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Thrilled to share my experience at the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017 with you today!
Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

The Disney Social Media Moms Celebration has been one of my favorite events since I attended my first in 2015.  It’s no secret I’m a huge Disney fan, so being able to experience the fun with my family and friends is such a treat.  If you haven’t heard much about this celebration, take a look at #DisneySMMC on social media.  You’ll see pictures from our time at Walt Disney World and The Disney Wonder Cruise Ship.

Made a little video of our trip, hope you enjoy!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

This year my husband and I went together.  We celebrated our early anniversary.  We had family helping with the boys and we were ready for a great trip!

How adorable is the R2D2 American Tourister Spinner?  My 11 year old has claimed it his 🙂

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

After we landed in Orlando, we made our way to the Magical Express.  Disney has got this down to a science.  So nice to pop on over after your flight.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

We spend the first portion of the trip at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort-Riverside.  The grounds were absolutely beautiful.  Stay tuned for a full review of the hotel on my Disney page coming soon.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Photo via DisneySMMC Photographer

We got our welcome bag and it was time to experience the fun!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

We decided to arrive one day early so we could explore a couple Disney Parks before the events started.  First up was Epcot.  One of my favorites!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

We made our way to Via Napoli for lunch, in Epcot’s Italy of the World Showcase.  I always try to get reservations here, some of my favorite pizza and appetizers anywhere!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

It wouldn’t be a trip to Epcot without some of our favorite treats from Germany and France!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

After lunch, we made our way over to Magic Kingdom Park.  There’s nothing like walking down Main Street U.S.A and seeing the Cinderella Castle ahead.  I love it here!!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

More goodies throughout the day.  Just too fun!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Picture in front of the Castle, check!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

We caught the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade while we were heading to Splash Mountain.  It was adorable!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Later that evening we had our first event dinner at Disney’s Animal Kingdom sponsored by GoGo Squeeze.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Lots of food, lots of fun seeing everyone with their families.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Photo via DisneySMMC Photographer

What a treat to be able to preview the Rivers of Light Nighttime Show after dinner.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

I’m telling you, it was stunning.  A must see when visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

The next morning we had a lovely breakfast at Epcot.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Photo Via DisneySMMC Photographer

We heard from our amazing sponsors and even got to hear from 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist Dominique Dawes!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

We got to meet and mingle with our sponsors after breakfast and got a peek at this gorgeous Beauty and the Beast display.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

After breakfast we had a Disney Springs Social Media Challenge.  I found all kinds of fun things to bring home.  Disney Springs is such a great place for shopping and amazing restaurants.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Later that evening Cullen and I made our way over to Hollywood Studios before our event dinner to explore the park and ride some of our favorite rides.  These Storm Troopers are the coolest marching down the street!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

We miss The Hollywood Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure so it was such a treat to ride it.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Yah, epic.  Lol!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

My favorite Butterfinger Cupcake, couldn’t pass this one up!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

For dinner, we met up with our event at the new Pizzerizzo Restaurant.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Outside patio area.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

We had pizza, pasta and salad.  Fun night!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Photo via Disney Parks Blog

After dinner we had reserved seating for  Star Wars: A Glactic Spectacular.  This is one of my favorite nighttime shows.  We loved it!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

After the fireworks show we had a dessert party with the cutest Star Wars themed cupcakes and cookies.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Always a treat with the Star Wars characters 🙂

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

The next morning we got all packed up then made our way to Disney Springs for an advanced screening of Disneynature’s Born In China plus a Q&A with the producer Roy Conli.  Oh my goodness it was the cutest.  Can’t wait to see it again with the boys.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

After the movie we were on our way to Port Canaveral to board the Disney Wonder!!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Time to check in!  I’ll never forget the excitement I felt in that line anticipating the fun ahead.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Off we go.  We were so excited for our first ever cruise let alone a Disney Cruise.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

