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Zucchini Taco Boats

Zucchini season is starting to take off, which means we are going to need lots of creative uses for this vegetable.

Whether you grow it yourself, know someone who grows it, or just buy it at the market, when it’s zucchini season, it’s abundant!

Zucchini taco boats are a fun healthy twist for Taco Tuesday or really any day of the week! I add chorizo for a zesty twist.

INGREDIENTS  

  • 3 zucchini
  • 1/2 lb. fresh chorizo, casings removed
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 can black beans
  • ½ medium red onion, chopped
  • 4 ounces pepper jack or Mexican style cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)
  • 4 ounces queso fresco cheese
  • 2 T fresh cilantro, finely chopped (optional garnish)

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Crumble the fresh chorizo and ground beef into a skillet. Add the onion, garlic, cumin and chili powder.
  • Cook over medium heat until the chorizo and beef is browned, about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add black beans to the mixture until warmed through and well combined.
  • While the meat bean mixture cooks, wash your zucchini and chop off the stem end. Cut them in half lengthwise. Use a melon baller to scoop out the middles.
  • Add zucchini middles to saute with meat mixture.
  • Arrange the boats in a single layer in a large tray pan.
  • Evenly fill your zucchini boats with the meat mixture using a spoon.
  • Combine cheeses in a separate bowl and add to the tops of the boats.
  • Cover the pan with foil and bake in the heated oven for 35 minutes.
  • After baking, garnish with the cilantro. Enjoy!

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Do Physical Therapists Go To Med School?

A physical therapist is a worthy career and may be what you want from your life. However, you may wonder what the process is for obtaining this career. A physical therapist spends their career helping others recover from injury or illnesses and strives to help them live a better life. Their care can include broken bones, sprains, or sports injuries, just as a few examples.

Starter Education

Do physical therapists go to med school? You will need a degree to become a practicing physical therapist. You will first need an undergraduate in the medical field. Going to college will provide you vital knowledge in biology, anatomy, and physiology. Some schools offer two versions of these classes. If your chosen school is one of them, you may find that they either cram everything into one semester to allow you to take more classes or spread it into two semesters, so you have an easier time. A plethora of schools are adopting this method because they believe that it offers help to students’ mental health. These courses are essential because you will know the body’s conditions and how you can help.

Graduate School

When you finish college, you have the option of choosing to go into a graduate program dedicated to your field. This will include a residency program which can take a year. During this phase, you can decide if you want a master’s degree and take steps to get it. A master’s degree will open a plethora of doors for you, offer you more opportunities and the option for a larger paycheck as well.

Choosing A Ph.D

Depending on where you’d like to go with your career, you might find that you need a doctoral degree. By getting a Ph.D., you will have direct supervision dealing with patients, more research, and you have the chance to show people your skillset. Before you undergo a Ph.D., you should know that this will take time and require more effort than any other degree.

You Decide

When you become a physical therapist, only you can choose how far you want to take it. Having a Ph.D. is the farthest you can take and will offer you knowledge that sets you apart. You can help people and help them to become stronger. If you decide not to go that far, you can still have a successful and fulfilling career.

Feta Mushroom Spinach Quiche

This quiche recipe is perfect recipe for breakfast or brunch but is hearty enough for dinner. Full of 3 different types of cheese, mushrooms and spinach, it’s a protein packed meal full amazing flavor – a sure crowd pleaser.

Quiche is a savory egg custard baked in a flaky pie crust shell. Though you can certainly make a crust-less quiche, too! The base of quiche fillings are milk, cream, and eggs. The add-ins vary and can include meats, seafood, cheese, spices, and vegetables. One of the more popular quiche recipes is Quiche Lorraine, which combines bacon and cheese. Today I’m showing you how to make a feta, mushroom, spinach quiche. Feel free to play around and make your own quiche creations with any add-ins you choose!

Quiche is a very forgiving recipe feel free to mix and match any flavors you prefer. Here’s some tips to make the perfect quiche.

