The Littlest Funk blog: 2017

Thursday, October 5, 2017

How I Save at Publix + Creamy Alfredo Garlic Chicken Pizza

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of RAGÚ® Pasta Sauce.  All opinions are entirely my own.

There are a lot of things that make me happy, but Thursdays and saving money are two things that are at the top of my list.  I look forward to Thursdays because that is when the new Publix shopping ad comes out and that means new BOGO (buy one get one free) offers!  I get so excited about this and can't wait to create my meal plan and grocery list for the following week.

I have a couple of days to plan it out since I do my grocery shopping on Sunday afternoons.  It's so much fun to see how much money I can save and the deals I can get on some of my favorite products, including RAGÚ® Pasta Sauce, which goes BOGO now through Wednesday, October 11th.   

I love how easy Publix makes it to plan my meals for the week and this week I will be making Creamy Alfredo Garlic Chicken Pizza using RAGÚ Cheese Creations Classic Alfredo Pasta Sauce.  My toddlers can be a bit picky sometimes, but they love this!  It's seriously a big hit in our family.

RAGÚ Cheese Creations Classic Alfredo Pasta Sauce now comes in family size, so I can make an additional pizza to freeze. Mom Win!

What you'll need:

Start with your dough.  Sprinkle flour on a flat surface and roll out your dough.  It's best at room temp.  I love that I can just grab this at my local Publix and it's ready to go!

Mix together the RAGÚ Classic Alfredo Pasta Sauce with parsley and spices.  Spread evenly over the dough.  This makes the perfect white pizza sauce because it is thick, creamy and packed with Parmesan and Romano cheeses full of flavor!  It is made with real cheese and fresh cream.  It can be found on the pasta sauce aisle at Publix and comes in 16 oz. or 21.5 oz family size jars.

Now, my favorite part...adding the toppings.  Sprinkle shredded chicken and cheese over the sauce.  This would also be great with spinach layered on the bottom and I added red onions to the top.  My girls will eat any vegetable if it's baked into a pizza.

{Mom hack --> Cook 3-4 chicken breasts on low in a crock-pot.  Use a hand mixer to shred the chicken when cooked through.  You'll have chicken on hand for easy week day meals or you can freeze for another time!}

Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes!  I'm not going to lie, as soon as I finished taking photos, I inhaled two slices of this pizza in record time.  So good!

Monday, October 2, 2017

"Mommy, it's so Magical" | Disney on Ice Frozen

This post was written in partnership with Feld Entertainment & Disney on Ice. We were provided with complimentary tickets for review. As always, opinions are 100% honest and my own.

My husband and I had the opportunity to take our girls to see Disney on Ice Frozen over the weekend and let me tell you, my girls' reactions were priceless.  I honestly was so busy watching the look on their faces that I'm not sure how much of the show I actually caught.

It started with Mickey, Minnie and Goofy, which our girls loved.  Emma was in awe when all of the princesses came out and Charlotte couldn't quit clapping!  Once Frozen began, Emma didn't move.  Her mouth literally dropped open and stayed that way for a good five minutes! Ha!  She looked at me and said, "Mommy, it's so magical".  My heart melted into a giant puddle right there on the floor.  It was the sweetest moment because it truly was a magical experience!

I was afraid that Charlotte might be too little for the show, but she absolutely loved it.  I can safely say that her favorite part was when the snow monster came out.  She said, "Wow", and couldn't take her eyes off of him.  Emma's was hands down getting to sing "Let it Go" with Queen Elsa.  I'm pretty sure the entire audience, including myself, was singing.  I had so much fun watching them sing and dance throughout the entire show.

It made it even better that they both were able to wear their Elsa and Anna dresses (not that they don't wear them on the daily as it is).  Disney on Ice Frozen is such a magical experience for every little girl and boy.  It's something that I will always remember and hope they do too.
Related: Disney on Ice | Worlds of Enchantment

I definitely recommend Disney on Ice Frozen and any other upcoming Disney on Ice shows.  You can click here to find a show coming to you!

Friday, September 22, 2017

There is Always Time for Family and Food | Nacho {bar} + DIY Corn Chips tutorial

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company, all opinions are mine alone. #ServeWithACoke #SoloConCocaCola #CollectiveBias

This month is Hispanic Heritage Month and I instantly think of my abuela and everything she has taught me, especially cooking.  My love for cooking comes from her.  She is the one who taught me how to cook when I was a little girl and still continues to teach me new recipes.  She is always in the kitchen cooking for the ones she loves and I've grown up to be the same way.  It has taken me years to "perfect" some of her Mexican recipes and although they will never be as good as she makes it, I'm not doing too bad.

Growing up with a Mexican family, I remember my childhood being a blast every time we got together and I remember we always made time for each other.  Our gatherings were loud, crowded and filled with love and a lot of amazing food.  

My abuela has 7 kids, 23 grand-kids and 39 great-grandchildren and that isn't including spouses.  I hope that gives you an idea of what our cook-outs and holidays looked like.

Since I did learn the majority of my cooking from my grandmother, I learned to cook big meals.  When I say big, I mean meals that could feed my little family of 4 for days.  So naturally, I love cooking for crowds, especially when it comes to Mexican food and sharing my Mexican culture with others. 

