S’mores in a Jar with HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Hershey Company. All opinions are 100% mine.

This post is created by me and The Hershey Company

summer is coming, and that means warm nights, campfires with friends and of course S’Mores! there’s nothing better on a warm summer night than ooey gooey, freshly roasted S’Mores made with none other than a HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate bar. It’s an iconic taste of summer and the farm fresh milk in HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate makes their chocolate the best for making S’Mores. plus, it’s pretty good anytime you want a treat. farm fresh milk is what helps gives HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate the delicious taste you know and love. the milk comes from farms within 100 miles of the Hershey factory in Hershey, Pennsylvania. did you know that Hershey is one of the few large-scale chocolate manufacturers in the U.S. that uses farm fresh milk? i really believe that is why you can tell the difference from other chocolate bars. the farm fresh milk really helps to give it the delicious taste you know and love. Well, that and the simple ingredients used in HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate like cocoa and sugar, plus no artificial flavors, preservatives or sweeteners. check out the graphic below to see how farm fresh milk becomes part of HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate.while me and the boys were waiting for summer to arrive, we decided that we couldn’t wait any longer to make some S’Mores. so, we decided to do a twist on the traditional campfire S’Mores by making S’Mores in a Jar. they can be made right in your oven at home, so you don’t even have to worry about not having a campfire. we made them the other night…which was a miracle because we all wanted to eat the HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate bars!   it’s really simple to make S’Mores in a Jar. for each jar you want to make, you will need 1 HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate bar, 1/2 a cup of marshmallows, 2 graham crackers, 1/4 cup whipping cream, and a butter pat.  first, in a plastic zipper bag, crush up graham crackers and mix in melted butter. next, place the graham crackers at the bottom of small canning jars. heat the whipping cream in a saucepan on the stove until hot. pour over the HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate. stir until smooth. pour chocolate into jars over the graham cracker crumbs. now, top the chocolate and graham cracker crumbs with mini marshmallows to the top of the jars. put all the jars in a baking dish. place in the oven heated to 450º on the top shelf. bake for about 5 minutes or until the marshmallows are toasted and browned. watch carefully! they can burn easily. once the jars are cool enough to touch, top with a piece of HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate and enjoy! be sure check out this video from Tastemade, in which Katie Quinn shares an inside look at how HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate is made from farm to factory. and then go and enjoy a bar…or two!

i want to thank The Hershey Company for working with me on this blog!

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Red Light Green Light Cars 3 Popsicles

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we are very excited that Disney Pixar’s Cars 3 is coming to theaters this June!!! with a house of three boys, we have been watching the Cars movies since the beginning. and to celebrate, we created some yummy Cars 3 inspired Red Light Green Light Cars 3 Popsicles, made with fresh DOLE® Fruits and Vegetables. they are layered red, yellow and green just like a traffic signal! and guess what? they are very easy to make and have no added sugar!

Did you hear? the Walt Disney Company and Dole® have partnered for a multi-year healthy living initiative aimed at helping parents encourage their families to make healthier eating choices. Thursday, May 25th is National Eat More Fruits and Vegetables Day, a holiday created to remind Americans about the health, taste and convenience benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables, and to encourage a healthier diet. what better way to celebrate National Eat More Fruits and Vegetables Day AND Cars 3, than with these Cars 3 inspired fresh fruit and vegetable popsicles.

Red Light Green Light Popsicles are triple layered in the colors of a traffic signal – fresh strawberry, pineapple-orange, and avocado banana. i know what you’re thinking….avocado banana?!!!!! trust me…it’s really yummy. and all three of these combinations together make a really fun and fruity popsicle. you could also make them with just one of these flavors if you’d like. PLUS, did i mention there’s spinach inside of these popsicles. what better way to get some veggies into the kiddies tummies than in a popsicle! they won’t even know it’s in there.

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to make Red Light Green Light Cars 3 Popsicles, you will need the following ingredients:`

3 cups Dole® Fresh Pineapple, cut into chunks
2-1/2 cups Dole® Strawberries, sliced
1 Dole® Avocados
2 Dole® Bananas
2 cups fresh spinach leaves
3/4 cups Greek yogurt
1 cup orange juice
2 teaspoons honey

Directions
• Freeze pineapple chunks and strawberries. you want the fruit to be slushy consistency after you blend them so that you can layer them in the popsicle molds.

Red layer:
In a food processor combine 2-1/2 cups Dole® strawberries, 1/4 cup Dole® pineapple, 1-1/2 cups spinach, 1/4 cup Greek yogurt, and honey. mix until well blended.

Yellow layer:
In a food processor combine 2-1/2 cups Dole® pineapple chunks and orange juice. mix until well blended.

Green layer:
In a food processor combine 1 Dole® avocado, 2 Dole® bananas, 1 teaspoon honey and ½ cup Greek yogurt. mix until well blended.

• Layer the mixtures into popsicle molds of your choice. Red, yellow then Green, like a traffic signal.

• Freeze for at least 6 hours before removing them from the mold.

