Cooking for Mom? Great Mother’s Day Recipes

May 13, 2017 / Foodie, Main Menu
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With Mother’s Day tomorrow, I wanted to share a few special internationally-inspired brunch recipes that I thought might be of interest timed to the holiday and beyond. Each exotic recipe below is complemented by Nando’s beloved PERi-PERi sauce. Those looking to add a spicy spring spin need to look no further than the flavorful Zucchini and Tomato Baked Eggs, Pineapple and Sweet Potato Kebabs or Cornflake Chicken! You still have time to purchase the sauce at Kroger, Publix and Walmart.

The South African/Portuguese sauce, beloved by Ed Sheeran, Drake, Bella Hadid and more, brings bold flavor and spice to any dish via its main ingredient, the African Birds Eye Chili, a unique pepper hailing from Mozambique. Also worth noting that according to Harvard, spicy foods may even help you live longer –  making it the perfect ingredient for all mom’s out there who appreciate a little spice in their life!

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Cooking for Mom? Great Mother’s Day Recipes

Chicken, Pineapple & Sweet Potato Kebabs

Preparation Time: 20 Minutes

Cook Time: 45 Minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients

4 Chicken breasts with skin on, each cut into 3

1 Pineapple, peeled and cut into chunks

2 Sweet potato, washed and cut into chunks

2 Yellow peppers, quartered

2 Red peppers, quartered

Bay leaves, to garnish

3 Tbsp Olive oil

1 Cup Nando’s PERi-PERi sauce

½ Cup coconut cream

Method

1.    Preheat oven to 350°F. Skewer the chicken, pineapple, sweet potato, yellow peppers and onion onto a large skewer garnishing each end with a bay leaf.

2.    Combine the olive oil, Nando’s PERi-PERi sauce and coconut cream in a mixing bowl. Coat the kebabs with the spicy marinade and place in the oven to roast for 45 minutes or until the sweet potato is cooked and golden brown.


Zucchini and Tomato Baked Eggs

Preparation Time: 8 Minutes

Cook Time: 15 Minutes

Serves: 2

Ingredients

1 Yellow onion, peeled and thinly sliced

1 Zucchini, chopped into small chunks

½ Red pepper, cut into small chunks

14 oz. Canned tomatoes

2 Eggs

2 Tbsp Oil

1 Tsp Cumin Seeds

1 oz. Nando’s PERi-PERi sauce

Pinch of salt

Cilantro

Method

1.    On medium-low heat combine the olive oil and cumin seeds in a deep, medium skillet and stir until fragrant.

2.   Add the onions and a pinch of salt to the skillet and stir until they begin to brown, then stir in the zucchini and red pepper.

3.   Pour the canned tomatoes over the top of the veggies so that it makes an even layer and swirl Nando’s PERi-PERi on top. Let simmer for 5 minutes

4.   Crack the eggs into the skillet, ensuring enough space between them

5.   Take skillet off heat and place under a hot grill until eggs are cooked, about 5 minutes

6.   Top with fresh cilantro and serve with chunks of warm bread if desired

PERi-PERi Cornflake Chicken Strips

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 12-15 Minutes

Serves: 2

Ingredients

2 Chicken breasts with skin off, each cut into 4 strips

1 bottle Nando’s PERi-PERi sauce

½ Cup plain flour, seasoned with salt and pepper

½ Cup crushed Cornflakes

Method

1.    Preheat oven to 425°F

2.    Coat each strip of chicken in the flour mixture and dip in Nando’s PERi-PERi sauce before covering with the crushed cornflakes

3.   Lay on a slightly greased pan and bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes

4.   Enjoy by dipping in more of your favorite Nando’s PERi-PERi sauce

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Go Organically Fruit Snacks Review and Sweepstakes

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I received this product for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. 

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Go Organically Fruit Snacks are a brand of GMO-free fruit snacks available in three varieties, all of which are USDA-certified organic, made with real fruit purées and real fruit juices. These fruit snacks have 100% of the daily recommended value of Vitamin C and are a good source of Vitamins A and E. Go Organically® Fruit Snacks are also gluten-free, preservative-free and made with natural flavors and colors from natural sources.  The three varieties available are Fruit Medley, Tropical, and Mixed Berry.

Snacks are a favorite in my household and the Fruit Medley fruit snacks, were the perfect substitute for my sweet tooth just less fattening:) Each box comes with eight individually wrapped snack pouches.  To see where to get them for yourself, check here.

