This is the first time that I have tried making Dipped Pretzel Rods. They came out great if I must say so myself. I realize that I must start thinking outside of the Box when it comes to food and accept that there are no limits when it comes to Creative Cuisine and Baking Creations . I'm totally elated to be adding this to my list of Treats*~ Nikkie Bendross
Hey Friends! I just wanted to share my thoughts on Faith and how it can literally move mountains . I recently resigned from literally working 9-5 as an Assistant Director to pursue my dreams of Owning and Operating a successful business . At first I totally felt liberated , Then the fear of having NO MONEY swiftly kicked in... How are We going to Pay our Bills, Send Winston & Xavier to college and maintain our current Lifestyle all on one income. I felt like a FOOL. Hebrews 11:1 Now Faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen. As I begin to pray , this scripture regarding Faith flooded my Spirit and I immediately began to Thank God for Helping Me believe in myself and in the Talent that he has so graciously bestowed unto Me. Just because I cannot see the increase in our Financial Blessings with my natural eyes doesn't mean that it isn't within right in front of Me. For where the Lord guides , He provides ~Nikkie B.
I found myself craving a Steak salad but I am soooo apprehensive about eating out. I really like the idea of Knowing what is going into my body. So I decided to make on myself. Here is my hearty steak salad with Vine sweet cherry tomatoes, pungent banana peppers, mushrooms , cucumbers all nestled nicely on a bed of Romaine Lettuce Topped with my homemade Citrus vinagrette..So Good.
Ingredients for my Citrus Steak Salad
For my homemade Citrus Vinagrette
Now let's plate it up shall we? Remember always begin with your leafy greens. Followed by the sliced cucumbers. Next add the cherry tomatoes , banana peppers and diced mushrooms. Now here comes the fun part. Arrange your steak strips on top of this leaning tower of salad...LOL!! Drizzle four heaping tablespoons of Citrus Vinagrette all across the top,grab your favorite and enjoy*
This isn't your Mother's Red Velvet cake.... HONEY IT'S BETTER!!! Did I mention that it's Gluten-Free and Allergy Friendly
Red Velvet cake is a timeless and traditional dessert that is usually served during the Christmas season and is loved by all ages. I came with this recipe after traveling to many "Gluten-Free Bakeries only to end up disappointed . Each and every single time a cake would contain at least one or more ingredients that I'm allergic to. BUMMER Then something magical happened well not really magical but it felt all magical like LOL.. I decided to try my had and baking a Gluten-Free and Allergy Friendly Red Velvet cake and WALLA We have a Fluffy, Moist and ABSOLUTELY Delicious Red Velvet Cake. I gave each my brutally honest family members a slice and cake ,then I covered my eyes and held my breath.. Needless to say The Crowd went wild!!! ..See I told you it was magic. I wll be publishing this recipe in the 2nd second edition of My Gluten- Free and Allergy Friendly Cookbook. FYI This cake was SO GOOD
As I continue on my Journey called Life. I am constantly reminded of God's Amazing Grace. If you look around I'm sure you can see it too. The birds in the air, the crisp breeze on a mid summer's day Or when your feet hit the ground every morning. I am reminded of the many times that God and this grace has set and kept me from doing the unthinkable at the tender age of 15 ...Death by Suicide. You see one can never tell the life altering storms that brewing on the inside of someone and if You are anything like me..You wear a smile like a clown. I planned it all and even attempted the act several times... The excessive consumption of laxatives,an entire bottle of aspirin , and my next step was rat poison...But to God be the Glory I'm still here. My niece intervened and She literally saved my life. Please listen and look for the warning signs and for heavens sake just be a friend without judgement.. It just may safe a life~Nikkie B.
I have earned the RIGHT to be here and I don't care who doesn't like it! I used to feel bad about being blessed and not having countless woes or worrying about struggling financially. I used to live for the validation and/ or recognition that I got from anyone. So when a blessing came my way I never used it for myself because I knew that at the thought of me having anything nice would provoke ridicule. I vividly remember when I purchased a new car and wore designer clothing; I was made to feel less than human by the so-called upper crust in my life. One of them was even bold enough to say to my face, "You still ugly no matter what you TRY to put on". Feeling the sting of rejection I sought comfort in food and horrible people. I dumbed myself down just so I could be accepted by the COOL-Kids. It got to the point where I would give everything that I got to other people simply because they wanted it for themselves. Many times I went without just to appease the greed in others. OH BUT NOT ANYMORE! Life has taught me many things. But the Main lesson that stands out and rings in true: Don't You DARE let anybody make you feel bad because your hard work is paying off .
