What’s new at Bonefish Grill



Harriman State Park, New York.

Autumn is my most favorite season. Cooler temperatures, colorful leaves, the start to the holiday season (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas) and pumpkin everything – I love it all!

There is something else I look forward to each fall season – pumpkin ravioli at Bonefish Grill. Have you tried it before? It’s amazing! I actually do look forward to it each year. It’s only available for a short period of time.

Bonefish Grill is celebrating National Seafood Month with special menu items and deals.

The fresh fish experts at Bonefish Grill are catching the spirit of National Seafood Month this October, offering guests a celebratory Dine & Discover menu featuring seasonal fresh fish and seafood dishes.

To celebrate National Seafood Month, Bonefish Grill created a three-course dinner for two priced at $50 featuring a choice of entree, complemented by signature appetizer Bang Bang Shrimp and a delectable dessert to share – designed to delight the taste buds. Entrees include fall favorite Fresh Swordfish with Pumpkin Ravioli, NEW Wild Snapper & Shrimp, NEW Cedar Plank Maple Bourbon Salmon and regional wood-grilled fish selections.

To accompany the seasonal dishes, a selection of wines given top 90 point ratings by well-known wine experts are available for $9 per glass to please even the most discerning palates. A 90 point rating indicates that a wine is outstanding and of superior character and style. Guests can enjoy Trapiche “Broquel” Malbec, Charles & Charles Cabernet Blend, Eroica Reisling and King Estate “Signature Collection” Pinot Gris, or choose from handcrafted cocktails including the seasonal Fall Apple and Fresh Pear Martinis, filled with the flavors and aromas of the season.

Another interesting thing Bonefish Grill is doing this month is partnering with ReCork. 

During Dine & Discover, Bonefish Grill has partnered with ReCORK, an alliance of individuals and businesses working together to collect and recycle natural corks. With roughly 3,000 drop-off locations, more than 8,000 new cork trees planted, and over 70 million natural corks collected, ReCORK aims to be a point of interaction for education around cork recycling and sustainability.

Me, my husband and our son visited our local Bonefish Grill this weekend. Our daughter was going to come with up but she ended up making other plans.

I didn’t even need to look at the menu. I knew exactly what I was going to get before we even got there – Fresh Swordfish with Pumpkin Ravioli. Yum! Yum! Yum!

Normally we start off our meals with a house salad. Our son asked if he could get an appetizer too. He was really in the mood for friend calamari. He hasn’t had it in ages. Since we’ve never tired the calamari from Bonefish Grill before I went ahead and ordered it.

Bonefish Grill’s calamari  is flash-fried with red pepper strips and a sweet, spicy Asian sauce. Calamari is squid. It sounds gross, but it tastes amazing.


The red strips you see are red pepper strips.

I was in love with the Asian sauce! I was dipping bread into it because I could get enough of it. Our lovely waitress, Neka, said she would bring me more with my entree if I wanted it. I was tempted! LOL!

By the way… the warm bread with olive oil and seasoning to dip it in is always a family favorite.


I ordered the Fresh Swordfish with Pumpkin Ravioli. My husband ordered the Chicken Teriyaki Bowl (Marinated chicken, fried rice, mango salsa, macadamia nuts, lightly drizzled with Pan Asian sauce) and our son opted for Alaskan Cod Fish & Chips.

My husband orders the Chicken Teriyaki Bowl from Bonefish Grill often. It’s one of his favorite menu items. I haven’t tried it yet, but he tells me it’s delicious (obviously or he wouldn’t order it often). This is also a great option for those who are not especially fond of seafood (the only seafood my husband will eat is tuna fish).

I took a photo of his bowl (below). He had already been eating it when I snapped the photo (there was more in the bowl than pictured).


Please excuse the quality of my photos. The lighting in the restaurant is low so it’s not the best lighting for snapping photos.

