More Than Just a Community Supporter

There is no doubt that time flies by so fast. You see it as you watch the children around you. Your own kids, nieces, nephews, and even the kids in your neighborhood seem to sprout up in the blink of an eye.

In the daily busy schedules we always hope there will be time to stop for just a little bit and enjoy the stages our children go through. And, yes, sometimes we need a hand in “stopping” time. Maybe an event or venue that fits into any schedule where we can take a breather and catch up with the kids.

If I told you that Chick Fil A helps you find that moment what would you say? How?

Here’s how……

My local Chick Fil A recently hosted a “Daddy Daughter Date Night Dinner”*

Can’t imagine it? How about a shimmery backdrop, live music and beautiful table settings.

There’s more to make the evening a special occasion. What’s a special dinner without a special menu.

Dinner begins with a sampler appetizer

Don’t forget the ice tea- lemonade bar to quench your thirst.

As dinner gets under way, take a peek at your placemats. Such a fun little quiz- it’s great to see their view and insight on different things.

The night doesn’t end with dessert of their infamous chocolate chip cookies or creamy Ice Dreams.

The Cow has come via limousine to take the Daddy Daughter groups on a lovely night ride.

As the night winds down, the girls are given bag of fun as a souvenir of their night to remember with their Dads.

Why does Chick Fil A do this? Because thy are more than just a Community Supporter, they support the FAMILY! An evening to spend with your princess(es) is the treasure they will have with them to tell their future children about.

*Check your local area Chick Fil A for events like this and many more during the months.


Taking it Step by Step

Winter is getting ready to say goodbye as Spring makes its approach, how did the resolutions go?

With all our busy day to day schedules it can be difficult to stick to them. Most of the time we need to find time to see these through. Or with the plethora of weight management programs how do you choose the right one for you?

I recently had the opportunity to tryout a program courtesy of Tryazon, and the privilege of being on my best friend’s “team”.

The name of the program is Personal Trainer Food, which was created by a husband that wanted to help and support his wife’s challenges and journey in weight management. The program contains meals that are pre-portioned; you have breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Okay, okay, I know you’re saying this sounds familiar. But there’s more than just meals.

Let’s start at the beginning of my journey, the arrival of my first box containing meals for the next 14 days

At first you might not think it’s a lot of food or enough to keep you full on a daily basis.

After unpacking I realized I need to organize.

Before you dive in head first, you want to “start with a clean slate”. You will have a cleansing day for that, mainly liquids such as broth and tea with no sugar or milk, all clear liquids. Ideally it’s good to do the 48 hour cleansing, but you can also do 24 hours.

The program doesn’t truly focus on weight numbers. It recognizes measurement differences as well.

I’ll admit, I was concerned at first if I could do this, it looked pretty small in the individual bags.

Here’s my very first lunch- teriyaki chicken and vegetables

I was pleasantly surprised that it was just right- not too little and not too much. I didn’t stand up from the table hungry, and bonus, it was delicious! With the entrees and vegetables individually wrapped you can mix and match what your in the mood for. This also makes it convenient to take to work or on the go- I pack it with a reusable ice pack and use a”cooler” type lunch bag.

Now, you do initial “weigh in” for a gauge. After that you continue on the plan.

Our team participated in the program for four weeks. It was a big help to be a team, we’d check in with one another from time to time and compare meals. It made it fun.

But, it doesn’t stop there- on Facebook there is a Personal Trainer Food Group. Yes, there is truly power in numbers., and maybe this is where the “Personal” comes in. It’s a wonderful forum of people just like you. Families with kids of all ages, busy daily schedules and wanting to improve their health like you. It is comforting to post a question or share a small victory and get a response from someone who is miles away going through the same thing.

Also included are guides, even a couple of recipes using the food in the meals; for example using the meatballs and a little mozzarella creating a no pasta lasagna. If you’re anything like me, condiments are a usual part of meals. They offer sauces are well.

Here we are, four weeks later. I did lose some pounds, but saw more improvement in measurements. Am I continuing with the program now that the month is over?

I haven’t decided yet, they cover that too. There is a guide and a do’s and don’t chart of food suggestions. There are tips on how to eat out and not deviate from the program. You will get into a groove of how to eat and truly take it step by step to a healthy lifestyle.

