Sunday, August 31, 2014

6 MUST TRY snacks/treats for when you're in Hawaii - Oahu, Hawaii


What a weekend!! I just have to start off with two really awesome things today, #1 Today is my Dad's 60th Birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY DIDDY!!) and yesterday was my niece's 6th Birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY SAVANNAH!) I love ya'll both so much! XOXO

August is a Big Month for us as far as birthday go! Big Bear's Birthday is in August, Big Bear's Cousin Ariel's birthday is in August, Savannah's Birthday is in August and My Dad's birthday is in August!

But I suppose you're not really here for Birthdays are you? You're hear for the 6 MUST TRY snacks/treats for when you're in Hawaii, right?! Because if you're going to make the trip all the way to Hawaii you're going to want to make sure that you chow down on some of the best food there, right?!

BigBear and I where in Hawaii for a week in February and I still didn't get to try everything that was on my list but here are 6 amazing treats that we fell in love with!

#1.  Manapua (Cha siu bao)


This is Manapua! It tops my list because it is the one thing that I just couldn't get enough of! I was in search of this gem from the moment our plane touched down and once I found it I was trying to get one every time we went out!

Manapua is a steamed bun filled with pork. It's highly addictive, for me anyways!


On our last day in Hawaii, I made BigBear walk like 5 or 6 blocks with me down to a little shop called Lawson Station (in Waikiki) to grab one last Manapua before we headed to the airport.

I tried baked Manapua in Chinatown but it wasn't very good in my opinion. The steamed Manapua has won my heart!


#2. Spam Musubi





Spam Musubi takes the #2 spot because it was BigBear's favorite snack while we were in Hawaii.

Now wait a minute! Don't turn your nose up at this little treat! 

I am not a fan of spam, it kind of weirds me out and I have no desire to normally eat it... like ever! But when we were in Hawaii I wanted local food and Spam Musubi is local food!

We found a little hole in the wall shop (literally, it was a doorway and that was it) that was selling musubi and some other lunch items and decided to give it a try! Big Bear inhaled his and I was still on the fence.

I took a bite.... mmmm ok I didn't die, I took another bite...that wasn't so bad. I took another bite, oh this is actually kinda good. I took another bite and bam, it IS super good!

Musubi is probably the only way I'll ever eat spam but I can't say no to these! I even recreated them at home and posted about Spam Musubi on the blog!


#3. HALEIWA Crêpe from Délice Crêpes - Honey, Strawberry & Banana



This crepe came from a food truck on the North Shore called,Délice Crêpes! 

We stumbled onto this little spot after having lunch at Giovanni's Shrimp Truck and I just had to stop and try one of these crepes!

I have been longing for an amazing crepe since I was in Paris almost 14 years ago. Yes, it was that good that I still think about it now! After realizing that the owner of Délice Crêpes was actually from France I had high hopes for this crepe!

I ordered, took a bite and I was transported straight back to Paris, France! I may even say that this crepe was even better than the one I had back then! 

I ordered the HALEIWA Crêpe which was Honey, Strawberry & Banana!

If you're on the North Shore of Oahu, make sure you visit Jonathon at Délice Crêpes and pick one of the awesome crepe flavors from his menu board!


#4. Creme Brulee and Chocolate Glazed Chocolate Chip Doughnuts from Regal Donuts



We actually found this little bakery by accident when we were looking for Manapua in Chinatown! We grabbed a few donuts to try out and we both found a favorite!

I loved the chocolate glazed chocolate chip donut!

Big Bear loved the Maple Bacon donut.

We BOTH loved the creme brulee donut!


#6. Malasadas from Leonard's Bakery

Next, we have Malasadas from Leonard's Bakery! Now we tried a few other malasadas that we found throughout Hawaii at different bakeries and shops but Leonard's was by far my favorite!

If you want to be exact, it was the chocolate filled malasada that had my heart fluttering!

Malasadas are fried dough that's coated in sugar! Some didn't have fillings but we found some that were stuffed with chocolate, coconut and custard!


