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September 10, 2010

I’m a Baller…a Melon Baller

If you have been reading the blog for a while you know that I am a big fan of unnecessary kitchen gadgets. They make me happy in crazy ways! Some of my favorite ones include : my beloved banana slicer, the fabulous cherry pitter and my lovely peanut butter mixer

Let me introduce you to my new kitchen BFF– The Melon Baller

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My mom has been using a melon baller ever since I can remember. She used it to cut up watermelons, regular melons, cantaloupe and anything else you can imagine.

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This little gadget is two sided, one side makes smaller balls and the opposite side makes some larger balls depending on your ball needs.

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My mom sent fiancé and I home with half of a rather large watermelon from this past weekend down in Bethany Beach, Delaware. I love bringing home fruit from the beach!

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To use the melon baller you simply insert the device into your melon of choice like so.

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Scoop out the fruit with a little twist of your wrist.

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And embrace the pretty ball of melon!

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Seriously how cute is this? I love it!

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I made a whole bowlful of watermelon balls for fiancé and I to nibble on! These are the last few weeks to enjoy summer fruit before the Fall is officially here!

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I love my new melon baller!

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Doesn’t this bowl of fruit look so much more fun to eat now?

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Balling fruit is a fun way to make a fun appetizer for a party, or maybe it would be something kids would enjoy to eat too!

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The bigger side of the melon baller sized the watermelon a little bit bigger than a large grape.

Sure you don’t NEED this little appliance, but it makes fruit fun!

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Would you use a melon baller? What’s your favorite unnecessary kitchen appliance?

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I’m a Baller…a Melon Baller

If you have been reading the blog for a while you know that I am a big fan of unnecessary kitchen gadgets. They make me happy in crazy ways! Some of my favorite ones include : my beloved banana slicer, the fabulous cherry pitter and my lovely peanut butter mixer

Let me introduce you to my new kitchen BFF– The Melon Baller

DSC_0051

My mom has been using a melon baller ever since I can remember. She used it to cut up watermelons, regular melons, cantaloupe and anything else you can imagine.

DSC_0052

This little gadget is two sided, one side makes smaller balls and the opposite side makes some larger balls depending on your ball needs.

DSC_0054

My mom sent fiancé and I home with half of a rather large watermelon from this past weekend down in Bethany Beach, Delaware. I love bringing home fruit from the beach!

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To use the melon baller you simply insert the device into your melon of choice like so.

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Scoop out the fruit with a little twist of your wrist.

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And embrace the pretty ball of melon!

DSC_0063

Seriously how cute is this? I love it!

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I made a whole bowlful of watermelon balls for fiancé and I to nibble on! These are the last few weeks to enjoy summer fruit before the Fall is officially here!

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I love my new melon baller!

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Doesn’t this bowl of fruit look so much more fun to eat now?

DSC_0068

Balling fruit is a fun way to make a fun appetizer for a party, or maybe it would be something kids would enjoy to eat too!

DSC_0069 DSC_0070 DSC_0073

The bigger side of the melon baller sized the watermelon a little bit bigger than a large grape.

Sure you don’t NEED this little appliance, but it makes fruit fun!

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Would you use a melon baller? What’s your favorite unnecessary kitchen appliance?

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Support And Her Little Dog Too

I am so thankful for everyone’s support on my little blog through the past almost 2 years. I am so very grateful for everyone who stops by my little realm of cyber space to check out what I have been up to, whether it be to see how my training has been going, to see what I have been eating, or just to check out the latest pictures of Jackson! I appreciate it all!

I know I have recently asked for my readers support when I requested for you to Vote for Couple #5 in the Flaunt Your Rock competition. Thanks to all of you being totally awesome, we clearly won! The prize was an amazing Engagement session photo shoot with the wonderfully talented April Ziegler. I heart her and I heart our engagement pictures.

This time I am asking once again for your support. I know I have mentioned a few times that I am up for the Best Local Blogger in Philadelphia by MyPHL. Voting for the contest ends today and I would really appreciate your vote! You can vote here.

I honestly can’t think of a better way to spend some time on a lovely Friday than by using your mouse to click a few clicks on the internet to support a blogger friend, but that’s just me! 🙂

Last I checked I was in second place! Any vote is well appreciated! Thanks so much again for reading my little blog! I’ll be back again this afternoon with some more fun with food! 

