Monday, April 20, 2015

It's Time for the Southern Womens Show




Its time for the 29th annual Southern Womens Show.  This year promised more fun, food and fashion than ever before - count me in!!

Each day offers prizes and surprises, including theme days on Pink Friday, Girls Night Out and Mother Daughter Day. In addition to cooking, shopping and celebrity appearances, learn about exotic travel destinations, home improvement and d├ęcor, business opportunities and more. Register to win fabulous prizes and watch for daily specials.

Of course, what has me the most excited is the food.  This year there will be over 500 food/gourmet/wine exhibitors at the show. As well as some fun and exciting events.

Here is what I am most looking forward to:



https://southernshows.com/features_images/Taste%20of%20Home%20Cooking%20School.jpgTaste of Home Cooking School 

Grab your friends, your family your neighbor and your spatula, and join us at the Cooking Stage on Thursday and Friday, April 30th and May 1st! Learn seasonal recipes that are perfect for every holiday, occasion and skill level and that can be made with readily available ingredients to create memorable meals in your own home. Two separate cooking classes will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, April 30th and Friday, May 1st. Included in your premium ticket package for the Southern Women’s Show Nashville and Taste of Home Cooking School is a fantastic swag bag! For more information on the Cooking School


Some of the faces you'll see at the event:


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Dana Elliot began cooking at an early age from her Mom and has fond memories of her Mom’s homemade spaghetti and meatballs. She graduated from the Art Institute Fort Lauderdale with a degree in Culinary Management. She has instructed students on restaurant management and has been the recipient of the Outstanding Culinary Achievement Award. She lives with her family near Indianapolis, IN.

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Mix 92.9 Cooking Stage
Celebrity chefs are bringing their secrets; so don't forget to bring your appetite! The Mix 92.9 Cooking Stage will feature recognized chefs and local personalities just waiting to make your mouth water. Join chefs as they whip up delicious dishes. Watch the experts in action and perhaps sample the final product. They will give you plenty of tips on how to make your cooking delightful

Executive Chef Thomas Cook 

https://southernshows.com/features_images/cccaafbg14pxjes3pdxq.jpgThomas Cook attended the American Culinary Academy and has worked in nearly every food and beverage outlet. He spent the majority of his time in fine dining restaurants and joined the Union Station Hotel in December of 2005 as Executive Chef. Prime 108 opened in October of 2007 and was quickly recognized as one of Nashville’s premier restaurants. During his tenure, Prime 108 received the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Award. This past December, Thomas was named Executive Chef of Trattoria Il Mulino. Scheduled to open in March at the Hilton Nashville Downtown, this New York City-based chain will offer Abruzzese-inspired Italian cuisine plus dishes specific to Nashville. Come watch Chef Cook share recipes that are sure to become Nashville’s favorites at Trattoria Il Mulino



Here is everything you need to know about the event:

Stop by    Thursday- Sunday, April 30 – May 3, 2015
     at the     Music City Center, 201 5th Avenue, Nashville, TN                                    
Show Hours                 
Thursday:         10am-7pm         
Friday:             10am-8pm   
Saturday:         10am-7pm  
Sunday:           11am-6pm
Admission    $12 adult at the door; $6 children ages 6-12; under six FREE with paying adult
            $ 8 adult at area Walgreen

Taste of Home Cooking Schools and Girls’ Day Out Ticket Packages available online
Discount Coupons       Available online www.SouthernWomensShow.com  
Parking                        1,800 parking deck attached to the Music City Center. 
Food             Available at numerous concession stands at the Music City Center

More Details
www.SouthernWomensShow.com

Keep an eye on www.facebook.com/southernwomensshownashville to take advantage of every extraordinary opportunity!

Hope to see you there!!!



Friday, April 17, 2015

Friday Frenzy - One Party Four Blogs

 Welcome to this Week's Friday Food Frenzy!

Friday-Frenzy

Happy Spring everyone! Close to HomeMostly Food and CraftsAngel's Homestead and SizzlingEats would like to welcome you to this weeks FRIDAY FRENZY! Now we are not only asking you to linkup your delicious recipes, but also those great projects you have been working on. We want to see it all! Remember when you linkup to the Frenzy your posts are going to be featured on all four of our blogs - quadruple the exposure! Every week we showcase a few of our favorites from the week before - if you are featured you can grab a button from the side of my blog. The featured posts will also be pinned on our Friday Food Frenzy Pinterest Board.


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Please visit the four recipes in the linky that are listed as HOST. We really appreciate your visit. Also it would be great if you visited at least two links from your fellow bloggers.

Featured Links from last week:   


The most clicked post last week was from Simply Stacie for her Cauliflower Rice Enchilada Bowl. 


