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5.25.2018

Our Memorial Day Backyard Lunch Date with Unique & Delicious Summertime Recipes: Fancy Tacos & Florida Hot Dogs

This  post  is  sponsored  by    Tyson    Foods,  Inc.  ,  but  the  content  and  opinions  are  my  own.

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Memorial Day is approaching rapidly, which means BBQ and sundress season is in full swing, and I'm in my own little version of heaven because of that fact. This is part of what life really is all about after all - comfy clothes and good food... am I right?

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With this holiday approaching quickly, I finally decided to get into the spirit of summer and have a little family lunch date on our back patio.

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After all, what's better than a home-cooked meal enjoyed with your family? The thing is, I wasn't traditional in the slightest with our menu... which made this little Backyard Lunch Date that much more tasty and amazing!

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Plus, like the genius I am, I decided to go ahead and make some of our dishes in advance, which made for easy prep since half of our food was already ready to go and we just took the other half of our adventure out to the grill when it was time.

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Making Ball Park® Hot Dogs was a breeze, just a a few minutes on the grill and then slid into a couple  of Ball Park Hot Dog Buns, topped with piquante peppers and pineapple for a fun, tropical flair - ya know, Florida style dogs!

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Next on the menu was our Fancy Tacos... because, well, if you know me, you know I have to have tacos for every occasion. These Tyson® Chicken tacos may very well be THE BEST we've ever made at home though, so hurry up and jot this recipe down:

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Ingredients:


Fancy Chicken Tacos:
1 lb Tyson® Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, sliced into approximately 1/2" pieces
Corn Tortillas
3 tbsp butter

Chicken Seasonings:
1/2 tbsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp cumin
1/8 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp coriander
1 tbsp vegetable oil
6 pieces of bacon, already cooked to a crispy texture, made into bits


Goat Cheese Crema:
1 cup Sour cream
2 oz Goat Cheese
1 clove dried garlic

Tropical Florida Hot Dogs:
Ball Park® Hot Dogs
Ball Park® Hot Dog Buns
Piquante Peppers
Pineapple

Beverages:
Lipton® Iced Tea Bags
Water

Prep:


To get this cooking party started, combine all seasonings listed above. Then go ahead and drizzle the vegetable oil over chicken in dish, evenly coating both sides. Then do the same, coating both sides with the seasoning mix.

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Grease pan well with 2 tbsp butter and on medium-high heat, add chicken, cook each side approximately 2 minutes then begin chopping/separating within the pan with spatula. Turn down to medium and continue shredding, add in bacon bits.

Now turn to low and add 1 more tbsp of butter while allowing the meat to simmer and warming tortillas in a pan.

While you're warming tortillas, if you wanna make the fanciest part of my fancy tacos, just toss the garlic, sour cream, and goat cheese into a food processor and let it spin for a few. I have found that this has a more amazing flavor once it's been warmed up a bit so I suggest pouring into a small sauce pan and letting it get a bit creamier on low heat for a few minutes.

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While you're standing there, warming tortillas, and making the crema, grab a pitcher of water and make your tea too. All you need to do is warm up water and stick in the tea bags. Lipton® tea bags work the magic beyond that. Just add ice and sugar to your preference once following box directions!

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After all this fun in the kitchen, it's time to head out to the grill and get your Ball Park® Hot Dogs grillin'! Just toss them on a medium heat grill and cook until the grill lines look delicious! Add into a Ball Park® Hot Dog bun and top with pineapple and chopped piquante peppers.

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That's it, your main dishes are ready to go! If you're wondering what else hubs and I prepped in advance, it was our famous guac & chips and a tasty and colorful black bean and mango salad. Two easy and amazing side dishes for this little bit of backyard shenanigans.

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The best part is, Delainey loved it all too! We'll be repeating this little day-date backyard BBQ fun pretty much every weekend this summer... but of course, we'll be out there on Memorial Day enjoying the weather and being thankful for our freedom & those who served our country!

