Thursday, August 30, 2012


I was able to review some new Crayola products.  My kids LOVE to color and create and Crayola has some of the best products out there!!

Color your way back to school this year! Brighten up your kids’ school day with fun Crayola™ products that help bring color to just about any surface. Whether it’s taking notes in the classroom or showing school spirit by drawing on windows, Crayola is helping kids explore every color of the rainbow. The vibrant new twist on school products is sure to add a splash of color to the day and help kids stay organized so they can ace exams and presentations while letting their creativity shine

Bring colorful ideas to life…not just on paper! The Crayola Marker collection and Dry Erase Products allow children to express themselves and show off their school spirit.

  • Kids can add their own artwork on backpacks or create wild, brightly colored designs on a new pair of jeans or a t-shirt with Crayola Bright Fabric Markers. The bright colors will “pop” off dark fabrics, showing kids creations in a whole new light!
  • Get the whole team pumped up this season with Crayola Window Mega Markers and Crystal Effects Window Markers. The oversized Window Mega Markers come in a special school color assortment. Decorate the family minivan for the first big game of the season using the broad, brilliantly colored strokes; kids can create amazing effects with Crystal Effects Window Markers on windows that dry to bright, crystalized colors. Both markers are completely washable and designed to work on all glass surfaces.
  • Keep busy family schedules organized as the new school year starts with Crayola’s black and white Dual-Sided Dry-Erase Board Set. The board provides twice the dry-erase drawing fun and organization for kids and families. Two surfaces double the drawing area and make it more fun for kids to play tic-tac-toe and word games, practice spelling words and math problems or leave a message for mom. The board comes with a pack of eight Crayola Washable Dry-Erase Bright Crayons. Colors cleanly and easily wipe off each side for endless creative play. The set also includes a machine-washable “E-Z erase” cloth and the classic Crayola built-in crayon sharpener.

Take note-taking or study sessions up a notch with the multitude of colors in the Wild Notes Line.

  • Combine fun and learning with Crayola’s Wild Notes Index Cards. Kids can make presentation notes or flash cards with different colors using just one pen. The convenient spiral-binding at the top allows for easy flipping and the perforated cards allow for clean tear-out.
  • Writing special notes to friends can be fun, but writing on peel n’ stick paper with surprising colors on each note is even more exciting. Crayola’s Wild Notes Sticky Notes use one unique pen for kids to colorfully leave messages with fun shapes anywhere for themselves or for a friend. The sticky notes are the perfect size for quick reminders
  • Kids will love doing their homework this year with Crayola’s Wild Notes 1 Subject Notebook. Watch as amazing colors change on each page with the Wild Notes pen. Convenient spiral-binding allows for easy flipping.
“Disclosure: The information, products and additional Crayola Back-to-School gift pack was provided by Crayola® through MyBlogSpark.”

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

PlaymobileTale Along Soccer Match

I had the opportunity to test out the following:

PlaymobileTale Along Soccer Match

  • Perfect for summer travel, this compactible and travel-ready Take Along Soccer Match includes a 22 x 33 inch field, soccer ball and other accessories.
  • To further enhance the soccer experience, the figures have a leg that kicks to propel the ball forward, which helps make playtime more realistic.
  • There are also goalie figures that connect to goal joystick, which allows kids to control the goalies’ movements from behind the goal net.
  • The PLAYMOBIL Take Along Soccer Match is ideal for kids ages five to ten; because of small parts it is not recommended for little ones under the age of three.

Visit to redeem the coupon code US72A12C for 20% off Playmobil Take Along items.

Dribbling across the field and scoring a goal has never been easier. Pass, shoot, and score with the PLAYMOBIL® Take Along Soccer Match that allows your kids to challenge one another to a soccer game no matter where you are. With six athlete figures primed and ready to play, this set comes fully equipped with everything kids need to have a complete soccer game experience.

My boys really loved it! They put it together immediately and have been spotted playing with it ever since! It's really easy to put together and when the playing is done it's super easy to break down and the play board becomes the carrying case.

This toy was provided to me by My Blogspark and Playmobile -all opinions on the toy are solely mine.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Cafe Rio Chicken

I really miss Cafe Rio. Wish we had one around here. But until we get one, here's a knock off recipe that's currently brewing in my crock pot. Yum!!!!!

Happy Weekend!

