Slow Cooker Hot Italian Sausage Red Sauce

Sometimes red sauce is missing something. All to often people use plain ol’ ground beef as the source of protein for the Italian pasta dishes. When you use ground beef, you have to rely on adding several other spices and ingredients to get a good flavor. Well I totally have the cure for your boring […]

At the fair with Gwaltney

Gwaltney® Foods was at the Florida State Fair this year and my family and I had the pleasure of being their guest at their fun family booth and GIANT slide. Gwaltney® is a great family focused company. They have been around since forever and a day ago..1870 to be exact. They sell a wide variety of […]

Old Bay and Beer Shrimp

Oh Hi. It’s been a while. Sorry about that. Can I have your forgiveness by swaying you with some tasty shrimp. They are super duper easy too. So are we good? I have been making my party shrimp this way for as long as I can remember. They are always the first to disappear. You […]

Artichoke Bruschetta

Are you totally panicking on what you are going to bring to your next Holiday Party?? Have no fear, The Hungry Housewife is here…Ok, that was totally cheesy. But seriously, this artichoke / tomato Appetizer is 100% make ahead. If you make it the night before, the flavors have a chance to meld together and […]

Spicy Cheesy Buttermilk Biscuits

Sometime you just need a buttermilk biscuit. Then other times you need a cheesy buttermilk biscuit. Annnnnd then there are moments in life in which you need a Spicy Cheesy Buttermilk Biscuit. Today was one of those days. I needed super quick, super flavorful biscuits. I took a shortcut and used Bisquick for the base. […]

Caprese Kabobs

I hate to break it to you people, but the Holidays are upon us if we like it or not. Holidays mean parties and parties mean food and you will look like a real looser if you show up to a party empty handed, so my I suggest these super easy Caprese Kabobs??!? And aren’t […]

FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealer Review and Giveaway

FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing System…. They certainly hit the nail on the head when naming their product! I have had a FoodSaver® for MANY years now. It has been an invaluable accessory in my kitchen. Not only does it save me money, it saves me time during the week. After I go to the grocery store […]

Carnival Sunshine (Part 2)- The YUM

This is Part 2 of my wonderful Carnival Sunshine Cruising experience. Read all about the FUN in my first post. I think people have a misconception about the food on cruises…that it is all about all you can eat pizza and ice cream. Well I am hear to tell you, sure you can get all […]

Carnival Sunshine (Part 1) – The Fun

Just I couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be sent by Carnival Cruise Line to experience The Carnival Sunshine, a part of Carnival’s Fun Ship 2.0 line. Crazy, right? The Carnival Sunshine used to be The Carnival Destiny. But in 2013, for 75 days, it was treated to a facelift…a $155 million […]

Italian Meatballs

Italian sausage can make your life so much easier. Ground Italian sausage is packed with so much flavor, it eliminates the need for you to add a lot of extra flavorings to your dish. My regular meatball recipe uses ground beef and while absolutely delicious, I rarely make them because they require me to add […]

Kitty Litter Cake

Totally gross and 100% awesome. This cake will be sure to offend someone. I made this cake for the first time ohhhh , 15 years ago. People were originally shocked to see a cat litter box on the table, but quickly realized it was food..tasty food actually. I have seen this cake made with crumbled […]

Keurig 2.0

Seriously, you are looking at the most amazing invention in all the land. I mean, it’s right up there with electricity and pimple cream. I have been obsessed with my Keurig for years, but it was a little frustrating that when you had company over, the Keurig was not the best way to serve coffee […]

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Slow Cooker Hot Italian Sausage Red Sauce

Slow Cooker Hot Italian Sausage Red Sauce

Sometimes red sauce is missing something.
All to often people use plain ol’ ground beef as the source of protein for the Italian pasta dishes.
When you use ground beef, you have to rely on adding several other spices and ingredients to get a good flavor.

Well I totally have the cure for your boring red sauce pasta dish.
Johnsonville® Hot Italian Sausage basically saves the day. Swap it out for the ground beef! The sausage adds an amazing depth of flavor and because I used the “Hot” Variety, the sauce has a nice kick.
So next time you go to reach for the ground beef(or ground chicken), grab the sausage instead!

