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    Sugar Free Pisco Sour – Vitamix Aer Disc

    December 19th, 2018

    We have been entertaining a lot this season and I really made it a point to really enjoy every moment of it.  It is not fun getting stuck in the kitchen while guests are in the living room having a good time. I look forward sharing a quick recipe for sugar free Pisco Sours that I prepared using the new Vitamix Aer Disc Container I received for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com) to use and post my honest opinions. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links.

    Holiday Prep with Vitamix

    A few weeks ago I attended a cooking class with a local chef who focused on preparing holiday recipes ahead of time in order to enjoy time with friends and family. I loved the idea because I am not the best at preparing way ahead of time. Inspiration hit and this season I have to say that I am more prepared than I have ever been.

    Making lists of ingredients, buying the ingredients and prepping some of the them makes for an easier relaxing time with company. Using products like the Vitamix E310 Explorian Series Blender allows me to make soups, dips and more. I make large batches of hummus, ranch dressing, and even delicious cold soups.

    Vitamix Aer Disc Container

    One to the things I love preparing for others are cocktails. When I received the Vitamix Aer Disc Container, I was so excited to use this versatile blender attachment to master whipping, muddling, foam, and emulsifying any recipe. While I have used other products to emulsify or whip, I loved the fact that the Aer Disc is 48-ounces, big enough to make a large quantity of any recipe.

    What makes this appliance so special? This patent-pending Aer disc pulls liquid through small holes in the spinning disc. It then aerates and emulsifies ingredients while other firmer ingredients like ice, fruit, and herbs are agitated but not puréed.

    Ingredients for Pisco Sour in Aer Disc

    It was hard to pick what to try first but when I received the Aer Disc container and the Vitamix E310 Explorian Series Blender, I also received a great little recipe booklet with ideas on what to try first. I made 2 cups of hot chocolate made with chocolate chips and milk. The lovely thing is that it did not require a stove or pots but only my blender and Aer Disc. Both ingredients were placed in the container and blended for 6 minutes. In that time the chocolate melted and combined with the milk. The drink was hot and frothy at the same time! YUM!!!

    Sugar Free Pisco Sour

    I wanted to try the foam experience so I made sugar free Pisco Sour for the first time! The instructions asked to place ingredients in a particular order ending with ice. I blended the ingredients for 15 seconds and immediately ended up with a beautiful froth.

    ‘I doubled the recipe making a few changes to fit our lifestyles. I am happy to say that the recipe w, as marvelous especially since I got to open the pisco I brought back from Chile almost 3 years ago. I cannot wait to make some more cocktails for family and friends for New Years Eve.

    Quick Sugar Free Pisco Sour

    by Noelle Kelly

    Prep Time: 5 minutes

    Ingredients (2 cocktails)

    • 4 ounces pisco
    • 3 ounces citrus juice (1 lime, 1 lemon, 1 orange)
    • 2 teaspoons Nunaturals Nustevia Simple Syrup
    • 1 ounce liquid egg whites
    • 1 cup ice cubes

    Instructions

    Juice the lemon, lime, and orange juice and combine. Measure 3 ounces and set aside.

    Feel free to use liquid egg whites. Works beautifully.

    Add all ingredients into the Aer Disc Container in the same order. Start at strength 1 for 3 seconds and go to 6 for 15 seconds. Allow the foam to settle for a minute then serve and divide between two small glasses.

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    Where to Buy

    The Vitamix Aer Disc Container would make for a great gift for the foodie or cook in your home. If they own any Vitamix, the container is compatible with all full-size (Classic and Smart System) Vitamix blenders. You can either purchase directly online at Vitamix.com for $144 or on Amazon, which is now $22.00 cheaper with Prime shipping.

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    Sugar Free Tomato Relish for Cheese Boards

    December 7th, 2018

    There is always a need for lovely sides that make an ideal cheese board. When I was looking to pair a sharp cheddar, I read that a great tomato relish made for a delicious pairing along with some roast beef. Steviva helped me make this relish sugar free and with no guilt.

