Kid-Friendly French Toast

Now I love to entertain. But my favorite people to entertain are my KIDS! Which is why I am so in love with the dollar section at most stores. I’m usually able to get a bunch of cute and inexpensive items to make my kid’s faces light up. I created a Valentine’s day inspired breakfast for dinner, using some heart-shaped cookie cutters in various sizes and milk jugs. And you can get creative and do different shapes. This can be done with pancake batter as well. I hope that this puts a smile on you and your loved ones. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Hope you all have a great day celebrating LOVE!

Enjoy,

XO Ayesha

 

Kid-Friendly French Toast

Kid-Friendly French Toast

3 large eggs.
3/4 cup of milk or heavy cream.
1 teaspoon cinnamon.
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract.
1 teaspoon brown sugar.
Pinch salt.
Any type of bread. (3-4 slices)

*Tip* Mix together 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon in a separate bowl and sprinkle on each side as cooking.

Beat eggs, vanilla, and cinnamon in shallow dish. Stir in milk.

Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to make your shapes.

Dip bread in egg mixture, turning to coat both sides evenly. (Don’t be the victim of soggy bread!)

Cook bread slices on greased nonstick griddle or skillet over medium heat until browned on both sides. (Butter baby!)

For the eggs. I simply sprayed a heart shaped cookie cutter with non-stick cooking spray. Put it in a heated skillet and crack an egg inside of each one. Cook it to your liking! And season with salt and pepper.

*Tip* Placing a pan lid over the top ensures fully cooking your egg. Usually for about 2 minutes.

Pressure Cooker Pulled Chicken

Pressure Cooker Pulled Chicken. Hey everyone! Here is another tasty meal that can be pulled together in no time. I add chicken breast, salsa, taco seasoning, and a few other spices to my electric pressure cooker. It’s cooked until the meat is juicy and ready to eat which is no more than 20 minutes. And you can use this versatile chicken recipe with tacos, quesadillas, tostadas, and so much more. You can even swap out the salsa for a vinegar-based barbeque sauce and make pulled chicken sandwiches. I used it to make a tostada, which is just frying or baking a corn tortilla and piling it with your favorite toppings. So delicious. I hope that you and your family love this. Leave a comment below.

Enjoy!

Xo- Ayesha

Pressure Cooker Pulled Chicken

*My tostada was topped with beans, pulled chicken, lime crema, avocado chunks, sliced radish, and cilantro.

 

Pressure Cooker Pulled Chicken

Four boneless skinless chicken breasts (You could also do boneless skinless chicken thighs)
One jar salsa (Use your favorite brand)
1/3 cup chicken stock
Two tablespoons taco seasoning (Again use your go-to brand or make your own.)
Two teaspoons ancho chili powder

Add the stock and chicken into the bottom of your electric pressure cooker. Now season the chicken with seasonings before topping with salsa. Set your timer to 15 minutes and allow to cook. Once the pressure has released remove chicken to a large bowl and shred using two forks until entirely shredded.

You can add extra sauce out of the pot to your liking.

Serve immediately and enjoy!

Wedge Salad Skewers

Hey everyone! Heres, another crowd pleaser that will be sure to impress. Wedge salad on a skewers with crisp iceberg lettuce, bacon, and tomato. Topped with a blue cheese dressing, red onion, and a balsamic drizzle. Simple and delicious! I dare you to try this recipe with my brown sugar bacon. You can find the recipe in my cookbook “The seasoned life.” This is a slight twist on a classic steakhouse wedge salad. I’m guilty of probably ordering a wedge salad anytime we go to a steakhouse. Just don’t forget my red onion! I love that for something so simple it packs a lot of flavors. And the tangy and easy to make blue cheese dressing is the perfect complement to this salad. Does anyone love a wedge salad as much as me? Leave a comment below.

Enjoy,

Xo-Ayesha

 

 

 

Wedge Salad skewers

6-8 slices cooked bacon, cut into quarters.
1-pint cherry tomatoes
Head iceberg lettuce, cut into quarters.
One red onion, finely diced.
Blue Cheese Dressing recipe (recipe below)
6 ounces gorgonzola cheese, crumbled.
Balsamic glaze, optional.

Remove outer layer of lettuce head and the stem. Slice lettuce into quarters and slice into bite-sized wedges to fit on the skewer. Assemble the skewers by layering lettuce, bacon, and tomato.

Drizzle creamy dressing on top of the skewers. Top with diced red onion and gorgonzola cheese crumbles. Drizzle with a little balsamic glaze and enjoy!

