San Diego Fun!

KIDS fEST

So, we will be adding a few new tabs here to The Seaside Baker, including one about the joys of parenting and our awesome offspring and one tab on decorating. Oddly enough, the decorating tab will be started by my husband! He wants to document all of the projects we have going on in the new house.

There are a ton of fun things coming up in San Diego this month for kids! First we will be celebrating early Halloween at Boomont Park, followed by an exciting day at the San Diego Kids Expo & Fair.

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All throughout the San Diego Kids Expo & Fair are things to do like a 200’ long Zip Line and a Euro Bungee where 4 kids can jump on trampolines. Kids can climb the coconut tree and play laser tag. Face painting, remote control cars, and 2 electric trains have the kids busy doing fun interactive activities all weekend.

From live music to dance, karate, cheerleading, modeling and gymnastics performances all by students, The San Diego Kids Expo & Fair has music and entertainment for all ages.

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Parents aren’t forgotten in this event either, the Expo will also showcase nearly 200 exhibit booths, featuring toys and games, sports and fitness, learning devices, safety products, health and nutrition, horticulture and natural products, activity equipment, camps and more, for every age and child, making it an incredible weekend outing for families.

The Expo will begin 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., both Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19. Tickets, available at the door, are $8 for adults and children 12 and under get in for free!

For more information on the event, visit the website www.sandiegokidsexpo.com or call (619) 269- 9441.

Would you like to win tickets to the San Diego Kids Expo and Fair? Comment below with your favorite family activity and you will be entered to win for either October 18th or October 19th, 2014. Giveaway will be open until Monday, October 6th, 2014. Good luck!

 

Candy Corn Surprise Cookies and a Giveaway

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So this post was supposed to go live on Friday, but a head cold and a sick toddler  got the best of me. So let’s pretend that it is Friday because Friday is Fun-day right. And to celebrate Friday Fun-day we kick off Halloween!!! Let’s be honest it is never to early to celebrate Halloween! It is the one of the few holidays that everyone loves and we are not obligated to spend countless hours and money shopping for gifts!

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These Candy Corn Surprise Cookies scream halloween! What makes them so fun is that not only are they studded with bits of candy corn and white chocolate, they are also stuffed with a Halloween Oreo!!! How fun!

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We have been in Halloween mode for a couple of weeks now. Baby Ben has been running around as Spiderman EVERYWHERE we go and Anna’s Elsa costume is in full swing! We are so excited to start the frightening festivities! One of our first ghostly outings will be to San Diego’s BOOmont Park.

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The creators of San Diego’s most iconic haunts, “The Haunted Hotel,” “The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park” and “The Scream Zone,” have teamed up with Belmont Park to create a family-friendly Haunt Boomont Park. For the second year, Belmont Park transforms into a Halloween themed beachfront amusement park featuring activities for all ages. Admission and Parking are FREE.

 

Why celebrate Halloween once when you can celebrate all weekend, all October long? Boomont Park is fun for all ages; Activities run every Friday from 5pm to close and Saturday and Sunday all day plus November 1st.

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Boomont Park’s frighteningly-fun weekends include FREE trick-or-treating every Friday 6:30-7:30pm and Saturdays/Sundays 1:30-2:30pm & 6:30-7:30pm. Attractions include: Boomont Manor, a family-friendly haunted house sure to ignite the thrills and chills of the season, Zombie Laser Tag where creatures will join you in this three floor adventure, a pumpkin patch and painting, superhero Zip Line & Rock Wall and the Giant Dipper that will be transformed into a Spooky Coaster.

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Visit boomontpark.com for a FREE Boomont Manor haunted house coupon with the purchase of an Unlimited Ride or Unlimited Attraction Wristband.

Do you live in San Diego and want to visit BOOmont Park? Leave a comment below before October 5th, 2014, telling me what your and or your kids costumes will be and you will be entered to win a family 4 pack of tickets for either Saturday October 11 or Sunday October 12! 

