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Gift Guide and Bucket List of Our Favorite Holiday Things

Tis the season…We put together a list of our favorite places, products and services from stocking stuffers to bucket list events around town. Happy Shopping and Socializing, mamas! 

Gifts for your #1 mom (Yes, YOU!)

Vent Salon also has 2 locations also: Downtown Summerlin and Henderson 3 blowouts per month runs about $55/month. Look Style Society has 2 locations in the Valley – Tivoli Village and Town Square. They offer unlimited blowouts for $99/month and unlimited makeup application for $99/month!

For furry babies: Barking Dogs on Blue Diamond has a great selection of treats and toys to reward your pets after you have them groomed or just do the self wash option. I love the friendly, resourceful staff here and the products are top notch.

I have worn the same lipstick for probably the entire time I’ve lived in Las Vegas (since 2003!) It’s called Stay Currant and it’s a Revlon Colorstay lip stain. I know, the drug store under $10 choice for the win! I’ve tried other brands, other shades, but this is my absolute go to – fancy or casual, day or night, summer or winter. I love this deep red and the fact that it lasts all day & even into some mornings – Lol! Just remember to pick up Neutrogena make up remover too (or the Up & Up Target brand works just as well for half the price) or the fancy Bifacil by Lancôme. They all take off lip stains with minimal effort.

Tervis cups are my new jam. They have been around forever, are super sturdy and incredibly stylish. I love drinking just about everything out of them! There is a Tervis store at PH’s Miracle Mile Shops, but they are also available at Macy’s and Bed, Bath & Beyond(home of the never expiring 20% off coupons!). You can rep your favorite sports teams or choose fun festive designs. With an active, bull-in-a-china-shop toddler you need to be ready for the next foul ball or rogue plane. We also have pets so cleaning up broken glass is too much of a risk! 

Speaking of drinks… The good folks at Total Wine can help you find great wine and spirits to fit any occasion. They carry much, much more than simply wine! There is beer and cordials and hard alcohol as well as unique accessories and paraphernalia to make any wine connoisseur squeal.

Comfort food from Yardbird Southern is a cozy way to spend time connecting with your honey amidst the craziness of the holidays. When it’s cold out, rich foods are the way to go! We need to get our winter coats on – What else will we have to work off in the New Year?! Mandarin Oriental has a festive high tea as well. Start your new tradition today!

Brunch at Craft Kitchen, tea and multiple menu offerings at Truffles N Bacon, Filipino gastropub from Cutting Board & anything from Served LV and now at Americana… These are a handful of favorites around town for taking friends to share a unique experience that will give them something new to try or just make every day meals feel like a special occasion.

I love Hobby Lobby and Michaels for easy DIY kits from ornaments to toys, but the unique finds will be at Cost Plus World Market! Our elf even shops there!

There are 2 indoor playgrounds that we absolutely love (warning, sock zone!): Rockin Jump the trampoline gym is fantastic for the whole family so definitely head over when you have restless visitors in town. Super clean, open warehouse style, a stunt bag, dodge ball courts, a climbing tower, basketball hoops of varying heights, lockers and great music playing. For kids 10 years and younger, go to Kangamoo. You will not be disappointed! You could literally be there all day, they have a walking track, slides, swings, trampolines, a zip line, miles of crawl space, free massage chairs, free coffee, tea and water, a charging station and plenty of wifi.

Sharing experiences and quality time with loved ones is really what the holidays are all about. There are several notable seasonal events and attractions around town. You can never go wrong with Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest where there are so many local sponsors who are annual contributors. The trees are ever changing and can be a constant inspiration for your own home decorations. New to the Valley is Operation North Pole: an interactive experience with our favorite jolly couple! This includes photo opps, visiting the candy shoppe, the toy workshop, and one on one time with Mr. & Mrs. Claus! Make it a point to visit seasonal exhibits at Bellagio, Venetian and now The Park for festive gatherings and holiday decorations. Ice skating is always a fun family night too at Downtown Summerlin, Cosmopolitan and also The Park now too! There are also several homes decked out in Christmas Lights with synchronized music too! Hypnotist Marc Savard’s home on East Robindale is for sure a local favorite. The schedule for House on Robindale can be found on Facebook. If you want to stay in your car, try the Glittering Lights at the Speedway! They have Groupons and deals for bringing canned goods too.