Dressing

1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon lemon juice
One tablespoon red wine vinegar
One tablespoon sugar
Dash of Worcestershire
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste. (I used about a teaspoon each)
1/3 cup blue cheese (I prefer a creamy Danish cheese)

Simply place everything but the blue cheese in a mason jar or bowl and combine thoroughly. Add your crumbled blue cheese and carefully mix. You want it to be chunky! If you like your dressing to be thinner just add more milk.

Fried Chicken Slider With Crispy Proscuitto And Apple Slaw

Fried Chicken Slider With Crispy Proscuitto And Apple Slaw

I mean who doesn’t love a good fried chicken sandwich?! Well, this slider has all the flavors of a classic fried chicken sandwich with a few upgrades. I’m amping it up with some crispy prosciutto and breaded panko chicken. Topped with a bright and tangy apple slaw that packs a little sweet and heat. All nestled inside a buttery Hawaiian roll. This will please your guests and possibly distract everyone from the big game. Get your kiddos in on the action by helping you chop up the apples and cabbage! Your family will be sure to make these again and again! Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Enjoy

Xo- Ayesha

Fried chicken slider with crispy prosciutto and apple slaw

Two boneless-skinless chicken breasts
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
Hot sauce, 2-3 dashes
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
Oil for frying (I used canola)
Slider Buns (I used King’s Hawaiian buns)
Sliced tomato for serving.
Romaine lettuce for serving.
Mayonnaise for serving. (I mixed mine with a little sriracha for some kick)

I pre-soak the chicken in buttermilk the night before for this recipe. But you can have the chicken marinate for at least 1 hour before coating and frying.

In a large covered bowl add chicken, buttermilk, cayenne, half garlic powder, hot sauce and refrigerate.

Heat large skillet or cast iron with about 2 inches of oil. Remove the chicken from the buttermilk and set aside. In a bowl combine the flour, panko, garlic, paprika, salt, and pepper. Coat chicken in flour mixture and shake off excess.

Fry the chicken a little at a time for 3-4 minutes per side. You want that golden brown color and juices running clear. Transfer to a lined plate to drain off oil.

Cut your rolls in half and toast them. Top with fried chicken, prosciutto, slaw, and desired toppings. Serve and enjoy!

Crispy prosciutto:

Four slices prosciutto, thinly sliced.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

On a lined baking sheet place prosciutto.

Bake for about 10-13 minutes, or until crisp.

Remove from oven and allow to cool. Set aside.

(You can also crisp them up in a skillet over medium-high heat. But observe as the prosciutto will crisp very fast!)

Apple Slaw:

1 cup finely shredded red cabbage
2 granny smith apples, peeled and cored.
1 jalapeno, deseeded and finely chopped. (Like to leave some of the seeds in for heat)
1 tablespoon lime juice
1⁄4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
Pinch of salt

Slice and cut apples into matchsticks and add to a large bowl. Mix in jalapeño and cabbage.

In a small bowl prepare the vinaigrette. Mix honey, vinegar, honey, lime juice, and salt. Wisk together.

Pour vinaigrette over slaw and stir well. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

(Stir well before serving over sliders.)

Enjoy everyone!

Oreo Snowman

Looking for a super cute fun and easy holiday treat to do with you’re family? Then look no further! These little guys are SO simple to make and are a great addition to any holiday get together. Super indulgent! But so worth it. We decided to make snowmen but feel free to be imaginative and create whatever you want by switching the colors up. Green for Grinch! Red hat for Santa! I hope you have just as much fun making and eating these little guys as my family did. Happy eating!

Giving it a try? Show us your finished product and tag us on instagram @ayeshacurry

Oreo Snowmen
Package of sandwich cookies
Cake Pop sticks
Parchment paper
Package candy melts
Decorating gel (Black, and red)

Twist apart all of the Oreo cookies very carefully. ( don’t be barbaric and crush ya cookies. Be gentle with these munchkins.)

Melt the Candy Melts in the microwave according to the instructions on the package, stirring until completely melted and smooth.

Dip the tip of the pop stick in the melted chocolate before making an indentation in the filling of each cookie.

Place the top of the cookie back on and allow chocolate to harden for a few minutes.

Then carefully dip each cookie into the melted chocolate covering it completely.

Allow to set on the parchment paper and harden completely. Give it about ten minutes.

Once hardened you may decorate it! Black for the eyes and mouth. Orange for a carrot nose. Tie a ribbon on the stick for a cute scarf!

Enjoy!

