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Monday, December 22, 2014

7 Layer Pea Salad #Recipe with KRAFT MIRACLE WHIP

Disclosure:  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TasteTheMiracle #CollectiveBias

Not sure if you noticed but the holidays are here - like days away!  Yikes.  Do you have your side dishes for your dinner planned?  Have you been asked to bring a side dish or salad?  Well friends I have the perfect salad that will have your family and friends "oohing and ahhing!"  And this won't have you slaving over a stove for hours either - hey if you are like me that should sell you right now!  Plus you probably have most of these ingredients in your refrigerator but the one ingredient that you HAVE to make sure you have - KRAFT MIRACLE WHIP.  It makes the dish!  


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7 Layer Pea Salad


Free Printable Recipe Here


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Ingredients:

1 head of iceberg lettuce, torn up in bite size pieces
3 hard boiled eggs, sliced 
small bag of frozen peas
red onion, diced
1/2 cup sliced celery 
green pepper, diced
1/2 cup bacon, pieces 
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
3 cups MIRACLE WHIP
2 TBSP Garlic Powder
4 TBSP sugar 
Salt and Pepper to taste


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Directions:

1.  Prepare all veggies as directed.  

2.  Using a trifle bowl/dish or a deep serving bowl create layers with the ingredients.  

3.  Begin the layers with the torn up iceberg lettuce.  

4.  Top lettuce with sliced eggs and some salt and pepper. 

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5.  Top eggs with frozen peas. 

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6.  Top peas with onion. 

7.  Top onion with celery.

8.  Top celery with the green pepper. 

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9.  In a small mixing bowl combine the MIRACLE WHIP, sugar and garlic powder.  Mix well!  

10.  Top green pepper with the MIRACLE WHIP mixture.  Completely cover the veggies with this mixture.  Using a wooden spoon, smooth out the mixture.  

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11.  Top MIRACLE WHIP mixture with bacon.  

12. Top bacon with shredded cheddar cheese.  

13.  Cover dish with foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate the salad for at least 8 hours.  

14. Once refrigerated for at least 8 hours it is ready to enjoy!  Yum!  

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KRAFT MIRACLE WHIP can be found at Walmart and you can also stock up on KRAFT MIRACLE WHIP for holiday leftovers - my grandma taught to always use MIRACLE WHIP on our leftover turkey sandwiches!  Yum!  The smell instantly brings me back to my grandma's kitchen.  Delicious! 

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Isn't it so pretty?  Almost too pretty to eat right?  Umm...Heck no!!  I was first introduced to this layered pea salad when I had a dinner at Jeremy's parents house when we were dating.  Honestly, I was a little scared to try it but man I am glad I did.  I love the fresh ingredients and tangy MIRACLE WHIP.  The combination is truly perfect for any dinner.  

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If you need more inspiration, check out the Cooking Up Good website.  It has recipes, sweepstakes, loyalty programs, coupons and more! What's not to love? If you're looking for a new dinner idea or a chance to win some awesome prizes, be sure to check it out! One of the recipes that I have on my MUST try list is an Easy Banana Bread recipe.  I would have never thought to bake with MIRACLE WHIP but this recipe sounds amazing. 



Have you created any delicious salads or sides with the help of KRAFT MIRACLE WHIP?


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Disney Planes Fire & Rescue: S'mores Indoors Kit

Disclosure:  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PlanesToTheRescue #CollectiveBias


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It is no surprise that both of my kiddos adore the newest Disney Planes movie, and Dusty is by far their very favorite.  We watched this movie together as a family for a family movie night in and I have to say, I loved it too.  If you have been following me on Instagram you also know that we have two very special and creative Elves following us through the Holiday season.  Peppermint and Cupcake love to bring Jude and Teagan treats, crafts and small gifts to help the 30 days of Elf on the Shelf stay on beat.  

I started to think about how I could incorporate Disney Planes Fire & Rescue into our Elf on the Shelf fun and I went straight to thinking  about the campground that is in the movie.  What do you love to do when you are camping?  Well one of our favorite things to do is make S'mores!!  So my vision grew.  Dusty MUST bring a S'more Indoors Kit to the kids - with the help of the Elves of course!