  1. Pie Crust – A lot of people use homemade crusts and feel free to if you prefer. But one of my favorite shortcuts is a pre-made crust you find in the frozen food section; most people cannot even tell the difference!
  2. Heavy Cream and Milk – For the best tasting quiche, use a combination of whole milk and heavy cream. (Or simply use half-and-half.) Using just heavy cream produces an overly thick filling. Whole milk is great, but a combo of heavy cream and milk is better.
  3. Eggs – Use 4 eggs per 1 cup of milk. Some quiche recipes throw in an extra egg yolk or two, but I don’t find it necessary with the ratio of ingredients in my recipe.
  4. Salt and Pepper – I don’t add salt to the filling if I’m using a salty add-in, such as cheese or ham. However, if you are making a plain quiche I recommend both.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. button mushrooms 
  • 1 shallot, minced 
  • 1 10oz. box frozen spinach, thawed
  • 1 frozen pie shell
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2  cup whole milk 
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 oz. feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan, grated 
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella 
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Squeeze the excess moisture from the thawed spinach. Rinse any dirt or debris from the mushrooms, then slice thinly. Mince the shallot.
  • Add the mushrooms, shallot, and a pinch of salt and pepper to a non-stick skillet spritzed lightly with non-stick spray (or a splash of cooking oil). Sauté the mushrooms and garlic until the mushrooms are soft and all of their moisture has evaporated away (5-7 minutes).
  • Place the squeeze-dried spinach in the bottom of the pie shell. Place the sautéed mushrooms on top of the spinach, followed by the crumbled feta.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and Parmesan. Season lightly with pepper. Pour the egg mixture over the vegetables and feta in the pie dish. Top with the shredded mozzarella.
  • Place the pie shell on a baking sheet for easy transfer in and out of the oven. Bake the quiche for 45-55 minutes, or until the top is golden brown (ovens may vary). Cut into six slices and serve. Enjoy!

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Chicken Caprese Sandwich

When I think of summer, I immediately think of caprese salad. Grilled chicken sandwich on a pretzel roll is a fun take on the classic summer salad, with chicken marinated in balsamic vinegar and italian dressing, vine-ripened tomatoes, basil and pesto, and a slice of fresh mozzarella cheese. It is even better with a drizzle of nice aged balsamic vinegar glaze!

This recipe contains such simple ingredients but when put together create an explosion of light summery flavors perfect for an alfresco dinner party or a simple summer supper.

Start off by preparing your chicken. I bought thin sliced chicken breast so it would fit nicely onto the pretzel rolls. If you can’t find it you can slice and pound your chicken into thin pieces. You can also use any cut of chicken you like! I think that chicken tenders, or boneless skinless chicken thighs would work well in this chicken caprese sandwich recipe. To grill the chicken I just marinated my chicken with a combo of Italian dressing and a bottle of balsamic vinaigrette for about 30 minutes. Then I used an indoor grill pan to get those sear marks.

Next prepare your toppings. A traditional caprese consists of fresh tomato, sliced mozzarella, basil and a balsamic glaze. To make the sandwich I added pesto spread thinly onto the buns and a topping of arugula for more crunch.

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 thin sliced grilled chicken cutlets
  • 4 Pretzel Rolls
  • 1-2 tablespoons pesto
  • 4 slices fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1-2 vine ripened tomatoes sliced
  • Fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup argula
  • 1-2 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar gaze

Instructions

  1. Slice the pretzel buns and toast until lightly golden brown
  2. Prepare your chicken as desired
  3. After the chicken is done, spread a thin layer of pesto on the bottom bun next add a piece of grilled chicken
  4. Top the chicken with the mozzarella, tomato, fresh basil and arugula
  5. Add a drizzle of balsamic vinegar glaze, and add the top roll
  6. Serve while still warm.

I hope you get a chance to make and enjoy this recipe!  If you do, I would love to hear about it in the comments. Nothing makes my heart swell like hearing that others enjoyed my recipe as much as we did!  Happy eating!

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Why Hire A Keto Coach

The Keto diet can be complicated to understand and even harder to attempt if you are not sure what it entails, the effort that it will take, and the rules you will need to follow. Hiring a Keto coach can help you with each of these issues and provide you with helpful information and support on this journey you will be undertaking. Read more about hiring a keto coach.

The Price Of A Coach

A coach for this diet is going to cost you some money. While you have control over how much you spend, you may end up paying more than you think. The beginning prices can be as low as three hundred, which may not seem like a low cost, but it is lower than many others you will find. At the highest, you can pay almost two thousand dollars. For many people, that is an expense that we cannot afford. For others, it’s vital because they need additional help. If you are wondering if hiring a Keto coach, they can help you and provide the service you need to tackle this diet. In the end, it comes out to what you can afford and what you cannot.

Help Where You Need It The Most

A coach will help you understand what you need to put in your system and what you don’t need. If you talk to a coach, they will explain that this diet is relatively new and more studies are being conducted on how much it can help people , and when you start, you will be feeling sick for at least two weeks. That is common with this diet, and a coach can help you through the initial sickness.

A coach can also help you with your eating and the workouts you can do for your body. You have your health issues and goals, and a coach will help you plan for your needs. By hiring a professional, the diet is easier to understand and easier to maintain in the long run.