 

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FITNESS FRIDAY: Easy Caprese (and video update)

Hi Guys !

I hope you all enjoyed your week! Here is a super simple caprese salad recipe that i’ve been making and eating all week long! So easy and so delicious! I also wanted to update you all by video this week about my/our fitness journey. Please share yours in the comments below. Enjoy the weekend!

Easy Caprese Salad 

Ingredients

6 -8 small fresh mozzarella balls

8-10 Cherry tomatoes

salt and pepper to taste

3 Leaves of fresh Basil (chopped)

A Drizzle of Aged Balsamic Vinegar

Directions 

Comine all of the ingredients into a bowl, drizzle with balsamic and enjoy! It’s really that simple, I love it. Be sure to use aged balsamic as it has a thicker and sweeter consistency.

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Golfing For A Great Cause!

My husband and father in law hosted their annual Curry Celebrity Classic golf tournament  last week. We had an absolute blast and were able to raise 70,000 dollars for the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson, NC. It is always so wonderful to see the community raise both awareness and money to help our youth. As cliche as it sounds, “the children are our future”,  and it is so very important to make sure that every child is given the attention and tools they need to flourish in life through education and extracurricular activities.

We really enjoyed the day on the course, and I had a great time hitting it off of the tee box for most of the holes Stephen played. He even eagled the 10th hole on a par 4!!!  I am starting to LOVE the game of golf and have a pretty good swing. With some practice I could be a decent golfer! One can only hope. Here are some photos I snapped throughout the day on the River Run golf course. Until next year! Enjoy!

Also, check out  www.adajenkins.org  to learn more!

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An Afternoon Of Baby Fun!

My husband surprised me last week with a small family adventure. He took us to the Discovery Place Kids Center in Huntersville,NC. We had an absolute blast. Riley had a little dance party all by herself and even got to splash in some water. I can’t wait to go back. It was so sweet of my husband to research family friendly places in our area and execute the trip all on his own. He is such an amazing husband and father, I can’t say it enough.

If you’re in the Charlotte area and have little ones, I definitely recommend checking this place out. If you see us there say HI !!! Here are some photos and video from our little afternoon of baby fun. Enjoy!

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Riley’s 1st time at the beach (VIDEO)

We got to spend the entire week with our family at the beach. It has become a tradition in our family to spend some time at our favorite beach when summer hits. It was a bit gloomy this time around but we found little peak a boos of sunshine here and there. I wanted to share this video my little brother made of Riley in the ocean and on the sand for the first time. This is also the first official video post I am doing here on the blog. I hope you enjoy! Do you remember your first time at the beach?

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Mommy Beach Essentials

Hi Guys!

I’ve been absent from my blog because we are on our annual family beach trip! We are having an absolute blast. It’s always nice to take a moment to enjoy your family alongside deliciously warm weather and icy cold drinks.

I wanted to some time out to share a couple of essentials that i’ve been taking with me everyday down to the beach. These are my “mommy must-haves.” Let me know if you use any of these products and if you like them. If not, what are your must haves for the beach?

Enjoy!

The List 

*A sun hat! It’s so important to protect your face from the sun, regardless of if you’re wearing sunscreen or not. I bought mine from www.shopbop.com a couple of years ago.

*Leave-in! I always bring some sort of leave in hair product with me to the beach. The sun and salt water can be so damaging to hair. I put the product in my hair before, during, and after my day on the beach. It keeps my hair moisturized and protected from all of the factors of the beach. Any product will do.

*Sunscreen! It’s so important to protect your skin even on a daily basis. I use The Honest Company’s sunscreen (see side bar for link!). Remember to always reapply your sunscreen every 40 mins-1hr. I love this sunscreen beacause it’s baby safe so i use it on riley too!

*Face sunscreen! Your regular sunscreen will do just fine, but I like a product that’s specially formulated for the face. Most times this will ensure that you don’t get a mean white cast on your face from the product. The face sunscreens usually have a stronger spf and some sort of moisturizer in it to keep your skin hydrated. I love the Josie Maran broad spectrum spf 40 lotion. I bought it at sephora.

*Chapstick! To keep your lips moist and hydrated! Any lip product will do, one with an SPF is even better.

*Sunglasses! To shield your windows to the soul 😉 (Your favorite pair is most definitely necessary while at the beach)

*Detangling Comb! To avoid tangles after after you get out of the water! Mason Pearson makes an amazing comb, but any comb will do.

*WATER WATER WATER !!! It is so important to stay hydrated when your in the sun. Tons of water is key everyone! 

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