October 6, 2015

Wendy's Halloween Coupon Books and Spooky Spiderweb Black Bean Dip

It's that time of year again! Fall is here and it is finally October. You know what that means, right? Halloween! Ava and I have so much fun making treats for Halloween especially for her friends in music class. I am always trying to think of non-candy options for the kids along with savory Halloween themed recipes for our October gatherings with friends. 
Well, I think I found the answers folks! I have a new appetizer recipe to share and a non candy treat alternative from Wendy's that only costs $1 and supports a great cause! 
This Halloween we are going to give Ava's friends and the trick or treaters in our neighborhood coupons for a Wendy’s Frosty® instead of candy. That's right, now through November 1, Wendy’s is selling their popular Halloween Coupon Books. For only $1, you can get 5 or 10 free Jr. Frosty coupons. * 
Not only is this a great deal but when you purchase the coupon books from Wendy's 
you are supporting finding forever families for children waiting in foster care. Funds from the sales of the coupons books will go to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption® to support programs such as Wendy’s Wonderful Kids. ** This charity was founded in 1992 by Wendy's founder Dave Thomas, who was an adopted child himself. The foundation works to find permanent, loving homes for the more than 130,000 children waiting in North America’s foster care system.

* Number of coupons per book vary based on location.
** $0.85 cents of every dollar from the Halloween Coupon Books will go to support the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

Learn more about Wendy’s and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.
Second, I want to share a delicious savory Halloween themed appetizer with y'all!
This Spooky Spiderweb Black Bean Dip can be made in mere minutes and is not only tasty but also gluten free and super cute! Check out the recipe below.


  • 1 large garlic clove, pressed
  • 14.5 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • salt and pepper, to taste (about 1/4 tsp each)
  • smoked paprika, for garnish
  • sour cream, for garnish


  1. In a large food processor, add all ingredients (except garnishes).
  2.  Blend until smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. 
  3. Pour into a bowl and sprinkle on smoked paprika. 
  4. Using a squeeze bottle (or a plastic storage baggie with corner cut off) add sour cream spiderweb design on top.
  5. Chill until ready to serve. 
  6. Serve with chips and veggies on the side for dipping.
 Bean sure to rinse and drain your beans well before adding to the food processor.
 Add in one large garlic clove, pressed.
 Pour in water, lime juice, and olive oil.
 Now add the seasonings: cumin and salt and pepper.
 Now blend until smooth.
 Pour into a bowl.
Garnish with smoked paprika.
 Add sour cream to a squeeze bottle.
 Add a spiderweb design on top of the dip with the sour cream.
I like to add a plastic spider for fun too!
I found these cute corn chips at the grocery store. 
They are perfect for dipping in my Spooky Spiderweb Black Bean Dip.
It's truly Spook-tacular (sorry I couldn't help myself)!
Mommy-daughter dates often include a stop for a treat 
like Wendy's Junior Frosty® for Ava and a Green Tea with strawberries for me!
I love my sweet girls! 
Instead of handing out candy this Halloween, 
consider purchasing a Wendy’s Halloween Coupon Book!

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All opinions are 100% mine.
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September 30, 2015

Amazon Cloud Drive Photo Storage and Game Day Pecan Football Cheese Ball

Being a Mom of two young ones and a food blogger, y'all know I take a lot of pictures. My phone, my camera, my computer, my hard drives are all jam packed with pictures and videos. I am talking thousands upon thousands of files. But what happens of I lose my phone? Or my computer breaks? 

Yep. I lose it all.

Luckily, Amazon has come to my rescue- and yours too!

New Amazon Cloud Drive lets customers securely store their endless amounts of photos, videos, movies, music, and files. 

You can access it on your computer or tablet and they even have the Amazon Photo app!

It is easy to use and navigate and it is connected to your Amazon account. 

I love that I can set it on my phone so my photos automatically upload to Amazon Cloud and it frees up valuable space on my phone storage!

One of the things I take the most pictures and videos of this time of year are outings with my family, like our recent trip to Houston for our first NFL football game. We saw the Texans plays the Bucs and loved every minute of it! I filled my phone with minute by minute pics of my girls and hubby enjoying the game, eating the food, touring the stadium, and even tailgating beforehand. After the game, I simply transferred all the files straight to Amazon Cloud. No worries. No hassle. My photo memories are safe and sound.

Check out my Pecan Football Shaped Cheese Ball recipe below. Perfect for game day! 
If you are an Amazon Prime member, you already have access to Amazon Cloud Drive with Prime Photos, which provides unlimited photo storage as part of your Prime membership. In addition, Prime members get 5 GB of additional storage space for videos, movies, music, and files.

Amazon recently announced two unlimited storage plans, both start with a free 3-month trial:

    • Unlimited Everything Plan ($59.99 per year—equivalent of less than $5 per month): Store an infinite number of new and existing photos, videos, files, documents, movies, and music in Cloud Drive.
    • Unlimited Photos Plan ($11.99 per year—equivalent of less than $1 per month): Similar to the Prime member benefit – non Prime members can also store an infinite number of photos in Cloud Drive without worrying about taking up space on phones, cameras, or other devices. This plan also includes 5 GB of additional storage for videos or other documents and files.

What are you waiting for? Sign up for Amazon Cloud Drive today!


2 pkg. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened and cubed
1 pkg. (8 oz.) shredded Gouda Cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
1/2 cup mayo (I like Duke's)
2 green onions, diced
1 cup pecans, finely chopped
2 Tbsp. pimento strips
Crackers and sliced veggies for dipping


  1. Beat first 4 ingredients (cheeses and mayo) with mixer or add to a food processor until blended. 
  2. Stir in onions and spread into a container. 
  3. Refrigerate several hours.
  4. Remove from fridge, add to a platter or plate, and form into a football shape.
  5.  Coat the cheese ball with the chopped pecans.
  6. Add pimentos for the lacing. 
  7. Serve with crackers and veggies.
You can use whatever cheese you like for this recipe. 
I shredded 2 cups of Gouda because I love Gouda on everything!
I added my pecans to a food processor until they were finely chopped.
They need to be same pieces to coat the sides of the cheeseball.
 Add all three cheeses and mayo to a food processor and blend until combined.
 Stir in onions and spread into a container.
Cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours. 
Remove from fridge, add to a plate, and from into a football shape.
 Coat the cheese ball with the chopped pecans.
Add pimento strips on top for the football lacing.
Serve with crackers and veggies for dipping.
The perfect appetizer for game day!
Houston is only 3 hours away from where we live and we travel there often.
But this was our first trip to a NFL game. 
I won the tickets in the Riunite Chili Cook-off!
Time for our first family trip to a professional football game!
We had great tickets in the end-zone. 
I couldn't believe how many people were in this massive stadium!
My little footballer in her Bucs jersey (I mean come on, Mama's from Florida!)
 and her souvenir football!
The girls did great! No crying and they didn't mind the noise!
Ava actually chanted "First Football Game!" the whole time! 
We almost made it to the end of the game....then Ava slept the whole drive home!

Keep your photo memories safe. 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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