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April 30th

Ready, Set….

Oh wait?! Is it not the weekend yet? Well we couldn’t wait. Check out this one from The Garden of Eatin’…the most perfect weeknight meal!
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Not sure if you are aware of this, but I’m a Chinese food fanatic. I grew up eating a load of egg rolls, sweet n’ sour chicken and oodles of noodles in my wonton soup. It was a family tradition to go to our favorite restaurant for Chinese food every Sunday. Every waiter knew us and would give us extra goodies for free during the meal (mostly because my dad was a heavy tipper – so essentially he paid for the free food by bribing the wait staff).
During the drive downtown, (which seems like an eternity ago) I would sit quietly in the back seat of my parents car playing with the window handle – yes – I am THAT OLD – there were no power windows in the car. I would pull the handle up, and pull that handle down, pretending I was an elevator operator – YES – once again I AM THAT OLD – There were elevator operators in stores back then. I wanted to be ONE! I loved the fact you could wear a cool outfit complete with white gloves and take people UP and  DOWN all freakin’ day long. Ultimately, I ended up choosing a different career path – which is a good thing because those elevator operators are all out of jobs now.
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Which brings me to today. I am still obsessed with Chinese food but not always impressed with take-out. What’s better than ordering in? THIS CHICKEN! It is easy to make, tastes great and is one of my favorite recipes of all time.
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YOU GOTCHA SRIRACHA SWEET CHILI CHICKEN
Baked Sweet & Sour Sesame Sriracha Chicken
4 large chicken boneless breasts, washed dried and cubed
1 cup cornstarch
1/2 tsp garlic salt & fresh ground pepper
2 – 3 eggs, beaten
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Sauce:
1/2 cup sugar
5 tbls ketchup
1 – 2 tbls Sriracha
2 – 3 tbls honey
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 tbls soy sauce
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tbls hoisin sauce
Mix all ingredients for sauce and set aside
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How to:
Preheat oven to 325F. Take a large plastic zip bag and place cornstarch, garlic salt and a few good turns of pepper. Add cubed chicken, zip bag and shake well. In a separate bowl beat eggs. Drop your cubed and coated chicken ( shake off excess cornstarch first) into eggs and mix well to coat the chicken. In a large nonstick skillet heat 2 tbls of oil and heat to medium high. Fry chicken in batches just until golden on both sides but not cooked through. Place browned chicken into a 9 X 13 casserole dish. Once all the chicken is in pour sauce over. Bake in 15 minute increments for a total of 45 minutes. Baste with sauce on the 15 minute interval. Serve warm sprinkled with sesame seeds.
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Trust me ……..this is 100 times better than take-out. Although I do have to say, sometimes it’s nice to dial for your dinner.
See ya next week!
Debi @thegardenofeatin
xoxo
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categories: Chicken & Turkey, Eggs, Food, Little Miss Foodie, The Garden of Eatin'

April 29th

Styling Mother’s Day

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What is cuter then your children admiring your style and all that you do on a daily basis? Mother’s day is the perfect opportunity to get the little ones involved and we’ve got our little ones all dressed up in the cutest outfits. They are party-ready.
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With large, bright flowers, tissue decorations and all of the party supplies you need from our Little Miss Party Party in a Box - we are setting up a table ready for a celebration.
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We found the most adorable dresses for the girls to dress up in for the party from Florence Fancy. Since we took these photos the girls haven’t wanted to take these dresses off.
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Michelle and I always enjoy getting dressed up. We found fabulous outfits from CAbi being both stylish and comfortable. I paired a navy jumpsuit with a large necklace and a headband. While Michelle wore a classic black A-line skirt effortlessley.
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We are always looking for creative new ideas when it comes to gifting and recently received the most wonderful package from Northern Brewer. Their Master Vintner Small Batch Wine Starter Kit is perfect for a mom who loves wine. Well that’s US. And since we love almost anything that is DIY…making wine is a great new activity for us to try!
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We also discovered Northern Brewer’s Creamery in a Box Starter Kit which also makes a great gift for the foodie or entertaining mom. She can set up shop in the kitchen and handcraft her own homemade hard and soft cheeses like Farmhouse Cheddar, Feta, Cottage Cheese and Queso Fresco. Um….Cool + Yum!
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categories: Appetizers, Cocktail party, Cocktails, Fashion + Style, Gifts, Holiday, Holidays, Little Miss Foodie, Little Miss Mommy, little miss party

April 27th

Mandy’s Meals and More

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Mother’s Day is a fabulous way to remind our moms how much we love them. How do you thank a woman who’s been putting up with you all your life? Keep it simple with these ridiculously easy DIY bath teas.
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Supplies:
1/2 cup lavender
1 cup Epsom salts
1/2 cup dried basil
Tea filter,  muslin or cheese cloth
3″ kraft box
Closure sticker,  so many cute options at minted
Ribbon
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Steps: 
In a small bowl combine and all the ingredients and mix thoroughly
Fill each tea filter with 2 tablespoons of herbal mix
Wrap it up! Use the ribbon and closure sticker to decorate
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So many possible variations for the herbal mix, oatmeal makes for a very relaxing bath as well.
If you would like to attach instructions to the gift, let mom know that these are meant to hang from the faucet while water flows through.
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Enjoy
-M

categories: DIY, Holiday, little miss party, Party Favors, Shower

April 24th

Ready, Set, Weekend with The Garden of Eatin’

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Anyone have some leftover chocolate bunnies laying around the house after Easter? I received this one from a work colleague who knew that I would put it to good use…..and that I did.Mousse 1
Ever heard of pulling a Rabbit out of a hat? How about pulling a mousse out of a Rabbit? Leave that magic trick to me and read on.