Support And Her Little Dog Too

I am so thankful for everyone’s support on my little blog through the past almost 2 years. I am so very grateful for everyone who stops by my little realm of cyber space to check out what I have been up to, whether it be to see how my training has been going, to see what I have been eating, or just to check out the latest pictures of Jackson! I appreciate it all!

I know I have recently asked for my readers support when I requested for you to Vote for Couple #5 in the Flaunt Your Rock competition. Thanks to all of you being totally awesome, we clearly won! The prize was an amazing Engagement session photo shoot with the wonderfully talented April Ziegler. I heart her and I heart our engagement pictures.

This time I am asking once again for your support. I know I have mentioned a few times that I am up for the Best Local Blogger in Philadelphia by MyPHL. Voting for the contest ends today and I would really appreciate your vote! You can vote here.

I honestly can’t think of a better way to spend some time on a lovely Friday than by using your mouse to click a few clicks on the internet to support a blogger friend, but that’s just me! 🙂

Last I checked I was in second place! Any vote is well appreciated! Thanks so much again for reading my little blog! I’ll be back again this afternoon with some more fun with food! 

Spicy Peanut Thai Sprouts

This post calls for a big O! M! G! Because I think I just made the best meal of my entire life.

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One of my favorite part of reading blogs is constantly being on the hunt for awesome new recipes to try and recreating them myself. This recipe creation was inspired by a lovely post from the Salad Girl.

I love Asian fusion meals, but I am always a little weary of attempting to create them myself because I really never feel like I can get the real ‘restaurant taste’ I love so much. But today I proved myself wrong and made a lovely Asian Fusion meal I am very proud of !

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This recipe originally was made with noodles but I made a few changes and wanted to feature more veggies. Next time I might try it again with more noodles and see how the taste differs, but I really enjoyed my first attempt at this creation so I might not change a thing!

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Here Is What You Will Need:
  • 8 ounces bean sprouts
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1-2 tablespoons peanut or sesame oil
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 medium zucchini, julienned

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To get started, first prepare the vegetables listed above. If you were going to use noodles or rice, this is where you would prepare that as well. Get the veggies and carbs ready to go first!

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Next up I created the sauce – I mixed together the soy sauce, sugar, chili flakes and peanut butter  in a bowl and smoothed everything out into a creamy sauce.

Trust me when I say that this sauce creation tasted much better than it looked! I also must admit that I might have added a tad (ok more than a tad!) more chili flakes than the recipe called for.

Stay tuned for how that worked for me!

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After the sauce was created I heated up the peanut oil on the pan and then sautéed the onion, garlic and zucchini. I love the smell of onions and garlic on a frying pan! 

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Then it was time to get some protein into the mix! I used Egglands Best eggs to enhance my lovely meal!

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I did a little scrambled egg action in a pan on the side.

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I must say, I created the most glorious scrambled eggs I have ever made. They were soft and fluffy and pretty looking!

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Next up was the little star of the show, in my humble opinion – the lovely bean sprout! I love these little guys in any meal! I love the  crunch they give! Yum! This is what I substituted instead of using noodles and I think they gave the meal a little kick!

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Then it was time to add everything together! I swapped my frying pan for a wok and added everything together in there. I added the eggs and bean sprouts to the veggie mixture.

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Who needs noodles when you have sprouts?!?

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Then it was time to add the spicy sauce.

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Nom Nom Nom!

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At this point I added a little rice to the mix because I knew this dish was going to be bringing the heat

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I couldn’t narrow down my what pictures to use in this post because I really wanted to show you how awesome this dish turned out. The pictures might not be the prettiest, but the dish was awesome.

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Doesn’t it look authentic? Like a real Asian meal! That’s because it totally was! Horray!

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I served the dish with a side of rice to mix in because it was very spicy. I love my dishes spicy but I think I added a tad too much chili, but it was nothing I couldn’t handle.

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Jackson came over to see what smelled so good!

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There was some serious yumminess going on in this bowl! The side of lime was the perfect addition.

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It was an amazing meal. One of the best I have made in a long time. Fiancé and I both really enjoyed it. I can’t wait to make it again soon (with a smidge less spice!)

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What do you think about my creation? Would you make it?

What’s your favorite Asian inspired dish to make?

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