Steak Gorgonzola -Copycat Olive Garden Recipe

I have a thing for cooking.  It’s like a challenge to me, and I’m in it to win it. I love making recipes that I’ve found online and giving them my own twist to perfect it,  like this Steak Gorgonzola that is a copycat Olive Garden recipe.

Funny thing is,  I’ve never even had it at Olive Garden although it’s one of my favorite places! My mom however,  gets this every time she’s there so I knew it had to be good.

Now that I’ve tried my own version,  I have it say,  IT IS GREAT!

Here is the recipe i used, let me know if you try this and if it tastes like Olive Garden’s version!

 

What you need:

1 pack Gorgonzola Cheese

2 Strip Steaks cut into cubes (or buy already cubed)

1/2 box Fettuccini Noodles

1 jar Alfredo sauce (I used Bertolli)

Balsamic Glaze (I use Cento brand) for serving

1cup Fresh Spinach leaves

1/2 cup Fresh Green Onions

Lemon Juice (half fresh Lemon or bottle lemon squeeze – a few squirts)

Italian Dressing (for marinade)

1 tablespoon Butter

Fresh Rosemary (chopped)

 Directions:

Take the Italian Dressing, lemon and chopped rosemary and marinate the steak cubes for one hour. After an hour…

Add Alfredo into a small pot with 3 tablespoons of the gorgonzola cheese (a little goes a long way!)  Simmer  on medium heat until the cheese is melted in and it starts to bubble up.  Then add spinach and chopped green onions. Keep on slow simmer, careful not to burn.

Add water to a pot, follow box Fettuccini directions.

In a pan,  start butter frying,  and add steak with some Italian Dressing on it getting into pan, but not all and leave cubes long enough to brown nicely on each side.  As the butter,  steak juice, and Italian Dressing that was on the steak starts to blend together as the steak cooks,  it’ll turn clear.  Once steak is cooked to your liking, toss it in all of the juices and set aside.

Once noodles are done,  strain and toss with gorgonzola Alfredo sauce.

Plate steak on top, drizzle with balsamic glsze, garnish with some crumbled gorgonzola, and fresh chopped parsley (also sun dried tomatoes which I didn’t have on hand).

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Enjoy! 😊

Gifts that do good with the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF)

During my visit to the NY Toy Fair this year, I came across the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) booth and I was amazed at what they’re doing yo help families with special needs children all over.

They have many “gifts and that do good” to choose from like storybooks, stuffed animals, and joke books for kids written by kids. Even more fun is that your child can “donate” their own joke to possibly be featured in a future issue of ‘Little Book, Big Laughs”.

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The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides medical grants to help children gain access to health-related services not covered, or not fully covered, by their family’s commercial health insurance plan.

Families can receive up to $5,000 annually per child ($10,000 lifetime maximum per child), and do not need to have insurance through UnitedHealthcare to be eligible.

UHCCF was founded in 1999. Since 2007, UHCCF has awarded 13,000 grants valued at $35M to children and their families across the United States. UHCCF’s funding is provided by contributions from individuals, corporations and UnitedHealth Group employees.

Philosophy

The Foundation embraces and supports the concept of facilitating access to health-related services that have the potential to significantly enhance either the clinical condition or the quality of life of the child and that are not fully covered by the available commercial health insurance plan. The Foundation provides financial assistance toward the family’s share of the cost of medical services.

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2017 NY Baby Show – Ticket Giveaway!!

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The 2017 New York Baby Show, on May 20 & 21 at Pier 94 in NYC will once again be the largest show for new and expectant parents in the country!

We didn’t get to attend last year unfortunately, but the year before, I had a blast. My kids were all behaved, so I think that helped a bit 😀.

You can expect to see a ton of vendors, amazing deals on baby/child products, and sneak peaks of items new to market… check out my previous year review of the NY Baby Show.

Now in its 7th year, no other event provides a better experience for thousands of expectant and new families from New York and neighboring counties, seeking a family-friendly jamboree of top brands, great speakers and seminars, big giveaways, and lots of learning, support, bonding, and fun as you make your way into parenthood. 

I am giving away tickets for you and your family to experience the show. I have just 10 tickets (family or individual) to give away, first come first serve. Family tickets cover up to 2 adults and 4 children per ticket!

