Northgate Norwalk

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Society Culinaria on behalf of Northgate Norwalk. However all opinions are 100% my own, and I am thrilled to have found this market. It’s a true gem.
The tamale supply section at Northgate Norwalk is well stocked and ready for the holiday season.

I am at the supermarket EVERY single day for one reason or another. I have my list of markets that I frequent for different reasons. Sometimes I have to go to two to three different markets just to find everything I need. Well I think that all just changed. I have found my Mexican Specialty market and I am not looking back. It has EVERYTHING… and I mean EVERYTHING I could possibly want in a Mexican market. Thank the supermarket gods for bestowing Northgate Norwalk upon us.

I was there last week for a look at the newly remodeled market and I was absolutely amazed at how nice it was. They fulfilled all my Mexican Food dreams under one roof. Let me just tell you what they have…

  • A fresh guacamole bar, where a woman is custom making guacamole to your liking.
  • A salsa bar, with a wide variety of salsas ranging from mild to very picoso! They also have their salsas already packaged for a quick grab if time is limited.
  • A tamale bar with 8 different tamales to choose from.
  • A hot food bar with chile rellenos, rajas con queso, rice, beans, chile verde, enchiladas, and a bounty of other Mexican specialty dishes.
  • A salad bar with ready made salads including nopales.
  • An empanada bar where a native Argentinian is making them fresh on the premises.
  • Freshly made tortillas…. they make 5 different types: Corn, Flour, Jalapeño, Hatch and Chiltepin. I ate mine fresh off the press.
  • A large ceviche and aguachile bar. You can either choose how much you buy or they have the ceviche packaged and ready to go if time is not on your side.
  • They have an insane cake section with freshly made cakes that are reasonably priced. They even sell chocoflan, large brightly colored gelatinas, and arroz con leche.
  • A bakery to rival any panaderia in Los Angeles, with a vast variety of every kind of pan dulce imaginable. They even come in mini sizes. Let’s not forget the hot of the oven bolillos and the artisan bread.
  • They also have churros made to order, and could be filled with sweet crema or cajeta. They believe a churro should be eaten hot and do not let theirs sit.
  • They also have a Mexican candy section that is perfectly sweet with all your favorite authentic candies in stock.
  • Don’t leave Northgate Norwalk without visiting the Aguas Frescas bar. Not only do they have a great selection of daily made aguas… the agua comes in the cutest Loteria adorned cup.

Like I said…. I found my new market. Below is a few photos from the store.

The tortilla bar at Northgate Norwalk makes 4 different types of tortillasThe empanadas at Northgate Norwalk are made by a native Argentinian,The aguas frescos bar at Northgate norwalk has a delicious selection of freshly made aguas.The panaderia at Northgate Norwalk can rival any Mexican bakery in Los Angeles.the candy bar at Northgate Norwalk

Happy Shopping!

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Holidays At Disneyland 2015, Season Of The Force And Crispy Treat Video

Disclosure: Disneyland provided me with 4 tickets to the park to aid me with my post. All opinions are 100% my own.

It's a Small World shines bright for Disneyland Holidays 2015

Celebrating the holidays at Disneyland is my favorite part of the season. I wait for it, and when it arrives I try and soak up every last morsel of fun the parks have to offer. It seems winter has all of a sudden plunked down in Southern California with this past week being especially cold and Disneyland now officially observing #DisneylandHolidays. I was there last week to watch the lights go bright on It’s A Small World, film a video on how to make holiday crispy treats (see video and recipe below), and get a first look  at Star Wars Season Of The Force. Yes, it was a pinch me moment. I felt like a giddy little girl walking into Disneyland and seeing the giant Christmas tree standing there in all it’s winter wonderland glory.

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I kept squealing to my friend “We’re at Disneyland” as I jumped in circles around her. It’s that level of excitement that the parks evoke. How could it not, with a dazzling Sleeping Beauty Castle sitting front and center welcoming you into the whimsical world of Disney? Or the thought of a brand new giant gingerbread house waiting to be seen as you float along the Haunted Mansion Holiday hosted by Mr. Jack Skellington himself.

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If the attractions don’t get you there the holiday themed food and treats surely will. The delicious holiday season classic peppermint bark and “snow-capped” dark chocolate peppermint gourmet apples are what I usually look for the moment I get in the parks. I also like to warm up with a cup of hot chocolate or hot apple cider accompanied by a churro, buñuelo, or beignet.

