2/1/23

White Chocolate Drizzled Pomegranate Bark Recipe


My youngest daughter and I LOVE pomegranate seeds and we both love chocolate, so it would only seem fitting that we would love the two together, right?  Oh, my, is that an understatement!  This candy takes over the top spot on my holiday candy making list every year--but, it is also a fun, quick candy recipe to make with the kids too.  I cannot begin to explain the joy on my daughter's face when the sweet milk chocolate met the burst of tart fruit juice and nutty texture of the seeds.  This bark is our best yet--and super simple to make.

Ingredients for White Chocolate Drizzled Pomegranate Bark
12 oz. Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels (or Dark Chocolate Morsels)
1 1/2 tsp. Coconut Oil
1 c. Pomegranate Seeds, patted dry


1/2 c. White Chocolate Chips plus 1/2 tsp. Coconut Oil

Instructions for White Chocolate Drizzled Pomegranate Bark

Prepare the pan.  Line a jelly roll pan or rimmed cookie sheet with waxed paper and set aside.

Seed the pomegranate.  Seeding a pomegranate is really much easier than it seems--if you are gentle.  Simply cut off both ends slightly--if you cut back too far, you will cut through some of the seeds.  Score through the skin lightly at the membranes and gently pull apart.   Then, carefully pull the seeds from the membranes.  I like to seed the pomegranate in a bowl of water as it helps the membranes loosen from the juice filled seeds.


Pat the seeds dry.  It is very important that the seeds be dry or the chocolate bark will not set up firmly.  I just pat the seeds dry on paper towels. 


Melt the dark or milk chocolate.  In the microwave or over a double boiler, melt the chocolate and coconut oil until smooth. 

Pour the melted chocolate into the prepared baking sheet.  Smooth the chocolate evenly in the pan.

Add the pomegranate seeds.  Sprinkle the pomegranate seeds evenly over the chocolate and press lightly to "stick" the seeds into the chocolate.  Be careful not to break open the seeds.  Gentle pressure is all that is needed.

Melt and drizzle the white chocolate.  Melt the white chocolate and drizzle from the back of a spoon over the chocolate pomegranate bark and refrigerated until chilled and the chocolate has hardened.



Break the white chocolate drizzled pomegranate bark into chunks and serve.

This candy is just beautiful.  It works perfectly in our holiday gift baskets--but, also makes a quick and easy candy when we have pomegranate seeds on hand!

Enjoy!



1/31/23

Garlic Parmesan Buffalo Chicken Wings Recipe with No Butter or Breading


We love Buffalo wings here in A Mama’s Corner of the World.  The little girls even love the spicy chicken wings!  We have played with a number of wing recipes over the years—some with loads of butter in the sauce, others with special coatings, some requiring flour and deep frying.  After trial and error—we have found the perfect Parmesan garlic wing recipe with no butter and no breading.  Try it—I think you will be surprised by our lighter recipe for garlic Parmesan buffalo chicken wings!
 
 

Garlic Parmesan Buffalo Chicken Wings Ingredients
 
The wings
3-5 pounds of chicken wings
2 Tbsp. Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 tsp. Garlic Powder
 
The Sauce
Frank's RedHot Buffalo Wing Sauce-12 oz Bottle(not the hot sauce—the thicker wing sauce variety)
1/3 c. Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 tsp. Garlic Powder

Butter or Olive Oil Flavored Cooking Spray
 

 
Instructions for Garlic Parmesan Buffalo Chicken Wings
 
Prepare the wings.  Divide each wing into two pieces at the joints and remove the wing tips and any remaining feather pieces.  Rinse each wing under cold water and pat dry.

Coat the wings with Garlic Parmesan Rub.  Combine the garlic powder and Parmesan cheese.  Place the wings in a large Ziploc style baggie and shake the rub over the wings.  We like to let the wings set in the bag for several hours before grilling to allow them to absorb the flavors.

Mix the garlic Parmesan wing sauce.  In a medium bowl, combine the entire bottle of wing sauce, the garlic and the Parmesan cheese.  Whisk to combine.  Divide the sauce into a container for basting raw and partially cooked chicken and a smaller one for additional dipping of the cooked chicken wings later.

