Mindy

Mindy is a stay-at-home Mom to her 2 year old daughter and infant son. She previously worked full-time as a Paralegal for more than 10 years. She loves cooking & baking, classic rock, coffee and wine, sunshine and spending time with her children.

Jan 062017
 

This post was developed in partnership with Tom’s of Maine. All opinions are my own.

It’s a new year, and I know it sounds so cliche, but it’s a great time to start fresh, make some resolutions and work on improving certain areas of your life. This year, I will be working more on self-care. As a stay-at-home Mom to two toddlers, age 3.5 and almost 2, self-care is something I have let slide for quite a while now. When you’re wrapped up in all of the day-to-day activities of your kids, it can be hard to find the time or energy to take care of yourself too, but it’s so important. If you’re like me, you probably expend all of your energy taking care of everyone else, and just feel completely zapped by the end of the day. There are a few things you can do for yourself throughout the day, however, that will greatly improve how you feel.

10 Self-Care Tips for the New Year

  1. Drink More Water – Drinking water is something I struggle with, but when I do make an effort to drink more, I feel so much better. I have more energy, my skin looks better, and I don’t have hunger cravings. Buying yourself a nice water bottle is a great way to drink more water throughout the day. If I try to just drink water from a cup, my kids always end up stealing it, or spilling it all over the place, then I don’t actually drink it. I have found that a spill-proof water bottle is an easy way for me to make sure I get enough water in. I also like that I can take it with me while I’m on the go.
  2. Clean Your Bedroom – I have to be honest and say my bedroom is a mess quite often. We live in a small, 960 square foot house, and my bedroom seems to be the “collection” room of the house. All the odds and ends wind up there and it completely takes over my room. I have noticed when I take the time to clean my bedroom by putting laundry away, removing items that don’t belong there, making my bed, etc., I feel much more relaxed and sleep better at night.
  3. Make a To-Do List – When I’m disorganized, I feel stressed out and frazzled. I have all of these thoughts and ideas swimming around in my head and it feels completely overwhelming. Making a to-do list helps clear my mind, and being able to cross items off my list as I get them done is so incredibly rewarding.
  4. Do Something You Enjoy – Every day, you should set aside at least a few minutes for yourself and do something you enjoy. Go for a walk outside, enjoy a cup of tea while watching a favorite movie, do a crossword puzzle, read a book. I know it’s tempting to clean the house or continue to do things for other people when you have a free moment of time while the kids are napping or playing good without you, but you’ll feel so much better if you use some of that time to do something that makes you feel happy.
  5. Dance – Even though I do not dance well at all, it has become a great stress reliever for me. Not only is it great exercise, but listening to your favorite music and being active will greatly improve your energy and mood. I try to set aside at least 20 minutes a day to dance, and I get the kids involved too!
  6. Eat Healthier Foods – Making healthy food choices will also improve your mood and energy. Now is a great time to get rid of all the junk food in your house and load up with lots of fresh fruit and veggies. Instead of reaching for a bag of potato chips, grab a few nuts like almonds or pecans.
  7. Stretch – When I’m busy taking care of the kids all day, chasing them around, getting up and down from my seat, picking them up, picking up all of their toys over and over again, my body gets pretty tired and achy. Taking a few minutes out of the day to stretch my body out helps me to feel so much better. I hate that tense, tight feeling I often get in my back, and stretching really helps to relieve that. There are plenty of great yoga books and videos available if you are unsure of how to start.
  8. Meal Plan – When I go through a week not having any idea what I am going to make for breakfast, lunch or dinner, I feel overwhelmed, and I often end up wasting food because I forget I have it and it goes bad, or I just don’t plan well for the week. Making a meal plan at the beginning of the week really helps to save time, relieve stress and reduce food waste. I love being able to tell my husband exactly what we’ll be having for dinner when he asks, instead of scrambling around trying to put odds and ends together at the last minute. This also diminishes that urge to just order take out because you can’t figure out what to have for dinner!
  9. Fix a Small Annoyance that Has Been Bothering You – Small annoyances, we all have them. Whether it’s getting a stain out of your favorite shirt, changing a light bulb that has been burnt out for a while, cleaning up a messy spill in the fridge, etc., setting aside a few moments to finally take care of that nagging problem will greatly improve your mood! When you get that problem off your mind, you’ll be able to better focus on the more important things.
  10. Make the Switch to Natural Products – Self-care really starts with what we put in and on our bodies. Tom’s of Maine natural deodorant contains no aluminum, artificial fragrances or preservatives and no petrochemicals, and offers clinically proven, 24-hour odor protection using odor-fighting hops, the mineral zinc and only natural fragrances.