Cafe Rio Chicken
  • 1/2 Tablespoon MINCED GARLIC
  • 1/2 cup WATER
  • 1/2 Tablespoon GROUND CUMIN
  • 1/2 Tablespoon CHILI POWDER
Place all ingredients in the crockpot.
Cook on low for 7-8 hours or high 3-4 hours.
Shred and serve how ever you like - as filling for tacos, burritos, nachos, quesadillas or burrito bowls, etc.
It is easy to double or triple this recipe and freeze the extras.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Pot Roast

This is our dinner tonight! So good! The smell of pot roast brings back memories of my mom making it. Sunday night was the only night we ever had pot roast and here I am,making it for my family (for the first time might I add) on a Sunday night. So happy!



  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 pounds boneless chuck roast
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Heat a heavy Dutch oven on top of the stove over medium high heat. Add oil, and sear meat in the center of the pan for 4 minutes. Turn meat over with tongs; sear all sides for 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Remove meat from pan. Arrange onion, garlic, and 1 bay leaf in the bottom of the pan, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Return meat to pan, place remaining bay leaf on top of meat, and cover.
Cook in the oven for 30 minutes at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Reduce the heat to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C), and cook for 1 1/2 hours. Remove roast to a platter to rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Slice, and top with onions and gravy.
7-UP Biscuits
2 cups Bisquick
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup 7-up
1/4 cup melted butter

Preheat oven to 450.
Cut sour cream into biscuit mix, add 7-Up. Makes a very soft dough.
Sprinkle additional biscuit mix on board or table and pat dough out. Melt 1/4 cup butter in a 9 inch square pan.  Place cut biscuits in pan and bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown

Friday, February 3, 2012

Gevalia Kaffe-CLOSED

Gevalia Kaffe is much more than your average ‘cup of joe.’ It’s a Swedish-style break from the usual coffee grind. Perfected by the Swedes’ passion for quality coffee for more than 150 years, Gevalia is an exquisitely rich smooth coffee experience that is never bitter. Gevalia isn’t just coffee, it’s ‘Kaffe’ to savor.

  •  The Swedes know a thing or two about coffee. They know quality coffee should be savored and enjoyed. They also know you deserve a more unique/special coffee experience than what you can pick up on every street corner.
  • Gevalia is a luxurious departure from the everyday, an escape from the routine cup of coffee. Whether it’s a morning ritual made just for you, or the finishing touch at a dinner party, it brings the taste of Swedish-style luxury into your home.
  • In Sweden, where the citizens drink more coffee than almost anywhere else in the world, Gevalia is their preferred brand.
    • In fact, Gevalia enjoys the honor of being an official coffee of the Swedish Royal Court.
Gevalia, now available at Safeway, brings unexpected Swedish-style luxury and rich, never bitter taste to the Safeway grocery aisle.
  • Gevalia has been refining the art of luxurious coffee since 1853 and has a deep history of finding and blending the finest Arabica coffee beans from locations around the world.
  • Gevalia is expertly made with carefully selected beans, ground extra fine, to produce a rich coffee experience.
  • Previously available online only, Gevalia is now offering its top-ten varieties in U.S. coffee supermarket aisles nationwide in 10 varieties, including roast and ground, whole bean, flavored and decaffeinated varieties:

    • Gevalia Traditional Roast (ground and whole bean):
      Gevalia Traditional Roast provides a perfectly balanced taste every time. Our most beloved blend – made of choice, mountain-grown Arabica beans – this coffee has a distinctive body and flavor with a lighter intensity. (Medium Roast).

    • Gevalia House Blend:
      A Gevalia favorite, House Blend is a robust yet never bitter coffee. This roast has a captivating aroma that is only matched by its exceptional flavor. (Medium/Dark Roast).

    • Gevalia House Blend Decaf :
      Delivering the same rich, never bitter flavor, House Blend Decaf has the same robust taste without all the caffeine. (Medium/Dark Roast).

    • Gevalia French Roast (ground and whole bean):
      Gevalia French Roast is a coffee of impressive richness and dimension, expertly crafted from prized Arabica beans grown in Colombia and Brazil. Hints of aromatic smoke give this dark-roasted French Roast blend an intense, yet uniquely satisfying flavor. (Dark Roast).

    • Gevalia Colombia:
      Grown high in the Colombian Andes, these beans produce a rich, bright and well-bodied Colombian coffee. This single origin classic is world-renowned, which is why we have sourced these beans for decades. (Medium Roast).

    • Gevalia Espresso Roast:
      Gevalia Espresso Roast is made of premium, mountain-grown Arabica beans from East Africa and Central and South America. This roast is bold and full-bodied with a hint of caramel undertones. (Dark Roast).

    • Gevalia Vanilla:
      This rich blend with vanilla flavor notes is crafted from choice mountain-grown Arabica beans, then roasted for exceptional body and flavor. Gevalia Vanilla is a flavorful and balanced experience with a heavenly aroma.

