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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Spotting Celebs at Madame Tussaud's Las Vegas

We didn't plan out much on our summer vacation, but one thing we wanted to do when we got to California was hit up Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum. While we were in Las Vegas, the girls were getting a little tired of walking out in the desert heat, so we decided to move up our plans and duck into the Vegas Madame Tussaud's for a little relief from the scorching sun instead of waiting until we got to Cali. Since there's a pretty slim chance the girls will ever meet their favorite celebs in real life, they had a blast running around posing with their wax figure counterparts.

Lady Gaga Madame Tussaud's

Britney Spears Madame Tussaud's

Madame Tussaud's

Miley Cyrus Madame Tussaud's

Jason and I even had a good time spotting our celeb crushes. Sophia here is his dream girl, but Fergie is a close second.

Sophia Vergara Madame Tussaud's

Fergie Madame Tussaud's

Stevie Wonder Madame Tussaud's


I even spotted a few of my imaginary boyfriends....

Johnny Depp Madame Tussaud's

Channing just wasn't interested though. *sigh*

Channing Tatum Madame Tussaud's
Elvis Madame Tussaud's

Of course, there's more than just celebrity wax figures. There are a few movie scene and Las Vegas attraction props that are great for fun photo opps too!

Madame Tussaud's

Madame Tussaud's

Anytime you get a chance to hold "The Rock's" hand, you do it :)

Madame Tussaud's

Madame Tussad's in Las Vegas isn't overly huge. We were able to get through in about an hour. Also, they were not busy at all, so we were able to spend a lot of time posing with each figure without feeling rushed or without having a lot of photo bombs from strangers. I'm glad we were able to find relief from the heat and knock off an item from our travel itinerary with our impromptu visit to the museum in Vegas. Win, Win for us!

Madame Tussaud's Hulk



Have you ever been to a Madame Tussaud's? If not, what wax celebrity would you like to find to pose with?


Friday, September 15, 2017

Hello Pumpkin Cheesecake!

Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.


You guys ever see those humongous pies at Costco? Of course you do. They're so big, it's hard not to notice them. So, imagine my delight when I spotted the first of their pumpkin pies of the season on the shelves last week. Those impulse buys always get me, but I was more than happy to fork out the extra cash to get my pumpkin fix in. My delight was short lived though, because the next day I woke to find mold rings starting to sprout on my beautiful pie and the whole thing had to be trashed. I know, I could have taken it back to the store for a refund, but I probably would have spent more in gas than the pie was worth. Instead, I decided to make my own pumpkin flavored dessert from scratch, something I knew wasn't going to go bad in less than a day. I pulled up this Pumpkin Cheesecake from Golden Blossom Honey and set to work whipping up the most delicious fall dessert one could ask for.

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Yes, I am a basic white girl who loves pumpkin spice everything, and I could live off of cheesecake for the rest of my life, so when you combine the two, I'm in sweet tooth heaven. This rich, creamy dessert is packed full of the flavors of fall you love, it will be hard to resist eating more than one slice. But if you do go back for seconds, that's cool. I won't judge.
Pumpkin Cheesecake

Ingredients
Crust:
4 tablespoons butter, melted
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup crushed gingersnap cookies
1 tablespoon GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Filling:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
24 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
3/4 cup GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups solid pack pumpkin (not pie filling)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
Garnish:
1/4 cup pecan pieces
whipped cream

CLICK HERE FOR FULL RECIPE

Pumpkin Cheesecake




You can find this recipe, as well as many more delicious recipes right on the Golden Blossom Honey recipe page! Be sure to follow Golden Blossom Honey on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on new products and promotions.




