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Join Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que As They Team Up With Autism Speaks

In honor of April being designated as “World Autism Month”, family-owned, award-winning barbeque destination Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que is teaming up with Autism Speaks to help increase understanding and acceptance of autism this month.

Did you know that an estimated 1 in 68 children is on the autism spectrum? People with autism spectrum disorder may have challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech or nonverbal communication, but they also may have unique strengths. I think we all have people near and dear to our own hearts who are affected by autism.lucilles-supports-autism-awareness-monthDuring April, Lucille’s will donate Round It Up America contributions to Autism Speaks.  This great in which Guests dining at 22 participating Lucille’s locations throughout Arizona, California, and Nevada, are provided with the option to “round up” their purchases to the nearest dollar, which are then donated to Autism Speaks.lucilles-teams-upTeam members at Lucille’s restaurants will wear buttons and blue beads, the color of Autism Speaks, to show their support. Tabletop signage will share information about autism and Autism Speaks.lucilles-blueberry-basilDuring the month of April, Lucille’s will also be serving up a ‘Blueberry and Basil Margarita,’ a blue drink inspired by the color of Autism speaks, that combines El Jimador Reposado Tequila, fresh basil, vibrant blueberries and is then hand-shaken with agave nectar and fresh lime juice. For each drink sold, Lucille’s will donate an additional $1 towards their final donation to Autism Speaks.lucilles-onionsLast year, Lucille’s two Las Vegas restaurants raised about $2,000 for Autism Speaks. This year, Lucille’s hopes to raise more than $30,000 to help the nonprofit organization support research into the causes and better interventions for autism. Lucille’s is thrilled to work with Lucille’s on a larger scale this April. This fundraising campaign helps to ensure that children and adults with autism have access to reliable information and services throughout their lives.lucilles-burnt-endsIf you’d like to join in on the efforts to raise money for this great cause, you can do soo by heading over to your local Lucille’s location. It’s easy to give back while enjoying a meal with your family. Remember to do so before the month of April ends!

About Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. We empower people with autism and their families with resources, online tools and information covering the life span. To find resources, join a fundraising walk or make a donation, go to http://www.AutismSpeaks.org.

This is not a sponsored post. Some images are property of Lucille’s. All opinions are 100% my own. 

 

Red Rose Taverne Now Open at Disneyland With a Beauty & the Beast-Inspired Menu

Exciting news! Red Rose Taverne, a Beauty & the Beast-inspired eatery is now open at Disneyland! Located in Fantasyland, inside the space that’s normally Village Haus, this quick-service restaurant offers a variety of delicious dishes that make you feel like you’re a guest in Beauty & the Beast.gaston-wall-decorAs you enter the restaurant, you’ll find subtle,decorative changes inside that vibe with the movie’s theme. I was there before it was fully finished so I only saw a few of the touches. (I can’t wait to visit again now that it’s all done.)mrs-pottsOn my visit, I didn’t have the chance to eat a full meal, although I did try the desserts. (see below)  I cannot wait to go back and sample some of these other menu offerings:

The Beast’s BurgerA 1/3 pound Angus beef patty, slow-cooked beef, Gruyere cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato and horseradish aioli on a toasted roll.
Class Angus 1/3 lb CheeseburgerAn Angus beef patty with cheese, lettuce, tomato and signature sauce on a toasted roll.
Enchanted Cauli-Flower SandwichA grilled cauliflower steak, spicy lime aioli, tempura-battered green beans, lettuce and tomato on a toasted roll.
Slow-Cooked Beef Poutine Slow-cooked beef and gravy over seasoned waffle-cut fries, pickled onions and cheese curds.
Chicken Sandwich à la LumièreGrilled chicken breast, apple slaw, onion-bacon jam and fried cherry peppers on a toasted roll.
Chef’s Chopped SaladCabbage, Romaine and iceberg lettuce, smoked bacon, apple, hard-cooked eggs, blue cheese crumbles, garlic croutons and apple vinaigrette.
Poutine FlatbreadTopped with slow-cooked beef, pomme frites, roasted garlic aioli, cheese curds, gravy and herb oil.
Garden Mozzarella FlatbreadTopped with marinated tomatoes, fresh Mozzarella, basil and tomato sauce.
Pulled Pork FlatbreadTopped with pulled pork, roasted corn, sweet and spicy barbecue sauce, pickled onions and cilantro

Red Rose Taverne also offers Kids’ Meals, referred to as “Chip’s Dishes”, and a Toddler Meal.

