Salsa Fresca

Today I’m happy to present another Summer Guest Recipe.  Julia from Mini Van Dreams is here with her Salsa Fresca recipe.  With the college football season starting this weekend, it seems rather appropriate to post at this time.  Even if your summer grilling season is over, you can still enjoy this recipe by adding it to your game day menu, or a weeknight Mexican dinner!

My name is Julia, nice to meet you! I am the mom of twins, wife, accountant, scrapbooker, card maker, and self-proclaimed nap sneaker. I blog at Mini Van Dreams where I share easy recipes, craft tutorials, reviews, social good initiatives, and anything else that makes me laugh.

 

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Before we get started, I want to thank The Hungry Dudes for allowing me to use their photos to replace the ones that were lost when my iPhone met an unfortunate demise in the bathroom at Eldora Speedway.

Today, I am sharing a delicious and easy recipe for salsa fresca, just in time for all the delicious veggies from your garden or the local farmers market! This delicious, fresh salsa is perfect with chips or as a topper for anything – chicken, steak, or fish. It is also delicious as a replacement for salad dressing on your next salad!

Ready to give this easy summer recipe a try? Let’s go! [Read more...]

Game Day Food: Roll Tide! Strawberry Pretzel Parfaits

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Jello University Kit

My family is very excited for football season to be starting!  My husband has already explained to me that the television station will be glued to the SEC Network, so that if I don’t want to watch sports, I can plan accordingly and go to the next room. Haha!  But actually I really enjoy football and I especially love watching our team the Crimson Tide!  And I also look forward each week to game day food!

We usually order out or make something early that will last the day, and game day food is generally “man food.”  We like appetizers, especially chicken fingers and wings! But we also sometimes go for things like meatballs, sausage balls, cocktail weenies, cheesesticks, cheese fries, or chips and dip.  And other times we like simple meals like sub sandwiches, grilled burgers, chili dogs, pizza, and barbecue sandwiches. Yes, we do love to eat!

As much as I love all the salty and spicy goodness of game day, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t crave something sweet!  So today I am sharing a simple dessert that you can prepare to make your game day even sweeter!  I took my recipe for strawberry pretzel salad and turned it in to a kid-friendly game day treat: Strawberry Pretzel Parfaits.  And I added a little extra team spirit to the treat using Jell-O University Molds! [Read more...]

Lunch Time with Del Monte and a Coupon Offer at Walmart

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Noah Birdwell

Noah started his freshman year of high school nearly two weeks ago.  So far he seems to like it okay.  It is hard to believe he is in high school; I think this is something that sneaks up on parents and most find they aren’t “ready” for it.  When we took him to band camps during the summer, his dad first looked around and said, “It’s so weird to drop off Noah here, and most of these kids actually drove themselves. He’s too young for all this!”  And he’s also remarked, “Wow, some of these kids have facial hair!”  haha.

But aside from the basic anxieties, I think everyone is excited about the school year.  I’m not sure if Noah is excited about all this pre-AP coursework he signed up for, but I know he’s very excited about being in band this year, and he’s look forward to this year’s band trip.

Del Monte Pineapple Cups

With the start of a new school year comes shopping for school lunch and snack items.  If you’re looking for healthy, yet convenient options, Del Monte Fruit Cups and Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezers make great additions to any lunch box.

I recently picked up a couple of packages of the Del Monte Fruit Cups.  We like the Mandarin Oranges and Pineapples. [Read more...]

After School Snacking and Recipes with Bagel Bites and Delimex

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After School Snacking with Bagel Bites and Delimex

School is starting here this week, and with the start of a new school year, after school snacks are a MUST! This year our son will be a “big 9th grader.”  With a course load of pre-ap classes, as well as marching band and other school activities, it is sure to be a fun and exciting, yet challenging year!  This fall will be especially hectic, as he will have band practice 3 days a week, plus his Friday football game activities participation.  (And let’s not forget homework!) [Read more...]

Food For Thought: Sweet ‘n Sour Pineapple Salsa

pineapple salsa

I hope you’re enjoying all the frozen desserts and other summer treats my guests and I have been sharing.  Today we have a slight change of pace with a delicious Sweet ‘n Sour Pineapple Salsa from Mary-Kate at Christianity Cove. [Read more...]

We #Kooloff with Kool-Aid Drinks, Plus a Pie and Popsicle Recipe #CollectiveBias

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Kool-Aid Drink Cart

With summer time comes a season of picnics, pool parties, and backyard barbecues.  We just set up new patio furniture and a new grill on our back deck and have already grilled three times in the past couple of weeks.  If you’re planning any backyard barbecues yourself, Kool-Aid can certainly help you out with some cool drinks and refreshments.  Without a doubt, I’m sure you are familiar with the Kool-Aid powders, Jammers, and other products.  But did you know Kool-Aid also comes in a Ready to Drink 96 ounce bottle? [Read more...]

White Chocolate Marshmallow Popcorn Treats

White Chocolate Marshmallow Popcorn Treats

Love is in the air this week!  I celebrated Valentine’s Day early with these fun, sweet, and cute  White Chocolate Marshmallow Popcorn Treats.  The recipe is adapted from Jolly Time’s recipe for Choco-Cherry Heart Bouquets.  The folks at Jolly Time were kind enough to send me the supplies needed for this recipe, including a box of their buttered popcorn, and I was really happy with how the treats turned out!

These would make a perfect homemade gift for the one you love, especially the kids!  It would also be a great treat for Valentine’s Day parties and a great recipe to make with the kids for a Valentine’s Day activity.  Hope you enjoy!

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Game Day with T.G.I. Friday’s Potato Skins #TGIFGameDay #CollectiveBias #shop

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Game Day with TGI Fridays

Do you love TGI Friday’s?  I love eating their appetizers, and when we can’t go out, I love buying their frozen appetizers.  They are especially great for game days.  Just visit your local Wal-mart, pick out a few apps, and you’ve got enough food to create an entire spread for a house full of sports fans!

In the past, I’ve tried their Boneless Buffalo Wings, Mozzarella Sticks, and Spinach and Artichoke Dip.  All of these are fabulous, but this past weekend we decided to try something new for game day: Loaded Cheddar & Bacon Potato Skins. [Read more...]

Two Fondues for Valentine’s Day: Cheese Fondue and Chocolate Fondue

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, a lot of people are planning a special night out on the town. But maybe you’d prefer a nice quiet night at home. Simple recipes that are savory and sweet, along with a cocktail or two, can make for a really great date night at home.  Today I’m teaming up with Rave Review!™ Original Culinary Spirits™ to bring you two fondue recipes that would be perfect for you and your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day.  We have Ale-Infused Cheese Fondue for the a little something savory and Chocolate Rum Sauce for a little something sweet. Hope you enjoy!

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Game Day with DiGiorno and a Giveaway #BetterWithDiGiorno

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Game Day with Digiorno

 

Are you watching the big game this Sunday?  Planning a big party?  Or maybe just a party for two?  Either way, you can make DiGiorno your MVP (most valuable pizza).

We are big fans of DiGiorno, and I’m always excited to serve it as a last minute dinner option! [Read more...]