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The Food Nanny Mothers Day Gift Guide

The Food Nanny Mothers Day Gift Guide

Can you believe Mother Day is THIS Sunday? It has completely snuck up on us. We thought it would be fun to share with you some of our favorite things for last minute gift ideas.

Some of these items will keep even the most difficult person happy this week! Or if you are like us, you need some ideas to send your husband. It can be hard thinking of things for yourself, so look no further!

Whatever your price point is, this list is for you. And if Mothers Day comes and goes, treat yourself to a little something. Being a mom is the most challenging and rewarding part of what we do. We love cooking, but our family is what makes it all worth it.

Motherhood sometimes get a bad wrap. You get no sleep. Kids are messy and loud. It is far from a glamorous job. You work all day to wake up and repeat the same tasks in the morning. Being a mom us hard, both emotionally and physically. But is there anything more rewarding than teaching and loving children?

Whether you are a loving aunt or friend to children, have young children at home, or have moved on to the grandma phase of life, happy Mothers Day! Aren't we all mothers in many ways? Today is a day to honor those who raised us and those who have helped along the way. It is a wonderful excuse to celebrate women and the wonderful work we are doing!

So stepping off our soap box, here is our very own Mother Day gift guide! All of these items are things we own and love, so we promise you will too.

Items for the kitchen:

Mosser Glass Cake Plate in milk White: We absolutely love this cake plate! It looks adorable on an open shelf, and even better with one of our amazing cakes on it.

Danish Dough Whisk: If you don't have one of these in your kitchen yet, you need it! This is the perfect gift for any moms on your list who enjoy baking. It is inexpensive and so practical! Aimee, this one is for you! (watch our live from Tuesday if you don't know what we are talking about).

Kitchen Aid: You can make all of our recipes completely by hand, but Kitchen Aids are amazing. They make mixing so easy! And we can't get over how beautiful this color is.

TFN Measuring Spoon: You will never worry about trying to find all your different measuring cups again. This little guy is nice and cheap and makes the perfect little gift.

Staub Pots: We cannot get enough of these incredible pots. It is an investment, but you will have it forever! And they make beautiful kitchen art. Here it is in 2.75 quart, 3.75 quart, 5.5 quart. You won't regret this purchase!

Copper Pots: You know we can't get enough of these incredible pots! Something that will be in your family for generations to come. Check it out in either 3 liter or 4 liter. They are such amazing quality for the price!

Threshold Decorative White Bowl from Target: You know how much we love this amazing bowl!

Threshold Decorative White Vase from Target: And we are equally obsessed with it in vase form.

TFN Aprons: These aprons make for the perfect gift! They are adorable, and come out of the wash looking as good as new!Wood Serving/ Cutting Board: We have these in multiple places in our kitchen and can't get enough. They make the most simple food display look gourmet and elegant. Wood boards also make great bread cutting boards. And the more you use it, the more antique and genuine your board will look!

TFN Aprons: These aprons make for the perfect gift! They are adorable, and come out of the wash looking as good as new!

Items outside of the Kitchen

Amaris Pearl Drop Earrings: Food Nanny Jr. wore these the other day, and they are a show stopper! This is an easy way to brighten up even the most simple outfit.

Capri Blue Candle: Have you smelled this amazing candle? We certainly were not the ones to discover it, but we think everyone needs it in their lives!

Leather Backpack: You guys know our love for Madewell. It is definitely our most frequented store for clothes and accessories. When we found this backpack, we just had to have it! It will be perfect for our France trip this summer. And it also comes in a smaller size if that's more your style.

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Made By Mary Necklaces: We absolutely love these necklaces! They are well made and look brand new even after wearing a million times. We love how simple they are. You can get one personalized, or just keep it plain. The two necklaces we have are the zola disk necklace and the bar necklace. We love them both!

Now have yourself a Happy Mothers Day! xoxo

In Case You Missed It... April 29th-May 5th

In Case You Missed It... April 29th-May 5th

We hope you all had a wonderful week! Did you make one of our delicious Mexican dishes for Cinco de Mayo? If so, send us your pictures! We love to see you making the meals we love so much.