We bought 1/2 a dozen and they didn't last though the afternoon and evening!



#4. Bubbies Mochi Ice Cream

Last but not least we have Mochi Ice Cream! Now I'm really sad that I don't have a good photo to show you of the actual Mochi Ice cream! I'm so sorry!

I seamed to always pick these up at night when we were walking around and I just couldn't get a good shot of them.

However you can see the photos below on the display!

My favorites were: Choco Mint, Mango and Choco Espresso!



What is Mochi?

It's kind of hard to explain. It's ice cream. It's Ice cream that's wrapped in a rice flour shell. Well that's what it says when I looked it up online.

Now that doesn't sounds very good but oh it is!

When you bite into Mochi Ice Cream it taste like you're eating ice cream with a marshmallow shell!

Marshmallow covered ice cream! YEP! That's exactly what it taste like!

Oh and while I was checking out some things online about them I found out that you can order Mochi Ice Cream from Bubbies online! I feel like I'm going to be placing an order very soon!

So... that's that ;) 6 MUST TRY snacks/treats for when you're in Hawaii - Oahu, Hawaii!!

Which one do you think you'd like the best?


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Friday, August 29, 2014

Pumpkin Pecan Slow Cooker Oatmeal #plantprotein @LoveMySilk



Are you struggling to get back into the school schedule? Are mornings becoming a blurry rush of wake ups, half packed book bags and forgotten homework? We don't have little ones yet but I've noticed that my friend's posts on social media have all gone from "YAY, it's the first day of school, my baby is so excited!" to "Oh my word, I hate mornings!", Or "Everyone is fighting me to wake up and the tears are happening!"

It seems like the joyful first day of school jitters are over and real life has once again kicked my parenting friends in the rear!

Even though we aren't battling the same morning battles, I totally understand how those kids feel, because while I am 29 years old, I still HATE getting up in the mornings and I would much rather kick and scream my way back under the covers. ;)


We've all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day right? I know you have! I've been hearing it my whole life!

So I've got something for you that will not only give your little ones (or you) the jump start to take on the day but it's also something that won't tie you down in the mornings! That's right, this breakfast is going to cook in a slow cooker all night while you're getting your beauty sleep! (Not that you need beauty sleep or anything) :)


Back to School Morning Blues, meet Back to School Pumpkin Pecan Slow Cooker Oatmeal!

Breakfast is going to be packed with Oats, Vanilla Almond Milk, Pumpkin, Pecans and a dash of honey! That's a pretty awesome list of ingredients!

So let's slow down just a moment, I want to talk to you about this Pumpkin Pecan Slow Cooker Oatmeal for just a bit!


This oatmeal is made in the slow cooker but here are a few things that I was you to know:

  • It takes about 8 hours to cook on low, don't cook it too long or it may dry out.
  • The consistency of slow cooker oatmeal is different than regular oatmeal in my opinion. If you don't want slow cooker oatmeal, I have a section at the bottom of the post on what to do to make this oatmeal on the stove top, PS If you're going to make this in the morning on the stove top, put all of the dry ingredients in a labeled mason jar so that everything is measured out already!
  • If the oatmeal is too dry for your liking, add a little bit of warm AlmondMilk to the oatmeal and mix it well. I don't like for my oatmeal to be super thick.


My cousin Crystal was my inspiration for this Pumpkin Pecan Slow Cooker Oatmeal! She used Silk milk to make her daughter's oatmeal in the mornings and she said that it was much better than water! I've only used water to make my oatmeal before and I've been missing out! I loved the oatmeal so much better with the Silk milk!

I then decided that since I wanted something that would be quick for busy mornings that I should take this idea of using milk and try it out with my slow cooked oatmeal! I don't think I'll ever go back to making it with water again!


Yes, I know this is totally a slow cooker recipe below BUT if you don't want to make it in the slow cooker, or maybe if you don't have a slow cooker you can still enjoy Pumpkin Pecan Oatmeal for breakfast!