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So tell me, how do you like to spend Memorial Day? If you plan on spending time near the grill, check out all the amazing deals you can find on Tyson®, Ball Park® Hot Dogs & Ball Park ® Hot Dog Buns, and more at Walmart.

5.24.2018

Toddler Fashion in Florida Heat - Every babe needs The Baby Bird Boutique!



So it's obvious if you've been with me for a while that I kinda sorta have this thing with baby fashion. I mean, I love fashion in general, but if we're being real here, I often walk around looking homeless and a hot mess in my yoga pants and a t-shirt I've had since I graduated high school... but Delainey is almost always dressed to the nines.

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If you don't follow us on Instagram yet, you should. You'll see what I mean about her style - she truly is a fashionista and luckily she LOVES it! From the bows to the clothes, this girl is a huge fan of being stylish... and she's kinda "known" for always having the cutest clothes, which tickles my fashion-loving heart.

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But... Lately beyond the comments about how cute her clothes are, I've had a lot of questions about what we wear during the HOT FLORIDA summer heat, mainly from my friends that are coming this way for vacations, trying to gauge how they should pack... and while we mix things up and wear all kinds of outfits - the ones we tend to grab for the most are the ones that she's the most comfortable in - our The Baby Bird Boutique rompers.

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Conveniently for my friends, they're also the tiniest, sweetest little statement pieces that can be worn for any occasion and they are THE easiest to pack - I literally bring like 5 with us everywhere we go... in a ziploc and I never have to worry about not having an outfit change.

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Wondering what's so great about these sweet little rompers?

I'll start with mentioning they are an original design from one of my favorite ladies, Dorie Kirk. You may remember me recently introducing her - if not, go check out why she's so amazing.

Next on my list of reasons to love The BBB is the community. If you're a fan of acceptance and ADORABLEness, then join The Baby Bird Boutique VIP group to find your tribe.

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Beyond the community and the maker, is the quality of these pieces. We've been rocking our 6m items since D was just a few months old and we're STILL wearing them at 20 months old. The flexibility in these rompers has allowed her to grow A LOT, without outgrowing the sweetness of these! How are they so flexible in sizing - well, the cut is the main reason but the amazing, stretchy ties also help allow that flexibility!

Speaking of being flexible, if you're in the same season of life, I want to congratulate you and let you know there will be no more flips and slips while potty training your little one. We LOVE that these sweet little bubble rompers have SNAPS to make quick potty chair adventures EASY and quick. Nothing is worse than trying to remove a bubble she's wearing and it not having snaps... I'm sure my fellow potty-trainin' mamas can attest to that.

And while I haven't had to deal with this recently, I will say they are great for newborns as well, for a similar reason. If your babe has blow outs, you know what it's like to try and remove a onesie that's been soiled... these beauties literally can slide off overhead or over her feet without spreading the icky. Potty time can be tricky at all ages, as we parents know, but in BBB I never have to worry, so that's ALSO a  HUGE win for my vacationing buddies too!



My last reason I tend to suggest my girls check out The Baby Bird Boutique when shopping for vacation gear for their little girl's is my main reason, actually. I am obsessed with the unique and adorable prints. Dorie literally blows me away with each and every drop - from flamingos to Cabbage Patch Kids, she's fulfilled my wants and dreams and offered so many amazing pieces that can't be found elsewhere!



With that said, now's the time to upgrade your little one's vacation wardrobe and get your hands on these beach-friendly beautiful bubble rompers! Want some EXTRA good news? Check out the recent KIMONO drop to add some extra fancy & adorable sass to your little one's BBB wardrobe!

Keeping Your Happy Tot Happy with Target


This post is sponsored by Happy Family at Target but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. 

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It happened again, we had way too much fun at Target, as per usual... and indulged ourselves with some of our favorites.

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There's just something about scouring the aisles of this perfectly organized store and finding epic deals that always pulls Delainey and I in, but recently she's become my little partner in crime and we're always finding reasons to visit our favorite store.

