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As I sit here at my desk writing up this post, the sun is peaking through the clouds.  You see, we just experienced a heavy downpour due to a tropical storm in our midst, but even with the rain – it’s still quite hot and humid.  I honestly forgot to share this delicious recipe with all of you and decided I better hop on it and get it out before Fall approaches us and I completely forget altogether.  It’s been pretty warm lately here in Hawaii and while I do enjoy the summer months, I enjoy a great drink that just hits the spot to cool you down in a heartbeat.  Today I’ll be sharing with you a couple of easy to do recipes that are for drinks that are refreshing and light – perfect for the last of the summer months.  These drinks feature Cascade Ice and a few ingredients but they will be an absolute hit at your backyard BBQ or potluck or just to enjoy while sitting on the veranda enjoying the warm summer and what’s left of it.

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Let’s start with the Coco-Lemonade:

Let’s face it, a BBQ isn’t complete without some good ol’ fashion lemonade and it’s probably one of my favorite summer drinks.  This Coco-Lemonade is great and offers a fun little twist.  Start with a chilled glass full of ice and add 3 oz. of Cascade Ice Coconut and 4 oz. of Cascade Ice Lemonade.  Garnish with sliced lemons and a sugar rim for that sweet and tart taste and a little glam.  This is the perfect drink for the little ones because it’s refreshing and who doesn’t love a great lemonade.  Looking to spice it up a bit?  Add a shot of coconut rum to give it that pina collada twist with some lemon flare.  Garnish with coconut sugar and you have yourself a delicious drink.

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Cascade Ice offers a variety of delicious drinks for any BBQ or Summer Party (as well as year round).  Blueberry Watermelon, Strawberry Lemonade, Coconut, Lemonade and Pomegranate Berry are all delicious and refreshing all on their own.  You can experience guilt-free taste without the sodium, caffeine and gluten and enjoy the taste that’s absolutely great.  Cascade Ice offers 30 great tasting varieties.  Cascade Ice water is a flavored sparkling water with a clean crisp, delicious taste.  Cascade Ice water eliminates the unnecessary, unhealthy “extras” you can find in other flavor waters like sugar, sodium, carbs, caffeine and gluten and gives you pure, refreshing taste that you’ll love.

Not into coconut or lemon?  Don’t you worry – I got you covered with a few more recipes you can try.  For my melon lovers, try the Melon Mixer.  That delicious watermelon we see in stores can be used in a wonderful and refreshing, thirst quenching drink.  Start with 3 oz. of Cascade Ice Blueberry Watermelon (yum).  Pour in 1 oz. of club soda and add several slices of watermelon and blueberries to the mix.  Stir to release the fresh flavor and you’ll have a drink fit for the Gods.  Add a little vodka for an adult version of this drink and you are good to go.

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Love Pomegranate?  Well, try the Pomegranate Icer.  Since Pomegranates pack a punch of vitamins and anti-oxidants and they are in season for summer, this is the perfect time to try this drink.  Start with 4 oz. of Cascade Ice Pomegranate Berry and 1 oz of Cascade Ice Strawberry Lemonade in a glass with crushed ice.  Top it off with fresh pomegranate seeds for the perfect touch.  You can turn this drink into a cocktail version by adding a shot glass or two of vodka and garnish with pomegranate seeds.

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Looking for more ideas for summer drinks that will cool you off?  Check out the recipe section on the Cascade Ice site and get inspired.  http://www.cascadeicewater.com/recipes.html

I’m looking forward to trying out new recipes and I love that I can find Cascade Ice at so many locations in the islands.  The drinks are delicious and I love that there are so many flavors that everyone in my family will find one they enjoy.  What about you?  Do you think any of these drinks will tickle your fancy this summer and if you do – which one do you think you’ll give a whirl.

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Summer is in full swing here in Hawaii and that means that my family and I will be making good use of our grill.  Grilling, Barbequing or as we like to call it in Hawaii – Pulehu is such a great thing to do during the summer months because we not only enjoy our time together, but we also have great food and company.  Today I’m going to be sharing with you a new tool that we have been including in our grilling ventures – the Triple Stainless Steel Grill Brush from Cave Tools.  I’ve reviewed products from Cave Tools before and my husband and I absolutely love what we have tried from the brand, but I think this particular one is our favorite.

