Love and Confections: May 2014

May 27, 2014

Zucchini Walnut Bread

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  Moist and delicious, this Zucchini Walnut Bread is sure to quickly become a family favorite!



 I never used to like zucchinis. I'm not sure why, but the green vegetable and I did not get along. A few years back, I was feeling adventurous and tried a piece of my Mom's Zucchini Bread. Where have you been all my life? Right under my nose, of course!


Turns out, I love zucchini bread. Not only that, but now I love zucchini as well. I cook with it so much and usually have a few of them on hand to make with dinner. It is a great vegetable to roast, saute, fry and especially bake with.

May 22, 2014

Food and Wine Conference 2014 #FWCon

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I am so excited to announce that I will be attending the 2014 Food and Wine Conference here in Orlando, FL. Not only am I attending, but I am also an ambassador for the conference, and am here to tell you a bit about it and offer you a promotional code for a discount on your conference ticket.

The Food and Wine Conference is organized by Isabel from Family Foodie. Isabel is also the founder of the Sunday Supper Movement - to bring back Sunday supper around the family table - a concept I love and do with my own family.

The Food and Wine Conference is July 18-20, 2014 at the beautiful Rosen Hotel. Here is the full schedule of events that is continuously being updated. Some of the conference speakers include Harris Rosen, Giuliano Hazan, Chef David Ramirez and Whitney Miller - U.S. Masterchef winner, just to name a few. A full list of conference speakers can be found here.

If you are interested, here is the website and social media for the Food and Wine conference, so you can stay up to date on any announcements:

So about that promo code... If you are interested in attending the conference, REGISTER HERE and us the promotional code LOVEANDCON for a discount on your Food and Wine Conference ticket. Can't wait to see you all there!

May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day & #BrunchWeek Wrap-Up

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Happy Mother's Day. This is my first Mother's Day as a Mom. Last year at this time, I had just announced to my family we were going to have a little addition. It wasn't public knowledge yet, but we eventually shared it with everyone and later revealed we were going to be blessed with a baby girl!

It has been a whirlwind and a whole lot of changes have happened. I can't believe my little girl is almost 5 months old. She is growing so big and learning new things every day. Her latest achievement is grunting - which is not the greatest when that is the only noise she makes - but she has also started to push up when on tummy-time, grab her toes and legs and wants to be a big girl and sit up on her own - even if she tends to fall over when she tries.

I am so lucky to have Grace in my life and glad she made me a mom. I also want to give a special shout out to my fellow blogging friends who are also celebrating their first Mother's Day: Katie from Katie's Cucina, Stephanie from Macaroni and Cheesecake, Tina from My Life as a Mrs and Stefanie from Sarcastic Cooking.

And now for the part everyone is waiting for... the winners of the #BrunchWeek Giveaways. A HUGE thank you, once again to our wonderful sponsors, California Walnuts, Bob's Red Mill, OXO, Dixie Crystals, Whole Foods Market Orlando, Grimmway Farms, Vidalia Onions, Woot Froot, Baloian Farms and Stemilt!

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PRIZES, LIST OF WINNERS AND ALL THE #BRUNCHWEEK RECIPES

Until next time,
LOVE & CONFECTIONS!

May 10, 2014

Crab Cake Eggs Benedict for #BrunchWeek

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The second annual #BrunchWeek is almost over! I am so excited to have Susan of The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen as my co-host this year! Join us while we celebrate the deliciousness of brunch and to prepare for Mother's Day and summer brunching season. We have 32 bloggers bringing you their best brunch recipes, from cocktails to eggs benedict to donuts; there is something for everything this week.


Earlier this week I posted a Frozen Peach BelliniCarrot Cake Baked OatmealOrange Marmalade Pound Cake, Sausage, Pepper and Caramelized Onion Quiche and Lemon Blueberry Parfaits As #BrunchWeek comes to a close, I am still in awe of how one little idea last year came to be such a great event. I was having brunch with my best friend, MC, and thought "wouldn't it be fun to blog about brunch for a whole week".

May 8, 2014

Sausage, Pepper and Caramelized Onion Quiche for #BrunchWeek

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#BrunchWeek is finally here! Welcome to the second annual BrunchWeek. I am so excited to have Susan of The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen as my co-host this year! Join us May 5th through 11th while we celebrate the deliciousness of brunch and to prepare for Mother's Day and summer brunching season. We have 32 bloggers bringing you their best brunch recipes, from cocktails to eggs benedict to donuts; there is something for everything this week.

One of the quintessential brunch dishes is quiche. You can do so many variations and create a different quiche for every day of the week. Last year I took my favorite quiche recipe and created an italian-style Tomato and Mozzarella Quiche for BrunchWeek.


This year I decided to revisit the quiche and use some wonderful produce. I love using Vidalia Onions because they are naturally sweeter and create an amazing caramelized onion - a perfect match for the mild Italian sausage. I used Italian sausage as opposed to breakfast sausage for the added flavor, but you can substitute breakfast sausage or even ground beef if you prefer.

