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August 1st

Ready, Set, Weekend with The Garden of Eatin’

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What’s super easy, fun and colorful to make for a special treat? One of my kids favorite indulgent desserts are marshmallow squares incorporating cereal. Since it’s Trix week at LMP I was asked to come up with an idea using this vibrant looking cereal in a special way. The thinking cap was on ….and DING I came up with an idea. Why not sub your usual recipe using Trix !! Uh huh…..ya….that’s right….Trix are usually for kids but to be honest how can you resist a beautiful looking marshmallow square like the one I made below? You can’t and won’t. Best part is it’s another one of The Garden of Eatin’s repertoire of simple recipes using only 4 ingredients. You are now a member of the 5 and under recipe club. Aren’t you glad you joined? It’s the BEST.
While I was making these, one of my kids (who is 23 years old) was in “hovering mode” in the kitchen. Do you know how hard it is for these people I live with to WAIT? The only way of ensuring you can make these without someone sticking their finger into the melted marshmallows is to do it secretly in the dark at 5 a.m.
Here’s how.
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Ingredients:
1 x 400g bag of mini marshmallows
10 cups Trix cereal
¼ cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
(See? There are really only 4 ingredients…I wasn’t lying)

Instructions:
1. Place the butter and marshmallows in a glass bowl and pop in the microwave for about 2 to 3 minutes to melt OR do it the old fashioned way and melt these two babies on the stove in a large non-stick pot.
2. Stir well and add vanilla.
3. Mix in your Trix and stir….. this is where you may need some muscle….not joking….it isn’t as easy as it sounds but think how pumped your bi’s and tri’s will look afterwards. BOOM!
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4. Pour into a large greased pan (9 x 13 or 11 x 11) and press down with a spoon (TRIX TRICK, spray your spoon with non-stick coating before you press down the mixture, or wet your hands….the mix will not stick to your fingers or spoon….you’ve trusted me before….trust me again.
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5. Cut into squares and watch as they disappear from earth.
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* Sugar alert to parents with small children. Between the Trix and the marshmallows you really have a sugary snack on your hands here. If you do decide to serve these before your child’s bedtime you may risk having them turn into tiny bats that will be running around your house until all hours of the night… just sayin’.
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The great thing about this recipe is it’s not only brainless to make but also so stunning to look at I can’t take it. Why not use them in party décor, gifts or just plain eat em’. Life is really all about colorful fun….put that in your bag of TRIX.
xoxo Debi @thegardenofeatin

xx, Seri

categories: Baking, Dessert, Food, Guest Post, Little Miss Foodie, The Garden of Eatin'

July 28th

Eat our decorations.

When designing a party we get pretty nuts with the decor. For some reason we just can’t contain ourselves. We live for those ridiculously chic details that makes a party stylish.
Of course…there’s nothing as important as the food. Keep everyone happy by having a nosh on something delicious throughout your celebration.
So we were thinking…
What if…
We could eat our decorations?
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LMP loves cereal, especially when its sweet, crunchy, bright and bold.
Well lucky for us…we got to work with General Mills on an awesome project for Trix. Every day this week we will be telling you all about the new fruitier flavors that Trix has released to the shelves…and how we styled these delicious puffs! Make sure you check back daily for all of the amazing details. DIY tutorials, a special interview with a surprise, Canadian friend, a giveaway and more!
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After coming up with super fun and some silly ways to use Trix cereal as party decor, we got to build a special edition of Little Miss Party in a Box for Trix. We sent out these boxes to some notable friends and cannot wait to hear what they think…
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Since the theme here is edible décor…let us show you some fun ways to play with your food!
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Let me ask you a question: Could it get any easier then this? Take yogurt of your liking (my fave is vanilla) and layer it with crushed and whole Trix. Add whatever else you wish in there such as fruit, granola, shredded coconut, you name it. Gorgeous, delicious, boom. Brightens up the room and makes a great dish for brunch.
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xx, Seri

categories: Breakfast, Brunch, Brunch, Cocktail party, Dave Robbins Photography, desserts, Flowers, Food, For Mom..., Giveaway, Kids eats, Little Miss Foodie, Little Miss Mommy, little miss party, Little Miss Party in a Box, Napkins, Party, Party Favors, Party Stylists, Promotional party, Sweets

July 25th

Ready, Set, Weekend with the Garden of Eatin’

