Theresa's Mixed Nuts

Friday, June 23, 2017

Strawberry Chicken 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.


When the temperatures start to rise, I start to look for light lunch and dinner options. I am not a fan of foods that are going to weigh my tummy down and make me feel bloated and sluggish. As much as I love my southern comfort foods, they really aren't a good fit for this time of the year. Instead, I reach for a lot of fresh fruits and veggies (especially the ones I grow in my own garden) to satisfy my hunger in the summer.  That's why I love to keep a huge container of mixed greens in my fridge during the hot months. There are so many ingredients you could add to the mix that even if you had a salad to eat every day, it would be hard to grow bored with it since you could just toss in something different every time and feel like you are getting something new each time. Last week I made this Strawberry Chicken Salad recipe from Golden Blossom Honey for dinner and it was a huge hit with the family. 

strawberry chicken salad

I always love to add fresh fruits to my salads because they always pair well with a good vinaigrette. Since you make your own dressing with this recipe, no extra vinaigrette is necessary. You get a burst of sweet summer flavor with every bite. 

Ingredients
1/4 cup vegetable oil, divided
1 medium red onion, halved and sliced
3/4 pound turkey cutlets or boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite size strips
2 tablespoons GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
1/4 teaspoon dried dill weed
1 pint fresh strawberries, cleaned and halved
4 cups torn mixed salad greens
1/4 cup red wine vinegar, divided

CLICK HERE FOR FULL RECIPE

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!


What are some of your favorite fruits and veggies to add to your salad bowls?




Sunday, June 18, 2017

Gone Fishing ~ $15 Amazon Giveaway

Ya'll, this week I'm going to be m.i.a., only popping in sporadically to get a little work done. As much as I'd really like to be gone fishing (not really, I hate fishing lol) I'll be working my tush off to get my house ready for a huge party I'll be hosting this weekend. We have relatives flying in that we haven't seen for years, so if you know me, I'm going to want everything to be perfect for their arrival. Be sure to tune in next week where I'll share all the fun foods and crafts we have planned for this celebration. In the meantime, I have decided to host a giveaway to make up for my absence. Enter below to win a $15 Amazon gift card!


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Thursday, June 15, 2017

10 Ways to Keep Kids Busy This Summer #ItsMyThing #Fruitshoot




Summer vacation is such an anticipated holiday away from school, but if you don't have a plan in place to keep the kids busy, they will quickly become bored or sit in front of a screen all day. That's definitely not a fun way to spend summer break! Allison has been up and at it every day so far, hitting the front door as soon as breakfast is over and only coming back in for snacks or to get some relief from the hot temperatures throughout the rest of the day. So, what's she been up to? Here are 10 ways she's been keeping busy this summer:

1. Outdoor sports. Nothing kills time better than a round of badminton or HORSE.


2. Beach days. Grab a few shovels and buckets and head to the beach for a day of fun in the sun.

3. Library visits. Find a few good chapter books to fill up more than a few summer days.

4. Plant a garden. Kids look forward to tending to their garden every day, then get to enjoy the fruits of their labor when it's time to harvest those fruits and veggies.


5. Cook/Bake. Get the kids in the kitchen and teach them a lifelong skill. Nothing is better than a good home cooked meal! Use those garden veggies for a double learning punch.

6. Break out the wheels. Anything with wheels is bound to keep the kids busy. Bikes, roller skates, skateboards. If it has wheels, the kids will use it.


7. Scavenger Hunt. Print out a scavenger hunt checklist, then talk a walk around the neighborhood and don't come home until you've found everything on the list.

8. Sleepover. Kids miss seeing their school friends daily, so why not host a sleepover? Kids have no problem entertaining themselves when they have friends over. Bonus, it keeps them off their devices since they can actually interact in person and not over social media!

9. Bubbles. Even better, bubble and boxers (or any dog). We bought a cheap bubble machine and Allison loves to run around the back yard having the dogs chase the bubbles. It's great exercise for both her and the dogs!


10. Crafts. We do most of our crafting in the summertime because it's a great way to burn a few hours. Plus, we can get a jump start on our handmade holiday gifts.

During the summer months, it's important to keep the kids properly hydrated so they can stay on their A game. If my girls aren't drinking water, they are reaching for Fruit Shoot®.