I’ll never forget walking into the Disney Wonder, the cast members welcome each family over a microphone for everyone to hear.  “Welcome the FLAKE FAMILY!” It was awesome.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Our adorable Stateroom.  See the full review of our room on my Disney page.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Having a little patio to sit outside with this view was the BEST.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Right after we checked in, we had our first lunch on the ship.  Animator’s Palate was the cutest restaurant I’ve ever seen.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Photo via DisneySMMC Photographer

We were asked to draw a picture of ourselves and by the end of our lunch, our pictures came to life on the picture frames around the restaurant.  Adorable!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

I met up with Cullen and we went to the deck party to celebrate setting sail! It was so much fun.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Later that evening we saw our first live show called The Golden Mickeys.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

I loved it.  So much fun.  Depending on your dinner schedule, you either go to the early or later showtime.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Our first dinner rotation was at Tiana’s Place.  An absolute blast!!  Live music, amazing food and great staff.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

The next day was our Conference sessions.  We heard from amazing Disney speakers.  Loved each and every one of them.  I’m certain each one them had the whole room in tears with their heartfelt stories and videos.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Photo via DisneySMMC Photographer

In our afternoon session, we heard from Alex Ruiz, Disney Parks, Digital Marketing Director and Ginger Zee, Meteorologist of Good Morning America.  She was amazing, down to earth and I loved how relatable she was.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Photo via DisneySMMC Photographer

Our group was even featured on Good Morning America with Ginger Zee!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Met back up with Cullen that afternoon and ice cream seemed to happen numerous times a day, lol!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

It was time for our next show!  Tonight’s show was Disney Dreams.  Adorable.  I was so impressed with how great the Broadway-like shows were.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Our next dinner rotation was at Tritons.  Another great experience with amazing food.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Later that evening we had the Pirates of the Caribbean Party!  The guests are invited to dress up in their best Pirate costumes and join the fun on the deck.  We loved it.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Look who joined the party!  Adorable.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

We even had fireworks!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

One of my favorite experiences was arriving to Disney’s Private Island Castaway Cay.  Stay tuned for a full review of Castaway Cay on my Disney page coming soon.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

The water was crystal blue and sand was soft and white.  This was such a great day.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

How cute are these Disney cuties that lined the walkway?

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

We spent the day at the adult beach, had a great BBQ lunch, rented some bikes and had a perfect relaxing day.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Ice cream cones on the beach also happened 🙂

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

We boarded back onto the ship by 4pm.  Got ready for our last live show “Frozen.”

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

 It was phenomenal.  Felt like I was watching a real Broadway show.  Everyone was fantastic!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Photo via DisneySMMC Photographer

The conference guests and family could also see the costumes and “Frozen” Door up close and personal.  How cool!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

Our last diner rotation was at Animator’s Palate.  My favorite restaurant of the three.  I love the whimsical interactive frames on the wall that change throughout your dining experience.  We had the best servers, Anthony and James.  It’s so great having the same servers at every dinner.  Loved getting to know everyone at our table.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

The last night of the cruise they had a “Goodbye Party” with the Disney Characters. Mickey is too cute in his sailing suit.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2017

…and just like that our time had come to an end.  So many incredible memories made.  I’ll never forget this experience.  Can’t wait to take my boys in the near future!

 Huge thanks to the Disney Moms Team who made this all possible.  I know there were countless hours put in to making every detail so special.  I’m sincerely grateful to be a part of the fun.

Disclosure: This post is in partnership with Disney Social Media Moms Celebration however thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Dinner

This Mexican Style Lasagna makes the perfect weeknight dinner for the whole family! Flavor packed and simple to prepare.
Mexican Style Lasagna

It’s always a pleasure partnering with Target and Old El Paso to bring you simple Mexican style dinner recipes!  This quick fix dinner has all of my favorite ingredients and it really is a crowd pleaser.  With just a few simple ingredients, you’ll have a gorgeous dinner ready in no time!

Mexican Style Lasagna

Simple ingredients is all you’ll need to get started.

Mexican Style Lasagna

Be sure to check out the Cartwheel coupon for Old El Paso Refried Beans at Target HERE.  These are some of my favorite Old El Paso products I keep on hand regularly.  Love to have so many options for dinner when my pantry is stocked.

