A great place to visit here in the Raleigh NC area is the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Admission is free to all. They have something for everyone to see & to fascinate. If you are a visitor to Raleigh this is a must see destination. I love taking my homeschooler to this great museum.
The above pictures do not do the museum justice. There is so much more to be seen, it was just impossible to share it all with you here but I hope it will give you some sort of an idea!
The only exhibit that costs in the Museum is the non permanent exhibit that is often a traveling exhibit. The latest we had was The World's Largest Dinosaur which leaves April 12th and a new one will come in it's place. You will see some highlight pictures of that exhibit in my picture gallery above as well as highlight pictures of other permanent exhibits.
They also have a Discovery room for kids where they can touch & explore anything they wish! There is even an enclosed bee colony kids can walk up & see the bees hard at work & see the Queen bee!
Below is a great artist rendering of the newest part of the Museum. The Nature Research Center at the Daily Planet! Yes it is inside the globe!
What do you serve hungry teens at a sleep over? Pizza of course. That is why this evening I was thrilled to pick up some of Marco's Limited time Grilled Chicken Florentine Pizza. It is back finally this year with a great tasting punch. This pizza was a hit with the girls tonight!
Our Marco's here in Raleigh NC is a great neighborhood pizza place to get a variety of items. So is your Marco's near you. They not only have pizza but subs,wings,salads,breads,sides,deserts,drinks & great deals! There is something for everyone at your table at Marco's Pizza.
The grilled Chicken Florentine with it's creamy no tomato base sauce, spinach, grilled chicken, cheese, tomato slices, & red onions make this the perfect change in pizza as we know it for spring. This pizza has amazing taste you've just gotta try.
I received these pizza's in exchange for my honest opinion thanks to Niche Parent & Marco's . All thoughts are my very own.
This month was pure fun using all the Hormel products I was given as an Extended Family Blogger. This post is a re-cap of all the March posts! If you missed one check it out. I share some great ideas or recipes to use in them. Even at times some fascinating history!
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We are a busy family as most are. Sometimes in between meals or if we know we are going to be later eating a main meal we pack portable snacks. One the best is fruit or veggies. If we have fresh fruit to pack Skippy Naturals Singles are a great dipping side kick to give it more fun, flavor & the extra added protein. Skippy Naturals Singles have 60% less sugar than regular peanut butter. I love the fact it is creamy because I do not like chunky.
I wanted to share how we do fast healthy snacks on the go to hopefully get the word out about Skippy Natural Singles in the event you are not aware of them... they truly are great & you can use them with so many things! In a day where most fast & easy snacks are so unhealthy & so full of sugar this is an easy grab snack alternative. You can prepare them ahead of time & stack in the refrigerator for fast portable snacks on the go when you need them!
Use Skippy Natural Singles with these examples :
Cookies ( for fun)
Make a P.B.& J on trips
Marshmallows ( for fun)
Hard bread sticks
The list can go on!
I received the product to review as a Hormel Extended Family Blogger. All opinions are my very own.
Us women struggle with so many beauty issues. Anti- aging is a hot topic for a lot. One of the biggest issues is around our eyes. Such as dark circles,fine lines,under eye puffiness.The way you look around your eyes can either make you look tired & older or young & vibrant. That makes all the difference in over all appearance. I was contacted by Elite Serum to tell you about their alternative option to injections & surgeries. I would rather try safer more natural options concerning this myself! That is why Elite Serum with Argireline is a great choice. Argireline is according to Dr. Oz the safest & most effective serum that is needle free. Needles scare me! The container that the eye serum comes in actually looks like a needle injector but is a award winning syringe. As you can see below you simply squirt a little bit onto your finger and dap it gently around the eyes.
Elite Serum :
There is so much more information I would like you to read about this product at their web site. It is a lot of great information that I can not put all in this post. They effectively break down the science to each peptide that is in their product in a fantastic way. I highly suggest stopping by to check them out to find out more.
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Did you know today March 23 is National Chip & Dip Day? Well if you didn't, now you do and it is a perfect time to grab your favorite chip and dip! My recent favorite is this Chi-Chi mild Mango Salsa! It is a sweet blend of taste that hit the spot today! If you like salsa you gotta try it!
While here take a look at the other Hormel dip ideas I gathered from their awesome web site to share with you today!
Use these for entertaining, gatherings,game days or any ol' snack time!
Chili Cheese Dip
1 (15-ounce) can HORMEL® Chili No Beans
1 (1-pound) package pasteurized prepared cheese product, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
In medium microwave-safe bowl, stir together chili and cheese product; cover. Microwave on HIGH (100%); stirring once, 4½ to 5 minutes or until hot and cheese is melted. Serve with corn chips, if desired.
