The Girl With the Suitcase

Sounds cliché, I know, but you know how they say sometimes you just have to take a leap of faith…an uncalculated risk to make all your dreams come true? Well that’s exactly what the girl with the suitcase had to do…

A small town girl with a copious amount of dreams, aspirations, goals, and extremely high expectations for herself, decided she had to leave home in order to become a household name. Somewhat of a divergent, so to speak, the girl with the suitcase wanted to change her current circumstances and make something of herself. She wasn’t going to let being bullied and harassed in school, heart breaking circumstances at the young age of seven, or the traumatizing experience of being held against her will at eighteen destroy her, define her, or defeat her. She refused to let the weapons continuously being formed against her prosper; but even with all her dreams dancing in her mind, she still needed a push. With a shattered heart from a messy break up with the love of her life (at the time) instead of being derailed she took a vacation…

Where’s a girl with a broken heart and ambivalent mind going to vacay you ask? Well, she packed her suitcase and set out 3,000 miles away from home…to South Beach of course.

With the sand between her toes, she stood staring at the ocean, the sunlight dancing in a sea of pretty turquoise and pastel blues. She looked up at the sky and she gained something…hope, courage, and insight; suddenly everything felt like it was going to be all right. She decided that she and the suitcase should stay…

With only a suitcase to her name she decided to make Miami a permanent vacation, leaving unfinished business back home, she did the unexpected; she left the unfinished, unfinished.

The risky, uncalculated move was far from a piece of cake. In fact the girl with suitcase, moved with no employment, she couldn’t even afford cake! Trials and tribulations came at her at lightening speed; South Beach was a different world. With an empty apartment, a sketchy roommate, a suitcase, and now a blowup mattress, she knew it was fight or flight time! She could fight to make the risk worth her while or she can take her suitcase back to her small town…

She decided to fight, to write her own fairytale and make the move the best thing she could do. Unlike Cinderella though, she wasn’t seeking Prince Charming, she was seeking herself. With the ambition to strive, she needed a job to survive…

Fairytales are long though, so lets jump to where she’s at now. The girl with suitcase is still chasing those dreams but many of her dreams came true. From ripping runways to acting in music videos, winning awards, getting degrees, and making new friends; the girl with the suitcase is doing exactly what she came to do. She may be underrated but at least she’s still undefeated! With many projects and ventures at her feet, the girl with suitcase can unload her baggage and continue to work towards living the life she wants to live. From owning businesses, to acting on TV, this girl can do anything in life that she wants to do. You see, dreams do come true, they work if you do.

If you want to know what all the girl with the suitcase had to go through to get to where she’s going, you’ll have to wait for the book. #TheGirlWithTheSuitCase

Oh, p.s. if you haven’t caught on yet, the girl with suitcase…well…she’s me!

Xoxo,

Destinee Milian

#ValentinesDay

#ValentinesDay

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Air Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Episode: 014 #ValentinesDay

Menu: Shrimp Scampi, Caprese Salad, Stuffed Sourdough Bread

Cocktail: Strawberry Champagne Punch

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner so this episode of #WakeAndBakeCo. was dedicated to trying something different this lover’s day; staying in! A romantic night in can make your Valentine’s Day super epic because you are in control of the menu, the activities, and everything in between. If you want to surprise your better half or your bestie this year #WakeAndBakeCo has the menu to set the tone for your romantic night in!

Tips: Set your ambiance with candles, fresh flowers, rose petals, and dim lighting; make an epic playlist and have a few of your favorite movies nearby. If you really want to up the romance, try cooking their dinner in sexy red lingerie and wear a light trace of your favorite fragrance….and don’t forget the stilettos. If you’re a man, cook their dinner wearing a dapper suit or a nice new pair of boxers with your shirt off; not up for those? Wear what they love you in most, after all this is a lovers holiday.

Movie Night In: If you opt for a movie night after dinner make sure you have all of your favorite movie theater food and some yummy popcorn. Skip the couch and make a comfortable plush pallet on the floor.