Traegar and Staub Event

The week started with an incredible event put on by Traeger and Staub. If you have followed us for a while, you know our obsession with Staub! We have been fans for over 30 years. Pretty sure we now love them more than ever! It was such a privilege to get invited to such an amazing event.

You can't really get a better combination than Traeger and Staub. We cannot tell you how unbelievable the food was! It was honestly insane. Everything was made on the Traeger. Did you know that everything you make in your oven can be made on the Traeger? The smoke gives everything such an amazing flavor. We can't wait to get cooking with Traeger soon!

Tuesdays Live

It always feels so good to do a live after being gone for a few days! We start to miss you guys! If you missed it, you can watch it here. So for Tuesdays live, we decided to talk about Nachos. Who doesn't love some good nachos? We started off showing you an extremely easy meatless version. It uses things you most likely already have in your pantry and takes minutes to execute. There's really no excuse to not getting dinner on the table with recipes as easy as this!

Next, we showed you how to make our new Food Nanny Steak nachos. I would put these up against any other nachos out there. The combination of the steak and cheese sauce make them out of this world! This is a great way to use some of your leftover steak from grill night. We will be craving these Steak nachos till we make them again!

Draper Stake Event

To make this week even better, we had the privilege of speaking at an event with the Draper stake. We met so many wonderful Fannies and loved every second! Lizi was able to share some more about portion control and counting calories. As women, we have too much to offer the world to worry about every bite of food you eat! Don't worry, you will hear a lot more about this!

Fridays Live

We finished off the week with a live at our friend Cami's home! It was such a pleasure! Check her out on instagram @camitiffin. It was only fitting that we made the best Pina Coladas because we got this recipe from her mom! The Coco Lopez brand of cream of coconut is a game changer. You will not find better!

While sipping our drinks, Cami showed us around her incredible home. You guys, she has worked wonders! They moved into their home six year ago and have slowly been remodeling it ever since. Cami talks about how they have been able to make their home look incredible on a budget. Go give her a follow, she is a wealth of knowledge! We finished up at Cami's house and then headed over to Aimee's chicken coop. Isn't it so dreamy?

Thanks for joining us for another week! As always, follow along and cook with us this next week! Here is what's on our menu:

Monday: Chicken Rice Casserole with Almonds

Tuesday: Lasagna Soup

Wednesday: Blueberry Pancakes

Thursday: Mexican Chicken and Rice

Friday: Pizza with Mushrooms or Potatoes

Saturday: BBQ Apricot Chicken Thighs

Sunday: Rosemary Lamb Chops

xoxo!

7 Recipes your Cinco de Mayo party needs

7 Recipes your Cinco de Mayo party needs

One of our favorite nights of the week has always been Mexican night! We really can't get enough. All of our recipes are amazing, but our Mexican food is some of our very best!

With Cinco de Mayo coming up, we thought it would be fun to compile some of our favorite Mexican food items! If you are making dinner for a group, we have you covered! If you are keeping things simple and eating with your family, we have something for you. And if you happen to be bringing a side to a Cinco de Mayo party, look no farther!

We have pages and pages of ideas for Mexican night, so feel free to check out both our cookbooks for some more ideas! But we promise, you will not be disappointed in ANY of these ridiculously good recipes.

1.Nachos Nachos Nachos. We can't get enough! Our new FN steak nachos are incredible. But if meat is not your thing, check out our simple meatless nachos with beans and cheese. So delicious!

2. Chicken Tacos: We have been making these tacos for over 30 years! They are a family favorite. If you are wanting to keep things simple, this I the recipe for you!

3. Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas: These enchiladas have so much flavor it will blow your mind! And to make it even better, they are quick and easy! So you can whip these bad boys up in no time.

4. Chicken Taquitos: If you are bringing something to a Cinco de Mayo potlock, we have the recipe for you! Both kids and adults can't get enough of these.

5. Chicken Burrito's with Salsa Verde and Lime: If you have never tried these burritos, nows the time! The sauce that goes on top is out of this world.

