Cool Down With Easy Chocolate Slushies!

Cool Down With Easy Chocolate Slushies!

Chocolate Slushies

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Last year, I scored an awesome, new-in-box snow cone/ shaved ice maker at a garage sale.  It is so simple because you can freeze a block of ice and within a few hours, make a super smooth snow cone!  I did cave and buy some snow cone syrup but wow….that stuff has a TON of sugar and food dye, so we started using juice with our shaved ice.  

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Jalapeño Dippers with Salsa Cream – Perfect For Your Summer BBQ! {giveaway, too!}

Jalapeño Dippers with Salsa Cream

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One thing I love about summer is grilling outdoors and having a summer BBQ!  We try to grill often and I love to come up with new recipes to accompany the traditional grilled veggies.  Hubby and I love a spicy kick to our food, so I created these amazingly delicious jalapeño dippers.  They are so easy and quick to make and go great with just about anything.  They would be great as an appetizer while the ribs cook, as a side for fajitas, or even a crispy, spicy burger addition!

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Sofia the First’s Purple Princess Popsicles

Sofia the First's Purple Princess Popsicles

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My guys definitely have a favorite Disney princess and her name is Sofia!  Sofia the First on Disney Junior is entertaining because Sofia is smart and kind.  We all love watching Sofia and friends in this adorable show.  She is definitely more than just a pretty princess.  

In the newly released Sofia DVD – "The Secret Library," Sofia's Aunt Tilly returns to give her a gift that will unlock a secret world and appoint Sofia storykeeper of magical books without endings. Sofia pursues adventures that will finish the narratives, including rescuing Minimus' brother from an evil prince and setting out on a mission to stop Miss Nettle from stealing all the beautiful snowdrop flowers from the wintery kingdom of Freezenberg. Merida from Disney•Pixar's "Brave" and Olaf from Disney's "Frozen" make special appearances, too!

To celebrate the release of the newest Sofia the First DVD, we made Purple Princess Popsicles!

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Relive Your Childhood With An Amazing Chocolate Chip Cookie Shake! {sweepstakes}

Relive Your Childhood With An Amazing Chocolate Chip Cookie Shake!

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Relive Your Childhood With An Amazing Chocolate Chip Cookie Shake! #BiteSizedBitsofJoy #CollectiveBias

When I think back on my childhood, I remember good food.  My mom is an amazing cook and thankfully, she taught me how to cook!  One treat that she taught me how to make was a milkshake in the blender.  No cooking required, but it does take skill to get it the perfect consistency.  I think my brother and I perfected the cookie milkshake back in the day!

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Chocolate Oatmeal Waffles – For Breakfast OR Dessert!

Chocolate Oatmeal Waffles

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Waffles have been a family favorite for many years.  I remember my mom making a huge, fresh batch of waffles and keeping the leftovers in the fridge or freezer for us to toast and eat all week long.  There's nothing like homemade waffles!  

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Chocolate Snickerdoodle Cookies

Chocolate Snickerdoodle Cookies

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Cooking and baking for my family has always been a passion of mine.  I love to create new recipes and see my family enjoying what I have made.  When the two older boys were little, they loved cooking with me.  Now, Baby Brother loves being a "maker" and helping in the kitchen.  It is oftentimes messy and I could do it much quicker without the extra help, but I do realize that this time is precious and he is learning by watching me cook.

I wanted to create a fun recipe that all three boys would love to help me with, and I am thrilled to say that I succeeded.  This Chocolate Snickerdoodle Cookies recipe was a hit, start to finish.  Of course, all I had to do was say that they are made with Cocoa Puffs cereal and they were on board.  This is a fun, hands on recipe and the end result is delicious.  Cocoa Puffs are easily found at Walmart stores, which is where I went to quickly buy all of my ingredients for these super fun cookies!

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Easy Grilled Bean Flautas – Take Your Cinco de Mayo Celebration to the Grill!

Easy Grilled Bean Flautas – Take Your Cinco de Mayo Celebration to the Grill!

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I was SO incredibly happy to say "so long!" to winter and we are loving the warm temperatures!  Just getting outside and feeling the sunshine is so refreshing.  Anyone who knows our family knows that we LOVE Mexican food.  I used to eat these fabulous flautas at a Mexican restaurant we would frequent…but, they are fried and not so healthy.  I wanted to pair our love for grilling and Mexican food with these Grilled Bean Flautas!  

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Finding Sustainable Seafood – Albacore Tuna Quesadillas

 

Finding Sustainable Seafood – Albacore Tuna Quesadillas

Our family eats seafood often.  The boys LOVE fish, so I try to make it a big part of our diet.  It is easy to grab the cheapest option available, but I know that is not what is best for my family or the environment.  I want to open a can of tuna fish, see that is actually real fish, and savor the delicious taste!  I want real, sustainable seafood that was not raised in some overcrowded, deplorable fish farm.  I also want to know that what I am feeding my family is not causing overfishing in certain areas and that the fish stocks remain at sustainable levels.

sustainable tunaWe tried Wild Selections® Solid White Albacore Tuna in olive oil in some of our favorite recipes.  I love that this company is working to help the environment by giving back to the oceans.  They are donating 13 cents from every can sold—a total of $1 million by 2018—to World Wildlife Fund marine conservation and fishery improvement projects.  What this means to me is that our family and generations to come will be able to enjoy fresh, real seafood, not that which is made in a lab somewhere or caught by overfishing and damaging the fish stocks. 

Other benefits of Wild Selections tuna:

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Arancini with Marinara and Broccolini – Create an Italian Inspired Meal with Bertolli

Arancini with Marinara and Broccolini – Create an Italian Inspired Meal with Bertolli

Arancini with Marinara - Create an Italian Inspired Dish with Bertolli

If I told you that our family loves an Italian inspired meal, that would be a complete understatement.  There is nothing in this world that the boys and my husband get more excited about than the smell of Italian food cooking.  Lasagna, spaghetti, pizza, alfredo chicken….anything and everything that has a remote taste of Tuscany, they will love.

When we visited Walt Disney World last year, we ate at a restaurant called Via Napoli in Epcot.  He ordered a delicious appetizer called Arancini.  He was not sure what it was, but he did love it…of course.  I researched many recipes when deciding just how to make this recipe for our family.  What I came up with was a delicious dish that we all love!  I added a special Springtime ingredient – broccolini!

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Celebrate The Lion Guard DVD with Kion’s Morning Sunrise Drink!

Kion's Morning Sunrise Drink – The Lion Guard

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Do you remember the first time you saw "The Lion King"?  Can you believe it is 22 years old?  It is SUCH a powerful, emotional movie, filled with love, laughter, and lots of great music.  Plus, in true Disney fashion, the characters are super cute and lovable, too!  It is a classic that I'm proud to say my kids enjoy, as well.  

When the commercials for the new "The Lion Guard" mini movie came out last fall, we were all stoked.  How would it compare to the original?  Would it be as fun?  The answer is a resounding YES!  My boys LOVE "The Lion Guard" and so do I.  It's so adorable and really exciting to see Kion, the second-born cub of Simba and Nala, have fun with his friends and form the Lion Guard.

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