Music for two: After dinner, take a romantic bubble bath together with the works! Bath bombs, candles, champagne, and your favorite playlist. After your bubble bath or hot tub adventure make sure to oil up.

Game Night: You’re a savage, you ain’t romantic? Skip everything in this post and get your cozy pj’s, make a pizza from scratch, and finish her! (Mortal Kombat…duh lol)

Single’s Awareness Day: Don’t be bitter, be better. Pamper yourself, simple as that! Get your single ladies together for a spa day, or spend the day at the spa solo. You can even create your own spa day at home. Go shopping, get a mani/pedi, have a night out on the town or cook yourself a delicious dinner and dessert. Most importantly enjoy yourself and love your own company.

Now back to the star of this show…the food!

Shrimp Scampi – Red Lobster ain’t got nothing on this!

Here’s Whatcha Need:

*1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

*Kosher salt

*Ground black pepper

*3-4 tablespoon olive oil

*4 cloves garlic, finely diced or minced

*1 ½ cups white wine (I used a white Moscato)

*3 tbs. freshly squeezed lemon juice

*3 tsp. dried basil

*3 tsp. dried oregano

*¼ tsp. dried rosemary

*2 tsp. dried thyme

*½ cup unsalted butter, (1 stick)

*3 tbs. chopped fresh Italian parsley

*¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan (more for garnish)

*Noodles (thin spaghetti, fettuccine, or linguine)

Here’s Whatcha Do:

1.) Boil your noodles.

2.) Heat about 1 tbs. of Olive Oil in a skillet and cook your shrimp. Once your shrimp is an even pink color it is fully cooked. Take off heat and set aside.

3.) In a large skillet heat about 2-3 tbs. of Olive Oil and add in your diced/minced garlic. Once the garlic is a soft, translucent color, add in your wine, lemon juice, and seasonings.

4.) Let this cook on a medium heat until it starts to bubble slightly. Add in your butter, stirring occasionally.

5.) Once butter is completely melted add in your cooked shrimp and grated Parmesan.

6.) Let sauce and shrimp cook on a medium low heat for 10 minutes.

7.) Place a sauce and shrimp contents in strainer inside of a large bowl and strain shrimp. Set shrimp aside and place cooked noodles in the large bowl with the sauce and lather the noodles generously. Serve on a plate and top sauced noodles with shrimp. Sprinkle a little Parmesan and parsley leaves for garnish. Enjoy!

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Stuffed Sourdough Bread:

Here’s Whatcha Need:

*Sourdough round

*7-8 garlic cloves, finely diced/minced

*½ cup finely chopped parsley

*3 tbs. olive oil

*1 tsp. kosher salt

*1 ½ cup grated Parmesan

*1 tbs. Garlic Powder

Here’s Whatcha Do:

1.) Preheat Oven to 425

2.) Make ½ – 1-inch vertical slits in your sourdough round, don’t cut all the way to the bottom because you will use the slits as pockets to stuff your bread.

3.) Mix contents in mixing bowl and use a spoon to stuff the slits in your bread.

4.) Tightly wrap bread in foil and place on a baking pan or dish.

You can add other cheeses and butter to taste if you like.

5.) Bake in oven on 425 for 20 – 25 minutes.

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Caprese Salad:

Here’s Whatcha Need:

*Block of Mozzarella Cheese

*Fresh vine tomatoes

*Fresh Basil leaves

*Balsamic Vinegar

Here’s Whatcha Do:

1.) Slice tomatoes and Mozzarella cheese; I used a heart shaped cookie cuter to shape my cheese for Valentine’s Day.

2.) Place a basil leaf on a serving tray, then a slice of your mozzarella cheese, the tomato, and repeat this pattern to the end of the tray. Repeat in the next row.

3.) Place tray in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Once you are ready to serve the Caprese salad, drizzle a generous amount of the Balsamic Vinegar.

