Homemade Shark Attack Pop Tarts for Shark Week

it’s Discovery Channel Shark Week, which means lots of shark movies, shark television shows, and shark themed activities and treats. my boys love shark week so much that i decided to find a fun Shark Week activity for them….of course in a food theme. so, i came up with Homemade Shark Attack Pop Tarts! super easy to make and even include oozing blood from a shark bite. they are pretty much a homemade strawberry pop tart with blue icing, fishy sprinkles and a gummy shark. i found the gummies at our local Sprouts market and the fishy sprinkles are by Wilton and i purchased them from Michael’s Craft Store.

How to make Homemade Shark Attack Pop Tarts

all you need to make these Shark Attack Pop Tarts is pie crust (i used the refrigerated ready-made), strawberry jam, confectioners sugar, blue food coloring, sprinkles (optional) and shark gummies. plus, one egg for the egg wash.

first, cut the pie crust into rectangles. you will need two of the same size for each pop tart. for best results, use a ruler and a sharp knife to cut the dough.

place the bottom half of the pie crust on a baking sheet.

top each rectangle piece of pie crust with strawberry jam, making sure not to get it too close to the edges. leave at least a 1/2″ border.

next, place the second pie crust rectangle on top of the jam. with a fork, crimp all the edges to seal. also prick the top of eat pop tart a few times.

brush each pop tart with egg wash. a mixture of one beaten egg and a dash of water.

place the finished pop tarts into a preheated 450º F oven. bake until golden brown. approximately 10-12 minutes.

finally, mix the confectioners sugar with water until the correct frosting consistency. add food coloring. frost the pop tarts and add sprinkles and gummy sharks. then enjoy for Shark Week!!!! YUM.


 

 

 

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A Visit to Fazoli’s Italian Restaurant…Italian Food Fast

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The first time i heard of Fazoli’s® was a couple of weeks ago. I’m always looking for great family-friendly restaurants in Southern California to share with my readers, and after reading about Fazoli’s, i thought i should take the family and give it a try. Fazoli’s is Italian food….fast! and i wasn’t sure what to expect until got there. what most interested me, was that as of June 19th, they’ve changed things at their restaurants to remove all artificial ingredients from the entire menu. this being part of the 0% Artificial 100% Delicious Naturally Italian initiative. i knew i had to check it out!

so we packed up the family and headed over to have dinner at Fazoli’s®. my kids love eating out but we only have “take-out night” once a week. and since we only go once a week, i need to make sure the food is good!

right away we noticed the daily deals. the prices were awesome…which for us is an extra bonus, especially now that we have 6 mouths to feed. we always appreciate a good value.Fazoli's Italian Restaurant Deals

there a 3 top things that my family does when going out to dinner. first of all, they argue. no one agrees on a single place, they always want to go to different restaurant. next, they whine. there’s always someone that doesn’t want to go where the rest of the family decides to go. finally, there is always that one kid that’s mad. they sit there angry that they didn’t get to go to the restaurant of their choice. UGH!!!! this is another reason why we don’t go out a lot. however, i knew Fazoli’s® would be different. all my kids like Italian food, so i was pretty sure everyone would be happy at this dinner. WIN WIN for mom and dad, because we both like Italian food too.

and this was just the case! everyone was happy, no whining. we ordered our meal….we decided to get one of the family-style meals where you pick two entrees and also get a salad and unlimited breadsticks. that’s right…unlimited breadsticks (when you dine-in). we also got an extra order of Fetticcini just because we wanted to try it. they brought the food out and everyone served themselves up a plate.

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so what does Fazoli’s® Italian Food….fast mean? that’s what i was wondering.

well, that’s just what it means….i would call Fazoli’s® “Fast-Casual” since it’s not a restaurant where you sit down and have waiters serve you the entire time. you order your food at the front of the restaurant, which then is brought out to you when it’s ready. there’s actually also a drive-thru where you can order from your car. so yes, the food is ready fast! not many places that have a drive-thru window have accomplished the significant milestone of clean food. especially not a chain store. way to go Fazoli’s®.

knowing that a restaurant serves artificial ingredient free food matters to me because i want to make sure that my children aren’t eating unnecessary chemicals in their food that could potentially cause problems in the future. there is no need for it, so if i can avoid it, i do. and Fazoli’s works with almost 50 suppliers to guarantee that all their food….a total of 81 artificial ingredients, colors and preservatives were eliminated from the food menu.

Fazoli’s® ended up being a hit with the family. good food. fast service. happy kids and happy parents. That’s really what we look for when we add a restaurant to our favorites list. And Fazoli’s® is the only brand that i know of, who offers an Italian dining experience for people who want a break from ordinary fast food, but without spending more. such a great value. plus we had leftovers!

even baby Dani wanted to get in on the action. she tried to steal mommy’s breadstick. yum yum

Fazoli’s® is a great place for family-friendly dining in Southern California. we visited the one in Chino Hills which is just a few miles north of the OC.

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if you would like to check out Fazoli’s, make sure to us this coupon for $3 off $10 or more at Fazoli’s.

{Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Fazoli’s. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.}

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

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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.

Red Light Green Light Cars 3 Popsicles

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!