Tuesday, November 29, 2016

#GivingTuesday and #SandersonFarms #ad

Today is #GivingTuesday, a day for you to support causes that are near and dear to your heart. You might begin your holiday shopping and purchase items that provide donations to a great cause or you can give funds to your favorite non-profit or perhaps do a service project with your child. Whatever you do today, make sure it counts! One of the ways that I enjoy giving is supporting companies that assist others, philanthropy and service are important to me every day of the year and if I can make a difference by purchasing things that are necessities, I am all for it. I have been working with Sanderson Farms chicken for several months now and one of the things that I admire is their dedication to social good.

In fiscal year 2015, Sanderson Farms donated over $1.1 million to charitable organizations, including more than $370,000 through the United Way in the communities in which it operates.

“If you can imagine a company moving to a community and improving the quality of life for thousands of individuals and families, that’s what Sanderson Farms did for Lenoir County [North Carolina],” said June Cummings, Executive Director, Lenoir/Greene United Way. “Not only their corporate gift, but their employee gifts to United Way have made a tremendous difference.”

And since 2012, Sanderson Farms has donated nearly 1,000,000 pounds of poultry to charitable organizations. Additionally, the Sanderson Farms Championship, as part of the PGA TOUR, has generated over $2.7 million in donations to Friends of Children’s Hospital, a fundraising organization supporting Mississippi’s only children’s hospital.

Sanderson Farms is truly committed to making a difference in the communities where they have plants. An example is from Bill Ellis, Director of Parks & Recreation for Kinston, North Carolina. “Before they even opened their doors, they donated 40,000 cubic yards of dirt for a soccer complex. They come in and clean up along the riverbank. From the plant manager down to the line employee, they really want to make the community a better place.”

I am very happy to be working with Sanderson Farms and in addition to your donations and/or purchasing of products that have a support good causes, if you eat chicken, I encourage you to purchase Sanderson Farms chicken, not just on #givingTuesday but anytime you purchase chicken. Every purchase will help make a difference!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, all views are mine.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Comfort foods featuring #sandersonfarms chicken!

As the temperatures drop, I am on the lookout for comforting foods that are tasty and will  keep my belly full and warm. Something about the brisk mornings and evenings of fall make me turn to food for comfort. Over the last few months I've been working with Sanderson Farms to share chicken recipes. This month I decided that it'd be a great idea to review the recipes of my fellow bloggers in this campaign and share the ones I'm looking forward to trying.

photo credit Enaz's bargasins

First up, chicken noodle crockpot soup from Enza’s kitchen. Chicken noodle soup is the ultimate comfort food! And if you can believe it, I haven't had a bowl since I was a child. I am looking forward to enjoy this delicious and easy to make meal.

photo credit Robyn's world

Next up is Coq au vin by Robyn.  This is another meal that I have never had. It is more labor intensive than the slow cooker method but certainly seems like a dish I can fully enjoy on a cool blustery day.

I'd be remiss if I didn't include Demetra’s Pumpkin Chicken Alfredo. Pasta, pumpkin, and cheese.....yes please! I absolutely LOVE Demetra’s recipes and I know this one is going to be in rotation during the fall and winter when I want to indulge!

photo credit Sanderson Farms

Finally, I have to tell you my absolute favorite comfort food is chicken pot pie and if you want to try one, check out the recipe on the Sanderson Farms website, it is sure to be a crowd pleaser! I hope that you enjoy these recipes as much as I know I will!

Disclosure: Thus post is sponsored by Sanderson Farms, all opinions are my own.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Game day ready with Sriracha Hot Wings #sandersonfarms

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Fall is finally here, the weather is cooling down (yay Atlanta, after 90 days of 90 degree heat, we are ready!) and it is that time of the year…..FOOTBALL!!! I am a native New Yorker and the old adage is true. You can take the girl out of New York but you can’t take the New York out of the girl! So when it comes to football, I am a fan of BIG BLUE! AKA the New York GIANTS!!!! I must admit that being a Giants fan here is something like being a fish out of water. Folks are busy screaming RISE UP! The tagline for the Falcons, however I have never drank that Kool-AID. Why would I? The Giants are Superbowl champions and the Falcons...have they ever won? Ahem. Moving on.

My love for the Giants has been incidentally adopted by the fine young man known as my son. We root for the team together when they play and he will proudly tell anyone who asks that he is a fan. As a matter of fact, we were walking into the gym the other day and a guy stopped us. I had taken of my Giants gear because I changed into workout gear but my son still had on his Giants t-shirt. The guy said “You can’t be in Atlanta with a New York shirt on!” My mama bear (and Giants fan) instincts stepped in and I replied “We are New Yorkers all day every day!” there was a bit of back and forth banter but there is no way I’ll ever be swayed from loving the Giants.

