ODYSSEO BY CAVALIA REVIEW

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I was able to attend a showing of Odysseo by Cavalia in Sandy, Utah. If you have driven on I-15 in Utah at all, then you probably have seen the billboards everywhere! I wondered what the show was about but didn’t quite understand after I visited their website. I went to the show pretty much only knowing that I would be seeing horses.

I attended during social media week so we were given VIP tickets which included a buffet dinner beforehand. There was a lot of different foods to choose from, but much of it was very different than what you typically expect at a buffet unless you are in southern France. Nothing was labeled and the lighting in the tent is dark so some things were hard to figure out what they were. I enjoyed the food and thought the variety was good. Plus, it was nice to have drinks and popcorn for the show and dessert during intermission.

Buffet food at Odysseo by Cavalier

After the buffet we enjoyed the show from front row seats.  Sitting front row was pretty spectacular and I have to warn you that you do get wet during one part of the show. Now, after having seen the show, I understand how it has been called “the most amazing show.” That is how I would describe it in one word-amazing. Its a little hard to explain what the show is exactly, but it’s a mixture of the horses performing, singing, dancing, acrobatics and aeralists. The horses are so beautiful and some of the scenes they set up are serene and peaceful for some parts and wild and action packed for others. I was tense during some of the tricks they performed because they seem so perilous! The performers are truly talented and they work with the horses so well. I loved watching their interactions together. From riding atop two horses in flowing, beautiful costumes, to jumps over poles and graceful aerialists performing after being lifted off the horses. Some of the acts were truly breathtaking.

The show runs for 2 hours with a 30 minute intermission. I felt like the time flew by, I was so engaged with everything going on. All of the seats seem to have a good view of the show, as it’s not that large of an area.  There is $10 parking available close to the tent, but we parked near Dillard’s and walked.  I noticed that the will-call line does get long and there are a lot of people around so I would suggest arriving at least 30 minutes before the show.

Cavalia is running through June 20th, and tickets can be purchased at cavalia.net

Odysseo by Cavalier

PERFECT PICO DE GALLO RECIPE

These two secrets will give you the perfect pico de gallo every time! Recipe and secrets at everydayjenny.com. Delicious on tacos, or just with tortilla chips!

I love a good pico de gallo. I think its delicious eaten alone with tortilla chips but it also adds the perfect flavor and acidity to tacos and other Mexican food.  Although most recipes are similar, I have a few tips to make this the perfect pico de gallo. The tricks are in the method of preparing the ingredients.

First, you want to make sure you pick the best ingredients. You will want Spanish or yellow onions that are nice and firm, no soft spots. Pick large limes, with a little bit of give when you squeeze them instead of ones that are rock hard.  Choose bright, fresh cilantro with no brown spots. Your tomatoes should be firm and vibrant red.

Okay, so now you’ve rounded up the perfect ingredients and are ready to make the pico!

First secret:  After you have removed the outside skin of the onion, slice off the top and bottom and cut the onion in half. Run both halves of the onions under cold water to rinse. This helps to take the “bite” out of the onion. You can also soak your onion in cold water to remove more of the bite, but I find rinsing works great for me.  Dice your onion small and put into a glass bowl.

These two secrets will give you the perfect pico de gallo every time! Recipe and secrets at everydayjenny.com. Delicious on tacos, or just with tortilla chips!

Second secret (and I think the most important):  Sprinkle the entire teaspoon of salt over the onions. Using the back of a large fork or spoon you are going to smash the onion down with the salt. Do this for a couple of minutes and your onion should start to look wet and glossy. Now add your lime juice, chopped cilantro and tomatoes. Allow flavors to mix for about 15 minutes before serving. Enjoy with tortilla chips or on your favorite taco or burrito! It is also excellent on this carne asada recipe.

These two secrets will give you the perfect pico de gallo every time! Recipe and secrets at everydayjenny.com. Delicious on tacos, or just with tortilla chips!

Perfect Pico de Gallo

1 large yellow onion diced
2 large hot house tomatoes (or your favorite tomato), diced
1 bunch cilantro, chopped finely (no stems)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 large limes, juiced

Rinse onion and dice. In a large glass bowl, add onion and salt. Using the back of a fork, smash onion pieces down, until wet and glossy. Add lime juice, pepper, cilantro, and tomatoes and stir to coat. Allow to rest for 15 minutes before serving. Taste and add additional salt and pepper as needed.

These two secrets will give you the perfect pico de gallo every time! Recipe and secrets at everydayjenny.com. Delicious on tacos, or just with tortilla chips!

These two secrets will give you the perfect pico de gallo every time! Recipe and secrets at everydayjenny.com. Delicious on tacos, or just with tortilla chips!

