Easy Breakfast Casserole For Holiday Brunch #MinuteMaidHoliday #CBias #ad

Easy Breakfast Casserole For Holiday Brunch

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone. #MinuteMaidHoliday #CollectiveBias

The holidays are in full swing and we are already in full planning mode for parties and other family gatherings.  I love the holidays because I get to spend so much time with family and friends.  I love seeing the smiles on my kids faces when they open gifts.  I love sitting around laughing and telling jokes with my family.  It’s the best time of the year for me.  It’s also one of the most stressful times of the year as well.

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My siblings and I always go to our parent’s home for Christmas.  When there were fewer grandkids we would all spend the night at their house and open gifts there.  Now that our family has grown we started with a new tradition of Christmas brunch and dinner together.  We only open the gifts we brought for each other at our brunch, and together my mom, sisters, and myself make dinner for the family.  It’s filled with amazing memories that we talk about all through the year.

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For brunch each of the siblings are responsible for bringing a dish for us to enjoy after opening presents.  I always make my Easy Breakfast Casserole, because the family loves it.  It’s super easy to make and it has all the best parts of breakfast in one dish.  When I make it I always bring orange juice to accompany the dish.  When I’m choosing orange juice I always pick Minute Maid Orange Juice.  I love shopping at Safeway because they have great specials, and I can always find the items I’m looking to purchase.

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Safeway had a great sale on the Minute Maid Orange Juices, they were two boxes for six dollars.  I loved that it included both low pulp and no pulp since I refer no pulp in my juices and my huband like to have pulp in his juice.  The good thing about orange juice is that everyone loves it and whatever we don’t use for brunch we can use to make holiday drinks for during dinner.  So it’s a win-win.

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While I was at the store I noticed an awesome promotion from Coca-Cola and Shutterfly.  When you purchase four participating Coca-Cola products you earn $20 off at Shutterfly.

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Offer will be executed via Catalina print-out at register with unique pin code to redeem online.  The Shutterfly offer is valid through December 28th.

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If you’re looking for brunch ideas for the holidays I highly suggest this breakfast casserole.  You can make it ahead of time and refrigrate and bake later.  It’s perfect to make and take for all holiday gatherings.  The leftovers are even better the next day.  Plus you can customize it to make it a dinner casserole as well.  Check out the recipe below.

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If you’re looking for more holiday recipes check out the Minute Maid blog, and connect with them on social media by liking on Facebook and following on Pinterest.  What’s your go to holiday dish for family functions?

Who are You Sharing A Coke With? #ShareMemories #ad

Who are You Sharing A Coke With?

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ShareMemories #CollectiveBias

May is a very busy month for my family and I.  We have three birthdays in May.  My husband is first followed by our oldest son and then our middle son.  Every year we usually hold a family picnic at a park to celebrate my sons birthdays.  It’s usually on Memorial day and it’s how we kick off the summer.  This year it was no different from past years.  We made huge plans for heading out to the park for the day.  Our planning started with a trip to Giant Eagle to stock up on Coke for the day.

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Our adventure filled day started with us having to find another park for our family outing because the one we would usually visit was already at capacity.  Thankfully we had a short drive to another park and we were ready to start the day.  I was quite surprised with how the new park turned out.  I actually like it better than the other park we usually visited.

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My husband was on the grill but my dad was trying to take the credit.  They were cooking up burgers, hot dogs and ribs for the family.

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While waiting for the food, these guys grabbed an early snack.

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While waiting for the food, JB was spraying on some sunscreen to protect his skin out in the sun.

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Everyone set up their chairs and blankets in a cool spot so they could relax and enjoy the day.

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The kids loved running around with all the space in the park they really enjoyed the nice cool day.  We were so close to the water than even though it was a very hot day we stayed pretty cool.

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We don’t get together and not play football.  It’s mandatory for us.  Of course we got the ball out and threw it around.

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We had such a great time I totally forgot to get picture of the food before.  It was all good, because the family ate it all up.  My hubby the grillmaster is always worried that I’ll forget to save him a drink.  I made sure this time I did.  I kept a nice cold beverage for him once we got home.

