Easy Super Mario Cereal Bars

as you have seen on my social media, we are huge Nintendo fans. the boys asked for a Nintendo Switch for Christmas, and everytime they’ve earned screen time, they’re playing it. actually, you will find the whole family playing it, especially in the evenings. i like to make a big bowl of popcorn or a special treat, and anyone who has finished their homework and has a clean room can play until bedtime. speaking if treats – check out these Super Mario Cereal bars that i recently made! the boys spotted the new limited-edition Super Mario Cereal in the store, so we decided to make some thing special with it.

the new limited-edition Super Mario Cereal from Kellogg’s has just hit store shelves nationwide! each box has collectible Super Mario Odyssey™ art on it, and also functions as an amiibo™ accessory. my boys LOVE amiobos. you can use these ones to collect in-game coins and check out other fun features.

it’s really easy to make these Super Mario Cereal Bars. just heat 1/4 cup of butter and 4 cups of marshmallows in a saucepan on the stovetop using medium heat. once they are melted, combine one box of Super Mario Cereal and the melted marshmallows in a large bowl. mix until the cereal is completely coated. next, pour the mixture into a greased 8 x 8″ baking dish. cool completely and cut into squares.

i recommend reserving a bunch of the marshmallows in a cup before combining the cereal with the marshmallow mix. then, once the cereal and marshmallow mix is placed in the 8 x 8″ baking dish, decorate the top with the reserved marshmallows. this will make your bars look extra fun!

my kids thought i was the coolest mom for making these Nintendo treats. they we so excited to try them, and loved them so much….especially because they tasted different from your average marshmallow crispy treat bar. Super Mario Cereal is filled with colorful power-up marshmallows and a blast of mixed berry flavor. they made the perfect treat for our Nintendo Switch family game night.

you can find Super Mario Cereal for a limited time at your local grocery store. we found our at Target! if your kids love Nintendo or Super Mario, they would love having a Super Mario Cereal breakfast surprise. or if you have a party coming up, make sure to try making these easy Super Mario Cereal bars. they will be a crowd favorite. power up!

{this is not a sponsored post. we did receive a box of cereal from Nintendo. all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. }

Getting my fresh on with Ready Pac Fresh Prep’d

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fresh food…i crave it all the time. a salad, homemade soup, sandwiches – i love to eat them, but i don’t love to make em’. it’s been almost a year since i had little Dani Kat, and i am struggling to get back in the groove of making meals at home. i used to be so much better at it. lunch in particular is where i struggle the most. with the boys at school, it’s so easy to just run to the drive thru and get a cheap and quick bite to eat. but no more! i was super excited when Ready Pac Foods sent me over some of their new Fresh Prep’d Soup and Wrap Kits. omg!!!! they are so good and fresh…exactly what i have been looking for.

i have been a big fan of the Ready Pac Foods Salad kits and Bistro Bowls® for some time now. i love that the salad greens and all the extra yummy toppings are included in the packs. who has the time to prep all those extra  ingredients. well, the new Fresh Prep’d Soup and Wrap Kits work the same way. definitely designed for a hectic lifestyle…which with four kids, i totally have.

the Fresh Prep’d Soup Kits come with everything you need to make a fresh bowl of soup. including the bowl and spoon! A delicious and satisfying meal you prepare when it’s convenient. vegetables stay crisp – just like homemade! there are five flavors – Asian Inspired Beef, Chicken Noodle, Chicken Tortilla, Italian Style Wedding and Tuscan White Bean.

when you open each of the packs, you will find the fresh ingredients, the broth concentrate and a spoon. everything you need to make the soup is included. this is the Tuscan White Bean. looks good huh!
check out all the fresh kale.

here is the Chicken Tortilla Soup – even jalapeño slices, cilantro and tortilla strips are included.

once you combine all the fresh ingredients in the provided bowl, you add the broth concentrate.

next, add 1-1/2 cups of water, or simply fill up to the fill line.place the venting lid on top and place into the microwave for three minutes.

wha la!!! within minutes you have fresh cooked soup that you can enjoy with all the flavors you expect from something homemade. yum! the veggies in the Tuscan White Bean are cooked perfectly, still a little crisp, and the seasoned crostini are the perfect touch.

the Chicken Tortilla Soup is hearty and full of flavor. we’ve tried all the flavors and they are all great. my husband’s favorite is the Asian Inspired Beef, and since i am a vegetarian, i go with the Tuscan White bean. all my kids love the chicken noodle.

next up are the Fresh Prep’d Wrap Kits. these are just as awesome, and i just found something new to put in my husband and teenager’s lunchboxes.

the tortilla for the wraps are specially made to be easy to wrap and not break apart. i’ve never been good at making wraps, but with this kit…i am now a pro!place all the fresh ingredients in the center of the wrap and the add the dressing.
folding and wrapping the tortilla is easy since it already has folds.

then wrap it up!

you would think you got this at a restaurant. the flavors are there with all the extra ingredients included, and the tortilla made the perfect wrap that stays wrapped and does not fall apart.

i am thrilled with the new Ready Pac Foods Fresh Prep’d line.

wondering about all that packaging? Ready Pac is passionate about preserving the health of our planet – all packaging is made with 70% post-consumer PET plastic, and are made in a plant that operates using 50% solar energy. it’s also 100% recyclable. Ready Pac has also reduced loads of waste by 75% through installing trash compactors and also recycling over 8,000 tons of materials annually, including corrugate, plastics, paper and metals.