Warm & Cheesy Bacon Dip
1 (16-ounce) package sour cream
1 (3-ounce) jar HORMEL® Real Bacon Bits
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup chopped green onions
1. Heat oven to 400°F.
2. In bowl, combine all ingredients; mix well. Transfer to 2-quart baking dish; cover.
3. Bake dip 25 to 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Serve with assorted fresh vegetables, crackers and/or chips.
Pepperoni Pizza Dip
1 ½ cups pizza sauce
1 (3.5-ounce) HORMEL® Pepperoni Minis
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
⅔ cup ricotta cheese
⅔ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
½ teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1 cup shredded pizza cheese
1. In large skillet, heat pizza sauce over medium-high heat. Cook 5 to 7 minutes or until sauce is thickened, stirring occasionally; set aside.
2. Heat oven to 375°F. Grease 8-inch square baking dish. In large skillet, cook pepperoni minis over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Drain on paper towel.
3. In medium bowl, combine cream cheese, ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese and oregano. Spread evenly into bottom of dish.
4. Spread pizza sauce evenly over cheese mixture.
5. Top with pepperoni minis and pizza cheese. Bake, uncovered, 15 to 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbling. Serve with breadsticks. Serves 6.
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Hi friends! I wanted to share with you what my family had for dinner the other night. I made them a fast & easy Chicken Cordon Bleu and would love to show you how. Here is what you will need.
You take the chicken breast and fila them. Then open and lay your Hormel ham & your cheese in the middle. You close it up and roll the chicken breast in the seasoned bread crumbs. I baked mine covered on 375 for an hour because I had really fat chicken breast meat. You can adjust your temp based on your meat.
This came out so juicy and wonderful! My family loved it and wants to have this again. I think you will like it too. It is super duper easy to prepare.
I received the Hormel product as an Hormel Extended Family Blogger. All opinions are my very own.
March is national Peanut month. What a grand thing to celebrate. Peanuts are so very good for you if you are not allergic to them that is! Some one whom I have always admired is George Washington Carver. What a beloved man whom I can't wait to meet someday in heaven and shake his hand (no give a great big hug) to. He is one of my childhood heroes I remember looking up to in the pages of history ( my top 5) . This man is such an overcomer & so brilliant. He lived the innovative life that no one but him and God saw coming & that so many admire & love to this day. Why even Skippy peanut butter owes a debt of gratitude to the inventor of peanut butter & many more things. In honor of Mr. Carver & national peanut month, I made my family some parfaits using Skippy's Limited Edition Creamy Peanut Butter with Salted Caramel that I think if Mr. Carver was with us today he would even enjoyed!
To make the parfaits:
Hi friends! I would like to share with you today some of my families tips to help make your Easter holiday peaceful & easy.
Easter comes early this year on April 5th and it will be here before you know it. I just love this time of year as new life awakens beyond the winters cold past and flowers bloom. Easter is by far my favorite holiday of the year during my favorite season of the year. As we celebrate new life there is so much to be thankful for. Thankfulness is not just for Thanksgiving. Easter is a great time for family & friends to gather together. Each year we have a tradition at our house. We have a thankful jar. During the week before Easter we place at random a piece of paper with something we are thankful for into the jar. At the holiday meal table we pass the jar around during the meal and take turns picking a piece of paper and reading it. We love this tradition and it brings a spotlight memory each holiday that long after new flowers die the memories never will. You might want to start your own thankful jar!
With that said time is so very sweet and valuable. Time we can never get back so I have another tip to holiday peace & tranquility. Instead of spending hours in the kitchen when I could be spending that with my family during the holiday I went to HoneyBaked Ham to provide our seasonal meal. What's great about HoneyBaked is you do not have to wait till a holiday to buy a fantastic meal you can get one any time. I love the time that HoneyBaked Ham saved me so I could spend more time with my loved ones being thankful & making new memories.
This was my first time ever getting our meal from HoneyBaked Ham. I now am confused as to why I have not done this sooner. My first impression of the ham was amazement as I saw how perfectly pre-sliced it was saving me yet even more time. The ham was perfect and mouth watering. The texture of the ham & the turkey breast was spot on, the taste was simply out of this world.
Both the ham & turkey breast was so tender & juicy right from the store. With so much meat to eat we have some amazing meals planned this week to use the rest of this amazing meat beyond our gathering in some yummy meal plans to save us time. That is another tip HoneyBaked Hams & turkey meat not only provides for your entertaining but is great for time saving meals later in dishes.
The sides we got with our meal was the broccoli rice casserole & the mashed potatoes. The broccoli rice casserole was made with broccoli florets,long grain rice & a creamy 3 cheese blend. My family just loved this side dish and we all agreed it was our favorite. The mashed potatoes made with Yukon gold potatoes,a rich cream sauce and real butter couldn't of been any better. The best part of all the side dishes from HoneyBaked Ham they are ready for you to just heat and eat. No need to add anything to them. They are already seasoned to perfection. I would like to add if you plan to visit HoneyBaked Ham for your self sides vary by location.
