Monday, November 24, 2014

Simple Sunday: Happy Birthday to the Hubs


The big kid in the picture had his birthday today. If he didn't have to work all day I would've managed a more up-to-date photo. But since he did, the most recent will just have to do.

Snacktastic Saturday: Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting


WORLDFOODS Recipe Swap: Patatas Bravas from Mum Reinvented

 This has to be one of the coolest posts I've ever posted. 

Remember my review on WORLDFOODS Sauces? (If not, check it out here.) Well, have I got something to tell you. 


In a pen-pal type setting, I was teamed up with Kat, a blogger from the UK & owner of Mum Reinvented. We chose to come up with our own Fusion-style dishes incorporating WORLDFOODS Sauces & simply share the recipes on each others blog (you can see my recipe here). Which honestly was the best choice considering that she is currently in Spain (I'm a tad jealous over here, LOL) & my shipment of sauces took much longer than expected. So without further ado, here is Kat's recipe!

Patatas Bravas

As I spend more time in Spain than the UK these days, I thought I would take a well known Spanish dish and transform it using the Asian influences from the World Foods range. I wanted something that was quick and easy and could be enjoyed by the whole family so I went with Patatas Bravas, or 'Brave Potatoes' to give them their English translation. These fiery potatoes are a staple on restaurant and tapas bar menus throughout Spain and are not only quick and easy to make, but cheap too, which makes them great for feeding a family.

I often serve Patatas Bravas with a roast chicken (the English influence coming through there), in smaller portions as part of a tapas style meal or even on their own. They are proper comfort food after all. Garlic Mayo or Alioli as it's known in Spain is another quick and simple menu item and goes really well with patatas bravas, tapas, as an alternative to sandwich spread or on steak.

The addition of the Thai sweet chilli dipping sauce to the tomato sauce gives it a really lovely sweet taste, with the kaffir lime adding a cheeky after bite. I usually just flavour my sauce with the sweet paprika for the kids and add a pinch of hot paprika for my partner and I, but even the kids wolfed this down and I actually prefer it to my own sauce. As for the garlic mayo, the hint of chilli running through the garlic paste gives it a slight kick and it makes a lovely smooth and creamy mayo that we all enjoyed. I'm surprised at how much of a difference these little tweaks made to a dish the kids wouldn't usually be that bothered about can actually make and have turned it into a real favourite. It just goes to show that adding something a little different can actually make a dish all the more enjoyable so don't be afraid to experiment with flavours and perhaps even try my recipe for Patatas Bravas yourself?


Ingredients:

• 1lb potatoes, cut into 1 inch cubes
• 1 tin/can of chopped tomatoes or tomato frito/passata
• 1⁄2 a red onion, finely chopped
• 2 cloves of garlic
• 1tbsp sweet paprika
• Shop bought mayo
• World Foods garlic paste
• World Foods Thai sweet chilli dipping sauce with kaffir lime

 Directions: 

1. Preheat the oven to 200C/375F/Gas Mark 7
2. Add a splash of olive or canola oil to a skillet/frying pan and brown the potatoes on all sides
3. In a smaller pan fry off the onions and garlic until soft in a little oil
4. Add the tomatoes, sweet chilli dipping sauce and paprika and reduce the sauce
5. Once browned, transfer the potatoes onto a baking tray and cook in the oven until crispy
6. In the meantime mix the mayo and garlic pasta in a small dipping bowl
7. Once cooked serve the potatoes in a dish with the spicy tomato sauce poured over and the garlic mayo on the side (or as we do on top).


 I have to say that I've never had Patatas Bravas before, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to get my hands on these particular WORLDFOODS Sauces as soon as I can because this dish looks amazingly delicious!





  Kat is a cake loving, serial dieting, history geek with wanderlust and mum of two - a toddler and a tween. Needless to say things are never boring (or quiet) in her house!Learn more about her here.





WORLDFOODS sauces are available worldwide, with a different selection available in each country. To find out the selection of sauces available in your country along with stockist details please visit HERE.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Old Factory Candle Gift Set & a Giveaway!

**Disclaimer: I have received products to try from Old Factory Candles & am simply sharing my personal opinion which may vary from yours. I was not compensated for this review.
 
