Every month, Michelle Sun from Missmisschelle shares her favorite recipes with her audience in hopes of inspiring them to whip up creative recipes of their own from the comfort of their own home!
You know that you're officially a grandma in life when you cannot hang at your own Memorial Day backyard party longer than the older peeps, hah. I'm typing this blog post as "Turn Down For What" is blasting from the outdoor speakers of our newly renovated backyard pool and patio, yet for some reason I rather edit photos for Instagram and write a blog post than chug down alcohol bottles. Meh, I guess I'm finally growing up, LOL. But since I have a bit of free time before the work week starts, I thought I'd share with you guys my eventful Memorial Day recap in a diary format because this was DEFINITELY a relaxing and productive weekend that I've been needing for a long while. Read below if you want to learn more about my eventful weekend featuring Marisa's bachelorette party at Glen Ivy Hot Springs and a fun backyard party featuring MilkAndEggs ingredients!
Friday, May 25th
Honestly, all I can remember from this day was probably ending work around 5/6PM, hitting the gym at night to work on "leg day", then running 2-3 miles around the neighborhood at night. Let's just say my legs felt like jello the next day, just in time for Marisa's bachelorette party. Awesomeeeee.
Saturday, May 26th
Finally, the day we've all been waiting for - it was BACHELORETTE PARTY TIME! ;) For Marisa's bachelorette party, we headed to Glen Ivy Hot Springs for an entire day of rest and relaxation. If you guys haven't tuned into my Instastories, I am in absolute awe of this hot springs location. The first time that I visited Glen Ivy Hot Springs was for a fun collaboration, and I brought Sharon with me to get 50-minute Aromatherapy Essentials massages - you can read all about that experience here.
To start the day, I arrived at Marisa's house at 7:45AM sharp and her family and I carpooled to Glen Ivy Hot Springs. Man, were we tired, but the entire experience was so worth. Marisa's mother-in-law rented a cabana for Marisa's entire bridal party (this includes me!) to relax in for the entire day, which is pretty much a private and exclusive area to dine and chill in. From our cabana, you also receive a picturesque view of the entire hot springs. If you're curious about what the cabana life is like at Glen Ivy Hot Springs, I left all of the behind-the-scenes, which includes a tour of Glen Ivy Hot Springs, in the HIGHLIGHTS REEL of my Instagram account, @missmisschelle, under "BRIDESMAID". Also, when you rent a cabana, you get to skip ALL the lines that a typical customer has to wait in - this includes checking-in at the entrance and waiting for food in an assembly line fashion. Talk about a "fast pass" type of experience!
When it came to ordering food, can I just say that their mountain of nachos is ADDICTING AF?! I could literally wipe out an entire nachos bowl, I'm not even joking. Meal-wise, I ordered a Turkey Avocado Sandwich & a Berry Smoothie...honestly, I wouldn't recommend the sandwich, but the smoothie was bomb! I wanted to order a second smoothie after devouring my first, but decided against it since I thought I should try other things on their menu. Later throughout the day, I ended up ordering a Coffee Frap from their Starbucks and a Chocolate Brownie Froyo that the employees served to us at our cabana. Seriously love the cabana life!
Regarding my Glen Ivy Hot Springs experience, Marisa's bridal party first visited Club Mud, which is popularly known for exfoliating your skin. First, you apply wet mud to your body, then sit in a heated room to allow the mud to dry before washing the mud off in their outdoor showers. Although it's strongly advised to wear a dark-colored swimsuit in the accidental case that mud won't wash off your swimsuit later on, oblivious Michelle ended up wearing white - goddammit Michelle.
After Club Mud, we went to The Grotto - now THIS part, I loved. Essentially, an employee uses a "paintbrush" to apply a warm mixture of aloe vera, coconut oil, eucalyptus, and lavender masque to your entire body. Also, this mixture can instantly wash off your swimsuit so phew, I was saved there. Not only does it smell amazing, but the mixture feels SO relaxing when applied to your body. Similarly to Club Mud, we sat in a heated room to allow the mixture to dry on our skin before washing it off. The Grotto is meant to soften and hydrate your skin in a very therapeutic and interactive way. Lastly, we ended our Grotto experience by sipping on hot Tazo tea (we all loved the flavor orange!) while chatting the day away.
