Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Breakfast Muffin Cups

***Disclosure-I received a product coupons and $100 gift card to review product.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal opinion.

Who has time for breakfast?  Everyone should.  It is a started meal to get you started.  Our schedules are super busy with work and school.  I try to find recipes that we will all enjoy.  Have you heard of meal prepping?  Meal prepping is what you do when you have a busy life.  You pre-prepare your meals.  One recipe that is quick and easy for me is muffin cups.

Muffin cups are easy to make and you can add your favorite adders.  First you will need a cupcake pan.  Today I am making Cheesy, Turkey Sausage  and Egg Muffin Cups.

-6 eggs
-Johnsonville Turkey Sausage
-3 cheese slices
-coconut oil

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.  
Oil your pan.  I used a basting brush to spread the coconut oil around each cupcake hole.  
Crack 6 eggs in a bowl.  Mix the eggs.  I hand beat the eggs.
Cube your sausage or cut any way you like.  I cut them long ways, cutting half way twice.  Then I cubed.
Add the sausage to the bowl of eggs and mix.  You can add any adders at this point.  These muffin cups are going to be for my son to grab and go on his way to school on his early mornings.  So I made them just like he likes them.
I used an old scooper from a juice container to fill these.  They seemed to be the perfect measuring cup for these cups.  I added the egg and sausage mix and stopped half way.  I added cheese, then I continued to fill.  I layered cheese squares on top.  Put the tray in the oven for 15 minutes.  Remove and let them cool off.  Then I took them out of the pan and put them in the snack size plastic bags with a note for my son.
My son will now be ready for his day.  All that mental work, crossfit, and who knows what else.  This is a protein-packed breakfast.  Good for test days.  

Did you like this recipe?  I have been making muffin cups for awhile.  When I did crossfit I was introduced to Paleo.  These are Paleo approved.  I like to add veggies to mine.  Each time I add different veggies.  

Have you ever made muffin cups?

For more information on Johnsonville, or more recipe ideas, go to www.johnsonville.com.  

Monday, October 5, 2015

Motivational Monday-The Father's Love

***Disclosure-Sample product was received.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

How many times have felt alone?  Sometimes we forget.   Did you know you are not alone?
Struggling to find fulfillment in romance, blossoming filmmaker Sarah moves to New York City to pursue her passion.

Inspired by a true story, The Father’s Love tells the story of a woman that meets the man of her dreams. Charming, handsome, and wealthy, Reece becomes her world.  But as their story unfolds, Sarah discovers that man is nothing like she imagined in a journey that leaves her with the awful realization that she is “the other woman.”

Can she find the strength to put the past behind her?

Produced, written and directed by Sharon Kon, The Father’s Love explores the meaning of relationships, and the way God can mend a broken heart.  For the director, it was a very personal project, inspired by her own experience.  “In a moment of seeking, because of the brokenness, I needed to know what the truth was,” said Kon.  “God told me I am your father, let Me heal you – you can't keep going through this cycle.”

I have felt alone before.  I knew where to turn.  But some don't.  
I loved how this movie showed true friendship.  I have great friends.  They are always there.  And that is great.  But sometimes you need a different type of friend.  I have felt unwhole.  I wanted to just curl in my hole and never crawl out.  Like in the movie, things work themselves out.

For more information or to see the trailer go to www.wordfilms.com.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Friday, September 25, 2015

Influenster-TastyKake VoxBox

***Disclosure-I received this product to test and review but that all opinions are my own.

This Wednesday we celebrated the First Day of Fall!  We are back in the groove of things.  School is back in session, work is work, and Summer is gone.  Our school district celebrated the First Day of Fall and gave the students a day off-Fall Holiday!  I took half a day off to hang out with my son.  He has been doing so well in school this year.  I am so proud of him.

After a hard day of school or work, it is great to just take a small break.  

Have you ever tasted TastyKake?  TastyKake has a variety of products which include cupcakes, bars, donuts, snow balls, and so much more.

Thanks to Influenster for sending me the TastyKake VoxBox.
New TastyKake Peanut Butter Cupcake Minis made with peanut butter filled flavored icing and peanut butter flavored creme filling.
Every afternoon when I get home from work, I ask my kids how their day was.  We talk about their challenges, trials, and successes.  Everyday we can have mini wins.  I try to teach them to look for the good things in life, at least one good thing that happened.  And we celebrate those mini wins.
Today we celebrated with TastyKake minis for the win!  These are so yummy!  Reese in a cupcake....what a way to combine two of our favorite things.

For more information on where to find TastyKakes, go to www.tastykake.com.  Also you follow them online on Instagram or Facebook.

What will you celebrate today?

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Tasty Thursday-Chuck E Cheese

***Disclosure-Sponsored Post.  Any opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

My family and I were invited to come taste test the new thin crust pizza at Chuck E Cheese.

Chuck E Cheese is a family friendly place where we like to hang out.  Thanks to Chuck E Cheese, we received a complimentary thin and crispy pizza, 4 drinks, and some tokens.  After placing our order, I got to get a behind the scenes look and watch our order be made.  

First thing I noticed was the fresh ingredients.

