Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Indoor Searing Grilling with Hamilton Beach

Once again the awesome people over at Hamilton Beach reached out to me and wanted to send me this bright and shiny Indoor Searing Grill! Hamilton Beach sent me this in exchange for my honest opinions. All opinions in this post are my own, I was not compensated in any other way for this post.

When I first opened the box I had to admit I was a little surprised at the simplicity! There aren't many parts to this grill which made it super simple to put together. All I had to do was get the drip pan, grill top, and lid in the correct place and plug it in!
This grill heats up incredibly quickly which is a huge plus in my book! Just turn the knob to the desired temperature, make sure the lid is closed and wait until the green light comes on. Easy-Peasy!

I think my favorite feature is the fact that most of the parts are dishwasher safe. That always makes cleanup super simple, especially with drippings from juicy burgers.
If you can't wait to get your hands on your own grill then head over to Walmart.com to get one!

Fajita Burgers on our Indoor Searing Grill
1 lb of 90/10 ground beef
2-3 tbs of your favorite fajita seasoning
1 egg

Mix beef, seasoning and egg in a bowl. Allow to sit in the fridge for 15-20 minutes.
Form into equal sized patties and heat Indoor Searing Grill to Sear setting.
Cook burgers for 4-5 minutes on each side.
Serve with your favorite burger toppings!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Pre-Teens

As the kids get older, it seems like it's harder and harder to fill their stockings with things they'll like! The Bigs are 11 and 12 now; not quite teenagers, but not little kids anymore! I hate buying piddly-crap just to fill a stocking, it seems like such a waste of money! 

So here's a list of Stocking Stuffer Ideas to help keep your holidays stress-free! 

Beauty Essentials
Lip balm
Nail polish
Nail polish remover
Fun nail stickers
Cotton balls/swabs
Nail files/clippers
Mini scented hand sanitizer
Hair ties
Head bands
Mini comb/brush
Hair Chalk
Travel sized lotions
Novelty band-aids

Ear buds
Charger cords/bricks
Portable chargers
Phone case

Fun & Games
Playing cards
Hacky sac
Travel sized games
Finger lights
Head Massagers
Bouncy balls
Silly string
Water balloons

Art Lovers
Sharpie markers
Colored pencils
Coloring books- small, obviously
Duct tape
Washi tape
Fabric Markers

Sweet Treats
"Fancy" hot cocoa packets

Gift cards in small amounts
Various "coupons" ie: ice cream with dad, extra screen time, etc.
Cold Hard Cash

Stocking Stuffer No-No's!
toothbrush/toothpaste/mouth wash
body wash

Pre-teens tend to be sensitive and can embarrass easily... nothing more embarrassing than opening a stocking full of things that say "Santa thinks you stink!"

What did I miss?
Do you have family traditions when it comes to stockings?

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Simple Butternut Squash Baby Food

Baby will be 6 months in just a few weeks so I am preparing for BABY FOOD! I am so glad she is getting her first foods during the fall season because that means delicious fall flavors are readily available and super inexpensive. She's already had some pureed pumpkin in her rice cereal so now we're ready to try some butternut squash.

The doctor suggested to start her with vegetables instead of starting with fruits. She said that some babies will get a taste of that sweet fruit and then will want nothing to do with the vegetables. Don't want that!

By the way, want a workout while you're cooking? Peel and chop a fresh butternut squash. Holy moly, y'all, my shoulders were burning! Be sure to use a really sharp knife and be very careful!

The good folks over at Hamilton Beach sent me this little beauty. It's their Rice and Hot Cereal Cooker. This cooker can do not only all types of rice, but also other whole grains such as oatmeal, farro and quinoa. It will also steam cook vegetables and proteins. It's sleek, user-friendly, quiet, and takes up very little space in the cupboard. I'll be using mine to steam up all sorts of delicious and nutritious vegetables to puree for homemade baby food. Couldn't be simpler!

Simple Butternut Squash Baby Food

4 cups butternut squash, peeled and cubed
4 cups water

Pour water in the grey pot and set in inside the rice cooker.
In the white steamer basket add your peeled and and butternut squash.
Close the lid of the rice cooker and turn it on.
Press the 'Steam Cook' button. Press and hold until it shows 18.
Set and forget! (but don't really forget it!)

When the timer beeps check the squash. It should be fork tender. Allow to cool and then mash or puree in your Hamilton Beach food processor until smooth.
Blend with a small amount of water if needed.

*Hamilton Beach sent me this rice cooker in exchange for my honest opinions. All opinions are mine, I was not compensated in any way.*