Farm Fresh To You is unbelievably awesome!

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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 – THE BOX

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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.

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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 – THE RECIPE

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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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: www.farmfreshtoyou.com

Choose Two Items At Corner Bakery For Under $9

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Guests at Corner Bakery can now create their own perfect lunch or dinner by selecting two of their favorite menu items. The great thing about Corner Bakery is you order at the counter so it’s quick if you are on a tight schedule. Plus, there are options for every taste bud. Sandwiches, soup, flat beads and salads. Following are the choices you can pick from for the Choose Two items:

Choose Any Two menu items include:

  • Half Sandwich or Half Panini; like the guest favorites Chicken Pesto Sandwich or Chicken Pomodori Panini
  • One Grilled Flat; select from four flavorful varieties
  • Cafe Handcrafted Pasta; with options ranging from Pesto Cavatappi to Mac & Three Cheese
  • Cafe Fresh Salad; like the Chopped Salad, all made with only the freshest ingredients
  • Cup of Soup; homemade and slow-simmered soups

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The salads are big and always green and fresh. Plus their soups are made from scratch and there are several to pick from. I also like that you can order carrot sticks in place of potato chips.

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For more information visit Corner Bakery on Facebook.

5 Places To Take Your Aquaball

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Getting you kids drink fix on the go is as easy as 1-2-3 with the new and improved AquaBall bottles. The narrower bottle now fits into cupholders and is easier for small hands to hold, with a more secure, easier-to-open closure. Say goodbye to spills forever!

These cute little bottles are also extremely portable and are packed with vitamins B3, B5, B6, and C. With Zero Calories and preservative free these kid friendly beverages are perfect to stash in your backpack for family adventures. Here are 5 suggestions on where to bring your AquaBalls!

1.The Beach

 

AquaBalls fit great in a beach cooler and are a great source of hydration after being out in the sun!

2. The Park

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Let the kids cool off with a flavored water and a smile from Elsa! They will never want to let their AquaBalls go!

 

   3.  Amusement Parks

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Why pay amusement park prices for a drink when you can bring along Iron Man and 10 ounces of Purified water. When it’s empty you can fill it back up with a water fountain.

 

4. School Lunch

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Instead of packing a juice box or can of soda, offer your kids a drink that won’t contribute to weight gain, but rather support their health. Pack them an AquaBall. They are easy to open and taste great!

 

5.  After School Activities Or As A Snack

Kids are hungry and thirsty after school. Feel good about giving them something with proper nutrition.  AquaBall tastes great with Pizza!

AquaBall Flavors

  • Berry Frost
  • Fruit Punch
  • Grape
  • Strawberry Lemonade

To learn more about AquaBall follow these channels and hashtags:

 

New Nintendo Inspired Flavors At Yogurtland

 

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I don’t know about you but I am melting here in Southern California! If you are melting too, head on over to Yogurtland and cool off with some new Nintendo inspired flavors. When stepping into select Yogurtland locations between July 1 and Sept. 8, you will crave the sweet and refreshing taste of frozen yogurt met with the sweet and refreshing faces of some of Nintendo’s most recognizable superstars. Classic characters like Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Yoshi and Bowser that star in popular Nintendo 3DS games like Mario Kart 7 and New Super Mario Bros. 2  adorn the walls, cups and collectible biodegradable spoons that can only be found at the self-serve store. You can even power-up their palates with Nintendo-inspired flavors like Mario’s Chocolate Gelato, Luigi’s White Chocolate Pistachio and Toad’s Rocky Road that are as delicious as they sound.

FACT:  Nintendo is encouraging you to take your portable systems with you when visiting Yogurtland so you can play the hottest games while you enjoy your cool treats.

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We tried the Yoshi’s honeydew last week and it tasted like the real thing! My daughter gives it a thumbs up!

To expand the fun experience outside of the store, Yogurtland is also hosting a sweepstakes that offers the best treats summer has to offer. By visiting https://www.yogurt-land.com/, fans of Nintendo, Yogurtland and winning cool prizes can enter for a chance to win a Wii U system and one year of free frozen yogurt. All participants have to do is visit the website starting on July 1 and follow the simple steps to enter. One grand prize package will be rewarded every week during the 10-week promotion. By entering the sweepstakes, you are also eligible for instant giveaways, including unlimited frozen yogurt cups, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games, as well as shiny new Nintendo 3DS systems that come with one game.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Mission Viejo

This is a guest post by Rachel Trotter.Let Restaurants On The Run

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Mission Viejo

Attention Orange County, it’s time to eat!  Tropical Smoothie Cafe is a chain of restaurants that are opening in Orange County and it’s newest location is in Mission Viejo.  If you have never heard of them, you might think of it as a Jamba Juice meets a Panera.  There are a wide variety of smoothies to choose from as well as healthy and wholesome wraps, bowls, salads and sandwiches!

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My kids and I were invited to come by and try out their food.  I was glad to see that the food they offered the kids was both kid-friendly and healthy!  We choose the Cheese Quesadilla with chicken and of course, the Chocolate Chimp smoothie to go with.  The quesadilla was ooey gooey and devoured!  The smoothie is made with bananas and chocolate and was a hit as well as sweet enough to pass for dessert.  Little did they know it was good for them!

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I chose to try something I’ve never had before:  Roasted Plantains.  These are served with jerk seasoning and a honey drizzle.  They have a texture between a banana and a potato and the sweetness of the honey and the savoriness of the jerk seasoning was a nice contrast!

As I looked for a smoothie, the Avocolada caught my eye.  This smoothie is made with avocado, pineapple, spinach, kale, coconut and lime.  In one cup, you get healthy fats from the avocado, digestive help from the pineapple, greens from the spinach and antioxidants from the kale, all in a creamy, sweet and tangy drink!

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The Caribbean Jerk bowl was my pick for dinner.  This one comes with seasoned black beans, pineapple salsa, romaine, cheddar and jerk sauce.  The bowls are similar to a salad, but with the addition of rice to make it a bit heartier.  This was really a great combo of flavors!  The pineapple salsa brought a sweetness to the savory chicken and the black beans brought a nice texture while the sauce made the whole meal come together.

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There were too many good smoothies to choose from and my boys are heavy drinkers (only juice and milk, I promise!) so we also ordered the Chocolate Chiller, Sunrise Sunset and Lil’ Limeberry.  The Chocolate Chiller, which is made of chocolate, white chocolate and non-fat yogurt, tasted like a frozen hot chocolate without the guilt!  Sunrise Sunset is a combination of strawberries, pineapple, mango, and orange juice is, as you can guess, a tropical vacation in your mouth.  The Lil’ Limeberry is strawberries and lime.  I would tell you what it was like, but my 3 year old wouldn’t share!  That’s a pretty clear sign it was great!

The newest Tropical Smoothie Cafe is located directly across from Saddleback College at 28181 Marguerite Parkway.  If you want to grab something to eat fast, but also want to fuel your body, skip the fast food and try Tropical Smoothie Cafe.  Your summer beach body will thank you!

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