TS July Client Promotion

Corn and Black Bean Salsa has improved.

So I received some messages from clients and readers asking if I would post the client and host promotion information for Tastefully Simple not only on my website but also here on the blog. It’s a great idea, not sure why I didn’t think of it before but I will make sure that I continue to keep you all updated.

This is a sponsored post. Affiliate links are included.

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Tastefully Simple does very well with providing their clients and party hosts with really awesome gifts and discounts. Each month they try to offer the host or client an extra incentive for purchasing our products. For the month of July the client promotion is the Corn, Black Bean Salsa at a discounted rate of $3.99 with a $50.00 buy (before tax and shipping). If you purchase directly through my website once you add $50.00 worth of product in your cart the system will automatically ask if you would like to add the current promotion. If you place your order directly through me I will ask if you would like to take part in the monthly promotion.

Corn, Black Bean Salsa has tomatoes, corn, black beans, green chiles, sweet red peppers, vinegar, cilantro, garlic and chipotle peppers. It’s a great addiction to any dinner, get together or just eat it as a snack.

This is a product that I enjoy. Most of the time I’ll just open the jar and dip a chip in. Tastes wonderful on tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, or even with scooped into some avocado halves. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.

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Cooking Does Not Have to be a Chore!

Fast food and daily take out does not always have to be your ‘go-to’ option for any meal. You can cook your favorite meals and enjoy them at any time. Cooking is not a chore but an experience that you can enjoy.

  1. Pick a recipe that you want to try out. This doesn’t have to be something extravagant, it can something as simple as baked chicken and vegetables. Just make sure it’s something you want to eat.
  2. Make it a family affair. If you have kids, get them to help you in the kitchen. Use cooking as a game to help with vocabulary, spelling and even math. If it’s just you and your significant other, make it a date night in the kitchen!
  3. Pretend You Are On TV. That’s right, pretend you are the host of your own food show. Get creative and talk your way through the show. You can even record yourself, just to see how it goes when you are done.
  4. Play Music. Do you sing in shower? Or just around the house in general? Well this is another way to enjoy your music. Sing, dance and have a good time while you are cooking…we do!
  5. Have fun. This is chance for you to try something new, you are not being graded so enjoy it.  Once you are done cooking, plate your food as if you are serving it at a restaurant. Presentation is everything. Take a picture to include with the recipe for the next time you make it.

Cooking should always be fun. You work hard during the day and need time to relax, let cooking become an outlet for you. Don’t be afraid to try something new. Even if you mess up, skip a step or change an ingredient…it’s okay. Cooking is a fun experience.


Check Out Groupon Coupons

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% mine. 

Groupon Coupons

I have a confession to make…I love Groupon. I’m always on there looking for deals. They have great opportunities for gifts, getaways and things to do in your area. One thing I really like about Groupon are their coupons. They have so many to choose from. You can often find really great deals for almost anything. The coupons are for things you would use in everyday life and the best part is you can look for them directly from your phone.

I’ve used Groupon coupons for trips and various attractions and I love how I can now use them for local retailers. It’s so easy to use and who doesn’t love to save money? Here are just some of the retailers that I have found and used on Groupon Coupons.

  • Kohl’s
  • JC Penney’s
  • Macy’s
  • Home Decorators
  • Tea Collections
  • Target
  • Walmart
  • BJ’s
  • Edible Arrangements
  • Sam’s Club

Sometimes you can catch the 1-day free pass for there Sam’s Club and get some really good deals. If you don’t see the Sam’s Club one, BJ’s has a $5 deal for a membership too. The Popcorn Factory usually has really great gift coupons for the popcorn lovers in your life. Groupon Coupons is definitely one of the first places I look for deals when shopping. Be sure to connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.

Do you have any favorite retailers on Groupon Coupons?

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Foodie Friday: Quick Snacks for Memorial Day

Grilled Banana Split

Happy Friday Family!! The weekend is among us and it’s a holiday weekend too. Many of us have Memorial Day off, it’s also considered the start of the summer grilling season. In honor of this wonderful holiday we are going to celebrate it with some ideas for cookouts, get-together or even just a relaxing weekend at home. Foodie Friday is all about easy, no fuss food ideas for this weekend. Enjoy!!