Choose The Best

When you choose the best Keto coach, you are putting your body and needs first. You will also be able to achieve your goals easier. If you are looking for a person to help you lose the weight you want and be there for you when this diet gets tough, a coach is a perfect answer for you to meet your personal goals.

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Aperol Spritz With a Twist

Summertime is about soaking up the sunshine, spending time with family and friends, and creating lasting memories. Whether it’s a great meal, poolside or a night out, most great stories start with a drink or two and evolve into something great.

Aperol Spritz have quickly become my go to drink ever since I visited Europe with my sister last summer. It’s bitter yet so refreshing on a hot summer day, especially enjoyed along the coast of Italy. I create this at home version with my current favorite drink a Mexican sparkling water, “Topo-Chico” instead of the usual club soda to create more of a bubbly and fizzy drink. It’s a great drink to bring back such great travelling memories.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces Aperol
  • 3 ounces chilled Prosecco (brut or extra-dry)
  • ice
  • 1 splash sparkling water, I used Tope-Chico
  • 1 medium orange sliced for garnish

Instructions

This drink is more of a process feel free to eyeball and measure and add amounts to your liking. Add 3 ounces (I like to do a shot) of Aperol to a wine glass filled with ice. Next, add 3 ounces of Prosecco again this is a pretty forgiving recipe you can add any type of sparkling wine or champagne, I typically go for something that is brut or dry. Then, you top your drink with a splash of Tope-Chico. To garnish the drink add a slice of orange. Enjoy!

Give the ol’ Aperol Spritz a try…. and please share how you make this basic recipe even better! I love how creative you are!

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KFC Mashed Potato Bowls: Do It Yourself

A homemade version of Kentucky Fried Chicken’s Famous Bowls, these copycat KFC Famous Bowls are a winner. Crispy chicken and sweet corn sits on top of creamy mashed potatoes. Finished off with a hearty drizzle of rich brown gravy, and shredded cheeses- it’s a hearty bowl full of comfort food with that classic KFC taste without ever having to leave your house. Read more on KFC mashed potato bowls.

KFC mashed potato bowls

Why I love this recipe:

  • 5 ingredients it all it takes!
  • Whips up in under 20 minutes.
  • You can make as much or as little as you’d like, it is so versatile.

INGREDIENTS

6 servings mashed potatoes

1 24 oz package popcorn chicken cooked

15 oz can corn drained and heated

1 pkg beef gravy cooked

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Make 6 servings of instant mashed potatoes (or make your own homemade).
  2. Cook popcorn chicken according to package.
  3. Heat up your corn in the microwave or on stovetop, your preference.
  4. Make your gravy, I used a jar of roasted chicken gravy.
  5. Assemble bowls by layering potatoes, corn, chicken, gravy and then top with shredded cheddar cheese.

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July 4th Fireball Infused Cherry Drops

So every year my family and I head up to the Northwoods of Wisconsin for The Fourth of July. The first year my now sister-in-law joined us she made us these boozy cherries (fireball cherries). And since then they have become a tradition.

fireball cherries
fireball cherries

So the first thing you want to do is soak the maraschino cherries. We typically do fireball but any liqueur would be delicious I feel like a flavored Vodka would be good to try (vanilla, whipped cream, or cake would be amazing).

So you just pour out the cherry juice in the jar and then pour the alcohol of choice in. Chill them for at least 24 hours (the longer you chill, the more flavor they absorb).

After soaking your cherries it’s time to dip! I recommend using almond bark or Candiquik instead of white chocolate chips. They are made for dipping and can withstand liquid better. I also worked in batches (2 ounces of candy at a time) for melting and dipping in case my chocolate seized in between. I like melting candy in disposable Dixie bowls; they’re microwave safe and you throw them away after – easy cleanup!

Once they’re done soaking, drain them (again, reserve the liquid for cocktails) and then pat them very dry. This is a key to getting the chocolate to work out – drain them well and then pat them down gently with paper towels. Any liquid can seize your chocolate so be sure to do this step. Once dipped you can quickly add any colored sprinkles you want.

Then, once you’ve dried them, you dip them into white chocolate and add sprinkles…and then you have drunken cherries!

