Creamy Fruit Topped Pound Cake Recipe #SLSweetTreats @SaraLeeDesserts #Ad

*I'm required to disclose a relationship between our site and Sara Lee. This could include Sara Lee providing us w/content, product, access or other forms of payment.     When I think back to my childhood and the desserts that I would enjoy with my parents and my siblings, one of the treats that always comes to mind is Sara Lee All Butter Pound Cake.  I remember my father telling us that when our grandmother first came from Spain to the United States, this pound cake was one of the first things that she fell in love with from this new country.  She loved enjoying a hot cup of coffee with a delicious slice of what she referred to as "Heaven."     As we became teenagers, we enjoyed pairing our pound cake with a variety of toppings depending on what we were craving at that particular moment.  I can recall eating my Sara Lee All Butter Pound Cake topped with ice cream, cookie crumbs, whipped cream, and even slathered in peanut butter and jelly.  It seemed as if the possibilities were … [Read more...]

Make A Delicious Swiss Sausage Omelette On The Go! #JDCrumbles #Recipe #Ad

#spon: I’m required to disclose a relationship between our site and Jimmy Dean. This could include Jimmy Dean providing us w/content, product, access or other forms of payment.     Let's be honest, if you are a busy mom like I am, you don't have a lot of time to prepare breakfast in the morning.  Between getting the kids ready for school, feeding the dog and getting myself ready for work there just isn't a lot of time to cook a hot breakfast.     As a result, I am always looking for easy breakfast options to make sure that my family's day starts off with the proper nutrition.  One of our favorite meals for breakfast is an omelette because you can fill it with all of your favorite ingredients.  Thanks to Jimmy Dean Sausage Crumbles and some resourcefulness on my part, I think I have finally figured out how to make a delicious omelette for moms on-the-go! SWISS SAUSAGE OMELETTE Ingredients: Jimmy Dean fully cooked sausage crumbles 100% … [Read more...]

Tips For Planning A Dinner Out With The Family! @RedLobster #BestLobsterFest #Ad

*This is part of a sponsored campaign with Being Latino and Red Lobster.  However, all opinions expressed are my own.     One of my favorite things to do with my family is to go out to dinner.  Due to our busy schedules, we plan regular dinner dates to reconnect with one another and to enjoy each other's company.  My boys really like going out to eat and I also use the opportunity to reinforce good table manners as well as the proper way to behave when out in public.  We enjoy frequenting some of our favorite restaurants during these dinners and one of the restaurants at the top of our list is Red Lobster.     Having grown up in a fishing town in Spain, I know what good seafood tastes like and I like to enjoy it with my husband and my boys.  Now that Red Lobster's Lobsterfest event is back, we can enjoy some our favorite lobster selections from their new and classic dishes.     In addition to guest favorites like Lobster Lover’s Dream® and the Ultimate Feast®, there are three new … [Read more...]

Holiday Leftover Ideas! #HormelFamily #Ad

*I participated in a campaign on behalf of Hormel.  As a Hormel Family Blogger, I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.     This Christmas, my family all congregated at our home and everyone contributed one dish to the evening meal.  I can't even begin to tell you how happy I was that I didn't have to do all the cooking because it was all I could bear to have to get the house in order for so many guests.     The dish that I was most excited about was my father's Paella which is a traditional Spanish dish that we enjoy together every year as a family.  My sister's contribution to the dinner was homemade potato salad and my sister in law brought pernil or roast pork.  I made stuffing because it is my mother's favorite and reminds her of my grandmother since it was her recipe for years.     It was great to enjoy these delicious dishes with my loved ones but, after everyone left, I was inundated with a barrage of leftovers that I did not know what to do … [Read more...]

Eat Well And Smile Often With Udi’s! @UdisGlutenFree #Ad

*I participated in a campaign on behalf of Udi's. I received a promotional item to facilitate this review.  All opinions are 100% mine.       As many of you know, my family and I traveled to Chicago this past July to attend a blogging conference.  During our stay, I had the opportunity to connect with some wonderful brands and one of my favorites was Udi's Gluten Free.  They are the #1 gluten free brand in America and they create some delicious foods such as breads, buns, bagels, muffins, cookies and granolas.  Prior to this, I had no idea that gluten free foods could be so delicious!     Aside from tasting great and being gluten free, Udi's products are also all natural and made without any artificial flavors, colorings, preservatives or other synthetic additives.  For those of you who don't know, Gluten is a protein found in wheat that gives elasticity to dough, helping it to rise and keep its shape. Gluten is a combination of gliadin and glutenin, which is joined with … [Read more...]

