm
Saturday, November 15th 9-5 pm
Sunday, November 16th 11-3 pm

Where: 1955 Ticonderoga Boulevard
Suite 500
Chester Springs, PA 19425
610-458-3290

**All credit cards accepted

The trunk show continues with 40% off this weekend on the website at http://www.lenoradame.com

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Caramel Haze Martini

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Sadly, summer is over, and it’s time to pack away the flip flops and margaritas. The end of summer is usually a period of mourning in my house, until I realize just how much I love my favorite, broken-in jeans and Uggs. Pair those with a blazing fire and a nice, belly warming cocktail, and I’m a happy girl again.

While I am absolutely in love with summer, I secretly have a crush on fall. Seriously, the weather is perfect, the wardrobe is comforting, and the great foods are bountiful. It is as if fall is a flavor in itself, and if I had to pick a liqueur that was the perfect embodiment of the taste of fall, I would choose Rum Chata. If you haven’t had it, you are missing out. Plus, it’s really fun to say. It’s a creamy bath of sweet, spicy, exotic rum, the perfect pair for fall flavors. Now, imagine this exotic goodness, paired with hazelnut and salted caramel. Are you imagining this? Your next drink, needs to be this martini!

Caramel Haze Martini

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Ingredients:

3 oz. Rum Chata

1 oz. Smirnoff Caramel Vodka

1 oz. Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur

Caramel syrup

A pinch of sea salt

 

Preparation:

Pour ingredients into a shaker, and shake until blended.

Prepare a martini glass by drizzling caramel syrup in a spiral inside the glass. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt.

drizzle

Carefully pour the martini into the glass, and serve immediately.

Toast to fall and all things cozy, then enjoy!

 

BUT THATS NOT ALL!!

My foodie friend Colleen, from Souffle Bombay gathered a group of us together for a fun post about the flavors of Fall PLUS hold on to your hats!! We are giving away a GORGEOUS Kitchen Aid 5QT Professional Stand Mixer! Who’s feelin’ lucky?

Get ready for some serious deliciousness coming your way! Things like DIY Maple & Apple Breakfast Sausage, a colorful Layered Potato Gratin, hearty Black Bean & Pumpkin Soup, delicious Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese, super-fun & seasonal Apple Cider Jello Shots , Mini Cheesecakes with Mini Caramel Apple Pops and so much more!

If you are looking for more awesome fall flavors, check out these awesome recipes here:

Breakfast

Maple & Apple Pork Breakfast Sausage Patties from Courtney’s Sweets

Roasted Pumpkin, Gruyère and Spinach Quiche from Afropolitan Mom

 

Soups

Black Bean & Pumpkin Soup from Giggles Gobbles & Gulps

Farm Fresh Broccoli & Cheese Soup from How Does Your Garden Grow

Roasted Carrot Ginger Soup from O’ Boy Organic

Squash Soup in Pumpkin Bowls from A Day In Our Shoes

Roasted Root Vegetable & Apple Soup from Momma Lew

 

Entrees

Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese from The Good Mama

Vegan Portobello Pizzas from Busy Bee Kate

 

Sides

Layered Potato Gratin from Girl Gone Mom

Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Roasted Vegetables & Bacon from The Vintage Mom

 

Desserts

Cinnamon Swirl Cake from A Grande Life

Mini Cheesecakes with Mini Caramel Apple Pops from Souffle Bombay

Gluten Free Sweet Potato Pie from Mom Blog

 

Cocktails

Caramel Haze Martini from The Fabulous Fairy

Apple Cider Gelatin Shots from Can’t Google Everything

Salted Caramel Appletini from How I Pinch A Penny

Join us for #Food4Fall and who knows YOU may be the proud new owner of an apple-red Kitchen Aid! Good Luck!

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Buffalo Chicken Chili

This is a go-to football favorite in my house! I love that it’s secretly packed with veggies & can be thrown together easily.