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Strawberry Champagne Punch:

Here’s Whatcha Need:

* ½ cup frozen strawberries

* ½ cup sprite

* 2 cups Pink Moscato Champagne

* ¼ cup simple syrup (optional)

* Sugar, mint leaf, & fresh strawberry, for garnish. (Optional)

Here’s Whatcha Do:

1.) In a blender, blend frozen strawberries, sprite, Champagne, and simple syrup.

2.) Dip your champagne flute in water and roll in sugar to garnish.

3.) Pour blended content into glass, add a fresh strawberry and mint leaf for garnish.

Enjoy!

Now you’re all set! You have your main course, your appetizer, your side, and your cocktail. Now dessert can either be you or you can click here for a yummy dessert recipe…or you can #doboth.

Xoxo,

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#WhoYouGot

#WhoYouGot

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Air Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Episode: 013 #WhoYouGot

Menu: Chili-Joe Sliders & a Beer-Ga-Rita

On this episode of #WakeAndBakeCo it is all about Super Bowl 51 #WhoYouGot! Everyone knows that you can’t have a proper super bowl par-tay with out some good eats and some good drank! Everyone also knows that the best eats for tailgating are definitely finger foods! So what better than Chili-Joe Sliders and a drink that’s half beer, half tequila?

 Chili-Joe Sliders 

Here’s Whatcha Need:

12 Kings Hawaiian dinner rolls

Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Chili-Cheese Fritos

The Mix:

1 lb lean ground beef, ground turkey, or ground chicken.

½ onion – diced

4 cloves garlic – diced

Sauce:

1 can kidney beans or chili beans

3 tbs. Chili Powder

1 ½ tspn. Worcestershire sauce

1 Green Bell Pepper, chopped

15 oz. can Diced Tomatoes (I used Hunts)

12 oz. Tomato Sauce (I used Hunts)

2 tbs. Garlic salt

2 tbs. Seasoning Salt

2 tbs. Pepper

2 tbs. Brown Sugar

1 tbs. Apple Cider Vinegar

The Topping:

½ cup Butter

2 tbs. Brown Sugar

1 tspn. Worcestershire sauce

1 tspn. Chili Powder

4-5 dashes hot sauce (I used Tabasco)

Here’s Whatcha Do:

1). Brown ground meat, once it is fully browned and you see no pink, reduce the heat and add in chopped onions, garlic, and bell pepper. Cook on low heat, stirring occasionally until onions and garlic are translucent and bell pepper has softened. Drain and set aside.

2). Place sauce ingredients in skillet on low heat, stir in your beans, and fold in your meat mixture. Let simmer over low-medium heat for about 10 minutes or until thickened.

3). Preheat oven to 350.

4). Make your topping mixture in a small bowl.

5). Cut dinner rolls in half and place the bottom in a glass-baking dish.

6). Spoon mixture over the bottoms and top with cheddar cheese.

7). Place to top of the rolls on your sliders and spoon topping mixture over.

8). Bake for 15-20 minutes.

9). Serve with your fave veggies and dip or some chili cheese Fritos and your Beer-Ga-Rita (recipe below)

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 Beer-Ga-Rita

Here’s Whatcha Need:

Makes about 3-4 Margaritas

1 can Frozen Limemade

2 cans Light Beer (I used Bud Light)

¾ cup Tequila (more if you desire)

Salt and Lime for garnish

Here’s Whatcha do:

Wet the rim of Margarita glass, roll in salt

Place a few ice cubes in glass

Mix limeade, beer, and tequila in blender. (Add beer in gradually, the foam may make a bit of a mess)

Pour Beer-Ga-Rita in glass, place a lime on the side and enjoy.

Xoxo,

#WakeAndBakeCo.

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#RollUps

#RollUps

I love Lasagna just as much as the next person, but lets be honest making Lasagna the right way can be a very tedious task and it can be extremely time consuming. So what do you do when you love Lasagna but don’t have time to make it to perfection? You make a Lasagna alternative of course! These Spinach Lasagna Roll Ups are absolutely delicious and they are a lot quicker to make than the traditional Lasagna. And better yet these are meatless and the spinach makes them fairly healthy lol! (No worries though, you can brown up some meat and add it in if you’d like.) 

