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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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake – No Bake, Easy to Make Dessert

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake – No Bake, Easy to Make Dessert

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake

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Chocolate and peanut butter are what dreams are made of.  I know Nutella is all the rage, but *gasp*…I do not like Nutella.  At all.  It has a weird after taste and it's just not good to me.  A chocolate peanut butter spread though…..wow.  Perfection.  There are many of these wonderful blends around, some fluffy, some more thick, but they're all divine, I tell you!  I used this divine mixture in my latest recipe….Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake.

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Vanilla Valentine Popcorn … with a Spicy Kick!

Vanilla Valentine Popcorn with a Spicy Kick!

Vanilla Valentine Popcorn

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I was playing around with some different things in the kitchen, and made a delicious treat with a bag of microwave popcorn and a few other ingredients.  This vanilla Valentine popcorn would be a great teacher or neighbor gift, class party snack, or a special afternoon snack for your family on Valentine's Day..or any day of the year!  The color can be changed with each batch you make!

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Chocolate Mocha Double Protein Gummies – Keep Some On Hand For A Quick Snack and Protein Boost!

Chocolate Mocha Double Protein Gummies

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Chocolate Mocha Double Protein Gummies

The holidays have come and gone, and like most people, the hubby and I made a lot of unwise food choices.  We started the new year off with a "healthy eating plan" and are making wiser choices!  It is going quite well, however my sweet tooth always tries to talk me into making delicious desserts and snacks.  That is why I made this recipe for Chocolate Mocha Double Protein Gummies!  They are a sweet, smart treat and a great snack to have on hand.  They contain plant-based protein, as well as protein from the gelatin, so it's a double dose!

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Coconut Cream Birthday Cake

Coconut Cream Birthday Cake

Coconut Cream Birthday Cake

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My mother made a delicious cake growing up that was referred to as a coconut cake, piña colada cake, and cream of coconut cake.  Only recently, while browsing Pinterest, did I see it called a "poke cake."  No matter what you call it, it's simply irresistable and delicious!  The Captain and D both requested it for their last birthdays, so I decided to jazz it up a bit and turned it into a Coconut Cream Birthday Cake!

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‘Tis The Season For A Pecan Pie Shake!

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'Tis the season for PIE!  Our family loves pie, and honestly, we had our fair share at Thanksgiving.  I love reinventing recipes and turning a classic holiday item into something new and spectacular.  We all think about ice cream in the Summer, but here in Texas, especially, ice cream is good year round, as is pie!  

My favorite ice cream treats are those served with big thick chunks of goodness in it.  Plain ice cream is just okay, but ice cream with pie in it?  I had to make it!  And you guys……it turned out SO much more better than I had ever anticipated!

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Making Memories Together: Double Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Recipe and Picture Ornament Craft for Kids

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Making Memories Together:  Double Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Recipe and Picture Ornament Craft for Kids
Double Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Being the mom of three boys is sometimes tough.  Most often, they would rather be playing a game or kicking a ball with Daddy.  This weekend, however, Daddy is on a retreat and the boys are "stuck" with Mommy.  Sure, we can go outside and play ball or play a game, but I wanted it to be a special weekend, doing things to celebrate the holiday season and spending time together baking and doing crafts.  Sometimes I get in over my head, but that is okay, messes can always be cleaned up. 

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