Mexican Style Lasagna

After you brown your meat, add your Old El Paso Original Taco Seasoning.  Transfer to a large bowl and set aside for a few minutes.

Mexican Style Lasagna

You’ll also add some Old El Paso diced green chilies to the Old El Paso Refried Beans.

Mexican Style Lasagna

Add some mild salsa as well.

Mexican Style Lasagna

Spread a light layer of beans on the bottom of your baking dish.  Start layering with some halved taco size tortillas.

Mexican Style Lasagna

Layer one complete!

Mexican Style Lasagna

Spread another light layer of beans over tortillas.

Mexican Style Lasagna

Top with taco meat.

Mexican Style Lasagna

Top with your salsa rice.

Mexican Style Lasagna

Repeat all layers again.

Mexican Style Lasagna

When layers are complete, top with shredded cheddar cheese.

Mexican Style Lasagna

Ahhhh, perfect!

Mexican Style Lasagna

Ready for the oven.

Mexican Style Lasagna

Bake at 350 degrees F. for 25-30 minutes.

Mexican Style Lasagna

Top with chopped fresh cilantro before serving.

Mexican Style Lasagna

Cut into squares to serve.

Mexican Style Lasagna

Look at those fabulous layers!  Enjoy!

Mexican Style Lasagna

Mexican Style Lasagna

Mexican Style LasagnaPrep time: 15 min | Cook time: 30 min | Total time: 45 min

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 packet Old El Paso Original Taco Seasoning
  • Two 15 ounce cans Old El Paso Refried Beans
  • 4 ounce can Old El Paso chopped green chilies
  • 1 1/2 cups mild prepared salsa, divided
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 8 Old El Paso taco size flour tortillas, cut in half (you’ll use 15 halves)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and lightly spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add ground beef to hot skillet. Cook and crumble until browned. Stir in taco seasoning until well combined. Transfer to a large bowl.
  3. Place beans, green chilies and 3/4 cup salsa into a large bowl, stirring until well combined.
  4. Place rice and 3/4 cup salsa into large bowl, stirring until well combined.  Top with chopped fresh cilantro and cut into squares and serve warm.

Makes 8 Servings

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Desserts

This Valentine’s Day Chocolate Bark will brighten everyone’s day!
's Day Chocolate Bark

It’s always a pleasure partnering with Fisher Nuts to bring you new fun recipes.  I’ve put together a Valentine’s Day treat that will put a smile on everyone’s faces.  I’ve added some of my favorite dessert ingredients to make a chocolate bark that is so much fun!

's Day Chocolate Bark

You’ll use Fisher Natural Sliced Almonds plus some other fun goodies you see here.

I love knowing that Fisher nuts are preservative free and non-GMO Project Verified. Fisher also has nine varieties of recipe nuts certified as Heart Healthy by the American Heart Association. The resealable bag helps keep the nuts fresh for longer. Look out for their new packaging on store shelves.

's Day Chocolate Bark

Start by pouring your melted chocolate onto a parchment lined baking sheet.

's Day Chocolate Bark

Spread evenly about an 8 x 6-inch rectangle.

's Day Chocolate Bark

Top with crumbled Oreo Cookies.

's Day Chocolate Bark

Top with Fisher Natural Sliced Almonds.

's Day Chocolate Bark

Add some buttered popped popcorn, pressing gently into the chocolate.

's Day Chocolate Bark

Drizzle with more melted chocolate.

's Day Chocolate Bark

Drizzle with melted white chocolate and top with red sprinkles.

's Day Chocolate Bark

Let bark set up then break into pieces.

's Day Chocolate Bark

Wait until you try all of these fun flavors together.  Talk about a treat!

's Day Chocolate Bark

This will make your special Valentine so happy!

