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.

Disneyland Forever Sparkles in the Night Sky  5_15_DL_161161


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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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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Creamy Pesto Grilled Mushroom Sandwich And A Hollywood Bowl Picnic

A creamy pesto made with Cacique's cotija cheese and cream con sal. I paired it with grilled mushrooms for a heavenly sandwich.

Although summer is coming to a close, the heat here in Southern California is no where near gone. I am relishing my last days of outside entertainment and eating al fresco before the fall really decides to make an appearance. This past Sunday early evening a group of friends and I went out for a fun picnic and movie at the Hollywood Bowl. It was such a magical experience that at a certain point I turned to my constant companion Mando and asked him why we don’t come to the Hollywood Bowl and picnic more often. I don’t know if it had to do with the atmosphere or the friends we were with or the creamy pesto spread I made for our sandwiches.

Friends having a picnic at the hollywood bowl


Here’s what sparked the menu…. At the beginning of the year Mando and I became vegetarians, and it was the first time we were going to attend a picnic as such. I toyed with the idea of different things to prepare, but none were really showing up with an exclamation mark at the end. Until I started dreaming of a creamy pesto. I didn’t want to add it to pasta because it would be difficult to carry and serve, but it would be heavenly teamed up with a grilled portobello mushroom sandwiched between a baguette. I wanted to make it creamy and thick and use it in place of your ordinary condiment spreads. I thickened up my fresh basil smear with robust Cacique’s Cotija and Ranchero Crema Con Sal, along with pine nuts, garlic and olive oil. It came out fantastic and all the meat eaters were trying to get their hands on our vegetarian sandwiches…. One girlfriend of mine put one in her purse for later. a creamy pesto sandwich being hidden in a purse for a snack later I blame the creamy pesto.

All the ingredients used to make a creamy pesto.

Ingredients for creamy pesto:

  • 3 – cups fresh basil leaves
  • 5 – garlic cloves
  • 1 – cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1/4 – cup olive oil
  • 1 – cup crumbled Cacique Cotija cheese
  • 1 – cup Cacique Crema Con Sal

What you’ll need for the sandwich:

  • 2 – large baguettes
  • creamy pesto
  • 3 – large portobello mushrooms
  • 2 – tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh baby spinach
  • sliced tomato
  • shredded carrots
  • picked red onion or pickled jalapeños (or both)


  1. HOW TO MAKE CREAMY PESTO: Add basil leaves, garlic cloves, pine nuts, olive oil and Cacique’s Cotija to a blender. All pesto ingredients in blender.
  2. Blend until smooth and basil is minced down to small specks.
  3. Pour in Cacique’s Crema Con Sal. To make my pesto creamy I use Cacique's Crema Con Sal.
  4. Blend again until creamy, thick and smooth.
  5. Set to the side. mushrooms and creamy pesto
  6. GRILL MUSHROOMS: Slice portobello mushrooms into 1/2 inch slices.
  7. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Place sliced mushrooms on a hot grill and cook on each side until browned about 5 to 7 minutes. mushrooms grilling until cooked
  9. Set to the side.
  10. ASSEMBLE YOUR SANDWICH: Slice baguette in half. Then cut into 6 inch pieces.
  11. Spread each side of bread with a healthy amount of creamy pesto.
  12. Layer baby spinach, sliced tomato, shredded carrots, pickled onion, and grilled mushrooms. assembling a creamy pesto grilled mushroom sandwich
  13. Enjoy your picnic!!!! picnic-hollywood-bowl-creamy-pesto-sandwich
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Sangria Slushies #CelebraSangria – GIVEAWAY

This is part of a sponsored campaign with [yellow tail] . However all opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission Guidelines, 16 C.F.R Part 255.

Beat the Labor Day heat with sangria slushy.

