love, rachel

Jul 24, 2015

Coconut Water Popsicles: Sponsored by Naked Juice

Back again this month with a post sponsored by Naked Juice! This month I was particularly excited because I love Naked's coconut water. It's been my go to brand for coconut water long before I was working with Naked Juice.

I'll be honest, most of the time I just drink my coconut water straight from the glass. I love it as a post workout replenish drink. Hint: it also really helps after a night out to cure hangovers!

I wanted to try something refreshing, yet a little more fun than a post about me drinking coconut water out of the carton.. so here it is! Popsicles.

I decided to make coconut water popsicles with a couple different "toppings" to help spice it up. I tried fruit, gummy bears and lemonade mixed in with mine. I love how they turned out!


































* Disclaimer* Naked Juice provided me with coconut water for this post. I do appreciate brands who give back to their community and wanted to share some additional info on Naked and how their Coconut Water gives back.

Naked Coconut Water purchases provide aid for coconut farmers, which serve as an investment in their local communities for things like: tree replanting, disaster relief funding, school supplies and meals, water purification, better housing and more. With the help of Naked Juice, the farmers receive a fair price for their harvest, create safe working conditions and provide decent living wages for farming and working families. For more, please visit http://fairtradeusa.org/.

Hope you enjoy!
Rachel xo

Jul 16, 2015

Recipe: Mom's Egg Rolls

This recipe has quite the history. I remember when I was very little, when my mom made this dish my dad used to say these egg rolls were the best thing he'd ever eaten. My mom started making them for my step-dad, brother and I - we loved them just the same. 

One night last year I thought I should make them for D and Kristi. The reaction was the same "these are amazing." D says it's his favorite dish I make. With reactions like that- I figured it was time to share with you! 

I've had a couple tweaks from my mom's recipe (which you can find here! She blogs too!) I don't use bok choy, the salt or sugar in my version and I also add more peanut butter. Either way, both recipes make a crowd favorite. You must try this recipe! 









































































Here is my version of the recipe:

Ingredients:
2 tbl canola oil plus 2 cups
2 cloves of garlic minced
6 oz 16-20 count raw and deviened shrimp chopped (you could use cooked frozen too)
1 lb ground pork
2 carrots grated on a cheese grater or in a food processor
1 can sliced water chestnuts drained
1/4 cup soy sauce
1.5 tbl creamy peanut butter
1 pkg egg roll wrappers
1 egg
Heat 2 TBL oil in a pan or wok over medium high heat. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add pork cook til brown add shrimp, carrots, water chestnuts cook until tender. Add soy sauce. Cover and let simmer for 5 minutes.
Drain mixture thoroughly in a strainer making sure all excess liquid is out. Transfer to a bowl and mix in peanut butter.
Beat egg in a small bowl. Position egg roll wrapper on a diagonal or diamond shape on a plate. Put 1TBL egg roll mixture at end closest to you. Fold bottom corner facing you up over mixture. Fold in left and right sides of the wrapper to ensure no mixture can escape. Then continue rolling until you reach the other end. Dab a bit of egg wash on the end and fold up to seal the egg roll. Repeat until you run out of wrappers or mixture. This recipe should make about 20  15 large egg rolls.
Put 2 cups of oil in a pan or wok. Heat of high heat until about 375 degrees. If you don't have a thermometer, put a bit of bread in the oil...when it starts to sizzle it is hot enough. Put a few egg rolls in the oil and turn until all sides are browned. Remove and drain of paper towels. 

Serve with dipping sauces! Sweet and Sour, Peanut Sauce, Sweet Chili Sauce etc. 

Thanks for sharing mom! 

Love,
Rachel 


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