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Easy Mocha Icy Coffee Drink Recipe

I love my coffee, in all forms!  As the warmer weather of spring is nearing, I am dreaming of sipping my favorite iced coffee concoctions outside in the warm sun.
I know I may be getting ahead of myself, it’s only the end of February and in New England, that’s still the middle of winter.  Yet I have that summer itch, so for now I’ll make myself a cup of icy deliciousness and turn the heat up extra high while I dream of warmer weather.

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4 Must Have Items for a Fun and Sparkling Holiday Girls Night ~ Plus a Dirty Shirley Cocktail Recipe! #SparklingHolidays

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Every year around the holidays, my closest friends and myself all get together for a fun girls night in.  It’s a nice relaxing night in the middle of a very stressful time of year when us girls take a night to simply focus on ourselves and having fun with each other.  We have a simple grab gift, some yummy appetizers and sweets, along with a signature cocktail.

We take this time to unwind, laugh, and act silly while the forgetting about our endless shopping lists, decorating, and all our other holiday errands for the night.
Must Have Items for a Fun and Sparkling Holiday Girls Night:
1.  Yummy Appetizers, We are all escaping our mommy and wifely duties to unwind.  Having something delicious to refuel us is a must.
2.  Small Grab Gift, Nothing that is going to add extra stress to the group, just something small to get everyone giggly and having fun.  One year we did a silly socks theme, another was strange ornament themed.
3.  Games,  We want to unwind and what better way to unwind than with all your friends playing a round of twister or Jenga kid free!
4.  A Signature Cocktail,  No one has time to fully stock the bar and having one festive drink keeps things simple.
This year I was in charge of the signature cocktail and I chose to make an simple yet pretty Dirty Shirley cocktail, featuring DASANI Sparkling Water in Berry flavor.  This was a great refreshing and yummy cocktail that we all enjoyed.  All the girls were excited about using DASANI Sparkling water as our drink mixer, the holidays are overly indulgent as it is, finding a cocktail mixer that has Zero calories, is unsweetened, has zero artificial colors, and to top it off is caffeine-free is a great way to prepare a cocktail for girls night.
Dirty Shirley Cocktail Recipe:

Cocktail Ingredients
2 cups of DASANI Sparkling Water in Berry Flavor
1/4 cup of Strawberry flavored Vodka
Splash Grenatine
Garnish
Cherries
Sugar Crystals
If you would like to rim the glasses, add the colorful sugar crystals to the glasses.  Next fill a glass with ice, add DASANI Flavored Water, Strawberry Vodka, and grenadine.  Then stir and add cherries.
That’s all, no in-depth prep work.  Simple and quick so everyone can make their own cocktails all night.
Ready to make some yummy Dirty Shirleys this holiday season?  Head over to Walmart  and pick up a 12 pack of the 12 ounce cans of DASANI Sparkling Water!
Sparkling flavors available are Lime, Berry, Lemon, and Black Cherry.

Easy and Delicious Peppermint Hot Chocolate Recipe from the Hood Cream Free E-Cookbook! #CookWithHood

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Hood Cream. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
The holiday season is my favorite time of year as a mommy.  As soon as November 1st is upon us, we put away our apple cider and start enjoying hot chocolate as often as possible.
This year is unlike most, with each day this week being in the high sixties.  Usually living in New England means that by November we have already pulled out our winter coats and snow boots, and on most years we have already had at least one snow storm.  So as you can imagine, a great hot chocolate recipe is a must!

For me there is nothing better than sipping on hot chocolate with the kids while decorating, wrapping Christmas gifts, and watching movies at night.
We are thrilled to have this easy and delicious new hot chocolate recipe thanks to the free Hood Cream eCookbook!
The Peppermint Hot Chocolate is a must try!
Ingredients:
1 cup Hood Light Cream
1/2 cup Hood Heavy Cream
3 tbsp sugar
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
1 tbsp cocoa powder
pinch of salt
1 tsp peppermint extract
Directions:
Bring the Hood Light Cream, Hood Heavy Cream and sugar to a boil.
Remove the cream mixture from heat and whisk in the dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and salt until chocolate is fully dissolved.
Add the peppermint extract last, then pour into cups and enjoy!

