Buffalo Chicken Wontons 

Everyone loves chicken buffalo dip. It has become ever so popular over recent years for cookouts and super bowl games. 

I usually make sausage wontons which also are delicious but when I want to try to be more healthy I go for chicken. 

What you need:

  • 2 cans shredded chicken or 2 chicken breast cooked and shredded 
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup low fat Greek cream cheese -softened 
  • 1 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
  • 1 cup Spicy Ranch
  • 1 package wonton wrappers
  • Cooking spray
  • Mini muffin pan 

This is a REALLY easy recipe. 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 
  2. Put chicken in skillet over medium heat
  3. Add hot sauce and allow to cook until simmering
  4. Pour in ranch, mix and allow to heat for 2-3 minutes 
  5. Add cream cheese and shredded cheese and stir until melted
  6. Spray muffin pan with cooking spray and put in wontons 
  7. Fill each wonton with a spoonful of chicken mixture
  8. Bake in oven for 10 minutes or until wontons are slightly golden. 

You can use regular ranch or less hot sauce if you are afraid of spice. Just add a little as you go until you reach the desired level of spice. 

It really is hard to screw this one up. I promise. 

 

I forgot about one batch while I was getting ready for Easter   so they are a little extra brown but still delicious 😊

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Catering

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a wedding post that isn’t craft related so I figured I would talk about what everyone remembers from a wedding. 

FOOD! 

As I mentioned in my post about venues, you should make sure to ask about catering  before booking a venue. 

Now I already had spent so much time searching through hundreds of vendors for venues and photographers  so I was actually relieved to see our venue had a list of caterers we were required to choose from. 

The craziest part about this list is how versatile it was. It went from Hoggys- a chain BBQ joint that’s around $15-20 per person to some premiere caterers that quoted me at $500 per head MINIMUM. 

Yes. You read that right. 

Now for some people the sky is the limit so you go ahead and book that $500 min per person caterer. Me on the other hand? I’m on a mission to plan this wedding for under $15k. 

So first you need to decide what type of cuisine. As I mentioned previously, we are doing a carnival theme so I wanted to choose fun foods. 

In the beginning I was set on doing the popular theme of food stations. They sound really cool. However in the end you might realize they cost more because someone has to run the station. It also can create a mess if people are lining up in different directions. 

Our venue was actually going to allow us to bring food trucks in which I also was into until I realized the chaos. 

People will be spending time standing in line and there’s minimal options. I have seen a solution for the line length though and that is to either hire two food trucks or have them make several portions at a time to set out on a table beside the truck so people can grab and go. 

Price was another factor. Food trucks run about 3k and I felt like people would still be left hungry. 

So back to the list of caterers.  Like I said, I knew the theme and semi had an idea of what I wanted so I went through each caterer to determine who offered what we needed. That being said, if you are looking for something specific and you don’t seeit, ASK! Just because it’s not on the menu doesn’t mean it can’t be done. 

So my goal here was to stick to under $7k for food. Thankfully I ended up being way under and I’m sure everyone will love it but now I’m getting ahead of myself. 

With this budget I was able to narrow it down to four caterers. 

Then comes the fun part. Tastings! People always told me not to eat beforehand but man were they not kidding. I’ve never seen so much food.  

This is when they are trying to win your business so they are going to wine and dine you like no other. 

Three of the four caterers did not charge us for a tasting. The one that did charge us ended up being credited to our overall bill for the wedding because we booked with them. 

I know this is when they are trying to earn your business but you shouldn’t necessarily be turned off by paying for a tasting. Often times they had servers waiting on us so we ended up tipping them the same amount we would’ve paid anyway. 

We had a fee of $50 for ours and could add additional servings for a price if we wanted to bring family or friends along. 

We have it easy since we are funding this mostly on our own we don’t really have to care about anyone else’s input on decisions.  – something else to consider 

What to expect at a tasting? Besides a ton of food I can’t really say. Each one we went to was vastly different. I established with each one what items we were interested in beforehand and they put together a menu from there. 

The first was most impressive quantity wise, they made all 20 items I was interested in and everything to go along with them. There was seriously a banquet table full of food for just the two of us and they also gave us a bottle of wine!  Before we came in they suggested we tip the waiter but there was no fee for the tasting. 

Our second was pretty fancy! We didn’t have to pay here but I had a ton of frustration in even getting in for the tasting that I was too annoyed to enjoy it. They did have the best chicken wings I’ve ever had and the rest of the food was good. They set us up in a private dining room and brought  about 5 options out for us to taste. 

Why was I annoyed? They cancelled on me THREE times before we went in at the last minute EVERYtime. Are you going to do this to me on my wedding day? – no. 