Tom's of Maine Natural Deodorant

I have been using Tom’s of Maine natural deodorant for several months now, and I love knowing that I am doing                 something good for myself when I use it. There are several varieties available to choose from, including unscented, lavender, powder, tea tree, apricot and lemongrass.

Tom's of Maine Natural Deodorant

It’s a new year, and a great time to make the switch to a natural deodorant!

Tom’s of Maine also has fully recyclable packaging through local municipalities or the TerraCycle Tom’s of Maine Natural Care Brigade. I think it’s so great that they not only offer natural products, but packaging that can be easily recycled too. If that wasn’t enough, they also give 10% of their profits back to helping people and the planet!

Tom's of Maine Natural Deodorant

A Note About Natural Products:

When trying a natural personal care product for the first time it’s important to give your body time to adjust. If your body is used to a conventional product, you might need a little time to adjust to a natural formula free of chemicals and artificial ingredients. Trying the deodorant for at least 3-7 days, including testing out different scents (or unscented), can help determine the best fit for your body’s unique chemistry.

What are your favorite self-care tips?

 Posted by at 2:04 pm
Dec 142016
 

This post is sponsored by the Voice of Play.

Living in Maine, I am used to several months of cold weather each year. I’m not really a fan of the cold, but I know it’s really important and beneficial to still get outside for some fresh air during the cold months. So, I get the kids bundled up in their warm clothes and head outside to play!

Some of our favorite fall and winter activities include throwing or kicking a ball around the back yard, playing a game of “chase”, going for a walk around our (large) yard, building a snowman, and so much more. Last year, my husband and I had so much fun pulling the kids up and down the snow-covered driveway in their snow sled. Not only was it a ton of fun for them, but it was great exercise for us! I’m thinking this year we will probably try to find a big hill to sled down, now that the kids are a bit older. That was always one of my favorite things to do as a kid.

We recently had our first snowfall of the season here in Maine, and the kids were chomping at the bit to go outside and check out the snow. They were so excited about the fluffy white stuff all over the ground, that I couldn’t even get them to look at the camera for a picture. We just got several more inches of snow, so building a snowman is next on our to-do list! I can’t wait to see the cute ideas they come up with!

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In the early fall months, before the snow flies, we like to hit up our favorite playground, where the kids love to swing and run around. They always have so much fun there!

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The International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) is currently running a campaign called Voice of Play, to encourage parents to get their kids outdoors for #YearRoundPlay, not just during the warm months. Visit their website to learn more about the scientifically proven physical, social, emotional and cognitive benefits of outdoor play!

What are some of your favorite outdoor activities to do with your kids when the weather gets cold? 

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 Posted by at 9:32 am
Dec 122016
 

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Since buying our home almost 3 years ago, my husband and I have been to Home Depot more times than I can even remember. When you own a home, it seems like there is always something coming up, whether it’s a necessary home repair, making renovations or just adding a decorative touch.

Home Depot gift cards ALWAYS come in handy, and now through Wednesday, December 14th you can enter to win 1 of 10 Home Depot gift cards! Giveaway ends Wednesday, December 14th at 11:59pm EST. Winners will be chosen through a lottery drawing and notified on Tuesday (12/20) via the email address they used to enter. See complete Official Rules for entry instructions, full prize descriptions, restrictions and other important details.

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What would you buy with a $100 Home Depot gift card?

 Posted by at 9:35 am
Dec 012016
 

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 Posted by at 3:04 pm
Nov 282016
 

Beat the bloat this holiday season with a low carb cheese board!

Cheese boards are a popular appetizer choice during the busy holiday season, and it’s easy to see why. I mean, who doesn’t love cheese?! Cheese boards are so great because they are really easy to put together. You just get a bunch of your favorite cheeses and finger foods, arrange them on a board, and call it a day. It’s a nice way to offer your guests a lot of variety, without a whole lot of effort on your part, and you don’t have to worry about dirtying up a whole bunch of dishes either.

