Post sponsored by Mirum but all opinions are my own.
Merry Christmas everyone! I am so excited about this holiday season but is anyone else feeling overwhelmed like I am?! I went back to work last month after being a stay at home mom for the past 10 years and to say I am tired, unorganized and behind on everything is an understatement. One thing I have really struggled with is grocery shopping and meal planning for my family. So instead of getting spun out and stressed out, this holiday season I am relying on the Nestlé “Good Choices Made Easy” tool on Walmart.com. It recommends products, and educates me on the quality of ingredients in products.
So when I am meal planning for the week, I include some homemade dinners and some quick and easy options. Some options I like are STOUFFER’S® Lasagna with Meat and Sauce (Large Family Size), which is made fresh and simply frozen and OUTSHINE® Strawberry Fruit Bars (6 count) for snacks.
The reason I love to make homemade meals: because I know exactly what ingredients I am serving to my kids and now with the Nestlé “Good Choices Made Easy” tool on Walmart.com, I know exactly what is in the ready-made food options I purchase. With Walmart’s everyday low prices and numerous free-from options, I don’t feel like I have to run all around town to find the products I need.
If you live where the cold weather has already hit, like we do, and have a hard time wanting to buy frozen fruit bars in the winter, check out this idea. When I want to treat my kids to something special like an OUTSHINE® Strawberry Fruit Bar, we turn on the fireplace and get cozy and enjoy them together. Eating a frozen fruit bar in front of the fireplace is now my happy place! We even used fancy Christmas napkins when eating our frozen fruit bars to get in the Christmas spirit.
And after a long day of work, instead of spending hours in the kitchen, cleaning and cooking, heating up a STOUFFER’S® Lasagna with Meat and Sauce is music to my ears. This gives me more time to make more holiday memories with my kids. So when your meal planning this week, try out the Nestlé “Good Choices Made Easy” tool on Walmart.com to make your life a little easier and to put your mind at ease, because you know your making good choices for your family.
Do you have have a hankering for baking something but aren’t really sure what to bake and come up with something that you can bake with the ingredients in your pantry?
Day 5 of Craft-mas was just that kind of baking day. I had bought some frozen sprinkles from Walmart and wanted to bake something with them and it turned into a “Frozen” cookie dough fudge and it was delicious! We were having a play date with our neighbor’s girls who happens to be a huge Frozen fan so we loved this fudge!
It’s a really easy recipe to make with the kids. I used the recipe, Sugar Cookie Dough Fudge found here!
Well I am behind on posting my Craft-mas posts so I might have to post a few a day to catch up. We just got out on Christmas break today so I might have a little extra time to show you some fun things to do with your kids on christmas break!
Today I took the easy route. I went to Hobby Lobby where the Christmas crafts are 50% off and stocked up on ready to make crafts for the kids. We even made a few and sent them to some family who live out of town. So not everything has to be hand made, buy some easy crafts at Hobby Lobby!
I was sent this product for free to review, all opinions are my own.
If your looking for a last minute gift for a little girl in your life, check out the NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible for Girls, Hardcover, Teal: Hundreds of Verses to Color. With hundreds of inspiring verses illustrated in detailed, ready-to-color line art, the NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible for Girls was created just for girls ages 8–12. Thick white paper with lightly ruled lines in the extra-wide margins provides ample space for your own artistic expressions and journaling. The NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible for Girls is a perfect gift that will become a cherished keepsake full of personalized creative expressions of faith.
I know we are always told to not write in our books so with this bible, you are encouraged to write, and draw and color.
You still have time to order this before Christmas so head over to Amazon.com to order it now!
I was given this book for free for this review, all opinions are my own.
If you don’t know what to get me for Christmas, getting me a cookbook is always a great choice. I have a whole shelf in my kitchen, that my husband built for me for cookbooks. My cookbook collection isn’t worth millions but it is honestly my favorite thing I own! So I am so excited to add Valerie’s Home Cooking to the collection.
And today I am giving you a recipe from her cookbook that I know you are going to love! Check it out below! And if you want to give this as a gift for Christmas, order it right now on Amazon.com. Only a few days left for prime shipping to get it in time for Christmas.
Bacon candy. Those two words are not often used together, and in fact you may not have ever associated them. But now, having considered the possibilities, you’re probably like me and thinking this combination sounds amazing. It is! The brown sugar, Sriracha, and bacon remind me of a party where I introduce three of my favorite people to each other and watch them become best friends. Taste-wise, this is an irresistible collaboration of sweet, spicy, and savory. It’s one of my favorite appetizers to make for a cocktail party. They always go fast. These bacon bites also package well, so I’ve made them in advance and given them to people as yummy gifts.
Brown Sugar Sriracha Bacon Bites
Serves 10 Hands-on 10 minutes Total 1 hour
¼ cup Sriracha chili sauce
¼ cup packed light brown sugar
10 thick-cut bacon slices, each cut into 4 pieces
1½ tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
1½ tablespoons black sesame seeds
1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Stir together the Sriracha and brown sugar in a medium bowl; add the bacon pieces, and toss to coat. Set aside.
2. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil; place a wire rack over the foil. Spray the rack liberally with cooking spray. Place the bacon pieces in a single layer on the rack.
3. Bake the bacon until almost crisp, about 45 minutes. During the last 5 minutes, sprinkle the bacon evenly with the toasted sesame seeds and black sesame seeds.
4. Remove from the oven, and cool for 5 to 8 minutes, moving the bacon pieces slightly on the rack every 2 minutes to prevent sticking. (The bacon will crisp more as it cools.)
Excerpted from Valerie’s Home Cooking by Valerie Bertinelli. Copyright © 2017 Oxmoor House. Reprinted with permission from Time Inc. Books, a division of Time Inc. New York, NY. All rights reserved.