September 24, 2017

DIY Painted Rocks for Kids by Kids

This post was sponsored by Nabisco as part of an Integrated Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Fall is here and my kiddos and I are having a blast in our new state, Texas. 
As a Mom with always moving, fast growing, constantly snacking kids I try to have fun activities planned for us and, of course, tasty snacks to bring along too!

My daughters' newest craft obsession is decorating rocks and hiding them in town. This activity is fun for both kids and adults and is becoming popular all over! Some call them Kindness Rocks others call them simply Painted Rocks. You can decorate them any way you'd like and hid them just about anywhere in town. There are even local websites in most towns now where you can post pictures of your rocks and give clues so people can go on rock hunts! When they find yours they can keep them or rehide.

It really is a blast and we have now hidden and found rocks in Louisiana, Florida, and Texas! Today I am sharing with you some of our creative painted rock designs and decorating tips to inspire your little ones to join in the fun along with our favorite on the go snack to pack: Teddy Soft Baked Filled Snacks!
These soft and tasty snacks are available at Walmart in the cookie aisle and my girls love them!
They are cute bear shaped snacks that are individually packaged and hold up well to the heat so they are ideal for park play dates, picnics, car rides, and the beach! 
Ava likes the vanilla filled and sister Stella likes chocolate!
I love that they are  made with quality ingredients such as milk, eggs and {my fave}chocolate and they contain no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial flavors and no artificial colors!
Teddy Soft Baked Filled Snacks are Mom and Kid Approved!
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September 22, 2017

Buffalo Cauliflower with Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing

Football season is here! In celebration, I’ve joined a group of bloggers from all over the country — all of whom are big football fans! — to bring you some delicious football-inspired recipes for tailgating.
For my Foodie Football Fan recipe I wanted to share this spicy, crunchy appetizer I make often for my husband and friends: Buffalo Cauliflower served with delicious chunky Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing for dipping. You will love this game day dish! 
We’ve made winning appetizers and entrees you are going to love for game day!  
Be sure to check out their links below.
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September 15, 2017

Smoked Tuna Dip Appetizer

Well, we are officially in Texas but lucky for us we had a fantastic Florida vacation back home before our big move! As we always do, we pigged out dined on delicious Florida seafood our whole trip. One of our favorite seafood dishes was Smoked Tuna Dip
This trip we had the Smoked Tuna Dip at Bric a Brac and Lulu's in Destin.
Check out both restaurants. They are amazing!
My husband and Ava could seriously devour a whole bowl of this stuff on their own so I knew I wanted to make it at home!
Our traditional family dinner at Acme Oyster House in Destin.
My Uncle Bill, pie baker and meat cooker extraordinaire, is the one who shared his Smoked Tuna Dip recipe with me and it was a hit with the whole fam -including the kiddos!
Picking up some fresh tuna, shrimp, grouper, and a basket full of other delicacies we just had to have from Joe Patti's Seafood Market in Pensacola. I make it a point to stop here every time I visit Pensacola {you should too}!
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September 10, 2017

Savory Bacon and Gouda Bread Pudding

Today I wanted to share a delicious recipe I created for brunch this week using all the leftover bread crusts I had from my kiddos sandwiches. I loaded this bread pudding with all my favorite brunch foods including eggs, bacon, and lots of Gouda cheese. 
The best part- this savory dish is perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

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September 7, 2017

Farm Fresh Peach Salsa #MyTownProud

This content is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund’s America’s Farmers Community Outreach programs, but views and thoughts are my own.
This Farm Fresh Peach Salsa was made with fresh ingredients from our local farm here in Louisiana. The #MyTownProud campaign celebrates the people, places, and stories that make small towns great and I am thrilled to share about our favorite farms and markets and why we are #MyTownProud with y'all today!

As a young military family, we were excited to move to Louisiana and begin my husband's Army career and to start our family. What started as a short two year stay turned into almost six years living in a small rural town in Southwest Louisiana. My husband, who is from a small town in Montana, didn't mind it so much but it took a while for this Florida girl to adjust. Luckily, there were many places to explore and things to do and small town life grew on us.