In addition to regular beverages, you can also order Gaston’s Famous Brew at Red Rose Taverne, which is an apple-mango punch topped with passion fruit foam. Guests have the option to order it in a souvenir mug for an additional $8.00. keepsake-mug-red-rose-taverneNow let’s talk about the desserts because that seems to be the most important part. I promise that you’ll want to stop by and enjoy one of each for yourself on your next visit to the Park!

I started off by trying some of “the Grey Stuff” They named it Grey Stuff Gateau. It’s a white chocolate mousse and red velvet cake with a sweet raspberry center and was delicious! the-grey-stuffNext, I tried the Lemon Rose Cake, which is a lemon mousse cake with strawberry-rose filling. This one was bright, colorful and oh-so-tasty.lemon-rose-cakeI also took home one of the Mrs. Potts Krispy treats so I could enjoy it the next day.mrs-potts-krispy-treatI’m really excited about everything going on right now at Disneyland Resort surrounding the upcoming release of Disney’s “Beauty & the Beast” in theaters on March 17th! Did you know that you can catch a special 8-minute sneak peek of the film right now in Disney’s California Adventure Park through March 26th?new-beauty-and-the-beast-posterStop by the Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land to get an advance look of a scene from the movie, presented in 3D with special in-theater effects, presented continuously throughout the day. While you’re there, be sure to check out the special lobby display featuring a few costumes and props used in the production, too!

This is not a sponsored post. Artwork property of Disney. All opinions are 100% my own. 

 

 

The Pizza Press Now Open in Rancho Santa Margarita

The latest location of The Pizza Press recently opened in Rancho Santa Margarita and as soon as I saw the sign, I was excited to try it. I’d heard great things about this eatery, as they’d already opened 8 other locations in Southern California and have several more on the way.pizza-press-menuThe Pizza Press offers a variety of delicious new creations and old classics. Guests also have the choice to create their very own pizza, which is prepared right in front of you, using the day’s freshest ingredients! The Pizza Press is revolutionizing America’s favorite food.the chance to “publish” their pizza to their liking.pizza-press-sauce-and-cheeseGuests at The Pizza Press get to start building their custom pizza with “a blank slate”, a.k.a. their dough. They then get to select their choice of sauce, then cheese, and finally the toppings from the day’s freshest ingredients. pizza-press-ingredientsOnce this is all done, their pizza is “published” as it goes into the 475 degree pizza oven for about 4 minutes. What comes out is a delicious pie!pizza-press-pizzaThe Pizza Press also offers fresh salads. You can start with greens and add your choice of toppings to customize your salad. Caesar and Bow Tie Pasta salads available.pizza-press-saladWe opted to add some Garlic Cheesy Bread to our meal which is made with extra virgin olive oil, minced garlic, mozzarella, aged parmesan, Italian herbs and comes with a side of red sauce. Yum!pizza-press-garlic-cheesy-breadThe theme and decor inside The Pizza Press is modern twist on the Roaring Twenties, complete with quirky newspapers from yesteryear. It’s such a fun atmosphere and the food is outstanding. You’ll want to visit Pizza Press soon so you can “publish” your own meal!pizza-press-to-goTo learn more about The Pizza Press and see their full menu, go here.

We were invited to a media tasting in order to write this review. All opinions are 100% my own. 

 

You’re Invited to the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival 3/10-4/16

The Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival will jumpstart Spring with hundreds of culinary experiences and delicious flavors from across the Golden State beginning March 10. (through April 16) . Guests will want to visit on multiple days to take advantage of all the tantalizing food and beverage offerings during the Festival, which runs March 10- April 16, 2017, at Disney California Adventure Park.food-wine-burgerWith celebrity chefs, winemaker dinners, beer tasting seminars and irresistible cuisine, this year’s Food & Wine Festival is going to be better than ever, with experiences for guests of all ages!  There’ll be more than a dozen marketplaces open every day for guests to enjoy, as well as an entire menu of daily culinary demonstrations and tastings, including beer, wine and spirits seminars (for those 21 of years and older.)

