Creamy Coleslaw Recipe

Creamy Coleslaw Recipe

Coleslaw.   My first recollection of this heavy and sometimes goopy salad was from Kentucky Fried Chicken.  I remember waiting for my Extra Crispy Kernel Sanders Chicken while watching my parents order sides of coleslaw along with the mashed potatoes and gravy.  I loved KFC (actually I still do when I am nursing a hangover) but I never understood the allure of their coleslaw, or any coleslaw for that matter – until now.

I developed a love of coleslaw while enjoying it fresh, crisp and when accompanied within a sandwich.  In particular in a hamburger or a pulled pork sandwich.  Something about the crisp, cold coleslaw served with the warm, luscious meat creates a flarvorful masterpiece.

I have adapted the recipe below from Bobby Flay’s recipe that can be found on the Food Network.  This is the best one I have ever tried and I hope you agree.

Perfect Creamy Coleslaw
adapted from Bobby Flay
Ingredients

1 head green cabbage, finely shredded
2 large carrots, finely shredded
3/4 cup best-quality mayonnaise
2 tablespoons sour cream
2 tablespoons grated onion
2 tablespoons sugar, or to taste
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 tablespoon dry mustard
2 teaspoons celery salt
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Variations
For a southwest version, I add juice of 1 fresh lime and 1 1/2 tsp. chipotle powder to the mixture

Directions
Combine the shredded cabbage and carrots in a large bowl. Whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, onion, sugar, vinegar, mustard, celery salt, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl, and then add to the cabbage mixture. Mix well to combine and taste for seasoning; add more salt, pepper, or sugar if desired.

One of my favorite ways to enjoy Perfect Creamy Coleslaw, on a burger…

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Benefits of Maca Powder

Benefits of Maca Powder

I have read about the many, many benefits of Maca Powder and wanted to come up with some tasty and delicious ways to work this magical ingredient into my day.

I was perusing Pinterest one day and wanted to know how to incorporate this item into my daily life and came across this article from the Paleo Mama highlighting 14 Benefits of Maca Powder.  They are numerous so before I share a couple of my favorite ways to incorporate Maca, here are the reasons why you should pick up some Maca for yourself.

  1. Increases Energy – Maca has a reputation for boosting energy levels without stressing the adrenals (like coffee can)
  2. Increases Libido and Sexual Function – Maca is a known aphrodisiac among native Peruvian culture. It has been known to increase the libido among men and women!
  3. Improves Fertility – Black Maca has been known to increase sperm count and volume in men and Red Maca has been known to balance female hormones and ovulation cycles.
  4. Regulates Hormone Balance – Maca has a vast variety of amino acids, which are known as the building blocks of hormones.
  5. Reduces Depression – When you take Maca regularly, Maca can work to increase positive emotional moods. Maca has a very unique nutrient called macamides, which aid in decreasing depression and anxiety.
  6. Reduces Anxiety – Maca has a positive effect on your individual mood and can help to reduce any self-perceived anxiety.
  7. Helps with Menopause – Many Maca uses report a significant decrease in hot flashes after using Maca powder.
  8. Enhances Mental Clarity – Black Maca has been shown to have a beneficial effect on learning and memory. Maca is safe for both children and adults!
  9. Improves Blood Circulation – a very interesting property of Maca, is that it has been seen to improve blood circulation.
  10. Improves Acne – When acne is related to hormone imbalance, taking Maca can be very productive for improving hormonal acne.
  11. Improves Muscle Gain – More and more athletes and bodybuilders are using Maca powder to increase their athletic performance.
  12. Improves Thyroid Function – Due to the hormone balancing properties in Maca, it has been known to stimulate thyroid function.
  13. Improves Strong Teeth and Bones – Black Maca is great for increasing bone density and strength.
  14. Improves Skin Tone – Maca has a strong nutrient content and hormone balancing effect on our skin.
  15. Improves Hair Growth – Maca has been traditionally used to stimulate hair growth, as well as prevent hair loss.

I don’t know about you, but ever since reading this I have been trying to incorporate Maca into my everyday life.  Here are a couple of my favorite recipes using Maca.  The first is for a Maca Iced Coffee.  This drink is super simple to make and a very refreshing way to enjoy some iced coffee.  The second recipe is for Maca Oatmeal Cookies.  These are a yummy snack and I often enjoy these as a delicious breakfast cookie.  Feel free to add dried fruits or nuts, anything that suits you!

