Recipe of the Week: Holiday Cranberry Sauce

imageI may have gotten the love of cranberry from my family! I can never imagine a holiday meal without having cranberry sauce on the table. It has been a tradition for me and personally I love it! I always love making FRESH cranberry sauce because it is SO Easy and is WAY Better than eating the canned version. It is quick, easy and holiday dish favorite that is great to share!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (200 g) sugar
  • 1 cup (250 mL) water
  • 4 cups (1 12-oz package) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • Optional Pecans, orange zest, raisins, currants, blueberries, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice.cran

Directions

1 Pour the cranberries in a colander and rinse and clean them.  Go through and throw out any bad cranberries.’

2 Add water and sugar in the pan on high heat and bring to a boil. Stir to dissolve the sugar.

3 Add the cranberries to the pot and let them  boil. Reduce  the heat and  let it simmer for 10 minutes or until most of the cranberries have burst.cran1

4 Once the cranberries have burst you can leave the cranberry sauce as is, or dress it up with other ingredients. You can add a half a cup of chopped pecans with a few strips of orange zest.

You can also add raisins,currants, blueberries , cinnamon, nutmeg, or allspice. I would only add a tiny sprinkle of spice to start and add as you go.

5 Remove  your sauce from heat. Let cool completely and chill. Then place the sauce in the  the refrigerator in a bowl. As it sits in the refrigerator it will thicken and become ready to eat!

 

 

 

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Recipe of the Week: Cauliflower Fried Rice & Whole 30 through the lens

whole30header1I took a look back at the last 30 days in trying Whole 30. It has been quite a refreshing and rejuvenating path that I have taken. Whole 30 has truly made me fall back in love, with REAL Food! ( NON PROCESSED FOODS) . Whole 30 made me want to be more conscious of what I was putting into my body. I didn’t feel like I was doing anything extreme doing Whole 30. I ended up dropping 9 pounds over the course of 30 days. Many people do, do Whole 30 in different rounds. Whole 30 is a development of a new eating LIFESTYLE. I would recommend Whole 30 .(Mind you I am not a doctor, so if you run it by your doctor).

 

Here are the basic guidelines of Whole 30!

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Cauliflower Fried Rice #Whole30Approved

Ingredients

  • 1 head of cauliflower, (about 2½ cups chopped in a food processor)
  • 2 Tbs sesame oil
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots, thawed
  • 2-3 Tablespoons soy sauce (more or less to taste)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 Tbsp chopped green onions (optional)
Instructions
  1. Rinse and chop the cauliflower into florets and put into a food processor. (If you don’t have a food processor continue to chop the cauliflower into tiny pieces.) Pulse until the cauliflower until it is small and resembles rice.
  2. Preheat a large skillet or wok to medium heat. Pour sesame oil in the bottom. Add white onion and peas and carrots and fry until tender.
  3. Slide the onion, peas and carrots to the side, and pour the beaten eggs onto the other side. Using a spatula, scramble the eggs. Once cooked, mix the eggs with the vegetable mix.
  4. Add the cauliflower to the veggie and egg mixture. Pour the soy sauce on top. Stir and fry the rice and veggie mixture until heated through and cauliflower is tender. Add chopped green onions if desired.

 

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Look into the ZAAF Pop Up Shop

On October 9th, 2015, Dallas got graced by the presence of ZAAF Collection that came all the way from Addis Abba, Ethiopia. Founder and Creative Director  Abai Schulze came to style and show off her collection and I could definitely say that  everyone who laid eyes on ZAAF Collection fell in love! Many came from all over to take a peak at the collection and there were great vendors there too! People were able to be dazzled by the opal jewelry of The Opal Trove. The Opal Trove which is a Houston Based Jewelers who create beautiful ethiopian opal jewelry. Dolly Girma & Nebeyu Mekonnen are the founders and dealers  of The Opal Trove.  All the guest were able to shop, mingle and snack on some delicious delights from Bake 7 Treats! Mesker Bekele handcrafted treats that were so delightful and tasty!