's Day Chocolate Bark

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Bark

's Day Chocolate BarkPrep time: 10 min | Cook time: 0 min | Total time: 30 min

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chocolate melts
  • 5 chocolate sandwich cookies, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup Fisher Natural Sliced Almonds
  • 1/2 cup popped butter flavored popcorn
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate melts
  • Red sugar sprinkles

Directions

  1. Melt chocolate melts, reserve 3 tablespoons, and spread evenly onto a parchment lined baking sheet, about 8 x 6-inches. Top with crushed chocolate sandwich cookies, sliced almonds and popcorn, pressing into the soft chocolate. Drizzle top with reserved melted chocolate.
  2. Melt white chocolate melts and drizzle over top. Sprinkle with red sugar sprinkles and let chocolate set up completely. Break into pieces and serve room temperature.

Makes 8 Servings

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Fisher nuts. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Dinner

This Chicken Taco Rice Skillet makes the perfect flavor packed weeknight dinner!

Chicken Taco Rice Skillet

It’s always a pleasure partnering with Old El Paso to bring you simple Mexican style meals.  These flavorful chicken thighs over taco rice could not be more delicious.  Perfect for busy weeknights and even great for Sunday dinner to serve family style.

Chicken Taco Rice Skillet

Start by sautéing your onion and garlic then add your boneless skinless chicken thighs.

Chicken Taco Rice Skillet

Season with salt and pepper.

Chicken Taco Rice Skillet

I also used 1 teaspoon of Old El Paso’s Chicken Taco Seasoning to season the chicken.

Chicken Taco Rice Skillet

Sprinkle the taco seasoning over the chicken thighs.  Cover and cook for 15 minutes.

Chicken Taco Rice Skillet

Remove partially cooked chicken from pan and transfer to plate for a few minutes.

Chicken Taco Rice Skillet

Place cooked rice into pan and season with remaining taco seasoning.

Chicken Taco Rice Skillet

Stir and add black beans and corn to rice.

Chicken Taco Rice Skillet

Stir then add chicken back to pan.  Cover and bake in a 350 degree F. oven for another 20 minutes.

Chicken Taco Rice Skillet

Remove from oven when chicken is cooked through and top with chopped fresh cilantro.

Chicken Taco Rice Skillet

This makes a great dinner for any night of the week.  Enjoy!

Chicken Taco Rice Skillet

Chicken Taco Rice Skillet

Chicken Taco Rice SkilletPrep time: 10 min | Cook time: 35 min | Total time: 45 min

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 5 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 packet Old El Paso Chicken Taco Seasoning, divided
  • 2 cups dry rice, white or brown
  • 1 cup black beans
  • 1 cup sweet corn
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Directions

  1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Saute onion and garlic for 3 minutes then add chicken thighs to skillet. Season with salt, pepper and 1 teaspoon of the Old El Paso Chicken Taco Seasoning. Place lid on top and cook for 15 minutes.
  2. While chicken is cooking on the stovetop, cook rice according to package directions. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. When chicken has cooked for 15 minutes, remove thighs and transfer to a large plate. Add cooked rice to skillet with onion drippings. Add remaining chicken taco seasoning, black beans and corn. Stir to combine then place chicken on top of rice. Cover with lid and place in over. Cook for an additional 20 minutes. Remove and top with fresh cilantro. Serve warm.

Makes 6 Servings

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Breakfast and Brunch

These Chocolate Hazelnut Sweet Rolls make the perfect surprise for your family and friends.

Chocolate Hazelnut Sweet Rolls

It’s a pleasure partnering with Fleischmann’s® Yeast today to bring you these gorgeous Chocolate Hazelnut Sweet Rolls.

There’s something so special about making homemade rolls.  Especially in the winter, when it’s oh-so cold outside and you just want to get cozy.  It’s the kind of 1-dish recipe that puts a smile on everyone’s faces when they see them sitting on the counter and that smell – so delicious!  They are perfect to bake for any occasion and since baking is one of my favorite ways to show how much I care, I couldn’t wait to make these and share them.

Can you imagine how perfect these would be for Valentine’s Day coming up?  I was inspired from Feischmann’s Beginner’s Caramel Rolls and decided to shake up the sweetness by adding chocolate hazelnut.

