Perfect Cinco de Mayo | Baked Tostada Cups

by Mindy Lockard on May 2, 2016

Thank you so much for popping over today for some #GraciousEats! With Cinco de Mayo just days away, I’m thrilled you are here and so happy to share one of our all time favorite weeknight meals! I call them Baked Tostada Cups, my family calls them yummy.

So relax and put your feet up while I whip of some of these delicious and super easy Baked Tostada Cups!

Ole.

Yes, you have to say that while making these cups. It’s a rule.

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This is what you need…

  • 1 lb ground sirloin
  • 1 container of fresh salsa
  • 1 can of organic chili beans
  • pinch of salt
  • Olive oil
  • 12 pack of corn tortillas (I prefer no GMO)

Toppings

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  • cilantro
  • sour cream
  • tomato
  • avocado

Step by Step

  1. In a slow cooker add meat, salsa, beans and salt. Cook on high for two hours or until all of the beef is cooked through.
  2. Rub down the sides of muffin tins with olive oil
  3. Put a small tear in a tortilla, turn it into a cone shape and fit inside one of the muffin spots. Repeat until all twelve are full.
  4. Add beef and top with cheese
  5. Bake at 350 degrees or until the sides of the tortillas are golden.
  6. Remove from the oven and top with sour cream, fresh tomatoes, avocado and cilantro!

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These little cups make a perfect dinner on Cinco de Mayo and again for lunch on Seis de Mayo.

And yes mi amigos and amigas, that is a fact-o!

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KING 5 New Day NW | Gifts for Grads

by Mindy Lockard on April 19, 2016

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It’s always a great to wake up in Seattle! I’m so excited to be back on KING 5 New Day NW today to talk about my favorite Gifts for Grads DIY ideas. Here’s a sneak peek at what I will be sharing today.

Photo Glass Magnets!

Okay, so these are my new favorite DIY. They are super easy and perfect to give for a graduate who will so be leaving friends and family behind. Great to help them stay organize and connected to home.

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What you need:

  • Magnet Board
  • Glass Rocks
  • Print Instagram photos
  • Mod Podge
  • Magnet Strip
  • Hot Glue Gun

Step by Step:

  1. Select your glass rocks. Go through the bag and make sure the rocks you are using are smooth on the backside. Sometimes there are small imperfections that can distort the photo.
  2. Pick your Photo. Use a glass rock as your guide and trace a circle around the area of the photo you want to use. Cutting on the inside of your pencil mark as it’s better for the photo to be a little smaller on the backside than to have excess paper.
  3. Paint a small amount of Mod Podge on the back of the rock and lay the photo side of the cut out photo on the flat-side of the glass rock.
  4. Cover the backside of the photo with Mod Podge and let dry.
  5. Once your glass rock photos are dry, cut the magnet strips and apply to the backside of the photo with a glue gun.

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Voia! There you have it… photo memories that your grad can take with them to college to help them stay organized and have reminders of friends and family far away.

Laundry Love

The idea of graduation gifts are to help celebrate a milestone in one’s life and to help set them up for future success. What’s more important in college than successful laundry? Well, probably academics, but laundry is a close second. I love this personalized Laundry bag that is super cute in a caddy full of detergent and of course quarters.

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What you need

Step-by-Step

  1. Using Word or pages on your computer type out the name or word you want to iron onto the laundry bag. Screen Shot the word and paste it back in the document. Using the arrows flip the word so that it reads backwards. If you have several grads in your life, you can put more than one on a page.
  2. Print out your names or words on the fabric transfer.
  3. Cut it out
  4. DO NOT USE an ironing board and make sure the steam is turned off of your iron.
  5. With the fabric transfer facedown in your desired spot on the laundry bag, iron the paper. Make sure you cover all of the areas and that the paper is completely attached.
  6. Let the paper cool and carefully remove showing the name. Add this to a caddy full of laundry supplies and give with love!

Because Every Grad Needs to Eat!

As I often tell my college students in my programs, learning to feed your self is fundamental to being a successful adult. I tell them this so they don’t arrive at a networking event there for the free food and pile their plate to the moon. Learning the basics of caring for yourself is important.

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What You Need

Step by Step

  1. Assemble all of the items in a basket
  2. At the Grad Party or before collect favorite photos from Instagram, digital or home. Have guests glue their photo to the back of the index card and write their favorite recipe on the front. Recipes can be a favorite sandwich, late night snack or easy to make meal.
  3. Put together and gift in the lucite recipe box.

A fun way to send those out into the real world with a  few ideas and supplies for starting to eat on their own.

 

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#EasterBrunch Breakfast Sammies

by Mindy Lockard on February 29, 2016

Are you on the hunt for easy #EasterBrunch ideas?

I’ve teamed up with @BobsRedMill for this week’s #FamilyRecipe

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But until then, here’s a fun and delicious idea for an #EasterBrunch Breakfast Slider Sammies Bar.