She also taught me that there is always time for family.  Since I don't have any family in Florida, I've made some great friends who I consider family and this week I was able to share an easy meal that fed all of us.  A nacho bar was just what this week called for after returning from our evacuation due to Hurricane Irma.  We all sat around, caught up on how we are doing and shared a cold Coca-Cola™ together.

The cold Coca-Cola and the spicy homemade salsa hit the spot.  Coca-Cola was always a treat growing up.  It wasn't something that my mom kept in the house, but I could always count on it being at our family gatherings. There is just something about it that brings back old memories and it continues to be a part of new memories.  I love that I was able to share a few of my favorite recipes and drink with my "framily".

This week I actually should have been spending time with my abuela, but our plans changed because of the storm.   This get together was a nice reminder of everything she has taught me over the years.  The spices and flavors took me back!  I even made homemade corn chips using Guerrero corn tortillas!  They were delicious and so easy to do that I've included a tutorial below and a printable for your own DIY Nacho Bar.  Do you have certain foods that take you back to your culture or your childhood?

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Enjoy! (Recipes below)

Corn Chips:
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Guerrero Corn Tortillas
Lightly brush oil on corn tortillas.
Cut in triangles.
Place on baking sheet.
Bake at 350 for 10 minutes or until toasted and crispy.

Homemade Salsa:
  • 2-3 jalapenos
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
Boil onion and jalapenos until soft.
Place all ingredients in blender.
Blend until desired consistency.
Add salt. 

Mexican Street Corn Dip:
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 4 cups corn
  • 1 jalapeno (seeded and diced)
  • 2 tbsp Mayo
  • Juice of one lime 
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro
  • 1 garlic clove (pressed)
  • queso fresco 
Melt butter on medium heat.
Add corn and jalapeno. Cook until slightly charred.
Stir in additional ingredients.
Serve immediately.

Homemade Taco Seasoning:
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 4 tsp oregano 
  • 3 tbsp chili powder 
Mix together.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Fall Fun (and Fashion) on the Farm!

It may still be 90 degrees in Florida, but Fall has arrived here in Kentucky and we are enjoying every bit of it before heading back home this weekend.  If you couldn't tell by the scarf, hat and riding boots that weren't exactly necessary, but I still wore anyhow. ;)

It has been in the 60s and low 70s our entire visit.  We took full advantage of that and went straight to the apple orchards immediately. We found a cute little spot in Owensboro, KY that has a play area for kids.  It was filled with pumpkins, apple picking, train rides, a petting zoo, horse and pony rides and a huge jumping pad.  We ended it all with yummy apple slushies! What more could you ask for when it comes to Fall fun?  

The girls absolutely loved it and I love that they got to wear their new Matilda Jane dresses.  I have been dying to put them on them and it will be a few more months until they can wear them back home.  I even got to wear my new Pink Blush dress that was perfect for this weather.

I love how versatile my dress is and I've been able to wear it multiple times and achieve different looks.  It's perfect for the transition from Summer to Fall and even Fall to Winter.  It's soft and super comfortable. Add a scarf or a vest, the possibilities for this dress seem endless.  This is definitely going to be a staple in my closet the rest of this year.  

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This post is sponsored by PinkBlush Maternity Clothing and also contains affiliate links.  As always, all opinions are 100% my own and honest.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Our "Hurrication" and How We Are Making the Best of It

I want to start by thanking everyone again for keeping us and the entire state of Florida in your thoughts and prayers.  Our plans changed drastically last week when it looked like Hurricane Irma was heading straight towards us.  Originally, my mom was scheduled to fly in from Texas last Wednesday, spend the week with us and then we would make the drive together back to Texas to visit with family and friends. 

Our week started out fine.  I went to the grocery store and prepared for my mom's visit.  I woke up on Tuesday and went to bible study knowing about the hurricane, but not worried.  As I left there, I realized it wasn't safe for us to stay. 

I tried not to panic, but I'm not going to lie, I was scared

Scared to leave my husband under the conditions (and so abruptly) and scared to leave our home. A home that we have made ours over the last 3 1/2 years. A home where Michael proposed to me in when we became the owners and a home where we have brought both of our girls home to from the hospital.  

We immediately cancelled my mom's flight, I packed as much as I could in the rush of it all and we headed to Kentucky to be with my in-laws the next day.  As much as I didn't want to leave and I was disappointed that we weren't going to Texas, I love visiting my in-laws and I was looking forward to the change in weather.

The last few days since being here have been hard. I've have been worried about my husband and the uncertainty of it all.  I am so thankful he made the decision to grab our dog, gather a few more things we cherish and leave Florida Saturday morning.

My girls and I have taken trips out of state without my husband before, but nothing like this; rushed, nervous and alone with two toddlers.  He made it to us late Saturday night and we watched and prayed as the storm went through our city yesterday.

In the meantime, Emma and Charlotte have been having the time of their lives visiting their grandparents. They continue to keep me busy, which has been a good distraction.  The storm is least for us and I now feel like I can enjoy the Fall weather.  

We have had a hot dog roast, S'mores by the campfire, blown countless bubbles, gone to the apple orchard and done a little paddle boating.  We are definitely making the best of our time here before we head back to Florida to help clean up the mess Hurricane Irma has left behind.

Our home update:  We had some friends go by our house to look at some of the damage.  So far, our back fence is down and there is some debris.  Nothing major and we are extremely grateful for that.  My husband is heading back to Florida without us to check things out.  We are praying that he has a safe drive given the storm is heading North and will join him once we know more about our city and our house.