Did you know that Gluten free is an option?  Yes, not only do they make their own dough on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays but they also offer their guests a gluten free option.  Gluten free dough comes in pre-packed.  It even comes with it's on cutting tools.  It is handled separately.  We went with regular dough for our thin crust experience.
 Next is the sauce....spread all over, not one spot missed
Then comes the cheese.  We all love cheese!
Bring on the P-E-P-P-E-R-O-N-I....
Now our pizza is ready to go into the oven....this is the before
4 1/2 minutes later....
Yes, you read that right.  Your pizza is fresh and ready after 4 1/2 minutes in the oven.  Ready to be cut and served for my hungry family.
The pizza was yummy.  We have always liked the pizza at Chuck E Cheese.  I like that they have thin crust now.  Most kiddos don't like eating the crust or any part without cheese or pepperoni.  But clearly you can see, that every slice has cheese and pepperoni.  

We had an awesome time, like always.  Thanks to the Chuck E Cheese on Weslayan for allowing me to step behind the scenes of this location.

1)  Go on off peak times so it will not be so crowded.
2)  Don't forget your coupons.  
3)  You can also go online and print reward calendars.
4)  Have fun!  Remember this is the place- Where a Kid can be a Kid! 

*In a blind taste test of 413 respondents, 57% preferred Chuck E. Cheese's Thin & Crispy Pepperoni Pizza to Pizza Hut's® Thin & Crispy Pepperoni.  (© The Pizza Hut name, logos and related marks are trademarks of Pizza Hut, Inc.)

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Monday, September 14, 2015

Giveaway-Wings Over Houston 2015

***Disclosure-Sponsored post.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

Fly like an Eagle....or not.  Watch the planes soar through the Houston sky.  The 31st Wings over Houston is coming on October 17 and 18.  This year they will be featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.
Aerobatics, demonstrations, 
Heroes and Legends

My family and I love the airshow.  It is a great show.  Tora, Tora is one of my favorites.  You get up close to these beautiful planes.  You can tour the inside of a cargo transport, check out various types of helicopters, training aircraft, and experimental planes.  Talk to the pilots and crew of the planes.  Grab an autograph or two.  

History is not only in books.  

I am so glad to join a great group of bloggers and New Creative Media again in bringing you, my readers, a high flying giveaway.  Wings Over Houston is a family friendly event.  There is food, and fun to be had.  Two days full of performances.  Discount tickets are available online at wingsoverhouston.com  
Or enter to win here:
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Motivational Monday-Find A Way

***Disclosure-Sample copy was received for review.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

It is Friday Night Lights time....  The school year has started.  Things are about to go back to the same ole same ole routine, right?

Sometimes life does not how we expect it.

This is how a tragedy began for a Burlington, North Carolina family.  Their son Harry Cohen was a high school senior, a genuinely inspirational young man, star football player, friend to all and strong Christian.  One morning he didn’t wake up.

Last year, my son lost a classmate.  My son's school is a very small school.  We almost know every kid, even though all the kids come from all parts of town.  These kids embrace each other.  Just like we spend most of our lives with our co-workers, so do our kids.  

In FIND A WAY a fictionalized character based on Harry will have a life changing effect on several families dealing with their own personal struggles.  Characters will intersect with the young man’s family as they deal with real life issues such as materialism, self-absorption and ambition at all cost.

How big is your faith?  I have been through a lot in my life.  I remember reminding myself of the mustard seed.  This movie made us reflect on our lives and sometimes that is what we need.  We need to reflect.

Has your FAITH been tested lately?  How have you handled it?    

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Tomatillo Cilantro Rice with Chicken and Vegetable Confetti

***Disclosure-Sample product was received for review.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

I am going to admit I am not a chef.  But I like learning how to cook new dishes.  And I like mastering those dishes.  One thing I cannot master is rice.  Stop laughing.  Every 3 times I make it, it does not come out.  So I have been trying different recipes.  Maybe it is not me, it is the recipe?
Tomatillo Cilantro Rice with Chicken and Vegetable Confetti


  • 3 tablespoons 
    olive oil
  • 1 pound 
    boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
    Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 
    medium yellow onion, diced 
  • 2 cloves 
    garlic, minced
  • 1 cup 
    fresh or canned corn kernels
  • 1 cup 
    long grain rice
  • 1 teaspoon 
    ground cumin 
  • 2 
    bay leaves
  • 1 (12-ounce) jar 
  • 1 cup 
    chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup 
    frozen baby peas
  • 2 teaspoons 
    freshly chopped cilantro

Heat olive oil in 4-quart saucepot over medium-high heat.

Season chicken with salt and pepper and add to pot.
Sauté 3 minutes or until brown all over, stirring often.

Remove chicken from pot and set aside.

Add onions and sauté 2 minutes.

Add garlic and sauté 1 minute longer. 
Add corn kernels, rice, cumin and bay leaves.

Cook 3 minutes or until rice begins to lightly toast and smell fragrant, stirring often.

Return chicken to pot and add HERDEZ® Tomatillo Verde Mexican Cooking Sauce and chicken broth.

Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat and cover pot.

Simmer 20 minutes.

Remove rice from heat and fluff it with a fork.

Mix in peas and cilantro.

Cover pot and let rice rest 5 minutes before serving.
I left off the peas because of my family's preference.  I made this dish!  And it tasted great!

For more recipes, head to www.herdeztraditions.com