Berry Sauza Spritzer “Pitcher Perfect Picture” Selfie #Recipe #SauzaPitcherPics

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Normally when we think of a selifie it’s a photo of yourself with whatever you want with you in the picture and you take with with your own phone. With the invention of the selfie stick you can now take a photo with an enormous amount of people it’s questionable if it’s actually a selfie. Well today, I’m going to push the envelope even further and show you a Sauza Tequila selfie. This selfie being the coctail we invented along with a bottle of Suaza Tequila!

Here is our Berry Sauza Spritzer Recipe

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup of berries soaking in Tequila for an hour in the fridge

Then 1 oz Sauza Tequila
Add berries
Top off with sprite

Enjoy!


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Honey Bunches of Oats “Fried” Ice Cream

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Ok, so I actually love fried ice cream and thought it was this impossible treat and could never ever be made at home. It’s just this delicious combination of flavors and texture. Two months ago, Honey Bunches of Oats sent me a special recipe using their cereal to make Fried Ice Cream at home. However, my son kept eating all the cereal before I got to taking a photo of the ice cream creation. So today I finally was able to secure a photo before he even opened the box. He was so relieved that I took my photo so that he could dive into another box of Honey Bunches of Oats as his breakfast. Here is the amazing recipe that includes an optional cinnamon chocolate sauce. We didn’t use the sauce but we did use Tillamook’s cinnamon horchata ice cream flavor and it was the perfect combination to the Honey Bunches of Oats.

Fried ice cream

 

Ingredients

“Fried” Ice cream:

1 cup Honey Bunches of Oats Almond cereal

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1/4 teaspoon chili powder

1 Tablespoon vegetable oil

2 cups vanilla ice cream

Cinnamon-Chocolate Sauce:

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

3 Tablespoons heavy cream

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions

Place cereal in a medium bowl and lightly crush with your hands or the back of a wooden spoon. Add coconut and chili powder and combine.

In a large skillet, heat vegetable oil. Add cereal and coconut mixture and fry until it is golden brown and toasted, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely

Using a 1/2 cup measure, scoop ice cream and quickly form balls with your hands. Place on a small try and immediately return to the freezer for at least 30 minutes or until the balls are firm.

Remove ice cream balls from freezer and quickly roll each ball in the cereal and coconut mixture. Return to freezer for at least another 30 minutes or until the balls are firm again.

When ready to serve, combine the chocolate chips, cream and cinnamon in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. If the chips are not completely melted, stir and microwave for an additional 30 seconds.

Serve each fried ice cream ball with a drizzle of cinnamon-chocolate.

6 Tips For Encouraging Healthy Habits in Children

Childhood obesity is a growing problem that leads to all sorts of health problems. That’s why you should make sure your kids have healthy lifestyles that promote healthy bodies. Here are six tips for encouraging healthy habits in children without all the fuss.

Set an Example for Your Children

Kids want to be like their parents. If they see you eating healthy foods and trying to get exercise, they will want to do the same. Therefore, set the example for your kids by making healthy lifestyle choices yourself. Studies show that active parents tend to have more active and healthy kids. It’s all about being the role model.

Be Active as a Family

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Another way to encourage healthy habits in children is to get active together. Plan weekly or daily activities that get your children moving with you. For instance, go to the park to play ball together; walk the dog as a family; or take care of a garden. Most kids are willing to be active if it is for a family activity, especially if the activity is fun.

Limit Time in Front of Computers and TVs

A lot of very good things have come about because of the technology revolution, but a sedentary lifestyle is not one of them. Don’t allow your kids to come home from school and spend their evenings in front of the TV. A little screen time won’t hurt, but make sure your children have plenty of things to do that will keep them active and more healthy. For instance, you can put them in soccer or other sports.

Eliminate Unhealthy Foods from Your Home

When given the choice between an apple and a candy bar, children are going to choose the candy bar most of the time. If the candy bar is never an option, you’re more likely to have healthy kids. It’s also important to educate your children about the types of food they should eat. It’s never a good idea to be sneaky about getting kids to eat vegetables; it just creates distrust.