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Slow Cooker Hot Italian Sausage Red Sauce
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Ingredients
  • 1 28oz. can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 28oz. can Tomato Sauce
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon Sugar
  • 1 package Johnsonville® Hot Italian Sausage Links, divided
  • Pasta, cooked to package directions
Instructions
  1. Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, minced garlic,bay leaves,Italian seasoning and sugar to slow cooker, stir to incorporate.
  2. In a medium skillet over medium heat, brown 3 sausage links for 2 minutes per side.
  3. Remove from pan and add to slow cooker.
  4. Remove casing from 2 remaining sausage links and add sausgae to same pan.
  5. Cook sausage until no longer pink, breaking up the pieces with a spatula or wooden spoon.
  6. Drain and add to slow cooker.
  7. Make sure sausage links are completely covered with sauce.
  8. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours.
  9. Serve over your favorite pasta.

*As part of my partnership with Johnsonville®, I have been compensated to represent the brand. All opinions are 100% mine*

At the fair with Gwaltney

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Gwaltney® Foods was at the Florida State Fair this year and my family and I had the pleasure of being their guest at their fun family booth and GIANT slide.

Gwaltney® is a great family focused company. They have been around since forever and a day ago..1870 to be exact. They sell a wide variety of delicious bacon, bologna, and hot dogs. One of their missions is to make mealtime affordable and easy for family to enjoy.
Take a peek at their uber fun recipe page here. There are some adorable and yummy kid friendly recipe ideas.
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One of the best things about the Gwaltney® booths activities were free of charge. You know how fairs go, you can spend a small fortune playing games.

My kids loved the Tic Tack Tasty Game

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No “O’s” or “X’s” were thrown in this game…you throw foam packages of Gwaltney® hotdogs….OBVI.

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The Prize wheel was a big hit because  everyone won coupons, key chains, free slide tickets, bags and a few other trinkets.

There were also 4 $100 Grocery store gift cards up for grabs on the wheel!

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Another bonus to the Gwaltney® Food Booth was Aric Almirola was there to speak to the crowd.

Aric Almirola is a Tampa native who just so happens to be a NASCAR star, racing for the Richard PettyMotorsports Group. For Aric, racing is in his blood. His grandfather and father were all involved in sprint car racing. He has had the thrill of racing since he was 8. Aric told me his career highlight was winning the 2014 Sprint Cup Race at the Daytona International Speedway.
He is genuinely a nice guy who is extremely family orientated which goes perfect with his sponsor Gwaltney.


Photo courtsey Aric Almirolas Instagram.

*I was compensated by Gwaltney® for my coverage at the fair, all opinions are 100% mine*

Old Bay and Beer Shrimp

Old bay and beer shrimp

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It’s been a while. Sorry about that.

Can I have your forgiveness by swaying you with some tasty shrimp.

They are super duper easy too.

So are we good?

I have been making my party shrimp this way for as long as I can remember. They are always the first to disappear.

You can use fresh shrimp and peel and devein them or you can use frozen pre-cooked peeled and deveined shrimp for ease.

I personally like using the frozen pre-cooked shrimp, because if I am having a party, the last thing I want to do is go to the grocery store the morning of my party for fresh shrimp.

Soooo, the night before, I make the marinade (takes like 5 minutes) and pop it in the fridge until I am ready to use it.

I thaw out the shrimp, put them in a gallon freezer bag and pour the marinade over the little crustaceans.

Put the shrimp in the fridge for 1 hour flipping once.

Drain the shrimp(do not rinse) and serve with cocktail sauce or just by themselves!

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Old Bay and Beer Shrimp
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Easy old bay and beer shrimp
Ingredients
  • 1 cup dark beer ( I use Guinness Draught)
  • ½ cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • ½ cup Water
  • 3½ tablespoons Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 lbs. Pre-cooked Peeled and Deveined Shrimp or Fresh shrimp (peeled and deveined)
Instructions
For the Pre-Cooked Shrimp
  1. In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, combine beer, vinegar, water and Old Bay seasoning.
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove and place in a cover bowl and store in refrigerator until cool.
  5. Place the thawed shrimp in a gallon zip lock bag, pour in marinade.
  6. Seal bag and place in refrigerator for 1 hour, flipping bag once.
  7. Drain(do not rinse) and serve.
For Fresh Shrimp.
  1. In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, combine beer, vinegar, water and Old Bay seasoning.
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Add shrimp, cover and cook for an additional 3 minutes or until pink .
  5. Drain and serve.
Notes
Recipe inspired by Old Bay

 

Artichoke Bruschetta

Artichoke Bruschetta

Are you totally panicking on what you are going to bring to your next Holiday Party??