Peace on earth sign in It's a small world Disneyland.

The big attraction this year is StarWars Season of the Force… We can all thank Disneyland for bringing this larger than life cinema saga experience in ride form to the park.  As the Force awakens in Tomorrowland me and my son were jumping out of our skin with Star Wars frenzy. First we rode on Star Tours… it was amazing to get a glimpse into a new galactic adventure from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Pssst, BB8 joined our flight. From there we ran to experience Hyperspace Mountain… it is Space Mountain reimagined for an action packed battle between Rebel X-Wings and Imperial TIE fighters along with a new soundtrack inspired by the films’ musical themes. On a scale from 1 to 10…. I give it an AWESOME 10! We couldn’t stop there… we then ran over to Star Wars Launch Bay where we encountered Chewbacca and Darth Vader. Of course we took a few selfies and got a close up look at authentic replicas of film props.  Season Of the Force wouldn’t be complete without some food from a galaxy far far away…. The Galactic Grill  will feature a dark side and a light side menu, and Pizza Port will offer new Star Wars – inspired menu items. You can always feast your eyes on Star Wars: Path of the Jedi, at Tomorrowland Theatre (a short compilation of the Star Wars saga) and relive stories from the Star Wars saga.

Nicole Presley standing outside of Hyperspace Mountain for Season Of The Force at Disneyland.
Darth by chocolate dessert sold at the Galactic Grill and a BB8 crispy treat
The kids meeting Chewbacca at Star Wars Launch Bay
My selfie with Chewbacca

Holidays at Disneyland…. they are the best. I will continue to soak up the Disneyland and California Adventure fun for as long as the season is in full force! Happy Holidays!


Here is the video I had the privilege of filming in front of the lit up Small World. Watch me get a lesson on how to make holiday crispy treats!

Holiday Crispy Treat – Tips & Tricks – courtesy of Disneyland

This Holiday Crispy Treat may be found at candy shops and locations throughout Disneyland Resort
  1. Use a homemade recipe or directions from your favorite cereals to create crispy treats.
  2. Once the mix is set, use a Mickey Mouse-shaped cookie cutter or your favorite cookie cutter design to create your very own crispy shaped treat.
  3. Dip the face of your crispy treat in your favorite melted chocolate
  4. Place the dipped side of the crispy in your favorite color of sanding sugar.
  5. Add your own festive design to the top of the crispy treat. (Optional: Insert a rounded wood craft stick to the bottom of the crispy treat for decorating ease).
  6. Using your preferred method of decorating tool, create a large snowflake starting with a line of melted chocolate down the middle of the crispy, followed by diagonal lines to create an “X” effect. Continue decorating until you receive your desired look.
  7. Now, it’s ready to eat!
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Celebrate Tempranillo with Rioja Wine!

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A girlfriend of mine was here staying with me last week. During our visit she casually mentioned it was her birthday. My face flushed bright red and I told her I was so sorry I didn’t have anything to celebrate with… meaning cake. She then said to me that she had  seen a bottle of Rioja wine on my wine rack and that would make for a fine celebration. I knew the bottle was a special bottle of wine but once my friend started telling me more about the wine and the grape … I decided to look into more myself. Here are a few facts I have come to discover!15Rioja_Tempranillo Day InfoGraphic.indd


There’s no doubt about it, Tempranillo is the signature wine grape of Spain, especially from the region of Rioja. It’s the grape that defines Spanish red wine. Tempranillo can also be found in countries including Portugal, Argentina and the United States, among others.

Here are five things every wine lover should know (but just might not) about this robust-tasting Spanish grape, according to the Wine Enthusiast magazine:

1. It’s very, very old. Tempranillo is indigenous to Spain and dates back to before the time of Christ. It’s been grown on the Iberian Peninsula since the Phoenicians settled it in 1100 B.C.

2. It’s an early bird. Tempranillo is derived from the word temprano, which in Spanish means “early.” Among red varieties in Spain, it’s considered an early ripener.

3. It has many monikers. Tempranillo goes by more than a dozen different names around the world, depending on where it’s cultivated. It’s called Tinto Fino in Ribera del Duero, Tinta de Toro in Toro, Ull de Llebre in Catalonia, Cencibel in La Mancha and Tinto Roriz in Portugal.