Grilled Banana Splits – So we came across this recipe while watching the Food Network and have loved it ever since. Cut the ends of the banana off, open the peels and spread butter, sugar, and chocolate shavings on them. Wrap them in foil and grill for about 4-6 minutes until chocolate and butter has melted. It’s okay if the peels turn brown. Remove from the grill, open and scoop your favorite ice cream, whipped cream and sprinkles on top.

Fruit Kabob – This one is definitely kid friendly. Soak skewers in water for 30 minutes before using them (if you decide to grill your fruit) Have a variety of fruit on hand, cut in bite size pieces. You can use, strawberries, bananas, pineapples, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, papaya, mangoes, grapes, raspberries, cherries, peaches, pears, etc. Arrange the fruit on the skewers and enjoy. If you would like to grill your fruit after you place them on the skewers, grew until heated through, about 4-6 minutes; during the last-minute of grilling brush fruit with honey.

Corn On The Cob – There are two ways you can do this besides boiling it. Either leave the husks on or shuck them and wrap the corn in foil. Either way it’s good. Soak the corn in water for about 15 minutes before grilling. This will help if you don’t want charred kernels. Grill corn for about 15-20 minutes, turning over every 5 minutes. During the last 5-7 minutes, spread butter on the corn then wrap it back up with either the husks or the foil. Once you remove it from the grill let it stand for about 5 minutes then enjoy.

BBQ Pork Deviled Egg

Barbecue Deviled Eggs Recipe

Ingredients

12 large eggs 
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup finely chopped smoked pork
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon hot sauce
Garnish: paprika

Directions

  1. Place eggs in a single layer in a large saucepan; add water to a depth of 3 inches. Bring to a boil; cover, remove from heat, and let stand 15 minutes.
  2. Drain and fill pan with cold water and ice. Tap each egg firmly on the counter until cracks form all over the shell. Peel under cold running water.
  3. Cut eggs in half lengthwise, and carefully remove yolks. Mash yolks with mayonnaise. Stir in pork and next 4 ingredients; blend well.
  4. Spoon yolk mixture evenly into egg white halves. Garnish, if desired.

We know what you are thinking, pork in my eggs….but yes the smoked pork gives it a meaty flavor. Don’t want to use pork, try chicken, turkey, shrimp or tofu.

Try these out and let me know what you think. As always feel free to comment on the blog or Facebook, send us a tweet or an email. What are some of your favorite Memorial Day goodies?


Taste Test Tuesday: Cinnamon Muffin Melts

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Fluffy cinnamon covered muffins or donuts. We don’t think it matters what you call them. Today they are our feature item for Taste Test Tuesday.

Cinnamon Muffin Melts are an excellent treat for anytime of the day. Need a quick breakfast treat to compliment a pot of coffee or tea? These work really well. Moist, tasty and just the right amount of sweetness makes this treat a staple in our pantry. All you do is add butter and water to the mix, bake and enjoy. Easy right?

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Be sure to check out these great treats and much more on our site Tastefully Simple We even have other recipes for you to try with these Cinnamon Muffin Melts.

Thanks a bunch!

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Kitchen Tip Thursdays: Organizing Your Kitchen

Organizing your kitchen can seem like a huge ordeal. Some people even think they have to go out and buy additional storage units, baskets and containers; when you can just use what you already have.

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  • Mount your pot holders on your cabinet doors using plastic hooks.
  • Mount your aprons on a hook on a nearby wall, no more digging them out a drawer.
  • Store your dishes by usage. Every day use, place those on bottom shelves within easy reach. Special occasion dishes, put those in the cabinets on top.
  • Group all of your bake-ware together.
  • Store pots and pans as close to the stove as possible, makes them easier to reach when cooking.
  • Keep storage bags and wrapping materials together for easy clean up.
  • Store all of your lids in the same place.
  • Use dividers in drawers as placeholders for utensils.
  • Short on space, stash some items in wicker baskets or decorative mixing bowls on the counter.
  • Organize your pantry via category: seasonings, canned goods, dry mixes, etc.
  • If possible, use an over the door hanger to store small items like snack bars, decorative sugars, cupcake liners, etc.
  • Mount the kitchen phone, reminders and papers to the wall instead of placing them on the counter.

