Author Archives: Kandi

One Pan Salmon and Broccoli #recipe

We love salmon in our house and I am always looking for good healthy ways to cook it. First my disclaimer- I am not a culinary person- I don’t think I could actually create a flavor on my own. I tend to combine a bunch of recipes into what works for me and my family. And as you can see my pictures are not “professional” – they are that of an every day mom trying to keep up with her kids.

My meals often reflect that as well when it comes to ease of making. Our salmon is no different- the easier the better. I have said it before and will say it again- just because it is quick doesn’t mean it can’t be healthy!

Ok enough chit chat- this recipe was actually inspired by a bunch of Maple Dijon recipes and a recipe I found in Kraft Food & Family magazine. Some of the recipes uses more maple syrup, some use a whole ground mustard, some a dijon, most is just the fish being cooked in foil. Kraft gave me the idea of cooking a vegetable with it. So with out further talk here is my collaberation of recipes:

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Announcing our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide!

If you are a company looking to promote for this holiday season I can help you in 3 different ways:

Sponsored Post: This will be a basic blog write up about your company and what we have to offer. There will be no follow links directing people to your site and social media.  Cost $30

Product Review: Send me a product you would like to feature and I will review it. The review will link back to your site and social (no follow links) and will have original photos of the product. The product sent must be an unused FULL SIZE product (no samples) to qualify for the review.

Product Review and Giveaway: Same as the product review (product for review must be sent to me). Except at the end of the post will be a giveaway form. Giveaway entries would include following you on social media, browsing your site, and sharing the post. You will be responsible for shipping the prize to the winner. I will not send the review product to the winner (who wants a used item as a prize anyway?), and I will not accept the second product to mail out. I will provide you with a winner name and mailing address only for the shipment of the prize to the winner.

Any post accepted to our gift guide will be promoted on social media during the Holiday Gift Guide period during the month of November. All Giveaways will end before December 1st so that winner can receive prize before Christmas. The post will also be linked to on our Holiday Gift Guide tab which stays up for the year.

If you would like to be considered for this promotional period please fill out the form below:

 

Why I am not *Just* a SAHM

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Ok first- Yes- I will probably offend someone with this- but that is just the way society is these days (that is a whole different soap box though). However, this is something that has literally been bothering me. In fact- it had me in tears the other day.

Why do we view Stay At Home Moms as less of a person then the moms who leave for work?

I can honestly approach this topic on both sides. I was a working mom. I dropped my kids off at daycare I went to a brick and mortar building and I worked. I had to. I would get so angry and frustrated when people would pull the “how can you let someone else raise your kids” and “how do you miss out on all those moments?”. It is called I had to. I had no choice. I did what I needed to help feed my babies, cloth them, and care for them.  And yes even once I hit school age I changed jobs and went to work at their school as a para. There would be days where I would be out of my house for literally 15 hours between school and activities. Cleaning still got done and dinner still made (out here we do not have fast foods so that isn’t an option on those crazy 15 hour days). We made it work for as long as we could.

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Team Members #Wanted #TCE #TheCocoaExchange

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We are getting into fall, back to school, soon Christmas… Where is this year going? Yikes! Now that I stay at home full time with the kids again I have been working on building a business of my own. I have mentioned The Cocoa Exchange in the past. I am mentioning it again because I am looking to start building a team. But not just for myself- to pass on the blessing that has been given to me.

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Sweet N Tangy Slaw #recipe

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For some reason the other day a cole slaw sounded really good. But I am picky about my cole slaw- I wont eat just any kind. Then I realize that is one thing I have NEVER made before! I knew I didn’t want just a basic cole slaw- I wanted to use my Cocoa Exchange products and make one.  The thing I love the most about my Cocoa Exchange products is that they use just enough cocoa in it to give it a hint of sweet. There really is no more sugar in than any other products out there on the shelves.  So I cruised the internet to see how people were making their cole slaws and what they used. From there I created my own recipe!

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Tortellini Gratin #Recipe

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I am loving this cooking fresh mood I am in! My husband and kids are loving it too. This was actually inspired by a recipe from Hello Fresh and I saw it a simple 2 ingredient type version on Kraft foods. It is that simple!

Now normally with my italian dishes I love a lot of sauce to cover my noodles and so I can dip garlic bread in it. This one is actually opposite of that but still has plenty of flavor. So here is my recipe:

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Salmon with Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce

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It has been WAY to long since I have posted a recipe. I am trying to get better about keeping up the blog and sharing recipes. At least that is my goal. Along with eating healthier and exercising! I am really starting to change my meal mentality to fresh and I am using things like fresh squeezed lemons, fresh parsley, fresh basil, ect. So far I have not been disappointed!

So tonight I really had no intention on blogging this (hence the poor quality picture). I came across this recipe online thanks to Cooking with Class. I had to adjust because well my pans suck so for the pan seared part that it is suppose to be head over to her site where you will find the recipe.

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Come Party with me and #PartyTimeMixes

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I am soooo excited. Ok first of all I am not getting paid for this post. I just like to give shout out to companies I have discovered. There are so many mom’s out there trying to help out their families and are doing so by Direct Sales. From time to time I am going to feature those businesses to help them out.

First up- Party Time Mixes. OMG! Where has this company been! As you can see I tried them once and now have bought so many mixes so I thought it was about time and Party Time Mixes. My consultant is Party Time Mixes and I can not for her to share the goodies they have to offer.

Ok so Party Time mixes. They have a line of drink mixes, dessert mixes (see that cheesecake- cant WAIT to make that!), and dips. They come with easy peasy recipes on the packets. But honestly, I love you can use them for other things. I have used the Bacon Lovers Ranch Dip to make my Ranch Pasta salad and it turned out amazing!

So please join us on Monday (April  24th) to learn more about these products!

You can also learn more about Shawna and her company by following her on Facebook!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

~ I am not compensated for this post- the products pictured are the ones I have bought. The above thoughts are my own and honest opinions!~ 

Business Opportunity #WAHM

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So I have mentioned on of the things keeping busy is my new business with The Cocoa Exchange. I haven’t really talked much about this but felt I needed to share with you. It is possible to make some extra money while doing what you love if cooking is your passion like it is mine.

I considered the many amazing companies out there and I still order from them. But I had to find something that wasn’t in my small little section of the world. That was when I was introduced to Dove Chocolate Discoveries- instant love- I started selling a little over a year ago and have grown so much and had amazing opportunities and I was so close to earning a trip to Jamaica in my first year! That is something to be proud of.

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Work Work Work

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Photo taken by me near a river.

 

Now more then ever our blog name is really fitting! Sweet Country Chaos! lol

So I have been looking for part time work to no avail (hard to find part time work when you are in middle of towns that are less than 1000 people. So the Popo is working 2 more jobs to help us out. What does that mean to me? Time to crack down on my work from home prospects! As mentioned I am with The Cocoa Exchange and I am ready to take that to the next level!

I will be sharing some recipes on here and some products. But I also want to get back to why I wanted to blog- to share our chaos! After all with the Popo gone literally 6 days a week (sometimes 7) I have me myself and I to talk to! That means now starting to talk to you more!

Little Miss has also been keeping me on my toes. Her stomach pains decided to make a return but not as severe as last time. So off to a GI doctor we go in a couple of weeks along with an ultrasound and blood work before we go. She is oh so happy with me!

Soon school will be out for the summer and that means some adventure posts for you guys! I can not wait to share some of our favorite adventures.  I am also thinking about getting back to my weekly menu planning. I loved hearing your thoughts on meals and ideas. Back to the basic and why I loved to write!