"The Help" Inspired Cocktails

I’m sure most have you read the book “The Help”, if not stop what your doing and read it NOW! It’s so great and so was the movie. I’ve only read a hand full of novels since my babies were born and this was on of them.

I was lucky enough to attend a screening while at Blogher 2011 in San Diego last weekend. My friend Laurie from The Momccupation and I had a wonderful time. Here’s us with our paper fans before the movie.

The casting in the movie was perfect! Emma Stone was an excellent “Skeeter”. In fact all the actors did a wonderful job and did the book justice!



After the movie there was a little cocktail and dessert party. They featured yummy drinks inspired by the movie, along with some mini bite sized peach cobbler, and upsidown pinapple cake bites. I thought this would be the cutest theme for a card club or mom’s group get together.

My favorite drink was the “Minny” pictured below….the vanilla syrup made it fantastic.

THE SKEETER

Sweet, strong, and a little spicy

1 oz. tequila

1 oz. triple sec

½ oz. cranberry

Finish w/ jalapeño orange foam

The HILLY

Sour & Chilled, with a sharp twang

1.5 oz. triple sec

½ oz. lemon juice

Fill with dry hard cider

THE CELIA

Sugary, sweet, a true Southern Treat

1 oz. bourbon

½ oz. peach liquor

½ oz. triple sec

½ oz lime juice

½ oz pomegranate juice

THE AIBILENE

Subtle, smooth, and strong

1.5 oz coffee liquor

½ oz. bourbon

¼ oz amaretto

1 oz cream

1 dash coco nib bitters

THE MINNY

Strong, with a kick

1.5 oz vodka

½ oz. triple sec

½ oz lemon juice

½ oz house made Tahitian vanilla syrup

I wish I would have taken more pictures…I guess I was too busy tasting all these lovelies 🙂

xo

Happy Weekend!

Lina



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Knorr Cooking Class with Marco Pierre White

While I was attending Blogher 2011 in San Diago last weekend, we were just walking by the Knorr area in the Expo and was asked to join a cooking class with 5 other bloggers. Can you believe who was teaching this class?! That’s Marco Pierre White! He has trained and mentored a bunch of famous chefs like Mario Batali, Gordon Ramsay and Curtis Stone.

So I made risotto for the very first time with a world famous chef, and he gave me a signed copy of his cookbook at the end…..seriously what a great experience!

Chef Marco has used Knorr cooking stock for 30 years, and we used their newest convenient product (Knorr Homestyle Stock tub) to make Asparagus Risotto with Chervil.

Here is the complete recipe and directions.

It really is quite fast to make risotto and I think I can definately make it again! I love asparagus and this one was super creamy and cheesy, a crowd pleaser for sure. I loved it!!

Chef Marco was really nice and helpful. There were a few tense moments when he ran out of butter and it took a long time for someone to run and get more….I was ready for some Hell’s Kitchen type yelling, but he was funny and it all turned out.

Try it your family will LOVE.

xo

Lina

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Carrot Cake Cookies (Healthy Back to School Snack)

Last month ,while waiting for a Dr’s appointment, I saw this recipe in our local paper and knew it would be a perfect back to school snack for my kiddies. This week we started kindergarten and preschool for the first time!

Today we had fun making these after school. This recipe caught me eye because it calls for whole wheat flower, carrots, pinapple, and not too much sugar. Plus they taste great!

Carrot Cake Cookies

by Associated Press

Start to finish: 25 minutesMakes: 30 cookies

1 cup white whole-wheat flour1/2 teaspoon baking soda1 1/2 cups rolled oats1 teaspoon cinnamon1 teaspoon dry ginger1/4 teaspoon ground cloves1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg2 egg whites3/4 cup dark brown sugar1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil1/4 cup drained crushed pineapple1/2 cup fat-free milk2 teaspoons vanilla extract1 cup raisins1 cup grated carrots1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Heat the oven to 375 F. Lightly coat 2 large baking sheets with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, rolled oats, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg.

In a second medium bowl, combine the egg whites, brown sugar, oil, pineapple, milk and vanilla.

Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients, then stir to combine. Stir in the raisins, carrots and walnuts.

