Special Moments with Fur Babies

Special Moments with Fur Babies

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For as long as I can remember dogs have been a big part of my family. My very first dog was named Smokey. Some of my earliest memories are of me “riding” her. She was a German Shepard/Bull Mastiff mix and while she looked intimidating and had a vicious bark she was a big sweetheart. Smokey was my very first best friend, but not my last.


Over the years there have been many dogs brought into the family and I can’t tell you how may canine cousins, nieces/nephews, and brothers/sisters I’ve had. I can tell you that we hesitate to call them pets. Around here blood isn’t what makes family – it’s the undeniable love and devotion we have that make us family.


8 years ago my ex rescued a tiny puppy from an abandoned home. She was maybe 4 months old and emaciated. Despite being in such poor health she wagged her tail and excitedly yipped as he got closer to her. As we nursed her back to health we noticed how happy and loving she was. Today, Jackie is a thriving, energetic little sister. My mom adopted her (since we already had a houseful) and I couldn’t think of a better home for her.


Jackie has always been a spoiled girl and has never eaten commercial dog food outside of her treats. She also has never worn a collar or leash (for more than a couple of minutes). She made it clear that those things weren’t for her by falling over and refusing to move.

My newest niece is Butterball. She’s another rescue dog and is the apple of my brother’s eye. We don’t know her full back story but judging by the way she flinches when strangers go to pet her we believe she was abused. That makes us love her more.


Some people think we’re crazy but we have always given our dogs real food. Like, food cooked while our own food is cooked; that’s what you do for family, right? That’s why we love the Nudges® brand dog treats – they are real-food inspired and made in the USA with only USA-sourced protein.


Nutrition is just one of the key dimensions of complete care and health of your dog. Socialization, mental stimulation, and grooming are other key points. Making sure they feel safe, happy, and loved is what we strive for. That’s why we only give them food that we would eat ourselves. The new Nudges® Grillers and Sizzlers Treats (conveniently found in the pet section at Walmart) are the perfect way for us to give our four-legged family members something special. We’ll be trying the Jerky Cuts value size (36oz) next!


How do you show your best friend you care?

#ad Spatchcocking Chicken & Grilled Honey Ginger Cornish Hens #Grill4Flavor #CollectiveBias

#ad Spatchcocking Chicken & Grilled Honey Ginger Cornish Hens #Grill4Flavor #CollectiveBias


Grilled Honey Ginger Cornish Hens #Grill4Flavor #CollectiveBiasMemorial Day weekend is upon us and these 4 days are just what I needed to kick off my shoes and head out on the deck to do some grilling. This time around I wanted something different. Something you don’t normally see cooked on the grill. Cornish Hens! I remember having Cornish Hens several times as a child but haven’t tried making them since. I decided to try my hand at it, starting with spatchcocking.

Spatchcocking is the method for preparing small game birds for cooking/grilling. Think of it like butterflying. This process is pretty straight forward – find the back bone and cut it out. Then flip the bird over, locate the breastbone and cut the cartilage to remove it. Once you’ve done this your bird is spatchcocked. I just love typing that, one more time – spatchcocked. Okay, it’s out of my system.

The next thing I did was make a marinade for the Cornish Hens.  A yummy, Honey Ginger marinade. I love all things with an Asian feel and this sounded so divine. And it was so simple to throw together. 1/2 cup Kikkoman Soy Sauce, 1 cup honey and 1 1/2 tablespoon of ginger. Mix it all together in a large bowl and voila. Yummy marinade.Grilled Honey Ginger Cornish Hens #Grill4Flavor #CollectiveBias

I dredged the Cornish Hens through the marinade and placed them in a roasting pan to absorb the goodness for 6 hours (in the fridge.) Then it was time to get grilling. I probably should have tucked the wings in, but they have so much more personality this way!

I grilled them, flipping once, until they reached 165° internally. It took about 20 minutes all together. I used the reserved marinade to brush the Cornish Hens after I flipped them. The flavor is out of this world. The ginger and honey made it taste so good and you could definitely feel the Asian inspiration. I used white rice and beer glazed broccoli to accompany the hens. It was definitely a feast fit for 2.


Everything I needed was found at Walmart. The Tyson Cornish Hens were in the center section of the meat department. You know that long container thing that they have meats in? They came in twin packs for added convenience. The Kikkoman Soy Sauce was in the ethnic aisle. i love, love, love Walmart 🙂Grilled Honey Ginger Cornish Hens #Grill4Flavor #CollectiveBias (3)There will be a $2 off coupon for anyone who purchases the Cornish Game Hen Twin Pack and a 10 oz bottle of Kikkoman sauce together. There will be a neck hanger on the Kikkoman sauce bottle starting June 1 and the offer is also on coupons.com until September 30 (or while supplies last).

You can get more great recipe ideas from Tyson Foods on FacebookPinterest, and Twitter. You can also find Kikkoman on PinterestTwitter, and Facebook.

#Ad Easy Party Food with Tyson Grillin’ Wings #whatsgrillin

#Ad Easy Party Food with Tyson Grillin’ Wings #whatsgrillin

Now that it looks like the warm weather is here to stay it’s time to start using the grill regularly. Being outside on a beautiful day is one of my favorite things. Even more so when I have great friends to enjoy it with. This weekend I decided to invite some friends over for a cookout featuring Tyson Grillin’ Wings as an easy party food. I was able to find the Tyson Grillin’ Wings in the Frozen Foods section at Sam’s Club.

