Friday, March 31, 2017

Game Day Dip Recipes with Foster Farms Snacks #FFBracketBusters

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As a parent I am always trying to find ways to incorporate fun and learning at the same time. Since my son seems to love basketball and even his homework in March has a basketball theme I decided this year we would watch some of the March college basketball tournament. I have been trying to learn more about the process of "bracketology" and must admit my bracket has been busted on the team I was rooting for. The fun still continues as my son and I are enjoying game time dunking of our own with my delicious dip recipes for our snacks. I baked Foster Farms Chicken Breast Nuggets and Mini Corn Dogs while I prepared my dips.

Recipe for Raspberry Honey Mustard Dip:

1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup mustard
2 1/2 tbsp raspberry jam
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Whisk all ingredients together in a large bowl. Cover and put in refrigerator for 1 hour. Serve with Foster Farms Mini Corn Dogs.

Recipe for Pineapple Lime Sweet and Spicy Dip:

2 medium sweet red peppers
2-3 cloves of garlic
1/3 cup of diced tomatoes (I use low sodium with chilies style)
1/2 cup of pineapples with juice ( I bought a canned version with juice included)
1 lime juice/zest
1 tbsp white vinegar
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp hot sauce
1/2 tsp cornstarch
pinch of salt

Dice sweet red peppers and garlic. Add to bowl with diced tomatoes and pineapples with juice. Add remaining ingredients into bowl and stir until incorporated. Put all ingredients in blender on chop setting, pulse only a few times until mixture is roughly blended. Cover and set in refrigerator for 1 hour. Stir before serving with Foster Farms Breast Chicken Nuggets.

While preparing to watch the basketball game my son and I tested our dunking skills with our dips and Foster Farm snacks. I included tomatoes and yellow sweet peppers to be dunked too. I made the snacks and veggies into kebobs served with a bit of each dip on a plate so we could sit down together and watch the game. We had fun enjoying our snacks and rooting for our favorite team in that round.

What are your favorite game watching snacks and dips?

I enjoy eating Foster Farms all natural chicken because it has no added hormones or steroids. Its also a convenient snack since it baked in about 20 minutes. It gives me time to prepare other items while they bake. I am hosting a giveaway for some Foster Farm free item coupons so that you can enjoy Foster Farms with your family and friends. I hope you have fun at your own home party like my family did.

One winner (US Only) will win $72 in Foster Farms coupons. 

3 of the $9.99 Foster Farms Frozen Cooked Chicken Coupons
6 of the $6.99 Foster Farms Corn Dog Coupons 

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*Limited to US residents 18 years old and above. Giveaway starts March 31, 2017 and ends on April 7, 2017 at 12:01 am PST. Winner will be emailed and has 48 hours to respond before another winner is selected. The opinions on this item are 100% mine and may vary from others. The sponsor is responsible for providing the prize.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Orange Pork Tenderloins With Caramelized Onions

I used to cook pork chops all the time, and I really like eating them a lot. But it's been a long time since I've cooked pork of any kind, so the other night I whipped up this delicious Simple Supper.

I think the thinner pork tenderloins work best for this dish, and they cook faster than the thicker kind. This recipe is super easy, and makes a great week night meal, but is also impressive enough for a dinner with friends. I made mashed potatoes and a green vegetable to go with it, but the sides you can serve with this is endless. It really is yummy!!

Orange Pork Tenderloins With Caramelized Onions


8 thin sliced pork tenderloin
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large red onion, thinly sliced
1 cup Pace Picante sauce
1/2 cup orange marmalade
2 teaspoons grated orange zest

Cooking Instructions:

1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork and cook until browned on both sides.

2. Heat the remaining oil in the skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook about 15 minutes, until soft and browned.

3. Put the picante sauce, marmalade, and orange zest into the skillet and stir together with the onions.
Return the pork to the skillet. Reduce heat to low, and cook for 10 minutes.

Serves 4-6 depending on serving sizes.

Monday, March 13, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Brownies and Recipe

Saint Patrick's Day is on Friday but I just couldn't wait to make something green. I love brownies, and so do my grandchildren, so I made these to share with them.

Here is one of my favorite brownie recipes, and it is super easy to make. The recipe makes a big pan, enough for a potluck, or hungry grandchildren :)

Recipe for Quick and Easy Brownies


2 cups sugar
1 cup butter
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp. vanilla extract
4 eggs
11/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup walnut halves (optional)


Melt the butter or margarine and mix all ingredients in the order given.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes in a greased 9x13 pan.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Recipe For Chocolate Dipped Macaroons

Do you like macaroons?