Wow…. it has been hot. Let me repeat that, it’s been burning hot. I feel like the summer is just getting started based on the temperature outside but the sad reality is it’s actually coming to an end. Kids are going back to school and Labor Day is officially the last hurrah until we give in to the fall. On that note let’s celebrate Labor Day the right way with some [yellow tail] Sangria Slushies. I’m already envisioning myself sitting with friends outside with a swimming pool near by, enjoying the warm weather with a summer soundtrack filling our ears and singing out loud with no reservations. I feel that excellent music makes any gathering more comfortable and I usually scroll through my music collection and choose all the favorites making it really inviting to sing along. I enjoy drinking Sangria Slushies when celebrating with friends, not to mention they make for a relaxing atmosphere. What better time than Labor Day to officially close out the summer with a splash of Sangria and friends! #CelebraSangria

A cool way to drink [yellow tail] sangria in a slushie form.

Ingredients for sangria slushies:

  • crushed ice
  • club soda
  • [yellow tail] sangria
  • blueberries


  1. Fill glass to the top with crushed ice.
  2. Fill bottom half with club soda.
  3. Top the glass off with [yellow tail] sangriaGently pour [yellow tail] sangria over crushed ice to create slushie.
  4. Sprinkle top with blueberries.
  5. Enjoy!

[ yellow tail ] LogoGIVEAWAY ALERT: From August 31st to Sept 6th, 2015 (midnight PST) enter for the chance to win by leaving a comment below: How will you be celebrating Labor Day? Giveaway includes:  one (1) great [yellow tail] prize which includes:  One (1) set of two mason jar, One (1) Piñata, Four (4) coasters, One (1) corkscrew, One (1) bottle stopper,  One (1) mail-in rebate (for up to $10 savings)[ yellow tail ] Sangria Product Photo

Let me tell you a little about [ yellow tail ] Sangria… It’s a delicious mix of citrus and red wine with a enticing aroma that is perfumed with orange rind, citrus and red berry notes. They splash onto the palate with a soft, sweet citrus flavor and hints of spirit. [ yellow tail ] Sangria pairs well with: BBQ/grilled vegetables, and strong cheese (i.e. blue cheese, sharp cheddar, gruyere). [ yellow tail ] Sangria Blanco has tropical fruit flavors of pineapples. Ripe peaches gives the wine a sweet, rounded mouth feel. Fresh limes ensure a crisp, refreshing finish. [ yellow tail ] Sangria Blanco pairs well with: Asian food (think fried vegetable noodles and spicy green beans), fruits, and desserts. With all this goodness…. you may need to run out and get some for your Labor Day celebration. 

[ yellow tail ] Sangria Lifestyle Photo 1

[ yellow tail ] Sangria Blanco Lifestyle Photo

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E.T. , The Hollywood Bowl, and Reese’s Pieces Brownies

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. The Hollywood Bowl has gifted me with 4 tickets to enjoy the event as inspiration for this post.
Taking these reese's pieces brownies to go see E.T.

I’m a sap at heart when it comes to movies, and E.T. The Extra Terrestrial is the first film that made me bawl my eyes out and clutched my soul in the way that only great movies can.  In 1982 I was just a little girl understanding human emotions and learning how to be compassionate for others, and E.T. timestamps my evolution of empathy and where I was at that tender age. I vividly remember E.T. reaching out to Gertie with his lit up finger and saying in his electronic sounding voice “Be Good.” That scene still tears at my heart strings with his gut wrenching departure, we all took note on what it meant to love without judgement. Being a food freak…. the introduction of Reese’s Pieces on the big screen also caught my attention, the two became synonymous.


Fast forward a few years (I won’t say how many)……. The Hollywood Bowl decides to have an extraordinary, world-premiere event Sept 4th, 5th, and 6th, as the Los Angeles Philharmonic performs John Williams’ entire Academy Award-winning score from Steven Spielberg’s heartwarming masterpiece about a boy and his alien friend, live-to-picture while this beloved film is shown in HD on the Bowl’s big screen. Don’t miss E.T. under the stars, as you’ve never seen or heard it before! Buy tickets to go see E.T. I will be there with my family, introducing my little boy to this amazing story while we eat Reese’s Pieces Brownies and take it all in. 

