December 2, 2016

Ready, Set, Weekend with Simply Beautiful Eating

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I bet you didn’t know this. Ready?

Yakisoba is a classic Japanese street food made by stir-frying boiled ramen noodles, vegetables and meat or seafood with a sweet and savory sauce.

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It’s an easy and super delish meal that’s made in minutes. Can you really ask for anything more? No.

The most time consuming part entails the prep of your veggies. Especially when you live in a house that has cupboards and drawers which “eat” your kitchen gadgets. What am I talking about? I’ll tell you.

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It never fails, every single time either Steve or I go to look for a pot, pan, colander, measuring cup, spoon or grater, it disappears. That’s not to say I’m not organized, because I totally am. We open up the cupboard and look for specific tools, such as a box grater, and it is nowhere to be found. Here’s what happens next:

1) I ask Steve if he knows where the item is.
2) He answers by saying it should be “in there”.
3) I ask, where is “in there”?
4) He answers by saying, “you know where in there is”.
5) I look “in there” and it’s “nowhere”.
6) He gets up from the couch and puts one of his Sci Fi, screaming ladies, blood spurting movies on PAUSE.
7) We now have the flashlight out (which is running out of batteries from looking for things “in there”).
8) He sticks the flashlight and half of his body IN THERE.
9) He then starts moving things around and shuffling dishes and pots and pans to find the item. (insert loud crashing sounds here→)
10) He then starts removing items from “in there” briskly and placing them on the floor (which makes me crazy because the floor is the floor and even though it’s fairly clean I’m pretty sure I will need to rewash them before using. Ugh)
11) At this point, I bet you’re wondering if we found the damn grater. Well….no. Moving on to point 12 now.
12) Steve now removes half his body from “in there” and decides that he needs to leave the area but not until he reorganizes the entire cupboard by placing all the items on the floor back on the shelves. Oh and one more thing. He calmly states that the shelf inside the cupboard will collapse one day from the weight of all the cookware “in there”. (FYI, I’ve heard this story a million times but he has yet to either secure the shelf or come up with a solution other than a full kitchen renovation……..thanks Steve……..thanks)
13) I’m now holding the flashlight with half my body “in there”.
14) And lo and behold, I’m faced with the back end of the grater which was thrown in haphazardly at the bottom of the cupboard.
15) Next, I yell – FOUND IT STEVE!
16) He then says where?

and I say……….”IN THERE”.

Spicy Chicken Yakisoba Noodles
-½ medium sweet onion, diced (I use a vidalia)
-2 medium carrots, shredded
-½ head of broccoli, separated in to small florets
-1 inch piece of fresh ginger, finely diced
-1 cup chicken breast, cooked (I used bbq chicken but you can sub in any meat or even cooked shrimp)
-2 tablespoons avocado oil (or olive, vegetable etc.)
-2 packages ramen noodles (don’t use the seasoning packs, just the noodles)
-1 teaspoon spicy avocado or sesame oil
-¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
-¼ cup worcestershire sauce
-2 tablespoons ketchup
-1 tablespoon chili sauce
-1 tablespoon white or brown sugar
*you can use any combination of Chinese greens, bean sprouts or vegetables for this stir fry

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1) Before you start, you are going to prepare the vegetables and sauce for stir frying. (this saves you from scrambling around when it’s GO time)
2) Peel the ginger and grate it with the fine side of box or cheese grater.
3) Peel and grate the carrots with the large holed side of a box grater.
4) Dice the onion and cut the broccoli into bite-sized pieces.
5) Begin boiling a medium pot full of water for the noodles.
6) In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, worcestershire sauce, ketchup, chili sauce and sugar.
7) Stir until the ketchup and sugar are dissolved.
8) Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the grated ginger, saute for about 30 seconds to one minute (don’t let it burn like I did, ya…I had to start over again).
9) Add all of the vegetables. Stir and cook until wilted (about 5-10 minutes).
10) Once the water boils, add the noodles and cook just until tender (2-3 minutes). Drain, return to the pot (with the heat turned off) and toss with the spicy avocado or sesame oil to keep from sticking.
11) Pour the sauce into the wok or skillet with the chicken and vegetables with the heat still on medium high. Add the noodles, stir to coat everything in the sauce, and heat through (about 2 minutes). Serve hot.

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See you next week!

debi @simplybeautifuleating
simplybeautifuleating.com

xx, Debi
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December 1, 2016

LMP Gift Guide Twenty Sixteen

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We absolutely love gift giving here at LMP. Nothing puts a smile on our faces like selecting the perfect present for our family and friends. But yes, it can be difficult and stressful and time-consuming and did we mention stressful? Especially for the people in your lives who “have everything.” So to help out, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites for Her, for Him, for the littles and even the perfect hostess gifts.

for-her

Gifts include 1) The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer, 2) Miansai Cuff Bracelet, 3) Cosabella Never Say Never Thong set, 4) Vitner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum, 5) Ramblerose Santa Fe Stacker Statement Necklace, 6) Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Body Polish, 7) Digital Detox Bath, 8) Marc Fisher Alinda Over the Knee Boots, and the 9) Lively Geo Lace Bralette.

for-him

Gifts include: 1) Adidas Ultraboost Uncaged Running Shoes, 2) Series 2 Apple Watch Nike+, 3) Tall Bartending Glasses, 4) Skybuds wireless headphones, 5) Plume self-optimizing WIFI network, 6) Away Travel – The Perfect Carry-on, and the 7) Mouth Monthly Pickle Subscription Box.

