Thursday, July 17, 2014

16 Fantastic Dip Recipes and a Pasta Chips Giveaway!


Getting to try new foods is a perk of being a blogger. Well maybe I should say that getting to try "new to me" foods is a perk! When I go to the awesome food blogger conferences there are always tons of brands there showing off their treats and giving out samples!



Well when I was in Miami, Pasta Chips has a booth set up and I got to try them for the very first time. I had not even heard of them before!

I tried the Garlic Pasta Crisps first and fell in love with them!


They were so good! I even got a few little bags to take home with me! I told my friends about them and I think every friend that's tried them has loved them!!

While Garlic is my favorite flavor, the Alfredo Pasta Chips are a close (very, very close) second!!


I could snack on them all day long!



When I got back from BlogHer Foods I got a package of Pasta Chips in the mail! I had won the giveaway at the conference and the cutest box of Pasta Chips showed up in the mail for me! We loved trying out all of the different flavors!!



AND guess what!! Pasta Chips has a gift pack for one of y'all too!! You can enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post!

Which flavor do you think you'll love the best??

My friend Nikki loved the Sea Salt Pasta Chips!


Crystal really liked the Spicy Tomato Herb!


And my Dad loved the Marinara (I saw that one coming haha)


Hello Beautiful!


These pasta chips are perfect for eating alone or for dipping!


I've got 13 wonderful dip recipes from some of my favorite bloggers below! They'll go perfect with these Pasta Chips!

Dips:

Hot Shrimp Po Boy Dip from A Beautiful Bite
Healthy Caribbean Greek Yogurt Dip from It's Yummi
Jalapeño Popper Dip from A Zesty Bite
Caramelized Onion Dip from Cooking in Stilettos
Hot Cheesy Artichoke and Chile Dip from The Heritage Cook
Cheesy Kale and Artichoke Dip from Ehow Food Blog
Layered Spring Dip with Parsley and Dill from The Heritage Cook
Beer Dip from Balancing Beauty and Bedlam
Buffalo Chicken Dip from Balancing Beauty and Bedlam
Creamy Con Queso Bean Dip from Amanda's Cookin
Hot Fiesta Dip from Amanda's Cookin
Dill Pickle Dip from Foodie with Family
Roasted Red Pepper Dip from Savory Experiments
Three Cheese Lasagna Dip from Neighbor food
Bacon and Onion Dip from Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
Avocado Lime Goat Cheese Dip from Girl in the Little Red Kitchen




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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Simple Homemade Apple Pie with Lattice Top

Simple Homemade Apple Pie with Lattice Top


What images come to mind when I say "SUMMER". Do you think of vacations or sleeping in at home? Ice cream sundaes and relaxing afternoons by the pool?  My very first thought is always the sun haha. That's followed by flashes of the beach, the pool, ice cream, lightning bugs, cookouts, grills and apple pies. Some might think of apple pie as being a "fall dish" but for me it's right up there with hot dogs and hamburgers.

Maybe it's a southern thing? I don't know but an apple pie on top of a red and white checkered tablecloth will always symbolize summer for me!

Simple Homemade Apple Pie with Lattice Top

Today I'm headed down to the beach for my first official "Summer Vacation" of the year. I'm going down to Carolina Beach with Nikki and her daughters and I can't wait to get there! Carolina Beach  is right beside of Wilmington (one of my favorite cities); I've been going down there with Nikki since I was 18.

I'm pretty sure (as always) that I'll be sharing tons of travel photos on my Instagram account if ya'll want to follow me over there! (www.instagram.com/bigbearswife)

Slice of Simple Homemade Apple Pie with Lattice Top


Ooooh! I almost forgot! I wanted to show you my new charm bracelet. As some of you know I've been working on creating clay charms! I've made chocolate chip cookies, ice cream cones, poptarts and some other food items. I actually love working with clay; working with it is pretty relaxing for me.

Lately though I've been working on making some non food items. My latest love? Sea turtle charms! Oh my gosh, they are just too cute and pretty easy to make!

Sea Turtle and Sand Dollar Clay Charm

And then I made this Beach/Vacation charm bracelet for my trip!

Beach Clay Charm Bracelet

There is a Starbucks Frappuccino, a pair of flip flops (umm I need to work on those haha), a sea turtle, a Strawberry Ice Cream cone and a Sand Dollar!  I'm in love with it! So much beach love in one place haha!

Simple Homemade Apple Pie with Lattice Top

But let's get back to this Apple Pie shall we!