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Whatcha Need:

10-12 Lasagna Noodles

16oz Ricotta

10 oz. Frozen Spinach (thawed and drained.)

1-cup mozzarella

1 cup Parmesan (More for topping)

1 egg

Sauce:

3 tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil

28 oz. (1 can) crushed tomatoes

1 shallot

2 Tbs. Minced Garlic

Italian Seasoning

Basil

Thyme

Parsley

Whatcha Do:

1.) Preheat oven to 350.

2.) In a large pot, boil water and add a pinch of salt and a generous amount of oil. (I prefer EVOO). Add in your lasagna noodles and boil until soft, about 10-15 minutes. Once your noodles are cooked pour them into a strainer and let cool for about 20 minutes. If you don’t let them cool they will be too hot to warm ad you risk burning your hand and tearing the noodle.

Sauce:

3.) In a medium saucepan or skillet warm up your extra virgin olive oil and add your can of crushed tomatoes. Add in your chopped shallot, minced garlic and seasonings (Italian, Thyme, Basil, Parsley) about 1 tsp. of each. Add a pinch or salt and pepper to taste. Heat until warm, stirring occasionally and then let it simmer.

Filling:

4.) In a large mixing bowl, place your ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan, egg, drained spinach. Season with a little salt and pepper; mix with an electric mixer until all ingredients are thoroughly blended.

5.) Lay out your cooled lasagna noodles on a flat surface (I use my cutting board). Take a spoon to scoop out you filling mixture and spread it on your lasagna noodle leaving a little space at the end of each noodle.

6.) Starting at an end of the noodle roll the noodle to the opposite in. Place rolled noodles in lightly greased glass baking dish. Repeat until mixture is gone.

7.) Top rolled lasagna noodles with your sauce. Bake on 350 for 35-30 minutes.

8.) Take your lasagna noodles out of the oven and sprinkle with extra Parmesan. Serve immediately.

SN: If you don’t want to make your own sauce for the topping you can buy marinara sauce from the store.

Also you can properly freeze any leftovers and reheat them up to two months!

Enjoy!

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#MilksFavoriteCookie

#MilksFavoriteCookie

Episode 10 of #WakeAndBakeCo was to show you three quick and easy desserts even beginner bakers can make! Let’s just say mission accomplished, and each dessert is made with milk’s favorite cookie…Oreos! Whether baking is not your forte or you just don’t have that “from scratch” type of time, these desserts will please your taste buds. #ThankMeLater

#1. The Slutty Brownie

#2. Cheesecake Oreo Bites

#3. Fried Oreos

#SluttyBrownies

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Here’s Whatcha Need:

Pre-made chocolate chip cookie dough (I used Nestle)

1 package Oreos (you won’t use them all.)

1 box Betty Crocker brownies (eggs, olive oil, & water required)

Here’s Whatcha Do:

1.) Press your pre-made cookie dough into the bottom of a greased 8×8 baking dish.

2.) Line Oreos on top of your pressed cookie dough.

3.) Mix your boxed brownie mix according to the package instructions. Pour over your Oreos.

4.) Now you have three layers, cookie dough, then Oreos, then brownies.

5.) Bake for about 40 minutes on 350; may take a little longer as these are 3 thick layers. The middle of the brownies takes the longest to bake, test with fork or toothpick. When they come out of your brownie and are not too gooey they are finished baking. I wouldn’t bake longer than 50 minutes though because you don’t want your cookie dough to burn or be too tough.

#OreoCheesecakeBites

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Here’s Whatcha Need:

12 Oreos

16 oz (2 packages) Philledelphia Cream Cheese

2 eggs

1 5 oz Container plain, fat-free Greek yogurt

½ cup Sugar

½ tsp Vanilla

12 Cupcake Liners

Here’s Whatcha Do:

1.) Preheat oven to 350ºF.

