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This is a MUST-WATCH! 😉
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Food For Thought!
by The Daily Meal | Shine Food
Synthetic HormonesrBGH & rBSTThe United States government has set several rules and guidelines in place to protect us from eating potentially harmful foods. Several dishes considered real delicacies in other parts of the world, like haggis in Scotland or fugu (puffer fish) in Japan, are banned from the U.S. food market because of potential health risks. But looking at the issue from a reversed angle, there are actually several common foods eaten in America that are banned in other parts of the world.
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The shocking truth is that many of our favorite foods, like boxed mac and cheese and yogurt, include ingredients that other countries have established as potentially harmful for health, and therefore are banned. Clearly, mac and cheese on its own isn’t poisonous in any way, but the yellow food colorings…
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I thought that this was just absolutely great. These are my family’s absolute favorite muffins (refer to the previous post, titled Monster Monday), but we put an excellent spin on them by adding these sweet little eyes! All that you need is some gel icing and eye-candy decorations, (I found both at Target for under $5 total), and add to these spooky little muffins.
***WARNING: Word to the wise- don’t add the eyes unto right before serving. I left my first batch in the refrigerator overnight and the eye decorations absorbed the moisture of the gel and “dilated”. At that point, I learned my lesson. They were much less cute.
Have you ever seen that television show “My Sweet Sixteen” on MTV where those seemingly vapid, unrealistic American teenagers selfishly torture their family’s into hosting extravagant parties and then they cry when the get a Lexus instead of a Lambo? Okay- now imagine an elegant and age-appropriate birthday celebration for a gracious child with incredible friends and parents that shares that certain element of extravagance that you would see on a show such as that. Clearly, I’d choose the latter.
My son is my best friend. We experience everything together. I am constantly striving to “one-up” the last smile on his face and bring him more of that beautiful joy into his sunshine-y soul, so this year, after careful consideration, I decided that three was the perfect age for him to pick a theme and create a beautiful party together. The theme? Monsters Inc., of course.
We chose to use one of the oldest and most prominent estates in Florida, a venue called The Heitman House, as our venue for the party. The Heitman House specializes in weddings and special events of all kinds. It is 105 years old, and was an engagement gift from it’s founder, businessman Gilmore Heitman, to his bride. I strongly encourage anyone who is not familiar with the property to take a moment to check out their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/TheHeitmanHouse. I have never been more impressed with any other location in this area for all events.
I went on an outrageous, weeklong cooking and baking spree! The menu for the party included nearly all homemade vegan and vegetarian dishes, with only two small exceptions, and was of course, immensely Earth-friendly! Menu items included a modified version of the previously posted Monster Muffins, decadent (and scary) triple-chocolate cupcakes, PB&J mini wraps, refreshing cucumber salad, handmade caramel apples, kale chips, and of course, a Monsters-version of an infamous Baking Bad rock candy cake that was four thick layers tall and built tall to conquer!
We decided to skip the modern classic, a bounce house, and went a more artistic route with some of the activities. Children were able to get in touch with their spooky side while painting pumpkins, get spoiled with glitter tattoos and professional face-painting by Character Birthday Parties, LLC, (www.facebook.com/CharacterBirthdayParty), and even enjoy games for all ages such as corn hole, croquet, and bocce ball provided by the Global Marketplace. (www.gmrentals.com)
Overall, the party was overflowing with creativity, light and positivity. It entailed a great deal of team work from friends and family, and the presence of the most effervescent party guests and courteous, enthusiastic staff is what truly made the day. I cannot wait to see what London picks for next year’s theme, and in the meantime, we’ll be enjoying year number three and all that it has to offer our sweet family. Happy October, Monsters! 🙂
As some of you may know, I have been working a great deal with fashion photographer, Red Scott, as of late. I just wanted to share one of our latest photographs with everyone. It’s cold, it’s pale, and it’s hot for fall. We have another project coming out this fall, so watch out for it!
I also encourage you all to check out his Facebook photography page:
Finally! It is my absolute favorite month of the year. In lieu of my lifelong love for fall weather, Halloween-themed makeup & fashion, (and my health food obsession, of course), I will be posting copious amounts of autumn-related recipes and craft ideas this month. The first of which is an incredible stuffed squash recipe that will keep everyone happy and impress guests. I have tried several stuffed squash and pepper recipes over the years, and this one seems to be my favorite. Another reason why this recipe is great is because although it IS time consuming, it is simple, the presentation is pleasing, and the ingredients are rather inexpensive to buy.
What you will need:
*Also keep in mind that stuffed vegetables are an excellent opportunity to improvise. Make dishes like this different every time by changing around ingredients. Other ingredients that go well in a stuffed squash include, but are not limited to: mushrooms, shallots, black beans, and sweet potatoes.
Here is a link for one of my latest projects- well, technically, this is Miami/London-based photographer Red Scott’s project, and I have found myself in such auspicious circumstances so as to be involved. Here is a small teaser.