Have no fear, The Hungry Housewife is here…Ok, that was totally cheesy.

But seriously, this artichoke / tomato Appetizer is 100% make ahead. If you make it the night before, the flavors have a chance to meld together and it is just perfect.
Do be warned though, this is an addictive little dish.

But it’s winter you say and tomatoes are ehhhhh this time of year.

Yeah, dont worry about that either! This recipe calls for canned diced tomatoes.
Don’t look at me like that.
Canned tomatoes are PERFECT for this.
I use Tuttorosso Diced Tomatoes. It’s the ONLY brand I will use. But more on that after the recipe.

Artichoke Bruschetta

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An easy Make Ahead Appetizer using canned diced tomatoes
Ingredients
  • 28oz. can Diced Tomatoes (preferably Tuttorosso brand), drained
  • 14oz jar Baby Artichoke Hearts,drained and chopped
  • 4 Cloves Garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ small Red Onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil + extra for bread
  • ¼ cup Fresh Parmesan Cheese, finely grated
  • 1½ tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 3 large Basil Leaves, finely chopped
  • 12oz loaf French Baguette
Instructions
Tomato Topping
  1. In a medium bowl, mix together tomatoes, artichokes, garlic, onion, ¼ cup olive oil, parmesan cheese, balsamic vinegar and basil. Salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Cover and place in refrigerator overnight.
Toast Rounds
  1. Preheat oven to 375º.
  2. Slice bread into ¼"-1/2" rounds.
  3. Place on baking sheet and brush with olive oil.
  4. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until crispy but not brown.
  5. Serve tomato mixture along side the bread rounds and allow your guests to spoon it onto the bread themselves. Otherwise the bread will get soggy.
Notes
I alway make sure there are no tough leaves remaining on the baby chokes. Peel them off and discard if necessary.
Recipe inspired by lunch served by the Publix Apron School Citrus Park

I have been using the Tuttorosso brand for YEARS….as notes in my Spaghetti and Meatballs post from 2009

They recently invited me to a cute little lunch

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We ate wonderful food…(even a dessert with tomatoes)

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and had a little taste test….

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We had a chance to taste different brands of tomatoes right from the shelf of the grocery store.
I was in shock at how BAD some of them were. After I tasted one specific brand, I think my quote was, “I can’t believe they even think this is ok to sell.”
Another one tasted like metal. One brand tasted rancid.
The Tuttorosso brand is far superior in taste to any of the other brands.

 

**This is NOT a sponsored post and I was NOT required to post about the Tuttorosso Brand. It truly is the only brand I use**

Spicy Cheesy Buttermilk Biscuits

Cheesy Spicy Buttermilk Biscuits

Sometime you just need a buttermilk biscuit.

Then other times you need a cheesy buttermilk biscuit.

Annnnnd then there are moments in life in which you need a Spicy Cheesy Buttermilk Biscuit.

Today was one of those days.

I needed super quick, super flavorful biscuits. I took a shortcut and used Bisquick for the base. (And truth be told I was almost out of flour).

And for the wha-BAM factor I used Cabot Hot Habanero Cheddar Cheese. This cheese is not for sissys. It has some serious kick to it and the flavor is outstanding. Because it is so flavorful, I didn’t really have to add another flavoring to my biscuits.

