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By August, our family meal plans have fizzled and we all are getting a bit bored with the same dinner fare. That’s why last week, I decided to go old school and serve up tasty tacos on, you guessed it! Tuesday- much to the delight of my family! If your summer dinner routine has hit a snag, maybe it’s time to bring back Taco Tuesday and delight your family too.

Bring back Taco Tuesday #summerfiesta

I wanted to keep dinner a surprise, so I headed to Publix by myself with the intention of buying the ingredients for good old fashioned beef and bean tacos. That’s when I noticed the Stand ‘n Stuff Taco shells dinner kit right beside their refried beans and green chilies that I normally buy. I knew these stand-alone shells would be a big hit with my girls, so in the cart they went, along with some avocados for guacamole.

 My WAHM Plan: Avocados from Mexico make tasty guacamole

As soon as I got home, I started making some guacamole with these beautiful avocados. I’m fortunate that my family loves the taste of this fruit! Of course we aren’t alone- did you know that Americans eat 1.4 billion pounds of guacamole a year?! Yeah, I was pretty blown away by that number myself.

I keep my guacamole recipe really simple and easy to follow by using ingredients and spices I have on hand like ground garlic, cumin, Adobo and fresh squeezed lime juice. I’ve found it I stick to this recipe, the guacamole will get gobbled up and used for more than just chip dipping,  We spread it on sandwiches, dip our carrots and peppers and more.

My WAHM Plan: freshly made Guacamole

Avocados do ripen really quickly, so I used all 5 of mine in this batch of guacamole. If your family won’t eat that much, you can store uncut avocados in the frig for a few days, or slice them and squeeze fresh lemon or lime juice on them to keep the avocado from browning. If you’d like to see some recipes for guacamole and other avocado dishes, just head on over to Avocados from MexicoMy guacamole tasted perfect with some Blue Corn tortilla chips I had on hand, so I set it in the frig to chill and got started on my stand’n stuff tacos.

My WAHM Plan: Taco Tuesday stand n stuff tacos

With the Old El Paso dinner kit that has shells, meat seasonings and taco sauce, my Taco Tuesday dinner was done in a flash. Besides cheese and sour cream, I make sure I serve tacos with lots of veggies- romaine lettuce, black olives, tomatoes, peppers, and more guacamole to help them be a bit healthier. 

When my family came to the dinner table, they couldn’t have been more surprised and delighted that I was serving tacos on Tuesday again. And the crunchy, easy to use stand n stuff shells were a huge hit!

My WAHM Plan: serve up a plate of crunchy tacos for dinner

If tacos aren’t your thing, you can find lots of quick and easy dinner recipes like Grilled Fajita Boats over at Old El Paso. They sound just as yummy as my tacos and I’m sure will be just as welcome at your next #summerfiesta dinner. 


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Mediterranean Orchard iced tea recipe

in , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Tuesday, July 07, 2015

With summer in full swing, I serve a lot of iced tea to my family and friends. Nothing is worse than going to the frig and seeing that my iced tea pitcher is almost empty again. That’s why I was thrilled to be selected to receive a complimentary box of TAZO tea blends, #NewWayToTea via Smiley 360 to try and share my thoughts with you. 

Summer sipping iced tea on the front porch

Iced tea lovers rejoice! There’s a simple way to get flavorful iced tea quickly. I was drawn to TAZO iced citrus bliss herbal tea bags on my recent shopping trip. This tea is described as an herbal infusion with beckoning notes of citrus, passion fruit & hibiscus. 

Doesn’t that sound delicious?

TAZO herbal tea citrus bliss

Making this beautifully fragrant herbal iced tea couldn’t be easier! Just boil 32 ounces of water to a boil. Pour boiling water over the filter bag in a 64 oz. pitcher, let steep for 5 minutes, and then pour another 32 ounces of cold water in. Serve chilled and iced.  I add a half cup of sugar, but next pitcher, I think I can get away with just a quarter cup sugar, this tea tastes so good!

