This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Newman’s Own for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
I love pizza. YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH.
I love pizza. YEAAAAAAAAAAAAH!
Do you love pizza too? The answer is probably yes (I hope!). If it’s no then I think we have to take a minute out and talk this through so I can persuade you how delicious pizza is. Can you imagine my feelings and excitement when I was told I was going to make a fun video for Newman’s Own involving eating pizza? Sitting on camera and eating pizza? This is living the dream!
In this post you’re going to see some furry legs. I’m talking really furry. I’m talking Chewbacca style. Whose legs? Goblin’s legs! If you can’t handle the cuteness overload, head to another post now (but I hope you don’t). For everyone ready to gush, here it comes.
I hope this picture made your day because whenever I’m feeling down I look at this picture and laugh hysterically. Look at his legs! Look at how small his upper body is! Look at his Cat’s Pride lab coat! “Paging Doctor Goblin, please come here to your mama.” Doesn’t he look like he might be Chewbacca’s son?
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Do you remember when we went to Disney World for my birthday in October? Yes, it was great!
We went to Disney a few years ago and we did the automated tour through their greenhouse. It was fun, but I wanted to get personal with the plants. Not only did I want to see all the vegetables up close but I also wanted to learn about their hydroponics system. When I got home that year I found out they have a behind the scenes tour of their greenhouse so I was sure that on our next visit we scheduled this tour in.
Was it amazing? Yes.
Should you check it out when you’re in Disney? Yes!
If you love to garden or cook you will love Disney World’s Behind The Seeds Greenhouse tour.
The tour takes place at Epcot and runs pretty much once an hour from 10AM-5PM. The price is $20 for adults. You can make reservations ahead of time, but we just stopped by and signed in and then came back at our time. Our group was only 8 people so although this tour is amazing it doesn’t seem to get that busy.
You’ll meet your guide at the time you made your reservation for and will be whisked backstage from a back door. Then you’ll walk through a few more doors and end up directly in the greenhouse. Your guide will be one of the employees of the greenhouse who is knowledgeable about hydroponics and can ask answer (almost) all of your questions. Our guide was Ashley who was great.
And then you’re off on an amazing adventure through their hydroponic garden. The entire greenhouse is inspiring and when you see how quickly the vegetables grow (and to what size) your jaw will be hanging on the floor.
Is there food in the cats bowl?
Is the cats water fountain filled?
Are all the cats beds spread across the loft?
Did I give them each kisses 6x?
Did I tell the cat sitter that Bofinkles like her ears nibbled on?
Did I tell the cat sitter that if she tries to nibble Bofinkles ears, Bofinkles will bite her?
Is my pillow on our my bed sprawled out so a cat can sleep on it?
Did I give each cat another 6 kisses?
This is the checklist prior to traveling, except I go over this checklist about 8 times and run around with suitcase in hand just picking up the cats again and again saying “Oh baby, mama is going to miss you, kissy kissy kissy” while they grumble because I just woke them up from a nap (I know they love it though).
The next few weeks are busy with work and traveling and today we’ll be traveling to London. If anyone is in London and can tell me the best donut, scone and afternoon tea spot – please email me or leave it in the comments. I’m not sure how much free time I’ll have, but any recommendations you have please send my way! Last time I was in London I didn’t have one donut, so I really need to change that.
If you’re like me then you might bake something to take with you on a trip. I love making a batch of banana bread to eat for breakfast in the hotel, or sometimes it’s muffins. This time though I decided to make Fruity Pebbles Chocolate Pudding Cookies! They are the perfect treat to reach for instead of grabbing a $5 chocolate in the mini bar (candy bar?).
These cookies are awesome for many reasons:
Fruity Pebbles – who doesn’t love them? They were a part of almost everyone’s childhood. Plus they’re colorful and cute.
Pudding – again, who doesn’t love pudding? This is going to make the cookies moist and creamy and oh so delicious!
Chocolate – enough said. When melted, even more creamy.
All formed into a gooey ooey cookie that you’ll fall in love with.