Just layer your Oatmeal and Spices in a jar (you could make it the night before or make a few on the weekends to use during hectic mornings) and then you would just combine the jar contents, the pumpkin, vanilla and milk into a sauce pan and stir! Then heat it over medium heat and cook for 3-5 minutes or until it's reaches your desired consistency. Sprinkle with pecans and drizzle honey onto oatmeal.

Want to put your dry ingredients in a jar for easy morning oatmeal? Here are some cute little labels for your jars! Either print them out, punch a hole and tie them on or print them on sticky label paper and stick them right on the jars!

Just Right Click and Save this label to your computer and then print it out.


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Pumpkin Pecan Slow Cooker Oatmeal
by: Angie Barrett 08/29/14                                        (Click to Print)
Makes: about 4 servings

Ingredients 

2 cups oats
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup pumpkin puree (canned pumpkin)
4 cups Vanilla Silk Almond Milk
1 tablespoon Vanilla
 4 tablespoons honey  (depending on your taste preference, I used the honey to sweeten the oatmeal)

Directions 

In the bowl of the slow cooker, combine the oats, pumpkin spice, nutmeg, cinnamon and pecans. 
Stir in the pumpkin puree. 

Add in the Vanilla Almond Milk and Vanilla. Whisk to combine. Add in the honey and stir. 

Cook on low for 8 hours. 

Notes:
  • It takes about 8 hours to cook on low, don't cook it too long or it may dry out.
  • The consistency of slow cooker oatmeal is different than regular oatmeal in my opinion.
  • If the oatmeal is too dry for your liking, add a little bit of warm AlmondMilk to the oatmeal and mix it well. I don't like for my oatmeal to be super thick.


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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Flat Iron Steak Salad and Homemade Steak Sauce Salad Dressing

Flat Iron Steak Salad and Homemade Steak Sauce Salad Dressing

Total Food Blogger Wife accomplishment moment right here! I guess that's a good thing to call it!

I feel like the past 7 years of trying to get my husband to get his veggies and not rely on fast food was summed up into a photo I got from him in a text when I was in Asheville for Food Blog Forum this year.

I was sitting down at one of the restaurants on our Asheville Food tour and  I got a text from BigBear that contained a photo of a beautiful Flat Iron Steak Salad and Homemade Steak Salad Dressing. All the text said was "Flat Iron Steak Salad and Homemade Steak Sauce Salad Dressing BAM!"


Flat Iron Steak Salad and Homemade Steak Sauce Salad Dressing

He was so proud of his Flat Iron Steak Salad and Homemade Steak Sauce Salad Dressing! He loved it so much that when I got home he told me that we needed to make it for the blog!

I had no idea that he really meant that he needed to make it for the blog!

Homemade Steak Sauce Salad Dressing

That's right! BigBear got into the kitchen over the weekend and made the dressing, fixed the salad, cooked the steak and even plated it for photos! All I had to do was snap the pictures!

Now that's my kind of blog post ;)

Flat Iron Steak Salad and Homemade Steak Sauce Salad Dressing


I am in love with Big Bear's Homemade Steak Sauce Salad Dressing! I wish that I could bottle it up and send it out to all of you! I seriously could eat anything with this on it!

Flat Iron Steak Salad and Homemade Steak Sauce Salad Dressing

I wouldn't limit this dressing to just steak either! I bet it would be phenomenal on chicken or shrimp as well!

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Flat Iron Steak Salad and Homemade Steak Salad Dressing
by: Angie Barrett 08/28/14                                          (Click to Print)


Ingredients 

For the dressing:
2 oz Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4 oz Worcestershire
2 tablespoons mustard
1.5 tablespoons oyster sauce
1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 tablespoon Texas Pete

For the Steak:

Flat Iron Steak (or some type of thin steak)
BigBear's Steak Rub (or just season it with salt and pepper)

For the Salad:
Lettuce
Craisins
Peanuts
Sunflower seeds
(Or whatever you want on your salad)

Directions 

For the dressing:
Pour everything into a blender and pulse for 15 seconds. Or pour everything into a mason jar, screw on the lid and shake until everything is combined. 