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If you did not score a FREE ticket, make sure to use my 50% off code good on any ticket!

Normal ticket price is $30 per family (for 2 adults and up to 4 children), and $20 per individual.

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The Piki Piki Bike

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This past week I had the opportunity to visit the 2017 NY Toy Fair in Manhattan. I loved seeing all of the new toys out for kids off all ages, especially the toys that I know my boys will love.

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One toy that caught my eye was The Piki Piki Bike. The number one reason is because in a world of bye age technology, and everything so complicated and gagetized, it is so simple. You just unbox it, and go. No instructions needed.

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I’m excited I was able to take one home from the show to review for you all and with such perfect weather this week, we rushed out of the house to give it a try.

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My 4 year old isn’t quite getting the concept of tricycle pedals when he is on flat ground, and cannot seem to propell himself forward enough to keep up during our walks, so this was amazing for him to be able to ride along side his brother who was using his scooter. It’s such a simple ride on motorcycle, you “flintstone it” with your feet and the front wheel you steer with your hands using the handle bars.

Here is what the creator of the bike has to say!

Growing up in South Africa, we played on our Piki Piki bikes all the time.

(Piki Piki is a Swahili word for “motorcycle.”)

When we came to the United States with two toddlers of our own, we couldn’t find anything like our favorite toy back home, so we decided to start making our own Piki Piki bikes right here in the USA.

Lightweight and durable, the Piki Piki Bike is the perfect first bike for smaller children who are not yet ready for tricycles, pedal bikes, or heavier balance bikes.

Our patented, three wheel design makes Piki Piki stable and easy to ride, giving toddlers (and bigger kids) a fun way to build coordination and confidence at the same time.

Plus, with Piki Piki bikes, there’s no assembly required. Just open the box and let the adventures begin!

I couldn’t agree more at the ease of this bike. It teaches the child coordination by allowing them to steer while pushing themselves forward. It’s like the big red cozy coupe we all know and love, but in motor cycle form!

We did not have a chance to put the decals on it yet since we literally ripped it out of the box and went, but we’ll be putting them on it soon so that we get the real feel.

It comes in 3 different colors, blue (as shown), red, and pink. They retail for $69.95 and can be purchased right now on Amazon with free shipping!

Features

  • FOR AGES 18 MONTHS AND UP – Perfect for both toddlers and bigger kids who are always looking for their next adventure.
  • LIGHTWEIGHT – Just 5.5 lbs/2.5kg, making it easy for toddlers to maneuver, and even easier for parents to carry.
  • NO ASSEMBLY, INSTRUCTION, OR BATTERIES REQUIRED – Just open the box and your little one will be ready to ride!
  • EASY TO STEER – The Piki Piki Bike steers like a regular bike, building confidence and coordination at the same time.
  • DURABLE – High quality construction from high impact plastic means the Piki Piki is built to last. Weight limit: up to 70 lbs/32 kg.

Continuous adult supervision required. Maximum weight is 70lbs.

Manufacturer recommends child wears age appropriate safety helmet with chinstrap securely buckled.

This bike was created by a husband and wife… Parents just like you and I. I love supporting smaller businesses and  especially when the product is such a home run! Help spread the word!

 

Have you tried this bike? If so, let me know what you think!

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*I received this product in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Daily Goodie Box Unboxing

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Dailygoodiebox.com is a completely free site to try new, full size products.

Sign up for FREE and never give any payment info, even shipping is free!

Just make sure to fill out all of your profile information so that companies can see if you’re a good for for their product so you have a chance to get a box.

If you get lucky enough to snag a box, make sure to follow up and review each product on the site so that you can ensure you are eligible for future boxes.

Check out what I got in my first box this February in my unboxing video below!

Here are the links to the products;
Nellie’s All-Natural – Laundry Soda Packs
JustChill – Stress Relief Drinks
Vermont Smoke & Cure  – Cracked Pepper Beef & Pork Sticks
Nature’s Bakery – Raspberry Fig Bars
Jack N’ Jill –  Natural Toothpaste
Dream Water – Sleep Powder
Coffee Blocks – Butter Coffee
Aloha – Daily Good Greens
XyliChew – Spearmint
Gorilly Goods – Organic Snacks

Have you signed up and gotten a goodie box? Comment below and let me know your thoughts!

