Sunday Fun Day! #RoadToRaces 

I told you guys about the Cars 3 event that was happening in certain cities. Well Sunday I drove out to Schaumburg to Woodfield Mall to let the boys have a little adventure. I’m glad we ventured out and joined in on the Cars 3 fun!

Shout out to the sponsors because they had cute activities to keep the kids busy while several photo opportunities. 

Dereon won some Cars Toothpaste from the Crest tent. 

We had some tasty smoothies at the Dole tent. 

We also got to watch some behind the scenes footage of the new Cars 3 movie while being in this huge truck that was turned into a movie theater that fit 90 people pretty comfortably I must say.

The clip we saw was so good it left us wanting more. It even grabbed Chance’s attention and if you aren’t Mickey Mouse then it’s pretty hard to do that. Expect to laugh, cry, and cheer!

The highlight of the event is definitely seeing Lightning McQueen and his other CoStars! When I tell you those cars are pretty, trust me! 


Fun times for sure! Make sure you check out Cars 3: Road To Riches June 16th. 

The Good Food Festival is showing how eating clean can be tasty and fun!

The way to my heart is food. Not just any type of food, but good food! So when I was offered the opportunity to become a “Good Food Festival” ambassador I jumped on it. It’s a day celebrating Good Food! Discover new artisanal goods from over 150 exhibitors, learn from workshops and chefs demos, and explore our family-friendly programming!


As a mom I want the best possible food for my family and I crave learning new ways to make eating healthy fun and tasty. The Good Food Festival will have Live cooking demos as well as a kid area so the kids can experience new foods and have a little fun time. This is a win win for me! 

Here’s the major detail for the Festival The admission is FREE with registration


Big time Chefs Christine Cikowski and Josh Kulp of Chicago’s Honey Butter Fried Chicken, whose delicious food much of it locally and sustainably sourcedc will conduct a chef demo on our Chefs at Play stage after a brief awards ceremony. Rick Bayless of the Frontera restaurant group, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year; Rob Levitt, the award-winning head butcher at The Butcher & Larder at Local Foods; Paula Haney of Hoosier Mama Pie Company; and Aaron Lirette of Green River. And there will be an amazing demo by the Artisan Grain Collaborative on growing and milling artisan grain — and then baking the flour into delicious, locally sourced sourdough bread.

There will also be vendors, a food court to eat with your family, and tons of workshops to explore. The Good Food Festival will definitely be full of things to do for the whole family. I was able to sample some of the fun at the Media Preview and I left full and empowered. 

Special thank you to Johanna from MommaCuisine for putting together such a cool collection of Bloggers to be ambassadors. 

A few vendors came to show the media what was in store for the attendees on Saturday and I must say I was impressed! 


I tried the best crepes EVER! Basil Key lime pie that almost made me ask for seconds and pierogies made with braised beef that I’ve dreamed about since.

There is something about eating with family and friends that makes food even tastier. My mother who always helps me at different blogging events attended the Preview and my husband who is the Head Cook at a High End hotel was off work and attended the Preview with me as well. Since he’s a true foodie it was fun to see him try the foods and speak with the other cooks in the place.



My friend Briana came from work to hang out with me and check out some of the vendors.  She’s a working mom and an excellent cook so I’m sure she learned a few new recipes and techniques at the event. As a mom I totally appreciate her arranging a sitter to come out 


My blogger boos always come out to support and we have the best convos! 


Of course my co-ambassador Natasha is my sister from another mother she keeps me laughing and in the loop of the professional blogging world. Her blog has encouraged me in more ways than one. Plus she’s an awesome cook!


My Blogalicious roomie and blogger boo Sharice from This Single Sole who is a foodie and a health enthusiast came out as well. She’s such a supportive soul and I always enjoy hanging with her.


Fashion Blogger Guru Latoya made her fashionable entrance and hung out with us foodies. She keeps me laughing and always sees the potential in my brand and blog so it’s always amazing having her around.