Right now, in time for Mother’s Day, Go Organically Fruit Snacks have a great sweepstakes that ends, May 14th, 2017 at 11:59pm, see details below:

To enter:

  • Simply visit http://goorganicallymominationsweeps.com/, and share what makes the mom you are entering so special. The description will automatically enter you AND the “mominee” for a chance to win the first two tier prizes. To enter for the grand prize, you must upload a photo in addition to sharing what makes your “mominee” so special.

Prizes:

  • Grand Prize: $500 Visa gift card and 3 boxes of Go Organically Fruit Snacks
  • Runners Up: A bouquet of flowers and 3 boxes of Go Organically Fruit Snacks
  • Giveaways: 1 box of Go Organically Fruit Snacks

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What ways are you honoring your Mom this Mother’s Day?

 


Atlanta Dining Out Passbook only $35.00

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I am an Atlanta Dining Out Ambassador, #affiliate and will receive a small commission with your purchase at no addition cost to you.

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Now if you are anything like me and love #BOGO deals, live in the Metro Atlanta Area and love food then check this out. DiningOut Magazine has this great Atlanta Dining Out Passbook which gives you access to 2 for 1 entrees at over 60 restaurants in the Metro Atlanta area!

Atlanta Dining Out Passbook only $35.00

All you need to do is present the Atlanta Dining Out Passbook, that has the with coupons included, at participating restaurants and you will receive 2 for 1 entrees. My birthday is in less than two weeks and yes indeed, I have eyeballed a couple of places that I would like to visit and this is the perfect way.

Happy Birthday to Me. I love 2 for 1 deals.

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The passbook usually retails for $99 but I have a great offer for all of you! Use the coupon code G4BMPass2017 to purchase the Atlanta Dining Out Passbook for only $35! The passbook is valid through November 30, 2017 and you must present the entire passbook (its a small paper booklet) at restaurants. You can USE THIS LINK to see the entire list of participating restaurants and to purchase your passbook now!

Some of the participating restaurants are:

Food 101, Freight Kitchen, Tierras Alto, Guaco Joes, Henry’s, Hook Line & Schooner, Hudson Grille, Ice Martini and Sushi Bar, Industry Tavern, Joe’s on Jupiter, Kouzina Christos, Loca Luna Restaurant and Bar, Lovie’s BBQ, McCray’s Tavern and many more.

And out of this list, I hope to visit at least 4. Hint Hint. How about you? What is your favorite restaurant in Atlanta? 

 


Armed with Truth Temporary Scripture Tattoos with Giveaway

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Received this product free in exchange for my honest review.

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A great new way to help learn Scripture as well as a great talking piece and way to share your faith with others is by wearing Scripture Tattoos. I was given an opportunity to receive a Verse Tattoo and Designer Pack (with several) free in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.

I do not have any tattoos (permanent ones) at the moment, and never really considered any until now. I would see others with all types of things that are important to them on themselves and some not so important, but I thought that was worth putting on my body even though it is temporary.

Faith not fear is the one I chose to best describe my life right now. There are a lot of things going on good and bad that I just have to chose to have faith and not fear.

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I love that this was easy to apply and the instructions were 100% accurate. Place the tattoo face down on clean skin (no lotion), remove the protective layer, place a moist cloth on top of it for about 30 seconds, press down and then remove. Voila!!!

Like to enter giveaways and want to try these temporary scripture tattoos? Enter below:
Armed With Truth Emboldened Giveaway! (Contest on Hive.co)

If you do not want to take your chances with the giveaway, use my coupon code (god4bandme) and obtain 20% off your order.

Have you ever tried a temporary tattoo? What was it? 


Spony is the Perfect Baseball Cap for My Ponytails

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I have received this product for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

Exercise!!! Who needs some stinking exercise? Well we all need exercise, so there is no sense of running from it. The picture below is after I tackled Kennesaw Mountain and arrived back home safe and sound. Trust me, I was not smiling much while I was tackling the mountain and I may call you a bit strange if you do:)

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As I mentioned above, I have received this special cap and I do mean special because it was able to successfully do something no other cap/hat has been able to do and that is be worn with my hair in it’s natural state. I have 4b naturally curly hair that just will not fit in a cap/hat no way no how until now.

