Ahhhhh I have such a love-hate relationship with my instant pot! If I’m being completely honest, the thing just scares me lol... I have it stuck in my head that my Instant Pot will explode all over my kitchen like a bomb. However, I seem to have a talent for making deliciousness with the thing on days that I feel daring to give the Pot a try!
One of my favorite dishes just happens to be this yumminess. Beef Broccoli. Always yummy!!!! A family favorite!!! Enjoy!
• 1lb flank steak
• 4 heads of broccoli; separate from stem
• 1/2 tablespoon corn starch; for thickening
• 1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
• 4 tablespoons soy sauce
• 1/2 cup water
• 2 tablespoons garlic
• 1 tablespoon ginger
• 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
• sesame seeds for topping; optional
1. Set instant pot to sauté mode. Add in beef and 2 tablespoons soy sauce. Saute until meat is browned and seared on the outside. Turn off saute mode. Add in water.
2. Place lid on instant pot and lock. Turn pressure valve to close. Set to high pressure for 15 minutes. Once the instant pot stops counting quick release pressure.
3. Drain liquid from instant pot. In a small mixing bowl or measure glass add in garlic, ginger, hoisin sauce, cornstarch, and soy sauce. Mix well. Set to saute mode and pour mixture in over meat. Stir well.
4. Add broccoli to instant pot place lid on top with out locking and steam for 1 to 2 minutes. Stir making sure the beef is tossed well and does stick to the bottom of the pot. Put lid back on and steam another 2 minutes until broccoli is tender but crisp not soggy. If you lock your lid make sure the pressure valve is not closed or you won't be able to remove the lid. I just set it on top.
5. Turn off instant pot and serve over rice.
Ahhhh Easter!!!!!! We may still have another month before we need to get frantic about all things Easter Bunny, but since my daughter is an Easter baby. March 31st is her birthday, I’ve had Easter on my mind!!! Easter has either been her birthday or a day before or after since the day she was born. It’s nice that she will FINALLY have a birthday not so close to a holiday. Maybe people will actually come to her party this year since it’s not during Sping Break when families are in vacation lol....
Since I have bunnies on my mind with all of this birthday planning, I figured why not take advantage of the situation and craft up something Easter for y’all!!! Enjoy:)
• Craft Jar
• Easter Grass
• Super Glue
• Pink Pom
• White & Pink Felt
• Candy Eggs
Take your pipe cleaners and cut bunny whiskers. Then twist them together. Next, take your pink Pom and glue it onto the pipe cleaner whiskers. Once dry, glue your whiskers and nose onto the craft jar.
Take your white & pink felt and cut bunny ears. You will want to glue the pink piece to the white piece to resemble a bunny ear. Then glue the bunny ears onto the top of your craft jar. This part is actually easier than it looks! I promise!
Time to fill up your D.I.Y Easter Bunny Jars!!!
Tie a few strands of ribbon onto the jar.
Your D.I.Y. Easter Bunny Jar is ready for gifting!
Those who follow me on Instagram know that I am OBSESSED with face masks!!! Especially sheet masks since they require very little cleanup. I have a huge stash of sheet masks that seems to be never-ending since I can’t seem to stop buying them!
A few weeks ago I was sent several sheet masks from Passport To Beauty & omg!!!!! They only made my face mask obsession grow even bigger!!! Nothing more satisfying than radiant, glowing skin!!!
Passport To Beauty
Currently, the collection features three masks, $18.50 each:(Geisha, South East Asian, and South American masks will be added sometime in 2019)
Using the Masks
Applying the masks is easy peasy!!!! Just take the mask out of the packaging. Unfold and place on your face.. Once they are on, they don’t move which is very convenient since I’m someone who loves to wear my face masks while
doing things around the house or in this case, hotel room! When you have had enough of the mask, simply just remove it from your face and toss it in the trash!
I will admit, the Passport to Beauty Ritual Mask Collection is a tad bit pricey even for my boujee self. However, I did find all three masks highly effective, even after one use! I used these masks while I was traveling a few weeks back so my skin was in desperate need of love and attention. My skin is always awful when I’m on the road! All three masks delivered high-end skincare results similar to a spa! I couldn’t believe my skin was looking radiant after all that chlorine and sunshine that had been giving my skin beating during the day. You would have never known how gross my skin was feeling pre-mask.
I would highly recommend these masks if you have a special occasion coming up and need fabulous skin in the comfort of your own home or hotel room!!! I will definitely be stocking up!
Have you tried Passport To Beauty?
Hello everyone and happy Wednesday!!!! I may no longer be wandering the Disney Parks, but the second best thing one can do is write about them, right?!
So on our latest trip to Orlando, my daughter and I scored an incredible deal at the B Resort & Spa at Disney Springs. An “Offical Walt Disney World Hotel” AND in the Deluxe Category for only $94 a night for a standard room. Booking our trip only two weeks in advance and having limited options when it came to on-site hotels, we decided to take it! I didn’t have $1,400 a night for the Four Seasons & I detest the All-Star Disney Resorts. My only options besides B Resort if I wanted Disney transportation. Say all you want about me, the All-Star resorts just aren’t bougie enough for me, plus I refuse to stay in one since that’s where all the large groups stay lol.... don’t do it to yourself if you value your sleep.
Honestly, the fact that B Resort was one of the only properties left had me a tad bit concerned. I just kept telling myself nothing can be worse than staying at an All-Star with all the super loud high school groups. Then the day came. We showed up to B Resort and I was floored!!!!