My natural hair blogger boo Michelle checked out the event with her bright smile and warm personality. We just connected last year at a blogger conference, but since then we’ve definitely been working together. 

Joyce who is a Christian mom of 6 (doesn’t look like she’s had one baby) has a blog about food and fitness so the Good Food Festival Media Preview was a perfect fit for her. She came out to support me and since I hadn’t seen her since I was pregnant with Chance it felt really good to just catch up while tasting good food.


Last week’s Media Preview was a success and a really cool snippet to this weekend’s Good Food Festival. I hope to see you there

Grand Lux Cafe & Sticky Buns? A tasty combo!

I love Grand Lux Cafe! When I say love thats exactly what I mean. I’ve been going to Grand Lux for my birthday for the last 10 years, I mean it… 10 years. If not for dinner then it’s for lunch, but I have to go…it’s my tradition. I know when I go the food will be good, the service will be great, and the options will be endless for dessert!


This year was no different I celebrated my birthday at the Grand Lux with my Husband. We enjoyed our lunch. I ordered the Burbon chicken and he ordered a Ruben. We tried out the loaded Mashed Potatoes Spring Rolls. The food was plentiful and so tasty. Saying we were stuffed would be an understatement, but when it was time for dessert we both found some room for a tasty treat.




The dessert menu had so many options. Cakes, cookies, pies, and puddings. One thing particular thing caught my eye the “Sticky Bun Bread Pudding”. Sticky buns are so rich and gooey and bread pudding is so buttery I felt like that combo had to be deadly and I wanted to test it out. I’m so glad I did. My husband couldn’t keep his fork out of my plate! He tried the Warm Butter Cake which tasted like heaven too. 


I liked the Sticky Bun Bread Pudding so much I wanted the recipe. Then I found out that Sticky Bun day was coming up and I thought I would share the recipe on that day to celebrate and as a gift for my wonderful readers!

Happy Sticky Bun Day!! It’s February 21st and it’s all about the buns! Here’s the secret recipe for Grand Lux Cafe’s Famous Sticky Bun Bread Pudding. Be careful when making these because they are dangerously good.


Warm Sticky Bun Bread Pudding Recipe:
Ingredients
1 lb. Brioche or Challah

 

8 oz.(2 Sticks) Melted Butter

1/3 Cup, packed Brown Sugar

1/3 Cup Sugar

1 tsp. Cinnamon

¼ tsp. Nutmeg

¼ tsp. Salt 

2 Cups Milk

2 Cups Heavy Cream

4 ea. Eggs

4 ea. Egg Yolks

½ C. Sugar

1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
Directions
1. Cut the bread into 1” cubes.

2. Place the bread cubes into a large mixing bowl.

3. Combine the butter, sugars and spices in a mixing bowl, whisking to combine completely.

4. Pour the mixture over the bread, tossing to fully coat the bread cubes with the mixture.

5. Spread out into a 9×13 baking dish.

6. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Be sure to stir the bread cubes once or twice while toasting.

7. While the bread is toasting, make the custard.

8. Whisk all ingredients together until evenly combined.

9. Once the bread has toasted, remove the pan from the oven.

10. Pour the custard over the bread cubes.

11. Allow the mixture to sit for 10-15 minutes before cooking. 

12. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and place into a 300° oven.

13. Bake for 20 minutes.

14. Remove foil from pan and continue to bake for an additional 20-25 minutes, or until light golden brown and the custard has set. You can test this by inserting a paring knife into the center of the pudding. If the knife comes away clean, or with very little pudding clinging to it, the pudding is ready.

15. Allow the pudding to cool for at least 30 minutes before serving.

16. To serve:

Top the pudding with toasted pecans and warm caramel sauce.

Serve with either vanilla ice cream or crème anglaise.

Once you try this recipe I’m sure others will be asking for it or just begging you to make it again. Thank me later!