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Super Bowl Mini Baked Potato Bites

Posted by on Feb 3, 2017 in Giveaways, Recipes | 0 comments

 Sponsored Are you ready for some football? The Big game is this Sunday, and everyone is busy planning recipes for their upcoming Super Bowl Party. My husband always gets together with his college friends at a different house each year to watch the game together. Since it is our year to host the party, I wanted to make some unique and fun dishes that I know his friends will enjoy. I went to Smart & Final to pick-up some of my favorite First Street Brand ingredients and spent the afternoon testing recipes. One of my favorite recipes that I can’t wait to serve on Super Bowl Sunday are the mini baked potato bites that I made. My children loved them, and gobbled them all up within minutes. The recipe is super simple to make, and I would recommend making...

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Trolls Rainbow Bars

Posted by on Feb 3, 2017 in Entertainment, Film, Recipes | 10 comments

 Sponsored Are you ready to par-tay? Dreamworks “Trolls” is coming out on DVD and Blu-ray starting on February 7th! In celebration of the release of the feel-good movie of the year, I made the kids some tasty “Trolls” rainbow bars. I grew up collecting and playing with troll dolls as a child, and when Dreamworks released the movie, I couldn’t wait to share it with my children. We got dressed up in our most colorful outfits and went to the theater together as a family to watch the film. The film had my children giggling with delight and out of their chairs dancing in the theater. It quickly became one of their favorite films of the year. The DVD and Blu-ray edition of the film features an interactive ‘Party Mode’ that will encourage your children to sing – dance...

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The Perfect Banana Smoothie Recipe

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

 Sponsored My son loves banana smoothies. I have been making him one every morning for years, and it is an excellent way to sneak probiotics into his diet. Since I make him the same kind of smoothie every day, I am always looking for new ways to make it. When I was recently introduced to Organic Valley Grassmilk yogurt, it was the one thing that his banana smoothie was missing all those years to be the best banana smoothie ever. Grassmilk is cultured in small batches with milk from grass-fed cows. Since their cows are grass-fed, they produce milk with a perfect balance of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids. The yogurt has a creamy topping that melts in your mouth with every bite, making an absolutely creamy smoothie. The first time that my son tasted his smoothie made with...

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Asiago and Heirloom Tomato Crostini Recipe

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in Recipes | 1 comment

 Sponsored in partnership with Laughing Cow My favorite thing to make when we have guests come over is the appetizer. I love to unleash my creativity to create fun and unique flavor combinations with my recipes. When having some friends over last week, I decided to make asiago and heirloom tomato crostini. The Laughing Cow is one of my favorite cheese brands to make appetizers, and when I noticed some new cheese flavors while shopping in my local grocery store, I knew I wanted to try making something new. I had made a recipe pairing sun-dried tomatoes and asiago cheese in the past, and wasn’t quite sure how the cheese would pair with heirloom tomatoes, and it turned out to be pure deliciousness. The recipe is super easy to make, and your guests will devour every last bite. Supplies...

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Cooking Fun with the Chase N Yur Face Cookbook

Posted by on Dec 27, 2016 in Recipes, Shopping | 0 comments

  Chase Bailey is one of the most inspiring children on the internet. He has been sharing his journey with autism and love for cooking with families online for many years. We even had the honor of having his inspiring mom, Mary Bailey, be a guest blogger on our website. This year was a big year for Chase Bailey as he launched his first cookbook, the Chase n Yur Face Cookbook. The minute that our Chase N Yur Face Cookbook arrived, I was overwhelmed with happiness. The cookbook is full of beautiful food photos, recipes, and my kids favorite – fun facts. All of the recipes have short ingredient lists and simple instructions that even my children have been able to make some of his recipes. There are so many recipes in my new Chase N Yur Face Cookbook...

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Disney’s Sugar Spiced Noodle Kugel Recipe

Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in Christmas, Disney, Family, Holiday, Recipes, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attended a media event as a guest of Disney The holidays are sweeter this year at the Disneyland Resort with their all-new Festival of Holidays celebration at Disney California Adventure Park. There are many delicious sweet and savory food offerings at different kiosks located throughout the theme park. One of the tastiest food offerings during the Festival of Holidays is the Sugar Spiced Noodle Kugel. While I was visiting the Disneyland Resort this holiday season, I was honored to be given a unique opportunity to learn how to make Disney’s Sugar Spiced Noodle Kugel and share the cooking tutorial with all of you. The recipe is a twist on a traditional dish served during Hanukkah. It features a lemon cream sauce with cranberries and frosted flakes. It is simple to make and a great recipe to invite your...

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Entice Rudolph with Reindeer Chow

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Christmas, Entertainment, Family, Film, Holiday, Recipes | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of my favorite things to do during the holiday season is to watch the classic version of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” with my children. The timeless story brings out the spirit of the season in a way that is indescribable, and watching a classic holiday movie is one of the best ways to get your family into the holiday spirit. Along with “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” we also enjoy watching “Frosty the Snowman,” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” during the holiday season. The one thing that has been challenging for me in the past was finding the movies to download and watch with our children every year. When I learned that an Anniversary Collection of the three timeless films was being released this year, I jumped at the opportunity to add it to our home...

