Sunday, May 28, 2017

F is for Frozen Strawberry Lemonade

“F” is for Frozen Strawberry Lemonade! Check out this frozen fun fruit inspired recipe that is a must this Memorial Day. “F” is also for “Fan” of Gordon Ramsay and I’m excited to see his live show @TheFWordFOX and take away some fantastic cooking tips. The F Word premieres Wednesday May 31st, at 9/8c on FOX. #ad



Frozen Strawberry Lemonade (Ingredients for every 2 glasses served.)


For the strawberry layer:


1 to 1 1/2 cup frozen strawberries ¼ cup simple syrup * ½ cup cold water ½ cup ice
For the Lemonade:
2 lemons, juiced (discard seeds but keep the pulp) ¼ cup simple syrup 1 cup ice

Instructions


In a blender combine the strawberries, ¼ cup simple syrup, ½ cup cold water and ½ cup ice. Blend until smooth. The mixture will be thick enough to spoon into 2 glasses. Rinse the blender carafe and add the lemon juice, lemon pulp, ¼ cup simple syrup and 1 cup ice. Blend until smooth and pour over the strawberry mixture in the glass.
Garnish with lemon slices or strawberries if desired.

The kids love to add a splash of their favorite lemon lime soda for the fizz factor!

For quick non layered version add all ingredients to blender.
Serve immediately
Notes-
* Simple syrup is made by combining equal parts water and sugar. I used 1 cup granulated sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until it starts to boil and all the sugar is dissolved. Cool and refrigerate in a mason jar until needed.



Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Tastykake brings us Spring Edition and Easter Offerings!

TASTYKAKE

Tastykake’s new snacks are the perfect additions to a springtime picnic in the park an Easter egg hunt or a grab-and-go snack anytime. 

Spring is the season of rejuvenation, so why not energize your snack game with Tastykake’s new treats? 



Spring Limited Time Offerings
  • Lemon Kandy Kakes are a springtime twist on a Tastykake classic. These treats feature moist, white cake layered with lemon flavored filling covered in white confectionary coating.
  • Peach Cobbler Mini Donuts feature a fluffy, white cake donut enveloped in a sweet, crunchy layer of peach cobbler crumble.
  • Cherry Sweet Rolls feature a sweet roll with delicious cherry filling and topped with creamy icing.
Easter Offerings
  • Easter Snowballs are delicious creme filled chocolate cakes covered in a pink coconut marshmallow coating.  
  • Tasty Tweets Cupcakes are creme filled chocolate cakes topped with scrumptious icing and colorful Easter sprinkles. 



Tastykake's Spring Edition and Easter Offerings are perfect for this time of year! I will be serving the Spring Edition Cherry Sweet Rolls and Peach Cobbler Mini Donuts on Easter Morning with coffee to start the days Annual Egg Hunt! I am putting the snowballs tasty tweets and kandy kakes in the kids Easter baskets.  

I love that they are individually wrapped and just right for snacks on the go, in the car, at the park, waiting for the bus and a fun after school snack.  I love that they are always fresh and moist and I can count on it! 

I found Tastykake in my local Walmart, Kroger, Speedway and Sam's Club stores. Find Tastykake's  HERE in your town


Monday, April 10, 2017

‘Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical!’ Now Available for Pre-Order on Disney Movies Anywhere


Set in New York City at the turn of the century and based on a true story, Disney's Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged “newsies,” who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. Captured live on stage at The Hollywood Pantages Theatre in California, and following its record-breaking, in-cinema premiere for Fathom Events this not-to-be-missed high energy event features Jeremy Jordan, reprising the Tony nominated role he created as “Jack Kelly.” Jordan is joined by original Broadway cast members Kara Lindsay as “Katherine,” Ben Fankhauser as “Davey” and Andrew Keenan-Bolger as “Crutchie,” and North American Tour stars Steve Blanchard as “Joseph Pulitzer,” Aisha de Haas as “Medda Larkin,” and Ethan Steiner as “Les” along with members of both the Broadway and North American Tour ensembles, filling the stage with more “newsies” and more dancing than ever before. Bring it home on Digital, On Demand and Disney Movies Anywhere on May 23rd
Available on Digital, On Demand
and Disney Movies Anywhere on May 23rd

Includes Five Behind-The-Scenes Mini Documentaries!

