Asian Braised Beef

Asian Braised Beef

Ohh, this yummy Pinterest inspired dish caught my eye and I was excited to try something new! As always I was inspired by this recipe but changed it up to fit my family and what I had on hand. Here’s what I did.

Ingredients:

2lb cubed sirloin roast

2T flour

1t salt

1/2t pepper

3T veg oil

3 cloves minced garlic

1t fresh grated ginger

2in piece Lemongrass chopped fine

1 cup chicken broth

1/2 c low sodium soy sauce

1/4 c hoisin sauce

1/2 c rice wine vinegar

1/4 c brown sugar

1/2 t red pepper flakes

2t sriracha

3 green onions

What I did:

Add vegetable oil to dutch oven or instant pot on sauté setting. Add flour, s&p to a small bowl, toss cubes Beef in flour mixture. Sear Beef in veg oil to brown and crusty. This is an imp’t step and you shouldn’t skip! Flavor people, flavor!! Brown in small batches and set aside.

After that’s all nice add garlic, ginger, & lemongrass to pan sauté just until fragrant and add chicken broth. Scrape all the crusty stuff off the bottom of your pan. Again, flavor.

If you are doing this in your instant pot or crock pot/ slow cooker add the meat back to pot w broth & spices.

Mix soy sauce thru sriracha and pour over top then sprinkle with green onions.

If using slow cooker set to low for 6-8 hrs or high for 4. Or set the Instant Pot for 60mins allow pressure to release naturally and serve over Jasmine rice. I served peas on the side. Broccoli would be great too. Anything green!

Enjoy and Eat well!

xoxo – Kat

Buffalo Chicken Chili

This is quickly becoming my new fav chili! Super easy and just delish! 

1 onion, chopped 

1 32 oz box chicken broth

1 can great northern beans, drained

1 can cannelini beans, drained

2 cans fire roasted tomatoes with liquid

1/2 cup buffalo wing sauce 

1 packet Ranch dressing 

1 teaspoon celery salt

1 teaspoon salt 

1 12oz bag frozen corn

2 cups shredded chicken 

Dump everything into a slow cooker for 4-6 hrs or your Instant Pot for 30 min! 

Top with crumbled blue cheese & buffalo sauce. Enjoy!!! 

Tomato Ricotta Tart 


Now that my tomatoes are finally coming in, I’m in full tomato mode!! I mean it is a major food group ! This was essentially born because I had a box of phyllo dough and needed to use it along with a counter full of tomatoes. So this little gem for the win! 


1 sleeve of frozen phyllo dough, thawed 

1 1/2 cup ricotta cheese

1 tablespoon local raw honey 

Zest of 1 lemon 

Fresh basil 

Salt & pepper 

1/4 -1/2 cup good Olive Oil

Sliced fresh tomatoes, seasoned with salt & pepper 

Thaw & unroll phyllo dough.  Begin by placing first layer on a silpat sheet or parchment paper on a rimmed cookie sheet. Brush lightly with olive oil. Repeat for EVERY layer. And I promise it’s worth it! Mix ricotta, honey, zest, fresh basil, salt & pepper, and tablespoon of oil in with ricotta. Spread generously over top of phyllo leaving a slight edge. Then top with fresh sliced tomatoes. Bake at 400 for 25-30 mins allow to cool slightly before cutting. Top with more fresh basil, S&P, and even get wild and throw a little fresh parm! 

Enjoy! 

Mama Bird 

Zucchini Turkey Burgers with Tomato Olive Tapanade 


Let’s quickly discuss… Turkey Burgers 

Typically they lack flavor, tend to be dry and we’ll just nothing to get that excited about. Until now! 

This is by far a DELISH burger that will have everyone asking you for your recipe! Now, let’s preface when this idea popped into my head, I had no clue if it would even be good so in true fashion I neglected to take pics in the process! Next time, I promise to take pics in stages and add them to the recipe. But for now you’ll get the after pic! 