4. It’s cloned. There are about 500 clones of Tempranillo in Spain alone; Tinto Fino and Tinta de Toro are the best-known.

5. It has a white mutant. Although rare, albino Tempranillo does exist in Rioja. It’s an approved wine grape; it yields a citrusy, rather simple wine akin to Viognier in weight, flavor and overall style.

Now I know what a nice gift a bottle of Rioja Wine makes. It surely made my friend’s birthday extra special. Open a bottle today.


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Cream of Cauliflower Soup or Sopa De Coliflor

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Society Culinaria on behalf of Cacique. However all opinions and recipe are 100% my own.
This delicious cream of cauliflower soup or soap de coliflor is made with Cacique's Crema Salvadoreña and cauliflower.

I am a soup girl. I will eat soup on a hot day with no hesitation. I will even have soup for breakfast if it’s available. I especially love the idea of a steaming hot bowl of pureed vegetable soup on a super cold day. I’ve always been a fan of cream of any type of vegetable soup, but it seems since I’ve become a vegetarian I am even a little more of a love stricken soup lover. Being that this vegetarian thing is still semi-new to me… I find I am still learning which flavors work best together, and making things a little differently than I was use to making them in the past. In my exploration of fusing the best flavors together, my favorite discovery thus far has been Cacique’s Crema Salvadoreña. It makes for an excellent base to a delicious vegetable pureed soup, or any creamy soup for that matter. What I especially love about this full flavored crema is the cheesy note that is followed with a bit of tang. It is the perfect compliment to my cream of cauliflower soup or depending on who I’m talking to… Sopa De Coliflor. You can swap out vegetables for which ever veggies suit your fancy at the moment or what’s in season. Either way, using one of Cacique’s Crema’s is always a great compliment to a pot of homemade soup. You could even use it as a topping by adding a dollop right in the middle of your bowl. This year I will be serving this delightful Cream of Cauliflower as my first course to my upcoming holiday meals.

When you combine these two lovely ingredients together with some onion and vegetable broth, you will be in for a delicious soup.

Ingredients for Sopa De Coliflor:

  • 4 – tablespoons butter
  • 1 – large onion (sliced)
  • 1 – head cauliflower (cut into florets)
  • 4 – cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 – teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1/2 – teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 – teaspoon black pepper
  • 32 – ounces vegetable broth
  • 3/4 – cup Cacique Crema Salvadoreña
  • 1 – charred pasilla chile (peeled, deseeded, and cut into strips)
  • Cacique Panela (cut into 1/2 inch cubes)


  1. In a large pot over a medium flame melt butter.
  2. Add in onion and sautee for 5 minutes. Add in cauliflower and garlic cloves. Continue to sautee for an additional 10 minutes. Mix vegetables together for next step. 23
  3. Sprinkle with seasoning salt, oregano, and black pepper.
  4. Add the vegetable broth into the pot and bring to a boil. Let the soup boil for 10 minutes.
  5. Pour all the contents from the pot into a blender, and add in Cacique Crema Salvadoreña. Blend until smooth. Cacique-crema-Salvadoreña
  6. Pour the blended soup back into the pot over a low flame and allow to heat for another 5 minutes.
  7. Serve by adding a few pasilla chile strips and Cacique panela cubes into the bottom of a bowl. IMG_7592
  8. Then add the pureed soup over the top.
  9. Enjoy!


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Cheesy Cacique Calabacitas

These traditional calabacitas are made with Cacique cheese

Calabacitas are an old standard in my household and have been for a very long time before I even came into my family. My grandpa made them for my Mom growing up, and he made them for me and my cousins growing up too. For me the most mouthwatering part of this traditional dish is the cheese. I use Cacique cheese in mine and they always come out tasting just like my grandfather makes them. Get my recipe and instruction over on the Cacique blog!!! 

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Cajeta Apple Rosettes …. Perfect For Ladies Game Time

These beautiful cajeta apple rosettes are so easy to make and you can find all the ingredients at Walmart.

It seems all my girlfriends have gone bonkers for football. Or maybe they’ve always been but I’m just starting to notice more. I don’t think they are watching the sport to please their husbands either… from my observation they usually are rooting for a different team or fancy some of the players. It’s interesting either way that more and more women in my world are popping up football. It’s gotten to the point where I will be invited to different girlfriends house on Sunday for a girly brunch/football viewing party. OUT with the menu that is boy driven and IN with the things women love to eat. I have been to a few of these viewing parties now and at first I was surprised by what was served… Green salad, quiche, tea sandwiches, chocolates, cheese and crackers….. Maybe “surprised” is the wrong word to use…let me rephrase that to “pleased.” Recently my gal pal Isela asked if I would be interested in an all girls football viewing party at her house. I kindly accepted the invitation and started to think of bite size treats on the more girly side.