• Makes about 12 popsicles

in the meantime, while your popsicles are freezing, you are going to want head over to the “Fuel Up with Dole” microsite to enter the  “Fuel Up with Dole Sweepstakes”, where starting May 25th, you can enter to win a family-fun summer road trip. PLUS, you can check out when the Road to the Races Tour will be we’re rolling through your city and explore delicious recipes that will keep you revved up all the way through your last lap.

Check out these other great Cars 3 inspired recipes
“Lightning Berry Smoothie” (inspired by Lightening McQueen) 


“Crunchy Banana Roll” (inspired by Jackson Storm)


“Buffalo Bites with Pineapple and Chicken” (inspired by Smokey)

{ Disclosure: I am an official ambassador for Dole Fresh Fruit and Fresh Vegetables. Dole provided me with compensation for my time. As always, all opinions expressed in this post are mine.}

Knott’s Boysenberry Milkshake Recipe

the Boysenberry Festival is happening right now at Knott’s Berry Farm. it’s one of Knott’s most loved events of the year. there are over 80 different boysenberry foods to choose from boysenberry pizza to boysenberry cheesecake dipped in chocolate….YUM!!!! we had a great time when we visited on opening day. we started the day with a Fun Bun and ended it with a Boysenberry Icee. you can also buy boysenberry products at the Boysenberry Festival, such as boysenberry soap, boysenberry chapstick, boysenberry barbecue sauce and boysenberry jam. Boysenberry punch is a big deal at Knott’s, and you can buy the boysenberry punch concentrate to make your own at home. there is a lot of great boysenberry products available.

so i decided to create a Knott’s Boysenberry Milkshake with some of the boysenberry products i received. monster milkshakes are all the rage right now….so what way to better celebrate the boysenberry festival, than with a monster boysenberry milkshake. to make it, i used the following items – Berry Market Boysenberry Preserves, Knott’s Berry Farm Boysenberry Punch Concentrate, Boysenberry Cotton Candy, and Boysenberry Honey.

the full recipe on how to make a Knott’s Boysenberry Milkshake is below. here are some easy instructions on how to make it.

first, in a blender, add the ice cream and milk. blend till smooth…

next, add the boysenberry punch concentrate.

also add the boysenberry preserves. you can also add fresh berries at this time, about a handful. boysenberries are usually hard to find, so if you can’t find any, blackberries will work. the boysenberry, is a cross between a loganberry, red raspberry and blackberry, so they go perfect together.

now it’s time to make your boysenberry monster shake. using frosting, frost the rim of a large mason jar or glass container.then you can lightly press the cotton candy around the edge.


the boysenberry honey looks pretty dripping down the sides of the jar. make sure to place the jar on a plate.


pour the milkshake into the glass jar and then top with whipped cream.

top with sprinkles and a fresh berry!time to enjoy your Knott’s Boysenberry Milkshake. it tastes like creamy, frozen boysenberry punch. so good!
enjoy!

Mom Time at Dunkin’ Donuts

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wow…what a month it has been. time seems to be flying by leading up to the holidays, and i have been completely overwhelmed with helping at my boys’ schools, getting ready for Halloween and all the Halloween activities. has it been that way for all of you parents? well, a much needed break was in order, so one of my besties and i met over donuts the other morning to catch up on life and rest our minds. i’ve partnered with Dunkin’ Donuts to check out some of there Fall offerings, because there is no better way to relief stress than to eat a donut.

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can i say how nice it was to meet for breakfast! you tend to forget how much you need adult conversation when you are engulfed in taking care of a family and all the needs of you kids. plus, the yummy food was perfect for this prego mama.

right now, Dunkin’ Donuts is offering Salted Caramel flavored coffee, lattes, and macchiatos which can be served hot or iced. they are the perfect way to combine sweet and salty in a delicious blend. and all of Dunkin’ Donuts’ coffee and espresso beverages are brewed using high-quality, 100% Arabica coffee beans, always freshly ground and brewed to order. and best of all, you can get your coffee and espresso beverages just the way they like it with yummy flavor choices like pumpkin spice, dairy and sweetener. i’m not a coffee drinker (but i am a donut eater), however my friend Pattie LOVES coffee, so she was in coffee Heaven at our Dunkin’ Donut meet-up.
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my favorite has always been a simple maple donut and some milk, but this time i tried their iced hot chocolate. super yummy!!!!

dunkin-donuts-fall-menuwe ended up spending two hours chatting…we totally lost track of time, but it was just what my soul needed.

dunkin-donuts-pumpkin-spice-lattedunkin-donuts-ice-hot-chocolatebefore we headed out for the day, we both picked up some yummies for our boys….and some for ourselves to enjoy later hee hee. so many great choices…and right now the Halloween colors are on point. pumpkin spice, vanilla bean cream filled, peanut butter cup, apple spice and lemon curd were some of the flavors i got to surprise the boys with. they were very happy campers when they got home from school…and i looked like a super mom for getting them for them.

