Saturday, June 30, 2018

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip

-2 blocks of Cream Cheese
-2 large cans(12 oz) of white chunk chicken, drained 
-1 bottle (6 oz) Hot Sauce (we like Texas Pete)
-1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (divided)
-1 4 oz container of Blue Cheese (leave out a bit to sprinkle on top) 

Soften Cream Cheese a bit in the microwave. Add hot sauce, 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, blue cheese and both cans of chicken (it's best if you shred the chicken with a fork a bit before adding it)

Mix well and spread into a 8 1/2 x 11 glass casserole dish. Top with 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese and the remainder of the blue cheese. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes (don't let the edges burn) and serve hot with tortillia chips. 

You can also prepare this ahead of time and warm it up in the microwave, it still tastes just as good.

Friday, June 22, 2018

More Kroger Simple Truth products!

Kroger sent me some more coupons and free samples to try. They sent us a bag of their freeze-dried strawberries and bananas--what a delicious snack. My toddler devoured most of the bag in no time flat, but I did get to grab a few strawberries!

They also sent coconut creamer, which I haven't gotten to try yet because I never make coffee at home, and some gluten free pasta. I did try that...I'm glad Simple Truth has gluten-free products available, but I am also glad I have no medical reason to be gluten free!



They also sent me a coupon for cold-pressed juice and omelet bites, so my daughter and I had a tasty breakfast! The juice was a little heavy on cucumber for me, but my daughter really liked it, and I'm happy to get more fruits and veggies in her. The omelets are really yummy! You get 2 packages of 4 bites in a box, so I gave my daughter 3 and kept 5 for myself 😊

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Snack Mix-Thanks, Kroger!

Kroger recently sent me some free samples and coupons and challenged me to make a sweet or savory snack mix. This was pretty fun; I do make Chex mix on occasion, but this was even easier--just mixed together a few products (no sauce or baking required!).

 I mixed together pretzels, almonds, cashews, cheese crackers, white cheddar popcorn, and sesame sticks. Everything was from one of Kroger's private label brands, so it was inexpensive and tasty! It was a great snack for our road trip over Memorial Day Weekend. Thanks, Kroger.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Salad for Dinner-Thanks, Kroger!

Kroger sent me some great coupons to try their Private Selection Fresh produce, as well as a great apron and easy spiralizer!

I love the living lettuce--it stays fresh so much longer, it seems. I used the spiralizer on those cute little cucumbers and cooked the (pre-washed!) fingerling potatoes in my Instant Pot.

I also did some boiled eggs in the Instant Pot--I meant for them to be soft-boiled, but cooked them too long! 3 mins under pressure + 5 mins de-pressurizing time lead to perfectly hard-boiled eggs. Next time, I'll try a quick release right after the 3 minutes at pressure.

I added some shredded cheddar, a little bacon, avocado, some freshly cooked corn, and Green Goddess dressing, which I have been really into lately! The stars are parsley, chives, and tarragon (also used Private Selection Tarragon), but I also want to try it with some of the herbs we are growing this year--mint, oregano, basil, and lemon-thyme--but I am not sure which ones to combine. I'll have to experiment.

Here's the finished product:



The leftover potatoes were great as hash browns in the morning!

Thanks, Kroger! I'll continue experimenting for Private Selection offerings.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Great Cat products at Kroger!

Kroger sent me yet another mission--this time Lance, our cat, lucked out!

Lance is always a fan of wet food, since he only gets it as a treat occasionally. He devoured the Meow Mix they sent us. Then, I had coupons for a free bag of Purina ONE® True Instinct Cat Food and some Friskies® Party Mix® Gravy-licious Cat Treats. Lance loves the Party Mix treats, though the gravy-licious kind are new to us--he had no complaints! He also loves the new food. He rarely eats all the food I give him in the morning, but he cleaned his bowl of the new True Instinct kibbles. Lance is definitely a fan, and welcomes any more free samples, Kroger! I also noticed our Kroger is offering a deal on pet purchases this week, so if you have a cat like Lance, now may be the time to stock up. 

Friday, April 20, 2018

Kroger Simple Truth products

I recently received some samples (and coupons and a fun tote bag!) for Kroger's SimpleTruth line. This is their organic, natural, and fair trade line (some products in each of those categories, not all products in all 3!). I love that the products are free of 101 artificial ingredients, including aspartame, high fuctose corn syrup, artificial colors, and artificial flavors. And it's affordable! I have bought products from this line before, but I had not tried the 3 they sent me. The lip balm went on really smooth, not at all sticky, and I've got the almonds in my purse for when I need a little energy in the afternoon. Happy to try them out, and I'll continue to buy Simple Truth!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Cookish Book: Bourbon & Bacon

I received a copy of Southern Living's Bourbon & Bacon: The Ultimate Guide to the South's Favorite Food Groups thanks to a giveaway on For the Love of the South. (Thanks, Amber!) I was surprised by this book in a few ways. It's a nice hardcover (no dust jacket) with lots of color photos, but it's a really handy size (about the size of a large-format paperback book). As soon as I got my hands on it, I thought what a great gift it would make. I several men in my life that I think are difficult to shop for, but this would easily please them, and with the holiday season approaching, I think you should give it a look for the bourbon-lovers in your life. It's really nice to flip through (I've left it on my coffee table since I got it because I really love the book design and I think others would enjoy flipping through it). I'm not a big drinker, but you can't go wrong with bacon, and there are several recipes I want to try: Sticky Bourvbon Toffee Pudding, Turtle Bourbon Pecan Tart, Bacon Popcorn, etc, I think this one might help you check off your gift list!