    Sugar Free Tomato Relish for Cheese boards - hero

    Cheese-pairing goodness

    I love eating my tomatoes fresh but amazingly enough when you mix in a few ingredients wonderful things can happen. When I had a cheese-tasting party a few weekends ago, I was sent some 4-aged sharp cheddar. A few simple crackers just would not do the trick in enjoying such a lovely cheese.

    When I was reading about what a relish is all about, I was looking forward making my own. A little sweet, sour and spicy is what I decided I wanted to go for.

    Steviva Sweetener

    If you do not know much about Steviva, they are a great company that strive and have succeeded making products ideal for those leading low-carb, keto, diabetic lifestyles. One of the products I have been using is Steviva Blend which is a blend of erythritol and stevia.

    It is easy to use but it is sweeter so you only need to use half the portion you would in a normal recipe.

    Sugar Free Tomato Relish

    This is a quick recipe that is ready in 30 minutes. It is delicious with a sharp cheddar, crackers, and roast beef. It was a sure winner at our cheese-pairing party. This is ideal for the holiday season and your future cheeseboard.

    by Noelle Kelly

    Prep Time: 10 minutes

    Cook Time: 30 minutes

     

    Ingredients (makes 1 cup)

    • 3 vine-ripened tomatoes, diced
    • 3 shallots, diced ( about 1/3 cup)
    • 3 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 jalapeno, deseeded and diced
    • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
    • 2/3 cup Steviva Blend
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon clove
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 Tablespoons pickles, chopped

    Assembly

    • Bring all ingredients, except pickles, to a quick boil and then reduce heat on medium low and simmer for 30 minutes or when most of the liquid has evaporated. Remove from heat and allow to cool in a Mason ball jar.
    • Once cooled, add pickles at the end, and mix well. May be used immediately at room temperature or can be stored in fridge. Good for 6 months.
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    Matilda The Musical at Walnut Street Theatre Review + GIVEAWAY

    December 6th, 2018

    Do you love reading and watching these very books come to life onstage or on screen? I had the privilege of watching Matilda The Musical at The Walnut Street Theatre, a childhood favorite book of mine. Thanks to PR for providing tickets for our evening.

    MATILDA The Musical poster
    photos credited to Walnut Street Theatre

    Based on the beloved Roald Dahl novel, MATILDA THE MUSICAL is the story of the courageous little girl with an unbounded imagination who proves that despite the odds, you can do anything you put your mind to—and change your destiny.

    If you’re looking for a funny and entertaining show for your family, you will find it in this production,  thanks to the magical touches of Director Linda Goodrich and choreographer Michelle Gaudette.

    Matilda The Musical - stage

     

    As I entered the theatre, I was intrigued by the colors and props already displayed. I’m always excited how shows are staged since I’m very familiar with theater and opera life myself.

    Matilda The Musical - Jemma Bleu Greenbaum
    photos credited to Walnut Street Theatre

    While there were 2 young girls chosen to alternate in the title role of Matilda, I was happy to catch Jemma Bleu Greenbaum of Elkins Park, PA making her debut at Walnut Street Theatre. She was simply spectacular, I at one point thought she was British or from Irish only to find she is a local actress.  She sure fooled me because her accent on onstage was spectacular. The role is a hefty and emotional one and she delivered it really well.

    Matilda The Musical kids
    photos credited to Walnut Street Theatre

    The next two roles that stole my attention came from Ian Merrill Peakes (Miss Trunchbull) and Jacob Tischler (ballroom dancer).

    Matilda The Musical - Jacob Tischler
    photos credited to Walnut Street Theatre

    Mr. Peakes is no stranger to the stage, making Matilda The Musical his 127th professional production.  He was hilarious to watch especially in this role because everything that the author Roald Dahl described in his book was embodied in Mr. Peakes.

    Mr. Tischler is in a supporting role as the  ballroom dancer and somehow in the middle of the musical, he stole the show. Thanks to him for adding a comedic effect to his role.

