Thursday, October 12, 2017

Ramen Expo 2017

On Monday, I hit the road and headed to Austin, TX for the Ramen Expo. I'm a big fan of a hot bowl of ramen on a cold day, well really any day to be honest.




The expo highlighted the latest equipment, ingredients and flavors. There was even a build-your-own ramen bar. 




I jumped from booth-to-booth tasting what they had to offer. The latest noodle trend is kale noodles! Unfortunately, the vendor didn't have any on hand to try but I'll be on the look out at ramen shops around town. 




Ramen wasn't the only item on the expo menu. There were also chicken, dumpling and beer booths to sample from. 





Leaving the expo I was full and even more of a ramen lover than I was before. If you are looking for a great ramen to try in San Antonio, stop by Sapporo on Hausman. They don't have a big ramen selection but their seafood ramen is amazing! 














Friday, September 29, 2017

Pumpkin Cheesecake Ice Cream

Tis the season for everything pumpkin. For this ice cream recipe I dumped stuff in my mixer and hoped it worked. Thankfully it did. 


Ingredients: 
1 8 oz Whipped Cream
1 14oz can of sweetened condensed milk 
15 Gingersnaps, crushed
1 3oz package of Cheesecake Pudding Mix
1 and 1/2 cans of Canned Pumpkin 
5 Pumpkin Candy Corn (optional)
1 8oz block of cream cheese 

Step 1) Pour condensed milk in a mixing bowl

Step 2) Mix in cream cheese

Step 3) Add cheesecake Jello 

Step 4) Fold in whipped cream 

Step 5) Open can of pumpkin, add a layer to the bottom of a loaf pan 

Step 6) Crush a thin layer of gingersnaps on top of pumpkin layer

Step 6) Add layer of cheesecake mix on top of pumpkin/ginger snap layer 

Step 7) Keep alternating all three layers

Step 8) Run a spatula around the pan to lightly mix layers. Do not over mix.

Step 9) Top with more gingersnaps and pumpkin candy corn

Step 10) Freeze overnight. If you can wait that long :)  

Step 11) Enjoy! 




Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Cowboy Caviar

When I was working my way through my 30 before 30 list, Samantha from Live, Laugh, Lighty and our friends asked me over for dinner during my vegetarian week. They all agreed to go vegetarian for the meal and I offered to bring an appetizer.

After a quick Pinterest search I came across the most colorful dish, cowboy caviar. This vegetarian delight is quick to mix up and delicious.

You will need:
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 pound Roma tomatoes
1 can (15 oz) black-eyed peas, drained
1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained
1 can (11 oz) corn, drained
1 red onion, diced
1 diced green bell pepper
1 diced red bed pepper
1/2 parsley or 1 cup cilantro. I prefer parsley.

Steps:
1) Whisk together olive oil, sugar, white wine vinegar, chili powder and salt in a large bowl
2) Add cut tomatoes, black-eyed peas, beans, corn, red onion and bell peppers to the bowl



3) Add parsley and stir all ingredients together
4) Cover and chill for at least one hour or overnight
5) Enjoy

We couldn't keep our hands off of it!


Monday, May 22, 2017

No Churn Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream. 

Ingredients: 
2 cups heavy whipping cream 
1 14oz can of sweetened condensed milk 
10 Mint Oreos (or regular), crushed
1/2-1 tsp peppermint extract 
5 drops green food coloring 
1/2 cup chopped Andes Mints 

Step 1) Using a whisk, whip heavy cream on high until stiff peaks form. Do not over mix or you will end up with some very fluffy butter. 

Step 2) Add in condensed milk. Mix well. 

Step 3) Add in peppermint extract and food coloring 

Step 4) Fold in crushed Oreos 

Step 5) Pour mixture into a bread pan 

Step 6) Crush Oreos and mints on top (optional) 

Step 7) Freeze overnight. If you can wait that long :)  

Step 8) Enjoy! 






Tuesday, January 31, 2017

No Churn Cookies N Cream Ice Cream

If you follow me on Instagram you know I love whipping up homemade ice cream. Here is a fool proof recipe that doesn't require an ice cream maker. 

Ingredients: 
2 cups heavy cream 
1 14oz can of sweetened condensed milk 
10 Oreos, crushed
1 box Cookies N Cream pudding mix 

Step 1) Using a whisk, whip heavy cream on high until stiff peaks form. Do not over mix or you will end up with some very fluffy butter. 

Step 2) Add in condensed milk. Mix well. 

Step 3) Add pudding mix 

Step 4) Fold in crushed Oreos 

Step 5) Pour mixture into a bread pan 

Step 6) Add Oreos on top (optional) 

Step 7) Freeze overnight. If you can wait that long :)  













Sunday, January 22, 2017

Making Better Choices With GreenBlender

Disclaimer: I was given the opportunity to experience GreenBlender smoothies, at no cost. However, all opinions expressed here are my own. 

The New Year is a perfect time to start making better, healthier choices. GreenBlender makes it easy to do that with a hearty breakfast in less than 5 minutes. 

With GreenBlender, you'll get 5 new smoothie recipes and pre-portioned ingredients delivered to your door each week. No list making, no shopping, no headaches. Bonus: the ice packs the produce is packed in are reusable.  





Building the perfect smoothie is an art and GreenBlender has perfected it. The box includes a breakdown of exactly how to mix up your smoothie. No more just tossing stuff in a blender hoping it all comes out okay. 





Start by adding your liquids to the blender then leafy greens. Next, chop your fruits and veggies then add boosters and ice. Bam, perfect smoothie material! 






Mixing is my favorite part! Look at that blend. 


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If getting a healthier start is on your 2017 to-do list, start with GreenBlender. Plans start at $3.90 per serving and each box includes 10 servings and 5 recipes.   Join now here



Kiwi Apple Detox Smoothie 








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Sunday, October 16, 2016

13th Floor Haunted House

Disclaimer: I was given the opportunity to experience 13th Floor Haunted House, with three friends, at no cost. However, all opinions expressed here are my own. 

Who doesn't want to get out of their comfort zone on a Thursday night? Last week, I visited the Number One Hunted House in America and had a blast! 


Photo from 13thfloorhauntedhouse.com


It definitely pays to go to a haunted house with people who are more scared than you are. That way you can just go along and enjoy the show. Plus if you tell them your friends name they will yell it the entire time, totally freaking your friend out even more. For example, in the hotel section we could hear "your room is ready Gina" as we walked down the halls.


L-R: Samantha, Gina, Me and Anthony 


Some areas of the house are scarier than others. For me, the side, big black tubes and completely dark rooms were the most terrifying. Tip: wear something cool and comfortable.     


The after photo! 

Get in the Halloween spirit and head on over to 13th Floor Haunted House San Antonio. Be sure to bring a friend to hold on to! General admission is $24.99 and well worth it for the 45-60mins of fear. 


Photo from 13th Floor Haunted House Facebook Page