Friday, January 13, 2017

Creamy Shrimp & Crab Meat Pizza

Alright, you seafood lovers out there, have I got a recipe for you! My husband is a huge seafood and fish lover and has been requesting all sorts of sea-inspired dishes as of late. The thing is, cooking salmon or tilapia can get pretty dang boring after about a week. A co-worker of Thomas made a salmon and crab meat casserole for him and he loved it, prompting me to step out of my fishy-cooking funk and try some new recipes using his favorite fishy friends. Since I know he loves a good pizza -who doesn't?- I thought I'd try and incorporate the two. I'm not a seafood eater myself, so I went on his good word that this dish is delicious... his words, not mine, and thought I'd share it with you. From what I saw, he scarfed it down and asked for me to make it again, which is, unfortunately, not always the case when I get creative in the kitchen. So if you like shrimp and crab, I highly recommend this pizza!

What You'll Need:

  • 1 Pizza Crust 
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 8oz Chunk Style Crab Meat 
  • 2 cups Ricotta 
  • 1/4 cups water
  • salt and pepper 
  • 3/4 cups shredded spinach 
  • 1oz Pepper Jack Cheese 
  • 1 cup Cherry Tomatoes
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese 
What You'll Do:
  • Prepare your pizza crust according to directions- I used a roll of cold pizza dough.
  • In a large skillet, melt butter, and add crab meat and shrimp. Cook for 5 minutes with lid on.
  • Stir in ricotta cheese and cook until ricotta is thin and bubbling. 
  • Stir in water and a pinch of salt and pepper. 
  • Add spinach, cover and cook on medium heat for 7 minutes. 
  • In a separate mixing bowl, stir together and shrimp/crab mix.
  • Apply pepper jack cheese to the pizza crust, then dump the mix over it. 
  • Cover with grated parmesan cheese.
  • Cook in the oven at 400 degrees for 13mins or until the crust is browning. 
  • Remove from the oven and serve warm.
  • Enjoy! 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

PB&J Breakfast Mug Cake

Who doesn't love a good PB&J inspired recipe?! I know I'm always trying to get my kids to eat more fruit and protein, and traditional peanut butter and jelly is always a good way to get it in them. Breakfast is all of our favorite meal time, so coming up with new and fun meal options is something I strive for. Oh, and quick recipes, too. Trust me when I say I don't have time to be in the kitchen all morning. 

I've recently come up with a super quick recipe to make at breakfast that incorporates all of the things I want my kids getting in a healthy diet, while still being delicious and easy to make. These PB&J Breakfast Mug Cakes are filling, tasty, and will have any PB&J lover asking for more. 

What You'll Need:

What You'll Do:
  • Using your biggest mug, melt butter for 15 seconds in the microwave.
  • Add water and stir.
  • Mix in egg until all three ingredients are blended. 
  • Stir in flour and baking powder.
  • Add Jif Natural Crunchy peanut butter and stir all ingredients until a thick batter has formed. *Note, it might be clumpy and that's totally okay. 
  • Cook in the microwave for 3 minutes. 
  • Remove carefully as it will be hot! 
  • You can gently remove the cake from the mug and place on a plate. Slice the cake and spread your favorite Smucker's Fruit Spread
  • Serve warm and enjoy this wonderful breakfast treat! 

What I love most about this recipe is that I get to use my favorite Smucker's and Jif products. I swear each one of us in our family has a different favorite Smucker's Fruit Spread and either prefer the Jif Natural Crunchy Peanut Butter or Jif Natural Creamy Peanut Butter. All are delicious and all can be used for this cake mug recipe. Also, we all know how much I love shopping at Target and using my Cartwheel App for coupons. Right now, make sure you use Cartwheel to save an extra 5% off Smucker's Jams and Jellies and Jif Peanut Butter Spreads at Target! 

Don't forget to head to Target and use your Cartwheel App for savings on Jif & Smucker's products!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Winter Wedding Bliss

Who doesn't love a beautiful wedding in the snow?! If there was one thing I loved most as a young girl, it was planning my wedding, looking through bridal magazines, and wearing a veil around the house. So it's no surprise now that I enjoy all things wedding. When I first heard that my good friend, Jen, and her husband had a winter wedding in Colorado, I couldn't wait to feast my eyes on their photos. (When you grow up in California, you attend many beach, vineyard, and church ceremonies, but not so many snowy ones!). 

Jen's a new friend here in Chicago that I've gotten close to and one of the nicest people you could meet. Her husband and she are the cutest couple and still give off that newlywed vibe, even after three years of marriage and two babies. She has been nice enough to let me share the photos and details to her Christmas-time, Winter wedding, and I'm so excited because truly, she was such a beautiful bride.

Jesse and Jen got married on December 13, 2013, at Willow Ridge Manor in Morrison, Colorado. As you can see, it was a gorgeous Winter's day, a cool 45 degrees outside with snow on the ground. Despite the colder temps, the wedding ceremony was held outside. There were blankets provided for the guests on each chair. Jen is a huge Christmas enthusiast and having her wedding around the holidays, with the cooler elements, was an important aspect she anticipated for her special day. 

Jen's dress... let me just say, I love this dress! It's actually not much different to the one I wore myself, only, her's is way better lol. No, but I love that Jen's has so much detailing and ruffling at the base and on the train that gives the look of snow. This is what she was going for. She absolutely picked the most perfect dress for the season.

The bouquets had snowflake brooches in them, probably my favorite detail from the whole wedding.

Jen walked down the aisle to the Transiberian Orchestra's, "Christmas Canon." 

The reception was held indoors and the Willow Ridge Manor. Seeing that there were hints of Christmas throughout the wedding, dinner music was loungey Christmas music and songs by Richard Cheese, who plays covers of popular songs but in a loungey style! Sounds pretty awesome if you ask me and apparently everyone loved it! And if you haven't already figured it out, this couple is super fun and knows how to have a good time. So since their wedding was on a Friday, they decided to keep the festivities going and hosted an Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl the next day! I might have to get the pics from that share it, as well. 

This picture really shows you just how detailed her dress was and just how beautiful the bottom of the skirt really is. I take back what I said before, my dress was nothing like this dress and Jen's is waaaayyyy better than mine was. 

Um, seriously though, how cute is this picture?!
I hope you love these wedding photos as much as I do and maybe get a little inspiration from them, too. The whole thing makes me want to have another wedding of my own just so I can plan it. A big thanks to Jen for letting me share her special day!