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Thankfully, I was able to fulfill my vision by heading to Walmart and finding out that there are some great Disney Planes merchandise on Rollback right now!
Check these out:  
  • Disney Planes Flight to the Finish Speedway Rollback to $24.97
  • Disney Planes Fire & Rescue Die-Cast Vehicles, 3-Pack Rollback to $14.97
  • Disney Planes Fire & Rescue Deluxe Talking Vehicle Assortment Rollback to $19.97
  • Planes Character Assortment die-cast set Rollback to $4.97
  • Disney Planes: Fire and Rescue Character Assortment die-cast Rollback to $4.97

Once I saw those prices I knew that I would have to break the bank to have our Elves fly to the scene with a treat!  Look, I love doing Elf on the Shelf but it can get expensive so I have to find ways to get creative on a budget.  

Now that I had my Dusty that the Elves would fly in on, I needed to create my S'mores Indoors Kit.  Nom!  Most of us probably have these supplies in our pantry, which makes this kit an easy go to for Elf on the Shelf or even a hostess or teacher gift - because really?  Who doesn't love S'mores??? 


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 S'mores Indoors Kit 



Materials Needed:

Large Marshmallows 
Graham Crackers
Chocolate bars
Box for the kit (I used a medium cupcake box)
String, ribbon, twine (your choice)
Free Printable - S'mores Indoors Kit 

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Directions:

1.  Break Graham Crackers in half.  

2.  Place Graham Crackers, Marshmallows, and Unwrapped Chocolate bars into the box.  Make it pretty!  

3.  Tie the box with twine and place printable on top of box.  


Free S'mores Indoors Kit Printable -  HERE

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4.  Once it is time to make your S'mores Indoors you will need some foil.  

5.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 

6.  Line cookie sheet with foil.  Place one half of the graham crackers on the foil.  

7.  Place a chocolate bar on every graham cracker.  

8.  Place one marshmallow on top of every chocolate bar.  

9.  Place cookie sheet in oven.  Bake until marshmallows are golden brown - takes about 4 minutes.  

10.  Remove from oven and place a graham cracker half on every marshmallow, slightly press down to make a sandwich. 

11.  Enjoy immediately while warm!!  Nice and gooey with out a fire!!  Yum!

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Sunday morning the kids woke up to see Peppermint and Cupcake riding on Dusty and they had the S'mores Indoors Kit right next to them.  The first thing Jude want to do was eat a marshmallow but once he did that, he played with the new Dusty Plane for hours.  He thought it was so cool that Peppermint and Cupcake flew to his house on Dusty!  I love the magic - kids make Christmas perfect.  

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After we had naps we decided it was time to enjoy our S'mores Indoors and what better way to enjoy those but to also watch Disney Planes Fire & Rescue?  It was kind of funny when Jude finally tied it all together as we were watching the movie. "Oh, they are are on a camping place!  That is where you make S'mores!"  Ha!  Little minds work hard.  ;) 

We enjoyed our favorite part of camping and mountain trips in our family room.  Memories made!  Thanks Peppermint, Cupcake and Dusty for bring us our S'mores Indoors Kit!   

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Run out to Walmart today - you still have time before those gifts need to be under the tree or stuffed in the stockings!  Some of these Rollback items really are perfect for Stocking Stuffers too! 


Are you playing Elf on the Shelf?  If so, What has been your favorite Elf on the Shelf "trick" this year?


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Friday, December 19, 2014

Jude's Christmas Program

Last weekend Jude had his school Christmas Program and once again we saw his inner HAM!  He was super excited to show us his songs and poem he had learned.  It is always fun to see him interacting with his friends at school too.  


Our sharp looking boy ready to go sing!  


See him?  He knew all the actions to the songs too.  So cute!  


Going to these events is one of my favorite things about being a mom - I love that Jude is old enough to do these programs and I cannot wait until we get to see Teagan do hers too!  


This is Jude's best friend - they always play together and we have had a couple outside of school play dates.  It is great to see Jude with his buddies.  

Merry Christmas!!

Did your kiddos have their Christmas program yet this year?

