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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

#HormelFamily #LaborDay September

National Peanut Day: While we never need a reason to eat peanut butter, this month is the perfect time to celebrate your peanut addition for National Peanut Day (Sept. 13). If you’re more of a peanut butter fanatic, Hormel Foods has some great recipes from SKIPPY® peanut butter to satisfy your cravings like Creamy Grilled PB&J’s for lunch followed by Frozen Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Pops for dessert!

Mexican Independence Day: Dating all the way back to the year 1810, celebrate Mexican Independence Day this month on Sept. 16! Whether you like salsa versus guacamole or prefer quesadillas over tacos, Hormel Foods brands CHI-CHI’S® andHERDEZ® have everything you need to craft your favorite Mexican dishes. For an easy weeknight meal, try these Chicken Taco Lettuce Wraps using CHI-CHI’S® Thick and Chunky Salsa. And if your celebrations lead into the weekend, whip up thisTomatillo Chicken Chili using HERDEZ® Tomatillo Verde Mexican Cooking Sauce

Thursday, August 20, 2015

#HormelFamily Blogger #Hormel Beef Crumble Shepards Casserole #easy

1 package Hormel seasoned beef crumbles (hormel)
2 cups hot garlic mashed potatoes(instant is fine)
1 cup cheddar cheese, divided into half cups
4 cups mixed vegetables
1 cup beef gravy

Preheat oven to 375

Heat stove top Beef crumbles, gravy and veggies till warm. 
Cooking spray a 9x13 , pour beef mixture, 1/2 cheese over top, spread your mashed potatoes evenly over top
Bake for 25 minutes so heated through and potatoes have browned a bit. Sprinkle the last 1/2 of cheese over top. Scoop and serve.  

Loved this Hormel Taco flavored crumbles. They were already cooked so perfect for any recipe. The flavor was awesome and adds that perfect flavor to your dinner without the fuss. Want a coupon? Click here for all the current offers :)
**Thank you to the fine people that offer me these amazing boxes every month. I was provided the products shown for free to provide an unbiased review of mentioned products. All opinions are my own and receipt of item does not promise a positive review*

Saturday, August 15, 2015

#HormelFamily Blogger August **Lloyd's BBQ Pork Ribs oven style**

My August box was amazing for #HormelFamily Blogger program.

Lloyd's  Baby Back Pork Ribs can be found in your grocers meat section. These are 2lb racks with no BBQ sauce so you can create your own masterpiece.

I decided the way to cook these were smothered in BBQ sauce while tightly sealed in a cooking bag. (all honesty is I was without aluminum foil). I cut them in sections and laid them out in the bag and dumped the sauce all over the ribs. I sealed the bag tightly and tied it up and placed in the oven inside a pyrex dish. According to the packaging cook at 375* in a preheated oven , mine being frozen for 65-75 min.

I pulled ribs from oven at 65 min slit the cooking bag added more sauce threw back in oven for another 15 min. These are seared already so they look like you spent a lot of time preparing.

This is what was served for dinner, the ribs were tender and easy to separate and my kids really enjoyed it. If you are needing a quick meal this is a definite must try.
**Thanks to the fine people affiliated with Hormel and the Hormel Family Blogger program my family was provided with main product idea for my unbiased opinion**

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Westfield Gets Zingy Dog Valet #zingypet #shared


On-Demand DASH Valet Stands at Westfield Centers Let Users Shop while Zingy Walks, Keeping Pets out of Dangerous Hot Vehicles

LOS ANGELES - Aug. 4, 2015 - Zingythe app-based on-demand dog walking service, today announced a partnership with Westfield Corporation that will bring dog valet stands to the company's shopping centers throughout Los Angeles. Beginning with Westfield Topanga, Zingy's plan is to rollout permanent DASH Stands at all Southern California Westfield Shopping Centers, expanding to a national footprint next year.

"Since launching DASH Stands at farmers' markets and office complexes earlier this year, we've received overwhelming demand from dog owners to increase our locations," said Tobi Skovron, Zingy Founder and CEO. "Bringing Zingy DASH Stands (dog valet) to Westfield Centers is a pivotal step forward and in many ways officially makes the participating shopping malls pet-friendly. We solve a problem for dog owners, with the added benefit of ensuring dogs are no longer left in dangerously hot cars during summer."

To book a walk from a DASH Stand, shoppers simply download the free Zingy app, available in both the iTunes and Google Play app stores, enter their dog's information, and visit the DASH location for drop-off to a trained, trusted and educated walker for a 15, 30, 45 or 60-minute walk. Walks start from just $10, and once complete, owners can pick up their furry friend from the DASH Stand. Walks continue until the owner returns, so if lunch runs late, pets will remain in safe and loving hands with Zingy.

"Westfield's strategy is to develop superior retail destinations by integrating food, fashion, leisure and entertainment and by using technology to better connect retailers with consumers," said Beth Ann Kaminkow, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Westfield. "Partnering with Zingy gives our shoppers more convenience, and DASH Stands will resonate perfectly with our audience."

