La Madeleine – Children’s Hunger Fund

A few week’s ago my friend Jess and I got to visit the new La Madeleine’s in Flower Mound before it opened. To our surprise we got to hear the owner of La Madeleine’s speak about how he build his business catered to women. I found it very interesting as I really do think it is great restaurant for women. Though I have been able  to find something on the menu that almost everyone in my family would eat. We went back a number of times now. Enjoyed both dinner and desserts on several occasions. 

La Madeleine's Jess and I had a chance to try the wine along with the baked potato soup, basil soup, and a few of the desserts. We lucked out and got a chance to sit directly by the fireplace. It was such a fun event that benefited a good cause. The Children’s Hunger Fund helps those in need for food. They were that evening with a raffle for those to pitch in to win a great gift pack to/from La Madeleine’s. All monies benefited the Children’s Hunger Fund. As a food blogger I very largely support the any organization that helps feed those in need. Once, a long time ago, went without food and this is not something I would wish for anyone. Food is the most basic of necessities. While most food bloggers write about things like high end meals I am always humbled to make a simple dish that is only cents on the dollar or a few dollars to make. Everyone needs to eat!

lamadeleinesoneAnother fantastic part about being a food writer and blogger is I get to express those opinions and tell all you great readers about great events like this. There is many organizations that help and I love that, what’s become one of my favorite restaurants, does work with organizations that help others. 

I have to admit La Madeleine’s is the only place of it’s kind serving French food to a urban Texas city. I love it though! My great grandmother was French. It’s like an ode to my heritage when I have a chance to eat there. Have you ever been to La Madeleine’s? Do tell! 

SodaStream – Orange Soda Float

About a month ago I received a Soda Stream in the mail. My son, Chancelor, wanted a SodaStream since they first came on the market. It was a win, win situation. What I did not expect was the plethora of flavors they sent along with it. We didn’t even know they sold that many flavors including Kool-Aid and Pina Colada! The Kool-Aid and the original soda flavor were the first to go. Next up was root beer. We even had friends over on two occasions to try it and it was definitely a hit!

Orange Soda Float

After the initial use of the machine I wondered how much fun I could have with it. Different floats for parties and drinks for adult parties. I would love to get some Italian gelato and make a blood orange Italian soda float. I love those; they are hard to find here. My son and I had some fun making a float in this big stein glass. As you can see below he really loved it sticky hands and all. 

Orange Soda Float

SodaStream has a full line up of products including the machine named Source. It comes in a whole line up of basic colors to match your kitchen. We received the black which fits perfectly with our red and black kitchen set up. What color would you choose from the pretty line up below?

SodaStream Source

 It’s really simple to work too. All you do is fill the liter bottle with water either via tap or refrigerated, insert into the machine and press for carbonation. No need for an electric source or batteries. With a SodaStream home soda maker and over 60 delicious regular, diet and caffeine-free sodamix flavors to choose from, you’ll enjoy freshly made, great tasting soda that fits your health and diet. Regular flavors contain no high-fructose corn syrup, and diet flavors are sweetened with Splenda® brand sweetener, not aspartame. Plenty of reasons to own one. Now I just need to figure out where to hide it when he decides to move out. He is already insistent he wants it in his room.

Orange Soda Float
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  1. Water
  2. Orange syrup
  3. 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
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  1. Follow directions to make carbonated water via the SodaStream. Add in orange syrup and pour into a glass. Add two scoops of vanilla and serve.
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MyYogaWorks – Wedding Time

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for MyYogaWorks. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

You knew these posts were coming. The ones were I tell you all about how I plan to lose weight for the wedding, everything I am buying, and well in general gushing. Before I will even share with you what I plan to buy I want to share with you my plan to get fit. It’s called MyYogaWorks and I can do it from anywhere especially right from my living room. That’s killer for me as my schedule with three teenagers and adopted teenager friends can be pretty hectic. I don’t even think I find time to hang out with friends anymore lately. 

my yogaworks

I really love this site because it allows me to use this at a friend’s house, at a park, or at home. You can’t take a gym with you. I cancelled my gym pass and decided between my treadmill and MyYogaWorks I will have an routine that I can manage with my super crazy schedule. MyYogaWorks offers 500 online yoga classes ranging in length from 5 to 90 minutes. Classes are available for all skill levels and range from beginner to advanced.

For a limited time, visit MyYogaWorks and use the coupon code YOGA2014 to receive a free, one-month subscription to MyYogaWorks.(Please note, a credit card is required to sign up, but the credit card will not charged until the free promotional period ends.)

