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Friday, May 24, 2019

Sweeten BBQ Season with Ambrosia

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


Who's ready for the 3 day weekend? Memorial Day is the kickoff to BBQ season, and I am definitely ready to fire the grill up and do some entertaining. While the grill sees the  most action this time of year, I believe the sides dishes also play an important role in rounding out a good BBQ cookout. Last week, I shared some yummy chicken skewers, but today I want to sweeten things up a bit and encourage you to check out this Ambrosia recipe from Golden Blossom Honey. 

Ambrosia

My sister-in-law makes something similar around Christmas, but she mixes in whipped topping and cherries (which you can totally do here too!) But for those who want something with a little less sugar or can't tolerate dairy, this is an exceptional substitute. I love the medley of tropical flavors here because the whole recipe just screams summer to me. And after that long winter, who doesn't need a bit more summertime reminders in their life? If you want to be a little extra, add in a small handful of chopped nuts to give it a bit more texture. I like walnuts, but pecans would be amazing here too. Or, just leave the recipe as is and it's still going to be a hit with your guests. It's all about doing what works for you!

Ingredients
2 apples, washed, cored, and cut into small pieces
2 cups green grapes, washed and cut into pieces
1 large ripe banana, peeled and sliced
2 kiwis, peeled and cut into pieces
2 navel oranges, peeled, cut into sections
1 small ripe pineapple, peeled, cored, cut into small chunks, juice reserved
juice of 2 limes
3/4 cup GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
1/2 cup water
juice of 2 lemons
1/2 cup coconut flakes

CLICK HERE FOR FULL RECIPE

Ambrosia

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 serve fruit based sides at your summer BBQ's?

 

Friday, May 17, 2019

Chicken Skewers with Pineapple and Red Peppers

Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the 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're finally getting our first warm days of the year and that means it's officially grilling season! Next weekend many of the grills in the U.S. will be fired up for Memorial Day. I'll be hosting my first cookout of the season then, which will also double as a going away party for my favorite foreign exchange student from Sweden. In addition to sending him off with his last taste of American burgers, I wanted to add in chicken for a lighter option for those who are dieting (seems like everyone here is still scrambling to get their summer bodies in shape!) I can't think of a better recipe to add into the mix than this Chicken Skewer with Pineapple and Red Peppers found on Golden Blossom Honey. 

Chicken Skewers

These skewers have a sweet and tangy combination because of the Asian inspired marinade combined with the sweetness of the honey, pineapple and red pepper. This recipe is a great addition to your barbecue lineup since it's on the lighter side of the menu but packs a huge punch of flavor. And while that's all well and good, honestly I'm all about eating food off a stick. Who doesn't love plucking food off of a skewer? It's the unofficial utensil of summer, right!?

Ingredients
1 pound boneless chicken breast halves, each cut lengthwise into 4 strips
2 tablespoons dry sherry
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
1 red bell pepper, cut into 16 (1/2-inch) chunks
16 (1-inch) fresh pineapple chunks

8 (6-inch) skewers, soaked in water 30 minutes

CLICK HERE FOR FULL RECIPE

Chicken Pineapple Skewers

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What are your Memorial Day plans this year?

 

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Rainy Day Giveaway!

Amazon Gift Card Giveaway


Rain, Rain, Go Away.... While most of the country is enjoying nice weather, it's still cold and rainy here in the Midwest. While I don't love the cold, I actually kind of like rainy days. It gives me an excuse to laze around with a hot cuppa tea and catch up on a few more chapters of a book. And let's not forget it's perfect napping weather! While April didn't bring many showers, May definitely has been making up for it. So, I figured now's the perfect time to host a rainy day giveaway where one Theresa's Mixed Nuts reader is going to win a $15 Amazon Gift Card.


The giveaway is open to all, and will run through 5/27/19. Winner will have 24 hours to respond to winning email before a new winner is chosen. Please enter on the giveaway widget below. *You do not have to complete every task on the giveaway form, only the ones you would like entries for.*

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More YUM At Dinner With Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning Shaker #HVRlove

This post is sponsored by Hidden Valley Ranch, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.


As we're coming upon the end of the school year, I'm finding it hard to budget my time to get everything done that needs to be done in a day. By the time dinner rolls around, I'm exhausted and more times than I care to admit, contemplate putting out a box of cereal and telling the family to fend for themselves. Instead, I'm brushing up on my make once, eat twice meal skills. Leftovers are going to be the name of the game around here for the next few months, not only to ensure that my family eats a proper, healthy meal every day, but to save my sanity as well. With a little creativity and the right seasonings, like my trusty Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning Shaker, it's really easy to add more YUM to the dinner table when you're short on time.


Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning Shaker

With a little planning and just adding a few extra ingredients to your shopping basket, you can stretch your free time a little further each day and still have a tasty dinner on the table every night. One of my favorite ways to use chicken leftovers is in my Buffalo Chicken Salad.

Buffalo Chicken Salad

If you are having grilled chicken one night, toss a few extra pieces on the grill to use in the next night's dinner. This recipe is also a great way to use up leftover rotisserie chicken. Just de-bone your rotisserie meat to toss into tomorrow's salad.

Buffalo Chicken Salad

Add a few bread bowls and a Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning Shaker to your shopping list and you have a complete meal practically done for you. From start to finish, this recipe takes less than 15 minutes to have tossed together and on the table. What more could a busy parent ask for!?