When making cheese boards, people usually tend to load them up with a whole bunch of carbs – slices of crusty bread, crackers, bread sticks, etc., and lots of sugary fruits like grapes and figs. While those foods are delicious, they can be an unwelcome temptation to people who are trying to watch their weight, or for people with certain medical issues. This holiday season, I decided to offer my guests a low carb cheese board instead.

How to Make a Low Carb Cheese Board

My low carb cheese board starts off with some delicious cheese, of course! I love Stella cheeses. They are so flavorful, and really quite reasonably priced. That makes it easy to pick up a few different varieties to please all of my guests. I also like the fact that I don’t have to go to a fancy cheese store to find them, as they are available at Walmart and my local grocery store. They have quite a large selection of cheeses (16!!) to choose from, too, which is great. I chose four different varieties of Stella cheese for my cheese board – Parmesan, Romano, Asiago and Italian.

Stella Cheese

The Parmesan and Romano are both hard cheeses, so I decided to use them to make some cheese crisps in place of crackers. All you have to do to make these is shred the cheese with a grater, lay it out on a paper plate, top with any seasonings you want and pop it in the microwave for one minute. Let them cool for another minute, remove from the plate, and they will crisp right up! You can also make these in the oven by laying the cheese out on a sheet pan covered with parchment paper and cooking for 5-6 minutes at 400 degrees.

Stella Cheese Board

I made plain Parmesan, rosemary Parmesan, black pepper Romano and crushed red pepper Romano cheese crisps. They came out so good, and I loved the flavor of all of them! They have a really nice crunch to them, and your guests will never miss the crackers!

Stella Cheese Crisps

I see a lot of people just stick a big hunk of cheese and a knife down on their cheese board, and that always bothers me. My guests did not come visit me to have to work for their food! It’s fine to do that with soft cheeses that are more suited for spreading, but I like to cut my firmer cheeses up into bite-sized pieces so guests can just pop them onto their plate or in their mouth, and not spend time cutting up their own cheese. It just makes things flow better too, when people are lined up to get their food.

Stella Cheese Board

I added four different meats to my cheese board – ham, hot capicola, prosciutto and pepperoni. Just have your deli slice these thin, then roll them up tightly and place them on your board.

Stella Cheese Board

Instead of loading up my cheese board with a bunch of sugary fruits, I loaded it up with a selection of low carb vegetables. These pepperoncinis, Mediterranean mushrooms, olives, pickles and banana peppers have a lot of flavor and perfectly compliment the meats.

Stella Cheese Board

Your guests will have fun experimenting and trying out new flavor combinations. I love pepperoni and a banana pepper on a black pepper cheese crisp!

Stella Cheese Crisp

If you want to add some fruit to your low carb cheese board, berries are a good option. I added a few strawberries in, as they are not terribly high in sugar and they bring a little pop of color and freshness to the cheese board.

Finally, I added some almonds to my cheese board. Guests always love to snack on nuts, but some nuts like cashews and chestnuts are high in carbs. Almonds, Brazil nuts, Macadamia Nuts, peanuts and pecans are all great low carb options to add to your cheese board.

Stella Cheese Board

This holiday season, give your guests a low carb appetizer they’ll feel good about – a delicious cheese board featuring a variety of Stella cheeses. Check out their website for some more great recipes, along with tips for the perfect wine pairings! Additionally, you can enter to win a trip to Napa Valley! How awesome would that be?!

What will you add to your low carb cheese board this holiday season?

 

 Posted by at 10:52 am
Nov 262016
 

My kids are both showing a lot of interest in Christmas this year, so I’ve been researching fun advent calendar ideas for kids. I never had an advent calendar when I was a kid, but I always thought it looked like so much fun. If you’re not familiar with advent calendars, they are calendars containing small numbered flaps, one of which is opened on each day of Advent (the 24 days leading up to Christmas).

There are some really creative advent calendars available now, so if you’re looking for fun advent calendar ideas for kids, you’ll want to check these out! They are a really great way to get your kids excited for Christmas. They will love opening a door on their advent calendar and finding a surprise each day! This post contains affiliate links. I may earn a commission if you make a purchase after clicking on a link in this post.