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What's your favorite pumpkin flavored dessert?
 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Viva Las Vegas with Teens

When I told people that we would be hitting up Las Vegas on the first leg of our summer vacation, I received a lot of strange looks from people. "Why are you taking the kids to Vegas? That's no place for young girls!" I get it. Vegas has a sex, drugs, and rock n' roll reputation, so I can see where the concern was coming from. But, in reality, we hardly came across anything seedy during our 3 days in the city. We went into our trip making no plans ahead of time. We were just going to go with the flow and scope out the attractions when we got there, basically doing everything on the fly. What we found was Las Vegas is a fantastic place for teens to explore. There's so much for them to do, there was never a dull moment!

Las Vegas Sign

You can't go to Las Vegas without taking in a show, and we found half price tickets on Groupon for The Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, so our first stop was at the V Theater. Here you can see domesticated animals, such as dogs, cats, birds, and even geese do a few circus tricks. The girls loved it, but here's my tip. Do not pay for upgraded floor seats. The seats on the floor are not staggered and if you have people in front of you, it is hard to see the entire stage. Stick with the cheap seats for a better view.

V Theater Las Vegas

We also went to a showing of Cirque du Soleil's KA.  The girls thought this show was pretty good, but we thought it was going to have a lot of dragons and fire due to the pyrotechnics on stage before the show and the big dragon sculpture outside of the theater, but it did not. It was mostly martial arts, which were fantastically performed, but I think if you have girls, Cirque's O might be a better choice.


Walking through the major hotels like the Bellagio, Venetian, and Mandalay Bay offered free entertainment. Each hotel has unique sculptures, gardens, and artwork, we spent half a day walking through each one to admire the art.




My kids are thrill seekers, so we knew we weren't getting out of Circus Circus without a stop in the Adventuredome. Here you'll find an entire amusement park indoors, roller coaster included. But, be prepared to take a hit to the pocketbook because the rides are not cheap. One trip on the roller coaster was $15! They do have wristbands for unlimited riding that will save you cash if you plan to be there all day, but we were only taking a quick stroll through, so the girls just hopped on the coaster, then we left.

Adventuredome Las Vegas
Adventuredome Las Vegas

They were also very eager to get to the Stratosphere where you can ride the top thrill rides in Las Vegas. One of the rides was down, so they were only able to do the X-Scream, a ride that catapults you head first off the building and dangles you over 109 stories in the air, and also the Insanity, a giant mechanical arm that spins you out off the building and over the city. Again, these are not cheap, coming in at about $25 per ride, but after seeing t.v. shows on these rides over the years, my kids did not want to miss the opportunity to hop on them.

Stratosphere
Stratosphere Insanity

I'll be honest here and say that my girls have grown up going to Cedar Point frequently, which has some of the scariest rides in the country, so they were quite disappointed with both at the Stratosphere. My 13 year old commented, "That wasn't even scary!" when they got off the rides. There was a girl behind them crying because one ride scared her so much, she asked the girls, "What the hell is wrong with you two? That was terrifying!" So, if you are used to these kinds of thrill rides, you probably aren't going to get the rush most people are looking for when deciding to purchase the tickets. If not, hop aboard and be prepared to feel your heart pound.

If you hit up Fremont Street, you can zip line under the glitter of the Vegas lights, all the way down the shopping plaza.

Zipline Las Vegas

If your kids aren't thrill seekers and need entertainments that's a little more tame, head over to The Venetian for a gondola ride. The gondolas go through the indoor shopping plaza, so you can ride them rain or shine.

Venetian Gondola

Also, while you're at The Venetian, be sure to pop into Madam Tussaud's. The girls had a blast posing with their favorite celebrities!

Madam Tussaud's Las Vegas

There's quite a lively scene on Fremont Street after sundown. We went with the intentions of people watching and ended up stumbling upon a free Good Charlotte concert. We learned that you can catch free concerts of famous bands most weekends, but I imagine you have to get there early to get a good viewing spot. Since we stumbled upon it, we were way in the back, but we could still see the band members even though they were tiny on stage. But hey, free is free, right!? They do project the live recording on the lights of the ceiling, so even if you don't get a good view, you can see what's going on just by looking up towards the sky.