Grill or broil the wings.  During warmer months, we grill the wings outdoors over low heat, turning frequently and basting with the wing sauce until the wings are cooked through.  When the weather is yucky—we bring the process indoors and use the broiler.  Basting with wing sauce and turning every 3-4 minutes until the wings are cooked through. 

Finish the wings in the broiler.  Whether cooking outdoors or indoors, we always finish the wing making process under the broiler.  This seems to seal in the sauce and add that crispy, oil fried texture with out the breading and oil!  Add about 1/3 c. of the wing sauce over the wings and broil for 2-3 minutes.

Serve.  Serve with blue cheese or ranch dressing or dipping sauce and celery sticks.  Often, we make these the day before a party and serve them cold.

1/30/23

Children's Book Review: Love is in the Air by Karen M. Bobos


I love finding new children's books to share! This morning, I have a magical book that is perfect to build your little ones' excitement for Valentine's Day! Check out Love is in the Air, read my thoughts on the book, learn about author Karen M. Bobos and enter the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.


 

Book Title:  Love is In the Air (Adventures in Harmony series) by Karen M. Bobos
Category:  Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7),  44 pages
Genre:  Valentine's Day Fairy Tale
Publisher:  Bobos Babes, Ltd.
Release date:   Jan 2023
Content Rating:  G for children ages 3 to 10 
 
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about the book


It's Valentine's Day, and the magical sisters and their favorite babysitter accidentally put a love spell on the kingdom. They must stop the enchantment before it's too late!

It's Valentine's Day in the enchanted land of Harmony and the kingdom and all its magical creatures are abuzz celebrating. When the King and Queen leave their three daughters-Angel Scarlet, Princess Daphne, and Fairy Cora-with Ali the Alligator, so they can spend a romantic dinner together, the sisters are excited for a fun night with their favorite babysitter.

​Ali and the girls decide to make a love perfume in the castle's garden. But when Angel Scarlett wants to use her wand to help stir the ingredients, an enchantment of love mistakenly wafts over the kingdom and all its inhabitants. Can the girls stop the enchantment before it's too late? Or maybe it is just what the creatures needed, after all.
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my review
 

Magical, Fun Story for Little Ones. The author combines a little magic with a bit of humor and mishap to create a fun Valentine's Day-themed story for readers. As the sisters and Ali, the babysitter, accidentally send a love potion of sorts throughout Harmony--and try to counteract their magical mistake--readers will enjoy the magical effects on the Harmony townspeople. 

  

Cute Illustrations Give Readers A Lot to Talk About on Every Page. Brightly colored illustrations bring the love of Valentine's Day alive for an assortment of couples in Harmony--and give readers a lot to look at on each page as the story unfolds.  

 

Would I Recommend Love is in the Air by Karen M. Bobos? I have shared a few books from the Adventures in Harmony series, and I always love the smiles brought by the funny rhymes and magical storylines. Love is in the Air is a cute book if you want a fun Valentine's Day story to add to your reading list. I think little girls will enjoy it more than boys--but it would be a fun Valentine's Day storytime read too.

  
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meet the author
 
Karen M. Bobos is the multi-award-winning author of the Adventures in Harmony series, which was created in 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic. While living in a city of unrest, her family left Chicago to stay with her mother in Northwest Indiana for several months. She and her husband were determined to keep life filled with wonder and magic for their three daughters, Scarlett (6), Daphne (5), and Cora (3). The Adventures in Harmony series was created to entertain her daughters during their stay at Gigi’s home and is filled with characters from the sisters’ world. Everyone deserves to escape to a land filled with love and adventure where creatures co-exist and happiness awaits.