Fast forward to me at Walmart a few days ago. I thought of a video I had seen on the internet of these little rose tarts and thought I would add my own spin to them and make Cajeta Apple Rosettes. With just a few ingredients I was out of the store and all set for my girly football viewing party!

the ingredients to make Cajeta Apple rosettes.

Ingredients for Cajeta Apple Rosettes:

  • non-stick baking spray
  • 1 – box of puff pastry (2 sheets)
  • 2 – gala apples
  • 1/4 – cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 – cup cajeta
  • powdered sugar


  1. Spray a cupcake pan with non-stick baking spray. Set to the side.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit.
  3. Unfold each puff pastry sheet, and roll out to stretch with a rolling pin. Then cut each puff pastry sheet into 6 strips. Set to the side.
  4. Cut each apple in half and core out the center. Then slice into super thin slices.
  5. Place apple slices in a bowl filled with water and 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice. Sliced apples in bowl of water
  6. Place the apple slice water bowl in the microwave for 3 and half minutes.
  7. Drain apple slices from hot water.
  8. Place a tablespoon of Cajeta in the center of each strip of puff pastry and spread it evenly across.
  9. Then take a few apple slices and layer them at the edge of the pastry strip to line the entire edge. IMG_7435
  10. Take the opposite edge of pastry strip and fold it up towards the apples.
  11. Then take the end and start to roll it toward the other end, creating a rose.
  12. Place the rose in the cupcake pan. Continue till you have a dozen roses. unbaked cajeta apple rosette
  13. Bake for 35 minutes.
  14. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan.
  15. Place on a plate and dust with powdered sugar.
  16. Enjoy!


Let’s Talk Game Time Recipes!!!!

Do you have a plate licking dish that everyone looks forward to on game days? Walmart is running a GameTime Recipe contest and would love for you to post a photo of your favorite game time recipe on Instagram or Twitter using #WalmartMVPContest. By doing this, you will be entered for a chance to win a trip to LA to go to the YouTube studios to have a pre-Superbowl party and create content with some big YouTube stars. That’s awesome right? Read here for all the official rules! If you are looking for inspiration…. Check out all of the great GameTime Recipes that have been posted so far!
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Mickey’s Halloween Party, And Peek-A-Boo Halloween Candy Bark

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. Disneyland provided me with 4 tickets to aid my post, yet all opinions and recipe are 100% my own.

a glimpse of mickey's halloween party at Disneyland

YES, YES, YES…. I went to Mickey’s Halloween Party this year. I have to say it is hands down my favorite event of the Halloween season. I say I go for my son, but I have to be honest I got all giddy when I got the invite to come kickoff Halloween Mickey style. Why wouldn’t I? It’s so magical and the attention to detail is off the charts. Disneyland has managed to surpass my Disney expectations in the most grandiose way. Last Friday Max, my Mom, my Auntie Rosie and I headed to Anaheim for Mickey’s Halloween Party. We knew exactly what we were going to do as soon as we got there… get on Haunted Mansion Holiday, collect a candy bounty with some trick or treating, amaze our eyes with the “paint the night” parade, marvel at the “Halloween Screams” firework show, run into friends, and run around Disneyland like a kid on holiday.

Mickey as a glowing pumpkin

First and foremost let’s talk about the trick or treating. Disney pulls out all the stops with the candy selection. They handed out everything from nice chocolate bars to peeps to apple slices to carrots to chez-it’s to chewy fruit candy. We were impressed and needless to say Max loved it. Even us adults took part in the fun…. EVERYONE is allowed to trick or treat costume or not.

Trick or treat at Disneyland is the best place to be.

Then there’s the Paint The Night Parade… If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and get down to Disneyland and take it in. It is the most spectacular parade ever. With one million lights highlighting every detail of this wonderful creation. We were in complete awe of the design of all the costumes and floats. My Aunt wouldn’t even take pictures because she said she didn’t want to miss a second of the light feast before her. My son was dancing on the sidewalk and waving to all the characters. My Mom was completely snap happy getting a trillion shots for her instagram account. :)

The little mermaid float at Disneyland's Pain the night parade.

