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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Pesto & Sun-Dried Tomato Cheese Appetizer ♥

This is such a great recipe  for Christmas entertaining! Using my favorite product Mezzetta! You can double up the recipe for larger crowds!  ♥ 





Ingredients ♥

• 4 oz. Goat Cheese
• 8 oz.  light Cream Cheese
• 1 jar Mezzetta Basil Pesto
• 1 jar Mezzetta Sun Dried Tomato and Basil Spread

Directions ♥

1. Mix cream cheese and goat cheese together
2. Use a small bowl or pan as a mold for your cheese spread.
3. Line the mold with plastic wrap.
4. Layer the ingredients beginning with the cheese (the layer should be about ½" thick).
5. Then a layer of basil pesto.
6. A second layer of cheese.
7. A layer of sun dried tomato spread.
8. A final layer of cheese.
9. Wrap mold in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-2 hours or overnight.
10. When ready to serve unwrap the mold and turn it upside down on the plate it will be served on. Pull down on the plastic wrap lining the mold to help pull the cheese free of the mold.
11. Using a butter knife or spatula scrape the sides and top of the cheese spread to clean off any excess oil or pesto.

12. Serve with crackers or bread.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Italian Antipasto Wreath Appetizer ♥


Here is a cute idea for your holiday parties using my fave product Mezzetta! ♥ 



Ingredients ♥ 

4 bunches of fresh rosemary 
 1/2 cup Mezzetta® Pitted Kalamata Olives
 1/2 cup Mezzetta® Spanish Colossal Queen Olives
mini mozzarella balls Bocconcini
1/2 C. Mezzetta® Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 cup   Mezzetta® Cherry Peppers


Directions ♥ 
break up rosemary and arrange it on a plate so it looks like pine greens.
arrange olives, cherry peppers and mini mozzarella on the wreath to look like ornaments.
drizzle with olive oil and serve! ♥ 

Copycat Starbucks Peppermint Coffee ♥


Need a boost for this morning's christmas shopping? Why not try my copycat peppermint starbucks? 




Ingredients  ♥

(serves one)
2 shots espresso or strong coffee
1 cup lowfat milk
a few drops of peppermint extract or 1 tablespoon peppermint schnapps
 fat free whipped cream for garnish
1 candy cane

Directions   ♥

1. Brew coffee. Add milk to a cup to steam on espresso machine, or to a saucepan to heat on the stove-top, or heat in a coffee mug in the microwave.


2. Add espresso and milk to a coffee mug. Add peppermint extract. Top with whipped cream if desired an add a candy cane.enjoy! ♥


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Homemade Peanut Butter Puppy Poppers For Christmas! ♥

Here is a doggy treat recipe that I made earlier in the year for my dog Gia, these are perfect for your furry friend for christmas, or why not bring them to your next holiday party as a hostess gift for their furry friends! ♥


Ingredients ♥

2 cups whole-wheat flour 
1 tbsp. baking powder 
1 cup peanut butter (chunky or smooth) 
1 cup milk

Directions ♥

Preheat oven to 375'F. In a bowl, combine flour and baking powder. In another bowl, mix peanut butter and milk, then add to dry ingredients and mix well. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness and use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes. Bake for 15 minutes on a greased baking sheet until lightly brown. Cool on a rack, then store in an airtight container. 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Kiss Instawave Review ♥



I have been approached by Brandbacker and KISS InstaWave  to review their new Instawave curling iron. They sent me a free one and I thought I would try it out, especially for those upcoming holiday parties! I love it it curls my hair and gives me great body and beautiful curls! ♥ 



It’s quick and easy to get salon-quality curls with the revolutionary new InstaWave by KISS. Just push the button to style any type of hair effortlessly.

No longer do we need a professional to style our hair to perfection. Instantly create beautiful, long-lasting curls with just the touch of a button with the KISS InstaWave, a fully automatic tangle-free curler. 

KISS InstaWave is a fully automatic tangle-free curler that instantly creates beautiful curls

Easy for anyone to use, from any angle, with any hand

Features a Curl Dial with left/right curl directions

Automatically shuts off after 90 minutes

2 heat settings with a low/high switch with maximum temperature of 420

Here is all you need to do.