 

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About Spony

Bad hairday? Throw a Spony on it! With the patent-pending Convertible Women’s Ballcap, you can wear it closed like a regular ballcap or open up the back to flaunt that updo. See how it works here: Spony In Action

Elevate your spring and summer style with a cap designed for comfort and convenience! Whatever the weather, the Spony Ballcap has got your back. If it gets warm, open up the back of the cap for ventilation or if there’s a chance of showers, close up the back for protection.

Inspired by an episode of Oprah, Spony was born from a dream to reinvent everyone’s favorite cap. After several variations, the original Spony was created. While first brought to the market internationally, Spony’s determination to be “Made in the USA” finally paid off in January of this year when they received their first American made product. Designed with the modern woman in mind, the comfort of the Spony makes it easy to convert your cap for any occasion!

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Look at all that hair and it is holding. My hair did not stretch the cap at all or damage it or anything. All of my hair fit perfectly in the cap and it was comfortable. You do have to watch the velcro but that is not unique in hats that have velcro.

Strongly, I would say that Spony is the Perfect Baseball Cap for My Ponytails and it will be for yours too.


ATG Today (Awaken to God) Review #ATGToday #Flyby

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(This is a sponsored post. I will receive a gift card to help cover the cost of the
 app, however my review is unbiased and honest).

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About ATG Today App:

The purpose:

  • to inspire and encourage thousands of people in their walk with Christ (hopefully, leading to another ‘Awakening’ – see 2 Chron 7:14); and
  • to raise the funds to: dig a well in 100 villages in India, provide 40,000 meals to widows and orphans, 15,000 mosquito nets and a medical team for immunizations, cataract operations and other services.

A devotional journal to help you enjoy your walk with God, with thanksgiving from your heart, everyday touches and prayers. Inspiration for 8 minutes with God at the start of your day, learning to hear His voice, memorize scripture, pray and journal. Lots of great ideas to build your faith, share scripture, encourage others and strengthen family devotions.

My view point:

I think that the app is great. From day one I received a scripture that I have read in the past, but had not remembered it and it did help me that day. It does not require a lot of time to be invested, only 8 minutes and those 8 minutes add up. You can do whatever it is you are doing and still listen. There is a cool portion that will help with reflection that asks you what you would like to thank the Lord for today, what you believe He is speaking to you about today and I pray today that you will….

Can you use a boost of Inspiration? Have you tried ATG Today? Do you think you will? 


Cooking Fresh Seafood with Sprouts Farmers Market

I did not receive monies for this review, however was given a gift card which did not
influence my opinion in any way. Sprouts is providing the winner with a gift card 
after winner is chosen.

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After attending the GF & AF Expo in Atlanta last year, I fell in love with Sprouts Farmers Market and I have been to their website and have bugged some of their staff to open a store in my area, but to date they haven’t:(They will though. I refuse to be denied:)

In the meanwhile, if I am near the closest store in my area, I try to stop by. Recently, after becoming a part of Atlanta Food Bloggers Society, I was invited to attend an interactive (which I did not expect) cooking demo at The Cook’s Warehouse that was hosted by Sprouts.

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To top that, the beautiful and talented Chef that was teaching was Chef Tregaye Fraser, winner of Season 12 the Next Food Network Star. Chef Tregaye is also the new host of “The Kitchen Sink” on the Food Network.

During the event, Chef Tregaye showed us how to make some fresh seafood recipes, including lettuce wrap fish tacos, which following her demo, we separated into teams and had to come up with a spin to her recipe utilizing only Sprouts branded products.

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We unfortunately did not win, but the food tasted great and we came in 2nd place which was still so cool. On top of it, everyone left with a $100 dollar gift card to Sprouts and a bag filled with some of their great products.

Sprouts paired with me and is giving you a chance to win a $25 dollar gift card by entering below:

$25.00 Sprouts Farmers Market Gift Card (Cooking Fresh Seafood)

Have you ever been to Sprouts Farmers Market? If so, what’s your favorite thing about Sprouts? If you haven’t, what are you looking forward to purchasing? Comment below.


God Loves Mommy & Me Review and Giveaway

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I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This book is perfect for Mother’s Day and beyond. Mothers are connected to their children and reading to them also brings them closer. God’s love is shown through a mother’s love for her children.

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This cute, quick read is beautifully illustrated and it goes along and shares the day by day adventure of a mommy bunny and her little bunny and infuses God all through it. Showing how He loves us and I believe the best part in the book is when they pray they always say, “You’re so good, God-thank You!”  At such an early age it teaches the little ones that God is an important part and that He loves them.