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LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar 2016
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Take a festive tour of the galaxy with the LEGO® Star Wars Advent Calendar. Open up a door each December day to reveal a Star Wars themed minifigure, starship, vehicle or other themed collectible. Once you’ve collected all 24 gifts, unfold the playmat and create your own epic Hoth, Tatooine, Naboo and space-based adventures. This is the perfect holiday gift for any life form. Includes 8 minifigures plus a Battle Droid.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Advent Calendar
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Have some festive fun counting down the days to your little one’s favorite holiday with this Mega Bloks Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Advent Calendar. 24 doors reveal buildable, turtle-themed surprises. Turtle figure can be equipped to look like Donatello, Michelangelo, Raphael or Leonardo using any of the 4 included bandanas.

LEGO Friends Advent Calendar
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Add excitement for kids with this LEGO LEGO Friends LEGO Friends Advent Calendar 41131. Open a door each day in December for holiday fun. This advent calendar toy includes Emma and Naomi mini-doll figures. There are 24 secret compartments a child can open, each containing its own buildable surprise. The LEGO Friends holiday-themed calendar includes musical instruments, a microphone and DJ decks, a hamster, a fireplace, a snowman and ice skates. When you open up a new compartment each day, you can count down to Christmas. With this LEGO advent calendar, you can visit the website each Sunday to find new building instructions. Children will enjoy the anticipation it brings

LEGO City Advent Calendar 60133
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Give children a fun holiday-themed toy set with this LEGO City Town LEGO City Advent Calendar 60133. Your little ones will enjoy the anticipation it brings. LEGO City features 24 different surprises, one for each day of the season. This advent calendar toy includes Santa’s sleigh and presents, a snow scooter, a Christmas tree, a helicopter, a shop, a cookie stand and much more. The set also includes several buildings, vehicles and mini-figures. Each door can be opened to reveal the surprise of the day.

The Elf on the Shelf Advent Calendar
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Count down the days until Christmas with “The Elf on the Shelf.”

Barbie Advent Calendar
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Celebrate the holidays in signature style with this Barbie Advent calendar. Open 24 days of compartments to discover a fab fashion, cool accessories and even a gift.

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Kurt Adler Paw Patrol Advent Calendar
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Count down the days to Christmas with your favorite Paw Patrol buddies with this Kurt Adler Paw Patrol Advent Calendar.

Despicable Me Advent Calendar
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Your little ones can build all kinds of merry mischief when you count down to the holidays with the Minions Movie Advent Calender. Featuring 24 different holiday-themed surprises, which they can open and build each day, it adds to the fun and excitement of Christmas. It comes with three never-before-seen buildable Minions in special festive outfits along with an array of interchangeable parts such as arms, feet and googles.

Monster High Advent Calendar
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Build a haunted holiday surprise every day and count down to the festive fun with the Advent Calendar by Mega Bloks Monster High! The advent calendar features 24 mystery windows. Open one each day to discover a different buildable Monster High-themed surprise, including three buildable mini fashion figures, small character-themed builds, and winter accessories like a tree and skis.

Play-Doh Advent Calendar

With a different surprise gift for each day leading up to the holiday, there’s no knowing what festive creations you’ll be able to shape for the season — and beyond! Play-Doh and all related properties are trademarks of Hasbro. Includes 24 surprises, playmat, and 5 cans of Play-Doh Brand Modeling Compound.

Mega Bloks Smurfs Advent Calendar

24-day calendar with a new surprise every day (24 Days to build and collect). Over 150 pieces including 2 buildable Smurfs. Mega Bloks has released another smurfing hit with this Smurfs Holiday Advent Calendar Build picture-perfect winter scenes with presents, a snowman, a sled and more to smurf the Holidays like a Smurf. Smurf your Holiday Season the Blue way with the Smurfs Holiday Advent Calendar from Mega Bloks.

Peanuts Advent Calendar

Spend the Christmas season in Peanuts style with this fun advent calendar from Galison. Each window reveals holiday antics from all your favorite Peanuts characters.

Kurt Adler Sesame Street Advent Calendar, Multicolor

Help your little one to count down the days to Christmas in adorable style with the Kurt Adler 9.5 in. Sesame Street Advent Calendar. All your Sesame Street pals are featured on this wintery scene, including Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Telly, and many more. Each day, flip a door around to reveal a number.