During a Zingy dog walk, owners receive real-time notifications, can monitor the walk live, and receive a care note and photo at the end. Pet owners can also take the service with them and book an on-demand dog walk from anywhere, at anytime. Visit for more information.

About Zingy
Zingy Pet Inc. is a pet company comprised of team members who have been building world-class products and brands within the pet industry since 1991. Turning its attention to today's appetite for on-demand services, Zingy worked with IDEO (an award-winning design and innovation firm) to develop an app to connect dog owners with a community of trained and trusted dog walkers. The service allows dog owners to promptly book a walker that will walk their dog, one-on-one, at times when the owner is unavailable to do so. Once a service is complete, owners are notified of their four-legged friend's outing by receiving an in-app care note and happy snap of the dog. Zingy protocol requires each walker to satisfy a rigorous 6-point background check to ensure walker integrity, while peer-to-peer reviews and a star rating system ensures dog owner peace of mind. Currently, Zingy operates exclusively in the Los Angeles metropolitan area with plans in place to expand nationwide.

About Westfield
Westfield Corporation (ASX: WFD) is a global leader in the design, development and operation of premier retail destinations with interests in 40 shopping centers in the United States and United Kingdom, along with a major development site in Milan, Italy. In the U.S., Westfield's portfolio of 38 shopping centers includes more than 6,700 retail shops across 46 million square feet of space in California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Washington.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

** #HormelFamily July Box ** #spon

Every month the great people associated with the #HormelFamily blogger program send me an "exclusive" box of Hormel Family favorites. Each month it is 5 or 6 items that available at your local retailer, *for my family to sample and provide the consumers with my unbiased opinions.* 

In 1933, Joseph Rosenfield had the nutty idea to change the formula for peanut butter. He createdSKIPPY® peanut butter, which was less sticky and longer-lasting. Peanut butter lovers fell in love, and spread the fun to their families and friends.  Fifty years after Joseph Rosenfield’s innovation,SKIPPY® peanut butter wowed peanut butter lovers again with SKIPPY® Natural peanut butter, the first no-stir natural peanut butter spread. This new spread was a revelation in nutty goodness—all the flavor with fewer ingredients and less mess. SKIPPY® peanut butter is still the choice for peanut butter lovers, filling lunch boxes, picnic baskets and kitchen tables everywhere.

Skippy Naturals perfect for PB toast a great way to start breakfast on a busy day. This is my sons absolute favorite way to begin before summer school. Skippy Natural requires no stirring or mixing just open and apply. Great protein and full of that peanut butter taste everyone loves.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

#HormelFamily June box #spon Pulled Pork Sammies

     Once again I am a #HormelFamily blogger and I have the opportunity to sample their products to give my honest and unbiased opinion. Most not all are provided in conjunction with this blog post.

     This month I received a variety of products but this post is centered on one dinner idea/solution  for a quick night dinner that the whole family could love. After all it is the season to BBQ and what could be easier than...well not BBQ'n up a mess :)

Lloyds Pulled Pork (BBQ sauce not included) was a big hit in this months box. It arrives in a resealable pouch with easy to follow instructions and all creativity is up to you with this. My family wanted pulled pork sammies and this is what we did:

1 (16-ounce) container LLOYD'S®Seasoned Shredded Pork in Original BBQ Sauce
4 kaiser buns, split and toasted
4 (¾- to 1-ounce) slices American cheese
1 cup deli coleslaw
¼ cup sweet or dill pickle slices

PREP: Prepare LLOYD'S® Seasoned Shredded Pork in Original BBQ Sauce according to package directions.

SERVE: Spoon meat mixture onto buns. Top with cheese. Place open sandwiches on foil-lined baking sheet under broiler just to melt cheese, about 1 minute. Top with coleslaw, pickles and bun top.

This was super easy to make and my kids and I enjoyed this very much. My kids are very open to flavors and textures so the cole slaw was perfect for us, everyone is different and feel free to leave it out.
**all opinions are my own all photos are my personal property**

Sunday, June 7, 2015

**Beyond The Mask** Family Film

Coming to theaters this weekend, Beyond the Mask is a revolutionary new family film that brings history to life in a faith-filled adventure celebrating grace, liberty, and the true freedom that can only be found in Christ. We would like to offer you two theatrical posters signed by the stars of the film for use as a giveaway on your blog.

Both posters include the autographs of actors Andrew Cheney (SEASONS OF GRAY), Kara Killmer (Chicago Fire) and John Rhys-Davies (LORD OF THE RINGS, RETURN TO THE HIDING PLACE).

The leading mercenary for the British East India Company, Will Reynolds, has just been double-crossed and is on the run in the American colonies. Working to redeem his name and win back the woman with whom he's never been fully truthful, Will now hides behind a new mask in hopes of thwarting his former employer. As his past life closes in, Will must somehow gain the trust and the help of his beloved Charlotte—as well as Ben Franklin—while he races time to defuse a plot of historical proportions.