You’re going to need 1 cup Fruity Pebbles. This is added at the very end before you bake them. Each bite of the cookie is going to have a little of Fruity Pebble.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Jamba Juice for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
Since the beginning of the year it’s been Go, Go, Go for work. We’ve never been as busy as we are and the next month is going to kick our butts with traveling and jobs. I tend to enjoy a sweet (or 4) and if you follow me social media you’ll probably see a donut, croissant, brownie or other baked good usually posted in the afternoon. I have a sweet tooth and I know what I’m trying to do is hide the stress with this comfort food. Those matcha green tea donuts (which are delicious) can add up so I was looking for a juice that I could drink afternoon to crave my snack and give me a boost of energy. Sometimes it’s apple juice, sometimes it’s pineapple juice (fresh!) but right now it’s the Citrus Kick drink at Jamba Juice. The juice contains a blend of oranges, apples, pineapples, and ginger to turning any morning or afternoon brighter. The taste of ginger is a nice kick towards the end of each taste.
These drinks are convenient because they’re already made. That means you can run into the store, grab a juice out of the fridge and go (after paying!). Their other Cold Pressed Juices are:
Orange Reviver: When your day feels like 5 days, revive with an Orange Reviver. They have taken oranges, apples, bananas and beets and turned them into a spirit-lifting, taste bud-hugging masterpiece of mixology.
Citrus Kick: When you really want to bring up the brightness in your day, try this blend of oranges, apples, pineapples, and ginger. Just don’t forget your sunglasses.
Tropical Greens: For a truly tropical flavor, they’ve combined apples, pineapples and Supergreens. This is one island that will never be deserted.
Veggie Harvest: Take some apples. Then take some carrots, and beets, and super greens and ginger. Then take a minute to drink it all down and wonder how you ever got through your day without it.
Did I mention they’re Fresh Squeezed Juices, cold pressed, healthy, no preservatives, paleo and 100% juice? All airports should have this juice because when you’re about to go on a 16 hour flight you need that push of energy!
So along with eating my afternoon high calorie pastry, I’m always pretty bad at breakfast. Somedays I don’t even eat breakfast which just makes it worse for me at lunch time. I love muffins, especially because you can just grab one, wrap it up and head to work to eat it at your desk. That means you don’t have to spend money and it’s always great knowing you breakfast was made by you and your kitchen. Staying in the tropical citrus mood, I decided to make some banana muffins to go along with the juice. A Moist Banana White Chocolate Chip Muffin is perfect to go along with a glass of Citrus kick juice.
Well it’s February, Winter and extra chilly. We’re talking 2 winter coats, tights under jeans kinda chilly. Over the Winter we’ll still be growing broccoli, cauliflower, kale and brussels sprouts under the greenhouse but I need some enthusiasm for the greens in the Spring. It seems like just yesterday we were planting and picking the sugar snap peas, so that got me dreaming of Spring…
We always grow sugar snap peas twice a year, once in the Spring and once in the Fall. The issue is always getting them planted early enough so they could grow their full height before the enemy hits: frost. It’s about cheering on all the veggies to get growing before we have to protect them (and they go on their tropical but yet still chilly vacation under the greenhouse).
In this post I wanted to get you ready for sugar snap pea season because we need a little cheer in these dreary days. Maybe once the garden season starts and you are picking your sugar snap peas work will become really busy so you’ll have a hard time keeping up. Or maybe you’re at the grocery store and you see a great deal on Sugar Snap Peas and would like to stock up. I don’t really want to set time aside to blanch these peas and dry them, so I got to thinking about how well the bok choy freezes without blanching, could this be done for the peas? The answer is a big yes!
This Chinese Pepper Beef Cubes dinner recipe has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NewYearFortune #CollectiveBias
I love Chinese food and I especially love egg rolls. Ever since I was a kid ordering chop suey for takeout with my parents I always made sure I got a shrimp egg roll on the side. The same feeling remains the same. When I realize my combination platter comes with a egg roll it feels like I’m walking on clouds. Chinese New Year is a fun and easy entertaining event that celebrates the wish of “good fortune” to all in the year ahead, with traditional appetizers and red-envelope gifts. This is the perfect recipe to make for this week!