I love them, especially if they are dipped in chocolate. I came across this super easy recipe for making some.

These are perfect for an everyday cookie to keep in the cookie jar, or fancy enough to put in a pretty package and give as a gift. I'll be giving some at Easter for sure.

The recipe calls for very few ingredients, so use the best available. I buy the sweetened coconut from the bulk foods section of my grocery store. It's much fresher than the coconut in packages.

You can also use white, or milk chocolate to dip the macaroons in. I used dark chocolate this time.

Recipe for Chocolate Dipped Macaroons


1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups sweetened coconut flakes
1/8 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 ounces dark, white, or milk chocolate, melted


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a large cookie sheet.

In a large bowl, stir together flour, coconut, and salt. Add condensed milk and vanilla; stir until well combined.

Drop batter by tablespoonful, 1 inch apart, onto prepared cookie sheet. Bake 15 minutes or until just golden on bottoms.
Transfer to wire racks to cool completely. When cookies are cool, dip top halves into melted chocolate. Let stand until set.

Makes 1 dozen cookies.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

It's Just a Shirt

~Post by Laura

It's just a shirt is what I tell myself as I throw out a 8 year old t-shirt, just an article of clothing, no big deal, until my husband sees it in the trash and remarks, "You threw out your Peeps shirt !?!?"

Then the no holding back waterfall of tears start streaming down my face.

In reality it really is just a shirt but it's symbolism is deeply rooted in my path of Motherhood. I bought the shirt about 8 years ago because its silliness was so ridiculous I liked how it made me laugh. Its a brown shirt that says "chillin with my peeps" and an Easter Peeps candies on it. I do not really know why it made me laugh so much but it did.

I wore that shirt through my pregnancy, to doctors visits alone since my husband could not come from surgeries he had, in the waiting room at UCSF at 6 months pregnant waiting for my husband to come out of his final surgery.  I remember being up in the middle of the night feeding my son wearing my Peeps tshirt, laughing to myself that my newborn is one of my peeps now. Over the years it became my comfy go to shirt to lounge around in. When I found out I was pregnant again I was wearing that brown Peeps tshirt again, it was a relaxing day at home and I seriously thought no way was I pregnant but when the test showed up positive I thought now this shirt will be my lucky shirt.

After 2 months went by I lost the pregnancy to miscarriage. It was a very sad day and I remember blowing my nose on that Peeps shirt as I wept in my bathroom and after running out of Kleenex I reached into the laundry basket and grabbed the first thing I touched.

A few years went by and my brown Peeps shirt survived all the food spilled on it by my toddler, the swimming in our backyard pool since I was too self-conscious  to not wear a tshirt over my bathing suit and the countless times it had been washed.

Flash forward to about 2 years ago when my husband and I decided we would try again to expand our family. I got pregnant right away and was so happy for the blessing to provide my son the sibling he always wanted. I wore my Peeps shirt to my doctors visit to confirm my pregnancy and jokingly called it my favorite maternity shirt. I was so happy, so elated to be pregnant, I told my family, my co-workers, my customers, it was a wonderful feeling.

Just as I was almost 3 months pregnant I had to call out from work and rush to the ER, I had spotting and the knowledge from my last failed pregnancy had me frozen with fear. My son was scared that we were in the emergency room so I had my husband and our son go home. It was so hard to be there alone, I had none of my "peeps" with me.

I remember just sitting there alone and numb, all the bright lights, the sounds of beeping medical machines, I felt so doomed. The ER doctor looked up from the screen she was reading with a smile and said congrats there are twins in there. For a moment I had joy, excitement and then the realization that it meant I was going to lose two precious babies and not just one. I asked all the questions I could to give myself some sense of hope that it was just spotting and I was okay.

I was told to go home and rest, after all it was Mothers Day weekend and I was a Mom. I was back 2 days later and they confirmed I lost both the babies. Many tear filled days wearing my favorite comfy tee and not getting out of bed followed. Having my son hug me and remind me that babies go to heaven made me even more so grateful for the gift he is.

It's been about 6 months since I threw that tshirt away with all the happy and sad memories attached to it. I wanted to move on from all the pain and expectations that it represented to me. My husband and I have been discussing trying again to expand our family and I am looking at it with the same hope and joy as always, just without my  Peeps shirt, I don't really even like Peeps that much anyways.

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