Qdoba Catering – You Must Try It!

I love hosting parties and get and events. For the last couple years, I’ve hosted both Thanksgiving and Christmas for my family. This year, while I wanted to host Christmas, I was a bit stressed out about the ordeal too. My daughter is on a travel basketball team and she had a tournament the day before everyone was coming over. With as busy as we are during the week and being gone most of Saturday, the idea of pulling together a dinner for 10 people was a bit much. Getting our small get together catered was an idea that I thought was nice, but not all that practical. I was WRONG! Qdoba Catering proved me wrong! It was a Qdoba Christmas this year!

I was provided with Qdoba Catering for the purpose of this post. All opinions are 100% my own.

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Setting Up Your Qdoba Catering

The first thing you need to do to set up your Qdoba Catering is call their catering line (1-888-736-2224). A nice customer service person is waiting to help you plan the best event you will ever throw! I’m not joking! People will be talking about your Qdoba Catering bar for years to come! It’s only been three days and my son and daughter have talked non-stop about how awesome it was and they’ve eaten leftovers every day this week!

What Do You Get?

Each order can be customized exactly how you would like it. Our Hot Taco Bar had the following:

  • Marinated Chicken
  • Brown Rice
  • Pinto Beans
  • Fajita Vegetables
  • Salsa (all three)
  • Three Cheese Queso
  • Flour Tortilla’s
  • Corn Taco Shells
  • Tortilla Chips

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Some items, like the fajita vegetables and the three cheese queso, are considered add-on items and there is an additional (small) charge per person. It’s so worth it. You can’t have Qdoba without fajita vegetables and three cheese queso! Not only do you get all the food I mentioned above, but they also provide you with bowls, napkins and silverware. I was NOT expecting that! It was a pleasant surprise! I was thrilled to not have any dishes to wash after!

Would I Recommend Qdoba Catering?

Without a shadow of a doubt..YES! From the moment the friendly Qdoba employee walks into your house, they get down to work setting up everything for you! You literally don’t need to lift a finger! Qdoba Catering is perfect for your holiday get together, office parties, birthday parties, graduation parties, Cinco de Mayo parties…really, Qdoba Catering is perfect for any occasion!

For more information on your different catering options, visit their website. Which catering bar would you choose for your next get together?

Ice Cream Cake Desserts

This post was sponsored by Baskin-Robbins as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Hosting events at my house is something I very much enjoy. Every year, with my side of the family, we celebrate Christmas the Sunday before Christmas. This year, that day was yesterday. My brother and his family came over and my mom came over. Normally we do something rather simple for dessert like pick a pie up from the store or something. However, this year, thanks to Baskin-Robbins, we got the most delicious and festive ice cream cake and Peppermint & Winter OREO® Cookies Polar Pizza dessert ever. The kids were very excited to eat it, as were the adults!

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When picking out a dessert, whether you are making it or picking it up somewhere, you want it to be a show stopper. Sure the main meal is delicious, but lets face it, everyone looks forward to the dessert! You want something that not only looks fabulous, but tastes just as fabulous. This Baskin-Robbins Ganache Poinsettia Cake fits all of those requirements. Almost immediately, all of the kids started yelling that they wanted this for dessert. Once you see the slice, you’ll know why!

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Are you drooling yet?!?

Ordering the Ganache Poinsettia Ice Cream Cake

Ordering this ice cream cake is simple! You can go into the store and order it in person or you can order it online! Whichever you prefer! I opted to go into the store (mainly because my daughter really wanted to “help” me order it). When you order, you have the option to choose what kind of ice cream you would like in your ice cream cake. There are over 15 different options from OREO® Cookies ‘n’ Cream, Rocky Road, Very Berry Strawberry, and so many more! We chose the OREO® Cookies ‘n’ Cream ice cream. Come to find out, that is a customer favorite! After choosing your ice cream flavor, you are given the option to put a message on the cake and what color frosting you would like that message to be in. And that’s it! So easy and so delicious! This cake is a 9″ round cake and it serves 12-16 people.

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Because you can’t just have one dessert option on Christmas, I also picked up the Baskin-Robbins Peppermint & Winter OREO® Cookies Polar Pizza. This particular ice cream cake comes as shown with peppermint ice cream, OREO® cookies and marshmallow and fudge toppings. This ice cream cake, like the one above, was enjoyed, as well! In fact, we have leftovers and my kids woke up this morning asking if they could have a piece tonight after dinner! The Peppermint & Winter OREO® Cookies Polar Pizza serves 8.