Serves 2-3 
This recipe was super easy to make, it only took about 10 minutes, so I loved it.
It tasted amazing and was perfectly sweet so the kids loved it more!
I have always been a fan of Hood Cream, It was what my Nana kept stocked in her fridge so the brand loyalty goes through generations in my family.  Now, knowing that it is also the brand choice of top restaurant chef’s, makes me feel like a better cooker every time I reach for it.
Now my recipe collection including Hood Cream has grown thanks to the Hood Cream E-Cookbook that launched on September 28th!  I am obsessed with all the delicious recipes it includes using Hood Cream by renowned Chef Chris Coombs!
The Hood Cream E-Cookbook is free and available for download here,  Make sure you head over and take advantage of this great opportunity to learn how to make more than 25 mouth watering recipes! 

5 Best Things about Fall! #GevaliaIcedCoffee

I participated in an Ambassador Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Gevalia Kaffe. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
Fall is my favorite season, I love everything about it from the crisp fresh air to the piles of leaves.  Living in New England has always made the begining of Fall a bitter sweet time.  It’s the end of summer. and our long winter is around the corner.  Yet I still long all year for these beautifully fresh days.

The top 5 reasons I love Fall:

1. Sweaters and Boots,  seriously no more stressing over a bathing-suit body and my winter coats are still tucked away.  There is nothing more comfortable to me than a pair of well worn jeans, an over-sized sweater, and a pair of riding boots.  Looking good feels so effortless in the fall!
2. Farm Time, fall means all the local farms are open.  We apple pick, pumpkin pick, get lost in corn mazes, and take hay rides.  I have made some of the best memories with my children on a farm in the middle of nowhere.
3. The Holidays, both Halloween and Thanksgiving are in fall!  One holiday that is all about fun, dressing up, carving pumpkins, and candy.  Then a second holiday that is filled with family, friends, and great food.  These two days can make the season great all by themselves.
4. The Food, I think fall has the best food of the year.  All the fairs come around with everything from turkey legs to fried cookies, the farms have fresh cider donuts, and the colder weather just gives me the urge to bake apple crisp, pie, and every type of bread I can find in my Nana’s cookbook.
5. Warming up with Hot Coffee and Latte’s! 
One of my best ways to relax in the fall is to throw on a hoodie and sit outside with a hot cup of coffee.  It’s my mommy time out spot and it puts my mind and my patience back to a normal space.  
My ultimate coffee indulgence is a Pumpkin Spice Latte.  Every year it has been a count down till local stores or restaurants would start sell it again, and the first people to spot the coveted flavor had it shouted out on social media instantaneously.  Now Gevalia Kaffe has given me the best must have for my mommy time outs!  Coffee K-cups that make me a delicious frothy pumpkin spice latte at home in less than a minute, with the new Gevalia Kaffe Pumpkin Spice Latte.
It can’t get better than that!
I’m a stay at home mom that is fueled by coffee.  My days usually start by 5am and don’t end till everyone’s tucked into bed and the house is recovered and prepped for the next day.  While the  Gevalia Kaffe Pumpkin Spice Latte is my go to treat, I still need a good solid cup of coffee to get my day going and keep me moving.
That’s why I am loving Gevalia Kaffe Bold Majestic K-cups. 
I like a bold coffee flavor, and this gives me that dark smooth taste I like.  I take my cup of Gevalia Kaffe Bold Majestic up to the bus stop every morning and it helps me keep warm.  Then I enjoy a peaceful cup while the kids are in school, ideally paired with a piece of cinnamon bread.

Hood Cream e-CookBook is now Available! #CookWithHood

“I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Hood Cream. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”
Do you remember my Hood Cream Immersion Dinner post?  Remember all those delicious entrees I had the opportunity to try?  It was amazing to see how perfectly Hood Cream makes a meal taste light and creamy.  However those meals were cooked by a top chef, Chris Coombs, so how could we come up with recipes that make our taste buds sing like those at the immersion dinner?  With a cook book created by Hood Cream and Chris Coombs, that’s how!
The free eCookbook was launched on September 28th and features more than 25 recipes created by Chris Coombs himself!  The eCookbook is currently available on Hood Creams website and will be available soon on platforms like Barnes and Noble and iTunes.
Best of all this cook book is packed with tips directly from Chris Coombs on cooking with cream.
I am so excited to step up my game in the kitchen this fall while trying out all these delicious recipes on my own.  One of the dinners I can’t wait to create are Spring Carbonara, This is a great pasta dish that will help get a good amount of veggies into my kids, although I may skip the yolk on their portion.