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My Birthday Weekend with the 2017 Mazda 6 Grand touring

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This past week was my 31st birthday and we did our annual tradition casino trip. This time we decided to go to the Sands Casino in Bethelhem, PA instead of our usual trip to Atlantic City. We had an amazing meal at Emrils’s Chophouse Burger and gambled a little bit (and lost).

We didn’t wind up staying at the casino hotels because they were extremely over priced with their rates and has no promotions. If you’re looking for an alternative, cheaper place to stay, we stayed at the Comfort Suites which is only 5 minutes away and they offer a free shuttle to the casino up until midnight.

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Lucky for me I was able to drive in style with the all knew 2017 Mazda 6 Grand Touring.

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The interior made the vehicle feel so luxurious, ivory leather with black trim. Having two boys, I don’t think I could ever have this choice as my day-to-day car since it would be dirty in a matter of days, but we managed to keep it nice and clean for the week, even in the rain and mud.

I mean, look at this. Who wouldn’t want to jump in this car and go for a ride? At only $21k starting MSRP, anyone can afford to drive in style (and Safety!).

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The exterior reminds me alot of a BMW, just the curviness and sleek front end. The headlights are just like any new 2017 vehicle, hologen, very bright and have feature to be automatic so that you don’t ever need to remember to turn them on and off.

That’s something I used to whole time as I currently use it in my Ford.

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One thing that stands out to me is the number of safety features it has right off the bat. Similar to the 2016 model, which was a top rated safety vehicle of 2016, the 2017 model has the windshield display that is projected and only the driver can see it.

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It’s customizable and shows stop signs, vehicle distance and speed limit. It alerts you if you are tailgating too close, or trying to get over when another vehicle is in your blind spot. The navigation also links to this display so that you do not have to take your eyes off of forward view and look at the console. I really liked how the display looks and the subtle alerts are a big help, especially when driving with kids can be distracting (did I mention 2 boys yelling at their tablet games in the back?).

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As a compact vehicle, you really do not give up much space with this one. The trunk is huge and can be folded down to the back seat to allow for deeper cargo to be transported. I was able to fit a weeks worth of groceries in the trunk with no  problem.

Gas mileage is WONDERFUL, avg is 32hmpg. I had it for an entire week, with a filled tank i drove out of state to the casino, to and from work daily, which is 25 minutes away, and misc other errands and did not need to put gas on it once.

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One of the things we did this week is go to Benihana with the kids. It was my 4 year olds first time there and he enjoyed the flames coming from the hibatchi grill maybe as much as he enjoyed the chopsticks. This is one of my favorite places to eat, the chicken fried rice is to die for! Luckily I’m part of the birthday club so every year I get a $30 certificate to use to cover my meal. If you haven’t been, I suggest you go.

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We had a great weekend overall thanks to Mazda for giving us this ride for the week to make it happen!

Last but not least, I want to touch on Mazda’s amazing donation program “drive for good”.  Mazda established the Mazda Drive for Good charitable program as a way to give back to the communities in which it does business. Since it’s launch in 2013, the Mazda program has donated more than $12.9 million, has pledged not than 192,000 charitable service hours, and continues to provide monetary donations and community service throughout the year

I used my card to donate to St. Jude’s Cancer hospital for children as it is something that is very important to me.

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Drive Mazda, Drive for Good.

Here are some additional images of the Mazda6;

Superbowl Sunday- Easy Cheddar Cheese Fondue

Super Bowl Sunday is TOMORROW so how about a crowd pleaser that is easy to make, yet seems super elegant?

Over my birthday weekend my husband and I visited the Melting Pot for the first time and tried fondue. I knew I’ve always had a love for cheese, but REALLY?! I am IN LOVE with fondue. The act of dipping anything you want into freshly warmed melty cheese is just too good to be able to describe with words. What is even better is that I remade it at home several times since then and I am going to tell you how to do the same.

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Now, Here is what I use- feel free to change it to your liking;

  • 8oz Beer – I used O’douls (2 reasons… I was serving it to my children and didn’t know if my fondue pot was hot enough to get the alcohol completely…

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