Do you have a favorite Chinese dish? I’m a big fan of Chinese soups (like salted pork and cabbage), Shrimp Chop Suey and I’m always down for Lo Mein. One thing I always love in my dishes is a ton of vegetables covered in that delicious Chinese sauce they always smoother them in. It doesn’t matter if it’s peppers, broccoli, carrots, water chestnuts or something else, I can’t say no to a yummy vegetable.
Right now being Winter I am craving fresh vegetables. I am missing the green pepper overload from the garden. I can’t wait to pick broccoli in the Spring. Thankfully we still have enough carrots left from Fall so I have those to survive on. Over the weekend it was freezing (literally). The wind was harsh, my knees were shaking and my gloves didn’t feel like they were doing much of anything. One thing I craved when I got home was a warm fresh meal, something that would take me out of the Winter blues. That’s how this Chinese Pepper Beef Cubes dinner was created.
This is my Valentine to you! It comes in the shape of a cookie with a milk chocolate covered cherry on top. When you bite into one (good luck only eating one) you will see hearts in your eyes!
I received these delicious Milk Chocolate covered cherries from Santa Barbara Chocolate Company and immediately ate one when I opened the box. I mean how can you say no when you see these?
I’ve fallen in love with Santa Barbara Chocolates in the past weeks and have been baking up a storm with their chocolate chips too, but today this is all about these beautiful cherries that are hand dipped in their custom milk chocolate and filled with cherry juice (from Morello cherries) . Not too sweet and of highest quality, the morello cherry is the perfect compliment to the milk chocolate. When you bite into one and feel that cherry explode into your mouth (getting sexy here) you’ll understand why. I can honestly say these are the best chocolate covered cherries I ever tasted and trust me, I’ve done alot of tasting research in my days.
So there I was, sitting with this box of chocolate covered cherries, eating 1 by 1. My brain said “Do something with them, be creative” while my belly said “Just eat them all”. So I combined these 2 wishes, I made cookies with them and then ate them all. :D)
These cookies are based on my favorite Peanut Butter Blossoms Recipe but with something a little extra (with a ton of flavor) – cherries!
The cookie base will melt in your mouth while the chocolate covered cherry has a little crunch when you bite into it.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of V8 Protein. All opinions are 100% mine.
This post is all about protein. And Refried Black Beans. And Chocolate Shakes! And Oatmeal Raisin Bars. I know, Happy Monday!
We have tacos at least once a week, if I’m lucky maybe 2-3 times. No matter if we’re eating them in a shell, in a bowl or in a casserole form, we always need Refried Beans! I don’t think it’s Taco Night without the beans. This is one of our favorite recipes for Refried Beans and it’s so easy to make. All you’ll need is a can of black beans, a jalapeno pepper chopped up to add some spice, and cilantro/salt/pepper to season. Easy, right? These beans are total Mexican restaurant style and is the perfect side for tacos and burritos.
Black beans have amazing protein-plus-fiber content. From one cup of black beans, you get 1/3 of your daily protein intake, it’s equivalent to eating 2 ounces of chicken or fish. Those beans are healthy little protein giving guys, aren’t they?
Ok now I know you’ve been waiting for those protein filled Chocolate Shakes and Oatmeal Raisin Bars I was talking about, right? Hah, me too.
Hello my name is Pamela and I’m in love with V8 Protein Chocolate shake. I need this every afternoon for a burst of energy (also great for breakfast or a morning snack). It’s like I’m a kid again drinking a chocolate drink, but this one is made from dairy, soy, pea, brown rice and quinoa proteins with sweet honey and sugar.
Who doesn’t love macaroni and cheese? In this recipe we’re going to mix a comfort food favorite with some garden fresh sugar snap peas! It’s the perfect combo of creamy and crunchy!
Lately I’ve been wearing 2 winter coats at the same time, it’s that cold. Last night I was standing in the shower and was unsure if I was still freezing or the water was so hot it was burning me. It’s that cold. When I get home from work I grab all the cats at once, hold them against me and don’t’ release them until I am warm. Ok, it doesn’t matter if I’m cold, I always do that.
