My UncommonGoods Gift Guide

Its Valentine’s day today and by tomorrow it will be a thing of the past but there is one thing that lasts, the gifts. If you forgot to get your sweetie something nice don’t sweat it. They will still love you if you get them something later. One of the best places to find thoughtful gifts is to go to the UncommonGoods website, they literally have something for everyone. Their goods are so unique and perfect for gifting be it for Valentine’s day or any other day.

1. For the Foodie: If you are looking for a gift for that foodie in your life, you cannot go wrong with a chocolate truffle making kit. The truffles would be fun to create with your partner or you can even surprise them with the batch you made yourself. I absolutely love the Himalayan Salt Tequila Glasses which would make a perfect gift for someone who loves to entertain. I could not think of a better way to enjoy Tequila than these glasses. The lunch jar with Neoprene Sleeve above is one that would be a big hit.

2. For the Beer Drinker: Nowadays it has become so cool to brew at home. I already know a few our friends who have started to brew their own beer and can’t stop talking about it. I highly recommend the West Coast style IPA Beer Brewing kit for anyone in your life that is interested in home brewing. Another one is the beer caddy. Your man will be the envy of your friends when he shows up to the game with the wooden beer caddy with an attached bottle opener. You can see more ideas for men by visiting this page. 

3. For the Jewelry Lover: We often buy jewelry lovers pieces of jewelry which is lovely but have you thought about getting them something to store their jewelry. I love the pedestal jewelry holder from Uncommon goods and how pretty it looks on the dresser as well. How about a unique piece of jewelry? As someone who loves statement pieces, I adore the Mixed Metal Hinged Cuff. Handcrafted in Argentina, it has so much character and makes a great conversation piece. See more gift ideas for women here.

For Everybody: Before we know it springtime will be here and what better way to enjoy the beautiful day by setting up a picnic outing. The cheese and crackers serving board is such a genius design that allows you to set your cheese and crackers perfectly. The handwoven wine tote with glasses is also a crowd pleaser and can carry 6 glasses and a bottle. You can even use at your outdoor barbecue.

If you are not familiar with UncommonGoods, they are US based company that sells unique jewelry, designer décor, tabletop items, and handcrafted gifts and more. Just to give you an idea of what a great online store they are. They have been awarded for outstanding customer service every year since 2007 by Bizrate. Check them out and let me know if like me, you ended up spending an hour browsing all their awesome stuff. It’s really hard to leave that page without spotting something you like.

This post was sponsored UnCommonGoods, all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

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Quick Meal Solutions: Tai Pei Single Serve Entrees

This post was sponsored Tai Pei, all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Quick Meal Solutions with Tai Pei

Looking at the delicious plates above, would you ever think they were made in the microwave? My Fiance did not believe it when he came home one day and I served him a beef and broccoli rice dinner from the Tai Pei single serve entree range. I had to show him the container to convince him it was not homemade. I usually like to cook but I was having one those nights when I came from work completely drained with no energy to cook. Since we love Asian food, Tai Pei single serve entrees have become our go-to for quick tasty meals on days were cooking is not an option.

Tai Pei has 15 different flavor varieties for their single serve entrees including General Tso’s spicy chicken, Teriyaki chicken, Pepper beef and more fried rice options. Each is made with flavor-infused rice. It was so hard to choose from the selection but I opted for chicken fried rice for myself and Beef and Broccoli for the Fiance. Quick Meal Solutions with Tai Pei

Cooking Tai Pei entrees is as simple as placing the package in the microwave for the specified time on the packaging then letting it stand for a minute and voila! The entrees come in convenient packaging that you can eat directly from after cooking. They make a great work lunch and are affordable. You’ll save money carrying one of many options from the Tai Pei Entree range for lunch as opposed to eating out. I get a lot of satisfaction knowing I am eating really good tasting food away from home.