Check Your Label And Serve Up Healthier Dishes With Soybean Oil! Gift Card #Giveaway

Disclosure:  This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with United Soybean Board.  However, all opinions expressed are my own.     My family has a history of heart disease on both sides.  On my mother's side, we suffer from high blood pressure and stroke and on my father's side, heart attack and also blood pressure problems.  As a result, taking care of our hearts is a serious priority for the members of my family.  One of the ways that we have begun to make changes in our diets is by incorporating more heart-healthy meals and recipes.  We were very surprised to see that soybean oil can be incorporated into many of our favorite Latin dishes while, at the same time, providing many heart-healthy benefits.     Many people don't even know that they have soybean oil in their pantry already.  As a matter of fact, most vegetable oil is soybean oil!  It's good for your heart because it has been shown to lower cholesterol levels when used in moderation.  As one of the few non-fish … [Read more...]

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month With Your Favorite Recipe! @IMUSAUSA #HHM #Giveaway #Ad

*This post was written by me on behalf of McCormick Spices and IMUSA Cookware.  I received complimentary product samples to facilitate this review.  All opinions are 100% mine.     You all know that we have been very busy celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month around these parts for the past few weeks.  What Hispanic Heritage celebration would be complete without sharing some of our favorite Latin dishes?  After all, a huge part of the Latin culture revolves around food and families getting together to enjoy meals and spend some quality time together.     Growing up in Spain, I can still remember sitting in the kitchen and watching my grandmother preparing all of our family's meals.  She would pour her heart and soul into those recipes and the best ingredient in all of them was the love that she infused into preparing each and every single one.  It was almost as if that was the secret ingredient.  As an adult, I now know that that spices that she used played a big part in creating … [Read more...]

Kick Off The Football Season With A Tailgate! #HormelFamily #Ad

*This is post was written by me on behalf of Hormel Foods.  I am part of the Hormel Family Bloggers.  All opinions are 100% mine.     Anyone who has known me for a long time understands that I have never been, nor will I ever be, a major sports fan.  It's not that there is anything wrong with sports or that I don't recognize the important impact that sports have on young peoples' self-esteem and independence.  However, I have noticed that as the years go on, I'm a lot more tolerant of watching them and I'm sure this has a lot to do with the fact that my son is an avid sportsman and I really enjoy watching him play.     Now that the weather is getting cool, there is definitely something in the air in my home and that thing is football.  Much to my chagrin, is it always on the television and my husband and son attend games at the local stadium.  For them, this is the best time of the year.  Me, not so much.  Luckily, my younger son couldn't care about sports either so I end up having … [Read more...]

Packing School Lunches Your Kids Will Love! #HormelFamily #Sponsored

*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hormel Foods.  All opinions are 100% mine.     Every year, I have been growing more and more disillusioned with the lunches that are being provided at my sons' school.  Being a Working Mom, it is sometimes difficult to have the time to pack lunches for the kids so I have enjoyed the convenience of having them eat hot lunch that is provided by the school.  Lately, though, I have really been thinking about sending lunch from home so I've looked into different lunch and snack ideas that will keep my boys excited about eating their lunch at school.     Since my little one is a picky eater and my older one refuses to eat certain kinds of foods, I have to get really creative to make sure that I pack lunches that will keep their specific food preferences in mind while making sure the meals are healthy and nutritious.  It will be important to sit down with both of them and establish ground rules for lunchtime meals and snacks.  After … [Read more...]

Send Cheer To Teachers With Cheerios! @Cheerios #Giveaway #ad

*This post was written by me on behalf of General Mills.  I received a product sample to review.  All opinions are 100% mine.     Although being a teacher is very rewarding, it can sometimes be a thankless job.  Every once in awhile, you touch someone's life and their admiration for you propels them to want to thank you in a special way.  This is a culminating moment for the nearly 6.2 million teachers who are dedicated to educating the youth in this country.  The Cheerios Send Cheer to Teachers program makes it simple for anyone to thank their favorite current or childhood teacher.     Parents can demonstrate the gratitude that they have for their children's teachers by using specially-marked boxes of Cheerios cereal to cut special postcards to show how thankful they are.  All they have to do is locate these cereal boxes in their local grocery stores now through mid-October 2013.  To create the card, just follow these three easy steps: Cut out the postcard found on the … [Read more...]