Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Crock Pot Hawaiian Chicken

Supper time can be super easy with this recipe out of Gooseberry Patch's Mom Knows Best Cookbook for Hawaiian Chicken made in the crock pot.  Pineapple and soy sauce marinate your chicken breast in the slow cooker all day.  Simply fix some couscous and a vegetable and you have a great tasting meal with a minimal amount of work.

Monday, March 23, 2015

McDonalds Premium Roast Coffees & a Giveaway

You should start to like Mondays more and more.  Because each Monday you get a new edition of "Whats in Ott, A's Latte'", and.....you can also get FREE coffee at McDonalds.  That's right!  Every Monday morning between now and June 1st with any breakfast purchase you get a free cup of coffee. Coincidence?  Perhaps?  But did you know that McDonalds now offers their McCafé coffee for purchase in grocery stores, so you can brew their coffee at home?!?!  

One of my lucky Latte' drinking reader will win a McCafé Coffee Prize Pack as pictured below to help them get ready in the morning and enjoy their coffee.  But before I get to the giveaway at the bottom of this blog post, let me tell you a little bit more about the McCafé coffees.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Planning my garden with Burpee Seeds and a giveaway

The warmer weather has got me thinking about our garden.  With a couple of days of sunshine and all the snow melting I'm starting to get that itch to go outside and work in the dirt.  I've been plotting and planning what vegetables to grow in our garden this year.  Based off of what vegetables I've had success growing in the past, what my family likes to eat and what I can preserve to eat over the winter months... I've come up with a plan of what to plant.
W. Atlee Burpee & Co. has been supplying Americans with seeds since 1876.  By 1915 they were mailing million of seed catalogs and nothing signals the coming of spring like opening the mail box to find a Burpee catalog.  Or looking online at all their new varieties.  Regardless how you shop you are bound to find the right seeds, plants and products for your garden.

To celebrate the first day of spring and help you get ready for your own garden, I'm pleased to say, Burpee seeds are hosting a giveaway on my blog for 2 packages of their new Summer Squash Cupcake Hypbrid.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Blue Mind Roasting

I'm guessing most coffee drinkers consume their daily cup of joe in the morning hours.  Maybe you grab it on your way out the door and enjoy it on the drive to work.  Maybe drinking your morning cup is your 5 minutes of quiet before the kids get up.  Maybe you drink your coffee with the morning news or over a quiet devotional.  Regardless where you drink it, I think the time you drink coffee is your time to recharge, regroup, refocus or rewind from the days events.  And shouldn't the coffee you sip complement that time and space you set aside each day?
When I had the pleasure of sampling some of Blue Mind Roasted coffee I immediately knew the flavors and aromas in their light to medium roast would be the perfect cup to start my morning with.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Butterscotch Apple Bars

I'm back on my butterscotch kick with this recipe for a bar cookie.  I just feel that butterscotch is not used often enough so anytime I can add it in..... I'm going to.  This recipe came from the new Gooseberry Patch Cookbook "Mom Knows Best."  It was a recipe for apple bars, but when I added in some butterscotch chips I gave it an almost caramel apple taste.  We loved it and have made it two more times since then.  So without further ado here is the great recipe!!! 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Crock Pot Lasagna Soup

I found something great to do when you gave a box of lasagna noodles with some broken pieces... Make Lasagna Soup!

This recipe contains all the ingredients that's in your traditional lasagna only with out all the layering and the long times of baking in the oven.  Simply throw your ingredients in the crock pot and come home to a delicious smelling, great tasting soup.  And I'm happy to report the leftovers taste equally as good the second time around.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Mile Square Coffee

Fine Craftsmanship.  

You may think of this phrase in relation to cars, fine furniture or architecture.  But have you ever thought of craftsmanship in your morning cup of coffee.?!?!