I love shopping during this time of year. Everything looks so good, especially the produce. I thought about making a BBQ sauce to go on the Grillin’ Wings but after seeing all the great, fresh produce I was excited to make a Pico de Gallo. Don’t Pico de Gallo Grilled Chicken Wings sound heavenly?Tyson Grillin' Wings Pico de GalloWhat I love most about Tyson Grillin’ Wings is they’re already fully cooked and can be ready to serve in under 12 minutes on the grill. They’ve done the hard work for me and I can sit back and bask in the beautiful sunshine. These wings come in a huge 60 oz. bag at Sam’s Club so there’s plenty to go around.

Pico de Gallo is easy to make, it’s pretty much just an authentic Mexican salsa. Perfect for the upcoming Cinco de Mayo celebrations. I made mine using

  • fresh tomatoes (diced)
  • green peppers (diced)
  • onion (diced)
  • fresh cilantro (minced)
  • minced garlic cloves
  • a squirt lime

#Ad Easy Party Food with Tyson Grillin' Wings #whatsgrillinJust toss all the ingredients together in a large bowl and use as you see fit. This Pico de Gallo can be eaten alone or used on the grill to add even more flavor to your food.
I did make a homemade BBQ sauce too – for my friends who aren’t into veggies (I’ll convert them yet!) and they all raved about it so I’m gonna share the recipe with you. It’s a delicious sauce and easy to make. Oh, it’s budget friendly too! This homemade BBQ sauce uses items found in most kitchens and pantries.

#Ad Easy Party Food with Tyson Grillin’ Wings #whatsgrillin
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  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 dashes hot sauce (optional)


Combine all of the ingredients in a medium sized sauce pan. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Bring to room temperature before brushing on your meat of choice.

Pair Tyson Grillin’ Wings with a cool glass of Country Time Lemonade or Iced Tea and you have a lunch or dinner fit for friends and family. I can’t think of anything that could have made this day better for us!

#Ad Easy Party Food with Tyson Grillin' Wings #whatsgrillinBe sure to head to Sam’s Club to get your Tyson Grillin’ Wings and get ready for a good time! You can also connect with Tyson online:

#Ad Easy Party Food with Tyson Grillin' Wings #whatsgrillin

I picked these goodies up from Sam’s Club for this #CollectiveBias #whatsgrillin shop – They were front and center!

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Celebrating Summer Americana Style with #SummerGoodies #CollectiveBias

Celebrating Summer Americana Style with #SummerGoodies #CollectiveBias

Can you feel it? The warm air, the birds chirping, the water getting right…. it’s beginning to feel a lot like Summer! I’m so ready for it too after the extended winter we had. How long did winter last for you? I was so happy when  I could start leaving my windows open at night. It definitely called for a celebration and some Summer treats to complete this #CollectiveBias shop.

I haven’t been able to do much outdoorsy stuff since moving into my new apartment and that’s such a shame considering I have an amazing deck. It screams “Hang out on me!” and everyone in the neighborhood has been asking when they can come hang out on it. That happened this weekend finally.

SummerGoodies-CollectiveBias-shopI’m a sucker for a themed get together and I didn’t need to think too hard to figure out the theme for this one. Summer! I did want to give it an Americana feel so I opted for red, white and blue decor. I wanted to keep it simple and definitely didn’t want to spend all day in the kitchen so I headed to Walmart to pick up some goodies. I came away with Stouffer’s Garlic Chicken Skillets (quick and delicious), Wonka Peel-A-Pop Frozen Dessert Treats (Vanilla Banana) and Edy’s OUTSHINE® Fruit and Veggie Bars (peach mango medley).

Celebrating Summer Americana Style with #SummerGoodies #CollectiveBias

Nothing says Americana Summer like chicken and frozen treats!

These were such a great way to enjoy time with friends without the long prep work. Everything was Freshly Made, Simply Frozen and oh so good! The frozen fruit bars were the perfect Summer treats while the Stouffer’s Skillets offer quick meal solutions without oven prep. After all, who wants to spend their summer in the kitchen next to a hot oven?!Celebrating Summer Americana Style with #SummerGoodies #CollectiveBias
Instead of cooking the Stouffer’s Garlic Chicken Skillets on the stove top I opted to take it outside and do it in true Americana fashion. On the grill! This gave me time to engage my guests as well as enjoy the beautiful day.

Celebrating Summer Americana Style with #SummerGoodies #CollectiveBiasWhile we were waiting on the food to cook I was able to offer my guests a healthier snacking option with the Vanilla Banana Wonka Peel-A-Pop and Edy’s OUTSHINE® Fruit and Veggie Bars. Admittedly some were hesitant to try any frozen treat made with veggies but come one – Peach Mango! You  know they ate ’em up once they tried them.

WONKA™-Peel-A-Pop™And the Wonka Peel-A-Pop is just too cute. They actually taste like you’re eating a banana with the gummy banana flavored outside and the creamy vanilla inside. YUM!

Americana Bingo

You can’t have a gathering of any kind and not offer entertainment. For me, Bingo is about as American as it gets. I loved playing Bingo at the carnivals during the summer. I thought it would be fun to make my own Americana Bingo Cards and pass them out to my guests. We all enjoyed playing over and over so I am sharing the printable with you!

Just click on the image below and print. There are 8 Americana inspired images on the cards:

  • Taylor Swift
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Apple Pie
  • Grill
  • Baseball
  • Ice Cream
  • Fried Chicken
  • George Washington

and then there is the free space. Have fun!

Americana BingoAll in all I’d say we had one heck of a time. I can’t wait until Summer finally rolls around and we can have more days like this.

What says Americana Summer to you? What do you think of Wonka Peel-A-Pop?