Category Archives: Food

Here is where you will find everything related to food. There are meal ideas, short cuts, tips and hints and recipes I come across.

Easy Spooktacular Spirits To Make For Halloween

With Halloween c-r-eeeeping up, it’s time to start thinking of spooky drink recipes that will have family and friends screaming in delight. Filling up on candy and sweets this fright-tastic holiday makes it hard to feel guilt-free, but have no fear! I have some delicious and low-calorie drink recipes  to share with you for your upcoming parties and get- togethers thanks to Cascade Ice.

Blood Punch

halloween blood punch recipe

Using a large punch bowl, mix 3 parts of Cascade Ice in Black Raspberry with 1.5 parts of Cascade Ice Cranberry Pomegranate. Then stir in 1.5 parts cups of grape juice and 2 parts of club soda. Add in 2 cups of frozen strawberries to complement the flavors and serve. For added drama, add some dry ice to the table.

Boo-Berry Slush

Blueberry Smoothie

Pour 5 oz Cascade Ice Blueberry Watermelon and 5 oz of Cascade Ice Wild Berry into a blender with a handful of ice. Add a cup of blueberries and mix to desired consistency. Pour the slushy into a glass and garnish with blueberries or a gummy worm.

The Screamsicle

halloween screamsicle

No holiday is complete without a mixed drink for mom and dad. Mix 6oz Cascade Ice Orange Mango with 1/2 oz of Orange Vodka and 2oz of Whipped Cream-flavored vodka in a glass with ice. Garnish your drink with some red or black liquorish for the perfect cocktail!


Garlicky Black Bean Spaghetti Spoons with Deviled Eyes Recipe

Now that the weather is a little more crisp, is time to get ready for Halloween. Celebrate all month long with Halloween Themed meals. I am sharing with a recipe for Garlicky Black Bean Spaghetti Spoons with Deviled Eyes courtesy of Explore Cuisine.

Garlicky Black Bean Spaghetti Spoons with Deviled Eyes

Garlicky Black Bean Spaghetti Spoons with Deviled Eyes

Deviled Eyes


  • 8 Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Food Coloring – one drop or two of desired colors, plus water to dilute
  • 4 Jumbo Black Olives
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic Mayonnaise
  • 1 envelope (about ¼ oz.) Unflavored Gelatin – prepare according to packet instructions. (There will be more gelatin than needed for this recipe)

Special Equipment:

  • Two sharp thin tubes for cutting hard-boiled egg into (1) the size of an iris, and (2) into the size of a pupil.
  • Fine paintbrush to paint food coloring.
  • Pastry brush for brushing gelatin.


  1. Use the larger tube to cut the top of the egg in a circle for the iris. Remove the egg white plug. Paint the egg white plug with diluted food coloring to look like an iris. Let dry.
  2. Use the smaller tube to cut out a place for the pupil in the painted iris. Use the same tube to cut a pupil out of the black olive. Place the olive pupil into the iris.
  3. Cut off the bottom third of the egg so it will nestle in the spaghetti spoon. Reserve any hard-boiled egg yolks for spaghetti recipe.
  4. Scoop out a small amount of the egg yolk from the top of the egg to make room for mayonnaise. Squirt garlic mayonnaise into the hollow top of the hard-boiled egg, and then replace the iris plug.
  5. Paint food coloring bloodshot lines around the iris. Let dry.
  6. Finish by brushing a light coat of slightly thickened gelatin glaze over the entire eye to give an authentic glossy finish.

Garlicky Black Bean Spaghetti Spoons

Garlicky Black Bean Spaghetti Spoons with Deviled Eyes

  • 1 box Explore Cuisine Black Bean Spaghetti – cooked, drained
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 T. fresh herbs, finely chopped  – such as tarragon, parsley, chives
  • salt, to taste
  • red chili flakes, to taste
  • 1 T. cooked egg yolk, grated
  1. In a medium bowl – combine olive oil with garlic, herbs, salt and chili flakes. Add spaghetti and toss. Sprinkle with grated egg yolk.
  2. Arrange spaghetti in decorative serving spoons. Place deviled eyes in center.

All Explore Cuisine pastas are vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO and made with 100% organic ingredients. The Black Bean Spaghetti boasts 25 grams of protein per 2 oz. serving and is made from only one ingredient- organic black beans!


So Many Uses For Fresh Lemons!

My family goes through a lot of lemons every week. When Limoneira offered to send us a box of fresh of lemons of course I said yes!

lemon review

The lemons were nice and juicy. I could definitely taste the difference from the ones I buy in store.  I could not wait to put them to good use. I just love the versatility of lemons. They can be used for:

  • Cooking (sweet and savory dishes)

I had the best Lemon Ricotta Waffles at FireLake Restaurant at the Radisson Blu hotel!

firelake restaurant mall of america review

  • Cleaning (laundry and disinfectant)
  • Decorating
  • Drinks ( my favorites are Lemon Drops and Lemonade)

My daughter Savannah likes to start each day with a glass of lemon water. She really likes to drink water with different fruits in it.

limoneira lemons

  • Wash fruits and vegetables
  • Make a face wash
  • Deodorize garbage disposals and cans
  • Insect repellant and so much more!

