Happy Leap Day! February 29th, a day that only comes once every 4 years, and most people probably don't think anything of it, unless it's your birthday! What is a leap year exactly ?
In mundane terms, it marks a "leap" in time, when the calendar is adjusted to make up for extra seconds accumulated over the preceding three years due to the rotation of the earth.
"Use this day to do something daring, extraordinary and unlike yourself. Take a chance and shape a different pattern in your personal cloud of probability" -Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration
We were looking for a side dish to go with our Slow Cooker Parmesan Honey Pork Roast and came across this mashed potato recipe. Who doesn't love mashed potatoes? I love finding new ways to jazz them up, or sneak in some green veggies like this recipe. These turned out great, and I think we will definitely make them again.
8-10 small red potatoes
2 cups broccoli florets
4 tbs butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup Asiago cheese
Bring slightly salted water to boil in a medium pot.
Peel potatoes, or leave skin on if you prefer (like we do), and quarter them. Cut off the stems of the broccoli and roughly chop into small chunks.
Boil the broccoli and potatoes together for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are soft.
Drain the veggies and return to pot, add butter, cream, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Use an electric mixer or potato masher and blend the ingredients until smooth.
Add the asiago cheese, season to taste and serve!
These paired perfectly with our pork and some grilled balsamic asparagus.
Having Monday off was the perfect opportunity to break out the slow cooker and watch our meal come together before our very eyes (between errands of course.) Coming across a recipe for Slow Cooker Parmesan Honey Pork was a real treat. It was amazing that night and made for even better left-overs!
1 (2-3 pound) boneless pork roast
2/3 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
1/2 cup Honey (don't forget to spray the measuring cup with non-stick)
3 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
2 Tablespoons dried Basil
2 Tablespoons minced Garlic
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
1/4 cup cold Water
1. Spray Slow Cooker with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Place roast in slow cooker.
3. In a small bowl, combine the cheese, honey, soy sauce, basil, garlic, oil and salt. Pour over pork.
4. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours, meat should read 160 degrees. We flipped the roast over 3 hours in and sprinkled the other side with Parmesan cheese.
5. Remove meat from cooker and place on serving platter, keep warm.
6. Skim fat from the cooking juices and transfer the rest to a small saucepan.
7. Bring liquid to a boil.
8. Combine water and Cornstarch until smooth and stir into juices. This will thicken the juices into a gravy-like consistency.
9. Cook for another 2 minutes.
10. Slice roast and serve with Gravy.
Don't judge by the picture, the meat was falling apart it was so tender and delicious!
Today is Mardi Gras Day aka Fat Tuesday. Purple, Green and Gold are the official colors of Mardi Gras and I just can't get enough of these three colors. Here are some of my favorite pieces that can be incorporated into your everyday wardrobe but still make you feel like the Queen of the Ball.
Happy Monday! Hopefully you are getting to celebrate President's Day, at home in your sweats. The lovely Whitney Houston was laid to rest this past weekend. What a tragic loss, she will never be forgotten. Here are a few mashups of classic Whitney songs.
All things Fashionable are happening this week in New York during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. I love seeing the new collections that are displayed this week on the runway but I also love see what stars come out to play and more importantly what they are wearing. These celebs in my opinion have the perfect outfits for the Front Row.
This was our first month of being members of the exclusive beauty site BirchBox. After filling out a beauty survey about your morning routine, what sort of products you splurge on and skin type etc. your Birch Box is personalized to fit you. The box is filled with 4-5 luxurious samples of brand name products for you to try that month. (Conveniently they are available to purchase if you just love the sample and want a full size on BirchBox's site) For $10 a month this beauty site will bring a skip to your step every tenth day of the month! Can't wait to see what great products we recieve in March, don't worry we will share.
Last night was Valentine's Day Eve and we wanted to make our lovely neighbors some Valentine candies, so where else do you look for ideas than the one and only Pinterest. We decided on these cute Valentine buttons, so simple and so yummy.
All you need:
Bag of Hugs
Bag of Valentine M&M's (raspberry flavored)
Bag of Pretzel Snaps
All you do:
1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
2. Lay out Pretzel Snaps on a foil lined cookie sheet and top each Snap with a Hug.
3. Place in 200 degree oven for 4 mins (until Hugs are shiny) remove quickly and top each melted Hug with a M&M.