Create Daily Hygiene Routines

Children love routines — it helps them know what to expect and they have better behavior as a result. You can encourage healthy habits in children by establishing good routines. For instance, make teeth brushing part of the bedtime routine. If your children know they have to brush their teeth, they won’t complain. Dental hygiene is important, so you should always schedule routine visits. This is easier and more affordable if you have a dental discount plan as a supplement to dental insurance. These plans can be found at places like Reassurance Dental, they’re designed to provide added discounts to what dental insurance doesn’t cover.

Stay Positive and Avoid Harassment

Kids feed off of praise. So, encourage healthy habits by praising children when they make healthy choices. Try not to harass them too much because they might rebel — positivity is a much better way to encourage good behavior. This is the simplest piece of parenting advice there is, but it goes a long way in ensuring your kids are happy and healthy.

These are just a few things you can do to help your kids form healthy habits. Do you have any other suggestions? Leave a comment below.

Asus ZenFone 2E Available from AT&T GoPhone

ASUS and AT&T today announces the new ZenFone 2E for smartphone users that want an uncompromised budget smartphone experience. The new ASUS ZenFone 2E ushers in a new era of budget smartphones with luxurious design, features, performance, LTE1 connectivity, up to 38 hours of talk time (2G) / 20 hours (3G) and up to 17 days of standby time (2G) / 18 days (3G)2 to AT&T GoPhone customers at a value price of $119.99.

ZenFone 2E features a premium ergonomic arc design that fits in the palm of your hand for greater comfort and weight balance. The ergonomic design has a swappable back cover that is easy to replace; black and white covers are included with all ZenFone 2Es to let users decide which color matches their attire.

“ASUS is excited to launch the ZenFone 2E with AT&T. The ASUS ZenFone 2E embodies our philosophy of empowering luxury for everyone,” says Benson Lin, corporate vice president and general manager for mobile communications, ASUS. “Working with AT&T enables us to deliver an excellent smartphone experience on a high-speed 4G LTE network to consumers on a budget.”

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Powered by a dual-core Intel® Atom™ processor (Clover Trail+), the ASUS ZenFone 2E has plenty of performance for daily smartphone use whether you’re surfing the web, browsing social media or killing time with games. A high-definition 5-inch LED backlit IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 delivers crisp details, 1780 wide viewing angles and rich colors for uncompromised visual fidelity.

ASUS PixelMaster camera technology enables the ZenFone 2E to take incredible images and selfies with its 8MP rear and 2MP front cameras. The ZenFone 2E PixelMaster camera technology provides users with auto, low-light, time rewind, and HDR modes to help users capture an image in difficult lighting conditions.

Support for 4G LTE, 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0  enables the ASUS ZenFone 2E to connect to AT&T’s lightning-fast cellular network, home and free Wi-Fi networks and Bluetooth peripherals with ease for network connectivity whether you’re at home or on the go. A micro SD slot makes expanding the 8GB onboard storage with a 64GB micro SDXC card a breeze too (card sold separately).

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

The ASUS ZenFone 2E is available immediately from Walmart and Target retail stores in the US while availability at AT&T stores begin July 24, 2015. Best Buy stores begin selling the ASUS ZenFone 2E on August 2, 2015. Pricing for the ZenFone 2E is $119.99 on AT&T pre-paid GoPhone plans.

Exclusive Interview with Marvel’s Kevin Feige and Ant-Man’s Peyton Reed #AntManEvent

The president of Marvel, Kevin Feige is always a pleasure to interview, and during the Ant-Man press conference he wasn’t even on our schedule. He loves the mommy bloggers so much that he decided to pop in when Director Peyton Reed came in, Kevin Feige popped in as well. These guys are so passionate, focused, and ready for a good laugh which is a must in the Marvel world. I have to start off with a fun fact here about Peyton Reed.