After making some fresh lemonade, I decided to make some homemade Lemon Lip Scrub real quick. easy lemon sugar lip scrub

Easy Lemon Lip Scrub

1 1/2 teaspoon avocado oil
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons sugar
lemon rind
small jar or container

In a small bowl add oil and lemon juice. Then mix in sugar and rind. Stir until mixed well. Store in refrigerator. Should stay fresh for 2 weeks.

To Use:
Apply to lips and rub for about 30 seconds. Wipe off with a warm towel.  Apply some type of moisturizer.

I would not use the scrub a lot. Maybe once a week at the most, it depends if my lips are really dry or not.  You just want to get off the dead skin and make your lips smooth.

Limoneira is one of the largest providers of lemons and avocados in the United States. Lemons are only one member of Limoneira’s Citrus Family. Learn how the world of citrus can make your world healthier, happier and brighter.


I Took The Flipp Summer Food Challenge!

This post was written in partnership with Flipp. All opinions are 100% my own.

I don’t like to waste time. We only get 24 hours in a day and I like to get the most out of mine. Grocery shopping has always been an activity where I felt like I was wasting a lot of time. Before each shopping trip I would have to:

  • gather all my store flyers
  • write my list
  • check various online shopping blogs
  • compare all the different sales
  • print and clip coupons

sales paper

I would easily spend a couple hours getting everything ready. Trying to remember what store has the best deals on fruit or milk along with a long list of other products can be very tiring and I haven’t even went to the actual store yet.

Let’s not forget to mention those times I leave to go shopping and leave my list and/or coupons on the table at home. I usually remember  when I am already in the store with a half full cart of food.  So all those hours of preparation go to waste and I have to try to remember everything from the top of my head.

I needed a better way to tackle grocery shopping. Recently I was introduced to Flipp, a free circular shopping app. Flipp gives me access to the lastest circulars from all my favorite stores right on my phone. I was invited to take the Flipp Summer Food Challenge. All I had to do was plan a shopping trip using the Flipp app to save money.

#FlippFood Challenge

I downloaded the Flipp app from Google Play Store. After the app installed I needed to provide my zip code so that I would be provided with flyers from store near me.

Screenshot_20160714-135130Flipp App

The Flipp app allowed me to upload my loyalty/reward cards to all the stores I shop at. This is really handy because so many stores let you add coupons right to your card.  I like this because I don’t need to login to my computer for each store to add coupons.

Screenshot_20160731-224201You can add more than just grocery store cards.  The list includes AutoZone, Barnes & Nobles, JCPenney, Plenti and more. I have lots of rewards cards but don’t carry them all the time. With the Flipp app I can still use my reward cards on the spur of the moment shopping trips.

The Flipp app has a section for all your favorite stores. It saves time having all the stores your frequent in one spot. Every second counts!

Flipp app

I like that the app lets me know when the sale ends for each store. In the past I have planned an entire shopping trip from store flyers that have expired. That was a lot of time wasted. As an added bonus there are also previews of upcoming sales available. This is a great way to make sure you are getting the best deals and saving money.

I made up my shopping list using the Flipp app and I love it.


As soon as you add an item it show you each stores that have it on sale and for how much. I did not have to search each individual flyer. Another time saver!

When I was browsing my sales flyer, I was able to circle what I wanted to buy with just a tap of my finger. This also highlights the item on my shopping list.



When you circle each item you want to buy it saves it to “Clippings”. All of the items you want are collected in one place. No more searching through flyers to see how much were strawberries on sale for.Screenshot_20160731-223340

The Flipp app has another great feature, coupon matchups. This really saves times. You are shown what is on sale and a corresponding coupon that you can print right from your phone or clip to your loyalty card.


Using the Flipp app helped me to save time and money. I made my list and found the best sales in record time. I loved being able to do everything right on my phone. I didn’t misplace coupons or use the wrong flyer. I actually made it to the store with my shopping list!

flipp groceries

My family was in the mood for ribs but heavy rains was in forecast so I couldn’t pull the grill out. I decided to make some pork ribs in the oven. I have a real simple recipe I follow. I take a slab of ribs and spread my favorite rub on both sides. Then I wrap it completely in foil and bake it in the oven at 350 degrees for 2 hours. When they are done cooking I add a little sauce and broil it for 5 to 10 minutes.

oven baked ribs

I added some corn on the cob, potato salad and fruit and dinner was served! Of course the ribs were delicious and came right off the bone.

