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Monday, May 4, 2015

DIY Photo Gift Perfect for Mother’s Day #BestMomsDayEver

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Did you know that Mother's Day is THIS Sunday??  I'm still shocked that it is still May, this year has flown by!  Did you need an easy and great gift idea?  Luckily for you and for me, right now Walmart has a One-Stop Shop from American Greetings that have some awesome things that are perfect for Mother's Day.  I picked up some fun things and then made a few things to turn it into a perfect DIY photo gift for Mother's Day.  
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Every year when Mother's Day comes around, I of course think about my Mom.  She is an amazing person, one of the most selfless people I have ever met.  You can never really appreciate your mom until you become a mom yourself and then you can relate to the sacrifice and love that goes into raising kids.  My mom has been an amazing teacher and I have learned so much from her example.  
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This is my immediate family (yes I said immediate) in 2006.  It has grown a ton since then even (me alone have added 4 kids).  Anyway, this family happened all because of my mom and her love for children.  When she got married she wanted 12 kids, my Dad wanted 0.  They settled for 9.  She has touched many lives with her sweet personality and caring spirit and her love for people.    She is such a wonderful and giving person, I hope that someday I am 1/2 the woman and mother that she is! 
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This Mother's Day I wanted to make her something special. Since she has a love for children, I wanted to do something that had to do with my kids.  I headed to Walmart and picked up something fun things from the One-Stop Shop from American Greetings. I found the display in the front of the store where they put the seasonal items.  They had a ton of cute things and it was hard to just pick a few things, I wanted it all!  They had candles, frames, cups, pillows, candy, cards and more! 
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This is what I picked up for the gift basket.  I fell in love with the magnetic plaque (I wanted one for myself... hmm maybe I'll go back and get one, Happy Mother's Day to me!).
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I wanted to turn the cute magnetic plaque into a fun little memo board for my Mom to use.  It only had 2 magnets, so I thought it would be fun to make a few more.  I got some gems and then some  American Greetings wrapping paper and made some.  
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This is how I made them.  I put a layer of Mod Podge onto the gem and then placed it onto the wrapping paper.  
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Then I cut around the gem to trim down the wrapping paper.  I then put another layer of Mod Podge onto the paper to seal it.  
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I let it dry and then put a little magnet strip onto it. 
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And that's it!  I put them into this super cute container I got and then put them onto the magnetic plaque.  
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I then used them to put a super cute picture of my kids and some notes from them.  
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I also loved these memo pads, so I picked those up because we can always more notepads, especially if they are super cute like these. 
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And of course I had to get a fun card for her.  This card was perfect from me because I'm a comic relief :).  I literally laughed out loud when I found it in the store.  I knew that I had to get it!  
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I put it all into a cute basket, added some amazing chocolate and it's all set ready for Mother's Day.  
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I can't wait to give it to her and show her that I love and appreciate her! 
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What is something special that you love about your Mom?  I would love to hear it!  

Be sure to check out the One-Stop Shop at Walmart and see if you can find the perfect gift for your Mom.  And enter this awesome giveaway to win a prize worth $4000! 

" async="true"> As for your viewing pleasure, the great card that I picked up. I laugh every time I read it!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

30 Spring Dessert Recipes

It is spring, the weather is warm and it's beautiful outside! For me that means I need to lose some of this winter weight...and that means I'm craving dessert. :) When looking through all the link ups from last week, it seemed to be taunting me with beautiful sweet morsels! I figured most of us will be going to spring parties, graduations, sporting events and what we need to have some good recipes on hand! I grabbed one or two desserts for spring...or THIRTY!
30 Dessert Recipes perfect for Spring parties, graduations and just when you have a sweet tooth!
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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Rice Krispies Treats® Baseballs

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When I was growing up, my older brother was in baseball for many years.  I remember spending countless hours at the ball parks with him, running around, exploring and just having fun!  I also remember having home fun derbies in our front year all the time with him.  It was so great.  I have fond memories of those days and of baseball.  Now that my kids are older they are in baseball.  My 3 oldest boys are all in it right now and it's been really fun to watch them learn to play and interact with the kids.  My husband is also the coach for one of my son's teams, so I thought that it would be so much fun to make up a fun treat from them for after practice.  Using Kellogg's® Rice Krispies Treats® I made some fun baseballs for the kids.  They were a BIG HIT (pun intended) and  the kids loved them!
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I got a couple of packages of the Rice Krispies Treats® and then some white and red candy melts. 
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These were really fun and easy to make.  First I took the Rice Krispies Treats® out of the package and then smashed them up into a ball.
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Then I warmed up the white candy melts.  I put them into a bowl and put them into the microwave for 30 seconds.  I then stirred it and then put it into the microwave again for 30 seconds.  I continued doing that until it was all melted and smooth.  Then using a fork, I dipped the Rice Krispies® Treats balls into it.  Then I put them onto wax paper to cool.
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Here they are all covered in white.  Let them cool completely before putting on the laces.
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For the laces I used the red candy melts (melted the same way as the white ones) and then I drew on the laces with a tooth pick.  I attempted to use a sandwich bag with a little hole but I wanted them to have a little more detail and tooth pick worked the best for me.
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And that's it! Aren't they so much fun?
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They tasted amazing!  I knew that they would because I love Rice Krispies Treats®!
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You could also put the baseball onto a stick or a straw.  Perfect for a party!
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If the laces seem like a bit much, just take an edible red pen and draw the laces on.  Either way, they look super cute and they will still taste awesome!
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 I brought the baseballs to baseball practice one day and the kids really enjoyed them!  

