Kalamata Olive Aioli Dip with Herb Fries (Just like Nordstrom’s!)

Happiest of New Years to all of you!

One of my goals this year is to get back on track with my site here, because lets face it, I’ve been MIA! With good reasons though…so I can’t beat myself up too much! With Baby O almost sleeping through the night, I am less of a zombie now a days so I can actually formulate some words together! And cook again…which I have been majorly slacking in, too.

Over Christmas, my 2 favorite cousins and I did some returning at Nordstrom’s and happened to stop into Bistro N for a little snack. If you haven’t been there, I highly suggest. Delicious food, especially their Pom Frittes (fancy wording for french fries!). I have been talking about them to my husband since and needed to make some of my own.

This recipe is insanely easy and the aioli dip is highly addictive! You will want to eat it on everything but first try it with the fries, UNREAL!

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cue the heavenly music….

Kalamata Olive Aioli Dip & Herb Fries

  • 1 cup Kalamata Olives
  • 2 cups Mayo
  • 2 TBS Fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 TBS (or small head) Roasted Garlic
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Herb Fries

  • Frozen Thin Cut Fries (or you can make your own!)
  • 1 TBS Fresh chopped Parsley
  • Fresh grated Parmesan
  • Kosher Salt – don’t skimp on it either!

Preheat oven to 400 degree.

Cut the top of the garlic off and drizzle with olive oil. Wrap it in aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes or until soft.

In a food processor, add olives, mayo, lemon juice and the roasted garlic. Grind it up nice till its a purple color. I like it with small chunks of olives, but you can totally puree it. Refrigerate before serving.

Fries:

Bake fries as instructed. Once done, immediately toss it with kosher salt. Top with fresh parsley, grated cheese and serve with chilled Kalamata Aioli.

You’re Welcome.

- Amanda

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Maria Menunos’ Healthy Holiday Table ft. Ocean Spray!

Cranberries are always on our holiday table, in both dishes and decorating! What better way to spice up your dinner this holiday than with some new, healthy recipes featuring delicious Ocean Spray cranberries! Maria Menounos from EXTRA has teamed up with Ocean Spray to show you what’s on her healthy holiday table this year. She shares some fresh, new recipes with us that are cranberry-infused from drinks to dessert to side dishes that will keep the calories at bay….can’t ask for anything better than that this holiday season!

That 5-0 Cosmo is on my to-drink list, I can tell you that much! To get these recipes and more, check out Ocean Spray’s Facebook page!

- Amanda

Relax This Season With Elements Therapeutic Massage in Boca Raton

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Elements Therapeutic Boca Raton

I had the pleasure of experiencing Elements Therapeutic Massage in Boca Raton first hand, and let me tell you, it jump started my tired, achy body for this holiday season!

The day of my massage started like it any other usual day does, complete chaos and mayhem. I was up a couple times during the night with the newborn and of course my toddler had to throw the most horrific tantrum just as I was supposed to leave. Needless to say, I was more than ready to get some time to myself.

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beautiful waiting area

I arrived to Elements Therapeutic and walked in to the most adorable, calm and relaxing space. I have only gone for massages at those commercial day spas and I felt more comfortable and welcomed walking into Elements than at any of those larger spas. The Elements staff was so friendly and didn’t make me feel awful that I was 10 minutes late! (Punctuality is my arch enemy!) I opted for a postnatal massage since I had my little one less than 4 months ago. Michael, my massage therapist (and who also owns the place) was on point with everything about this massage. He asked me what areas needed most work and answered any and every question I had. Michael is a seasoned therapist who has opened numerous spas at top hotels around world. Out of over 150 Elements around the country Michael is one of only five who is both an owner and licensed massage therapist. So expect top notch when you are there!

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massage room

Now about my massage…..the 55 minute session was built around ME! Not about what the therapist wanted but it was all about the areas that were most troublesome for me. The postnatal massage was awesome, for lack of better words! All the areas that have been so achy and tired were targeted, especially that pesky lower back pain all us moms get. I felt like a million bucks! What I loved most of all was how after each area was targeted, a hot towel was placed on you to keep the muscles loose, it felt fantastic! Little touches like that, along with the friendly demeanor make Elements Therapeutic stand out above the rest. The price didn’t break the bank either – for my 55 minute massage, I paid around $49. Check out the prices here.

I am a firm believer in that everyone deserves a little “me” time once in a while and Elements Therapeutic is definitely the place to do it. You get a personalized, unique experience that leaves you feeling just wonderful!

Since Christmas is right around the corner, check out the deals at Elements Therapeutic. They have some great deals going on for both members and non-members. HINT, HINT husband! ;-)

Check them out here on Facebook & Twitter for the latest updates and deals!

- Amanda

Elements Therapeutic is located in the Polo Club Shoppes in Boca Raton at 5030 Champion Blvd. Suite D7 and opened Monday – Saturday from 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM and on Sunday from 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Call them at 561-241-6690 to schedule an appointment today!


Recipe Remix: Fettucine Alfredo

So about a week ago, my husband had the wonderful idea of having Fettuccine Alfredo for dinner. Don’t have to ask me twice! Pasta with lots of butter, cheese and milk? Uh no brainer.

We wanted something to bulk up the Fettuccine Alfredo recipe we have perfected and our usual go-to add in is chicken. BORING. We needed something different to spice up our Saturday night, seeing as we would probably end up spending the night sprawled on the couch watching HGTV or Food Network. I know what you’re thinking..we are cah-rayyyzaaay!

He brilliantly suggested baby portobello mushrooms. I typically don’t step out of the box when it comes to my add-in’s but we were feeling a little spunky that night. Nothing better than making an already delicious recipe even more amazing. So here’s what we did:

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you know you want some.