It’s a win/win people.
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If you follow me on Instagram and Facebook you will know that me and the folks at Cabot Cheese are BFF’s. I am a proud Cabot Cheese Board member. They send me cheese and I devour it. They do not require me to post about it, but these biscuits are too good not to share!
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Spicy Cheesy Buttermilk Biscuits
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An easy spicy cheesy buttermilk biscuit.
Ingredients
  • 2¼ cups All Purpose Baking Mix (like Bisquick)
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh Parsley, finely chopped, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 cup Cabot Hot Habanero Cheddar Cheese, shredded (or your favorite cheese)
  • ⅔ cup Buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons Butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together Bisquick, 1 tablespoon parsley, garlic powder and cheese.
  3. Stir in buttermilk and mix until a soft dough forms. You can add in more buttermilk if your dough will not come together( only add in 1 tablespoon increments).
  4. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface.
  5. Kneed several times until smooth.
  6. Roll dough to ½' thick.
  7. Use biscuit or cookie cutter to cut out biscuits.
  8. Place on an un-greased cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes.
  9. In a small bowl mix together melted butter and remaining tablespoon parsley and brush over warm biscuits.

**This recipe was developed in consideration with my relationship with Cabot Cheese. Compensation in the form of monies and/or product have been received. All opinions are my own. I was not required to post about my love of Cabot**

Caprese Kabobs

Caprese Kabobs

I hate to break it to you people, but the Holidays are upon us if we like it or not.

Holidays mean parties and parties mean food and you will look like a real looser if you show up to a party empty handed, so my I suggest these super easy Caprese Kabobs??!?

And aren’t they festive looking with all that red, white and green?

These are obviously a no-cook appetizer which is super bonus points in my book.

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Go to the grocery store and grab yourself 2 pints of cherry tomatoes, a package of mozzarella pearls and 2 big bunches of basil. I’m sure you have toothpicks on hand, but if you don’t, grab those too.

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Poke a hole in the very tip of a leaf of basil with a toothpick.

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Pop on a piece of mozzarella

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Next add your tomato.

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And then secure it all together by poking a hole at the other end of the basil.

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Told you it was easy!

Oh and try to find these mozzarella pearls. They will make your life easier because you won’t have to cut each piece of mozzarella.

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Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar glaze and top off with Coarse Kosher Salt.

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Caprese Kabobs
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Ingredients
  • 2 pints Cherry Tomatoes
  • 8 oz. Mozzarella (preferably Mozzarella Pearls, so you don't have to cut the mozzarella)
  • 2 big bunches Fresh Basil
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Balsamic Glaze
  • Coarse Kosher Salt
  • 55 Toothpicks (approximate)
Instructions
  1. Take toothpick and poke it through the very end of 1 leaf of basil
  2. Add mozzarella to the toothpick
  3. Add the cherry after the mozzarella
  4. Wrap the basil underneath the cherry and cheese and secure it by poking the toothpick through the basil leaf.
  5. Arrange on platter.
  6. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, salt and balsamic vinegar glaze

FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealer Review and Giveaway

Food Saver

FoodSaver®

Vacuum Sealing System….
They certainly hit the nail on the head when naming their product!

Food Saver

I have had a FoodSaver® for MANY years now. It has been an invaluable accessory in my kitchen.
Not only does it save me money, it saves me time during the week.

After I go to the grocery store on Sunday, I prep and vacuum all the things that I will be freezing.

I love to buy meat in bulk. Without literally “sucking all the air out” of the package, my meat would eventually get freezer burn and I would end up throwing food away. Talk about a waste of money!

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There are soon many other things you can vacuum seal..here are some examples…

Coffee Beans
Ice- Yes ice…So when it melts, you won’t have a watery mess in your cooler.
Pancakes
Beans
Meat
Cheese
Veggies
Fruit
And so much more

And think about it, you can vacuum seal non-food related items as well.
Think of all your precious valuables that you may not want to get wet or for air to damage it.
Family photos
Scrapbook creations
Silver Jewelry- air=’s tarnish
First-Aid kits when you are out in the wilderness in fear of it getting wet.
Your Cell phone- Obviously once you cut into the bag, it will no longer be water tight.

The FoodSaver® brand also sells canisters that you can use. You attach the accessory hose from the vacuum sealer into the canister and remove the air. You instantly have an air-tight, airless container.

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We eat chicken A LOT in my house. I love buying whole chicken and cutting them up into 8th’s for later use.

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I use the roll bags and cut my own bags to size. It’s super simple to do.

Just cut your bag to the size you would like +3 inches.

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You are going to place one end of your bag into the grey chamber.

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Move the side switch to “operate” on press “seal”.
The FoodSaver® will make a humming noise and the seal light will go off as soon as the bag is ready.
Now one end of the bag is sealed. You see the clear line about 1/4″ down?