Kurt Adler 9.5 Frozen Anna and Elsa Advent Calendar

Count down the days ’til Christmas with Anna and Elsa with this Frozen Advent calendar from Kurt Adler! Queen Elsa and Princess Anna are featured here opening gifts with their snowman friend, Olaf! Turn each door to reveal the next number as you count down ’til Christmas.

Fisher Price Thomas & Friends Minis Advent
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Christmas on the Island of Sodor is the most festive time of all, and now children can celebrate the holiday with this special MINIS-themed Advent Calendar. There’s a different MINIS “gift” inside every door, including 6 exclusive minis with holiday-themed decorations. Children will love counting the days to Christmas and receiving a special “gift” for each day.

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Tsum Tsum Advent Calendar
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Includes 18 Tsum Tsum figures, 6 large, 6 medium and 6 small in holiday attire. It also comes with 6 holiday themed accessories, and 6 seasonal head pieces. Open a new window each day to reveal a surprise! Collect, stack and display your favorite holiday themed Disney Tsum Tsum characters! Each holiday accessory is stackable and can be used to stack a large, medium & small Tsum Tsum figure on its own or used to build out an even taller stack with other accessories! Head pieces fit on each large Tsum Tsum figure for the perfect holiday decoration.

Which one of these fun advent calendar ideas do you think your kids will like the most?

 Posted by at 12:42 am
Nov 252016
 

Happy Black Friday, everyone! Are you excited to snag some great deals?! I’ve been on the lookout myself, and I just couldn’t pass up sharing this one I found with you! This post contains affiliate links. I may earn a commission if you click on a link in this post and make a purchase.

From 11/25-11/27, you can save a whopping 40% off your Tiny Prints order, plus get free shipping! How awesome is that?!

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Tiny Prints Holiday Card Collection

I love shopping at Tiny Prints for holiday cards and photo gifts for friends and family. Photo gifts are such an excellent gift idea! For the past few years, I have made my Mom and Mother-in-Law photo books of my kids for Christmas, as well as photo mugs, calendars and more. They are always a huge hit. Grandmas LOVE photo gifts!!


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 Posted by at 12:01 am
Nov 172016
 

Cranberry is such a wonderful fall and winter flavor. I look forward to that fresh, tart flavor every year. Most people only think about canned cranberry around the holidays, but there are so many awesome cranberry desserts that can be made, too.

Cranberries are not only flavorful, but they are really good for you too. They are loaded with antioxidants that can help with your heart, brain and skin. That’s a great reason to add more of them into your diet, right?

Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming right up, and I can’t wait to try making some of these delicious cranberry desserts. I’m sure they will be a huge hit with my family, and it will be fun to try something new!

10 Cranberry Desserts to Crave

Cranberry Cheesecake – From Gate to Plate
Chocolate Orange Cranberry Fudge – Beyond Frosting
Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies – Sunny Sweet Days
Sweet & Scrumptious Cranberry Bread – Busy Being Jennifer
Low Sugar Cranberry Coconut Macaroons – Food Done Light
Cranberry Walnut White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Bites – The Frugal Fairy
Cranberry Loaf with Eggnog Icing – JaMonkey
Cranberry Cashew Bark – All She Cooks
Orange Cranberry Biscotti – Cooking on the Front Burner
Cranberry Tea Cookies – PPR Giveaways & Freebies

Which of these great cranberry desserts will you try making this holiday season?



 Posted by at 10:00 pm
Nov 162016
 

This post is written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own. This shop has been compensated by Acorn Influence, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ClubTysonFFL

It’s football season again, and I’m so excited to share a couple of quick and easy game day recipes with you! My friends and family love football, and we are from New England, so I bet you can easily guess who our favorite team is.

When I have company over to watch the game, I don’t want to spend the whole time in the kitchen slaving over the stove. I have two toddlers, so I am already busy enough tending to them, without adding extra work. I want to be able to relax, watch the game, and spend some quality time with my friends and family.

I keep our game day gatherings pretty low key. I don’t go all out with decorations and fancy food with crazy ingredients and lots of steps. I’m on a pretty strict budget and I just don’t have the time for all of that. The food I serve on game day is quick and easy, affordable, and also very tasty. Ball Park® Franks and Tyson® Boneless Buffalo Chicken Wyngz are both available in bulk packages at Sam’s Club, so I can save time and money on my game day food! Both products are super easy to cook, and so versatile that I can do quite a lot of different things with them.

