O my yum!!!!! Corn is definitely one of my favorite side dishes!!! It takes second place with potatoes taking that number one spot! Creamed corn is definitely something a delicious spin on corn that I look forward to every thanksgiving!!! So delicious and the best part? It’s totally easy to make as well! Wow your guests this Thanksgiving with my famous Skillet Creamed Corn! Enjoy!
• 2 cups corn
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 1/4 tsp pepper
• 1 Tbsp sugar
• 1/4 cup butter
• 1 Tbsp flour
• 1/4 cup heavy cream
5. Serve & enjoy!
This post was sponsored Wonderful Pistachios as part of an Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own
Winter!!!! Such a beautiful season! There is something so magical about snow flakes and let’s not even start talking about all that fabulous decor!!!! Yet it can be totally depressing here in New York! I swear we only have two seasons here. Summer for 2 months and then winter for 10! There really isn’t any in between when it comes to weather. I’m either rocking that bikini poolside or I’m snuggled in at home in my favorite footie pajamas!
Baby it’s cold outside!!! It can be pretty easy to let our wellness slip away when locked indoors due to the freezing temperatures! But don’t fret!!! With these 5 Tips For Winter Wellness, you will be able to keep your mental wellness in check all winter long!
Yes, the most wonderful time of the foodie year is finally upon us, but that doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself to stay skinny! Looking for a healthier alternative snack? Go ahead and indulge a little with The Skinny Nut. That’s right, Wonderful Pistachios are a great addition to any gathering with your family, friends, or community!
Wonderful Pistachios Roasted & Salted and Roasted No Salt are dry roasted Pistachios with no added oil. They are also Non-GMO Project Verified, Gluten-Free, Kosher certified, Halal certified, and vegan making them the perfect alternative snack for all your holiday needs!
Plus, cracking each shell may actually help you slow down and eat mindfully! So head to your local Walmart, toss a bag or two into your cart and crack, snack, and meditate on a healthy you :):)
2. Eat Protein
While the farmers market may be closed and your garden covered in snow, it’s more important than ever to make sure you’re body is getting protein! Protein helps keep blood sugar levels stable and can reduce sugar cravings! Many people load up on carbohydrates & sugars over the winter which can compromise the immune system! Known for protein and fiber, Wonderful Pistachios are a smart snack! Another fabulous reason to keep a bag of Wonderful Pistachios on hand all season long!
BONUS!!! Plus, the green and red-purple hues in Wonderful Pistachios come from antioxidants. So, treat yourself to nutritious pistachios. When it comes to your health, they pass with flying colors.
3. Stay Social
The winter months can naturally cause people to turn inward and be more isolated. With holiday party season right around the corner, make a date with a bestie and keep spirits high.
One of my favorite charities during the holiday season is Toys for Tots! I’m always attending Toys for Tots social events since the holiday season is a time of giving! Western New York isn’t exactly the wealthiest area, so I have seen the Christmas miracles Toys for Tots gives so many children in my area.
This season, Wonderful Pistachios is taking the whole giving thing to the max!!! Wonderful Pistachios will be donating $.10/unit for Wonderful Pistachios Roasted & Salted and Wonderful Pistachios Roasted No Salt sold at Walmart up to $100k benefiting Toys for Tots! The collection period will run from November 1 – December 24, 2019! So #GoNutsForTots & head to your local Walmart! Heck, make a shopping date with a family member and Go Nuts For Tots together and stock up now :):)
Just because the sunshine is hiding under all that snow, doesn’t give you an excuse not to stay active! If the gyms are too crowded due to New Years Resolution folks, try mall walking! If the roads are closed due to a blizzard?! Hit up YouTube and try a new at home workout! Exercise naturally supports a healthy mood! A healthy mood is crucial to wellness!!
5. Extra Sleep
With the shorter, cooler days and longer nights, our bodies naturally need more sleep! If you start rubbing your eyes earlier than usual, take the hint and hit the sack! A sleep deprived body is more prone to illness, plus it can put us in a bitter mood which is definitely not good in the wellness department! A well rested body is a happier body that’s for sure!
Anyone looking for an easy peasy yet totally drool-worthy holiday treat for your next holiday party or put luck?! I know this time of year can be crazy hectic, so having easy recipes on hand are a must!!! One of my go-to holiday dessert recipes just happens to be this M&M’s Christmas brownie batter dip! No egg used so it’s totally safe to consume and it will be a total crowd pleaser!!! Enjoy!!!
