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If you have followed along with our Instagram stories, you know that we love dance parties. We crank up the tunes and Alex, the kids and I dance aur hearts out until we are all out of breath! We all take turns picking our favorite tunes and we all pull out our best dance moves.  Because dancing makes us all hungry, today I’m teaming up with El Yucateco® to share my recipe for crispy fried plantains with the spicy a Aioli.  These little guys are super easy to whip up and they make the best dance party snack!

I am also sharing a coupon, and some information and how you can enter to win a once-in-a-lifetime musical experience!

El Yucateco® will now be available at select stadiums and The House of Blues, and since they are music lovers just like us, they want to give you the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime musical experience.

#KingofFlavorSweepstakes (5/9 to 7/4)

Here’s a print at home coupon for $1.oo off your purchase of three bottles.

Coupon starts 5/9 and runs through July!

Our dance parties are usually accompanied by our favorite snacks and these days we are loving fried plantains with a kick! So, turn up the tunes, put on your dancing shoes, and enjoy this spicy and fun recipe.


Two large green plantains- peeled and cut into 1 inch rounds

1/3 cup of vegetable or peanut oil

Salt to taste

Spicy aioli

1 cup of mayonnaise

2 tablespoons of El Yucateco® Red Habanero Hot Sauce –  I love this hot sauce because it is made with fresh red habanero peppers, tomato, spices and select seasonings. This is the perfect “all purpose” hot sauce and it fits in your purse (or diaper bag) so you can pull it out when you’re on the go!

2 tablespoons of lime juice

pinch of salt



In a skillet, heat oil on medium heat (test it by dipping the back of a wooden spoon in the oil.  If it sizzles, it’s ready). Fry plantains, turning until all sides are lightly golden (about four minutes each side) Remove from skillet and press between two pieces of paper towel to flatten. Return to skillet and continue to fry until crispy. Remove and salt lightly.

Meanwhile, wisk mayonnaise, salt, lime juice and El Yucateco® hot sauce. El Yucateco® is the number one authentic habanero hot sauce, it is made from a habanero’s and picked from their own fields, their flavor is super rich and it has the right amount of heat.

If your dance party involves heading out to a concert, you’re in luck! El Yucateco® is now available at select stadiums and the House of Blues.

I also wanted to share with you what we’re dancing to these days. Grace and Haddon have their favorite playlist which includes theme songs to their favorite movies. They ask me to play it in the car, at home, while they shower and brush their teeth.  My playlist is a little more sophisticated… just kidding it isn’t. These days I’m jamming to 90’s hit songs that bring Alex and I back to our childhood days! Grace thinks we’re a little goofy, but we just keep dancing along!

Here’s to El Yucateco® hot sauce, fried plantains and dancing until morning!

And just incase you were wondering, you can pick up El Yucateco® hot sauces at Target!

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Recently I read a quote that says “cook like you don’t have to clean.” There so much freedom in the thought of cooking without reservations and allowing the mess to pile up in the name of great food. The problem with that quote, is that no matter how great the meal is, the pots and pans need to be scrubbed, the dishes need to be rinsed and it all has to get done before bedtime!

I’m teaming up with Scotch-Brite™ Brand to share with you my go-to Butternut Squash and Sausage Casserole Recipe.

This casserole is delicious and a little messy, but with help from Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge, you will cook, clean and have plenty of time to spend with those you love.

  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 2 tablespoons of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper
  • 2 teaspoons of dry thyme
  • 2 teaspoons of dry basil


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease a medium casserole dish

Toss the cubed bread in a roasting pan and bake until golden. Approximately five minutes but watch it carefully!

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large pot over medium heat and add the sausage.  Cook until golden brown, about 6 minutes. Add the sausage and brown (for about 8 minutes).  Add the leeks and squash and cook down until the leeks are soft, about 3 minutes (you may add a little chicken broth to pick up the brown bits off the bottom). Add salt, pepper, thyme and basil. Add the focaccia cubes and 1 tablespoon of butter and toss until the butter melts.

In the meantime, whisk the egg and chicken broth in a bowl until smooth; stir in the 1/2 cup of the parmesan. Pour the broth mixture over the bread mixture; cook until the liquid is absorbed by the bread, about 1 minute and transfer into the prepared casserole dish. (You can stop here if you are making this dish the night before, cover and put it in the refrigerator) 

Scatter the 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese evenly on top and bake until golden and cooked through, about 40 minutes. Set aside for 5 minutes before serving.  

Ok, so once you make this delicious recipe, you are going to have to clean up.  For this mess, my tool of choice is the blue Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge and the green Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge! Some people like to use dish cloths, but I am #TeamSponge all the way!
I think it’s important to have the Right Tools for Every Surface and for this casserole dish and my oven, I like the green Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge.  It removes tough baked-on messes 50% faster than other competitive sponges and can be used on pots, pans and oven racks (psss…. I also use it on my garage door!)  Then, after the casserole dish an the oven are clean, I use the blue Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge and clean the sink, the counters, and stovetop!

I say cook like you know the cleaning is a piece of cake!

Get more cleaning inspiration here and download the coupon below

Also, you can enter to win a Scotch-Brite™ Scrubstakes for the chance to win a $20,000 kitchen makeover!!!

Also, you can purchase Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge and the green Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge at Kroger, or other Kroger banner stores.
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After a long week of rain and cold weather, the sun finally decided to delight us with its presence.  We are head over heels about it and are determined to enjoy every bit of these warm days.  We are doing school outdoors, exercising outdoors and are taking snack time outdoors! Gosh it really has been so much fun throwing the doors open and letting the kids have a full day of fun without worrying about chilly temperatures or snow!
Around 3pm everyday we pack a little bag of goodies and head for the backyard.

These days, we are loving these cold and refreshing

Outshine mango fruit bars!

The kids Love the mango flavor because it reminds them of Florida and all things sun! I like them, because they are a healthy snack alternative, because they are portable and because Outshine uses real fruit and no GMO ingredients! Win!
Haddon is always sharing with Emory, which I think is adorable.  They’re building quite a big brother- little sister relationship that makes my mama heart so happy.
We have fond memories of eating mangos at Alex’s parents house and these Outshine Fruit bars take us back to those sweet Florida memories.

 Head over to Outshine’s site to learn more about how you can put good stuff in and get good stuff out and where you can purchase!

 You can also check out their Instagram for inspiration!


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