Chocolate Hazelnut Sweet Rolls

If you don’t use yeast much when baking, don’t be intimated, it’s actually quite simple and fun. I love Fleischmann’s® RapidRise™ Instant Yeast because it is so versatile and can be used in both every day and seasonal recipes.  I love that you can get your baking done a bit faster with RapidRise™ too.  It’s my favorite to have on hand because it requires only one rise.

Chocolate Hazelnut Sweet Rolls

You’ll start by adding your warm water and butter to some dry ingredients.  Make sure your dough hook is attached.

Chocolate Hazelnut Sweet Rolls

Mix to combine then add your egg.  Continue to add additional flour until ball forms.

Chocolate Hazelnut Sweet Rolls

Transfer dough to a floured countertop.

Chocolate Hazelnut Sweet Rolls

Roll to about 15 x 10-inch rectangle.

Chocolate Hazelnut Sweet Rolls

Spread with chocolate hazelnut spread leaving about 1/2 inch around borders.

Chocolate Hazelnut Sweet Rolls

Roll up, seam side down.

Chocolate Hazelnut Sweet Rolls

Use unflavored dental floss to make easy cuts in the dough.

Chocolate Hazelnut Sweet Rolls

Place rolls into a 9 x 13-inch baking dish that’s been lightly sprayed with cooking spray.  Place in a warm oven for 15 minutes.  175 degrees F. works great.

Chocolate Hazelnut Sweet Rolls

Remove from warm oven, they should be about doubled in size.  Increase temperature to 350 degrees F.

Chocolate Hazelnut Sweet Rolls

Bake for 20-22 minutes, until baked through.  Remove and let cool.

Chocolate Hazelnut Sweet Rolls

Whisk the powdered sugar and heavy cream to make icing.

Chocolate Hazelnut Sweet Rolls

Time to drizzle over rolls!

Chocolate Hazelnut Sweet Rolls

Keep going 🙂

Chocolate Hazelnut Sweet Rolls

Perfection!  I used an offset spatula to spread icing over each roll.

Chocolate Hazelnut Sweet Rolls

Not even kidding, these rolls blew us away.  From start to finish you’re looking at about an hour.  Not bad for amazing homemade sweet rolls!

Chocolate Hazelnut Sweet Rolls

Can’t say enough about Fleischmann’s® RapidRise™ Yeast.  Be sure to keep it stocked in your pantry.  You’ll be glad you did.

Chocolate Hazelnut Sweet Rolls
Enjoy!

Chocolate Hazelnut Sweet Rolls

Chocolate Hazelnut Sweet RollsPrep time: 30 min | Cook time: 20 min | Total time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 4 1/2-5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 packets Fleischmann’s® RapidRise Yeast
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 6 tablespoons butter, salted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup chocolate hazelnut spread

Sweet Icing

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Directions

  1. Combine 2 cups flour, sugar, dry yeast and salt in stand mixer bowl and mix with bread hook attachment until blended. Place water and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH in 15 second increments until very warm but not hot to the touch (120° to 130°F. Butter won’t melt completely). Add to flour mixture with egg, mixing on low to combine. Mix on medium for 2 minutes, scraping bowl. Add 1 cup of flour, mix another minute on medium heat, scraping sides of bowl. Continue to stir in just enough remaining flour so that dough forms a ball that doesn’t stick to sides of bowl, about 3-4 more minutes. Transfer dough to a floured countertop.
  2. Roll dough into a 15 x 10-inch rectangle using a rolling pin. Spread chocolate hazelnut spread over dough, stopping 1/2-inches from the edges on the long sides. Beginning at long end of each rectangle, roll up tightly. Pinch seams to seal. Cut into 12 equal pieces. TIP: Use unflavored dental floss instead of a knife to cut rolls. To do, cut a piece of floss about 12 inches long. Slide floss under the roll; bring the ends up and cross over to cut each slice. Place, cut sides down, in prepared a 9×13 inch baking dish sprayed lightly with cooking spray. Place rolls in a warm (175 degrees F.) oven for 15 minutes. Should be just about doubled in size. Remove from oven, increase heat to 350 degrees F. Bake rolls for 20-22 minutes or until baked through. Remove and let cool.
  3. Place powdered sugar and heavy cream into a medium bowl whisking to combine. Should be a nice drizzling consistency. Add more cream to thin or more powdered sugar to thicken. Drizzle icing over rolls and serve with warmed or room temperature.