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The Grill Brush from Cave Tools has triple stainless steel bristles and a rust proof design.  Retailing for $19.99 (currently on sale for $12.99) this Grill brush is well made with a rust proof, water proof and snow proof design.

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This grill brush has stainless steel bristles that wrap all the way around the top giving you better cleaning angles and longer lasting durability.  What I love is that it’s easy to hold which makes cleaning your grill easy to do and control and hold are easy because of the angle of the brush.  The handle and clip is very heavy duty and keeps all 3 brushes tight together for maximum cleaning power or all different types of grill plates and the bristles are safe for use on porcelain.

We used this grill brush to test against baked and cooked on pork ribs and barbeque sauce and after heating up the grill and using the grill brush to clean the grill – the grit and everything stuck on removed easily and with little effort.

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After a quick use of the Cave Tools Grill Brush – we were able to get the grill clean and ready for steaks.

What I love the most about this brush is that it is 100% Rust Proof.  We leave our grill brushes outside and have gone through MANY of them in the past (as you can see the remnants of one in the picture above).  Each grill brush we have used has rusted on us in a matter of a few short weeks.  This grill brush has taken a beating and still keeps going looking like new.  We live in Hawaii where the salt air tends to rust everything we own and this brush has held up to the elements.  Cave Tools has battle tested the brush through rain and snow and it has held up in our weather too.

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Cave Tools has a Lifetime Satisfaction Guarantee on this product.  If at any point you are unhappy with your grill brush, you can return it for a full money back refund.  I also love Cave Tools customer service and the fact that most of their products comes with 25 Professional Recipes with instructions and detailed tutorial videos to use to create awesome recipes for your family’s summer cookouts.

Interested in getting your own grill brush?  This product can be purchased from the following sites:

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Also – get 15% off your Grill Brush order with code: V9BW7SDN.  Use this code at the following sites and get a discount.  I highly suggest this Grill Brush to check out.

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When it comes to food, I really am a “eat all the yum” type of gal.  I consider myself the Andrew Zimmern in woman form and really am an open-minded person that would try just about (most of the time) anything.  But, just because I am willing to try new foods and cuisine, doesn’t mean that I don’t love simplicity.  Things like a good hot dog, a simple fresh out of the fryer doughnut or even a sandwich made in the comforts of your own home can really satisfy that craving.  Since it’s starting to get a bit warmer here in Hawaii and the sun is setting later in the day, I thought a sandwich would be the perfect “hit the spot” meal for our family for dinner.  My husband Kevin took the reigns on this one and created gorgeous sandwiches fit for a King to serve as our meal.

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My husband’s delicious creation consisted of:  Oven Roasted Turkey, Smoked Ham, Provolone Cheese, fresh tomato and avocado and bacon (because all sandwiches taste great with it) all placed within two thick slices of BFree Foods Brown Seeded Sandwich Loaf Bread.  Kevin toasted the sandwich to give it some added texture as well as to melt the cheese and placed this beautiful creation in front of me.  Let’s just say… it didn’t last very long and I ate it up quickly.

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Quality ingredients make for a great sandwich, no matter how simple it may be to put together.  We decided that we really wanted this sandwich to not only taste great, but offer something new for the boys to try.  Our choice of the BFree Brown Seeded Loaf was interesting and one we all enjoyed.  It was the first time that anyone in my family had tried bread like this one and I think it will become a favorite in our household.  It offered great texture with a slightly dense and firm hold to the ingredients on the inside of the sandwich.  The Brown Seeded Loaf made for a great addition to our meal last night.

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So what is BFree Brown Seeded Sandwich Loaf bread?  It is a loaf of bread that is made with a unique blend of flours, starches, proteins and fibers with sunflower seeds and golden linseeds that give the bread a great texture, awesome flavor and make it extraordinarily high in fiber in each and every slice.  The BFree Brown Seeded Sandwich Loaf is sliced on its side to give you a bigger better sandwich slice (I especially enjoyed how thick my slices were).  These are the perfect loafs for home freezing as well.