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Among Friends Allergy-friendly Baking Mixes

Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 in Dining, Family, Recipes | 0 comments

  When having a child with food allergies, finding baking mixes that turn out just like non-allergy baking mixes is a challenge. There have been so many times that I have purchased a gluten-free brownie mix, and the brownies turn out thin and tasteless – until being introduced to Among Friends Baking Mixes. I have been testing out their baking mixes for the past couple of weeks, and wish that I had heard about them sooner. Their pancake mix is my son’s favorite. It is hand-crafted using whole grain, gluten-free, no gums, no GMO’s, and no fillers. Only the ingredients that you would want in a pancake being served to your precious children. It’s not just pancake/waffle mixes that Among Friends makes but also a wide variety of cookies and cake mixes. They have something for everyone to enjoy....

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Disney’s Jack Skellington Sugar Cookie Recipe

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Disney, Family, Recipes, Theme Parks | 0 comments

  The best way to celebrate the Halloween season is by cooking delicious desserts and treats with your children. After visiting the Disneyland Resort with your family, come home and create magical memories together while making these tasty Jack Skellington sugar cookies. Here is the delectable recipe courtesy of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. Jack Skellington Sugar Cookies Makes 18 cookies 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup butter, softened 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract Icing 2 egg whites 3 cups confectioner’s sugar 1/2 teaspoon almond extract Black food coloring paste Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl and whisk until combined. Set aside. Combine butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Add...

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DIY Minnie Mouse Halloween Candy Apples

Posted by on Oct 9, 2016 in Dining, Disney, Halloween, Holiday, Recipes, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney Halloween Time is in full swing at the Disneyland Resort, and our favorite thing about the holiday is all the delicious treats. There are so many tasty treats to try at Disneyland during Halloween Time, and the Halloween-themed Minnie Mouse Candy Apple is a favorite this year. While celebrating Halloween with my family at the Disneyland Resort this year, I had a chance to stop into Trolley Treats on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure Park and meet with one of the talented chefs at the Disneyland Resort who taught me how to make a Minnie Mouse Candy Apple. Making a Halloween-themed Minnie Mouse Candy Apple is super simple, and can easily be made at home to impress some of your guests at your upcoming Halloween Party. Watch this step-by-step DIY...

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Trader Joe’s Tasty Tostada Recipe

Posted by on Aug 7, 2016 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

  Trader Joe’s is my go-to place for a quick dinner. When I am stuck wondering, “what can I make for dinner?” the girls that work in the sample section of our local Trader Joe’s always have the answer. One of my favorite recipes that they have shared with me is their simple, delicious, and tasty tostada recipe. You can make these tostadas for your family within minutes, and everyone in your family is guaranteed to love the delicious flavor. I also made this recipe for a friend who recently had a baby, and she immediately asked me to share the recipe, because everyone in her family loved it. Everything you need to make this recipe needs to come from Trader Joe’s. The meat and the ingredients for the sauce come from their meat and salsa making it hard...

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How to Make Circus Animal Cookie Zootopia Bark

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Crafts, Entertainment, Film, Recipes | 0 comments

 Sponsored An outdoor summer Zootopia movie party would not be complete without some fun animal-themed candy treats. When planning our summer Zootopia outdoor movie night, I made the kids some delicious circus animal cookie Zootopia bark. Making candy bark is one of the easiest things parents can ever make for a party. It takes just a few seconds to make, and you can add virtually anything to the bark to theme it around your kid’s party. Since I was planning a Zootopia outdoor movie night, I wanted to make something colorful, festive, and animal-themed so I used circus animal cookies. The result – the kids loved it!! All I needed to purchase was two ingredients (white chocolate morsels and circus animal cookies.) How did I make it? I poured one bag of the white chocolate morsels into a bowl...

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How to Make Zootopia Pawsicles

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Crafts, Entertainment, Film, Recipes | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of our favorite scenes from the film Zootopia was when Nick Wilde made “pawsicles” and sold them to the hamsters. My kids laughed hysterically during that scene in the movie. With Zootopia coming out on Blu-ray and DVD on June 7th, I got started right away planning an epic Zootopia themed outdoor summer movie night complete with homemade pawsicles and Zootopia candy bark. We were fortunate enough to get an advanced copy of the film, so we surprised some of our closest friends with a pre-summer Zootopia outdoor movie night. All our kid’s friends couldn’t wait to come over and see their favorite movie again. Everyone brought their blankets, pillows and arrived in their pj’s for the movie. The minute that the pawsicle scene came on in the film, I paused the movie and brought our pawsicles...

