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We love a reason to celebrate, but my husband especially loves celebrating while watching sports! With the NCAA® March Madness in full swing, he certainly has a lot to celebrate. My husband is a very hard worker so when he decides to relax in front of a game with friends, I like to make it as enjoyable as possible. Meaning, they have a nice stiff drink and a some delicious munchies in front of them. Continue reading →
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend the Natural Products Expo. This is one of my favorite shows to attend because it is so big! With thousands of products and brands under one roof, it is a great time to try new products and items that I would have not otherwise had the chance to see or try. Continue reading →
Do you follow me on Instagram? If so, then you know that Costco trips put my son to sleep. Like every single time. I find it rather amusing and almost always post a pre-shopping trip picture and a at the register picture trip like the one below. Personally, I find it rather amusing and can’t wait to show him these pictures when he is older. Continue reading →
I love how versatile olives are. They are wonderful in salads, sandwiches, pizzas, pastas, tapenades, and on their own. Speaking of on their own, do you remember when you were a kid and had olive fingers? I remember I used to eat almost a can of olives, leaving a small handful for my mom to use in her salad. Going with tradition, my kids got a kick out of my olive fingered monster rendition last night while I was making these scones.
This past summer, I had the opportunity to visit an olive orchard. It was so beautiful, and I love knowing that my state’s agriculture has such a huge impact on the world’s produce market. California produces 95% of ripe olives in the United States. They are grown by more than 1000 multigenerational family farms that crisscross the warm inland valleys of California and are processed by two family owned canneries. The two main varieties grown in California are called Manzanillo and Sevillano. The curing recipe used today was developed in the 1800’s by a housewife named Freda Ehmann.
California Ripe Olives cure for seven days and once canned, they have a shelf live between 36 and 48 months making them the perfect pantry staple for those last minute recipes that you want to add a pop of color, texture and flavor.
These scones came out better than I expected. They were full of flavor from the black olives and fresh rosemary. The combination of the butter flavor with the rich crunchy olives was a match made in heaven! My family loved the Rosemary Compound butter that I spread over the scones. These would be a wonderful gourmet substitute for rolls at your next dinner party!
This Healthy Creamy Vegetable Soup is perfect for cold winter days and curing the winter cold or flu.
While living in Europe during my exchange student and newlywed life, I realized that most Swiss people have a rotation of about 10 meals that they make throughout the month. Each and every one of these meals has been perfected throughout the years and is absolutely delicious. Even though I like change and to get creative with dinner, this is really a smart way to go on busy evenings filled with sports, homework, and life in general.
This soup was on regular rotation in my host family’s home. My host father would always make enough for about 3 full meals. There was always a big hunk of Gruyere cheese to be freshly grated over the top and warm apple tart for dessert. You never had this soup without finishing off the meal with a slice of apple tart.
Even though the fresh apple tart has not made its way into regular rotation, this soup has. It is easy to make, flavorful, and most importantly healthy. With little added fat, you won’t feel guilty about a second bowl (or in my case- eating for breakfast!).
This recipe makes a lot of soup. Like so much that you need to use to large pots if you do not have a stock pot, but it freezes beautifully in large ziploc bags. If you have time and want to really impress your family, make a loaf of this perfect No Knead Bread or these mini Heart Apple Pies.
February marks the 3rd anniversary of The Seaside Baker! So, essentially it is my alter ego’s birthday! This blog has opened so many doors and I am really proud of what it has become.
Personally, my “Seaside Baker” alter ego has given me so much more confidence. I still remember going to my first food blogging conference. It was a huge step for me as I am normally a very shy and reserved person. Putting myself out there to meet new people and learn new things was a personality ice breaker. Fast forward three years and I have become totally comfortable and confident attending blogging events and have met some lifelong friends. Because of the blog, I finally have a social life that I adore and am constantly meeting people with the same passion.
Not only has The Seaside Baker helped me gain confidence, but it has also given me a bit more self-worth aside from being a mother. Don’t get me wrong, I love motherhood, but when the bills came in and we were scrambling, I used to feel guilty for not being at work. Now that my blog has a revenue, it has enabled us to be a lot more comfortable financially and has reduced a ton of our stress.
However without all of you none of this would be possible! I appreciate each and every comment, FB like, Instagram heart and so on. I love love love when people try recipes and love it.
To celebrate this wonderful milestone, I made this Strawberry Shortcake Cake. It was DELICIOUS! I added strawberry yogurt to the batter which made it somewhat dense like a pound cake, but oh so fresh because of the strawberry. And of course the Plugrá European Style churned butter adds delicious creamy moisture! The graham cracker crust layer was a last minute decision to use up some open packages, but was certainly the best!!! It’s like all of your favorite spring desserts in one! The whipped cream cheese frosting and toasted coconut tied up the cake perfectly. This seriously may be my favorite cake to do!
I hope you will celebrate with me and make this cake too!
If you are looking for a thick, giant, chewy, soft M&M’S cookies, this is your recipe!
The Oscars are coming up tomorrow and I can’t wait to watch them. In a perfect world, I would be creating a menu with each dish or course reflecting the nominated movies. However with three kids and a long to do list, this will just have to wait a few years. Continue reading →