Food!!

Peach Dump Cake

IMG_2371.JPGThe name of this easy cake doesn’t do it any justice. It’s called the “dump cake”. The reason why it’s called this is because you pretty much dump everything in one dish. No mixing required. This cake is so easy and by far my favorite way to satisfy a sweet tooth. The only bad part about this is waiting. Feel free to add any fruit to this mixture. I also topped with some ice cream and some lime zest. I felt like having some peaches since spring is in the air. I hope you enjoy.

Ingredients:

Nonstick cooking spray for greasing the baking dish
Two 12-ounce bags frozen peaches
1 box moist yellow cake mix
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/2cup rolled oats
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
Ice cream, optional for topping

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 350 F degrees Grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

Put the peaches in the prepared baking dish. distribute the cake mix over the peaches evenly. Sprinkle with the almonds and oats. Evenly drizzle the butter over the entire dish.

Bake until firm and golden brown, about 50 to 55 minutes. Let sit 5 minutes. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.

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2017 Genesis G80 and G90

Meet the 2017 Genesis G80 and G90. These cars fit perfectly in the luxury vehicle world. I was so impressed with the comfortable rides they provide, and all the latest features.

There’s nothing inside that looks shared with the Hyundai market either. The G90 looks and feels expensive inside, like a proper luxury car should. Here are some of the specs:
EXTERIOR DESIGN
In crafting the Genesis G90, the Prestige Design Group aimed to capture the vehicle’s strength and originality, while presenting fresh appeal through innovative styling and athletic proportions.

From the front, the G90 identity is easily distinguished by its bold ‘CREST’ grille, and crowned with the winged Genesis emblem. Ideally proportioned, the G90 combines a prominent hood with short overhangs, a design feature that accentuates the model’s strength and presence. Available full-LED signature headlights (V8 model) flow from fascia to fender – a key design element of the new Genesis brand. On the lower fascia, standard LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) add a distinctive illumination signature.

A bold arcing character line spans the length of G90, accentuating the vehicle’s dynamic profile. Refined use of chrome elements also serve to create an elegant and premium appearance, along with standard 19-inch alloy wheels. In the rear, chrome dual asymmetrical exhaust tips integrated in the lower bumper balance the vertical LED taillights providing a modern luxury feel. Even more, the clean lines of the G90 yield the additional benefit of an exceptional 0.27 coefficient of drag for minimized wind noise and enhanced fuel efficiency, a best-in-class for the segment.

The G90 is available in six colors created to accentuate its distinctive lines. Ranging from Casablanca White and Caspian Black to Manhattan Brown, Santiago Silver, London Gray and Patagonia Blue. The color palette was painstakingly matched to its interior environments and sophisticated material selections.

INTERIOR DESIGN
Effortless ergonomics, interior design harmony, convenience and luxurious comfort are seamlessly combined to craft the Genesis G90 interior design. Virtually every element of the interior focuses on the passenger’s needs, from the intuitive horizontal layout of driver controls to meticulous craftsmanship with precision stitching, and a premium material selection perfectly complimented by an elegant interior color palette.

Extensive consideration was given to material selection for the G90. The highest-quality, authentic materials adorn the cabin, with ease of operation and intrinsic beauty as fundamental priorities for the interior. Occupants are surrounded by genuine wood accents, including the leather-stitched instrument panel. Even the Lexicon® audio speaker grilles convey an ultra-luxury feel, precision-machined out of stainless steel.

Passenger space is a key component of interior comfort and design, and the new G90 has improved spaciousness, derived in part from a generous 4.5-inch increase in wheelbase for greater passenger comfort. This increase in wheelbase also resulted in reduced overall overhangs. Inside the cabin, this translates to superior front headroom (41.1 inches) and legroom (46.3 inches) when compared with key competitors.

Out of the pair of them, the G90 is my absolute favorite. My kids and hubby loved it as well. This car was super hard to give back. If you ever get the time or are in the market for a new car, go test drive and see for yourself how amazing these cars are.

