I received free products to host the Disney Side @Home Celebration and B.J. Wholesalec Club provided a gift card towards food. As always, all opinions are my own.
I recently hosted a Disney Side Celebration and was inspired to come up with a few Mickey Mouse themed recipes. This recipe came to me at the last minute as I was about to put out the cheese cake bites that I bought at B.J. Wholesale Club. They were already pre-sliced and pre-made so it was a no brainer to add something extra to them. It took only minutes to add the blue berried to the top.
Periko & Jessi Leon at Starbucks “Noches Cultures” featuring Caramel Flan Latte by Maria Serritella
Maria Serritella is a great friend of mine. She is a fashionista, actor, dancer, makeup artist, and mother that will be contributing to April Golightly. Check out and like her IMDB page and her makeup skills in this tutorial.
This week, I had the amazing opportunity to meet & interview the extremely talented & vibrant duo PERIKO & JESSI LEON at the Starbucks “Noches Culturales” in Miami, where customers were invited to celebrate culture, tradition, & the new Caramel Flan Latte accompanied with live acoustic music!
On this particular night of “Noches Culturales” we had something extra special to celebrate…it marked the 1-year anniversary of the duo together making latin pop rock music magic! Combined, their musical talents include composition, singing, & songwriting. Together they play guitar, ukulele, bass, & percussion instruments. Coming from successful solo careers, it was no surprise that their magical union occurred given the chemistry of the perfect blending of their voices. They have performed together in countless venues including The 14th Latin Grammy Street Party, Premios Lo Nuestro, Latin Billboard Showcase, Dewaristas con Juanes as Finalists, St. Jude Children’s Hospital Gala, Radio Amor 107.5, Lexus Listening Lounge, Univision, Showbiz (CNN), MegaTV, America TeVe, Sirius XM, MTV Tr3s, Telemundo, Telfutura, among others.
This past weekend my husband and I were lucky enough to get to attend the South Beach Wine and Food Festival for the #BuickEatandTweet event. First, we learned about a few of the Buick cars including the Encore which is an extremely safe and fuel efficient SUV at 25 city and 33 highway. If you own … Read more
I was given a free one-month subscription to try the new Simple Start plan and write about my experience. Though I was compensated for my time and commitment, all views, positive and negative are my own. #lovehealthyme#wwsponsored
It has been 7 days since I started the Weight Watchers Simple Start Program and I glad to say that I am walking more and eating better. I’ve been cooking almost everyday for the household and my fridge is filled with good veggies and yummy foods.
I recently met up with fellow fashionista and blogger, Aileen of Newsy Parents at Sage French Cafe in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Sage has a french winery interior with dark wood, exposed bricks and cranberry red accents. It reminded me of days gone by, when I spent the majority of my time studying in a french cafe in Miami. The French Cafe that I spent so much time in has closed. Since then, I have been searching for French Cafe to replace my old favorite. Sage French Cafe & Wine Bar fits the bill perfectly!
Over the holidays, my mom always made fried zucchini that acts an appetizer and snack before and after Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. In an effort to be more healthy she stopped breading them and started baking them instead. They are still yummy, but it just is not the same. This recipe was inspired by an effort to make the zucchinis delicious again. I made an easy zucchini appetizer that looks more like mini zucchini pizza appetizers with sliced goat cheese from Whole Foods and cherry tomatoes.
How to Make Easy Zucchini Appetizer
Since there are only 3 ingredients, you won’t have to remember a huge list of foods. They have a mild flavor that is generally pleasing for most people. You’ll also enjoy the small number of dishes you’ll have to wash afterward.
All in all, this probably one of my favorite appetizer recipes I have ever made!
All you need for this recipe is:
That’s it! Of course, you will also need some non-stick spray to help them cook better.
Here are the directions. This is a recipe that you can allow your kids to help you with. You’ll find the detailed instructions in the printable recipe card. Here’s an overview of how to make them.
Preheat the oven.
Wash and slice the zucchini
Slice the goat cheese
Cut the cherry tomatoes in half
Layer them on a cookie sheet.
Bake for about 10-15 minutes.
How to Make them Ahead of Time
You will save a lot of time if you do the food prep ahead of time. Then, all you have to do is preheat the oven and bake them.
So slice the zucchini, goat cheese, and cherry tomatoes. Keep them in individual zippered bags or plastic containers with a lid.
Goat Cheese Replacement
I discovered that the goat cheese melts perfectly on the zucchini. It also has a really deep flavor that brings out the sweetness of the tomatoes.
But if you don’t like goat cheese or just want a different kind of cheese, here are the other kinds you can try:
I am a member of the Everywhere Society and the Everywhere Society provided me with compensation about the Macy’s Culinary Council. However, as always, all opinions expressed herein are my own. If you have any questions about the event, please feel free to message me using the contact me page above.
This weekend I had the pleasure of attending another Macy’s Culinary Council Event with Chef Todd English . These events are awesome! You get to watch the Chef cook, eat all the goodies the Chef makes, and get recipes to take home. If you love the food, you can buy the book and have it signed while you meet the Chef. I went to another one a few months ago with Michelle Bernstein. I would highly recommend attending and arriving early so you can get a great seat.
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Summer is still hanging around South Florida even though I am dying to get break out my fall wardrobe. When dressing for Tastemakers in Mizner Park, you should fight the urge to dress for fall and wear something summery instead! I went around to the restaurants tasting the food for a media event last week with this summery dress and wedges. Check out my review of the upcoming Tastemaker’s food and drink pairings here. We are giving away a Tastemaker VIP Pass that was given to me as compensation for writing this post. Enter to win here.
Last week, I got to eat at this awesome new restaurant in Boca Raton, Florida. I am new Boca resident and am always looking for new places to eat. Now that my first child is here, it is important that date night is strategically planned. We really have not gone out together without the baby yet. We said we’d have a date night once per week, but it just has not happened. I am hoping to have one this weekend! The Butcher Block Grill is a great date night place for us because it is very close and the food is amazing. I did a complete review of the Butcher Block Grill on my new Mommy & Daddy Blog, Palm to Park. Check out the complete review here.
The Macy’s Culinary Council is an amazing collection of acclaimed chefs that travel the country doing cooking demonstrations for Macy’s customer. I visited Macy’s in the Aventura Mall where Chef Michelle Bernstein dazzled me with her skills and comedy.
Chef Michelle Bernstein cooked up some Latin favorites for an audience at Macy’s in Aventura, Florida. She is the Chef at Miami mainstays including Michy’s and Crumb on Parchment. Chef Berstein also taught us some of her culinary secrets including how to make crispy garlic. She put the garlic in a shrimp and grits recipe that somehow did not have that overwhelming garlicky taste that has been making sick lately (#pregnancyproblem #1).