Great shows to see anytime, but going to shows is more festive during the holidays: Terry Fator at Mirage, Jabbawockeez at MGM, and Absinthe at the theater in front of Ceasar’s (<–Absinthe is NOT for suitable for kids! …or anyone easily offended by vulgar language and suggestive content).

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A Veggie Muffin Recipe that Got Even Barb to Eat Beets

If I hide, you can't make me eat it.

 

Just. Can't. Eat. It.

Just. Can’t. Eat. It.

I am not at all someone who needs to be coaxed to eat vegetables. I might even be considered a FOV (Friend of Vegetables).

Asparagus? Awesome.

Sugar snap peas? So delicious.

Fresh tomatoes from the garden? Swoon.

But then there are beets. Just. Can’t. Eat. Them.

Hey, beets, what’s not to love about you? You are highly nutritious. You are a member of the chenopod family, which also includes chard, spinach, and quinoa. I love all of those foods. But not you.

And did I tell you are gorgeous, beets? With your ridiculously vibrant color. I want to love you. I do. I try from time to time, always hoping against hope that you will live up to your promise.

Ummm, no.

Ummm, no.

The best I could ever say is that you taste like sweet dirt. I’m sorry, that’s probably mean. But it’s true.

And yet, I kept trying to love you. Because you are good for me, and you are beautiful. And because you show up on the menus of restaurants I love. (Besides the recipe below, I have only ever been able to eat beets in the delicious salad called The Bizness – David’s Special at The Bronze Café.)

So it was a great and welcome surprise that beets can work very well in muffins. I have been a fan of hiding incorporating veggies for my kids, but this time, I did it for me. And…these muffins taste great. Both of my kids really liked them, as well.

The batter is a shocking pink, but the finished product is not. (Science-geek-moms, why is that?)

I did not use whole wheat flour, but I have had good luck with substituting half whole wheat flour for half white flour. So it’s worth a try, if you’d like to increase the fiber in these muffins.

Enjoy!

If I hide, you can't make me eat it.

If I hide, you can’t make me eat it.


 

Mmmmmmm.

Mmmmmmm.

Beet-Carrot-Zucchini Muffins (adapted from The Kitchn)

Makes 10-12 muffins

1¼ cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon cinnamon
⅛ teaspoon salt
⅔ cup grated carrots
½ cup grated zucchini
½ cup finely grated beets
¼ cup raisins
⅔ cup maple syrup
⅓ cup cooking oil
2 eggs

Preheat oven to 400°. Grease muffin tins, or line with paper liners.

Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl. In another bowl, mix the grated vegetables.

In a large mixing bowl, beat maple syrup and oil until emulsified. Add eggs one at a time, beating until batter is smooth. Add flour mixture in three or four batches, mixing gently. Stir in the vegetables.

Pour batter into muffin tins. Bake approximately 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool slightly before removing

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What No One Tells You About Being a New Mom

Hey ladies! So as you all know, I am a brand new mommy. I love everyday of it and all of the adventures it throws my way. Heck, as I sit here writing this and trying to breastfeed at the same time, all I can think about is all the things no one tells you about being a new mommy.

For example, no one ever told me that I would have my Mamaroo set up next to my toilet just so I can go to the bathroom without the baby crying! I have learned to even breastfeed while doing my business in the bathroom! (You all know you have too!!!)

Also, I have learned that dropping food on my child’s head while cooking or eating is totally normal. Thank goodness for wraps and baby wearing or my family would starve, My child has had more veggies dropped on his poor head then I can count.

Let’s talk about eating those amazing meals I have prepared while balancing a baby. I never knew I could eat so fast. Once little man smells food, he is awake and wants to eat. I have tried feeding him right before and to no avail, it never works. Which in turn leads to more food on his poor head.

Another really good one is how the first time you accidentally hurt your child, you will freak out! I was home alone and walking through a door and hit my child’s head on the door jam! I called my mother crying and saying I was the worst mother alive. I was picturing CPS showing up at my door any minute and cried harder than my little guy did! Oh the drama!

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The sleep thing is obvious and no one was kidding, but the first time you wake up mid-breastfeeding and don’t even remember starting to breastfeed is a little startling! The first time it happened, I sat there, looked around and wondered how the heck I even got the Boppy, latched him on and fed without waking up. So bizarre. All in all, this is the most amazing thing I have done with my life and I am sure there are so many more adventures to come! Can’t wait to share more!  Comment below and let me know some things that surprised you when learning to adapt to motherhood!