I hope you enjoy try these recipes and incorporate this healthy powder into your everyday life.Continue reading…    

GLAMGLOW Supercleanse Clearing Cleanser Review

GLAMGLOW Supercleanse Clearing Cleanser Review

I have extremely sensitive skin so trying new skincare products can be a bit tricky, however not being one to shy away from a new product I had to give this GLAMGLOW Supercleanse Clearing Cleanser a try.  On a day to day basis I continue to use my old favorite cleanser which is, Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Cleanser, which I love.  Yet, I have found that when my skin is going crazy due to hormones or changes in the environment (anyone else notice a few extra zits with the changes of the seasons?) I need something a little more potent.  I have tried several cleansers and they are either too harsh for my skin and break me out or leave my skin feeling overly dehydrated and tight.  Soooo, in my search for a little more oomph to my cleanser I tried this GLAMGLOW Supercleanse Clearing Cleanser and I fell in love.

The first thing to know about this cleanser is that it comes out as a mud.   I use two pumps of this cleanser and massage this onto DRY skin.   After massaging the formula into the skin, you begin massaging water into the cleanser to loosen the “mud” and really get this formula into the skin.  Continue to add water, massage into skin and then rinse.  This takes a minute or so to complete so be patient, it is worth it.  Here is a picture of the mud once it is pumped out of the tube:

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Here are directions as listed on the bottle:
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Salmon, Potato and Spinach Salad

Salmon, Potato and Spinach Salad

I love summer – I love that my boys get to sleep in, the weather is warm, and just the overall more relaxed vibe that summer brings.   I love a good salad, but the warm weather always brings my cravings for fresh, delicious salads to the forefront so I decided to come up with a new creation which is where I came up with this Salmon, Potato and Spinach Salad.

Spinach is a superfood and one of my favorite greens to use in salads.  Not only is spinach rich in niacin and zinc but also provides a plentiful amount of  fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese.  Definitely a great addition!  Then there’s salmon, another superfood which is rich in vitamin B12, vitamin D, and selenium.  Salmon is also a good source of niacin, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, phosphorus, and vitamin B6.

OK, so we have two super foods and then I decided to add potatoes for their creaminess and additional texture.  I added my favorite vinaigrette recipe and some parmesan to round out the salad and give it a salty, creamy bite.  A squeeze of lemon makes the whole dish come together.Continue reading…    

PF Changs Dan Dan Noodle Recipe

PF Changs Dan Dan Noodle Recipe

I have a guilty pleasure – PF Changs Dan Dan Noodles.  Generally I try to avoid restaurants that advertise on television, I don’t know what it is, but I feel like a lot of mass market restaurants usually don’t have the freshest most delicious food. Seriously though, think about it…Red Lobster, Olive Garden (with their never ending salad and breadsticks – YUCK!), Applebee’s – when I think of fresh, flavorful, unforgettable cuisine the above just don’t come to my mind.

I do however have a few favorite chains that I am particularly fond of and they seem to deliver on delicious food. I just hope they don’t start advertising on TV cause it is all downhill from there. My favorite of all the chains would have to be PF Changs because I LOVE their Dan Dan Noodles. It is one of those items that I crave. I will think about them and my mouth will begin to water. Well, today I had a craving and I decided to try a recipe out. Boy am I glad I did. The taste wasn’t exact, but it was pretty darn close and this is a recipe that I will be adding to my regular repetoire. I have to add that I made this whole meal in about 20 minutes, which isn’t half bad for a quick weeknight dish.

If you love PF Changs or even if you don’t, you should give this recipe a try. One note, PF Changs serves their Dan Dan noodles with cucumbers. I am not particularly fond of cucumbers in this dish, so I left them out. If you like them, by all means add them.Continue reading…    

Turkey and Brown Rice Stuffed Peppers

Turkey and Brown Rice Stuffed Peppers

I love a quick meal. Make it healthy AND delicious and I am all in, enter my Turkey and Brown Rice Stuffed Peppers. I saw a post on Tastespotting for stuffed peppers and immediately got a craving. I wanted to make mine healthier and something that my husband and kids would both eat.

I changed my stuffed peppers from using beef to ground turkey. I also used brown rice instead of white rice for the added nutrition and fiber. For my two boys I gave them the filling minus the peppers and they loved it. A few carrots on the side and they also have a complete meal.