I was surprised by the HUGE portion my son received with his Alaskan Cod Fish & Chips. It was so much that he took some home (an enjoyed it for lunch earlier today). Keep in mind my son is teenager, and teen age boys tend to eat a lot. This portion filled him up. That’s a great thing


Just look at those HUGE pieces of fish WOW!

I couldn’t wait to dive into my dinner.

The Swordfish is cooked to perfectly. It’s a thick piece of fish (meaty), making it a hearty choice. It’s topped with crispy onions, crumbled feta cheese and a hint of butter.

The green beans are the perfect compliment to the Swordfish. The buttery sauce from the fish mixes in with the beans making them taste amazing too.



For me, the super star of the meal is the Pumpkin Ravioli. It is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!

If the Pumpkin Ravioli was available as a main meal (like a bowl) I would order that in a heartbeat. In fact, I would order another one to take home and enjoy the next day.

If you have never experienced Bonefish Grill’s Pumpkin Ravioli, you are missing out on a fabulous experience. Mere word cannot describe how incredibly delicious the Pumpkin Ravioli is. Let me put it to you this way – I anxiously wait for it to be made available every year. It’s that good!

Neka, our waitress, told us that she’s heard customers liken it to a dessert because of the sweetness of the pumpkin. As odd as it sounds, I could see the Pumpkin Ravioli being served as a dessert.



My husband and I were craving French Fries, so we ordered a side of fries too.

The fries were very crispy. I thought I heard Neka, our waitress, say they were coated with sugar to give them extra crispiness, but I could be wrong about that. In any event, they were crispy without being hard, while maintaining a soft interior. They were delish!


We were too full for dessert (our son took half his meal home). If I had room I would have ordered the Pumpkin Brûlée that I saw on the menu. That sounded real good.

Sadly, the seasonal menu items and the $50 three course meal for two are only available until the end of October. If you would like to enjoy these you need to hurry over to your neighborhood Bonefish Grill.

To find a location near you (or to check out other menu items) visit BonefishGrill.com. You can also check them out on social media (the links are on the bottom right of their website).

Are you a fan of Bonefish Grill? Have you ever tried their Pumpkin Ravioli? What is your favorite menu item? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.



*I received a gift car to visit our local restaurant and try out one of the seasonal menu items. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Seasonal Salads from Ready Pac Foods


Ready Pac Foods Pumpkin Spice Bistro Bowl

Ready Pac Foods Pumpkin Spice Bistro Bowl

When people think about salads, may have visions of hot summer days, picnic and backyard barbeques. For some reason, salad tends to get a lot more “action” (for lack of a better word) in the summer months than in the winter months. I can only assume it’s because the summer time it a great time for fresh vegetables and fruits to adorn any kind of salad.

Salad is something that can be enjoyed year round. In fact, autumn also has great vegetables and fruits that can be harvested to make the most delicious salads – things like pumpkin and nuts come to mind.

Are you familiar with the brand Ready Pac Foods? Maybe you might not know the brand by name, but chances are you have seen their salads on a grocer’s shelf near you.

Ready Pac Foods offers a line of salad “kits” and salad bowls in a variety of flavors. Their kits and bowls are available year round. They have a seasonal assortment that is only available for a limited time.

As the leaves start to turn colors and the air becomes crisp, consumers welcome the first day of fall. Ready Pac Foods follows suit with the launch of two new Limited Edition products: Pumpkin Spice Bistro Bowl® single-serve salad and Autumn Harvest Complete Salad Kit. The two new offerings give consumers the indulgent, autumn flavors they are looking for in a healthier, convenient way.

“We know consumers look forward to indulging in pumpkin spice flavored foods during the fall, but this often means a sugary or sweet treat,” said Tristan Simpson, Chief Marketing Officer, Ready Pac Foods. “Our culinary team crafted craveably fresh options to give consumers something healthier to enjoy, but still delight in the flavors of the season.”

