Queso Blanco

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In the fall, Saturdays are reserved for one thing in our house: College Football. On any given weekend, we spend the day watching game after game after game.

We often have other football fans over to watch the games, and I’ve developed a repertoire of Gameday recipes that I keep on hand for those days. Queso Blanco is one of those.

This dip is so easy to make. Tillamook cheese melts really well and adds a nice touch to this recipe. The sausage and Rotel give it some extra kick, and what’s college football without a little kick?

Queso Blanco

1 Tbsp of Tillamook butter
1 can of Rotel tomatoes and green chiles
1 lb of pork breakfast sausage
12 oz Tillamook Vintage White Cheddar Cheese, shredded
4 oz Tillamook Monterrey Jack Cheese, shredded
1/4 – 2/3 c of milk


Brown the pork sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Set aside.

Drain the Rotel and heat the butter on medium-high heat until melted. Add the Rotel and sauté for about 2 minutes until fragrant. Set aside.

In a large saucepan, mix the cheese and 1/4 c of milk until the cheese is melted, stirring constantly.

Add the Rotel and sausage to the saucepan. Mix well. Gradually stir in milk until the queso reaches desired consistency.

Serve immediately with tortilla chips for dipping.

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Disclaimer: Tillamook provided product samples for me to use in this recipe. All opinions and photos are my own.

Turn-by-Turn Navigation with the Samsung Galaxy S3

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A few weeks ago, when we attended our five-year reunion at Texas A&M, we stopped in to stay the night with our friends in Houston. On our way, we realized that the GPS in the car was taking us on a terrible route that would lead straight into rush hour traffic. But luckily, we had the turn-by-turn navigation on the Samsung Galaxy S3 to turn to!

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It’s so easy to use and it accounts for traffic. See the green light in the photo above? Traffic was flying. Then it turned yellow when we got into some difficult traffic.

I love that the app warns you when a turn is coming up and it’s loud enough to hear the navigator’s voice in a noisy car.

Plus, the maps are up to date, so that’s even better! This is hands-down the best navigation app on a smart phone I’ve seen.



**Disclaimer** I am a Verizon Wireless Ambassador. I received a wireless device and phone/data plan free of charge to use for review and evaluation of Verizon Wireless products and services. As part of the program, I was asked to share my opinions with others, however, my opinions are my own. Please contact vzw@comblu.com with any questions about the Verizon Wireless Ambassadors’ Program.

A Day at the Dallas Pumpkin Patch

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Last week, we went to a Dallas pumpkin patch with my brother and his family. I mean, that’s what everyone does during the month of October, right? We had a lot of fun and I think the kids did, too.

Hall’s Pumpkin Farm and Corn Maze was so cool, with a corn maze for the kids and a vintage Chevrolet truck. There was even a tractor to ride, which Andrew loved.

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Have you been to the pumpkin patch this fall?


2012 Hot Holiday Toy List

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Every year, Time to Play Magazine puts together a list of the Most Wanted Toys prior to the holiday season. They test and review thousands of toys, narrowing the list down to those your little ones will be most excited to receive.

The toys are evaluated on three factors: Fun, Repeated Play and Ease of Assembly and Instructions. The list also includes a brief description of each toy, along with the Suggested Age Range. If you click on the toy, you’ll be taken to an info page sharing the price, any battery requirements and locations where the toy can be purchased.

This website has made my holiday shopping SO much easier! I already have a list started for Andrew and each of my nieces and nephews.

I decided to take a look at their list and feature a dozen of the toys that looked the coolest and most exciting for the holidays. Can you believe that Furby is back? And that helicopter is PERFECT for The Nerd. The My Little Pony castle would be an awesome gift for River.

Remember — these toys will sell out fast, so if you haven’t already started your holiday shopping, now’s the time to do so!

Don’t see anything on the list that catches your eye? Time to Play Magazine has a Toy Advisor on their website, where you can find toys based on your child’s gender, age and type of play they enjoy. How cool is that? I know what I’ll be using to find Andrew’s birthday and Christmas presents this year!

Have you started your holiday shopping? What’s on your child’s must-have list this year?


How to Create a Fall Mesh Poly Deco Wreath

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Fall is one of my favorite seasons. I love putting out all our decorations and making special meals. It’s such a fun time of year!

I recently went to Christmas in Cowtown and there was a booth selling these super-cute Christmas, Halloween and Thanksgiving wreaths. I saw them and thought, I could make that! And so, I did!

Here’s what you’ll need to make this wreath:

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Get your materials together. You’ll start on the inside ring of the wreath frame. Gather the end of the Poly Deco Mesh together and twist it into one of the fasteners on the frame.

Create a loop with the Poly Deco Mesh and secure it into the next fastener on the frame. Continue around the inside of the frame, securing loops along the way, and then move to the outer edge. Continue until finished and cut the end of the Poly Deco Mesh.

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Repeat the steps above, this time using the ribbon to loop around the frame.

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Here’s what it will look like when finished.

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Add embellishments to the wreath, securing with the fasteners on the frame.

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Position the mesh loops and ribbons so that they’re to your liking and you’re done!

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I think it adds a fun, festive touch to our front porch, don’t you?


Looking for yummy fall recipes? Look no further!



{DFW Mom} The Addams Family from Dallas Summer Musicals

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Earlier this week, The Nerd and I had a fun date night. It’s been all Baby Mum-Mum coated fingers and Bubble Guppies sing-a-longs around here lately. And while I wouldn’t trade those moments for anything, sometimes, you just need a grown-up night.

We decided to brave the crowds at the Texas State Fair to see The Addams Family with Dallas Summer Musicals. I’m so glad that we did!

I’m not quite sure what I was expecting — honestly, this isn’t a musical I’d ever pick to go see. But I was pleasantly surprised as I laughed at Gomez’s antics and Lester’s love affair with the Moon. I remember watching The Addams Family television series reruns growing up, and the musical definitely did the show justice.

Although I wouldn’t recommend the show for a day out with your family (there were a few choice words and crude jokes), I highly recommend it for a night out with your significant other! It was definitely a great date!

You can see The Addams Family the Musical Hall at Fair Park with Dallas Summer Musicals until Oct. 21. Click here to purchase tickets. 

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I am SO excited for the Dallas Summer Musicals 2013 line-up! I have been DYING to see Wicked and The Lion King. What are your favorite musicals?


Disclaimer: I was provided with two tickets to see The Addams Family by Dallas Summer Musicals to promote and review the show. All opinions are my own.

Mini Fruit Pizzas

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If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know of my love affair with cookies. They are seriously one of my favorite desserts.

This is a fun way to add some variety to your cookie diet. Err. Cookie addiction? Yeah. That sounds about right.

Mini Fruit Pizzas
Adapted From: The Pioneer Woman

1 batch of sugar cookies, cooled
1 jars (13 oz) marshmallow creme
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese
Kiwi fruit
Other fruit optional


In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the marshmallow creme and cream cheese until well-blended and smooth.

Spread mixture on top of prepared and cooled sugar cookies.

Top with fruit as desired.

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What are some ways you vary the cookies that you serve?

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