Saturday, July 15, 2017

Why settle for everyday pizza? We made Pizza Bombs !

Once again, we set out to find a new way to repurpose a favorite meal ...
PIZZA !!!!!!!

We've made our own pizza from pre-made dough, done calzones, French bread pizza , but the other night, we tried something new.

We came across a Pinterest Pin from Sizzling Eats and her Pepperoni & Cheese Pizza Bombs.

I took a family poll and in a unanimous decision, we tried something new !
The finished product

Since we are a family of 5 with 3 growing boys who ADORE pizza, I tripled the recipe provided.

We also added our own flare...

Our ingredients were:
3 rolls of Crescent Dough
Pizza Sauce
Fresh Mozzarella
Freshly diced Roma tomatoes
1 tbsp. melted butter

We followed directions  with preparation for the Pizza bombs, but added our own ingredients

Ingredients we used

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Spray a muffin tin with non stick
  3. Open your crescent dough and lay each triangle over an open muffin tin space (I found it easier to use my cutting board)
  4. Add one teaspoon of your favorite Pizza or pasta sauce to each triangle
  5. Add your own favorite ingredients
  6. Wrap each triangle over and fold into a ball
  7. Use pastry brush to top with melted butter
  8. Sprinkle with herbs (we used oregano)
  9. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown
  10. Serve with an additional side of warm pizza or pasta sauce
  11. Enjoy while still warm and gooey.
My well loved muffin tin

There were no leftovers. Everyone agreed that this should be something we add to our rotating monthly meal menu.

What would you add to your Pizza bombs?

Friday, July 7, 2017

Our Favorite Breakfast ... Remastered

We love breakfast for dinner, but sometimes, the same old things gets... well... old...

So I went searching Pinterest for options to change up our favorite meals.

We start with Pancakes and Bacon. Definitely #1 on the list of breakfast for all 5 of us ! As I searched, I would ask the opinions of the boys. Some of the items I found were not received terribly well, except for the one I am going to share with you today.

Pinterest took me to the website Lade Behind The Curtain and her Buffet Pancake Dippers.

Here is what you will need:
Pancake mix
Maple Syrup
Griddle (or Pan if that is how you make pancakes) Set mine at 350 degrees
Non-stick spray (optional)

In the "How To" video, she used non-stick cooking spray on her griddle, which I never do, so I listed it optional. Also, she used half of a strip of bacon in each of her dippers. We chose to use a full strip of bacon. We ♥ Bacon !!!

So here is how it went down..
Cooked a full package of bacon in the oven
Made pancake batter
Put batter in my handy squeeze bottle
Created a rectangular pancake on the hot griddle
Put a piece of bacon on pancake
Added a little pancake batter over the bacon
Flipped when ready

Served with maple syrup, a fruit plate and devoured by my family !

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

How Receptra Prime helped my soldier #ad

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Receptra Naturals. The opinions and text are all mine.
I was given the opportunity to try Receptra Prime Hemp Oil.
I personally have no use for it, but one person came to mind.
My brother.

My little brother has many ailments, including but not limited to, Sciatica pain, back pain, neck pain, PTSD, remnants of a stroke (at age 36) and a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury).
All of these stem from 5 deployments and 20 years in the Louisiana Army National Guard Reserves.

Before I accepted this product, I did speak to him about testing this for me.

After 2 weeks of using the Receptra Prime Hemp Oil, he has given me his review.

The flavor, and/or fragrance is pleasant.
The oil helped with back and sciatica mostly. He felt that the sharpness of the pain he feels daily was seriously dulled.
He has had no side effects.

Would he recommend this product to fellow soldiers who suffer similar ailments? Yes he would.
This product is better than some of the narcotics that his body has gotten used to and no longer work.

Monday, May 29, 2017

I tried the Epielle 3 Step Facial Kit - Collagen

After dropping off the oldest child at the skating rink, I wandered into my local Big Lots to browse, before heading home.

I wasn't looking for anything in particular, just wanted a quick quiet stroll. I was almost to the register [not empty handed either], when I came across is shelf with beauty products.

Now, I'm not one to go seeking out the beauty aisle. It's a chore for me to slap on make-up and I'm a premium member of the #MessyHairDon'tCare club !

But I do like a good face mask and like to try new things that will help my ever aging skin.

So there were these 2 kits from Epielle on the shelf, that cost $2.00 each.
I thought, why not...

Earlier this year, I "became a traitor" so says my kid, and switched to an iPhone. I decided to try a time-lapsed video of me trying this mask. I used iMovie to create the video below ↓

My face (several hours later), still feels nice. There was no residue, no sticky-icky feeling.
I'm pretty happy with it. Next week, I'll try the other mask.

I'm not entirely sure I'm going to see results, like actually in the mirror "Oh My" results, but maybe my skin, my face, likes me a little more today ...

Monday, February 6, 2017

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Buy Diet Dr Pepper at Walmart, Score Sweet Rewards! #ColorMeSweet #ad

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

MorningStar Farms® and Ibotta make a great team ! #DailyVegolutions

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey ® presents Circus XTREME #sponsored

 Disclosure: I received tickets in exchange for promotion for this event.
The circus is coming to town! Clowns and acrobats and lions Oh My !!!