$20 SUPER QUICK MATCHING MOTHER’S DAY DRESSES FOR YOU AND YOUR TODDLER

Mommy and toddler matching dresses made from Walmart juniors dress for only $20. Tutorial on everydayjenny.com. Super quick and easy, great for a beginner sewer.Mommy and toddler matching dresses made from Walmart juniors dress for only $20. Tutorial on everydayjenny.com. Super quick and easy, great for a beginner sewer.Mommy and toddler matching dresses made from Walmart juniors dress for only $20. Tutorial on everydayjenny.com. Super quick and easy, great for a beginner sewer.I was so excited when I saw this cute floral midi dress at Walmart of all places. It got even better when I saw the price- only $9.88!  I bought one for myself and I have loved it. It’s so stretchy and comfortable! Then a few days ago I thought about having matching outfits with my little girl for Mother’s Day. I don’t think we have ever had matching outfits. I stopped by Walmart and picked up another one as I had decided I was going to make her a dress out of it. I was so nervous to do this project because I’m not a great seamstress, but then I saw a tutorial for making toddler play dresses from women’s shirts HERE. I realized I could do this a dress and so can you! You use the already existing hemlines of the neck and the sleeves, which makes this even faster and simpler. I timed myself and I did the whole thing in an hour and a half. So go grab a couple of these cute dresses and make yourself and daughter one! They are out of stock online, but I found mine in the Juniors section of the local Walmart.

Here are the dresses I chose. They also have a  blue floral one and a few other cute patterns.Do it Yourself (DIY) Quickest and Easiest Alter a Women's Dress into a Toddler Dress. Simple tutorial on everyday jenny.com

Seriously only $9.88. Total steal of a deal!

Do it Yourself (DIY) Quickest and Easiest Alter a Women's Dress into a Toddler Dress. Simple tutorial on everydayjenny.comFirst lay your dress out on a flat surface. You are going to cut the front from the back of the dress, leaving the sleeves intact.Do it Yourself (DIY) Quickest and Easiest Alter a Women's Dress into a Toddler Dress. Simple tutorial on everydayjenny.comYou will now have two pieces- the front and the back. Put the back piece (with the sleeves) aside and fold the front piece in half with right sides together.Do it Yourself (DIY) Quickest and Easiest Alter a Women's Dress into a Toddler Dress. Simple tutorial on everydayjenny.comTaking a t-shirt that fits your toddler, turn it inside out and fold it in half as well. Line up the t-shirt on top of the dress with the necklines matching. You are going to use the t-shirt as a pattern to cut the dress. Carefully cut around the shirt on the top of the shoulder. You are not cutting out sleeves at this point. Make sure you give yourself extra room for a seam allowance. Once you cut around the arm hole shape, STOP! You are going to cut down to the bottom of the dress in an A-line dress shape. I measured approximately how long I would want the dress so I knew where to stop. I had extra fabric left on the bottom.Do it Yourself (DIY) Quickest and Easiest Alter a Women's Dress into a Toddler Dress. Simple tutorial on everydayjenny.comDo it Yourself (DIY) Quickest and Easiest Alter a Women's Dress into a Toddler Dress. Simple tutorial on everydayjenny.comYou should have a front dress shaped piece that looks like this.Do it Yourself (DIY) Quickest and Easiest Alter a Women's Dress into a Toddler Dress. Simple tutorial on everydayjenny.comNow fold it in half again, right sides together. Fold your back piece in half,  right sides together, and place your front dress shaped piece (that’s folded in half) along the back piece, matching up the folds.

Do it Yourself (DIY) Quickest and Easiest Alter a Women's Dress into a Toddler Dress. Simple tutorial on everydayjenny.comPlace the front piece slightly further down on the neckline, so the back neckline is higher.  Then cut out along the front piece.

Do it Yourself (DIY) Quickest and Easiest Alter a Women's Dress into a Toddler Dress. Simple tutorial on everydayjenny.comNow you have a front piece and a back piece. Next line up the top and hems of your toddler shirt sleeve on the top and hems of the original sleeve. Cut out, making sure to leave a seam allowance.

Do it Yourself (DIY) Quickest and Easiest Alter a Women's Dress into a Toddler Dress. Simple tutorial on everydayjenny.comNow line up that sleeve with the other sleeve so that you have two total.Do it Yourself (DIY) Quickest and Easiest Alter a Women's Dress into a Toddler Dress. Simple tutorial on everydayjenny.comDo it Yourself (DIY) Quickest and Easiest Alter a Women's Dress into a Toddler Dress. Simple tutorial on everydayjenny.comNow you should have four pieces total.Do it Yourself (DIY) Quickest and Easiest Alter a Women's Dress into a Toddler Dress. Simple tutorial on everydayjenny.comPlace the front and back of the dress together with right sides together and match up the shoulders. Sew them together with whatever seam allowance you chose.

Do it Yourself (DIY) Quickest and Easiest Alter a Women's Dress into a Toddler Dress. Simple tutorial on everydayjenny.comNow open up the dress with the right side up. Place the arm sleeve face down and match up the center and mark with a pin.Do it Yourself (DIY) Quickest and Easiest Alter a Women's Dress into a Toddler Dress. Simple tutorial on everydayjenny.com

Now carefully pin the sleeve to the curve of the arm hole, pinning small sections.

Do it Yourself (DIY) Quickest and Easiest Alter a Women's Dress into a Toddler Dress. Simple tutorial on everydayjenny.com

Then sew the sleeve into place. Repeat with your other sleeve and you should have one piece.

