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Do I have any race car fans today?! I know there are some big races coming up and if you are going to throw a Race Day party, I came up with a fun treat you can make. It’s just a few short steps to make your party extra delicious! Plus with all the food you are going to be eating, I love having Nexium 24HR in my medicine cabinet for me and my guests.
Nexium 24HR provides all day, all night frequent heartburn protection. May take 1 to 4 days for full effect. Use as directed for 14 days to treat frequent heartburn. Do not take for more than 14 days or more often than every 4 months unless directed by a doctor. Not for immediate relief.
I headed over to Walmart to get some Nexium 24HR and some brownies for my Checkered flag race day brownies. When looking for your Nexium 24HR, check near the pharmacy. I found this race day display and grabbed a pack of Nexium 24HR for our party. Plus if you want a coupon to take with you to the store you can head to this link to print one out.
Next I headed over to the bakery and grabbed a package of fudge brownies. I normally would homemade. We live at 9,000 ft and I have not had any problems with making anything in this altitude except for brownies! I made them once and they were a soupy mess. So I just buy them from Walmart.
I took the brownies and separated them into 4 squares.
Then I cut a square out of a piece of paper the size of the brownie.
Then I drew 4 same sized squares on the paper and cut out 2 of the opposite pieces to look like the picture below. Then I got powdered sugar and sprinkled some on the pieces of brownie that were not covered.
Spread the powdered sugar with your finger to make it smooth.
When you take the paper squares off, if some of the powdered sugar migrated over to the unpowered area, just put some water on your finger and wipe it off.
Now just put on a plate and enjoy! And don’t forget when you entertain and throw a party, always have Nexium 24HR on hand to you can enjoy all the great food!
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We just got back from a trip down south and I wanted to share with you some of the products I brought along with me for the trip. We have 4 kids so good quality products are very important to me. I brought along a bunch of Baby Mantra products for us to use while we were at my in-laws house. These products are made in the U.S.A from only top quality all-natural and organic ingredients. I have actually been using these products for a while now and really love them.
Not only do I use the Baby Mantra on my kids but I also use them myself! Why buy a whole different set of products for myself when I can share with the kids. One of my favorite things to use was the 3 in 1 bubble bath, shampoo and body wash. It was pretty hot a muggy in the south so we used this on a daily basis. It has a light lavender scent and is easy on all of our skin.
To get the kids ready for bed, I like to use the calming massage oil. With all the family we got to see on our trip and all the fun things we got to use, this is a great thing to get the kids to calm down at night. I trust these products are safe for me and my family and I will continue to buy them.
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Well it’s vacation season! What fun vacation do you have planned this summer? The Florida Keys is home to five districts, each with their own personality and attractions that make visitors feel like they are a world away.
Stretching only ten miles, the islands of Marathon are right in the middle of the chain of the Keys islands. Traditionally a home to fishing and marine activities and beachside restaurants, the city loves its stone crab, lobster, and other fresh seafood that come straight from its waters. Local chef John Mirabella has become one with the local seafood and community, immersing himself completely.
Growing up aboard a sailboat in Titusville, Florida, he is quite familiar with the sea. He spent his childhood sailboat racing and traveling, all the while catching dinner in the fresh waters below.
While he has cooked his whole life, before becoming a chef, John spent more time on the sea by working for the US Navy. Today, the locals know this Marathon chef and his wife Arlene by name and enjoy eating at his island restaurant, Castaway. The waterside restaurant is known for its impeccable seafood, including fresh daily sushi rolls, But ask the restaurateur what his favorite hobby is and it’s actually one step before cooking, spearfishing, 200 feet below the surface. Not only is John’s activity adventurous, but it brings some amazingly fresh seafood straight into his restaurant.
One of his favorite catches to serve Is the invasive lionfish, which is perfect for ceviche. Chef John admits that the connection between the fishing and culinary communities is strong, something that can be seen on his menu as he tries to take the invasive species out of the sea to prevent them from further harming the environment.
If you’re headed to Marathon for the first time, we suggest you get a taste for the sea for yourself. Follow in Chef John’s lead and do some fishing for a handson experience in the local waters. Because of its special location, Marathon offers backwater fishing, flats fishing, bottom fishing on the reef, and offshore trolling as well as deep dropping from 600 to 1200 feet. John charters a boat right out of his own restaurant so you can grab a guide and go!
He also has great connections to favorite guides and other charters for the best Marathon fishing experience possible. Once you nab a great catch, it’s time to cook!
John says, “When you catch fish locally, you can also have it prepared in restaurants like mine and this is a pretty big deal around here. We have many many people come through our door every day carrying bags of fresh fish that they caught and we prepare them in many different ways.”
Of course John and the locals recommended his very own Castaway as a spot to eat, which is also the oldest restaurant on the island and he is proud to say the eatery has been open since 1951. Today, the menu covers a wide range of Floridian seafood as well as craft beers and wines to match the dishes. Another one of John’s favorite spots is Brutus Seafood, a market and restaurant owned by a family of fishermen who serve up one of his favorite lunches in Marathon. If you’re looking for a fancier, but still relaxed, beachy atmosphere, John recommends Barracuda Grill. The local restaurant offers a variety of fresh seafood and steak dishes that are sure to impress.
