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Monday, August 22, 2016

#ad Quick + Easy Crispy Chicken Cobb Salad

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ReimagineYourRoutine #CollectiveBias

Back to school is just around the corner which means juggling kids, homework, sports, work, etc. is about to get even crazier. While Emerson isn't in school it's rough juggling day care, work, working out, friends and just life in general. Especially when you don't live near any family.

Honestly I can't tell you how many times the hubs has come home from work and asked what's for dinner and I didn't have a clue. Those days usually result in takeout or breakfast for dinner because it's easy. Well I have a secret. Recently I started purchasing Tyson® Grilled & Ready®  Chicken and Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips for those rough days, days I don't want to cook or just completely forgot to defrost something. Which happens more often than not.

Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Chicken and Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips are awesome because all you have to do is heat and serve -- whether in the oven, stove top or microwave. I was skeptical at first, but I'm kind of in love with the Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips. They really are crispy, if cooked in the oven. 

Trust me, pick up Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Chicken or Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips during your next Walmart shopping trip. Be the Mom who saves the day and never feels guilty about whatwhen she serves with Tyson Food’s protein packed convenient solutions with TysonⓇ chicken, whether it’s breakfast, lunch, snacks, or dinner.

The other day I was having one of those days. The non-stop forget to eat lunch kind of day. Oh and everyone is hangry, but you haven't even thought about dinner let alone defrosted anything. Hello, Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Chicken and Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips to the rescue.

After a quick survey of my fridge I pulled together a quick and easy Crispy Chicken Cobb Salad! It was amazing and might be on repeat tomorrow ;) For Emerson I heated a few strips of Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Chicken and served with strawberries and broccoli. My toddler is easy to please.

Emerson is learning how to use a fork on her own, however mom has to help out once in a while ;)

Now for the Cobb Salad a quick meal solution for your family with high quality and low effort.

Crispy Chicken Cobb Salad


2 slices of bacon, chopped
1 hard boiled egg, sliced
1/8 avocado 
1/4 cup strawberries, sliced
1 tbsp feta
2 cups spring mix
1/4 cucumber, diced
1 tbsp of your favorite dressing [I love to use balsamic] 
salt and pepper to taste


Prepare chicken per directions on package. While chickening in a warming up chop, dice, slice all other ingredients.

Using a large plate or bowl layer all the ingredients on top of the spring mix. Top with dressing, toss and enjoy! Yup it's that simple.

Pro tip: Make a big batch of hard boiled eggs as your weekly food prep. On Sunday when you're making bacon for breakfast just make the whole package. That way there's extra for the week. Plus, you only have to clean up once.

Full tummy means happy hubby and kids! Win, win.

What would you make with  Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Chicken or Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips?


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

For the Love of Reading

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company, Kellogg Company, J.M. Smucker Company, and The HERSHEY'S Company. All opinions are mine alone. #StartSchoolLikeAChampion #CollectiveBias

My child loves reading just as much as she loves food. That is not a joke. I chalk it up to reading to her multiple times a day plus going to the library, weekly, for story time. Honestly it might be her favorite part of the week. Ok, maybe it's having lunch at the beach, lounging on the dog bed or something completely different. Who knows since it's hard to understand what a 18 month old is saying. Either way she loves reading [aka looking at the pictures] or being read to!

It's imperative to read to your children early and often. This is why I love supporting brands who support reading.

They next time you're shopping at Walmart make sure to check out specially marked products from brands HERSHEY'S, Smucker's, Coca-Cola and Kellogg's! Why, because I said so. All joking aside, because they have all teamed up with Scholastic Books to give Walmart Shoppers the opportunity to earn up to 90 books when purchasing participating products! Win, win win!

Just to reiterate -- For every purchase at Walmart of participating products you already know and love, you will be able to claim one Scholastic book. Talk about going for the gold! This limited- time offer will run from June 29th to September 30th!

People, it's a no brainer. Whether you're picking up snacks for the family, a BBQ or to donate to the local food bank keep an eye out for participating brands.

When you redeem your books you can choose to keep the books or donate them. Since my sweetheart has more than enough we'll most likely donate our books.

Five Simple Way to Create a Tiny Reader

1. Read early and often.
2. Keep books throughout the house and easily assessable. We store a few board books in her toy basket.
3. Create a bedtime reading routine.
4. Attend story time your local library.
5. Make reading fun. Even if you have to read the same book five times in a row. Switch up voices and the story.

How to start school like a champion: Earn a free Scholastic book by purchasing any of the over 100 participating Coca-Cola, HERSHEY'S, Kellogg’s, or J.M. Smucker's product at Walmart between 6/29/16 – 9/30/16 (1 item = 1 book).

1. Buy any participating Coca-Cola, HERSHEY'S, Kellogg's, or J.M. Smucker product at Walmart between 6/29/16 and 9/30/16. For a full list of participating products, refer to

2. Join or log in to Kellogg's Family Rewards.

3. Upload your receipt within 30 days of purchase.

4. Choose or donate your free book.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Blackberry Oatmeal Crumble Bars

Oh, summertime let me count the ways I love you. Yes, I know I live in the mountains, but summer is by far my favorite season. I am from San Diego! From beach days, warm nights to a endless flow of berries I just don't want summer to end. I should mention there's always a steady flow of berries in our house. Lately I've been loving blackberries and raspberries. While our berries come from California's central valley I can't help but think of Oregon Berries from the Willamette Valley Fruit Co.

With an endless flow of berries and BBQs to attend I've been making some sweet treats like this galette and tart! When there's a party, picnic or BBQ you better believe I'm bringing a treat, of some sort, to share.

I'm going to let you in on a little secret. On Sundays I make a treat for the hubby and I. Typically I give him a few options and let him pick. He's a total berry guy so he was on board with Blackberry Crumble Bars. Such an easy guy.

Blackberry Crumble Bars are sweet enough for dessert [of course, with a scoop of ice cream], but you can also enjoy a slice with a latte in morning without feeling guilty. Now that's a winning dish!

One should note the Blackberry Crumble Bars travel well making them a perfect treat to take to any summer party.

Without further adieu....

Blackberry Oatmeal Crumble Bars 
Makes 8 Bars


Crust and Crumble Topping 
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup old-fashioned whole-rolled oats
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed pinch salt, optional and to taste

Blueberry Layer 
2 cups blackberries
1/4 cup raspberries
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp  cornstarch


Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-inch square pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray; set aside.

Crust and Crumble Topping - In a large, melt the butter. Add the flour, oats, sugars, optional salt, and stir and combine. Set 1 cup mixture aside to be used as crumble topping.

Pour remaining mixture to prepared pan, and press the mixture to create an even, smooth, flat crust; set aside.

Blueberry Layer - In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients. Distribute blackberry mixture evenly over the crust. Next sprinkle with the reserved crumble topping mixture. Before sprinkling, create bigger crumble pieces to form by squeezing the mixture together. Bake for about 45-55 minutes [depending on if you used fresh or frozen berries], or until edges are set and center has just set.

Pro tip: Place pan on a wire rack and allow bars to cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing and serving. If you try to slice bars before they've cooled completely, they'll be extremely messy and could fall apart. 


What's your favorite berry dish?

Psst...The Oregon Raspberry and Blackberry Commission sponsored this post. Opinions are 100% my own. 
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