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While we were shopping for I found some cool bottles of #ShareACoke with Class of 2015 bottles that I just loved.  We have a family member graduating with her masters and we had to grab her a bottle for celebrating her special day.

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If you had the opportunity who would you Share A Coke with?  Since Coke is my soda of choice, I share a Coke with anyone visiting my house.  Anyone that knows me knows how much I love Coke.

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These mini can are the cutest things I’ve ever seen.  They are the prefect party size drink.  I love having them for road trips in the car.

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Glass bottle Coke always reminds me of growing up in Trinidad.  I look getting them to keep for “in case of emergency”.  I rarely run out of soda but if I do I always have a glass bottle somewhere around to hold me over till I get to the store.

Have you found your name on a Coke bottle yet?  Visit the Share A Coke site to find your name.  Be sure to connect with Giant Eagle and Coke on social media below:

  • Twitter: @CocaCola @DietCoke @CokeZero @GiantEagle
  • Instagram: @CocaCola @DietCoke @CokeZero @GiantEagle

Cool Insulated Products from Cool Gear

Cool Insulated Products from Cool Gear

Disclosure: I was provided with the products below for review purposes.  Any and all opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced.

If you know me from college or my few years in the work force you would know one main thing about me is that I don’t drink coffee and I have to have a Coca Cola at least once a day as my caffeine.  When I was in college I would drink the one and a half liter bottles all the time.  I would get one as soon as I got on campus and keep it with me the entire day, so when I found the Coca Cola Paisley Cool Can from Cool Gear I knew I wanted to have it.  When I reached out to the brand they allowed me to try two of their products to review.  Since I already had my eyes on the cool can I picked that and their Deluxe Salad Kit.

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When my box arrived I couldn’t wait to start using my Coca Cola cool can, the deluxe salad kit was for my husband to use but I ended up giving it to my sister after trying it out myself.

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I couldn’t wait to try out my cool can because it’s supposed to keep your drinks cooler longer.  The first time I used my cup I put in ice with my drink and it keep the ice from melting longer than it would with my regular glass.  I’ve also had my colas without ice from the fridge and my cool can kept it cold for hours which is much better than drinking straight from the can because it would get to room temperature after an hour.  I also noticed that my soda didn’t get flat as fast compared to when I use a regular glass.

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The top of the cool can has a slide to open feature.  Its very easy to use and gives the cup that straight from the can feel.  The opening is wide enough to hold a straw and you can easily pour liquids in and out of the cool can.  It’s small enough however that your standard ice cubes won’t fall out until it starts to melt.

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The cool can holds 16 ounces of liquid, that a can of soda with ice, it’s also a great way to work on water intake.  If you drink four of these you will have had eight glasses of water.  Sometimes is easier to get our water that way as opposed to trying to drink one glass at a time.

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I already use mines daily since it arrived.  My sister’s been trying to convince me to hand it over but it’s not going to happen.  I love this cool can and you should check it our from Cool Gear.  It costs $10.99 and you can purchase from the Cool Gear website.

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This is the Deluxe Salad Kit, that’s perfect for taking your lunch with you and being able to keep it cool even if you don’t have access to a refrigerator at work or wherever you are taking your lunch.  It’s great for salads, veggies & dip or fruit & dip.

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When you remove the lid you find the compartments and the dressing/dip container.  You can use this part to keep your protein, croutons, tomatoes, things like that separate from the lettuce.  It’s really up to you how you use it and what you decide to put in the compartments and the main bowl.

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You can see the whole set is big enough to hold a nice size lunch.  It’s great for just about anyone to take for lunch.  The green compartment part in the Deluxe Salad Kit can be frozen to help keep your food cold.  You can also use it at home to serve up chips and dip or salad.  It’s a very versatile product and I recommend it.  My sister loved getting it to take her lunches to work and she often says it can feed two sometimes three people, she say’s it’s a great product.

Be sure to connect with Cool Gear on any of their social media sites and visit their website for more cool products.

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