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The Hunger Heroes is all about action. It’s about turning families into superheroes, and tapping into the incredible power of giving. This is our story of our incredible power or giving. Every year we do several things to help out children in our local community. Twice a year, my kids go through their clothing and we find a family that is in need. We pass along the clothing. It’s easy to take to a donation drop or to a thrift store but we like to see if those in need, need it first. We like to see first hand that people are receiving what they need. It helps us to know their future needs.

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A few times a year I go through my pantry. I like to stock up on non perishables. You never know when a zombie apocalypse will happen(according to my daughter). For me it’s a natural disaster. My pantry always ends up overloaded. Instead of throwing out perfectly good food, I first offer it to friends with children that don’t earn much, and after them I try to donate it to a local food bank. Food is the number 1 item no one should every go without; especially a child. You can help fight hunger with #HungerHeroes 

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Something we started last year was wheb weather turns cold and the holidays are upon us we try to gather bread, meats, and other items to make lunch snacks and we pass them out on the streets where we see the homeless. Left over candy canes are a great for passing out too! Stores toss them away and it’s sad because someone could eat it. Don’t throw out food as long as it is safe for eating pass it along to someone in need.

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When I do have a chance to help shop for a family in need it is nice to shop at Sam’s Club. They have larger packs of food and it helps to feed over a longer period of time. Sam’s club had a demo for Tyson nuggets so you can taste test them before buying. The next demo dates of August 23 and 24 at all Sam’s Clubs. Go check them out!

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During the month of August, when shoppers purchase Tyson® Fully-Cooked Chicken Nuggets 5 lb. bag, a KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese Dinner 7.25 oz. 12-pack, and/or a Capri-Sun 6 oz. 40-pack, then Tyson and KRAFT will help feed a child in need. *Items to be donated are: 6 fl. oz. CAPRI SUN, and/or 2.5 oz. of KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese Dinners.

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Don’t forget to stop by and play the Hunger Heroes game with Tyson for some Tyson Club Prizes!

Splash Party Beef Fajitas

Before school starts and the summer is almost over I wanted to share with you a few poolside #SplashParty recipes. Something you can eat by the pool, lake or beach. 

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For my Splash party I had some quality time with V’s parents before they leave to Italy and Switzerland for a month. I would love to trade places with them. One day I will have the chance to go. In the meantime, I really hope they have a wonderful trip. What a beautiful place to visit Italy is. 

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We grilled up some beef fajitas that we picked up at a local Mexican market. They are pre-seasoned and simple to throw on the grill. We bought some fresh tortillas and paired it with grilled vegetables, cojita cheese, and sour cream. They take less then 10 minutes on the grill. It’s the perfect poolside meal. 

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If you have leftovers all you have to do is make a quesadilla out of the meat and tortillas. Don’t forget to pair it with a good beer or margarita (if your of age). This will help the meal be even more delightful.

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Fresh salsa like this Pick Your Own Heat Salsa is a good topping along with guacamole, fresh lime, cilantro. 

Beef Fajitas
Serves 5
Spicy pre-seasoned fajitas that are great by poolside.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 4lbs Beef Fajita meat
  2. 1 red onion; sliced into rounds
  3. 2 bell peppers; sliced into strips
  4. 2 dozen fresh tortillas
  5. 1 block of cojita cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat the grill to 350 degrees F.
  2. Slice red onion into rounds. Separate onion into half. Put half of the onion in one bowl. Slice bell peppers into strips and place in the bowl with half of the onion.
  3. In a grilling skillet, vegetable bowl or on foil, grill vegetables until tender. Set aside covered. Place meat onto hot grill and cook for 3 1/2 to 4 minutes and flip. Cook for 3 1/2 to 4 minutes. Test a piece to make sure it is cooked but do not over cook as it will become tough.
  4. Pull off grill and slice on a cutting board. Serve with cojita cheese, sour cream, fresh onion and cooked vegetables.
Notes
  1. You may also serve with salsa, guacamole, fresh lime and cilantro.
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For more delicious poolside recipes join our Splash Party Recipe & Craft Round Up #Foodelicious 

