Thursday, September 19, 2013

Blueberries and Cream Bread

This summer I had the luxury of going to a Blueberry Farm and picking my own blueberries.  The best part is they let you eat all you want while you are picking.  The bushes were loaded and they were delicious.  We ended up picking 11 pounds of blueberries.  We are enjoying them in all sorts of things.  This bread is one of those items.  It was delicious and the cream cheese layer gave it the added touch to put your flavor buds over the edge.  I took it to a work potluck and did not bring any home!!

Blueberry Cream Cheese Bread

 BREAD:
1/2 cups butter (1 stick, softened)
3/4 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon vanilla 
2 whole eggs
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cups milk
2 cups blueberries
1 Tablespoon flour
FILLING:
8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
1/2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1 whole egg
1 teaspoon vanilla 
GLAZE:
2 Tablespoons powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon butter (melted)
1 teaspoon milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour one large loaf pan or four mini loaf pans. Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream softened cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon flour, egg and vanilla extract. Set filling aside.
Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 3-4 minutes). Add salt and vanilla extract. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour and baking powder. Fold in half of dry ingredients into butter-sugar mixture, then add milk, then the remainder of dry ingredients. Toss blueberries in a tablespoon of flour and fold into batter. Your batter will be thick.
Spread half of batter into the bottom of prepared loaf pan(s). Using a spatula, spread cream cheese filling on top. Spread the remainder of batter over cream cheese and bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes (for mini loaf pans) or 50-55 minutes (for large loaf pan). Make glaze. You may need more sugar or milk to get the desired consistency.  Allow to cool in pan for at least 10 minutes. Remove from pan and spread the glaze over the top.  
Now the tough part...letting it fully cool down.  I made 4 mini loaves and 2 did not last that long. the family had it eaten!! 

  YUMMY!!


Saturday, September 14, 2013

Crock Pot Chicken Caesar Sandwiches

OK this is one of those recipes that is so good your mouth starts to water just thinking about it.  It was simple easy and oh so delicious!! One of the best things I have eaten in awhile!!

Crock Pot Chicken Caesar Sandwiches
from The Girl Who Ate Everything
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I used 14 chicken tenders)
1 1/2 cups Caesar dressing 
3/4 cup Parmesan, shredded
1 tablespoon dried parsley
2 teaspoons pepper
2 cups romaine lettuce, shredded
Hamburger buns
Put chicken breasts in a single layer in the bottom of the crock pot.  Season with a little salt and pepper. Pour 1-2 cups water into the crock pot and cook on low for 3-4 hours. Remove chicken from slow cooker and shred.. Drain water from crock pot. Return chicken to the crock pot and stir in Caesar dressing, Parmesan, parsley, and pepper.

Cook on low for 30 minutes.

Spoon mixture on  buns and top with romaine.

It was a hit! This is all we had for leftovers.  I made the girls sandwiches with it for lunch the next day. They said it was even delicious cold!




Sunday, September 8, 2013

Learning with the VTech Innotab 3 Learning Tablet and a Giveaway!

A few weeks ago I was asked if I would be willing to try out the VTech Innotab 3 Learning Tablet.
My youngest daughter was so excited and could not wait to receive it.  Luckily it did not disappoint.  It is a trendy fun learning device.
She enjoys the drawing and coloring feature. It has educational games,creative activities and reading skills while emphasizing fun, all in a compact tablet at an affordable price, making it a great first learning tablet for kids! 
The camera is really cool and she can download and play her music on it.
She was excited about the E Reader, which will help her with her reading progress.
We received a free game download when we registered the device. She picked out a fun spelling game.
So far she has really enjoyed it and I love that it is so kid friendly and durable.  

