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Fresh Mango Shake

As the cold weather hits us full force you’d think I’d be craving hot chocolate, lattes and warm apple cider. However, the beautiful Philippines has been on my mind the past couple of days and I’ve been craving their delicious fresh mango shakes.

There is something about the intense mango flavor and aroma that you can’t help but to crave year around. I could drink mango shakes all day long. They are delicious, nutritious and so simple to make. I can’t wait to share this authentic Filipino fresh mango shake with you. I got the recipe from a sweet woman who was selling them along the beach in Bohol. I hope you enjoy this delicious shake as much as my family and I have.

Authentic Filipino Fresh Mango Shake

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 Ingredients:

1 fresh ripe mango (you’ll know they are fresh because they will be somewhat soft)

1 cup milk

1 cup ice

sugar to taste. I usually put in around 3 Tablespoons

Directions:

Scoop all the delicious flesh out of the mango put in the Vitamix  or your favorite high-powered blender along with the remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth and enjoy!

Try this for breakfast or for a little boost of energy during the day. I promise you and your family will love this fresh mango shake!

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Bacon, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Braid

Ohhhh boy has it been crazy around here! The movers came this morning to get our unaccompanied baggage. All that means is that they came to get all of our most used items that we want to arrive first. Things like bedding, clothing, bathroom essentials and pretty much all of our kitchen supplies.

That is why I began making a few meals over the weekend so we could have a yummy breakfast and few decent meals while we were at the hotel waiting to PEACE OUT! I just cooked the eggs and bacon the night before. I covered them once they cooled, then placed them in the fridge till morning. So then in the morning all I had to do was layer everything, “braid it,” then throw it in the oven (for baby and me). 😉

I made this delicious bacon, egg and cheese breakfast braid a few months back when my in-laws were in town. It was a big hit with everyone and it was super simple so I decided this was the prefect breakfast to have when the movers were here. I also figured there would be plenty to go around if the movers got hungry.

So, if you are ever in need for a delicious breakfast sure to please the crowd you must try this

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Braid!!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup milk
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
8 eggs
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
salt and pepper to taste
2 (8 ounce) packages refrigerated crescent roll dough
8-10 strips of cooked bacon
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees F

Beat milk and cream cheese together until smooth. Mix in eggs, and season with garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.

Heat oiled pan and cook egg mixture until eggs are almost set.

Arrange the crescent rolls from one package into a rectangle shape on top of a greased cookie sheet. Place rolls from remaining package along the edges of the two long sides of the rectangle, with the broad half of the rolls on top of the first layer of rolls, and the pointed ends extending over the sides of the pan.

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Layer with bacon, eggs and cheddar cheese. Bring the corners of the rolls together over the cheese to form a ‘braid’ shape. I actually had to end up using a different kind of dough for this one ( I just used what I had on hand). But I had to cut it in order to make the bread. The crescent roll dough is much easer to use since it already has the “cuts” in it!

Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until cheese is melted and rolls are golden brown.

If you like simple breakfast recipes you should check out my Chocolate Smoothie. This would be a great addition to this breakfast! Plus who doesn’t love chocolate!!??

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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Apple Dip

This pumpkin cream cheese apple dip is ridiculously easy. The original recipe I found at Deliciously Sprinkled. I like her recipe, however I found that the cool whip overpowered the dip causing it to be a little to bland for my liking. With a few tweaks I got it packed with flavor, so much so you might just lick the bowl when you are finished.

While I have your attention, I wanted to remind you of a very important task you need to do. Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. While you’re at it go ahead and change the batteries.

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Look at all those delicious ingredients. The perfect balance of sweet and savory.

You’re probably wondering why I asked you to check your detectors and change the batteries. I’ll tell you, last week my parents neighbor’s carbon monoxide detector started going off in the middle of the night (only a few days after she had it serviced). When this happened my neighbor, Nancy, decided to go sleep in her car to be on the safe side till morning when she could fully investigate what was going on.

While she was asleep in her car she accidentally set off her car alarm. My mom happened to hear the alarm going off and decided to make sure everything was ok. She saw Nancy in her car and went over to ask if everything was ok and when Nancy told her what was going on my mom invited her over to the house.

They decided to call the fire department to come out to make sure there was an actual leak. Luckily, there wasn’t, it ended up just being the battery.

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umm yes please! Who doesn’t love powdered sugar?!

When my mom told me this I asked her why they wouldn’t have just checked the battery before they called the Fire Department in the middle of the night

My mom told me they thought the same thing after they had already called. However, once the Fire Department got there they said they were glad they called. And to never check a carbon monoxide detector if it is going off. You should always leave the house immediately and call the fire department. She continued to say that by the time you checked the detector (if there were a leak) you would pass out and likely die.

So with the holidays near and the increase use of our gas fireplaces and stoves it’s always a good idea to check your detectors and even change the batteries. They say that fall back (which is quickly approaching) and spring forward are perfect reminder times to change your batteries to the detectors in your home.