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Peyton Reed was an ardent Marvel fanboy. When he was in high school, Reed made a pencil drawing of the punk band he was in, in which he depicted the band as a recreation of “The Avengers #1” cover,  where each of the band members was a different Avenger. Perhaps it was a flash of precognition, but Reed drew himself as Ant-Man.  

 

Q : So with Ant-Man being more humorous what was that like to film a Marvel superhero that was humorous?

Peyton: Well, I think that was one of the things that appealed to me about it in the first place was that, you know, particularly in the context of Marvel movies it was sort of a smaller, more intimate Marvel movie and it did kind of revolve around family. Scott Lang, his one goal in the movie is to when he gets out of prison is to “become a part of his daughter’s life.” That’s it, that’s all he wants. And it’s a really strong, relatable personal goal. You know, of course he has to go on a crazy journey and achieve a lot of crazy things to–– to become a part of her life but that’s it.

And I also liked that it was always a part of the movie that, you know, Michael Douglas and Paul Rudd’s characters, they both have daughters and they both have kind of strange relationships. They want to be closer to their daughter. Um, and I like that that’s sort of a bond that they have. They may not realize that that’s their bond at all, but it is. And with Hank Pym and Hope, um, it’s crucial to the success of pulling off this heist they have to repair that relationship. ‘Cause they’re never gonna achieve that goal unless they, you know, they find some peace with each other.

…….. And in particular when you have Paul Rudd at the center of it, um, you know, it’s gonna be funny.

 

Making this movie there were a LOT of special effects. There had to be to include an army of ants right? Well I really enjoyed learning about how that came about and Peyton shared his experiences.

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Peyton: There are I think 1600 visual effects in the movie, it’s a big deal in that regard. But it really is what–– what Marvel does extremely well. I mean, we have Jake Morrison who’s our Visual Effects Supervisor. I spent a lot of time with him and sort of talking about the look of the movie and, um, and the realism that we wanted. We were gonna be doing what’s hopefully the definitive “shrinking movie” for 2015. And ……….it had to look as photorealistic as possible.

FUN FACT: For the scaled-down Ant-Man sequences, the filmmakers used a combination of motion-picture macro photography, still macro photography, motion capture with the actors, motion capture with the stunt people, and for every set they built miniature sets, called macro sets. Macro photography is extreme close-up photography that produces photographs of small items larger than life-size.

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PEYTON: And it really had to put the viewer down in that environment. When he shrinks down we were gonna be shrinking the audience down with him. And what would that look like and–– and feel and how are we gonna achieve that? ‘Cause I wanted, you know, if he’s running across a table I wanted to really feel like the texture of the table and all that. So, um, Marvel just happens to employ the top people in Hollywood for doing that and it was a huge education for me in that regard and I, but I–– I loved it. It was, it was, it’s amazing and the stuff that they are able to pull off is, it’s kind of mind-boggling.

FUN FACT: In the spirit of shooting everything in miniature, the macro photography team built a mini clapperboard, the device filmmakers use to help synchronize picture and sound. Originally made of wood and handwritten on with chalk, clapperboards now have digital features, but the one for the macro sets was of the old-fashioned variety. 

When creating these films, how do you try to incorporate things to get the women a little more involved and excited about the film as well?

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Kevin: Well, I think, I think, uh, all of our movies, have appeal to both. And I think people still feel, this is our 12th movie so I’m not sure why it still seems surprising but in test screenings oftentimes, the movies are rated higher by the women in the audience than by the men. So when people go, “Oh, you know, these, women don’t usually like these kind of movies,” I go, “Well, that’s not true.” I mean, there are men that don’t like them, there are women that, you know, but it’s, but it really is a huge portion of the fan base now. Uh, and I don’t know that we sit and go, “Okay how do we make the movie work for us, frankly.” We want to see, uh, the powerful women because we all have powerful women in our lives. That’s the way of the world. Um, so when it comes to Hope it was a big part of the development of the development of the movie, in particular when Peyton came on board and when Evangeline was about to come on board, um, of how to, you know, a lot, the big question was,

“Well, why isn’t she in the suit?” She could easily be in the suit. She is, she is clearly in the movie–– movie that we’ve made, uh, more capable than–– than, uh, Scott Lang is to be in the suit.

