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UltimateMama and her girls can’t resist thinking back to their trip to Spain a few years ago and longing for the excitement of Barcelona.  Since flying to Europe was out of the question last weekend, UltimateMama decided to do the next best thing–make paella with her girls for Friday night dinner. Using a brilliant Matiz paella rice recipe, the girls made an out of this world seafood paella! The one catch–make sure you have saffron on hand–expensive but worth it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matiz Seafood Paella recipe:

Heat 8 cups of fish or chicken broth with 1 teaspoon of saffron (we used a bit more) in a pot.  In a separate (very) large pan, heat 1/2 cup of olive oil over medium heat.  Add 1-2 medium sized diced onions to the oil and fry until translucent (6 minutes, approximately). Add 1 chopped red bell pepper and 1 chopped orange-yellow bell pepper and cook for about 5 minutes. Add 16 oz diced artichokes (canned), 28 oz diced tomatoes (canned), and 4 cloves of diced garlic — simmer for 5 minutes.  Pour in 4 cups of Matiz Paella rice and stir until the rice is fully covered with the sofrito tomato mixture.

Carefully add the broth to the paella. Gently move the rice mixture around until evenly distributed. Do not “stir” the rice after this part.

After 10 minutes place your fresh seafood (white fish, uncooked shrimp without the shells, mussels, clams, etc.) into the mixture one by one and evenly distribute the seafood. After about 10 minutes add piquillo pepper to garnish and add color. In another 15 minutes or so the water should be completely absorbed and you can remove from heat. Cover with foil and let sit for 10 minutes before serving. You can serve it directly from the pan (add wedges of lemon or lime if you want to impress).

UltimateMama’s girls had a brilliant idea for a recent casual get together with friends – make, bake, decorate, and serve cupcakes for all to enjoy!  Inspired by whimsical Lilly Pulitzer dresses, the girls used the Domino Buttercream Frosting recipe (found on the Domino Confectioners Sugar box) and food coloring to create beautiful pink and green frosting.  The girls loved experimenting with a piping bag and Russian piping tips to create stunning designs.

In a rush?  No sweat.  Betty Crocker makes easy to use decorating cake icing in a variety of fun “party” colors as well.

UltimateMama’s girls are always excited to make these clever, easy, minimalist, nutritious, and tasty avocado boats.  The best thing about them is that they can be eaten right out of the avocado! Avocados are high in healthy fats and great anytime of day.

Ultimate Avocado Boat recipe (for 8 people):

-4 avocados

-6 plum tomatoes cut into cubes (or use a pint of washed cherry tomatoes which you won’t need to cut)

-1 container of fresh mozzarella balls (bocconcini) or you can cube one larger mozzarella ball

-4 tablespoons diced red onion (scallions work well too)

-2 tablespoons of lime juice

To do:  scoop out the “meat” from each avocado but remember to keep the “shell”.  In a large bowl, gently stir cubed avocado chunks, tomatoes, mozzarella, onions, and lime juice. Carefully, spoon into each of your eight avocado “shells” and serve!

 

UltimateMama and her girls love to make this refreshing summer salad for lunch guests.  It is quick, easy, delicious, and filled with nutrients.  Best of all, it is colorful as well as easy to eat poolside.

Ultimate Pineapple and Chicken Summer Salad recipe

-Fresh kale

-Pineapple chunks

-Red (or yellow) potatoes cut in chunks

-Grilled chicken cubed (UltimateMama usually uses leftovers from the prior evening)

-Balsamic vinegar

To do:  wash and dry the kale, add the rest of the ingredients, and lightly drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Serve in pretty summer bowls.

Optional:  Add some feta or goat cheese.