Project 12 – Honey Beer Bread

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Millennial Central for Budweiser. I received a product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

We had some fun the other night with friends Jessica and Shane for a taste testing of the new Project 12 beers by Budweiser. We tasted all of them with some poppy seed crackers. We wanted to have some cheese but I forgot it. However, I had back up tortellini chili which they all enjoyed. After tasting all three of the special edition beers we agreed that the North Pacific Lager is the best out of the three.  Any of these can be picked up through the end of the year.

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The least favorite was the Vanilla Bourbon Cask in which I decided to use to make honey beer bread. That recipe is below. It will be served up with loaded potato soup for a delicious week night dinner with the colder weather that is on its way in.

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Project 12” started in the early spring when Budweiser’s 12 brewmasters across America were asked to write a unique beer recipe worthy of the Budweiser name. After internal discussion and debate, six of the recipes were chosen to be brewed in small batches. Now, after a summer-long nationwide sampling effort involving thousands of consumers at dozens of events, U.S. beer drinkers have provided feedback, which helped Budweiser decide which three beers would be available for sale in a limited-edition sampler pack this fall.

The “winning” recipes, named for the ZIP Code in which the beer was originally brewed, are from brewmasters at the Budweiser breweries in Los Angeles, St. Louis and Williamsburg, Va.

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Don’t forget to stop by and ‘like’ Budweiser’s Facebook page.  Below is the yummy honey beer bread that will pair perfect with one of these special edition beers and a hearty potato soup this winter.

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I put a slit down the top for a little decoration. If you would like your bread smoother, just smooth it out before baking. I really love the rustic texture.

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Without further ado here is the recipe!

Honey Beer Bread

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Yield: Two 9" x 5" loaves

Honey Beer Bread

Ingredients

6 cups King Arthur Unbleached Bread Flour
4 tablespoons honey
4 tablespoons olive oil
4 cups Vanilla Bourbon Cask beer
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon baking powder

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease two 9" x 5" loaf pans.

Mix the flour, honey, olive oil, and the beer in a stand mixer bowl with the paddle attachment. Once it clumps just form a large oval ball. Push into loaf pans and smooth top.

Bake the bread for 45 to 50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the top of the loaf comes out clean. Remove the bread from the oven, and after 5 minutes turn it out onto a rack to cool. Slice when cool to serve.

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Fat Cow BBQ

Are you like me and search for a place to find good BBQ? I have to admit I love Mom and Pops restaurants. I will gladly be the first one to try the new place out. This is a problem for my other half, V, he never trusts a new place. I had to beg to get him to try Fat Cow BBQ and he kept saying no. Finally, my son, Chance and I were out shopping at Lowe’s and you could smell the food inside the store. It’s located across the street. That did one over on him and I. I looked at Chance and said are you hungry, he said yes, and we’re very glad he did.

Fat Cow BBQ is one of the best BBQ  joints this side of Dallas. On our first visit my meal consisted of a brisket sandwich with a side of mac and cheese and potato salad. The brisket is pulled not chopped which is the number one thing on my list. I don’t like chopped brisket. The mac and cheese is to-die-for. Seriously! The potato salad seems to be made with red potatoes and enlists some red onion which is puts it in favor for me. My other half LOVES their potato salad and he grew up hating potato salad.

fat cow bbq, peach cobbler

Then they served my son and I the best peach cobbler ever (mine’s pretty good, maybe a close second). It comes with a heaping scoop of vanilla ice cream. Need to stay away from the desserts… way .. too… good. On top of the amazing food the service is always friendly. Very talkative and funny! Honestly, I’ve been back to Fat Cow BBQ now four times and head there tonight for another dinner with friends.

I have it on a good note that the slider buns are awesome according to my daughter. I might try those tonight. The tacos are really delicious too!

brisket tacos, fat cow bbq

Then there is the buttermilk pie. I will be honest that this is my first time to try buttermilk pie but it’s the owner’s grandmother’s recipe. I loved it! Super soft and not overly sweet. I could eat it any day with ice cream.

buttermilk pie, fat cow bbq

If you’ve tried Fat Cow BBQ I would love to hear what you think. If you haven’t and live in DFW area then it’s a MUST! 

Brew Over Ice Giveaway #LoveBrewOverIce

Last Christmas I seriously begged my other half to purchase a Keurig as my gift. To my surprise on Christmas he finally got  me one! While I don’t drink coffee often Keurig has some of the best teas. When I got the email to try the brew over ice flavors I was overly excited! Not to mention I also get the chance to share one of the packets they sent me with one lucky winner. The Brew Over Ice giveaway is below but first a little more on the new flavors of brew over ice teas, juices, and coffees!

brew over ice giveaway

My picture is missing one of the samples Vitamin Burst strawberry pomegranate. As soon as it came in my daughter took off with it. She said that I “HAD” to get more.  The peach Snapple tastes just like Peachie-O’s candy and it’s so good!