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And that became the cruxt of her issues with her dad and her issues with–– with the way that–– that he, uh, the relationship they had growing up. Um, and why it becomes a big reveal in the movie. This is why I’m so adamant about it, um, leading up to the moment at the very end of the movie where he gets over those issues, uh, and she says, which I think is one of my favorite quotes of any of our films, “It’s about damn time.”

AND FOR YOU TO UNDERSTAND THAT QUOTE YOU HAVE TO GO SEE THE ENDING OF THE MOVIE OF ANTMANT.

What You Want To Know About Ant-Man #AntManEvent

Ant-Man is out in theaters today and I know why you should take your family to go see it. I will admit I was worried about this one being ok for kids, at least ok for my own kids. My kids for one are sensitive to suspense and when it comes to bugs OMG. My kids will run to the hills screaming like babies to get away from a but. In all honesty I’m just like them so I was worried about how the ants would come across. How did the ants come across? They were almost cute.

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So Paul Rudd is in jail for committing a cyber crime. He stole money from rich people that were screwing around with little people and he gave it to the little people. This caught the attention of one rich person in particular, Dr. Hank Pym. Dr. Pym played by Michael Douglas is looking for a replacement. He needs someone to steal his technology back from his old business partners. Along with Dr. Pym’s daughter, Evangeline Lilly, they train Scott to become Ant-Man.

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It’s a fantastic adventure story that focuses on family dynamics. We have Scott just trying to have permission to even be around his daughter because he loves her so much. Then we have the father daughter dynamic also between Dr. Pym and his daughter Hope. It’s going to do quite well in the theater as it hits the comic book fans where they want to be hit. It also gets all the men who like to see action movies and see things blow up. Then it also hits the female audience with Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll and Michael Pena as some really dreamy characters. Oh and you have your comedy, Marvel movies allow actors to play with their lines and Paul Rudd had everyone on set struggling to stay in character so you can only imagine how that plays out in the movie.

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So go take your family to see Ant-Man, that’s where we’re headed.

Ant-Man’s Bad Guy Interview with Corey Stoll

What does it take to be a bad guy in a Marvel movie? It takes someone that looks like they could be a good guy. They are strong, funny and repulsive but that’s because someone has to be the bad guy right? In the new Marvel movie Ant-Man the bad guy is Corey Stoll the guy that felt he wasn’t supported appropriately. Well in real life he’s a funny guy with a lot of charm. I had the opportunity to interview him a few weeks ago and he even entered the room with so much energy that I knew it was going to be a great interview.

Corey Stoll Interview

Here are a few pieces of the interview:

Tell Us About Being a Bad Guy:

Corey: It really wasn’t, it was not hard at all. My first day of shooting was sort of a microcosm of what the whole shoot would be where in the Morning was all, um, Motion Capture, totally abstract, just stunts and you know, it was like being in a Silent Film where you run this way and then duck and then pick up a toy train and throw it, um, and it was just, you know, pure play. Um, and so that was – that was really fun and then the Afternoon was a very quiet scene with Michael Douglas where I show up at his house unannounced and it’s our really most sort of intense scene.

And uh, it was just such a great way to start because there are these two extremes of what this role would be. And yeah, it was just fun. I think as we went on, there was a lot of, you know, with Peyton trying to calibrate. I want to make sure this Character is scary but I also love how, what a Loser he was. So and – and he has this incredible, you know, he’s – he’s the least cool guy in the World. He wants to be Tony Stark. He wants to be the coolest guy in the world.

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He’s puffing himself up with these Tom Ford Suits and driving an Aston Martin.. Um, and so he puffs himself up. Uh, but he doesn’t really… He knows that he’s not that guy. And um, and yeah, that’s the irony, he’s trying to buff himself up in the end to impress this Father figure and it’s exactly the opposite of what a Father figure wants. Um, so I mean I think the script was – was really smart about giving very real, playable motivations.

