Date Night at P.F. Chang’s

Disclaimer: This post has been sponsored by P.F. Chang’s. However, all opinions are my own.Date Night at P.F. Chang's

Q and I have a rule that we follow when on vacation, we eat at local restaurants rather than chain restaurants. We do this for two reasons: 1) it’s a great way to take in the culture of the city and 2) there is no point in traveling hundreds of miles to eat at a restaurant located in your hometown.

However on our latest trip to Houston, we broke this rule just once. The closest P.F. Chang’s near us is over an hour away so we thought breaking the rule for this was very much justified. We have only been to P.F. Chang’s twice so eating here was a real treat for us! Plus, we were both eager to try items from the new seasonal menu and pleasantly surprised with how delicious everything was!

Date Night at P.F. Chang's

Q and I were both extremely impressed with the lovely atmosphere of this restaurant. The wooden tables each had a lit candle in the middle of the table which was the perfect way to start our romantic date night dinner. Unfortunately, the mood lighting wasn’t the greatest for my photos though.

Pink Cherry Cosmo

We started the meal with cocktails, of course! I ordered the Pink Cherry Cosmo from the new seasonal menu and loved it! It’s made with Absolut Citron Vodka, Cointreau, fresh lime juice, cranberry juice, and is garnished with a cherry.

In the background, you can see Q’s drink – the Asian Pear Mojito from the regular cocktail menu. We also enjoyed the chicken lettuce wraps which are not on the seasonal menu, but they’re just too good to resist! Did I mention that we don’t come here often?!

We both ordered entrees off the new seasonal menu and were amazed with the unique Asian flavors! I was also very impressed that they have wine pairings for each item. As someone who is still learning how to pick the perfect wine for dinner, I loved that they took the guesswork out of it!

Chiang Mai Curry Noodles with Chicken

I ordered the Chiang Mai Curry Noodles with Chicken. The flavors of this dish were great and the chicken was cooked perfectly – so tender! I also really enjoyed the brussels sprouts and crunchy wonton noodles that were garnished on top. I love spicy food but unfortunately this dish was WAY too spicy for my taste! Our waiter brought over some white vinegar which helped, but if I were to order this dish again I would omit the fresno peppers.

Chino-Latino Pineapple Pork

Q ordered the Chino-Latino Pineapple Pork and LOVED it! He really enjoyed the latin flavors and wouldn’t stop raving about how tender the pork was. Seriously though, the pork was so tender that we could cut it with our forks. I really enjoyed this dish too, especially the pineapple which gives the dish a great sweetness!

We had a fabulous date night at P.F. Chang’s and enjoyed the new bold Asian flavors! Although we only had to wait 10 minutes for a table, I would suggest that you make a reservation online. The couple in front of us had done that and they were seated almost right away!

To celebrate the new P.F. Chang’s seasonal menu, they are hosting a contest, Perfect Pairings, from now until August 18th. Simply head over to their website and tell them two things that you think pair perfectly together. You could win a trip for two to Boston to tour the Samuel Adams Brewery plus a 4-course pairing dinner at P.F. Changs’s in downtown Boston!

Have you tried the new P.F. Chang’s seasonal menu?
If not, what items would you want to try?

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Fabulous Fondant Daisies Tutorial

In April, I had the sweet pleasure of attending the Wilton Sweet Up event and was able to meet some of the other Sweet Treat bloggers in real life. One of those fabulous ladies was Marilyn, blogger of Pink Martinis and Pearls. We were both in awe of each other from the first time we met. She kept asking “How do you do it all?” and she also picked my brain about social media & marketing strategies. Oh and me? I was drooling over her gorgeous cupcake designs and her amazing sugar cookie decorating skills.

Today Marilyn is guest blogging for me and sharing a truly FABULOUS fondant daisies tutorial!  I used fondant to make these Graduation Diploma Toppers last month and they turned out so cute. My love for fondant went from non-existent to head-over-heels. With fondant, it’s incredibly easy to create something unique and once you try it, you won’t want to go back to just frosting!

Ask yourself these 3 cupcake questions:
Do you want to make your cupcakes fabulous?
Do you want to stand apart from the sprinkles and (yawn) stick topper crowd?
Are you ready to be the center of attention at your next gathering?
I’ll answer for you…”YES!” To all of the above! Yes, you do!

Fabulous Fondant Daisies Tutorial

Let’s get you started on your fabulous way! It’s very easy.
What You’ll Need to Make Fondant Daisies:

The Very Basics -
1. Rolled Fondant (white or colored, depending on your color choices)
2. Fondant Plunger (to make the daisies)
3. Corn Starch or Powder Sugar (for dusting on your rolling surface)
4. Rolling Pin (obvi, no?)
5. Water (to dampen the surface of the daisies to adhere the centers to the flowers and for Disco Dust application, which is optional, but why? It’s fabulous too!)