Hold InstaWave vertically

Simply place section of hair on the InstaWave curling rod

Touch the Curl Dial either left or right, and the InstaWave instantly and automatically catches and curls the hair

Hold for 5-10 seconds, hold longer for tighter curls and less for beachy waves

Pull the InstaWave down vertically, letting hair out

So don't wait ladies go below and click on the link to get your own 


This was a sponsored post by Brandbacker 



Thursday, December 4, 2014

Skinny Holiday Shrimp Cocktail Dip ♥


This is a dip my mother used to bring out every holiday for Christmas and New Years parties, using my favorite Philadelphia cream cheese. And Kraft Recipes !
Here is my skinny lighter version, perfect crowd pleaser at parties, you just might want to make a double batch of it! enjoy! ♥

(recipe adapted from Mama and Philadelphia Cream cheese Kraft recipes) 





 Ingredients ♥

     1   pkg.  (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA light  Cream Cheese, softened
     3/4 lb.  cooked cleaned shrimp, chopped (about 2 cups)
     3/4  cup  KRAFT light Cocktail Sauce
     1/4 cup  KRAFT Shredded Parmesan Cheese
     2 green onions, sliced


Directions ♥

    SPREAD cream cheese onto bottom of shallow bowl.

    TOSS shrimp with cocktail sauce; spoon over cream cheese.


    TOP with remaining ingredients. enjoy! ♥

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

One Direction Make- up Kits Review ♥






I was asked once more to review the new make- up kit by singing sensation group One Direction. Sponsored by Brandbacker and Markwins Beauty. Make- up by One Direction Hit these awesome stores Macy's,Dillards,Boscov's,Stage Stores,Beauty Brands,and Lord & Taylor. 
A range of makeup and cosmetic products celebrating youth, style, and the uninhibited lifestyle of a new generation. Celebrating life with bold shades, unique formulae and infused with limited edition collectable packaging, Makeup from One Direction is fun, bold, often irreverent, with a touch of cheeky mischievousness. Offered at prices that every girl and woman can afford.♥


I got these beautiful sets of make-up Makeup Sets- ELECTRO GLAM MASCARA, 
LIQUILIGHTS GLOW GLOSS & ROCK ME NAIL KIT.

ELECTRO GLAM MASCARA

Give your look a jolt of electric colour, with this limited-edition trio of ultra-bold coloured mascaras for hair and lashes, in three heavily pigmented, buildable colours. 
FOR LASHES- Make a subtle statement by adding a pop of colour to the tips of your lashes, or add coats to your entire lashes for a shockingly chic look. The more the better!

AS A HAIR MASCARA- Apply to small sections of hair and swipe through for instant ELECTRIC highlights.

LIQUILIGHTS GLOW GLOSS


Liquilights Glow Gloss sparkles brilliantly during the day and illuminates under UV black light after dark. Enriched with natural oils and vitamin E to keep your lips soft and hydrated all day and all night. 
Gloss can be worn alone for a pop of sparkle and color, or paired with One Direction crème lipstick for a bolder look. 

Through the Dark- Electric glitter poppy lip gloss that glows to neon red-orange under UV light 

ROCK ME NAIL KIT


ROCK ME NAIL KIT, featuring NEON UV-REACTIVE Nail Varnish and UV-REACTIVE GLITTER nail toppings that add even more sizzle to your mani, for nails that light up day and night. 
Sprinkle the glitter over wet polish for a subtle accent, or go for the glitz and dip your entire wet mani in mega-watt sparkle! 

Nail Varnish:
Happily– UV iced blue glitter 
Moments- UV neon pink 
Diana- UV 3D holographic 

Glitter Toppings: 
Kicks- UV snow cone blue
Not afraid- UV electrified pink glitter 

Star-- UV holo glitter 

The holidays are just around the corner so go here and you can win your very own kit! ONE DIRECTION Makeup Giveaway 

This was a sponsored post by Brandbacker 

Friday, November 28, 2014

Healthy Leftover Turkey Day Recipes ♥



Don’t waste those Thanksgiving leftovers. Turn them into delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner recipes that are low calories and low fat. ♥





Breakfast


Sugar Free Pumpkin Pie Latte 




For this just substitute the pumpkin for your leftover pumpkin pie! Blend it up in a blender and add! 