Drop by the tablespoonful onto the prepared cookie sheets, leaving 2 inches between them. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden around the edges and slightly firm to the touch.

Nutrition information per cookie: 100 calories; 30 calories from fat (28 percent of total calories); 4 g fat (0 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 17 g carbohydrate; 2 g protein; 2 g fiber; 30 mg sodium.

Perfect with some cold milk!!

So here we are on the first day of school….I was a teary mess dropping off my son. I think because kindergarten feels so official and old. My daughter only goes two days a week so I can handle that time alone! Amazing what you can acomplish sans kids….

Yes I know I spelled kindergarten wrong in the photo…dang! Looks like I need to go back to school! Still cute though 🙂

These days are flying by fast so I’m trying to savor every second…

Happy back to school from me to you 🙂

xo

Lina

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Carrot Cake Cookies (Healthy Back to School Snack)

Last month ,while waiting for a Dr’s appointment, I saw this recipe in our local paper and knew it would be a perfect back to school snack for my kiddies. This week we started kindergarten and preschool for the first time!

Today we had fun making these after school. This recipe caught me eye because it calls for whole wheat flower, carrots, pinapple, and not too much sugar. Plus they taste great!

Carrot Cake Cookies

by Associated Press

Start to finish: 25 minutesMakes: 30 cookies

1 cup white whole-wheat flour1/2 teaspoon baking soda1 1/2 cups rolled oats1 teaspoon cinnamon1 teaspoon dry ginger1/4 teaspoon ground cloves1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg2 egg whites3/4 cup dark brown sugar1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil1/4 cup drained crushed pineapple1/2 cup fat-free milk2 teaspoons vanilla extract1 cup raisins1 cup grated carrots1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Heat the oven to 375 F. Lightly coat 2 large baking sheets with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, rolled oats, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg.

In a second medium bowl, combine the egg whites, brown sugar, oil, pineapple, milk and vanilla.

Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients, then stir to combine. Stir in the raisins, carrots and walnuts.

Drop by the tablespoonful onto the prepared cookie sheets, leaving 2 inches between them. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden around the edges and slightly firm to the touch.

Nutrition information per cookie: 100 calories; 30 calories from fat (28 percent of total calories); 4 g fat (0 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 17 g carbohydrate; 2 g protein; 2 g fiber; 30 mg sodium.

Perfect with some cold milk!!

So here we are on the first day of school….I was a teary mess dropping off my son. I think because kindergarten feels so official and old. My daughter only goes two days a week so I can handle that time alone! Amazing what you can acomplish sans kids….

Yes I know I spelled kindergarten wrong in the photo…dang! Looks like I need to go back to school! Still cute though 🙂

These days are flying by fast so I’m trying to savor every second…

Happy back to school from me to you 🙂

xo

Lina

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BlogHer 2011 (My Experience)


Well my two suitcases full of swag and I are back from BlogHer 2011 in San Diego CA! This was a last minute decision for me to attend and boy am I so happy I went! If you are obsessed with all types of blogging like me, then this is the place to be. Women bloggers of all subjects from food, couponing, DIY, humor, motherhood, politics, fashion, décor, and everything in between were all here to network , create relationships with the brands that support them, learn tips about blogging, and have some FUN!
I did all the above and will have 3 separate posts about BlogHer because there’s so much to talk about!!!


(Ivory Soap Sculpture)

My top 3 sessions I attended were:

· Bad Blogger Pitches (The other side of the PR-Blogger Relationship): This panel included experts in the PR Industry to give some Do’s and Don’ts of PR Pitches.

· Perfecting Product Reviews:There really is an art to seamlessly reviewing a brand or product while incorporating your own personality and not sounding like a commercial.

· Modern Marthas: Women who blog hearth and home and the stereotypes they smash. Here is where I found my people!! And here is where I got to meet two bloggers I actually read! Yeah! Jillian@ Catch My Party & Courtney @ French Country Cottage (It was nice to meet familiar people!)

Go here to read the virtual conference if you were unable to make it.