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Buffalo Chicken Chili

This is one of those great meals that you don’t have to feel guilty about. It is so packed with veggies that your kids and husband will have no clue that you are secretly serving something nutritious! My daughter has asked for it in a thermos to take in her school lunch, and my husband will settle in to watch football with a big bowl of this tasty chili and some chips. It is also a quick and easy, one pot meal that feeds many on a budget. So whether you are entertaining the masses, or just looking for a reprieve from all that is unhealthy, look no further!

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 Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 3 large carrots
  • 1 medium onion,
  • 3 ribs celery
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2-3/4 cup of buffalo wing sauce, depending on your taste
  • 2 15 oz. cans of crushed tomatoes
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Kelly’s Corn Chowder

Adding this to my menu for this week. This is one of my top recipes!

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The Fabulous Fairy

Some kitchen creations top all the rest

They hold special weight in your recipe chest.

With creamy fresh flavor

And warmth you will savor

This corn chowder is simply the best!

Ok…so I refer to some of my recipes as “big guns”. These are the greatest recipes in my arsenal, and I am careful not to pull them out too often, in order to protect their special status.

This one is one of the top 5 weapons in my kitchen arsenal.

It happened by accident. I had never had corn chowder before, but after scoring an abundance of fresh corn at the local farm, I had to be creative. I am posting this now, because it is a nice way to warm up on a cold day. Not to mention, it would be a great way to sneak some more veggies into your family’s diet.

Kelly’s Corn Chowder

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Extra Creamy Pumpkin Dip with Chai Whipped Cream

A timeless seasonal favorite!

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This recipe is an old favorite with a new twist. I have made this simple pumpkin dip for many fall occasions, but this is the first year I have topped it with the chai whipped cream. This marriage of flavors makes a simple recipe into something sophisticated that is sure to catch the attention of your fellow party goers.

Extra Creamy Pumpkin Dip with Chai Whipped Cream

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Preparation:
I recommend making the whipped cream first. While you can used a pre-made whipped topping, it’s really not the same as homemade.

Chai Whipped Cream

1 pint of heavy whipping cream
2/3 cup of confectioner’s sugar
3 tbsp. of powdered chai drink mix ( I prefer Tastefully Simple)

1. Place an empty metal mixing bowl in the freezer for about 5 minutes.
2. Remove the chilled bowl and add the cream.
3. Using an electric mixer, whisk on high-speed until it starts…

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Turkey, Turkey, Turkey, Pie!

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I know Thanksgiving is over, but I just had to share.

My husband has one saying that gets under my skin and bothers the hell out of me. Every year, as I shop for the best turkey, and go through an elaborate brining process, he looks at me and exclaims, ” Turkey is Turkey!”

Apparently, he thinks all turkey is the same. I’ve held blind taste tests, which debunked his theory, but he maintains his idiotic mantra, and refuses to acknowledge my poultry perfection. Grrr!

Well, guess what buddy! Today, I feel like a winner!!! Allow me to explain.

Thanksgiving was a success! We got in some much needed family time, shared good laughs, and ate tasty food, like citrus brined turkey. Of course the meal was carefully prepared, and the menu was painstakingly analyzed. In my humble (and when I say humble, I mean as a blogger who writes and posts pictures of her own food) opinion, it was a perfect meal!

Well, you can imagine my surprise when I came across this paper in my littlest’s backpack. Apparently, her Thanksgiving meal consisted of “trke, trke, trke, & pi”…really? Is that all you noticed??? What about the homemade cranberry sauce we made together? What about Aunt Rori’s corn casserole? I made 2 stuffings, for crying out loud!! All that mattered was “trke” and “pi”??

What do I say to this??

And then it came to me. To her, it’s all about the turkey! My turkey!! My baby knows good turkey when she tastes it. She’s her mama’s girl. It’s what occupied the most real estate on her little plate.

