Recipes

Parmesan and Mushroom White Wine Sauce

The past few days have been rainy, which is actually a welcome change from the intense heat and humidity that has plagued us all summer. It’s seriously been too hot for me to even want to leave the house. There were a few days we got to enjoy some deck time though! My tot is most definitely a water baby and can’t get enough time in his pool, or splashing on the water table:)

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I’m hoping for a few more nice days to enjoy time in the sun without feeling like i’m breathing hot butter.

Parmesan and Mushroom White Wine Sauce

Before my son was born I cooked all the time; sweets, treats, and savory eats all the way. I’m loving that i’ve finally gotten back into the swing of making homemade dishes.

Baking is my first passion that translated into roasting, sautéing, and whisking up other delicious meal ideas over the years, and this creamy Parmesan and Mushroom White Wine Sauce definitely fits the bill for delicious.

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Photo above: I paired this sauce with Fusilli pasta and tossed in a few parmesan crisps to garnish the dish. I never measure anything when i’m cooking (something I’m working on changing since i’m now posting my creations for you all), but i’ll go over the steps I took to prepare this meal below.

Here’s what I tossed in the pan:

Mushrooms

Onion

Better Than Bouillon, veggie flavor

Parmesan Cheese (the real stuff, not the type you shake out of a container)

Half and Half

White Wine

Thyme

White Pepper

I started by sautéing the mushroom, onions, and thyme until tender, then stirred in about 1/2 tbs veggie bouillon and white pepper to taste.

Next I added enough half and half to cover the veggies and let things come to a simmer. After everything was nice and hot, I poured a healthy dose of white wine into the mix. *This is around the time I started getting my pasta ready.

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Let it simmer, simmer, simmer until it’s thickened up, making sure to stir occasionally to keep anything from sticking to the bottom. Add the parmesan cheese when things are thickening up. I add a lot because we like things extra cheesy in this house.

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As for these gems, they are super easy to make. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and bake small piles of grated parmesan at 400 degrees until they look crispy. Let them cool before peeling them off the paper when they come out of the oven. 

Almost done and ready to eat! Start You’ll want to spoon the finished sauce onto the pasta and garnish however you’d like:)

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Enjoy:)

 

XO –

Megan

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Cookies N’Cream Bark

I’ve been on a no-bake kick lately, because it’s just too darn hot outside to turn on the oven. Also, my sweet-tooth has been on max power and it’s so hard to break the habit of indulging in sweets. The downside of this recipe is that it won’t last long once they’re done. My husband ate nearly the whole thing in less than a day, and my toddler loved the nibbles he got too!

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This three ingredient bark is quick and easy to whip up with just the microwave and a few supplies:) Here’s what you’ll need;

Ingredients

White Chocolate Chips

Oreos

Coconut Oil

Microwave safe bowl

spoon for stirring

Ziploc bag

Wax Paper

Instructions

Pour the bag of white chocolate chips into your microwave safe bowl and microwave, stirring about every 30 seconds until you have a smooth, lump free consistency. Stir 1 tablespoon coconut oil into the chocolate.

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Unlike this bowl, make sure yours is large enough to hold the chocolate chips with room left over for the Oreos to be mixed in later.

While your chocolate is melting, start crushing your Oreos by placing approximately 10-12 in your Ziploc bag. You can crush them using any method you prefer, I just find breaking them into bits is easier if they’re in a sealed bag (Freezer bags are thicker and seem to resist getting holes during the crushing process, but the small one I used here is okay too). A rolling pin works well to quickly annihilate the Oreos, but this time I just used my hands to break them apart. 20180822_195646-15729144618832214229.jpg

When your chocolate is melted, mix your crushed Oreos into the same bowl. Once you’ve incorporated the two ingredients, pour the mixture onto a piece of wax paper and spread it evenly. Make sure you cut your wax paper large enough to contain the mixture as it’s spread out.

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Pop it in the refrigerator or freezer to solidify, and then enjoy!

*I made a half batch for these photos, so just half all the ingredients if you want to do the same!

 

XO –

Megan

 

 

Recipes

No-Bake Peanut Butter Cups

We’ve really been enjoying the non-humid summer weather we’ve had this week! That means we have spent tons of time outdoors, walking, and playing at the park. Gotta soak up this cooler weather while it lasts.

Even with the cool weather, I still didn’t want to turn on the oven when my sweet tooth struck this week. I whipped up this super easy, yet yummy “No-Bake Peanut Butter Cups”. They are so good, and i’d take these over a Reese’s Cup any day:)

No-Bake Peanut Butter Cups

1/2 bag milk chocolate chips

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1/2 cup confectioners sugar

1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs

cupcake liners

cupcake pan

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Melt your chocolate chips in the microwave (about 1 minute 15 seconds) stirring half way through. When they are ready you should have a smooth consistency, no chunks.

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Mix the peanut butter, confectioners sugar, and graham cracker crumbs in a separate bowl. The consistency should be a formed dough that you can easily handle and make into small balls.

Line your cupcake pan with liners, and spoon chocolate into each liner. You’ll then want to use a toothpick or spoon to gently spread the chocolate around the bottom of the liners, pulling the chocolate onto the sides ever so slightly.