High-wire wizards, powerful strongmen, BMX trick riders, trampoline daredevils, inconceivable contortionists, a high-flying human cannonball, a bungee aerial skydiving display and an international assembly of more than 300 cast and crew provide 2 ½ hours of thrilling entertainment.  
 With such an exciting lineup, The Greatest Show On Earth® guarantees to dazzle and astound, and a Ringling Bros.® show wouldn’t be complete without a full menagerie of amazing animals. Circus XTREME features beautiful Bengal tigers and two-humped camels ridden by brave Mongolian women

This year, Ringling Bros. and  Barnum & Bailey has introduced the first-ever female ringmaster , Kristen Michelle Wilson.
My boys, my sister, and I will get to see Ms. Wilson in action on January 27, 2017 at Amelie Arena, in Tampa, Florida.

Our visit to the circus this year will be bittersweet. We recently read that the Ringling Bros. and  Barnum & Bailey will end all Circus shows in May 2017. This 146 year tradition comes with a lot of controversy regarding animal rights, but it comes with tons of sadness. Maybe not a lot of older kids like to go to the circus, but plenty of younger ones still love to attend.
My sister was in tears. She's loved the circus her entire life. She is considering flying to NY for the final performance, that's how big of a fan she is.

We will make the most of our time and enjoy the evening as it will be our last large circus event.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

It's been a while - moving on and up

My posts have been basically non-existent lately, and for that I apologize.
I've begun working [from home] full-time.
My SIL is a design consultant and clothing designer in NYC.
We have had a shake up at home, so I needed to work full time while still being able to take care of my boys without the after school care option. I'm grateful to my SIL for letting me add more hours on...
In February, I'll be working backstage at New York Fashion Week, helping 25 girls get ready for a her Fashion Show !! Totally Excited !!!!

So what is going on with us ???

Corning, NY Circa Jan 2014 Photo Credit: EDROML

Friday, November 18, 2016

Looking for fabulous Turkey Day Deals? Look no further than #WinnDixieHydePark #WDThanksgivingFeast #CurtisStone #spon

Disclosure: As part of the Tampa Bay Bloggers, I have partnered with Winn-Dixie to help promote the Chef Curtis Stone’s Thanksgiving Feast  in exchange for a gift card. All opinions are my own."

Recently, I wrote about the re-grandopening of the Hyde Park Winn-Dixie.

Winn-Dixie is not done with the fun yet !

Have you heard of  the Award-winning Chef Curtis Stone ?
He will be visiting the newly remodeled Hyde Park Winn-Dixie store located at 2100 W. Swann Ave. and host a book signing on Saturday November 19th from noon - 2 p.m. During the event, 10 fans will have a chance to win a signed copy of his cookbook, Good Food, Good Life.

He'll then make his way over to Orlando and visit the Winn-Dixie store located at 951 W State Rd 434 in Longwood and host a book signing from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Looking for a deal? November 19th and 20th only, BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie customers can purchase any size Grade A frozen Honeysuckle White Turkey for only $6.00 with a qualified grocery purchase of $30 or more, while supplies last.

Did you know that the average weight of a Thanksgiving turkey is 15 pounds – costing customers only 40 cents per pound. At only $6, customers will be able to buy a 24-pound turkey for only 25 cents per pound! That is an opportunity for a lot of leftovers !

Friday, November 4, 2016

Why Do I run - An I Run 4 Runniversary story #IRun4Joshua

 Today, November 4th, marks 3 years that I have paired up with my I Run 4 Michael buddy Joshua. 

When we began, Joshua was 9, had a feeding tube and carried his meal replacements with him. He was a bit defiant (no, not a pre-teen boy). His Cerebral Palsy not so prevalent to me. I saw a boy who could be my own son. He was right in between my oldest and middle sons. Smart, testing boundaries and eager to pave his own path.
Needless to say, I fell in love with him right away.

I had just begun running earlier in the year. May 3rd is when I began, to be exact.
My friend and fellow blogger Jennifer, was running for her buddy and kept posting photos. I was curious. She gave me the information and I decided in September 2013 to sign up to be matched.

I train to be a better runner for not only myself, but for Joshua. I send him medals I have earned. If there are no medals, then shirts, pins, bracelets. Whatever I receive, I send to him.

There are so many people wanting to make the connection, to run 4 someone, but not always enough buddies to go around. We need to spread awareness and send the message of unity to everyone.
That way, people get matched sooner and friendships can begin to form and blossom.

Over the past 3 years, Joshua and I have shared our love of baseball. We've chatted during the times our beloved Oakland A's and Tampa Bay Rays have played against each other.
Joshua played 3 seasons of Little League Baseball as well.

Joshua's amazing parents. Jess & Jim adopted both Joshua and his older brother as infants. Both were born with special needs. Both are amazing young men who have parents who love them for who they are.

Because of I Run 4, I have met so many wonderful people, made so many wonderful friends and have been able to share special moments with other I run 4 athletes and buddies. I have even encouraged my son Luke to do the same , and while he doesn't run too much, he does give support to his run buddy.

My life is forever changed. While we are currently 3000 miles apart, we do have hopes to meet one day.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

We made delicious Pillsbury Chicken Bacon Ranch Stuffed Biscuits - Follow this easy recipe for a new family favorite

My husband is always sharing yummy new recipes he finds, with me on Facebook.

Here is one that he shared and my family LOVES it !

We've made it as the recipe calls twice and the next time, we'll change things up a bit... I'll keep you posted.

Click here is the Facebook video link directly from Pillsbury

Click here to follow the Pillsbury Recipe

We used:
2 fresh chicken breasts (butterflied/seasoned/grilled/diced)
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (save 1/2 cup for later step)
5 bacon strips (because we ♥ bacon)
1 can Pillsbury Flaky Grand Biscuits
1/3 cup ranch dressing
1tbsp. butter (to melt)

Oven temp: 375•
Prep time: 20 minutes (approx.)
Cooking Time: 35-40 minutes