November 22, 2014

Chiquita Cooking Lab Recipe Contest Endng Soon!

 

Just a reminder that the Chiquita Cooking Lab Recipe Contest is coming to a close. You have until November 24 to get your recipe entered if you haven't already. This weeks ingredients are caramel, Chiquita bananas and walnuts. Grand Prize winner will receive $4,000 while 4 First Prize winners will receive a Chiquita prize pack. Good Luck!

November 14, 2014

Kalua Pig Soft Tacos w/ Mango Salsa

Tonight I made Nom Nom Paleo's delicious Slow Cooker Kalua Pig. It smelled amazing all day cooking in my crockpot, but it tasted even better. The bacon really gives the meat a smoky taste that is delicious. Here is my super juicy and tender pork out of the slow cooker.


Here it is after I shredded it and set the fat aside for Timber. Lucky dog!

 
I decided to make Kalua Pig soft tacos on low carb tortillas with mango salsa, shredded cabbage and crema or sour cream that has been thinned down with milk.
 
 
 
Mango Salsa
 
3 Juicy, ripe, sweet mango's diced
2 Green onions chopped
2 Serrano peppers diced
A small bunch of cilantro chopped.
 
I cut up the mango into cubes and then used my food chopper to chop everything up. Put into a bowl and mix together. Yummy!
 
 

November 10, 2014

Children's Book Review: Bramble and Maggie and The Princess in Black and Giveaway

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Halloween has past but that hasn't stopped Penelope from wanting to read and watch "scary movies". Yes, my little girl has an affinity towards anything spooky. I wonder who she gets this from...hmmm. Now that she is reading like a pro on her own I have been on the prowl for short chapter books that I think she would love. Recently we were sent two books from Candlewick Press that are both chapter books and contain a little bit of spookiness in them.


Bramble and Maggie: Spooky Season is the third adventure in the Bramble and Maggie series.

Bramble and Maggie explore a new season together — fall! Leaves crunch underfoot. Acorns ping off rooftops. It all makes Bramble feel wonderfully spooky. But Bramble’s frisky-pretend-scary gait makes Maggie jumpy, and soon Bramble really is nervous. There are alarming new sights and sounds everywhere, like Mr. Dingle’s scarecrow. When Maggie takes a fall, will she want to get back in the saddle? And when Halloween comes, can Maggie trust Bramble to brave the tricks and lead them both safely to the treats?

This was Penelope's first introduction to Maggie and her lovable horse companion Bramble. It won't be her last. Penelope loves horses and this book helped her imagine what it would be like to have a horse like Bramble. She enjoyed the story with its Halloween theme and found it very easy to read on her own. In her words "this book was exciting and it made me want a horse like Bramble. I want to go trick or treating with them!"


The Princess in Black was another hit with Penelope. This one follows Princess Magnolia and her alter ego that fights scary monsters.

Princess Magnolia is having hot chocolate and scones with Duchess Wigtower when . . . Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! A big blue monster is threatening the goats! Stopping monsters is no job for dainty Princess Magnolia. But luckily Princess Magnolia has a secret —she’s also the Princess in Black, and stopping monsters is the perfect job for her! Can the princess sneak away, transform into her alter ego, and defeat the monster before the nosy duchess discovers her secret? From award-winning writing team of Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrator LeUyen Pham, here is the first in a humorous and action-packed chapter book series for young readers who like their princesses not only prim and perfect, but also dressed in black.

This one was Penelope's favorite of the two. Aside from liking scary things she also loves anything princess.  This book is the perfect match. We read this one together and even I thought it was cute and entertaining. She has since started pretending to be the Princess in Black and both Timber and Mr. Rat are the scary monsters, poor animals. She is already looking forward to book number 2. In her words "this book is cool, I need a black cape so I can be a superhero princess!"

How would you like to win a copy of either Bramble and Maggie: Spooky Season or The Princess in Black?

To Enter: Leave me a comment telling me which book you would prefer. Pick carefully because this will be the book you receive. You can also get extra entries for following me via GFC and liking me on Facebook.
This giveaway will end on November 17, 2014. I will choose the winner using Random.org. Please leave a valid email address if it is not visible in your profile. US entries only.

The featured product{s} in this post were provided to me free of charge by the company or a PR company representing them. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by anyone.

Frontier Soups Review


It's that time of the year, the nights are getting increasingly colder and there is nothing better then enjoying a yummy bowl of hot soup to keep you feeling satisfied, warm and toasty. I was given this generous package from Frontier Soups via Moms Meet to try.


Filled with a selection of their Homemade in Minutes Soups including; Florida Sunshine Red Pepper Corn Chowder, Little School House Alphabet Soup, Mississippi Delta Tomato Basil, South of the Border Tortilla Soup, West Coast Kale and Quinoa Vegetable and Connecticut Cottage Chicken Noodle.