Special thanks to my great friend Adeina Anderson (Creative Lifestyles with Adeina) and our buddy Anne-Marie Hotard Weldon (a_well_done_style) for inviting me to do this together .

And a big thanks and shout out to Tryazon ( in cooperation with Personal Trainer Food ( fo the opportunity to take the first step in helping create the healthy lifestyle we want in the busy lives we have.

Lonely vegetable tray

Holiday gatherings have come and gone, we’ve rung in the New Year, and then came the Super Bowl. What did they have in common? Beautiful laid out tables of wonderful food from appetizers to main entrees.

With so many options, we all go for what’s new on the table. So gathering after gathering that once popular vegetable tray gets passed by.

And now you’re left with the veggies… don’t throw them away! Aside from snacking on them or adding them to lunches make a dinner with them.

With the cold weather still here, nice warm comfort food would be ideal. How about a quick and easy Chicken Pot Pie!

The recipe I used is based on an internet find that is recognized as the Copycat Marie Callendar Chicken Pot Pie. The version I used is the recipe found on the cdkitchen website (

There’sthe lonely veggies from the party tray; yes, some were placed in the school lunch bags. Since this was last minute, I was not ready with the chicken- so I used the Tyson’s frozen precooked/grilled chicken I had. The next pie I will probably use cooked rotisserie chicken.

My pie crust making skills are fair, again this was a last minute thought so premade crust it is! Then I realized, this pie needs a “top”. And yes, I used the premade pie crust that you roll out.

Threw all the ingredients together as per the recipe. Added some mixed vegetables I had in the freezer for good measure. *I placed a copy of the recipe I used.

Not too bad looking… the oven it goes!

Achieved a nice golden brown top. Smelled so good we cut into it a little too early, but yummy none the less.

Big thanks to the cdkitchen for a great tasting recipe!

*Copycat Marie Callender Chicken Pot Pie (

serves/makes: 6

ready in:1-2 hrs


2 cups water
14 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 carrots, peeled and cubed
2 ribs celery, sliced
1 medium onion, chopped
2 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup butter
4 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup frozen peas

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup shortening
5 tablespoons cold water, more as needed


For Filling: In 4-quart saucepan, combine water, chicken, carrots, celery and onion. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add chicken bouillon, pepper and butter.

Dissolve cornstarch and flour into whipping cream and stir into chicken mixture. Simmer for 3 minutes, stirring frequently until thickened. Add peas and set aside.

For Crust: Heat oven to 400 degrees F.

Combine flour and salt. Using pastry blender, cut in shortening until particles the size of small peas form. Sprinkle one tablespoon of water at a time over flour mixture and toss with fork to blend. Add enough water to hold the dough together.

Form into 2 balls. Roll out bottom crust on floured surface to 1 inch larger than inverted 9-inch deep-dish pie plate. Lift dough off floured surface by rolling onto rolling pin and unroll over pie plate. Ease the dough into the plate loosely and press in place. Trim bottom crust even with edge of plate.

To Assemble: Pour filling into bottom crust. Roll out top crust and cut slits for steam to escape. Cover filling with top crust and fold top crust under bottom crust. Seal crust and flute edge.

Bake in a 400 degrees F oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and filling is bubbling. Let stand for 15 to 20 minutes before serving.

Easy apps in a flash

Having guests over always begins with “what can I serve that they haven’t had before?” Now, I know they probably aren’t expecting Michelin Star plates coming out. But, you want to serve something that takes you out of the usual menu.

We recently had a small gathering to celebrate my husband’s “milestone ” birthday. Coming up with the menu needed some thought. Chips and hummus? Veggie tray? How about tuna??

Yes, tuna! And in a can even! But which one? How about one that checks off many important factors. Take a look at Wild Planet Foods tuna. Important facts, the tuna is pole and line caught- no trolling! It’s meaty, not mushy. Fresh tasting with no “fishy” smell when you open the can. Oh, and it’s not pricey.

Back to the apps I made…..

So I had a can (or two) of the Wild Planet Skipjack tuna. There was some left over roasted red peppers from when we made pimento cheese spread. Works well together, but I need a “vessel”. I wanted something light and finger food style. I used premade mini phyllo shells, picked up some fresh herbs and added Golden Balsamic Vinegar for flare.