Makes 12 Servings
Recipe inspired from Fleischmann’s Yeast Beginner’s Caramel Rolls

Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with Fleischmann’s® Yeast. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Picky Palate possible.

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Dinner

This Loaded Potato Soup with Cheesy Garlic Toast makes the perfect weeknight dinner for the whole family!
Loaded Potato Soup

It’s a pleasure partnering with Idahoan® featuring their Premium Steakhouse® Potato Soups today!  I’m always a fan of a delicious meal that just takes minutes to prepare.  So perfect for busy weeknights with the kids.  Love that I can bring the steakhouse to my home any day of the week!  Break out the nice plates and silverware and bring the steakhouse to your home!

Loaded Potato Soup

We have a handful of steakhouses we visit fairly often in our neighborhood and we love ordering potato soup just about every time.  It’s so nice to have Idahoan® Premium Steakhouse® Potato Soups that bring the steakhouse experience to your home in minutes. Many other dry soup mixes take more than 15 minutes to prepare by stove.  With Idahoan® Premium Steakhouse® Potato Soups, you just add water and it literally takes 5 minutes.  The boys and I went nuts for this Loaded Potato Soup.

Loaded Potato Soup

I particularly enjoy the taste and texture in every spoonful.  You’ll find red potatoes and red potato skins inside a flavorful slow-cooked restaurant style soup.  Idahoan® Premium Stakehouse® Potato Soups are available in the following delicious varieties: Creamy Potato, Loaded Poato, Cheddar Broccoli and Three Cheese Chipotle.  Visit Idahoan.com for more information including nutrition facts and retail availability.

Loaded Potato Soup

While we are enjoying our soup, we love having my favorite cheesy garlic toast for dipping.  See recipe below for details.

Loaded Potato Soup

If you are hosting an upcoming party, these soups make a simple, easy to make dinner idea with some fun sides for your guests!

Loaded Potato Soup

Loaded Potato Soup With Cheesy Garlic Toast

Loaded Potato SoupPrep time: 5 min | Cook time: 5 min | Total time: 10 min

Ingredients

  • 7.1ounce package Idahoan® Premium Steakhouse® Loaded Potato Soup
  • 1 lb French Bread loaf or other fresh crusty bread, sliced 1/2 inch slices
  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Prepare soup according to package directions. Reduce heat to low until ready to serve.
  3. Place bread slices onto baking sheet. Spread lightly with butter then sprinkle lightly with garlic salt. Top with shredded cheese and bake until cheese is melted and bread toasted. Remove and serve with soup.

Makes 4 Servings

Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with Idahoan®. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Picky Palate possible.

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Dinner

This Cheesy Beef Enchilada Rice Bake makes the perfect flavor packed weeknight dinner!

Cheesy Beef Enchilada Rice Bake

It’s always a pleasure partnering with Old El Paso to bring you new Mexican style family friendly recipes.

Developing quick and simple dinner recipes is one of my favorite things to do because I know how hard it is to get dinner on the table during the busy holidays and kids school schedules.  I’ve used simple pantry ingredients to get dinner on the table in no time.

Cheesy Beef Enchilada Rice Bake

Simple pantry ingredients today.  I also used Old El Paso’s Red Enchilada Sauce and Diced Green Chilies.

Cheesy Beef Enchilada Rice Bake

To start, place your cooked rice into a large bowl and add your black beans. Add the diced tomatoes and chilies.

Cheesy Beef Enchilada Rice Bake

Add your black beans.

Cheesy Beef Enchilada Rice Bake

Add your Old El Paso Diced Green Chilies.

Cheesy Beef Enchilada Rice Bake

Add your salt, cumin and pepper then give a good mix to combine.

Cheesy Beef Enchilada Rice Bake

Top with ground beef and pour your Old El Paso Red Enchilada Sauce evenly over beef.

Cheesy Beef Enchilada Rice Bake

Top with lots of cheese and it’s time to bake!