Candy Corn Surprise Cookies

Yield: Makes 12 HUGE cookies

Candy Corn Surprise Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Plugrá unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup corn starch
  • 1 cup candy corn
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 12 Halloween Oreos

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper or a silpat.
  2. Mix together butter and sugars until light and fluffy, add vanilla and combine.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing throughly in between.
  4. Stop your mixer and add flour, baking soda, salt and cornstarch. Mix on low until combined.
  5. Add candy corn and whitechocolate chips and stir to combine.
  6. Scoop 1 tbsp size balls.
  7. Top with Oreo and sandwich with another cookie dough scoop.
  8. Roll to enclose Oreo.
  9. Freeze balls for 30 minutes before baking.
  10. Bake for 15-17 minutes.
http://theseasidebaker.com/2014/09/21/candy-corn-surprise-cookies-giveaway/

I was given tickets to this event in exchange for this post however all opinions are my own.

Homemade Cream of Mushroom

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I like to tell myself that I let my pictures speak for the recipes (even though I always seem to ramble on for at least 300 words). A touch of cilantro here or a certain linen there can add wonders to the composition of a photograph. What I hope is that after looking through my photographs, you are inspired to make that particular recipe.

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This was an impossible task with Cream of Mushroom Soup. Although mouth waveringly (word?) delicious, it is not very photogenic. So instead inspiring you to make this recipe with photos, I want to inspire you with the story of a beautiful friendship that inspired this recipe.

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As a “full-time blogging” mother of three I have very little time for outside relationships. Sometimes it is hard to maintain relationships because of this. My blog has brought me so much in terms of connections and more importantly friendships. Because of The Seaside Baker, I have finally truly found people with the same passions as I have as well as an understanding of the amount of work and discipline that goes into blogging.

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One of these lifetime friendships that I have made has been with Barbara from Barbara Cooks. She and I have so much in common and just connect. The simplest of tasks are so much fun with her! Not too long ago, she and I met for breakfast then decided to go to Whole Foods together. We talked recipes, tried cheeses, and reminded one another of the things we needed to get. It was seriously the best grocery shopping day that I have had! In the midst of our shopping, I had mentioned that I wanted to make homemade cream of mushroom soup. Coming from a father that is a mushroom expert, Barbara gave me the best tips to make the most delicious homemade/lowfat cream of mushroom soup ever!!! This recipe is also fantastic made vegan. Simply substitute the butter for olive oil and the cream for coconut milk. I honestly couldn’t tell you which version I liked more!

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Like many young single woman and men, I have learned that after many failed mediocre friendships, not to settle. Good people that have genuine similarities as you are out there. Why waste your time on people that honestly you talk to just because you are bored. Real friendships will turn a weekly chore into something fun and exciting! LOL I sound like I am giving love advice huh. Thankfully that is one area that I nailed it on the head on the first try (happily married for almost 13 years)!!!!

Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup

Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup

Ingredients

  • I cup dried Porcini Mushrooms
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1/4 cup butter or olive oil
  • 2 shallots
  • 1 clove garlic, finely diced
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup fat free half and half or coconut milk
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely diced chives

Instructions

  1. Reconstitute mushrooms in warm water for about 30 minutes.
  2. Melt butter in a heavy bottomed sauce pan until melted.
  3. Add chopped shallots and garlic and cook for about 3 minutes while stirring.
  4. Whisk in flour until it is thick and combined with the butter.
  5. Slowly pour in half and half while whisking to combine.
  6. Add mushrooms and 1/2 of the liquid from the mushrooms, let cook for about 5 minutes.
  7. If soup is still to thick, pour in more of the liquid from the mushrooms until your desired consistency (I used it all).
  8. Cook for another 5 minutes.
  9. Add salt and pepper to taste and stir in chopped chives.
  10. Serve over pork chops, chicken, or anything you can think of!
http://theseasidebaker.com/2014/09/18/homemade-cream-mushroom/

 

 

Banana Pumpkin Muffins

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I want fall….like really really really want to FEEL fall. And I am trying. I have already started my daughter’s costume, Elsa of course, we already have one pumpkin and I have 2 halloween posts bakes and photographed. But the 100 degree weather along the coast and no a/c is NOT helping. We are melting over here.