Do it Yourself (DIY) Quickest and Easiest Alter a Women's Dress into a Toddler Dress. Simple tutorial on everydayjenny.com

Do it Yourself (DIY) Quickest and Easiest Alter a Women's Dress into a Toddler Dress. Simple tutorial on everydayjenny.com

Now fold the dress back in half with the right sides together and sew up the bottom of the sleeve and down the side of the dress. Repeat on the other side. You’re almost done!

Do it Yourself (DIY) Quickest and Easiest Alter a Women's Dress into a Toddler Dress. Simple tutorial on everydayjenny.comFold up the bottom of the dress about an inch making it even all the way around and hem it. If you have a double needle use that (I don’t). Now your dress is done! Yay!Do it Yourself (DIY) Quickest and Easiest Alter a Women's Dress into a Toddler Dress. Simple tutorial on everydayjenny.comDo it Yourself (DIY) Quickest and Easiest Alter a Women's Dress into a Toddler Dress. Simple tutorial on everydayjenny.com

QUICK SPAM (DON’T STOP READING) FRIED RICE

So I’ll get straight to it- there is Spam in this recipe (Wait! don’t stop reading yet!) I know there are two camps of people. You either love Spam or you hate it. Well, maybe three camps. You think you hate it because you would never, EVER try canned meat. I grew up eating Spam and I am definitely in the “love it” camp. I was born on Guam, and according to some fun facts I found online, Guam is the largest consumer of Spam per person, per year. Now, I don’t think I eat that much Spam, but I do love it in this fried rice recipe.  But, if you are not a Spam lover, you can easily substitute diced ham (or even cooked chicken) in its place and still have some delicious fried rice. An added bonus to Spam, is its easy storage convience in my pantry and the saltiness of it makes this rice so savory and good! I love to make this rice for dinner either as the main meal with an egg roll on the side, or we have it as a side with another dish like these lettuce wraps.

Fried rice at home is easier than you might think. There are two important tips I can tell you that will affect the taste of your rice. First, make sure to use the right type of rice- medium or short grain. Most of the white rice that is readily available in grocery stores is long grain. The short grain is a sticky rice and is what I prefer to use for fried rice. I usually buy a huge bag of Calrose short grain rice at Costco because we eat lots of rice, but I have found it is usually in the Asian food section at grocery stores. The second tip is to use a good quality soy sauce.  There are a lot of different kinds of soy sauces, from light to dark, and Chinese to Japanese. Some soy sauces are chemically or artificially produced. These will not taste very good if you use them. I love to use Kikkoman soy sauce which is available in most grocery stores.

This is a simple recipe, and you can easily jazz it up by adding sesame oil instead of vegetable oil, some green onions, other vegetables like mushrooms, fresh ginger, or even some fresh garlic instead of powdered. I like it the simple way because it means I have usually have everything I need already in my pantry. This recipe is great for those weeknight meals when you aren’t sure what to cook.  I use frozen mixed vegetables to make the meal quick (no chopping) and I also have a rice cooker which makes cooking the rice easy.

Quick, easy fried rice recipe. A family favorite! Great for a weeknight meal. Recipe on everydayjenny.com

Spam Fried Rice

5 cups cooked Calrose rice (2 1/2 cups uncooked rice)
1 can Spam diced into 1/2 inch cubes or 2 cups diced ham
1 tablespoon vegetable oil*
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 cups mixed frozen vegetables
5 eggs

In a large pot or pan, heat vegetable oil and add Spam, allowing it to brown for 5-7 minutes, stirring periodically. Add the garlic powder and black pepper and stir. Crack your eggs into a large bowl and whisk. Moving the Spam to one side, add the eggs and scramble them. (You can also cook the eggs in a separate frying pan if desired, I just try to save myself washing two pans). Add the frozen mixed vegetables and allow to cook for 4-5 minutes until warmed through. Add the cooked rice to the pot and mix to incorporate everything allow to cook for another 6-7 minutes. Slowing add the soy sauce and stir until incorporated. Add a few more tablespoons if rice seems like it needs more.  Serve with egg rolls.

Quick, easy fried rice recipe. A family favorite! Great for a weeknight meal. Recipe on everydayjenny.com

*You can also use sesame oil if desired.

ODYSSEO FLASH GIVEAWAY- BE AMONG THE FIRST TO DISCOVER ODYSSEO BY CAVALIA IN SALT LAKE

When I first saw the huge white tent going up by South Towne mall, I was intrigued and had to find out what was going on. After seeing a billboard I looked up their website. The show looks amazing! You can see clips of it here-  http://po.st/aUHNDG.

Odysseo, “marries the equestrian arts, stage arts and high-tech theatrical effects at never-before-seen levels. This larger-than-life show sends hearts racing, but it is also a feast for the eyes that succeeds in delivering the spectacular with soul.” There are 70 horses and 45 actors in the production which Larry King said, “surpasses the world’s greatest shows!”

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I am running a giveaway on my Instagram account —->HERE.

Here’s what you’ll win-

Two pairs (2 tickets per pair) of Gold category tickets. Valid for their Friday, April 22 show at 6:30PM (Mountain) in Sandy, Utah.

Be sure to enter!