July 27, 2017

How to Host a Garden Party

Our new Little Miss Shower Party in a Box is quite possibly the cutest selection of party supplies we’ve ever seen. Since you have the option to choose between a script balloon that says “love” or “baby,” you can really use it for any occasion! We chose Love, for a bridal shower, and we glammed it up with this glitter balloon DIY.

Last week, we hosted this bridal shower in Seri’s backyard and recorded every step so you can see EXACTLY how she made it look so fabulous. It was easy, fast, and beyond gorgeous. This How to Host episode will show you how to prep your meal, set your table, and serve your drinks. Below the video, you will find printable cards with the shopping lists and links for everything we made!

Watch and LEARN! Seri is the hosting queen, and she’s ready to show you just how easy it is to do yourself.

PRINTABLE SHOPPING LIST CARDS

You can find the steps for our Summer Corn Salad here and the steps for the Potato Salad here.

For more party tips and behind the scenes, follow @littlemissparty on Instagram!

xx, Maggie
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July 26, 2017

A Dinner Party for Two

Birthday gifts can be tricky. When you know someone special who has it all, how do you keep the excitement of gift giving alive?

How about a well designed, well thought out dinner for 2? That would be pretty fun to walk into as a birthday girl…don’t you think?!

Doesn’t get cuter than a husband surprising his wife with a beautiful dinner with the most delicious menu. That’s what we did here and loved every moment of it.

From the stunning table design with plates, utensils, glasses and placemats all from our favorite store CB2, to a bottle of pink champagne, candles and the perfect naked cake from Making that Cake topped with fresh flowers….it was pretty perfect.

We brought in a personal chef Linda Sarris who goes by the name The Cheeky Chef to create a delicious, beautiful dinner for the couple. She came into the apartment to prepare the dinner while we set up and once the couple arrived they sat down to a gorgeous appetizer followed by a pasta course and main dish. It smelled (and I know tasted) heavenly.

Bravo to the husband who thought of this idea. Made for the perfect night for his wife’s birthday celebration and surely one she’ll never forget.

Photos by Maggie Antalek

xx, Seri
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July 14, 2017

Ready, Set, Weekend with Simply Beautiful Eating

The best part about having a new cooktop is having a NEW COOKTOP!!

I’m happy to say that FINALLY, yes finally, there is LIFE in the kitchen again. Oh ya, there’s still so much to do but at least I have my major appliances up and running. Now, you would think as a food blogger I would create a special one-of-a-kind kick off the NEW KITCHEN recipe to make on my new and very, very HOT stove. Well. That didn’t happen. I think between the renovation that will never end and the upcoming weddings for my two boys, my brain is functioning at ZERO to none.

This is when you call in the expert. Thank you MARTHA STEWART for this winner of a chicken dinner. It’s quick, super easy and look how stunning that chicken is swimming in that pool of yellow.

I stepped out to the garden for the first time this season to forage for some fresh herbs. Steve did a stellar job in planting this year. Mind you, he does a wonderful job every year unless there are unforeseen circumstances that heed his crops. Which brings to ask, where is Alice? Remember last year we had a bunny in the backyard and I felt the need to name her because she was so cute but really was a devil in a rabbit suit? I saw someone that looked similar to her in the spring but haven’t seen her since. Last year she foraged through the garden and annihilated all the provisions we had before we a chance to harvest them.

Don’t get me wrong, but although I miss seeing her sweet l’il bunny tail hippity hopping around in the backyard, I’m not going to send a search party out for her.

BYE ALICE.

Okay, so lately my incessant laziness for developing recipes has been unforgivable. I had some valid excuses to fall back on, but now I can’t play the “I don’t have a kitchen card” anymore. I promise my culinary mojo will return after wedding number one.

Right now, I’m trying to figure out whether to go with a side part or a centre part for my hair. This has nothing to do with this chicken recipe but I thought you would appreciate being  part of the prenuptial planning.

QUICK CURRY CHICKEN WITH SPINACH & PEAS

– 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1½-inch pieces
– Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
– 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
– 3 shallots, halved and thinly sliced (1 cup)
– 1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
– 2 tablespoons minced ginger (from a 2-inch piece)
– 1½ teaspoons ground coriander
– ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
– 1 red finger chile, thinly sliced (2 tablespoons)
– 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
– 1 tablespoon sugar
– 1 can (13.5 ounces) coconut milk
– 1 cup frozen peas
– 2 cups packed baby spinach

1) Season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper.
2) In a large braising pan, melt butter over medium-high. Working in two batches, brown chicken until golden, about 8 minutes per batch. Transfer chicken to a plate.
3) Reduce heat to low and add shallots and cinnamon stick. Cook, stirring often, until shallots are soft, 8 minutes. Add ginger, spices, and chile. Cook, stirring, until fragrant, 30 seconds. Add lemon juice and sugar and cook 30 seconds more. Stir in coconut milk, ¼ cup water, chicken, and any accumulated juices. Season with salt and pepper. Bring just to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer on low, partially covered, until chicken is cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add peas and spinach just to heat through. Serve over rice, topped with almonds and cilantro.