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Everything but the Kitchen Sink Salad by the Garden of Eatin’
Salads are an everyday essential in our home. I usually make a big ass one so the leftovers can be recycled into my lunch for work the next day. When I visit LMP out East I always seem to amaze the family with the crazy salad combo’s I come up with to accompany our meals. Here’s my theory, if it’s in the fridge and it’s not too weird, it’s goin in the salad.
I‘m all for adding lots of color and goodness to my salad creations. Here’s how it works. Open the fridge, take a look inside your veggie and fruit drawer. Take out what you think would be your salad base and then start going nuts. One of my biggest pet peeves is a lack of fruit in the house (and a lack of paper towel but let’s save that conversation for another time….Hello my name is Debi and I am a paper towel addict).
I like to stock my fridge with a combo of pears, plums, apricots, apples, avocados, grapefruit and strawberries.
Some typical MUST HAVE salad basics are:
Greens
Fruit
Crunch
Dried fruit
Dressing
Easy? Yes. Fun? Wow.
You’ll be surprised at what you can combine just using a little imagination. You don’t have to stick with the basics listed above ….just go nuts.
Here’s one of the combo’s I made for a bbq recently hosted by LMP Toronto. It’s one of the few times that I go overboard with ingredients. Don’t be intimidated,  it’s really super easy to do when you just start grabbing things within your reach.
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Ingredients:
Mixed greens
Mix of red and yellow peppers
Strawberries
Dried blueberries or cranberries
Red Grapefruit
Crunchy dried peas
Slivered Almonds
Red Plums
English Cucumbers
Avocados
(any dressing is fine….don’t stress)
@thegardenofeatin Salad 101 – Check!
Can hardly wait to see ya again next week.
xoxo
Debi

xx, Seri

categories: Appetizers, Dinner Party, Food, Guest Post, Healthy, Little Miss Foodie, Salad, Summer Menu, The Garden of Eatin'

July 24th

Cheers Bitches

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Last weekend I hosted my five best girlfriends from Toronto at my summer home in Quogue, for the weekend. When hosting anyone, friends or family, I am ALWAYS prepared. That’s right…with a perfectly appropriate “Cheers Bitches” garland hanging and all. We found this adorable glitter garland on Etsy (of course!) and have used it for showers and bachelorette parties to spice things up. Always a hit!
This was a particularly special weekend since it had been five years since we all spent time like this together. Where those five years went? I have no clue. But I wasn’t going to waste one second with these gals on this child free (went to my in-laws) weekend!
When at my house out east, we have some pretty basic priorities: eating, drinking and eating more. When the girls arrived I had a platter of tomatillo and avocado dip with blue corn chips ready and waiting. We immediately started catching up while noshing and sipping on a glass of crisp white wine.
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It’s always very important to me to make my guests feel at home. Each girl had an LMP welcome pail waiting by their bedside. The pail was filled with items they would need (and likely forgot to bring with them) over the weekend: sunblock, make up and nail polish removers, a bottle of water, granola bar, etc.
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xx, Seri

categories: Chicken & Turkey, Cocktails, Dip, Food, Little Miss Foodie, Summer Menu, Wine and Cheese

July 21st

Mandy’s Meals & More

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You know what I love about summer? Summer fruit.
Why not make a grilled seasonal pizza?
Don’t mind if I do.
This recipe uses some of the best ingredients of the season.
The basil is fresh from my herb garden, if you don’t already have an herb garden going…what are you waiting for? Mine is indoors on my counter for easy snipping.
I digress..
Let’s get to the pizza already!
Peachy Summer Pizza
Adapted from Love and Olive Oil

Ingredients: 
Whole wheat Naan
Reduced Balsamic Vinegar (i use the syrup that is already reduced)
Fresh Mozzarella sliced
Soft goat cheese crumbled
4 peaches, pitted and thinly sliced
1/2 cup coarsely chopped basil
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Directions: 
Preheat grill
Grill both sides of the naan for grill marks, create a bit of a crisp
Top with Mozzarella, Goat cheese and peaches
Allow for the cheese to melt a bit, remove from heat
Drizzle balsamic on pizza, sprinkle fresh basil
Slice and serve
Which summer fruit do you love?
-M
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xx, Seri

categories: Dinner Party, Food, Guest Post, Little Miss Foodie, Picnic, Pizza, Summer Menu

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