Pistachio Taffy Crunch Popsicles Recipe

Pistachio Taffy Crunch Popsicles

It’s finally beginning to feel like summer here in SoCal, so I felt that I needed to create another popsicle recipe for the blog. Originally, I was hoping to get this recipe post up for St. Patrick’s Day, thus the green popsicles. Pistachio Taffy Crunch Popsicles may be green and perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, but they are actually great all year long…especially during summertime.

These popsicles are super simple to make because you used pistachio pudding mix. If you have read this blog for a while, then you know that I love making pudding popsicles. Some of my favorite recipes I have shared are –  these very popular rainbow pudding popsicles, or these red velvet popsicles that I made a few years ago.

To make these pistachio taffy crunch popsicles you need the following ingredients:

• Mother’s Taffy Cookies (any shortbread cookie will do)
• 1 box of Pistachio Instant Pudding Mix
• 2 cups of milk
• 1/4 cup Pistachios (unsalted if you can find them)
• Dixie Cups (i prefer 3 oz size)
• popsicle sticks

• mix pudding and milk together and place in refrigerator.
• with a rolling pin, crush 5 cookies and pistachios
• layer, pudding first, then a sprinkle of pistachios and cookies. repeat until cup is filled to the top.
• push popsicle stick into the pudding
• place finished popsicles into the freezer for a few hours or until firm.
• enjoy!

I really love pistachios, so these popsicles are perfect for me. i especially love the flavor and texture the layer of cookies and pistachios brings. it’s dessert on a stick.

And if you use salted pistachios, you get that sweet and salty combo which is great too. Even my kids love these Pistachio Taffy Crunch Popsicles, and I hope you will too.


My Kids Love Rubio’s Fish Tacos

making family dinner has always been my weakness. i try really hard, but lately, my husband has been working late, i’ve had a lot on my plate, and baseball season is kicking my butt with practices and games for two kids…sigh. so we headed over to Rubio’s for some fish tacos.

a no-fuss dinner always makes me happy, and everyone could pick what they wanted…yay for no whining. the boys stocked us up on the fresh-made salsas, while mom and dad pretended we were at the beach enjoying the decor.

i could live on chips and guacamole.

hubby enjoyed the fish tacos. he had the original fish taco, a recipe perfect 30 years ago by Ralph Rubio, and the Avocado Corn Fish Taco which was his favorite!  a Rubio’s meal is no complete without their “no-fried” pinto beans and rice.

it’s been a while since i’ve been to Rubio’s and i forgot how much i liked it. the Shrimp, Grilled Chicken and Steak Tacos were delish and topped with my favorite…avocados, chipotle sauce, bacon and cotija cheese. yummy!

and the boys loved their food. “Best Shimp Tacos” they said.

sometimes you just gotta enjoy a meal out, and we were glad to enjoy the flavorful food a Rubio’s.
Things we especially appreciate about Rubio’s:
• Rubio’s menu includes seafood tacos, burritos, salads and quesadillas featuring shrimp, ono, wild salmon, mahi mahi and sustainable Alaska Pollock.
• Rubio’s chargrills their chicken and steak and the salsas, guacamole, “no fried” pinto beans, rice and chips are fresh-made.

Rubio’s participates in Sustainable Seafood Practices. 85% of their seafood that is certified sustainable or from responsibly managed fisheries that maintain healthy populations and ecosystems. sustainable seafood is fished or farmed using practices that maintain or increase seafood populations without harming the environment.

as Rubio’s marks its 30-year anniversary and looks toward the future, fans and friends should stay tuned for more details surrounding new menu items, the online merchandise store, upcoming initiatives, and the Rubio’s World Oceans Day celebration.

Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop in Costa Mesa

if you’re looking for a great healthy restaurant in Orange County that offers food choices that feature the freshest organic ingredients available, then Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop in Costa Mesa is an excellent choice. the Greenleaf organic restaurant aims to promote a healthy lifestyle by providing an affordable, fast-casual dining experience. Greenleaf serves made-to-order salads, wraps and sandwiches using flame-grilled proteins and organic, locally-grown produce. by working with local farmers and food purveyors, as well as using produce grown in the restaurants on-location garden, Greenleaf brings fresh, gourmet ingredients to it’s menu items.

i’ve been visiting Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop for a while now, and love the freshness of their food and unique decor and feel of their restaurant space. i stopped in the other night to check out the new kids menu that is now available, and also to taste some of their yummy menu items.

my favorite by far was the Mini Turkey Burgers. i’ve never had such a wonderful turkey burger before….so sweet and juicy, and you could taste the freshness of the ingredients.

i also tasted the Organic Chicken Nugget kids meal, which is served with my kids’ favorite…sweet potato fries.

Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop also has a great selection of made to oder sandwiches including this Vegetable Panini.

i absolutely love the thin crust pizzas. my favorite is the Wild Mushroom and Truffle, or this Spicy Turkey Sausage and Fennel pizza.

and check out these mini burgers on pretzel buns!

Greenleaf Chopshop also offers so many more great healthy options as well as easy grab n’ go items and fresh dressings that you can bring home. it also has a full service juice and coffee bar!

here is the new kids menu the Greenleaf Chopshop offers…

and be sure to check my friend Pattie of Living Mi Vida Loca’s review of Greenleaf Chopshop. her family eats vegetarian and Greenleaf offers many great options for them.

thanks Greenleaf Chopshop for providing our community with healthy and tasty food options!

{ this is not a sponsored post. i was invited by Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop to try out the new items to facilitate my review. all thoughts and opinions remain my own. }

Easter Eggstravaganza at Irvine Park Railroad 2013

spring is here, and the Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza opens today! the Irvine Park Railroad always has someting fun going on!
Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza is a springtime celebration! ride the train, decorate cookies and meet the Easter bunny.
the Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza park area and photo stands are free, but you must pay the entrance fee to Irvine Park ($3 on weekdays, $5 on weekends).
wanna go? here is the info….
Irvine Park Easter Eggstravaganza
march 9th – march 30th
open 7 days a week (weather permitting)
weekdays: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
weekends: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
$5.00 each ● 12 months and younger FREE!
book of 15 Tickets: $60.00 ● $10.00 savings!
• picture stands free
• train rides – 1 ticket
• hay rides – 1 ticket
• bounce house – 1 ticket
• egg hunt – 1 ticket
• face painting – 2 tickets
• cookie decorating – 1 tickets
• carnival games – 1 ticket
• meet the easter bunny w/picture – $10
• pony rides – $4
and if that isn’t enough, you can visit the OC Zoo, or you can head over to the lake and rent a paddle boat, surrey or one of the many fun bikes at Fun Wheel Rentals. wow…i am already getting excited.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts Family Series

the Segerstrom Center for the Arts has two Family Series events coming up this April. this popular Family Series engages, enchants and inspires youngsters with the magic of live performance. International artists combine music, dance and theater that can be enjoyed by the entire family, creating experiences that instill an appreciation for the arts and create lifelong memories. reserve your tickets now before they sell out.

the Terrapin Puppet Theatre from Australia will perform the moving and poetic play Boats on April 6 and 7 in Samueli Theater. Boats is the story about a man named Jof, as told by his friend Nic. these two life-long friends and mariners, who met through bizarre circumstances involving a chicken, a deserted island and a sombrero, escape their past and embrace the unknown future with a great sense of adventure.

the magic of storytelling unfolds right in front of the audience as scenes are depicted featuringa crobatics and spectacular sound effects created on stage. the characters of Jof and Nic transform the world by using everyday objects that would be found on a boat’s galley. From a circus made from a jacket to a storm made in a teacup, such imaginative use of space and puppetry has garnered Terrapin with a global following.

 Terrapin Puppet Theatre’s Boats is recommended for families and children ages seven and up.
the acclaimed Marionetas de las Esquina from Mexico City brings to life a delightful and charming new twist to the classic fairytale of Sleeping Beauty Dreams on April 20 and 21. written by award-winning playwright Amaranta Leyva, this tale brings the famous princess from the past into the present as she searches for her prince… and herself.
  Marionetas de las Esquina’s Sleeping Beauty Dreams is recommended for families and children ages four to eight.

wanna go? here’s the info…

Terrapin Puppet Theatre: Boats
April 6 & 7, 2013
Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 1 and 3:30 p.m. 
the performance on Sunday, April 7 at 1:00 p.m. will be sign-language interpreted
Marionetas de la Esquina: Sleeping Beauty Dreams
April 20 & 21, 2013
Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 1 and 3:30 p.m. 
the performance on Sunday, April 21 at 1:00 p.m. will be sign-language interpreted

audiences are encouraged to arrive early because each performance includes a free pre-show, an hour of creative play activities and areading area with an assortment of children’s books. the Center’s Education and Community Programs Department offers these enriching experiences to provide young people and their parents more opportunities to play together creatively. studies show that this is critical to helping children develop their ability to think and problem solve.

$20 and will go on sale Sunday, March 10 at 10 a.m.
available online at SCFTA.org or (714) 556-2787
or at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa
for inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, 
call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236.