Brownies made with Reese's Pieces to celebrate the screening of E.T. at the Hollywood bowl

Ingredients for Reese’s Pieces Brownies:

  • 1/4 stick butter
  • 1 – cup sugar
  • 3 – eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 – 13 ounce jar of Nutella
  • 1 – cup flour
  • 1/2 – cup Reese’s Pieces


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.
  2. Spray a 8×8 brownie metal pan with nonstick baking spray.
  3. In a mixer add butter and sugar and mix till creamy for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add in vanilla and eggs. Mix well for about 4 minutes.
  5. Add in Nutella and mix until batter comes together and is smooth.
  6. Add in flour and mix until completely incorporated.
  7. Pour brownie batter into prepared pan.
  8. Top with Reese’s Pieces. Top brownie batter with Reese's Pieces before baking. Overhead shot of reese's pieces brownies.
  9. Place in the oven for 25 minutes.
  10. Allow to cool in pan to room temperature.
  11. Enjoy! Brownies topped with Reese's Pieces

Here is an awesome clip to get you in the “I’m keeping him” mood.

Check out The Hollywood Bowl Concert Calendar by clicking here.


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I’ll Be A Judge On “ Food Fighters ” August 6th, 2015 On NBC

The dinner party for food fighters airing on NBC

A couple of months ago my email inbox started blowing up with a casting agent asking me to come in to audition for a food show on NBC. She said she was looking for a home cook… Yes, I fit the bill, but no thank you I don’t want to work under the pressure of the ticking clock on the wall, even though the thrill of being on TV is inviting. I have been offered these sort of reality cooking / chef shows quite a bit in the last year and a half and have turned every single one down because I really like to savor my cooking time and inhale every last aroma that floats up out of my pan.

Then I got an interesting email from Walmart , asking if I would be interested in participating on a food show on NBC called ‘ Food Fighters ‘ as a judge, since I’m part of the Walmart Mom program. This definitely peaked my interest, and since I knew I would be tasting food and not going against the clock swayed me in the direction of saying yes. Plus I had been thinking of becoming a vegetarian at the time, and thought this would be a grand way to end my meat eating chapter on national TV (as a side note, it was the last time I ate meat).

A few days later I found myself being escorted through the Universal back lot, and into a large soundstage where we , the dinner party (the food judges), were kept away from the live show in order to make a unbiased vote. I found this helpful, because knowing me I would have voted the person I liked personally for whatever reasons appealed to me. All we were told was it was a professional chef vs. a home cook, but we were not told who’s dish was who’s. What we ended up voting on or not really enjoying is yet to be seen. Tune in this Thursday August 6th at 8pm on NBC and see how chefs and a home cook fight with food, and how us judges helped determine the winners and losers of this food war.

Food Fighters - Season 2


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Summer Watermelon Cake

A watermelon cake being sliced. Topped with whipped cream and fresh berries. The perfect dessert to serve on a warm Summer evening. #WMTMoms

When the warm season graces Los Angeles, watermelon becomes our household obsession.  I make quite a variety of things with watermelon, everything from paletas, agua fresca, margaritas, salad, salsa, and many other lovely dishes. Last week as I hurried around the city running errands, I drove past the Walmart in Downtown LA, and immediately turned back with Watermelon in mind. Once inside the store I was tempted by the bounty of berries that were so prominently displayed, and stocked up on a variety of fresh fruit. I strolled along the aisles imaging what kind of fruit salad I would create once I was back in my kitchen and away from the congested streets.  My mind recalled a beautiful watermelon cake I recently had while I was traveling in Australia and wanted to re-make it for my family. I raced to the cold dairy section and picked up some whipping cream, and finished my trip down the baking aisle for some sliced almonds. The second I got home I started right away by cutting the rind off the watermelon and cutting it into a round edge with flat surfaces. I was so pleased and excited once I added the whipped cream to the top, that I forgot to put the finishing touches of sliced almonds around the cake before I photographed it. Oh well, you can always dress your watermelon cake in almonds or not. My Mom had the first slice and didn’t seem to miss them. Quick story: I took two of these cakes to a friends party a few days later one with nuts and one without… They both flew off the table so fast, I was almost positive watermelon locusts had come and devoured them both.

