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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Gramma In A Box Is A Care Package Filled With Sweet Love

Grandma sends the best packages!

                       I received a package from Gramma In A Box to facilitate this post.

  I am going to be a grandma soon and I can't wait! I just wish I lived closer to my daughter so I can spoil my first grandbaby. I will just have to spoil my first grandchild with packages from grandma. One idea that I will be spoiling my grandbaby will be a monthly care package of goodies. I love baking so I will be sure to send some cookies in these boxes. When my granddaughter gets older I will send her a Gramma In A Box. That way my granddaughter can make her own treats every month.

    The monthly Gramma in a Box includes cookies, frosting, and sprinkles 

use code 10off to save $10 off your first box

  My boys and I had fun checking out the Gramma In A Box! This fun box was filled with baked cookies with frosting and sprinkles as well as two easy candy crafts to make other delicious treats. I loved that the box included step-by-step instructions with illustrations. Also, all the ingredients were packed in small containers so it was easy for my boys to know what they needed for each goodie. All the ingredients were included. All we had to supply was a bowl, a knife, and a spoon.

The instructions were easy to read!

My boys looked at the easy to read cards that even had pictures on them. They were excited to decorate some cookies. I loved that the frosting was ready to use in small bags.

Each box includes three treats!

 The box that we received had three treat projects. My boys got to frost cookies and decorate them with these cool emoji sprinkles. The next treat was chocolate covered pretzels that included sprinkles. The last treat was a great way to use up the melted chocolate as the boys made Bear Smore Bark.

The best part was the eating!

  My son enjoyed licking the extra frosting. Licking the spoons is always the best part of baking. My boys loved that they got to eat their creations. This box of sweet treats brought back memories of making cookies with my grandma. I remember making peanut butter cookies with her and it was my job to do the criss-cross on the cookies.

Cookies always taste better when grandma made them!

 My boys had so much fun making their own treats. There was plenty of treats to share with dad and big brother. I even had fun decorating a cookie with the boys. My boys agreed that this is a box that they would love to receive from their grandma every month. Find out how you can send this delicious box of treats to your grandchildren. Make sure to use code 10off to save $10 off your first box.


use code 10off to save $10 off your first box

Monday, June 18, 2018

Easy Baked Parmesan & Tomato Zucchini Gratin

When your garden is overflowing with tomatoes and zucchini!

 I love when my neighbors give me their extras from their gardens. I am always happy for fresh produce. When my neighbors give me zucchini and tomatoes, I love to make this super simple side dish that I discovered on the Good Cook website. This delicious side dish uses just six simple ingredients and takes less than 10 minutes to prepare. This dish is a gorgeously simple side dish for your next potluck, party or holiday menu. I just love how the gooey cheese just makes the summer squash taste so good. I can eat several servings of this dish as it is that good. So when you have too many zucchini and tomatoes, this is a must-make side dish. If your garden is still growing, these vegetables are always so inexpensive at most stores so you can create this dish year round.

 This scrumptious side dish looks so beautiful in a 1.5 Quart Ceramic Covered Casserole but it can be easily doubled to fit in a  9×13″ 2.5 Quart Rectangle Ceramic Dish if you need enough to serve a crowd.

  I love how easy it is to line the zucchini and other vegetables in rows. All the color of the squashes and tomatoes looks so colorful. I used salad tomatoes but for even more color you can use other tomatoes like kumato tomatoes or other heirloom varieties. When life blesses you with more tomatoes than you can use, make oven roasted tomatoes.

 After arranging all the colorful vegetables in the ceramic casserole, drizzle them with the melted butter. Then sprinkle with parmesan cheese and bake in the oven. For even more flavor, add some garlic to the melted butter. This dish bakes without its lid but the lid makes it so easy to transport to your next potluck. This simple side dish is always a hit when I bring it to cookouts.

 I am loving this covered ceramic casserole dish. It is too pretty to store in a cabinet so I store it on my china cabinet shelf. The ceramic dish goes from the oven to the table so that means one less dish to wash. I find myself reaching for this casserole dish all the time as I love that this dish can go in the freezer, microwave, oven, and dishwasher.


Baked Parmesan & Tomato Zucchini Gratin

1 sweet onion, sliced thin
2 zucchini, sliced thin
2 yellow squash, sliced thin
4 tomatoes, sliced thin
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
fresh chopped parsley for garnish
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
 Place onion slices in the bottom of a Good Cook 1.5 Quart Casserole dish. Stack together zucchini, squash, and tomatoes, laying the stacks horizontally across the top of the onions. Drizzle with melted butter. Sprinkle with parmesan, salt, and pepper. Bake for 17-24 minutes, or until parmesan is golden brown and zucchini is tender. Garnish with parsley. Serve and enjoy!

Notes: I used 2 salad tomatoes and cut them in half after slicing. I also arranged my onions with the other veggies instead of placing them on the bottom. My dish came out so delicious.

       Ready to take to a potluck!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

It Is A Tara Thing And My New Office

I love my new office!

I have had my new office for about a month and I am loving it. It was a great decision to convert our unused office into my new photo studio/blogger room. This room has made my house less cluttered and it has helped me be more efficient with my work. I just love sitting in this room and working. I originally bought the white table for a place to take pictures but I am also using the table as my desk. I just love having my morning coffee and looking out the window as I answer my emails.

The kids know that my new space is off limits to them. They are not allowed to play in there or bring there toys/clutter into my new room. When they whine about it being no fair, I just show them my new mug. My new personalized mug says it all!

I love that my new coffee mug has my name on it. It just makes me feel so special. When I was younger, my name was not common. I remember going to stores on vacations that sold items with names on them and never find a single personalized item with my name on it. I would spin the rack around at every store hoping this would be the store that had the pin, cup, or another item with my name on it. I never gave up, I checked every store on every vacation.

So when I discovered this store that put my name on a personalized coffee mug, I was thrilled, over the moon thrilled!  The wait was over and my name was finally on something! I love that my name is on a cute coffee mug. You can even buy this mug with your name on it!

Do you have a unique name that is impossible to find on personalized items?

Friday, June 15, 2018

FREE Ocean Spray Diet or Light Juice Drink

FREE Ocean Spray Diet or Light Juice Drink Receive ONE (1) FREE Ocean Spray Diet or Light Juice Drink (64 oz). Available in most stores.

Exp 07/01/2018

This Friday, June 15th, 2018– ONLY, you can load a coupon to your Kroger (or Affiliate) Plus Card for a FREE Ocean Spray Diet or Light Juice Drink.
Although 06/15/2018 is the only day that you can load the coupon, the coupon offer is redeemable through 07/01/2018

What is the Free Friday Download?
Every Friday, you can download a digital coupon for a FREE item! This offer is available exclusively to Customers with a Smiths Food and Drug or other Kroger store reward card.

How does it work?
Visit this page on Fridays.
Download the digital coupon for the product between 12am-11:59pm PT. You can view your coupon under the "My Coupons" section of your digital account or the Mobile App.

Redeem your coupon in-store within 2 weeks.
Your coupon will automatically be applied at checkout when you use your Shopper's Card.
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