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Destiny USA Adventures: The Melting Pot

November 11, 2012

The Melting Pot is a great place to go for cocktails, on a romantic date or even dinner with friends – just make sure you have a deep pocket book. When the restaurant first opened, the tables were all booked for weeks! I didn’t let that stop me though, I went anyways looking for a spot to eat. Luckily I found out that you can sit at the bar without a reservation – so after a 15 minute wait, we were sitting at the bar enjoying cocktails and picking out what we were going to eat! We went with the 3 course meal for two, and it wasn’t a mistake. The cheese course was great (but how can you go wrong with cheese?), it comes with breads and veggies to dip. The meat course was surprisingly good as well, the best part was the 5 or so different dips they give you for the meat. Plus, the duck was phenomenal! Lastly was the chocolate course (again, how can you go wrong with chocolate?) and that was a perfect way to end the meal with cheesecake, marshmallows and cake to dip. I would definitely say the Melting Pot is an “experience” dinner, meaning – you go to enjoy the time with company of friends, you don’t go to rush in and out, and thats an ok thing! My one tip for the Melting Pot, make sure they turn the heat down on the burner for the chocolate, ours got a little burned.

Next adventure: Pole Position Raceway!

Oh Sandy!

October 29, 2012

Say what you will about the impending storm Sandy, but when I walked into Wegman’s last night and this was the scene – I started to take it very seriously.

No more water at Wegmans! And the ice was flying off the shelf too!

So I started to think… “Maybe I shouldn’t buy any freezer items tonight, just in case…” or “Why don’t people just buy juice instead?”

Reality is, if the power is out, and you have a house full of kids – I’m hoping you’re prepared! Water, flashlights, candles, food, batteries, and maybe even some board games too… but what else would a person need? Me, I’d need a fully charged Nook, phone and computer – because surviving with no power can’t happen without hourly updates from friends on Facebook.

No matter what happens, be careful out there everyone! If you’re driving, be cautious. Trees will be down, we’re expecting a ton of rain, power may be out and the wind will be strong.

 

TIP: Peeling Pomegranates

October 28, 2012

I took a trip to Wegmans tonight to pick up some groceries and noticed pomegranates must be in season, because there are plenty – and at 2 for $5, I figured I’d pick a couple up. Here’s the hitch, seeding a pomegranate is THE most time consuming thing – if you’ve ever tried, you know what I mean. The yellow skin sticks to all the seeds- and sometimes it can literally take 25 minutes to seed a pomegranate and you’re left wondering if it was really worth the hastle. Well, don’t fear I am going to change your world- or at least save you some time seeding pomegranates.

 

Step 1: Fill a large bowl with water

Step 2: Cut pomegranate in 4 sections

Step 3: Submerge one section on fruit in water, and start peeling the seeds out of the casing. The seeds will sink and the yellow skin will float.

Step 4: Repeat

Step 5: Strain with your hands the yellow skin out of the water

Step 6: Strain seeds and store

 

Total time: 10 minutes max

PROBLEM SOLVED! Now, we can all finally eat some pomegranates and all the nutritional benefits they hold!

 

 

 

It’s that time for Apple Crisp!

October 18, 2012

It seems like fall is going by way too fast this year! I haven’t gotten a chance to go apple picking – or even pumpkin picking! But – to not miss all of the fall time activities I picked up some local apples from the regional farmers market to make my beloved apple crisp. There are thousands of different recipes floating around out there – but I always like to mix it up a bit, so this year instead of using plain ol’ oats, I used Mu Mu Muesli!

 

Mu Mu Muesli is a great local product that I usually pick up at the farmers market. It’s a great alternative to using those over processed oats – Mu Mu Muesli has oats, dates, almonds, and much more – and usually I eat it like cereal or with yogurt… until today!

 

Anyways – here’s the recipe – and I encourage you to share yours with us as well!

  • 4 large apples
  • 2/3 cups of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of Mu Mu Muesli
  • 3/4 teaspoons of cinnomon
  • 3/4 teaspoons of nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1/3 cup of melted butter

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Cut and dice the apples and put them in a greased pan. Mix brown sugar, Mu Mu Muesli, cinnamon, nutmeg, flour and melted butter in a medium sized bowl. Evenly distribute over the apples. Bake for at least 30 minutes in oven. Let cool and enjoy!

 

PIN IT! DIY Coasters

October 11, 2012

This week at craft night we made DIY Coasters! Click here for “how to” instructions

Want to try the simplest craft ever? Try making these!

Find yourself in the scrap booking aisle at your local craft store – and pick out some fun and funky paper that you’d like to see on some coasters. That was the best part about it!

Here’s how mine turned out….

I mixed a design paper with a plain paper. These are going to be great christmas gifts for those people you just don’t quite know what to get.

Bonus – all in all it took about 15 minutes!