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Gifts include: 1) The Bamboo Balance Bike, 2) Shark Blankie Tail Sleeping Bag, 3) Balloon Giraffe Money Bank, 4) Darth Vader Boombox, 5) Rhythm & Roll Percussion Plane, 6) My Little Pony Crystal Empire Castle, 7) Peppermint Snow Tube, and the 8) Portable Sports Training Goal.

hostess

Gifts include: 1) Rosanna Booze Decanter, 2) 80’s Flair Chocolate Box, 3) Bubble Bath Gift Box, 4) In the Company of Women, 5) Metallic Wine Glass Markers; 6) Pure Brass Horn Coasters, 7) Soy Blend Pine Tree Candle, 8) Little Miss Party’s New Years Eve Bash in a Box,  9) Sunnylife Tropical Cocktail Kit, and the 10) Adopt an Olive Tree Gift Subscription.

Happy Holidays to you all, and Happy Shopping!

xx, Michelle
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November 30, 2016

Chef Luke & Kathleen Make Holiday Popcorn Mix

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Here’s something you might now know about Chef Luke… he absolutely LOVES popcorn.  We got him an air popper last year and he asks for freshly popped popcorn as a snack pretty much everyday.

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It was an absolute no-brainer to make a fun and festive Holiday Popcorn Mix for one of Luke’s cooking shows! Enjoy the full video below:

We also decided to serve the mix in this adorable Reindeer Bag Craft, which is included in our Limited Edition Kids Holiday Bash in a Box.  Get yours today, and mix up some of Luke’s Holiday Popcorn Mix for the Ultimate Kid’s Holiday Party!

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We hope you enjoy, and Happy Popping!

xx, Abby
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November 29, 2016

Festive Cranberry and Ginger Mojitos

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I can’t believe I’m saying this, but it’s time to start planning for December Holidays! Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, for the next month we will all be scrambling to buy gifts, decorate and cook for the many gatherings that will be happening to celebrate.

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Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa.. these Festive Cranberry Ginger Mojitos are sure to get you in the spirit and knock the socks off of your friends and family.

Here’s what you need:
-Gingeroo Old Spicy New Orleans Cocktail Mixture
-white rum
-fresh cranberries
-fresh mint
-fresh lime
-ice

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Here’s what to do:
1) To your rocks glasses, add some fresh mint leaves and cranberries. Measure 1/2 oz of rum to each cocktail glass on top of mint and cranberries.

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2) Use a muddler or wooden spoon to crush and muddle the cranberries and mint.

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3) Add ice to each glass, filling about 3/4 of the way.

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4) Fill up your glass the rest of the way with the Gingeroo Cocktail mix. Garnish your glasses with lime slice, and add a straw for sipping.

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How delicious is that? The red of the cranberries and the green of the mint, limes and gingeroo make this cocktail the ultimate Christmas libation.

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Dreading those family get togethers? Throw back a few of these and you will have no problem discussing politics and religion around the dinner table.

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That’s all… See you next week!

xx, Abby
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November 28, 2016

Our favorite PARTY BOX yet!! (Hint…it involves BUBBLY!)

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It’s that time of year…we haven’t even fully digested Thanksgiving dinner yet, and the Christmas/New Years rush is upon us! Seems like it happens earlier and earlier every year. If you are smart, you have already ordered your Holiday Party in a Box for your kiddos class party at school…right? Don’t wait any longer…those class parties will be here before you know it! Now, what about New Years Eve – you didn’t think we would forget that one, did you? This year take some stress out of planning with our New Years Eve Party in a Box.

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Since launching Little Miss Party in a Box, this has been our most successful box each year, and this year we included even more fun stuff! You are going to LOVE this one. Check out what’s inside :  My absolute favorite part of this box are the POP THE BUBBY balloons! How genius, right? This holiday is all about the bubbly, after after all. These 16″ gold letters can be strung up over a doorway or on a wall with string, or simply taped up over the bar!

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My second favorite part of this box is the confetti party balloon set. You get 12 balloons, tons of confetti, and a whole lotta fun! You can simply blow them up in a bunch or style them to look like champagne bubbles like we did here!

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How sweet are these POP FIZZ CLINK cocktail napkins?

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We’ve added our signature chevron bamboo cocktail pics.
and paired them with these amazing gold confetti start shaped plates.

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Your drinks will look delicious, and cleanup will be a cinch with these chic plastic tumblers and gold foil straws.

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Our glitter star toppers can be used as appetizer skewers or even cupcake toppers. Either way, they’re super festive and sure beat regular old toothpicks!

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No New Years Eve Party is complete without silly glasses and gold party horns!
We are loving this collection and we know you will too! Place your orders now, quantities are limited!

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Photos by Maggie Antalek

xx, Michelle
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