Asiago Cheese Bowls

Salads are one of my favorite things.  I love them as a meal with lots of extras or as a starter to a great dinner.  These Asiago Cheese Bowls are a great way to serve any kind of salad whether it be a starter, a meal, or filled with a chicken or egg salad.  The edible bowl is beautiful and adds so much to the salad.

Asiago Cheese Bowls

Asiago Cheese Bowls

Ingredients:

  • Shredded Asiago Cheese

Asiago Cheese Bowl

Instructions:

Preheat a lightly oiled skillet over medium heat.

Sprinkle the shredded cheese in the preheated skillet, forming a circle.

Heat the cheese until the bottom is browned and the top begins to turn golden.

Asiago Cheese Bowl

Turn a small bowl upside down.  Turn the browned cheese out onto the bowl.

Carefully form the cheese to the bowl.  Let the cheese cool completely.  It will become hard as it cools.

Asiago Cheese Bowl

When the cheese bowl is completely cool fill with a salad of your choice.

Asiago Cheese Bowl

I’ve had this type of cheese bowl made with Parmesan cheese as well.  I’m sure there are a variety of cheeses that would work well for this.  They are easy to make and add a lot of WOW to your salad.  Next time you’re hosting a dinner party make a salad your guests won’t forget!

What would you fill your Asiago Cheese Bowl with?

 

Strong with Milk! Homemade Heart Cereal Recipe #FuertesConLeche

Disclaimer: This is part of a sponsored collaboration with MilkPEP and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Do you like cookies and milk? It is my daughter’s favorite way to drink milk. Since she loves it so much, we started the New Year, and now every morning, STRONG with milk, would be to bake one of her favorite cookies in small cereal bite sizes!

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Cereal is one of the easiest ways to include milk in your child’s diet. This is important because all milks (event low fat and fat free) have nine essential nutrients that their growing bodies need. Calcium Dairy, Potassium, Phosphorus, Protein, Vitamin D, Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, Riboflavin, Niacin (or niacin equivalents), and

Protein!

For only eighty calories, one 8oz. glass of fat free milk provides the same eight grams of protein as whole milk or low fat milk. Milk is one of the most affordable sources of high-quality protein you can find. The protein in milk and cheese builds and repairs muscle tissue and serves as a source of energy. Learn more about the amazing benefits of milk HERE.

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Heart Cereal Instructions

Most cookies can be made into a cereal, but it’s easiest to do this with recipes that are designed for cutout cookies as they don’t rise during baking. I chose to make cereal from my favorite sugar cookie cutout recipe.

Prepping and Coloring the Dough:

Prepare dough using your favorite cutout sugar cookie recipe. Before chilling, divide dough into three-four sections and color each section using gel food colors of your choice. I went with green, orange, and pink.

Once dough is colored, place in ball, cover with wax paper, and allow to chill for ten minutes before shaping.

Making Hearts (without a cookie cutter):

  • On wax paper, roll each colored ball into half-inch thick logs.
  • Make logs into a triangle shape by flattening the bottom and pinching the top into a point.
  • Turn dough onto the next side and repeat.
  • Turn dough again and repeat making sure the sides are smooth.
  • Your dough log should now have three sides.
  • Take a pizza cutter and make a thin slice down the middle of one side of your dough. This will be the top of your heart.
  • Using the tips of your fingers, find the slice and widen the top of the log’s heart shape.
  • Once you are satisfied with your heart, freeze dough for 15 minutes.

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Baking:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Line baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.
  • Slice frozen dough into 1 centimeter thick slices.
  • Place hearts on baking sheet.
  • Bake hearts for 11 minutes.

Serving & Storing Homemade Cereal:

  • Allow heart cereal to cool completely before serving.
  • Serve cereal in bowl with 8-10 oz of cold milk.
  • Store unused cereal in tightly closed container or plastic bag for up to three days.

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#FuertesConLeche 14-day Photo Challenge invites anyone to share their photos on how they are starting the New Year off “fuertes con leche” (strong with milk). Submit your photos between February 14 – 28th. Oh and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram!

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Join us on Twitter on February 19th from 9-10 PM EST for the #FuertesConLeche, Be Your Strongest Self Bilingual Twitter Party with guest MilkLife’s first milk ambassador, Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli and where you can win great gift cards and prizes. RSVP HERE!

Have YOU started the New Year STRONG with milk?

