Sunday, January 24, 2016

Hamilton Beach Mixer Review and Giveaway!

Happy New Year!

Can I still say that even though it's the end of January?

How are those resolutions going?

Can't believe it's been so long since I last posted... the end of 2015 was pretty crazy for us! This school year has really been kicking my butt- every school year has it's challenges and stresses, but this year seems more challenging and stressful.

Could have something to do with the fact that we're .....  pregnant!

We found out in August, right before school started back again and it's been a whirlwind ever since. We're due at the end of April and everyone is very excited!

So who wants to win a brand new Hamilton Beach brand Mixer!?

The wonderful people over at Hamilton Beach sent me two mixers to try out and use for my all Holiday baking this year. Then they told me that they want to give some away to you, too!

^^^Look at those sweet attachments!^^^

First I used the hand mixer to make my class some gingerbread man sugar cookies for our Holiday Cookie Decorating Party in my classroom. This mixer made me life so much easier! This sugar cookie recipe is perfection, but it can become a workout rather quickly if you don't have a good mixer on hand!

Next came the banana bread for our new neighbors. We bought a house and moved over the Thanksgiving holiday so I wanted to make a good impression and bring the neighbors something tasty. The Hamilton Beach stand mixer has a smaller bowl than my Kitchenaid stand mixer, but it's a heck of a lot lighter, too! It mixed just as well as my Kitchenaid, and the clean up was quick and easy.

How can you win one of your own? It's super easy!
Enter the rafflecopter giveaway below!

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((Hamilton Beach sent me these mixers in exchange for an honest review. I have not been compensated in any other way. All opinions are my own.))

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Hamilton Beach Wave Action Blender review and giveaway

The lovely people over at Hamilton Beach sent me this Wave Action Blender in exchange for an honest review. Honestly, I love Hamilton Beach!

I was so excited when HB asked if they could send me this new blender. I love my other HB products so I was happy to add this one to my kitchen!

The difference in this blender is in the blades. they're positioned so that everything get whirred around. With most blenders you have to stop, scrap the sides, or hit it a little bit to try and get the food that's on the wall of the jar down to the blades. Not with this one! 

The Hamilton Beach Wave-Action system is designed to continuously force the food down towards the blades, eliminating the need to stop the blender before it's done to scrape the sides.
Hamilton Beach has been making blenders for over 100 years, so you know you can trust them!

I have been finding different ways this summer to incorporate greens into my families dinners. I used my HB Wave Action Blender to make this yummy Creamy Green Sauce for pasta using tons of fresh spinach and kale. The best part was, there's no cream in it! It was totally guilt-free! No cream, no butter, no dairy milk! 
It was devoured in no time and no one knew the difference! Next time I think I'll add a touch of red pepper flakes for some heat. You're going to love this sauce.

Creamy Green Sauce for Pasta

1 tbs olive oil
2 cloves garlic minced
1 bunch spinach
1 bunch kale chopped, stems removed
1 can coconut milk
1/2 avocado
salt and pepper to taste

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook garlic until soft, about a minute.
Add coconut milk and bring to a simmer. Add in kale and spinach and cook until just wilted.
carefully transfer into your Hamilton Beach Wave Action Blender.
Add avocado, salt and pepper to taste.
Puree. (You may want to puree in batched to avoid too much steam building- it could blow the lid off!)
Taste as you puree to be sure the level of salt and pepper is right.
Serve over cooked chicken and pasta.


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What's your favorite thing to make in a blender?


(disclosure and rules: Hamilton Beach rocks and they sent me this blender for free in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated. All opinions are my own. Many people may enter, but only one person will win. Participants may enter between Saturday, August 15th, 2015 at 9;00 PM until Friday, August 21st, 2015 at 9:00 PM. Winner will be contacted by e-mail and will have 48 hours to respond. If no response in 48 hours a new winner will be chosen.)

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Italian Roasted Jicama

It's Bertolli's 150th Anniversary!

find Bertolli on Facebook here.

To celebrate they sent me a present! Isn't that so sweet of them? I received this bottle right before we left for our trip so it was in the back of my mind for awhile.
What to do with the olive oil? What to do? What to do? THERE'S SO MUCH YOU CAN DO WITH GREAT OLIVE OIL!

It was a real problem.

I finally decided to use this beautiful bottle to roast some Jicama in some Italian seasonings.
Jicama is such an odd looking root vegetable. Let's be honest, it's pretty ugly. It's actually the root of a plant that's poisonous! Yikes!
But it's delicious! It's full of water and fiber. It's starchy like a potato and when roasted with Bertolli Olive Oil it becomes golden, crunchy, roasty, goodness.

I ate these babies hot and cold, so whichever way you serve them they're going to be devoured! I simply cut the bulb in half, peeled the skin off, and then chopped it thin. I laid the slices on an oiled baking sheet making sure to leave room inbetween slices so they could get crispy all around.
I topped them with a drizzle of oil and sprinkled Italian seasoning and salt.

I roasted them at 400* for 20 minutes and then flipped them, roasting for 10 more minutes. I  may or may not have immediately eaten some straight off the pan. :-)

You need to make these right away! Then go tell Bertolli how much you love them!

Italian Roasted Jicama
cook time 30 minutes

1 Jicama bulb- peeled and chopped or sliced
3 to 4 tbs Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tbs Italian Seasoning
Salt to taste

Preheat oven to 400*. Lightly oil a baking sheet using 1-2 tbs Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Lay Jicama slices on baking sheet leaving room between each slice.
Drizzle remaining 2-3 tbs Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil over the slices and sprinkle with Italian Seasoning and salt.
Roast for 20 minutes, flip each slice and roast 10 minutes more.

Allow to cool a few minutes on the pan and then serve!