Honey Limeade – Joy Makin’ Mamas

Strawsmopolitan – My Life and Family From Scratch 

Grilled Fruit Sangria - Feed Me Seymour

Philly Cheesesteak Subs – SMSL with Heidi

Watermelon Raspberry Granita – Dish Up Love

Easy Pasta Salad - Penney Lane Kitchen

Italian Potato Salad – The Farm Girl Gabs

Jell-o Beach Cups – Momma Lew

Watermelon Sorbet – Thrifty Jinxy

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad - Snappy Gourmet

Beach Ball Printable Tags – The Suburban Mom

Peperoncini Pot Roast – Dressing Recipe

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My son exclaims to me that his all time favorite dressing is Zesty Italian by Kraft. No doubt I have used it for years in salads, pasta salads and many other side dishes. I’ve also used it in main dishes like this Peperoncini Pot Roast for a dressing recipe.

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I love to make slow cooker dishes with tons of flavor like this one for parties. It allows me to start the dish the night before the party. That always helps to give me extra time the day of the party along with more time visiting with friends. It’s zesty and perfect for all times of the year. 

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I like to pick it up at Walmart while shopping for the rest of my supplies. The new Kraft Pourables have been reinvented with a new, better taste! It helps make this Peperoncini Pot Roast a knock out dish.

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Kraft Zesty Italian now has even more herbs & spices! It’s easy for this salad dressing recipe to be put together on Thursdays for Friday night football games. It serves up well on the go too!

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Make it with plenty of carrots and potatoes so there is no need for a side dish. Just top the meat with Zesty Italian dressing layering the meat over the potatoes and carrots. Slow cook it all night for a easy peasy dinner.

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The Classic Ranch is now creamier, with more buttermilk and savory herbs. I have some put up for snacking. Love both of these dressings. They are so versatile! For more great recipes follow along with #FoodDeservesDelicious.

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Peperoncini Pot Roast
Serves 4
Slow cooked pot roast topped with peperocini's and zesty Italian dressing.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
12 hr
Total Time
12 hr 10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
12 hr
Total Time
12 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 - 3lb pot roast
  2. 4 carrots
  3. 4 red skinned potatoes
  4. 1 bottle of Zesty Italian dressing
  5. 2 tablespoons peperoncini rounds
Instructions
  1. Slice carrots into halves. Slice potatoes into wedges. Add carrots and potatoes to the bottom of the slow cooker. Top with beef. Pour the zesty Italian dressing over the beef and top with pepperocini's.
  2. Add 1 1/2 cups water and put on high. Leave on high until water starts to boil. Turned down to low and cook for at least 8 hours until meat falls apart. Serve with potatoes and carrots.
Notes
  1. If you want to flip roast be careful with the vegetables so they don't fall apart.
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Dirt Dessert

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With back to school around the corner and my daughter already in color guard camp we are always looking for an easy dessert snack. Dirt Dessert is something my aunt used to make when I was little. It’s simple but super delicious.

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My son and I slipped off to Walmart today to pick up some groceries. We grabbed some Jello chocolate instant pudding and some Cool Whip along with a few other goodies. Shopping with him is so funny. He just insists on moving as a fast as possible through the store. 

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On the pudding aisle he finally found real goodies so he settled down and gave me a few extra minutes to look. He also mentioned milk is more expensive than gas. I think it’s pretty cool to see him grow and realize the prices of food and gas. Tells me he is knowledgeable. Here is a $1 off coupon for you! 

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Afterwards, I visited with my daughter to pick up some glassware to photograph this in on her dinner break. I enjoy when she helps me pick out a new piece for my dishes. She is excited to come home and eat this tonight. I cannot wait to see her face when she sees it. These are some of her favorite quick and easy snack items.