The festival will feature music everywhere, delicious food, and fun crafts created specifically with younger guests in mind. The Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival will have experiences for the entire family to enjoy. More than a dozen Festival Marketplaces will offer delectable fare, an ideal complement to the Festival-inspired menus at the theme park’s restaurants and eateries.Food-Wine-DessertDozens of food and beverage professionals will share their expertise during the Festival. Each day during the festival, guests will be invited to learn cooking techniques from master chefs, participate in wine,beer and spirit seminars, and discover some of the best California cuisine in dishes served throughout Disney California Adventure. Celebrity chefs scheduled to appear during the Festival include:

  • Guy Fieri
  • Robert Irvine
  • Cat Cora
  • Duff Goldman
  • Emily Ellyn
  • Keegan Gerhardchef-demo

In addition to culinary demonstrations and seminars, guests will enjoy an exciting musical program with eclectic bands that add an authentic “California vibe” to the Festival. Children ages 3 to 11 may join in the fun with the popular, complimentary Junior Chef experience (led by Chef Goofy (available on a first-come, first-seated basis), and the Jammin’ Chefs, who serve up tasty rhythms with pots and pans that really get cooking with the help of sous chefs Chip ‘n Dale. beer-spirits-seminarsMany of the Festival events are included with admission to Disney California Adventure. Guests who want to add the Signature Events may purchase separate tickets at an additional fee for the following events:

  • “In the Kitchen with …”Each Celebrity Chef will lead a 60-minute culinary
    demonstration and Q&A followed by an autograph session. The experience includes a tasting of some of the prepared dishes. (offered on Saturdays from 6 to 7 p.m.)
  • Sweet SundaysA 90-minute culinary demonstration focuses on the sweet side of the culinary arts. Following a light breakfast and a sparkling toast, the Guest Chef for that day will demonstrate up to three recipes. Guests will enjoy samples from the chefs. (offered on select Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to noon.) 
  • Winemaker Dinners and Brewmaster DinnersA four-course dinner features wines and winemakers or beers and brewmasters. Wine or beer selections will be paired with courses created by the Disney Executive Chef Team and each winemaker or brewmaster will speak on the libation and the pairing. (offered on Thursdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m.) brewmaster-beer-dinners

Additional ticketed programs include:

  • Culinary Demonstrations (presented daily throughout the Festival) – Guests will enjoy 30-minute culinary demonstrations presented by local, visiting and Disney chefs. Each demo will focus on a single recipe, ingredient or cooking style. Guests will receive a tasting sample of the dish prepared.
  • Wine, Beer or Spirits Education and Tasting Seminars (presented daily throughout the Festival) – Beverage seminars presented by industry experts will enlighten guests who want to learn more about their favorite spirits. Each 30- to 45-minute seminar will focus on a specific beverage type, region or label, and guests will enjoy tasting samples of some of the beverages discussed.Food-and-Wine-plate

Beginning March 10 through April 1, guests may make reservations for Signature and other ticketed events by visiting Disneyland.com/foodandwine. Reservations for events later in the month of April can be made beginning 60 days prior to the date of the individual event.

For more information about the Disney California Adventure the Disney California Food & Wine Festival, visit http://www.Disneyland.com.

Please note: Separate admission to Disney California Adventure Park is required and is not included with the cost of signature events. Space is limited for all ticketed events; advance reservations are recommended. Full payment may be due at time of booking, and cancellation fees may apply. No refunds, credit or date or time changes. Guests must be 21 years of age or over to consume alcohol; valid photo ID required. Events and demonstrations are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

This is not a sponsored post. Some images are property of Disney. All opinions are 100% my own. 

