#upforwhatever this summer… with a side of Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas!


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I had my bachelorette party last night and it was a bit different from a “normal” bachelorette (thank goodness!). I’m very laid back and not quite the partying type and the girls that planned it knew that. We ended up having an intimate dinner at Hollywood and Highland and then went to a painting class afterward.

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The painting class was so much fun! It was a room filled with about thirty people and an instructor. We were given directions on how to paint a specific picture. Even though we all painted the same thing, everyone’s turned out a little different because of the color, brush strokes, and how we chose to interpret the instructions.

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I had never been to a painting class and the majority of the class hadn’t painted since elementary school. It was great to be a little creative and get our hands dirty. If I wasn’t #upforwhatever, then I never would have been able to have such a fun night out. You have to be open to different activities and go on adventures in order to have some fun.

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It’s the same with food. Bud Light Lime is great for whatever happens this summer… like these enchiladas. Having a beer with some Mexican food practically goes hand in hand. It’s a beer with a refreshing twist of lime flavor that comes in a sleek new can.

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Since I practically squeeze lime juice everywhere in my Mexican food (especially chicken tortilla soup, that’s my favorite!), Bud Light Lime pairs well with this dish. It’s also a great beer for all of your other summer activities– lounging by the pool, girls’ night out, trying a new restaurant, or even dinner parties!

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When you’re #upforwhatever, Bud Light Lime is the perfect beer — your ticket to spontaneous summer fun.

Recipe adapted from How Sweet It Is. I’m telling you, this recipe couldn’t get any easier. You can prepare this meal ahead of time and heat it up when you’re ready to eat, too.

Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas

Ingredients

  • 2-3 large chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • 14 oz can of red enchilada sauce
  • 1/2 cup Frank's buffalo wing sauce
  • 3 chopped green onions, divided
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded low fat mozzarella cheese
  • 3 large whole wheat tortillas
  • fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped (for topping)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8x8 baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the enchilada sauce and buffalo sauce. Pour 1/2 cup of the sauce into the bottom of the prepared pan. Set aside.
  3. In another large bowl, toss together the shredded chicken, half of the prepared enchilada sauce, 1/2 cup of the mozzarella cheese, and 2 of the chopped green onions.
  4. Take each tortilla and fill it with the chicken mixture. Roll into a burrito and place it seam side down into the baking pan.
  5. Pour the remaining enchilada sauce on top, along with the remaining cheese. Bake for 20 minutes.
  6. Immediately after taking the enchiladas out of the oven, garnish with the leftover green onion and chopped cilantro.
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This summer, Bud Light Lime is bringing you the flavorful, refreshing twist of lime that will keep you ready for spontaneous fun all summer long. And now, the perfect beer for whatever happens invites you to click here to prove that you’re #upforwhatever.

Baking with Tate + Lyle Sugars: S’mores Scones


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What comes to your mind when you first think about scones? Afternoon tea? Jam? Blueberries? Royalty? The United Kingdom? With a little help from Tate+Lyle® Sugars, I was able to come up with a little twist on the scone that we’ve become so accustomed to. Since the world is constantly changing and adapting, why not have our desserts do the same? You can create gourmet desserts in your very own kitchen with the textures and flavors of Tate+Lyle® Sugars.

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These scones are anything but ordinary. They have graham crackers, mini marshmallows, and teeny chocolate chips! I’ve turned your normal s’more into a scone and I couldn’t be more pleased with the result. The wonderful texture and taste of these scones all come from the sugar used in the batter.

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Tate+Lyle® Sugars has graced Britain’s finest tables, including those of royalty, making it an integral part of England’s epicurean history for over 130 years. Now, they’ve finally made their way over to the United States! Tate+Lyle® Sugars are also Fairtrade certified, so your purchase means fair prices and opportunities for small scale sugar cane farmers to invest in their communities for a sustainable future. Learn more about how Fairtrade makes a difference here:

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Upon opening the bag, I instantly noticed the sweet aroma and beautiful color of the sugar. It’s not pure white, but more like an off white. It’s not fine, but not quite thick, either. The sugar crystals are just the right size for scooping into tea or coffee and for baking. With its unique textures and distinct flavors, their natural and organically grown sugars are perfect for adding an inspiring taste to recipes and beverages, or a glistening sweet crunch as a topping. And, with their Fair Trade promise, you can enjoy a sugar that not only makes a difference in your kitchen, but beyond.