The storm last week in NYC wasn’t as bad as expected but we are expecting a little more snow today. 4 inches or 10 inches? Who knows. What I know is that all I want is warm food all the time during the Winter. It’s soup for lunch. It’s a warmed up brownie for a late afternoon snack. It’s tea nonstop. And it’s this Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese With Sugar Snap Peas for dinner.
It wasn’t even a week ago I was showing you my red bean brownies (with sinful frosting), so are you surprised to see another brownie recipe up here? Yeah, me neither.
This week I’ve been feeling the January blues. Maybe it’s the constant chill on my cheeks when outside, maybe it’s the cold knee caps when waiting for the bus, maybe it’s the Winter comfort food binge, maybe it’s a long list of jobs that need to be completed (but instead I put on my pajamas and watch Amazon Prime videos while feeling guilty for not completing the jobs). So what do I do but make another batch of brownies? But this time I add sprinkles, but because sprinkles automatically equals a party, right?
These Triple Chocolate Brownies are going to make for a better Winter time treat because there’s not that much guilt involved in them. I’m using AllWhites Egg Whites which is 100% liquid egg whites with no yolk, fat-free, cholesterol-free and low-calorie egg product packed with essential nutrients and vitamins. These can be found in your refrigerated dairy section and is a great source of protein to keep on hand (just this morning Matthew made a egg sandwich with them). Instead of adding a bunch of oil I’m substituting most of it with applesauce. This is going to cause those brownies to be fudgy and moist in the middle!
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GameTimeGrub #CollectiveBias
Have you been watching the news? If you have tuned in during the last 24 hours I’m sure you’ve seen titles like:
WINTER STORM JUNO, a Historical Blizzard
NORTHEAST TO MEET A GOLIATH
NYC to get 24 to 36 inches of snow, NYC to shut down, NYC ready to rumble with Juno
Blizzard Warning In Effect!
BREAD SOLD OUT, Incoming Blizzard!
Right now my weather for the next 24 hours, hour by hour, is just little icons of snowflakes. How cute.
Seriously, it is cute. I love snow. I know not everyone likes it. After all, you have to shovel, you might get cold, or the horrors you might run out of chocolate chips (blizzard advise 1: stock up on chocolate). I’ve always lived in the Northeast so snowstorms have been a part of every Winter for me. Does anyone else remember the Winter of 1993? Me too, I loved it. Since I was a kid there’s always been something magical and exciting about a expecting snowstorm (who delivers a blizzard). While I was in school there was the anticipation of school closing. If it was bad the night before, you’d turn on your local tv channel and scroll through the listings until they got to your school to see if it was closed (worst was you tuned into the channel and they were at the R schools when your school was a P, you’d have to wait a bit). Maybe it snowed during the night, in that case you’d jump out of bed and do the same thing in the morning. When you saw your school scroll across the screen with the words “CLOSED”. You shouted “Yeah!”. The rest of the day was filled with sledding, your dad making you throw rock salt out, going sledding more, coming inside and your mom seeing your bright red skin and making you a hot chocolate, and then more sledding On my hilly street the snow didn’t really go anywhere, so in big storms it stuck around for weeks, even months. As a 31 year old, I’m still just as excited. I love the anticipation of the storm (how many inches? how many feet? is it going to hit us?). I love seeing the first flakes fall down followed by sitting near the window for hours watching NYC become a winter wonderland. I love seeing kids sled on sidewalks (not really possible, but with some little hills built, anything is possible to kids). I love throwing on cozy socks, flannel pajamas and drinking a hot cup of tea.
So what I’m saying is, I love you Juno. I’m writing this post on Monday night, so I’m giddy with curiosity. Some forecasts are saying 12 inches, some are calling for 24 inches, some are saying 3 feet. I say bring it on. You beautiful white beast with snow falling and blowing. Let it snow! Update: BUMMER!
Haluski is a popular Eastern European dish, especially in Poland, that is quick and easy to make. A big bowl of noodles and vegetables is sure to please your entire Family at dinnertime. Stay around to the end of the post where you can win a $100 VISA gift card!