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Cinnamon Apple Life Cereal Muffins

Disclosure:  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Quaker. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias #LoveMyCereal #QuakerUp


The first question we ask the kids every morning - "What would you like for breakfast?"  Honestly, I am not sure why I even ask because I know what they will both say!  Jude and Teagan have a love for muffins; any kind of muffins but their very favorite is those really sugary store bought mini muffins.  Yes, those.  Well let's be real, I do let them eat those some mornings but other mornings those kids need some whole some grains and nutrients!  That means I have to get creative with my hidden nutrients and trick those kids!  Guess what - you can totally trick a toddler into eating nutrient heavy breakfasts if you make your own muffins!!  With the help of Quaker® Life Cereal and Quaker® Oats I have made a couple different flavors of muffins that freeze wonderfully and can be heated up quickly in the morning for quick breakfasts!   One Jude's favorite muffin is this Cinnamon Apple Life Cereal Muffin.  

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Cinnamon Apple Life Cereal Muffins


Free Printable Recipe Here.

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Ingredients:

For the Topping:
1/4 cup Oats
1/4 cup crushed Quaker® Life Cereal
1 tsp cinnamon 
1 TBSP butter, melted

For the Muffins:
1 1/2 cups Oats
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup crushed Quaker® Life Cereal 
1 tsp baking powder 
1/2 tsp baking soda
1  tsp cinnamon 
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup unsweetened applesauce 
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup oil
1 tsp vanilla 
1 egg
1 cup Raisins 

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Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line cupcake tin with cupcake liners of choice.  

2.  To make the muffin batter first combine the Oats, Flour, crushed Quaker® Life Cereal, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in large mixing bowl.  

3.  In a medium mixing bowl combine the applesauce, brown sugar, milk, oil, vanilla and egg.  Whisk together until completed combined. 

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4. Add applesauce mixture, slowly, to the oat mixture.  Mixing as adding.  Combining the dry ingredients with the applesauce mixture.  

5.  Next, add the raisins to the mixture.  Stir well!  

6. Set muffin batter aside.  Time to make the Topping!  Delicious!  

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7.  In a small bowl, combine the oats, crushed Quaker® Life Cereal, brown sugar, cinnamon, and melted butter.  Make a crumble by mixing everything together.  

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8.  Fill the cupcake liners with the batter, this should make 16 muffins.  

9.  Top the muffin batter with the crushed Quaker® Life Cereal crumble.  

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10.  Bake for 16-18 minutes.  

11.  Let cool!  Enjoy warm or place in a freezer bag for a great freezer meal option.  Enjoy!! 


To make these better for you muffins make sure you stop by Walmart, all of these ingredients can be found there.  We love Quaker® Life Cereal in our house, not only does the Life Cereal make these muffins delicious but we all enjoy Quaker® Life Cereal for snacks.  In fact, that is what Teagan calls them.  When she asks for snacks we know that she wants some Life Cereal.  Yum!  Such an easy and portable snack for both of our kiddos.  


Our pantry is packed full of Quaker® products that are perfect for this baking season but also for better for you snacks and recipes.  I love using Quaker® Real Medleys®, Quaker® Oatmeal Squares, Quaker® Simply Granola and Quaker® Life in our recipes and snacks.  I will also confess that I might have a box of Quaker Oatmeal Squares in my desk drawer at work!  YUM!  

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We are a family that loves to eat, cook and bake with Quaker® Products, it is the perfect way to get necessary nutrients in your meals and bake some wholesome recipes as well!  Yum!!  Make sure you #QuakerUp with Quaker® and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.  
Find inspiration!

What kind of wholesome better for you breakfasts do you serve to your family on busy mornings?  

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Do not miss the Harlem Globetrotters! #COUPON

Who loves the Harlem Globetrotters?  Well I know most kids AND adults do so jump on this!  I am so excited to take Jude this year!!  



Don't Miss The Harlem Globetrotters Coming to Broomfield on March 7th. Save $7 Off Select Tickets to any Harlem Globetrotter Game with promo code FAMGUIDE.

The iconic Harlem Globetrotters are coming to an arena near you with their unrivaled family show, featuring some of the greatest athletes on the planet. 