Say that five times fast.

These little sammies are a perfect way to let guests create their own delicious breakfast bites and you can enjoy their company. And did I mention that it starts with Gluten Free Buttermilk Biscuits?

Um yeah! They are Ahhhmazzzing.

So let’s get down to buttery biscuits business…

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The recipe for these are actually on the back of the Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 package.

  • 2 1/2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour plus extra for rolling
  • 2 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) Butter, chilled and cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3/4 cup plux 1 Tbsp Buttermilk, divided

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt into a large bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixture resembles small pebbles. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs and 3/4 cup buttermilk. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the eggs and buttermilk. Stir until a soft dough forms. Dough will be slightly wet.

Turn dough onto a large piece of plastic wrap sprinkled with flour. Sprinkle flour over the top of dough and cover with another large piece of plastic wrap. Roll or pat dough to 1/2 inch thick. Remove top piece of plastic wrap. Fold dough in half from bottom to top, then fold dough in half from bottom to top, then fold in half again from side to side. Cover dough with plastic wrap. Cut dough with 2 inch round biscuit cutter (or glass), pressing straight down, don’t twist. Dip the cutter into flour between each biscuit.

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Place Biscuits on ungreased baking sheet. Brush with remaining 1 Tbsp buttermilk.

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Bake for 18 minutes, or until tops are golden brown. Remove from oven and cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes before making sammies. The cooler the biscuits the easier they are to slice in half.

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Next the fixings! I love sauteed veggies, avocado, cheese and scrambled eggs.

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What’s a breakfast sammie without turkey bacon and ham?

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Then let your guests loose to build their own Breakfast Sammie Sliders…

They are free to create a classic eggs and (turkey) bacon…

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ham and cheese…

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veggie…

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or all of the above… my personal favorite.

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While we all love a formal #EasterBrunch tables, some times time and space don’t allow for a formal sit down. These Slider Sammies are perfect for a more casual #EasterBrunch. I love to offer my guests little breakfast boats, so they can make sammies and take their breakfast… especially with an all important hunt on the horizon.

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Did I mention there aren’t any dishes and you are free to enjoy your breakfast sammie sliders without the clean-up hanging over your head.

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Drop a note and tell us your #EasterBrunch ideas and I hope to see you tomorrow at the chat with @BobsRedMill!

 

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Add a little heart to your Valentine’s Day table!

by Mindy Lockard on February 13, 2016

I had a blast during our Bob’s Red Mill Instagram takeover! I was inspired by all of the fabulous and healthy ideas that were shared!

Here’s one of the recipes from the day and something that will be sure to add a little extra heart to your Valentine’s Day table. We have a Valentine’s tradition to make homemade pizzas or calzone. It’s one of those traditions that gets everyone involved working with their hands and creating a dinner they will LOVE. And togetherness is really what Valentine’s Day is about.

Here’s Our Recipe:

  • 1 ½ cup warm Almond Milk (100 degrees)
  • 2 packages dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 tablespoons good olive oil
  • 4 ½ cups Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 flour

Toppings of course you can pick your own…

  • Tomato Sauce
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Olives
  • Mushrooms
  • Pineapples
  • Onion
  • Veggies
  • Ham
  • Pepperoni

Flour 2 teaspoons salt Combine water, yeast, oil and honey (I add the oil before the honey as it is easier to get out of the measuring spoon. Using an electric mixer with a dough hook, add in the 4 ½ cups of flour and salt. Slowly and making sure the dough is mixed well and not sticking to the sides of the bowl. Mix for 8-10 minutes. Transfer to a well oiled bowl and top with a warm towel. Let rest for 30 minutes. Dough will rise, but still feel very dense and not airy like regular flour. Create 8 dough balls and cover again with a warm town. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes.

Roll the balls out with a rolling pen and use a heart shaped cookie cutter to make calzone top and bottoms.

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Spread tomato sauce on bottoms and top with favorite ingredients. Place a heart top over the bottom + ingredients…

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and fasten with a fork and…

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drizzle with olive oil Bake on 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

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Happy Valentine’s Day Friends, wishing you a day of love surrounded by those you love!

The post was sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill, the opinions and recipes are my own!

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The Gracious Girl @BobsRedMill Instagram Takeover!

by Mindy Lockard on February 11, 2016

Looking for me?

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You’ll find me over on @BobsRedMill IG account as I’m taking it over today! I know, so fun. It’s an honor.

I hope you’ll visit me there where I am sharing all of the gracious ways I like to treat myself and add love to my family table! After all it is Valentine’s Season and love is in the air.

Oh, and before I forget…

When you do visit @BobsRedMill IG feed today, you can enter to win this amazing little prize pack by commenting on a photo!

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See you there soon and swing back by this afternoon for my #GlutenFree Heart Calzone recipe. XO

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