Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Chicken Bulgogi with Sunny's Korean Teriyaki Sauce

Sonny's Korean Restaurant and Gourmet Products, in Mishawaka, Indiana has been in business since 1992.  Serving up fresh and healthy Korean cuisine in a warm and friendly restaurant setting.  Dishes can be ordered mild, spicy or hot and contain No MSG.  Sonny's also provides catering, room for large/private parties and cooking classes.
As for Sunny's Gourmet Products they offer a Kimchee Seasoning and Teriyaki Sauce for sale so you can cook some of your favorite dishes as home.  I recently tried Sunny's Korean Teriyaki Sauce and was impressed by the flavor of this sauce.  I have used various national brands of Teriyaki sauce before but this was just a touch sweeter and had a subtle tangy flavor that I don't normally detect in teriyaki.   
You can purchase Sunny's Korean Teriyaki Sauce on Amazon, select Whole Foods and Martins or at their restaurant in Mishawaka, Indiana.  And here is a recipe of Sunny's for Chicken Bulgogi that I prepared using their Korean Teriyaki sauce.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Beech-Nut Organic

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Beech-Nut. I received a free coupon to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

One thing is for certain... shOTT of Espresso loves to eat and eats a lOTT!  He is one big boy and growing everyday so we go through a lot of baby food to keep him full.  While I do make most of my own baby food, from time to time it's nice to have some store bought food on hand when we are traveling or I just need something quick.  Beech-Nut has an Organic line of baby food that is contains no artificial flavors or preservatives.

Below you will see a picture of a jar I recently fed shOTT of Espresso, it is the apple, raspberry and avocado.  I like how on the front of the jar it says "Just apples, raspberry & avocado" because that is just what's in it... nothing else.  When reading the label it says that it is 80% organic apples, 15% organic raspberries and 5% organic avocado.  That's 100% real fruit and nothing else.  No flavors, no filler, no fluff, no preservatives.  It's just like I would make in my own kitchen, but it's now convenient to purchase and the store, packaged and ready to go when we are.

While feeding him this baby food I noticed the color and smell of the food was very pleasant and appealing.  Sometimes baby food combinations may not sound like they compliment each other well, but Beech Nut doesn't make baby food they make real food for babies.  And, I think the apple really brought out the sweetness of the avocado and the avocado gave the mixture a nice creamy texture. Of course shOTT of Espresso ate it right up and would have been happy to eat more.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Are you grinding your coffee the right way?

One of the things I have learned these past few months while drinking freshly roasted coffee is how the size and consistency of the coffee ground can affect the brewing and taste of the coffee.
I have owned a blade grinder for 11 plus years and used it whenever I bought whole beans.  (I've heard you can also use blade grinders for spices as well.)  But sometimes I use it a little too much and get the beans really fine... like dust like.  And other times I don't use it enough and they're still chunky and I always fine inconsistent sizes throughout the batch I just ground up.  Blade grinders are pretty inexpensive to buy and usually small and easy to store.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Paint Party: Food, Centerpiece & Games

My favorite part about planning any party is selecting a good theme and sticking to it.  I want my invites, decorations, food, games, everything.... to match, coordinate, follow a color scheme and continue building off of the party's theme.  So I've already shown you the party favors, decorations, cake & invites so today I sharing the food, table-scape and the game.   

First up the table settings.  Keeping with the rainbow color scheme your would find on an art palette, I used a white table cloth on our dining room rainbow colored placemats and coordinating cups.  I then used white plates.
For the placemats I cut scrapbook paper to look like paint spots by making the edges wavy and the corners blob like.  Then at the party store I found colored cups to match each of the six rainbow colored placemats. I did have more than 6 places to set so I repeated some of the colors.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Paint Party: Decorations, Invitations & Cake

MacchiOTTo spends about an hour a day coloring, painting, drawing, sculpting with playdough and when the weathers nice... playing with sidewalk chalk.  The girl is crazy about craft time, art time or doing anything with her hands, so I knew an Art/Paint Party was the theme for this years birthday.
So for some decorations near the cake table I made a FREE Rainbow colored banner.  (I'll get to the free part in just a bit.) Some paint tube streamers (also very inexpensive to make but I'll give you a step by step tutorial further down).  And then to display the cake I used plastic tablecloths to look like paint spilling out of a paint can.   
I simply put down the black table cloth and then took a silver pail and taped the green plastic table cloth to the inside, turn the pail on its side and then displayed my cake next to it.  