May 7, 2014

Orange Marmalade Pound Cake for #BrunchWeek

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#BrunchWeek is finally here! Welcome to the second annual BrunchWeek. I am so excited to have Susan of The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen as my co-host this year! Join us May 5th through 11th while we celebrate the deliciousness of brunch and to prepare for Mother's Day and summer brunching season. We have 32 bloggers bringing you their best brunch recipes, from cocktails to eggs benedict to donuts; there is something for everything this week.


Earlier this week I posted the perfect Frozen Peach Bellini and Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal. I love citrus in cake. There's something about it that just brightens up the cake and makes it feel special. Oranges are definitely a go-to citrus for me. Heck, I love anything citrus - oranges, lemons, limes, you name it.

May 6, 2014

Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal for #BrunchWeek

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#BrunchWeek is finally here! Welcome to the second annual BrunchWeek. I am so excited to have Susan of The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen as my co-host this year! Join us May 5th through 11th while we celebrate the deliciousness of brunch and to prepare for Mother's Day and summer brunching season. We have 32 bloggers bringing you their best brunch recipes, from cocktails to eggs benedict to donuts; there is something for everything this week.


Yesterday I posted about a delicious Frozen Peach Bellini. Today is on the "healthier" side. It has carrots and oats, but tastes like a cake - so you can totally have it for breakfast. I mean, cake for breakfast isn't a bad idea, right? Especially if it's carrot cake - one of my favorites.


I love using my OXO tools to create recipes. Oxo provided me with this great mixing bowl with handle, spatula and mini measuring cups - which are all up for grabs in the giveaway below. I also use the OXO measuring cups and my trusty OXO scale on an almost daily basis for all my recipes.


Grimmway Farms gave me a bunch of carrots to use for BrunchWeek and boy have I been using them. The shredded carrots are perfect for muffins and oatmeal. I have been snacking on the carrot chips in the afternoons, and the baby carrots are great roasted as a side for dinner. I don't have an 8x8 square pan, so I used a round cake pan, but I would recommend using a square pan, lined with parchment, to get it out easier. I like the base of this recipe, but I am definitely going to continue improving and adapting it. This is best eaten immediately warm right out of the oven.

Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal
inspired by/adapted from Southern In Law and Diet Taste

Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal Ingredients:
 - 2 cups Shredded Grimmway Farms Carrots
 - 1/2 cup California Walnuts
 - 2 cups Bob's Red Mill Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
 - 1 & 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
 - 1 & 1/2 teaspoons Cinnamon
 - 1/2 teaspoon Salt
 - 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
 - 2 tablespoons unsalted Butter, melted
 - 1 & 1/2 cups whole Milk
 - 1/2 cup Applesauce
 - 2 Eggs
 - 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract

Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal Directions:
 - Heat oven to 350F. Prepare a cake pan with baking spray.
 - Using your OXO tools, measure the Carrots, Walnuts, Rolled Oats, Baking Powder, Cinnamon, Salt and Brown Sugar and put them in a mixing bowl.
 - In a separate bowl, combine the Butter, Milk, Applesauce, Eggs and Vanilla Extract. Add that into the dry mixture and combine
 - Pour into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes, or until the center is cooked through. Enjoy!

Here are more #Brunchweek recipes from our Brunchweek Food Bloggers. Make sure you come back tomorrow to see some other great recipes too!

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A huge thank you to all our amazing #BrunchWeek sponsors. Please follow these lovely folks on their social media sites:
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Until next time,
LOVE & CONFECTIONS!

Disclaimer:
California Walnuts, Bob’s Red Mill, Oxo, Dixie Crystals, Whole Foods Market Doctor Phillips, Grimmway Farms, Woot Froot, Vidalia Onion, Baloian Farms, Stemilt and Bonne Maman are providing the prizes free of charge. I have received product from Bob's Red Mill, OXO and Grimmway Farms to use for #Brunchweek. The walnuts used were purchased by me, but my preferred brand is California Walnuts. All opinions stated are my own.

May 5, 2014

Frozen Peach Bellini for #BrunchWeek

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#BrunchWeek is finally here! Welcome to the second annual BrunchWeek. I am so excited to have Susan of The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen as my co-host this year! Join us May 5th through 11th while we celebrate the deliciousness of brunch and to prepare for Mother's Day and summer brunching season. We have 32 bloggers bringing you their best brunch recipes, from cocktails to eggs benedict to donuts; there is something for everything this week.


When I think of Brunch, the first thing that comes to mind is sharing it with friends and family. The more the merrier. There is nothing that gets a party started quite like a cocktail.

Food Blogger #BrunchWeek 2014

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#BrunchWeek is finally here! Welcome to the second annual BrunchWeek. I am so excited to have Susan of The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen as my co-host this year! Join us May 5th through 11th while we celebrate the deliciousness of brunch and to prepare for Mother's Day and summer brunching season. We have 32 bloggers bringing you their best brunch game, from cocktails to eggs benedict to donuts, there is something for everything this week. Our amazing sponsors have donated some great prizes for a gigantic giveaway, please visit them all for more information.

Thank you so much to our wonderful sponsors for their generosity during Brunch Week. We have an incredible giveaway below and we’d love if you would take a moment to read about them all and what you can possibly win!