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Now place a piece of chicken in the bag and place the unsealed end into the grey chamber and close the lid. Move the side switch to the operate position and press the lid down.

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And there you have it…a whole chicken cut up with less risk of the dreaded freezer burn!

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Carnival Sunshine (Part 2)- The YUM

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This is Part 2 of my wonderful Carnival Sunshine Cruising experience. Read all about the FUN in my first post.

I think people have a misconception about the food on cruises…that it is all about all you can eat pizza and ice cream.

Well I am hear to tell you, sure you can get all you can eat ice cream and pizza, but the food on the Carnival Sunshine is sooooooo much more.

Here are a few fun facts..

In the first year of service of The Carnival Sunshine…Guests will devour 188,000 Servings of the cruise industry’s most popular dessert, the Chocolate Melting Cake, along with 270,000 pizzas and 115,000 cappuccinos.

More than 18,000 means will be served in the Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse

Chefs in the vessel’s galley will use approximately 17,000 pounds of flour

Let me take you on a tour of some of the unreal gastronomic delights.

Ji Ji Asian Kitchen– A full-service restaurant featuring an extensive menu of delicacies from the Far East.
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Slow-Braised Wagyu Beef Short Ribs
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Guy’s Burger Joint– A free-of-charge poolside spot developed in partnership with
Food Network personality Guy Fieri serving hand-crafted burgers and fresh-cut fries.
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Cucina del Capitano– offering Italian favorites and new Carnival classics serves family-style in a cozy Italian home atmosphere.

Chicken Parmesan
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Brasato al barolo – Braised Short Ribs in Rich Red Barolo Wine Sauce, Topped with Crusted Almond’s and Olive Oil Cream
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Rosemary Potatoes
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Salmone alla griglia-Hand-Trimmed Grilled Salmon Fillet Served with Roasted Potatoes, Endive, Charred Tomato and Lemon
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Il capitano’s signature arancini-Fried Risotto Balls, Piled High with Baby Arugula and Shaved Parmesan Cheese, Served over
Tomato Sauce
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Antipasti-Marinated Olives, Tomato and Zucchini Tartar, Sicilian Fig Olive Basil Tapenade, Eggplant Caponata, Roasted Pepper alla Nonna, Cured Prosciutto, Mushrooms and Marinated Vegetables, Served with Grilled Italian Bread
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Calamari Fritti-Crispy Calamari Rings, Topped with Cured Tomatoes, Charred Lime and Sea Salt, Served with Marinara Sauce
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Insalata Caprese-The Colors of Italy, Sliced Tomato and fresh Mozzarella, Served with Cracked Peppercorn, Basil, Pesto Purée, Balsamic Vinaigrette and Extra Virgin Olive Oil
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Nonna’s Meatballs- Hand made with Olive Oil Sautéed Garlic and Onion, Baked with Fresh Mozzarella, Served over the Captain’s Tomato Sauce
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BlueIguana Cantina– a complementary poolside Mexican Eatery where guests can enjoy authentic,freshly made burritos and tacos on homemade tortillas.
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JavaBlue Cafe– offering lattes, cappuccinos, and other caffeinated favorites, as well as “spiked” coffees.
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Pizzeria del Capitano– an expansion of Cucina del Capitano offering five varieties of hand-tossed artisanal-syne pizza, all available free of charge 24 hours a day.
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Fahrenheit 555– A classic American steakhouse offering mouth-watering steaks, gourmet appetizers, entrees and desserts, with impeccable service.
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Shake Spot– your go to spot where you can enjoy hand-crafted milkshakes and floats, including “adult versions”!
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Bonsai Sushi– a full-serivce sushi restaurant offering delicious Asian-inspired delicacies like sushi,sashimi,rolls and more
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The Lido Marketplace– A casual poolside eatery offering an array of International favorites, from panini and 24 hour pizza, a Mongolian Wok station, American-style “comfort food” such as fried chicken and mac n’ cheese and just about everything in between.

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Serenity- Salads, sandwiches, wraps and other light fare available on sea days at the ship’s exclusive adults-only retreat.

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The Taste Bar– Complimentary bite-size offerings inspired by popular Carnival dining venues.

