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Kinder Joy Now Available Nationwide In USA!

Kinder Joy Now Available Nationwide In USA!

This post was sponsored by Kinder Joy™ and #WeAllGrow Latina Network but the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Kinder Joy™ is a treat like no other with two separate sealed halves – a treat side made of two creamy layers and a second half containing an exciting mystery toy!

It seems like yesterday that I was introducing Max (my son) to Kinder Joy™ for the first time. We had just landed in Italy and were slightly tired from the long flight but running on an adrenaline high, excited to take in the Italian culture. We popped in to a little gelato shop and there on the counter sat a display of Kinder Joy™. His little eyes looked at the egg-shaped packaging in full wonderment, then he asked, “what are those things, Mom?” I said, “let’s buy some and you can find out.” (more…)

JAWS At The Hollywood Bowl And My Big Jawed Submarine Sandwich

JAWS At The Hollywood Bowl And My Big Jawed Submarine Sandwich

This post is #sponsored by Allied Contigo on behalf of The Hollywood Bowl. All opinions and recipe are 100% my own.
Big Jawed Submarine Sandwich inspired by the movie JAWS. Screening at the Hollywood Bowl

As a little girl seeing JAWS for the first time I was scared out of my mind. I remember wondering for a long time afterward if he (Jaws) would make an appearance in my toilet bowl or through the drain pipe in my tub. I was little, I didn’t know that those were impossible ways for a shark to attack. I just related water with JAWS. (more…)

Mint And Chip Paletas Made With TADIN Tea

Mint And Chip Paletas Made With TADIN Tea

This post is sponsored by TADIN Teas. All opinions and recipe are 100% my own.
Mint and chip paletas made with TADIN Spearmint Tea.

I call these my mint confessionals, mint and chip paletas. I feel like I eat them so much I almost need to ask for forgiveness. It just seems wrong how much I crave them. I know that sounds a bit much but they have stolen my heart. It all started a while back while I was making my own flavored syrup. I decided to make a batch of mint syrup using TADIN Spearmint Tea as my mint flavoring. Once the mint syrup was made I dreamt of all the ways I could use it. I thought it might taste nice added into my Fruity Iced Tea Punch Bowl , or maybe drizzled over a fruit salad, then I thought “I know, I can make mint and chip paletas with it. Cool icy mint and hints of chocolate all made into a yummy marriage! YES PLEASE! That’s how this love affair sparked into a FIRE. (more…)

Full Flavored Fresh Vegan Spring Rolls And Hollywood Bowl Picnic / Movies

Full Flavored Fresh Vegan Spring Rolls And Hollywood Bowl Picnic / Movies

This post is #sponsored by Allied Contigo on behalf of The Hollywood Bowl. All opinions and recipe are 100% my own.

Full flavored fresh vegan spring rolls are also gluten free. They pack perfectly for a picnic at the Hollywood Bowl for the Movie Concert series!

Have you had a chance to check out the Hollywood Bowl family friendly movie music concert series calendar yet? Oh my word. I’m so excited for what’s in store this Summer. It’s not like the Hollywood Bowl ever disappoints, and the fact that they showcase some of the best films and concerts all sunny season long conjures up a new burst of excitement in me year after year. (more…)

Easiest Crispy Grilled Cheese Sandwich With New Land O’ Lakes Soft Squeeze Spread

Easiest Crispy Grilled Cheese Sandwich With New Land O’ Lakes Soft Squeeze Spread

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #EasySqueezy #CollectiveBias
Easiest Crispy Grilled Cheese Sandwich With New Land O' Lakes Soft Squeeze Spread

A few days ago I was at Walmart looking for some summer water toys and wandered into the grocery section of the store in need of butter. Max (my 8 year old son, soon to be 9) has been asking to get more involved in the kitchen, I figured I may as well loosen my apron strings a little bit and teach him some basics. As a closeted helicopter mom, I thought a crispy  grilled cheese sandwich would be a good starting point. I stood in front of the wall of butter, my eyes narrowed in on the new Land O Lakes® Soft Squeeze™ Spread. I studied the new product and thought “Easy to squeeze bottle with less mess, made with real butter, will stay clean and crumb-free, will be perfect for his small hands!”