The Pumpkin Spice Bistro Bowl® single-serve salad is a blend of harvest spring mix, roasted turkey, raisins, pepitas and dates, topped off with a light pumpkin vinaigrette with a hint of cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon. This new Bistro Bowl variety brings consumers into the new season with all of their senses and in a healthy way. With 11 grams of protein and four grams of fiber, the flavorful salad is only 330 calories and perfect for an on-the-go meal at a game, on a hike or in the office.

The Autumn Harvest Complete Salad Kit, is a blend of spring mix and carrots, topped with crunchy roasted pumpkin seeds, diced dates, raisins and pumpkin-spiced cornbread croutons, all dressed with a tangy pumpkin vinaigrette. This chef-inspired, restaurant-style salad kit fulfills consumers’ craving for an indulgent, holiday-flavored salad. This salad kit is perfect as a side dish at your fall dinner party or tailgate at the game. For a more satisfying option, simply add roasted turkey for a quick meal.

Ready Pac Foods sent me both the Pumpkin Spice Bistro Bowl® and Autumn Harvest Complete Salad Kit to try out with my family.

I am head-over-heels in love with both of them! The pumpkin vinaigrettes are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I would put them other other salads I made year round if they were available.

Even my husband who is not a fan of pumpkin enjoyed the dressing that came with the Autumn Harvest Complete Salad Kit. When I served the salad with dinner one night (the kit provided enough salad for my family of four), I didn’t tell him what the dressing was. I wanted him to try it first. If I told him it was pumpkin I knew he wouldn’t try it. I told him AFTER he finished his bowl of salad. He was pleasantly surprised that he enjoyed it. He even told me that if I had told him beforehand it was pumpkin he wouldn’t have tried the salad.

We at the salad in the Autumn Harvest Complete Salad Kit as a side dish to our family dinner. We didn’t add anything to it but I would agree with the description that if you added turkey or chicken to it, it could become a yummy meal.


I enjoyed taking the Pumpkin Spice Bistro Bowl to work with me for lunch. It was just enough to fill me up.

I love all the added toppings that come with the bowl (roasted turkey, raisins, pepitas and dates). They added just the right amount of sweetness and crunch to the salad.

Pepitas, if you are not familiar with them, are pumpkin seeds. They come from certain types of pumpkins and they don’t have to be shelled like regular pumpkin seeds. They are very tasty!


You can see the pepitas on the top right.

I wish these products were available year round, but they are not. They are only available for a limited time. It’s fresh salad too, so it’s not like you can stock up on them to last for a few months.

The Pumpkin Spice Bistro Bowl is available in more than 3,000 locations nationwide, including Walmart and Wegmans, through mid-December at a suggested retail price of $3.99. I plan on buying several more the next time I see them on a store shelf.

The Autumn Harvest Salad Kit is available at Costco stores nationwide and only through the end of October for a suggested retail price of $3.99. Sadly, there isn’t much time left to try out this salad, so if you are interested in it (trust me, you won’t be disappointed) you should hurry up and pick some up at a Costco near you.


Ready Pac Foods does offer other products that would satisfy your craving for fall-like flavors.

Bistro Bowl® Single-Serve Salads:

  • Apple Bleu Pecan – Fresh apples over a bed of crisp arugula and baby greens topped with pecans and a Bleu cheese balsamic vinaigrette dressing.
  • Cranberry Walnut – This vegetarian salad features a bed of spring mix topped with dried cranberries, candied walnut pieces, feta cheese crumbles and a delicious all-natural raspberry vinaigrette dressing.
  • Kale Apple Veggie Chopped Salad – A chopped kale salad with broccoli, red cabbage, carrots, radicchio, topped with celery, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, and crisp apples, with a tangy lemon poppy seed dressing.

ElevĀte Organic Salads:

  • Nutty Cranberry Organic Salad – Organic spring mix topped with tart dried cranberries, creamy feta cheese, walnuts and almonds, with a delicious raspberry vinaigrette.