What I Used -
• Rolled Fondant, (tinted with Wilton Icing Colors – Rose Pink and Yellow)
• PME Daisy Fondant Plunger
Wilton Water Brush (water reservoir with brush tip)
• Disco Dust (edible glitter) & my favorite dusting brush
Wilton #11 Decorating Tip (used as a cutter to make the yellow centers of the daisies)
• Wilton Brush (I used the end of the brush to push out the daisy’s center from the #11 decorating tip)

Fabulous Fondant Daisies Tutorial

 

How To Make Fondant Daisies:

1. Dust rolling surface with cornstarch. (I prefer this over powdered sugar)
2. Roll out (pink) colored fondant very thin. (see photo of daisy below)
3. Take plunger and use like a cookie cutter. While the plunger is still on top of the fondant, push down slightly on the plunger top to press the pattern into the fondant. You’ll get the hang of this.
4. Pick up the plunger which will have the daisy fondant inside of it and pop it out using plunger. How easy was that? You are on your way to cupcake fabulousness!
5. To make the yellow centers of the daisy, either roll a small amount of fondant and flatten or take a #11 decorating tip for the large daisy shape and use the small opening as a cookie cutter. Remove the centers from the tip by placing the rounded end of a brush in the opening and push it out towards the larger end.
6. Dampen the pink daisy with water either with your finger, a brush or the water pen. Place the yellow fondant center on top. Dampen the yellow center.
7. Sprinkle the finished daisy with Rainbow Disco Dust (Rainbow is a clear sparkle)

Fabulous Fondant Daisies Tutorial

I usually let them dry and harden on a paper towel before I place them on a cupcake so the petals won’t bend down unless they’re placed on a flatter iced surface. While you’re in fondant mode and everything is out, make extras! Let them dry completely so they harden up and you’ll have these little cupcake charms for future projects.

Fabulous Fondant Daisies Tutorial

Imagine walking into a party with a tray of these! Move over sprinkles and cardboard topper cupcakes, there’s a new girl in Cupcake Town and she’s Fabulous! And she’s YOU!

Fabulous Fondant Daisies Tutorial

I had a…

Fabulous Fondant Daisies Tutorial

…. time visiting with you today on Danielle’s blog. Thank you sweetie, for inviting me!
(Tray is made by Novogratz.)

Fabulous Fondant Daisies Tutorial

Ingredients

  • Rolled Fondant, (tinted with Wilton Icing Colors - Rose Pink and Yellow)
  • PME Daisy Fondant Plunger (to make the daisies)
  • Corn Starch or Powder Sugar (for dusting on your rolling surface)
  • Rolling Pin (obvi, no?)
  • Wilton Water Pen (water reservoir with brush tip)
  • Disco Dust (edible glitter) & my favorite dusting brush
  • Wilton #11 Decorating Tip (used as a cutter to make the yellow centers of the daisies)
  • Wilton Brush (I used the end of the brush to push out the daisy’s center from the #11 decorating tip)

Instructions

  1. Dust rolling surface with cornstarch. (I prefer this over powdered sugar)
  2. Roll out (pink) colored fondant very thin. (see photo of daisy below)
  3. Take plunger and use like a cookie cutter. While the plunger is still on top of the fondant, push down slightly on the plunger top to press the pattern into the fondant. You’ll get the hang of this.
  4. Pick up the plunger which will have the daisy fondant inside of it and pop it out using plunger. How easy was that? You are on your way to cupcake fabulousness!
  5. To make the yellow centers of the daisy, either roll a small amount of fondant and flatten or take a #11 decorating tip for the large daisy shape and use the small opening as a cookie cutter. Remove the centers from the tip by placing the rounded end of a brush in the opening and push it out towards the larger end.
  6. Dampen the pink daisy with water either with your finger, a brush or the water pen. Place the yellow fondant center on top. Dampen the yellow center.
  7. Sprinkle the finished daisy with Rainbow Disco Dust (Rainbow is a clear sparkle)
http://www.framedfrosting.com/2014/07/fabulous-fondant-daisies-tutorial.html

Have you made fondant cupcake toppers before?
If not, do you think you’ll try them now?

Fruttare Mango Frozen Fruit Bars

Disclaimer: This post has been sponsord by Fruttare on behalf of Clever Girls Collective. However, all opinions are my own.

You may not know this about me, but I am a huge fan of frozen fruit bars, ice creams, and other frozen treats! I always have a stash of them in my freezer and am constantly trying new flavors. Last weekend I was browsing the grocery store for a new flavor when I spotted a box of Fruttare Mango bars. I am not normally a huge fan of mangos but I decided to step outside my comfort zone and quickly threw the box in my cart.

Fruttare Mango Frozen Fruit Bars

Fruttare Mango Frozen Fruit Bars

Later that night, I was searching through my freezer when I spotted those Mango bars hidden behind my frozen fruit that I use for smoothies. That’s when the idea hit me! I immediately got out my NutriBullet and whipped up a smoothie using frozen strawberries, frozen raspberries, 1 Fruttare Mango bar, and a splash of almond milk.

It worked out perfectly and the frozen fruit bar provided a perfect amount of sweetness to the smoothie. I will definitely continue to use these bars in smoothies because let’s face it, who knows how to cut up a mango?! (If you know how then I give mad props to you!)

Fruttare Mango Frozen Fruit Bars

Fruttare Mango Frozen Fruit Bars

I am so glad I stepped outside of my comfort zone and tried the Mango flavor because it’s delicious! It’s sweet and creamy and made with frozen fruit and real fruit juice. I will continue to use these in my smoothies as well as eating them straight up!  I might even try some of the other Fruttare flavors: Strawberry & Milk, Peach & Milk, Mixed Berries & Milk, Black Cherry, and Pineapple.

Disclaimer: I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Have you had Fruttare frozen fruit bars before?
If not, what flavor would you try?

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