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Calming Mornings with TAZO Chai Latte

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Dining, Family, Health, Hot Topics, Recipes | 0 comments

 “This post was sponsored by Starbucks as part of an Influencer Activation. I received compensation and complimentary products to facilitate my review.” My favorite thing to do in the morning is brew a cup of tea and watch the sunrise while reading a book on our outdoor patio. It is calming, and the perfect way to start my day before the craziness of chasing after three kiddos all day commences. Before drinking tea, I was a major coffee drinker. I would drink 4-5 cups of coffee a day, and found that I was dependent on coffee getting me through the day. Part of my “new me in the New Year” commitment to taking care of myself, I have stopped drinking coffee and switched to tea. It was not as easy of a transition as I thought, and I was...

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Chocolate Passion Fruit Tart Recipe

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Recipes | 0 comments

  What to do when you are invited to a dinner party with foodie friends and you’re charged with making dessert? Especially when you spend far more time contemplating the savory side of a menu than the sweet side. This was my challenge one recent Friday evening. And I wanted to bring my A game. While it seems almost everyone loves chocolate for dessert, I lean towards something with fruit. And this got me thinking about a memorable sweet treat I had tried recently… a passion fruit filled chocolate. The tropical tang of the passion fruit is so unique and one of my all time favorites. Combine it with dark chocolate and it’s a match made in heaven. After a little thought, I decided to make a Chocolate Passion Fruit Tart. And while it’s been several years since I’ve...

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Kid-Friendly Shrimp Ceviche Recipe

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

  I love ceviche, but I have never found a ceviche that my kids would eat. While I was in Mexico last month on a mission trip, I asked the family who we were staying with if she could help me to develop a ceviche recipe that was still flavorful, but that my kids would eat. She took my children and me into her kitchen and taught us how to make multiple different styles of ceviche. To my surprise, the kid-friendly version ended up being my favorite, and the best part – it is super easy to make, and can be made the night before. All of the ingredients can be found at Trader Joe’s, it costs less than $20 to make enough, and is enough food to feed 15-20 people. I recommend making it the night before so...

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Knott’s Boysenberry Meatball Recipe

Posted by on Mar 22, 2016 in Knott's Berry Farm, Recipes, Theme Parks | 5 comments

 Recipe courtesy of Knott’s While at the Knott’s Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival this weekend, the boysenberry meatballs were one of my favorite dishes that I sampled. The meat was juicy, tender, and tantalized my taste buds. But, it was the sauce that made them some of the best meatballs that I have ever had before. Our friends at Knott’s Berry Farm were so generous to share their secret meatball recipe with us so that families can enjoy them at home for years to come. Every time that you serve the Knott’s boysenberry meatballs with your children, all the wonderful memories of your visit will come back. Boysenberry Meatballs Ingredients 2 lbs. Ground beef 1 cup Bread crumbs 1 ½tbs. Granulated garlic 1 tbs. Italian herbs ½ cup Milk (to soak bread crumbs) ½ tsp. Salt and pepper 1 jar...

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Kid-Friendly Veggies in a Bottle

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Family, Health, Recipes | 0 comments

  Trying to get my kids the daily amount of vegetables into their diet is one of the biggest challenges I have experienced as a mom. My picky eater is always refusing to eat his veggies, and I have to use creative tactics to get them into his diet like sneaking them into pasta sauces, pancakes, and more. Another way that I’ve been successful at getting him to eat his vegetables is with smoothies and juicing. The only problem with juicing is the massive amount of mess is creates in my kitchen and the long clean-up time. Since I am a busy mom who doesn’t have the time to juice daily for my son, I have been trying new products, and recently fell in love with Bolthouse Farms. Each bottle has 3 3/4 servings of vegetables, and they use...

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Cooking with Fig & Olive: The Cuisine of the French Riviera

Posted by on Feb 24, 2016 in Family, Recipes | 0 comments

  Well, it’s the New Year. The holidays are behind us and if my Facebook news feed is any indication, I’m not the only one looking to get serious about eating right after a month long blow out. Okay, it might have been two months. The timing could not have been better to receive a copy of Fig & Olive, The Cuisine of the French Riviera. This bi-coastal restaurant shares many of the recipes that have made it a popular dining destination. The recipes feature fresh, colorful ingredients with flavorful olive oils used in place of butter and cream. After flipping through and considering recipes to try out for dinner such as Whole Branzino stuffed with lemon, rosemary, thyme and garlic; Côte de Boeuf With Olive Oil Bérnaise; and Seared Orange Scallops with carrot purée, I came upon Francine’s...

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Fiesta Quinoa Salad with Garlic and Lime Grilled Shrimp

Posted by on Feb 9, 2016 in Recipes | 0 comments

  Lent is right around the corner, and I’ve been busy in the kitchen whipping up new recipes that the family will enjoy eating during Lent. Since I have been on a strict diet in the New Year, I wanted to create a dish that was full of nutrition, and one that my kids will still eat. With quinoa being one of my favorite things to cook with in the kitchen, I decided to make a fiesta quinoa salad and pair it with garlic and lime grilled shrimp. The result was delicious perfection, and even the kids asked for seconds. The dish is super easy to make, and you can easily make it in advance (perfect for nights when you get home late from a sporting event). I served the dish cold, so you’ll want to make the quinoa...

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