Here is a look into the great night we had meeting and mingling with ZAAF Collection.

Designers: Abai Schulze – ZAAF Collections

Dolly Girma & Nebeyu Mekonnen- The Opal Trove

Caterer:Mesker Bekele- Bake 7

Event Planners:Ida Ghebre & Bemnet Meshesha

Photographers:Ian Harbor & Nahom Rezene

Videographer:Matthew Solomon

Venue:Glasshouse Studios

Rentals:Bebe Decor

*YELP was the Proud Sponsor of the ZAAF Pop Up Shop!

Event to Check Out: ZAAF Pop Up Shop

 

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Take a stroll and get an exclusive sneak peak as ZAAF comes to Dallas!

Before you walk over and enjoy your evening at the Texas State Fair, come and spend your Friday evening getting exclusive peek and selection on one of the trendiest ZAAF Products! You can snag some amazing pieces from the men’s and women’s line! ZAAF’s collection contains luxury apparel and leather accessories produced by highly skilled artisans in Ethiopia. Come join ZAAF at our Premiere Pop Up Shop. ZAAF has been featured in Elle, CNN, and more. Each piece is made to exact standards and showcases beautiful craftsmanship and natural resources unique to the region it draws its inspiration from. ZAAF is a word that means “tree” in the ancient and noble Amharic language originating from Ethiopia. More information can be found on ZAAF can be found at http://zaafcollection.com/

ZAAF products will be up to 40% off! MAKE SURE TO RSVP HERE  at http://www.zaafpopupshop.splashthat.com AND ATTEND, YOU WILL BE ENTERED IN A GIVEAWAY AND COULD WIN A PIECE FOR YOURSELF!

*Use promo code YELP15 to receive 15% off of your online  purchase.

Date:10/9/2015

Time: 4:00pm-8:30pm

Location: Glasshouse Studios

830 Exposition Avenue Suite 220

Dallas, TX 75226

*Parking is adjacent to right of Glasshouse Studios, mention ZAAF Pop Up shop at the gate for complimentary parking.

*You can also take the DART and Glasshouse Studios is conveniently located across the Street from the Fair Park Station

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Wedding Wednesdays: Headpiece Accessories to check out

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Your special day is coming up and your trying to figure out what would be the  perfect piece to complete your bridal gown! Check out some pieces that brides are wearing on their special day! Happy Planning!

Tiara

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Baby Breath Placement

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Floral Headbands

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Beaded Couture Clips

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Floral Side Piece

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Wedding Wednesdays: Trends of 2015 #PartFive

As this month and series comes to a close, Wedding Trends are ongoing and are ever evolving. You never know what trend may pop up! Check out in this post how you can splash some fun in the dessert options! Happy Planning!

1.)Wedding Pie

This is a great alternative to a cake for all your guest who are fans of pie! This is a great way to have variety and have a unique touch to your wedding!

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2.)Macaroon Cake

If your not crazy about cake here is a great alternative for those who want to serve something light or sweet! This is a great option for a brunch wedding!

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3.) Coloured Wedding Cakes

Jazz up your cakes with a splash of color, creating that ambiance you are striving for. You can find cakes that fit in the sweet rustic or simply elegant, you can find that perfect cake for your special day!

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Wedding Wednesdays : Top Wedding Trends of 2015 #PartThree

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Happy Wednesday! Happy Hump day! During one of the most important days of your life, you want to remember your special day in every way possible! See how some brides have decided to capture the moment!

1.) Selfie Stick

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You can your bridal party can capture all the fun moments that others may not see that special day and decide to  share all the fun with the world.

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2.) Drone Photos

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Here is a fun way to catch the special moment in every angle possible! Some photographers use this devices to get aerial shots of their lovely couple.

3.) Photobooth

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Its a great way for you to see how others have experienced your wedding! Where everyone can have fun and get silly! Its a hit at every wedding 🙂

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