Cinco de Mayo Mango Margarita Ice Pops Recipe

Now we’re talking about things I love, home made ice pops and they include tequila! Blendtec shared a fantastic recipe to create your own Ice Pops with ease!.

Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 8.57.26 AMMango Margarita Ice Pops Recipe

½ c mango yogurt
¼ c ripe mango
1½ oz orange juice
3 tbsp lime juice
½ tbsp agave nectar
1½ oz tequila*
½ oz triple sec*
berries or other fruit (optional)

Add all ingredients but optional fruit to FourSide jar in order listed. Secure lid and select “Smoothie.” Pour mixture into ice pop molds, filling ¾ full. If desired, add optional fruit, dividing evenly among molds. Freeze ice pops until solid. Makes four 3-ounce ice pops.

*For an alcohol-free version, substitute 1½ ounces water for tequila and ¼ teaspoon orange extract for triple sec.

Creamy Taco Soup Recipe

I love using fresh food to make something really tasty and with a blender like Blendtec it’s so EASY. Between the guacamole and the margaritas, Cinco de Mayo is one of the most festive food holidays. There is one kitchen gadget that can make all the necessary dishes.. Appliances from Blendtec (of Will It Blend fame) are a blender and food processor rolled into one. They can be used to make margaritas and mixed drinks, of course, but also salsas, dips, hummus, pizza dough, ice cream or brownies

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Creamy Taco Soup Recipe

Servings: 6-8


2 (5.3 oz) containers plain, nonfat Greek yogurt
1/2 c reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 (15 oz) can Navy beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (4 oz) can diced green chilies
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes, drained
2 tbsp fresh-squeezed lime juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp ground ancho chili powder
3 tbsp fresh cilantro, plus extra for garnish
2 tsp Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime Seasoning Blend
1 c fresh corn kernels
1 lb shredded, cooked chicken breast
1 c shredded Colby-Jack cheese, for garnish


  1. Place yogurt, broth, Navy and black beans, green chilies, tomatoes, lime juice, garlic and all spices (through the Mrs. Dash seasoning blend) in your Blendtec, and blend on the ‘Soup’ setting.
  2. Once the soup has blended, pour it into a large stockpot set on medium-high heat.
  3. Add the corn and shredded chicken to the soup and continue to cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Portion the soup into 6-8 bowls, topping each with chopped cilantro and shredded cheese, if desired. Serve immediately.

Agua Fresca de Sandia Recipe

What’s better than a glass of lemonade on a hot summer day? In states like California and Texas summer hits in early May if not even sooner and lemonade may already be on your mind. Well Blendtec was kind enough to share a fantastic recipe for Agua Fresca de Sandia! YUM! Super easy and refreshing.


Agua Fresca de Sandia Recipe

Agua Fresca is to Central America what lemonade is to the United States on a warm summer day.


4   c watermelon, seeded and cubed

2   tbsp agave nectar

1   tbsp fresh lime juice

1   c ice cubes


Add ingredients to WildSide jar in order listed. Secure lid and select "Smoothie." Pour into glasses, and garnish with lime slices and ice.

An Easy Salsa Recipe Perfect For Cinco De Mayo

I am a huge fan of Mexican food and my birthday is the day after Cinco De Mayo which I love because everyone is in the mood to eat my favorite food on my birthday. Salsa, beans, chicken, pork, it can all be turned into great food. I received this recipe from Blendtec, (of Will It Blend fame) are a blender and food processor rolled into one. I love using a blender and a food processor when cooking.


Easy Salsa Recipe

Serve this slightly chunky salsa with homemade baked tortilla chips. To move this mild salsa up on the Scoville scale, add a little cayenne pepper or fresh jalapeños.


4   oz canned green chilies, not drained

1   tbsp fresh lime juice

1   clove garlic, quartered

12   tsp kosher salt

14   tsp ground cumin

1412   oz can diced tomatoes, not drained

2   tbsp onion

14   c fresh cilantro leaves


Add green chilies, lime juice, garlic, salt, and cumin to FourSide jar and secure lid. Press "Pulse" 3–5 times. Add tomatoes, onion, and cilantro. Secure lid and "Pulse" 3–5 times.

Beef Nacho Bites Recipe #HormelFamily

As a member of Hormel Family I get to share some really fun Hormel inspired recipes. Here is one I love because I love nachos for almost any meal.