Besides eating and fishing, plan a visit to the Dolphin Research Center where you can see how Dolphins in the surrounding waters are helped and even take a swim with the impressive mammals. For another educational adventure, take a trip to Marathon’s Turtle Hospital and see how the endangered sea turtle is rehabilitated. To round out your aquatic vacation, stop by the New Aquarium Encounters. Not only does the aquarium offer an upclose look at interesting underwater creatures, but also a chance to get right in the tank.
Chef John’s restaurant was the first in the state of Florida to serve the lionfish and received recognition for cooking the invasive species and assisting in stopping its takeover of endangered sea creatures. Thankfully, the invasive fish is buttery, tender, and delicious for cooking. In order to spear the fish, one must dive very deep. The lionfish live about 1,000 feet down and come up between 200 and 400 feet. To make matters even more challenging, the Spines of lionfish contain venom and can cause extreme pain if one is pricked. John still calls this kind of difficult fishing a sport, but admits that one must be careful.
If that sounds a bit too wild for your vacation, no worries! Chef John has shared one of his favorite lionfish recipes to try at home of the next time you are in the Marathon.
Castaway’s Wreck Diverstyle Lionfish
Courtesy of Castaway Waterfront Restaurant and Sushi Bar in Marathon Key, Florida
● 42 ounces lionfish fillets, patted dry
● flour (for coating)
● 5 cloves garlic, diced
● 21⁄2 cups chopped tomatoes
● 5 tsp. capers
● 1/2 cup white wine
● 1/4 cup freshsqueezed lemon juice
● 2 T. chopped fresh basil
● parsley or kale for garnish
● lemon wedge for garnish
Preparation: Dredge fillets in flour to lightly dust. Place in sauté pan with small amount of hot butter over medium heat. Cook first side, careful not to burn.
Turn over fish when golden, and reduce heat while adding garlic, tomatoes, capers, white wine and Lemon juice. Cover to hold steam in and cook until fish is forktender. Add basil and serve immediately. Garnish with sprig of parsley or kale and lemon wedge.
I am part of the Chic-Fil-A mom’s panel and was given a free coupon for the salad in order to complete this project.
This week I got to try out the new Chic-Fil-A Spicy Southwest salad and come up with a fun way to upcycle the salad bowl. This salad is incredible and I will definitely be trying it again. In fact, just last night I needed some more veggies with the fish we were going to eat. So I swung by Chic-Fil-A and grabbed another salad. For me, I went with the avocado lime dressing and that made this salad irresistible! My husband and I are trying to eat better these days so this is something we can enjoy together.
After we chowed down on the salad, I washed out the bowl and enlisted my kids to help me paint our DIY first-aid kit. I don’t know about you but when my kids get the smallest scratch, they must have a band-aid to make it better! Half of the time I don’t have any on hand. With this first-aid kit, we can always have what we need at an arm’s reach.
First we painted the bottom blue. I let my 5-year-old do this since it didn’t have to be perfect.
Next we painted the top with red on the sides and white in the middle then let it dry.
For the cross on the top, I used sticky athletic tape but you can even paint it too.
Then we filled our container with all the first-aid supplies we need.
It’s small enough to fit under your car seat so you can take it when you travel!
Thanks Chic-Fil-A for the fun challenge!
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My husband works in a high-rise building but before that he used to be woodworker. So on the weekends he is always busy doing projects for me. So I am going to share a few projects he has done. Of course after a long week of work and wrangling 4 kids, he loves to enjoy some SToK™ Cold-Brew Iced Coffee while he is building. SToK™ is the brand of geeked-out coffee that provides an elevated, coffee experience so he can keep his creative juices flowing. Lots of times he doesn’t even have plans for what he is going to build!
This week he is finishing up my barn door chicken coop so I headed over to Walmart to find some SToK™ Cold-Brew Iced Coffee to help fuel his fire so he could get it done. I found the SToK™ Cold-Brew Iced Coffee in the refrigerator section near the milk and other cold beverages. SToK™ Cold-Brew Iced Coffee is made with Arabica coffee beans from Brazil and is pure coffee with no weird ingredients.
So if you need some inspiration for some DIY projects in your house, check out these my husband has been working on!
My dad brought back some old barn wood from Oregon and he let us use some to build a barn door.
This door makes my heart happy! The house we bought had a lot of doors taken out and removed so we were trying to decide what to do about it. I thought this door would look fantastic in our living room and I was right!
To get the specific instructions on this table, go here. My husband built this for me as a Valentines Day present. After 11 years, he has figured out what I really like as a gift!
I was given a beautiful barn door by one of my friends but the problem with it was, not only was it too heavy to hang in the house, but some of the wood on it wasn’t good. So my husband decided to repurpose the barn door into a chicken coop! He spent under $100 on this whole project! The only thing left to do is paint it.
I used to HATE the cabinet our tv stood on because not only did the drawers attract junk, but it always had tons of fingerprints on it. So I asked my husband to fix it up for me! He used more of the barn wood from Oregon, took out all the drawers, then used a nail gun and turned it into a rustic cabinet!
Then we put a canvas print of some aspen trees on the front. I love how it turned out!
We had this enormous white wall and we couldn’t agree on a color to paint it so my husband just nailed up more barn wood and turned it into a wood panel wall. A little tip, if you don’t have access to barn wood or if you do and decide its too expensive, go to Home depot or Lowes. I found distressed wood at both places you can use!
Our kitchen is very dark but the island had this bright white tile on it that I didn’t care for. So my husband covered it with wood and I love it!
And he couldn’t have done all these projects without SToK™ It’s cold brewed and slow brewed coffee, that is strong enough to get his creative juices flowing.