Weeknights with #Manwich

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Weeknights with #Manwich

This has been a crazy busy year for us, as our children are growing older and transitioning into middle school and competitive level sports. We were busy before with three kids in recreation level sports, and have had a little bit of culture shock with the increased amount of time required for sports on a competitive level. Between all the practice time and regular school activities keeping us on the go until practically bedtime, having an arsenal of Easy Weeknight Meals has saved us from cold cut sandwiches seven nights a week. One thing I do is I look at our schedule for the upcoming week, and plan out our meals for every day ahead of time. This allows me to visit the store just once per week to save time (and money!), and to do some minor prep work ahead of time. I chop my veggies when I get home from the store, put them in a freezer safe zip top bag, label them, and pop them in the freezer. I also brown my ground beef, cook my chicken and shred it, etc. and freeze it in meal size portions too. Each morning, I pull out the ingredients for that nights dinner and move them to the refrigerator to unthaw all day, and when we get home, I just need to heat it all up, mix it together, and viola! dinner is served! Weeknights with #ManwichManwich is a favorite in our home. The guys all love the sweet and tangy taste, I love that it’s free of artificial flavors and preservatives. The guys are already messy and dirty when we get home from practice every night (I do make them wash their hands and faces right away), so it’s not a big deal if they dive right into the sandwiches and get dirtier, they are showering immediately after dinner anyway! There are three different varieties of Manwich flavors – Manwich Original, Manwich Bold, and Manwich Thick & Chunky. Manwich Recipes & Ideas: Weeknights with #Manwich

Make your sandwiches the traditional way, and eat on hamburger buns! Weeknights with #Manwich

Boil some penne pasta or macaroni & cheese, mix with Manwich, and top with some shredded cheese! Weeknights with #Manwich

Add to some chili in the slow cooker for a sweet and tangy burst of flavor!

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Drop your pants for underwareness movement #Underawareness #DropYourPants

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Thanks to Depend for sponsoring today’s discussion on Drop Your Pants for Underawareness Protection.

Drop your pants for underwareness movementI am approaching the big 4-0 next year, and during my most recent physical, my doctor and I had some very frank discussions. We talked about what changes I can expect in certain areas, what immunizations I need to update (Tetanus!), and what preventative tests I need to have run. Because I have some chronic medical conditions, including an auto-immune disorder, I have a few tests run quarterly, take medications daily, and regular visits to make sure everything is on track. I am lucky that I have a good rapport with my physicians, that hasn’t always been the case. With the ladies I see, they are not hesitant to ask point blank if I am having any issues with things such as incontinence. They are very aware of my medical history, and know that I’ve delivered three babies, so it’s an issue that can and will affect many women with my background. I am fortunate that this isn’t a major issue for me personally on an ongoing basis, but I do keep a supply of items on hand because when I’m dealing with a few other issues, it can cause minor light bladder leakage (LBL).

Drop your pants for underwareness movementIt’s not uncommon for women of child bearing age (and older) who have had children to encounter some LBL from time to time. Maybe you sneeze or laugh too hard, or need to make sure you’re aware of where accessible restrooms are every time you go somewhere because when you need to go, YOU NEED TO GO. When you are out to dinner, or just having laughs with girlfriends, you don’t want to be worried about LBL. Let Depend take away your LBL worries so you can live in the moment and fully engaged with your loved ones!

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Shrimp Stuffed Mushrooms

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Shrimp Stuffed MushroomsShrimp Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe, courtesy of Paulding & Co!

Paulding & Company, is a full catering kitchen based in San Francisco boasting vast opportunities for bonding and excitement founded by mother-daughter duo Tracy and Terry Paulding. I’d like to thank them for allowing me to share this recipe with you!