·         The InnoTab® 3 combines educational games, creative activities and reading skills in a child-friendly, multi-function, touch screen tablet to make learning fun.
·         Compact and lightweight design with 4.3” color touch screen, new directional pad and tilt sensor
·         2.0 megapixel, 180° rotating camera with more than 55 photo features and special effects
·         Four different media players: e-book reader, MP3 music player, photo viewer and video player
·         Includes 16 exciting apps such as:
o    “What’s that Noise?” e-book
o   WonderCam, which uses the camera to add special effects, funny faces and photo frames to pictures
o   Magical Bean Stalk, a growing game lets kids harvest and collect beans from their beanstalk
o   Color & Pop, a coloring book activity that makes coloring pages come to life
o   H2O Go! a directional pad game that teaches science concepts
o   Hundreds of downloads are available via the Learning Lodge™ to enhance learning fun

The Learning Lodge™
·         The Learning Lodge™ features more than 350 educational games, e-books, music and videos developed specifically for each child’s unique stage of development and will nearly double its current selection by the end of the year.
·         The broad library of subjects includes reading, math, social studies, science, creativity, problem solving and so much more!
·         Starting with activities suitable for toddlers and expanding to grade schoolers, the Learning Lodge™ gives every child an opportunity to expand their learning potential while keeping them entertained.
·         Featured throughout the downloads and software cartridges are popular characters from Monsters University®, Turbo®, Planes®, Doc McStuffins®, Sofia the First®, Jake & the Never Land Pirates, Mike the Knight™, Angelina Ballerina®, Team Umizoomi™, Dora the Explorer™, Thomas & Friends®, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles®, Sesame Street and many more.
·         Parents can track their child’s progress through the Learning Lodge™ Progress Log, offer encouragement and share in their pride when kids reach new learning milestones.
Now for the really good news....
VTech has graciously offered to give me a VTech® InnoTab 3® Learning Tablet
to giveaway to one lucky reader!!
Enter below. Contest ends on September 18th.
Good Luck! 

Disclosure: This product was given to me to review by VTech.  All opinions are my own.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Using My Creative Side....On a Nerf Party!!

A few months ago I had the privilege to work with an amazing and creative blogger, Erin over at Making Memories with Your Kids asked if I would help her design some things for a birthday party she was throwing for her son.  Of course I couldn't pass up that opportunity it was like working with a celebrity!!
It was a lot of fun and the party looked like it turned out INCREDIBLE!!
First there was the invitation.

The water bottle label

nerf water bottles

and the party badges.

This great idea for the badges came from My Party Passion.  


It is a totally amazing party, right down to the refreshments.  Go check it out here and all the other creative things she has!!
It was a true honor to work with her!!
Thanks ERIN!!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Sweet Lime Chicken

I needed a quick marinade for some chicken the other day and wanted something a little different, so I experimented and it turned out so delicious!! It was a huge hit. My only issue is I should of made more.  We had no leftovers and they would have made great versatile lunches!
Sweet Lime Chicken
4-6 Chicken Breasts (I used 18 chicken tenders)
1/2 cup lime juice
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper

 Put chicken in a resealable bag .Mix the lime juice, sugar salt and pepper together.  Pour over the chicken, seal up the bag and refrigerate. Let the chicken marinade for 2+ hours.  Then grill, bake or pan fry.

My new favorite!! 

Monday, September 2, 2013

7UP Biscuits

Do you ever need a quick bread to add to a meal and one that tastes good.  This is the perfect thing.  The addition of the 7UP makes them light.  A nice quick, easy delicious addition to any meal!!
7UP Biscuits
2 cups Bisquick mix
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup 7UP
1/4 cup melted butter
*I doubled the recipe and it made 20 biscuits

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
In a medium sized bowl, cut sour cream into Bisquick mix and then add the 7UP.  Mix until you have a really soft dough. Sprinkle working surface (and your hands) with additional Bisquick and pat the dough down.  Don't knead the dough, just pat it to about 1/2" to 3/4 " thick.  Melt butter and pour into the bottom of  your pan.  Cut into circles (approximately 10).
Place biscuits in your pan
  Bake for 10 -12 minutes or until golden brown.  Keep an eye on them the last few minutes of cooking.
Viola! Biscuits simple and fast!
Hubby said the leftovers made great breakfast biscuits!!



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