 

Celebrate International Frozen Yogurt Day on 2/6 With Free Froyo at Yogurtland

Calling all froyo lovers! Come join the global celebration of International Frozen Yogurt Day at Yogurtland on Monday, February 6, 2017! Yogurtland lovers are invited to visit their favorite location and enjoy free frozen yogurt and toppings, in limited time only cup, from 4pm – 7pm at all participating locations in the United States, Australia, Dubai, Singapore, Thailand, and Venezuela. froyoEach guest will also receive a limited edition Hershey’s® collectible spoon for joining Yogurtland in its tasty mission to celebrate peace, love and frozen yogurt.yogurtland-chocolate To help sweeten a delicious day, Yogurtland will feature a new Peanut Butter Cup frozen yogurt flavor made with Reese’s® and Hershey’s® ingredients, and the popular Chocolate Milkshake made with Hershey® flavor, also made with real, creamy California Milk. These two chocolatey flavors will continue to be served at Yogurtland locations throughout the month of February.

Be sure to stop by one of Yogurtland’s 320 locations across the U.S., Australia, Dubai, Singapore, Thailand and Venezuela on International Frozen Yogurt Day for your own cup of FREE Froyo! For more information, visit http://www.yogurt-land.com.

This is not a sponsored post. Some images and logo are property of Yogurtland. All opinions are 100% my own. 

 

Islands Holiday Gift Card Offer: Perfect for the Last Minute

Calling all last minute gift buyers….if you’re still looking for holiday gift ideas that you can just grab and go, Islands has a great holiday gift card offer going on right now! islands-gift-card-offerFor every $25 you purchase in gift cards, you’ll receive a $5 Bonus card for you to use during the month of January. It’s a win-win situation and everyone loves Islands! My favorite part of giving a gift card, aside from the fact that they don’t require wrapping, is that they don’t have a date on them so no one will ever know that you waited until the last minute to buy it!islands-locations For more info about Islands gift cards, stop by the location nearest you to grab one in person or send an e-gift card by visiting here.sunday-happy-hourAlso going on right now at Islands, through the end of NFL season, is “NFL Happy Hour” happening each week!islands-happy-hour-mai-tai With a full bar of delicious, refreshing libations and a scrumptious menu featuring the most mouth watering appetizers, the bar at Islands is the place to be these days during NFL games. They have special pricing on drinks and appetizers and there are big screens all around to catch the game from every angle! islands-buffalo-wingsIslands “NFL Happy Hour: is available only in the bar area on NFL game days, Mondays and Thursdays from 4pm-Close and all day Sunday. During Islands NFL Happy Hour, look for bartender-call-it drink specials and trivia games at each location with chances to win gift cards and Islands swag! islands-artichoke-dipSo, do you have anyone left to buy for this holiday? Spread the Mahalo spirit and take advantage of Islands great gift card offer this season!

 

Holiday Peppermint Bark Recipe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ad #MakeHeartburnHistory #CollectiveBias

The holidays are the best! I love everything about this time of year! The decorations, the shopping for gifts, the festive music, and all of the opportunities to celebrate with family. Our family celebrations always revolve around food. That’s normal, right?holiday-peppermint-bark-for-santaSpending time in the kitchen with my daughter and getting to cook and bake with her this time of year is so special and one of the activities we love doing together most. What I don’t love about this time of year is my “holiday heartburn”! It literally tries to ruin my time! Heartburn is the worst!holiday-bonding-timeI didn’t always suffer from heartburn but now whenever it flares up, I’m extra sensitive to many of my favorite foods and have to miss out. Well,  I am NOT going to let heartburn ruin my holidays this year!Thank goodness I discovered Nexium® 24HR Capsules 42ct at Walgreens near the antacids! It’s just one pill a day and it gives me all-day and all-night protection. nexium-at-walgreensIt’s such a great way to treat frequent heartburn and gives me the confidence and comfort to enjoy all of the festive holiday foods, especially my most favorite: peppermint. I could eat peppermint everything! I think peppermint should be its own food group! I even stock up on peppermint goodies this time of year so I have enough to last me once winter is long gone.holiday-peppermint-bark-mmmOne of the recipes I always make during the holidays is Holiday Peppermint Bark. It’s so simple to make and I get asked for the recipe quite frequently by other family members. The recipe only has a few ingredients and doesn’t take very much time to prepare. all-things-peppermintHoliday Peppermint Bark is also perfect for gift giving. Who doesn’t love to receive homemade goods at the holidays? It’s also something special you can leave out for Santa when he visits your home on Christmas Eve. This year I’m going to leave out some Holiday Peppermint Bark for Santa, along with some Nexium® 24HR. I know he’ll appreciate this too! for-santa

holiday-peppermint-bark-recipeIngredients:

  • 24 oz. White Chocolate Baking Chips (usually 2 bags)
  • 24 oz. Dark Chocolate Baking Chips (usually 2 bags)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Peppermint Extract
  • 12 large or 24 small candy canes, crushed
  • Vegetable oil

Preparation:

  1. Remove wrappers from candy canes, place in a sealable sandwich bag, and crush up to your liking. (Some people prefer to use a food processor but I like my pieces larger.) Set aside.
  2. Line a baking sheet or pan with parchment or wax paper.
  3. Place Dark Chocolate Baking Chips in a microwave safe bowl to melt them in.  Heat for 1 minute, remove, and stir. Put back in for 30 seconds, remove and stir again. At this point, you should add in a little bit of vegetable oil, which will help it stir easier. If it’s still not completely smooth, try microwaving it for about 10 more seconds. *Do not overheat the chocolate.
  4. Pour melted dark chocolate into pan and level it out.
  5. Stick into the refrigerator for 20-25 minutes to firm up. Remove from refrigerator and set aside.
  6. Repeat same steps for microwaving but with the white chocolate baking chips now. Once it’s melted and you can stir it easily, add the peppermint extract.
  7. Pour melted white chocolate into pan, on top of dark chocolate layer, and level with a spatula.
  8. Immediately sprinkle the crushed candy canes on top to your liking.
  9. Place back into the fridge.
  10. Remove and allow to get to room temperature before cracking the bark to serve or package up for gifts.holiday-peppermint-bark-cut

*May take 1 to 4 days for full effect. Use as directed

Thanksgiving Cornucopia Salad Recipe

This is a sponsored post written by me for Evite. All opinions are 100%  my own. #PasstheGiving

 

To celebrate Thanksgiving this year, I teamed up with Evite® and 7 other influencers to compile a special #Passthegiving Holiday Planning guide to help inspire fun, new twists on old traditions. Check out our Table of Traditions here to refresh your holiday celebrations. You can also download the holiday planning guide which has lots of creative ideas you can use for your own celebration! How amazing did our “Friendsgiving” table turn out? (Keep reading to find out which contribution in the photo was MINE!)evite-tableI’m always excited for the arrival of Fall because it means the holidays are on their way. Once Halloween is over, we can fast forward to Thanksgiving. It’s one of my favorite times of the year to gather with family and friends, enjoy great food, and enjoy each other’s company.memories-of-my-childhood-thanksgivingsWhen I think back about the Thanksgivings of my childhood, I remember my grandmother preparing the entire meal and our families all coming together to spend a day together. I don’t know how she pulled it all off all at once and served it hot! (My grandmother had this thing about her food being hot.) I’ve attempted to cook an entire Thanksgiving meal a couple of times and found it rather challenging.whats-your-favorite-way-to-celebrate-the-dayMy most favorite way to gather together and celebrate is by asking each family member or friend in attendance, to bring something table to share. Traditionally, our mothers taught us never to show up empty handed to someone else’s home, but that meant you should bring a plant, some flowers, or even a bottle of wine. I request each guest to prepare a dish to share that’s special to them. I like to use an Evite to keep track of who is coming and what they’re bringing. Have you seen their adorable collection of Thanksgiving invitations? It’s such a quick, easy way to send out invites with no postage required.  For the past few years, it’s been a real success and I love the variety of recipes that end up on our table.evite-friendsgiving

