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Monday, May 22, 2017

I Mom Hard All Day, Every Day #wingmama




All moms know that motherhood can be a battle. Some days it feels like a never ending uphill battle to get everyone's needs met while still trying to hang on to my own sanity, and when I speak with my girlfriends, I relieved to know that I am not alone. We all have our own war story when it comes to parenting. Some of those war stories are funny, some not so much, but it's a comfort to know that whatever "war" is raging in my house on any given day, at the end of the day the Wing Mama has my back.

Have you met the Wing Mama yet? The Baroness of Red Baron Pizza is getting moms to share their parenting "war stories" to earn wing mama patches. Are you a "Human Napkin" for your kiddos? A "Screentime Regulator"? Maybe a "Toddler Translator"? These are some of the patches us moms proudly wear. As for me, my patch is the Mom Hard patch, because I Mom Hard All Day, Every Day!

I'm a mama to two teen daughters, and you would think that the older a child gets, the easier the mom job gets. Nope. I'm still scrambling to find shoes and backpacks, help with homework, make sure everyone is properly fed, showered and ready to start the day. And that's all before 7am. Then we have dental appointments, after school activities, award ceremonies, and when the bus is running late for the millionth time this year, I get to play chauffeur to all of the neighborhood kids. Mariah needs a ride to work, Allison needs new track shoes, and I just need a nap. But, since I Mom Hard, I do exactly what needs to be done every single day to make sure things run smoothly for the family. At the end of the day I am exhausted, but the kids still need to be fed, and here's where the Baroness has my back.


Red Baron Pizza

Red Baron Pizza

After a long day of running, the last thing I want to hear is "What's for dinner?" With my picky eaters, dinnertime can be a war in itself, but thankfully we can all agree that Red Baron pizza is a great idea.


Just heat and eat and my job is done for the day. We'll grab a few slices, head out to the deck, light a little fire, and relax in each other's company.


Cheers to Red Baron Pizza for quick dinner solutions so I can continue to Mom Hard every day.


Do you have a parenting "war story" to share? The Baroness wants to hear all about it! Head over to Facebook and Twitter and share all of your dirty little parenting war stories with her. Be sure to let her know which wing mama patch (check out her bomber jacket!) you most relate to by tagging @baroness and using the hashtag #wingmama.

WIN IT!

3 lucky readers are going to win (1) coupon for a FREE Red Baron Pizza! All you have to do is share a short parenting "war story" on Facebook or Twitter using the #wingmama hashtag. Come back and leave me a comment with your share link. If you would like a bonus entry after you have shared your war story on Facebook or Twitter, visit Red Baron and leave me an additional comment letting me know your favorite product from the brand.

The giveaway will run though June 5, 2017 and is open to residents of the U.S. You can enter once a day using the #wingmama hashtag and sharing your daily link in the comment section below. Winners will have 24 hours to respond to winning email before a new a new winner is selected.



Friday, May 19, 2017

Wake Up To Sunshine In A Cup With This Cantaloupe Banana Smoothie

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.


I don't know about you, but I am pretty thrilled that the warm weather is back! Beach days, back yard BBQ, walks in the park, and sitting on the deck reading a good book with a cold drink in hand are some of my favorite things about this time of year. I'm a southern girl, so sweet tea is usually high on my list of favorite summertime drinks, but one other beverage has that beat: a fruity smoothie. I usually use strawberries as a base, but have been branching out and trying new concoctions lately so I decided to give this Cantaloupe Banana Smoothie recipe from Golden Blossom Honey a try the other day. 


I like to cut up my fruit and freeze it solid before blending for a thicker consistency, but it's just as tasty fresh out of the melon and peel. One of the things I like about the combination of ingredients is you don't get tiny seeds stuck in your teeth, like you would if you used a berry base. With this recipe, you get a creamy consistency and a light refreshing taste rolled into one yummy smoothie. Perfect for lazing around on a warm summer day soaking up the sounds of nature and sunshine. 

1 cup cantaloupe
1 banana
1/2 cup nonfat or low fat plain yogurt
1 tablespoon RAW GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY


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's your favorite summertime beverage?


 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Max 2: White House Hero Giveaway

**“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.”**


Family movie night is my favorite night of the week. I love to break out the popcorn, pop in a good movie, and snuggle up with the fam for a few hours of movie watching fun. We are always on the lookout for high quality, family friendly films, and one of girl's favorites was Max, the film about a precision-trained military dog serving on the front lines of Afghanistan. When they heard there was going to be a new film starring Max they were pretty excited. 

 


In Max 2: White House Hero, duty calls again. Hero dog Max has a new assignment that brings him to Washington D.C.  to serve on the U.S. president's Secret Service detail. When a foreign leader arrives with his precocious daughter (Francesca Capaldi) tensions arise between both countries. First son TJ (Zane Austin), along with Max and Alex, uncover a dangerous plot that put both kids and both nations in jeopardy. A highly-sensitive mission will push Max's specialized skills, intelligence and loyalty to the test.

 


I sometimes like to think my dogs could be as heroic as Max. They have been known to scare off the occasional meter reader and mailman. However, I think they've found their match with their nemesis Mr. Squirrel, who likes to taunt them from the bird feeder almost daily.


To celebrate the release of Max 2: White House Hero, play the new RUN GAME app game where you can help Max save TJ and Alex. 



Max 2: White House Hero will be available on DVD, Blu-ray™ combo pack May 23, 2017, and Digital HD now. To learn more about the film, check out the official website http://max-themovie.com/ and be sure to follow Max on Facebook!