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Yah sure it is easy to just head over to the beach, you say. But no it is not. Not after you hit the beaches this past weekend along with every other San Diegian only to be face slapped by not one but TWO waves. The waves were so big and hitting really close to shore. Even though I am a really good swimmer, I somehow got caught in a gigantic wave. My husband said that all he saw were my legs in the air and me doing a double cartwheel in the wave. Only to stand up and be taken down again. Can you say totally humiliated….yup, that’s how I felt.

fall breakfast muffins

So, in other words, Fall please hurry up. I am too embarrassed to go to the beach again for the next 10 years and we are melting. All I want is to wear a light sweater and be able to turn my oven on!!!! As soon as I am able to do so, I will be making these again. They were perfect for a quick breakfast on the go. Not overly sweet, they also made a great afternoon snack! Thanks for listening to my rant. I promise to be more positive once it is not sweltering hot!

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Banana Pumpkin Muffins

Banana Pumpkin Muffins

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 egg
  • 2/3 cup oil
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 muffin tins with cupcake liners.
  2. In a bowl combine flour, baking powder and soda, and salt. Mix together and set aside.
  3. Mash bananas and combine with pumpkin, sugar, eggs and oil. Mix well.
  4. Gradually add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Fill each muffin tin 2/3 of the way full.
  6. In a separate bowl, combine brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and butter. Mix until small size crumbs form.
  7. Sprinkle a spoonful of topping on each unbaked muffin and top with a sprinkle of sliced almonds.
  8. Bake at 375 degrees for 18-20 minutes.
http://theseasidebaker.com/2014/09/15/banana-pumpkin-muffins/

All American Apple Pie

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I spent a lot of time with my grandparents growing up. In fact, it was there that I learned how to cook and acquired my love of food. My grandfather always had every fruit tree possible growing in his backyard. At the beginning of each season, we would go outside with our green basket and pick fruit from the tree that was currently producing.

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With the fruit, we would always make a pie. Because pie, as grandfather always said, is the most simplistic dessert that really allows the fruit to shine. One of my favorite pies was the apple pie. Simple with a slight crunch, it always goes so perfectly with vanilla ice cream!

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Although we only just moved into a home with a bunch of fruit trees, our apple tree is not so happy right now. It may take a year our two of my husband’s love to begin producing the way it should. I still want my children to have the same sort of memories that I have had so we went apple picking this past weekend. While checking my email, I came across an article about an apple pie recipe by Alex Van Buren rom Yahoo! Food that blew my mind. It was identical to my grandfather’s recipe and looked just like it! I was over the moon!!! I could seriously spend hours looking at Yahoo! Food….and never actually get to checking my email!

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 With Yahoo! Food, you can pore over photos, surprising and sophisticated recipes, stories on the top food trends, the best cooking tools, new techniques, and everything you need to feel inspired.

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Yahoo! Food has brought together an all-star team of editors, including Managing Editor Sarah McColl; former Bon Appetit senior web editor, Julia Bainbridge; Rachel Tepper who joined from Huffington Post Food; and Alex Van Buren, who has written for Bon Appetit, Gourmet, and Martha Stewart Living. Yahoo! Food is also partnering with some of the best publishers in the business to bring you their expertise and ideas, including Bon Appetit, Epicurious, Food52, Martha Stewart and more. It is seriously a great online resource for food trends, recipes, and articles. It is my go to spot for great reading!

All American Apple Pie

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for rolling dough
  • 1 recipe (2 disks) Basic Pie Dough
  • 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
  • 4 lbs. (8 to 10) apples, such as Empire, Granny Smith, Gala, Cortland, Winesap, or a mix
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

Instructions

  1. For the rest of the recipe, please visit Yahoo! Food
http://theseasidebaker.com/2014/09/10/american-apple-pie/

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


Peach Pie Bites

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A couple of months ago I attended a tour with the California Farm Water Coalition (read more about it here). Our first stop was to Wawona Frozen Foods. After the tour, we visited their adorable little retail store.