I recently visited Mile Square Coffee Roastery and learned more about their bean selection and roasting process.  They believe coffee can be a culinary experience and after a few sips I think anyone could taste pure craftsmanship in their coffee.
Mile Square started up a year and a half ago.  The name Mile Square comes from the original plot of the city of Indianapolis which was exactly one square mile.  This company is very civic minded and even their logo is similar to that of the City of Indianapolis.
Mile Square focuses on medium roast coffees and while there I sampled the Papua New Guinea-Waghi Valley.  I found this to be a smooth cup of coffee from start to finish and have suttel hints of fruit and chocolate. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

French Lentil Salad

Since I still have some lentils leftover from my previous lentil recipe I decided to try this recipe for French Lentil Salad.  I adapted this recipe out of the Pollan Family Table Cookbook.  I made a few tweaks to suit our taste better.  I also love that there is some wine in this dish, because you can serve it with dinner and it ties all the flavors together nicely.  This is a side dish that could easily go with any meat entree'.  And, lentils are high in fiber and Vitamin B.    

Monday, February 23, 2015

Darrin's Coffee Co.

My latest search for locally roasted coffee took me to the cobblestone streets of Zionsville, Indiana to Darrin's Coffee Company.  Nestled in among the quaint shops of the city sits a little coffee shop with some fun and flavorful specialty coffee drinks and a variety of fresh roasted coffee beans.  A cozy spot to grab a cup of java or even hear a live concert on a Friday night.  
The owner of Darrin's Coffee shop started roasting beans in his kitchen back in 2009, then two years ago opened this shop and since then has been daily serving up fresh coffee.  Darrin's offers light, medium and dark roast coffees.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Herb & Parmesan Crusted Lamb with Mint Pesto

Since February is National Lamb Lovers Month I couldn't resist sharing a lamb recipe that I recently prepared for our Valentines Day dinner.  And, while I made this up special for my family, don't think that you have to be a french chef or have a formal occasion to eat lamb.  It's just as easy to prepare and fix in the kitchen as pork or beef, and will definitely add some flavor and variety to your dinner menu.

This particular recipe is one I combined from two cookbooks; the Pollan Family Table Cookbook and my Taste of Home Cookbook.  And the great thing about this recipe is that it is versatile enough to use on any number of cuts of lamb.  While I used it on a rack of lamb you could easily fix this on chops, steaks or a roast.  And I love that the Mint Pesto recipe calls for some red wine.  You can easily pour a glass of the same wine to enjoy with your dinner.  I used a Shiraz, but any dry red wine will work great.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Harvest Cafe' Coffee & Tea

This week my quest for locally roasted coffee gave me the pleasure of drinking Harvest Cafe' Coffee & Tea.  In business since 2002, Harvest Cafe' is a small batch roaster offering single origin beans, coffee blends (like espresso) and flavored beans.   Their roaster can handle 30 pounds of beans at one time and while they specialize in medium roasts they do offer some robust blends that come close to a dark roast.  Harvest Cafe' Coffee beans are USDA certified Organic and the company does go through the proper channels and requirements to maintain that Organic status. 
While in their roasting room I sampled the Organic Guatemalan bean.  I found this coffee to have a nice body and a smooth finish.  A versatile coffee that could easily be your go to cup in the morning or enjoyed in the evening with a sweet dessert.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

McDonalds Share the Lovin' Giveaway

Did you see the McDonalds commercial during the Super Bowl?  The one where the customer made an order and the McDonalds employee told them that if they said what they loved about their child (who was standing right there beside them in the store) they would get their order for free?!?!  Or give someone a hug.  Or call your mom.  Or even giving the cashier a fist bump.  That's right from now until February 14th between the hours of 6 am and 6 pm customers will be chosen at random to "pay with lovin'" for their order.

Pay with Lovin' is a unique way for McDonalds to thank their customers and make their day.  A little kindness goes a long way and a free cup of coffee or hamburger is a great motivation to pay it forward to someone else.

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