Pink lights make up these wonderful sea flower like costumes

Aladdin makes his entrance to the paint the night parade

Immediately following the parade is the “Halloween Scream” Firework show. It is amazing how well organized the whole presentation is. Once the parade is done, you get up from the sidewalk and go into the center of the street for the perfect view of the firework display, and all the shops along main street light up with animation that choreograph with the show. Disney does it again.

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I’m sure from my photos you can tell we had an awesome time. I just feel so lucky to have been able to attend and take my loved ones along for the ride. I can’t wait to go again next year! Thank you Disneyland for the Happiest Halloween of all.

Maxie and Jeshua on a Halloween adventure.

If you’re wondering what I did with all my trick or treat candy… I made Peek-A-Boo Halloween Candy Bark… Let me share this easy recipe.

Left over halloween candy makes a cute peek a boo bark

Ingredients for Peek-A-Boo Halloween Candy Bark:

  • Halloween candy (cut into pieces)
  • Candy eyes
  • 4 – cups dark chocolate


  1. Unwrap all candy and slice into pieces. Set to the side. Chopped up halloween candy to make peek a boo bark
  2. In a large metal bowl sitting over a pot of boiling water, add in chocolate chips and melt down until smooth. Melted dark chocolate for peek-a-boo bark
  3. Pour chocolate on a nonstick baking mat, then with a spatula smooth out into a large rectangle.
  4. Place candy pieces and candy eyes into the chocolate. Peek-a-boo halloween candy bark right before it's place in the fridge.
  5. Place in the fridge for 1 hour.
  6. Cut with a knife into chunks and serve. Peek-a-boo halloween candy bark broken into pieces and ready to eat.
  7. Happy Halloween! Enjoy!

Join the conversation at #HalloweenTime

Below is a schedule for Mickey’s Halloween Party. It is already sold out for 2015, but try and buy your tickets for 2016 as soon as they go on sale next year.

Dates and Times Advance Ticket Price Annual Passholder Advance Ticket Price Ticket Price on Event Date
Friday, September 25, 2015

7:00 PM to midnight

$69.00 $69.00 $77.00
Monday, September 28, 2015

6:00 PM to 11:00 PM

$69.00 $63.00 $77.00
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

6:00 PM to 11:00 PM

$69.00 $63.00 $77.00
Friday, October 2, 2015

7:00 PM to midnight

$77.00 $77.00 $77.00
Monday, October 5, 2015

6:00 PM to 11:00 PM

$69.00 $63.00 $77.00
Wednesday, October 7, 2015

6:00 PM to 11:00 PM

$69.00 $63.00 $77.00
Friday, October 9, 2015

7:00 PM to midnight

$77.00 $77.00 $77.00
Monday, October 12, 2015

6:00 PM to 11:00 PM

$69.00 $63.00 $77.00
Wednesday, October 14, 2015

6:00 PM to 11:00 PM

$69.00 $63.00 $77.00
Friday, October 16, 2015

7:00 PM to midnight

$77.00 $77.00 $77.00
Monday, October 19, 2015

6:00 PM to 11:00 PM

$69.00 $63.00 $77.00
Thursday, October 22, 2015

6:00 PM to 11:00 PM

$77.00 $77.00 $77.00
Friday, October 23, 2015

7:00 PM to midnight

$77.00 $77.00 $77.00
Sunday, October 25, 2015

6:00 PM to 11:00 PM

$69.00 $63.00 $77.00
Tuesday, October 27, 2015

6:00 PM to 11:00 PM

$77.00 $77.00 $77.00
Thursday, October 29, 2015

6:00 PM to 11:00 PM

$84.00 $84.00 $84.00
Saturday, October 31, 2015

7:00 PM to midnight

$84.00 $84.00 $84.00
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Disney’s PCH Grill … My new favorite Disney Restaurant

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. Disneyland provided a buffet meal to my family and I to help aid my post. All opinions are 100% my own. Recipe below courtesy of Disneyland.