I also wanted to share this amazing recipe I discovered and made the other day! It was a huge hit and I am all about the healthy dishes! Please enjoy!

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AVOCADO MAC N’ CHEESE

 

Ingredients

10 oz of veggie pasta
1 clove of garlic
2-3 avocados peeled and pitted
2 tsp of fresh lime juice
salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp of butter
2 tbsp. wheat flour
1 cup almond milk
2 cups of shredded lowfat cheddar cheese

Instructions

1. Bring large pot of water to a boil. Cook and drain pasta.  Set aside.

2. Combine garlic, avocados, lime juice in a food processor or blender and pulse until creamy. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.

3. In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and stir into the butter until it forms a paste. Whisk in the milk until smooth. Stir until it starts to thicken and then add the cheese slowly. Stir until melted and creamy.

4. Place the noodles in a large bowl. Add in avocado sauce and cheese sauce and stir to combine. Serve warm.

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Chuck E. Cheese’s New Menu Review & ***GIVEAWAY***

Hey mamas! This past week, the fambam and I got invited to Chuck E. Cheese’s to test out their new menu, which included: new pizzas, appetizers, healthier options and dessert. But of course we went, who doesn’t like playing at Chuck E. Cheese and eating pizza!

 

Check out their new menu:

New Pizzas:

* Thin & Crispy crust – you can make any pizza in the menu thin & crispy

* Cali Alfredo – newest specialty pizza made with Alfredo sauce, fresh spinach, shredded mozzarella, chicken breast, sliced mushrooms, and sausage

* BBQ chicken pizza- features crispy onions and a new BBQ drizzle

Sandwiches and Wraps:

* Caesar and Club Wraps made with whole wheat tortillas

* Oven Roasted BBQ chicken ciabatta sandwich

Chicken Wings and Breadsticks:

* BBQ and Sweet Chili Boneless and Bone-In chicken wings

* Soft Parmesan Breadsticks

* Buffalo chicken cheesy bread

Dessert:

* Dessert Churros served with salted caramel and white chocolate icing

* Cinnamon Sticks- new and improved stuffed with more cinnamon crunch and topped with white chocolate icing

So my foodie review is an A+ for the new thin and crispy pizza options that they offer for any pizza on the menu, I loved their thin and crispy pizza! I also enjoyed the Chicken Alfredo pizza because all the ingredients were fresh (no canned mushrooms, thank goodness)! The BBQ chicken pizza was quite delicious as well, the crispy onions just give it a wonderful texture and had a delicious BBQ flavor. As for the two new wrap offerings, it was OK because of the overwhelming amount of dressing for my taste, however my father-in-law enjoyed both of them and would order them again. The sweet chili wings reminded me of the Thai chicken wings I make with Mae Ploy sauce, but a little spicier. The kiddos’ favorites were the pizza, BBQ wings, BBQ sandwich, Parmesan breadsticks and the Churros with the salted caramel sauce. Overall, the menu had something for everyone to enjoy.

 

After eating, we had to get our game on to burn off all the yummy food. It’s imperative for me to hit the arcade basketball, it’s my favorite game of all time (yes, I get competitive) so I couldn’t pass it up! My kiddos love playing all the ticket games and of course, cashing in their tickets.

Here’s a tip: Prior to going to Chuck E. Cheese, download their free game app on Apple Store or Android, so that you can redeem real tickets to use (my 8 year old son managed to get 540 tickets!) FYI: You need to redeem the tickets, which then get emailed to you, and then you need to print it out to bring and give to the ticket attendant (Lol, I didn’t so that’s why I’m forewarning you, but hey, we’ll use it next time). So 4,000 + tickets later we got some nice prizes and it was time to go.

Until next time Chuck E. Cheese’s…We’ll be back!

Contest Alert:

We are giving one lucky winner a Chuck E. Cheese’s Guest pass that gives you 1 large pizza, 4 soft drinks, and 30 game tokens!

Make sure to like Las Vegas Moms Blog on Facebook and comment below with your favorite Chuck E Cheese memories new and old! Contest ends Monday, February 16, 2015 @ 8pm PST. Good luck, mamas!