The BFree Brown Seeded Sandwich Loaf is Wheat-free, Certified Gluten-Free and free from added sugar.  It is Non-GMO, Low-Calorie and Low-Fat and suitable for celiacs.  What I really like about this bread is that it not only tastes great (it really does), but it’s high in fiber.  My whole family absolutely loved it.  I’ll be honest, I thought the boys would notice a big difference in how the bread tasted in comparison to our usual Multi-Grain bread, but they didn’t and in fact commented on how much they loved it.  I especially love a bread that has sunflower seeds in it, so this particular bread stole my heart at first bite.

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This awesome bread is exclusive to Costco (sold in the traditional Costco two pack) and is rolling out in Costco Hawaii stores so if you are one of my Hawaii readers, you can expect to start seeing it pop up at your location.  This delicious bread is a great and nutritious alternative to conventional breads that can leave you feeling bloated or tired.  It’s a hearty bread (very filling and firm) and unlike other wheat-free products that can crumble or break, the BFree holds together keeping your hearty sandwich in tact.  This also tastes great in french toast and even better toasted or as a part of your grilled cheese sandwich.

My husband and I do our best to feed our children healthy meals and we are always on the lookout to stock our pantry and fridge with foods that are not only good for us, but foods that taste good too.  We cleaned through two loaves of this stuff in a matter of a week because it really is that good.  If you are near a Costco, stop in and see if they have it in stock or check out BFree Foods online and see the other products they also offer.  From Tortillas to white bread, they literally have it all.

So – what about you?  Does this sound like the kind of bread you would enjoy?  Are you a sandwich eater, could you see yourself enjoying our version of a Turkey, Avo and Bacon sandwich?  Comment below and let me know how you would use the BFree Brown Seeded bread.

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Happy Foodie Friday!  Today I decided it was about time I shared my super simple beef stroganoff recipe.  It’s not the healthiest, but most comfort food really isn’t, to be honest.  While I did make some changes and adapted this recipe for myself and my family, I took the base and root of this meal from my mommy who would cook it for us when we were kids.  What makes Beef Stroganoff so delicious and such a great comfort meal is that it has a hearty taste and flavor to it.  It’s perfect on those chilly evenings as a warm alternative to soup and of course, because of the pasta in the recipe, it really makes for a great comforting dish.  I made this recipe to be an easy one so that I could dinner on the table for those nights when we just didn’t have the time to slave in the kitchen for hours.  In about 30 minutes, this meal is cooked and ready to go.  Follow the video for a step by step outline of what to do.  I hope you enjoy this dish as much as my family does.  Bon Appetite.

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Supplies / Ingredients needed: 

  • 1 Tablespoon Kikkoman Soy Sauce or Aloha Shoyu – any type of soy sauce
  • 1 – 1 1/2 tbsp minced or fresh garlic
  • 3/4 cup – 1 cup sour cream
  • garlic salt or rock salt to taste
  • fresh parsley or parsley flakes – chopped, added for garnish and to taste as seasoning
  • 2 tbsp chopped white/round onion
  • pepper to taste
  • 10.5 oz. canned cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 1/2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 16 oz. / 1 lb. bag wide egg noodles
  • 1 lb. of beef – you can select to choose steak, stew meat or whatever works for you or you have on hand
  • 16 oz container white cap mushrooms or whatever mushrooms you have on hand (chopped or sliced)
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup of water or beef stalk

Directions:

  1. Add butter to your hot pan / skillet and allow to melt
  2. Cut up your meat to small bit size pieces and cook/brown meat until you have it at the right temperature completeness you are looking for
  3. Add your garlic and onion to your pan and cook in the butter
  4. Add your meat to the garlic, onion and butter mixture  (in the video I added the chopped onion flakes later, but if you are using fresh onion, add now)
  5. Add Worcestershire sauce
  6. Sprinkle in the seasoning you want to use:  parsley flakes, garlic salt or rock salt, pepper, herbs, etc.
  7. Start boiling your egg noodles – they take approximately 7-9 minutes to cook
  8. Add your sliced/chopped mushrooms to your beef mixture
  9. Once the mushrooms have softened, you’ll start working on your sauce
  10. Add 1/2 cup of water to stretch out the beef flavor, you can use beef stalk if you want
  11. Add 1 1/2 tbsp to your beef and sauce mixture and stir well, let cook to thicken
  12. Add your whole can of cream of mushroom soup, mix into your sauce and with meat well
  13. Add sour cream to the mixture and combine
  14. Add Soy Sauce and combine well
  15. Allow the stroganoff to simmer for 10 minutes
  16. When egg noodles are done, drain water and plate noodles
  17. Pour stroganoff over noodles and sprinkle some parsley as garnish on top
  18. If you are like my family – you can take your egg noodles and combine with stroganoff in the pan and serve that way as well.

I hope you and your family enjoy this really simple recipe.  I usually cook this meal when I have some left over stew meat or steak in the freezer and since we always have egg noodles on hand, it makes for a great meal.  This meal is simple and easy.   You can decide to add some vegetables on the side or a side salad to complete the meal or eat it as is.  Like I mentioned previously – this is the type of meal that is perfect for cuddle weather – it’s warm and hearty, but not a soup, so it makes a great and quick meal for any time of year.

Enjoy!

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This recipe is one that my mother showed me as a child and one I adapted to include other ingredients.  All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased and this is not a sponsored post.  Affiliate links are posted through out.


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As most know who spend some time here on my blog, my family and I enjoy cooking together and creating delicious grinds to satisfy our taste cravings.  But, did you know we also love to grill and enjoy the taste of a flame cooked meal?  During the summer months my husband will cook dinner on the grill at least once a week and we love the taste of flavor of the delectables we get to feast on.  However, keeping up with your grill and keeping it clean for the next use is not that easy so we are always on the hunt for tools that make this task uneventful.  Today I share with you Alpha Grillers Grill Brush.

Summer Barbecue with Alpha Grillers Grill Brush

If you have ever had to purchase grill tools, you know that they can be a bit expensive.  The Alpha Grillers Grill Brush retails for $29.99 (currently on sale for $8) and that’s a reasonably good price considering the size of the brush and quality.  This is a heavy duty BBQ Tool.  Stiff, thick stainless steel bristles combined with a long rigid handle makes cleaning your grill easy.  No one likes to get burned and I like that the reach on this tool due to the long handle makes cleaning easy.  What is great is that this product is made for all grill types – porcelain, stainless steel, cast iron, infrared, ceramic, electric, gas, charcoal, Char Broil, Big Green Egg or Weber Genesis.  You can scrub away the grit from grilling safely without marking or dinging your grates.

Before cleaning the grates
Before cleaning the grates

The handle is 18 inches which makes it the perfect length so that you don’t get burnt, but it is not too heavy in that you lose control over the brush.  You can still retain good leverage which makes it easy to use for those like me who have weak wrists or carpal tunnel.  The brush itself is not heavy at all so cleaning my grill really is simple to do.  What I enjoy the most about this brush is that you can scrub at any angle.  Since the bristles have a spiral design, you can hold the brush at any angle and get the job done.

After cleaning the grates with Alpha Grillers gril brush
After cleaning the grates with Alpha Grillers gril brush

If I had to discuss one con to the product – I do notice that the bristles do bend, so after several uses, the bristles did not keep the form that they had originally.  It did not hinder my use of the product thereafter and I’m still able to use the brush – but I did want to make that notation.  We clean our grill prior to our next barbecue, which is convenient for myself and my husband.  We heat up the grill and clean just before throwing our goods on the grates.  If you enjoy cleaning up after grilling – this will work as well.

Overall we enjoy the grill brush and I would suggest it to anyone looking for something affordable but made of good quality.  You can check out this brush and other products from Alpha Grillers here.

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