Thursday, April 26, 2012

Guest Post With Simply Gourmet Photography! Carrot Cake

Sherron over at Simply Gourmet Photography blows my mind and makes me drool daily!
She has wonderful ideas and even more beautiful photography....I wish we lived closer so we could share desserts at nighttime and she could teach me her art over cake.

When I put out my call, Sherron was there.  She has a huge heart :)  You can Sherron on her Facebook page or over on her blog anytime!

We love carrot cake in this house, in fact Mr. BM asked for it this past year for his b-day cake.  This post incorporates coconut and pineapples!  OHHH  a tropical flare :)

Thanks a million doll!
Take it away!!!

Hi, my name is Sherron and I am the blogger and photographer at Simply Gourmet Photography.  I have been taking pictures for over 20 years.  It is a hobby of mine that turned into a passion that led to a career.  My focus in the last few years has been on food.
I love food, cooking and entertaining my friends and family.
I have only been blogging for 9 months and one of the first foodie friends I met was Katrin.  I love her sense of humor. I enjoy her recipes , reading about her adventures with her family (Mr. BM and her son).
I am so thrilled that she is so happy and marrying the man of her dreams this week.
In honor of Katrin and her new journey as a bride to be and, very soon, as a new bride, I wanted to share a cake recipe with you.  After all, who does not like cake?

They say that carrot cake is becoming the new IT cake of weddings.  I have read that carrot cake is called the Passion Cake.  WOW..those are big shoes to fill...ha ha ha.
This cake is filled with lots of yummy extras that make you feel as though you were on a beach sipping a drink with an umbrella...after all, it does have coconut and pineapple baked into every bite.

My small family could not possibly eat this entire cake and so I shared it with our neighbor who the next day declared it to be "the best carrot cake he has ever had!"...I don't know about you, but that's some pretty good feed back.
I encourage you to dive right in and make this delicious carrot cake for your next family get together, church function, or office meeting.
I would also like to wish Katrin the best week in Florida with her family.
My own wedding is still so fresh in my mind, even after 24 amazing years.
Congratulations Katrin and Mr deserve this happiness!

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Guest Post with Hun What's for Dinner - Slow Cooked Chicken Tostadas

Ahhh Cindy, a beautiful mother of 2 and a lucky woman of a chef'd think that would be daunting wouldn't you?  Not to her!
She pulls out all the stops and creates her family meals that I drool over all the time!
I have been fortunate enough to be a follower of hers on Facebook as well as her blog, Hun What's for Dinner.
Cindy was one of the first people to come to my rescue when I posted about having some guests post while I am away honeymooning (yup, that's right, we're finally married!) and I couldn't be happier!
Especially with this post.  Its going to be tested as soon as I'm back!!  I`m a HUGE Mexican fan - like I could eat it almost every day - I say almost because I happen to love pasta too...they have to both compete for my love....
So here it is, take it away CINDY!

Hi Everybody,

Cindy here, from Hun... What's for Dinner? I am super excited to be guest posting for Katrin today since she is away enjoying, what I hope is, a fabulous honeymoon. How exciting is that??

I first found Running with the Devil(ed) Eggs on Facebook. I was instantly drawn to Betty Martha's (Katrin's alter ego) wit and amazing recipes. The fact that she is a fellow Canadian, just makes me love her that much more, LOL.
One of the features I love most about her blog is the Mash Ups. She takes two ingredients, or foods, and puts them together to create something fabulous and mouth watering. So, when she put the word out that she needed help from fellow bloggers to cover for her (while she was celebrating one of the most awesome times of her life), I quickly volunteered.