Of course, there's a lot of shopping to do in Las Vegas, but my kids were mostly drawn to the candy stores. They were in heaven browsing through It's Sugar, Hershey's, and M&M's World.

Hershey's World Las Vegas
M&M's Racing Car

Additionally, there are no shortages of character photo opps on the Las Vegas Strip. You'll find all the popular characters to pose with (for a small donation, of course) like Mickey Mouse, Frozen, and even wicked cool Transformers.

Transformers Costume


As you can see, there were no shortages of clean, wholesome activities for my teens to participate in during our stay in Las Vegas. It may be called Sin City, but my girls had a blast with all of the less sinful things that Vegas has to offer.


Shows, rides, or just taking in the scenery, what would you do in Las Vegas first?




Friday, September 8, 2017

Start Fall with an Apple Celery Salad

Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.


We've been trying to give Mariah some space as she is transitioning into her college life, so the only communication we've had with her in a month has been through text messages. Last night, she finally decided to give us a call over Facetime, so it was really nice being able to see her face and catch up for a bit. She's finally enrolled into some clubs, is looking forward to her community volunteering schedule, and is getting around to putting up decorations in her dorm room. Sounds like everything is going swell, but she did have one complaint: it's too hot there. Color me jealous, because even though it's not officially fall here, summer has definitely waved so-long and has headed for greener pastures in these parts. It's cold. It's rainy. It's definitely time to break out the jackets and fall boots. It's also time to move my summer recipes to the back of my recipe box and bring forth the fall ones. I can say that nothing beats the flavors of fall, so I'm not going to complain too much about the changing of the seasons. I did make my first fall-inspired recipe earlier this week, one I found on Golden Blossom Honey called Apple & Celery Salad

Apple Celery Salad

The apple orchards aren't open for public picking just yet, but I'm really looking forward to going when they do open for the season. I did get a deal on a bag of granny smith apples at the farmer's market, and I figured this recipe would be a great way to use them and ease myself into the deliciousness of fall. I did put my own spin on the recipe after I took the photos and added a handful of chopped walnuts because I love the earthy flavor it brings to the dish.  It has a good mix of sweet and tangy flavors and is good on its own, but it's totally up to you on if you want to leave it plain or add mix-ins to the recipe.

Ingredients
Dressing:
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons Golden Blossom Honey Mustard
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon fresh tarragon, chopped or 1/4 teaspoon dried
Salad:
4 ribs celery, cut into matchstick-like pieces
1 Granny Smith apple, cored and cut into matchstick-like pieces
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped

CLICK HERE FOR FULL RECIPE 

Apple Celery Salad
 
You can find this recipe, as well as many more delicious recipes right on the Golden Blossom Honey recipe page! Be sure to follow Golden Blossom Honey on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on new products and promotions.




If you like this recipe, be sure to come back every Friday, where I feature a new recipe from Golden Blossom Honey!
 
 
Do you look forward to fall apple picking?
 
 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Stoneridge Orchards - Snack without the Guilt

Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.


It's not a stretch to state that I like snacking. Really, who doesn't? Food just goes hand in hand with so many activities, it's hard not to have it on the brain constantly. Because I strive to live a healthy life and set a good example for my children, I've done away with most of the unhealthy eats in my home, making sure I have lots of fresh fruits and veggies on hand for when we need a little something to munch on throughout the day. I love, love, love fresh fruit and try to keep a few pints of seasonal fruits in my fridge at all times, but now that the cooler temps are creeping in, finding things like blueberries and cherries is not only going to get more difficult, but also more costly too. Thankfully, I've found a great solution to help me get my seasonal fruit fix in even when I can't find it in the produce section. Stoneridge Orchards offers amazingly delicious dried fruit options year round, so you can have your seasonal fruit and eat it too.