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Can you see how stinkin’ easy this dip is?! Just mix everything up in a bowl, lick the spoons and enjoy with crispy apple slices.

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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Apple Dip Ingredients

1 can pumpkin purée

2 packages 8oz cream cheese (softened)

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon + 1 Tbsp for topping

1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 cup powdered sugar

dash of salt

1/4 cup cool whip

apple slices for dipping

1 Tbsp brown sugar and the 1 Tbsp of cinnamon for topping

Directions

In a medium size bowl with a hand or stand mixer beat all ingredients through salt. Then fold in your cool whip.  Once those ingredients are well mixed pour in your favorite serving dish. Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon for topping and sprinkle on top. Store in the fridge till ready to serve and enjoy with sliced apples!

I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Halloween and please go change the batteries of your detectors. It’ll only take few minutes and it could save your life!

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Homemade Meatballs with Gravy and Mashed Potatoes

Our family loves meatballs! We love meatballs as appetizers, on subs, with pasta or my favorite, with mashed potatoes. I’m such a southerner, lol, I could eat mashed potatoes with every meal.

I love this dish because the meatballs are so easy to make. They are packed with flavor and can be paired with just about any side dish to make a delicious, wholesome meal. They are also great because you can make a large batch and throw some in the freezer for future use. They can be kept in the freezer for several months.

The next few weeks are going to be hectic with us moving so I decided to make a ton of meatballs so we can snack on them and take them with us when we move into lodging. I figured once we got to lodging we could just let them thaw and have them with spaghetti for an easy meal in a cramped hotel.

This dish is slightly modified from JoCooks, if you haven’t checked out her recipes you should. They are all so delicious!

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Homemade Meatballs Ingredients 

1½ lb lean ground beef
½ cup breadcrumbs
1 egg
¼ cup ketchup
¼ cup coarse grain mustard
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp Creole seasoning
½ tsp pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tbsp olive oil (for frying)

Gravy Ingredients

2 tbsp butter
1 large onion, chopped (I just use frozen onion, makes life easier. lol)
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 cup beef broth or chicken broth
2 tbsp cornstarch
½ tsp seasoning salt
1 tbsp ketchup

Mashed Potatoes Ingredients 

4 large potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1 inch cubes
4 tbsp (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1/4 cup milk (I use almond milk) + 1/4 cup chicken stock
salt and pepper to taste
Meatballs: Add all the meatball ingredients (excluding the olive oil) to a large bowl and mix well, use your hands. Shape into 1 inch meatballs.

**** If you want this to be a quick meal you can just throw them in the oven and bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. While they are cooking you can prepare the gravy and mashed potatoes. Or you can..

Add the olive oil to a large skillet and heat over medium to high heat. Add meatballs and cook. If you’re using a large skillet all meatballs should fit in one batch otherwise, you might have to fry them in a couple batches. Cook the meatballs on all sides, add more oil if needed. Remove meatballs from skillet and set aside.

Gravy: To the same skillet add butter and melt. Add onion and cook until onion is soft and translucent. In a bowl add the cornstarch and beef broth and whisk. Add broth and remaining gravy ingredients to skillet, and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes, sauce should thicken. If the sauce is too thick add a bit more beef broth. Taste for seasoning and adjust as necessary.

When the gravy is done add the meatballs back to the skillet and toss them around so they’re covered in the gravy.

Mashed Potatoes: Peel the potatoes and cut them in 1 inch cubes. Boil them on medium heat until potatoes are tender, for about 20 minutes.
Drain potatoes and in a medium bowl, add the potatoes, milk, stock, butter and salt and pepper. Using a potato masher mash the potatoes until desired consistency.  Add additional milk as necessary.
Serve meatballs over mashed potatoes.

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Hope you enjoy these homemade meatballs with gravy and mashed potatoes as much as we did!

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The Everyday Dames Favorites Giveaway!

Giveaway-prizesIt’s here, my first ever favorites Giveaway! 

I’m giving away a few of my favorite items. I’m so excited about this fabulous giveaway, and can not wait for one of my lucky readers to get this box of goodies! I hope you love these things as much as I do!

Here are all the details below.

  1. How cute is this Kate Spade Wristlet it’s the perfect date night accessory!
  2. Honey Bunch Scentsy Plug-in w/ 2 bars Who doesn’t love Scentsy and I love the plug-ins!!
  3. These 5 Tupperware Snack Cups, are super cute and very practical when you are on the go!
  4. $25 Gift Certificate to Origami Owl, I want everything from Origami Owl. Everything is sooo cute!
  5. 5 Samples of my favorite essential oils by Young Living, if you are into healthy living these are the BEST! They have so many uses!

You have until Monday, October 19th, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST to enter this fabulous giveaway! Simply follow the Rafflecopter instructions below. Good Luck!

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