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And lastly let me tell you about one of the best eating experiences I have ever had in my life….
Chef’s Table
Be treated to a culinary experience of a lifetime, culminating in a sumptuous multicourse dinner hosted by one of our master chefs. The VIP experience starts with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres for a select group of 14, followed by a tour to see the galley in operation. The evening concludes with a mind-blowing full-service dinner of amazing appetizers, entrees and desserts not found on our regular dining menus. $75 per person. Worth every penny.
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Say hi to Executive Chef Joaquim Dias
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Salmon Tarter Cone.
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Beet Blanket, Spiced Grape Tea- Asparagus Cauliflower,Honey Carrot Tian, Mache, Lemon Streusel
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Crab Stack- Corn Custard,Polenta Cracker,Tangerine,Passion Caviar
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Wagyu- Bone Marrow Souffle,Scallion & Garlic Panisse,Gremolata Crisp
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Sea Bass- Chorizo Crust,Fried Pop Corn Pudding,Lemon Macaroon, Lobster Foam
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Sea Salt Praline Chocolate,Raspberry Mojito,Key Lime Cake, Apricot Vanilla Gel, Citrus Cream
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I hope you enjoyed my journey on the Carnival Sunshine as much as I did!!!!

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*I was a guest of Carnival to experience all that the Carnival Sunshine has to offer. All opinions are 100% mine.*

Carnival Sunshine (Part 1) – The Fun

Carnival Sunshine

Carnival Sunshine

Just I couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be sent by Carnival Cruise Line to experience The Carnival Sunshine, a part of Carnival’s Fun Ship 2.0 line.

Crazy, right?

The Carnival Sunshine used to be The Carnival Destiny. But in 2013, for 75 days, it was treated to a facelift…a $155 million facelift.

It’s a beauty.

The main lobby is sparkly and inviting..

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The Sunshine Bar

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The staterooms are modern, roomy and comfy…

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Even though Carnival was generous enough to offer us the option to bring our kids, we opted to cruise by ourselves. While I am sure they would have had a blast in the kids camps and the massive water slides, we opted to have a husband and wife vacation..not a Mom and Dad vaca.

My husband and I haven’t been on a real vacation without our offspring for 10 years.

I think we were due. And let me tell you, a vacation without kids is SOOOOOO much different than a vacation with kids.

I never once heard, “I’m bored.” or “What can we do now.” or “She’s touching me!”
To be honest, it was lovely. I missed my little nuggets, but IT.WAS.NICE.

There are so many “adult things” a.k.a BARS to do on the ship. J/K..Not only bars…Carnival Sunshine does have a three-level serenity ADULTS ONLY retreat,Sunshine Casino and the Could 9 Spa. Ohhh ahhhh.

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Some of the drinking establishments are…

The Red Frog Pub

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BlueIguana Tequila Bar

EA Sports Bar

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Alchemy Bar

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RedFrog Rum Bar

The Library Bar

Havana Bar

We were treated to the Mixology class at the Alchemy Bar. We were given an in-depth class on everything cocktail. The proper way to hold a martini glass, the ratios for the perfect drink and some great tricks like lighting a lemon peel on fire for a quick second to change the flavor of the drink.
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Lot’s of entertainment as well

The Liquid Lounge was alway quite a hit being the main show lounge/Dance Club

Piano Bar 88

The Punchliner Comedy Club presented by George Lopez

The Library Lounge and many more venues to keep you busy for your entire cruise experience.

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We had a great time off ship as well…

Cave tubing in Belize

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Fresh Coconuts in Costa Maya
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A beautiful TRUE waterfront restaurant in Isle of Rotan
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Had to visit Jimmy Buffets while in Cozumel
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And we all know that no Carnival Cruise is complete without the Towel Animal…In fact, in it’s first year of service the Carnival Sunshine created more than a half-a-million town animals for their guests.
We woke up one morning to a towel animal party on the deck
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Part 2 will be ally about the food. Ohhh, the food.

*I was a guest of Carnival to experience all that the Carnival Sunshine has to offer. All opinions are 100% mine.*

Italian Meatballs

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Italian sausage can make your life so much easier. Ground Italian sausage is packed with so much flavor, it eliminates the need for you to add a lot of extra flavorings to your dish.
My regular meatball recipe uses ground beef and while absolutely delicious, I rarely make them because they require me to add toooooo many extra ingredients for flavoring.