This meal is super filling and since you have all food groups represented, you can be in and out of the kitchen in no time. Enjoy!Continue reading…    

Paula Deen’s French Toast Casserole

Paula Deen’s French Toast Casserole

I hate mornings. I always have.  Since I have two boys I have experienced many early mornings.  Luckily I married a guy who is also an early bird so most of the time I am able to get a little bit of extra shut-eye in here and there.  The hating mornings aside, I do love a piping hot breakfast which is why I love Paula Deen’s French Toast Casserole.  Not only is it prepared the night before so I don’t have to worry about getting up and making three hungry guys a warm breakfast, but it is decadent. Of course it comes with lots of butter, sugar and fat which is a prerequisite in all Paula Deen recipes, so while you may not be able to make this all the time, on the occasional Sunday or holiday, it is definitely worth it.

A couple of things to note, I deviated from the recipe on the Food Network site to adjust it to my own tastes and textures. I cut down the eggs by two and cut down the half-and-half listed to only one cup instead of two. By doing this the casserole is less “soupy” and lighter & fluffier. I also modified the Praline topping a bit, using less nuts. Some may think I am crazy, but again, this is just to my tastes. For Paula’s Exact Frenct Toast Casserole recipe, just click on this link. Yes, the image I used is from the Food Network site because no matter what I do my casserole never looks quite as pretty as Paula’s, but trust me, it is fabulous!Continue reading…    

Foxbrim Orange Blossom Water Toner – Review

Foxbrim Orange Blossom Water Toner – Review

I have to tell you about this Foxbrim Orange Blossom Water Toner, it is awesome and you MUST – BUY – IT!  I am a voracious online shopper and stumbled on this product by accident.  I have become a little obsessed with looking through Amazon for beauty and skincare products.  There are items on their website that I can’t find in department or drug stores and they have hugely positive reviews.  This toner is one such example.

I was amazed at the number of positive reviews – 555 reviews and 94% of those rated this product at five stars and 5% of people gave this product 4 stars.  The products has many claims which include:

  • Amazing skin healing and nourishing properties: Stimulates healing and skin regeneration.
  • Balances PH with natural acidity and provides skin moisture.
  • Safe and effective for all skin types.  Perfect for those with sensitive skin and those with acne prone skin will benefit from the astringent and anti-inflammatory properties.

After using this product for several weeks I can’t recommend it enough.  Personally I have noticed decreased pore size, my skin feels softer and my skin tone appears more balances.  I also enjoy how this product makes my skin feel clean without being overly drying.  One last thing to note is that this toner has a refreshing orange-clementine scent.  I love it, however if you are not a citrus-scent kind of a person then you might not be a fan of the fragrance.

Definitely amazing and definitely worth trying.

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Eggless Caramel Ice Cream

Eggless Caramel Ice Cream

Eggless Caramel Ice Cream.  I created this delicious concoction by accident and I am so glad my ingredients were lacking that day because I just love how this creamy dessert turned out.

Every time I go to Costco I buy Half & Half. Mainly because I hate to use cream and sometimes I just can’t make a sauce work with just milk. I also love it because you can get a half gallon of half & half at Costco for something ridiculously cheap like $3. The dilemma I face is that I hate to waste and I just don’t use very much half & half. Many times I end up dumping much of it down the drain, which I just hate to do. I have found a solution to my quandary…Continue reading…    

Kat Von D Tattoo Eyeliner Dupe

Kat Von D Tattoo Eyeliner Dupe

I love Kat Von D’s Tattoo Eyeliner.  It is definitely one of my holy grail products that I always have on hand.  However, as with all high end department store products I try, I always like to attempt to see if I an find a more reasonable drugstore dupe.  This Kat Von D Tattoo Eyeliner, which retails for $19 was no different.

The Kat Von D formula is great, it doesn’t smudge, stays put all day, yet still comes off easily with eye makeup remover.  My favorite part of this high-end liner is the super fine brush applicator.  Whether you want a very thin, dainty line or a dramatic cat eye, this eyeliner will complete the look flawlessly every time.

Enter the dupe…meet the Maybelline Precision Eyeliner, which retails for $4.79 .  The similarities are quite remarkable.  Here is my breakdown: Continue reading…