Turkey Zucchini Burgers

1 lb ground turkey 

1 large zucchini grated & drained well (apx 1 to 1 1/2 packed cup) 

1/2 Vidalia onion, chopped fine 

1 egg

2 teaspoons Greek seasoning 

1 tablespoon Ranch powder 

Salt & pepper to taste 

1/2 cup breadcrumbs 

1/4 cup feta cheese 

Mix everything together and allow to chill in fridge for about an hour or longer. It’s way easier to form the patties if it’s good and cold. Then form parties I made 5 really nice size burgers. Got a nonstick grill pan nice and hot and seared each side for apx 3 mins. Then turn heat down and flip every 5 mins until cooked through. 

And then the topping that was just off the hook!!


Roasted Zucchini Tapanade 

1 large zucchini diced, roasted, & chilled

1/2 Vidalia onion, chopped fine 

1 large tomato, diced

1/4 cup chopped olives 

1/4 cup feta cheese 

Roast zucchini and allow to cool. Add to the bowl with all the other ingredients and serve on top of the burgers. This is DELISH! Could have licked the bowl. 

Blueberry Lemon Zucchini Cake  


So yesterday a foodie friend shared a recipe that looked so good, but zucchini in a cake? Bread yes, ok why not! I use all sorts of fruits in cake but hadn’t used veggies, until now! 

So here’s the recipe I saw on Facebook from I Am Baker that was my inspiration, I switched it up a little based on my likes and what I had on hand. Y’all know that’s how I roll. 

Started with my mixer, again I’m lazy. And went to baking. 

4 eggs

1/2 cup oil 

2 cups sugar

3 tsp vanilla 

Zest of one lemon 

2 1/2 c shredded zucchini (drained) 

Mix gingerly, and then add the remaining ingredients 

3 cups flour

1/4 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder 

1 tsp salt 

Add flour a 1/2 cup at a time, give a stir and repeat. 

1 pint (2 cups) fresh blueberries 

Fold into cake batter. Pour into 2 greased cake pans. 

Bake at 350 35-45 min until cake pulls away from edges and passes the toothpick test! 


Lemon Buttercream:

2 sticks butter 

Apx 3 cups powdered sugar

Juice and zest from 1 lemon 

1 tsp vanilla extract 

Mix everything taste and add more sugar if you need it! 

Enjoy. 

The day I gave up

It’s probably not what you think. 
Some may think that trying and failing at things is a loss,heck no! I’ve had more dreams and ideas than even I can keep track of and I still find it ironic that my life has come full circle. As someone who’s always felt so self conscious about my own looks God empowering me with the skills to make others feel beautiful is almost overwhelming. Maybe that is why I ran from it for so long! 

Two years ago I gave up. 

I stopped fighting and starting listening. 

I prayed 

and promised 

to follow the path that God intended for me.

 WOW 

I mean really. 

WOW

Everything has changed. 

Not overnight 

Not in a month or 90 days 

But over time (no kidding, years….) everything  changed. 

I read a book that literally stuck with me to this day I quote Jeannie Allen as I paraphrase; “your calling in life… Is where your passions and your burdens collide” that’s where the magic happens. 

You see for years I kept thinking that my burdens were outside forces, things out of my control yet, just close enough to try. My horrendous relationship with my Mother, abandonment issues, toxic relationships with people, food, alcohol, what have you.

So 2 years ago I vowed to take care of me. 

That’s right. 

It was HARD 

I had to remind myself everyday 

I was not being selfish. 

I am important. 

I matter. 

I count. 

And ultimately God is the only one I can count on. People are flawed we make mistakes all the time. We screw up. We try our best and sometimes that’s not enough. 

That was the day I gave it all up to God. I was done. I was on the floor of my shower and promised him that this type A, anxiety ridden, spastic  would stop fighting and start listening. 

