Farm Fresh To You is unbelievably awesome!



Farm Fresh To You

I love getting stuff delivered to me. If it will make my life easier I want it to come straight to my door. Which is EXACTLY what Farm Fresh To You does. They deliver organic produce from their family farm directly to my (or your) doorstep. First of all they had me at deliver…and second of all it’s organic! BONUS! I could see it now….no more going to the grocery store every couple of days to get my fresh produce and no more looking through the mounds of fruits and veggies with no idea where they came from. Farm Fresh to you has been growing organic produce since 1976 and they have over 60 different types of fruits and veggies! And you get to choose which box you want. They have over 14 different boxes to choose from including the mixed fruit and veggies box, the no cooking box (Helloooo! My fav!) and the fruit only or veggie only.


Farm-Fresh-To-You box

I know it’s close to the holidays so I can say that when my box arrived I was as giddy as a kid on Christmas morning. It came straight to my door in the time frame that they told me it would be delivered. My kids were home and they started to wonder what fabulous fruits were inside. They really didn’t say much about the veggies but my husband sure did. He loves my cooking and was excited to get to try some new veggie dishes.

Farm-Fresh-To-You Smell

And let me tell you something about the wonderful smell!! When I opened the box the smell that came out was so fragrant and fresh. It was like we were in the middle of the farm smelling all these wonderful organic things. Inside the box you also get a newsletter directly from your farmer. It includes info about the farm, some recipes and usually a coupon if you share this wonderful service with a friend.

Farm-Fresh-To-You Veggies and Fruits

Here is what came in this weeks box:

  • 3 Ruby Grapefruits
  • 4 Fuji Apples
  • 4 D’Anjou Pears
  • 2 Butternut Squash
  • 1 lb Russian Banana Potatoes
  • 2 lbs Satsuma Mandarins
  • 2 Naval Oranges
  • 1 bunch Nantes Carrots
  • 1 bunch Celery
  • 1 King Richard Leek
  • 1 bunch Broccoli
  • 1 head Lettuce
  • 1 bunch Spinach
  • 4 Kiwis
  • 2 Mango Oranges
  • 2 bunches mixed herbs
  • 1 Meyer lemon

Farm-Fresh-To-You Lunch time

The next day for lunch I was so excited to dive right into all the yummy fruits and veggies I got. I decided to have a gigantic Satsuma Mandarin and a few stalks of celery. Now normally I put peanut butter or ranch on my celery but these were so sweet I didn’t need anything! And the Satsuma Mandarin was juicy and delicious. I perfect pairing with my home-made French Onion Soup.


Farm-Fresh-To-You Ingredients

There were 2 recipes included in the newsletter. They were both broccoli recipes. Now I have to be honest and tell you that my family aren’t big broccoli fans unless its slathered with cheese sauce. When I told me husband I was making broccoli with no cheese sauce he politely said he would try it but to not get my hopes up. I decided to make Magic Broccoli. It sounded magical so I thought what the heck….why not? The ingredients are:

  • 1 medium head of broccoli
  • 1 garlic cloves finely sliced (I used the pre-cut garlic that you can buy in bulk…we like garlic so I used a tad more than 1 clove)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil separated (you are going to use 1 tablespoon before cooking and 1 tablespoon after cooking)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (adjust to your taste)
  • Black Pepper
  • Zest of a quarter of a lemon
  • 3/4 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated parmesan (I used the non freshly grated but it’s what I had in my cupboard)

Farm-Fresh-To-You chopped broccoli

So the first step is to pre-heat your oven to 350 degree F. Then you cut the broccoli into florets and pile onto a baking tray.

Farm-Fresh-To-You broccoli and garlic

Drizzle with 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, scatter with garlic, salt and pepper. Use your fingers to toss, then spread out over tray in a single layer. Adjust the salt to your taste. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the tips of the florets are slightly browned. The broccoli should be “tender crisp” meaning just cooked through, not overcooked and floppy.

Farm-Fresh-To-You magic broccoli

Remove from the oven and immediately drizzle over lemon juice and remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Toss to combine. Scatter over lemon zest and Parmesan cheese then serve immediately.

Farm-Fresh-To-You Dinner

I served it with ribs and mashed potatoes. My husband took one bite and was floored at how good it was. He actually admitted it didn’t need cheese sauce! I was impressed with myself as well because I liked it so much. This is definitely a fan favorite and will be served again. As long as my Farm Fresh To You boxes keep coming with broccoli I will keep making Magic Broccoli!

 Refer a Friend

If you would like to sign up for Farm Fresh To you use the referral code MELZ1476 and you will get $15 off your order.

Go check out their website and all the different options you have that suit your tastes:

Sour Patch Kids Tropical Sweepstakes

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Paradise is calling! If you’re looking for a tropical vacation this summer, look no further! Enter the SOUR PATCH Kids Tropical Vacation Sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip for four to Hawaii! Just submit a tropical selfie to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #spktropicalsweepstakes. Contest ends on May 31st, so get on it!