    • Gevalia Chocolate Mocha:
      Gevalia Chocolate Mocha allows you to indulge your passion for decadent flavor. Rich, velvety chocolate flavor is blended with mountain-grown Arabica beans for a sweetly satisfying experience. 

 So tell me: what's your favorite way to enjoy a cup of coffee and you could win the following prize pack!

  • (1) sample of the House Blend from Gevalia Kaffe
  • (1) sample of the French Roast Blend from Gevalia Kaffe
  • A Gevalia Kaffe branded coffee mug

Hurry up and enter! Giveaway ends Sunday, Feb. 5 at midnight MST. 

This has been graciously provided by My Blog Spark and Kraft Foods. Kraft Foods has provided sample product to me and is providing the prizes for this program at no cost to me.  This program is not administered or sponsored by Kraft Foods or its affiliates, but solely by Tummy Yummies. 

    Sunday, January 29, 2012

    Petite Lasanga Cups

    This is dinner tonight! I can't wait to dive right into these little gems. So yummy! I mean lasagna in little petite sized cups of cheesy goodness! How can this not be the best thing you've ever put in your mouth?!?!?!

    I love little variations on traditional meals. This is a great example of that. This would also be good for a dinner party-everyone gets their own little lasagna.

    Petite Lasagna Cups
    (makes 12)

    12 oz raw ground turkey (or whatever meat you want to use-or go meatless-that would be good too!)

    ¼ tsp salt, divided

    ¼ tsp pepper

    1 cup chopped onion

    ½ cup chopped mushrooms

    14.5 oz can crushed tomatoes, or tomato sauce

    2 cloves garlic, minced

    3 tsp dried oregano, divided

    ½ tsp dried basil

    1 ½ cups cream cheese (i'm using the philadelphia baking cream cheese-italian herbs)

    12 lasagna noodles, cooked and cooled and cut in 1/2

    1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

    Preheat oven to 375ºF. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the turkey, onions, mushrooms, salt, and pepper. Crumble the meat and saute the mixture for about 10 minutes, or until the turkey is cooked through. Add the garlic and stir constantly for 30 seconds.

    Add the crushed tomatoes and 2 tsp of oregano. Bring the pan to a gentle boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

    In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, a pinch of salt and pepper, the remaining teaspoon of oregano, and the basil. Stir to mix well. Set aside.

    Coat a 12-cup muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray. Place 1 noodle into each of the 12 cups, pressing firmly in the bottom of the cup and up the sides.

    Using half of the ricotta mixture, divide it among the 12 muffin cups. Next, using half of the turkey tomato sauce, spoon it evenly over each of the ricotta filled cups. Sprinkle with 2 tsp of mozzarella.

    Gently press another noodle on top of the mozzarella layer.

    Repeat the process by distributing the remaining cream cheese, then the remaining tomato sauce, and finally the rest of the shredded mozzarella.

    Bake for 10 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.

    Let the cups cool, remove them from the pan, and serve!
    picture courtesy of CAN YOU STAY FOR DINNER

    Mexican Stuffed Shells

    Who doesn't love tacos??? They are a favorite in this house for sure!! We love all things tacos. It's one meal I KNOW my kids will eat without any hesitation. We usually have tacos every couple of weeks.

    So as I was browsing Pinterest one night I stumbled upon this gem! Thought "oh yeah-the kids will adore this" and THEY DID!!

    So here you go! I hope your family enjoys it as much as mine did!!! YUM!!!

    Mexican Stuffed Shells
    1 lb. ground beef
    1 package low-sodium taco seasoning
    1 can refried beans
    4 oz. cream cheese (I used a veggie cream cheese that I already had in the fridge)
    14-16 jumbo pasta shells
    1.5 cup salsa
    1 cup taco sauce
    1 cup cheddar cheese
    1 cup monterey jack cheese
    3 green onions
    Sour cream

    Preheat oven to 350°.

    In a frying pan cook ground beef; add taco seasoning and prepare according to package directions, add refried beans. Add cream cheese, cover and simmer until cheese is melted. Blend well. Set aside and cool completely. While ground beef is cooking, cook the pasta shells according to directions; drain. Set shells out individually on cutting board/baking sheet so that they don’t stick together.

    Pour salsa on bottom of 9×13 baking dish. Stuff each shell with the meat mixture. Place shells in 9×13 pan open side up. Cover shells with taco sauce. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.

    After 30 minutes, add shredded cheese and bake for 10-15 more minutes, with the foil removed. Top with any condiments you’d like (green onions, black olives, etc.) Serve with sour cream and/or more salsa

    picture courtesy of THE WAY TO HIS HEART

    This was so good! Kids ate and ate!! Well yeah, I did too!!

    Happy Eating!
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