2.) Lightly grease your cupcake pan.

3.) Line each muffin tin with a cupcake liner.

4.) Place an Oreo cookie in each cupcake liner.

5.) In a mixing bowl with beaters, blend together cream cheese, Greek yogurt and sugar until thoroughly combined.

6.) Add in vanilla evenly and mix.

7.) Add in eggs and blend.

8.) Scoop your cheesecake mixture into your cupcake liners; on top of the Oreo, I used and ice cream scooper. The cheesecake will rise so don’t fill liners to the top, leave a little room for them to rise without over flowing.

9.) Place in oven and bake for 20 – 25 minutes.

10.) Place on cooling rack and then eat them up. You can also refrigerate these babies.

#FriedOreos

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Here’s Whatcha Need:

Pancake Mix (Just add water)

Vegetable Oil

Oreos (however many you want to serve)

Powdered Sugar (optional)

Vanilla ice cream (optional)

Here’s Whatcha Do:

1.) Heat up our vegetable oil in a deep skillet (enough oil to fry with)

2.) Mix your pancake mix with water – make sure it’s not too thick or too liquidy, if you’re unsure just follow the measurement directions on the package.

3.) Dip your Oreos in your pancake mix, make sure it’s completely coated.

4.) Place your Oreos in the oil and dry 3-5 minutes on each side, or until each side is a nice golden brown.

5.) Place fried Oreos on paper towel to drain excess oil.

6.) Sprinkle with powdered sugar and add a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

7.) Serve warm and enjoy!

Xoxo,

#WakeAndBakeCo

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#ChefCurryWithThePot

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Air Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Episode: 009 #ChefCurryWithThePot

Menu: Key Lime Pie with a Cinnamon Toast Crunch Crust

Ok so being that I’ve started working on my own cook book, I’ve become obsessed with collecting cook books and reading recipes until I fall asleep. So I had to get Ayesha Curry’s new cook book The Seasoned Life. When I skimmed through her book I instantly saw a few recipes I couldn’t wait to try; the recipe that caught my eye most however was her Key Lime Pie recipe. Now I’ve made Key Lime Pie a few different ways, but never like this. What was her eye-catching ingredient? Well the Cinnamon Toast Crunch Crust of course. Yes…Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal as a crust!!

I could already taste the fireworks of that cinnamon, sugary goodness! It’s simple, yet so genius! Now I am making it on episode 9 of #WakeAndBakeCo. however, if you don’t watch the episode, you’ll have to go purchase The Seasoned Life for the recipe!
I know, I know, I’m such a tease…but her book is truly worth the buy!

Xoxo,
#WakeAndBakeCo

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#SideOfThanksgiving

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Air Date: Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Episode: 008 #SideofThanksgiving

Menu: Corn Puddin’ & an Apple Cider Margarita

Only two more days until Thanksgiving! You have your turkey or your ham, but do you know what else you’re bringing to your table? If not I got you covered! There are three delicious recipes listed below; a yummy #CornPudding, a mouth watering #SweetPotatoSoufflé, and an on the rocks #AppleCiderMargarita. Not to mention last week I had you covered on your Thanksgiving dessert…don’t forget to make those #CaramelAppleCheesecakeBars!

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Here’s Whatcha Do:

6 large eggs, beaten

2 stick butter, melted

1(16 oz) sour cream

2 cans (15 oz) whole kernel corn, undrained

2 cans (15 oz) creamed corn

2 box (8.5 oz) jiffy corn muffin mix

1 cup sugar

2 tsp. vanilla extract

Here’s Whatcha Do:

1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl melt butter; set aside to cool slightly.

2.) In a large mixing bowl beat together 6 eggs.

3.) Add sour cream, corn (undrained), creamed corn, jiffy corn muffin mix and sugar to eggs. Mix well.

4.) Add cooled melted butter to corn mixture and mix well.

5.) Add vanilla extract to mixture (make sure this is done last).