Imagine yourself being on a tropical island beach, laying comfortably in a hammock strung between two swaying palm trees. The smell of a cool ocean breeze wafts under your nose while you take a sip on a delicious coconut drink. The sounds of a ukulele plays in the background and the warm sun is tanning you ever so gently. Read for more?

 Then head on over to find out more information here:

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And while you’re at it, try the new Tropical SOUR PATCH Kids Soft and Chewy Candy available at a Walmart store near you. All new flavors include Paradise Punch, Passion Fruit, Pineapple, and Tropical Twist. Which one is your favorite?



Win a $25 Gift Card To Islands Restaurants

It’s pineapple Pairing month at Islands Restaurants.

Starting April 1 and running through May 31, pineapple lovers will find a limited time Pineapple Pairing Menu with suggested pairings of popular pineapple dishes from the main menu. Favorites include the Hawaiian Burger, topped with fresh grilled pineapple and teriyaki sauce, paired with the Big Island Iced Tea; the Yaki Tacos, topped with a house-made grilled pineapple salsa, paired with a refreshing Piña Colada; and the Hoisin Beach Bowl, made with chunks of fresh grilled pineapple and grilled vegetables, served over brown rice with mahi mahi or chicken and paired with a signature Mai Tai. Each pairing is meant to complement and bring out the sweet and savory flavors of the fruit.

Win a $25 Gift Card To Islands Restaurants

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Monster Truck Easter Basket Giveaway + Activity Sheets

Do you have a little one that loves Monster Trucks? Did you know that there is an entire movie about them? It’s called MONSTER TRUCKS  by Paramount Home Media and it is out on Blu-ray Combo Pack TODAY April 11, 2017. The story is super cute too!  Tripp is a high school senior with a knack for building trucks who makes an incredible discovery – a gas-guzzling creature named Creech. To protect his mischievous new friend, Tripp hides Creech under the hood of his latest creation, turning it into a real-life super-powered Monster Truck. Together, this unlikely duo with a shared taste for speed team up on a wild and unforgettable journey to reunite Creech with his family.

I don’t want to excite you or anything but Rob Lowe and Danny Glover are both in it! I have also included a fun Bingo game to play.

Monster Truck Bingo

Make a little time before you watch the movie to play a round of Bingo with your kids! It’s a great way to make memories and you can even use things like cereal as bingo markers.

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Win A Monster Truck Easter Basket

Win a Monster Truck Easter Basket that includes a Blu-ray of the Movie Monster Truck, a chocolate Bunny and a toy car from the film.

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10 Facts About Smurfs You Probably Didn’t Know


Definition of the word Smurf

  • The word “Smurf” is the original Dutch translation of the French “Schtroumpf”, which is a word invented by Belgian artist Peyo during a meal with fellow cartoonist André Franquin, when he could not remember the word salt.

Why do Smurfs wear a white cap?

  • The Smurfs wear Phrygian caps, which came to represent freedom during the modern era.

What do Smurfs Eat?

  • Smurfs love to eat sarsaparilla (a species of Smilax) leaves, with berries the Smurfs naturally call “smurfberries”

Smurf Attractions Were Big in Several Amusement Parks In The 80’s

  • Around 1984, the Smurfs began appearing in North American theme parks owned by Kings Entertainment Corporation. Each park featured a Smurf attraction and Smurf walk-around figures.

How Tall Are Smurfs?

  • The Smurfs are specifically “three apples” tall.

What Color Does  A Smurf Turn When It Gets Mad?

  • Smurfs are known to turn purple when they get mad based on an episode where a Smurf decided to hold his breath.

Who Voiced Gargamel in The Smurfs?

  • Paul Winchell, who played Gargamel in the ‘80s cartoon, was also famous as the voice of Tigger from “Winnie the Pooh.”

There is A Real Life Smurf Village

  • When Sony Pictures filmed a Smurf movie in the village of Juzcar in Andalucia, Spain, they used around 1,000 gallons of paint to turn all the houses blue. They promised that at the end of filming, they would repaint all the houses back to their original white, but the townsfolk, in a referendum in 2011, voted to keep them blue as they had boosted tourism to the village from 300 a year to about 80,000.

How Many Smurfs Are There?

  •  There are over 100 Smurfs in total. Wikipedia has a partial list (82) of all the Smurfs names and their descriptions.

Smurfettes Hair Was Not Always Blonde

  • Smurfette, who was the only female Smurf until the creation of Sassette, originally had black hair, but it changed to blonde when Papa Smurf casts a spell on her. She is the love interest of almost every Smurf.

Enlightened? I thought so :) I’m glad you will sleep better at night with all this new knowledge.

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