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R.W. Knudsen® Cherry Juice is Perfect For Me, My Family, And For Paleta Making Too!

R.W. Knudsen® Cherry Juice is Perfect For Me, My Family, And For Paleta Making Too!

This post is sponsored by ©Knudsen & Sons, Inc., all opinions are my own. R.W. Knudsen® Cherry Juice is Perfect For Me, My Family, And For Paleta Making Too!

‘Producing fruit juices with integrity, craftsmanship, and innovation since 1961’ this is what scrolls across the label of a R.W. Knudsen Juice bottle. As a woman trying to do the right thing by her body and for her family, these words struck a chord with me. This is exactly the type of juice I can wholeheartedly stand behind.

With hot days upon us, the sun shining a little longer, and fruit being at the peak of season – it’s a sure sign of summer. I like to unwind on my patio after a hard day of work and enjoy the taste of Summer with a glass of ice cold fruit juice. My juice of choice is always R.W. Knudsen Just Tart Cherry.  Just one 8oz. glass is a serving of fruit, talk about goodness. 100% all natural juice, made with the finest ingredients, no preservatives or artificial flavors, it really is a better for you option and one I will reach for again and again. R.W. Knudsen works with amazing growers up and down the west coast from Peters Cranberries in Sixes, OR to Carpenter Pears in Lake County, CA to Stemilt Apples in Wenatchee, WA!  R.W. Knudsen literally brings the farm into the home. And it is available at Walmart. #WhatsYourJuiceMadeOf

 R.W. Knudsen® Cherry Juice is 100% all natural juice, made with the finest ingredients, no preservatives or artificial flavors, it really is a better for you option and one I will reach for again and again.

I also use this incredible naturally sweet cherry juice for my paleta making. Since I usually have a bottle on hand I like to make my son a better for you paleta with it. I’ve been making paletas for a long time and as I get older I think it’s important to reach for the good stuff when mixing my ingredients. My favorite paleta combo is cherry coconut. A base of cherry juice and a splash of coconut milk and toasted coconut. YUM. It’s so darn good, he eats them down with a smile on his face. I grin from ear to ear knowing I’m doing the best I can for my family.

Cherry Coconut Paletas made with R.W. Knudsen® Cherry Juice! Delicious.

Ingredients for Cherry Coconut Paletas:

  • 2 – cups R.W. Knudsen Just Tart Cherry Juice
  • 1 – small can coconut milk (full fat)
  • ½ – tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 – tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 – cup sweetened coconut shreds (toasted)
  • paleta or popsicle mold (with 8 slots)
  • 8 popsicle sticks

Directions:

  1. Fill each popsicle mold ¾ with cherry juice.
  2. Place mold in freezer for 1 hour.
  3. In a bowl mix coconut milk, vanilla extract, honey, and toasted coconut.
  4. Remove popsicle mold from freezer and fill the molds to the top with coconut mixture.
  5. Top mold with cover and insert popsicle sticks.
  6. Freeze mold over night.
  7. Fill basin with warm water and dip bottom of mold into the water for 15 seconds to loosen paletas from mold.
  8. Remove top cover from mold and pull the stick straight up toward the sky.
  9. Enjoy your cherry coconut paleta!
Vegetarian Heaven: Cauliflower Rellenos

Vegetarian Heaven: Cauliflower Rellenos

Cauliflower rellenos topped with pepper jack cheese and a spicy tomato chile sauce. It's so delicious.

Gosh, it’s crazy hot here in LA, and will continue to be for the next few days or weeks. I can’t even stand to stick one toe outside right now. I  have the window shades pulled all the way down and my AC blasting on HIGH! I feel like I’m living in a modern age cave, and I like it. With the house cooled down to a comfortable 70 degrees my appetite is in full swing and since I’m a prisoner to my home, why not make something delicious? Cauliflower Rellenos are just the thing to make me happy. (more…)