Q : Were you always a Comic Book Fan?

Corey : Yeah, you also have, in Junior High School and High School, I was really into Comic Books starting with the real Super Hero Marvel Comic Books and then getting into some sort of darker stuff but um, yeah, I mean Spiderman, X-Men, and all that stuff.

Q : Who’s your favorite?

Corey: You know, he really bounced around but I would definitely say this about Spiderman. He was just the guy that I think that as a High School Student that you could identify with the most. Um, and just, then also just the New Yorkness. You know, I never really, you know, I liked Batman and I mean, and Superman but they were all in these sort of fictional Cities and uh, Spiderman was New York. You know, as a kid from Queens, the idea, you know, that fantasy of being able to swing through the – the buildings that I see every day was really cool.

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Q : Talk about the suit.

Corey : No, we try to, I did two separate trips down to Atlanta just to try on different versions of the — of the suit and it just never looked right. And I remember the first time I tried it on, everybody was trying to convince themselves that it looked cool. Yeah, yeah, it’s gonna be great, just a little CGI over there and you know, it looked great. And I was, I just felt like a Power Ranger. So and luckily, you know, smarter heads prevailed and they just did it off CGI.

 

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Tell us a bit about a scene you thought was more difficult.

Corey : Well the big sort of climax scene in the — in the Feature’s Vaults, uh, where I have sort of lured Hank Penn and Hope in order to deliver my big Villain Monologue and all that. I mean, I would say it was several days, maybe 3 days shooting that scene. It was an — it was an endurance feat because there were so many people in that scene. Uh, you know, we really felt like we were sort of trapped in that room for a long time. Um, but it was — it was just — it was just really fun to have that license to just be that big sort of Bond Villain, you know, just for it.

 

ANT-MAN COMES TO THEATERS JULY 17

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Truvia Natural Lemonade Recipe

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It’s been really hot here and Lemonade has been on the kids mind for a while. They wanted to go all out and make a lemonade stand but I’ve been sick and didn’t have the energy for that. I barely had the energy to help Zoe make it at all. But I realized how important it was so I even let her try learning some knife skills. It quickly was handed back over to me because the lemons produce so much juice things got wet/sticky/slippery all at one time.

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She did however enjoy peeling the lemons and putting all the pulp inside the Ninja!.

 

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She also enjoyed putting in the Truvía® natural sweetener can help support a low or reduced calorie diet when used on fruit or in your favorite drinks. And unlike other stevia products on the market, it’s great-tasting every time. Truvía® Spoonable is the best way to bring Truvía® Natural Sweetener home. Zoe loves to use it. And now this zero calorie sweetener is right within reach on your countertop to add to your favorite healthy foods or tasty sweets. Experience the sweeter side of healthier living today.

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Lemonade Recipe

Ingredients:

5-6 lemons peeled

4-5 cups water

1/2 cup Truvía® natural sweetener

 

Put all the ingredients in the Ninja or mixer that you have and blend until smooth.

 

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Behind the Scenes Of Disney’s New Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything

Disney’s New Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything premieres July 22nd at 9:30pm ET/PT on Disney XD!! My kids are excited about this show coming on soon. I was lucky enough to go behind the scenes a few weeks ago. Then I was able to see the set, meet the characters and watch a network run through. The set is a long side of sets, different rooms side by side and then on the other side is another set of sets side by side. But before we take a look at the set photos let’s meet the characters.

Cameron Boyce as Conor       Murray Wyatt Rundus as Wendell Felix Avitia as Franklin Sophie Reynolds as Ashley

 

The subcultures of high school and professional video gaming are merged in the sitcom “Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything” starring Cameron Boyce (Disney Channel’s “Jessie” and “Descendants”) as a 15-year-old video game-playing phenomenon who enrolls in public high school for the first time.  Now, he must deploy his virtual gaming acumen to circumvent real-life challenges.
Cool and charismatic Conor gains notoriety as the ace game player “KidFury,” but he suffers a devastating thumb injury that forces him off the high-flying professional gaming circuit.  After years of being privately tutored, Conor enrolls in public school, Mondale High, for the first time and meets three fellow gamers – Franklin, Wendell and Ashley who help him for form the school’s first-ever gaming league. 