Shrimp Stuffed Mushrooms
 
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Recipe type: Seafood
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • ▪ 32 medium sized brown mushrooms (crimini)
  • ▪ 2 medium shallots
  • ▪ 2 Tbs. butter
  • ▪ 1 cup fresh sourdough breadcrumbs (or dry bread crumbs, if you don’t have fresh, but use ½ as much)
  • ▪ ½ Lb. raw peeled chopped and deveined shrimp
  • ▪ ¼ cup chopped parsley
  • ▪ pinch cayenne pepper or shake of Tabasco
  • ▪ salt to taste and freshly ground black pepper
  • ▪ 1 cup freshly grated Grana padano or Parmesan
  • ▪ ⅓ cup mayonnaise (Best foods-not a sweetened one!)
  • ▪ 2 Tbs. parsley
  • ▪ Paprika for sprinkling on after they bake
Instructions
  1. Carefully clean and stem mushrooms, reserving stems. Line up mushrooms on a parchment lined half-sheet pan.
  2. Finely chop shallots and mushroom stems. Combine, saute in butter over medium heat until all their water is reabsorbed. Combine with remaining ingredients except paprika, taste for seasoning and adjust. Stuff caps with filling. May be made up to one day in advance and refrigerated, covered.
  3. Preheat oven to 350° F. Bake 15 min or more until browned. Serve warm but not too hot to pick up, with a shake of paprika on top. The trick is to be generous with the stuffing — and not generous with the bread crumbs, so that what you taste is the seafood.

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$100 Amazon GC #Giveaway #SmartKidsWin #MomBuzz {Ends 8/31} – 2 winners!!!

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Sweet & Sour Cherry Vareniki

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Eden Bistro, located in the Eden Boutique Hotel, is one of Tel Aviv’s newest and most highly rated restaurants, offering innovative Eastern European cuisine with an Israeli flare, and perfectly positioned just an arm’s reach from the Carmel outdoor food market and Mediterranean Sea.

In celebration of Tel Aviv’s buzzing summer months, Eden Bistro has offered a quick and easy recipe for “Sweet & Sour Cherry Vareniki,” a coveted dish popular in Russia and Ukraine, straight from the family cookbooks of Eden Bistro owners Sergey Solovyov and Michael Ustinov.

Sweet & Sour Cherry Vareniki
 
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Serves: 100
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  • Ingredients:
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 17 ounce flour
  • Two eggs
  • 1.5 lb sour cherries
  • Brown Sugar
  • ½ cup dry red wine
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Crème fraîche
  • Vanilla ice cream
Instructions
  1. Preparation:
  2. Bring ½ cup water to a boil, and add one teaspoon of salt. Slowly mix in 5.6 ounces of flour and add additional 2 cup water at room temperature. Add two eggs, one by one, while slowly adding an additional 11.4 ounces of flour, stirring until all ingredients are soluble. Refrigerate for 40 minutes.
  3. Thoroughly wash sour cherries, removing all pits. Sift under water and gently press cherries, letting juices drip into a glass bowl. Add 3-4 tablespoons of brown sugar to the cherry liquid, and place under a low flame to create reduction. Add ½ cup dry red wine and a dash of cinnamon.
  4. Remove pastry from fridge, and use roller to flatten to approximately ½ inch each. Use small glass cup and press dough to create circular portions. Add a dash of brown sugar to the bowl of cherries, and place three cherries into the middle of each dumpling, and press all corners to contain ingredients. Boil dumplings in water for approximately two minutes each. Place three vareniki on each plate, and cover with crème fraîche, teaspoon of cherry sauce and vanilla ice cream.

ABOUT EDEN BOUTIQUE HOTEL 

The Eden Hotel Group is a cultural hospitality brand founded in Tel-Aviv in 2009.
Eden Boutique Hotel is located in a meticulously preserved International architecture-style building dating back to the 1920’s – and located just a short walk from Tel Aviv’s Neve Tzedek neighborhood boasting fashion, art, culinary and cultural attractions, as well as the famed Carmel Market and vibrant beaches. The hotel’s acclaimed Eden Bistro offers a gourmet dining experience unlike any other in Tel Aviv, combining French and Israeli-inspired culinary traditions with a modern Eastern European twist, with all ingredients sourced daily from the nearby market.

*This is not a sponsored post, content is posted with permission from Eden Boutique Hotel.

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