    Matilda9
    photos credited to Walnut Street Theatre

    If anything, I’m always amazed by the performances of young singers especially in this show.

    Matilda The Musical after show

     

    MATILDA THE MUSICAL runs at the Walnut now through January 6. The Wednesday, December 12 performance will be ASL interpreted and Audio Described. For tickets and information, call 215-574-
    3550 or 800-982-2787. Tickets are also available online 24/7 by visiting
    www.WalnutStreetTheatre.org or Ticketmaster.

    Matilda The Musical sign

    GIVEAWAY

    Walnut Street Theatre is giving 4 tickets away for a family to enjoy a show from here until January 6th. To enter for a chance to win, tell me what your favorite Broadway show is and I will pick a winner by next Wednesday, December 12, 2018.

    and follow the post for more chances of winning.

     

     

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    Sugar Free Sweet and Sour Chicken

    November 20th, 2018

    Are you ready for some holiday recipes and easy meals during this busy time of the year? I am! I find myself trying to make delicious quick meals like this Sugar Free Sweet and Sour Chicken. It is low-carb and uses Steviva as my sugar free option. My family devoured the dish and it is definitely going on my rotation. I am partnering with Steviva by entering their recipe challenge. If you make this recipe, let me know!

    Sugar Free Alternative for Cooking

    Steviva is known for their low-carb, low-carloric and low-glycemic products that are safe for those who are diabetic or those following the  keto, paleo and LCHF lifestyles. While they offer a lot of products on their website, I was only sent the Steviva Blend which is a sweetener blend of stevia and erythritol in a granular form.

    I like Asian food, but most of the time all the sauces require so much sugar that I normally do not make it or even order at the restaurant. I decided to try make Sweet and Sour Chicken using a mix of pineapple juice and the Steviva blend and the result was a mouthwatering Asian dish that my three little girls and husband consumed in its entirety.

    This meal was ready in 30 minutes and can be served with white or brown rice or over low-carb noodles. I wanted to stay traditional, so I went with white rice with a side of green tea.

    I cooked the chicken that I had seasoned in salt, pepper and soy sauce with 2 minced garlic. After the sliced chicken was cooked I sauteed the chopped onions, colored peppers and then added the pineapple chunks. I made a sauce with 1/2 cup chicken broth, 1/2 cup pineapple juice, steviva, and rice vinegar.

    Once everything simmered I added a mixture of arrowroot starch and water to thicken the sauce and allowed it to thicken for 5-7 minutes. As soon as it cooked I served alongside some delicious rice. Enjoy.

    Sugar Free Sweet and Sour Chicken

    by Noelle Kelly

    Prep Time: 10 minutes

    Cook Time: 20 minutes

     

    Ingredients (4 servings)

      Chicken Marinade

      • 1 lb boneless chicken, sliced in strips
      • 1 Tbsp olive oil
      • 1/2 teaspoon salt
      • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
      • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
      • 2 garlic cloves, minced

      Added ingredients

      • 1 medium yellow bell pepper, seeded and chopped in big square pieces
      • 1 medium green bell pepper, seeded and chopped in big square pieces
      • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped in big square pieces
      • 1 cup canned pineapple chunks
      • 1/2 cup reserved pineapple juice
      • 3 Tablespoons Steviva Blend
      • 3 Tablespoons rice vinegar
      • 1/2 cup chicken stock
      • 4 teaspoons cornstarch, mixed with 4 teaspoons water
      • Cooked rice, for serving

      Instructions

      In a large non-stick skillet, heat oil over medium high heat.

      Season chicken to make marinade and let sit for 5 minutes and add to pan.

      Brown chicken and remove to plate.

      Add peppers and onions and cook for 3 minutes.

      Stir in pineapple chunks, juice, Steviva, vinegar and chicken stock and bring to a simmer.

      Simmer until sauce reduces for about 7 minutes.

      Stir in cornstarch mixture and bring liquid to a simmer.