I would recommend checking out the new menu available in Las Vegas at: www.chuckecheese.com/newmenu

You can also visit and like Chuck E. Cheese’s Facebook page

They’re also on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest and you can use hashtag #CECLasVegas

****Did you know you don’t have to spend all your tickets in one day, the ticket attendant will print out a new ticket of your remaining tickets, so no need to rush the kiddos to pick out prizes they don’t care for because they think they have to spend all their tickets in one day.
(Disclaimer: I feed my family less processed foods for the most part but I believe that you can eat other foods in moderation). Click HERE or at the end of my bio below to read other posts by me!

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If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie

Russian Teacakes and Milk
Let the wild holiday rumpus begin.

Let the wild holiday rumpus start.

In our house, the Christmas season is not allowed to start before Thanksgiving. But it really doesn’t start until Christmas Mouse is pulled out of his (her? – not sure, it’s a mouse) plastic bin where he lives with the other holiday decorations. Christmas Mouse was sent to our family by my father-in-law and his wife when our boys were babies.

When you squeeze his foot, he sings We Wish You a Merry Christmas in a high, warbly voice. And he waves his little mouse arms and rocks side to side at the same time. At first, I hated this little singing and dancing rodent.

But surprisingly, he grew on me. These days, he is a bit temperamental in his singing. Maybe he’ll sing for you, maybe not. But we keep him.

The important thing is that once Christmas Mouse is unpacked, the wild holiday rumpus can start.

(Click this link to see Christmas Mouse in action!)

And the most important holiday tradition in our house is…

I wasn’t entirely sure how to answer this, so I asked the three main guys in my life what they thought. Two quickly said, “Christmas cookies.” The third talked about being allowed to open one gift on Christmas Eve, and waking Russian Teacakes and Milkup really early Christmas morning. But when he was told the others wanted Christmas cookies, he became super animated and agreed wholeheartedly.

When I was growing up, my mom made double or even triple batches of cookies each holiday season. Between my three brothers, me, and our friends tromping into the house after sledding or ice skating, it’s hard to believe there would be enough. But there seemed to be an unending supply.

I loved baking with my mom, and now my kids bake with me.

 

This recipe for Russian Teacakes is from the 1960 edition of Betty Crocker’s Picture Cook Book. Russian teacakes are my favorite Christmas cookie.  My mom, and now I, have baked them every single holiday season for my whole life. Even little kids can contribute to this tradition by rolling the baked cookies in confectioners’ sugar.

(I’m including the commentary from the original recipe because I love old cookbooks and their history.)Russian Teacakes

 

Russian TeacakesCrunchy, sugared, nut-filled snowballs.

This favorite with men came to us from a man. Carl Burkland, an eastern radio executive, often makes them himself at Christmastime.

Mix thoroughly:

  • 1 cup soft butter
  • 1/2 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Sift together and stir in:

  • 2 1/4 cups sifted flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Mix in:

  • 3/4 cup finely chopped nuts

Chill dough. Roll into 1″ balls. Place on ungreased baking sheet (cookies do not spread). Bake until set, but not brown. While still warm, roll in confectioners’ sugar. Cool. Roll in sugar again.

Temperature: 400°

Time: Bake 10 to 12 minutes

Amount: About 4 dozen 1″ cookies

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Halloween Treats, No Tricks

Spider cake

Candy corn and fun-size candy bars aren’t the only Halloween treats. Homemade Halloween-themed snacks are easier than you think. You can easily take familiar favorites and give them a twisted presentation for a horror-infused buffet. Let your imagination ooze to the dark side.

Spider Cake

Bake: Prepare cake batter using your favorite cake recipe or mix.
For the spider body, bake batter in an oven-safe glass mixing bowl. It will take longer to bake the batter in bowl than a cake pan, so watch carefully. It is done when a wooden skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cool slightly before removing cake from bowl onto a cooling rack.
For the head, bake batter in a cupcake tin. (If there is leftover batter, bake more cupcakes.)

Assemble: Use a wooden skewer to attach the cupcake “head” to the larger “body.” Place on a serving plate, or a foil-covered cake base.

Decorate: Frost cake with gray or black frosting, which can be found in baking supply stores or craft stores (e.g. JoAnn). You can also use black food coloring to color vanilla frosting.
Alternately, chocolate frosting can be used.
For the eyes, use candies such as Atomic Fire Balls or Dots.
For the legs, position eight pieces of your favorite flavor of licorice.
If you desire, decorate the spider body by making a stencil out of cardstock. Sprinkle crystallized sugar over the stencil. Lift cardstock up carefully.