During the 1800’s women in Europe had an average of six children during their lives, with many families having more than that. Many of these families from Eastern Europe were poor and needed a simple and cheap dish that could feed the entire family (and keep them full). One of their favorite dishes that Polish Grandmothers (babcia!) and Mothers made was haluski.
Haluski is a dish that my mother would make as a kid very often. It’s no surprise that her mother came from Poland so this was a hand me down recipe. The dish is essentially a easy noodles and cabbage dish that is made in about 15 minutes. If you calculate the ingredients, you’ll see that it’s about a $5 meal and can serve 6-8 people. This makes a very bargain friendly dish that is delicious too. Don’t you love that?
The Spring garden season has begun already, can you believe that? Seeds have been planted inside that will be transplanted in March. There’s broccoli, cauliflower, kale, onions, bok choy and collard greens planted so far. I’ll be doing a full post on planning soon, so keep a eye out on it!
But for this post, I wanted to celebrate a jalapeno plant. This special jalapeno plant grew all Summer long and somehow as of January 22, in the middle of Winter, it’s still producing jalapeno peppers every single week. How did we do it? Well we didn’t, the plant did it. How did we help it? Well that I an discuss….
First, a little list of dates as you know I love the facts.
Jalapeno seed planted: March 22
Transplanted seedling to the roof: May 1
Moved From Roof to Inside: November 10, 2014
January 21, 2015: Still producing peppers inside…
I promised during the Summer I was going to take you behind the scenes on more of our fashion projects that we shoot. It’s been a bit delayed on getting the next one, but finally it’s here! Come with me behind the scenes of a Allure Magazine fashion video.
Allure Russia Magazine contacted us to create a video for their Best of Beauty Awards 2014, a celebration of all of the best beauty items for 2014. More specifically, we were to feature the best women’s and men’s fragrances from floral, fruity, woody and more.
The result we made was this fun video:
So now that you saw the final video, let’s look at how it was made.
This weekend was a dreary one. On Saturday we hopped all over Brooklyn and Manhattan visiting hobby shops and picking up acrylic in Chinatown. The day was extra chilly so I was happy to finally sit down for a late lunch with a big bowl of Udon Noodles near Washington Square Park. It was the perfect way to warm up my bones. On Sunday, it was cloudy and rainy all day long. It was one of those days where it feels like it’s morning all day long as the sun just won’t peek out. So on Sunday afternoon I curled up with a nice cup of tea (ok, a couple cups) and decided you know what we all need during Winter? Tea and love. Welcome to the February Tea Swap “Won’t You Be My Valentine?”
It’s been a long time since we did our last tea swap here and I’m not really sure why. Each one was successful and caused smiles around the world. Schedules were a little crazy here so I’m going to use that as a excuse but I’m happy to say they’re back! If you have never joined a Brooklyn Farm Girl tea swap, let me know explain how it works. You will sign up for the swap and receive a partner over email. You and your partner will swap with each other. There’s always a theme to a swap so you can have some fun with your swap package. By the sending deadline, you will send your partner a collection of teas and whatever else the swap theme calls for. In return, your partner will send you your package out. Most likely you’ll both be smiling ear to ear and become friends.
Because it’s February, the month of hearts, the theme is “Won’t You Be My Valentine?”. You will send your partner a collection of teas and a gift that fits this theme. For teas, it’s up to you what you want to send but you can always ask your partner if they have a preference. I ask that you send your partner at least 10 bags of tea, but I usually go wild and send them tea for a month. For the theme gift, it’s up to you! Maybe it’s a homemade cookie, maybe it’s a tea mug with hearts on it, maybe it’s a candle because you read on their Instagram account (hello Internet stalking) that they love the smell of peppermint. Have fun!
When is the deadline to sign up?
The deadline is January 31.
When is the deadline to send my tea swap out?
You should send your tea swap out by February 7.
How do I get my partner?
I will send out a email a few days after the sign up deadline has passed with a link to partners.
Do I swap with the same person who sends me a swap?
Yes, it’s 1:1. You and your partner are paired up.
Is this only for USA?
No, it’s International but you will ONLY get a partner from the same country as you. If you live in the USA, you will only get a partner from the USA. If you live in Australia, you will only get a partner from Australia. If you sign up and there is no match in your country, then you won’t receive a partner.