If you like iced tea and lemonade together, this is your herbal tea! Just switch out the last 32 ounces of cold water with cold lemonade and enjoy!

There are several other new TAZO tea blends to try in either filter bags or concentrates:  

  • Iced peachy green tea
  • Iced sangria black tea
  • Iced passion tea

Iced citrus bliss tea with lime

I will be purchasing the iced sangria black tea concentrate next using my dollar off coupon so I can make the Mediterranean Orchard tea! Use this link to get your $1.50 off coupon and to learn more about their teas. 

Recipe: Mediterranean Orchard Tea:

  • 3 ounces TAZO, iced sangria black tea concentrate
  • 3 ounces peach nectar or pea juice
  • 1 ½ ounces lemonade
  • Frozen fruit like peaches, strawberries, blackberries
  • Garnish with fresh basil leaves and enjoy!

Please share in comments: What is your favorite iced tea flavor to sip in summer?
I’ve been enjoying lots of yogurts lately after re-discovering how much I like having them with breakfast; so when Linqia asked if I’d like to try Liberté® Méditerranée #YogurtPerfection and make a recipe to share here, I quickly said yes! 

Lemon, Yogurt, dessert, easy

The first order of business was to visit Liberté® Méditerranée #YogurtPerfection to learn more about this brand. The delightful sounding names on their yogurts had my mouth watering! Their new flavors include:

  • Méditerranée Cappuccino
  • Méditerranée Caramel
  • Méditerranée Blackberry
  • Méditerranée Coconut
  • Méditerranée French Vanilla
  • Méditerranée Lemon
  • Méditerranée Strawberry

Liberté® Méditerranée says their #YogurtPefection is a luscious whole milk yogurt, with live active cultures, real fruit and no gelatin, sugar substitutes or preservatives. That really does sound like yogurt perfection so I can see why they use that hashtag.

Once at Publix, I found the hardest part of the trip was picking a flavor for my dessert recipe. I stood there in the yogurt isle for quite some time while different recipe ideas popped into my mind with each new flavor I picked up. I finally chose the Méditerranée Lemon!

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All that lemon goodness i could see at the bottom of the container and their description-  Whole milk yogurt enlivened with the sharpness of lemon. Bracing but silky , had me longing to try it and dreaming of a warm weather treats, like Orange Crème bars! Armed with my yogurt and a perfect dessert idea, I completed my shopping at Publix, easily finding all the ingredients I needed since there are only 4!

This recipe is super quick and easy to make, you’ll have dessert ready in no time. Here’s what you’ll need to make Lemon Yogurt Mandarin Orange Shortcake Dessert


Serves 4-6

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  • 1- container Liberté® Méditerranée Lemon yogurt
  • 1- container of shortcake dessert shells
  • 1- container Lite whipped topping
  • 1- 15 oz. can Mandarin Orange Segments in light syrup


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  • Spoon stirred container Liberté® Méditerranée Lemon yogurt into large mixing bowl
  • Drain the can of Mandarin Orange Segments reserving syrup and 4-6 Mandarin Orange Segments, pour in mixing bowl
  • Add two heaping tablespoons of Lite whipped topping
  • Gently stir all ingredients until well mixed

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  • Place 1 shortcake dessert shell on a dessert plate and fill with Lemon Yogurt Orange filling
  • Top with a small dollop of Lite whipped topping
  • Add one Mandarin Orange Segment to top of dessert and drizzle a teaspoon of Mandarin Orange syrup on dessert
  • Serve chilled


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This dessert really is a tasty way to kick off the warmer days that have finally arrived! Why not make this treat for your family this weekend? Just head on over to Publix to clip and print your coupons. Available while supplies last.