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Simply layer this into any of your favorite glassware or small dessert cups and serve up cold. It’s easy and anyone will laugh at the name.

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It’s was our on going joke that the cookies taste like dirt so out of this Dirt Dessert was born. Usually when we say this everyone flips out but when they see and try it they devour it! You can always dress it up to for the holidays. For more desserts & snacks follow along with #AddCoolWhip.

Dirt Dessert
Serves 3
Dirt dessert is cool whip, chocolate jello pudding, and crushed chocolate cookies layered with each other for dirty dessert!
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Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tub of Cool Whip
  2. 1 package of Jello chocolate pudding
  3. 1 package chocolate cookies; crushed
  4. 2 cups milk
Instructions
  1. Mix pudding as directed on package and refrigerate for about 5 minutes. Layer chocolate pudding in first. Add Cool Whip next and top with crushed chocolate cookies. Repeat this process until you have fill the glassware you are using. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
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Twinkie Forest Berry Ice Cream

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When I was young one of my most favorite treats was Hostess cherry pies. Anything Hostess was good but it wasn’t uncommon to see everyone with a Twinkie in their lunch box. It reminds of a time in my childhood in which I lived with my Grandma and Grandpa.

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My Grandmother passed away last year. She used to enjoy the Hostess cupcakes. She always kept a box in her room. She used to always sneak my children one or two. I guess the tradition only carried on.

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Hostess to us is a family thing. You don’t buy anything other kind but Hostess. When the box of Twinkies came in for this campaign my teenagers raided them like they haven’t ate in a week. I had to snag the box and hide them to make this Twinkie Forest Berry Ice Cream.

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It’s a recipe I had fun making for the new #TwinkieCookbook coming out soon! You can submit your own recipes just like me. Visit http://hostesscakes.com/to submit your own recipe. 

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My daughter and I talked for days on what to make for this recipe. We know bananas and strawberries go wonderful with Twinkies but it’s something most would think of. We wanted to really show a bit of heritage in our dish. We are a HUGE berry family.  It’s impossible for us to resist a good berry. The other thing we love it ice cream. I really wanted to try my hand at this no churn, no ice cream machine ice cream. 

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As you can see this is the Twinkie Forest Berry Ice Cream. With any luck I will get a chance to be in the cookbook!

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Twinkie Forest Berry Ice Cream
Serves 4
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
4 hr
Total Time
4 hr 30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
4 hr
Total Time
4 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup of blueberries
  2. 1 cup of raspberries
  3. 1 cup of blackberries
  4. 1 pint of heavy whipping cream
  5. 1 -14oz can sweeten condensed milk
  6. 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  7. 3 Twinkies; sliced
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Layer in raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries into a baking dish. Sugar the tops of the berries. Bake for 8 minutes. Smash with fork. Set aside.
  2. Add heavy whipping cream to your mixer bowl. With the whisk attachment mix on low for 6 minutes. Slowly bring the speed up every 3 minutes. Once you reach the top speed the heavy whipping cream will start to resemble whipped topping. You should have soft peaks. Fold in the sweeten condensed milk. Set aside. Slice Twinkies.
  3. Line a loaf pan or trifle bowl with parchment paper. Add one layer of cream mixture, one sliced Twinkie, and 1/3 of the berries. Repeat the process twice more to create three layers. Place in freezer for 4 hours until ice cream is solid and ready for serving.
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Picnic Pasta Salad

All summer long I’ve been looking for the time to take a day trip to Dallas with my teens to have a picnic and see the history.  One thing or another always comes up. I hope we can get it scheduled in before school starts. My daughter is in color guard so she will be busy even before school soon. This little recipe will go along with us on our picnic. It’s a Picnic Pasta Salad which is super easy to stuff off into a jar and enjoy on the go. 