 On of our favorite weekend activities is to visit the local Farmer's Markets all over the local towns here in Southern and Central Louisiana.  My family and I love visiting the local farms to pick fresh vegetables and fruits and shop the farmer's market for food and handmade crafts and gifts.


Many local farms in our area also has a weekly CSA, which is another way they reach out and work with the community. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. CSA's are partnerships between food consumers and the farmers who grow their food. Buying a CSA membership is a lot like buying a piece of the field for the season. Every week, you get a basket full of fruits and veggies harvested straight from the farm.

After visiting these farms for a couple years now, we have come to know and appreciate the farmers and workers who keep these hardworking farms running and producing. They take the time to talk to you and recommend their favorite fruit or explain what crops are in season and why. They enjoy what they do and it is apparent every time you have a conversation with someone from the farm. The love and pride they have for their farm is a big reason they are so successful and long running.All these local farms are loved by not only the local community but all of Louisiana and this makes me #MyTownProud ! That is why I wanted to share their story with you along with The America’s Farmers programs, sponsored by The Monsanto Fund and the My Town campaign.


The America’s Farmers programs, sponsored by The Monsanto Fund, puts the farmer in the center of the story. In rural communities throughout America, farmers not only provide food and fuel, but they are also pivotal characters in their communities – often serving as the backbone of the areas in which they reside. Through the Grow Communities, Grow Rural Education and Grow Ag Leaders programs, The Monsanto Fund, with the help of local farmers, celebrates the accomplishments throughout communities with grants to help them continue to grow and thrive.
 A new campaign sponsored by the programs called My Town will continue this celebration of the people, places and stories that make small towns great.  Of those living in small, rural towns 95% say they have a sense of pride in where they currently live. I am proud to be from my small hometown in Florida and can't wait to go back one day!
Do you feel the same way? Comment below and tell me how you are #MyTownProud !

Connect with #MyTownProud and @AmericasFarmers


Ingredients: 

  • 3 large yellow peaches, peeled and chopped {about 3 cups}
  • 1/2 red onion, diced {1/2 cup}
  • 3 small sweet peppers, seeded and diced {1/4 cup}
  • 1 lime

Directions: 

  1. Add the chopped peaches, onions, and peppers to a medium bowl.
  2. Gently toss.
  3. Add the zest and juice of the lime to the salsa. 
  4. Stir and serve.

Delicious on chicken or pork or served with chips. 

 
I love this farm fresh salsa made using local organic fruits and veggies. 
I start with 3 large yellow peaches. 
Peel them then finely chop.  
 I love using multicolored mini peppers for salsas.
I diced up one of each color for this recipe.
Now dice 1/2 a red onion for some crunch and bite!
 Add the chopped peaches, onions, and peppers to a medium bowl and gently toss.
Add the zest and juice of the lime to the salsa.
Stir and serve.
Serve with black bean or root vegetable chips for dipping. 
I use whatever is in season for my salsas and sauces.
Pineapple, mango, watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes, you name it!

www.americasfarmers.com/mytown
 Comment below and tell me how you are #MyTownProud !


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September 6, 2017

30 Minute Meal: Tropical Teriyaki Pineapple Pork

Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield® Marinated Pork.
Tonight we made a delicious tropical meal served in a fresh pineapple bowl!
The juicy, sliced teriyaki pork was baked and ready in just 30 minutes and served with coconut rice, pineapple mango salsa, and crunchy broccoli.


I love shopping at our local military commissary, especially for the great deals and selection on meats! The meat market has a huge variety of just about every meat including my family's favorite: pork!

During our bimonthly grocery trips I stock up on fresh pork including tenderloins, roasts, and chops.

The girls helped me pick out a delicious Smithfield® Teriyaki Marinated Fresh Pork Tenderloin
 for dinner. We decided it would be fun to make it tropical and serve it with fruit salsa in pineapple bowls!

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