These are not your canned soups, Each soup mix contains all natural ingredients with no added salt, preservatives or MSG. By adding just a few ingredients like stock and protein of choice, in under 45 minutes you have a healthy hearty soup that provides 4 to 5 meal servings.


Penelope loved the Alphabet Soup. I added leftover roasted chicken to it and it was delicious and full of flavor. I am usually not a big soup fan but I loved the Tomato Basil soup, add a gooey grilled cheese sandwich for the perfect dipper.


We also enjoyed the Tortilla Soup that had a ton of black beans and corn, I added tortilla and shredded chicken and then topped it with cheese, sour cream and diced avocado. It was as good as any restaurant tortilla soup I have had.

You can purchase Frontier Soups as well as some of their other products online. They also have Hearty Soup Mixes, Cornbread Mixes, Appetizers and Dips and other Pantry Products. In addition you can find Frontier Soups at Whole Foods, The Fresh Market, Kroger Natural Stores, Central Market in Texas and Great Harvest Bread Stores.

Frontier Soups is currently offering an exclusive Moms Meet Deal. With the Moms Meet Soup Mix 6-Pack, you'll get 20% off the original price, plus FREE Shipping on your order!

The featured product{s} in this post were provided to me free of charge by the company or a PR company representing them. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by anyone.

November 07, 2014

Chick-fil-A yummies for this Chick-fil-A Mom


I can't recall if I mentioned this but a couple of weeks ago I was picked to be a Chick-fil-A mom. Penelope and I love Chick-fil-A! I especially like their Spicy Chicken Sandwich as well as their Spicy Chicken Biscuit which I am saddened to find out is no longer on the menu. What?! They also have the best iced tea, I love crushed ice! Not to mention some of the best customer service around.  As a thank you for being part of the Chick-fil-A mom group they sent me some free goodies.
 I already tried the Grilled Chicken Sandwich, it wasn't my fave but I made it better with Chik-fil- A sauce because that stuff makes everything taste better. We'll see how the grilled nuggets and new iced coffee is...

Dave's Killer Bread Review


I was so excited when I was given the opportunity to review Dave's Killer Bread via Moms Meet. Several months back I was introduced to this delicious bread and it quickly became one of my faves. I stopped eating bread for awhile because I have been trying to keep my carbs so low so I said goodbye to DKB. When I received my sampling of breads from Moms Meet I was overjoyed to see that among the other healthy varieties of bread that DKB makes they also have a selection of thin sliced breads with fewer carbs! Hello DKB!


My new fave bread is Dave's Killer Bread 12 Whole Grains Thin Sliced. At only 12 carbs and 3g of fiber per slice I am able to enjoy a tasty healthy sandwich when I feel so inclined.


Because Moms Meet was so generous in sending me a large selection of breads I decided to share with my neighbors, who have since become DKB fans as well as my extended family and friends. My cousin had a baby shower and I was in charge of making a couple of pasta salads but I also surprised everybody with a sandwich spread complete with several varieties of Dave's Killer Bread.


The sandwiches were a huge hit! The bread was going so fast we had to throw in some rolls (not DKB) as well. Guess what was left behind at the end of the party? A couple of rolls and that's it! I got so many questions from people asking me what kind of bread it was and where they could purchase it. In fact I am proud to say I am responsible for making many more DKB fans.

Available in 12 varieties in major grocery chains across 17 states and parts of western Canada, Dave’s Killer Bread packs a punch with delicious flavors loaded with seeds, ancient grains, and whole grain nutrition.  Each slice also contains as much protein as one egg! A loaf of Dave’s Killer Bread retails between $5.00 and $6.00.  I purchase mine at our local Sprouts!

If you are not familiar with Dave's Killer Bread I would visit their website, they have a great story about how the company got started.

The featured product{s} in this post were provided to me free of charge by the company or a PR company representing them. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by anyone.




November 06, 2014

Scentsy Celebrates the Holidays


Scentsy just released their November Warmer of the Month and Scent of the Month. Look at this lovely Cardinal.

This little guy would look great on a fireplace mantle and smell even better with Very Snowy Spruce.

Breathe in fresh forest air: balsam, spruce, and cedar branches embrace the warmth of amber and woody pinecones.
 
Growing up we always had a live Christmas tree every year but unfortunately when we were living in Alaska, and after much protest from me, Chris and I purchased an artificial tree. I miss the smell of my Christmas tree! This year I will be melting Very Snowy Spruce, it fills your home with that live tree scent if you must have an artificial tree and without all the messy pine needles.
 
In addition Scentsy has a limited edition Nutcracker Warmer that comes with a matching friend to hang on your tree.
 

You can purchase these here while supplies last!
 

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