HoneyBaked Ham has everything covered for you. They even offer gravy if you need it or rolls of all sorts to choose from. My family really enjoyed the buttery beauties pictured here. It was all so good. The meal in itself was so memorable in taste it too created yet another memory leaving my family to ask me, "why not do this every year"! I say, "sure why not"!
Why don't you too let HoneyBaked Ham help you create memories at your gathering and save you precious time!
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Another one of my 2015 Goals was to find a healthier makeup for me. I am Brca 2 you can find out more of my story here. Ok because I have to be pro-active about cancer causing chemicals I have been desiring to find a more natural makeup option. When Smiley360 asked me if I would like to review Mineral Fusion and I saw they are products that are free of gluten, parabens, SLS, phthalates, artificial colors and synthetic fragrances. 100% Vegetarian, and most are even 100% Vegan. It is also talc free, I jumped on the chance! I was at first worried what if it does not work like my old makeup? Well my old makeup was not good for me for one but I was used to it.I got the Mineral Fusion pressed powder foundation. I tired this and it worked BETTER than my old makeup liquid foundation. It even matched so well with my skin I do not have a makeup line anymore! I love the look of my skin and the even complexion it is giving me. This also does not make my skin look oily later in the day. It has buildable coverage so you can have light or full with it looking totally natural. It did not clog my pores. It is infused with antioxidants and skin soothing botanicals. I am thrilled with the results and the fact it is better for me! I went to their web site to only find they have so much more than the store had! They even have a healthier for me nail polish. I am so excited. Visit their web sitehere.
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Breakfast items are some of my families favorite things to eat. So on a night we do not know what to eat we always agree on breakfast for dinner. It is an easy no brainier meal option! I love breakfast for dinner sometimes because in our fast paced life it is fast to make and does not require a lot of time. It is super healthy too when you use Hormel products along with it. Such as the 50% reduced fat Corned Beef Hash. The super healthy & fast Hormel Compleats Oatmeals. And fill those omelets up with some fresh green spinach & Hormel's Natural Choice Deli Honey Ham!
Dinner tonight at our house was awesome according to the teens!
Do you ever have breakfast for dinner? If so what do you like to have?
Now for part 3 we will be making 2 crafts. We will make two winter fashion accessories out of the sleeves of the sweater. You simply cut each sleeve we cut off the sweater in half. You will then have two wrist pieces & two upper arm pieces. We will be making with the more narrow wrist pieces some finger-less gloves. All you do is slid it on your hand and figure out where you want your thumb whole to be. Then take them off and cut and opening on the side of the glove. ( hint) I found out on one glove I cut along the seem and it does not unravel if you cut in middle. It unravels a tiny bit if you cut on side out right like I did in this picture either way works. You can always fabric glue the thumb whole too if you want but with mine I did not and it works fine!
Next just take and flip the edges inside to adjust ever long you want them and fabric glue in place. Or you can hot glue if you do not plan to keep them a long time. I wanted mine fluffy so I made it accordingly. These are so very comfy & warm & fast to make! No knitting or sewing.
While at it take the other half of the sleeve and make matching boot cuffs! You only need to really fabric glue the part your going to roll on the out side. Just the lower edge to prevent little ravels. The inside part that will be stuffed inside your boot you do not have to worry about unless you want to. Then just place over your jeans before you put the boot on. Put the boot on the roll some of it over the boot thats IT! Easy and done in minutes and it's so cute with the finger-less gloves.
The goodies are here! I love the Hormel unboxing time, it is always so much fun. Each month as an Extended Hormel Family Blogger I get goodies to review & make things of & share it with you. So each item you see below I will be featuring this month. Now let's jump in the box and see each item up close.
First up is the Skippy Naturals Singles! Remember last month I had the Skippy Naturals with Dark Chocolate? The naturals line has 60% less sugar. I love it. These little cups are perfect for on the run fun days or busy days.
Hormel Compleats! These are seriously good & fast. All you do is heat in a jiffy in the microwave and your own your way. The apple cinnamon oatmeal is sure to be a hit at my house this month. My son LOVES oatmeal. Oatmeal is so very very good for you!
Next we have Chi-Chi's Mild Mango Salsa! I have never had a mango salsa so this should be exciting to try. This will be perfect for National Chip Day March 23!
My family is part Irish. We love Corned Beef Hash. I typically like making home made. But in this busy family we do not always have time. I worried about canned items being so high in fat but Hormel has that covered. With the Mary Kitchen 50% reduced fat corned beef hash my problem is solved!
National Cold cut day as March 3! I got my box pass that day so I will celebrate later. I have something neat to share with you using this Natural Choice Honey Deli Ham this month!
National Peanut Month is in March! I am so excited Skippy has this Limited Edition Creamy Peanut Butter Spread with Salted Caramel! WOW It sounds amazing & coming from Skippy I just know it will be.
So join me this month on my Hormel Family Journey!
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