Leftover Turkey Breakfast Burritos 



Ingredients ♥

Olive oil 
1 large garlic clove, peeled and chopped to almost a paste
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1/4 cup diced leftover roast turkey
1/4 cup leftover stuffing
3 tablespoons leftover cooked vegetables
1 large egg
1 large flour tortilla (10- or 12-inch, or as big as you can get)

Sour cream and chopped cilantro or parlsey for serving, if desired

Directions 
In a large sauté pan, heat  oil over medium-high heat until hot. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute, then add the spices and allow to sizzle until fragrant, about another minute. Stir in the chopped turkey, and the veggies. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until heated through and coated with the spices. Crack the egg over the contents of the pan, then stir it into the rest of ingredients. Continue cooking until the egg is cooked through, about another minute or two, then remove the pan from the heat.  Heap a few large scoops of the turkey-veggie mixture in the center of the tortilla  Add some sour cream and cilantro or parsley, if desired.

Lunch 

Skinny Leftover Turkey Waldorf Salad




Ingredients ♥

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, boiled, diced
1 cup seedless red grapes, each cut in half
1 cup salted cashews 
1 small Gala apple, finely diced
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
1/2 to 1 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
Juice of 1 lime (1 to 2 tablespoons)
1 teaspoon chopped fresh dill
Salt and pepper to taste
Directions ♥
1 In a large bowl, stir together all ingredients until well mixed, adding salt and pepper to taste.

Dinner




Leftover Turkey Skinny Mini Pot Pie's


Ingredients ♥
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell's® Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup (98% Fat Free)
 1/2 cup skim  milk
 1 package (12 ounces) frozen mixed vegetables, thawed (about 2 1/4 cups)
 1 cup cubed leftover turkey
Frozen pastry sheets ( I use the egg roll pastry ones they are only 9 carbs! ) 

Directions  ♥
Heat the oven to 350 F.  Stir the soup, 1/2 cup milk, vegetables and chicken in a bowl.
  Pour chicken mixture into mini ramekens. Top with pastry shells to cover the mixture. 


 Bake for 30 minutes or until the topping is golden brown.enjoy!  ♥

Homemade Turkey Stock



This is a staple in all of your soups and stews you can freeze and it will last for months! 

Ingredients ♥
1 turkey carcass
2 medium stalks celery, coarsely chopped
1 large carrot, coarsely chopped
1 medium yellow onion, quartered
1 medium bay leaf
1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
6 sprigs fresh thyme

Directions ♥

Break up carcass with a meat mallet or cleaver so it fits in a stockpot (at least 15 quarts), then add remaining ingredients. Add enough cold water to cover the bones by 2 inches and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer, skimming occasionally, until turkey flavor comes through in the stock, about 2 to 3 hours.

Strain through a fine mesh strainer into large heatproof containers. Let cool to room temperature, then refrigerate or freeze.
 Note - You can to save space in the freezer use 1 gallon Ziploc bags  pour 2 cups into a quart ziplock bag, Continue until all of the stock is bagged and place flat in the freezer.





Thursday, November 27, 2014

Friday, November 14, 2014

Pumpkin Pie Jell-o Shots ♥


Happy Friday! Here is a perfect treat for your Thanksgiving table Pumpkin Pie Jell-o Shots are they not the cutest things you have ever seen? 
Using my fave product Libby's Pumpkin!  ♥





Ingredients  ♥

8 mini graham-cracker pie crusts
1 envelope Knox gelatin
1/3 cup canned Libby's  pumpkin
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of ground nutmeg
1/2 cup vodka
1/2 tablespoon cold fat free half and half cream
Fresh fat free whipped cream, for serving

Directions  ♥
1. Arrange the pie crusts on a baking sheet. Place 1 cup cold water in the top of a double boiler and sprinkle the gelatin over the top. Let stand for three minutes. 
2. Heat the gelatin mixture over a gentle simmer until the granules have dissolved. Add the pumpkin, sugar and spices and heat, stirring occasionally, until the pumpkin and sugar are completely melted. Remove from heat and cool for 30 minutes.
3. In a medium bowl, combine the vodka with 1/4 cup cold water and the fat free half and half cream. Whisk in the pumpkin mixture and immediately divide it among the pie crusts. Chill until firm, at least 4 hours. Slice the pies into wedges, if desired, top with whipped cream and serve. ♥