Friday Favorites – Week 218 – With 5 Breakfast Recipes

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Good evening! Welcome to Friday Favorites. With school out and the summer time upon us, I thought it would be good to feature a few breakfast ideas this week for you and your kids who are now home for the summer.   And speaking of the kids, after you link up your post, you can enter my Chuggington DVD & Train Giveaway. It is a great prize for your small children!

Also, if you’re in to beauty, please stay tuned for my Summer Health & Beauty Series, which will start this weekend.  And finally I’m still in the process of contacting and scheduling guest posters for the summer!  If you’d like to be a guest here, there’s still time to email me –!  Thanks!


5 Breakfast Recipes

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Two Smoothie Recipes with Carnation #BreakfastEssentials #pmedia #ad

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Carnation Breakfast Essentials

If you like to keep snack time delicious yet healthy, then you will love Carnation Breakfast Essentials®.  They are a convenient and fast option for busy families, and they are available in ready to drink shakes, powders, and bars.  You and your kids will love the powders, because they come in a variety of delicious flavors: Rich Milk Chocolate, Classic French Vanilla, Classic Chocolate Malt, Dark Chocolate Strawberry Sensation. [Read more…]

Fruit & Yogurt Parfait Recipe and Cooking with #PompeianVarietals Olive Oil AD

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Today we’re cooking with Pompeian Varietals Extra Virgin Olive Oil! The great thing about olive oil is that it is a very versatile cooking oil, which can be used in a variety of recipes, from seafood and other meats to pasta.  The new Pompeian Varietals Collection is a premium line of mono-varietal extra virgin olive oils.  These are made with only the highest quality of olives, and they come in three great varieties: [Read more…]

Big G Retro Cereals for 2014

Big G Retro 2014


Have you noticed a “new” look to your favorite cereals lately?  Each year General Mills rolls out retro boxes of popular Big G Cereals.  This year the cereals with that are getting the retro makeover are:

  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Puffs – 1994
  • Lucky Charms – 1965
  • Cheerios – 1945
  • Honey Nut Cheerios – 1979
  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch – 1984

I just love the Retro boxes.  There’s just something about them.  They look very fun and they just remind me of simple times and childhood.  My favorite Big G cereal is Lucky Charms, so I was happy to see it getting the retro look this year.

I was most surprised to see Reese’s Peanut Butter Puffs on the list.  I LOVE this cereal.  I actually remember when it first came out.  I was 11 years old in 1994, and of course, as soon as I saw the cereal, I had to try it.  I can’t believe it’s been around for 20 years!  It almost makes me feel old….almost.   It’s been a while since I’ve had Reese’s Peanut Butter Puffs, so I was happy to be reintroduced to the cereal again.  It was like having breakfast with an old friend.

You can find all these Big G Retro Boxes at your local Target.  Check the cereal line, or look around the check out line for all 5 varieties.

 Disclosure: I was selected for this campaign through Platefull Co-op and received free products from General Mills. The opinions are my own.

Target Breakfast Twist with 5 Easy Breakfast Ideas

5 Easy Breakfast Ideas

Whether you’re a cereal person, a bacon & egg lover, or more of a bagel and cream cheese girl, it can get tiresome making the same things day after day for breakfast.  But let’s face it, most mornings parents are in a hurry and don’t have the time to fix an elaborate breakfast.  But you can actually create some delicious twists on everyday breakfast items in just minutes! No need to break out the old recipe book or pull up that new recipe you saw on Pinterest.  Just look in your pantry and use your imagination! Today I have 5 easy breakfast ideas to show you what I mean. [Read more…]

New Big G Cereals at Target #HelloCerealLovers

Big G Cereals

New for 2014, General Mills is rolling out three new takes on classic favorite cereals.  The new Big G Cereals are: Multigrain Cheerios Dark Chocolate Crunch, Fiber One Protein, and Chocolate Toast Crunch.  The cereals are now available at your local Target in the cereal section, or you may also find them near the check out line. [Read more…]

Start Your Day with Jimmy Dean #RedboxBreakfast #PMedia #ad

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Jimmy Dean, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #RedboxBreakfast

Jimmy Dean RedBox Breakfasts

I love breakfast!  It is actually one of my favorite meals to eat, but I’m not a fan of getting up to make it, when I’m in a hurry, I have to go with something quick and simple.  (Cereal, anyone?)  Luckily  Jimmy Dean has come to the rescue with their Red Box Breakfasts!  With this great line of products, you can serve up hot, delicious meals at breakfast time in as little as 5 minutes!

Jimmy Dean Red Box

 The Red Box Breakfast line includes of variety of sandwiches and breakfast bowls.  They include (but are not limited to):

  • Jimmy Dean Meat Lover’s Breakfast Bowl
  • Jimmy Dean Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Croissant Sandwiches
  • Jimmy Dean Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Muffin Sandwiches
  • Jimmy Dean Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit Sandwiches

I LOVE Jimmy Dean Breakfast Sandwiches.  I usually buy their Bacon, Egg, and Cheese or their Ham & Cheese Croissants, but I’ve also tried their Sausage Biscuits, Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit, and their Chicken Biscuits.  All of these have been just great!  They taste delicious, and you get a good amount of servings for the price.

But for this review, I decided to go with something a little different; the Jimmy Dean Meat Lover’s Breakfast Bowl!

Jimmy Dean RedBox Breakfasts

I had always been curious about trying the Breakfast Bowls, and I’m so glad that I finally did!  I seriously could not believe out good the Meat Lover’s Bowl is!

This bowl comes packed with scrambled eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, and cheese!  So hearty and very filling! Not to mention, Yummy! 