Minced the peppers and shallots, adding chopped tarragon. The Golden balsamic gets whisked together. Combine them well in a bowl. I did heat the shells before putting the tuna filling for a crisp texture and keeping it sturdy. An option is sprinkling a little Parmesan once filled and back into the oven for a quick heating that bonds it all together.

I was on a roll! Tuna lettuce cups next….

Basically tuna salad in mini lettuce bowls. Everyone has their own amazing tuna salad recipe, I kicked mine up with a hint of curry powder- what a boost it gave to my usual recipe!

I’ll be honest, I truly believe it’s the tuna I used. For this dish I used Wild Planet Foods Albacore tuna.

Simple recipes to break the monotony. Guests enjoy it and it didn’t take what seems like forever to make.

Happy app-ing!!!

Winter wonderfun

Winter is bringing its cold weather- and my local Chick Fil A is ready with a jam-packed January!

On January 15th, from 5p-7p is craft night. The little crafters get a free 4 pc nugget kids meal. And.. a picture with the Chick Fil A Cow!

Finally, our stuffed animals get their chance to have a sleepover. Fun begins on the 26th, sleepover is only for your stuffed animal and the Chick Fil A Cow. He will take pictures during the sleepover. You will be able to pick up your stuffed animal on Saturday. Come in your pajamas! Kids get free chicken minis and milk- Moms, you get coffee!!

Remember Willy Wonka’s Golden Ticket? Forget the chocolate bars! These golden tickets are with the Chick Fil A chicken sandwich! Find one? It’s worth 12 sandwiches, enter your ticket to win 12 more. The promo is from January 4- 31st.

There’s even Soup and salad Tuesdays! From 11a- 7p receive a free small soup with an order of a salad entree!

Last, but not least……do you like coffee? From the 22nd- 27th receive a free small coffee. We’ll be celebrating National Coffee Break day ( on the 20th).

Please note: these events are at my local Chick Fil A. Check your local Chick Fil A for dates and events!

It’s a Chick Fil A Holiday!

As you’ve seen in previous posts, Chick Fil A holds kids’ club craft evenings on the second Monday of the month (check your local Chick Fil A for days and times). This month’s has an extra sprinkle of fun!

The kids get to color and decorate their own stockings!

As they are putting their personal touch in the stockings, each child participating receives a free 4 piece nugget kids meal. Don’t forget the little sweet treats at the table!

They are busy at work! Once they are done decorating their stockings, a little surprise is placed inside. A small Cow plush !! Too fun!

Look who’s here- it’s the Baby Cow! Also taking part in the fun and crafting.

Tonight’s kids club night is a little more special than the previous ones. Tonight the Cow Illumination takes place.

Baby Cow leads us outside to where the Cow is. With our bells on, the countdown begins…….. Voila! A lighting ceremony Chick-fil-A style!

Beautiful lights for a beautiful season! And it’s ready for the arrival of Santa Cow!

Check your local area Chick Fil A restaurant for days and times of Kids Club Craft night and Santa Cow visit.

Fun dessert that “rolled”in

Originating in Thailand and other parts of Asia by street vendors, rolled (or Thai Stir Fry) ice cream has taken the nation by storm!

What is rolled ice cream? It’s a frozen dessert that began in 2009 as a way to mix either at or dairy milk with fruits and candies. With slow beginnings, it took off even more in 2012 and crossed the ocean in 2015.

The technique involves a milk base that is spread across a steel plate that’s temperature is below freezing. It’s at this point that fruits and or candies are mixed in, and with two metal spatulas- dessert magic begins. Now I know you’re thinking they do that at Cold Stone Creamery or Marble Slab….. this is different!

Just take a sneak peak of how the magic takes place.

For the true experience, you need to stop by and try one! Fortunately, I have one in my area by the name of Cold Platform! And it’s taken out neighborhood by storm!! They have a wide variety of flavor combinations, but I’ve been told you can get creative – the possibilities are endless! Which really can brighten your day.

No matter what the weather may be outside, we all love ice cream. For all ages and tastes we’re happy that this dessert has “rolled” into our cities!!