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Monday, March 30, 2015

Caprese French Fries with Balsamic Reduction Recipe

A delicious gourmet appetizer that's so easy to make at home! Great for any caprese lover!

A delicious gourmet appetizer that's so easy to make at home! Great for any caprese lover! Caprese French Fries with Balsamic Reduction from Hot Eats and Cool Reads




I'm seriously addicted to baby heirloom tomatoes right now. Sam's Club has them available all the time in a 2 pound bowl, and we pretty much always have them on hand these days. They're about as close to summer tomatoes you can get this time of year in MN, and they're so perfect for snacking or fun and delicious recipes!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Breakfast Flatbread Pizza Recipe

Quick and easy breakfast for any day of the week!

Quick and easy breakfast for any day of the week! Breakfast Flatbread Pizza from Hot Eats and Cool Reads!




Who loves breakfast for dinner? It's seriously my favorite time to eat breakfast foods since I'm so lazy and end up waking up at the last minute every morning! This Breakfast Flatbread Pizza is perfect for breakfast anytime of the day. It's fast, ready in less that 10 minutes and SO tasty!

I also love that you can use any toppings you have on hand. I would love to try it with Canadian bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes or havarti cheese. The possibilities are endless! The key to this recipe is to make sure you slice the veggies very thin, that way they cook while broiling! We loved them! Pita flatbread makes a great thin crust personal sized pizza! This Chicken Broccoli Alfredo one was delicious, as well as these Cheese Garlic Flatbread Breadsticks! Make sure to give them a try! Enjoy!

Breakfast Flatbread Pizza
by Sheena

Ingredients (1 pizza)
  • 1 pita flatbread
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 egg, scrambled
  • 2 sausage links, cooked and crumbled
  • 6 pieces green pepper, thinly sliced
  • 10 pieces onion, thinly sliced
Instructions
Preheat oven broiler.
Place pita flatbread on a baking sheet. cover evenly with shredded cheddar. Then add scrambled egg and cooked sausage, spreading in an even layer. Top with slices of green pepper and onion.
Broil for 4-5 minutes until cheese is melted and veggies are tender. Cut into triangles and serve!
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Quick and easy breakfast for any day of the week! Breakfast Flatbread Pizza from Hot Eats and Cool Reads!

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Book Review: Soul Sessions by Carson Gage


An engaging journey of love and spiritual awakening, Soul Sessions starts in current day Chicago, where Nick Dalton is a troubled yet highly successful Investment Banker with a gorgeous girlfriend and an extravagant lifestyle. Despite all his success, Nick falls into a deep depression after a life altering event. Just as it looks as though Nick’s life might end in suicide, enter Katrina DuMont, a gifted psychologist who is expert in both traditional and new age methods of treatment for depression. Together, using past-life regression techniques, they explore several of Nick’s prior incarnations, where he unwittingly discovers a beautiful woman who repeatedly appears as his lover and soul mate. To potentially reawaken his epic love affair, Nick is compelled to search for her in this lifetime. Thus begins an astonishing story of love and intrigue, where Nick stumbles across inconceivable answers to some of life's greatest mysteries ... and once again finds the course of his life altered.



When shopping for a book, whether online or in person, I glance at the cover, but it's usually the description that draws me in. I knew instantly when I read the description for Soul Sessions while book shopping online, that this book was one that I would love and be very interested in!

During the winter my favorite place to relax and read a book is on the couch, but now that's nice outside I love reading on my front porch with a mug of chai tea! Normally it's too cold this time of year to even sit on the porch, but we've been lucky with beautiful warm weather these last few weeks, so I had to take advantage and spend some reading time outside!


Soul Sessions is a really deep and thought provoking book. I've been interested in reading about things like past lives, soul mates, and past life regressions before, always non-fiction, but this novel turned out to be my favorite out of all of them so far! Nick is someone most of us can relate to at some point in our lives. Depression is so common with a friend or family member, or even yourself. I know I went through some rough times after a bad car accident I was in. Sometimes that rough patch in our lives happens, but then we can thrive and learn from that bad experience and be better people in the end.

And soul mates, I think there is one out there somewhere for everyone. Those who haven't found theirs, always seem to be on the search, with somewhat similar relationship experiences like Nick. There's always something there that leaves you wondering is this person right for me. Once you've found that person, you'll no longer wonder. 

I really learned alot from this book and felt certain parts were totally relate-able for me. The past life regression sessions impacted me the most. Particularly how his past life events were so connected with his present life and the amazing stories of the people who he was in a past life. I also thought it was totally interesting that birth marks are supposed to be a mark from where we died in our past life. It really makes you wonder, what if?

One of my favorite parts was at the end when everything came together regarding the accident on his way to the airport. That was definitely the climax and brought everything together that I had read so far. 

This book is one I had a hard time putting down. It draws you in from the first chapter, and you may stay up late trying to finish to see what happens. As a reader, there is alot to learn from this book. Whether this is a subject that you believe in or not, there is something everyone can gain from reading Soul Sessions. It's thought provoking, which I love when a book challenges me and gets me thinking. It's also one that will leave you with questions such as... Do we have multiple lives? or What happens after we die?

About the author:
Carson Gage has been interested in the mysteries of life and death since the age of seven, when he survived being run over by a speeding car. This experience led him on a journey of discovery for answers to some of life’s biggest questions. For more info about the author, or to purchase the book, please click here!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Loaded Ham Sandwich Recipe

Classic ham sandwich loaded with tons of great ingredients! Perfect weekday lunch!


Classic ham sandwich loaded with tons of great ingredients! Perfect weekday lunch! Loaded Ham Sandwich from Hot Eats and Cool Reads!




If I had to choose any one sandwich to make, I'd definitely choose a ham sandwich. I love a basic ham sandwich on some bread, or a loaded ham sandwich like the one I'm sharing today! Ciabatta rolls are so great for sandwiches, I just love the flavor they have. I found these ones at my local Aldi and they were such a great deal!

The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks plus Film Release and Giveaway

Are you a fan of Nicholas Sparks? Then I'm sure you already know his wonderful book The Longest Ride is coming to theaters on April 10th! I'm super excited!


Based on the bestselling novel by master storyteller Nicholas Sparks, THE LONGEST RIDE centers on the star-crossed love affair between Luke, a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City’s art world.  As conflicting paths and ideals test their relationship, Sophia and Luke make an unexpected connection with Ira, whose memories of his own decades-long romance with his beloved wife deeply inspire the young couple.  Spanning generations and two intertwining love stories, THE LONGEST RIDE explores the challenges and infinite rewards of enduring love.



As a reader, I always love to read the book first, then watch the film so I can compare between the both and decide which version I liked better! One lucky friend here at Hot Eats and Cool Reads will have the chance to win a copy of the book, a $25 Visa giftcard to see the movie in theaters and also tote bag courtesy of 20th Century Fox! How awesome is that?


All you have to do is enter in the widget below, and I will be contacting the winner as soon as the giveaway ends! This is great for date night, or a night at the movies with some friends! Open to US mailing addresses only! Good luck!


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