I consider myself a candle snob of sorts. If there's even one issue with a candle, like not burning evenly or the scent disappears after just one lighting, I silently vow to never buy that brand again. On the contrary, if I love the candle, not only do I burn them every chance I get, but I gift them to my friends & family too.


Old Factory Candles are definitely my kind of candles! These candles are hand-poured in the US with natural soy wax. They contain a self-trimming cotton paper wick & boast 20 hours of even burn time. Which is pretty impressive for their 2oz. size. But what's more impressive are the scents created from the premium fragrance oils used. And of course they smell amazing every time you light the wick. 


The Winter Wonderland Gift Set contains Roasted Chestnut, First Snow & (my favorite) Hot Cocoa scented candles. I even opted for the gift wrapping from Amazon, to see for myself how it would make the perfect gift for anyone, anywhere. 


Winter Wonderland not your kind of scents? Well don't worry because there's also Fall Harvest, Happy Holidays, Romance, Fresh & Clean, Spa Day, Vacation, Coffee Shop, Man Cave, High as a Kite, New Born Baby & 50 Shades Gift Sets. (All sold exclusively on Amazon.)

Want an Old Factory Candle Gift Set for yourself (or someone special on your holiday list)?


One lucky winner will receive an Old Factory Candle Gift Set of their choice! 

Please note that you must have an Amazon account, as well as a Paypal account for shipping reimbursements if necessary, in order to claim your prize.

The giveaway will conclude on at 12:00 a.m. est on Saturday 11/29/14. Winners will be announced via rafflecopter & in a separate blog post which will be published no later than 3:00 p.m. on Saturday 11/29/14. Winners will also be notified via email & announced on the Smith and Blessings facebook page. Winners will have 48 hours to submit information, which will then be passed on to Old Factory Candles for distribution of product. If 48 hours has lapsed, a new winner will be picked & then will also have 48 hours to submit their information. Smith and Blessings is not responsible for prize shipment.
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

LG OLED TV is a Great Gift from Best Buy #HintingSeason

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

These days, technology is always big on holiday wish lists. At least in my house it is. And while my 8 year old may be a bit disappointed that she's not going to get a phone or a laptop, she may actually get a TV. On one condition, it would technically be for everybody. 

We're in the market to upgrade our TV & I have to admit that all of the options out there make my head spin. I actually like to go to Best Buy, tell them what it is I want (in no technological terms of course) & then have them show me what it is I want. It drives my hubs crazy since I'm always wanting to go to Best Buy, but it helps me stay up to date with what's on the market that I'd actually be interested in. (Not to mention it's saved us from buying something that was quite the opposite of what we wanted.) Well luckily for him, I don't actually need to go to Best Buy to have someone point out which model of TV I want. 


What is OLED TV?
The stunning design of LG OLED TV is only 0.21" thick at its thinnest point. Picture quality is spectacular, with Infinite Contrast that ranges from the most blazing whites to the deepest blacks. And, LG's exclusive 4 Color Pixel technology delivers bright, vibrant colors. Learn more here:LGOLEDatBestbuy.com
Your first kiss. A baby's first steps. The majesty of a desert sunset. Some things in life defy all explanation and must be experienced to be believed. Such is the case with LG's latest display technology. With deeper and richer colors, stunning contrast and ingeniously curved screens, it is unlike any technology you've ever seen, and it delivers a picture that exceeds your wildest imagination.
       •Infinite contrast ratio and stunning color - delivers more natural, lifelike viewing.
 •4 Color Pixel technology enhances color range and accuracy.
       •Super thin design (consider how to show visually)
        •Find content faster with webOS

 The LG OLED TV just blows my mind! Not only is the thinnest point equivalent to the thickness of a pencil, but the curved design would mean that there would be no more arguing over "prime" seating in our living room. And don't even get me started on the webOS! Netflix binges, dance tutorials on YouTube & shopping on Amazon from the comfort of my living room?! I think this would make the perfect gift for myself...I mean Paige. The perfect gift for Paige. *wink wink*

55" LG OLED TV $3499.99 (Save $500)

LG 55EC9300 SKU# 7846019 - OLED TV



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