These are just some tips to help you get organized in the kitchen. We’ll be sure to keep adding to this list.


Conversations At The Kitchen Table

We’ve made it to May, which means Mother’s Day, graduations and time to kick off summer cook-out season. Each of these brings back great memories of conversations I’ve had with family over the years. My mom came to visit for a few days and we started talking about traditions and events that happen in our family. It made me realize that a lot of the conversations that take place happen at our kitchen table, if it’s a big event it’s happening at my grandmothers dining room table. How many of your family conversations start or even happen at the kitchen table?

Conversations at the Kitchen Table

What do you talk about at the kitchen table?

Here are a few that happened recently while my mom was visiting.

  • Preparing ourselves for pumpkins pre-k graduation. What are we doing for a graduation party? The menu, what should we cook or if we should get it catered.
  • Mother’s Day dinner at my grandmother’s house. Who is on the schedule to cook? Since my sister and I won’t be there we wanted to make sure my mom and aunts had help.
  • Younger sister is turning 30. My mom and I are making this a big deal, my sister not so much as her son is graduating from pre-k. So we shall plan a party for both.
  • Me: Being single (this has become a topic lately) cooking for just myself on days when my sister and her family have their family time.
  • Summer grilling, what recipes are we looking to create, dishes we will make that we usually only make during the summer.

After talking to my mother I started to think about each of these, especially the conversation about myself. I put others before me a lot and I have started not to do that, while making this transition it is forcing me to look at what I want in life. Now I’m off to go cook something so I won’t over analyze any of this.


Food News: Ecto Cooler is Coming Back!

As I am reading through news articles, I spot an article on the Huffington Post about Hi-C bringing back Ecto Cooler. I got really excited about it and the Ecto Cooler brought back major childhood flashbacks. I loved that juice growing up.

Thanks so much to the Ghostbusters movie for bringing back our lovely ‘green juice’ the Ecto Cooler. Here is the article from the Huffington Post and they even gave Ecto Cooler is own website.


Foodie Friday: Salad Ideas

Good Day Foodies!! Hope you all had a marvelous week. It’s time for Foodie Friday’s. This week we will be taking a look at a few options for making a salad. This will not be the only post on salads but rather a start of a complete series of posts on different salad options. This series will run for the next few months.

Salads don’t just begin with lettuce, but pasta, spinach, fruit or even cheese. What types of items do you like in your salad? If I’m having a salad with lettuce, I’ll usually make a bed of spring mix and add some arugula and spinach, along with shredded carrots, mandarin oranges, dried cranberries, golden raisins, pecans, cucumbers, and avocados. For a dressing sometimes I’ll drizzle honey mustard, ranch, strawberry vinaigrette or an Asian peanut dressing. It all depends on what my taste buds are craving.




Chicken Salad with Grapes & Pecans

Chicken Salad with Grapes Recipe
Photo Credit: Southern Living

1/2 cup of mayonnaise or ranch dressing
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 pounds skinned and boned chicken breasts, cooked and chopped
3 cups red and white seedless grapes, halved
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted

Combine all ingredients except pecans. Cover and store chill in refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Add pecans when ready to serve.

Quick Chef Salad:

Shredded Cheese
Cherry Tomatoes
Ham
Romaine Lettuce

Mix together and add your favorite dressing

Apple Pecan Gorgonzola Salad

Apple, Pecan and Gorgonzola Side Salad recipe
Photo Credit: Kraft Foods

2 Granny Smith apples, sliced
2 Tbsp. toasted Chopped Pecans
2 Tbsp. Crumbled Gorgonzola Cheese
1/2 cup Italian Dressing Mix, prepared with balsamic vinegar
Arrange apples slice on a plate in a circle. Sprinkle with pecans and cheese. Drizzle dressing on top.
Other Quick Salad Ideas:
Tomato & Peaches: Mix wedges of tomatoes and peaches, add slivers of red onion, a few red-pepper flakes and cilantro. Dress with olive oil and lime or lemon juice.
Carrots & Blueberries:  Grate carrots, toast some sunflower seeds, and toss with blueberries, olive oil, lemon juice and plenty of black pepper. Sweet, sour, crunchy, soft.
Red Salad: Combine tomato wedges with halved strawberries, basil leaves, shaved Parmesan and balsamic vinegar.
5-Bean Salad:  Chickpeas, cannelloni or other white beans, kidney or other red beans, steamed string beans and steamed yellow wax beans. Toss with vinaigrette, chopped scallions or red onion, and parsley.
Warm Potato Salad: Boil bite-size red potatoes. While still warm, dress them with olive oil, lemon juice, whole grain mustard, capers and parsley. Chopped shallots, bell peppers, etc.
Watermelon & Feta:  combine with roughly chopped mint, crumbled feta, sliced red onion and chopped Kalamata olives. Dress lightly with olive oil and lemon juice.You may need to add salt.
 
Walnut & Blue Cheese: Toss mixed greens with walnuts, blue cheese and raspberries; drizzle with a simple vinaigrette.
Smoked Salmon & Avocado:  Mix watercress with chopped smoked salmon, avocado, red onion and capers. Make a vinaigrette with olive oil, sherry vinegar and mustard powder.
Little Italy:  Chop or julienne salami and prosciutto, then toss with cubed mozzarella, chopped tomato, pepperoncini, oil and wine vinegar.
Thai & Sesame Noodles:  Combine about a half-cup peanut butter with a tablespoon soy sauce and enough coconut milk to make the mixture creamy (about a half cup), along with garlic and chili flakes in a blender or food processor. Toss sauce with cooked and cooled noodles, a load of mint, Thai basil, and/or cilantro, and lime juice. Shredded cucumber and carrots optional.
Hope you enjoy these salads, as always feel free to comment on our blog, send us an email, a tweet or comment on our Facebook Page.

 


Meet Kimberlee

Hello there everyone, I hope you all are enjoying your week so far. My name is Kimberlee and I’m the head blogger for Southern Roots Kitchen. I say head blogger because I will be adding some contributing bloggers to the site very soon. I belong to a Facebook Group called Courage To Earn and we are a group of bloggers and entrepreneurs that support one another in our personal and professional lives. This month our leader who we also call Coach Brandi (blogs at Mama Knows It All), has started a challenge called #ExposeYourself. Everyday we get an email from Brandi or we can just visit the Facebook Group and she provides us with some type of task where we have to expose ourselves to others. At first I was a little scared because I can be an introvert when I want to be. But the very first task was to post a selfie of just ourselves and promote what we’re good at. After I posted my selfie on instagram it made me think about the fact that I never really introduced myself on my blog. I have my about me page, but that’s really it.

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Just Me

I decided that with this challenge I am going to be a little more personable on my blog and share a lot more of the fun and crazy things that happen in my house. First up are some interesting facts about me.

  • I’m single woman, childless, in my 30’s and I love to cook large meals. Thankfully, my sister and her son live with me so they can eat some of this food.
  • I spoil my sister and my nephew every chance I get.
  • I come from a very blended family and I’m extremely attached to my 7 siblings and both sets of parents. My dads hang out on their Harley’s a lot.
  • I have Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy, which played a role in my love for kitchen at a young age; I couldn’t play outside much as a child.
  • I love the beach and spend a lot of time there in the summer, especially since I’m 30 minutes away it.
  • Cooking is a stress reliever for me.
  • I can’t cook unless I’m listening to music.
  • My friends make me teach a couples cooking class for them.
  • I love meal planning, I get exited about planning food and recreating meals.
  • I’m addicted to the Food Network, Cooking Channel, and HGTV.
  • I get exited about changing the colors in my home.
  • One of the main reasons I’m a Tastefully Simple Consultant is because I love the food.
  • I’ll eat collard greens and corn bread as a meal (blame my great-grandma)
  • I love seafood and will eat it all the time.
  • I’m a food blogger who is allergic to eggs. I even wrote about it here.
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My sister Erica, my nephew Junii (my pumpkin) and me.

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Pumpkin and me being silly

After writing this list I wanted to take out a few things but realized I can’t because it defeats the purpose of telling you who I am. I can already see that a few of these will become their own blog posts very soon.