Food Network Star…will I be a contestant??!

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If you follow me on social media, you know I tried out for Food Network Star. I made it to the 2nd round of callbacks and waiting anxiously for 2 months to see if I would get the call…well I didn’t! Haha!

This was right before the 2nd interview…

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And then this was after: 

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I just realized how patriotic my outfit was! If you don’t follow me instagram, you should, I don’t always post everything on the blog.

I won’t be on this season’s show but I will be recapping every episode once a week for you!

Food Network released the pictures of the contestants and bios. I am sad no one I met at the Denver auditions made it because I met some seriously talented people. The first interview I nailed it and wasn’t surprised I was asked for a callback, the second not so much. I wish I could see the video of it because we could all have a good laugh. I nailed their questions but then I had to demo one of my dishes and I stumbled through it pretty bad. I was kicking myself for not asking for another chance but I honestly believe everything happens for a reason.

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Here are the finalists! You can read more about them here.

See the week the contestants left to film my mom, who would have been in charge of my 4 kids got seriously sick. She had to have emergency surgery to save her life and if she would have been at my house taking care of my kids, my dad wouldn’t have been able to force her to go to the ER. So I might not have been even seriously considered but I am glad I didn’t make it..maybe next time.

So who am I excited to watch? I always feel like here isn’t enough young blood on the Food Network…I mean I am no spring chicken but I like to see younger people so I can’t wait to watch Matthew because he is only 22 and Jay because he is from my home state of Louisiana.

I haven’t seen any videos so I am not sure who else I think but I will keep you posted! Set your DVR for Sunday, June 7 at 9|8c to watch the season premiere!

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Mom time out with V8 V-Fusion+Energy Drink

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This is going to be an honest post. A post about how sometimes #momlife isn’t as glamorous as it sounded in the first place. I actually had a lady say this morning say after seeing my struggle in the checkout line with 3 of my kids that I need to be thankful for their time when they are little because they grow up so fast which I know it’s true but it can be hard during the sleepless nights, and millions of questions. I always joke with my husband that no one tells you how hard it is taking care of 4 kids, much less 4 SICK kids…it can be exhausting.

So some days I have to give myself a pep talk. No I don’t get to shower every day, or even go to the bathroom alone…sometimes I eat 4 donuts at one sitting or never have a clean house but it’s MY job. I know one day I will look back and want them to be little again.

I told my husband the other day, if I didn’t have an energy drink every day, I might never get out of bed. No matter how much sleep I get, it never seems to be enough. 

This week I got to try out the V8 V-Fusion+Energy Drink’s I found at Wal-Mart. They have these flavors:

  • Pomegranate Blueberry
  • Peach Mango
  • Orange Pineapple
  • Black Cherry
  • Diet Strawberry Lemonade 
  • Diet Cranberry Raspberry 

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I chose the Pomegranate Blueberry and boy is it good. It doesn’t give me the jitters like some energy drinks, and it’s just enough so i’m not falling asleep during the 17th time we have watched Paddington Bear. It’s also my new favorite thing to take to pick up my kids from school so while I am waiting in the car pickup line, I can drink a pick me up myself.

V8 V-Fusion+Energy Drink has natural energy, from green tea so there is no crash after drinking one! I am not a huge coffee drinker so I am so excited to find this product plus it has only 50 calories per 8 oz serving. I am trying to loose 10 pounds before the summer so I can drink one of these without feeling guilty.

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Some women need big mom time outs, like weekends away, I just need small ones. Like a bath by myself or a trip to the grocery store….ALONE. Or even a 5 minute break, on my porch to enjoy a V8 V-Fusion+Energy Drink. I know everyone says you have to take time for yourself and trust me, a mom time out every now and then can totally recharge your batteries. 

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So the next time you are feeling a little overwhelmed as a mom, take a little time out. When I do this, I think about how I might have 4 small kids who can zap every single ounce of energy but they are healthy, happy and light up my life. As I type this, I have a little nugget who crawled into my lap. I have 4 little ones that no matter what mood I am in, they could care less whether I have makeup on or even if I smell good, they want my attention, my hugs and my kisses and I am thankful. 