As I watch my Giants play, I enjoy a good snack or two and my favorite is the classic - Buffalo wings. I made some wings for the last game (I was quite disappointed but it is early in the season and a 2-1 record is good) and added a twist - I made Sriracha hot wings instead of using conventional hot sauce. In a word - DELICIOUS!  I plan to keep this recipe in rotation and bring them to a tailgate and on my menu at home because hot wings truly are my favorite thing to eat! This is my recipe and I rarely measure anything so be sure to taste along the way to ensure you get the flavor you desire! And for more chicken recipes be sure to check out Sanderson Farms.

Sriracha Hot Wings

2 pounds of wingettes
¼ cup of Sriracha
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
½ stick butter

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Clean chicken and pat dry. Season with salt and pepper. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil, coat with non-stick spray.  Place chicken on cookie sheet and place in oven. Cook for 40 minutes. While chicken is cooking, make the Sriracha sauce. Melt butter in the microwave in a small microwave safe bowl (aprox. 30 seconds). Remove from microwave add Sriracha and remaining seasonings. Stir. Remove chicken from oven and brush with sauce. Return to oven and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Mamma Chia Energy! #powerupwithchia ad

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There are some days when I need a little extra get up and go. It can be mornings when I am dragging and need pep in my step or in the middle of the day when all of my adrenaline associated with taking on the day wanes. I know a lot of people swear by coffee but I am not one of them so I look for alternatives when I need a boost. I was recently to  Organic Mamma Chia, Chia Energy and honestly, I think I’m in love! I am going to tell you this upfront, if you are not a fan of things floating in your beverage, this might not be for you because it is full of chia seeds. I really like texture, so Chia Energy is perfect for me. This product is organic and is naturally caffeinated with 90mg of caffeine. This is from Guayusa, which has been a part of Amazonian culture for over 2,000 years! Guayusa doesn’t cause jitters or a crash when it leaves your system, a win for me!

Of course, the main component of this beverage are the Chia seeds that provide 2500mg of Omega-3s, complete protein and fiber! It has twice the antioxidants of green tea, 4 grams of protein and the 10 oz bottle only has 120 calories. I have been enjoying Mamma Chia Chia Energy for the past week and can honestly say that I will keep a few bottles on hand for when I need them! I’ve tried the Blackberry Blast and Raspberry Razz flavors. There are two other flavors - Cherry Charge and Grape Power, I am hopeful that my Walmart will have them back in stock soon so I can try them too. Mamma Chia has a price point of $2.48 per bottle and one percent of sales are donated to support farmers, community groups and organizations that build healthy food systems.

The founder, Janie Hoffman started Mamma Chia in the kitchen of her small rural farm outside of San Diego. She is a champion for the power of Chia and credits it with the eradication of her 20 year battle with autoimmune disorders. All I know is that I really am enjoying Mamma Chia Energy on those days when I need an extra pick me up. This will be a staple in my refrigerator!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Back to School marinated chicken Bento Box #SandersonFarms ad

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With back to school season in full swing, I know that one of the things I do daily is ensure he has a school lunch. I’ve been doing this since he was in daycare sending milk and homemade baby food. He has eaten chicken nuggets for lunch as long as I can remember but has expanded and now will eat sandwiches, crackers, etc. Hey, this makes it easier for both of us. He has started to make his own lunch some days, it is hard to believe my son is growing up so quickly! Folks aren’t flying when they say time flies be sure to cherish every childhood moment. I have so many moments that I’ve forgotten, I love having this blog as a diary of sorts for my early adventures in parenting. Anyway, I could go on about parenthood but I want to talk about Bento Boxes.

I’m a big fan and for me it is less about the cutesy boxes (cause I ain’t got time for that!) and more about the modular nature of eating lunch making it easy to pack and eat. I have to tell you I am going to continue to experiments with bento boxes, this one I’m pretty sure I can get my son to eat. Even if he doesn’t, I know I will!  I can prepare multiple boxes so I don’t have wonder about what I’m eating for lunch on a daily basis. In my box I have marinated chicken breast fillets (I used Sanderson farms) cut into strips, a little lettuce, crackers and some grapes for dessert. I work from home so I just get salad dressing from my refrigerator if I decide to make a salad. In the event that you make it for your child, you can place the dressing on the salad or in a baggie.

I love this Bento Box and see many of them in my (and maybe my son’s) future!

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