October 12, 2016

Sew Fun!

When I was a little girl in elementary school my grandmother used to sew me the greatest outfits. They were always in style, I mean she even made me a tube skirt and fluorescent lace top, I rocked the 80's! I even remember someone saying that my family had a lot of money because I was always wearing fancy clothes, which was so far from the truth. I just had the best grandma. When I became a teenager my grandma shared her love of sewing with me and taught me the craft. I made pants, tops, mini dresses, you name it. Unfortunately, I very rarely sew these days, my fault. However over the summer Penelope took a week long sewing camp at Moore's Sewing Center so it's time I dust off my machine and so we can start sewing! When I first signed her up I wasn't sure if she was going to enjoy it, I was also concerned that it might be a little to difficult for her to learn at 8. I was so wrong! In fact one of the amazing ladies that taught the class told me that they had taught their grandchild to sew at five years old!

This was Penelope on the first day of class with her new machine, that she got to take home by the way. 

A Limited Edition Project Runway machine with a ton of stitches and much nicer then my machine. The class was a week long class, 5 hours a day. Surely this was going to be too much sewing for Penelope and she would get tired of it. I was wrong! She loved it and never wanted to leave. 

Here she is sewing away when I popped into to check on her, what a pro! At the end of the week there was a graduation and ice cream party and the kids in the class got to show off their creations. 

Penelope learned to make a backpack, pillow case, pajama pants and a roll-up bag traveling bag. It's too bad Moore's only offers this class once in the summer, Penelope was sad for it to be over. Still in that one week she learned so much. I will definitely be encouraging her to keep at it, in fact she has already picked out a pattern for her first homemade dress, now the fun part, fabric shopping! 

Rummaging through the Kitchen Bento

This is what you get for lunch when I need to go grocery shopping...

An assortment of random things from the kitchen. Oh well, I had not complaints.

2 Hard boiled eggs and a lil' salt, Hello Kitty cucumbers, Hello Kitty jack cheese, "prinkles" as Penelope calls them, seaweed, chocolate chip cookie and a green tea hard candy. I made up for it by slipping in a coupon for an hour later bedtime and taking her out to sushi for dinner. ;)

Yay for Me!

You may recall a couple of months ago Chris fed my potato chip addiction by bringing home the Lays Passport to Flavor potato chips. Lay's has been running a promotion for these chips, each time you purchase you receive passport miles that you can redeem towards entries to win some great prizes. Guess who won? I did! While I didn't win one of their fabulous vacation packages, I did win a $10 Subway gift card, and guess who took Subway for lunch today? The contest ends in just a few days, October 16 to be exact so there are still a few more days to collect miles and passport stamps. Subway is still carrying these chips, so there you have it I just decided what you are having for lunch today. Good Luck!

October 10, 2016

Yummy in my Tummy- Poke n Salad

Not to long ago Poke n Salad opened up in Temecula, and after seeing every one's delicious looking Poke creations on Facebook, I had to check it out.

The concept is simple, healthy, inexpensive and most importantly tasty. You start of with a base of brown or white rice, mixed salad greens or both in your choice of regular ($7.95) or large ($9.95). 

Then you choose your proteins which include ahi tuna, yellowtail, shrimp, spicy tuna, salmon, albacore, scallop and tamago. A regular size is 2 scoops and a large is 3, you can also add additional scoops for $1.50. You then choose your sauce that your protein will be mixed in: chipotle mayo, sesame shoyu,  yuzu ponzu, ceviche, house poke. 

Finally you choose from a variety of toppings: seaweed salad, edamame, avocado, red onion, cilantro, masago, wasabi, cucumber salad, crabmeat, jalapeno, green onion, sweet corn and ginger. 

Here are my moms and my creations. She choose a large white rice with ahi, and spicy tuna in their house poke sauce, which has a little spice in it. Topped with avocado, seaweed salad, edamame, cilantro, masago and jalapenos. I had the mixed organic salad greens with ahi and spicy tuna also in the house poke sauce. Topped with green onion, avocado, cilantro, jalapeno, masago and crabmeat. 

These bowls were sooo good, I could literally eat one everyday. By the looks of the place I am not the only one, it was lunchtime, midweek, and the place was packed. It is a small location that only has a few tables inside and a couple outside, we were lucky to pay for our food just as a couple was leaving their table and I quickly snagged it. They also have macaroon ice cream sandwiches for dessert but I noticed this a little too late. Now I have an excuse to go back! If you are looking for something fresh and healthy that is going to totally satisfy you, then give Poke n Salad a try. 

26491 Ynez Rd. 
Temecula, CA 

October 03, 2016

Nonni's THINaddictives Dark Chocolate

Nonni's  is continuously growing their line with delicious Italian inspired, artisan treats.  Recently I was introduced to their latest bakery creation THINaddictives Dark Chocolate. Three new flavors were added to the THINaddictives product lineup, including; Dark Chocolate Almond, Dark Chocolate Cherry Almond and Dark Chocolate Banana Almond.