Beef Nachos

Beef Nacho Bites


Servings: 2 4 8 12 This recipe is recommended for 4 servings

  • 4 CHI-CHI’S® Soft Taco Size Flour Tortilla
  • 1 (15-ounce) package HORMEL® Beef Tips & Gravy Entree, heated according to package directions and coarsely shredded
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups shredded taco cheese blend
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1/2 cup diced tomato
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1 (8-ounce) package WHOLLY GUACAMOLE® Classic Dip
  • Canola oil, for frying


  1. Heat broiler.
  2. Cut each tortilla into 8 wedges. In large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add tortilla wedges; cook 1 minute or until golden brown. Remove to paper towel to drain.
  3. Transfer tortilla chips to broiler pan. Top each chip with beef. Sprinkle with cheese. Broil 1 to 2 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  4. Sprinkle nachos with lettuce, tomato and onion. Dollop with guacamole.

Great Recipe: How To Make Turbo FAST Cookies #StreamTeam

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Turbo FAST Cookies

All you need is food coloring, basic sugar cookie dough, toothpicks, mini marshmallows, colorful candy of your choosing, icing…and your imagination!


Check out DreamWorks Animation’s Pinterest page for inspiration:

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Bacon Deviled Eggs Recipe #HormelFamily

As part of the Hormel Family I’m excited to share another really great and tasty recipe that’s perfect for Easter. Actually it’s perfect for anytime you’re craving eggs and bacon. Try this Bacon Topped Deviled Eggs Recipe with Hormel Real Bacon Bits that I have found to be very tasty as I have used them as a garnish on top of soups!

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12 eggs
½ cup mayonnaise
½ cup HORMEL® Real Bacon Bits plus more for garnish
2 tablespoons finely shredded Cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon mustard

1. Place eggs in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring water to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Cover and let eggs stand in hot water 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from hot water and cool. To cool more quickly, rinse eggs under cold running water.
2. Peel hard-cooked eggs and cut in half lengthwise. Remove yolks to a small bowl. Mash egg yolks with mayonnaise, bacon bits and cheese. Stir in mustard. Fill egg white halves with yolk mixture. Sprinkle more bits on top. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Sharing A Spinach and Berry Smoothie with Truvía® Natural Sweetener Recipe

As you all know or should know by now I’m on a diet and working with Nutrisystem. With that I’m allowed to have only none sugar sweeteners because sugar is known to be a problem with people’s weight. Which really makes me feel that my relationship with Truvia is such a great fit right now for my diet. This is a compensated post thanks to Truvia, but I’m also posting it because I truly am making changes in my life to eat and live healthier.

Green smoothie

Spinach and Berry Smoothie with Truvía® Natural Sweetener Recipe

  • 1 cup fresh strawberries
  • 1 whole banana
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup almond milk, unsweetened
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1 cup ice
  • 4 to 8 packets Truvía® natural sweetener to desired level of sweetness
  1. Add all ingredients into a blender.
  2. Blend on high until smooth.

**This smoothie has 90 calories and 15 grams of sugar per serving as compared to the full-sugar version that has 120 calories and 22 grams of sugar per serving.

Ale & Apple Glazed Ham Recipe

I love making a great ham recipe for Easter and this one from Hormel Family looks like a great recipe to try. All you need is Hormel Cure 81 Classic Boneless Ham already sliced and it’s pretty easy to make from there.


ale-apple-glazed-hamAle & Apple Glazed Ham

Break from the traditional turkey this year with a delicious glazed HORMEL® CURE 81® ham.

1 HORMEL® CURE 81® Classic Boneless Half sliced ham
1 (6-ounce) package glaze from spiral ham
1 (12-ounce) bottle dark lager beer
¼ cup apple butter
2 teaspoons Di LussoTM Dijon Mustard

1. In baking pan, place ham; set glaze packet aside. Pour beer over ham. Cover; marinate in refrigerator several hours or overnight.
2. Bake ham according to package directions; drain juices from pan.
3. Prepare glaze packet according to package directions. Stir in apple butter and mustard. Drizzle glaze over ham; let stand 5 to 10 minutes. Place ham on serving platter; garnish as desired.

FamilyFun: Little Lunch Lambwiches Recipe

From FamilyFun we received a great recipe that you can do with your kids in honor of spring time. Make these little lunch lambwiches for some laughs together during lunch. FamilyFun is always a great resource for finding fun things to do as a family. They have lots of crafts and recipes and just ways to spend time together as a family having fun. Try this Lambwich recipe:



Little Lambwich


Sliced cheese
Mini bagels
Ham slice
Black olives
Shredded cheese


Two types of cheese give this savory, open-faced sandwich its sweet-as-can-be look. Trim a piece of sliced cheese to fit atop one half of a mini bagel. Cut a round muzzle and a pair of half-circle ears from more sliced cheese, then attach them with mustard or mayonnaise. Add a nose cut from a ham slice, plus a mouth and a pair of eyes trimmed from black olives. Finish with a sprinkle of shredded cheese between the ears.