Monday, February 29, 2016

Addictive Ooey Gooey Chex Mix



This stuff is highly addictive! Like my husband and I both cannot be left alone with this stuff! The worst part of it all is that right now my baby is getting up to eat every 2 hours. So I have been snacking on this stuff all through out the night! Its getting out of hand over here! 

Not only is this one of my favorite snacks it is also one of my favorite things to take on a road trip, girls night, or a movie night! Ultimately I can just eat it anywhere! It makes a very large batch so if you don't trust yourself around this highly addictive snack half it! Thats probably what I should do instead of sitting there eating it all! 

Ooey Gooey Chex Mix 
3/4 cup butter
1 1/4 cups light corn syrup
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract

In a large bowl mix together chex mix, golden grahams, coconut, and almonds. In a medium saucepan melt butter and stir in corn syrup and sugar. Bring to a boil for 2 minutes. Then remove from heat and add the coconut extract. Pour the mixture over the chex mix mixture and mix well. Stir for a couple of minutes making sure that all the cereal is coated! If it is too wet add more cereal. Spread on a cookie sheet and let dry. Then eat up!

* You can also add m&ms or candy corn to jazz it up for holiday season! I have also added life cereal instead of golden grahams*










 white chocolate popcorn Halloween Graveyard cheese crackers







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Monday, February 15, 2016

Shady Brook Farms and Honeysuckle White Turkey

Last year in June I had an amazing opportunity of traveling to Virginia to visit one of Shady Brook Farms and Honeysuckle White's turkey farms. It was an eye opening experience mostly with how important it is to know where your food comes and the type of treatment your food gets before it ends up on your kitchen table. Having 4 young growing kids in my home I know how important it is to nourish their bodies with good food to help their bodies grow! So when Honeysuckle White and Shady Brook Farms asked me to be a brand ambassador for their brand I knew that it would be a perfect fit for our family. I already believe in feeding my family products that have been raised without grow promoting antibiotics and their turkey is just that! On their website they have a few key topics that I wanted to share with you all!

Shady Brook Farms and Honeysuckle White:
  • Doesn't use growth-promoting antibiotics
    • they believe that they can provide a wholesome product that people will feel good about feeding their families, all at an affordable price
  • Their products are raised by independent farmers
    • they have high standards of the type of farmers they want raising turkeys for the products they sell, they want farmers who care about the way their turkeys are cared for and even pass a verified program which have very high standards which they have to meet
  • Believes everyone deserves good food
    • they believe that good food doesn't need to come at a premium price and so they work hard at keeping cost of product low so that everyone can enjoy good food without breaking the bank
  • Turkey is the lean protein superfood
    • turkey is a higher amount of protein and less fat when compared to chicken, plus it has lots of vitamins and zero grams of saturated fat which make turkey a superfood!
  • Live up to their standards
    • their products live up to the USDA verified program, they take pride in how their turkeys are raised which lowers illness and the use of antibiotic treatments
  • Believe in food safety and traceability
    • they complete rigorous tests to make sure their products are as fresh as possible 

Their website 700 reasons is jam packed with great information on their company, the products they offer and some great turkey recipes ranging with great variety! Some of my favorites are












I know that the recipes I have posted I have had some questions about where to find their products and why I always say both brands Honeysuckle White and Shady Brook Farms. The reason for that is that one of the brands is found in certain states and the other brand in others. Honeysuckle White turkey products are available in select states. For those on the East Coast (CT, DE, ME, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, NC, RI, SC, VT, VA, WV), look for Honeysuckle White’s sister brand, Shady Brook Farms. If you have any questions about where to find products shoot me a quick email at Scarlettbanks@yahoo.com and ill try to help ya!  And below are the 2 different brand packaging that you can be on the look out for! 







I look forward to sharing with you all some of my favorite turkey recipes to help each of you realize how versatile and yummy turkey really is! And if you have missed some of my other turkey recipes here they are!

Crockpot Bone In Turkey Breast





Turkey Kabobs











*Disclosure: This is a sponsored blog post from Honeysuckle White and Shady Brook Farms. I have been compensated for this post however all thoughts and opinions are my own!

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Chunky Baked Potato Soup

My oldest sons favorite food is baked potatoes! He asks for them multiple times a week! So we almost always have russet potatoes at our home to add as a side dish or an after school snack for my son. 

This soup is a perfect one to use up your extra baked potatoes. Which is great with meal prep and planning. I always like planning out my meals so that I know ahead of time to make a little extra of something to make my life easier on another meal. Also if I do not plan ahead especially on bacon my family will eat every single piece that I make so I like to know if I will be needing bacon crumbled other days of the week so that when I make bacon for breakfast on the week I take out a few pieces and set them aside before I serve them to my family.

So this meal can be a very easy week night meal with a little planning ahead! It is different then my crockpot loaded baked potato soup. But can be just as easy as my crockpot soup with a little planning ahead! I do like the ingredients in this one more than my crockpot loaded baked potato soup too! 



Chunky Baked Potato Soup
adapted from: here

6 slices bacon
5 Tablespoons butter
1/4 cup flour
4 cups mik
3 large potatoes, cooked, peeled and cubed
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

In a large skillet cook bacon until crispy. Then dice it up. Set aside. Melt butter in a large stockpot over low to medium heat. Whisk in the flour slowly and let it lightly brown. Then slowly begin to whisk in the milk. Cook for 2 minutes whisking continually. Stir in the potatoes and onions. Bring to a boil then reduce to simmer and let simmer for 10-15 minutes. (if you potatoes aren't pre-cooked cook for 15-20 minutes or until they are tender) Then stir in the bacon, sour cream, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper. If the soup is still too thick you can add more milk. Serve immediately garnished with bacon, cheese, and green onions!



 potatoes Bacon Flour
 pepper salt cheese 




        





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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Turkey Drummettes with Apricot Mustard Sauce



The Super Bowl is tomorrow and these Turkey Drummettes should definitely be a part of the party! Honeysuckle White even made them with a yummy apricot mustard sauce that sounds to die for! So I wanted to make sure to share it with you all! So here you go!

Turkey Drummettes with Apricot Mustard Sauce
Salt
1 cup 2% Greek yogurt
2 cups chicken broth, divided
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup apricot jam or preserves
1/2 cup grainy Dijon-style mustard
1 teaspoon soy sauce

 





















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