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These scones were moist while still holding together, sweet enough to eat on their own, and dense. Even an extra sprinkle of sugar on top prior to baking wouldn’t hurt. scones-6

I loved how these scones browned on the edges and had more than one color. They were quite impressive with their presentation and would easily steal the show at a tea party. scones-7

Recipe is adapted from Baking Bites, but if this recipe doesn’t tickle your fancy, you can find many other ones to explore here

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S’mores Scones

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup butter, cold and cut into small pieces
  • 3/4 cup vanilla soy milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped graham crackers
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  3. Add butter and toss to coat, then rub the butter into the flour mixture with your fingertips until it forms a fine, sandy mixture with no pieces of butter larger than a big pea. This can also be done by pulsing the mixture in a food processor.
  4. Add buttermilk and vanilla and stir dough with a fork until it comes together into a shaggy, moist ball. Add in mini marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate chips and knead in until well distributed. Dough will become quite dry with all the mix-ins. Add an additional tablespoon of buttermilk if the dough is too crumbly, but do not make the dough too wet or sticky; it just needs to hold together.
  5. Divide dough into two pieces and shape each into a disc about 1/2 inch thick. Cut each disc into quarters and arrange on prepared baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 16-20 minutes, until scones are set. Marshmallows will be browned and toasty.
  7. Allow to cool slightly before serving.
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My Must Have Kitchen List Part 2: Things You Don’t Really Need

Since my last “must-have” kitchen list, I’ve been putting together a list of things that you don’t really need, but want for the kitchen. We all know that everyone has that list, too.
 

OXO Good Grips Small Cookie Scoop:: The key to making perfectly uniform cookies. It’s great to own at least one, but they do come in a variety of sizes depending on how big you want your cookies to turn out. Note: these aren’t meant for frozen cookies or cookies that have been refrigerated for long.

OXO Good Grips Multi-Purpose Pastry Scraper/Chopper:: This device comes in handy when you are making scones or working with dough a lot. It’s a great measuring tool as well.

Microplane 40020 Classic Zester/Grater:: I LOVE my zester. I use it all the time for lemons. I hate eating lemon desserts, but I have no problem making them for everyone else to eat!

EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale, Silver:: When you’re using recipes that aren’t from the states, a kitchen scale comes in handy! Actually, it always comes in handy when you’re trying to make those perfect cookies or cake.

Crock-Pot SCCPVL610-S 6-Quart Programmable Cook & Carry Oval Slow Cooker, Stainless Steel:: Okay, this is more of something that you really DO need, but since it wasn’t on my first list, I’ve included it on this one.

Wilton 2104-7778 Master Tip Set:: You need this in order to decorate cupcakes like a pro!

Cupcake Courier 36-Cupcake Plastic Storage Container, White Translucent:: Of course, you have to carry those pro-looking cupcakes around somehow. I use this carrier if my cupcakes are on the larger side and if I have a lot to carry.

Snapware 6032 Large 2 Layer-Cupcake Keeper:: This case is smaller than the one above, but just as sturdy and versatile. I can carry cookies and smaller items if I only want to take one layer instead of two.

Nordic Ware Leakproof Springform Pan, 10 Cup, 9 Inch:: Springform pans are great if you’re really into baking. Cheesecakes come out with ease and you don’t have to worry about taking everything out in one piece.

Nordic Ware Original Platinum Collection Bundt Pan:: All you need in your kitchen is ONE good bundt pan. Just one. You can use it over and over again for different kinds of bundt pan recipes and they’ll all come out perfectly shaped.

Wilton 4-Tier Stacked Cupcake and Dessert Tower:: Last but not least, a display for your baked goods. When you have guests over, you’ll want to show off your hard work, right?

When I’m doing my shopping for all of these items, I make sure to use my American Express card because of all the great offers that the card provides. For example, the Amex Offers are created especially for me depending on my area and my shopping history. It immediately allows me to save more money by simply shopping at the stores I already love. There are no coupons to clip or codes to remember, you just log on to AmexOffers.com and get the discounts right in the account dashboard. All I have to do is click on “Save Offer” to save the offer to my Card.  If you’re tech savvy, you can also connect your Amex Card to social networks like Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter and TripAdvisor to add offers to your Card right in those places. Once that’s done, just spend away like normal and the savings will show up on your statement as credits. So far, Card Members have saved over $90 million with Amex Offers, so go ahead and give it a shot! Here are some of my favorite current offers right now:

  • Whole Foods- Spend $75, get $10 back from 7/21/14-9/30/14
  • Gelson’s- Spend $50, get $10 back from 7/21/14-9/21/14
  • Dollar Tree- Spend $101, get $20 back from 7/21/14-9/2/14

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