I just found my new favorite place to dine while visiting the Magic Kingdom.  As much as I love all the delicious food that can be found inside the Disneyland Resort Parks, the bar just got raised to a new level with the “beach” themed buffet menu now being served over at PCH Grill.  PCH Grill is located across the street at the Paradise Pier Hotel. Chef Jeremiah Balogh has made sure to create something for all diet types. I was a little skeptical at first not quite sure what type of vegetarian options would be present, but to my complete delight there was plenty for me to eat. Not only were the options abundant, they were super delicious and impressive. Impressive is the key word. I was dazzled by how flavorful the food was. It was so up my alley I pictured myself going to visit PCH Grill even on days when I’m not visiting The Disneyland Parks. Plus they had plenty of other options for fish and meat eaters. I ran into a few friends that have recently dined there as well and they were also gushing about how good the food was. I can’t wait to go back again.

Here is the PCH Grill menu: I highlighted all the vegetarian options and added a few photos so you could see for yourself!

Seafood Sauté Station:

Shrimp Alfredo with Cavatappi Pasta, and Littleneck Clams, Chorizo and potatoes, cooked in our Signature Broth with Roasted Garlic Herb Crostini

Carving Station
Dry Rubbed Smoked Tri Tip and Baby Back Ribs
served with your choice of Honey BBQ Sauce, Spicy BBQ Sauce, Pico De Gallo, Corn Bread Shells and Honey Butter Pearls

Wood Fired Pizza Station(Our Guests table bread)

Served to each table a Tomato Mozzarella Basil and a GoatCheese Fig Arugula PizzaA delicious vegetarian pizza served at PCH grill

Build-your-Own Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza (Spieled tableside by the Server for the Children)

~Buffet Stations~

Mini Taco Station
Beer Battered
Sustainable Fish or Zucchini Tacos with Cabbage in Mini Corn Tortillas
Avocado Aioli, Limes, Jalapeños, Spicy-Citrus Crema, Molcajete Salsa, Tomatillo Salsa Verde, Fresh Cilantro, Roasted Serrano Chilies Beer battered zucchini tacos served at PCH Grill at Paradise Pier Hotel.

Mac n’ Cheese Bar
Creamy Tillamook Cheddar Cheese Sauce Mac_and_cheese

Also featuring Chef’s Rotational Specialty

Fried Chicken


Rotational Seasonal Vegetables PCH Grill Veggie_Kabobs

Whole Roasted Sustainable Fish (Salmon)

 Mini Smashed Potatoes with Cheddar Cheese, Chives and finished off with a dollop of Sour CreamAn scrumptious pile of baked potatoes at PCH Grill at the Paradise pier hotel

 Spiced rubbed Pork Shoulder

Cheeseburger Sliders & Mini Hot Dogs

Heirloom Tomato-Mozzarella Topped with Creamy Pesto & Aged Balsamic Reduction Finished with Fresh Cracked Pepper and Sea Salt


Roasted Potato Salad with Creamy Mustard Dressing


Deviled Eggs: Traditional and Pickled Pickled deviled eggs at PCH Grill at Paradise Pier Hotel
Build your own Salad Bar
Crisp Romaine and Spinach

Olives, Roasted Beets, Carrots, Tomatoes, Onions, Cucumbers, Grissini

Herb Vinaigrette (Parsley, Chives and Tarragon), House Made Buttermilk Ranch Dressing, Blue Cheese

Desserts Station

Brioche fresh Fruit Pizza

Seasonal Berry Crisp *
with buttered Streusel (recipe listed at bottom of post)the delicious berry crisp at PCH Grill

“S’more Bar”
Housemaid flavored Coconut, Strawberry and Plain Marshmallows with Graham Crackers and warm Chocolate Sauce Smores at PCH Grill

Milk Chocolate Caramel Tart

With Sea Salt and Bacon Brittle 

“Build your own Strawberry Shortcake”
Pound Cake, Whip Cream, Chunky fresh Strawberry sauce

Dessert filled Ice Cream Cones
Vanilla Bean, Passion Fruit, Strawberry MousseCones-PCH-2
Layers of Coconut, Mango Coulis, toasted Coconut Coconut pudding cups at PCH Grill at Paradise Pier Hotel.