It’s Friday, it’s spring and we are talking desserts, so let’s celebrate all that by having a giveaway! One lucky reader will receive a $15.00 PayPal transfer, sponsored by  Liberté®Méditerranée #YogurtPerfection


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Yoplait Greek 100 Whips disclosure

Spring  has finally arrived and warmer days are on the way! Warm weather here means spending more time outside and a switch to lighter, healthier eating, including desserts. I recently tried Yoplait Greek100 Whips! yogurt in strawberry and I loved it! 

I knew immediately what warm weather dessert I was going to make over; my Strawberry Trifle. My old recipe called for lots of sugar on the strawberries and lots of whipped cream too, but I’m lightening up for my health and my families and I’d love to share my easy recipe with you.

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Makes 4 6 oz. Trifles
  • 2 Strawberry Yoplait Greek 100 Whips
  • 2 Vanilla Cupcake Yoplait Greek 100 Whips
  • 1 quart fresh strawberries
  • 1 Fat-Free Angel Food Cake


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  • Wash strawberries in a colander allowing them to air dry if possible.
  • Dry strawberries if needed and slice, set aside.
  • Chop up Angel Food cake into bite size pieces, place in bowl, set aside.
  • Open Strawberry Yoplait Greek 100 Whips!, stir to whip.

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Assembling Trifles:

  • Add a hand full of Angel Food cake to the bottom of each serving cup/bowl.
  • Add a hefty teaspoon of Strawberry Yoplait Greek 100 Whips.
  • Add a hefty tablespoon of sliced strawberries.
  • Add another handful of Angel Food cake.
  • Top with a hefty teaspoon of Vanilla Cupcake Yoplait Greek 100 Whips.
  • Garnish top with sliced strawberries.

strawberry trifle dessert recipe

Serve immediately, or cover with cling wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.


Because of the sweet goodness of the Yoplait Greek 100 Whips, we didn’t miss the sugar at all! The no whips are sweet, but not too sweet. They have 9 grams of sugar and protein, 100 calories, 15 carbs, and no fat! Not only did they lighten up one of our favorites desserts, the kids raved about them and asked for me to please keep the Whips on hand for snack time.

I happily said yes, knowing that I can save a bunch by shopping Publix’s sale going on right now. For a limited time, you can save $1 off the purchase of 5 Yoplait Greek 100 Whips! Just download their coupons here. I hope you’ll take advantage of these savings and #whipitup! 

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When a representative for NAKANO Natural Rice Vinegar emailed me to see if I would like to receive a complimentary set of rice vinegar’s to review and host a giveaway, I immediately thought of my Grandmother in-law. This lovely woman utilized the healthy, healing powers of natural vinegar her whole life and passed her knowledge on to me when I married her grandson. With fond memories of her, I happily agreed to give NAKANO’s rice vinegar's a try. All opinions are my own. 

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NAKANO Natural Rice Vinegar invites us to Splash On! And be Daring, Bold and Delicious with their six varieties of all natural, no fat, low calorie, splash on rice vinegar's.

  • Original
  • Seasoned Original
  • Citrus
  • Roasted Garlic
  • Basil & Oregano
  • Mango

My husband and I were excited to see if these rice vinegar's tasted as good as they looked, so we held an informal taste test in our kitchen. With spoons in hand we sampled them right from the bottle. 

Our Thoughts:

All six flavors are pleasant tasting, not harsh or acid. As you can probably tell by their color, they are very light in flavor. Yes, they are still vinegar's, so you have to be a fan of that flavor profile; but these seasoned rice vinegar's were quite tasty straight from the bottle. Our favorites were the Citrus, Mango and Basil and Oregano.

I especially enjoyed the Basil and Oregano.  It has just the right amount of herb flavors, with a hint of brown sugar sweetness that I found to be a perfect replacement of my regular low-calorie salad dressing.

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I whipped up this quick spinach, olive and Parmesan cheese salad for lunch and it was delicious when paired with the Basil & Oregano rice vinegar and just a splash of olive oil!