I also can’t wait to try my hand at the Pan-Roasted Cod Loin.  I haven’t attempted to cooked seafood more than a dozen times in my life because there is something about it that intimidates me.  However after tasting this dish at the immersion dinner, I have to try to recreate this!  It was delicious!
I also can’t wait to make the Tomato Gazpacho and introduce my family to a cold soup.
I have high hopes of impressing my husband with all these delicious meals.  However this breakfast will surely bring smiles to the kids faces!
They all love french toast, so I can’t wait to serve up Brioche French Toast!  I never included Hood Cream in my french toast before, so this will be a fun twist.
Another recipe I never thought to include Hood Cream in, is Creme Caramel.  In our house it is called Pudgim, which is from Brazil.  I can’t wait to see how it tastes when I add Hood Cream to it!
With winter coming to fast, my family will be sipping Hot Chocolate as our nightly treat.  However I have never heard of it made with Hood Cream!  
There are so many delicious recipes in this eCookbook!  I can not wait to get busy creating amazing meals.  Hood Cream is a key ingredient that is used by top chef’s in some of the best restaurants across the nation and its an ingredient that is available at all our local grocery stores!  That makes me feel awesome knowing I’m cooking with some of the best ingredients available.

Gevalia Iced Coffee with Almond Milk ~ My Favorite Summer Treat Made Deliciously Easy! #GevaliaIcedCoffee

I participated in an Ambassador Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Gevalia Iced Coffee with Almond Milk.  I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
Summer is here and that means my normal coffee routine gets to become a refreshing iced coffee tasty routine.
Everyone who knows me personally, knows I always have a coffee in my hand.  All summer I can be found with a tumbler or mason jar in hand full of some sort of delicious coffee.  This summer I was excited that Gevalia was coming out with a new ready to serve iced coffee with almond milk, and best of all they sent me some to try!

My taste buds are hooked!  These single serve containers of deliciousness are now going to be stocked in my fridge constantly!  However I have to hide them from the kids because I kept catching my three, sneaking sips.  I guess that proves how yummy these are, right?
 
The 11oz single serve coffees come in three flavors vanilla, caramel, and mocha.  They are all great but my favorite has to be the caramel.  It has the perfect mix of coffee and caramel flavor.
 So “What makes Gevalia Iced Coffee with almond milk so good?”  for me its a combination of the flavor and the simplicity.  No more brewing a cup of coffee and letting it cool, or expensive drive thru runs.  These are ready and at my fingertips, so that I can twist the cap and enjoy.  This is a huge advantage as a busy work at home mom!
 
Besides the convience factor, Gevalia Iced Coffee is made with 100% Arabica beans so there is no bitterness.  Plus the almond milk makes the coffee creamy and delicious.
 
Best of all, unlike other coffee treats, each Gevalia Iced Coffee single serve carton only has 170 calories and each serving has 9 grams of protein.  When combines with almond milk and just enough sweetness, this makes me feel pretty good about my delicious new treat.
Connect with Gevalia on Facebook and Twitter to learn more and watch for special promotions and coupons!
 
What flavor are you going to try first?


Watermelon Lemonade Recipe

It’s starting to get hot outside, what better way to refresh than with a delicious pink juice.  This watermelon lemonade is a must try!

Ingredients:
4 cup cubed Seedless Watermelon
1/2 cup Sugar
2 cup Water
1/2 cup Lemon Juice


Combine sugar and 1/2 cup water and bring to a boil. Stir to dissolve and allow to cool.
Chop up watermelon.

Place watermelon, sugar syrup and lemon juice in blender. Run until completely liquefied.

Add remaining 1 1/2 cup water and run to mix.
Chill and serve over ice. Garnish with watermelon or lemon slices.