For the presentation I just rolled some blueberries in some leftover chocolate and plated the fruit into an American flag pattern. I hope you enjoy!

fireball cherries

INGREDIENTS

  • 10 ounce jar maraschino cherries 24 cherries
  • 5 ounces alcohol of choice: Fireball or Vodka (any flavor; vanilla or cake would be amazing), whiskey, etc.
  • 5 ounces white chocolate I recommend using almond bark or Candiquik
  • 2 Tablespoons sprinkles

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Drain liquid from the jar of cherries.
  • Pour alcohol in the jar to fill. Replace cap and soak for at least 24 hours. The longer they soak, the stronger they’ll be.
  • Drain the alcohol from the jar. (Tip: reserve it for cocktails!) Strain the cherries, then place them on layers of paper towels and pat dry. You want them as dry as possible before dipping to avoid ruining the chocolate. (Water and chocolate don’t mix.)
  • Work in batches: melt 2 ounces of chocolate in a small bowl. (I like using paper bowls for easy cleanup.) Melt according to package directions. Dip each cherry in the white chocolate, then dip in sprinkles and place on a wax paper lined cookie sheet. Chill to set. Working in batches of chocolate allows you not to waste any, plus allows for the chocolate to seize from the liquid without ruining the whole batch. Use a new bowl for each batch of chocolate you melt.
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

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Famous Double Tree Hotel Cookies Recipe

For the First Time, DoubleTree by Hilton Reveals Official Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe so Bakers Can Create the Warm, Welcoming Treat at Home

The warm chocolate chip cookie welcome is synonymous with DoubleTree hotels worldwide, and travelers look forward to receiving one, fresh from the oven, upon their arrival. 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts

Not into walnuts? Skip that ingredient and add two tablespoons of flour instead (to keep the dough from getting too runny). You’ll love this recipe just as much.

When you check in at one of more than 250 hotels run by this U.S. chain, you are handed a bag from a warming oven that contains two soft and delicious chocolate chip cookies. This is a tradition that began in the early 80s using a recipe from a small bakery in Atlanta. All of the cookies are baked fresh every day on the hotel premises. The chain claims to give out about 29,000 cookies every day. Raves for the cookies from customers convinced the hotel chain to start selling tins of the cookies online. But if you’ve got an insatiable chocolate chip cookie urge that can’t wait for a package to be delivered, you’ll want to try this cloned version. Just be sure to get the cookies out of the oven when they are barely turning brown so that they are soft and chewy in the middle when cool.

DoubleTree cookies have a passionate fan following and a long history. More than 30 million are consumed every year, and the DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie even became the first food to be baked in orbit during experiments aboard the International Space Station. 

STEPS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grind the oats in a food processor or blender until fine. Combine the ground oats with the flour, baking soda, salt, and
    cinnamon in a medium bowl.
  3. Cream together the butter, sugars, vanilla, and lemon juice in another medium bowl with an electric mixer. Add the eggs
    and mix until smooth.
  4. Stir the dry mixture into the wet mixture and blend well. Add the chocolate chips and nuts to the dough and mix by hand
    until the ingredients are well incorporated.
  5. Spoon rounded 1/4-cup portions onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Place the scoops about 2 inches apart. You don’t need
    to press the dough flat. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes or until the cookies are light brown and soft in the middle. Store in a sealed
    container when cool to keep the cookies soft.
    Makes 20 cookies.

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What Is A Paint N Sip Event?

If you want to spend time with the girls or a romantic night out with your spouse, a Paint N Sip event is where you need to be. What is a Paint N Sip event, though? A Paint N Sip event is an event where you come with your friends, order a couple of drinks, and have a fun time painting a picture. It’s the perfect way to make some creative memories with the people who mean the most to you.

Specialized Events

What makes Paint N Sip events even better is that they have specific events geared toward customers so that everyone can get the perfect night that they want. The events range from all different styles, but each one is creative. Some of the events that are coming up are these.

  • Date Night
  • Girls Night
  • Golden Rabbit
  • Be Still And Know
  • Leukemia Lymphoma Fundraiser
  • Bright Eyes
  • A Walk In The Park
  • Painting Your Pet
  • Trivia Night
  • Bring Your Own Toilet Paper
  • Nested Night
  • Mommy And Me
  • Peaceful Willow

None of the events striking your fancy? Contact the company, and they will see what they can do to accommodate you to make you happy!

What You Need

So what do you need for one of these events? Nothing at all. All of the painting supplies are provided for you, and you don’t have to help clean up either. You can bring snacks, but there are no other drinks permitted because they have a bar that you can buy drinks from. If you plan to drink, you will, of course, need an ID to show your age.

It’s also recommended that you show up at least thirty minutes early so you can park and unwind. When class starts, you will be friendly and relaxed, and ready to paint. There are no seating changes, and you will not be issued a credit if you decide not to show up. You will need to cancel in advance if you are not able to attend.

A Place To Have Fun

A Paint N Sip event is a great place to unwind and relax with friends and make incredible memories. For many people, it becomes a monthly habit and something special that they can look forward to. For others, it unlocked a passion for painting they didn’t know they had. Come to an event today and see what it will unlock for you.