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What I enjoy about picnic’s when it’s not 100 degree outside is the simplicity of the food. It can be leftovers from a big barbecue or fresh made sandwiches. My favorite picnic food is Italian pressed sandwiches paired with a good pasta salad. It’s easy to pack. Just wrap the sandwich in parchment and baker’s twine and put your pasta in any jar including recycled jars. We like to reuse pesto jars for pasta salad. The jar show here I bought at Dollar Tree for spices and it ended up being too large. I use them for everything now though. I like to keep left packets of mayo, ketchup, mustard or whatever you get from food places in a plastic baggy in the fridge. I use them for picnics and on the go food. 

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Do you have a favorite picnic recipe? If so, I would love to hear about it below in the comments. One link is welcome!

Picnic Pasta Salad
Serves 6
A salad laced with broccoli, red onions, and roma tomatoes topped over pasta and viva Italian dressing.
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Prep Time
1 hr 30 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
1 hr 40 min
Prep Time
1 hr 30 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
1 hr 40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 bag of garden rotini pasta
  2. 4 roma tomatoes; small diced
  3. 1 red onion; small diced
  4. 1 crown of broccoli; chopped finely
  5. 1 teaspoon salt
  6. 1 teaspoon pepper
  7. 1 bottle of Kraft Viva Italian dressing
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Cook pasta as directed on package. Drain pasta let cook for 10 minutes. Pour into a large bowl. Place bowl in freezer for 45 minutes.
  2. Diced tomatoes, onions, and broccoli. Place in medium bowl. Pull out pasta and top with vegetables. Add salt and pepper and fold to incorporate all the vegetables and seasonings. Shake dressing and pour over pasta. Toss until dressing covers pasta well.
  3. Refrigerate for a later time or serve immediately.
Notes
  1. Top with parmesan cheese for extra flavor.
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For other great recipes I have listed a few from other great #Foodelicious blogs. This is a recipe Picnic round up! Follow along with hashtag #Foodelicious on social media.

Save More Spend Less with Heidi – Ranch Seafood Rolls 

From Scratch – Creamy Cucumber Salsa 

Feed Me Seymour – Single Serving Lavender Lemonade

Touch of Modern Hospitality - Broccoli Salad

Mrs. Criddle’s Kitchen – Mango Kiwi Salsa

The Baking Fairy – Berry Panna Cotta

Summer Picnic Recipes #Picnic #Foodelicious

No Fry Firecracker Chicken

One of my sons’ friends is totally gluten free. In our house, that is something new because we eat whatever we please. When I know he is coming over I try to plan for it. He isn’t gluten free by choice; he is because of the severe headaches it causes him. This is a recent recipe we made when he visited. No Fry Firecracker Chicken comes with a simple sauce made from ingredients you should already have on hand in your fridge door.

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I paired it with rice and spring onions for a summer feel. It’s almost like take out for them. They were having a TV series marathon of Supernatural. One show we all enjoy around here. I am the only one about two episodes behind on season 9. Season 10 will be the end coming this Fall. Oh so sad!

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This meal can easily be made in half the time without the frying so you don’t have to break from the TV series marathon for long. I like to make this in my stir fry pot. It’s on the spicy side with the ability to control the heat in this dish. Just add more hot sauce or less to when making this dish. 

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The only thing I need now is some take out boxes for our next picnic. This is good hot and cold. Just have to eat it the same day though!  Luckily, this was a hit with all of the boys and the daughter. It’s similar to my bourbon chicken which I cook without frying also even though my recipe here shows it fried. I just skip the frying step.  That reminds me I need to do some red beans and rice this week. Sounds so darn good! I always crave Cajun in the summer. What do you crave?