For the Steak:

Turn the broiler onto high.

Season each side of the steak with seasoning (or salt and pepper). Place the steak on a baking sheet or roasting sheet and place it into the oven. Broil for 4-5 minutes. Flip and Broil the steak for 4-5 more minutes. 

Remove the steak from the oven and let it rest while you prepare the salad. 

For the Salad:

Place the lettuce onto the serving plate, sprinkle the lettuce with craisins, peanuts and sunflowers seeds. 

Slice the steak and place on top of the lettuce.  Drizzle with dressing. 




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Monday, August 25, 2014

Baked Manwich Burritos #Manwich

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Baked Manwich Burritos #Manwich

Traveling zaps all of my energy. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE it but it drains me. I come home and I don't have the energy to clean, do laundry, unpack or cook for that matter.

Yesterday afternoon I got back from a food blogger conference in Asheville, NC called "Food Blog Forum". It's one of my favorite conferences to attend (this is the one that was at Disney last year!) but it's literally non-stop action for like 3 days in a row. It's also packed with super early mornings and super late nights, so rest isn't really an option unless you want to miss out on some things.

#Manwich

Since it'll probably take a few days for me to get caught up at home and at work I know I'm going to be searching for Easy Weeknight Meals to help me make it through! Which brings me to the topic of today's blog post!! :) Baked Manwich Burritos are coming at you and you're going to love them!

#Manwich


So we all know about Manwich and Sloppy Joes right? If not, you've been living under a rock! Ok maybe not a rock, but you've been missing out! ;) I just recently (like in the last year or so) got BigBear on board with Manwich and it's turned out to be a perfect quick weeknight dinner solution! He had always been afraid to eat it because it has onions and peppers! Well, lucky for him the Original flavor doesn't have that many in it and he loves it!

Making Baked Manwich Burritos #Manwich

But you don't have to use Manwich for just Sloppy Joes! I know that's what everyone thinks about when they think about Manwich but it can be used for so much more! For Example, I used Manwich for these simple baked burritos and I have friends that use Manwich in stews, pastas and even on pizza!!

Manwich comes in three different sauce flavors! They have:  Manwich Original, Manwich Bold and Manwich Thick & Chunky! BigBear and I prefer the Manwich Original but a lot of my family adores the Manwich Thick & Chunky!

Baked Manwich Burritos #Manwich

Side note, did you know that each can of Manwich is free of artificial flavors and preservative? Something I just learned!

Baked Manwich Burritos #Manwich


But on to the Baked Manwich Burritos! All you're going to need for these are:

  • Tortilla Shells 
  • 2 Cans of Manwich
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 pound ground beef

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With those 4 ingredients and about 20 minutes of bake time you'll have an easy weeknight meal without any fuss! 

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Baked Manwich Burritos #Manwich
by: Angie Barrett 08/21/14                                                  
Yields: 5 burritos

Ingredients 

5 Soft Tortilla Shells
2 Cans of Manwich
1 pound ground beef
Olive Oil
Mozzarella Cheese
Aluminum Foil (optional)

Directions 

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Add a little olive oil (a few teaspoons) to a pan over medium heat. Cook the ground beef until brown (with no pink remaining at all) and drain the grease from the pan. Add 1 can of Manwich sauce to the beef in the pan. Stir to combine. Turn off heat. 

If the Tortilla Shells need to be softened in order to bend more, place them into the microwave for about 20 seconds.

Lay the Tortilla Shells onto a flat surface. Spoon a bit of the mixture into the center of each tortilla shell, tuck the ends in and roll each one into a burrito.

From the second can of Manwich, spoon a few tablespoons of sauce into the bottom of a baking dish. Lay the Manwich Burritos into the baking dish. Pour the rest of the can of Manwich sauce onto the Burritos and sprinkle some Mozzarella Cheese on top!

Cover baking dish with Aluminum Foil (optional) and bake for 20 minutes. I like to use the Aluminum Foil because it keeps the cheese on top from burning. 