Anyway Mark still wanted to go for free food and we did. Then when we went to tip the guy actually tried to convince us to double the tip to distribute evenly amongst his staff…okay…..Mark was pretty upset then but again, the food was excellent so they were still in the running. 

The third. This was by far the best and most personable experience. Even beforehand I had immediate responses to my questions and they really understood what we were going for and our budget. 

We sat in a cute little room with the woman who was assigned to our wedding.  She was awesome. It was awesome. I wish everyone could work with her. They brought the food out all at once and she would discuss serving options as we stuffed our faces. I really liked this because the others kind of had a “we can do whatever” mentality. I’m a planner so I like detail!

In the end we tried to tip them and she refused to take it – because she was “just doing her job”. 

That was it. The deal breaker. Mark was amazed at her generousity compared to the last place and we went ahead and booked without leaving the parking lot. Meaning we canceled our final tasting. 

So tip or no tip? Offer one and you’ll see what kind of people you’re working with. 

You’ll also want to find out some things such as  if they supply linens, dinner ware options, gratuity included etc. 

One thing I think isn’t mentioned enough is the timeline as to when you need your guest count by. We have to have our guest count 30 days prior to the event which means that our bill estimate could be lower depending on our RSVP rate which we might secretly be hoping for.  You don’t want to pay for hundreds of people if they aren’t planning on showing up. 

Another suggestion to look into? Discounts. The caterer we wenteith procided $200 off if we booked by a certain day. I took advantage of it and it allowed us to be able to afford to add grilled cheese and tomato soup shooters to our menu which were Marks favorite. Seriously he still mentions them on a regular basis. 

So good luck in your search and remember there’s never too many questions! It’s your day so aim for what you want! 

I posted this already but here’s the deliciousness which awaits us.  Only our late night snack is missing because sometimes we all need a little surprise in life. 

  

#ChooseToSmooth Gillette Venus Swirl

  
Well ladies, they’ve finally done it! No more cut up knees with the Gillette Venus swirl razor.

I was a bit skeptical but it really worked great. I had one of the best shaves I’ve ever received from similarly priced razors. 

Influenster also sent the violet swirl shave gel. I’m not really sure what it’s supposed to smell like but it reminded me of a salon. That being said it wasn’t too powerful of a scent. 

My only complaint with these two products is that the shave gel could’ve been more moisturizing. 

Paper Flowers 

 
 I can’t show you *what* I’m doing with these yet but I wanted to do a post on how to make them. 

I’ll be sure to link to that post once I post the project and vice versa. 

You can use construction paper, printer paper, cardstock, whatever you want. Just remember that the thicker the paper the easier it will stay up. 

You don’t need a silhouette machine however it does make it easier. 

I made two types of petals and then made each one small, medium and large. You can have some fun with the shapes if you want. 

  
If you aren’t using a silhouette you’ll need to cut a “template” for each size petal and then trace it enough times to fill the page so that you are getting the maximum amount from each page. 

Once you’ve cut all of your petals you can start layering them or mixing and matching to create a flower you like. I did some with alternating petals, some with 3 color petals and even a few that are all one color. They all look great!! 

 These were the first ones I tried. I used cardstock and a glue stick. They seem to be holding up well. 

You will need about 5-6 petals (minimum) to complete each flower. 

Once you’ve chosen your pattern and have your petals laid out you will want to fold them each long ways so they are slightly bent and you have more definition. 

Now you just need to staple each petal at the bottom to the petal that it is next to and your done! 

It really is that easy and they can be used in many ways. Like I said I can’t tell you what I’m doing with them yet but they could be used for a photobooth back drop, wall decor, party decorations, etc. 

Cutex Advanced Revival Nail Polish Remover Pads 

  
Alrighty so first product review (@CutexNails) from the GlamVoxBox from @Influenster. 

As you can see, I gave this product 3 stars. 

Why? 

At first I thought the pad was working very well. It seemed to take the polish off relatively easy and also wasn’t as potent as most nail polish removers.

It really did seem to be easier on my nails so there might be some truth to the rivival aspect but my biggest issue with this product is how fast the pad dried out. 

I was almost half way through my second hand when it just didn’t have any life left in it. I decided to pour some of my other nail polish remover on it instead of opening a new pad. 

So is it a good product? Yes. Will you need more than one to get the job done? Yes. 

From an economical stand point I will continue to purchase the bottles of remover  and cotton balls but I can see some instances where these would come in handy (I.E. vacations).

#SoCutex #HealthyNails #contest.

Skinny Jambalaya 

 Another hit in this household. 