No Fry Firecracker Chicken
Serves 7
Spicy bite size pieces of chicken topped with a sauce that explodes in your mouth like a firecracker.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Ingredients
  1. 5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts; 1/2 inch cubes
  2. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  3. 3 cloves garlic; diced
  4. 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  5. 1 cup brown sugar
  6. 1/3 cup ketchup
  7. 3 tablespoons Chili sauce with red pepper
  8. 2 tablespoon Louisiana Hot Sauce
  9. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  10. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  11. 1 stalk green spring onion; diced
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet or stir fry pan, add in olive oil and garlic. Cook over low heat about 30 seconds. Add in diced chicken. Cook chicken on high heat until lightly brown on outside.
  2. Add apple cider vinegar, Louisiana hot sauce, and chili sauce. Toss chicken in sauce well. Fold in brown sugar over chicken with sauce mixture. Let cook for about 10 minutes on medium heat. Add in ketchup, salt and pepper. Stir chicken well and cook another 20 minutes on a low heat. Stir occasionally. The sauce will start to thicken. Once the sauce is thick turn off heat and serve with rice and spring onions.
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Zours® Movie Night Cake

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Movie nights definitely are a part of our summer vacation. Even full seasons on seasons of TV show watching. That’s where the snacks come in. You must have some delectable snacks for hours of laying around while enjoying the escape from the real world. Do you have a TV series or movie your into right now?

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A few days ago my daughter, her friend and I took a trip to visit a great demo at Walmart with Zours® and kettle corn. Right then we went and grabbed up two boxes for movie night. Those boxes were devoured before we even arrive at home. A couple of days later I picked up another box to secretly make this cake for a super sour surprise. 

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This Zours® Movie Night Cake is outstanding and easy to make. It’s easy to make a day before and top with movie snacks like sour Zours®. Do you have a #Zoursface? If so, tweet it and tag me in it @MooshuJenne. I would love to see your #zoursface!

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Some times we have fun and smash the cake and add a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream. It’s the perfect end to a wonderful day of movies. Popcorn snacks, Zours cake, and pizza littered our movie day up with tons of fun. We ended up watching Haven. Here is a picture of my very wild haired son getting ready to devour some cake after he told me ten times he wanted none. Psst… proof!

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That’s one big piece of cake there buddy! Oh, I should mention the daughter actually mixed up the cake. We did bake it together then I iced it. Pretty simple. Very fun! How about the recipe? Here you go!

Zours® Movie Night Cake
Serves 6
Orange and blue cake topped with vanilla icing and Zours® sour candies.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 package orange cake mix
  2. 1 package blue cake mix
  3. 1 box Zours® Mike & Ike candies
  4. 2 sticks of butter; softened
  5. 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  6. 1 tablespoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Bake cakes per package directions and let cook.
  2. In a mixer with the paddle attachment, put softened butter (room temperature butter) and beat on high for about 1 minute. Add in 2 1/2 cups of sugar a little a time as the mix is on a 2. Bring the mixer up to 6 and beat until well incorporated. Fill icing into a pastry bag or decorate as desired.
  3. Top cake with Zours® Mike & Ike candies. Serve with ice cream!
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Sour Straw Popsicles

If there is one thing in our home that everyone will devour it has to be sour straws. It’s like this radar detector that goes off and they all come to the vicinity that I have them in.  I can buy a bucket of them but with in a week they are absolutely gone. Oh and if I got at least one I am lucky. 

Sour Straw Popsicles

Two evenings ago my other half, V, picked some sour straws up for this recipe Sour Straw Popsicles. I honest thought there is no way they are going to last the night. Funny enough I was the one that devoured the most of them and yes some were actually left over. We managed to hide them for the teens and eat some ourselves while watching The Haunting.  The other half and I like spooky shows. I am not quite sure if it is because he is interested in them or likes to make fun of the people. His answer is when it’s really scary just drink beer and ignore it. Psst… He’s Czech. Not all of us think drinking beer will get rid of the ghosts. 

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I managed to slip the sour straws away from him and put them aside for these popsicles. A few months ago I picked up a Zoku classic popsicle mold. After trying a ton of other molds I love how easy they come out of the Zoku molds. I hear there is some others out there that work just as well and have cute designs. If you know of some put it in the comments below because I would love to check them out.

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Moving on to the popsicles I finally had the chance to use the mold and make some popsicles. These sour straw popsicles are so sour that it will make your entire face pucker and that’s a good thing!