Baby Bello Alfredo

  • Homemade Alfredo Sauce
  • 1 pack Baby Portobello Mushrooms, cleaned & sliced
  • 1-2 pieces of Garlic, minced
  • 1 TBS Olive Oil
  • Fresh Parsely
  • Salt & Pepper

In a medium sized pan, heat olive oil and garlic. Once the garlic and oil become fragrant, add mushrooms and saute for about 5-10 minutes, depending how you like your shrooms cooked. Throw in some fresh parsley. Remove from pan, leaving the excess oil.

Prepare your Alfredo Sauce. Boil water for pasta. Once ready, drain pasta reserving some of the water from the pot. Add sauce and mushrooms and mix together till pasta is coated. If the pasta starts sticking together and becoming dry, add some of the pasta water to it. Garnish with extra parsley, some Parmesan and serve!

Changed a plain old pasta dish into a lick your bowl kinda meal. Already thinking about what other dish I can remix next….

- Amanda

Holiday Deals at The Children’s Place

As you all know by now, The Children’s Place is my go-to store for my girls. Adorable styles at awesome prices. I recently was invited to a Media Day over at their Miami store to check out some of the new styles for winter and the holidays. Let me tell you, it was a doorbuster extravaganza! Deals every where I turned, had me all over the place.

Fleece was everywhere! The Children’s Place has adorable fleece outfits perfect for those chilly days. They came in all shades with matching pants. I scooped up a couple for my nieces who are freezing up in Boston!

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fleece it up

I am all about the cutesy girlie stuff for my little ones and The Children’s Place definitely has that covered. For just $6.00 (after using my 25% off coupon :)) I got a couple of these shirts with 3D ruffles. I’m telling you, deals were everywhere you turned! Leggings were $5-6 and tutu skirts were around the same. So freaking adorable for the price!

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girlie girls!

Jeggings are my bestest friend….for me and both my minis. Doesn’t matter how old or young you are, a good pair will always make you feel great! They have the best variety of jeggings for your girls – florals, denim, leopard and jeweled tones galore – and all $12-16 a piece! (and even cheaper with a coupon!)

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jeggings!

Don’t forget the glitzy Holiday selection they have this year! If you are looking for something different than the typical red and black looks, check out whats available for your kids this season. I picked up these adorable leopard print dressses. If you like a more classic look, they have adorable plaids with tulle accents, and this adorable red bow dress that will make your little one look so cute opening presents Christmas morning!

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Keep an eye out for some awesome deals for the kids over at The Children’s Place while you are out shopping! Right now they have a Friends & Family event going on where you can get 30% off your purchase and free shipping for online orders!

Happy shopping friends!

- Amanda

BJ’s Wholesale – Your Holiday Headquarters!

 

I still can’t believe the holiday season has arrived. Before we know it, Thanksgiving will be long over and we will be awaiting Santa’s arrival. Where the hell has this year gone!? If you are like me and slightly freaking out over it, I found some peace when visiting a local BJ’s Wholesale Club last week. BJ’s has all the angles covered for this holiday season – gifts, food, booze, decorations – you name it, BJ’s has it and it’s all under one roof. Talk about one-stop shopping at its finest!

BJ’s dedicates the first 4 aisles in the middle of the store to holidays. Whether you need things for entertaining like serving plates, glasses and plates or decorations for your home, they have it all.

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Including rows of the hottest toys for all the kiddies on your list

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Gift Cards to all your favorite places (at discounted prices mind you!)

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Beautifully wrapped gifts

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Delicious appetizers that will please all your friends and family

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And what holiday wouldn’t be complete without the perfect bottle of vino!

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So let BJ’s help you simplify the holidays and take the stress out of entertaining this season. Visit your local BJ’s to check out all the great deals. If you are not a member, don’t fret-you can get a FREE 60 day trial membership and if you love it as much as I do, it’s only $40 for the whole year! The other awesome perk about BJ’s is you can use coupons for even more of a great savings. Multiple manufacturer coupons can be combined with BJ’s coupons to help you save even more money this holiday season. Talk about win-win!

Are you a member of BJ’s or any other wholesale club?

- Amanda

Belly Shirts Are Back…sigh.

So now that the baby weight is falling off, a new post-baby bod wardrobe update is in order. I guess any reason to shop in my size again is reason to celebrate, but this time around things seem to have ‘settled’ differently. On my hunt for ‘mom of 2′ appropriate clothes I obviously went straight to Forever21.com because I am not crazy enough to venture to the mall yet for a full on shopping spree with 2 tikes. I need to give shopping my full and undivided attention….not worry about what time I need to whip the boob out for #2 or for #1 to have one of her infamous afternoon melt downs.

So, as I am shopping from the comfort of my couch – munching on cookies mind you – I noticed the obscene amount of crop tops they have.

In my day, we didn’t call them crop tops-they were belly shirts. And I wore them quite proudly with my blue rhinestone belly ring. Yeah, I was classy. When the hell did these damn things come back in style?! This is the last freakin trend a flabby gut 30-something year old needs to see. The fact of the matter is that these skinny bitches have the flattest stomachs EVER and I’m not gonna lie, I’m slightly jealous. I still look like I’m 4 months pregnant.

I remember a day when belly shirts were a staple in all girls wardrobe. Takes me back to the good old days in college…takin’ shots and dancing on bars with my fellow belly shirt clad sorority sisters.

I need to stop living in the past and leave the new belly shirts to the U25 skinny bitches.

Those damn lame anorexic skanky young ass biatches with their perfect six packs. UGH gross.

Me, bitter? Nooooo wayyy!

To translate my Sarcasmese, that means yes.

- Amanda