Foodie Tuesday with Smarty Marty- Scallops with Roasted Garlic

Happy Fat Tuesday All!!! For this week Foodie Tuesday Delight we are sharing Seared Scallops with Roasted Garlic and Fresh Green Beans

Before we get started you need the following Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 head garlic, cut in half
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil,
  • 1/2 pound sea scallops
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley for garnishSeared Scallops with roasted garlic3
  • Directions :

    • Prep  15 m

    • Cook 45 m
    • Ready In  1 h
    1. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
    2. Spoon 3 tablespoons olive oil over the cut sides of the garlic head; wrap tightly in aluminum foil.
    3. Roast in the preheated oven until the garlic is soft, about 30 minutes; set aside until cool enough to handle.
    4. Squeeze the roasted garlic cloves into a saucepan; pour the chicken stock into the saucepan and use a fork to mash the garlic into the stock. Cook the stock over high heat until the liquid is reduced in volume by half, about 10 minutes. Stir the cream into the stock and remove from heat; set aside.
    5. Melt the butter with 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the scallops with salt and pepper; sear in the hot butter and oil mixture until opaque, about 3 minutes per side. Remove from heat immediately.
    6. Stir the lemon juice into the cream sauce; spoon immediately onto 2 plates. Arrange the scallops on the plates. Garnish with the parsley to serve.

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    Food Styling and Preparations By Smarty Marty

    Recipe Courtesy of  Allrecipes.com

 

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Empower Hour with Kara Norman – Celebrating Our History!

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Celebrating Black History Month with Women in History!

Little Know Facts about Ann Cole Lowe156870-5801-l-usUTEPy

Born in Alabama in 1898 the granddaughter of a plantation seamstress.

Married at 14 to a man 10 years her senior

She soon left with her young son to make dresses for southern society women.

By 21 had her own dress shop

By 31 had $20,000saved and moved to NY.

In 1947 went Paris Fashion week Upon her return she got a job at Saks 5th Ave

Her gowns sold at Neiman Marcus, Henri Bendel and Saks. She was making up to $300,000 a year in 1950.

1953 she made Jacqueline Kennedy’s wedding dress.

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She passed away in 1981

Remember her  Say her name

Annie Lowe

How will you leave your mark on history?

Celebrate Our Rich History Every Day.

Kara Norman – Founder of Empower Her Inc. 

Empower Hour with Kara Norman -Let’s Travel in 2018!

Happy New Year Empower Hour Kings and Queens!

I was blessed to bring in the New Year on the sandy white beaches of Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.  My hubby and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary in December and took the opportunity to get away.  It was one of our best vacations and we loved exploring a new country together.  It is so important to travel relax and get away from our everyday lives.  My husband calls our trips, “investments in our marriage”.  I think that trips in general are investments in our selfcare and wellbeing.  Even if it’s just a day trip to a new city we should always make time to explore.

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Need a little inspiration? I love following this Instagram hashtag #essencetravels!  There is a whole world out there to see folks!

Is money an issue? Here is a great link I found that gives tips on how to travel on a budget! #teamnoexcuses

https://www.skyscanner.net/news/20-money-saving-travel-tips-and-secrets

Here is a photo of a picture of a beach that I put on my vision board December 3, 2016.  I did not pay attention to the location just put the photo on my vision board.  My husband picked this place in March of 2017 and my toes were in the sand on this very beach in Punta Cana December 2017 it works!

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Cheers to amazing adventures in 2018!

Kara Norman – Founder of Empower Her Inc. 

Foodie Tuesday with Smarty Marty- Creamy Macaroni & Cheese

We are excited to bring you this cheesy delight! Smarty Marty take on Macaroni and Cheese is sure to delight your family with this quick delicious sensation.

What you’ll need for this dish :

Creamy Mac & Cheese

1 (16 ounce) package elbow macaroni
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon
1 pinch ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1 tablespoon butter, melted n white pepper
3 cups milk
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
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Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the macaroni, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is cooked through but still slightly firm, about 8 minutes. Drain well.

Melt 1/4 cup butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. When the butter starts to foam and bubble, stir in the flour; cook on medium heat until flour just begins to turn pale yellow, 3 to 4 minutes. Add thyme, cayenne pepper, and white pepper; cook and stir another minute, then whisk in 1 cup of milk until smooth. Pour in remaining milk and whisk again. Bring the sauce just to a simmer.

Stir in nutmeg, Worcestershire sauce, and salt; simmer on medium-low heat until thickened, about 8 minutes, whisking often. Turn heat off, then add 2 1/4 cups of Cheddar cheese; stir until melted and combined. Add Dijon mustard.

 

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Transfer the macaroni into a casserole dish, then pour in the cheese sauce; stir to thoroughly combine sauce with pasta. Mix panko bread crumbs and 1 tablespoon melted butter in a small bowl, and sprinkle crumbs on top of macaroni and cheese. Sprinkle remaining 3/4 cup of Cheddar cheese on top.

Bake in the preheated oven until bread crumbs and Cheddar cheese topping are golden brown, about 20 minutes.

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Recipe By Chef John

Styling and Food Preparation By: Smarty Marty

Empower Hour with Kara Norman -The Power Of Our Thoughts

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I found this book last week that I had forgotten. I also found this queen ornament for my tree that same day as well. I then came across this poem in my Facebook memory the following day. I’m on a journey of self care and healing. It’s amazing the power of our thoughts, energy, meditation and prayer what you can draw to yourself. Take some time today to use the power of your thoughts and prayers to draw more beautiful things into your life.
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I hope this poem helps someone stand a lot taller today!