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Gosh! Look at it just run down her hand. Sticky! These were so much fun but I would use the sour straws over the sour straw bites next time.  The sour bites became a bit mushy but super hyped up the flavor of the popsicles. 

Sour Straw Popsicles

They are super sour and melt fast!

Sour Straw Popsicles
Serves 6
Kool aid popsicle with sour straw bites frozen within them.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr 10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. 9 tablespoons of Kool Aid
  2. 18 to 22 pieces of Sour Straws cut up or Sour Straw Bites
  3. Water
  4. Popsicle mold
Instructions
  1. Mix about 2 tablespoons of Kool Aid with water. Fill mold with 3 pieces of candy and top with Kool Aid. This is the break down for each mold. If you want them to be more sour then add more Kool Aid and more bites. Freeze for about two hours or until frozen solid.
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Cilantro Lime Beer Braised Chicken

Today I come to you heart broken. My oldest son has decided to stay in Vegas. This is not something expected and it just breaks my heart because I didn’t get to say my goodbyes the way a mom should when your son leaves home. His decision was abrupt and I don’t believe it was thought through without influence. Hopefully he will see in time for himself. He is old enough to make his own decisions but as a mother you still want to shelter them from any harm. I guess that is what I fear most. I miss him every moment right now. I know that will fade but he is my first baby and it’s just a rough time for me.

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We found out yesterday he wasn’t coming home. His friends (that I call my adopted sons) came over along with my son, daughter and other half we all went out for hot wings. It was fun but not our usual cheery selves. We were a bit lost without Tommy. Like the family just wasn’t complete. I hope in time he will change his mind but if not I hope I get to fly him round trip for Christmas to see the final installment of The Hobbit with me. It’s our thing! We have seen everyone of the series together and it just doesn’t feel right not being with my boy to see it. I really do wish him the best and miss him like crazy (goes off to dry tears).

Cilantro Lime Beer Braised Chicken

Food is my comfort. Creating new meals or just experimenting with different ingredients helps me cope. I believe that is why I started this little slice of my own here. This chicken was a simple dish that we threw together to grill while I worked on building new websites for a business. The other half and I have been discussing a new business and a move out of state. He says Colorado, I say Seattle. I know we want to make the move after our daughter graduates high school which she is entering this year. Anyone have any suggestions on good places to go? Do you live in Colorado and know a good town, good community?

Cilantro Lime Beer Braised Chicken

I would like to be on the west coast somewhere. I know I would love to be near ocean but the other half hates the idea of being too close to the ocean after the tsunami’s. I grew up with ocean and truly miss the beach with all it’s wonders. I think I need a vacation soon. Some off time! This has been a long year and it is no where near over yet. With that thought, I need more easy meals. I am looking for slow cooker/ crockpot meals that can be easy to put together for Friday night games coming this Fall. I know this Cilantro Lime Beer Braised Chicken would be a great one in the slower cooker. It’s fabulous on the grill!

Cilantro Lime Beer Braised Chicken
Serves 5
Chicken breasts marinated in lime beer with limes and cilantro then grilled to perfection.
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Prep Time
2 hr
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
2 hr 45 min
Prep Time
2 hr
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
2 hr 45 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  2. 1 bottle of lime flavored beer
  3. 1 lime; sliced into rounds
  4. 1/2 bundle of cilantro; chopped
  5. 2 cloves of garlic minced
Instructions
  1. In a large dish, layer in chicken and top with lime flavored beer. Top with garlic in beer and cilantro over chicken and beer. Layer with limes over the top. Marinate one hour in refrigerator. At one hour mark, roll chicken over and place back in the refrigerator for another hour.
  2. After chicken has marinated for two hours, pour beer mixture from chicken into a jar. Preheat grill to 350 degrees F. Grill chicken using mixture to keep chicken from drying out. Grill for 22 minutes or so each side flipping occasionally. Remove and let sit for about 5 minutes. Serve with pasta salad or cilantro rice.
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