Coffee Yogurt Smoothie Recipe @Folgers #Folgers #Ad

    I think when most people think of smoothie recipes, they imagine that you take fruits or vegetables and blend them together with a few other ingredients and, voila!  Most of my friends are obsessed with iced coffee drinks or blended coffee drinks that they spend an insane amount of money buying at major coffee retailers.  The frugal girl in me likes to make these at home and I have been trying to create a delicious coffee smoothie recipe with my Folgers coffee for quite some time.     You would be surprised how inexpensive and convenient it can be to make your own yummy coffee beverages.  With just a few simple ingredients, you can even make them in the morning and take them with you on-the-go.  This is a huge deal for me because mornings in our house tend to be extremely hectic with me getting ready for work and the kids getting ready for school.     Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of time to spend making elaborate coffee drinks.  However, my cup of Folgers coffee in the … [Read more...]

7 Tips For Cleaning Produce

    Do you love cooking with fresh fruits and vegetables? If so, you might be wondering what the best way is to clean these items. Making sure your produce items are properly cleaned is the best and safest way to enjoy them, and doing this only takes minutes. If you want to be sure you are enjoying the cleanest produce, take a peek below at 7 tips for cleaning produce. You will be amazed at how easy it is. 1. Buy a vegetable peeler
 Many contaminates can find their way into vegetable skins and even if washed, can still hang on. Buy a quality vegetable peeler so you can remove the peels from items such as cucumbers, zucchini, and of course potatoes prior to preparation. 2. Rinse peeled vegetables Just because you removed the dirty skin, you still need to wash the inside of your produce items. Rinse the items under running water for a good 30 seconds so clean away any debris or dirt, even the stuff that is too small for the eye to see. 

3. Buy a produce brush A … [Read more...]

Coffee Flavored Caramel Flan Recipe @Folgers #Folgers #Ad

    Growing up in Spain, drinking coffee was an integral part of every breakfast meal and often part of an after-dinner ritual.       Flan and coffee speak to me about my childhood.  Since my sons are being raised here in the United States, it is important to my husband and I to be able to instill values and traditions from our culture to them.       Cooking and baking together has always been an important way for us to give them insight into past experiences during my childhood abroad.     This weekend, I decided to create a coffee flavored caramel flan with them because, what better way to pair two staples from my childhood in the form of a delicious dessert?!       The best part is that we are now creating new memories together and we can include the coffee that we love in our home, which is Folgers.  It is the perfect combination of the past and the present to create experiences that our boys … [Read more...]

Minion Cupcakes Party Recipe

    My younger son's birthday is at the end of this month and he is going to be ten years old!  I'm very excited about planning his special day for him and making it unforgettable for him and the rest of the family.       Since he loves the Minions, I thought it would be a great idea to make some Minion cupcakes for his celebration.  I've been doing a lot of research online and checking out lots of photos of the different desserts that are out there involving the Minions.     I'm so excited about how these came out and I cannot wait to replicate them for his party.  I think I'm going to have to make a whole bunch because, between my sons and nephews, there are eight boys in the family and they all have hearty appetites.  I hope you guys enjoy making them in your home as much as I did eating them! Minion Cupcakes Ingredients: Box Cake Mix Box of Twinkies Buttercream Frosting or you can use the homemade recipe … [Read more...]

7 Healthy And Easy Valentine’s Day Snack Ideas

    Do you love celebrating Valentine’s Day but hate all of the sweet and sugary treats that come with it? Valentine’s Day can quickly turn into a sugar overload if you aren’t careful, but the good news is you do have some healthy alternatives. If you are looking for some tasty yet healthy Valentine’s Day treats, look no further. Take a peek below at 7 healthy and easy Valentine’s Day snack ideas, perfect for treating the sweethearts in your life! 

1. Grape Hearts. Take red grapes and slice them at an angle. Then, skew the two halves onto a toothpick matching the angles so they look like a heart. This is an easy snack for kids to make, and they will love dipping the grape hearts into yogurt dip or other fruit dips. 2. Banana Boats.
 Peel a banana and put it in a sundae dish. Add healthy toppings such as dried fruit, nuts, and coconut. For a little Valentine’s Day color, you can garnish with a few Conversation Hearts. This is a great way to eat healthy while getting … [Read more...]