Although this post started out quite innocently, after photographing the steps, it seems that a sinister side of me has come forth…..or more like Dexter paid a visit to thegardenofeatin set. I apologize in advance to those who may find these pictures too graphic. Hide your children. Poor Mr. Wabbit.Mousse 4Mousse 5Mousse 6Mousse 7
Ready?

Here goes……

White Chocolate Lemon Mousse

12 ounces White Chocolate, chopped – You can use any good quality white chocolate OR a bunny!
1½ cups heavy cream, divided
1 tsp lemon zest – optional
Garnish – Berries and shaved chocolate

In a small saucepan, heat ¾ cup of the cream on medium heat. Heat just until bubbly but do not bring to a boil.

Turn off the heat and add the chopped chocolate. Stir until the chocolate is melted and the cream and chocolate are glossy and combined. Set aside and allow to cool to room temperature.Mousse 8
With an electric mixer using the whisk attachment or a hand mixer, beat the other ¾ cup cream on high until soft peaks form. Once the chocolate mixture is cool, fold it into the whipped cream using the paddle attachment or a wooden spoon. Place in ceramic ramekins and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or if you just can’t wait (like me) place in freezer for 15 minutes. Garnish with fresh berries and additional grated chocolate. Serve up your old bunny who is now a mousse and enjoy!
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See you next week!
debi @thegardenofeatin
XO

categories: Baking, Food, Little Miss Foodie, Sweets, The Garden of Eatin'

April 23rd

Our party in a box is so easy to set up…a man can do it.

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Back when we shipped our Little Miss Birthday Party in a Box to my friend Ilana to set up her daughter Harlow’s 2nd birthday party, her husband, Mike had made some kind of sly remark about how easy the box was to set up…and so he and my husband Adam should have done it. I thought…um, yah. You should have. I’ll save that idea for another time thank you very much!
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Well that bright idea came to mind when thinking about Mother’s Day! So guess who got a Little Miss Spring Party in a Box and set up the most adorable brunch for our families? THESE GUYS! Oh yah…check this out…
It all started with Adam, Mike, An LMP in a Box and Dave Robbins. Yes I had to have a photographer in there capturing this all because otherwise I wouldn’t have believed they did this on their own…
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Ilana and I took the brood of kids out to the park. It was a gorgeous day so we played and hung out while the boys did their thing.
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We were out for about one hour.
When we got home…here’s what we came home to……a beautiful table, bagels & cream cheese and mimosas. A pretty perfect mother’s day with the families if you ask me?! Those boys made us proud!
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So what happened while we were gone? Here’s what we learned thanks to these photos Dave Robbins so beautifully documented for us…
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It started with a couple of glasses of scotch. Apparently they felt this was necessary after opening the box.
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They took a stab at the tissue fans and lanterns in the box and although I have heard people make comments about these before – worrying they wouldn’t know how to set them up – these guys figured it out in no time…
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Now the flowers…well there are a few gorgeous glass bud vases in our box. The boys picked up simple white tulips (perfection) and put one in each. When I sat down for brunch I noticed there was tape on one of the stems…here’s what happened behind the scenes. Problem solvers or what?
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These guys went as far as using teapots that they found on the dining room table as vases for more flowers.  I think they have been secretly paying attention to the LMP Instagram account…
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The guys set out the plates, straws, napkins and cups all buffet style. Everything was perfect. They even lay down the crepe yellow runner that is included which really made the dining room table pop!
To complete the table they searched the apartment for other household times to use. They found a pink tray for serving and colorful placemats which they put on top of the runner and on the buffet to make the tables extra colorful and pretty.
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To eat they served the perfect and easiest brunch spread…bagels, cream cheese, fruit, assorted salads and orange juice.
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They even took my glass Chemex coffee pot and turned it into a water pitcher.  It’s obvious now these guys pay attention around this place…I was very impressed!
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Not sure what we were doing with the scissors here…and I may never know. But the tomatoes were sliced pretty perfectly…
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They found platters, serving knives (I didn’t even care that they used the halloween ones) and cake stands for cupcakes. They topped them with our “YAY” toppers and it all looked STUNNING!
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When we got back to the apartment the kids ran in and started plowing through the bagels. Meanwhile, my jaw was dropped to the ground. I was so touched by the effort they put behind this set up and I couldn’t actually believe how perfect it was.
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These boys proved that Michelle and I have done our job with this box and delivered supplies that are so easy to set up…even a guy could do it.
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So ladies….if I were you…I would leave this blog post open on your computer so your hubby stumbles upon it and gets inspired to surprise you with a brunch like this for Mother’s Day…Here is your direct link to SHOP THE BOX – now we’re making it easy for you !
Happy Mother’s Day! Let us know how it goes….!
All photos above were taken by Dave Robbins Photography.

categories: Baby shower, Brunch, desserts, DIY, Flowers, For Mom..., Gifts, Holiday, Little Miss Mommy, little miss party, Little Miss Party in a Box, Napkins, Party, Party Stylists, Photography, Photography, Project Playdate

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