The fruits used to make a watermelon cake.  All fruit was purchased at Walmart

Ingredients for Watermelon Cake:

  • 1 – large seedless watermelon
  • 1/4 – cup sugar
  • 1 – cup whipping cream
  • 8 – strawberries
  • 6 – cherries
  • 1/4 – cup blueberries
  • 1/2 – cup sliced almonds (optional)


  1. Cut the rind off the watermelon by cutting off both ends to make a flat surface on each side. Then with a knife cut off the rind all around the watermelon. It should look like this.  The center of a watermelon cut into a cake shape waiting to be frosted.
  2. Place watermelon center on a cake dish, and set to the side.
  3. In a mixer with a whisk attachment beat sugar and whipping cream for 5 minutes on hight or until stiff.
  4. Frost the watermelon with the whipped cream.
  5. Decorate the top with berries.
  6. Optional: decorate the sides with almonds.
  7. Place in fridge until ready to serve.
  8. Enjoy! A watermelon cake all decorated and ready to serve. All ingredients were purchased at Walmart. #WMTMoms


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Getting Birthday Ideas For My Son

Max at his Star Wars party all cake and supplies were bought at Walmart. Photo taken by Curves and Chaos.  #WMTMoms

Oh my word is he almost a year older? I can’t believe my son will be six in a few weeks. Last year we had a huge Star Wars themed party for him, and I ran around like crazy to accommodate all 150 guests. My friends and family told me I was crazy to have such an insane party for my 5 year old, with so many guests. The way I see it… we had him a first birthday party, then nothing in-between, so why not go big when we do celebrate. Coming up with birthday ideas to fit his Star Wars theme with a lot easier with the help of my favorite one stop shop Walmart. I bought the main cake (star wars themed) and all the cupcakes there. I was thrilled with the selection of party decorations both in store and online. I was able to pull a wonderful party together and my son was the happiest little 5 year old ever.

The burning question is… will you have another big blowout party again for him this year? If I do decide to have a party big or small I know where I can find all the themes he might want. In addition to Walmart having such a complete collection of great party favors they also supply a free smash cake with a large cake purchase. Take a look… you’ll be pleasantly surprised what you find, and even better than that are the prices!

Here are a couple photos of other themes that my boy may be interested in, and Walmart carries it all .




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Sangria Refresco #CelebraSangria – Giveaway!

This is part of a sponsored campaign with [yellow tail] . However all opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission Guidelines, 16 C.F.R Part 255.

A delicious sangria refresco made with Yellow Tail Sangria blanco

I love to socialize with friends and family. I know many cultures do, but it is definitely a priority within the Latino community. We love gathering where we know we can find delicious food and flavorful drinks being held as prized possessions at the center of the [ yellow tail ] Sangria Blanco Product Phototable. What better way to celebrate the upcoming festive July 4th holiday than with a fun, star-spangled gathering filled with patriotic sparklers, tasty dishes and mouthwatering Sangria! Like most Independent Day celebrations they run all day and go deep into the spectacular night. In other words, many hours are spent at the PAR-TAY! I love my Sangria ICE COLD, so I make [yellow tail] Sangria Blanco ice cubes spiked with strawberry slices a few days ahead. That way when my Sangria gets warm, I can drop the temperature back down to COLD without watering down my drink. [yellow tail] Sangria Blanco has tropical fruit flavors of pineapples. Ripe peaches gives the wine a sweet, rounded mouth feel. Fresh limes ensure a crisp, refreshing finish. To transform the already delicious [yellow tail] Sangria Blanco into my Sangria Refresco… I add sliced cucumber, sliced strawberries, and lemon slices. This boost the flavor, the strawberries pair nicely with the pineapple hints, and the cucumber gets along fine with the peach hints. Flavor explosion. Once you bring food into the equation…. think Asian food like garlic string beans and savory noodles…. or it would be paired nicely with dessert like panna cotta or chocolate mousse. Give it a try this Fourth of July as you watch the sky light up in celebration.

GIVEAWAY ALERT: From now to July 4th, 2015 (midnight PST) enter for the chance to win by leaving a comment below: How will you be celebrating July 4th?

Giveaway includes:  one (1) great [yellow tail] prize which includes:  One (1) set of two mason jar, One (1) Piñata, Four (4) coasters, One (1) corkscrew, One (1) bottle stopper,  One (1) mail-in rebate (for up to $10 savings)

All the ingredients needed for Sangria refresco using Yellow Tail Sangria Blanco.