My grandmother used to make a salad to include as part of our Thanksgiving meal. Although her salad was a childhood favorite of mine, it was basically iceberg lettuce with carrots, tomatoes, and croutons and was topped with Thousand Island dressing. I don’t know many people who would choose to eat that nowadays. Does Thousand Island dressing even exist anymore?a-new-twist-on-an-old-traditionI do love to include a salad in our own Thanksgiving meal but my “go-to” salad is the “Cornucopia Salad“. It’s kind of a like a new twist on an old tradition. My salad combines baby lettuce, green apples, dried cranberries, mandarin oranges, feta cheese crumbles, and candied almonds and the combination of the flavors is so delicious. I toss it in a light olive oil-based dressing.bountiful-harvest-salad-add-insCornucopia Salad is something I prepare several times a year because it just pairs really well with pretty much everything. It’s nice to have something that’s so simple to throw together. yet always seems to be a favorite among all of your guests. I’ve even prepared it for the days after Thanksgiving and thrown leftover turkey into it.cornucopia-salad-finished

cornucopia-saladIngredients for salad 

  • 6 cups lettuce of your choice, washed. Tip: Used bagged lettuce to save time. 
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, chopped
  • 1 11 ounce can mandarin oranges, drained (I use 2 cans.)
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds, sliced
  • 1/2 cup Feta cheese crumbles (blue cheese also works with this recipe)
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • the juice from 1 lemoningredients for the candied almonds #EasyAsPotPie #ad

Ingredients for dressing

  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

instructionsCandied Almond Preparation
Preparing the almonds is something that can be done ahead of time, like the day before. It is a little bit time consuming but well worth it because the candied almonds add such an amazing flavor to your salad. You’ll find it very “necessary” to sample a bunch of the candied almonds after they’ve cooled down.ingredients for the candied almonds #EasyAsPotPie #ad

  • In a large saucepan, combine the sugar and almonds and put over medium heat.
  • Continue to stir the mixture every couple of minutes until the sugar starts to melt.
  • Once this happens, continue stirring evenly to sugar coat all of the almonds evenly and then transfer from the pan to some foil, allowing the almonds to cool down and solidify a little bit.

Dressing Preparation
The dressing can also be made ahead of time, but no more than the night before.

  • Whisk together salt, pepper, sugar, and olive oil in a small bowl.
  • Finely chop up parsley and add to the mixture.
  • Set dressing aside and shake well before tossing onto Cornucopia Salad.bountiful-harvest-salad-dressing

Salad Preparation

  • Add lettuce to salad bowl.
  • Cut and core apple and either cut into large apple slices or dice it up. Next, add to salad bowl. If you don’t plan on serving right away, squeeze lemon juice onto apple to prevent browning.
  • Drain mandarin oranges and add to salad.
  • Add dried cranberries, feta cheese crumbles, and candied almonds to the bowl and mix everything together.
  • Set salad aside until you’re ready to toss with dressing and serve.

cornucopia-side-viewDo you have any special dishes that you like to prepare each year for Thanksgiving? This salad is one of the recipes I prepare that my friends and family are constantly asking for more of. Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving!

 

Trolls-Inspired Flavors Have Arrived at Yogurtland + Gift Card Giveaway

Calling all Yogurtland fans! Have you heard about the Yogurtland’s irresistible new Trolls- inspired flavors?  The flavors will have you singing, dancing, and smiling while you’re them! Each of the creamy flavors was inspired by the colorful characters of the new DreamWorks Animation film Trolls, which arrives in theaters November 4th. Your tastebuds will dance to each of the 10 colorful flavors are available October 20th – December 21st and you won’t want to miss out on any of these fun flavors!princess-poppy-yogurtland

  • Poppy’s White Chocolate Raspberry
  • Cooper’s Caramel Apple
  • King Peppy’s Chocolate Covered Pretzel
  • Branch’s Peanut Butter Caramel
  • Guy Diamond’s White Chocolate Peppermint
  • Creek’s Butterscotch Pudding Gelato
  • Smidge’s Cinnamon Donut Holes
  • Biggie’s Frosted Cookie
  • Satin and Chenille’s Blueberry Mangosteen Tart
  • DJ Suki’s Cranberry Raspberry Tart

To complement the flavors, Yogurtland is introducing Milk Chocolate Mini Twist Pretzels as a new topping. These twists perfectly combine sweet and savory in each crunchy bite! Mmm!princess-poppy-2Also, for a limited-time only, Yogurtland has two new collectible spoons inspired by the Trolls main characters Poppy and Branch so guests can bring home the fun from Trolls and the tasty flavor from Yogurtland. These collectible spoons are only available while supplies last so hurry in to get yours!trolls-spoonsSo, are you headed to Yogurtland right now? I would be! You can also enter my giveaway for a $20 Yogurtland giftcard. Just go to the Rafflecopter below! Good luck everyone!
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Connect with Yogurtland on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.trolls-posterAbout Trolls Movie
From the creators of Shrek comes DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls, a smart, funny and irreverent comedy about the search for happiness, and just how far some will go to get it. This hilarious film transports audiences to a colorful, wondrous world populated by the overly optimistic Trolls, who have a constant dance in their step and a song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomachs.