As soon as we left The Grotto, we all went separate ways temporarily to head to our appointments. I received the Aromatherapy Essentials massage from a massage therapist named Robin, and she was absolutely AMAZING. I would definitely book with her again the next time I visit Glen Ivy Hot Springs!
After receiving our massages and body scrubs, we all visited various pools around the resort and then relaxed back at our cabanas over coffee drinks and froyo. What a way to end the day! I hope Marisa had a great time at her bachelorette party because I certainly did, and I cannot wait for her big day coming up soon in less than a month! ;)
Sunday, May 27th
To make my Sunday morning productive, I went to the gym at 9:00AM and got "arms/chest" day over and done with for one hour, followed by cardio on the treadmill for another 30 minutes.
With my Dori-like goldfish memory, I can't seem to remember too much of what happened after the gym. Honestly, I think I just took it easy, but I made a HUGE effort to stay away from electronics since I do a bunch of social media work on the weekdays.
One thing that I DO want to start enforcing is putting away my phone anytime between the hours of 8-10PM and afterwards. Not only has a friend told me, but I noticed that I sleep like a baby much easier when I don't stare at the screen too close to bedtime. Also, I started reading a book called "Sleep Smarter" by Shawn Stevenson, recommended by a close friend and I absolutely enjoy it so far! Nowadays, I'm going to do my best to read every day for 30 minutes before I go to sleep - please feel free to keep me accountable ;) And truth be told, I woke up today feeling SUPER energized and refreshed, all thanks to putting away my phone earlier than usual. Lastly, if you have any book recommendations, please send them my way as well!
Monday, May 28th
Since this morning, I whipped up a BUNCH of recipes using my favorite MilkAndEggs ingredients - this includes Shrimp Ceviche and Shrimp Skewers. If you're looking for the bombest homemade Shrimp Ceviche recipe, read my previous recipe blog post here.
Just a quick reminder for those who don't know what MilkAndEggs is, it is an amazing grocery delivery service located in OC/LA that I've been using for several months now. Honestly, I have NO complaints about their and always rave about their business to my family and friends. MilkAndEggs literally takes the work and time away from grocery shopping by delivering quality and fresh ingredients to your doorstep whenever you want it!
Essentially, my family and I had an intimate Memorial Day backyard party with homemade entrees prepared from MilkAndEggs ingredients to celebrate our newly renovated backyard. Honestly, our pool gives me "mini Disneyland" vibes, as the design looks very similar to the pool located near the hotel in Downtown Disney. In our backyard pool, we included a handmade rock slide (literally, the rocks were made of cement and sanded down to look like real rocks!) and added salt water to our pool to give it that beautiful and natural blue water effect that you can only find in Hawaii. And of course, what's a pool party without awesome FLOATIES? ;) Also, I'm absolutely loving our backyard setup because now I have a sweet location to shoot more product & food shots from the comfort of my home, heh.
I hope you guys had a wonderful and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend as well! What were you up to, or what was your favorite part about the weekend? Let me know in the comments below - let's chat! ;)
New month, new recipe - let's do this! In today's monthly blog post series of "Healthy Eats", I am excited to share with you guys a NEW recipe that I've added into my weekly diet - the Grain Bowl. I discovered this recipe not too long ago at the relaxing Glen Ivy Hot Springs, where I purchased this same entree and fell in love with it by first bite. Looking at every ingredient that my Grain Bowl from Glen Ivy consisted of, I realized that this was the perfect homemade recipe that I was looking for, whether I have to pack it for my on-the-go lifestyle or if I prefer to eat at home. Thus, I wanted to present to you my HOMEMADE version of the Grain Bowl that you won't see on any other recipe websites and I hope you guys enjoy it as well! Again, I've partnered with my favorite grocery delivery service in the LA/OC area called MilkAndEggs to bring this recipe straight from the kitchen to the blog. If you love recipe blog posts, be sure to click the heart button at the bottom of this post to show some love and let's get cookin'!
- sweet potatoes, chopped
- asparagus, chopped
- brussel sprouts, chopped
- baby tomatoes, chopped
- red onion, chopped
- pre-packaged wild rice, quinoa, or brown rice, cooked
- parsley, chopped
- garlic, chopped
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. While the oven is preheating, start chopping ALL of the vegetables (sweet potatoes, baby tomatoes, asparagus, red onion, brussel sprouts) into bite-sized pieces.