  

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Bowtie Pasta with Shiitake Mushrooms & Caramelized Onions

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.


For the longest time, I could not bring myself to eat onions. Unless they were battered and fried into a delicious ring, I wasn't having it. Somewhere around the time I hit 30, all of that changed. Now I use them frequently in most of my meals, though I don't eat them raw (my mom always munches on raw green onions, ewww!) But, baked, fried or sauteed? Pile it up! One of my favorite ways to add onions to a meal is when they are caramelized, so when I saw this Bowtie  Pasta with Shiitake Mushrooms and Caramelized Onions, I almost drooled down my chin. A lot of my favorite foods, pasta, mushrooms, peppers, and caramelized onions all in one dish? Oh, this girl can't resist!

Bowtie Pasta & Veggies

I've always just caramelized my onions in butter, but this recipe has you adding in honey to the caramelizing process. Ya'll, if you have never added honey to your pan, you are missing out! I will never make these onions any other way again! Since this has quickly become a family favorite recipe, I like to take this dish outside and enjoy the warm spring breeze and catch up on the events of the day with the family. It's a perfect meal to end the day. 


Ingredients
Onions:
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 medium sized onions, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Mushrooms:
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
8 ounces fresh shiitake or baby portabella mushrooms, sliced, stems discarded
1 red bell pepper, cut into matchstick strips
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
1 cup sour cream`
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 (16 ounce) package bowtie pasta, cooked according to package directions

 CLICK HERE FOR FULL RECIPE

Bowtie Pasta & Veggies

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 is your favorite type of pasta noodles?



 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Mom Will Love These Banana Blueberry Oat Bran Muffins!

Mother's Day sure did sneak up on up pretty quick, didn't it? There's nothing like taking a day to celebrate the amazing women in our lives. Moms are such hard workers, I think every day should be a cause to celebrate all that they do for us, but as a mom myself, I'll take the one full day of appreciation and just run with it ;)

My mom is one who doesn't like for the kids to spend a lot of money on her, and I'm the same way. Some of the most precious gifts I have ever received are covered in glue, glitter and stickers. To me, nothing beats a homemade gift. The time and effort that my girls put into handcrafting something special just for me really makes my day. Now that the kids are older, gone are the days of cards scribbled in crayon and crafty gifts have been replaced with something else that I really love... homemade breakfast in bed! 

Banana Blueberry Oat Bran Muffins

What mom wouldn't love a hot cuppa tea and a sweet muffin to start her day off right?

Banana Blueberry Oat Bran Muffins

I am a sucker for baked goods, and if they have fruit mixed in, all the better!


That's why I am obsessed with these Banana Blueberry Oat Bran Muffins. They have a soft, fruity center and a sweet crunchy topping, making for one tasty way to start the day. 


yield: 12 Muffinsprint recipe

Banana Blueberry Oat Bran Muffins

INGREDIENTS:

Muffin
  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup oat bran
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 rip bananas
  • 1 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
Crumb Topping
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, cold and cubed

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a muffin pan with 12 liners. Spritz with cooking spray.
  2. Make the muffin batter: In a large bowl, combine the flour, oat bran, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, mash the bananas, then whisk in the egg, sugar, butter, and vanilla. Combine the wet ingredients into the flour mixture, stirring well until incorporated. Gently fold in the blueberries.
  3. Make the crumb topping: Combine all crumb topping ingredients into a medium bowl. Using a fork or pastry blender, blend until mixture crumbly.
  4. Scoop the muffin batter into the prepared paper liners, filling each one 3/4 full. Sprinkle the top of each muffin with the crumb topping mixture.
  5. Bake muffins for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
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Blueberry Banana Oatbran Muffins

Blueberry Banana Oatbran Muffins

Treat your mom, or even yourself, to these delicious muffins this Mother's Day. Or pass the recipe on to your kids and let them treat you. And deal with the clean up ;)


What are you secretly hoping to get for Mother's Day this year?









Friday, May 5, 2017

Happy Cindo de Mayo! Celebrate with Black Bean & Veggie Burritos!

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.


Happy Cinco de Mayo! Break out the food, margaritas, and pinata then let the fiesta begin! Since my kitchen can accommodate the masses, I always end up hosting Cinco de Mayo at my house. Now, the main attraction is my sister-in-law's famous fried tacos, so she's the head chef of the day, but I like to put my own little touch on the festivities and toss in a little something extra for everyone to enjoy as well. I found these Black Bean & Veggie Burritos on Golden Blossom Honey not too long ago and thought they would be the perfect addition to the menu this year.


Black Bean Burritos


Even if you already have your Cinco de Mayo menu planned out for today, I highly encourage you to save the recipe to try soon. Since it's made with black beans and a variety of veggies, it also makes for a fantastic Meatless Monday meal. Here's my tip of the day. If you have an authentic Mexican grocery store in your area, buy whatever ingredients you can from there. No, the ethnic section at the supermarket does not count. Trust me, your burritos will taste much better if you buy the real deal and your taste buds will thank you.


Ingredients
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1/2 pound mushrooms, finely chopped
1 (16 ounce) package spinach leaves, chopped
2 carrots, grated
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/4 cup water
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
3 scallions, finely chopped
1/2 pound Monterrey Jack cheese, coarsely grated
salt and pepper
1/2 cup canned, mild enchilada sauce
2 teaspoons GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
4-6 (8-inch) flour tortillas
sour cream (optional)

CLICK HERE FOR FULL RECIPE

Black Bean Burrito


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 your Cinco de Mayo plans for this year?


 
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