Hot Eats and Cool Reads: April 2015

Apr 30, 2015

Pineapple Mango Mahi Mahi Cilantro Lime Rice Bowls with Fresh Mango Salsa and Black Beans Recipe plus Giveaway!

Thanks to Morey's  for sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% mine.



Today's meal event is quite amazing and features a delicious Pineapple Mango Mahi Mahi from Morey's. It's so flavorful! If you ever order rice bowls from your favorite restaurant, you'll love this meal! Plus, there's a giveaway for a chance to try Morey's Pineapple Mango Mahi Mahi for yourself! Thanks, Morey's!





I introduced Morey's back in January and shared this wonderful Lemon Parmesan Salmon Burger! Morey's is a well known name in Minnesota and across the nation! They're located about an hour north of me and they offer some amazing fish and seafood! You can find their products at a grocery store near you! I really love Morey's products- their flavors are very unique and the quality is wonderful.

Apr 28, 2015

Roast Beef and Caramelized Onion Croissant Sandwich Recipe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #KetchupsNewMustard #CollectiveBias



It's officially grilling season here in MN! With temps predicted to be in the 60's and 70's all week, I know my grill will be used almost every day! These are the days I enjoy the most! There's just something special about getting outside, and eating on the patio after a long winter. I love coming up with fun and creative recipes to try out on the grill, and I have a great one for you today!


Apr 26, 2015

Kiwi Lemonade Recipe

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Refreshing drink for a warm, sunny day! Add your favorite liquor for an adult beverage!


Refreshing drink for a warm, sunny day! Add your favorite liquor for an adult beverage! Kiwi Lemonade from Hot Eats and Cool Reads!

I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend!! My younger sister and I visited my older sister in Mankato for the weekend, ate some great food including these Cowboy Mashed Potatoes, went to a swap meet, thrifting and relaxed! It was a great weekend! I love spending time with my sisters! We are crazy and silly and always have a blast!

The Selection by Kiera Cass



I'm always super excited when I know a new book is arriving in the mail! The day I received "The Selection by Kiera Cass" I knew I had to start reading it right away that night! The Selection series provides a light-hearted, romantic alternative to the more intense, dystopian YA novels/movies (The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner, etc.). I'm a huge fan of Young Adult fiction, especially those with the dystopian type theme and this sounded like one I knew I'd thoroughly enjoy. 



The summary of The Selections drew me in immediately. The story line sounded alot like my favorite reality shows. Yes, I'm a junkie. 35 girls competing for a chance to marry Prince Maxon, and America Singer happens to be one of them. America is an awesome heroine, who's funny and stands up for what she believes in. Prince Maxon is down to earth despite being a prince and an overall great character. It's romantic, easy to read and the whole love triangle draws you in and keep you wondering what will happen next! Team America and Prince Maxon, over here!

Apr 24, 2015

Cilantro Lime Buttermilk Dipping Sauce Recipe and Cinco De Mayo with Delimex!

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How many of you celebrate Cinco De Mayo with your friends or family? I remember my first ever Cinco De Mayo celebration! It was Spanish Class in 10th grade and we had the most wonderful teacher, Mrs. McManus. We cooked a huge Mexican fiesta meal in the Home Ec room, and it was incredible! I still have some of those recipes we used! It's one of my favorite high school memories!

Apr 20, 2015

Chicken, Tomato and Spinach One Pot Pasta Recipe

A delicious pasta ready in less than 30 minutes!




I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! It was pretty relaxing for us! Ella had a sleepover Friday night and a birthday party on Saturday, other than that we hung out at home and did some shopping. Totally the kind of weekends I love!

Today's recipe is perfect for busy weeknights! It's packed full of flavor and doesn't require alot of attention when cooking other than stirring occasionally! I'm a huge fan of one pot meals. They are a timesaver and end up being the perfect size meal for a family when served with a salad and some bread or another side. 

Apr 18, 2015

Homemade Cinnamon Coffee Creamer Recipe and Hamilton Beach FlexBrew 2-Way Coffee Maker plus Giveaway!

Thanks to Hamilton Beach for the chance to try out this product. This does not influence my opinion in any way. 


I have such an amazing product and recipe to share with you today! This FlexBrew 2-Way Coffee Maker from Hamilton Beach is truly one of the most flexible coffee makers out there! Plus, you'll have the chance to win one for yourself! Enter for a chance to win below!

I love coffee, but don't drink it all that often because I find that making a pot of coffee is way too much for one person. That's where this coffee maker comes in! You can choose either making a single serving with a K-CUP or making a 12 cup pot when needed! I love it! It's so convenient for myself, or when I have company. 

Apr 13, 2015

Chicken Caprese Flatbread Pizza Recipe

Simple and easy recipe that's so full of flavor! Great for lunch or dinner!


Simple and easy recipe that's so full of flavor! Great for lunch or dinner! Chicken Caprese Flatbread Pizza from Hot Eats and Cool Reads

I'm sure by now you're seeing a theme! 

Flatbread recipes, most recently... Pizzas! 

My daughter happens to hate pizza, so using flatbreads are a perfect solution for a quick and delicious personal pizza.

 I love to create and experiment with new flavor and ingredient combos and I think this new one is at the top of my favorites list! 

Caprese anything is always a go for me. Remember the Caprese Fries I made a few weeks ago? This recipe is just as good!

Apr 9, 2015

Slow Cooker Sausage and Mushroom Frittata Recipe and The Magical Slow Cooker Cookbook by Sarah Olson

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An almost too easy breakfast made in the slow cooker! Perfect for those lazy weekends, or holiday brunch like Christmas, Easter or Thanksgiving!


An almost too easy breakfast made in the slow cooker! Perfect for those lazy weekends! Slow Cooker Sausage and Mushroom Frittata from Hot Eats and Cool Reads




I love breakfast. 

Most of the time I'm too lazy on the weekends to make a big home cooked breakfast. If you're lazy like me, then this is the perfect recipe for you!! 

Apr 6, 2015

Celebrate Your "Lobsterworthy" Occasion with Lobsterfest!






My eight year old daughter's report card came home a few weeks ago, and once I saw that she had all A's I knew we had to celebrate! Good grades are so important and I love to reward when an awesome report comes! She goes to a charter school where her second grade class is separated into different levels, so when it comes time for math and reading, they all switch classes based on their level. She is currently in third grade math and reading, which is tough, and most deserving of a celebration for her hard work!

Apr 1, 2015

Parmesan Basil Orzo Recipe

Easy side for any meal! Tons of flavor and so delicious! The kids love it too!

Easy side for any meal! Tons of flavor and so delicious! The kids love it too! Parmesan Basil Orzo from Hot Eats and Cool Reads




This Basil Parmesan Orzo may not very traditional, but it would make a fabulous side to your Easter meal this year! As you already know, we love pasta at our house. But I love pasta even more when it's a side, so I'm not as tempted to eat a whole entire plate. I'm convinced if there was no such thing as pasta, I'd be skinny. But, you know the old saying "Never Trust a Skinny Cook!" Yep, I'll live by that!

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