Ready Snax® Snack Packs:


Toppings and dressing are kept separate to keep everything fresh and crunchy.

Toppings and dressing are kept separate to keep everything fresh and crunchy.

Yum! These all sound yummy.

If seasonal flavors aren’t your thing, Ready Pac Foods offers other salad kits such as Organic Chopped Cesar Salad (my husband’s favorite), Organic Chopped Kickin’ Southwest (my kids favorite – they liked the tortilla strips) and Organic Chopped Sweet Kale, to name a few. There is also a Zesty Greek (I don’t see it on their site) that comes with Feta cheese and flatbread pieces. This one was my personal favorite of the Organic Chopped varieties.

If you would like to learn more about these and other Ready Pac Foods products, visit ReadyPac.com. You can also find the brand on social media. All of their links are found at the top of their website.

What do you think about the delicious fall offerings from Ready Pac Foods? Have you tried them before? Would you try them if you found them at a store near you? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.



*I received a variety of samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with IMUSA and Goya (Giveaway ends 10/22/16)



Did you know that October is Hispanic Heritage Month?

Personally, I am not of Hispanic decent, nor is my husband, however we have several Hispanic relatives and many friends of Hispanic decent.

We enjoy Hispanic cooking, especially things like Chimichurri, Fajitas, Gazpacho, Tamales and Empanadas. In fact, our daughter learned to make Empanadas while in middle school and still makes them from time to time.

Admittedly I don’t normally cook Hispanic foods except fajitas, tacos, and occasionally I help my daughter make the empanadas.

Goya and IMUSA were kind enough to send me some wonderful products to help me try out a new recipe (or two) in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. I have several IMUSA products which I love and use often. I also use products made by Goya, so I am very familiar with the brand.

My kids LOVE Chickpeas. They have been snacking on them since they were in elementary school. The brand of Chickpeas I buy for my kids has always been Goya.

I have written about IMUSA products in the past. In case you are unfamiliar with the brand, IMUSA is a leading ethnic housewares brand with deep roots in Latin America and the United States, offering hundreds of affordable housewares products including gadgets, cookware, appliances, cleaning, food storage, espresso, and ethnic specialty items. If you do a search on my site for IMUSA you can see the posts I have written about their products.

IMUSA was kind enough to send me the following products to assist me in trying out some new recipes with a Hispanic flair.


The IMUSA Ceramic Caldero brings an eco-friendly and colorful twist on this staple cookware piece made for cooking a wide variety of dishes including rice and beans, braised meats, stews and soups. Coated with a nonstick ceramic glaze, the IMUSA Ceramic Caldero provides a non-toxic cooking experience free of chemicals, including PFOA, PTFE and cadmium. It is available in two sizes (24 cm and 30cm) and with two different types of lids (glass or silicone rimmed).

I love this “pot/pan” (for lack of a better description). I have used it many times since I’ve received it. It’s great for cooking a variety of meals. It’s a beautiful piece of cookware. I love the red and white coloring. It’s not often you find non-stick cookware with a clean, white surface.

The only thing I am not fond of is that there is nothing coating the handles. If you use this pan you’ll need to wear oven mitts if you need to pick it up.


The IMUSA Bamboo Spider Skimmer is perfect to use when frying due to the stay-cool bamboo handle. This tool is perfect for lifting dumplings, wontons, and tempura from your wok! The unique design drains liquid quickly from your food after frying for better cooking results.

This is a very unique piece of kitchen equipment. I like that is resembles a spider web (it’s very fitting for Halloween). I have used this a few times to remove things from liquid, such as chicken, noodles and vegetables from homemade chicken noodle soup.


The IMUSA Bamboo Mortar & Pestle is perfect for crushing fresh herbs and spices. Cooking with fresh herbs provides a much richer flavor when compared to dried herbs.

