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Appetizers and Sides

These Taco Totchos are the perfect appetizer for your family and friends! Tater tots have never tasted so delicious!
Taco Totchos

It’s always a pleasure partnering with Old El Paso to bring you new family fun Mexican style recipes.  My boys love tater tots so I thought it would be fun to make some Mexican style “totchos.” Packed with delicious taco flavors, the whole family will love these!

Taco Totchos

I love having my favorite Old El Paso products stocked in my pantry to whip up simple dishes including their Taco Seasoning and Chopped Green Chilies.

Taco Totchos

Season the tater tots with your taco seasoning.

Taco Totchos

Bake for 10 minutes them remove.

Taco Totchos

Time for your green chilies.

Taco Totchos

Top your tater tots with green chilies, cooked shredded beef then top with shredded cheese and bake for another 10-15 minutes.

Taco Totchos

Serve warm with your favorite salsa and other taco toppings if you’d like.

Taco Totchos

Can’t wait for you to try these!  They’re a hit every time.

Taco Totchos

Enjoy!

Taco Totchos

Taco Totchos

Taco TotchosPrep time: 5 min | Cook time: 15 min | Total time: 20 min

Ingredients

  • 4 cups frozen tater tots
  • 2 tablespoons Old El Paso Taco Seasoning
  • 1 cup cooked shredded beef
  • 4 tablespoons Old El Paso Chopped Green Chilies
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 415 degrees F.
  2. Place tater tots onto a baking sheet or two small bakers like I have photographed in this post. Sprinkle with taco seasoning and bake for 10 minutes. Remove and top with shredded beef, green chilies and cheese. For the shredded beef, I used a roast from the night before, feel free to use ground beef, chicken or whatever protein you’d like.  Bake for another 10-12 minutes, until hot and cheese is melted. Remove and top with chopped fresh cilantro. Serve warm.

Makes 4 Servings

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Desserts

My Chocolate Chunk Pretzel Brownies are the perfect dessert to whip up for your family and friends!
Chocolate Chunk Pretzel Brownies

Homemade brownies are one of my favorite desserts to create.  You can add so many of your favorite ingredients to make new brownie flavors depending on your sweet tooth.  They’re also so great for gift giving to friends and neighbors.  They are sure to brighten up everyone’s day!

Chocolate Chunk Pretzel Brownies

What a pleasure partnering with Eggland’s Best this year to bring you new recipes!  I’ve used Eggland’s Best for years.  I love knowing that Eggland’s Best eggs contain five times more vitamin D, 25 percent less saturated fat, more than double the Omega-3s, ten times more vitamin E, and three times more vitamin B12.  Eggland’s Best’s superior nutrition is due to its proprietary all-vegetarian hen feed that contains healthy grains, canola oil and a wholesome supplement of rice bran, alfalfa, sea kelp and Vitamin E.  In addition, independent testing has revealed that Eggland’s Best eggs have stronger shells than ordinary eggs, which leads to less breakage and helps them stay fresher longer than ordinary eggs.

Chocolate Chunk Pretzel Brownies

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Chocolate Chunk Pretzel Brownies

To prepare the brownies, add chocolate chips to hot melted butter.  Stir to melt chips.

Chocolate Chunk Pretzel Brownies

Start adding your dry ingredients to the bowl.

Chocolate Chunk Pretzel Brownies

Add your granulated sugar.

Chocolate Chunk Pretzel Brownies

Add your brown sugar.

Chocolate Chunk Pretzel Brownies

England’s Best eggs and yolk.

Chocolate Chunk Pretzel Brownies

Add the oil as well.

Chocolate Chunk Pretzel Brownies

Give a good stir and add chocolate chunks.

Chocolate Chunk Pretzel Brownies

Transfer to prepared baking dish.

Chocolate Chunk Pretzel Brownies

Top with mini marshmallows.

Chocolate Chunk Pretzel Brownies

Top with mini pretzels and bake for 40-50 minutes, until baked through.

Chocolate Chunk Pretzel Brownies

The hardest part of the recipe is being patient while they cool completely.  Once they’ve cooled, cut into squares and enjoy!

Chocolate Chunk Pretzel Brownies

The marshmallow on top gets nice and chewy.  The pretzel and chocolate combo is heavenly.  Store any remaining brownies in an air tight container.