 Ingredients and supplies needed for Sangria Refresco:

  • 2 – ice trays
  • 2 – bottles [yellow tail] Sangria Blanco
  • 20 – strawberries
  • 1 – lemon sliced
  • 1 – small hot house cucumber


  1. Slice 10 strawberries into thin slices and place them evenly into the cube slots of the ice trays. Then pour half a bottle of [yellow tail] Sangria Blanco into each tray and place in the freezer over night to make wine ice cubes. Make ice cubes out of yellow tail Sangria Blanco and sliced strawberries. Then never worry about watering down your drink while making it ice cold.
  2. Slice remaining 10 strawberries, lemon, and cucumber and place in a pitcher.
  3. Pour remaining bottle of [yellow tail] into the pitcher and place in the refrigerator over night.
  4. Place strawberries wine ice cubes in a glass then pour chilled Sangria over the top.
  5. Enjoy.

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For a very limited time (through July 4 only!) [yellow tail] is offering a free audience giveaway! Check out my Facebook page for my details on how to win a great prize including a set of mason jars, colorful piñata, coasters and more!

[ yellow tail ] Sangria Blanco Lifestyle Photo

To learn more about  [yellow tail], visit http://www.discoveryellowtail.com and follow the #CelebraSangria hashtag! Look out for my next [ yellow tail ] recipe using their Sangria! It is a delicious mix of citrus and red wine. If you love the Sangria Blanco, then you’ll find the aroma of the Sangria is enticing and perfumed with orange rind, citrus and red berry notes that splashes onto the palate with a soft, sweet citrus flavor and hints of spirit. It is almost too perfect. [ yellow tail ] Sangria pairs well with: strong cheese (i.e. blue cheese, sharp cheddar, gruyere). Now we are speaking my language…. cheese and wine.

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Pasilla Cilantro Spicy Potato Salad

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Society Culinaria on behalf of The Idaho Potato Commission. The recipe and opinions are 100% my own.

A wonderful latin twist on the traditional potato salad.

Even though we are experiencing June gloom here in California… the truth is 4th of July is creeping up on us. Which in my world means lots of parties and family gatherings sprinkled with friends and food. But we couldn’t have a gathering without POTATO SALAD, now could we? I decided to get a jump start on my summer holiday menu, and didn’t want to make the same expected potato salad that always shows up to the party, so I mixed it up a bit and added some FLAVOR to that equation.

At first I was unsure if I should boil or bake my Yukon gold Idaho potatoes, but quickly thought better of the situation and fancied a roasted potato salad. I shared the finished dish with a few loved ones and to say they were pleased as punch would be an understatement. I’m glad I decided to shake things up a little in the potato salad world… now my family has a new dish to salivate over. #SummerOfThePotatoSalad

How do you make summer potato salad?

The key ingredients to spicy potato salad.

Ingredients for Pasilla Cilantro Spicy Potato Salad:

  • 3 – pounds Yukon Gold Idaho Potatoes ( cut into 2 inch pieces)
  • 1 – tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 – cup roasted corn kernels
  • 1 – bunch green onion (thinly sliced)
  • 2 – cloves garlic
  • 1 1/2 – cups cilantro leaves
  • 1 – pasilla chile (stem and seeds removed)
  • 1 – cup sour cream
  • 1/4 – pepitas
  • 1/2 – cup crumbled cotija cheese
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Wash and dry potatoes, then cut them into 2 inch cubes.
  3. Place in a large bowl and drizzle olive oil over potato cubes. Mix to coat all potatoes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Remove potato cubes from bowl and place on a baking sheet. Yukon gold Idaho potatoes drizzled with olive oil and ready to be baked.
  5. Bake potatoes for 40 minutes, turning at the halfway mark (20 minutes in).
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  7. Place potatoes back in a bowl and mix in corn kernels and green onion. Set to the side.
  8. Add garlic cloves, cilantro, pasilla chile, and sour cream to a blender. Blend until the mixture becomes smooth.
  9. Place potato mixture on a serving plate, then pour sour cream/cilantro mixture over the top.
  10. Sprinkle pepitas, and cotija over the sauce.
  11. Salt and pepper to taste.
  12. Enjoy! spicy potato salad made with yukon gold Idaho potatoes
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