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Outside Decorations for the Paint Party

When arriving at our house for a party I like to always have some decorations outside to let our guest know where the party is and start to get them psyched for the party's theme as they walk in the door.  In my mind it just ties the whole decorating scheme together more and adds a nice touch to the front of your house for the special day.  Attention to detail is what sets apart an average party from one they will never forget.  And if the weather is nice out and you plan activities outside then outdoor decorations are a great bonus!!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

candy custom labels for party favors


We recently celebrated MacchiOTTo's 3rd Birthday and for Party Favors we had these adorable candy labels from  Her party had an art theme so I fixed the candies up in little baggies with a note that read "Thank for Making my Birthday a Masterpiece."
iCustomLabel has a wide assortment of labels for anything from water bottles to wine bottles and candy to gift tags.  And, they will customize the label to fit your needs.  I found their labels to be of high quality, affordable pricing and a wide selection of designs to choose from.  Making the label to fit my needs was easy to use with their website and they had a user friendly editing options to help you alter the text, font, color etc. to produce the product you desire.

Monday, May 11, 2015

4 coffee cake recipes


Instead of talking about what's in my Coffee, I thought I'd share what goes well with my coffee.  So here are 4 Coffee Cake recipes you'll want to be sure and try!!!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

could there be anymore calories in this dessert

So back in the day I was a huge fan of the TV show 'Friends' and there was a character named Chandler who had a joke line where he would say "could there be..." Well that phrase quickly came to mind when I reading through the ingredient list for this dessert recipe in the new Gooseberry Patch cookbook "101 Blue Ribbon Desserts."  The real name for this recipe is Peanut Butter Chocolate Dessert, but I'm going to call it "Could there be anymore calories in this dessert" because there are a lot of sweets!  And while I loved the taste of this dessert (and might have licked the bowl clean) I've got to warn you up front this dessert is not for those on a diet.  It delicious and hard to put down. 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Brew n Fill: Review n Giveaway

For this weeks edition of "Whats in Ott, A's Latte'? I am reviewing the Brew n Fill: reusable coffee filter and offering a giveaway to one lucky reader.

Do you have a favorite kind of coffee that is not available in K-Cups but still want to be able to use your Keurig? Well here is an idea to help you out... Brew n Fill; Keurig Reusable Refillable Coffee Filter Pod.  With these eco-friendly units you can pour in your favorite ground coffee and there are no cups to throw away.  The cups are made of Stainless Steel Micromesh on the sides and a lid with a silicon O-ring makes for a tight fit.  
These cups are compatible with most Keurig single cup brewing systems, Cuisinart K-cup and Mr. Coffee brewers.  They are reasonably priced and available for purchase on Amazon.  They would also make a great gift for the coffee lover in your life.  Simply brew your favorite drink without the worry and hassle of buying more K-cups or throwing away the old ones.  And as an added bonus you could also use these Brew n Fill cups to make tea!!!
These reusable coffee filters are very affordable and come 3 to a package.  

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Win the new 37th edition Ball Blue Book

My early spring garden has been planted and each day of warm weather gets me one day closer to.... canning produce from our garden.  And, I'm excited to announce that next month, Jarden Home Brands, makers of Ball brand home canning products, will release of the 37th Edition of the Ball Blue Book® Guide to Preserving providing easy ways to start fresh preserving. The most trusted resource in home canning for over 100 years, the 2015 release of the Ball Blue Book is its largest update since the first edition in 1909.  Expanding 56% from the previous edition, the 37th edition of the Ball Blue Book includes 75 new recipes, pictorial step by step guides for beginners, a special section for Meal Creations and unique “You Choose” and “Our Tip” recommendations where creative variations and helpful techniques are listed for creating your own signature foods.

One lucky reader will win a copy of this book simply by clicking on the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of this blog post.  

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Butterfinger Lasagna & the premier of Avengers 2

Avengers: Age of Ultron is opening in theaters on May 1st and your local Meijer store has a wide variety of branded merchandise to get you all set for the premier.  (And having recently shopped at Meijer I noticed that you can save on some of those Avenger items with your mperks.)  From Avenger Corn Flakes to Fruit Snacks, T-Shirts to Toys and everything else in between, Meijer has all the Thor, Hulk & Iron Man items that you want.  And, to help celebrate the release of this film Meijer is sponsoring a giveaway on this blog, with an awesome Avenger Prize Pack full of assorted toys, food and memorabilia.

But first every movie viewer needs a great snack to enjoy during the film and I have a fabulous dessert recipe to share with you today for Butterfinger Lasagna.  This dessert is super simple to make, taste great and can be washed down with a limited edition Avengers 2 Dr. Pepper.  Even Captain America needs something sweet to eat before he saves the world from Ultron.   

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