This is what I received and what you have a chance to win!

  • 3 Brew Over Ice K-Cup samples
  • 1 Brew Over Ice tumbler
  • 4 Brew Over Ice coasters
  • 1 Brew Over Ice light-up ice bucket with tongs

If you’re interested in trying out some of the cool products from Brew Over Ice yourself, you have a few options. You can purchase K-Cups online / in stores, or participate in the official “Brew Over Ice Sweepstakes.” Don’t forget to print out this $2 off coupon when you head to the store!

brew over ice keurig

With the cool tumbler that Keurig sent me I added ice from the fridge and in just a minute I had tasty iced tea. Do not brew in glass as ice, hot liquid, and glass can be an epic fail of broken glass. I especially loved the bendy straw on the tumbler. It’s definitely on my list to always have a box of the Vitamin Burst strawberry pomegranate on hand at all times. It’s great for on the go and easy to make when at work.

You can follow along with our conversation about Brew Over Ice on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #LoveBrewOverIce. We would love to hear from you and your feedback on Brew Over Ice. What’s your favorite flavor?

Now for the giveaway! You may enter below by following the instructions on the Rafflecopter.

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*Disclosure: I received the above items from Brew Over Ice for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Drive It Home Show in Plano


This Drive It Home show is a show I would suggest to every parent to take their soon to be driving or driving teen to. Menya and I enjoyed cookies and water while watching a hilarious skit. The skit featured a mom and her daughter while practicing to drive. The actresses were all to funny. They mimic what usually goes on when a over protective mother does when she would ride with her teen. All to often we jump to the conclusion that a few hours or weeks of driving time for our teen is enough to pass the test. The point is not to pass the test but to teach your teen how to be a good driver. Driving with your teen in all weather conditions will help ready them when the occasion should arise that they would have to drive in it.

Drive It Home show with Menya

Drive It Home show with Menya

The Allstate Foundation and the National Safety Council are supporters of the Drive It Home show. The National Safety Council brought in some statistics on teen driving that would amaze you. Did you know that  teens wreck mostly when pulling out of a parking lot or deciding when to turn in front of a moving car. Judgement calls are the number one over cell phones which I know surprised me. Here’s a pretty interesting fact sheet about teens and driving.

As a parent of  three teenagers in Texas I like to know all the facts. Here is a sheet that will help you with that. I can honestly say that I told my teens they wouldn’t drive until they saved their own money for a car and insurance. I found this to be a way to prolong them driving at 16. I also find that if they work for it they will respect it a little more. Let’s face it, teens will be teens. When it comes time to take them for a driving test I am going to be double sure that they have plenty of driving months before getting a license.

This video shows that your teens are watching you! Sometimes we like to think they are not paying attention but they are. We tell them how to drive when we should be showing them how to drive. Talking to them about it and be a good driver yourself so they don’t replicate what your doing as a parent driver.

I hope that if this show comes to your area that you will take the time to go see it. It’s definitely worth it to experience it WITH your teen.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

#RedCarpetReady Daily’s Cocktails & Wholly Guacamole

My daughter and I decided for our #RedCarpetReady night in preparation for the Oscar’s tomorrow night that we would gladly enjoy some Wholly guacamole on our burgers while watching an old Oscar movie ‘Rocky’. It’s just a timeless classic. She invited her friend Jade to join us.

We dug in to the Wholly guacamole and topped it onto our burgers. She and her friend Jade tried the classic and I tried the spicy. Love the heat in that guacamole; definitely a good kick! My daughter’s friend, Jade, has never had a guacamole burger that she could remember and thoroughly enjoyed it. We sided the burgers with chips and Wholly salsa. The Red Pepper Mango is super sweet and not necessarily my favorite. I enjoyed the traditional version of the salsa. The girls loved the Avocado and Spicy Pico salsa.

Now it’s after the movie and we are about to head up and paint my daughter’s room turquoise. Immediately after I plan on having a Daily’s  Cocktail in strawberry daiquiri flavor. Love these! They are super inexpensive and easy to just pop into the freezer. Especially on a night where the whole house is on the go they are the perfect end. I might have to save me some extra for Oscar night when the awesome Twitter chat is on going. If you would like to join in follow and tweet to @dailyscocktails and @eatwholly on Twitter using the hashtag #redcarpetready!

Pictures will follow tomorrow morning!