Cheesy Beef Enchilada Rice Bake

Remove from oven and serve nice and warm!

Cheesy Beef Enchilada Rice Bake

The kids go nuts for this flavor packed dinner.  It’s simple to prepare with everyone’s favorite Southwest flavors.

Cheesy Beef Enchilada Rice Bake

That cheese!

Cheesy Beef Enchilada Rice Bake

Hope you enjoy!

Cheesy Beef Enchilada Rice Bake

Cheesy Beef Enchilada Rice BakePrep time: 10 min | Cook time: 20-25 min | Total time: 35 min

Ingredients

  • 3 cups dry short grain white rice
  • 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 10 ounce can diced tomatoes with chilies, mild version
  • 4 ounce can Old El Paso Diced Green Chilies
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound cooked ground beef, lightly seasoned
  • 10 ounce can Old El Paso Red Enchilada Sauce
  • 2 cups Mexican blend shredded cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish lightly with cooking spray.  Cook rice according to package directions then place in a large bowl.
  2. To rice bowl, add black beans, green chilies, diced tomatoes, salt, cumin and pepper. Stir to combine then transfer to 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Top evenly with cooked ground beef then pour enchilada sauce evenly over beef. Top with shredded cheese then bake for 20-25 minutes, until hot and cheese is melted. Serve warm.

Makes 8-10 Servings

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Sharing these gorgeous Chocolate Marshmallow Peppermint Bars, perfect for your Holiday baking!

Chocolate Marshmallow Peppermint Bars

These bars are a chocolate lovers dream!  Chewy cookie bars with the perfect crunch from candy canes and marshmallow bits.  Your guests are going to go crazy for these.  They make festive gifts for your family and friends too.

Chocolate Marshmallow Peppermint Bars

It’s always a pleasure partnering with Karo® Syrup to bring you a festive treat that is sure to be the star of the dessert table!  I was inspired by Karo’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites recipe, and added my own touch to it!

The texture Karo® Syrup brings to your baking is like no other. It’s always stocked in my pantry for all of my Holiday baking and I think you’ll find it’s a key ingredient to have around whenever you’re baking. The Holidays are THEE perfect time to show friends and family how much you care, so make sure to bake a little extra so everyone can enjoy these yummy treats!

Chocolate Marshmallow Peppermint Bars

Start by adding your softened butter and brown sugar to a large mixing bowl.

Chocolate Marshmallow Peppermint Bars

Add your Karo® Dark Corn Syrup.

Chocolate Marshmallow Peppermint Bars

Add 2 eggs, vanilla, and stir until well combined.

Chocolate Marshmallow Peppermint Bars

Add your dry ingredients and give a good stir until dough forms.

Chocolate Marshmallow Peppermint Bars
Transfer dough to parchment lined baking dish and bake for 25 minutes, or until baked through. Remove and let cool.

Chocolate Marshmallow Peppermint Bars

Once your bars are cool, frost with a thin layer of chocolate frosting and top with crushed candy cane pieces and marshmallow bits.

Chocolate Marshmallow Peppermint Bars

Wait until you sink your teeth into these chewy chocolate cookie bars.  Perfection!

Chocolate Marshmallow Peppermint Bars

Enjoy!

Chocolate Marshmallow Peppermint Bars

Chocolate Marshmallow Peppermint BarsPrep time: 20 min | Cook time: 25 min | Total time: 2 hours, including cooling time

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup Karo® Dark Corn Syrup
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups prepared chocolate frosting
  • 1/2 cup marshmallow bits or mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup crushed candy cane pieces

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line 7×11 inch baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl mix butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, eggs and vanilla until well combined. Slowly stir in flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder until dough forms. Transfer to baking dish, spread evenly and bake for 25 minutes or until baked through. Remove and let cool completely.
  3. When bars are cooled, spread with frosting and top evenly with marshmallow bits and crushed candy cane pieces. Cut into squares and serve room temperature.

Makes 12 Servings

Adapted from recipe by Karo® Syrup

Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with Karo® Syrup. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Picky Palate possible.

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