With incredible ball handling wizardry, amazing rim-rattling dunks and trick shots, side-splitting comedy and unequaled on-court fan interaction, this must-see event is guaranteed to entertain the whole family creating memories that will last a lifetime. 

The Globetrotters will face a great challenge this year against the Washington Generals who were the last team to beat the Globetrotters in 1971, and are now coached by a former member of that team. They are on a mission and will do whatever it takes to win, with a new strategy that is sure to give the Globetrotters a run for their money. 

Use promo code FAMGUIDE to get $7 off select tickets.

Save $7 Off Harlem Globetrotters 2015 Tour - Save $7 Off Tickets to the Harlem Globetrotters 2015 Tour. The iconic Harlem Globetrotters are coming to an arena near you with their unrivaled family show, featuring some of the greatest athletes on the planet. Use promo code FAMGUIDE to get $7 off select tickets.

Buy Tickets here!  





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Using Wind Power as Alternative Energy?

"What are those Mommy?  They look like giant pinwheels!"

~Jude - 4 years old 


That is just one of the many questions that Jude has asked from the backseat of my car - and honestly, I did not really know how to answer him when he asked me what "those things" were.  So I told him we would do some research.  Yes, he is 4 and we came home and did some research on the wind farms that are in Colorado.  

Before I could really sit down and help Jude understand wind power and renewable energy I knew I had to educate myself.  

Windsource® Power Facts:

  • Xcel Energy has a program called Windsource® that allows customers (both residential and businesses) to purchase blocks of wind power or you can even choose to power your entire house with wind energy.
  • Xcel Energy has nearly 5,300 megawatts of wind on their system, enough to power nearly 2.7 million average-size homes annually.
  • Purchasing Windsource® supports affordable and domestic energy production that provides electricity price stability and prepares us for the future.
  • Xcel Energy is the nation’s No. 1 wind power provider for the past decade.
  • Wind Power can help to keep energy rates affordable by protecting customers against rising fuel and other costs - more than just an environmental issue!
  • Windsource® enables Xcel Energy’s electric customers to purchase renewable energy, generated above and beyond the renewable energy in our standard energy supply.



After I did my research I was very proud to live in Colorado, a state that is focused on helping customers not only advance the green technology but also move towards lower costs on energy.  So, these wind farms are so much more than fun looking pinwheels!  

Teaching Children About Wind Power:

I had Jude draw me a picture of the wind farm and we discussed what those BIG pinwheels do.  We also talked about why we need to be more careful with the energy we use in our home.  He is 4 so turning off lights is not on his radar.  I told him that with the wind that we feel when we walk outside we can get power to turn on the lights in our house!  This very smart 4 year old was processing this statement for a long time!  

The best part about this conversation is that Jude is now telling everyone to save energy by turning off electronics and lights but also that every time he feels or hears the wind his eyes light up and he looks at us and says "Energy!"  Simply put - I am glad that Jude asked me what "those things" were because I am not more aware of the alternative energy movement the Xcel Energy Colorado is making!  


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If you’d like to join Windsource® to support the increase in renewable energy generation, and to be a part of a growing community of environmentally-sensitive consumers you can call Xcel Energy at 1-800-895-4999 or visit ResponsibleByNature.com/Windsource to enroll.


 Disclaimer: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Xcel Energy. The opinions and text are all mine.



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EOS Lip Balm Christmas Printable - Merry and Bright #DIY

Who doesn't love the EOS Lip Balms?  I confess, I have about 4 different colors/flavors at my desk at work.  Well I was trying to decide what to get my coworkers while I was brainstorming at work and I looked down and saw my favorite Lip Balm - EOS.  Time to get creative!  I went to my local Ulta and found a color of EOS that I hadn't seen before - yellow.  Instantly I knew what I was going to create.


Every time I see a pod of EOS Lip Balm in a new color you better believe I will be trying to get creative for any holiday reason!  This is the perfect last minute gift on a budget!  Oh and if you use the Yellow balm - the lemon flavor is so refreshing.  I guarantee that the person you gift this to will be happy!


Feel free to use this printable to make your own easy but totally amazing gifts for your friends, coworkers and family. 



Free EOS Lip Balm Christmas Printable - Merry and Bright HERE


What is your favorite color/flavor of EOS?

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