B Resort & Spa
I couldn’t believe it!!! The resort was actually GORGEOUS for the price!!! Bougie on a budget!!! My favorite types of places. The hotel was not only insta-worthy, but totally glam. The only reason I feel B Resort was one of the few properties left when it came time for me to book our trip is the fact no one has any idea what this place is!!!! We know all the Disney theme hotels. We know what the Hilton & Westin are at Disney Springs, but who has ever heard of B Resort? Not I and I lived in Orlando for years! So I’m taking it upon myself to spread the word!
The B Resort & Spa has a total modern, Miami vibe!! Super chic. Marble everywhere which made me feel super clean while roaming the premises. They even have an official Disney Store where you can buy not only merchandise, but theme park tickets so you can skip those ridiculously long lines at the theme parks. Hungry? They have a sit down restaurant and a mini grocery story with coffee, ice cream, room snacks, drinks, beer and wine! Just expect to pay an inflated price for those items ;-)
Valet & Bell Service
That’s right!!!! Don’t feel like parking your own car or carrying your own luggage? There is help for that! While I will admit, I’m not usually not THAT person, I did have assistance this time with my luggage. Traveling with my child alone & having two suitcases, groceries, personal carry on items etc, very handy and made me feel like I was staying at the Ritz! We didn’t drive, so I have zero clue how great the valet service really is, but it’s nice to know the service is there if you are too lazy to park your own car in the parking lot which is literally two steps away.
One of my favorite hotel amenities that I’m sad to report I did not take advantage of this trip! Spas are my favorite, so when hubby is with us, you best believe I’m taking full advantage. I am also obsessed with Aveda products. Mainly because that was the “fancy” brand when I was younger and I tend to live in the past when it comes to brands... so I was pretty stoked when I realized the spa was an Aveda Exclusive!!! I will definitely be taking full advantage our next trip!
Tons of resorts have these, but this one was actually clean! My biggest pet peeve with any type of kids play areas is cleanliness. I’m not sure if it’s due to awesome hotel staff or kids not taking advantage of this fun spot, but it was as clean as a kids area could get! I also thought it was pretty sweet that the computers have gaming systems attached. Perfect for older kids who think they are too cool for a pool day with the fam.
Pools are one of the most important things to me when it comes to hotels!!! While there isn’t a mini water park or anything fancy-smancy, the pool area was pretty glam! Total South Beach vibes with a pool bar and all!!!! Towels are also provided by the hotel! The pool got two thumbs up from me! Honestly, no splash pad or slides makes the pool a way more relaxing place! Plus kids have just as much fun swimming with or without the extras. I rather lounge in style with a yummy cocktail while my child swims than chase my kid around a splash pad at the pool any day lol...
B Resort & Spa does provide FREE Disney transportation! Honestly, you won’t even need the Disney Springs transportation since you are literally minutes away. It will take you longer to wait for the bus than it would to just walk! The transportation did however come in handy when visiting the parks! Easy to find and the bus shows up like clockwork. Always there when it says it will be. Only downside, it’s a shared bus with other Disney Resorts, so you will get the scenic route. It’s included with your room, so it is what it is! Take advantage! Even if you have a vehicle, use the free transportation to avoid paying ridiculous parking fees! Worth taking the scenic route to save $20+ if you ask me!
Considering I freaking paid $94 a night, the room was gorgeous!! You can’t even get a room at our local Comfort Inn for these types of prices, so this room really was a steal. Very clean, beautiful marble bathroom. Central air and not that “fake” central air with the air unit sticking out of the wall. Mini refrigerator and even room service. I can also report that DoorDash will come right to your room if you want a mid night snack.
How Close To Disney Springs
I know, the question y’all have been waiting for. All those lights?!? That is Disney Springs! You can spot it all right from your hotel room! It is however a 5ish minute walk. You have to walk the length of the B Resort property and then the length of the Hilton next door before you reach the first Disney Springs entrance. A very easy walk that my daughter and I did several times a day. Not to shabby if you ask me!
Have you stayed at the B Resort & Spa?
Hello everyone!!!! Did y’all miss me?!?! I just got home from a fabulous trip in Orlando!!! A much needed week away from every day life and it was indeed wonderful. Exactly what this mama needed. My head is now cleared and I’m motivated to create create CREATE for y’all!!!!
I can’t help but think about Dr.Seuss every time I’m in Orlando since I do have a 6 year old who is obsessed with Seuss Landing at Universal Studios. We just had to make these one fish two fish rice krispie treats as soon as we got home. So cute! So fun! The perfect activity for your kiddo to create while enjoying one of their favorite books. Enjoy!!
• 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
• 15oz marshmallows
• 3 Tablespoons softened butter
• Red and blue food coloring
• Large candy eyes
• 1/2 cup frosting
• Fish cookie cutter
• 9x13” pan
• Non stick cooking spray
1. Grease a small 9x13” pan with butter or a non stick cooking spray.
2. In two large microwave safe bowls, separate your marshmallows in half with 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter and heat for 1-2 minutes until the marshmallows get puffy
3. Mix in a couple drops of red food coloring in one and a few blue in the other to achieve to different colors.
4. Now mix in three cups of Rice Krispies cereal in each bowl.
5. Scoop each color into your pan, half and half, press down firmly.
6. Freeze for 15 minutes before using a fish cookie cutter to cut out your shapes.
7. Use a dab of frosting to stick the candy eyes on your fish.
8. Serve & Enjoy!
CourtneyLynne is former model turned mommy & wifey! When not blogging all things foodie, fashion, travel, mom life & straight up fabulousness to the masses, she can be found chasing her toddler around in 6in stilettos & laughing at her own jokes her glass of wine told her to tell.