The G80 is a rear-wheel-drive, midsize luxury sedan that seats five people. Hyundai recently spun off Genesis as a standalone luxury brand, and the 2017 Genesis G80 is one of the first models to come out under Hyundai.
The G80 is smaller than the G90 but still very roomy. For those seeking value and something distinct from established luxury brands, the G80 is a compelling choice. A 311-hp 3.8-liter V-6 with an eight-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive is standard, and a 420-hp 5.0-liter V-8 is optional; all-wheel drive is available, but only with the V-6 engine. The G80’s long standard-equipment list includes an eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a head-up display, navigation, automated emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control.

Safety is important. Hyundai’s new Genesis G80 and G90 were recognized for their top rate safety features by the Car Connection, which awarded one of their rarely awarded perfect scores. Federal and IIHS tests also gave perfect scores to both vehicles in all five of their safety tests.

In closing, these are vehicles suitable for families, cruising, classy events, and bachelor’s/bachelorettes. There’s not much else that can be said, other than the Genesis brand is sure to last a long time.

I give the Genesis a 9 out of 10. For more information visit https://www.genesis.com/us/en/genesis.html

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Guinness Chocolate Pudding

Since St.Patty’s day is right around the corner I figured I would share this delicious recipe with you again.

Homemade Delish

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St. Patrick’s day is upon us. This recipe is great for the festivities. Guinness is a great stout beer with which to cook. The flavors of chocolate and beer really compliment each other in this pudding. Making pudding from scratch isn’t as complicated as some may make it seem. Get ready to enjoy some great flavors.

Ingredients:
1 cup sugar
6 eggs
14.9 oz Guinness Stout beer
3 cups heavy whipping cream
1 1/4 cups chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation

In a medium bowl whisk together eggs and sugar. Add half of beer to mixture and stir. Set aside.

Next in a medium saucepan on medium heat, add heavy cream and remaining beer. Whisk occasionally until it comes to a simmer.  Remove from heat and add chocolate chips, stir until chocolate melts. Now take the chocolate mixture and add to the eggs. Remember to keep rapidly whisking while…

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Coconut Pudding

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I love a good pudding.  It’s like the perfect ending to a delicious dinner.  I have made so many varieties of pudding (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, lemon and passion fruit), but this coconut one has now become a favorite on the list.  This is a must try recipe.  You will not be disappointed, and even the kids will want seconds.

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar
5 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1 3/4 cups milk
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 (13.5-oz.) can unsweetened coconut milk
1/4 cup butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
Raspberries, garish optional

Preparation:

Whisk together first 3 ingredients in a large heavy saucepan; whisk in milk and next 2 ingredients. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly. Boil 1 minute, whisking constantly. Remove from heat. Place in little ramekins and in the refrigerator for 90 min or overnight. Top with raspberries and chocolate.

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2016 Mazda CX 5

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The Mazda CX 5 is a perfect little crossover, offering a great drive and comfort.  Mazda CX 5 receives several improvements intended to refine its appearance, enhance its functionality, update its technology, and polish its driving dynamics.

 
After a week of running around to taking my kids to school and to after school activities I can see why Mazda is popular with families.  It’s convenient interior space, and comfortable seating alone makes it worth while, but the overall package is amazing as well. 
 
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The interior of the 2016 Mazda CX-5 is designed for both functionality and modern style. Front seats are roomy enough to make any driving position easy to settle into with plenty of support. The backseat is spacious for passengers. On models equipped with a folding seatback, the mechanism lowers the seat bottom before the seat itself folds to provide a floor that is as near to flat as possible for your cargo needs.
Available features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, a Mazda Connect infotainment system with a 7-inch touch-screen display, satellite radio, navigation, a power moonroof, a rearview camera, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control and low-speed automatic braking with forward collision warning.
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Gas mileage manages 24 mpg city, 30 highway with all-wheel drive.
All in all this is a great crossover.  I give it a 7.5 out of 10.
Visit Mazda for more information https://www.mazdausa.com/
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A Piece of History

Happy Presidents Day!! Figured I would share this with you guys again.