Chocolate Chunk Pretzel Brownies

Chocolate Chunk Pretzel Brownies

Chocolate Chunk Pretzel BrowniesPrep time: 10 min | Cook time: 40-50 min | Total time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 stick/8 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large Eggland’s Best Eggs plus 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 cup chocolate chunks
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 19-20 mini pretzels

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line an 8×8 inch baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. Place butter into a large mixing bowl and microwave until melted and hot, about 45 seconds or so. Pour in chocolate chips and stir until mostly melted. It’s ok, if it’s not perfectly smooth. You might have to put back in microwave for another 30 seconds to help melting. Add flour, salt and sugars. Mix a few times then add eggs and yolk and oil. Mix until well combined then add chocolate chunks.
  3. Transfer batter to prepared baking dish, spreading evenly. Top with mini marshmallows and pretzels. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until cooked through.

Makes 9-12 Servings

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Breakfast and Brunch

My Overnight Mexican Breakfast Casserole is the perfect way to treat your family and friends!

Overnight Mexican Breakfast Casserole

It’s always a pleasure partnering with Old El Paso to bring you fun new ways to make simple Mexican style recipes that the entire family will enjoy.  This overnight breakfast casserole is perfect for weekends, brunch parties or any day of the week.

Hope you enjoy!

Overnight Mexican Breakfast Casserole

Place your cubed bread into your baking dish.

Overnight Mexican Breakfast Casserole

Top with your cooked sausage.

Overnight Mexican Breakfast Casserole

Add the chopped green chilies.

Overnight Mexican Breakfast Casserole

Make sure they are even over top.

Overnight Mexican Breakfast Casserole

Top with shredded cheddar cheese.

Overnight Mexican Breakfast Casserole

To prepare the egg mixture, place 8 eggs and season with salt, pepper and smoked paprika.

Overnight Mexican Breakfast Casserole

Whisk in 2 teaspoons of Old El Paso Taco Seasoning.

Overnight Mexican Breakfast Casserole

Whisk in your milk.

Overnight Mexican Breakfast Casserole

Slowly pour egg mixture over top of bread and cheese layers.

Overnight Mexican Breakfast Casserole

Top with chopped green onions.  Bake for 40-50 minutes or until set.

Overnight Mexican Breakfast Casserole

Remove from oven and garnish with chopped cilantro and cherry tomato halves.

Overnight Mexican Breakfast Casserole

Love having my favorite Old El Paso products stocked in my pantry for simple meals like this one.

Overnight Mexican Breakfast Casserole

Enjoy!

Overnight Mexican Breakfast Casserole

Overnight Mexican Breakfast CasserolePrep time: 10 min | Cook time: 45 min | Total time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 8 cups cubed crusty loaf
  • 1 pound ground sausage, cooked and crumbled
  • 4 ounce can Old El Paso diced green chilies
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons Old El Paso Taco Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and lightly spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Layer cubed bread, cooked sausage, diced green chilies, shredded cheese and chopped green onion into prepared baking dish.
  3. Place eggs, milk, taco seasoning, salt, pepper and smoked paprika into a medium mixing bowl. Whisk to combine and pour over bread mixture. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight or at least 3 hours.
  4. When ready, remove dish from oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake dish for 45-55 minutes, until set. Before serving, top with cilantro and cherry tomatoes. Cut into squares.

Makes 12 Servings

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

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Desserts

This Sweet N’ Creamy Lemon Pie makes the perfect dessert for Pi Day and Spring!
Sweet N' Creamy Lemon Pie

Lemon desserts are hands down some of our favorite desserts to enjoy as a family.  I’ll never forget seeing my boys face when they came home from school and saw this vibrant pie sitting on the kitchen counter.  We all grabbed a fork and cut some slices to enjoy together.  There’s nothing more I love than baking for my family.  I just know they’ll love these fun memories in the kitchen we have and share it with their children someday.  I always make it a point to bake a little extra and it always results in cherishing these priceless memories.

Sweet N' Creamy Lemon Pie

It’s always a pleasure partnering with Karo® Syrup to bring you dessert recipes great for any occasion.  I was inspired by Karo’s Lemon Dream Pie recipe and added my own spin on it.

The texture Karo® Syrup brings to your baking is like no other. You’ll always find it stocked in my pantry for all of my baking needs throughout the year and you’ll find that it is a key ingredient to have around whenever you’re baking. Again, I love surprising my family with delicious desserts to see the smiles on their faces.  I think I might bake this up again for Pi Day because they just loved it so much!  I encourage you to bake up this sweet surprise for friends and family with Pi Day right around the corner.  I definitely will be baking  a little extra to show my loved ones I am thinking about them!

Sweet N' Creamy Lemon Pie

To start the lemon filling add granulated sugar to a medium mixing bowl.

Sweet N' Creamy Lemon Pie

Add your eggs.

Sweet N' Creamy Lemon Pie

Your Karo® Syrup.

Sweet N' Creamy Lemon Pie

Lemon juice.

Sweet N' Creamy Lemon Pie

The lemon zest really makes the flavor pop!