So I wanted to make an apple pie and thanks to a large shipment of apples that arrived at the house I've got tons and tons of apples to use up! I've been making apple crisps forever, I learned how to make those when we lived at Camp Lejeune and my brother LOVES them. So I pretty much make them for almost every holiday. BUT I wanted an apple pie, a real lattice top, homemade apple pie.

I gathered all of my ingredients onto the counter and started working on my apple pie. Everything was pretty much going perfect until I got to the top crust. For some reason lattice tops just scare me. I'd never done one before and for some reason the weaving and laying and whatnot just made my brain want to explode.

So I went to reach for my tablet to google lattice pies and BigBear stopped me. "I know how to do it", he said.  I was a little shocked and kinda laughed it off but he was serious. Big Bear proceeded to show me exactly how to make a lattice pie crust on top of my apple pie.

Simple Homemade Apple Pie with Lattice Top


Holy Wow, Big Bear just taught me something in the kitchen, my husband knew how to make a lattice pie crust when I did not. haha. I love it. He says that he learned it from the Food Network haha. :)

So if you're wanting to make this simple homemade apple pie and don't have a Big Bear standing around to help you make this lattice pie crust, Elise from Simply Recipes has a wonderful Step by Step photo tutorial on how to make one.

Oh and PS. This is PERFECT for the Apple Pie Milkshakes that I shared a few weeks ago!

A Slice of Simple Homemade Apple Pie with Lattice Top
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Simple Homemade Apple Pie
by: Angie Barrett 07/09/14                                                (Click to Print)


Ingredients

3 apples, cut into wedges
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon sugar
2 pre-made (or homemade) un-baked pie crust
1 egg + 1 tablespoon of water, beaten together for egg wash
Ground cinnamon for top

Directions


Preheat the oven to 350F.

Add the cut apples to a large bowl. Add in the honey, cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar. Stir until all of the apples are coated. 

Lay one of the pie crust into a pie dish and press it down to form the shape of the pie dish. 

Pour in the filling (or use your fingers to place the apple in the pie dish, for me they fit better when I did this)

For the top pie crust, lay the second un-cooked pie dough circle onto a flat surface. Make sure the pie crust dough is as large as the top of the pie. Use a pizza cutter or a sharp knife and cut 1 inch wide strips.  

Lay them over the top of the apples and weave them into a lattice. Elise from Simply Recipes has a wonderful Step by Step photo tutorial on how do this. 

Sprinkle top of pie with a little bit of ground cinnamon.

Brush the top of the apple pie with the egg wash. 

Bake for 1 hour. 
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    Oh and I want to leave you with this.... (I love it)


    I hope you're having a fantastic week!! I'll be thinking of you while I'm on the beach this week :)

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    Friday, July 4, 2014

    USA Flag Eclair


    USA Flag Eclair


    Happy 4th of July!! I hope you're having a fantastic day with you family and friends! If you're in the Military or have ever been in the Military, THANK YOU! I hope everyone else had taken some time today to thank our amazing military men and women!

    USA Flag Eclair with Blueberries and Strawberries

    This is going to be an incredibly short post today. I don't have much to talk about, I know you're probably out enjoying this day and we're getting ready to head out!

    Blueberries for the USA Flag Eclair


    I've always been fond of those pretty USA Flag cakes that pop up during holidays like Memorial Day, Veterans Day and the 4th of July!

    Strawberries for the USA Flag Eclair


    However, since I'm not a huge fan of cake I've never seen the appeal in making one for us. UNTIL I thought about turning that USA Flag cake into a USA Flag Eclair!

    Blueberries and Strawberries from the USA Flag Eclair



    It's pretty much the same as my regular eclair dessert but I changed up the chocolate frosting for white and I switched sprinkles for strawberries and blueberries!

    USA Flag Eclair

    I'll probably get on here tomorrow and update this with some photos from tonight's 4th of July festivities but until then, HAVE A HAPPY 4th of JULY and stay safe!

    Perfect Summer Dessert!! USA Flag Eclair



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    USA Flag Eclair
    by: Angie Barrett 07/04/14                                                (Click to Print)


    Ingredients

    2 boxes of graham crackers 
    3 small boxes of Vanilla Instant pudding
    6 cups of milk
    2 cans of white icing 
    12 large strawberries
    24 blueberries

    Directions

    Slice the strawberries in half.

    In a large bowl, mix together the vanilla instant pudding mix and cold milk. Whisk until the pudding starts to thicken. 

    In a 9 X 13 dish, lay out a row of graham crackers. Cover the graham crackers in a layer of pudding. Place another layer of graham crackers on top of the pudding. Cover the graham crackers with the more pudding. 