If he brought it to me I would do it. You see I had to be faithful. In all aspects of my life. Not just where I was comfortable.   

FAITH it’s a funny thing, you can’t be truly faithful if all you do is worry and undermine his plan. 

 I found Zumba class that I love and faithfully continue to go. I’ve met some wonderful  friends who support and love me flaws and all. I found a church that I love. I’m back in a career that I’m really good at, not to mention spread light and love to women daily. Having someone tell you, “thank you for making me feel beautiful” is priceless. Having the confidence in myself and knowing that I can make someone’s day a little brighter by giving them a new haircut or suggesting a new lip color may sound really superficial but I promise you it’s not. It’s magical and I’m so blessed to be able to take the talents that God gave me and use them to bring others joy. Isn’t that what it’s all about? 

Here’s me in May 2014 and May 2016. 


My heart is so full.  You can change anything if you want to bad enough. And you are the only one who can change you.  No one can fix you but you. I’m proof. 

xoxo, mama bird 

Birdie’s Glow


No filter, in a bathroom, at night. 43 years old. Think I’m aging fairly well. Thoughts? 

So, I don’t know about you but my skin had already taken a beating from the heat & humidity. I have a pool and my son swims daily and competes so we are at the pool, outside all the time! I mixed the most amazing little concoction tonight and I gotta tell ya. My skin feels like a newborn babies! 

Here’s what I used:


Mixed a little coconut oil with the Limelight by Alcone Scrubtini Sugar Scrub massage on my face for about 3 mins washed off with warm water and then applied 2 drops of Must Dew Skin Oil. Can you say HEAVEN? It’s like a Microdermabrasion without going to get a high priced treatment!! Score! And what makes this even better is the Scrubtini gives a killer shave and is an amazing body scrub! 

Want to try my secret to glowing summer skin? I’ll send you a sample! 

Xoxo, Mama Bird 

Clean your brushes! 


Did you know you should wash your makeup brushes monthly? 

Do you? 

I have to admit my own personal brushes NEVER get cleaned the way they should! But, now this will be yet another thing I will try to become better with.  On the upside I do have some easy tips that make said washing quick, easy, & painless. I use 3 everyday household items. Dawn (original blue), white vinegar, & olive oil. 

​(tried to upload video, it’s not working! Go visit my FB page to see it!) 
For almost all my brushes I fill up the sink with warm soapy water with a splash of white vinegar and swish those babies around until they appear clean, brush across a paper towel to confirm cleanliness, set to the side or rewash. Now for brushes that I use for foundation, lipstick, gel liners, cream shadows etc I prefer olive oil first. Oil removes oil! Pour a little in a cup, swirl dab, repeat if necessary. Then wash them in the dawn/vinegar mix and poof you have clean brushes! I like to get excess wetness out on a soft towel and then stand to dry. The drying, if you ask me is the worst part! It NEVER fails. I always wash them when I think I’ll not need thing or at least a day, never pans out. Just realized I have to hit the cubscouts meeting in a  few hrs. Typical. 

Now get all your brushes out and get to cleaning!!

Perfect BBQ Chicken Marinade 

 

I mean really who doesn’t love chicken on the Barbie? This perfection of a marinade came from just throwing random stuff in and winging it! Now the vinegar, you can use whatever you have. I typically use red wine, apple cider, or rice wine, but any vinegar should work great. The vinegar really helps to tenderize the meat. So if you are grilling skinless/boneless this will make them so much more tender! This is my summer go to grilling marinade. Enjoy. 

 Birdie’s Summer Marinade 

Equal parts: (typically 1/4 cup) 

Ketchup

Soy Sauce

Vinegar

1/2 that amount of vegetable oil

2 cloves crushed garlic 

Salt & pepper 

Salt & pepper chicken in both sides. Mix everything else together, dump on chicken and allow to marinate at least 4 hrs up to a day or two. Grill and enjoy! 

Mama Bird