Diana Rambles

Peanut Butter Caramel Snack Mix

Monday, February 8, 2016

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Here is a sweet and salty snack mix with that is perfect to munch on during a party, on the go, or while you watch a movie.
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We spend much of our afternoons and evenings on the go. My daughter is quite the little ballerina and has 3-8 practices a week depending on the schedule. They are preparing for an April production, so that means more time away from home. I have a lot of extra time on my hands while I wait, so I spend that time on my phone.

WiFi is not available at the dance studio, so I rely on my phone plan to keep me entertained. Whether it's Snapchat, Facebook, Messenger or Instagram, I seem to go through data quickly. That is why I love the new Walmart Family Mobile PLUS plan. This plan includes Unlimited Talk, Text, & Data with up to 10GB of 4G LTE data plus a free movie on VUDU every month, per line for $49.88. That 10GB keeps me entertained during rehearsal time AND will be more than enough to post photos all over social media when we are on vacation next month.
With this new PLUS plan, I got a new smartphone. It's an LG G Stylo. This Android smartphone has a 5.7" HD display. The 13MP rear-facing camera is ideal for taking high-quality pictures while the 5MP front-facing camera is great for selfies. This stylish phone is only $179, on Rollback from $199.
Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to http://cbi.as/28aqc or your local Walmart for current pricing.
Since we spend so much time running around to kid activities, we really cherish those evenings we have free to enjoy time together as a family. We like to play video games or watch a movie. The other night we took advantage of the free movie that comes with the Walmart Family Mobile PLUS plan. We munched on this Peanut Butter Caramel Snack Mix while we enjoyed the movie on our gaming system.
Peanut Butter Caramel Snack Mix

by Diana Rambles
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Ingredients (2 gallons)
  • 2 sticks butter (1 cup)
  • 1.5 cups brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 14 cups popcorn
  • 6 cups toasted oat cereal
  • 6 cups pretzel twists
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows
  • 2 cups peanuts
  • 1.5 cups candy-coated chocolate candies
Place the butter, brown sugar, and peanut butter in a microwave-safe bowl.
Microwave for approximately 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until combined.

Place the rest of the ingredients in a huge mixing bowl.
Stir to mix them up.
Pour the peanut butter caramel over the mix and stir until evenly coated.
Let the coating harden by placing on cookie sheets.

This recipe can easily be cut in half.
Store in an airtight container.
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I just can't get enough of this snack mix or Walmart Family Mobile! What would you do with 10GB?
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Friday, February 5, 2016

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Pineapple Cashew Shrimp Fried Rice

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Chinese New Year is just around the corner and I have a delicious Asian-inspired fried rice for you. Celebrate the Year of the Monkey with this quick and easy recipe.
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Our family enjoys observing Chinese New Year each year. We celebrate with a big feast of Asian foods. We also partake in several Chinese traditions, such as giving out red envelopes with money inside. February 8, 2016, begins the Year of the Monkey. I'm giving my daughter some adorable monkey themed red envelopes and a stuffed monkey. I buy her a new stuffed animal each year to correspond with the zodiac animal. She's excited about the Year of the Monkey because that means her year is next!

Our new years feasts includes both traditional and non-traditional Chinese dishes. We always have noodles for long life and oranges for good luck. This year I've made a Pineapple Cashew Shrimp Fried Rice, which has many symbolisms. Pineapple is said to bring wealth luck. Shrimp represents happiness and good fortune. Cashew represents money or gold. Rice represents fertility, luck, or wealth.
Pineapple Cashew Shrimp Fried Rice

by Diana Rambles
  • Minute® White Rice
  • 2 tsp of Sesame or Peanut Oil (not pictured)
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1.5 tsp of ginger paste
  • 2-3 carrots diced
  • 4 green onions chopped
  • 2 cups shrimp
  • Dole Pineapple Chunks
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 2 T of Kikkoman Soy Sauce
  • juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 1+ tsp chili paste
Prepare 2 cups of the Minute Rice according to directions on the package.

In a large skillet or wok, heat the oil over medium-high heat.
Add the diced carrots and stir fry until soft.
Add the green onion and stir for a few more minutes.

Add the shrimp and pineapple to the pan and stir-fry for 3-5 minutes until the shrimp is heated.

Stir in the cooked Minute Rice until mixed.
Add the cashews to the pan.
Stir in the lime juice, soy sauce, and desired amount of chili paste.
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Here is our entire feast. In addition to the Pineapple Cashew Shrimp Fried Rice, we enjoyed bok choy, fried dumplings, lo mein noodles, Crab Rangoon, and oranges.
Our family gobbled the fried rice all up. The heat of the chile paste balanced well with the pineapple. While you could use any size shrimp, I prefer the small ones.
I picked up the ingredients for this recipe at Walmart. The Minute White Rice is found in the rice aisle, the Dole Pineapple Chunks in the canned fruit aisle, and the Kikkoman Soy Sauce in the Asian food aisle. Minute Rice is the original instant rice. It's ready in just five minutes. You can learn about all Minute Rice products here. Sweet and tangy Dole Pineapple is a great snack and perfect addition to rices, stir fries and desserts. Read all about Dole Pineapple here and get a discount coupon here. Kikkoman Soy Sauce is naturally brewed with water, wheat, soybeans and salt. Find out more about Kikkoman here and get a discount coupon for it here.
I've shared some of our Chinese New Year traditions. Do you ever celebrate it?
For more Asian-inspired recipe inspiration, visit the Chinese New Year Eats social hub.
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Super Bowl Party Ideas & Free Printables

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Game Day is upon us and I have gathered a great collection of ideas, recipes, and printables that are perfect for your Super Bowl party.
Super Bowl Football Party Ideas, Recipes, and Free Printables

Super Bowl 50 Cupcake Toppers
First off I have these great Broncos vs. Panthers Cupcake Toppers. Just download them here, print, and attach to a toothpick. Perfect for cupcakes or finger foods.

DIY Snack Stadium + Skittles Bark
If you are feeling a little more adventurous, check out this awesome Snack Stadium. The easy to follow directions will have you blowing your guests away. The post also includes stadium decoration free printables, a recipe for Skittle Bark, and a giveaway for an Xbox One or Walmart eGift Card. Get it all here.

Sweet & Spicy Chili + Football Straw Printable
This is a great chili recipe that will have your party guests asking for the recipe. It's the right mix of sweet and spicy, although you could turn either one up or down. Included is a football printable that can be added to a paper straw or toothpick. Get the recipe and printable here.

Mozzarella Pizza Stackers + Party Decor Printables
Here's a fun and easy pizza inspired snack that is put together in minutes. The post also has football party table decoration printables. Get them here.



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