Now these meatballs are another story. They only have 6 ingredients and whip together in a snap.  Easy Peasy.

You can catch me on Daytime  this Wednesday making these meatballs on behalf of Johnsonville®

The Johnsonville® company is the King of anything and everything sausage. It’s also good to know that all Johnsonville® Italian Sausage varieties are Gluten Free!

Some of my favorite products are obviously all the Italian Sausage Blends and the Fully Cooked Breakfast Sausages are also amazing.

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Italian Meatballs
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A quick and easy Italian Meatball Recipe!
Ingredients
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ⅓ cup dry bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1 package (19 ounce) JOHNSONVILLE® Ground Mild Italian Sausage or Links removed from casing*(*Cut sausage link end to end, about three-quarters of the way through. Flip sausage link over, grasp casing and pull off.)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the egg, bread crumbs, KRAFT Grated Parmesan cheese, milk and onion.
  3. Remove sausage from casings.
  4. Add sausage to the bread crumb mixture and mix well.
  5. Shape into 20 meatballs; arrange on a shallow baking pan.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through (160°F).
  7. Serve with your favorite sauce and spaghetti.
Notes
Recipe Source: Johnsonville
Photo Credit: The Hungry Housewife | Leslie Green

I have been compensated as a part of my partnership with Johnsonville®. All opinions are 100% mine..they always are.

Kitty Litter Cake

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Totally gross and 100% awesome.
This cake will be sure to offend someone.
I made this cake for the first time ohhhh , 15 years ago. People were originally shocked to see a cat litter box on the table, but quickly realized it was food..tasty food actually.

Kitty Litter Cake

I have seen this cake made with crumbled cake held together with pudding, but that seamed kinda sloppy to me, So I decided to find a smaller cat box, a box that a 9 x 13 cake would fit nicely into.
I don’t take the time to make a homemade cake and icing for this Halloween Cake. Pre-made ingredients work just fine and make for a quick fun Halloween themed cake!

Here is everything you need….

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Make sure you get a small cat box.

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Cat Litter Scoop

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I trimmed the cake top off so the cake would be flat on the surface.

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Frost the first layer of cake

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Put on the second cake layer

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Frost the second layer of cake.

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Perfecto.

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Pulse the cookies.

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1 bag of 1/4 cup cookies colored with 3-4 drops of blue food coloring.
1 bag of 1/4 cup cookies colored with 3-4 drops of green food coloring.
The rest of the cookies remain uncolored.

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Sprinkle the uncolored cookies over the frosting and top with blue and green colored cookies.

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See the “odor crystals”?

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Unwrap and warm Tootsie Rolls in the microwave until slightly softened.
Form into “cat poo”

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And there you have it! A perfect Halloween Cake!

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An absolutely discussing looking but mighty tasty cake that looks like a Kitty Litter Box. Perfect for Halloween.
Ingredients
  • 2 18.5oz Boxes of Classic Cake Mix ( or your favorite flavor), cooked to package directions and cooled completely.
  • 2 16oz. tubs Creamy Chocolate Buttercream Frosting(or your favorite flavor)
  • 14.3 oz box Vanilla Sandwich Cookies (you will need about 30 of the cookies)
  • Blue Food Coloring
  • Green Food Coloring
  • 15 Tootsie Roll Midgees, unwrapped or however many pieces of "cat poo" you want on your cake
  • Small Cat Box (14⅜ L x 11¼ W x 4" H)
  • Cat Scoop
Instructions
  1. Thoroughly wash and dry the cat box and scooper.
  2. Place one cake into the cat box, frost with just under 1 tub of frosting.
  3. Place the second cake on top. Frost the top with just under 1 tub of frosting (or use the whole can if you like a lot of frosting).
  4. In a blender, working in 2 batches, crumble the cookies until they resemble kitty litter.
  5. Scoop out ½ cup of the litter, divide ½ cup of the crushed cookies into 2 zip lock bags. (Each bag will have ¼ cup crushed cookies).
  6. Drop 3 -4 drops of green food coloring into one bag and ¾ drops of blue food coloring into the other bag. Shake the bags until the food coloring is mixed and they are small colored "crystals" of cookies.
  7. Sprinkle the non colored cookies over the frosted cake.
  8. Sprinkle the blue and green crystals over the non colored cookies.
  9. Place half the Toosie Rolls on a microwave safe plate, microwave for 10 seconds, or until slightly soft. (Careful, they will be hot)
  10. Form the Toosie Rolls into pieces of cat poo.
  11. Place on cake and roll around in the "litter" if you would like.
  12. Place the litter scoop into the cake.
  13. To serve, you can either use the scooper, or cut with a knife for cleaner cut slices.