Some other tasty ways to use these rice vinegar's are:

  • Splashing on grilled chicken
  • Replacing Mayo in potato salad
  • Dip for Onion rings
  • Adding a splash to snacks like trail mix

Yes, trail mix!

NAKANO has partnered with registered dietitian  Dawn Jackson Blatner, author of “The Flexitarian Diet”, to help us maintain our healthy lifestyle goals with simple swaps, like replacing unhealthy afternoon snacks with healthier alternatives. This is her Super food trail mix recipe.

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Superfood Trail Mix:
Source:  Recipe created exclusively for Mizkan by: Dawn Jackson Blatner at

Makes 2 cups

1 tablespoon NAKANO Natural Rice Vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
Dash cayenne pepper (optional)
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1/2 cup raw almonds, chopped
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 cup puffed brown rice cereal
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup raisins


In a small bowl, mix NAKANO Natural Rice Vinegar, honey, salt and cayenne. In a 10-inch skillet over medium-low heat, warm oil and add the vinegar mix, almonds and chia seeds. 

Cook for 6 minutes, stirring constantly, until all excess liquid is gone. Pour onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and let cool in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to set. Toss almonds with brown rice cereal, pumpkin seeds, and raisins.

Nutrition:  (1/4 cup): 110 calories, 6g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 0g cholesterol, 60mg sodium, 12g carbs, 2g fiber, 6g sugar, 3g protein

I invite you to learn more about NAKANO by visiting their website, where you’ll find coupons, cooking videos, recipes and a store locator.  

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Thanks to Viva Italia Days at Publix: Hunt’s Tomatoes, Progresso™ Brand Products, Kraft Parmesan Cheese, Pillsbury™ Refrigerated Breads, Betty Crocker™ Cookies for sponsoring today's discussion. All opinions and love of cooking are my own.

How many times has this happened to you? You’ve forgotten to lay out the chicken for dinner, again - or worse, you remembered to defrost the meat, but your kids veto what you’ve got planned for dinner. There’s an uprising over “another” stir fry; like you’ve been trying to feed them this for days on end. 

What’s a mom to do? Raid the pantry, of course!

#PublixVivaItalia raid the pantry dinner

This recipe was inspired by the notion of always having a plan B dinner on hand for those nights when life throws you a curve-ball. Thanks to Publix, it’s super easy to plan ahead and make this tasty recipe! Your family won’t believe you got this meal on the table in under an hour! 

Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake #recipe on

Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake – serves 8


1 – 18 oz. can Progresso Creamy Mushroom Soup
1- 14.5 oz. can Hunts Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes w/ Garlic
2- 10 oz. can Chicken Breast Meat in water
1 box Rigatoni or pasta of your choice, raid your pantry!
1 cup Kraft 6 cheese Italian blend shredded cheese
3/4 cup Kraft shredded Parmesan cheese
2- tablespoons Canola or other cooking oil (for casserole dish and pasta water)
¼ cup water (I use pasta water)
Salt, pepper Italian style dried herbs to taste.


Boil pasta to al dente as per box directions. About nine minutes.
Preheat oven to 350° F
Grease casserole dish.
Using a spider or slotted spoon, pull al dente pasta from water and spread evenly in casserole dish.
Add salt, pepper and Italian style dried herbs to pasta.
Add ¼ cup pasta water.
Mix in seasonings.
Next, add all canned ingredients starting with creamy mushroom soup, then tomatoes, then chicken and mix.
Add the Kraft 6 cheese Italian blend shredded cheese, and lightly fold in to casserole.
Top with Kraft Parmesan cheese.
Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is bubbling.

Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake dinner
Dinner is served!

Serve with a garden salad and Pillsbury French bread loaf, which can be cooked at the same oven temperature as the Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake. Serve Betty Crocker Double Chocolate Chunk cookies for dessert, if time allows you to bake them ahead of time.  Enjoy!