Today I would like to share a recipe perfect for Cinqo de Mayo- Chicken Tostadas. We love Mexican themed meals in this house and have them at least 3 times a month. There is something about the combination of spices and cheese that make us love a good Mexican dinner. While one of our staples is tacos, I decided to switch it up a bit, and decided to make Tostadas. These are basically a crisp corn tortilla, topped with shredded chicken, cheese and any other favourite toppings you'd like. I decided to slow cook my chicken in the crock pot, with tomatoes, beans and great herbs. The result was flavourful, tender chicken. The kids totally flipped over these. The whole time we were eating, Mr.B kept mentioning how delicious it was. Queenie? Well she ate the whole thing without complaining, so that's a win in my book, LOL. I'm glad the kids have approved another Mexican dish, so we can broaden our repertoire.

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Guest Post with Carrie's Experimental Kitchen - Caramelized Bacon & Onion Clam Chowder

Have I got a treat for you folks!  Carrie over at Carrie's Experimental Kitchen graciously agreed to help me out this week while away getting married.  Actually, as of today I will already have been married for over 12 hours!!
I asked if she had anything soupy because, well, I don't eat the stuff and therefore you wont find many posts here about soup (although there is a couple that I will consume).  She didn't disappoint!
I can honestly say that I am going to make this (sans the clam because that's how I roll).  She may just have converted this soup hater!

She is truly talented, enjoys the kitchen and is super sweet!!  AND she's got a book in the works guys!!  Slightly jealous! Maybe she'll let me review it for her?!
Make sure once you check out this post you go on over to visit Carrie on her blog and let her know you loved her post too!

Hi everyone, I'm Carrie behind Carrie's Experimental Kitchen and I am thrilled to be a Guest here today at Running with Devil(ed) Eggs!
I just love Katrin’s blog. She has such wonderful recipes, funny stories and a great taste in music (I especially love those Friday night Facebook Virtual Dance Parties!). Congratulations on your nuptials, and I can’t wait to see pictures of you as a beautiful bride. xo

And now, allow me tell you a little about myself…

I love looking around the kitchen, seeing what I have on hand and creating a meal that is simple yet delicious. I love the freshness of Mediterranean-style cooking and most of my recipes reflect that.  I have been married for 17 years and am the mother of two girls, ages 15 and 10, who I lovingly refer to as my food testing "guinea pigs". I reside in a small town in Northwestern NJ and graduated from Johnson & Wales University with a B.S. in Hotel/Restaurant Management.  I am also awaiting the release of my first cookbook called Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen: A Collection of Mediterranean Inspired Family Meals; which is scheduled to be released in the late summer, early fall of 2012.

And now for the recipe…

So here's a good one for you. I don't like ANY seafood nor can I eat bacon. So you're probably thinking "What possessed her to make this soup then?” It's ok, I haven't lost it...yet!
New England Clam Chowder happens to be my youngest daughter’s favorite soup but I never make it. Instead, we have to wait to go to Panera Bread on a Friday to get it for her (apparently they follow the "fish on Friday" rule all year long because that's the only day they ever have it on their menu) and then she only eats it out of a bread bowl. 
She was having a bad day at school so I thought I’d cheer her up by making this for her when she got home. It started off ok until my friend, who was here refinishing my wood floors, distracted me and I accidentally browned the bacon and onions too much. Instead of scrapping it, I continued with the process then made him taste it for me (I cook by smell and sight when cooking with seafood and it smelled ok so I think he was safe!). He said it was actually really good and liked the flavor the overcooked bacon and onions gave it, so that's how my regular clam chowder became caramelized bacon and onion clam chowder (that and as you can tell from the picture it's on the tan side vs. white). I also had my in-laws test it out too, and it got a "good" from my father in-law, which in his language means, "you can make it again".
You just never want an "ok" because then the meal is doomed!
My daughter was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed it as well. In no time, she was back to her old self.
Isn’t it amazing how food can change someone’s mood? I hope you like this soup as much as my family did.