I am looking forward to when I can read to my little ones and this is a great book to have in my collection.

For your chance to win a copy of God Loves Mommy & Me, please enter at the link below:

http://www.blessedfreebies.com/god-lovesmommyme.html

Winners selected 5/8/17.

God Loves Mommy and Me is a celebration of strong, loving mothers, cherished little ones, and the God who loves them all. Perfect for story time, bedtime, or any time, this sweet board book celebrates God’s gift of family.

Is this a book that you would like to read to your little ones?


Vera Bradley Coloring Books with Giveaway

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Post has affiliate links. If you chose to make a purchase, I will receive a small 
commission at no additional cost to you.

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Vera Bradley Coloring Books with Giveaway

As I look back over some of my life, I saw times in which I was more creative and one of the areas in which I was able to express my creativity was when I would draw and color. Coloring is so relaxing and you are free to use whatever color combinations you want regardless of what someone else thought.

Everyone just about used a coloring book at some point in their lives and here is my chance again. I was given a pair of Vera Bradley Coloring Books to use in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion. Talk about a happy camper!! With all of the stressors in my life, being able to put my energy into a coloring book and have some fun I could not say no.

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As I mentioned, I had two coloring books, and I gave my mom one just in time for Mother’s Day and also some Crayola Colored Pencils. She had heard of Vera Bradley products and was so happy that I gave her one and smiled as she shared how she used to color to relieve stress as well.

In the front of the coloring book, they include tips to get you started and all throughout the book you find some awesome quotes which can be framed and given away for gifts to ones you love. I am having so much fun and so will you.

About Vera Bradley, Inc.

Vera Bradley, Inc. is a leading designer of women’s handbags and accessories, luggage and travel items, eyewear, stationery and gifts. Founded in 1982 by friends Barbara Bradley Baekgaard and Patricia R. Miller, the brand’s iconic designs and versatile styles provide women of all ages a colorful way to accessorize. The company’s commitment to breast cancer research continues to increase its reach through the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer. 

Vera Bradley in conjunction with the publisher would love to offer you a pair of your own Vera Bradley Coloring Books, so enter below. Limited to US residents 18+ years old and older.

Vera Bradley Coloring Book Giveaway

Do you like adult coloring books? Do you have your own Vera Bradley Coloring Book, if so share some pictures.

Thank you for reading and do not forget to subscribe to the blog to stay in the loop. Hint: Other giveaways to come.

 


Fashion Friday with Cents of Style ~ Be Series Tees

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I was provided this tee free in exchange for my unbiased review and my story. This post
contains affiliate links, and if you make a purchase I will receive a small commission
at no cost to you.

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Cents of Style has given their popular Be Series T-Shirts a spring makeover! They are interesting in putting what you are trying to “be” this year in t-shirt form to help reemphasize and support your goals or vision, ie. for me “be brave”.

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Like I mentioned last month, there was a call placed from Cents of Style to see if anyone wanted to take part in their Fashion Friday Story for April (Be Series Tees) and I chose to be brave and took another chance. I was chosen again and indeed it is an honor.

There were plenty of choices, in fact over 10 different ones, but I chose Be Brave because hubby and I are walking this infertility/fertility thing out and being brave is a necessity. This week is National Infertility Awareness Week, and we are taking this infertility thing head on and not running from it.

Be Brave is a motto that I have subscribed to due to at times, we feel alone in this fight. There are times in which we feel that we can only stand and support each other during each month of disappointment, and especially during the miscarriages.

We choose to stick together, not give up (Be Brave), stand tall and continue to trust God, no matter what!! This too shall pass.

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Fashion Friday with Cents of Style ~ Be Series Tees

Check out below how I decided to style my Be Series Tee below:

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There are over 10 different be series tees and you too can tell your be story. The tee is very comfortable and roomy. I got a size Large and honestly, I probably could have chosen a Medium and would have been comfortable. The t-shirt is made out of 60% COTTON, 40% POLYESTER and comes in sizes Small to XX-Large. Be-Brave-Cents-of-Style

Be Series Graphic Tees for $15.95 + FREE SHIPPING w/code BESTORY these are an excellent deal because they retail for $29.95 and right now until April 30th, 2017 it is like buying 1 and getting 1 free.