Synopsis:                                 Captured live on stage at The Hollywood Pantages Theatre in California, and following its record-breaking, in-cinema premiere for Fathom Events this not-to-be-missed high energy event features Jeremy Jordan, reprising the Tony nominated role he created as “Jack Kelly.” Jordan is joined by original Broadway cast members Kara Lindsay as “Katherine,” Ben Fankhauser as “Davey” and Andrew Keenan-Bolger as “Crutchie,” and North American Tour stars Steve Blanchard as “Joseph Pulitzer,” Aisha de Haas as “Medda Larkin,” and Ethan Steiner as “Les” along with members of both the Broadway and North American Tour ensembles, filling the stage with more “newsies” and more dancing than ever before.                                                       Set in New York City at the turn of the century and based on a true story, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged “newsies,” who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right.




Cast:                                           Jeremy Jordan as “Jack Kelly,” Kara Lindsay as “Katherine,” Ben Fankhauser as “Davey,” Andrew Keenan-Bolger as “Crutchie,” Steve Blanchard as “Joseph Pulitzer,” Aisha de Haas as “Medda Larkin,” and Ethan Steiner as “Les.”

Director:                                 Jeff Calhoun
Music:                                       Alan Menken (Tony Award-winner for Newsies)
Lyrics:                                        Jack Feldman (Tony Award-winner for Newsies)
Choreographer:                  Christopher Gattelli (Tony Award-winner for Newsies)

Release Date:                       May 23, 2017
Release Formats:               Digital, On Demand (U.S. and Canada only) and Disney Movies Anywhere (U.S. only)

Bonus Features:                  Mini Documentaries:
-Episode 1: Return to Rehearsals
Go behind the scenes with Andrew Keenan-Bolger ("Crutchie") and cast as they reunite for the filming of this Broadway smash hit.
-Episode 2: Return to the Stage
After a week rehearsing in the studio, the cast moves to the Pantages Theatre where their performance will be captured on film.
-Episode 3:  Filming Begins
Andrew Keenan-Bolger and other cast members share their excitement as the time arrives to don their costumes and film the show.
-Episode 4: Lights. Camera. Action.
Get an up-close, backstage look as the cast performs the show’s electrifying musical numbers during filming.
-Episode 5: Live Capture Film Day!
Finally, the highlight of the Newsies Movie Event – a thrilling live performance for an audience of loyal and enthusiastic fans!

Rating:                                      PG
Feature Run Time:            Approximately 135 minutes
Audio:                                       English
Languages:                             English
Subtitles:                                French & Spanish

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Check out SoftSoap for Spring & Easter Baskets


#Softsoap body wash 🆕 luxurious scents fill the bath🛀 with amazing fresh fragrance as I wash because they are made with real extracts of 🐝honey, 🌼lavender, 🌸jasmine and 🍑plum just in time for #spring showers🚿! I love that I can get out in the garden🌱🌷🍃 and use 🆕 softsoap hand wash👐 plus lotion💦 to hydrate and leaves my hands feeling soft🐇 again.
#ad Given to me from Colgate-Palmolive for review purposes. #springbreak🌞🐚#Easter 🐣💒http://www.softsoap.com/home




Spring is in the air and I am spending more and more time outdoors in the yard with the kids playing and doing a lot of yard work and gardening, so I am washing my hands a lot more. Since I started using Softsoap brand hand wash Plus Lotion, I have noticed a big difference in the moisture level after washing my hands. Having a household of 7 with 3 little ones and a cat, I am constantly washing my hands, which normally leaves them very dry and cracked this time of year. I noticed a difference right away and will continue to use this hand wash plus lotion because I really enjoy its benefits and I have one in each scent in each bathroom and 1 at the kitchen sink to keep my hands as clean as they are moisturized!

Juicy Couture’s Viva la Juicy Sucré-your new favorite Spring-Easter-time scent

#EatDessertFirst

This Easter, think outside the basket and replace the usual candy with something a little healthier that’ll still satisfy your  sweet tooth.






Delicately sugary but sufficiently short of saccharine, Juicy Couture’s Viva la Juicy Sucré    is sure to become your new favorite Spring- and Easter-time scent.

Viva la Juicy Sucré :
Set in a gold plated cupcake holder and tastefully decorated with a creamy frosting, Viva la Juicy Sucré looks as delicious as it smells. Like the layers of a decadent cake—the fragrance is an irresistible confection of freshly-ripened fruits and exquisite florals.

Easter baskets won’t lack sweetness this year, even if you forgo the edible treats, thanks to this delectable, tasty scent!


Tempting. Delightful. Indulgent. Treat your sweet tooth with Viva la Juicy Sucré, a fresh indulgence for the enticingly delightful Viva girl. She lives in the moment without holding back and never forgets to #EatDessertFirst. The fragrance sparkles with Mandarin and Red Currant while Peach Nectar flirtatiously drizzles over a nearly edible bouquet of Jasmine and Orange Flower petals. The dry down floats in the cloud-like sweetness of vanilla and whipped cream and is topped off with a dusting of Cocoa Powder for tantalizing allure.