The second most clicked post was these Salisbury Steak Meatballs from Best of Long Island and Central Florida.
 

Zucchini will soon be in all the markets, check out these Zucchini Chocolate Chip Pancakes from Grounded and Surrounded. 



My favorite link from last weeks party is from Spoons of Grace, Skinny Strawberry Monkey Breads.

Skinny Mini Strawberry Shortcake Monkey Breads spoonsofgrace

Heres what I made last week Crusty French Bread in the Bread Machine.


What did you make?



I have become a Wildtree rep because I believe in their products (all natural and certified organic) and I'm psyched to help people with some kitchen prep with our freezer workshops. Here's my link and my FB page.  Stop by and say Hi! I would love to extend a great promotion I have going on to all my readers.  If you are interested in becoming a Wildtree rep I have a way for you to join for FREE! Email me at wildtreedanielle@yahoo.com for the details.






Our Freezer Meal Workshops are the best!







Thanks for stopping by and let's see what you made this week.



   

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Crusty French Bread in the Bread Machine

Don't forget to enter my giveaway for this great book!


Now that Passover has ended I figured why not treat you all to a delicious bread recipe.


I posted this French Bread recipe back in 2012 and over the last three years I cant tell you how many times I have made it. It has been my go to recipe if I wanted to bring a loaf of fresh bread to a gathering. It is Hubby's most requested (like on a weekly basis) recipe. It is a favorite of ours.
That being said, you can imagine the look on his face when I said, "I'm going to try a different French Bread recipe today."  Not sure what made me want to do it, our recipe was great but I was curious to see if I was missing anything.
That's when I came across this recipe.  As it turns out, this recipe was better.  It made a better crust, just look at the picture it is gorgeous and has the perfect amount of crunch to it.  The inside was perfect too, soft and flavorful.  This is now our new go to French Bread recipe.

Ingredients:
1 cup of lukewarm water
1 1/2  teaspoons of butter, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons of sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
3 cups of flour
1 teaspoon bread machine yeast
*for glaze  1 egg white and 1 teaspoon water whisked together

Directions:
Place the ingredients in the bread machine according to your bread machines specific directions. Turn the machine on the dough cycle.  Keep your eye on the dough at the beginning addins a little more flour if it seems too sticky or a little water if its too doughy.
Once the dough cycle is complete, turn dough out onto lightly floured board. Shape the dough into an oval slightly longer than you want your final loaf to be. Starting from the longer side, roll the dough into a loaf and pinch the seam together. Turn over so the seam is on the bottom. Pinch the ends together and turn under making a small rounded shape on each end. Cover with a towel and let dough rise in warm place until almost double.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Brush the glaze over the dough. Using a sharp knife, cut diagonal slashes about 2 inches apart and ½ inch deep across the top of the loaf.
Bake the loaf of bread for 20 minutes and then reduce the heat to 350 and bake a little longer (5-10 minutes) until the top is golden brown.  Enjoy!!!

Other Bread Machine Recipes




One year ago today I made Brown Butter Very Blueberry Muffins

Two years ago I made The Best Kale Salad

Three years ago I made Rosemary-Sriracha Chicken

Four years ago I made a Photo Board

Linking up to these happening parties!



Saturday, April 11, 2015

Saturday Stuff

It's Saturday - time to share some of my recent "Pins" with you. These are recipes I want to try or projects that have inspired me. I have also thrown in a few things that made me laugh or caught my attention this week.

First I need to let you know about this giveaway I have up - this book is so much fun!  Please stop by and check it out and enter to win your own copy.



Im not sure why this hasnt been done before (I'm sure it has but not enough) Chocolate Carrot Cake - pure genius!!

Heres another obvious combo that I am just now seeing, Chocolate Banana Brownies with PB Swirl - umm yes, please!

This one has been on my Cooking Bucket List for a while - I need to just make it!!

Of course I have my usual oat posts to share, like this one for the Best Dang Granola Bars Ever.

And Dark Chocolate Raspberry Coconut Oatmeal Cookies - that is a mouthful!

Have you seen these!!?? 

This is a perfect after school snack !

Story of my life lately...

Search results for 'crafting' Ecards from Free and Funny cards and hilarious Posts | someecards.com

I LOVE THIS!!!



My Kitchen Love link for this week.

And one more.

And some words of wisdom to leave you with

Thinking a lot about kindness lately. I sometimes care about impressing people too much by trying...





Have a great weekend everyone and don't forget to stop by the Friday Food Frenzy and link up!  The Frenzy gives you a chance to showcase your recipes and crafts on 4 different blogs!