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Guest Post with Everyday Mom's Meals - Angel Food Cake w/ Lemon Sauce

Hello everyone! I'm so excited to be guest blogging today while the bride is away! Such an exciting time and I'm honored to help out!
My name is Krista, and I'm the everyday mom in Everyday Mom's Meals. I started blogging in May 2010 and since it's become such a blessing in my life, introducing me to such a wonderful foodie community.
I am a SAHM to my son Alex, 7 and full time wife to my husband of almost 9 years, Adam.

We enjoy simple home cooked recipes that bring our family around the table to make special memories. I hope you stop by EMM sometime soon, and you can also find me on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!

Happy Spring!
No matter what Mother Nature is doing outside your window right now, spring has officially sprung! That's right, warmer temps, greener grass, fuller trees, colorful flowers, they are all on their way! Even if it doesn't always seem like springtime during Spring here in Indiana, it's a promise.(This year has been extra "springy" though. With record breaking temps for a week in March.) A promise of new life, a promise of sunnier days, and to me a promise of capri pants and flip flops making their return! And one of the surest signs of spring at our house is I start craving summer-like desserts. I want things w/ berries, and citrus and especially lemon! Isn't there just something about seeing lemon in a dessert that screams spring and summer? So when I came across this super simple one in Simple and Delicious magazine I decided it would be our premiere spring sweet, and shared w/ all of you on this day! Refreshing and light, this dessert would be perfect for an Easter brunch or dinner, and it is also one to remember for the upcoming summer months when so many fresh picked berries could be incorporated! Winter was long enough, it's time to bust out of those scarves, boots and gloves. Bring on the shorts, tanned legs and pretty toes! Spring is here!!!

Angel Food Cake w/ Lemon Sauce  from Simple and Delicious Mar/April 2012

1 angel food cake (Either homemade or store bought. I buy them at the Walmart bakery in "loaf" form.)
1 (3.4 oz) box instant lemon pudding mix
3 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1 3/4 c. cold milk
Fresh strawberries, chopped, optional
Whipped Cream, optional

In a bowl, use an electric mixer to beat cream cheese until smooth. Add milk and pudding mix. Continue beating until thickened. Slice cake and top w/ lemon sauce. Add fresh berries and whipped cream if desired.
*NOTE* After chilled if the sauce becomes too thick, add a little milk and stir. We like it a little on the thick side, but not as thick as pudding.
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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Goin to the Chapel and We`re Gonna Get Married....

That's right folks
By the time you read this I will be running around frantically getting hair and make up done, trying to stay calm, get into my dress without ripping it, calming my mother down, praying I don't cry.

Actually, I'll probably be at home still....packing!
We started packing up our suitcases about a week ago (I'm anal), next in line was all of the wedding decor, food related serving dishes etc.
I just picked up my dress yesterday (probably should have taken it out of the bag to double check it was mine, meh, I'll do that later) got all my outfit gear together and then realized I probably should FINISH all the packing.
You'd think we were going to a third world country with all the stuff we're bringing with us on our trip.

For those of you who don't know, the Mr. BM and I are getting married in Florida.  A trip I have taken many of times with my parents as a kid.  We're driving down because of two reasons.
The major one is because of course we did a lot of DIY projects and aren't spending a fortune on decor rentals while there.  Thankfully it doesn't all have to fit into our vehicle!

While we're gone I've got 4 wonderful guests who have taken the time to post some awesome food for you and I'll be journaling our travels so that I can have something to keep my mind occupied while listening to HOURS of Howard Stern and so that I can share some of our experiences!

I have already conceded to a "Awesomeness You Can't Get in Canada" post, and I cant WAIT to hit up the grocery stores.  I've complained many a time why Canada doesn't carry the same cereals as the US and I'd like to profile just how many we currently do not have that they do.
Green eyed monster coming out.
Example One - The Mr. BM has already allocated a good 2x2 section of the back for his cereal - Raisin Bran Crunch.  We have Raisin Bran, but no crunch.  What gives??!!

So please stick around, definitely check out the guests I have for you and well, see ya when I'm a Mrs.!

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