So for right now, I think she’s my favorite 💗

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1-tagineOk people, listen up. As the Fabulous Food Fairy, I get lots of comments on my bakeware and cookware. I post lots of pictures of my red pottery collection, and many are jealous & curious about my super awesome red tagine, well here is my secret… Once a year, I shop at the Meals on Wheels Stock Up For Seniors sale at the Emile Henry warehouse. Now, normally the public does not have access to this warehouse, but this generous company opens their doors for one weekend only, and shares the profits with local charities. YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS SALE!!!

Thursday, October 10th is the Meals on Wheels “Stock up for Seniors” event to kick off the Emile Henry warehouse sale. Tickets for private access to one of the greatest sales of the year are available at the discounted rate of $25. Tickets will also be available at the door for $30. The best part is that you can shop guilt free! How awesome is that? You can pay $25 to get in before anyone else! You know you want first pick!

All of the proceeds from the ticket sales, as well as 5% of the Thursday night overall totals, benefit Meals on Wheels of Delaware. This important organization serves many of Delaware’s senior adults who rely on the hot meals and compassion of the many volunteers to safely deliver these meals directly to seniors’ homes. This is your chance to shop while giving back to your community.

This fabulous sale offers luxury items at discounts as deep as 80% off! Brands include Emile Henry, Rösle, Duralex, Mauviel 1830, Lékué and many more! An even better perk is that guests can enjoy light refreshments and desserts while they shop.

YOU SHOULD NOT MISS THIS SALE! If you love to cook, or need gifts for the cook in your life, you will not be disappointed. While this sale runs through the weekend, I ask that you please join me on Thursday night to shop and experience this wonderful event.

Click here to purchase tickets: http://mealsonwheelsde.org/sufs

The Specifics…

What: Meals on Wheels Stock Up for Seniors Sale
Where: Emile Henry USA Corp., 802 Centerpoint Blvd., New Castle Delaware
When: Thursday, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Tickets: $25 before, or $30 at the door.
The sale continues: The Emile Henry warehouse sale runs from
4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday; 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

The Feel Good Part…

Thursday night, all ticket revenue, plus 5% of the overall sales will be donated to Meals on Wheels of Delaware.

www.emilehenryusa.com/cookware-sale/Warehouse-Sale.html.

Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored post.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to write it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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Zucchini Brownies– How to Win at Motherhood & Middle School

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Let me share with you a conversation that I had with my oldest daughter this weekend (age 11)

Olivia: What’s for dinner?

Me: short ribs, red potatoes, & roasted zucchini with cherry tomatoes.

Olivia: UGH! Why do you insist on always being so healthy?? 

Me: **silence**

**Note- I let her have chicken fingers, fries, & a Sprite for dinner last night!!

Am I really that bad?? No!

Enter Amelia, my middle daughter (age 8), who could happily live on vegetables,  asking if we could make those yummy brownies that I made a few weeks ago.

Ummm…Yes. Yes we can!

Sometimes, the universe aligns itself in such a way that you look like a rock star mom. This was one of those moments.

Amelia and I made those brownies, and I served them to the anti-healthy pre-teen drama llama that lives upstairs. After “suffering” through my apparently too-healthy dinner, she was thrilled to see my chocolaty offering. She savored the brownies appreciating my momentary departure from all that is healthy.

I win!

I win, I win, I win!!!!

Rarely will you ever outsmart a middle schooler, but I succeeded, and I will savor this moment as I will savor another one of these brownies!

Zucchini Brownies
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of whole grain pastry flour (or unbleached white flour)
  • 1 1/2 cups of coconut palm sugar (or regular granulated sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil
  • 2 large eggs

Instructions:
Pre-heat oven to 375° and spray a jelly roll pan with non-stick cooking spray.
In a medium bowl sift together the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and cocoa.  Set aside.
In a small bowl whisk together the oil, vanilla, and eggs. Add the zucchini and stir to coat.  Add to the mixture to the medium bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir until combined.
Pour into the baking dish and bake for 25 minutes or until the center is cooked. Allow to cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.

Frosting: (optional)
1 1/2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips 1/4 cup of half & half
1 Tbsp. of coconut oil
Pour over hot brownies and spread an even, thin layer.