• 18 oz box brownie batter
• 8 oz. brick cream cheese room temperature
• 8 oz. whipped topping
• 2 TBS chocolate syrup
• 1/2 cup chocolate chips
• christmas M&M’s for garnish
• 1/4 cup milk
• cookies for dunking
1. In a large bowl, add brownie batter.
2. Add whipping topping, cream cheese & chocolate syrup.
3. Pour in the milk.
4. Time to add those chocolate chips.
5. mix well. You can use a hand mixer or kitchen aide to speed this process up.
6. Pour mixture into a serving dish. Cover in Christmas M&M’s.
7. Serve & enjoy.
One of my favorite things about going on a fabulous vacation is the food!!! Living in a small town, delicious, over the top food is one thing we lack in our every day lives. When we are on vacation, you best believe I live it up food-wise.
When we were planning out our Beaches Resorts Turks & Caicos itinerary, when checking out all the sample menus online, we just had to check out Mario’s! Fine dining is my favorite and when I spotted lamb chops being the chef’s signature dish, I knew Mario’s Restaurant would end up being a favorite!
Mario’s is an enchanting Tuscan-Inspired restaurant located in the Italian Village at Beaches Turks & Caicos! Offering an elegant dining experience with a centrally located open show kitchen, stunning vaulted ceilings and beautiful ironwork it’s hard not to fall in love with Mario’s at first site!
At Mario’s you can savour authentic Italian dishes inspired by the flavors of Italy, with an emphasis on fare from Milan, including hand-rolled lasagna, signature pasta dishes, veil piccata and my favorite cutlets of lamb.
One of the best parts of dining at Mario’s just happens to be the extensive antipasto bar!!! That’s right, once you are seated and order your favorite glass of vino, you can dig into offering such as freshly roasted red peppers, grilled eggplant, olives, deli meats, cheeses and more! Just make sure not to over stuff yourself before your main course is served ;-)
And for the kiddos? If they aren’t a fan of over the top Italian deliciousness, options like chicken nuggets are there to save the day! Mom and dad can dine on the most delicious culinary creations while the kiddo digs in on every child’s favorite, nuggets!
Obviously I was totally obsessed with Mario’s! Mario’s was my favorite dinner out of all of our dinners the week we were at Beaches Turks & Caicos. I loved it so much I just had to write about it and share the deliciousness with y’all!!
Mario’s is one of the finer dining options at Beaches that is also 100% kid friendly! A huge plus in my book since we always travel with my daughter. We used Mario’s as our fancy family night out and dressed to impress for photos before our dinner.
My husband & I both had the lamb chops and they were everything we expected them to be! Cooked to perfection! My daughter had the chicken nuggets and she was just as pleased with her meal.
If you are like me and looking for a culinary, family-friendly experience while at Beaches, Mario’s is a must!!! You won’t be disappointed! However, if you’re looking for “American Italian” favorites, this will not be the spot for you. This is a restaurant with over the top cuts of meat and beyond delicious authentic Italian dishes, so do not expect Americanized Olive Garden.
Tip ~ 5:30pm seems to also be the perfect time to dine if you are trying to avoid crowds. We had an event to attend at 7:30, and the restaurant was pretty much empty when we arrived. By the time we left to head to our event, the place did start to fill up. So if you are dining with young children or you do not want to wait for a table, earlier you show up, the better.
What are your favorite Italian dishes?
My famous cranberry sauce!!! For years I literally thought I was the most creative wannabe chef of all times since I put apple cider in my cranberry sauce!!! My secret weapon to dominating cranberry sauce. When most people opted for orange juice, I reached for that Apple cider!!! Then along came Pinterest shattering my cranberry sauce ego and letting me know others are just as creative in the kitchen!
Regardless of how many people make cranberry sauce using cider, all I know is it’s so god damn delicious that everyone needs to make their cranberry sauce this way! Enjoy!!!!
• 12oz Bag Cranberries
• 1 Cup Sugar
• 1/2 Cup Water
• 1/2 Cup Apple Cider
Add cranberries, sugar & to a pot.
Pour in the apple cider. Stir. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 25 minutes, stirring regularly until the cranberries fall apart and the mixture reduces to a thick, chunky sauce.
Cool to room temperature before serving.
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.