I have become a Wildtree rep because I believe in their products (all natural and certified organic) and I'm psyched to help people with some kitchen prep with our freezer workshops. Here's my link and my FB page.  Stop by and say Hi! I would love to extend a great promotion I have going on to all my readers.  If you are interested in becoming a Wildtree rep I have a way for you to join for FREE! Email me at wildtreedanielle@yahoo.com for the details.



Our Freezer Meal Workshops are the best!



Thursday, April 9, 2015

Friday Frenzy - One Party Four Blogs

Don't forget to enter my giveaway for this great book!




Welcome to this Week's Friday Food Frenzy!

Friday-Frenzy

Happy Spring everyone! Close to HomeMostly Food and CraftsAngel's Homestead and SizzlingEats would like to welcome you to this weeks FRIDAY FRENZY! Now we are not only asking you to linkup your delicious recipes, but also those great projects you have been working on. We want to see it all! Remember when you linkup to the Frenzy your posts are going to be featured on all four of our blogs - quadruple the exposure! Every week we showcase a few of our favorites from the week before - if you are featured you can grab a button from the side of my blog. The featured posts will also be pinned on our Friday Food Frenzy Pinterest Board.


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Please visit the four recipes in the linky that are listed as HOST. We really appreciate your visit. Also it would be great if you visited at least two links from your fellow bloggers.

Featured Links from last week:   

The first featured post is from Honey and Birch and she shares this amazing Easy Baked Alaskan Halibut Recipe.   

  

I love a good one pot meal,this One Skillet Veggie Chicken from Lou Lou Girls looks great!

  

Simply Beautiful by Angela shares her recipe to make Homemade Shower Cleaner.  

 

Thanks for stopping by and let's see what you made this week.



   
   

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

"Girl's Guide to DIY Fashion" Book Review + Giveaway

I was excited to have my Sweet Girl look over this book and help me review it  - this book is actually perfect for girls of all ages!  I'm enjoying it as much as my 12 year old.




The author of "Girl's Guide to DIY Fashion" is Rachel Low, who owns Pins & Needles, a sewing studio for girls (around age 6-16,) in New York City. Kids come in for classes and leave an hour later with gloves and hats that they've sewed themselves.  I wish she had a studio closer to me  - this sounds like so much fun. 

This very informative book offers super easy directions for kids to learn to sew and to design 5 complete outfits.  There are even a few extra tutorials included like how to make things like sleep masks and purses and you'll find some no-sew projects as well.




I finally have my own sewing machine, got it for Christmas this year. Unfortunately it has been sitting around untouched for a little while.  My favorite projects are the ones I make with my kids and I am excited about pulling the sewing machine out for my Sweet Girl.  I was trying to figure out where to start when I glanced at the index.  This book is so well layed out.  The basics of sewing are covered first as well as a review of materials. So helpful for beginners like us. Then there is even a section titled, "How to use this Book."   Perfect!  There is a review of sewing words and some safety information as well. Everything is covered in this book from detailed instructions to step by step illustrations.  Sweet Girl and I are so ready to get started!!



Do you have a budding fashion designer in the house?  Or maybe just a creative girl looking to learn something new? You can order her this great book here.  Or you can enter my giveaway and win a copy.




* I received a copy of this book to review.  All opinions are my own.



Thursday, March 26, 2015

Friday Frenzy - One Party Four Blogs

Welcome to this Week's Friday Food Frenzy!

Friday-Frenzy

Happy Spring everyone! Close to Home, Mostly Food and Crafts, Angel's Homestead and SizzlingEats would like to welcome you to this weeks FRIDAY FRENZY! Now we are not only asking you to linkup your delicious recipes, but also those great projects you have been working on. We want to see it all! Remember when you linkup to the Frenzy your posts are going to be featured on all four of our blogs - quadruple the exposure! Every week we showcase a few of our favorites from the week before - if you are featured you can grab a button from the side of my blog. The featured posts will also be pinned on our Friday Food Frenzy Pinterest Board.


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Please visit the four recipes in the linky that are listed as HOST. We really appreciate your visit. Also it would be great if you visited at least two links from your fellow bloggers.

Featured Links from last week:   

The first featured post is from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, how cute are these  DIY Carrot Treat Bags. 

  

These adorable Easter Bunny Rice Krispie Treats are from Close to Home.

   

And here is a fun Spring Door Tulle Wreath from Mamma D Jane.  



My favorite link from last weeks party is from Honey & Birch, I am asucker for the flavors of carrot cake.  These Carrot Cake Cupcakes look divine.

Carrot Cake Cupcakes | www.honeyandbirch.com | #WindyCityBloggers  #rodellevanilla #madewithrodelle


Heres what I made last week Toffee Squares.



What did you make?

   

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