**Be careful not to offer this cake to people with arachnophobia.

So easy, a kid can bake it.

So easy, a kid can bake it.

New Twists on Familiar Favorites

The food is easy, the presentation scary.

Worms on a treat!

Worms on a treat!

Popcorn. Stuff popcorn into food-service gloves for individual servings. Tie the wrist end with ribbon. For an extra snap, place a Hot Tamale candy in the tip of each glove finger.

Cookie-Cutter Snacks. Cutting cookies into holiday-themed shapes makes them that more festive, Try it for unexpected foods, too. Use Halloween cookie cutters to make bat shaped pizza or pumpkin shaped cheese slices.

Rice Krispies Treats. (Recipe here.) Add drops of green and yellow food coloring to the melted butter-marshmallow mixture to create a sickly hue. After the treats have been cut into squares, arrange on a plate. Decorate with gummy worms and sprinkle with crushed chocolate cookies to make “dirt.”

 

What’s in a Name?

It’s amazing how changing the name of a food changes your experience. (Like “escargot” sounds exotic, while “snails” sounds…eww.) Place menu cards on the serving table to set the mood.

Crunchy Cheetos = Witches’ Fingers
Red Velvet Cupcakes = Bloody Cakes
Chili = Ogre Vomit

You get the picture.

I Vant to Drink Your Blood

Little ghosts and goblins can work up quite a thirst wreaking terror in the neighborhood. Quench it with this easy drink, which is delightfully bloody and infiltrated with creepy-crawlies:

Start with Creepy Ice Cubes: Pour lemon-lime soda into ice cube trays. Add a gummy worm or other gross gummy to each cube compartment. Freeze until solid.

Strawberry Puree: Thaw a bag of frozen strawberries. Puree in blender, adding sugar to taste. (For a 20-oz bag of fruit, use about ¼ cup of sugar.) Add lemon juice to taste, if you wish.

Assemble: Place a few ice cubes in a glass. Fill with lemon-lime or other light-colored soda. Dip a straw into strawberry puree. Cover the end of the straw with your finger to draw puree up into the straw. Drip small amounts of the puree into the glasses of soda and serve. Do not stir up the “blood.”

 

 

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Healthy Habits For Picky Eaters

Being a mama of three small children can be a challenge, especially when it comes to eating. I noticed each one of my children goes through different eating phases as far as pickiness goes. I went through dessert negotiations when they were all toddlers. Like if you eat three more bites I’ll give you dessert. Then I realized that I was doing more harm by doing that. Usually this leads to negotiating other things, i.e. my son/daughters say if I do something, what will I get for doing that. For me, I want them to do something because they want to do it, not because they are expecting something in return. So I felt like I had to make a change and hopefully these tips will help your picky eater so they can have more of a diverse palate then just eating chicken tenders, pizza, or mac & cheese.

1. Take them with you when you go shopping for groceries so they can pick out some fruits and vegetables. I like taking my kiddos to the local farmer’s markets because it allows them to take some control of what they want to eat plus they get excited about what new fruit and vegetable they picked out. Another plus is they understand where their local food comes from and they get to know their local farmers and artisans.

2. Involve your kids in the cooking process. It’s so much more fun for them to be a part of cooking, let them be your taste testers. They’ll be proud that they helped out, hence they will more than likely eat the food you put on the table.

3. Educate them during dinner time. I tell them that its important to eat healthy and that they are fortunate to be able to eat different varieties of food. I want them to understand that food is fuel for the body and there are essential vitamins and minerals we need to eat for us to have a healthy body. I also tell them that there a lot of children all over the world that don’t have a choice or sometimes go without a food, it might sound cruel to some mamas but I’m just being real.

4. Be consistent with what you serve, they might eat a bite or two but eventually they’ll eat it. I always serve some sort of greens with our meal. My two older kiddos likes their greens plain but my toddler likes her w/ a little homemade salad dressing (balsamic vinegar and evoo/Avocado oil w/ sea salt).

5. Encourage and praise them when they try something new, especially when they are toddlers. I always clap my hands and tell my toddler I’m proud of her when she tries a different vegetable. It makes her feel so happy and she tends to eat more so she can hear me clap.

Hopefully some of my tips will help you mamas out there because we are in this together and healthy children are a good investment in our future and theirs.