      Stir in cooked chicken and cook for another 5 minutes.

      Immediately serve over rice or low-carb noodles.

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      Disney’s Aladdin Jr –Walnut Street Theatre

      September 24th, 2018

      As musicians, my husband and I love to expose our girls to the arts in various ways. Their appreciation for different musical genres is definitely growing and we love seeing them enjoy music. This past Saturday we had the opportunity to check out a local production of Aladdin Jr. at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia geared for kids. Thanks to PR for getting us tickets to enjoy such a colorful and fun production.

      Walnut Street Theatre press photo

      Disney’s Aladdin Jr. is different than movie?

      My husband and I really did not know the difference between the movie and the stage production of Aladdin but we soon found out through the HOUR-long show that was geared for families with kids, especially of all ages. Admittedly, even though my husband and I enjoy Broadway, we do not always keep up with the news and trends. 

      Aladdin Jr. is a one-act, eleven scene theatre musical adapted from the 1992 film version of Aladdin. Since it was an hour, there was no intermission and families were quickly spared from meltdowns by their little ones. There are additional songs included as well that are not in the movie. We loved seeing the small cast also perform as the chorus throughout the whole production. It is pretty amazing to see how versatile these young performers can be.

      The Production

      We loved the performance at Walnut Street Theatre. We sat in the President’s Box in the theatre that allowed for more space and privacy. The girls were able to find a seat that was comfortable even though they did need boosters, which the theatre did provide. 

      The performers were very fun to watch. It seemed that they were all high school students who have a love for musical theater. The costumes were colorful and the production set was simple, colorful and easy to work with. It was very obvious that each student seemed to enjoy their roles and it definitely brought memories of being on stage.

      The actors portraying the princess, villains, and heroes of Agraba are local to the tristate area, and members of the Walnut Street Theatre School. Immanuel Rimmer of Wyncote, PA will take the stage as the title role of Aladdin with Domenica Passio of Philadelphia, PA playing the strong-willed Princess Jasmine. Melina Cruz of Philadelphia, PA will portray the all-powerful Genie with McKenna Rulan of Williamstown, NJ as the dastardly Jafar. Jafar’s sidekick, Iago, will be played by Delilah Figueroa of Southampton, PA. Bringing to life Aladdin’s three best friends, Babkak, Omar, and Kassim will be Nathan Esser of Bluebell, PA, Rachel Gopalani of Merion Station, PA, and Fionnaula Meister of Philadelphia, PA. The Sultan will be played by Andre Brockenbrough, Jr. of Philadelphia, PA

      High School Students as Performers

      We had a chance to meet some of the performers at the Meet and Greet outside in the lobby. The girls were able to get their Playbills signed with Jasmine and Aladdin. It was so cool to see my girls see these young singers up close and personal. We had a chance to speak to Melina Cruz (Genie) and to Domenica Passio (Jasmine) after the show and it was fun to hear where they attend school, what their favorite musicals are, and what they love about performing. Thanks for sharing ladies! 

      Their show favorites are Wicked and they both started singing when they were young especially Ms. Cruz. Miss Passio surprisingly started singing in 7th grade and is now a Senior. When music takes a hold of your life you go with it. The girls make their studies a priority with a degree in musical theater being their goal. It was great to see the passion in these young ladies eyes especially with my young girls watching.

      Walnut Street Theatre In Philadelphia

      We loved visiting Walnut Street Theatre because it was our first time. There is a lot of history to the building, going as far back as 1809. It is America’s oldest season and they are currently in their 210th season! How incredible is that? They have a big season subscription including productions geared for families with young children. As we left the theatre this weekend, they had just finished their 3rd production of Aladdin Jr. and were doing a quick turnaround for Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn. I forget how quick things move in theater.

      Aladdin Jr. will be showing again this coming weekend, Saturday, September 29th at 11am and on Sunday, September 30th at 11am. Make sure to make plans to check it out with your family. We love going to the city so then you can hang around and walk Indpendence Hall and see Liberty Bell after. 

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