3. Coat 1-2 glass bakeware pan(s) with olive or cooking oil, then set all of the vegetables on to the pan(s).
4. Bake vegetables in the oven at 400 degrees for 12 minutes. (Keep in mind that sweet potatoes take the longest to cook, so these may have to stay in the oven for a total of 15-18 minutes).
5. While the vegetables are preheating, add olive oil to a pan and set heat to medium-high.
6. Add chopped red onions to the pan on medium-high heat until caramelized (red onions should have a brown/caramelized look).
7. Microwave/prepare pre-packaged quinoa, wild rice, or brown rice.
8. In a large bowl, add rice on the very bottom as a base. Then, add the remaining cooked vegetables and top it off with parsley chimichurri.
- 1 cup parsley, chopped
- 5 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
1) In a food processor, combine chopped parsley and chopped garlic. Pulse until finely minced.
2) Transfer parsley chimichurri to a separate bowl. Whisk in olive oil, red wine vinegar, and salt.
3) Store in fridge until ready to eat.
Find the original parsley chimichurri sauce recipe here.
And that's about all there is to the Grain Bowl! I absolutely love using this recipe as a MEAL PREP for when I have a long week of work ahead of me. Not only does it incorporate a variety of vegetables into one meal, but the parsley chimichurri adds that extra kick of flavor that many vegetable dishes lack. Personally, I find that it's best to prepare all this recipe over the weekend so that you can simply pack it to go in a tupperware container quickly for the weekdays when you head to the office. Honestly, I can't wait to teach one of my good friends how to make this recipe because it's so easy and fun to make!
If you do decide to bring this recipe with you to work, all you need is a microwave to make this recipe taste just as good as when you make it at home! ;) Don't forget to tag me on Instagram in any future Grain Bowl recipes that you do decide to whip up at home - I'd love to see your creations!
Recently, I've been working on improving my health when it comes to a proper diet and frequent exercise. When I combined whipping up healthy homemade meals with MilkAndEggs ingredients along with strength training at the gym several times per week, the pounds shed quickly off of my body. My stomach felt and looked less bloated and my energy levels spiked up, as I felt less groggy and more awake in the morning. Is this what healthy feels like? Because I'm all for it! Even though I lost five pounds in one month, it's just the beginning and I have so much more to work towards! In today's post, I've partnered up with MilkAndEggs once again to share with you guys the secret addictive recipe that I've been making for myself 1-2 times per day - the recipe that helped me lose all of that extra weight! If you want this recipe for yoself (which I know you do), keep on reading to see what magic ingredients are in this salad ;)
- 1-2 cups of kale, spinach, or lettuce (washed)
- 1/4 cup of pasta noodles, cooked
- 1/2 avocado, diced
- 1/2 cup of quinoa, cooked
- Missmisschelle's salad dressing (recipe shown below)
- Optional: Salmon, Chicken, etc.
Teriyaki Salad Dressing
- 1/3 cup Trader Joe's Sukiyaki dressing
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black peper
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 cup oil (ex: vegetable oil, canola oli, olive oil)
I didn't include any directions in this post because you literally toss everything together to make a salad, right? The same applies to this recipe! Essentially, the most work you have to do for this recipe is dice up an avocado and boil the pasta noodles. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy (which by the way, you can add lemon juice to this recipe if you want!) ;)
I hope that you guys enjoy this recipe that I've been absolutely addicted to for the month of February! I'd greatly appreciate it if you could please click the heart button at the bottom of this post and let me know in the comments section below if you plan to try this recipe out for yourself! I'd love to see your salad bowl creations. Feel free to get creative with it!
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by MilkAndEggs; however, all opinions remain my own.
In 2018, I'm making it a goal of mine to eat a lot healthier. However, I don't want this lifestyle change to feel torturous or draining, so I always make it a point to ENJOY the healthy foods that I'm consuming. Thus, I've made a huge effort to change my diet choices for the better by incorporating more nutritious options into my meals. For the new year, I've partnered up with MilkAndEggs to introduce to you guys one of my FAVORITE healthy snacks to dig into - acai bowls! To put a fancy twist to things, I made these delicious acai bowls and served them in PINEAPPLES so be sure to check out the recipe down below if you want to recreate this beautiful creation of moi! ;)
Acai bowls are up to the chef's creative freedom so I had a lot of fun decorating these two bowls! If you need some acai bowl decor inspo, I highly recommend Pinterest for the most aesthetic looking acai bowls! So, if you're ready to make these acai bowls, let's get to it!