I haven’t really used this as of yet, but my husband did use it to crush up our cat’s pills. LOL! I guess it can be used for that reason too, but the REAL way to use this is with herbs. I was going to try and use this to mash up garlic to make a garlic paste.


The IMUSA Tostonera is made from bamboo, ideal for making perfectly pressed tostones (or ‘patacones’) with just the right thickness and shape.  The tostonera is an essential tool in the Latin kitchen.  Tostones are crispy fried plantains, very popular in Hispanic cuisine as side dishes and appetizers.  The IMUSA tostonera easily flattens sliced plantains and prepares them to be fried.

I haven’t tried this as of yet. It’s not a piece of equipment that I would normally have a need for in my kitchen. I’m sure I can find some purpose for it.


The IMUSA Lemon & Lime Squeezer is a handy tool that makes extracting citrus juice a breeze.  Simply press down to squeeze and extract juice while pulps and seeds are being separated. The stylish hand-held press has an ergonomic design for comfort, and the yellow or green exterior finishes add just the right amount of color to the bar or kitchen.  The squeezer juices lemon or limes quickly, with no mess.

I have one of these and they work GREAT! It makes getting the juice out of lemons and limes so much easier (and less messy) than trying to squeeze the juice out by hand. I use this to put juice on seafood and fish as well as with recipes that require fresh lemon juice.


The IMUSA bean and potato masher with wood handle is a great addition to your kitchen tool set. Whether you like ‘whipped’ or ‘mashed’ potato you can create just the perfect texture with this tool. The small holes allows you to quickly mash without leaving any lumps. Simply put some elbow grease and mash away!

I love this! I love to make homemade mashed potatoes, but I never picked up a masher. This is my first potato masher. I’ve only used it once so far but I know I’ll be making A LOT of mashed potatoes for the upcoming holidays. This is really easy to use and it reminds me of one my mom used to have.


Easily tear into tins with this can opener by IMUSA. With ergonomic nylon handles and a stainless steel blade, this durable can opener is made to last.

Every home MUST have a non-electric can opener. This is great to have in case of emergencies and/or power outages. It’s easy to use.

In addition to the great IMUSA products, I also received some Goya products to try out and/or use in whatever recipe/recipes I wanted to create for Hispanic Heritage Month.


Founded in 1936, Goya Foods, Inc. is America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company, and has established itself as the leader in Latin American food and condiments. Goya manufactures, packages and distributes over 2,200 high-quality food products from the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America. Goya products have their roots in the culinary traditions of Hispanic communities around the world; their combination of authentic ingredients, robust seasonings and convenient preparation make them ideal for every taste and every table.

I haven’t really cooked Quinoa yet, but I hear it’s very good for you.

The can of Chickpeas is the very same one I purchase for my kids often.

I want to try the Coconut Milk. I didn’t come up with a recipe I wanted to try with it (yet) but I am looking forward to it.

Other products I received from Goya include Olive Oil, Tomato Sauce, Black Beans and Olives.

I did a search to find a recipe I knew my family would enjoy to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. The recipe I created actually came from the Goya website. Chick Pea and Chorizo Soup with White Rice, however I “tweaked” the recipe a bit taking my family’s preferences in mind.

Here is the recipe from the Goya website.


Chick Pea and Chorizo Soup with White Rice


2 tbsp. GOYA® Extra Virgin Olive Oil

4 cloves fresh garlic, minced

1 package (7 oz.) or 4 GOYA® Chorizos, cut into ¼-inch slices

1 can (8 oz.) GOYA® Low Sodium Tomato Sauce

1 small Onion minced

1 packet GOYA® Sazon without Annatto

2 cans (15.5 oz. each) GOYA® Low Sodium Chick Peas, drained and rinsed

2 ½ cups water

1 packet GOYA® Powdered Chicken Bouillon

1 tsp. GOYA® Adobo Light with Pepper or to taste

2 cups of Canilla Rice Extra Long Grain


I used the IMUSA Bamboo Spider Skimmer to stir the soup and take out “samples” to see how it was cooking.