Unlike most of the frozen food entrees I have tried, Tai Pei is a winner because of the amazing flavors in their frozen meals. I absolutely love that all their entrees are made with real ingredients; you’ll not find any harmful ingredients in a Tai Pei Entree.

Quick Meal Solutions with Tai Pei

Where to find Tai Pei Entrees and Sweepstakes!

Tai Pei Entrees can be found in the frozen food section of your local grocery store, You can use the store locator to find where Tai Pei single serve is available near you including the frozen fried rice.

I’ve teamed up with Tai Pei to offer you a chance to win fabulous prizes including $500 and $100 Walmart gift cards. The last date to enter is Monday, March 5th.

I-C will randomly select 13 winners from all program entries and will facilitate fulfillment of the winning prizes.

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Easy Eggs Benedict Recipe

Did you know that Eggs Benedict is one of the most popular brunch menu items? I always find myself ordering eggs Benny whenever I go out for brunch so I decided to try to make it myself at home. Eggs Benedict is simply an English muffin topped with bacon or ham, poached egg, and a creamy hollandaise sauce layered on top.Easy Eggs Benedict Recipe

Executing the perfect Eggs Benedict can be tricky but it’s pretty straightforward once you get the gist of it. For my first attempt, the results were actually good and I feel great about sharing my easy recipe with you. What makes it easy is the blender hollandaise sauce. The traditional method of making hollandaise is using a boiler but ain’t nobody got time for that!

My hollandaise sauce had a thinner consistency but I actually liked the light sauce. If you prefer a thicker and richer sauce you can add more butter. When making this dish, counting calories is out of the question as it is an inherently rich dish. This is the kind of meal you make once in a while so why not go all out.

Easy Eggs Benedict Recipe

With Valentine’s day coming up you can prepare Eggs Benedict for that special someone. They will certainly feel special when you serve this delectable treat. Go ahead and make some mimosas or serve with freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. Either way, you will feel like a MasterChef and you will get a lot of praise.

Here at Spoons and Stilettos, we are always trying to teach home cooks how to cook like chefs. If you want to perfect your omelet making skills, you can read my post on how to make a perfect omelet too! If you decide to make this recipe, be sure to tag @spoonsandstilettos on Instagram; I’ll love to see your creations.

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Print Recipe
Easy Eggs Benedict Recipe
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 English muffins
  • 1 tbsp White vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Fresh chives chopped
Hollandaise Sauce
  • 8 tbsp butter
  • 3 Egg Yolks
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • salt to taste
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 English muffins
  • 1 tbsp White vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Fresh chives chopped
Hollandaise Sauce
  • 8 tbsp butter
  • 3 Egg Yolks
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook bacon in the oven until lightly crispy. about 8 minutes. reserve bacon fat
  2. Bring to boil about two cups water, add vinegar and reduce heat till water lighlty simmering.
  3. Melt 8 tbsp butter. Place the egg yolks, lemon juice and salt in the blender. Blend for half a minute till eggs are a light yellow then add the butter till you reach the right consistency.
  4. Crack one egg into a small bowl then gently place into the lightly simmering water. Do it for each egg.
  5. Turn the heat off, cover the saucepan and let sit for 5 minutes then remove the eggs gently with a slotted spoon.
  6. Toast muffin halves before assembling. divide bacon among the muffin halves. Place pached egg over bacon, pour some hollandaise sauce and sprinkle the top with fresh chives.

Style Spotlight: Oversized Sweater

Its time for another style spotlight! Today I am introducing you to the world of oversized sweaters. Not that they need much introduction because you probably have one in your closet right now. I am just here to tell you that oversized sweaters are totally in trend and can look really good if styled well. I love a cozy oversized sweater with jeans and riding boots in the winter. Especially on a mild winter day like the one we had last Sunday in Boston.