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1/29/23

Quick and Easy Valentine’s Day Black and Bleu Steak Salad Recipe Idea


Looking for a quick, budget friendly, romantic, Valentine’s Day dinner idea for two that you can easily make at home?  We love going out for steak and seafood on special occasions--but, our date nights are often bumped aside for family extracurricular activities or delayed due to work schedules.  More than likely, we’ll be celebrating Valentine’s Day again this year with dinner and a movie at home after the girls have dinner.  This Black and Bleu Steak Salad recipe is perfect for a romantic evening--and is a lot healthier and more budget friendly than a restaurant version. 


grilled steak over salad with blue cheese and croutons


Ingredients for Black and Bleu Steak Salad Recipe
 
2-3 Tbsp. Blackened Spice (We use this blackened spice recipe a lot for grilling!)
2 tsp. Butter
2 (4oz) cuts of your favorite Steak--I typically use Ribeye--but, also substitute in a cheap cut like a sirloin or a sale-priced London broil for this recipe since the steak is sliced and served directly over the salad
4-6 c. Salad Greens (I use a Spring Mix or Romaine blend)
2 Radishes, sliced
Red Onion, 2 slices separated into rings
Cherry Tomatoes, Sliced Lengthwise
1 Boiled Egg, Sliced
3 Tbsp. Crumbled Bleu Cheese (reduced fat or regular)
Croutons (optional)

Instructions for Black and Bleu Steak Salad


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Build the salad base on serving plates.  Place two to three cups of salad greens on each plate.  Top with radishes, onion, sliced egg and tomato and toss lightly. 

Preheat a grill pan over medium heat.  Add the butter and coat the pan. 

Season the steak.  Sprinkle the Blackened Spice mixture evenly over both sides of the steak, pressing the spice into the meat.  To save time when preparing this salad, I mix the blackened spice in advance and store in a sealed container until ready to use.

Grill the steak.  Grill the steak on each side until steak is cooked to desired level.  We prefer medium well for this salad.  Remove steak from the heat and allow to rest for 3-5 minutes.  Slice into ¼ inch slices.  Arrange steak slices over the salad base.

Garnish the black and bleu steak salad and serve.  Sprinkle crumbled bleu cheese and croutons over the salad.  Drizzle with desired salad dressing and serve.

Add a glass of red wine and warm dinner rolls--and a romantic Valentine's Day dinner is served in less than thirty minutes!

1/24/23

Here Is How Your Children Can Benefit From Dance Classes 2023


Dance classes can be fun for your children, but more than fun, they can bring health benefits to them. There are always many reasons why parents encourage their children to join dance classes. It will allow their children to expand their creativity and find passion in the art of dancing.


By sending your children to dance classes, you will provide them with opportunities to boost their self-confidence and grace. All of these skills will come a long way in your child's life.

If you are wondering about the benefits of dancing and how it can improve the learning skills for your child's success, this blog is for you. Here are the top reasons why you should enroll your children to dance classes.

Boost their emotional development 

Dancing will provide a platform for your children to express their talents and themselves. By the time your child experiences the joy of dancing, they will learn how expressing themselves in a certain way will be beneficial for them.

As a result, in the long term, this expression will help them to develop emotional maturity. Also, with the freedom to express their emotions in a safe environment, among other talents, it will boost their creativity and confidence.

Enhance socialization

Dance classes will teach the children how to work in a team. This activity is highly social as it will allow you to work in collaboration and have the opportunity to make new friends. By participating in the class, children will meet the dancers and acknowledge their talent.

It will be beneficial for your children to explore diverse talents around them. There is also a probability that your children will make lifelong friends to interact with. If you are wondering should your child sign up for the dance class, you can read the reasons online.

Allow them to be creative 

It doesn't matter which style your children choose to adopt to learn dance. Overall it is a proper opportunity for your children to be creative and learn the art effectively.

There are many dance schools for kids that teach ballet and other styles of dance to let the child be creative with their moves and build flexibility in them. If you are wondering what time will be best for your children to join dance school, in a recent study, it is found that early childhood is the best time.

In this phase, your child will learn how to bring creativity out of themselves and creative problem-solving skills.

Encourage cognitive development

Dance classes are a great opportunity for your children to learn discipline and time management. When a dancer gets older, they will know how to balance their school and extracurricular activities in their social and academic life.

It is important for your child to learn dedication, focus, and discipline to function well in society. That is why dance classes provide children to learn these skills in a fun way and use them in every aspect of their lives.