Brownie Chocolate Chip Cake Jar @Entenmanns @SaraLeeSnacks #Ad

      As you are all recovering from Thanksgiving, I am already planning what we are going to eat for dinner on Christmas Eve.  Luckily, I won't have to cook the big stuff because my sister is a great cook and her food always comes out delicious.  I've convinced her to prepare our Christmas feast and she has agreed to let me worry about planning and preparing dessert.     Those of you who have been following Tough Cookie Mommy for a long time know that I am a very busy lady.  As a result, I'm always trying to figure out how I can do things on limited time constraints and without consuming too much of my day.  What I won't compromise, however, is flavor and I fully expect everything that I prepare to taste decadent and yummy.     This season, Kathleen Robbins, head baker at Entenmann’s and Sara Lee Snacks, is introducing half way to the holiday’s recipes, which are easy to make and save time during all of the holiday … [Read more...]

Easy Garlic Olive Dip Recipe #MezzettaMemories @MezzettaFoods #Ad

    Some of my favorite holiday memories revolve around celebrating with my grandparents in Spain and enjoying the many delicious dishes that my grandmother prepared for our family dinners.  She always would joke that she wasn't an exceptional cook by any means but that she added her love to all of her recipes.  It didn't matter to me what she made because it all tasted heavenly and I enjoyed eating with those who truly mattered in my life.     Many of my grandmother's holiday recipes called for including olives such as her paella, her Spanish potato salad and her olive dip.  If you have ever traveled to Spain, you know that they have some of the most delicious olives in the world so every dish tasted better with them.  Since coming to the United States, the only olives that I have found that remind me of the olives in my grandmother's recipes are Mezzetta Olives.     The reason why Mezzetta Olives are so good is that they … [Read more...]

Make Café Con Chocolate Using The Ninja Coffee Bar! @NinjaKitchen #Giveaway #Ad

    It's amazing how comforting a good cup of coffee can be during the fall when the weather starts to get cool.  Just when I thought that I couldn't love coffee anymore than I already do, the Ninja Coffee Bar™ brewer changed everything for the better.  It literally transforms all of my favorite ground coffee into something richer than just black.  The best part is that I can also use it to make my favorite iced drinks with just the touch of a button.     It's no surprise that Sofia Vergara loves it too because it allows her to recapture the memories of the smooth, rich coffee that she grew up loving in her native Colombia.  The Ninja Coffee Bar™ with Auto-iQ™ One-Touch Intelligence lets you enjoy hot coffee with incredible flavor richness and in any size you want: a cup, travel mug, half carafe or full carafe.  This is especially convenient since you sometimes just want to enjoy a single cup alone or make a carafe to share with family … [Read more...]

Spooky Pumpkin Grahams

    We are two days away from Halloween and I am here going crazy trying to make sure my sons costumes arrive on time.  Both of our boys have been sick the past two weeks so I have been very busy taking care of them and trying to sanitize our home of all the sick germs.  As a result, I am way behind schedule this year with all my Halloween preparations.     There is always time to prepare and enjoy a delicious treat so I took some time this week to make some Spooky Pumpkin Grahams for my guys.  I figured they could use a pick-me-up after being sick and I was tired of the monotony of cleaning everything so I needed a distraction.  Not only am I really pleased at how they turned out, but everyone loved them.  I plan of making more to give out to the Trick or Treaters on Saturday. Spooky Pumpkin Grahams graham cracker squares 12 oz package of Wilton orange candy melts (body) 12 oz package of Wilton green candy melts (stem) 12 oz … [Read more...]

Celebrate Latino Culture – Rice Pudding Recipe #HerenciaLeche @SiempreLeche #Ad

*This is part of a sponsored collaboration with MilkPEP and DiMe Media. However, all opinions expressed are my own.     Enjoying delicious food is an integral part of Latino culture.  There are so many recipes that immediately catapult me back to my childhood and remind me of my rich heritage.  One particular dessert always comforts me and overwhelms me with happy memories about joyful family gatherings and being surrounded by those who truly have mattered in my life.     For these reasons, I love to prepare and enjoy rice pudding with my own family in the hopes that they will also be reminded of these good times we spend together whenever they enjoy this decadent treat.  The best part about making rice pudding for my family is that it contains milk and its 8 grams of high quality protein with every serving.  I'm trying to raise strong boys and I know that the human body needs protein, which is found in milk, to build muscles and … [Read more...]