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Bare Chips Sweet and Savory Recipes

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Do you ever have a hard time finding good snacks? This week I got to try out Bare Snacks and its delicious line of baked All Natural Crunchy Apple Chips and All Natural Crunchy Coconut Chips. I grabbed a bag and brought it into the car with me today and as I was driving down the road I glanced real quick at the ingredients in the apple chips because they were so darn good and well, take a look for yourself…

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Just apples??! And they taste THAT good??! Seriously I took down a whole bag by myself.

Bare Snacks is the creators of delicious Snacks Gone Simple. Crafted using only real, whole-food ingredients, Bare Snacks helps people enjoy truly good-for-you snacking any time. All Bare Snacks are created through a special oven baking process that creates a distinct crunch, and enhances the delicious natural coconut and apple flavors in every bite.

Also Bare Snacks are gluten free, Non-GMO Project Verified, vegan (except Show me the Honey Crunchy Coconut Chips), and are free of refined sugar, preservatives, cholesterol and trans fats. Now that’s what I am talking about! A snack I won’t feel guilty about eating!

I was asked to come up with a recipe with 5 ingredients or less and I decided on 2 recipes, one sweet and once savory! I wouldn’t normally think of using these chips in a savory dish so that is why I had to come up with one!

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I made coconut protein bombs and savory apple chicken wraps.

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First is the coconut protein bombs. These are one of my favorite go to snacks and the addition of the coconut chocolate chips just made them my favorite.

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Bare Chips
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • ½ cup almond nut butter (or you can use peanut butter)
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 1 bag of Bare chocolate coconut chips, processed in a food processor
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. Mix everything above in a medium bowl.
  2. Roll into balls.
  3. These freeze great so you can freeze them in bags and take them out as needed.

 First process a whole bag of the chocolate coconut chips in a food processor.

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This is what it should look like. 

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Add all ingredients into the bowl and mix together then form into balls.

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Place in the fridge. This helps them stay in ball form but you can eat them anytime. Two went missing before these even made it to the fridge.

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Next is the Savory Apple Chicken Wraps:

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Apple Chicken Wraps
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446 calories
44 g
105 g
15 g
36 g
7 g
488 g
795 g
33 g
0 g
6 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
488g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 446
Calories from Fat 131
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g
23%
Saturated Fat 7g
36%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 105mg
35%
Sodium 795mg
33%
Total Carbohydrates 44g
15%
Dietary Fiber 8g
33%
Sugars 33g
Protein 36g
Vitamin A
26%
Vitamin C
23%
Calcium
27%
Iron
13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. Shredded chicken ( I used a cooked whole rotisserie and shredded it)
  2. Bare red apple chicken
  3. 3 yellow squash
  4. cheese
  5. 1 jar spaghetti sauce
Instructions
  1. Shred your chicken.
  2. Prepare your squash by cutting off the ends then cutting them in half.
  3. Using a peeler, peel thin strips of the squash.
  4. Wraps the strips around little bundles of the chicken.
  5. For the Bare apples, process then in a food processor until ground up.
  6. Top with sauce, cheese then sprinkle chopped up apples on top.
  7. Bake 350 degress for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
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  For the squash I cut the ends off then cut them in half. Then using a peeler, I would peel thin pieces of the squash then wrap them around bundles of the chicken.

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Once the all the chicken is wrapped, top with sauce and cheese.

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Then top with crushed apples chips. This gives it a nice crunch.

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Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until heated through!

Enjoy!

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Tomy Bathtub toys review and giveaway

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Just the other day I was looking for some new bath toys for my kids! They normally take these hour long baths which gives me a minute to rest myself so I don’t mind them one bit.  So we needed new bath toys and we needed them STAT!