Ready Pac has designed these new Fresh Prep’d Wrap and Soup kits for everyone’s hectic lifestyle. they understand that our lives have become busier and busier. their motto is your day is packed; we packed you lunch. i am excited to start the new year off with a goal to not eat out as much, eat fresher, healthier ingredients, and live a healthier lifestyle. these Fresh Prep’d Kits will definitely help me.

now you’re going to want to try these Ready Pac Foods Fresh Prep’d Wrap and Soup Kits. you can get them from Amazon Fresh, at select grocery stores and online. don’t see them at your grocery store? ask your local store manager to carry Ready Pac Foods Fresh Prep’d products. and head over to iBotta for $1 off coupons while supplies last!  for all eligible users within areas that our product is available for purchase. yay! one less thing to worry about…your lunch is now packed.

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

Keep the Holidays Delicious with a Pumpkin Pie Station

This post is written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc.. All opinions are entirely my own.

it’s  that time of year when you get to enjoy so many yummy pumpkin treats. i love them all – pumpkin bread, pumpkin frapes, pumpkin cupcakes. but the best treat of them all is most definitely pumpkin pie!!!! this year i have already enjoyed….and stocked up on Sara Lee@ Pumpkin Pies. they come frozen, are easily stored in the freezer, and can cook right up in a matter of minutes, ready to take to any of your holiday gatherings or just because. don’t tell anyone, but i ate all my pumpkin pie leftovers for breakfast the other day!

i love that Sara Lee@ Pumpkin Pie has a rich, traditional flavor with smooth pumpkin custard. the special blend of cinnamon and spices are just right. and there are lots of ways you can enjoy it. by the slice, in a milkshake, you can even add your own toppings to change it up!

plus it is really easy to make. just heat, cool and serve. no messy kitchen or dishes to clean, which gives you more time to spend together as a family.

i thought it would be a lot of fun to have our own pumpkin pie station at our next gathering. it’s easy to set up and share with family, friends, coworkers or employees. Sara Lee@ Pumpkin Pie is also a great choice to serve when you have numerous mouths to feed and since it’s so easy to prepare, its an awesome timesaver during this busy holiday season. plus…don’t forget to serve it at your Christmas dinner.

check it out! a Pumpkin Pie Station, complete with fresh whipped cream and all the yummy toppings you could ask for. it also looks pretty amazing if I do say so myself.

it’s the perfect treat to top off any and every seasonal gathering or occasion!

you can find your own Sara Lee® Frozen Pumpkin Pie Dessert at your local Albertsons Supermarkets! so run, don’t walk to stock up for the season.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.}

Easy Tuna Deviled Eggs and Tuna Avocado Toast for a Fun OC Playdate

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there is going to be a heat wave here in Orange County this week, which is exciting for my boys. they really want to invite their friends over to swim one last time before the weather cools down. since we just recently moved, we haven’t had anyone over for a swimming playdate. it’s so exciting for us to have a pool! of course the kids will be having a blast swimming, while i will get to hang out with the moms. the perfect opportunity to make light lunch or snack for everyone to enjoy. StarKist sent me over some packets of their new StarKist Tuna Creations BOLD – with flavors that include Thai Chili Style, Jalapeño, Hot Buffalo Style, Tapatío, Sriracha and Rice & Beans in Hot Sauce. wow! so i created a food spread around them that i think everyone is really going to enjoy.

the two flavors i used were the StarKist Tuna Creations BOLD Sriracha and the StarKist Tuna Creations BOLD Tapatio.

i made two super simple pairings that were quick and easy to make. a fun way to enjoy tuna that is already seasoned in a BOLD way. us moms are always looking for delicious and nutritious meal solutions to fit our busy lifestyles. each StarKist Tuna Creations packet is single-serve and requires no can opener and no draining. it gives you a good source of lean protein and is 110 calories or less to keep you fueled. plus they add an extra kick of flavor! add it to your favorite salads, meals and snacks…or you can just grab a fork and eat straight from the pouch wherever you are—just Tear. Eat. And Go!