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Clean 15 & The Dirty Dozen || Produce Cheat Sheet

PRODUCE CHEAT SHEET

PRODUCE CHEAT SHEETOrganic vs Conventional? Why is it important to choose organic anyway?! Organic options of a lot of our favorite fruits and vegetables are available. Some folks buy only organic, others say it’s too much of a hassle to go organic since there is a difference in cost and availability. Use this cheat sheet to help you decide what is acceptable to buy conventionally grown and what produce should be only bought as organic. Some argue that they cannot afford to buy organic, but I am here to say, you cannot afford to ingest foods that may put our family at risk of unnecessary exposure to pesticides (poison!) I can happily share that it is not necessary to buy all organic produce. It is ideal to buy local and buy organic as this supports the practice and encourages smaller scale farmers to continue to offer their harvest at local farmers markets. This plan also inspires larger brands to take notice of the trend and move toward more organic ways to farm. Since our family budgets are also important, it is nice to know there are options for what you can buy.

The Clean 15 lists fifteen fruits and vegetables that are less susceptible to pesticides and thus, acceptable as conventional. The Dirty Dozen lists a dozen fruits and vegetable that should always only be bought organic. These fruits are more easily susceptible to pesticides so it is unsafe and not recommended that you consume these if conventionally grown.

What you put into your body is important and knowing you are keeping yourself and your family safe and healthy by consuming the best products for our money is a concern to every mom. Having this handy cheat sheet will take some guess work out of the grocery shopping chore!

Printer friendly cheat sheet available here! (You can also Pin to Pinterest!)

Keep in mind too that supporting locally grown fruits and vegetables helps fund more locally grown, organic operations. Stimulating your local economy only helps businesses and schools to benefit as well. There are a lot of options when we shop, but making efforts to move towards a more conscious way of life is a step in the right direction! Happy harvesting!

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Mediterranean Slider Recipe

Mediterranean sliders

Happy 4th of July Yummy SlidersHappy 4th of July Mamas! Hope you are all having a wonderful, safe & of course relaxing holiday! Check out my easy delicious twist on sliders. I like to add the “Queen of Spice”, Tumeric cause of the many health benefits from of it. Tumeric is known for preventing cancer, aiding arthritis, maintaining weight, improving digestion, immune booster and it has a nice flavor profile!

Mediterranean Sliders

2 lbs of ground beef
1 small onion, blended well in a blender liquified if you need to add a little water to get it going)
2 tsp of Tumeric
2 tsp of sea salt
Cracked pepper as much as you like (my kiddos only like a little bit)

1.   Combine ground beef, liquified onion, turmeric, salt and pepper. Shape into 16 sliders about ½ -in. thick and 2-in across.
2.   Cook on medium high on the grill for about 5-7 minutes per side or until just cooked through. Tip: I like to put a thumb print in the middle so it cooks faster and evenly, once you see clear juices on top of the meat flip over. If you want cheese, add it on top on the last 1 minute of grilling to melt cheese.
3.   Then put sliders on rolls I like using pretzel rolls from Costco!
4.   Top sliders with homemade tzatziki sauce (Stay tuned for my recipe!).

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Strawberry, Blueberry, & Banana Smoothie Recipe

red white blue smoothie strawberry banana blueberryHey Mamas hope you and your fambam are keeping cool this summer especially with this extreme summer heat. My family and I like to keep cool with delicious smoothies from green to fruity to get our daily dose of natural vitamins and hydration besides our water. Here’s a simple delicious 4th of July smoothie for any smoothie beginner, for smoothie novices you could also add 2 handfuls of greens of your choice of spinach/ kale to maximize more health benefits. Hope you and enjoy and I wish you all a safe and Happy 4th of July!

 

Strawberry, Blueberry, & Banana Smoothie Recipe

2 cups of milk of your choice: regular, almond, soy, coconut, etc.
1/4 cup of greek or regular yogurt
1/2 tsp of organic vanilla extract
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup fresh/frozen blueberries
1/2 cup fresh/frozen strawberries
1 cup of ice or more as needed

In a blender, add whatever liquid you are using, 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract, banana chunks, blueberries, strawberries. Blend until combined, about 30 seconds. Then add ice and blend another 30 seconds. Enjoy. Makes about 4-5 servings *You could also put this smoothie (without ice) in popsicle molds and add fresh berries in the mold too for another delicious treat.

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