Quick and Easy Recipes for Game Day

When I think about what kind of food to serve during a football game, barbecue and buffalo flavors both come to mind. During a recent game day, I made Buffalo Chicken Naan Pizzas and Sweet & Spicy Barbecue Hot Dogs. They were both a big hit!

The recipes I’m sharing in this post are for smaller portions, so they can be used to feed your family any night of the week, but they can be easily doubled or tripled if you have a large amount of people at your game day gatherings.

Quick and Easy Recipes for Game Day

I absolutely love these Tyson Boneless Buffalo Chicken Wyngz. They are a cinch to cook – just put them on a foil-lined pan sprayed with cooking spray and toss them in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Super easy! They also have an amazing buffalo flavor. If you love spice, you’ll love these tasty Boneless Buffalo Chicken Wyngz. I love putting them in salads, on pizza, in sliders, and they are fantastic just dipped in ranch or blue cheese dressing. There are really so many wonderful things you can do with these!

Quick and Easy Recipes for Game Day

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Quick and Easy Recipes for Game Day

I had so much fun making these Buffalo Chicken Naan Pizzas. They are spicy, cheesy, and perfect for game day because you can just dig in and eat them with your hands – no utensils required!

Quick and Easy Recipes for Game Day

Quick and Easy Recipes for Game Day

INGREDIENTS:

  • 5 cups Tyson Boneless Buffalo Chicken Wyngz
  • 2 loaves of Naan bread
  • ¼ cup ranch dressing
  • ¼ cup buffalo sauce
  • 2 tablespoons diced green onion + more for garnish
  • ¾ cup crumbled blue cheese, divided
  • ½ cup shredded Colby/Monterey Jack cheese blend
  • ½ cup shredded Mozzarella cheese

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a foil-lined baking sheet with cooking spray. Bake 1.5 cups of Tyson Boneless Buffalo Chicken Wyngz for 15 minutes.
  2. While the chicken is baking, prepare the sauce.
  3. To make the sauce, combine ranch dressing, buffalo sauce, green onion, and ¼ cup blue cheese in a small bowl.
  4. Divide the sauce and spread equally over both loaves of Naan bread.
  5. Top each loaf of Naan bread with equal amounts of Colby/Monterey Jack cheese blend.
  6. After the chicken is done baking, chop it into bite-sized pieces, divide, and top each loaf of Naan bread with equal amounts of chicken.
  7. Divide remaining blue cheese and Mozzarella cheese, and top each Naan bread with equal amounts.
  8. Place Naan bread pizzas directly on the center rack of a preheated 400 degree oven (just leave the oven on after the chicken has finished baking and it will be ready to go!), and bake for 8-10 minutes.

Your friends and family will love these pizzas, and I’m sure they will also love these Sweet & Spicy Barbecue Hot Dogs!

Ball Park® Beef Franks are so juicy and delicious, and I love how they plump up as you cook them. They are ready to eat in just a few minutes and you can put pretty much any toppings you want on them. I remember eating these all the time as a kid, and they bring back so many great memories of camping and gathering with friends and family on game day.

Quick and Easy Recipes for Game Day

The pineapple, jalapeno & red onion relish I made was a perfect combination of sweet and spicy and really paired so well with the hot dogs.

Quick and Easy Recipes for Game Day

The barbecue sauce and melted pepper jack cheese took these franks to another level!

Quick and Easy Recipes for Game Day

Quick and Easy Recipes for Game Day

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 Ball Park Franks
  • 4 hot dog buns
  • 2 pineapple rings, diced
  • ½ of a jalapeno, diced (take the seeds out if you don’t like a lot of spice)
  • ¼ cup red onion, diced
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
  • 2 slices pepper jack cheese

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Grill hot dogs over medium heat for 6-10 minutes, or boil for 4-5 minutes.
  2. While the hot dogs are cooking, prepare the relish. You could also make this shortly before your guests arrive to save more time.
  3. To make the relish, combine pineapple, jalapeno, red onion and salt in a small bowl.
  4. Line a deep casserole dish with hot dog buns.
  5. When hot dogs are finished cooking, place them in hot dog buns.
  6. Top each hot dog with relish, ½ tablespoon barbecue sauce, and pepper jack cheese.
  7. If you really want to get into the game day spirit, arrange your cheese to look like the threads on a football. If you don’t want to spend the time doing that, just throw it on top!
  8. Place hot dogs in preheated 350 degree F. oven for 5-7 minutes, until cheese has slightly melted.