Fresh Fruit Kabobs of Melons, Pineapple and Strawberries

Non-Alcoholic Premium Beverages:

Party Wave Lemonade

All Natural Odwalla Lemonade, with Flavors of Coconut and Banana,

Topped off with Whipped Cream and garnished with Dark Chocolate Shavings

And a sugar-glazed, honey-infused baked Banana Slice

(Served in a coconut mug)


Peach and Orange Tea,

Garnshed with a candied Orange Chip and Fresh Mint (Served in a Mason Jar) PeachBloodOrangeTea-2

 Watermelon Lemonade

Garnished with chilled Watermelon spheres


Berry Crisp at PCH Grill (pictured above)

Recipe courtesy of: Disneyland Resort, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel


Serves 4 to 6


Streusel Topping

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted


Berry Filling

1 heaping cup quartered fresh strawberries

1 heaping cup fresh raspberries

1 heaping cup fresh blackberries, halved if large

2 tablespoons sugar, optional

1 teaspoon orange zest


For streusel topping:

  1. Sift together flour, sugar, and cinnamon in a medium bowl.
  2. Stir butter into flour mixture until combined and crumbly.

For berry filling:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Pour berries, sugar, and orange zest into an 8×8-inch baking dish. Sprinkle topping evenly over filling.
  3. Bake until topping is golden brown and filling is bubbling, about 40 to 45 minutes.
  4. Enjoy!
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Knott’s Camp Spooky Is A Fun Halloween Treat For Everyone

Sweets found at Knott's Spooky Farm during the Halloween season.

We are definitely already in the Halloween spirit here in my house. We kicked off the start of October with a non-scare visit to Knott’s Camp Spooky! It is such a fun event for elementary school aged kids to participate in. The way I see it, my little guy is only going to be little once so as much Halloween fun we could pack in the better, and me…. I love all the Knott’s sweets (as you can tell from my picture above). So last Saturday my comadre Liz, and little godchild/cousin joined Max and I for a trip to Knott’s Spooky Farm and we just had a great time. The kids took part in  “Snoopy’s Costume Contest and Dance Party and we also visited the Camp Spooky Theatre for “The Monsters are Coming, Charlie Brown.”  Let’s not forget the Trick-or-Treating in Ghost Town.  We even stopped in at the “Spooky Hollow Maze”  and the kids ran through a spooky forest with gigantic jack-o-lanterns and screamed when they saw the headless horseman! Okay there was a little bit of a scare, but overall we had a fantastic time. The kids really enjoyed themselves and at the end of the day my comadre Liz says to me “I think I’m going to get the season pass, it’s only $9 per person made in 9 payments.” My head almost spinned off my body when I heard how affordable that is. In that case I said “I should get some too, so we could meet up….that’s too good of a deal to pass up.”

I guess I’ll be able to take more photos like the ones below in our upcoming visits!

Kids having fun at Camp Snoopy at Knott's Berry FarmThe kids pose with Snoopy in costume at Camp Spooky for Halloween.Charlie Brown and Lucy dressed in costume for Halloween At Knott's Spooky FarmKids on a roller coaster in Camp Spooky at Knott's Berry Farm

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Pioneer Woman Cooks Up New Product Line At Walmart

The Pioneer Woman launches her new line at Walmart

Today is the day! Finally I am able to scream it to anyone who will listen. I’ve known for a while since being a Walmart Mom comes with some confidential perks, The Pioneer Woman launched a new home product line and it is officially in all Walmart stores now.  A few weeks ago I received a box from the kind folks over at Walmart with an assortment of items from her new home line. I love the vintage feel of the whole collection, and more than that I love that it is all available at Walmart at such a reasonable price. The pieces that I have had the privilege of using are all well made. The speckled frying pan is one of the most durable pan sets with a cute attention to detail not to mention they are red.

These great frying pans have a vintage feel to the red exterior. A new product from The Pioneer Woman's home collection at Walmart.

I am also a fan of the cute little red moo creamer dispenser. It brings out a perfect pop of color in my kitchen and adds a stylish dispenser to my breakfast table. It’s old fashioned and modern at the same time.  Who wouldn’t love this sweet way to get your cup of joe going?

Did you get a glimpse of the cute butter dish? I collect butter dishes and this one is a must on my wish list…. I’ll just have to order it on line to make sure I get it.

Let’s talk plates…. the designs are so chic and made for woman of all ages who love a great set to serve on. The plate set is dishwasher and microwave safe. They come in a vintage, cowgirl lace and flea market designs. Each plate says Handmade so each piece if unique. Check out the latest collection either run to your nearest Walmart store or flip open your laptop and order on line. Lucky us The Pioneer Woman cooks up a new product line and we get to buy up the pieces.

Dishes from the new Pioneer Woman collection at Walmart



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