One Flaw In Women-Poem (Author Unknown)

By the time the Lord made woman,
He was into his sixth day of working overtime…
An angel appeared and said,
“Why are you spending so much time on this one?”
And the Lord answered, “Have you seen my spec sheet on her?
She has to be completely washable, but not plastic,
have over 200 movable parts, all replaceable
and able to run on diet coke and leftovers,
have a lap that can hold four children at one time,
have a kiss that can cure anything from a scraped knee to a broken heart
-and she will do everything
with only two hands.”

The angel was astounded at the requirements.
“Only two hands!? No way!
And that’s just on the standard model?
That’s too much work for one day.
Wait until tomorrow to finish.”

But I won’t,” the Lord protested.
“I am so close to finishing this creation that is so close to my own heart.
She already heals herself when she is sick
AND can work 18 hour days”

The angel moved closer and touched the woman.
“But you have made her so soft, Lord.”
“She is soft,” the Lord agreed,
“but I have also made her tough.
You have no idea what she can endure or accomplish.”

“Will she be able to think?” asked the angel.
The Lord replied,
“Not only will she be able to think,
she will be able to reason and negotiate.”

The angel then noticed something,
and reaching out, touched the woman’s cheek.
“Oops, it looks like you have a leak in this model.
I told you that you were trying to put too much into this one.”

“That’s not a leak,”
the Lord corrected,
“that’s a tear!”
“What’s the tear for?” the angel asked.

The Lord said, “The tear is her way of expressing her joy,
her sorrow, her pain, her disappointment, her love,
her loneliness, her grief and her pride.”
The angel was impressed.
“You are a genius, Lord.
You thought of everything!
Woman is truly amazing”

And she is!
Women have strengths that amaze men.
They bear hardships and they carry burdens,
but they hold happiness,
love and joy.
They smile when they want to scream.
They sing when they want to cry.
They cry when they are happy
and laugh when they are nervous.
They fight for what they believe in.
They stand up to injustice.
They don’t take “no” for an answer
when they believe there is a better solution.
They go without so their family can have.
They go to the doctor with a frightened friend.
They love unconditionally.
They cry when their children excel
and cheer when their friends get awards.
They are happy when they hear about a birth or a wedding.
Their hearts break when a friend dies.
They grieve at the loss of a family member, yet they are strong when they think there is no strength left.
They know that a hug and a kiss
can heal a broken heart.
Women come in all shapes, sizes and colors.
They’ll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you
to show how much they care about you.
The heart of a woman is what makes the world keep turning.
They bring joy, hope and love.
They have compassion and ideals.
They give moral support to their family and friends.
Women have vital things to say and everything to give.
HOWEVER, IF THERE IS ONE FLAW IN WOMEN,
IT IS THAT THEY FORGET THEIR WORTH.

PLEASE pass this post along to all your women friends and relatives to remind them just how amazing they truly are.

Kara Norman

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Foodie Tuesday with Smarty Marty – White Chicken Chili

Depending on what part of the country you are in the weather is getting a little cooler.. so when the weather is a bit cold a nice delicious chili will do the body good. Smarty Marty Foodie Tuesday dinner idea this week is her White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili Ingredients
1st things first gather all your ingredients

What you will need :

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, chopped

1 medium onion, chopped

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 cans (14 ounces each) chicken broth

1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies

2 teaspoons ground cumin

2 teaspoons dried oregano

1-1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper

3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) great northern beans, drained, divided

1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Sliced jalapeno pepper, optional

DIRECTIONS

In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook chicken and onion in oil until lightly browned. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the broth, chilies, cumin, oregano and cayenne; bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to low. With a potato masher, mash one can of beans until smooth. Add to saucepan. Add remaining beans to saucepan. Simmer for 20-30 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and onion is tender.

Top each serving with cheese and, if desired, jalapeno pepper. Yield: 10 servings (2-1/2 quarts)White Chicken ChiliWhite Chicken Chili 2
1st things first gather all your ingredients

What you will need :

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, chopped

1 medium onion, chopped

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 cans (14 ounces each) chicken broth

1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies

2 teaspoons ground cumin

2 teaspoons dried oregano

1-1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper

3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) great northern beans, drained, divided

1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Sliced jalapeno pepper, optional

DIRECTIONS

In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook chicken and onion in oil until lightly browned. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the broth, chilies, cumin, oregano and cayenne; bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to low. With a potato masher, mash one can of beans until smooth. Add to saucepan. Add remaining beans to saucepan. Simmer for 20-30 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and onion is tender.

Top each serving with cheese and, if desired, jalapeno pepper. Yield: 10 servings (2-1/2 quarts)
1st things first gather all your ingredients

What you will need :

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, chopped

1 medium onion, chopped

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 cans (14 ounces each) chicken broth

1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies

2 teaspoons ground cumin

2 teaspoons dried oregano

1-1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper

3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) great northern beans, drained, divided

1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Sliced jalapeno pepper, optional

DIRECTIONS

In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook chicken and onion in oil until lightly browned. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the broth, chilies, cumin, oregano and cayenne; bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to low. With a potato masher, mash one can of beans until smooth. Add to saucepan. Add remaining beans to saucepan. Simmer for 20-30 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and onion is tender.

Top each serving with cheese and, if desired, jalapeno pepper. Yield: 10 servings (2-1/2 quarts)

Recipe from – http://www.tasteofhome.com

Prepared and Styled By – Smarty Marty