Blue Cheese & Pear Salad

Pear & Blue Cheese

 

Blue Cheese Salad

There is this local restaurant that makes this amazing salad that has onions, pears, Mandarin oranges, blue cheese crumbles, pecans, and a balsamic vinaigrette dressing.  I have attempted to make my own version and I am pretty impressed.  After writing this I knew there was something missing though.  I forgot to put the mandarin oranges in mine and that would have put it over the top- but it was still pretty good.  This is how I have made it.Gorgonzola Cheese CrumblesPorcupine House Salad Copycat

Salad Recipe
Baby spring & spinach mix
1/2 red onion
mandrain orange
slices of 1 pear
1 cup candied pecans
container of Salemville Amish Gorgonzola cheese crumbles
Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing

 

Balsamic Vinaigrette
1 cup of Olive Oil
4 TBSP Balsamic
1 garlic clove minced
salt and pepper to taste

mix everything together but Olive oil.  Slowly whisk in Olive oil.

Place salad mix in a single serving plate, add sliced onion, about 4-5 slices of Mandarin oranges, place some sliced pears on the boarder of the plate.  Place pecans and blue cheese crumbles on top and drizzle with dressing.  Serve

Mandarin Oranges & pear Salad

Olivia enjoyed just eating slices of pear with a dribble of balsamic vinaigrette and a piece of Gorgonzola Cheese.

Gourmet Fettuccine Alfredo with Stella®

Favorite Alfredo

 

Favorite Alfredo

I love Italian food- it is one of my favorite foods.  Growing up I remember trying every Alfredo recipe I could find but I have finally tweaked a few to create one that I love and everyone that has tried it as well.

Stella 3 cheese blend

Alfredo Sauce

3 TBSP butter

8 fluid oz. heavy whipping cream

1 cup 3 Stella® Cheeses Italian Blend or Parmesan Cheese

salt & pepper to taste

1 tsp garlic powder

1 egg yolk + 2 TBSP heavy whipping cream

 

 

Melt butter over medium heat.  Add cream & stir constantly until boiling- once boiling stir for 5 minutes and turn heat to med-low.

Add cheese, salt & pepper, & garlic powder- stir constantly until cheese is melted.

Mix yolk & heavy whipping cream together til smooth.  Slowly add to sauce while constantly stirring to mix egg in smoothly.

Simmer 3-5 minutes

Garnish with Stella® Parmesan Cheese

Tastiest Alfredo Sauce

Best italian food

Let me know if you try it and what you think.

Best Italian pasta sauce

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How To.. Heatless Curls with Savvy Curls

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How to curl your hair easily without heat. These are all things I love to hear.

If you know me at all you know I am hair & makeup challenged. I have always been somewhat of a Tomboy growing up, having 3 older brothers right above me.  My mom was never into hair and makeup so my sister and I weren’t really taught much in that department.  When I use to curl my hair it would honestly take me hours and it still didn’t look good. I don’t know why it has always been so difficult for me. I’m thinking I must not be the only one though with so many curling hair tutorials and how to’s on youtube. (let’s hope I’m not the only one).

Since I am beauty challenged and a new mom the top knot has been my hairstyle for more than a year now.  I’ve been wanting to change this so I have attempted tying socks on my head (flashbacks to pink curlers at night), the sock bun, twisting my hair & braids.  Nothing was working and then I found Savvy Curls.

So what is Savvy Curls?

It’s a “heat insulating material & curl forming material” that uses the heat from our scalp to produce beautiful curls.

How to use Savvy Curls:

They have instructions inside the package but I am more of a visual person so I watched their tutorials on their website.

I washed my hair & let it air dry for a couple of hours, my hair is pretty thick. After it was dry I applied mouse all over my head.  I put the savvy curls on top of my hair.

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^BEFORE^

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^AFTER^

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I then wrapped my hair in about 1 inch sections around the Savvy Curl and pulled through.  Once pulled through I combined that piece with about an inch more of hair and continued to wrap about the Savvy Curl.

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 Savvy Curls, heatless curls, easy heatless curls, no heat curls, tutorial, how to curl hair

Once you get to the end you leave out the last piece after wrapped once.  You move onto the other side and repeat.  Once you reach the end of that side you will combined the two ends and wrap until all wrapped around the Savvy Curler. You will then  hold the ends with bobby pins.

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After a few hours of wearing, sleeping, or a whole day of wearing for a night out you will untwist your curls.

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This is what it looked like after several hours of wearing around and taking a nap in it. Hey a mamas got to rest when the baby does.

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Easy curls without damaging my hair.  One bonus of never being able to do my hair growing up is my stylists always compliment me on my gorgeous healthy hair. Now I can style my hair and still keep the healthy locks.

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Savvy Curls is easy to use, you get great results and its healthy for your hair as well.

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Winter Onederland

OMG you guys, Olivia has turned one.

I can’t believe I have a one year old. This was very emotional for me and I don’t know if anyone else experienced this but I just couldn’t believe a year had already gone by since her birth. Time has just flown by and it makes me feel like I am missing so much of her growing up. The baby phase goes by so quickly, babies just grow and learn so much so fast.

I stressed so much about her birthday party. I know that her first birthday is all for me because she doesn’t care what happens or will even remember but I wanted to make sure it was perfect.  We live in an older home that we have planned to remodel for years now. Hey its an older home, lots of things have gone wrong with it so a lot of that budget has gone towards other things to fix. (quick story but we had a mama raccoon give birth in our chimney, it wasn’t pleasant)

Anyways… I was so stressed about everything looking perfect that weeks before the party I decided I had to paint the entire front rooms where the party was going to be so I rushed to home depot (while my husband was out of town) & stayed up all night for several days to paint the front rooms. I also wanted to surprise my husband. I knew if he was home he would probably talk me out of it.  I also wanted to prove to myself that I can be this amazing mom that can do it all like every other mom in this perfect world so I wanted to DIY most of the party. (I don’t know how you women do it, I killed myself & didn’t even get half the stuff done)

Thank goodness for PINTEREST. I wouldn’t have survived this party without it. I will post all the links to the tutorials for her party at the end. So here it is:

OLIVIA’S WINTER ONEDERLAND

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Food: Chicken Salad Croissants, Fruit & Dip, Veggies & Dip, Cheese Ball & Crackers

Dessert: Cookies by The Alison Show Cookie Party, brownies, Cake by Pepper & Palate, Smash Cake by Cakes de Fleur

Drinks: Lemonade, Water

Glass Bottles: DIY & Milk bottles from Costco *mocha drinks

Water Bottle Labels: DIY tutorial here

Gold Celebrate sign: DIY tutorial here *instead of mixing

the mod podge & glitter I painted the mod podge & sprinkled the glitter & got better results

Photo booth backdrop: DIY tutorial here *I bought the cheaper paper & it worked great

Photo Booth Props: Amazon

Tassel Garland: DIY tutorial here

Gold Sparkle Mason Jars: DIY

Balloons: Zurchers, Large Gold 1, Small 1

Happy Birthday Sign: DIY

ONE sign *high chair*: DIY & gold letters by Zurchers

Mat: Gathre

Pink Cups: Zurchers :: Pink Plates: Zurchers :: Pink Napkins: Zurchers :: Pink Paper Straws: Zurchers