Sweet N' Creamy Lemon Pie

Pour your lemon layer into the bottom of an unbaked pie crust.

Sweet N' Creamy Lemon Pie

For the cream layer add sour cream and sugar to another medium mixing bowl.

Sweet N' Creamy Lemon Pie

Add an egg and mix until combined.

Sweet N' Creamy Lemon Pie

Pour the cream layer over the lemon layer and sprinkle with granulated sugar.

Sweet N' Creamy Lemon Pie

We’re ready for the oven!

Sweet N' Creamy Lemon Pie

Bake until filling is set and crust is golden.

Sweet N' Creamy Lemon Pie

Let cool completely, slice and serve with homemade whipped cream.  Enjoy!

Sweet N' Creamy Lemon Pie

Sweet N’ Creamy Lemon Pie

Prep time: 20 min | Cook time: 50-55 min | Total time: 1 hour 15 min

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 3 large eggs, divided
  • 3/4 cup Karo® Light Corn Syrup
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon Argo® Corn Starch
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 (9-inch) unbaked pie crust
  • 1 cup whipped cream

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, beat 1/4 cup sugar, 2 eggs, corn syrup, lemon juice, butter, corn starch and lemon zest until well blended. Pour into unbaked pie crust.
  2. In same bowl, whisk sour cream, 1/4 cup sugar and 1 egg, until smooth. Pour over top of lemon layer and sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup sugar evenly over filling.
  3. Bake 50 to 55 minutes or until filling is puffed and set. Cool on wire rack. To serve, top with whipped cream.

Makes 8 Servings
Recipe inspired from Karo’s Lemon Dream Pie

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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Breakfast and Brunch

My Mexican Breakfast Frittata is the perfect way to start your day!

Mexican Breakfast Frittata

There’s no better way to start your day than with this zesty Mexican style breakfast frittata.  Packed with delicious southwest vegetables and seasoned with Old El Paso Taco Seasoning, you are in for a treat!  With everything prepared in just one skillet, clean up is a breeze as well.  This frittata makes great leftovers and tastes great with your favorite hot sauce drizzled on top.

Mexican Breakfast Frittata

It’s always a pleasure partnering with Old El Paso to bring you new family favorite Mexican dishes.  We love making breakfast and brunch type recipes so this frittata was so much fun to put together.  I used some of my favorite Old El Paso products, their Taco Seasoning Mix and Chopped Green Chilies that brought great flavor to this breakfast recipe.

Mexican Breakfast Frittata

You’ll just need some simple ingredients to put this recipe together.  Quick and easy.

Mexican Breakfast Frittata

Place your eggs in a large mixing bowl and add the chopped green chilies.

Mexican Breakfast Frittata

Season with one teaspoon of Old El Paso Taco Seasoning.

Mexican Breakfast Frittata

Whisk to combine.

Mexican Breakfast Frittata

Saute your bell peppers in a hot skillet.

Mexican Breakfast Frittata

Add the white onions.  Saute until softened, about 5 minutes.

Mexican Breakfast Frittata

Carefully pour in your egg mixture.

Mexican Breakfast Frittata

Let cook for a few minutes like this to start setting up.

Mexican Breakfast Frittata

Start pulling in slightly cooked egg edges to center.

Mexican Breakfast Frittata

When partially set, top evenly with shredded cheddar cheese.

Mexican Breakfast Frittata

Top with some chopped fresh parsley.

Mexican Breakfast Frittata

Bake under oven’s broiler just until centers are set.  Be sure to watch carefully.

Sprinkle tops with a light dusting of additional taco seasoning.

Mexican Breakfast Frittata

Cut into wedges and serve!  Enjoy.

Mexican Breakfast Frittata

Mexican Breakfast Frittata

Mexican Breakfast FrittataPrep time: 10 min | Cook time: 10 min | Total time: 20 min

Ingredients

  • 8 large eggs
  • 4 ounces Old El Paso Chopped Green Chilies
  • 1 teaspoon Old El Paso Original Taco Seasoning
  • 1/4 cup chopped bell pepper (yellow, orange, red)
  • 1/4 cup chopped white onion
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Directions

  1. Place eggs into a large mixing bowl and add chopped green chilies and taco seasoning. Whisk to combine.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and saute bell peppers and onion until slightly softened. Reduce heat slightly and cook eggs until about 1/2 cooked through, pulling in sided towards center. Top with cheese and parsley. Bake under oven’s broiler for 3-6 minutes, until centers are set.
  3. Remove and let cool for 10 minutes. Cut into wedges and serve warm./li>

Makes 4 Servings

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Travel

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.

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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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Valentine's Day Chocolate Bark


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