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The series captures the fun spirit of the gaming culture by weaving digital graphics (“Game Over” and “Achievement Unlocked”) into the stories.  Video games come to life onscreen during “gamer vision” sequences that depict alternate realities whenever the characters face particularly challenging situations. 

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Also starring are Murray Wyatt Rundus as the overly-confident but lovable Wendell; Felix Avitia as the gamer-groupie Franklin; and Sophie Reynolds as the quirky and fun Ashley. 

 

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I play Conner – he was a professional gamer. He did all these tours, went to Tokyo and London and all these places doing these professional tournaments. In the midst of a tournament, he breaks his thumb, which is kind of what you need to game. So, Conner has to basically be a regular kid now. He was home schooled and other stuff to do his gaming, and his mom tells him ‘okay, well you’re going to go to regular school.’ Conor doesn’t really know how to be a regular kid, so he goes and he makes some friends, but he tries to use them at first to get back on the tour where he thinks he belongs. Then eventually he realizes that he kind of likes having these guys around. Instead of going on the solo gaming tour, he chooses to keep these guys around and go on the team tour. – Cameron Boyce

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I play Ashley and she’s the girl  that hangs with the guys. She’s not always the smartest with the books, but she’s got a really good heart and, she’s just a good friend. She’s a great gamer, super-smart gamer and that’s her strength. – Sophie Reynolds

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I play Franklin and he’s very positive, very energetic. He’s not the best gamer like these guys who grew up like that, but he really wants to be. He wants to fit in with people and he wants to be a part of the group. He’s very smart though, outside of the gaming world. He knows common sense and knows he loves school and, of course, he’s got a great sense of fashion. Always wearing ties and shoes and pants and shirts. He’s just a good kid and he wants to make everybody as happy as they can be all the time. That’s what I love about him. – Felix Avitia

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I play Wendell and he’s very, very full of himself. He is a very cocky character. He believes everyone around him doesn’t know what’s really going on, and that he is really the mastermind of everything that’s going on. He’s very aggressive when he plays video games with the crew and that really describes him. – Murray Wyatt Rundus

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We briefly spoke with them about the show. They seem like they are having a blast working together. And who doesn’t like playing video games at their age? Cameron was asked about his transition from Jessie to this show and I remember him saying that the schedule is different but the actors became an instant family. And after watching them work together in the network run through I could see how well they all get along.

Here are some fun shots from the set, when you sit down with your family and watch this show see if you can find each of these items.

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Air Fried Hormel Chili Bites #Home30 #HormelFamily

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Our second recipe using the Philips Airfryer is a very healthy chili cheese bite. Enjoy family favorites any day of the week without the guilt or hassle of cooking with excess oil. From french fries to chicken wings to muffins, the Airfryer’s ability to fry, roast, bake or grill is almost unbelievable: that is until you’ve tried it. To explore the recipes that are included with your Viva or Viva Digital Airfryer click here. For Avance XL Airfryer recipes click here. For exclusive recipes created by MealEasy.com click here.

Air Fried Chili Cheese Bites

Using the Philips Airfryer again I actually made a few different types of bites. The Favorite though were the Chili Cheese Bites.

Air Fried Chili Cheese Bites Recipe

Ingredients:

Nasoya Won Ton Wrappers

Hormel Chili

Cheddar Cheese

 

Directions:

Heat the Air Fryer to 350

Fill the Won Ton Wrappers with some chili and cheese and seal them with water around the edges, then place and squeeze a wrapper on top. I found that folding up the edges kept them together better.

Cook for about 3 – 5 minutes, follow guidelines on the machine

Serve!

 

I really am enjoying this air fryers.