Yield: Serves 4

Buffalo Chicken Salad

Buffalo Chicken Salad in a Bread Bowl

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1.5 cup leftover cooked chicken, cubed or shredded
  • 1 bag Romaine lettuce (the mix with the shredded carrots and cabbage)
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning Shaker
  • large bread rounds to make a bread bowls for serving (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. If you are serving the Buffalo Chicken Salad in a bread bowl, cut the top off of the bread and hollow out the center. Cut the bread center bits into squares for making croutons. Spritz (or use a basting brush) to lightly coat the inside of the hollowed out bread with olive or avocado oil. In a 350 degree F oven, toast the bread and bread cubes for 5-7 minutes, until lightly toasty.
  2. While bread is toasting, melt the butter in a sauce pan over medium heat. Once melted, remove from heat and stir in the hot sauce. Set aside and allow to cool.
  3. Toss together the salad mix, chicken, and cheddar shreds. Pour the hot sauce mixture over the salad mixture and toss to coat. 
  4. Scoop salad into bread bowls, top with your homemade croutons, and serve immediately.
If you'd like an extra kick of flavor, sprinkle a little more Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning Shaker over your salad before serving.
Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning Shaker

If you don't use the bread, this recipe is Keto friendly. My husband opts to eat his salad from a bowl, whereas my girls like theirs served in a bread bowl.

If you liked this recipe, be sure to Pin It on Pinterest!

Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning Shaker is convenient to use and makes it so easy to incorporate an abundance of flavor into your every day dishes. Be sure to look for it at your local supermarket or mass merchandiser retailer, then share on social media how you're using the Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning Shaker in your meals by using the hashtag #HVRlove!


What's a leftover meal idea that you'd use Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning Shaker to add more flavor to?


Friday, May 10, 2019

Mom Loves Cream Cheese Coffee Cake!

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


As a mom, one of my favorite gifts to get on Mother's Day is food. More specifically, food that I didn't have to make myself! My girls usually serve me breakfast in bed, which is always a welcomed treat. I won't see my mom or mother-in-law until well after breakfast is over, but that doesn't mean that I can't also give them a tempting treat for their special day. Just like me, my moms have a sweet tooth like you wouldn't believe, so I thought giving them a homemade dessert in addition to their gifts would be a nice touch this year. I was thinking that muffins would be the way to go, but quickly changed my mind when I found this Cream Cheese Coffee Cake recipe on Golden Blossom Honey. 

Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

This coffee cake could very well be served as breakfast, but it's also perfect for afternoon tea or dessert. Like a lot of the recipes that I've pulled off of Golden Blossom Honey's website, this one can be customized to your own specific tastes. If you (or mom) don't like raspberry, swap out the jam for strawberry or blueberry. I actually love raspberry flavor and think it's divine in this recipe, but if you just aren't feeling it, by all means go with the flavor you love. While this recipe may look complicated due to the large ingredient list and layering steps, mine was done from start to finish in just a little over an hour (minus cooling time). You don't have to go all out on an expensive gift for mom. Bake her up this coffee cake for Mother's Day for a surefire gift she's going to love.

Ingredients
Cake:
2 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 ounces sour cream
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon almond extract
Raspberry Filling:
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
1 egg
1 cup raspberry jam
Crumb Topping:
1/2 cup sliced almonds

CLICK HERE FOR FULL RECIPE

Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

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 flavor jam do you think your mom would like best in this coffee cake recipe?

 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Precious Moments Offers Timeless & Treasured Baptism Gifts

Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor forthe 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 been over 3 years since we've welcomed a new baby into our family, and then all of a sudden we have not one, but 3 new bundles of joy all due by summer's end. Two sweet little boys and a precious little girl will be arriving soon and I am simply giddy with excitement! The baby shower invites have started to roll in, and I have been busy buying up all the cute items I can get my hands on. If you know me, you know that I have to include Precious Moments collectibles into my gift giving mix.

Not only is springtime a great time for baby showers, it's the most popular season for baptisms as well. It's a time for friends and family members to come together to celebrate a religious milestone in a child's life, and Precious Moments is the perfect one-stop shop for all of your heartwarming, unique keepsakes for confirmations and baptisms alike. The brand's inspirational products make for perfectly thoughtful gifts for these special occasions and more!

Precious Moments Baptism
 

While I won't be going to any baptisms until this fall after the babies have arrived, I am tucking the sweet keepsakes into the gift baskets for the baby showers I will be attending soon. For my dear friend, she'll be receiving this "I Am A Child Of God" 4x6 Photo Frame with Charm



The frame measures 8.5 inches high and holds one 4x6 photo. Embedded on the front is the adorable Precious Moments lamb and the words "i am a child of God". The neutral color and classic design match any home's decor, and will be a special reminder of baby's baptism or christening for years to come. 

My cousin will be receiving the "I Am A Child Of God" Rosary Box

Precious Moments Baptism

Precious Moments Baptism

This beautiful rosary box features the Precious Moments lamb on the lid, and when you open it, a message of being a child of God on the bottom of the box. It comes with a lovely white rosary to inspire faith and prayer. It's small enough to fit on any bedside table, dresser, or shelf, and will inspire them to remember their gifts of faith.

My other cousin will be receiving a "I Am A Child Of God" Cross With Charm

Precious Moments Baptism

Also featuring the ever adorable Precious Moments lamb and a comforting message of faith, this thoughtful keepsake will remind mom and dad of baby's baptism for years to come. Since it is also gender neutral and not overly huge (standing at 7.25 inches high) I think it will look lovely displayed in any baby's room. 

Precious Moments has stood the test of time with their simply amazing faith based product line, so it's a no-brainer to head over to the website to shop for your baptism gift giving needs. You can find all 3 of these figurines on the Precious Moments website. Be sure to follow along on Facebook and Instagram to stay up-to-date on their newest products and promotions!


Are you expecting any new babies into your family this year?