1. In a 4-quart saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic, onions, Chorizo, Tomato Sauce and Sazón and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often.
2. Add Chick Peas, water and Bouillon and bring to boil. Lower heat and simmer, uncovered, for 25 minutes or until it reaches desired consistency. Season with Adobo.
3. To cook the Rice, follow the direction on bag.

Instead of Chorizos I used roasted chicken. I couldn’t find Choirzos in the store, and I know how much my family loves chicken, so I swapped out the Chorizos for a cup of shredded roasted chicken.

I used freeze dried garlic instead of fresh garlic (only because I forgot to pick garlic up when I went food shopping) and I used long grain wild rice.

The recipe didn’t recommend what to do with the rice, so I just put the rice into the soup. In hinesight that wasn’t a good idea. I should have spooned in the rice when serving it to my family. Putting the rice in with the soup made the left over soup dry because the rice absorbed all the water. To remedy that I just added a little water to the soup when I was reheating it.

The recipe turned out GREAT! Even my husband, who is a picky eater and not a fan of chickpeas, enjoyed it. My faily loved it so much that they want me to make it again.


This photo is a little "foggy" from the steam coming from the soup.

This photo is a little “foggy” from the steam coming from the soup.

This is a great soup to make for a chilly winter night. It’s also very filling. Pair this with a side salad and you have a great family meal.

It was also quick and easy to make. I had it on the table in about 30 minutes from start to finish.

Since I have a lot of the ingredients stocked in my pantry (rice, chickpeas, bouillon, garlic…), I could whip this up any day of the week.

For more recipes like this visit the Goya website, Goya.com. There you can find a great variety of recipes as well as product information and money saving offers. Links to the brand’s social media sites can also be found on the website (look at the top right corner).

For information about IMUSA please visit IMUSAUSA.com. The brand is also on social media. All of their links are also found on their website.



IMUSA and GOYA would like to give a lucky reader an IMUSA Cloth Tortilla Warmer (serve up warm bread, pita, naan, arepas, and more in these warmers) and a copy of Goya’s Cookbook, which features 30 healthy MyPlate Latin recipes for every celebration (you can also download a free .pdf copy of the book here).

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on October 22, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize package?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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*I received free products to review, as well as for my recipe creation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Entenmann’s & The Great American Milk Drive Sweepstakes


School Milk Lunch

It’s hard to believe that kids have been in school for over a month now. It’s funny how school supplies are quickly replaced with Halloween decorations and even Christmas decor too. It’s sad that some stores try and rush the seasons/holidays. Can’t we just enjoy our kids being back to school, or for some, just starting school for the first time.

I work with a kindergarten class. School is so new to them. They have so much ahead of them whereas my “baby” is a senior in high school and his school life is coming to a close. Sigh…

Our kids have lunch in the cafeteria with the older kids. I still remember their very first time going on line to get lunch. They are so little – I didn’t know how they could even hold the trays. Now, a few weeks later, and they are all “pros” at it.

As a teacher’s assistant it’s my responsibility to make sure each child has lunch, including fruit and milk. They certainly love the chocolate milk.

I drank milk all the time as a child. I loved it! There was nothing better than a cold glass of milk. Mmm… Sadly, I had surgery that did something to my “insides,” so I am not able to drink much milk. I can have a few sips here and there, but I am unable to drink an entire glass. I miss that! I used to love milk so much.

I am grateful that my kids still drink milk, even though our son just turned 17 and our daughter is almost 20. They have already enjoyed milk and I hope they continue to do so as the grow up. Even my husband drinks milk on a daily basis. We go through about two gallons a week – sometimes more.


Entenmann’s®, makers of delicious baked goods (I LOVE their French Toast Donuts!) has proudly partnered with The Great American Milk Drive in order to help deliver 100,000 servings of milk to children and families in need across the country. This makes great sense. After all, donuts and milk are perfect together.