for my first easy pairing, i used Tuna Creations BOLD Sriracha. this tuna’s hot sauce flavor is made from red chili peppers, garlic and vinegar with a garlicky spicy kick. it’s the perfect addition to a ramen noodle salad or tuna burger. enjoy on rice cakes, crackers, noodles, with eggs, bok choy, salad, edamame, and sesame seeds.

i decided that Tuna Deviled Eggs would be a favorite for everyone. in a bowl, i mixed the yolks of four hardboiled eggs, one packet of Tuna Creations BOLD Sriracha, 1-1/2 Tablespoons of mayonnaise, and a dab of mustard. once mixed together, i filled the hardboiled eggs halves and then topped with chives. EASY!!!!!

next up i used the StarKist Tuna Creations BOLD Tapatio with Lime flavor to make mini avocado toasts with a Mexican flair. the Tapatio flavored tuna is pretty spicy, so it works well with cooler foods. StarKist partnered with Tapatio to add their hot sauce and a touch of lime juice to their classic chunk light tuna. a perfect blend is ready to enjoy on corn chips, on a salad, in a taco or straight out of the pouch.

to make the Mini Avocado Tuna Toasts, i used mini baguette toasts, drizzled with olive oil. broiled them in the oven for ten minutes till crisp. then i spread avocado on each of  them, followed by StarKist Tuna Creations BOLD Tapatio, pico de gallo and a sprinkle of quest fresco. EASY!!!

finally, for the table spread, i am just going to use some items i already have around the house. it’s really easy to create something that your friends will think is amazing with very little work. the tuna deviled eggs and tuna avocado toasts, along with a few pretty plates, a pitcher of water with ice, some small mason jars with paper straws, and a bowl of chips with some salsa will make the perfect light lunch for everyone to enjoy at the playdate.

i can’t wait for my last swimming playdate of the year. i kind of hope it stays sunny so we can have few more. i just love living in sunny Orange County. we are so lucky!

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










DIY Veggie Pizza Pockets for your School Lunch Boxes

the kids are finally back to school, which means let the lunch packing begin! i don’t know many parents who love packing lunches, but there is really no way around it. so i’ve been trying to figure out some fun and creative ways to to give my kids a wholesome lunch that they will eat. that’s the key. do you know how many times i send my kid to school with a full lunch box, only to have everything come right back home uneaten?!!!! so frustrating. so, i have partnered with Kroger to share a fun idea for Back-To-School lunch packing!

i headed across the street to Ralph’s, a my local Kroger store. when it comes to buying food for lunches, i find myself buying food from natural and organic brands such as Horizon Organic. i have to say that it’s one of my favorites. Kroger has tried to ensure that finding natural foods for your family are easy to find because purchasing real food for our families shouldn’t be time consuming. all you do, is go to an aisle and look for the “live naturally” signs. you can find them on almost any aisle and even in the refrigerator section. this is were the organic and natural products are found, and where i purchase most of my groceries.

Live Naturally Foods at Kroger Ralphs

here is my stockpile of Horizon products from cheeses, milk, to pastas, to crackers and cookies, there’s a lot to choose from.

my boys were especially excited about Horizon’s Good to Go! snack packs. we’ve never gotten them before, so they all wanted to try them as soon as i brought them home. boys….you have to wait for lunch!

and now to pack the lunches. i’ve got something up my sleeve that i know the boys will love. winning!!!!!

Easy Lunch Box Veggie Pizza Pockets

as most kids do, my boys like those pre-made DIY lunch kits. they do like the meat, cheese and cracker varieties, but their all-time favorites are the DIY pizza kits. so that’s what i decided to make for their first school lunches.

to make this DIY Veggie Pizza Pocket Lunch, all you need is some Horizon Organic Mozzarella sticks, sliced veggies such as bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, whole grain pita bread, and marinara sauce. (i used the Simply Truth brand).

i started by cutting the pita bread into quarters, and made sure to pull it apart so the boys could easily stuff them with pizza toppings. i also cut the cheese stick in have and pulled apart the tops so the were easy to shred.

i filled a disposable condiment cup with marinara sauce, and sliced up some bell peppers. cucumbers, zucchini, onions and even carrots would taste great too. whatever your kids will eat is what is best to use.when it’s lunch time, they can have fun filling each pita quarter with sauce and then their favorite pizza toppings.

paired with a Horizon Organic milk box and a Simply Truth Organic Applesauce pouch, this is a great lunch choice any day of the week. my boys were super excited to take this one to school, and they said their friends wanted to try them too.

plus you can’t forget a snack. the boys are loving the Horizon Good to Go! new snack combos. they are a fun snack kids love. peel open before practice or pack it their lunchbox. with real organic nutrition and 6 grams of protein, it’s a deliciously easy way to keep them going. just toss them in with the lunch and they’re good to go! no pun intended.

What do you pack in your kid’s lunch?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.