I plan on using the Flipp app from now on when it comes to shopping. It makes everything so much easier.  I know I am going to be using for so much more than just food shopping. Having access to so many circulars will come in handy for back to school and holiday shopping too.

Visit the Flipp website for more information. Download  Flipp on both iTunes and Google Play.



Cool Off During National Blueberry Month With A Few Cocktails!

July is officially in full swing and many are celebrating National Blueberry Month by heading to blueberry fields with family and friends. If you’re looking for more ways to incorporate all your freshly picked blueberries into seasonal recipes, why not try one of these delicious cocktails featuring Pomegranate Blueberry SPARKLING ICE.


Blueberry Cocktails


  • 1 Part Reisling
  • 1 Part Pomegranate Blueberry Sparkling Ice
  • Pomegranate Seeds
  • Blueberries
  • Cranberries
  • 1 Teaspoon Agave
  • Mint (to garnish)
  1. Mix all ingredients in a pitcher
  2. Pour contents into wine glasses
  3. Add mint to garnish


blueberry cocktail

  • 1 Part Dry Champagne
  • 1 Part Pomegranate Blueberry Sparkling Ice
  • Mint (to garnish)
  • Blueberries (to garnish)
  1. Mix all ingredients in flutes
  2. Add fresh mint and blueberries to garnish

Delicious Ways To Celebrate Ice Cream Soda Day!

Now that warmer weather is here, the kids and I are interesting in drinking refreshing treats. You definitely can not go wrong with Ice Cream Soda. What better way to celebrate Ice Cream Soda Day then by making a few of your own right at home?

Beat the heat with the below yummy and family-friendly ice cream float recipes infused with Sparkling Ice‘s bold flavored and lightly carbonated water. Or add a splash of your favorite liquor to upgrade the concoctions for your grown-up guests.


Cherry Fro-Yo Float



  • 1 bottle (17 oz.) Sparkling ice Cherry Limeade
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 pack (0.13 oz.) fruit-flavored powdered drink mix
  • 3 cups ice
  • 2 cups frozen vanilla yogurt


  • Whipped topping
  • Fresh cherry or lime slice


  1. In blender, combine Sparkling Ice Cherry Limeade, sugar, powdered drink mix and ice; Blend thoroughly until slushy
  2. Divide slushy mixture between 4 glasses, about 3/4 cup each, and add 1/2 cup frozen yogurt to each glass
  3. Top with whipped topping and fresh cherry or lime slice
  4. Serve immediately with a straw




Pineapple Sorbet

  • 1/2 cup Sparkling Ice Coconut Pineapple
  • 1/2 sugar
  • 2 cups fresh pineapple, cut into chunks

Sorbet Bellini Mocktail

  • 1 1/2 cups Sparkling Ice Coconut Pineapple
  • 2/3 cup pineapple sorbet


  • Fresh pineapple wedges
  • Coconut flakes


Pineapple Sorbet

  • In blender, puree pineapple chunks with sugar and Sparkling Ice Coconut Pineapple until smooth
  • Chill pineapple mixture in refrigerator for 1 hour
  • Freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Store in tightly covered in freezer until ready to use

Sorbet Bellini Mocktail

  • In two 12-oz. glasses, add 3/4 cup Sparkling Ice Coconut Pineapple
  • Using small ice cream scoop, add 1/3 cup pineapple sorbet to each glass
  • Garnish with fresh pineapple wedge and coconut flakes

Quaker New Breakfast Flats Giveaway!

Quaker has a new product that is perfect for snacks at home or on the go, Quaker Breakfast Flats! As a part of the Quaker Blogger Network I was sent a box of each flavor to try. quaker breakfast flats

Quaker Breakfast Flats are a great option when you want something that you can just grab and go. Some mornings before school my son and daughter don’t like to eat food that is too heavy. These are perfect for my son because he has to be on the bus at 6:30 in the morning.

I was sent three flavors of Quaker Breakfast Flats to try:

Quaker Breakfast Flat Cranberry Almond

Cranberry Almond

Quaker Breakfast Flats Banana Honey Nut

Banana Honey Nut

Quaker Breakfast Flats Golden Raisin Cinnamon

Golden Raisin Cinnamon

The flats are crispy with lots of flavor. There are three flats in each package.

quaker breakfast flats

quaker breakfast flats

Quaker Breakfast Flats are perfect to eat by yourself or share! The Golden Raisin Cinnamon are my favorite flavor. I ended up eating the whole box! I loved grabbing them for snacks. They kind of tasted like a oatmeal raisin cookie.  My kids like the Banana Honey Nut the best.

Each serving of Quaker Breakfast Flats has 18 grams of whole grains and is less than 200 calories. There are no artificial flavors or added colors.They are made with nuts, seeds, oats and real fruit.  Each box contains five portable packs with a convenient pull out try.

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