Sunday, March 29, 2015

Weekend Recap 3/27-3/29/15

This weekend was filled with making yummy desserts, meals and drink recipes from the Family Foodie blog to celebrate me being a brand ambassador for the 2015 Food and Wine Conference! (Buy your tickets and use code FWC15grana for $50 off admission! Get your tickets at  I also took time to stop by the Food Truck Festival and the Pet Expo at the Florida State Fairground on Saturday March, 28, 2015. Those two events were so much fun! The Pet Expo definitely proved how much my hubby and I want to get a pet of our own! We know for sure now that we want a small to medium sized dog with pointy not floppy ears. And because of a silly inside joke he and I have had since we have been married we will name is Cesar Rawr! LOL!

The funniest thing we saw at the Pet Expo was basically this:

Okay, so this isn't the EXACT one we saw, but like a fool I forgot to take a video of the indoor one. Basically, it's a lure that is tied to a wire that is placed on a track and runs around your yard for your dog to chase it as you push a remote that makes it go back and forth around the track. Who needs to play a game of fetch when you can sit on your fanny and watch the dog do all the work for you. The company is called Swift Paws. Check them out here.

Back to the Food Truck Festival. We had a blast. My husband had a hot dog and I had a personal pizza from Light My Fire Mobile Pizza Company. It was pretty good and the drink I enjoyed from the Gasolina booth was perfect to wash it down! The best one was the Sangria, but I also sampled the Original and the Rum Punch which were both pretty good. I definitely want to get some of the Gasolina drink pouches for my next party or event. They are ready to drink pouches that the reps called "adult Capri Suns" Perfect description and they tasted sooooo good.

Needless to say all that walking and all that sun wore me out so as soon as I got home I attempted a Skype call with my sis-in-law who is in Japan right now, but instead I quickly crashed and didn't wake up until Sunday afternoon. Since waking up today I've been baking and cooking and blogging and having a really fun time. Can't wait until next weekend to make more meals and treats for the blog!!! Of course, until then I have a fun filled week of work ahead of me. I'll post more soon. Until next time, have a great week bloggy friends.

-The Famous Ashley Grant

Friday, March 27, 2015

16 Weeks Until the 2015 Food and Wine Conference

Today marks exactly 16 weeks until the 2015 Food and Wine Conference!!!! The recipe I chose to make to celebrate today is the Oscartini. I changed the recipe just slightly because I like my drinks a little stronger. It calls for one ounce of champagne and vodka with two ounces of cranberry juice but instead I did one ounce of each. I poured the vodka and the cranberry juice into a martini shaker with ice and shook what my momma gave me. After that I strained the juice and vodka into a martini glass. Then I topped it with the ounce of champagne. It was absolutely delish! I'm not going to say I made myself a second one, but I won't deny it either. It is yummy!!! Highly recommend this if you are looking for a nice cocktail one evening or in the middle of the day or even for breakfast because I'm not here to judge you.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Exciting 2015 Food & Wine Conference Announcement! #FWCon



I'm super stoked for today's post you guys! If you haven't figured out by the lead photo above- I've been chosen as one of the 2015 Food & Wine Conference Ambassadors!!! SO EXCITED!!!

To celebrate I'm going to be re-creating some of the recipes from Isabel Laessig's amazing blog Family Foodie or from her other blog Sunday Supper Movement- Isabel is the conference creator. I'll re-create at least one recipe a week through the start of the conference. This week my first choice was to make her Walnut Crusted Salmon Cakes. Here's how my turned out:

My only swap to her recipe was I swapped bread crumbs for the crushed walnuts because I didn't have any walnuts and didn't want to drive back to the store after forgetting the one crucial ingredient in the recipe. LOL! The sauce on top of mine is Tiger Sauce. This hot and tangy sauce was absolutely delicious on them!!! My husband and I frequently enjoy Tiger Sauce on crab cakes, meatloaf and now these salmon cakes. Anyway, get Isabel's yummy salmon cake recipe HERE!

So, what does me being a 2015 Food & Wine Conference ambassador mean for you guys? Not only does it mean you will get to see new recipes that I haven't tried before on this blog, it also means that if you want to come to the 2015 Food & Wine Conference with me you can snag $50 OFF your ticket with this code-


What exactly is the Food & Wine Conference? The Food and Wine Conference brings together bloggers, small business owners, winemakers, chefs, public relations professionals, traditional media, new media, authors and brands. Attend the conference and tap into information and resources that can lead to growth for both you and your blog. Connections are very important in today’s ever growing blogosphere. This conference puts you and those connections in one place. It is an opportunity not to miss!

This year's conference will be held July 17-19, 2015 in Orlando, Florida at Rosen Shingle Creek. Tickets are just $299.00 and available online HERE! Remember to use the code FWC15grana for $50 off!
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In full disclosure I do receive a commission when you use this code, but hey! It's $50 off!!!
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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Days of Thunder- Or the First of Many Films I Have Yet to See



My husband and I have been talking a lot lately about movies and as he brought up references to lots of films we realized that there are a LOT of films I have not seen yet. After talking for just 20 minutes we had a list of 35 films he thought I should see. Then, we asked his dad and sister and at the end of that conversation the final tally was well over 60 films. I guess you could say I have quite a few to watch in the coming days. Thank goodness for Netflix and Amazon Prime I suppose!

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Anyway, the first flick we chose because it was free on Netflix and was the first one we happened to type in the search box that was actually streaming was Days of Thunder. I have to say I liked this flick quite a bit more than I thought I would. Ah, Tom Cruise before the crazy. I like this version of him. (p.s. I'm glad he has piped DOWN in the media lately and gotten back to just making good movies) And Nicole Kidman! WOW! She was a fox- although, come to think of it - she STILL is! It was enjoyable to watch even though I’m not a huge racing fan. Yes, Kim if you are reading this- I confess it. I’m not that big into racing. BUT, this flick did give me a better appreciation for racing and I can see why people get so fired up about it. This movie had me laughing, crying and cringing making for an overall feel good flick. If you are bored and looking for something to watch on Netflix I would highly recommend it.

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Oh and by the way- You can also snag free trials of Netflix and Amazon Prime right now. Just click Netflix or Amazon Prime and get your free trials today!

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