Hot Chocolate! Hot Cocoa in the Crock Pot Recipe!

Crock Pot Hot Cocoa
 
Ingredients:
2 cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
14 oz Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
6 cup Milk
2 tsp Vanilla
Pinch of Salt
Directions:
Add all ingredients to slow cooker and stir until well mixed and chips are spread around the bottom.
Cook on low setting for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
Serve topped with whipped cream or marshmallows.

 
 
 
 
 

 

Earn Platinum Points with Crystal Light and Miranda Lambert at Walmart!

This is a Lunchbox sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

I am a total country music lover, my husband doesn’t know where it came from because all of a sudden several years ago the radio started playing our local country music station permanently. One of my favorites is Miranda Lambert! Her music is so relatable, the lyrics can get me through anything. Plus she’s gorgeous, I want her fashion sense!
Besides my country music obsession My favorite go to drink is Crystal Light, I drink the On The Go Packs all day long in my water bottle. I like that I can pick and choose different flavor packs each time I refill my dink. I love the variety of flavors, it keeps me from getting bored and keeps me hydrated.
So I am completely excited that my two loves Crystal Light and Miranda Lambert have partnered to bring you a fantastic way to earn rewards when you buy Crystal Light products, Platinum Points!
The Program is simple. Create an account with Platinum Points, buy participating Crystal Light products at Walmart stores, scan your receipt, and earn rewards points!
This means I am getting awesome Miranda stuff for doing what I already do every single day, dinking my Crystal Light! That’s very cool!
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Ways to Earn Points

Crystal Light Sugar Free On The Go Packs = 100 pts each
Crystal Light On The Go Multipacks = 100 pts each
Crystal Light Canisters = 100 pts each
Crystal Light Liquid = 100 pts each
Crystal Light Jumbo Products = 200 pts each
Miranda Lambert Platinum CD = 300 pts each
Earn an extra 30 points by using coupon code: mirandamw during sign up!
Want to earn even more platinum points fast?
Refer your friends! Not only will your friends earn 25 points instantly for signing up, but you will also receive 10 points for each friend you refer who signs up.

Redeem Points for Rewards

100 pts = Miranda Lambert Automatic (Acoustic) Song Download
800 pts = Miranda Lambert Platinum CD
800 pts = Miranda Lambert Platinum Mug
1000 pts = Miranda Lambert Platinum Tumbler
1200 pts = Platinum Rhinestone Ladies T-Shirt
5000 pts = Miranda Lambert Logo Guitar
8000 pts = Miranda Lambert Signed Guitar
I go through about 4 boxes of On The Go Packets a week, at 100 points a box, I could easily have 1600 Platinum Points in a month. However I must admit I’m drooling at the idea of having my own Miranda Lambert Signed Guitar! However if your not a Crystal Light drinking machine like myself, you can still get rewards. You only need to purchase one Crystal Light product to qualify for an exclusive Miranda Lambert song download.
I am very excited about this campaign, aren’t you?

This is a Lunchbox sponsored post. All opinions are my own.



15 Copy Cat Recipes


Everyone loves a good copy cat recipe! This round up is sure to have something for everyone. From Hooter’s Fried Pickles to Kit Kat Bars, you cant go wrong with this list. Having a Girl Scout cookie craving? No problem, copy cat recipe below! Be sure to share this list with all your friends so they can have their restaurant favorites at home as well! Which one do you plan to try out? Tell me below! I think I am going to try and whip up a blooming onion! YUMMY!
 

1. Hostess Cupcakes
2. Starbucks Iced Cinnamon Dolce Latte (PICTURED)
3. Hooter’s Fried Pickles
4. Lofthouse Sugar Cookies
5. Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies
6. Chick-fil-A Sandwich
7. Quiznos Mesquite Chicken Sub
8. Blooming Onion Bites and Dipping Sauce
9. Chili’s Skillet Queso
10. Kit Kat Bars (PICTURED)
11. Texas Roadhouse Rolls (PICTURED)
12. Chipotle Burrito Bowl (PICTURED)
13. Red Lobster Lava Cake (PICTURED)
14. Wendy’s Frosty
15. McDonald’s Big Mac Sauce

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