Ricotta & Honey Toast

Ricotta Honey ToastThis has been quite a…strange week in the Bay Area. We started off our weeks with a huge earthquake in Napa, CA that the entire Bay Area felt. For the rest of the week, we have been experiencing some crazy weather which has also brought some crazy allergies. With the crazy weather has come allergy attacks for almost every single person I know, and this week my allergies hit me HARD.

Not that you want to hear all my symptoms, but I somehow ended up with a sore throat from my allergies. So to soothe my throat and boost my immune system, I made some Ricotta and Honey Toast.

This healthy breakfast almost instantly made me feel better, and I’m not exaggerating. At one point while savoring the sweet toast, I had forgotten my throat was sore. Yeah, it made that big of a difference. Sore throats are irritating to say the least, so I was taken aback at how the honey helped my throat. My spirits were lifted!

Needless to say, after nearly inhaling this amazing toast, I was ready to face the day!
Ricotta Honey Toast Honey & Ricotta Toast

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices of french bread from a baguette, each 1″ thick
  • 4 tablespoons ricotta cheese
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup fruit of your choice to top the toast

Directions:

Slice the french bread into 1″ thick slices if you haven’t already.

Toast the bread using your favorite method. I chose to broil the bread on high on a large baking sheet. I let the bread broil 3-4 minutes on each side

Spread the ricotta cheese on each slice of bread.

Top with the fruit of your choice (I am using blueberries and sliced strawberries) and drizzle honey on top.

Serve immediately.

Ricotta Honey Toast

There you go––an easy to make breakfast that is tasty and healthy. What more can a girl ask for?

P.S. if you have any remedies for allergy attacks, I’m all ears!

Sloppy Joe Nachos

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Manwich for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Manwich Sloppy Joe NachosSometimes, life gets hectic and it becomes pretty difficult to get a solid meal on the table. Even when you do have a moment to make something to eat, you still must think of a recipe to make and even make sure you have all the ingredients on hand. How exhausting!

What can you quickly put on the table that everyone will love to eat?

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In comes Manwich. Have you ever had Manwich before? If you haven’t, you may be wondering what it tastes like.

Manwich is a hearty sauce with a sweet, tangy taste. There are three flavors of Manwich sauces, so you are bound to find one that will make your taste buds sing. The flavors are Manwich Original, Manwich Bold, and Manwich Thick & Chunky.

Manwich an easy solution to weeknight dinner woes. There are many Easy Weeknight Meals you can make with Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce, and to make things even simpler, you can even find Manwich Recipes online to help you think of what to make with the tasty sauce. You’re bound to find the perfect recipe.

There’s no meat in Manwich cans, so you’re free to use it in sandwiches, pastas, and more. To find a store that carries Manwich near you, click here!

I combined my love of sloppy joes (yum!) with my love of nachos (yum!) to create these mouthwatering Sloppy Joe Nachos! These nachos are very simple to make, and very fun to eat! They make for a filling snack, and who can really resist Sloppy Joe Nachos?

Here’s my recipe:

Sloppy Joe Nachos

Makes 4 Servings

 

Manwich Product PhotoIngredients:

  • 1 can Manwich sauce of your choice
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 bag white tortilla chips
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 4 cups diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups guacamole
  • Optional: queso

Directions:

Cook the ground beef until it is thoroughly browned and add the Manwich sauce according to the instructions on the back of the can.

 

Manwich Sloppy JoeOn a plate of tortilla chips, layer on the sloppy joe meat, tomatoes, shredded cheese, queso (optional), and top with guacamole. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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It doesn’t get much easier than that, folks! Time to go stock up on some Manwich sauces and keep them in the pantry. You’ll never know when the urge for sloppy joes will arise!

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DIY Braided Headband

DIY Gold Chain Braided Headband

As a girl with bangs, I love using a headband to get my bangs out of my face when I’m working out or doing work around the house. And It’s nice to wear a pretty headband to work or out on a Friday night too.

I love a variety of headbands––everything from the solid plastic headbands with teeth to plain, soft elastic headbands.

While I love wearing headbands, I don’t like paying extreme prices for headbands. I saw similar headbands like this one going for $15 at a local boutique.

Say whaaa? $15? I could make that. 

So, I took matters into my own hands and recreated a $15 headband for far, far less.

Using a printed rose fabric I picked up for a project that I never used and a few generic craft items, I made a headband with a look that is quite “shabby chic”. By using raw, unfinished strips of fabric, it lends an effortless look for those days you want to look polished without trying to hard. Plus the pink fabric and gold chain make for a very feminine combination, don’t you think?

DIY Braided Headband

Supplies:

  • 2-20″ strips of fabric, 2″ wide
  • 1-6″ 1/4″ braided elastic, black
  • 2-6″ strips of black ribbon, 3/8″ wide
  • 1-18″ ball chain, gold

Tools:

  • Tape
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors

DIY Gold Chain Braided Headband

Directions:

Step 1. Fold each fabric strip in half. Then, sandwich the ball chain in between the fabric strips and tape the edge to a surface. Begin braiding and braid until you get to the end of the ball chain. Use scissors to cut any excess fabric and tape the end to keep the braid from unraveling. DIY Gold Chain Braided Headband

Step 2. Use the hot glue gun to glue the elastic band to the braided cloth, as pictured below.

DIY Gold Chain Braided Headband

Step 3. Add a dot of glue to the elastic band and wrap the black ribbon around the band and the end of the fabric braid to secure the end and clean up the look of the band. You could use a thicker ribbon if you choose! Secure the wrapped ribbon by using another dot of glue. Repeat to the other side and you’re done!

DIY Gold Chain Braided Headband

DIY Gold Chain Braided Headband

DIY Gold Chain Braided Headband

That’s it! After making this one, I was pretty tempted to make a few more. They really don’t take much time to make and it’s simple craft project for anyone to make, even if they don’t craft too often.