I am not sure which toy the kids like best because they were fighting over all of them! Now they cannot wait to take a bath at night because there are so many fun toys to play with. Check them out below

See Under the Sea Submarine

Dive the submarine under water and watch it light up and play seaside tunes. Press the periscope to hear life-like submarine sounds. Press the launcher and Captain Walrus dives into the water with a splash!
For ages 18 months & up. Available now on Amazon for $27.99

Water Whistler

Tap the floating whale to make him bob up and down and hear his delightful dolphin whistle. Doubles as a playful water squirter too. For ages 10 months & up. Available now on Amazon for $8.99

 Fountain Rocket

Ready for blast-off! Fill the rocket ship with water and watch the starfish float. Lift up to pour the water out in a magical fountain effect. Turn the dial to choose different fountain features. For ages 12 months & up.
Available now on Amazon for $14.99

I love all the toys too and I love the fountain rocket! It’s a fun way to wash their hair without a lot of complaining!

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These toys now have a permanent place for our bath time routine. I am thankful for fun toys like these that can keep my kids entertained while I get off my feet for a second or two. I love bath time with my kids because we all get to slow down for a second and just laugh with each other.

And don’t forget to check out the fun giveaway below.

 

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PLUS the wonderful people from TOMY is giving away this same set of toys to 1 lucky reader so enter the easy rafflecopter below for a chance to win!

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Red Velvet S’more Sundae

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What’s a girl to do when it’s snowing…on May 18th? Probably wear the same yoga pants as yesterday and make Red Velvet S’more Sundae’s for the kids….myself.

We had some friends over the other day and one of my friends is a fitness instructor. I told her how cool it was since I used to be one and my sweet husband, who now has a black eye says, “You were 4 kids ago”…haha. He isn’t laughing anymore now that I defaced his prize turkey mount. And he really doesn’t have a black eye ;-)

Anyway she was talking about how she burns 800 calories every class she teaches and I said under my breath, “Well, I remember the last time I ATE 800 calories”. She thought I was joking, I wasn’t entirely. 

What were we talking about? Right, back to the s’mores. It is snowing/raining today so we are making s’more in a sundae with red velvet. Duff Goldman has a red velvet ice cream with Blue Bunny that is life changing. You can use any flavor of ice cream but trust me, the red velvet is everything.

 

Red Velvet S'more Sundae
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Ingredients
  • Graham Cracker Crust:
  • ¾ cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Ice cream of choice
  • chocolate syrup
  • marshmallows
  • blow torch
Instructions
  1. Mix the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, sugar, cinnamon and salt together.
  2. Press into a muffin pan.
  3. Bake at 375 for 5-10 minutes or until tops are brown.
  4. Let cool.
  5. Top with ice cream, chocolate syrup and marshmallows.
  6. Melt the marshmallows with a blow torch or you can melt them in your oven with a broiler.

 First mix the ingredients for the graham cracker bottoms.

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Mix until it looks like cornmeal. Then press into a muffin pan.

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I adapted this recipe from Melissa D’Arabian’s recipe and her’s called to put them in the freezer and freeze. I tried that and could not get them out of the pan and the ones I did fell apart. So since I make a graham cracker crust for my cheesecakes I decided to bake them and it totally worked! I also am at 9,000 feet so I am not sure if it was the altitude that made it not work. So you can try the freezer method and if they fall apart just bake them real quick.

The key is to keep these soft and crumbly or you’ll be eating on a brick. So bake them just long enough to where they are brown on top and let cool. To get them out of the muffin pan. push on one side and they should pop out. This recipe makes 4 little cups. I tried 6 but they were too thin. Also press them really firmly into the pan and they will stay together better. 

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Once the cups are done, top with ice cream, chocolate sauce and marshmallows. I used a blow torch. Here is one on amazon or the exact one I have is from Williams Sonoma. I just torched the tops of the marshmallows. This way only the marshmallows melt and not the ice cream. If you don’t have a torch, you can put the entire thing under your oven broiler. Just wait for your broiler to get hot, and place them on a cookie sheet under the broiler for a few seconds. Be vigilant or everything will melt!

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