    Continue to layer the graham crackers and pudding until you reach the top of the dish. Finish with a graham cracker layer. 

    Heat the white frosting so that it easy to pour but not completely liquid. (I normally stick my cans of frosting into the microwave for about 20 seconds.)

    Spread the white frosting over the top layer of graham crackers. 

    On the top left corner, lay out 4 rows of six blueberries.

    Use the sliced strawberries to make stripes on the cake. 

    Refrigerate for 6-8 hours (or overnight) *Long enough for the graham crackers to become soft*

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      Saturday, June 28, 2014

      Roasted Strawberry Chocolate Ice Cream #LoveMySilk

      Roasted Strawberry Chocolate Ice Cream #LoveMySilk






      From now until the end of time I will argue that Strawberries and Chocolate are two things that go perfectly together. They are seriously one of the best (and one of the most popular) flavor combinations!

      Roasted Strawberry Chocolate Ice Cream with Silk AlmondMilk #LoveMySilk

      Just think about it. Chocolate covered strawberries are everywhere especially around holidays), hot fudge sundaes with strawberries are a normal request (believe me, I worked in an ice cream shop) and chocolate cupcakes with strawberry icing...well those things are just heavenly!

      Homemade Roasted Strawberry Chocolate Ice Cream


      Chocolate covered strawberries were probably one of the first desserts I ever made. Super easy and everyone loves them (unless you're my husband and don't like strawberries). *He's an Odd Ball*

      Heaven knows I love chocolate ice cream and I couldn't think of a better flavor to mix with it! Strawberries in homemade Chocolate Ice Cream?? Yes please!!! But oh and these aren't just regular ol' strawberries.

      Possibly the BEST ice cream I've ever made! -- Homemade Roasted Strawberry Chocolate Ice Cream

      I roasted those beauties! Oh my heavens, if you haven't roasted strawberries before you need to take a moment and go do that... like now! My whole house smells amazing right now! I wish that you could smell this sweet strawberry fragrance wafting throughout the rooms of my home! I'm ready to dig in!

      Homemade Roasted Strawberry Chocolate Ice Cream


      Roasted Strawberries paired with Silk Chocolate Almondmilk is by far the best chocolate ice cream I've ever had!

      Silk AlmondMilk Dark Chocolate

      My niece is here today and I'm so excited to share this ice cream with her! She loves strawberries just as much as I do!

      Savannah and her Roasted Strawberry Chocolate Ice Cream

      And well I think that smile speaks for itself! She loved it and gave it two thumbs up!

      Savannah and her Roasted Strawberry Chocolate Ice Cream

      I always say that Ice cream is the key to summer. There is no summer without ice cream! So go make some of this ice cream and enjoy your summer! 

      Roasted Strawberry Chocolate Ice Cream
      by: Angie Barrett 06/28/14                                                    (Click to Print)


      Ingredients for ice cream

      1 1/2 cups Silk Chocolate Almondmilk
      1 1/4 cups sugar
      3 cups heavy cream

      1 pint of roasted strawberries (recipe below)
      1 teaspoon of vanilla

      Ingredients for roasted strawberries

      1 pint strawberries
      1 tablespoon brown sugar

      Directions for ice cream

      In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix together the Silk Chocolate Almondmilk and sugar. Mix for 5 minutes on medium speed until the sugar is completely dissolved.

      Once the sugar is dissolved, mix in the 3 cups of heavy cream and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. 

      Turn the ice cream maker on and pour the ice cream mixture into the ice cream machines frozen bowl. 

      Let the ice cream churn for 10 minutes. 


      Pour in the roasted strawberries. 

      Let the ice cream churn for 15 minutes.

      Pour the ice cream into an air-tight freezer safe container.

      Place into the freezer to harden. 

      (This may take anywhere from 2 hour to overnight, depending on your freezer).

      Makes 2 quarts

       Directions for roasted strawberries

      Preheat oven to 375F.

      Cut off greens of strawberries and place onto a baking sheet with edges. 

      Sprinkles brown sugar over the strawberries.

      Roast for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.  

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        Friday, June 27, 2014

        4th of July Deco Mesh Wreath Tutorial / Memorial Day Deco Mesh Wreath Tutorial

        4th of July Deco Mesh Wreath Tutorial / Memorial Day Deco Mesh Wreath Tutorial




        When my husband was in the military and we lived at Camp Lejeune, I always had our house decorated with patriotic items on holidays like Memorial Day, 4th of July and Veteran's Day. Being married to my husband and watching him go through deployments and normal everyday events of the military really put the patriotic spirit into me.