I think Juicy Couture's Viva la Juicy Cucre' is a fabulous sweet scented treat for a dear one on Easter! The bottle itself is a treasure! With the luscious fresh, delicious scents of spring, this fragrance is perfect for the season. One peek at this box and you are sure to see a sweet smile on the face of the receiver. 

As a gift, this lovely fragrance can be presented on its own.  I love this for the base theme of an Easter basket.  I would add mini cupcakes to take it over the top and fruits for those who are sweet enough! 


Sunday, April 2, 2017

Welch's Easter Shaped Fruit Snacks make great egg-stuffers!

🐇💮 Welch's Seasonal Fruit Snacks🐤🥚

Find Welch's Near You and at Target Stores

@welchsfruitsnck are great egg stuffers🐣 Adorable Easter themed shapes🐰🐣💠🐥 🍇Made with real fruit!🍇🍑🍊🍓🍇 Welch's® Fruit Snacks
🔹Easter Mixed Fruit🔹 🔸Fun Size Pouches🔸
Easter-shaped fruit snacks - bunnies, flowers, eggs & chicks! 🐰🐣💠🐥
🔸Available from 3/13 – 4/17
🔹Excellent source of vitamin C
🔸Good Source of Vitamins A & E
🔹Fat Free
🔸Gluten Free
🔹No Preservatives
- .5oz bags in a 22 count bag
- .5oz bags in a 28 or 160 count box

Welch's Easter Shaped Fruit Snacks are perfect egg stuffers for Easter baskets and or Easter Egg Hunts! I think they are especially great for little ones who who cannot have candy and a great alternative since they are made with real fruit! I love that they are individually packaged in small single serving sizes pouches and great for on-the-go! We are using all 28 pouches to stuff plastic eggs for our annual Easter Egg Hunt.  These fruit snacks will be a big hit for both kids and adults.




Welch’s® Fruit Snacks are America’s favorite fruit snack brand. The Welch’s® Fruit Snacks Easter themed box and pouch have custom Easter-themed graphics with fun shapes which include a Chick, Egg, Flower and Bunny. These fruit snacks are perfect for Easter Baskets and stuffing eggs. Moms and Dads love that every pack is made with REAL Fruit, is Fat-Free, Gluten-Free, and contains No Preservatives. Welch’s® Fruit Snacks feature fruit as the first ingredient, so they taste delicious!

ü  Made with REAL Fruit
ü  Fruit is our First Ingredient
ü  Excellent Source of Vitamin C
ü  Good Source of Vitamins A & E
ü  Fat-Free                             
ü  Gluten-Free
ü  No Preservatives

   
Welch’s® Easter Fruit Snacks are available in the Mixed Fruit variety.

PACKAGE SIZE / MSRP:
ü  28-Count Box with 0.5oz/ Pouches / $4.99
ü  22-Count Laydown Bag with 0.5oz/ Pouches / $2.99

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Make Easter Morning Memorable with GourmetGiftBaskets.com

For over a decade, their family has shared their love of gourmet foods with others around the world by creating award-winning, handcrafted gift baskets. 

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It’s not too early to start shopping for Easter! Select the gifts you’d like to send and have them delivered on a date of your choosing. Shop now and save 10% with code HOPhttp://www.gourmetgiftbaskets.com/Easter-Gift-Baskets.asp

Here is just a few items available for Easter! Check out the site for more!




With Love Brownie Gift Box




Almond Strawberry Delight


Double Bunny Easter Basket

I was super excited to get these 3 different gourmet gift baskets from GourmetGiftBaskets.com.  

The With Love Brownie Gift Box is a beautiful reusable box of brownies and is perfect for that brownie/blondie lover of homemade baked goods, in your life.  I really like that each brownie is individually wrapped for freshness and there is a delicious variety of flavors.  I think this is a decadent treat for Easter that the recipient may not want to share!  

The Almond Strawberry Delight box is really tasty and I like that the nuts and dried fruit are packaged separately and are filled with quality fruit and nuts which tastes fresh and full of flavor.  I think this is just right for that special person who may not be a fan of candy.  

The showstopper is the Double Bunny Easter Basket that I saved for the 2 little girls who are going to be thrilled to have twin bunnies and a giant basket filled with candy and toys on Easter morning!  I can already see the smiles on their faces and know we will be talking about the memories of this Easter morning for years to come!