6. Pina Colada: We love these so much, we are going to do a live on them this Friday! You can keep these ingredients on hand whenever you need a little Mexican Fiesta in your life!

7. Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Strips: This may not be your typical Mexican appetizer, but your guest will not complain! It is sweet and absolutely delicious. It is the perfect way to start your party!

Now get cooking, and enjoy!

FN Steak Nachos

FN Steak Nachos

We just can't get over how amazing these Nachos are! We have been making our meatless version for years and years, but just recently came up with this recipe.

The sauce is out of this world! We think its the combination of Gouda and cream. So flavorful and delicious!

Not to mention, the way we cooked the steak adds even more flavor! It takes your regular nachos up about 5 notches. If you are feeling brave, use half pepper jack and half cheddar cheese on top. This will add the perfect kick without being too overpowering.

If you are short on time, use a bag of store bought tortilla chips. You can find some delicious ones now days. Your nachos will still be amazing. But there's something about homemade chips that makes these seem special.

So what are you waiting for? Get cooking, your whole family will love these Steak Nachos!

xoxo

FN Steak Nachos

  • 1 lb steak (medium well)
  • Guerande gray course salt
  • 1 tbsp butter (cold)
  • Tortilla Chips, taco size, cut into eighths. (or use store bought)
  • 1/2 cup Canola Oil
  • Fleur de Sel
  • 1 1/2 cups Shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3/4-1 cup Cream
  • 2 cups Shredded gouda cheese
  • 1 tbsp Corn Starch or Kamut white all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp Champagne Vinegar or Apple Cider

Condiments

  • Refried or Black Beans
  • Avocado Chunks
  • Black olives sliced
  • Diced fresh tomatoes
  • Sliced Jalapeños
  • Sour Cream
  • Salsa
  1. Remove the steak from the fridge. Pat it dry with a paper towel. Sprinkle with a good helping of Guerande gray salt on each side of the steak. Add fresh ground pepper to taste as well. Set aside and let sit out on the counter for 20-30 minutes.

  2. Using a pizza cutter, cut the tortillas into eights if using fresh. Fry in hot canola oil. Not smoking hot, just hot enough to fry quickly and evenly. Fry in batches. Place the fried chips on a grate over a baking sheet with paper towels to catch the extra grease. Quickly sprinkle with Fleur de Sel salt. Start frying the next batch. When all the chips are fried prepare the condiments, then cook the steak.

  3. Turn the oven to 500 degrees. Fry the steak in a tiny bit of Canola oil over medium high heat preferably in a Cast Iron skillet. Cook for 4 minutes on each side. Place butter on top of the steak and put the pan in the hot oven for 4 more minutes. Remove from the oven and place the steak on a platter or cutting board with grooves to rest. Cover to keep warm.

  4. Grate all cheese. Take the 2 cups Gouda and toss it with 1 tablespoon of corn starch or flour. Set aside.

  5. In a small pan, add the cream. Turn the heat to low. When the cream is warm, slowly add the Gouda with corn starch as it melts into the cream. When melted, add the worcestershire and vinegar. Stir with a spatula. Keep warm.

  6. Slice the steak into thin slices. Remove any fat.

  7. Choose an oven proof platter. Place the warm chips on the platter. Add the grated cheddar cheese. Place under the broiler until melted.

  8. Dot the chips with the steak. Now top with the warm Gouda and cream.

  9. Serve with all the condiments of choice. Eat this while it's still nice and warm.

Threshold Decorative White Vase from Target

Decorative Vase - White - Threshold™

Highlights

  • White stoneware vase brings a subtle pop of style into any room
  • Watertight design makes it great for fresh-cut flowers
  • Makes a lovely addition to a console table, tabletop and more
Add some sleek style to your tablescape with the Decorative Vase from Threshold™. Showcasing a cylindrical shape with a rounded base, the stoneware vase is accented with tiny handles on the sides and features a white color scheme. While it will always looks alluring sitting by itself on top of a console table, it can also be used to display a beautiful floral arrangement for your dining room centerpiece.
Dimensions (Overall): 8.5 inches (H) x 6.5 inches (W) x 7.75 inches (D)