Homemade Delish

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As a chef, home cook and foodie,  I am honored that I had the opportunity to research Martha Washington, Hannah Penn and Ellen Emlen (19th century housewife) Cookbooks and notes.  Being at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania I felt like I could have stayed for hours researching all these treasures.  The staff there was super helpful, which made my visit a pleasure.  Okay let’s get to the fun part. 

imagesCAV9H008IMG_20130117_173613Hannah Penn: Second wife of William Penn, she was 24 and he a 52-year-old man.  They had 8 children together.  When searching for Hannah Penn’s cookbook I came across recipe pages instead and all these were with William Penn’s notes and paperwork.  I couldn’t hold back and looked through some of his notes to paperwork from 1605 highlights of Act of Taxes year, and so much more.  I then reached Hannah Penn’s recipe pages.  It was interesting to see how many Homemade Medicines she had in those pages from how to clear…

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Rachael Ray Appearance Game Day ideas

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When I started this blog almost 6 years ago my dream was to meet Rachael Ray. I met Rachael when I was on the Dr.Oz show. I admire how hard of a worker she is. When I got this opportunity to be on her show I was beyond thrilled. In this clip I give you some fun game day ideas for this weekend. Enjoy!

Checkout the clip http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/recipes/24430_super_bowl_snacks_easy_football_shaped/

 

Food!!

Avocado dressing

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I guess I’m on a green kick, but this dressing is so delicious and full of flavor. I love homemade dressings because you control the amount of ingredients. Eating healthy during the week is key in my diet but it doesn’t mean that my weekends are on that plan too. I try to keep everything in moderation and portion control. I don’t like to deprive myself from not enjoying a piece of cake or that bowl of pasta.

Salads don’t have to be boring. Get creative by adding different veggies and making homemade dressings. Your body will thank you in the end.

Salad ingredients:

2 cups kale
2 cups broccoli florets
1 cup julienne carrots
2 cups red cabbage
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
Dressing Ingredients:

1 ripe avocado
1 large garlic clove
1/2 cup cilantro
1 tablespoon evoo
Salt & pepper, to taste
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup scallions

Preparation:

Place all of the Ingredients in a food processor or blender. Blend until well incorporated. Pour over salad, toss and serve.

Food!!

Green overnight oats

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You’re probably thinking this is another overnight oats recipe, but don’t judge too soon. It’s so nutritious that your body will thank you. I know having greens in the morning may make some of you turn green, but after you try this I promise you that you will want more greens for breakfast. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup oats
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 cup spinach or kale
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1/2 ripe banana
1/2 cup frozen mixed berries

Preparation:
Blend milk, chia, banana, spinach and berries for 1 minute. Add oats into a mason jar or bowl with lid, then pour blended mixture on top of oats. Refrigerate overnight.

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2017 Mazda 6

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Here’s another great car addition to my review list. When you have to be on the road for either work or pleasure, I think the 2017 Mazda 6 can provide that. Comfortable seating and roomie interior is key to an enjoyable drive. As a family of 4 we really enjoyed this sedan.
Mazda now offers SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS with G-Vectoring Control, to help achieve a smoother, less fatiguing drive. When cornering, on initial turn-in and throughout, the system works seamlessly by adjusting power delivery and shifting vehicle weight.

Its style gives it a sleek appearance and the strong engine gives a sporty feel. The 2017 Mazda 6 is a midsize sedan with seating for five.
Standard features for the Sport trim include: 17-inch alloy wheels, remote keyless entry and ignition, cruise control, full power accessories, air-conditioning, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, cloth upholstery, six-way manually adjustable front seats with lumbar support for the driver, 60/40-split folding rear seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, a rearview camera, the Mazda Connect infotainment system with voice control, text messaging capabilities, a 7-inch touchscreen and a six-speaker CD player with auxiliary/USB input, HD radio and internet streaming radio.

The EPA estimates fuel economy at 28 mpg combined (24 city/34 highway) for models with the manual transmission. The Mazda 6 has strong safety ratings in all forms. Making it a safe ride for the family.

All in all I give this an 8 out of 10. Visit https://www.mazdausa.com for more details.