Style Spotlight: Oversized Sweater


Outfit details:

Sweater (Similar): Primark , Skinny Jean’s (Similar): Celebrity Pink Jeans

Knee High Boots(Similar): J. Crew


Style Spotlight: Oversized Sweater

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How to make a perfect omelet

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Conagra Brands. All opinions are mine alone. #YouPAMDoIt #PAMInControl #CollectiveBias​

Have you ever tried to make an omelet, only to have it fall apart or stick to the pan? I have been there and let me tell you it’s no fun if you are a perfectionist like I am. Omelets tend to intimidate a lot of home cooks but they are actually easy to make if the right techniques and ingredients are used. Today I am sharing my little secret to creating a perfect omelet  that easily slides out of the pan. The NEW PAM® Spray Pump Olive Oil.

There are certain things that are necessary when making a perfect omelet like prepping the filling before you start cooking the egg, following the simple ratio of 1/2 cup filling to 2 eggs and last but not least, using the miracle ingredient PAM Spray Pump Olive Oil. When I heard about the PAM Spray Pump Olive Oil I had to give it a try, and it did not disappoint. In fact I haven’t made a bad omelet or any dish that sticks to the pan since using this non stick spray.

In addition to its amazing non-stick cooking. PAM Spray Pump Olive Oil has many advantages in comparison to regular oil and butter. This includes the fact that you can easily control the amount used with the spray pump thus using fewer calories. I love that it is a non-stick option with no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, the spray is non aerosol/propellant-free! What makes it even more outstanding is that it doesn’t have that chemical after taste that you get from other cooking sprays.

Other than omelets you can use the cooking spray for things like cakes, cookies, pies to prevent them from sticking. It’s great for frittatas or breakfast casseroles. A great idea is to spray Pam cooking spray in muffin tins then pour in a  mixture of beaten eggs, steamed broccoli, bacon and cheese to create fun egg cupcakes the kids will love. You can even use the spray when making waffles and pancakes with the comfort of knowing that they will not stick to the pan.

Now lets talk about how you can make the perfect omelet. Its easier than you think .

How to make the perfect omelet.

  1. Spray a little of  PAM® Spray Pump Olive Oil  to a unheated omelet pan. Turn on heat to medium. 
  2. Beat eggs, water, salt and pepper in small bowl until blended and pour into the omelet pan. Allow the eggs set a little along the edges.

 3. Gently push the cooked parts from edges toward the center allowing uncooked eggs to touch the pan surface. Continue doing this until most of the eggs is cooked. When the egg is set but not all the way through, can start placing fillings on one side of the omelet.

4. Now comes the fun part. Gently fold the omelet in half with a spatula. Do this by running the spatula around the edge of the omelette and then lifting it up.

Where to find PAM Spray Pump Olive Oil

You can find PAM Spray pump oil at your local Walmart in the cooking spray aisle which is where I got mine. You can also earn $1 when you buy one (1) PAM Spray Pump Olive Oil or Canola Oil, just click this Ibotta offer link   The offer starts 12.22.17 and will end while supplies last.

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Print Recipe
Perfect omelet recipe
Course Breakfast
Servings
Ingredients
  • 2 extra large eggs
  • 1 piece bacon cooked and chopped
  • 1/2 cup cooked spinach
  • 1 tbsp Feta cheese
  • 2 pumps about 1 tsp PAM spray pump olive oil
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
Course Breakfast
Servings
Ingredients
  • 2 extra large eggs
  • 1 piece bacon cooked and chopped
  • 1/2 cup cooked spinach
  • 1 tbsp Feta cheese
  • 2 pumps about 1 tsp PAM spray pump olive oil
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Whisk eggs with a pinch of salt and a tsp of water.
  2. Spray the pan with Pam spray pump olive oil. Heat skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Pour the eggs into the skillet and turn the heat down to medium-low. Once the eggs are almost set, add the fillings (bacon, spinach and feta) on one side.
  4. Flip the empty half of the omelette over the fillings and cook for another minute and serve

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