Entenmann’s® and The Great American Milk Drive have created the “Entenmann’s® Donuts & Milk: Perfect Together Sweepstakes” helping deliver milk to those who need it the most.

For every entry received during the “Entenmann’s® Donuts & Milk: Perfect Together Sweepstakes”, one 8 oz. glass of nutrient-rich milk will be donated to The Great American Milk Drive, up to 100,000 servings. WOW! That is A LOT of milk.

People who enter the sweepstakes can win a variety of prizes. Twenty five (25) First Place winners will  win a one year supply of milk and Entenmann’s® donuts. One hundred (100) second prize winners will win four boxes of Entenmann’s® donuts. Yum Yum!

Entering is super easy. Simply visit the contest page on Facebook, enter in your basic information (name, address…) and hit “enter.” Its that easy!


Not only will you be entered to win a “sweet” prize, you’ll also be helping to bring delicious, nutritious milk to thousands of children across the country who need it. It’s a win-win situation if you ask me.

I hope you will take the opportunity to enter the sweepstakes to help out The Great American Food Drive. For more information about The Great American Milk Drive visit MilkLife.com.

For information about Entenmann’s visit Entenmanns.com.

Both can also be found on social media. The links are found on their websites.

Are YOU a milk drinker?

What is YOUR favorite Entenmann’s product?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

PHOTO SOURCE: Entenmann's Facebook page

PHOTO SOURCE: Entenmann’s Facebook page


*I received a gift package from Bimbo Bakeries USA, Inc. in exchange for my participation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Dr Pepper Snapple Group – with so many varieties there is something for everyone


Family grocery shopping

Brands. We’re all familiar with them. There are literally thousands in every grocery store across the country. People might be surprised to find out that some of their favorite brands are actually under the “umbrella” of a larger brand. It’s not uncommon for one brand to be the parent company of other brands.

I recently learned that the Dr Pepper Snapple Group was the parent brand of popular brands that my family enjoys on a regular basis.

The Dr Pepper Snapple Group is the parent company to the brands Mott’s, Yoo-hoo and Hawaiian Punch. They also make Snapple and Dr Pepper products too.

Visit my kitchen and you’ll almost always find Yoo-hoo and Hawaiian Punch in my fridge or pantry. It’s not so much for my kids – but my husband! I always refer to him as my third child. LOL!

My husband grew up drinking Yoo-hoo and Hawaiian Punch. He loves those brands and enjoys them as much today as he did when he was a kid. They are a staple in our home. Who knew they were made by the Dr Pepper Snapple Group and were “related” to each other.


My husband buys Yoo-hoo in bulk from the warehouse club and often takes it to work with him.

My family also enjoys Hawaiian Punch. My husband prefers the classic red fruit punch. I used to pack my kids the juice pouches in with their lunch back when I made their school lunches (our daughter is in college now and our son in a senior who eats lunch when he gets home from school).

They still enjoy the pouches along with an afternoon snack.


I was surprised to learn that our family favorites are also “related” to another Dr Pepper Snapple Group product – Mott’s.

I buy Mott’s apple juice from time to time. Last year the site director I worked with served the children Mott’s apple juice with their snacks. Sometimes I would pour myself a cup. I would even pick up a contain here and there when I went shopping but it never lasted too long. My kids normally drank it before I had a chance to.

Mott’s apple juice is also a nice snack time option.

I especially like the individual bottle option. Not only are they great to toss into your child’s lunch box, but I can also take them to work with me in my lunch tote.


Now, whenever I go to the grocery store I see Dr Pepper Snapple Group products every where. I’m surprised by how many brands they represent. I had no idea they offered consumers such a great variety of products and flavors. They have something for everyone.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group is also all about fun and games. They have a health and wellness initiative called Let’s Play that encourages children (and families) to get out and play.

Playtime has changed A LOT since I was a kid. I would be outside from sun up to sundown. I grew up in a time where kids played until the street lights came on. Then we’d go home and read, color or play some more.