This is not a sponsored post. I was invited as a guest of Yogurtland to try out these amazing new flavors and share about my experience. All opinions are 100% my own. 

 

Islands Restaurant Now Open at The Shops at Mission Viejo + Giftcard Giveaway

Our family loves to dine at Islands Restaurant and when we heard a new location was now open at The Shops at Mission Viejo, we were excited because it’s literally a hop, skip, and a jump away from where we live! islands-at-the-shops-at-mission-viejo-now-openThe newly opened location is beautiful and is the 11th location in Orange County! In addition to indoor seating and a full 600 square foot bar area, the location also features an outdoor, open air, wrap-around patio for outdoor dining. Amongst the surf-inspired décor, you have a grand view of the 14 huge wall-mounted TVs, from wherever you are seated and will feel like you’re on the beaches of Hawaii as surf videos play on some of the screens. Sports fans won’t miss a play during their favorite games as they dine, with some of the other screens showing “the game” when it’s on.islands-mai-tai-1Islands offers an extensive menu with a full bar so I decided to have a fun drink to start off with. I ordered The Islands Mai Tai. Made with a marriage of two exotic rums, tropical fruit & essence of the islands, this is literally “Paradise in a Glass”! Have you checked out Islands NFL Happy Hour yet? Right now, football fans can enjoy extended happy hour from 4 p.m. to close in the bar area, and all day happy hour on Sundays. All items on the happy hour menu are under $10, including think loaded nachos, sliders, wings, featured IPAs and mai tais. Islands Restaurants will be playing NFL Redzone and NFL Sunday Ticket.

Our favorite appetizer to start with at Islands is the Spinach and Artichoke Dip. Served with fresh chips, this dip is made with chopped spinach & artichoke hearts mixed with sautéed onion & garlic in a creamy alfredo sauce and is delivered to your table piping hot and is enough for your entire family.islands-restaurant-spinach-and-artichoke-dipKids dining at Islands have quite a few choices on the “Gremmie” menu. I appreciate that they can choose from applesauce, carrots and ranch, carrots, or fries. Kids like to be able to make choices on what they’re going to eat.islands-kids-menuI tend to be a creature of habit when I visit and usually end up ordering the Chicken Club Wrap which has grilled & chilled sliced chicken breast, Applewood smoked bacon, avocado, cheddar, jack, lettuce, tomato, ranch dressing & bbq sauce and is served in a flour tortilla. It’s so delicious that it’s difficult for me to want to order anything else. Mmm, BBQ sauce! I didn’t realize they had sweet potato fries on the menu so I had to try them and they were yummy!islands-restaurants-bbq-kitchen-wrapBacon lovers dining at Islands will be happy to know Islands includes a BLT on the menu called “The Wedge“. It’s made with Applewood Bacon, cheddar, jack, lettuce, tomato & mayo, served on an Islands white or whole wheat bun. It’s also served with Fresh Cut Island Fries. Yum!islands-restaurant-the-wedge-bltAlthough we were pretty full at this point, there’s no denying dessert at Islands. It’s hard to choose between Kona Pie and the Fudge Brownie, so we splurged and ordered one of each. islands-restaurants-kona-pieIslands’ Kona Pie is made with Mocha Almond Fudge, ice cream & cookie crust topped with chocolate fudge, whipped cream, roasted nuts, and a cherry. Their Fudge Brownie is made with a rich fudge brownie served warm and topped with vanilla ice cream. islands-restaurant-fudge-brownieThey’re both perfect for sharing. Have you had either? Oh goodness, they’re both delicious and I had to stop myself from finishing them all by mysefl!Giveaway-time

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This is not a sponsored post. We were invited to dine at Islands Restaurants in order to facilitate this post. All opinions are 100% my own.

 

 

 

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