Monday, July 21, 2014

Summer Fruit Salad

Need something to bring to a backyard BBQ or snack on during the day? Try this quick 4 ingredient fruit salad with a secret.

You will need: 
1 lb of Strawberries
1/2 a Pineapple 
1 pint Blueberries 
1 bunch of Grapes (optional)
1 package of JELLO Banana Cream Pudding 

You might be thinking "really, banana pudding mix?" Trust me it's amazing. 

1) Cut up all fruit and place in a large bowl.
2) Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the dry pudding mix on the fruit.

3) Mix the powder and fruit together. The juices from the fruit will create a dressing with the mix. Add more pudding mix if you want an extra kick of flavor.
4) Enjoy!

How easy is this? My husband and I enjoyed this salad with our Sunday night dinner. It was delicious and refreshing.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

BBQ Cups For Dinner

When I saw Pillsbury BBQ Cups on Tori's Blog, the sTORIbook, I knew I had to make them for dinner. They are quick, easy and husband approved.

The only changes I made was using ground turkey instead of ground beef and adding a little more BBQ sauce. Read the original recipe here

You will need: 
2 cans (10.2 ounces each) of Pillsbury Flaky Biscuits
1 pound of ground turkey 
1 cup of BBQ sauce 
3/4 cup (3 ounces) of cheddar cheese 

1) Preheat your oven to 375 degrees 

2) Each cup uses half a biscuit. Place a half of a biscuit in each cup and press the dough up the sides of a cup cake pan. Excuse my well seasoned pan. 

3) Brown the turkey meat in a skillet on the stove. Mix in BBQ sauce.

4) Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top of each cup.

5) Bake for 13-15 mins. Cheese should be melted and the biscuit will be golden brown.

6) Yum, enjoy!

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

July 4th Peach Cobbler

I had Samantha from Green Eggs and Sam, Jordan from Elizabeth Grace Blog and Ashlei over this week for dinner but didn't have much time to cook by the time I got off work. I wanted to serve a quick but delicious dessert. 

Crock pot cobbler is so easy and can be made with any flavor of fruit! Check out the cherry cobbler I made last year. 

You will need: 
-1 box of yellow cake mix
-2 cans of 21 ounce pie filling (any flavor)
-1 tablespoon of vanilla extract 
-1 stick (1/2 cup) of butter
-Chopped walnuts (optional)

Pour cake mix into a large bowl. Mix in butter and vanilla. Stir well. 

Pour both cans of peaches into your crock pot OR only pour in one can if making a half batch like I did. 

Crumble dough mixture with your hands over peaches. 

Use all the dough if making a full batch with both cans of peaches. Use half the dough mixture if making a half batch with one can of peaches. Sprinkle walnuts on top. 

Cook on low for 3-4 hours or on high for 2-2 1/2 hours. Dough will not rise like cake My half batch of cobbler was done perfectly in exactly 2 hours set on high. 

Cobbler is done when the edges are crisp and the dough is golden brown.

Enjoy! Serve with vanilla ice cream.

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Eva's Heroes Needs Your Help

On May 6th 2014, San Antonio will come together for 24 hours of nonprofit giving during the Big Give SA. This is San Antonio's first ever giving day and your chance to make a real impact in the San Antonio community.

The purpose of Big Give SA is to bring nonprofits and donors together, expand the idea of online giving and connect people to causes that move them most.

San Antonio based non-profit, Eva's Heroes, needs your help. Eva's Heroes is a charitable organization dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals, 14 years and older, with intellectual special needs by providing an inclusive setting built on four tenets: interact, grow, learn and love.

Actress Eva Longoria and Board President Christiane-Perkins Garcia founded the organization in 2006.

Eva's Heroes offers unique opportunities for these young men and women, with intellectual special needs, that they may not be able to experience elsewhere. The organization also hosts special events throughout the year, such as casino night, that serve as fundraisers contributing to the enhancement and growth of Eva's Heroes programs.

I had the pleasure of meeting Shawne Zakeria, Executive Director of Eva's Heroes. Shawne was so passionate about the work Eva's Heroes is doing in San Antonio. She spoke about countless families that have been touched by the programs Eva's Heroes offers throughout the year.

Parent Testimonial:

For 24 hours on May 6th, Eva's Heroes asks that you donate during The Big Give SA to keep their after school program, summer enrichment program and monthly activities alive.

To learn more about Eva's Heroes, visit their website.  Join me and donate to Eva's Heroes on May 6th here.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Bar Louie Gives Back To Local Firefighters

Who doesn't like hunky firefighters and great food? Bar Louie in Stone Oak is celebrating their one year anniversary by giving back and donating all net sales May 1-4th to Fire Station 46 in Stone Oak.