Let the chocolate harden (I pop the pan into the freezer to speed up this step). Once the chocolate is hard you can start adding your peanut butter filling. I like to form small mounds of peanut butter, and gently press them into the center of the cupcake liners, making sure to leave a little room on the sides so the chocolate can cover them completely. You want to make sure the chocolate can touch the hardened chocolate that’s already at the bottom of your liners.

After you’ve scooped your peanut butter, spoon more of your melted chocolate on top, so that it covers everything nicely, and meets up with the chocolate at the bottom of each liner. Let everything harden again, or use the freezer trick to speed things along. Once you’ve got a solid shell, it’s time to unwrap and munch. Just be sure not to bite too hard into that frozen P.B. Cup!

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Enjoy!

 

XO –

Megan

Mom Life · Travel

Family Day in Richmond VA

On Tuesday morning I lost all control of my house before 10am. Tuesday was also the day we were supposed to be ready to leave the house by 10am. Thank goodness, because this Mama was ready to desert the premises asap. Any other mamas out there know the feeling of days like this?

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Family Day in Richmond

Jason came home early so we could get on the road and spend the day doing “Family Stuff” before our 6:00 p.m. baseball game.

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The game was hot, and sweaty so we only stayed for a few innings:(

First stop was bubble tea! Kung Fu Tea is my all time favorite, and as I’ve said before, you’re missing out if you haven’t tried this stuff. Taro Milk Tea with bubbles for the win!

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We weren’t far from the children’s museum and were so excited when we walked through the doors. We paid and were directed around the corner to where all the attractions were, and boy was it fun. We immediately found a dinosaur pit full of rubberized “sand” that could be brushed away to expose giant “dino bones”.

There was a cave representing “Luray Caverns”, which had tunnels to crawl through and stalactites hanging from the ceilings. Our little goose wasn’t a fan of this part of the museum because the other kids were a bit rambunctious for his reserved personality, and the dark glow of the tunnels wasn’t comforting to him either. Oh well, ya win some and lose some.

The Wegman’s market was a hit because they had mini shopping carts to push around, and right next door was an ambulance with working lights!

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There were so many other exhibits we had a blast exploring and we’ll certainly bring our Tot back for more fun, soon! Though, after a few hours of adventures inside the CMOR, we were hungry and left in search of lunch:) 20180807_151151-1.jpg

We decided on B.Good Food because there was a good variety of vegetarian options. I opted for the Sweet Potato fries, which to be honest weren’t that great, and an order of the Eggplant meatless-balls. The meatless-balls were insanely good, and would make this place worth the trip alone! Jason raved about his burger that was topped with a fried egg, so it was a win-win.

Obviously a family day isn’t complete without dessert. Before closing out our evening with the baseball game, we stopped by Pearls Cupcakes and grabbed the Cap’n Crunch cupcake, and their special vegan Smore’s cupcake. They were sweet, satisfied our dessert craving, and I was excited to finally find a place that offered a vegan cupcake that actually had icing on top! (All the vegan cupcakes i’ve seen are plain with a dusting of cocoa or sugar on top).

20180807_171241-1.jpgWe had such a great day, but still had one more event to tackle. We arrived at the baseball game knowing it would be super hot and sunny, so we only stayed for a few innings before heading home. Our Tot seems to love watching the game though, so we may have a future slugger on our hands:-0

 

XO –

Megan

Mom Life

Rodan and Fields – My Before and After

Anyone else have a serious bubble tea addiction?

We had a family day this week which included taking our spud to the Children’s Museum of Richmond, and a baseball game. The trip wouldn’t have been complete without a stop at Kung Fu Tea for my favorite; Taro Milk Tea with bubbles!

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I’ll post a recap of the day soon, because the children’s museum was a huge hit. The adults (ahem, me) had about as much fun as the spud. And if you’ve never tried bubble tea your missing out! Double missing out if you’ve never had Kung Fu Tea.

 

Rodan+Fields: Before and After

Back to the topic at hand. I never thought I’d post my before and after photos. Really, I never thought I’d take an after photo, because I was so sure I wouldn’t have a need… I wasn’t expecting to see a difference. Still, I took a photo when I started using the Soothe regime back in February 2018.

It wasn’t pretty, I knew it wasn’t glamorous. Then last week I took another photo and was blown away by the difference.

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Un-retouched

You Guys!!! This stuff is simply amazing! I knew it worked after just a short time using my regime and noticing lessened sensitivity and redness. I loved how soft my skin felt and have never experienced such smoothness. It was enough to keep me looking forward to washing my face, morning and night.

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I transitioned to using Unblemish in the morning and Reverse Brightening at night about a month ago. My acne has improved almost 100%. Typically, i’ll experience two breakouts a month. This month I got one, just one (1) single pimple! Now my PJ’s can finally speak the truth:)

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RF came into my life at the perfect time. I said YES to something for which I didn’t have high hopes of working. I was at an all time low with self-esteem since my skin was looking awful and I was struggling to lose baby weight. When this stuff worked for me, I knew I wanted to share it with anyone else who has ever wanted to improve instead of “maintain” their skin. Because that’s all I was doing pre RF, I was maintaining just to keep my acne, redness, and sensitivity from getting worse. Who else can relate? I know I can’t be the only one that felt like my body (holy aches and pains) and skin hyper-aged by at least decade during the postpartum period.