More easy recipe inspiration:


By shopping #PublixVivaItalia days at your local Publix from 2/19 until 3/4, you can save up to $7.00 and have this meal ready in a jiffy, just by raiding your pantry.
Use these links, starting with the Plan and Save at Publix link. 

Then save on:
  1. Progresso And Pillsbury Coupons
  2. Save $0.30 When You Buy ONE Bread Crumbs, Beans, Broth, Vinegar, Seafood Sauce Or Artichoke Hearts
  3. Save 50¢ Off Any Three(3) Hunt's® Tomato Paste (6 Oz. Or 12 Oz.)
  4. Save 50¢ Off Any Three(3) Hunt's® 8 Oz. Sauce AND One (1) Mueller's® 16 Oz. Spaghetti

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My thanks to Naturally Fresh® dressing and The Motherhood for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring our recipe shared below. All opinions and love of wholesomely good dips are 100% my own.

With the Super Bowl just days away, my husband and I were happy to take on the challenge of creating a Big Game recipe to share using Naturally Fresh® dressing.  My family has loved their Classic Ranch salad dressing for some time now. In fact it gets the “Dang-Diggity” seal of approval! The only trouble we had was deciding which Naturally Fresh® dressing we would use. 

Chickin' Chicken Buffalo Blue Cheese Dip #NaturallyFresh #recipe

About Naturally Fresh® dressings and dips:

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NaturallyFresh® is a line of high-quality, homemade-tasting salad dressings and dips. Many foods on store shelves today contain artificial flavors and colors that change the way the food tastes and looks, as well as preservatives that extend their shelf life. Naturally Fresh® refrigerated dressings are different. The company creates products that taste great by using wholesome ingredients, and leaving out artificial preservatives and artificial colors.  That's a total win in our book!

Their product line includes:

  • Classic Ranch- made with Naturally Fresh’s ® own buttermilk.
  • Lite Ranch- made with Naturally Fresh’s® own nonfat buttermilk with half the calories of the original.
  • Bleu Cheese: Made with Naturally Fresh’s® own buttermilk and aged bleu cheese chunks.
  • Lite Bleu Cheese: Made with Naturally Fresh’s® own nonfat buttermilk and aged bleu cheese chunks.

Chickin' Chicken Buffalo Blue Cheese dip party tray #NaturallyFresh

For the big game, we decided to take a classic entrée and turn it in to a dip that eats like a meal! Our Kickin’ Chicken Buffalo Blue Cheese Dip will have your guy stepping away from the wings to try this yummy dip. He may even pick up a veggie to dip. Score! This “better for you” dip is super easy to make too. Here’s what you’ll need.


  • 1 Large can of Chicken Breast meat in water
  • ¾ jar of Naturally Fresh® Blue Cheese Dressing
  • 2 tablespoons (or more to taste) Cayenne based Hot sauce (think Tabasco®, Franks® or Texas Pete®)
  • 1 cup celery, diced small (reserve celery greens for garnish)
  • 1 package Neufchatel Cheese or softened Cream cheese


  • In large mixing bowl, mix all ingredients together until Chicken breast meat is broken apart and ingredients mixed in.
  • Garnish with celery greens and chill for at least an hour before serving.
  • Serve with your favorite chips, crackers, carrots, celery sticks or any dip-able veggie.
  • Makes 3 cups.

Digging into the Chickin' Chicken Blue Cheese Dip #NaturallyFresh

Are you ready to make our Kickin’ Chicken Buffalo Blue Cheese Dip recipe? Then make a grocery list and head to your nearest Kroger or Publix to pick up a jar of NaturallyFresh® Blue Cheese Dressing found in the refrigerated section. If you aren’t sure which of your local grocery store carries Naturally Fresh®, just use their mobile app to locate them. 

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#NaturallyFresh dressings #giveaway

Thanks to the nice folks at Naturally Fresh®, one lucky reader will win 5 coupons for free 12 oz. #NaturallyFresh dressings! Entering is easy using the Rafflecopter form below. 


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