Threshold Decorative White Bowl from Target

Decorative Bowl - White - Threshold™

Highlights

  • White stoneware bowl brings a subtle pop of style to any room
  • Watertight design makes it great for displaying fresh-cut flowers
  • Can be used an accent piece on a table or to serve snacks and appetizers
Add some sleek style to your tablescape with this Decorative Bowl from Threshold™. Showcasing a simple round, low-cut shape, the decorative stoneware bowl features a white color scheme with a charming glazed finish. While it will always look alluring by itself on top of a console table or sideboard, it can also be used to hand out candy on Halloween or showcase a beautiful floral arrangement for your dining room centerpiece.
Dimensions (Overall): 4.88 inches (H) x 12 inches (W) x 12 inches (D)

2 Week Meal Plan Apr 29 - May 12

We are so excited to share our 2 Week Meal Plan with you! There are so many great recipes for us to make together in the next two weeks. Download and print out your 2 Week Meal Plan today! Also, be sure to follow us on Facebook & Instagram! There you will be able to watch our Live Videos where we show you how to make these yummy recipes! Planning ahead will make putting delicious meals on the table so much more simple and enjoyable! xo Liz + Lizi Download Meal Plan Apr 29 - May 12

In Case You Missed It.... April 22nd-April 28th

In Case You Missed It.... April 22nd-April 28th

We had another great week around here! When you focus your life around family and what really matters, it is hard to not find the good in your life.

Tuesdays Live

To start off the week, we had another fun live on Tuesday. We have been asked over and over again for easy dinner ideas to bring to people. So we decided to show you our Italian Peasant Soup. It is delicious and easy to make a big batch of! Pair it with our Kamut bread, and you have the perfect meal! We love to bring this to people after they have a baby!

Thursdays Live

We didn't get to talk enough about Kamut on Tuesday, so we decided to do an entire live on our Whole Wheat Kamut bread!

We don't use the Kamut berries for everything, but it makes unbelievable bread. It is organic and chalk full of protein and vitamins. It is the best wheat we have ever tried! And there is something about grinding your own wheat that makes you feel like a real cook.

If you were able to join the live, we showed you how to work a wheat grinder. It makes such fresh flour. We love feeding our families the best, healthiest bread around.

Many of you have been asking about the difference between the berries and our white Kamut that we use everyday. We do NOT like the berries in everything. It is a dense wheat that just doesn't work in sweets for us. But in bread, it is unreal!

The white wheat has completely replaced all purpose flour for us. We definitely use the white Kamut more, but we love them both for different things.

Have we mentioned how much we love the Danish dough hook? We mix everything with it, and it has honestly changed our life! We very rarely use our Kitchen Aid or Bosch now. Its one less thing to clean, and it is easier to get the perfect consistency of the bread.

Florida

This week was made extra special with our trip to Florida! Ginger brought us out for an amazing event she put together. It was such a pleasure! She made our day by being a huge fan. We just love her!

We had a little bit of downtime before the event, so of course we made our way to the beach! It just brings us life! We had the most incredible meal at Sand on the Beach. Its a meal we will be dreaming about for months! The fish was so fresh, and the combination of the ingredients was out of this world. We loved the meal so much we went back for round two!

Ginger made so many of our recipes, and they were insane! People drove hours to come! We are just so thankful and love our Florida Fannies.

Weekly Finds

This week for our "weekly finds" we have these amazing items from Target.

Can there be anything more French? These dishes look and feel expensive, we can't believe they are from Target! The bowl is perfect for serving, mixing, anything! And we keep picturing flowers or lavender coming out of the vase. You can't go wrong with either!

Senior Food Nanny: Our World Traveler

Senior Food Nanny: Our World Traveler

Amazing Thailand

That’s what people know Thailand as…..Amazing Thailand…

Why? Because of its diverse Vibrant city life, Beaches, Elephants, Buddhas, Temples and smiling people. The Thai people happily work hard to please. They make their jobs look easy because they are so happy.