Stoneridge Orchard

Stoneridge Orchards' organic dried fruits are carefully picked, hand-selected, and dried into all-natural goodness. Select from Montgomery cherries, blueberries, strawberries, peaches, and cranberries for sweet snacking without the guilt. Or, if you do need a little extra sweetness in your snacking routine, a few of the rich dark chocolate or creamy Greek yogurt covered berries will send you into sweet tooth bliss. 

Stoneridge Orchard Chocolate Blueberries

I like to grab a small handful here and there to satisfy my sweet cravings, but dried fruit is an awesome addition to for your recipes too! I love using the Montgomery tart cherries in my baked goods because they are plump and delicious and pack a lot of flavor into each bite.

Stoneridge Orchard Dried Cherries

You could even jazz up a salad and toss in a bit of the dried fruit. My favorite way is in a blueberry pecan salad. I just use my favorite greens, then add in a few pecans and a handful of dried blueberries, finished off with a light vinaigrette dressing and I'm all set. Yum! 

Blueberry Pecan Salad

Or, if you are looking for a quick and easy dessert option, make a simple 2 ingredient blueberry bark.

Blueberry Bark

Line a rimmed baking sheet with wax paper. Melt a package of white melting chips according to package directions. Pour melted mixture onto a wax paper, spreading with the back of a spoon into an even layer. Sprinkle on desired amount of the Stoneridge Orchards dried blueberries. Place baking sheet into the fridge to allow the bark to set. Once hardened, break into bite sized pieces. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container and use within 1 week. 

The recipe options are endless with Stoneridge Orchards dried fruits. Be sure to check out their website for more recipe inspiration. Stoneridge Orchards dried fruits are all-natural, GMO-free, and kosher certified. You can find them in food retailers nationwide.


What kind of recipes do you think would work best with dried fruits?




 
 

Friday, September 1, 2017

Tomato & Orzo Soup

Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.


Do you feel the beginnings of fall in your area yet? I'm sure starting to feel it here!  There's a pretty strong nip in the air every morning and night. I've broke out my warm weather pajamas and have replaced the thin blanket on my bed with my favorite fall knitted one to help ward off the nighttime chills. Pretty soon we'll be knee deep into pumpkin and apple flavor everything and delicious fall soups that are great at filling the belly and warming the body. As sad as I am that summer is on its deathbed, I do look forward to fall veggies and all of the wonderful recipes that are going to be jamming up my Pinterest feed soon. However, I am not quite ready to say goodbye to summer. I still have a few lingering summer veggies in my garden, so I thought I'd use them in a new Tomato & Orzo Soup from Golden Blossom Honey. It was kind of a way to help me slowly transition into the new season. I get a delicious soup, but still get to hang on to the flavors of summer just a bit longer. 

Tomato Orzo Soup

This soup is yummy for lunch, or add a few slices of bread and side salad for a satisfying dinner. I do love orzo, but for some reason it tends to be the forgotten pasta around here. I definitely need to start incorporating it into more of our meals! I do want to point out that I usually don't use water when making my soups, instead I replace it with a stock or broth. In this case, I did use 3 cups of veggie broth and omitted the water, but it's totally up to you on how you best like your soup.Also, I did add a little graded Parmesan at the end for a little extra kick.


Ingredients
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 cup dry sherry or apple juice
1/2 medium onion, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup red bell pepper, chopped
1 1/2 Tablespoons GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
4 cups fresh tomatoes, or 2 (28 ounce) cans tomatoes, chopped
2 cups water
1 cup canned vegetable broth
2/3 cup orzo
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

CLICK HERE FOR FULL RECIPE 

Tomato & Orzo Soup

You can find this recipe, as well as many more delicious recipes right on the Golden Blossom Honey recipe page! Be sure to follow Golden Blossom Honey on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on new products and promotions.






If you like this recipe, be sure to come back every Friday, where I feature a new recipe from Golden Blossom Honey!
 


 Are you looking forward to fall?

 
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