6.) Pour corn mixture into a greased 15×11 casserole dish.

7.) Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes OR until golden brown.

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Apple Cider Margarita

5 oz Apple Cider

2 oz 100% Agave Tequila

1 oz liquor (Grand Mariner or an orange Triple Sec)

Cinnamon sugar

Apple slices

Cinnamon sticks

Here’s Whatcha Do:

1.) Dip rim of glass in water (or honey) and place upside down on cinnamon sugar mix. Set aside and add crushed ice to the glass.

2.) Pour all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice and shake for about 30 seconds. Strain into prepared glass and add a slice of apple and cinnamon stick.

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Another must have side on the Milian table is my infamous#Sweet PotatoSouffle.

Enjoy!

Xoxo,

#WakeAndBakeCo

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#FriendsGivingDessert

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Air Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Episode: 007 #FriendsGivingDesserts

Menu: Caramal Apple Cheesecake Bars w/ Pan Fried Apples

Thanksgiving is like the best holiday ever because you literally get to eat all day. Eat, take a break, eat, take a break, repeat! And you get to do this with your friends and family! It doesn’t get any better than this! My fave parts of Thanksgiving dinner are the sides and the desserts! These Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars are perfect if you’re hosting your own #friendsgiving or attending one. I got your dessert covered!

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Here’s Whatcha Need:

Crust:

1 cups flour

½ cup cinnamon graham cracker crumbs

¾ cup rolled oats

½ cup brown sugar

1 cup butter, softened

Cheesecake Filling:

2 – 8 oz. packages cream cheese, softened

½ cup sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

3-4 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and chopped

2 TB sugar

½ tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp nutmeg

Streusel:

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup flour

½ cup quick oats

½ cup butter, softened

Instructions

1.) Preheat oven to 350.

2.) Grease the bottom & side of your baking dish with butter or a baking spray.

3.) In a medium bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, graham crackers, and oats. Cut butter in and mix until crumbly.

4.) Press into a greased pan. Bake for 10-15 minutes.

5.) In another bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until well combined. Add in your eggs and vanilla extract. Beat until blended. 6.) Pour this over the warm crust.

7.)In a separate bowl, combine sliced and chopped apples, 2 TB sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Spread over cream cheese mixture.

8.) Make streusel by combining brown sugar, flour, quick oat and butter. Mix with hands until crumbly and sprinkle over the apples.

9.) Bake for 28 – 32 minutes.

10.) Drizzle with caramel or add ice cream and a side of fried apples! Recipe for pan fried apples below!

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Pan Fried Apples

3 granny smith apples

5 tbsp butter

3 tbsp brown sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1.) Peel, core and slice apples to 1/4 or 1/2 inch thickness.

2.) Melt butter over medium heat.

3.) Add apples to butter and cover (stirring occasionally) for approx. 6-8 minutes.

4.) Once apples are soft, stir in sugar and cinnamon.

5.) Cook additional 2-4 minutes. Serve Immediately.

Enjoy!

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Fried Cheesecake Roll Ups

Y’all already know I have a vicious sweet tooth…and one of my favorite sweets is cheesecake! Without a doubt cheesecake is one of the best desserts ever!! And these fried cheesecake roll ups are pure deliciousness and they’re super quick and easy to make! Perfect for hosting a brunch or a well deserved dessert! Just make them fresh and have an assortment of different dipping sauces and you’re all set! This recipe is also a great way to get the little ones in the kitchen! Trust me, this is a must try!

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Here’s Whatcha Need:

*Makes 15 – 20 roll ups*

24 oz Cream Cheese

2/3 cup sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp fresh lemon juice

3 ½ cup vegetable oil

1 stick butter, melted

15 small flour tortillas

½ cup sugar

2 tbsp cinnamon

Here’s Whatcha Do:

1.) In a large bowl, mix the cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice and vanilla extract. Take a tortilla and add about a spoonful and a half of the cream cheese mixture to the middle of the tortilla. Roll the tortilla away from you and tuck in the sides about half way through, finish rolling and repeat until your cream cheese mixture is gone.