Breakast Bowl Bite

The serving size is also great.  I believe it is perfect for one person. I got plenty to eat and found it very satisfying! Not to mention, that each bite is filled with flavor, so much that you will have no problem cleaning your bowl:


Jimmy Dean RedBox Breakfasts

 The only problem is that you’re going to want another one tomorrow, so you better stock up!

The Meat Lover’s Breakfast Bowl from Jimmy Dean is available in the frozen breakfast section at your local Wal-Mart.  And each breakfast bowl is around $3.  This is a really great value!  

Jimmy Dean RedBox Breakfasts

Want more product information, coupons, more from Jimmy Dean?  Follow them  Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Also, check your local Wal-mart store for all of the Jimmy Dean Red Box Varieties.


Say Good Morning with Honey Bunches of Oats Morning Energy

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Honey Bunches of Oats for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Do you have trouble waking up and getting a move on? Do you love Honey Bunches of Oats?  Now you can kick start your morning with Honey Bunches of Oats Morning Energy.

The new cereal is available in two great-tasting flavors: Cinnamon Crunch and Chocolately Almond Crunch.

It's made of whole grain flakes and granola cluster and it is packed with protein and fiber.  The cereal not only gives you a good, healthy start to your day, but it is filling and great for putting a stop to mid-morning hunger.



I really like the new cereals.  I like that it is a healthy cereal but still tastes great!  I also love that they made both chocolate and cinnamon flavors.  These flavors make it so the cereal can appeal to all ages and all sorts of people, including kids.

Personally I love the Cinnamon Swirl flavor.  The cinnamon flavor goes perfect with the flakes and oat clusters.  On top of this I also added a little sugar, and it complimented it perfectly!  I'd definitely recommend it to cinnamon lovers!

And then I also think a lot of people would love the Chocolately Almond Crunch.  For one thing, who doesn't love a little chocolate?  And the great thing about this cereal, is that you can eat chocolate and be guilt-free about it.

For more product information and updates, please follow Honey Bunches of Oats on on Facebook and on Twitter

What excites you most about Honey Bunches of Oats Morning Energy? Which flavor would you most like to try?


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Fast Low-Calorie Breakfasts with Jimmy Dean Delights #BreakfastDelight #PMedia #ad

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Jimmy Dean, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #BreakfastDelight
Jimmy Dean Delights

I grew up eating Jimmy Dean sausage biscuits for breakfast.  Now the brand I knew and loved as a kid has a variety of products available, including Jimmy Dean Delights.  This line is a great low calorie option.  Each Jimmy Dean Delights product is 300 calories or less per serving, and the line includes a diverse selection of products: [Read more…]

Christmas Day Muffins from Tanusree at Ma Niche

Today I’m pleased to welcome another holiday guest! Tanusree of Ma Niche is here to share some Christmas Day Muffins! Add this recipe to your Christmas breakfast or brunch menu, and I’m sure it will be a crowd pleaser!

Hello everyone ! I am Tanusree from the blog  Ma Niche, where I share my culinary adventures and sometimes easy diy projects. I love everything baked and everything Mediterranean and that is pretty evident from my blog.  Being from India where a big percentage of the population is vegetarian I often try to bake my cakes, cookies and breads without eggs, and today I am delighted to be here to share my eggless Christmas Day Muffins with you. I have baked these using whole wheat flour so they are slightly dense. However if you prefer fluffier ones just substitute the whole wheat flour with an equal measure of all-purpose flour and you’ll be good to go.

Christmas Day Muffins


Christmas Day Muffins

Recipe adapted from Mrs Byatt’s Christmas Day Muffins

Prep time: 25 minutes                                                                                   Cook time: 20-25 minutes

Total time: 45-50 minutes                                                                             Yield: 7


Christmas Muffins


For the Muffins

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 40 ml canola oil
  • 60 ml milk
  • 40 ml orange juice
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tbsps yogurt
  • 2 tbsps orange marmalade
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

For the Orange Marmalade Glaze

  • 3 tbsps unsalted butter
  • 2 1/2 tbsps orange marmalade
  • 1 tbsp orange juice
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tbsp spiced rum*(optional)
  • 3 tbsps powder sugar

Cooking Directions

    1. Grease 7 muffin cups or 7 outer holes of a muffin tray and keep aside.
    2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
    3. Sift together the flours, baking powder, baking soda and the spices and keep aside.
    4. Put the oil, milk and orange juice in a mixing bowl and beat to mix them well.
    5. Add sugar to the liquid mixture and beat till it is well incorporated.
    6. Add the yogurt, marmalade and orange zest to the sugar-liquid mixture and beat well.
    7. Using a wooden spoon gently fold in the sifted flour mixture and the cranberries into the liquid mixture taking care not to over-beat.
    8. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups/holes and bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until the muffins have risen and are golden on top.
    9. Remove the muffins from their case and let them cool while you prepare the marmalade glaze.
    10. For the glaze :  Heat butter in a saucepan until melted.  Stir in the orange marmalade and orange juice and mix well.Switching off the heat, stir in the salt, the powdered sugar and the rum and mix well until a smooth uniform solution is formed.

Dip the muffins into the prepared marmalade glaze, coat them on all sides and let the glaze settle, about 10-15 minutes. Then serve and enjoy !

Hope you enjoy these muffins for Christmas and will visit Ma Niche for many such holiday treats. You can also find me on FacebookPinterest and G+. Wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays !


Thank you Jerri for having me here. It was fun sharing the muffins at 6 Weeks of Christmas Treats !

 Thanks again to Tanusree for being here today.  Please be sure and drop her blog to say hello!