How To Make Chocolate Dessert Bowls

I’m sure you’ve seen Chocolate Dessert Bowls before.  They are a really special and beautiful way to serve a dessert.  Did you know that they are really simple to make?  These chocolate dessert bowls are perfect for serving something special this Valentine’s Day or on any occasion! Fill them with ice cream, pudding, sorbet, or your favorite dessert.

Chocolate Dessert Bowls

Chocolate Dessert Bowls

Ingredients:

  • Dark chocolate chips
  • Small balloons
  • Non stick cooking spray
  • Parchment Paper

Chocolate Dessert Bowls

Instructions:

Inflate balloons to the size bowl you wish to create.

Wash, rinse, and completely dry the balloons.

Spray each balloon with a light coating of non stick cooking spray and set aside.

Place dark chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 2-3 minutes stopping to stir every 30 seconds.

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When chocolate is completely melted and smooth spoon a small amount of chocolate onto the parchment paper.  This will become the base for your chocolate bowl.

Chocolate Dessert Bowls

Carefully dip the balloons into the melted chocolate.  Use a spoon to smooth the chocolate if necessary.  You’ll want the chocolate coating to be a fairly even thickness.  Place the chocolate coated balloon onto the chocolate base you created on the parchment paper.

Chocolate Dessert Bowls

Place the chocolate bowls in the freezer for 20-30 minutes or until they are completely hard.

Chocolate Dessert Bowls

Remove the bowls from the freezer and use a knife of pin to pop the balloon.

Chocolate Dessert Bowls

Remove all of the balloon remnants from the bowl.  Return the bowls to the freezer until ready to use.

Chocolate Dessert Bowls

I filled my bowls with a simple chocolate ice cream, added whipped topping to each, and sprinkled hearts over top for the perfect Valentine Treat!  The bowls can be filled ahead of time and returned to the freezer to make serving time easier.

While these are perfect for Valentine’s Day imagine all the possible occasions and ways you might serve dessert in a lovely chocolate bowl!

Garth Brooks new Single “Mom” on GhostTunes! Enter to WIN Concert Giveaway #GarthLovesMom

Disclosure: This post is brought to you by MomTrends, However all opinions are 100% mine.

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A Mother’s Love is the Best Love

When I first listened to Garth Brooks new single “Mom”, it brought tears to my eyes. Good tears though. It brought back memories of my mom. Like most peoples’ lives, mine has seen its shares of ups and downs. From breakups to job changes to the birth of my daughter, one of the main constants in my life was my mother’s love. She was a shining light of love and compassion.

Throughout all of the ups and downs in my life, the greatest gift of a mother’s love has been my mother’s compassion. When I made the wrong decision, she was there to comfort me – not to tell me I was wrong or what I should have done differently.

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My mother was definitely not a tiger mom. She was more of a Care Bear. She showered me with love, affection, and positive reinforcement every day. She loved me, supported me, and even disciplined me with a tenderness borne of love and joy. Even when she had to punish me, it was done with a loving tenderness that made me feel like I should never repeat my actions, if for no other reason than it hurt her to punish me.

Overwhelming Love

Even though my mother is not with us any longer, she showed me the power of a mother’s love by drowning me in it – in a good way. I never for one second of my life questioned my mother’s overwhelming love for me. It was always in can her eyes, hear it in her voice, and felt it in her touch. She loved me to pieces, and she always made sure I knew it.

What is GhostTunes

GhostTunes, founded by Garth Brooks, is a new kind of music service. This online music platform offers millions of songs, albums, and products and creative bundles from artists of all genres. It’s more than a music service. It’s a gathering place for listeners, artists, and the music that connects them. The best part is, I can listen to this gorgeous music on any device. No more using specific services for specific brands! Now is that cool or what??

Experience more for yourself at www.GhostTunes.com

To celebrate Garth Brook’s new music platform, GhostTunes, as well as his new single, “Mom”, GhostTunes is offering one lucky mom and a guest the opportunity to see Garth Brooks live in concert. What??? Yasss! ENTER HERE!!

They’re even providing lodging and airfare! That’s pretty great!

I’ve had the chance to listen to Garth’s new single, “Mom”, and it is just beautiful. It perfectly captures a mother’s love. I love this song, and I’m sure you will to. Give it a listen, and checkout GhostTunes. I think it’s the future of music platforms.

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by GhostTunes via MomTrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Ghost Tunes or MomTrends. 

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