These hot dogs are the perfect balance of sweet and spicy and are sure to be a big hit!

What are some of your favorite game day recipes that are quick and easy, and affordable too? Let me know in the comments!

 Posted by at 1:18 pm
Nov 152016
 

This post is sponsored by Carter’s; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

It’s halfway through November! Can you believe that?! Are you ready for the holidays yet? I just finished up most of my Christmas shopping for the kids, and only need to pick up a few stocking stuffer items now. It feels so good to be almost done and not have that lingering over my head.

While I was doing my Christmas shopping, I hit up Carter’s for a cute holiday outfit and a pair of festive holiday pajamas for my 1 year old son, Logan. They have so many fantastic outfits to choose from in their Holiday Shop!

Carter's Holiday Clothes

This kid, I tell you, he is such a boy. He is on the go constantly, climbing up everything, playing in the dirt, running around the house and yard. He never stops. If there is trouble around, he will find it. I love Carter’s clothes because they are high quality and can keep up with him. I picked this particular outfit, because it’s dressy enough for the holidays, but it’s also comfortable enough to run around and play in.

Carter's Holiday Clothes

I brought him outside in his new clothes one day last week, and he had a blast rolling around in the grass and playing in the rocks around our fire pit. He had so much fun, and I wasn’t the least bit worried about his clothes. I threw them in the wash, and they came out looking new again.

Carter's Holiday Clothes

I love that Carter’s has such a great selection of clothes and pajamas. You can really find anything you need. Whether you’re looking for comfy clothes for your kids to run around in, something dressy to wear for holiday photos or to a party, or the perfect pair of holiday pajamas for those early morning Christmas photos, Carter’s has it!

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Carter’s clothes hold up so well, and they are very affordable. We do a lot of clothes swapping in my family. My sisters and I have 5 babies/toddlers between us, and we also have a lot of cousins with kids that around the same age. We just pass clothes back and forth to save money, and I can honestly say, the majority of them are Carter’s brand, and they have held up the best over time. I must admit, I also have a little private stash of their baby clothes that I’ve kept for myself. I simply can’t part with all of them. I especially love the little baby pajamas. They remind me of those first few months after bringing them home from the hospital, the cuddles and late night feedings. Oh, the memories…

Carter's Holiday Clothes

Take a look at this sweater. I am so impressed with the quality of it. It’s such a beautiful, heavy sweater, and I know it will last for years.

Carter's Holiday Clothes

It’s such a perfect compliment to the rest of his outfit. I love the ribbed detail around the neck, waist and sleeves.

Carter's Holiday Clothes

There’s that grin I love. I just know he’s plotting his next move.

Carter's Holiday Clothes

He melts my heart.

Carter's Holiday Clothes

Check out these super cute shoes. I’ve already gotten several compliments on them, and people wanted to know where I got them!

Carter's Holiday Clothes

Looking to get your hands on some of these fabulous clothes from Carter’s? Make sure you check out their can’t-miss Black Friday deals! In addition, they will be offering a “Dash In to Win” sweepstakes that will award promo cards to the first 100 people to arrive at their local Carter’s or OshKosh store. The Dash In to Win Sweepstakes will be held on Black Friday (11/24 – 11/25 – depending on whether or not the store is open on Thanksgiving). Check carters.com/store to confirm what date the sweepstakes will be held at your nearest location.

You can also save 20% on your order of $40.00 or more with the coupon below. If you’re shopping online, enter code CARHOLIF at checkout, or if you want to shop in store, simply print the coupon out and bring it with you. Click here to find a Carter’s location near you.

car_hol_prkit_bloggercoupoCarter’s partners with bloggers such as me to help promote their Seasonal Pajamas and Holiday selections. As part of the program, I received products or gift cards. CARTER’S believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. CARTER’S provided me with information on promotions and messaging concepts, but did not tell me what to purchase or what to write in my blog or what to say about the products I used. 

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