For me, the first time I visited Thailand and stayed in the Sheraton Hotel on the River Chao Phraya, in Bangkok, I thought, now we have come to a far off place….!! We watched as the ferry’s off loaded hundreds of people early each morning in their black skirts and white shirts, many of which were students, others on their way to work. Men and Women commuting from their homes located across the river or up or down stream. Everyone pouring into the streets of Bangkok going in every direction….That was fascinating.

It reminded me of the ferry’s that land each morning along the East or Hudson River in Manhattan where hundreds also commute into the city for work. Only this was Thailand. Maybe that's why Bangkok is referred to as the Manhattan of Asia!

The River moves natives, tourists, cargo floating markets and long tail boats all day and night long. People live along this river. Some very poor, while Opulent Grand Palaces and Temples adorn the River banks as well. The River and I connected. I found the Long Tail Boat Taxis to be a fun way to get around on the River.

Next, visited Puckett and enjoyed the Beaches near there, with Riley Beach being our favorite. We took Elephant rides and feasted on fresh Papaya Salad, Mango Sticky Rice, and fresh fruit every day. We also enjoyed great weather. Not too hot or not too cold. Just right.

When our daughter and son in law moved to Bangkok we had ample opportunities to go back and revisit many times. Katie and Colin shared their love of the City with all of us and now we love to come and go as often as we can.

I especially love the “Foot Massage.” Our favorite place in the world is Nuch Massage: 1/8 Soi Sukhumvit 24, across from the Emporium mall. You can get this amazing spa treatment done for one-hour costing $6 American dollars. Now that’s a deal and another reason we love Bangkok!

Their money which is called Bot goes a long way for us Americans in most places in Thailand. Of course, fancy Steak Houses, and Gourmet Chinese meal, or Thai Food Restaurants can be pricy. The daily fare in a moderate restaurant, however, is very inexpensive. You can spend as little or as much as you like in Thailand.

We can't miss Chatuchak Market…better known to locals as JJ’s Market on the weekends. Here you can buy anything. Love this place. Great restaurants there too. Ask the locals where to eat.

China town is fun to visit too. We had great street food there!!! Very clean and delicious! We actually took a Street food tour of China Town and I definitely recommend it.

Something else we love is to eat at the Navy Club Restaurant sitting outside along the River. www.kruakhunkung.com This time we ate our usual Cashew Chicken (the best in the world) and the Sea Bass. There fruit drinks are amazing as well.

On this trip, we stayed at the Sheraton Grand Sukhumvit which we would recommend to anyone. The BEST!!! Great location as well.

They have the best staff and wonderful food!! (Just ask my Sisters, they ordered room-service a couple of times of day) haha!

The Bangkok Malls are some of the finest in the World. Just to name my favorites: The Emporium, Siam Paragan Mall, Central Department Store Food Court, Central World for the movie theatres in the 7thfloor and best dessert just next door to the theatre is called Kakigori which is a Japanese shaved ice dessert..TDF! Best dumplings are Din Tai Fung…..Try them !!

India

Our quick trip to New Deli India was also great! We enjoyed New Deli, found it mostly to be rough is spots but very interesting. The driving is utterly insane and I cannot imagine how they get along driving so crazy all day long !

We drove with a guide to Agra where the Taj Mahal was located. That was a dream to see. All that ornate in-lay with real stones covering the entire structure was breathtaking. Beautiful! It took 22 years to build and 20 thousand workers.

It was a very interesting 4 hour drive to the Taj. We saw grass huts, white horses, sprawling countryside, and village after village. We even stopped at a Starbucks early in the morning for a hot chocolate and croissant. We visited Rug stores and had lunch at the Marriott Hotel. It was delicious.

We stayed at the Sheraton in New Deli, which was off, but nice. If you get a chance to go to India don’t stay at a chain Hotel. Do some research and get a nice Indian ran hotel. You will save hundreds of dollars and will get a chance to get the real experience of India. It would have been fun to see the Tigers, but we did not have time this trip.