Yields: 5 burritos



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4 Great Places to Eat in Miami, Florida


When I'm planning a trip, restaurants that I want to eat at are the first destinations that I write down! It must be the food blogger in me but I'm always in search of the best food when I'm out of town! Well, I've got two reasons! #1 I Love food and want to taste all of the amazing food out there & #2 I want good food for my money!

I check blogs, travel websites, Trip Advisor and you tube videos on the best restaurants for what ever area I'm planning on traveling too!

I went to Miami back in May and I wanted to share with y'all 4 really good restaurants that I got to check out while I was there!

#1. Swine Southern Table & Bar 

I wrote an entire blog post about Swine Southern Table & Bar . I really liked Swine and it's the first restaurant to make it onto the list today!

If you're from the south you will probably find that most of the food at Swine is "normal food" with a fancier touch. If you're not from the south, hold on tight because you're getting ready to taste some fantastic southern cuisine!





When we first got reservation here everyone was super excited because it was Southern Food, well I'm from the South so this is normal food to me haha. But I will say that they exceeded my expectations and I didn't expect to find such good southern food in Miami! I know Miami is in the south but Florida isn't normally know for it's Deep South Food ;)

The three dishes below were my favorite! On the left are the homemade Oreos with a bourbon spiked milk! I think that was probably the best dessert I had while I was there. Big Bear would have flipped for them! The cookie part was a bit softer than a regular Oreo but the cream filling was spot on! It was like someone was in the kitchen scraping the insides of Oreos into a bowl to use for these babies!


Top Right are the 1855 Black Angus Burnt Ends -- fried cornbread, kansas city molasses mop, watercress and the Bottom Right is the Mac & Cheese -- 'pig tail' macaroni, bacon, 5 cheeses, crispy crust! I think that we all went crazy over that Mac and Cheese!


#2. Morgan's



We stopped by Morgans after seeing a few other bloggers posting about this little spot on Instagram! We went over for brunch one morning but they do serve lunch and dinner!


That Chocolate Dipped Waffle just jumped out at me!!


Now the Chocolate Dipped Waffle was fantastic. It was sweet and um, HELLO it had ice cream on it! Ice cream for brunch? I'll take it! Now as much as I love chocolate and strawberries though I will say that the chocolate dipped waffle was just a tab bit too sweet for me.

I think the best thing that anyone had for brunch was the Eggs Benedict. It was so, so good! I totally recommend that if a super sweet breakfast isn't your thing! They also have a chicken and waffle sandwich that I wish I had tried!

But while you're sipping on your mimosas and trying to figure out what to order, go ahead at put in an order for beignets (lower right corner of the photo)! They take about 30 minutes to make so you'll want to order those first so that they can have them out once you're done eating! They are so worth the wait! (Try them with the caramel!!)


#3. Joe's Take Away

If you're over on Miami Beach make sure to swing into Joe's Take Away for Stone crab and Pie!


There is a Joe's restaurant connected to this if you want to sit down for a meal but we just jumped in for a quick taste of the stone crab legs and pie while we were walking; the "Take Away" side was perfect for that! They do have a few chairs that you can grab if you want to have a seat and eat while you're there!


This was my first time having Stone Crab and I'm so glad that Cathy from NoblePig.com suggested it!


I don't know how to describe it, you just have to go give it a taste! Also they have pie! They have chocolate chip pecan pie! Now if that doesn't get you down there I don't know what will!


#4. Versailles Bakery


After we had lunch at Swine, we drove over to Versailles Bakery! I loved it so much that when I was in the Miami airport to go home I made sure to visit the Versailles Bakery that's in the airport so that I could have one last taste!


This place is busy, busy.

Be sure to grab and number when you go in and just have patience; they move through pretty quickly!

I loved the Dulce Leche Eclair!


At the one in the airport I got a cafe con leche and a guava pastry! Those cafe con leches will wake you up in a heart beat! haha

What are you favorite places to eat in Miami? Have you tried any of these places?

If You've never been to Miami, which place would you try first if you got to visit soon?




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