Monday, February 22, 2016

New Look, Same Great Blog!



Welcome to our new look! If you have visited our site in the last couple of weeks you may have noticed some changes going on. We've been updating the look and feel of the site to make it easier to read and more fun to visit! We hope you like the changes. Feel free to comment and tell us what you think!

The site isn't the only thing that has been moving and shaking! If you follow us on social media you've seen that we been a busy crew. We've been in the kitchen cooking up a storm. We have created some great DIY projects. Our family has been out and about and sporting along. And yes, we even traveled to the Caribbean with a very famous mouse! Stay tuned for all the details. You know we love to share and can't keep a secret for long!

So as usual we invite you to visit often. We hope to keep the  love flowing. Don't forget to subscribe to our emails to stay up to date with all Midwest Family Food and Fun is up to!

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Pumpkin Pecan Praline Dip



I love the taste of Fall. One of my favorites is pumpkin. Pair that with pecans and I'm in heaven. Below is my recipe for Pumpkin Pecan Praline Dip. It is not too sweet with the addition of Greek yogurt, but it’s full of of fall spice! It is super easy to make and great to take to a gathering of family and friends. They will love it! For some other creative ways to use Greek yogurt, be sure to check out some of Chobani’s great holiday recipes!


As you can see from the ingredients above, this recipe is full of yummy goodness. There may not be many ingredients, but the fall spices will warm your heart and belly. Take a peek below to see how quick and easy all these ingredients come together.

To start in a small bowl whisk together the white sugar, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Then set the spice mixture aside.


Next in a small nonstick saute pan, on medium heat, melt butter. When butter is completely melted, add in the chopped pecans. Make sure your stir the pecans into the butter coating them completely and evenly with butter. Saute the nuts for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring continuously. After the nuts have cooked for a few minutes, add 2 tablespoons of your spice mixture. Stir again to completely coat all the nuts. Cook this mixture for another 2 to 3 minutes. It is important to keep stirring as the sugar can easily burn. Watch the mixture closely and when it becomes fragrant and the sugar is completely melted and coating the nuts with a nice brown color, turn the heat off.


Then transfer the nut mixture to a slightly greased cookie sheet to cool. Be very careful during this step as the cooked sugar will be extremely hot. Spread the nuts out in one even layer on the sheet trying to separate as many as you can to stop them from sticking together when they cool. Set the mixture aside to cool.


Now with your mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, add the softened cream cheese to the bowl and mix on medium for 2 to 3 minutes until the mixture begins to become fluffy. It is important that your cream cheese is softened so that the rest of the ingredients incorporate easily. When your cream cheese is soft and fluffy, add your yogurt and mix for another 2 to 3 minutes. When the cream cheese and yogurt are completely incorporated, add the canned pumpkin (make sure it is plain pumpkin no spices added) and the rest of the spice mixture. Continue to mix until the dip is a uniform color and light and fluffy, around 2 to 3 more minutes. Then turn your mixer to low and slowly add in your pecans holding back 2 to 3 Tablespoons for garnish. At this point only mix until everything is evenly incorporated as you do not want to break up the pecans too much.


When everything is all nicely mixed and yummy and fluffy, transfer to serving bowl and garnish with the reserved pecans. Your dip is ready to serve. However if you can stave off the temptation to eat the entire bowl right now, it really will be even better if it is placed in the refrigerator for an hour or two to chill and for all the flavors to marry together. It is fabulous served with ginger snap cookies or vanilla wafers to dip. But use your imagination!


Pumpkin Pecan Praline Dip

Prep Time:  12-14 minutes
Cook Time: 4-6 minutes
Total Time: 15-20 minutes
Yields: 4 cups (approximately)

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp white sugar
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 8 oz package softened cream cheese
  • 1 cup Chobani Vanilla Yogurt
  • 1 15 oz can of pumpkin


Directions:

  1. In a small bowl whisk together the white sugar, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice and salt. 
  2. Set the spice mixture aside.
  3. In a small nonstick saute pan, on medium heat, melt butter. 
  4. When butter is completely melted, add in the chopped pecans. Make sure your stir the pecans into the butter coating them completely and evenly with butter. Saute the nuts for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring continuously. 
  5. After the nuts have cooked for a few minutes, add 2 tablespoons of your spice mixture. Stir again to completely coat all the nuts. Cook this mixture for another 2 to 3 minutes- keep stirring as the sugar can easily burn. Watch the mixture closely and when it becomes fragrant and the sugar is completely melted and coating the nuts with a nice brown color, turn the heat off. 
  6. Transfer the nut mixture to a slightly greased cookie sheet to cool. Be very careful during this step as the cooked sugar will be extremely hot. 
  7. Spread the nuts out in one even layer on the sheet trying to separate as many as you can to stop them from sticking together when they cool. 
  8. Set the mixture aside to cool. 
  9. With your mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, add the softened cream cheese to the bowl and mix on medium for 2 to 3 minutes until the mixture begins to become fluffy. 
  10. When your cream cheese is soft and fluffy, add your yogurt and mix for another 2 to 3 minutes.
  11. When the cream cheese and yogurt are completely incorporated, add the canned pumpkin and continue to mix until the dip is a uniform color and light and fluffy, around 2 to 3 more minutes. 
  12. Then turn your mixer to low and slowly add in your pecans holding back 2 to 3 tablespoons for garnish. At this point only mix until everything is evenly incorporated as you do not want to break up the pecans too much.
  13. When everything is all nicely mixed and yummy and fluffy, transfer to serving bowl and garnish with the reserved pecans. Your dip is ready to serve however it will be even better if it is placed in the refrigerator for an hour or two to chill and for all the flavors to marry together.
  14. Served with ginger snap cookies or vanilla wafers to dip.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Try Neutrogena® Naturals Purifying Makeup Removing Cleansing Wipes for a Great Cause!



I recently joined Influenster and I have been loving it! What is Influenster you ask? As it states on their website, "Influenster is a community of trendsetters, social media hotshots, and educated consumers who live to give opinions of products and experiences." Join them, attach your social media accounts, answer surveys and question and wait to qualify to try some fabulous new products for free, Then all that you have to do is tell all your friends about them.

I answered a short survey and qualified for the Neutrogena® Naturals Purifying Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes. They sent me a package of twenty five wipes for free. Then they asked me to take a three day challenge to only clean my face with the wipes for three days, no additional water, and them tell them and also you about what I thought of the product. Why are they doing this?

Did you know that every day you clean your face without using water, you save up to 5 gallons of water from going down the drain? Neutrogena® Naturals partnered up with The Nature Conservancy to save water. Get involved and join #WipeForWater. Pledge to clean your face without using water, and instead exclusively clean with Neutrogena® Naturals Purifying Makeup Removing Cleansing Wipes. For each pledge, Neutrogena® Naturals will contribute $1 to The Nature Conservancy to support water conservation, up to $50,000. It's that simple.  You can click here to pledge.

Now back to the wipes. I believe in honest opinions even if I received them for free. That being said, I honestly loved them. I was afraid of what my face might feel like on day two or three. That it wouldn't feel fresh or clean, but it did!! They have a really nice smell. They clean well. My skin was not too dry or too oily. Just right. It felt smooth and clean. I would definitely recommend them, and in fact I have.


So take the #WipeForWater challenge and try Neutrogena® Naturals Purifying Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes. Help the planet at the same time take care of your face, It's a win/win situation!

#WipeForWater #Contest @Influenster @Neutrogena

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Wishes in Flight: Help Make-A-Wish by Donating Air Miles Today!!



A few weeks ago I asked for you help for Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana to vote for them for the “Tip the Hat Award" from the Lids Foundation.Your votes helped them win the grand prize and the $125,000 grant. Yeah!!  This will help there efforts so much, but there is still more work to be done and more ways to help this wonderful organization! 

Make-A-Wish 2015 Air Miles Drive

Each year, Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana provides approximately 3,400 airline tickets, the equivalent of 180 million airline miles, to help local kids and their families reach incredible travel destinations. In fact, more than 75 percent of wishes require air travel, making it a critical and costly resource for the organization. Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana has a goal to raise 2 million airline miles through this year’s Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana Air Miles Drive, in addition to monetary donations. 

Donating miles is an easy way to make a difference in the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions. There are two simple ways to help Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana reach their goal:

  • Call 1-877-206-9474 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on April 14th
  • Donate online any day or time! CLICK HERE to help!

Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana accepts Delta and United Airlines frequent flier miles. The minimum donation is only 500 miles for United and 1,000 miles for Delta. No eligible miles to donate? Cash donations give supporters without miles on participating carriers the opportunity to support our mission and help make wishes come true. 

Donations help Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana cover the cost of wish expenses from travel to rental cars to medical equipment. Since 1983, Make-A-Wish has granted over 13,000 wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Any bit of help is appreciated, so please help out today so that Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana can continue to make children's wishes come true!

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Inspiralize the Spring with Tuttorosso



Tuttoroso has teamed up with Ali Maffucci at Inspiralized for a great Spring Promotion on Facebook, Inspiralize the Spring. Based in the Midwest,Tuttoroso is proudly grown by Red Gold, which is a third generation family-owned and family-run company. Here at Midwest Family Food and Fun we love the fact that the tomatoes are carefully grown in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, where the climate and soil are perfect for tomatoes!

Have you heard of Inspiralized? It is a great website created by Ali Maffucci showing tips and tricks on how to spiralize. What is spiralizing you ask? Spiralizing is the art of turning vegetables and fruits into noodles.

As Ali states on her website ,“Inspiralized” pasta is inherently gluten-free, paleo, vegan and vegetarian friendly, low carb friendly, and of course, it’s a cleaner, more wholesome way to eat. You can click here to see great ways to create spiralized vegetables noodles without special tools. Looking for an even quicker and easier way to spiralize? You can pre-order her new Inspiralizer which will begin shipping April 25th. See a preview of the Inspiralizer on YouTube below.


So back to the Inspiralize the Spring Facebook Promotion. Tuttoroso has teamed up with Ali Maffucci and they are giving away some great gifts! Take a peek:
  • A chance to win  1 of 750 Tuttorosso® Aprons
  • A chance to win 1 of 15 copies of Ali's new cookbook, Inspiralized
  • A chance to win 1 of 60 official spiralizers: The Inspiralizer (the official spiralizer of Inspiralized)
  • One Grand Prize winner will be awarded the following prize package worth approximately $500:
    • One (1) Windsor Classic Willow Deluxe picnic basket including service for 4
    • One (1) Inspiralized® official spiralizer: The Inspiralizer
    • One (1) Inspiralized cookbook by Ali Maffucci
    • One (1) Tuttorosso® Heirloom Wooden Spoon
    • One (1) Tuttorosso® Inspiralize the Spring Recipe Kit with our five (5) new recipes
    • Ali's favorite kitchen gadgets personally selected by Ali of Inspiralized.com.
The promotion runs from March 25 - April 15. You can click here to find out more information and to enter to win! I want to thank Tuttoroso for sending me out the fabulous sampler blogger package and spring recipe suggestions. Such yummy inspiration for my kitchen! So check out the Inspiralize the Spring Facebook Promotion and enter today!

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Oh comes HOME!



Thanks to gofobo and Regal Theatres we got a sneak peek of the movie HOME. Such a cute movie. HOME is a DreamWorks Animation20th Century Fox production. With a cast full of stars including Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin ans Jennifer Lopez how can you go wrong. 

Oh (voiced by Jim Parsons) is a loveable, color changing, problem causing member of the Boov, who come to Earth to flee their mortal enemy and in the process take over the planet relocating all the humans to Australia. When Oh makes yet another mistake, he finds himself on the run from his fellow Boovs and in the process befriends Tip (voiced by Rihanna) an Earth girl in search of her mom.

Full of laughs, some love and a lots of music and dancing, HOME is a very family friendly movie. It tries to show that mistakes happen and it's more about what you do about your mistake rather than the mistake itself that counts. Tip along with her cat named pig helps Oh learn what it really means to have a HOME!

HOME comes to theaters Friday, March 27th. The Novaks' think it's a must see. But beware all the singing and dancing might have you saying "Oh, no! My hands are in the air like I just do not care!"

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day!



From leprechauns to corn beef and cabbage, green beer and parades, St. Patrick's Day has a little bit of everything.Young and old a like can appreciate all of the emerald colored fun! So tip your hats and your shamrock colored shakes or brew if you choose! Let the luck of the Irish be with you!

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