Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Love Chocolate? Don't miss this event in Anaheim this weekend!

Who doesn't love chocolate, right? 

Well if you love chocolate as much as I do ... Downtown Anaheim is the place to be this weekend (the Center Street Promenade in Downtown Anaheim to be exact) for Chocolate -The Event.  There is a dizzying list of celebrity chefs who will compete in a chocolate cook-off, an irresistible chocolate fashion show, fun chocolate inspired giveaways and more including a special showing of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the (ultra cool) Ultra Luxe Theater at the Garden Walk.  This is definitely set to be a not to be missed event this weekend!

The entire event also compliments the MUZEO's Chocolate Exhibition running now through September 10th.  For more information about the MUZEO Chocolate exhibition you can go here

For a calendar of events including ticket purchase for the separate events you can go here.


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Dinosaur Train is making a stop in the OC

Looking for a fun adventure this Sunday (July 31st)?  Dinosaur Train will be making a stop at the Pretend City Museum in Irvine from 10am - 3pm.  Buddy the Dinosaur will be there to take pictures with the kids and the kids will also have a chance to see a special preview of the new Dinosaur Train movie "Dinosaur Big City" which is set to air the end of August on PBS.

Print out the about image for a 2 for 1 pass for free adult admission with the purchase of a child's ticket for the day. 

For more information about pretend city you can go here.


Friday, July 22, 2011

Perfect Pairings - Great ideas for backyard parties

My family is in love with chips.  I've learned to embrace it and use it to my advantage by combining their love (ok this might be a slight understatement...) of chips and healthy foods.  Putting together a fantastic and nutritious dip can make snacking fun and guilt-free for the kids!  Oh... the things you can hide in dips... Spinach dips, hummus dips (we have to skip these in our house because I'm allergic to lentils) and other salsas are some of the yummy dips we love at our house.

Recently, some of my favorite girlfriends and I got together with all our kids to share some super yummy recipes.  I made my famous bruschetta to be used as a salsa.  It's loaded with fresh tomatoes, garlic and basil so it is super healthy (and very addicting!).  No kidding, I make this once a week in our house and the entire family devours it!  It's very easy to make and my best advice to you is the quality of the tomatoes make or break the recipe (fresh crushed garlic and fresh chopped basil are also a must).
●Vine ripened cherry tomatoes (approximately 1.5 quarts when quartered); the quality of the tomatoes makes or breaks this recipe.
●Handful of washed/rough chopped fresh Basil
●Several fresh crushed cloves of Garlic (amount depending on your taste)
●Handful of shredded Mozzarella
●Olive Oil (approx. 2 tablespoons)
●Balsamic Vinegar (approx. 1 tablespoon)
●Cayenne Pepper
●Tostitos chips (Hint of Lime or Jalapeno Tostitos chips are also fantastic!)
Wash and slice the tomatoes in quarters (depending on the size of the tomato), add the rough chopped basil, crushed garlic, shredded mozzarella (use the apple wood smoked mozzarella from Trader Joe's for a fantastic flavor addition), olive oil, balsamic. Add Cayenne and salt to taste. Mix.

Some of the other fantastic dips were...

RockinMama's Mango Dip

Amy Anderson's Spicy Black Bean Dip

Thoughts of a Mommy Full Press Fundido

DayTrippingMom's Pico de Gallo

L.A. Story's Spinach Artichoke Dip

You can find other perfect pairings recipes here.

What are your favorite healthy perfect pairings for chips?

* Note: This is part of a compensated campaign through The Motherhood and Frito-Lay.


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

And the OC Fair Aeromyth Ticket Winner is...

Just making it an annual outing for my family. Seeing how my son hss grown and what he likes about the fair each year.

Teri Martinez

July 19, 2011 10:24 AM
Emailing you right now!  Congrats!


Monday, July 18, 2011

HURRY! Rapid 24 hour giveaway for Tickets to the OC Fair and Aeromyth!

Some of my most treasured memories of the Summers growing up as a kid are from going to the county fair!

The Orange County Fair is here again!  It's full of the favorite foods you love, fantastic music performances at "The Hangar".

This year there is everything from We Care Wednesdays (a food drive on July 20th, Children's Book Drive on July 27th, Clothing Drive on August 3rd and School Supply Drive on August 10th), Kid's Day (everything Thursday kids have free admission), Let's Eat for $2 (Taste of Fair Foods noon -4pm every Friday) and Rise & Shine $2 general admission from 10 am - 11 am. 

The fair runs now through August 14th at the Orange County Fair Grounds (Wednesdays to Sundays).  For more information you can go here.

I have 4 tickets to giveaway to the performance of Aeromyth at the Hangar on Wednesday!  Hurry because this giveaway will only be open until 8pm Tuesday.  Please be sure I have a way to reach you so that we can make arrangements to get the tickets to you.  The tickets also include free admission to the park in addition to the performance at 8:30pm.

Now here's how to enter... let me know what you favorite memory is of the county fair (can be recent or of a county fair you went to as a child).


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

And the winner is...

And the winner of the Cars 2 gift pack is (I'm emailing you right now!)

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Lightning McQueen, Mater, Sally, Flo, Ramone
June 26, 2011 10:20 PM

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