Friday, January 15, 2021

Trying all three flavors of Cheetos Mac and Cheese

My brother keeps me in the loop on lots of interesting snack things I should test. When he sent a link to the new Cheetos Mac'n Cheese, I was definitely interested. I was only able to find one flavor at the time at my local Walmart. He found them all and shipped me all three flavors! 

There's Regular Cheetos Bold & Cheesy in the orange box. It's very appropriate that there would be a Flamin' Hot flavor too in an appropriately red box. The Cheesy Jalapeno isn't nearly as popular at the other two Cheetos Flavors, but I guess if you're going to do something like this, why not make it in three flavors. The price for these was pretty good too. Something like 95 cents a box, even here in So Cal. 

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Kool-Aid Tropical Punch Cotton Candy

Kool-Aid Cotton Candy? While I was at CVS I happened to see this randomly on the candy shelves. I like Cotton Candy, so yeah! Why not! And as I was looking around at graphics for this article, I found one of the Kool-Aid Man crashing through a wall holding cotton candy for a Mystery Flavor promotion they did recently. Gotta use that. 

The Kool-Aid Cotton Candy is Tropical Punch flavored. We'll be tasting it along side regular Kool-Aid Tropical Punch as well as Tropical Punch Kool-Aid Bursts. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Kids Make - Rainbow S'mores

It's time for another kids creation! Tonight, we're making Rainbow S'mores!

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Christmas Morning Pt1

It's a little late coming, but not as late as some other write-ups. It's Christmas morning! Merry Christmas! 

Monday, January 11, 2021

Pizza at Home - Gremolata Pan Pizza

Happy Sunday! Another day for making one of our favorite dinners. Pizza!
We've got a special one today, courtesy of a YouTube channel I follow. It's a pan pizza, similar to Pizza Hut, but with a different topping called Gremolata. Let's get started!

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Happy 40th Birthday Theresa!

Wow, has it really been 40 years? Happy Birthday Theresa!

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Saturday Morning Cereals - 3 different types of Lucky Charms - Original, Frosted Flakes, and Honey Clovers

It's Saturday morning and I'm still in bed when I hear Alli come into the room.
Alli - Daddy, can we do a taste test this morning?!?
Me (rubbing the sleep out of my eyes), sure Alli, let me go look and see what I have. 

In my taste test cabinet (yes, I have a cabinet for just my things), I find three different types of Lucky Charms. 

The marshmallows are the same, but the cereal part is very different. There's the original Lucky Charms Oat Cereal (similar to Cheerios), Lucky Charms Frosted Flakes (made from smashed corn), and Lucky Charms Honey Clovers (made of puffed corn, similar to Captain Crunch). 

Friday, January 8, 2021

Alli's Tootsie Pop Comparison - 19 different Tootsie Pop Flavors!

Mister Owl, how many different flavors of Tootsie Pop are there? 

Mister Owl - One, two, (crunch), three. 

Oh Mister Owl. Even when they were invented back in 1931 there were at least 5 flavors. Today we're trying 19 different flavors!

Wow! That's a whole bunch of different Tootsie Pops minis!

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Holiday Treats - Andes Mint Taste Test

I love that after-dinner mint known as the Andes Mint. The perfect amount of minty, chocolatey creaminess. I knew there were different varieties of Andes Mints and had thought about doing a taste test, but never got to it. Santa was watching me though and brought me 5 different Andes Mint flavors in my Christmas stocking! Perfect! Let's do a taste test! 

Today we'll be trying 5 different flavors. As I often do with these types of things, I like to do a little bit of research on the history of these. In 1921, Andrew Kanelos opened a candy shop in Illinois, calling it "Andy's Candies". Clever name, but it turned out his male customers didn't like giving boxes of candy to their girls with another guy's name on the box. Andrew decided to change the name to "Andes Candies" to address their concerns. 

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Holiday Treats - Salted Caramel Lays Chips

This year Lay's has brought us a new Limited Time Flavor just for the holidays! Today we're tasting Lay's Salted Caramel chips. 

This reminds me of those Salted Caramel Pringles we had back in 2015

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Holiday Treats - Making Gingerbread and Sugar cookies again!

Today we're making cookies! Yes, again! It's been fun getting together as a family and making them and decorating them, so this is the third batch of gingerbread cookies, and the second batch of sugar cookies!

Monday, January 4, 2021

National Spaghetti Day - January 4th

 Hooray! Today is National Spaghetti Day!

Pizza at Home - Kids make the pizza tonight

Happy Sunday! It's pizza day! Christmas was just a couple weeks ago and their cousin Aubrey knew how much they liked helping out in the kitchen. She gave them a present of a Young Chef cookbook plus a cute pink apron for Alli. As the kids were looking through it, they came across a recipe for pizza and asked if they could make pizza on Sunday. I think that's a fantastic idea! 

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Holiday Treats - Making a Chocolate Yule Log

Since 2014 I have challenged myself every Christmas to make a special holiday treat. It started with Gingerbread Men (2014)Homemade Candy Canes (2015)Fudge (2016), Peppermint Marshmallows (2017)Figgy Pudding (2018), and Eggnog (2019).

And even though this year I've already made my first Gingerbread House, Salted Caramels, and Surprise Sugar Cookies, I'm not counting any of those for my official yearly treat. I was having a hard time deciding what I should make this year when Theresa suggested that I try making a Yule Log cake. I've seen them at Disneyland, looking pretty fantastic, and decided that would be the perfect challenge to make this year!

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Holiday Treats - Cheetos Snowflakes

Not all these taste tests need to be big and involved. Sometimes a simple bag of Cheetos shaped like snowflakes can be fun to try. Today we're going to try these Cheetos White Cheddar Snowflakes!

Would you really give a bag of Cheetos Snowflakes as a present? This Limited Edition bag has a tag printed on it in the top corner with a To: and From: line. 

Friday, January 1, 2021

Pizza at Home - Happy New Year Black Eyed Peas Pizza

Happy New Year! Wow 2020 sure was something. Pizza is usually on Sunday, but this is New Year's Day and I've got a special pizza planned. 

Growing up in a southern family, I remember that every New Year's Day, along with our meal we'd have Black Eyed Peas. According to Southern Tradition, eating Black Eyed Peas on New Years Day is thought to bring good fortune and prosperity in the coming year. We could certainly use some of that going into 2021. 

My mother loves black eyed peas in general, but they're not always easy to come by. I was fortunate to spot a can of them at my local Walmart. Growing up, I remember sitting in the living room, everyone with a big pile of black eyed pea pods and just shelling them into a bowl while watching tv.