Improve their physical 

Nowadays, dance is considered a great form of exercise. People who participate in dance keep themselves active and physically fit. Dance classes are a great way to increase your child's flexibility and physical stamina. With physical strength and control, your children will be able to take part in sports and other activities.

1/18/23

Christian Spiritual Book Review: The River of God's Presence by Jeannine Rodriguez-Everard


This morning, I have a non-fiction Christian spriritual living book in our review spotlight! One of my goals for the new year is added attention to my spriritual health so this book certainly caught my interest. Learn about The River of God's Presence and author Jeannine Rodriguez-Everard, check out my thoughts and enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post!


 

​Book Title:  The River of God's Presence by Jeannine Rodriguez-Everard
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  316 pages
GenreChristian Spiritual Life
Publisher:  Images of Light Publishing, LLC
Release date:  October  2022
Content Rating:  This Christian book is rated G.
 
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about the book

One night, Jesus caught Jeannine up in the most vivid dream of her life. In this dream, He flew her around the world and revealed how His presence is like the river of God. By contemplating the rivers in Scripture with Him, Jeannine began to understand what happens when we encounter His presence. From Genesis through Revelation, Jesus revealed to her how the rivers in Scripture can metaphorically depict what happens in God's presence and how Jesus invites us to commune with Him.

Regardless of your experience with God, this book will take you deeper and further in your spiritual life, and you will be more aware of His presence and all that is available to you within it. Studying the river of God will compel you to spend time with Him, where you will find the answers to all the "whats?" and the "whys?" and the "hows?" and the "what-ifs?" you've been asking. You will discover in His presence the best inspiration for life.

As you read The River of God's Presence, you will become more aware of His presence, and you will learn to live from the place of His presence. As this occurs, the beauty of His presence will flow out from your relationship with Him in such a way that it affects every aspect of your life!
 
my review

The author creates a devotional with a very accessible format. No matter your background or stage of your relationship with God and Biblical teachings, you can use this book to further your spirituality. The author invites readers in each chapter to explore God's presence through well-thought-out Biblical teachings related to Bible passages and stories. Once she introduces a passage and story that expands on the flowing of God's presence, she shares her personal story related to the teaching before encouraging readers to delve deeper into their own relationship with God and the Bible through thought-provoking meditation prompts. The author has a very easy-to-read, easy-to-understand teaching method as she creates a nice blend of Bible study, devotional, and self-reflection/self-study opportunities in each chapter for readers.

 

Don't expect to read this book from cover to cover in a day. This book isn't something you should expect to read and contemplate in a day. In fact, the messages and meditation prompts are written, so that I will be using this book for journaling and spiritual reflection for quite some time. While the passages and stories will remain the same--my experiences and spiritual views will change and grow, making the meditation prompts useful again and again. 

 

Would I recommend The River of God's Presence by Jeannine Rodriguez-Everard? I often pick up devotionals, and spiritual "self-help" books with Bible reflection prompts--and have struggled to find a style that I like and find effective for my own use. I really like the organization of this book and the down-to-Earth, easy-to-read flow of the author's ideas and suggestions. If you seek to strengthen or re-develop your connection to God and reflect on His presence in various ways in your life--this is a book that I would definitely add to your spiritual reading list. Plan to dedicate a reflection journal to use with this book, and take advantage of the resources and suggestions the author shares throughout the book and in the end sections. The River of God's Presence is a book I will keep using again and again since the teachings are timeless, and the prompts will grow with me. 

  
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Jeannine Rodriguez-Everard is an author, teacher, and international speaker. She is gifted in understanding the supernatural and how God speaks to His children. Jeannine seeks to help people know God and how He uniquely created them to reflect His Light and love to the world. Through her understanding of the ways of God and the importance of communion with Him, Jeannine helps people encounter God personally, while understanding their ability to bring Heaven to Earth through friendship with Jesus. Jeannine and her husband, Ian, live in Idaho with their two beloved dogs, Jimmy & Johnny. Jeannine also enjoys connecting with God and others through art, singing, and storytelling.

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