These three new flavors follow the original THINaddictives recipe that brought you a thin, crunchy and addictive cookie  but with the addition of decadent dark chocolate. Made with real ingredients like wheat flour, real dried fruits and whole almonds and then drizzled with a rich dark chocolate that is made with 55% cacao. Each box contains 7 individually wrapped two packs that are 80 calories or less. I love that these are individually packaged so you can toss them in your bag for a snack on the go. They are a great dipping cookie to enjoy along side your coffee or tea or like Penelope, your hot chocolate. I was sent a box of each flavor and while I preferred the plain dark chocolate the banana was loved by Penelope and Chris who is a fan of chocolate covered cherries thought these were a tasty treat.

My mom regularly takes a box of THINaddictives into work with her to share with her coworkers and they are always devoured quickly. I mentioned the new flavors and she was looking forward to introducing them at the office.

If you would like to learn more about new and upcoming Nonni's creations please like them on Facebook and follow them on Pinterest. Also check out their store locator so you can get your hands on a box of these goodies.

The featured product{s} in this post were provided to me free of charge by the manufacturer or PR company representing them. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by  anyone.

September 24, 2016

Yummy in my Tummy- DogHaus

I love hot dogs! I am not kidding hot dogs are delicious, especially when they are topped with out of the box ingredients. Recently a  DogHaus opened up here in Menifee, apparently they are a chain, but I had never heard of them before.

Dog Haus is Southern California's craft casual hot dog concept founded by partners Hagop Giragossian, Quasim Riaz and André Vener with a passion for creativity, quality and commitment to community.
The first Dog Haus opened in Pasadena in 2010 offering signature 100% all-beef skinless Haus Dogs, Haus Sausages and 100% natural Black Angus beef burgers on grilled King’s Hawaiian Rolls. Open for lunch and dinner daily, guests can choose from signature Haus creations or customize their own from a selection of more than 40+ quality toppings.

They also seem to be opening up more locations all around the southwest. I was excited to try this place after seeing pictures posted all over Facebook of their hot dogs, so Chris and I popped in for lunch in the middle of the week. The Menifee location is small with limited seating. They have a couple of stand alone tables, bar seating and also a couple of communal high top benches. Their menu is posted on the wall and if it's your first time here it can be a little overwhelming. They have several curated hot dogs, sausages and burgers but you can also build your own from a variety of toppings, and sauces. It was hard to decide whether to go with one of their menu items or create something of my own. After much deliberation I decided to go with their Sooo Cali. Wild arugula, spicy basil aioli, crispy onions, avocado and tomato, all on top of a beef frank. Chris chose the Cowboy. Smoked bacon, white American cheese, crispy onions and BBQ sauce, also on top of a beef frank. Chris also ordered some tater tots, which also can be topped with your choice of cheese, chili and/or one of their signature sauces. They have several craft beers available as well as milk shakes but we opted for fountain drinks.

I believe that hot dogs should be eaten with your hands so I am always annoyed when places pile on the toppings so much that you can't even pick up your hot dog without it falling apart. I mean seriously, who wants to eat a hot dog with a knife and fork? I was surprised that although these hot dogs were loaded with toppings I could still pick it up and eat it as hot dogs should be eaten. The bun which is made with 3 King's Hawaiian Rolls, is toasted but still soft. I noticed that the cheese in Chris' hot dog was not melted. I think I would have preferred it to be melted but he did say it was good that way. My dog was sooo good. It was really fresh tasting but I missed the spiciness in the so called "spicy basil aioli". Even though these hot dogs are loaded, they felt like they were a little small, I could have seriously eaten two of these guys. Then again, I might have just been really hungry that day. The tater tots were crispy but we not at all salted. They did however provide salt packets. We will definitely be going back because I would like to try some of their other hot dog creations, as well as their sausages, and their burgers, oh and maybe one of their milk shakes.

30080 Haun Rd.
Menifee, CA 92584

September 16, 2016

Hamburger Jun

I made this version of Hamburger Jun or Korean Beef Patties a while ago but forgot to post. These turned out delicious and Chris, who wasn't very excited at first, ended up loving them.

Hamburger Jun

1 lb. Ground Beef
3 Green onions minced
1 Garlic clove minced
1 tsp. Fresh ginger minced
2 tbs. Soy sauce
1/4 tsp. Pepper
3 Eggs
2 tsp. Brown sugar
1/2 cup Flour
1 tsp. Sesame oil

In a bowl mix all ingredients except 2 eggs and the flour and form the meat into patties. In another bowl take the remaining two eggs and beat with a fork. In a separate bowl add the flour. Take each patty and dip first into the flour and then into the egg. Add some cooking oil to cover the bottom of a pan and fry the patties until cooked through.


2 tbs. Soy sauce
1 tbs. Chili garlic sauce
1 tbs. Rice wine vinegar

Mix all the sauce ingredients in a bowl.

I served my patties in lettuce cups with the sauce poured over the top. Delicious!

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