*NOTE: Just a tip for my first-time acai bowl makers, be sure that the acai bowl consistency is somewhat thick and less liquid-y. The left acai bowl I made held my toppings and fruit quite well because the consistency was thick enough to secure these ingredients in place. However, the right acai bowl had a very watery texture and it was more difficult to hold the fruit in place. Just thought I should help my homies out before I show ya the recipe ;)
- 2 Acai Smoothie Packs
- 1 banana
- 1 cup blueberries or raspberries or quartered strawberries
- 1/2 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
- 1/2 cup granola
- 1/2 banana (sliced)
- 1/4 cup blueberries, raspberries or quartered strawberries
1. Break frozen acai pack up into chunks & place in blender.
2. Add other acai bowl ingredients in this order: 1 banana, 1 cup blueberries, raspberries or quartered strawberries, & 1/2 cup almond milk.
3. Blend until smooth.
4. Add acai bowl toppings.
Find the original recipe here.
Here's to a healthier year ahead! Remember that I'll always be cheering you on to a healthier life and I'll do my best to update you guys with additional healthy eats that I've been munching on these days. If you're into behind-the-scenes cooking and easy-to-make recipes, don't forget to follow along on my Instastories (@missmisschelle) because I will be cooking a LOT of healthy food in the near future! Until next time ;)
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by MilkAndEggs, but all opinions remain my own.
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Today, I've partnered with Milk and Eggs to share with you guys all of the amazing collection of ingredients that they have on their website. Plus, I included my favorite recipe that you can recreate at home because I love sharing recipes with you guys! If you haven't already, be sure to follow my Instagram and Instastories for daily updates - you're bound to find a few recipes in my Instastories every now and then too ;) From Asian vegetables to Italian pasta and more, Milk and Eggs has seriously got it ALL! After browsing their website for hours (because let's be honest, who doesn't love shopping for food?), I finally decided on a huge assortment of ingredients that ranged from caffeinated beverages to fresh vegetables to tender meats. My family and I whipped up countless recipes with our groceries for the entire WEEK and couldn't thank Milk and Eggs enough for this hearty feast! Be sure to check one recipe I love making for the family below and let me know in the comments section which photo makes YOUR mouth water! (Insert drool emoji)
Out of all of the recipes and ingredients I used for this collaboration, I definitely wanted to highlight a few top favorites and would love to share them with you below!
- Bolthouse Farms Mocha Cappuccino
- Bread Lounge Pound Cake Espresso Nutella (Rosy's Cake)
- I-Mei Green Onion Pancake
- Hanging Tender Steak 10oz USDA Prime
- Onion Yellow Large - (Psst, this is literally the BIGGEST onion I've ever seen!)
Mashed Potatoes Recipe
1. Grab 3-5 potatoes and peel the skin off.
2. Boil peeled potatoes in a pot of water for 30 minutes on medium-high heat.
3. While the potatoes cook, chop 1 large yellow onion. Add olive oil to pan, then pan-fry chopped onions on medium heat until they caramelize.
4. Drain potatoes in a strainer, then use a masher or spoon to "mash" the potatoes.
5. Add fresh dill, Japanese mayonnaise, pepper, and caramelized onions.
Coming from a freelance lifestyle and travel blogger who's always on-the-go, Milk and Eggs is the ideal grocery delivery service for any LA or OC resident. After having such a positive first-time experience with Milk and Eggs (from unboxing all of my groceries to preparing each decadent meal), I am safe to say that I am truly happy with the quality, serving size, and packaging of their products. All of the produce and meats were delivered fresh and packaged so neatly in each respective cooling box. So the next time you want to spice things up in the kitchen, be sure to check out Milk and Eggs for a fun grocery shopping and cooking experience of a lifetime! Don't forget to use my discount code missmichelle for $20 off an online purchase of $40 or more from Milk & Eggs ;)
*Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Milk & Eggs, but all opinions remain my own.