Keurig 2.0

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Seriously, you are looking at the most amazing invention in all the land.

I mean, it’s right up there with electricity and pimple cream.

I have been obsessed with my Keurig for years, but it was a little frustrating that when you had company over, the Keurig was not the best way to serve coffee to more than one person; I always had to break out the ol’ drip coffee pot.

Oh, I know, sooooo, 90’s.

Folks,theres a new Brewer in town.

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Brew 1 cup or a Carafe. Kinda amazing right? Told you it’s up there with electricity in the invention department!

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Now you obviously will have to have the 2 Keurig sizes available if you want to take advantage of all the Keurig 2.0 awesomeness.
The K-Cup on the left is noticeably larger because this is the one you use to brew your carafe for all your friends.
And the K-Cup on the right is the original 1 cup brew size.

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You get to choose how many cups you want to brew into your carafe.
2-3 cups
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3-4 cups

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Or 4-5 cups.
Press the blinking Keurig 2.0 button to brew your delicious coffee.

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And of course you can also brew your 1 cup.

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It’s a very polite brewer, it tells you when and when not to do things like when not to lift the handle , when to add more water..etc.

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I am completely smitten with the new Keurig 2.0. It’s the coffee maker of my dreams!
You can pick yours up at Walmart in-stores or on-line
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n case I left any of the detail about this glorious brewer out…you can go to Keurig and check them out.

One thing to know about the brewer. Keurig has changed the technology in their brewing system.  You have to use the new Keurig K-Cups. These new K cups have a code on the top that the brewer actually reads so it can brew you the perfect cup of coffee depending on which variety you are brewing. All of the older K-cup are being phased out of the stores, so you won’t have an issue finding the new ones.

There are 3 models to choose from as seen below.

Keurig 2.0 K 350

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Features include
9 Brew Sizes, from 4 oz. to 30 oz.
60 oz. Water Reservoir
Grayscale Touch Display
Brewer Maintenance Alerts
Strength Control
Illuminated Water Reservoir
Includes 4-cup starter carafe, 4 K-Carafe™ packs, 6 K-Cup® packs, & 2.0 Water Filter Starter Kit with one filter

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Features Include
9 Brew Sizes, from 4 oz. to 30 oz
70 oz. Water Reservoir
2.4″ Color Touch Display
Brewer Maintenance Alerts
Strength Control
Easy-fill Flip-top Reservoir Lid
Customizable User Interface Wallpaper
Programmable Controls: Auto On/Off; Auto Brew K-Carafe™; Customizable Clock; Favorite Settings
Illuminated Water Reservoir
Includes 4-cup starter carafe, 4 K-Carafe™ packs, 6 K-Cup® packs, & 2.0 Water Filter Starter Kit with one filter

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Keurig 2.0 K 550
Keurig 2.0 K550

Features Include
10 Brew Sizes: from 4 oz. to 30 oz.
80 oz. Water Reservoir with Easy-fill Flip-top Reservoir Lid
2.8” Color Touch Display
Brewer Maintenance Alerts
Strength Control
Illuminated Water Reservoir
Customizable User Interface Wallpaper
Hot Water On-Demand Function
Programmable Controls: Auto On/Off; Auto Brew K-Carafe™; Customizable Clock; Favorite Settings; and Night Light with Customizable Color
Includes 4-cup starter carafe, 4 K-Carafe™ packs, 6 K-Cup® packs, & 2.0 Water Filter Starter Kit with one filter

*Keurig provided me with product to review. All opinions are 100% mine. I adore this Keurig 2.0 brewer!*