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i definitely see more donut dates in my future. i forgot how much i enjoy time to myself with good friends. and if you can’t meet up with your friends in the morning….don’t worry, Dunkin’ Donuts’ full menu, including breakfast items, are available all-day. i guess you could call it breakfast whenevs. Dunkin’ Donuts knows their guests don’t always have time to sit down and enjoy a complete breakfast, so they have made sure to create menu options that provide delicious choices that can be enjoyed anywhere, at any time of day. breakfast is not just for breakfast any more. so i guess that means some evening meet-up with my besties after the kiddies go to bed soon. wouldn’t that be fun!

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{ This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. }

 

 

Easy Chicken Parmesan with Pasta That Your Family will Love

Easy Chicken Parmesan that your family will LOVE!!!!!! Make this family-friendly meal in less than 30 minutes – www.sandytoesandpopsicles.comSeptember is Family Meal Month! so i have partnered with Smart & Final to bring you this family-friendly recipe for Easy Chicken Parmesan with Pasta that your family will love. having a family meal together every night is very important to my husband and i. it’s a time where we can regroup as a family, get up-to-date with one another and make plans for the week. with our busy school and work schedules, if we didn’t have this time, we might not ever all be in the same place at the same time.

family meals are at a critical intersection in our nation. family meals eaten at home have been proven to benefit the health and wellness of children and adolescents, to fight obesity, substance abuse and to make families stronger—creating a positive impact on our communities and our nation as a whole. but sometimes parents are overwhelmed on how to make family meals happen regularly during the week, without being overwhelmed. the National Family Meals Movement is trying to help with this, and Smart & Final and the Food Marketing Institute have joined. saf-fmi-social-2-600x600-01cduring National Family Meals Month™ this September, help rally the family meals movement! i challenge you to make one more meal at home per week. Smart & Final is uniquely positioned to make family meals at home easier to accomplish. they carry warehouse sized items with the feel and convenience of a neighborhood grocery store and there’s NO club fee. it’s one-stop shopping because you can buy everything from fresh produce to bakery items in large and small sizes. Smart & Final also has great exclusive lines such as First Street, La Romanella, and Sun Harvest that are priced at a great value….this makes shopping for families perfect.

i have shared before how much i love Smart & Final for my family dinners and how they are a staple for my parties. i really enjoy shopping at Smart & Final, and am especially happy because they have just opened a new store across the street from me, so convenient! and now, i am going to share my recipe for Easy Parmesan Chicken with Pasta. this dish is a family favorite. this dish takes less than 30 minutes from start to end!!!!

How to make Easy Chicken Parmesan

to make Easy Chicken Parmesan, you will need the following ingredients:

3 chicken breasts
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs
1-1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs
1 tsp. salt
black pepper
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
2 Tbsp. butter
1-2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 jar spaghetti sauce
Parmesan cheese

Easy Chicken Parmesan that your family will LOVE!!!!!! Make this family-friendly meal in less than 30 minutes – www.sandytoesandpopsicles.com

now to prepare the chicken parmesan:

first, prep to your chicken breasts.most packages come with three large chicken breasts. cut each breast in half to create 2 thin chicken breasts. next, the under a sheet of plastic wrap, pound chicken breasts to 1/2″. note: now is also great time to get the water boiling for your pasta.

how_to_cook_easy_chickenhow_to_pound_chicken_breastspounding_out_chicken_breastseasy_chicken_family_dinnersnow it’s time to bread the chicken. in three shallow dishes place the flour in one,  2 eggs beaten in one and the Italian bread crumbs in the other. season the breadcrumbs with the salt and pepper to taste. first, drench the chicken in flour, shaking off the excess. then dip the chicken in the beaten egg, making sure to cover it completely. finally, place the chicken into the breadcrumbs, coating it on all sides.

how_to_bread_cheicken_parmesanhow_to_make_italian_pan_fried_chickenbreading_chicken_parmesanin a frying pan over medium heat, melt 1 Tbsp. butter and 1 Tbsp. oil. place 3 chicken breasts in the pan and cook for 5 minutes, flipping once halfway through. once chicken is fully cooked through, remove from the pan and place on a paper towel. repeat this for the remaining 3 chicken breasts.

how_to_pan_fry_chickeneasy_pan_fried_chickensmart_and_final_easy_family_dinner_recipesnow place chicken on a cookie sheet and top with mozzarella cheese. place in oven on the top rack at 400º and bake until cheese is bubbly. note: now is a great time to put the pasta in the boiling water and to heat the spaghetti sauce.easy_chicken_parmesan_for_kidschicken_with_mozzarella_cheese_recipebaked_chicken_andmozzarellasmart_and_final_dinner_recipes

to serve, pour sauce on spaghetti and garnish with parmesan cheese. you can place chicken on top. it also tastes great to spoon sauce over the chicken.

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serve with a nice green salad. your family is going to love this one…and i hope that i have inspired you make a few more family meals happen at home! you’ll be happy you did.

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for more great recipes like this one, head over to the Smart & Final recipe page to find hundreds of more recipes your family will love.

Easy Chicken Parmesan that your family will LOVE!!!!!! Make this family-friendly meal in less than 30 minutes – www.sandytoesandpopsicles.com

{Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. }