Bar Louie Gives Back 

Station 46 is planning on using the funds to help provide a more visually attractive fire station for public education demos and training for students in the community.

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Firefighters aren't the only thing on the menu. Bar Louie will have ‘Go Big’ specials including their famous signature martinis for $2, domestic drafts for $3 and specialty burgers for $5, offered Thursday thru Sunday from 11 a.m. until close. 

Photo Credit: Bar Louie Facebook Page 
In addition to the specials, Bar Louie has events planned to put the FUN in fundraising with these events:

Thursday: Firefighter Date Auction 7:30-9:30pm. Proceeds from the auction will also benefit Fire Station 46. 

Friday: Firefighter appearances for 4 to 7pm. 

Sunday: "Zumba for Firefighters" class on the Bar Louie patio 2-3pm. The class is led by Mario Gomex of the Dale Fitness Family Fun Studio. The class will be suitable for everyone from beginners to experts. Firefighters will attend and participate in the class.

Bar Louie Stone Oak is located at 22610 US Highway 281 N. in the Villages of Stone Oak Shopping Center. Come out and join the fun while giving back to the community.  

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Urban Taco Social Kick Off

Disclaimer: I was given a free drink and entree by Urban Taco. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Last week I had the opportunity to join Samantha from Green Eggs and Sam and other fellow San Antonio bloggers for the Urban Taco Thirsty Thursday Social Kick Off.

Urban Taco was founded in 2007 with a menu inspired by Mexico City street food culture. Located in the Quarry, Urban Taco is an easy location for dates, girls night or lunch with co-workers. 

We started off by munching on thin and flavorful chips paired with margaritas.

Urban Taco Chips

I ordered the frozen urban rita, which is only a dollar during social hour, and Samantha sipped the red hibiscus rita. Both were delicious and refreshing. 

Frozen Urban Rita and the Hibiscus Rita

Waiting for our food, Samantha and I munched on the warm chips and salsa trio. We chose jalapeño avocado, black bean roasted corn pico and jalapeno zucchini as our three salsas to enjoy with their warm thick and flavorful chips. All of them were amazing but my favorite was the creamy, tangy jalapeño avocado salsa.

Salsa Trio

Listening to the live patio music and chatting, it wasn't long before our food arrived. The manager suggested the any three taco combo with two sides. I choose ahi tuna, shrimp al pastor and pollo con mole with poblano green rice and mango-jicama slaw. The tacos are small but I still had to take one home for later. 

Three Taco Combo

Samantha ordered the de veggie quesadillas. Her quesadillas had grilled artichoke, cherry tomatoes, spinach, pico and cheese on the inside AND outside. What a fun little twist on a classic dish. 

Samantha Displaying her De Veggie Quesadillas

I will defiantly be back to Urban Taco. They are currently planning a Cinco De Mayo bash! Check out the event here. In the meantime visit their Facebook and Twitter

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Easter Chick Cadbury Egg Cupcakes

Wondering what to do with all those leftover Cadbury Eggs from Easter? Why not make made these amazing Cadbury Egg Cupcakes. The beauty of these cupcakes is you can use regular size eggs for normal size cupcakes or mini eggs for mini cupcakes. 

Two big and two mini chick cupcakes (one cut in half)

The key to either size is FREEZING the eggs first so they don't bust and make a big mess. Trust me, it isn't fun to clean up after that mess. 

For the Cupcakes: 
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 2/3 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 package Jell-O instant pudding in Chocolate Fudge (3.9 oz)
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 24 Cadbury Eggs 

1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2) Mix all the cake ingredients together. I don't bother with mixing the dry and wet ingredients separately, just toss it all in the bowl and mix.

Mixed ingredients  
3) Fill cupcake liners 1/4-1/3 full and place a Cadbury Egg (thick side first) down inside the batter. 

Eggs in the cupcake mix 

4) Top eggs with another 1/2-1 teaspoon of batter. Do not over fill.
5) Bake for 18-20 minutes. Do not over cook or the eggs will melt and burst. You can test to see if the cupcake is done by inserting a toothpick on the side of the cupcake, instead of in the middle 

My icing is hit or miss so for these cupcakes I bought icing. If you feel like Betty Crocker and want to make your own, go for it! 

For the Chicks: 
1) Spread yellow icing on the top of the cupcake pretty think and smooth the top. I used Pilsbury Funfetti Yellow Vanilla icing. 
2) Turn cupcake upside down and press into a shallow bowl of yellow sugar 
3) Place two mini chocolate chips in for the eyes. 
4) Using a very thin tip, pipe orange icing for the beak and little feet. 
5) With the leftover yellow icing pipe wings on the sides. 
6) Enjoy! 

Easter Chick Cadbury Egg Cupcakes

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