2. ) In a large deep skillet heat the vegetable oil. Add a couple filled tortillas, seam side up. Fry for one-two minutes on each side, once golden brown on each side use a slotted spoon and set on a plate with a paper towel.

3. ) Use a pastry brush to spread on butter and sprinkle with a cinnamon and sugar mixture.

4.) Pair with your choice of dipping sauce; Caramel, Chocolate, Nutella, Berry Preserves, etc.

Enjoy!

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#FabBOOlousPizza

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Air Date: October 10, 2016 at 5:30pm pst

Episode 006: #FabBOOlous Girls Night In

Menu: Roasted Garlic Chicken Pizza & a Magic Cotton Candy Cocktail

Halloween is a fun time of year and there’s always plenty to do from the best parties to haunted houses and amusement parks to taking the little ones trick or treating. But what if you just want to stay in and chill with the girls? I always throw a #FabBOOlous girls night in. In order for girls night in to be successful you need food, cocktails, games, movies, and snacks! So, what’s better than pizza??? Right, exactly. Nothing.

Roasted Garlic Chicken Pizza (CPK copycat)

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Here’s Whatcha Need:

Store bought pizza crust or 1 pound pizza dough

(If you want to make your own dough the recipe is at the end of this post.)

1 boneless skinless chicken breast, diced

Kosher salt and pepper

2 tablespoons olive oil

*10 cloves roasted garlic cloves (roast your cloves first, directions below)*

1-1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano, divided

Here’s Whatcha Do:

1.) Preheat oven to 425 degrees, get your round pizza baking pan and spread out dough

2.) In a small skillet on medium heat, drizzle a little olive oil. Once the oil is hot add in chicken and season with a little kosher salt and pepper. Cook for about until both sides of your chicken breast are white, then dice the chicken up and cook until almost done – about half way. (The chicken will finish cook through and through once you place it in the oven.)

3.) *In a small bowl mix together olive oil and roasted garlic cloves. Mix together until the garlic cloves are mashed and the mixture is somewhat smooth. You can roast your own garlic cloves: Drizzle 1 to 2 teaspoons of olive oil over the garlic cloves. Wrap in foil and bake in the oven for 35 minutes.*

4.) Add the mixture to your pizza dough and spread evenly over the dough.

5.) Top with 1 cup shredded cheese, prepared chicken, sprinkle with garlic powder and 1/2 of the chopped oregano.

6.) Top with remaining 1/2 cup shredded cheese.

7.) Place your pizza in the oven and cook for about 15 – 20 minutes until the cheese is browned and the dough is fully cooked.

8.) Remove from the oven, sprinkle with remaining oregano and serve.

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#MagicCottonCandyMartini

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Here’s Whatcha Need:

4 cups cotton candy

4 cups grape juice

6 ounces vanilla vodka

Here’s Whatcha Do:

Combine ingredients with ice in a shaker. Shake to combine.

Place 1 cup cotton candy into each martini glass.

Pour juice mixture over cotton candy. Watch the cotton candy magically disappear!

This recipe makes about 4-6 drinks.

P.S. Take out the vodka and the kids will love it too! Enjoy!

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Pizza Dough from Scratch:

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon active dry yeast

1 cup warm water

2 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon honey

¼ teaspoon salt

3 to 4 cups all-purpose flour or half all-purpose half whole wheat

Directions:

  1. Mix the yeast and water in a small bowl, cover and let stand for about 5-10 minutes.
  2. Mix the oil, honey, salt and yeast mixture in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the 3 cups of flour, a cup at a time. If the dough seems too wet, start at the fourth cup, ¼ cup at a time. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead until moderately stiff, about six minutes.
  3. Lightly grease two pizza pans with oil. Roll out the dough and stretch to fill the pans.
  4. Let the dough rise while you make the sauce. Recipe for dough from SWP.

 

Xoxo,

#WakeAndBakeCo Destinee Milian

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