Right now Kellogg's® Rice Krispies Treats®, Major League Baseball® and Cal Ripken, Jr. have all teamed up to help families unlock the fun of baseball this baseball season.  Specially marked packages of Rice Krispies Treats® have a promotional code on them that you can enter at for a chance to play catch with Cal.  One lucky winner will get to play catch with Cal.   You can enter the promotional codes until July 1, 2015.  Plus until April 30, 2015 you can get another chance at hanging out with Cal during All-Star week.  All you have to do is submit a photo of you and your family enjoying Rice Krispies Treats® and use the hashtag #GetKreativeSweeps.  But hurry because it ends tomorrow!

If you don't win, don't worry because you can still get inspiration for family fun with Rice Krispies Treats® at There are lots of great ideas, like these baseballs, to #GetKreative and have fun family time during this baseball season! 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats®.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Chipotle Ranch Onion Ring Burger Recipe #SpringIntoFlavor

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Do you guys have foods that you just love?  Like you can't get enough of them?  I don't know about you, but I have several foods that I just love :).  Potatoes are one of them.  I love potatoes.  I love them in any kind of style: raw, mashed, baked, fries, hashbrowns, tater tots.  I just love potatoes.  Luckily for me and my family, my husband works at one of the biggest potato farms in Washington, so it works out well for us :).  

Since it's getting warmer, we thought that it would be great time to grill outside and to make up an amazing chiopotle ranch onion ring burger and pair it with some rosemary fries from Alexia.  The whole thing is awesome.  It is by far my favorite burger that I have ever made.  And the rosemary fries, soooooo good.  They really hit the spot and reminded me why I like potatoes so much! 
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I headed to Walmart to get all the ingredients for the burger and fries.  I found the Alexia Rosemary Fries and Onion Rings in the freezer section along with all the other potato products. 
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Alexia fries are all natural and they only use high quality ingredients for them.  I got these two kinds but you can also get sweet potato fries too, yum! 
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To make the onion rings for the burger, I baked them according to the package.  Look at how big these are!  And baking them makes them nice and crispy! 
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For the chipotle ranch sauce, you will need this:
1 cup mayo 
1/2 cup ranch
2 TBSP dijon mustard
Juice from 1 lime
1 clove of garlic
1/2 can of chipotle peppers 
Salt to taste
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I threw everything into the blender and blended it up.  
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For the burger I used:
Chipotle ranch sauce
Grilled hamburger
Alexia Onion Rings 
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I put all of the toppings onto the bun and then poured on the amazing sauce over them.  The combination of the sauce and the onion rings made this burger AWESOME SAUCE! 
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And that's it!  So yummy!   
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I also added some rosemary fries to it and just enjoyed it!  We will definitely be having this meal again!  It was so easy to make and tasted amazing! 
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It was so good, that I ate every last bite of it!

Is your mouth watering yet??  What way do you like your potatoes best?  Fries?  Baked? Mashed?  Leave a comment, I would love to know! 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Taquitos and Taco Bar with Pico de Gallo and Cilantro Ranch #DelimexFiesta

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When I was growing up, when I thought about Mexican food, I just thought about tacos.  You know, the ones are you have a hard taco shell, taco meat, lettuce, tomatoes, olives and that's it.  I remember the first time I ever went to a Mexican restaurant was in high school and my eyes were opened. I seriously never even heard of an avocado or guacamole until I was in my 20s (crazy huh??) and now I love them on almost everything.   Once I moved out of the house and got married, Mexican food became a favorite in our house and something that we have frequently.  We love to make  Mexican food, especially around Cinco de Mayo.  One of our favorite things to have are tacquitos and tacos from Delimex.  They are easy to make and so amazing!  I made up some pico de gallo and cilantro ranch dressing to go with them and it made an awesome taco bar.  This would be a super easy meal to make up for a Cinco de Mayo party!
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I headed to Walmart to get the Delimex Taquitos, Tacos and Tamales.  I found then in the center aisle freezer section.  
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I got a few different varieties for our taco bar.  We got the Beef & Cheddar Rolled Tacos, Chicken & Cheese Taquitos, and Cheese Taquitos.  I also picked up some Beef Tamales because we love them and they make a great lunch for my husband.  
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I baked the taquitos and tacos, super easy and quick.
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I made up some pico de gallo.  The base of it is roma tomatoes, cilantro, red onion and lime juice.  The amounts vary on how much you like of each ingredient.

This is how I made it:
6 roma tomatoes
1 red onion
1 batch of cilantro, stems removed
Juice from 2 limes
Salt to taste

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Chop up all the ingredients and then add all them into a bowl and mix.  
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This cilantro ranch was a the perfect topper for the taquitos and tacos.  It's amazing!  
This is what you'll need for the cilantro ranch:
1 ranch seasoning package (not buttermilk)
1 cup mayo
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 batch cilantro, stems removed
2-3 tomatillos, diced and unhusked
1 jalapeño, diced
1 clove garlic
Juice from 1 lime

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Cut up the ingredients and then throw it into a blender and blend until smooth.  You can leave the seeds in the jalapeño if you want it to be spicier.  I made it more mild and took the seeds out.  
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I added a few more toppings: lettuce, cheese, sour cream, guacamole, rice and black beans. 
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I put the rice and beans on the bottom and then added the taquitos.  I then topped it with the sour cream, guacamole, pico de gallo, cheese and then finally the cilantro ranch.   
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It was soooo amazing!!  I loved it and so did my whole family!
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I can't wait to make them up again for Cinco de Mayo! 
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And for your viewing pleasure, here's a little video :).

Check out the Delimex Fiesta website to see more recipes and ideas to make with their foods.

What kind of food are you planning on making for Cinco de Mayo?  I would love to know, leave me a comment :).  Links are awesome too! 
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