Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Old Spaghetti Factory Cotton Candy Limeade Copy Cat Recipe

We love going to The Old Spaghetti Factory downtown. Noah always gets a delicious cotton candy drink called the Cotton Candy Limeade. He loves cotton candy almost as much as I do. It's his favorite part of going to The Old Spaghetti Factory. My cousin's kids also like the Cotton Candy Limeade. It's a cotton candy flavored drink with cotton candy on the straw. 

I had purchased a snow cone set while we were in Florida. I realized like a week later, I could clone this drink. I had cotton candy snow cone syrup. I am assuming they use a different kind of cotton candy syrup. I thought what the heck and tried it. I found cotton candy on clearance at the store before I had this epiphany. Either way I own my own cotton candy machine.I didn't make cotton candy for the drink this time.

Here's the recipe:
4 tablespoons of cotton candy snow cone syrup. 
Fill with lemon lime soda and ice
Add a squirt of lime juice.
Top with a piece of cotton candy on the straw. 

I had Noah try it and he said it was right. You may have to add more cotton candy syrup if you want it to taste stronger. I made up the recipe so I didn't want to add too much. 

Enjoy and stay tuned tomorrow for another homemade Sheilacakes original clone.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Dinner Hero saves the day

As a parent, it can be hard to come up with great dinner ideas for your family. Some families have no picky eaters in their homes, my family is full of them. I am guilty of two things, either making the same thing over and over or getting food delivered. Making the same thing over and over is boring. I like to have a variety of food. Getting food delivered gets expensive and I am definitely living on a budget. Getting delivery also isn't the most healthy option. There's usually pizza which is full of calories. 

I learned about a company called Revolution Foods. They make easy meals that are delicious and easy. Dinner Hero is a meal kit that provides everything but the protein. No more buying a lot of different spices for one meal. You don't have to worry about finding the ingredients or the right sauce. I made garlic burgers the other night and realized I didn't have buns. They do all the work for you. If you can follow three steps you can have a delicious meal for four. 

You can have a healthy meal in thirty minutes. It has over 40 grams of whole grains. There's also no artificial colors or flavors. You can make it while your children do their homework. Have your kids help cook. Kids love eating their creations.  It even tells you which protein you need. You could experiment if there is a certain meat that you are not interested in.  It's a great way to expand your children's palates and get them to try new foods. Your kids will ask for Dinner Hero every night. There's something for every craving. 

Here's some more information about Dinner Hero:

Speed-scratch cooking kit - a healthy dinner for four in 30 minutes! No artificial flavors, just add protein. Three steps and you’re a hero. First, cook the grain blend. Second, sauté your protein. Once thoroughly cooked, add a punch of flavor with our Hero sauce packet and spices, Third, spoon into four bowls and serve with a side of your favorite veggies. Find Dinner Hero near the boxed mac and cheese at your local Jewel-Osco store. It comes in four adult AND kid approved flavors: Sesame Garlic, Coconut Curry, Smoky Tomato and Fiesta Taco.

● 42+ grams of whole grains

● Chef crafted spice blend

● Dinner for four in 30 minutes!

● Cookbook style cooking instructs are inside the box flap

● Flavors compliment a variety of protein types (chicken, beef, pork, tofu, fish & more!)

The Breakfast Hero is frozen pancake mix. You just pull it out and you are ready to cook breakfast. Noah has to get on the bus a lot earlier than he did. Pancakes on school days was not an option. With Breakfast Hero, he could make himself pancakes. I don't have to spend a couple hours loading up the freezer with pancakes anymore. 

Revolution Foods was founded 10 years ago by two moms who wanted to change the way that kids eat in America.   They are the leading provider of healthy family meals across the nation, serving over 2 million school meals a week over 2 million freshly-prepared meal a week in 1000+ schools nationwide.    Integral to Revolution Foods success is a deep commitment to nutrition, childhood education and sustainable supply chains—things we all care a great deal about.  Now, they are bringing our recipe for success to stores too, with convenient, healthy solutions for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Breakfast Hero and Dinner Hero products are a healthy choice for busy parents, but still packed with fun and flavor for the whole family!

Revolution Foods also donates 1% of their retail sales to schools to help provide fresh meals to their students every day.

Revolution Foods mission is to build life-long healthy eaters by making family-inspired, chef-crafted food accessible to all.

Don't forget to follow Revolution Foods on all their social media for the latest news. 

For more information check out Revolution Foods

This post is sponsored by Revolution Foods. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Sell your car to a dealership for cash

Sometimes when you decide to downsize and sell your car, you look for a private buyer. Selling a car privately can be risky. The buyer might not have the money up front and want to make payments. Depending on if you are a trusting person like me, you might never see all the money. You end up in court and it is a long drawn out battler to get paid. You can always opt to not take payments but sometimes you get taken to court because something happens months later with the car. 

You might not know this but some dealerships will buy your car and not use it as a trade in. They will give you a fair price and a check. You don't have to worry about the check bouncing or anything going on later. You know that everything will be legal. You don't have to worry about them transferring the title and getting in an accident while the car is still in your name. You are at their mercy until the title is transferred. They could get in an accident and you could be sued because essentially, it's still your car.  

West Valley Chrysler Jeep will possibly buy your car. It's really easy. They have five steps they go through. 

Step one is the inspection. They will look over the car to see the condition of the car and if there's any damage. Some things like frame damage or a salvaged title will impact their offer. If you have minor imperfections that won't affect their offer. 

Step two is they look at your car's history to see if it's had any accidents or problems. 
Step three is researching the current market conditions which helps them determine their offer so it is fair for all parties. 

Step four is the test drive. They have to see how it drives to make sure it runs well before purchase. 

Step five is writing you a check if you reach an agreement. 

They don't purchase every car that comes in but it's worth the time to check it out. It will be less of a headache than trying to sell your car for months to a private seller.