Personally I don’t know where my little blog is going. However, I do know I love it, I am fully engaged, and perhaps it could lead me to where I’m meant to be professionally. Being a full time mom is amazing, although not always glamorous, grossly underpaid, yet extremely rewarding. Blogging allows me to feel relevant and express creativity. Plus I am constantly inspired by all the talented women out there!

Now onto the fun stuff!

I didn’t realize how huge the expo would be at BlogHer and how many different brands would be participating. It’s great to see companies are realizing the power of female voices in social media.

Here’s a few of my favorites…



Getting a manicure at the Trop 50 lounge, with my friend Laurie from the Momccupation at the T Mobile picture booth, and me making a s’more at the Hershey’s lounge! Too fun!!!

And here’s some of the swag I came away with from all these great brands. My kids thought it was Christmas with all their stuff.



I had such a great time connecting with other bloggers, women, and moms from all over and used this time to reflect on what I want in the future as well as to relax and simply have a break.

A common thread I found with working moms, stay at home moms, home business moms, is that we all struggle to find balance between family time, profeshional time, and “me” time.

Here is my fav quote lately I found via pinterest on motherhood.



Every mom needs a break and I hope you have the support system in your life like me. Big thanks to my wonderful helpful husband and my supportive dad for help making this possible for me!

My dad sponsored me and for that I will always be greatful! His company is Ibarra Strategy Group.



P.S. Stay tuned for my next couple posts coming on me cooking risotto with a world famous chef at Blogher, attending “The Help” movie screening, and the Queen Bee handmade market in S.D.

Xo

Lina

No Slip Dish Towel

As soon as I saw this idea (via Pinterest) from Pin,Sew,Press I knew it was genious! With two small kids I am constantly picking up the kitchen towel off the floor from the oven handle. I’m already looking for the perfect hand towel for the bathroom to do this!

This is a perfect beginner sewing project…If I can do it so can you. Although I do have good news. My sewing skills have improved since I upgraded machines to a hand me down Singer from my grandma. It really does make a difference to have a great working machine. Yeah…

Here’s my one sentence tutorial. Sew two 2 1/2 inch wide strips of fabric onto your towel (about 6 inches apart) and then string your ribbon through. It’s really that easy. See the entire tutorial on Pin, Sew Press.

After I made my first one I raided my local Ross for inexpensive cute towels and bought a bunch for $1.49 each! I already had corresponding fabric scaps and ribbon. These are so fun to make.

And wouldn’t this make the cutest shower gift or housewarming? Everyone can use new cute kitchen towels! 🙂

$1.99 dish towel from Ross.

Also $1.99 from Ross..This is nice organic cotton.

And my cute little vintage one. Just $1.49 for a pack of 3.

So now this could become an obsession and everyone I know may receive this for Christmas. Oh how cute would a Christmas towel be?! See what I mean, this could go on and on. Hope you found this helpful!

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xoxo

Lina

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No Slip Dish Towel

As soon as I saw this idea (via Pinterest) from Pin,Sew,Press I knew it was genious! With two small kids I am constantly picking up the kitchen towel off the floor from the oven handle. I’m already looking for the perfect hand towel for the bathroom to do this!

This is a perfect beginner sewing project…If I can do it so can you. Although I do have good news. My sewing skills have improved since I upgraded machines to a hand me down Singer from my grandma. It really does make a difference to have a great working machine. Yeah…

Here’s my one sentence tutorial. Sew two 2 1/2 inch wide strips of fabric onto your towel (about 6 inches apart) and then string your ribbon through. It’s really that easy. See the entire tutorial on Pin, Sew Press.

After I made my first one I raided my local Ross for inexpensive cute towels and bought a bunch for $1.49 each! I already had corresponding fabric scaps and ribbon. These are so fun to make.

And wouldn’t this make the cutest shower gift or housewarming? Everyone can use new cute kitchen towels! 🙂

$1.99 dish towel from Ross.

Also $1.99 from Ross..This is nice organic cotton.

And my cute little vintage one. Just $1.49 for a pack of 3.

So now this could become an obsession and everyone I know may receive this for Christmas. Oh how cute would a Christmas towel be?! See what I mean, this could go on and on. Hope you found this helpful!

Love it?

Pin It

xoxo

Lina

Partying here:

freckled laundry





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