France

And for my next stop, it was back to France. We again visited Paris, La Baule and Guerande. This time in Paris we stayed at the Marriott Renaissance Republica, which we loved. The location is right in the heart of Paris. Loved everything about the location and enjoyed the Hotel very much. Great 5 Star Hotel with beautiful rooms, and a wonderful staff.

For our next stop in LaBaule we stayed at the Hotel Saint Christophe. This Hotel is simply dreamy in every way. Now we have two favorite Hotels in La Baule. The Barrie Hermitage Hotel and the Saint Chrisophe. Soon we will be taking our Fannies to the 5 star Hermitage which is unforgettable. It is worth traveling to La Baule just to stay in either of these Hotels, both of which have incredible restaurants.

We ate at Nina a la plague on the Beach this time in La Baule. The Best Steak and Sauce we have ever eaten in France. We also ate the best French Fries we have ever eaten in a tiny village along the road side. We ate the finest pastries at the oldest Bakery in Paris, the Bouingerie Stohrer. Louis the 15th wife started this Bakery. Her name is Marie de Lezincka ,the first Pastry Chef in Paris is what we were told. This is located on Montorgueil Street, my favorite street in all of Paris!

We visited the Paris Market the Les Pules De St Ouen. Wonderful for antiques of every kind and old Paris wears. Love to shop at Mora for Kitchen things and E. Dehillerin (Julia Childs favorite). It is magical.

Love Paris, Love everything French!!!

xoxoxoxo

Swiss Buttercream Frosting

Swiss Buttercream Frosting

If you caught our live this morning, you saw us make this unreal frosting! It is more work than most frostings, but it is worth it. The flavor is unbeatable. If you love the flavor of buttercream, you have to give this a try!

It goes perfectly with cupcakes and cakes. It is so versatile and works with just about all flavors.

Today, we showed the frosting on top of our out of this world chocolate cupcakes. If you have never made our Queen of Chocolate Cupcakes, give them a try today! We think they are the best chocolate cupcakes out there, and have had SO many people tell us they feel the same.

To make these special for Easter, we topped the cupcakes with the swiss buttercream frosting. We then added some coconut on top, and placed a couple cadbury eggs in the middle. It looks like the perfect birds nest!

If you want to take it to the next level, we even had a Fanny say she dyes the coconut green so it looks even more like grass! The options are endless.

But don't worry if you have a different occasion to make this for. Just leave off the coconut and eggs and you are good to go! We promise people will be telling you these are the best cupcakes they have ever had.

And if cupcakes aren't your thing, try this amazing recipe with any dessert calling for frosting. It will be worth all the time and effort the second you bite into it. So what are you waiting for? Get cooking, it will be worth every second!

Swiss Buttercream Frosting

This buttercream takes some time, but it is well worth it if you are a Buttercream lover. See what you think! Its amazing on cupcakes, sheet cakes, or even layered cakes.

  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 7 egg whites
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted Land O Lakes butter (room temperature)
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon fleur de sel salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla
  1. Over low heat in a medium pot, bring one inch of water to a boil. Then turn down to simmer.

  2. Make sure your stainless-steel mixer or bowl is clean and dry.

  3. Place bowl over the pot of simmering water, not on top of the water, but have the bowl sit nicely on top of the pan to create a seal. In the bowl or pan over the simmering water whisk together the egg whites and sugar until the mixture reaches 160 degrees (about 3 minutes) or until sugar is completely dissolved. Mixture will feel hot to the touch.

  4. Transfer bowl to the mixer stand or use a hand held electric mixer and continue to whisk until glossy peaks form. 15-20 minutes. The bottom of the bowl must be at room temperature before you add the butter.

  5. Switch to the paddles attachment, or continue to beat with the electric mixer. Add the room temperature butter one tablespoon at a time. Butter cannot be too soft. If it is, put back in the refrigerator for a couple minutes. After the butter is all incorporated, beat the mixture until thick. Keep beating until any liquid is gone. Make sure it is thick and smooth.

  6. Add the vanilla and fleur de sel and whip once again for a minute.

*You can make the Buttercream a day ahead, just make sure to refrigerate. Before using, let it come back to room temperature then rewhip until smooth in texture.

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