How much money do I need to spend?
There is no minimum or maximum price, but this is meant to be a simple swap, so don’t feel pressured to over perform. The point is to cause a smile, that’s it.
How should I package my items to ship?
It’s always better to be safe than sorry. If you’re sending a pastry, package it good so it stays fresh. If you’re sending a mug, really wrap it up to protect it.
Can I post on my blog or Instagram when I receive my tea swap package? Yes! And hashtag it #bfgteaswap
If you have any other questions feel free to leave them in the comments and I will answer it there.
If you had to ask me my favorite treat, it would be a 3 way tie.
First, there’s donuts. What’s not to love about them? They’re sweet, they have icing, they’re cute and circle shaped, they often have sprinkles. I just love them.
Recently, I’m all about scones and clotted cream. A nice big spoonful of cream. There’s a shop nearby that has mixed berry scones and it’s out of this world. It’s the best scone I ever had. I hope Matthew is reading this and understands this means I want a date to the scone place. As soon as possible. Thanks babe.
Third, there’s brownies. Just say the word “Brownie”. Don’t you feel better? It doesn’t matter if they are homemade brownies, bought in a shop, or made from a box. I’ll say yes to any brownie. My favorite brownies are moist and fudgy when you bite into them. There’s always a thick layer of frosting on top, to the point that it makes up 1/2 of the brownie. I need a brownie right now.
Did someone ask for a brownie? Ok, I did. Say hello to these Sorta Healthy Red Bean Brownies with Sinful Peanut Butter Frosting.
I like to call them sorta healthy because they are made with red beans (I love creating desserts with beans!). Instead of butter and a lot of oil, the red beans take care of that and make the brownies moist. I’m not calling them healthy because let’s be honest, if you want a brownie, you’re probably not going for healthy. In fact I’d say you have one goal: eat a brownie, make sure it’s delicious.
The Peanut Butter Frosting is sinful. The dictionary tells me that sinful means wicked; extremely enjoyable in a way that makes you feel guilty. And that’s pretty much this frosting. I made a tweet a few nights ago exclaiming that I couldn’t stop eating frosting. This was that frosting. It’s delicious. It will change your life. You will want to clean the bowl. You will clean the bowl.
How was your weekend everyone?
Mine was brrrr cold. I tried to start running but then I realized that 10 degrees and running doesn’t work work well for me. So instead of running, I’ve started to listen to the Serial podcast, watching episode of the Good Wife, drinking tea and eating soup. That sounds like Winter, right?
When I used to have my old blog (12 years ago!) I would often document my months and days by posting photos. For months, it’d be a photo a day. For days, it’d be a photo every hour. I won’t show you any of those blog series because they are (very!) embarassing but I thought about bringing them to Brooklyn Farm Girl. Since I take so many pictures (Instagram-aholic) I thought it would be fun to start doing monthly series.
I hope these are fun to view and you get to know me a little bit better with a glimpse behind the scenes with working on blog posts, creating our art for clients and life in NYC. One thing I should tell you right away… I like cats.
Looking to stay in comfort when visiting Cleveland? Look no further, you have to check out Metropolitan at The 9!
Metropolitan is a boutique hotel located in Downtown Cleveland that will dazzle you with it’s style and amenities. How much did we love it? As soon as we got back to NYC, we went and bought the same bed that the hotel had. We loved it that much.
The hotel has 10 floors of rooms (91 rooms , 65 suites) that are each decorated with a colorful modern twist. As soon as you can walk into your room you can tell it was curated carefully to make sure everything was just right.
So why don’t we walk into our room?
The bed is king size with a plush pillow top. I can’t express how comfortable it is. I mean I can because I told you already that we bought this bed when arriving home. The first night here we were supposed to wake up early but instead we just snoozed our hearts out. A wow moment was spotting there were plentiful media connections wired next to the bed. We always pack HDMI and numerous other cables and adapter dongles when we stay at hotels so that we can share our laptop screens to the televisions so this was a really nice surprise after dealing with most hotels that are stuck in the dark ages.