Fruit Shoot® has been a trusted brand in the U.K. for over a century, but has recently become a trusted brand in our household. The bottles are made for on-the-go, active lifestyles. With their durable bottle design and resealable cap, children are allowed more independence. No need to mess with straws, spills, or worrying about the dreaded bee flying into an open container. The kids can take a sip, push the lid closed, then return later to enjoy more fresh Fruit Shoot® goodness.

Allison makes sure to add Fruit Shoot® Juice Drinks on my weekly grocery trip so I don't forget to pick it up at Meijer. There are an assortment of flavors, like fruit punch, apple, berry burst, and wild berry grape. While she loves them all, her current flavor is the new fruit punch variety.


Allison agrees, nothing tastes better after a hot, sweaty day of play than a big bowl of fresh fruit and a bottle of Fruit Shoot®.

Find out more about Fruit Shoot® and where to buy on the Fruit Shoot® website.


What activities are your kids doing to stay busy this summer?







Happiness Is A Big Bowl of Fruit 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 eat fruit year round, but when summer hits, our consumption of it goes way up. We use it in more smoothies, more baking, and fresh off the limbs it grows on. Honestly, is there anything more delicious than a big bowl of cold fruit on a hot summer day? I don't think so! When I put a bowl out on the table, it never makes it more than an hour before the family has already picked it clean. With the abundance of options to choose from, your fruit bowls never get boring because you can always toss in a new thing and voila. New flavor combination. For an extra boost of sweet flavor, I like to drizzle honey over fruit, but with this Golden Blossom Honey recipe for Fruit Salad, you add in a few more spices and your bowl goes from wow, to kapow!

Mixed Fruit Bowl

The honey adds in extra natural sweetness and the spices give this recipe an awesome boost of flavor. This is a great dish to bring to summer cookouts, picnics, potlucks, or to eat all by yourself binge watching Netflix on a rainy summer day. 

Fruit Salad

Ingredients
4 Tablespoons RAW GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
1/2 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon each of ground anise, cloves, ginger
4 plums, pitted and sliced
4 kiwis, peeled and sliced
1 pint strawberries, whole
1/2 pint raspberries, whole
1/2 pint blueberries, whole
1 small cantaloupe, diced

CLICK HERE FOR FULL RECIPE

Mixed Fruit Bowl

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!



What fruits do you like to mix into your fruit bowls?

 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Wordless Wednesday ~ The Graduate

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Graduation Photograhy


Summer Roadtrip Suitcase Essentials #RoadTrips #SickJustGotReal



“This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. All thoughts and reviews are my own.”

Now that the girls are officially out of school for the summer, we are looking forward to our summer travel plans. My family is big on summertime road trips, if you remember last year's Canadian trip or our drive down to Tennessee 2 years ago to the Smoky Mountains. This year, we are planning a combo plane/car ride vacation. Later next month, we will be flying into Las Vegas to spend a few days enjoying the bright lights. From there, we will be driving over to the California coastline to visit family and spend a few days frolicking in the ocean and soaking up the sunshine.


As much as I look forward to our family vacation time, I've been on enough trips to know that with 4 people, something always gets left behind and we have to detour from our original route to make a pit stop to buy travel essentials that we forgot to bring. Like the time we went to Disney, I forgot my pajamas. Or, the year Jason packed me 2 right shoes and left the left ones at home. And, last year, everyone forgot their swimsuits.



So, this year I have created a printable road trip packing list in hopes that by using it nothing gets left behind again.

 Click Here To Download The Blank Template
graphics used in template from Miss Kate Cuttables


It's almost a guarantee we'll leave something behind, but at least with this travel check list we can be as prepared for our road trip as possible. You'll notice that I also included children's pain relievers and cough and cold medicine on my list, and that's because another thing we can almost guarantee is one of the girls will get sick on our vacation. If you are a parent that travels with your children, you know they get sick at the most inconvenient times. There's nothing worse than when your child doesn't feel well, it's the middle of the night, and you're stuck in an area you aren't familiar with and have no idea how far you need to travel to get your child medicine. That's why it's best to come prepared with Pfizer Pediatric products already packed.


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