In The Kitchen With Dana ~ Loaded BAKED Potato Skins

Cooking is such a pleasure when you know that the food you put down is going to be munched up in minutes. Who does not want their food to be a great ‘hit’ with their family and friends. Preparing food however, can be tireless as the job is never-ending and needs to be repeated.  I have a few pieces that I keep as my trusted, true, and easy in order to just make in a pinch. I bet you have those recipes too right? This particular recipe is easy to prepare, works well for tailgating, home-gating, parties, happy hour and as a dinner with sides served!

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I have bypassed posting cutting and scrubbing a potato because I am sure you know how to get to that point! Now, you have to cut, scrub and then half the potatoes, and toss them in a large mixing bowl. The recipe below will finish this up and you can see what they turn out like! Yum!
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This recipe is perfect for both vegetarians and meat eaters. When I prepare this food, I eat it without any toppings, I actually slice tomatoes up and place it with the cheesy potatoes, while my family eats these with meats or as meals and they stack it up with bacon and all the fixings. I think of this like a Nacho Platter, but with a little more substance. My boys love this meal because they are getting ‘junk’ but I know they are eating healthy, home-cooked food.

These are the topping that my family uses.

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You can add more, switch them up or eliminate them completely. I love this recipe because it is baked, not fried, and I do not remove ANY of the insides of the potatoes, unlike the restaurants that scoop out the middles. The meal is inexpensive and easy to prepare. While these bake I do about 300 other mini tasks and before you know it, dinner is on the table. Enjoy this recipe from In The Kitchen With Dana!

Cool Mist Humidifer With A Penguin

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Let The Air Flow Cool, The Night Offer Rest, And The Humidifier Run On Auto-Pilot ~ Dana 

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Where It’s Earth Day, Everyday ~ Weleda

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Yoplait Vs. Chobani


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It was off to the spoon drawer and refrigerator as it was time to test out and have an official Taste-Off of yogurts I purchased at the store.   Cup versus Cup, strawberry vs. strawberry, mouthful to mouthful, the two contenders are set up for the challenge and  we are proud to announce the OFFICIAL Taste-Off of Strawberry Greek Yogurts.  My daughter and I set out to see which of the Greek Yogurts were better:  Yoplait Greek 100 Strawberry or Chobani Simply 100 Strawberry.

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As we pulled the foil from each package we both sniffed the product for smell appeal.  In all honesty, hands down to YOPLAIT, round ONE!

Round Two: This is more my daughter’s forte as she is a yogurt-a-holic, I am just the shop-a-holic, so betwixt us both I buy the latest and greatest and she tests it out!

My daughter’s taste test was far more informative than mine as I usually purchase yogurt for smoothies not knowing much about them, just moving from brand to brand until she let’s me know her preference.  My daughter however ranks foods based on texture, color, sweetness and how it smells, so she was my princess of the Yoplait and Chobani taste testing.

Straight UP From my favorite Yogurt Critic: Smooth, thick, rich, but not too sweet.  The Yoplait offers a smooth, palatable taste, with nice pieces of strawberry meshed through the delectable scoops.  There is no after-taste, it is not bitter and it does not taste fake.  IN a smoothie, this only enhances the fresh berries that are added, and the 100 calories keeps it Teen Friendly for those trending clothing styles! The pink color is an added bonus.

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My daughter and I then went ahead and tasted the Chobani.  I can tell you that this did not hit the winning mark with either of our palates. Thick is an understatement, but it was almost like mayo in a yogurt container.  As for the taste, my daughter and I have decided it is tart, and it lacks the fruit consistency of the Yoplait.  Neither of us gave it a passing flag on color either which is often an important factor in presentation of food.

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Did you know that Yoplait Greek 100 Yogurt has only 100 calories and is available in 12 flavors.  This is available nationally.  To find Yoplait Greek 100 nearest you, please use the product locator found on the Yoplait website

Twelve Flavors
- Strawberry
- Blueberry
- Black Cherry
- Strawberry Banana
- Vanilla
- Peach
- Key Lime
- Lemon
- Mixed Fruit
- Tropical
- Apple Pie
- Strawberry Cheesecake

Our winner in taste, consistency, and overall product was Yoplait.  Strawberry to strawberry, mouthful to mouthful these two cups duked it out until the last bite, but Yoplait took the ribbon.  That’s our story, what will yours be? I’ve taken the Yoplait Taste-Off, not it’s your turn! Let me know who won your taste off!

 

 

Zarbee’s Naturals Seasonal Relief

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Zarbee’s Naturals. I received a promotional item and a product sample as a thank you for participating

I personally dread the change of seasons because seasonal congestion hits our household like a bug smacking the windshield and blame, it’s all tissues, saline nose drops, neti pots, and sniffling going on around the house.  There have been weeks when I can’t let the kids go outside and play which is really not fair to them, and I can’t go out because it just makes me too congested. Trying to keep the kids and myself congestion-free is a tough challenge.  Congestion seems to be at its worse in the very early morning and very late at night, just when the kids need to sleep or get up and that means our Spring season is often windows locked tight with no fresh air! What is causing all this seasonal congestion? It’s hard to tell, but we have found Zarbee’s Seasonal Relief which actually helps the kids maintain an active outdoor lifestyle.

Spring is in the air, the birds are tweeting, the sky is blue, one day the temperature is 75 degrees and the next day the temperature is 36 degrees and it does seem that Mother Nature can’t make up her mind, but with the sun shining, and the light rain showers that appear daily, the natural perpetuation of plants in bloom, and grass growing seem to happen almost overnight.  Now add in your insatiable thirst to be outside and dig into to the flower beds, weeding, trimming, painting and of course joining in with the kids in their activities you need to find a way to some relief which allows you to maintain an active outdoor lifestyle. I love going out, and the kids do as well, but we don’t want to feel like we are walking in the clouds because of congestion relief products we might have taken, which is what makes Zarbee’s a spectacular choice, you won’t feel ‘clouded’.

Get ready for seasonal congestion as Spring time brings it on.  Have you ever met Zarbee’s?  Zarbee’s Seasonal Relief helps many to maintain an active outdoor lifestyle.  Zarbee’s is a great solution for congestion.  Did you know that every time  someone visits the Seasonal Relief Project website to share how Zarbee’s Naturals’ Seasonal Relief with Butterbur worked for them, the brand is donating to four causes that support exposure to and the protection of fresh air, including Fresh Air Fund, Children & Nature Network, and Moms Clean Air Force, and Healthy Child Healthy World. You can try a free sample of the Zarbee’s Seasonal Relief by visiting their site and requesting a free sample, like I did!

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Now you might be wondering where you can purchase Zarbee’s so you can have your own congestion solution? That’s easy, as Zarbee’s is available over the counter at CVS and Target and is intended for children 12 years of age and over.

  • These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. As a reminder, Zarbee’s Naturals Seasonal Relief is intended for children 12 years of age and above.