How many of you know that misery loves company...? And if their life is miserable it's because of the choices they've made. It's time for YOU to stop shouldering the blame for their failures. Honey, life is too short to let ANYONE dull your SPARKLE & SHINE! ~Nikkie B.
At first glance You would have never guessed that We both have been married before and have done many things that we're not proud of. Smiles can hid a extreme degree of pain and shame. And self sabotage was always the key element to our self destruction. So when that chance at true love landed on our doorstep. A Eric and I we're scared, skeptical ,nervous to say at the least. Plus we were not getting any younger. So we literally threw caution to the wind and have been dancing ever since. I have never known Love like this before and i don't think I ever will. Today two years later as I loving glance across the table and My earthly King I can't help but to think how God must love me so much that He allowed me to be found by his very best. I often blush and gush when My Stallion tells me that He could never imagine life without Me. Wow! I literally have to pinch myself * The word blessed is an understatement. Don't get me wrong We go through changes and rough patches just like any other Married couple. But just knowing that the Author , Orchestrator and Finisher of Our Love Story and Faith has Everything all under control makes that much sweeter*~Nikkie B.
Hey Friends, This is a Cucumber salad that is sure to tantalize and wake up those sleeping taste buds. This recipe is quick and easy and sure to please! Here is recipe
Well the verdict is in.....My Bottom-up Muffins are a Hit!
This was my first attempt at Gluten~Free Baking. I was nervous and excited at the same time. But once these gorgeous beauties emerged from the oven Golden brown, I leaped with joy and did the Happy dance!! The recipe is very easy to follow. Here are the ingredients as follows
2-cups- Gluten ~ Free baking mix
1- cup of milk
4 pats of butter
1/5 cup of canola oil.
Mediun sized mixing bowl
Lined muffin pan
Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
Combine all of the about ingredients inside the mixing bowl. Whisking until batter is smooth. Spoon your favorite add ins on the bottom of your lined muffin pan. Now pour the muffin mixture inside careful not to overfill your cups. Set your timer for 20 minutes Bake until golden brown. Very important Allow muffins to cool as to ensure proper setting. Now grab a fancy saucer from the cabinet sit down and bite a mouthful of heaven*~Nikkie Bendross
Suggested add ins:
1- large banana smashed with brown sugar, steel cut oats, and pecan pieces
1/4 cup of dried cranberries-with 1/5 cups of pecen pieces
1/4 cup of fresh strawberries with 1/2 smashed banana
Don't be afraid to be creative ..The possibilites are ENDLESS!
Start with a standard sauce pan or skillet.
Add ground Turkey and choice of spices. I have added chopped onions, Italian seasoning, parsley ,crushed red pepper flakes, paprika, garlic powder and complete seasoning Brown to your liking. I like my turkey well done and really brown. Make sure to drain off the excess fat!
Add Spinach . I used frozen in this recipe. It just work much better when you're pressed for time.
Add Marinara or Spaghetti Sauce of your choice. I just used an Organic store brand.
Now grab yourself a pan. I am using an aluminum foil one. It makes clean-up a breeze.
Begin lining your pan with Lasagna . My recipe is using Gluten -Free Lasagna. Due to my Celiac Disease I am unable to tolerate Gluten.
Ladle in the Spinach and Ground Turkey mixture on top of the lasagna. Then top with shredded cheese. I used a finely shredded Fiesta Blend of Cheese. Which by the way was Made with 2% Milk! It contained Monterey Jack, Sharp, Queso Quesadilla, and Asadero cheese. Repeat these steps until You have at least three layers of Lasagna. Now here comes the fun part!.
Pre-Heat oven to 400 degrees. I usually take this time to clean up the kitchen as the oven is warming up.
Pop into the oven for about 20-25 minutes. I can hardly wait!
We have Gluten-Free Turkey Lasagna Florentine!
Well, I best hurry and plate this up; my family is waiting!