See you next week!

debi @simplybeautifuleating
Simply Beautiful Eating 

xx, Debi
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March 24, 2017

Ready, Set, Weekend With Simply Beautiful Eating

For those of you who have been following along on Snapchat and my Insta Story, you know what the current state of affairs is in my home. We are living in total chaos right now during a kitchen and main floor renovation. No one said this was going to be a walk in the park, but we have learned to manage without a kitchen, and to be honest, I’m quite proud of US. Here are a few things we are doing to get us through the next few months.

1) We set up a “mock” kitchen – The location of this kitchen is in our boy’s old bathroom upstairs. Well? There’s a sink, a counter, a toilet and a shower in there, so what more did we need? Nothing.
2) Our new pantry area – We placed boxes of the contents of our cupboards and flatware drawers in my youngest son’s old bedroom. Perfect space to store all the large tubs of dry goods, sauces, oils, cleaning equipment etc. (My first thought about using our every day dishes was NO WAY. Why not just live on paper plates for the next three months? That didn’t bode well when you actually have to cut something on your plate and you saw right through it to the table. Besides, it wasn’t an eco-friendly idea anyways…despite the fact that I’m a total lazeball when it comes to doing dishes without a dishwasher. God, I’m spoiled.
3) Cooking with no stove – Yes, we have NO STOVE, but the good news is we have a fridge, microwave and I bought a hot plate for my food videos, so basically we are GOOD to go. The microwave comes in handy for reheating meals and the hot plate is just the best thing on earth for making everything from stir-frys to soup.
4) Our new dining room – We set up a bridge table and two folding chairs in my office/studio. It’s fine, with the exception of the days where we had the heat turned OFF by the contractor and sat shivering with a small space heater at our feet while eating our dinner.

This turkey vegetable egg drop soup is the easiest reno recipe ever. Everything is made in one pot on the magic hot plate and voila…….you have a meal in a bowl. In fact, you have a meal that you can actually eat right out of the pot – to save yourself from cleaning the bowl!

TURKEY VEGETABLE EGG DROP SOUP

– 2 tablespoons olive oil
– 1 medium onion, minced
– 1 clove of garlic, minced
– 1 large carrot, chopped
– 1 large tomato chopped
– 4 cups chicken broth, homemade or boxed organic
– 1 cup cooked turkey, shredded
– 2 eggs, beaten
– salt and pepper to taste
– 2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
– 3 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese

1) In a medium pot heat olive oil over medium high heat. Saute onion for 3-4 minutes. Add minced garlic. Saute for another minute. Add chopped carrot. Add chopped tomato. Continue to saute for a few more minutes. Add chicken broth and simmer for about 20 minutes. Add shredded turkey. Remove from heat. Start stirring in a soup in a circular motion. Slowly drop beaten eggs. Stir for about 1 minute. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add chopped flat leaf parsley and grated parmesan. Top with additional parmesan and parsley!

Click here to see a quick run through of these steps!

See you next week!
debi @simplybeautifuleating
S
imply Beautiful Eating

xx, Debi
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March 22, 2017

Chef Luke makes Boobie Frieda’s “Flatzy” chicken

If you ask Chef Luke what he wants to eat for dinner on any given day he will say FLATZY CHICKEN!  Actually he won’t say it…he will scream it. Hands down my Boobie (Grandma) Frieda’s “Flatzy” chicken is the best. What does “Flatzy” mean? Flat. That’s right she took that word and made it Yiddish. That’s what she does with most words adding a Y or A at the end. For the sake of this post you can call me Serinka. That’s what Boobie calls me. Now let’s make some Flatzy Chicken!

Here’s what you’ll need…
1 package of chicken cutlets
2 eggs
Breadcrumbs and/or Cornflake crumbs
Corn oil for frying

-Crack 2 eggs into a shallow bowl and whisk
-Pour bread crumbs mixed with corn flake crumbs onto a plate
-Take one package of chicken cutlets and FLATTEN them with a mallet on a plastic cutting board
-Heat corn oil in a frying pan or electric frying pan
-Dip the chicken into egg before coating both sides of the chicken evenly with breadcrumbs
-Ask an adult to gently drop the chicken into the pan of hot oil
-Cook for 2-3 minutes per side
-Remove from pan and drain on paper towel

Follow Chef Luke on the Little Miss Party YouTube channel! He’s always cooking up fun, kid friendly food!

Video by Maggie Antalek
Photos by Abby Copleston

xx, Seri
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