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They gave us a few samples of their products. One of these samples were their Peach Jewels, a bite size peach pie cookie. It was absolutely delicious and everyone in our group bought a package.  Sadly, these Jewels are not yet available for purchase outside of their store just yet.

mini peach pies

Luckily for you though I have recreated them!!! These little bites are just as delicious as the day I tried them at Wawona! This is the perfect little bite to capture summer. The peaches diced then cooked in a syrup then delicately placed into a buttery pie pillow where they are then wrapped up and cooked until golden. While cooking, the syrup slightly caramelizes under the bites making for a bit of a caramel crunch mixed with the peaches and crust.

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Make an extra batch and freeze them for cold winter evenings where all you want to think about is summer! Peach Pie Bites are delicious no matter what the season is!

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Peach Pie Bites

Yield: Makes 2 dozen

Peach Pie Bites

Ingredients

    Peache Filling
  • 2 peaches, skin removed and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • Pie Crust
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) very cold butter
  • 6 tablespoons ice cold water

Instructions

  1. In a small sauce pan combine peaches, sugar and water.
  2. Cook on medium heat stirring occasionally until the water begins to reduce and becomes more like a syrup.
  3. Remove from heat, set a side and cool until cool enough to chill for 30 minutes.
  4. To make the pie crust, combine flour and salt.
  5. Cut butter into thin slices and add to flour. Combine flour and butter with a pastry cutter or two knives until flour is crumbly.
  6. Add in ice cold water and mix until all the flour has been incorporated.
  7. Form 1 to 2 inch balls.
  8. Flatten balls with hands or rolling pin in circles.
  9. Place a few chunks of cold peaches into the center of the round.
  10. Bring all of the sides together and pinch shut.
  11. Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  12. Cut a small X on the top of the peach bite.
  13. Once you have formed all of your peach bites, freeze bites for 1 hour.
  14. To bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  15. Before baking, baste each bite with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar.
  16. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
http://theseasidebaker.com/2014/09/08/peach-pie-bites/

 

Tuna Enchiladas #BumbleBeeB2S

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I don’t know about you but I welcomed back to school with open arms. However, it is somewhat bittersweet. With back to school also comes after school activities and sports which means little time in the evenings to prepare a hearty, healthy meal. I often find myself scrambling to figure something out for dinner which usually ends up with a phone call to the local pizza joint. This year however, I have vowed to become more prepared, and to start I have stocked up on Bumble Bee® Premium Light Tuna in Water. 

Tuna enchiladas

With only a few hours to get dinner on the table, homework and bath time done, it is hard to keep things running smoothly. This is why I love Bumble Bee® Premium Light Tuna in Water. Not only is it a delicious protein, but it is easy! Keep a few pouches or cans in your pantry for quick and easy lunches and dinners! 

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When I was in Switzerland and Italy, I was introduced to tuna in a whole new light. Many Italians put tuna on their pizza and in their spaghetti sauce. You would be pleasantly surprised at how delicious it is!!! In fact, it makes a weekly appearance on our dinner table and is often requested by the kids!

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I figured that since I loved tuna in Italian dishes, it must be just as delicious incorporated into a Mexican dish. Boy was I right, my kids and husband scarfed this down like they had never had a dinner in their life! Tuna in enchiladas is fantastic!!! No need to defrost and pre-cook the chicken here, simply substitute with Bumble Bee® Premium Light Tuna in Water and you will have a healthy, delicious meal on the table in less than 30 minutes! That’s a win win in my book!

Check out the Bumble Bee® website for more delicious meals.

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Tuna Enchiladas

Tuna Enchiladas

Ingredients

  • 12 corn or flour tortillas
  • 2 cups red enchilada sauce
  • 15 ounces Bumble Bee® Premium Light Tuna in Water
  • 1/2 sour cream or greek yogurt
  • 1/4 green salsa
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Shredded lettuce, sour cream, and avocado for garnish.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, combine tuna, sour cream or yogurt, and green salsa. Set aside.
  3. In a microwave safe plate warm tortillas for 1 minute.
  4. Carefully (they are hot) fill each tortilla with tuna filling and roll.
  5. Place rolls in a baking dish. Continue until dish is full.
  6. Cover rolls with enchilada sauce and cheddar cheese.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
  8. Garnish with shredded lettuce, sour cream and avocado if desired.
http://theseasidebaker.com/2014/09/03/tuna-enchiladas-bumblebeeb2s/

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.