        When he got out of the military, we were moving a lot and I was working all the time so decorating for things just kind of got put on the back burner. I missed having my American Flag outside and I missed the red, white and blue that I had once proudly displayed in honor of my husband and our country.

        So when we moved into our new house, I knew that I wanted a big American flag to fly outside. It took me almost a year to actually get one but I finally did and then thought "well I've got my flag but something's missing".

        Sine I've been making these Deco Mesh wreaths I knew that I had to make a patriotic one! It was just what the front door needed!! I made this for Memorial Day but it's perfect for any Patriotic "holiday" OR leave it up all the time!

        So let's make one for you!!

        As always, I am linking to the my "Work Wreath" (Click HERE) tutorial and below you'll see how I made my 4th of July/Memorial Day Deco Mesh Wreath!!

        4th of July/Memorial Day Deco Mesh Wreath Tutorial

        Here is what I used:



        1 Work Wreath Form (22 or 24 inch), store bought or homemade (click here to learn how to make one)
        20 - Royal Blue Pipe Cleaners (for the wreath from ^)
        1 ( 21" x 10 yards) Red White and Blue Metallic Deco Mesh Roll  - From Hobby Lobby
        1 (10") Red Deco Mesh Roll - From Hobby Lobby
        1 (5 1/2") Royal Blue Deco Mesh Ribbon Roll - From Hobby Lobby
        2 small USA ribbons - From Hobby Lobby
        1 metal USA flag - From Hobby Lobby
        1 large Glitter USA ribbon - From The Dollar Store
        1 USA sign - From The Dollar Store


        (Green tube ribbon - optional, I thought I would use it but didn't - it comes from the floral section of Hobby Lobby)

        **You'll also need a glue gun**

        First, you'll need to make a Work Wreath Form (unless you've bought one pre-made). I have a tutorial on making that here.

        This is what it will look like when you're finished.



        To start making the wreath, unwrap the large tube of deco mesh and gather the end . Take the end of the deco mesh and place it into the center of one of the inside ring pipe cleaners.


        Twist the pipe cleaner to hold the deco mesh into place.


        Move down the Deco Mesh just a bit and bunch it together again.


        Secure onto the next section of the wire wreath with a pipe cleaner twist. (Work along the inner circle first)



        Go all way around the middle of the metal wreath form.


        Once you've completed the entire inner circle of pipe cleaners and get back to the starting point, start with the pipe cleaners directly above the "starting point" pipe cleaner and work around the outer ring.



         Fluff the deco mesh as you go.



        Once you've finished the base it's time to add the red. Unwrap your red Deco Mesh and bunch together the end.

        Find your starting point on the inner circle of pipe cleaners and tie the end of the red deco mesh into that pipe cleaner.


        Go all the way around the inner circle. Then do the same with the red around the outer circle of pipe cleaners.


        Do the same thing with your Blue Deco Mesh.


        Start at the same starting place and tie the end of the blue deco mesh into the pipe cleaner.


        Go all the way around the inner circle. Then do the same with the blue deco mesh around the outer circle of pipe cleaners.



        Flip your deco mesh wreath over and fluff the deco mesh.

        Now your wreath base is finished, but you'll still have all of the crazy pipe cleaners sticking out everywhere so we'll need to clean that up a bit.

        Flip the deco mesh over.



        Working your way around the wreath, pull the pipe cleaners around and to the back of the wreath.


        Wrap them around the wire wreath form.


        Work your way around the wreath until all of them look like this:


        Doesn't that look better!


        This is what it will look like after you're done.



        Flip the wreath back over and fluff the deco mesh again.


        Now it's time to decorate.  Hang your new wreath on a door inside with a wreath hanger or hang it on something else like this blanket/towel rack.


        I use pipe cleaners and hot glue to place my items on my wreath. Make sure to anchor them onto the wreath by attaching them through the deco mesh and onto the wire frame. Don't put anything too heavy on it or it will pull down the deco mesh.

        Arrange everything BEFORE  gluing them down haha. I normally have to arrange things and step back quite a few times before I'm happy with everything. Once I'm happy with the way it looks, I'll go around the wreath and hot glue everything into place!

        Some items like bows will already have ribbon tied to the back of them, so I just tie those onto the wreath.


        Love this glitter ribbon!



        Here's the USA Sign I got from the Dollar Store!


        Ribbons from Hobby Lobby!



        A little Flag from Hobby Lobby.

        And here is is.. all finished!!

        Perfect for Memorial Day, 4th of July or just anytime of the year!!



        I love it so much!



        Hope you'll make one soon!


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