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From Deals on toys, to flipflops, pool floats, and toddler clothes, I love that I can find things our family both wants and needs easily in one spot... plus, the newly renovated location by my house just feels like a little slice of heaven, with it's amazing decor set ups and perfectly merchandised items... what's not to love?

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You may be wondering our most recent reason to head into the land of deals though...? Well, it all started when I realized we were running low on Delainey's absolute favorite snacks from Happy Tot.


We had fruit & veggie pouches and crackers on the mind as we approached the doors of Target, but when we saw the Happy Tot Whole Milk Yogurt in pouches and cups, her and I just knew she had to try them both. I mena, with mindfully made probiotics, no added sweeteners, all organic and non-GMO ingredients, what's not to love? Don't let her sass fool ya, she was overjoyed to be adding them to the cart!

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Speaking of adding items to your cart, what's your favorite thing to shop for in Target? Tell me all about your epic steals & deals from everyone's favorite retailer in the comments below!

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5.14.2018

The EASIEST Recipe That Also Helps a Child in Need: Gourmet Cheesy Bruschetta Chicken Wrap

This post is sponsored by Mighty Spark Food Co. but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.


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Okay, y'all.. I'm going to share something with you that I'm a little embarrassed to admit.

This may come as a surprise... and confuse you somewhat since I blog about this topic somewhat often... but this is something I need to get off my chest.

I'm actually not a good cook. I'm not just being modest either... It's bad... like, to the extent that I've burnt rice and had to attempt to make recipes a multitude of times before sharing something edible with my family and y'all here on the blog.

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I mean, if I'm being real with myself, this may not actually come as a surprise to you... since when I do share recipes they tend to all be EASY, I'm never going to be one to make Baked Alaska... but this recipe is seriously the EASIEST I've ever shared. I mean, I would trust any self proclaimed "bad cook" like myself to whip this up and impress their friends.

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So, if you're a new cook and trying to learn the ropes or your just no good in the kitchen (like myself), then I suggest you take notes... because this Gourmet Cheesy Bruschetta Chicken Wrap is one your friends and family will be asking you to make over and over again!



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What's the secret to making this delicious dish... and several others? Mighty Spark Foods Co.

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What IS Mighty Spark Foods Co? It's a company that started at a little Minneapolis Farmers' Market and has grown into an empire that's going to take over your kitchen! With flavors and spices ALREADY included in their meats, these little flavor packed packages are the answer to your dinnertime woes!

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Beyond just helping you to make amazing food, Mighty Sparks Foods Co also makes a difference in the world. For each package of Mighty Spark purchased, the company will donate a meal to a child in need... even more amazing, they've already helped over 1 million kiddos and that number grows each time a package of their delicious food is purchased!

So how can you get in on this goodness and help a child in need?

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Here's my Gourmet Cheesy Bruschetta Chicken Wrap recipe... and keep an eye out for a couple of other amazing recipes using their Sweet Thai-Style Seasoned Ground Chicken and Bacon-Bursting Ground Turkey Blend!

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Ingredients for 1 Wrap:

1 Large Flour Tortilla
1 cup Mozzarella Cheese
Goat Cheese (to taste)
1/2 cup Mighty Spark Foods Co Bruschetta Ground Chicken
For the lines, you'll want a grilling pan - otherwise a regular pan will be just fine!

Alright, y'all ready...

All you have to do is follow the directions on the Mighty Spark Foods Co packaging to make the Bruschetta Chicken - which literally include heating the meat up in a pan... and that's it!

Now you'll place your tortilla in a pan on medium heat and start placing your ingredients on only one half of it.

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Adding the Mozzarella Cheese first, then the Mighty Spark Foods Co Bruschetta Ground Chicken, and a spring of Goat cheese for a little extra pop of flavor.

Allow the wrap to warm on one side, letting the cheese melt some - it took about 4 minutes for me. Then flip with a spatula and warm the other side for another 3-5 minutes.



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ENJOY!



And... listen up, I have EVEN more good news to share with you! You can save $3 the next time you wanna whip up this delicious recipe AND help a child in need! So grab THIS coupon and head to Publix to get your chef on!

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