I have to admit, I was skeptical. I’ve only made jambalaya once before and when I did, I cooked it for hours. 

I’m also a huge fan of smoked sausage/keilbasa so I was a bit afraid of trying it with chicken. 

I thought there was NO way this would be as flavorful as before but boy was I wrong. 

This is some of the best jambalaya I have had in a long time and it only takes an hour. 

What You Need:

  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 White Onion – Chopped 
  • 2 Ribs of Celery – Chopped
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper – Cored & Chopped 
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper –  Cored & Chopped 
  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper – Cored & Chopped 
  • 4 Cloves Chopped Garlic 
  • 1 (14 oz) Can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons Cajun Seasoning 
  • ¼ Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper 
  • 1 Teaspoon Thyme 
  • Salt & Pepper 
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 3 Cups Chicken Broth 
  • 1 ½ Long Grain Brown Rice 
  • 2 Chicken Breast -Boneless/Skinless diced 
  • 1 lb Chicken Sausage – cut into thin round slices 
  • 1 lb Raw Shrimp – Peeled and Deveined 

The Process: 

  1. Heat two tablespoons of oil in skillet over medium heat. Add celery,onion, peppers, garlic. Sauté for five minutes or until softened. 
  2. Add remaining oil ,chicken and sausage to pan. Stir occasionally and cook for 5 more minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. 
  3. Add chicken broth, crushed tomatoes, rice, bay leaf, cayenne pepper, cajun seasoning and thyme. Stir together. 
  4. Reduce to medium low heat. Place lid over pan for 25-30 minutes or until rice is cooked. Make sure to stir frequently to prevent rice from sticking to the pan. 
  5. Remove Bay Leaf, add shrimp, stir and continue to cook for 3-5 minutes until shrimp is pink. 
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve. 

I added some Frank’s Red Hot and used some bread to eat it with.

You can always add or use less Cajun seasoning if you find it to be too spicy. 

 It made me wonder – is a jambalaya sandwich a thing? It should be because it’s delicious. 

Here are some pictures of the process. 

Veggies sautéed and proteins added:  

In goes the flavor:     

And we’re done: 

#GlamVoxBox

Alright everyone. It finally arrived! I was a recipient of the GlamVoxBox through Influenster this month. 

Check it out: 

  
Good stuff huh? I’ve used a few of these products before and was excited to have them but there are also a few I’m curious to try. 

The box includes

  • Qtip Purse Pouch 
  • Gillette Venus Swirl
  • Cutex One Step Pads
  • Olay Violet Swirl Shave Gel 
  • Shea Moisture Pack
  • Not Your Mothers Dry Shampoo

Like I said, I’ve tried a few of these before. The Not Your Mothers Dry Shampoo is a go to in my beauty routine. I’m currently trying to grow my hair out for the wedding by cutting back on washes and this product is great to use in between.

Qtips – another go to. Honestly if you don’t have these I’m probably questioning your hygiene lol. They are so versatil. I use them for the obvious ear cleaning but also to apply make up, whether it’s eyeliner or lipstick, to touch up my nails, clean hard to reach places in the house ( vents!) and for crafts. The purse pack is great for travel too. 

As for the rest, I’ve used Cutex pads before but not the strengthening so I’m curious to see if there’s a difference. 

I’m curious about the flexi ball in the razor too. 

The Shea moisturizing products are what I’m more eager to see. I have a few fine lines on my forehead so I’ll be curious to see if I see any improvements from using these. 

I’ll be back with an update 🙂 

Eggs in a Basket

Here’s another quick bite for you all. 

I mentioned before that I’m trying to do one post a week. It’s really hard because I’m trying to keep some wedding things a surprise and it basically occupies 85% of my life right now. 
Anyway, I had a winery date this Sunday and Mark was asking for food before I left because he’s ALWAYS hungry. I figured I needed to build a base so why not make eggs in a basket?

Or egg in a hole? Or birds nest? I’m not sure what it’s called but it’s delicious. 

And easy! 

You just  need a piece of bread, butter and an egg. 

1. Heat skillet over medium heat 

2. Butter both sides of the bread 

3. Cut a circle in the middle of the bread. I use the top of a wine glass but you can use a cookie cutter. Would be cute to do a shape for the kids. 

 
4. Place bread into skillet and pour your  egg inside the hole. 

  

  
5. Let cook until bread is golden on bottom and egg is solid white. Add salt and pepper to taste. 

6. Flip over and allow to cool until other side is golden. Remove from heat and enjoy. 

  
The middle bread you cut out is the best part!! Technically you should use it for dipping but I like to savor the flavor and enjoy it on its own :).