 

UltimateMama and her family have lots of visitors all summer long.  As hosts it is always the goal to make a great impression, however, we all want to enjoy the day too!  A quick and easy dessert that looks fancy but takes no time at all is the classic sundae. Sundaes look a bit more decadent compared to ice cream cones but basically have all the components.  Best of all, they can be made ahead of time and stored in your freezer.  Here’s what you need:

Waffle Bowls (Joy makes good ones)

Sprinkles (Betty Crocker never disappoints)

Chocolate Sauce (love anything by Ghiradelli)

Ice Cream (Breyers is consistently good)

For those who don’t want to waffle bowl experience UltimateMama and her girls love making sundaes in depression glass sherbet desert bowls (blue bowls are our favorite color for summer fun)!


 

 

UltimateMama’s children get tempted each and every time they walk past a donut shop.  The smell of the sweet, greasy treat just fills their hearts with joy.  Not wanting them to miss out, UltimateMama purchased the Babycakes nonstick coated donut maker and the kids have been creating all sorts of sweet and somewhat healthy, not fried donut varieties.

Many donut recipes can be found online or in cookbooks, however, UltimateMama has cut down on time by using pancake mix, waffle mix, muffin mix, cake mix, and even splurged recently with a mix from Sur La Table.


UltimateMama and her kids enjoy entertaining around the holidays.  From Halloween through New Year’s Day the family kitchen is bustling with excitement.  Each year, new creations are tried and tested. This year’s winner is an easy appetizer turkey that the kids can make a few hours before your party or gathering.  It is a real crowd pleaser as it looks beautiful and tastes great too.  What you need:

– Crackers of your choosing (we used a combination of Ritz and Pretzel Crackers)

– Cheese of your choosing (we used thinly sliced Cheddar and Monterey Jack but any cheese will do–just cut it to fit your platter)

-2 blueberries for the eyes (or olives or peppercorns)

– Thinly sliced salami cut into circles (or pepperoni)

-Two toothpicks for the legs

To make–just let your creative juices run wild and experiment!  You may want to use the meat for the turkey’s face and save a larger slice of cheese for the turkey’s body!


UltimateMama and her kids love to make colorful fruit pops all year round.  UltimateMama’s three ingredient ice pops are simple and healthy. Here’s how you make this simple recipe for kids:

2 cups of cleaned and strained raspberries (or strawberries)

4 kiwi (peeled and cut into cubes)

1 cup of orange juice, you can add more if needed (or pineapple juice)

Puree all of the fruit and place into three separate bowls.  Fill your popsicle containers with the pureed raspberries by carefully pouring the fruit into the mold then freeze for about 45 to 60 minutes.  Pour the pureed kiwi on top and freeze for another 45 to 60 minutes.  Top off with the orange juice then cover with the popsicle lid/sticks and freeze until solid.  Remove and enjoy your 4 fruit pops!


UltimateMama’s children created an incredibly easy and delicious dessert this weekend using 3 ingredients:  marshmallows, one chocolate bar (milk or dark), colored sprinkles!  To do:

Melt the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl in 10 second intervals

Put sprinkles in a shallow dish

Take a marshmallow and dip it in the melted chocolate then quickly dip it in the sprinkles.

Set on a plate and enjoy!

UltimateMama relaxes by teaching her children to cook.  A simple, easy, yummy, and favorite recipe makes for a fun afternoon.  These zucchini lemon muffins are great on their own or can be turned into dessert muffins by adding chocolate chips or broken pieces of a chocolate bar.  With or without the chocolate, UltimateMama’s kids could not believe a whole zucchini was in the muffins!

Ingredients

2 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 cup shredded zucchini (in food processor–can even be in puree format)

1 egg

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tsp lemon juice

Optional

1/4 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks if you want to make a “sweeter” version of this recipe.

To do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. This recipe makes 12 muffins to line your muffin pan with a dozen paper baking cups.

In a large bowl use a wooden spoon to mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda.

In a small bowl use a wooden spoon to mix the zucchini, egg, olive oil, and lemon juice.

Add the ingredients from the small bowl to the larger bowl and stir.

Fill the 12 baking cups equally and bake for approximately 20 minutes (give or take depending on your oven).

Test doneness with a toothpick.

Remove from oven.

Cool or eat a bit warm!