What’s even better is I am giving one of you a chance to win:

• Four Wholly Guacamole and three Wholly Salsa products in a variety of yummy flavors. It will be hard to pick a favorite!
• A $20 Walmart gift card to pick up an assortment of Daily’s Cocktails Pouches (plus whatever you need for your recipe). The recent addition of three new light flavors (Light Pink Lemonade, Light Mango Passion Fruit Daiquiri and Light Margarita) make a total of 13 tempting flavors to choose from!
• Promotional items from both Daily’s and Wholly Guacamole
• Your very own red carpet!

To enter just use the Rafflecopter below! Don’t forget to comment the blog as your first entry to tell me “Which Wholly guacamole do you enjoy and how you would share a Daily’s cocktail?”

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*Disclosure: Wholly and Daily’s Cocktails is providing one winner with a cooler gift pack (stuff listed above). I was not reimbursed for writing this post and all opinions expressed here are my own. 

Hip Hop Dance Experience Wii Review

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Hip Hop Dance Experience

This is my review for Hip Hop Dance Experience Wii review.

My daughter, Menya, is the main Wii player in the house. Guess that means she’s the one that likes to move it! (Madagascar pun totally intended) :) When her friends come over they are always playing the Wii. It is very common to hear what sounds like a herd of elephants upstairs and loud music. I have since implemented them playing the Wii downstairs where I am comfortably an ear shot away.

Menya and Jade playing Wii

My daughter proceeded to go through every song checking out especially the ones she knows. She’s a hip hop fan and said only hip hop fans would like Hip Hop Dance Experience game. The dance moves are a bit more difficult then other such dance games on the Wii. It will take more time and focus to get the moves down. There just not easy to reenact  Which would be the reason why I think this game is rated teen not only for the inappropriate songs but the difficultly of the moves.

I would not suggest this game for teens. I would suggest this game for adults. It would be great at party where you serve up a few daiquiri’s for everyone to enjoy, loosen up, and dance their tales off. Not too much to drink though as I said before the moves are not the easiest around.  It would be nice to see more on screen hints. If your a dancer you’ll love this game.

My daughter and her friend loved the front and back views but at first they were confused if it was two people or one. Over all it’s a fun game but lacked on level of easiness for the player. I’d give it 4 stars!

Top Chef Seattle Season Finale #TopChef

Next week we are heading into Part 1 of  2 episodes in the Top Chef Seattle season finale. The strangest thing is all I can think about is Last Chance Kitchen. Who won between Lizzie and Kristen?

Kristen is an extremely creative chef and won a few rounds against some amazing chefs such as Stefan. However, Lizzie has a style of cooking that reminds you of home and Europe all in one. Her spaetzle looked amazing! The winner between the two will compete with Sheldon and Brooke in the final competition.  Who do you think won Last Chance Kitchen?

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From the previews for Part 1 of the season finale it doesn’t look good for Brooke. Tom is consistently asking Brooke to plate the dishes and she’s having trouble getting on board. Tom is expediting for Brooke and Sheldon at the Craft, which is Tom Colicchio’s restaurant, in Los Angeles.  This seems to only make the competition tough as Tom is breathing down both their necks to make the perfect dish.

Another preview shows us Brooke and Sheldon cooking for their families. Brooke’s son mentions the bagels are nasty. Kind of funny as my kids will be the first to throw me under the bus with my cooking. I think it has to do with all the new things I make them try when I am trying to perfect them. They are my guinea pigs. Also, they eat so much of my cooking it has to get old.

Sheldon is making a slab of ribs I would love to sink my teeth into. Grilled food is one genre of food I truly enjoy!

Brooke is a talent chef! See marries food well. I would just like to see the underdog make it through to the top. Sheldon has no proper schooling and has worked his way from the bottom to get into the competition. I think that screams something unique.  Even one of my favorite dishes so far features a dish created by Bart Vandaele and Sheldon Simeon Green Forest Breakfast Sandwich: Eggs, Cheese, Pancetta, Bacon & Spinach. This is something I could have on a stick for breakfast every morning. The only thing I might add is some syrup or salsa.

Who do you think is going to pull it off in the finale to win Top Chef Seattle? My verdict is Sheldon but if Lizzie comes back in that might be a big toss up. Kristen just dominates and I am not sure if I would like to see her in the finale.

Three of most memorable moments for me in this season is Sheldon and his pine needles, Josh and the birth of baby Georgia, and Brooke’s fear of flying in a helicopter. While I share that same fear I would never let anyone film my freak out! She’s a trooper!

Don’t miss Part 1 of the finale this week on Wednesday or the finale on Wednesday, February 27 @ 10/9c!

Disclosure: I am a Bravo-sponsored blogger. All opinions are my own.