These days children are overwhelmed with homework and after school activities. Even parents find themselves working more hours in order to afford the cost of living. Something like playtime seems to get pushed to the side.

Sadly, a new survey from Let’s Play, found that only 33 percent of children participate in daily active play – a decrease from 41 percent in 2015. I find this statistic rather shocking. Nearly half of the children in the survey don’t have time to play.


My husband and our kids playing at the playground when they were little. My husband accidentally hit his head on the yellow bar.

I always gave my kids time to play and unwind after school. I know that doing their homework was important, but I found that playtime was equally as important. Kids need time to unwind and decompress after school. They need time to simply be a kid.

Playtime is not only a great way to de-stress after a long day but it’s a great way for kids to get much needed exercise and to develop, encourage and promote creativity and imagination.

We don’t have a yard so my kids had their outside playtime on the weekends at the local parks. At home my son would always go straight to his vehicles and building blocks/bricks. My daughter loved to color and draw. What ever a child considers fun is playtime.

I work as a teacher’s assistant in a Kindergarten classroom. The teacher makes sure that the kids get ample playtime in between learning. Every day the kids get outside to play for 15-30 minutes and inside they get 30 minutes of play before the learning begins and another 15 minute playtime later on in the day.


If you would like to learn more about the Let’s Play initiative, or to find some great playtime activities you and your family can enjoy, visit LetsPlay.com.

f you would like to learn more about Dr Pepper Snapple Group and all their brands, please visit their website at www.DrPepperSnapple.com.

In addition, you can also follow Dr Pepper Snapple Group on social media at www.Facebook.com/DrPepperSnapple or www.Twitter.com/DrPepperSnapple. They can also be found on Instagram (@DrPepperSnapple). You can also find all of the individual brands on social media too.

Are you a fan of any of the Dr Pepper Snapple Group products?

Do you make sure that your child/children have ample play time on a daily basis? What is your child’s favorite playtime activity?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.



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Ahoy Mateys! Monday, September 19th is Talk Like a Pirate Day



Well shiver me timbers – tomorrow, Monday, September 19, 2016 is National Talk Like a Pirate Day.

I work with a Kindergarten class. I’m looking for fun activities we can do in class for National Talk Like a Pirate Day. We always like to do fun things with the kids, especially when they first arrive in class and need time to settle in.

When I think about Pirates my first thought is Pirate’s Booty. My family LOVES Pirate’s Booty snacks, most especially their Aged White Cheddar baked snacks made with puffed rice and corn and blended with real aged white cheddar cheese. I can barely keep a bag of this in our home because we all enjoy snacking on it.

This is a snack that I feel good about letting my family enjoy. The puffs are baked, not fried. They are also Gluten Free and contain NO artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. You can read and understand all the ingredients, as it should be.


Pirate Brands, the makers of Pirate’s Booty, also offer consumer other great tasting snacks including Smart Puffs, Carrot Snacks, Crunch Corn Sticks and Crunchy Treasures.

I wish I could have found Crunchy Treasures locally. The shaped snacks (Parrot, Anchor, “X” Marks the Spots and Steering Wheel) would have been ideal for a snack for our classroom.

For National Talk Like a Pirate Day, Pirate Brands has available some fun FREE printables that you can download including an eye patch, origami Pirate ship and treasure hunt (to name a few). They also have a glossery of Pirate terms you can use on your family and friends.

Pirate Brands is also hosting local events and a sweepstakes where the lucky winner will a family vacation to Florida as well as $1,000.

If you are interested in checking out the fun Pirate activities, or if you are interested in entering the sweepstakes, visit PirateBrands.com. You can also check them out on social media. All of their links are found on their website.

Do you plan on celebrating Talk Like a Pirate Day?

#TalkLikeaPirate is an official hashtag worth checking out too!



*I will be receiving free products in exchange for my participation. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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