Both of these cakes would make a great dessert option for your holiday celebrations or any other time throughout the year! There is still time to order! If you decided to stop by your local Baskin-Robbins, be sure to try the Peppermint Bark in the Dark, December flavor of the month ice cream! This flavor they decided to bring back combines the minty crunchiness of peppermint bark with Baskin-Robbins creamy Chocolate ice cream all wrapped together with a peppermint candy and white chocolate flavored ribbon!

Because I love my readers so much (and because Baskin-Robbins is just awesome!), I have a coupon for $2.00 off your Polar Pizza purchase!

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Have a wonderful holiday season!!

Peppermint Oreo Cupcakes

This time of year, everything is peppermint flavored and I love it! I seriously cannot get enough peppermint. One year I bought 8 gallons of peppermint ice cream to store in my freezer because I knew it was a holiday special and I’d have to wait until the following year to get it again! The only thing better than peppermint stuff is peppermint and chocolate together. That’s why these Peppermint Oreo Cupcakes are to die for!

Peppermint Oreo Cupcakes

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Ingredients

Cupcakes

  • 1 C All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp peppermint extractpeppermint oreo cookies
  • 3/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 C Hot Water
  • 1/2 C Cocoa Powder
  • 6 TBSP Butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 C Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1/4 C Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Frosting

  • 1 C Butter, softened
  • 2 C Powdered Sugar
  • 1-2 TBSP Heavy Cream
  • 2 tsp Peppermint Extract
  • 1-2 drops Pink Gel Coloring
  • Crushed candy cane bark
  • Holiday Oreo’s crushed and put into a bowl with crushed candy cane bark

Directions

Cupcakes

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line your cupcake tin with cupcake paper liners.
  2. Whisk flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. Whisk hot water and cocoa powder in a small bowl. Set aside.
  4. Using your mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  5. Mix the egg, vegetable oil, peppermint and vanilla extracts until well combined.
  6. Add in the flour mixture, alternate with hot cocoa mix, until there are no lumps.
  7. Using a large ice cream scoop (or these batter spoonspeppermint oreo cupcakes I love), scoop batter into the lined cupcake tins until they are 3/4’s filled.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 mins or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Remove from the oven, allowing the cupcakes to cool in the cupcake tin for 10 mins. Then place on a wire rack to cool completely.

Frosting Directions

  1. Beat butter and sugar until combined.
  2. Mix in the heavy cream, gel color and candy canes and  mix until blended.
  3. Spoon into a pastry bag with a large tip.
  4. Frost the peppermint Oreo cupcakes from the outside, working the tip toward the center of the cupcake.
  5. Rim the edge of the peppermint Oreo cupcakes with the crushed Oreo’s and candy cane bark mixture.
  6. Top with an Oreo.

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Don’t these sound delicious?!? If you wanted to make these Peppermint Oreo cupcakes gluten free, simply substitute your favorite gluten free flour and buy gluten free sandwich cookies!

A few other peppermint recipes you may enjoy are:

Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes

Peppermint Bark Cheesecake

Double Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies


Personalized Books for Kids

Reading is a HUGE hobby of mine. I read every single chance I get. In fact, I set a reading goal for myself this year of 50 books. I ended up crushing that goal. I am in the middle of my 72nd book! My favorite thing is when one of my kids wants to read a book that I grew up reading and loved. So, as you can imagine, I absolutely love giving books as gifts. Especially if they are personalized books for kids! What kid wouldn’t want to read a story that they were in?!? Not only do they get excited that they are in the book, but they get excited about reading! It’s a total win-win! Put Me in the Story has a lot of different books for different ages and they are the cutest thing I’ve ever seen!

*I received a personalize book for the purpose of this post. All opinions are 100% my own*

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Put Me in the Story has over 250 personalized books for kids options that feature beloved brands and characters like Disney­™, Sesame Street™, Star Wars™ and so many more! My nephews birthday is in December and I decided that I really wanted to make him the Don’t Push the Button book. With my nephews infectious laugh and personality, this book is perfect for him! Throughout the story my nephew is repeatedly told not to push the button. Of course, when a kid is told not to push the button, the first thing they want to do is push it! I can’t wait to read this book with him at Christmas!

Not only are these books super cute, but I had a small issue with the book and they immediately shipped out another copy. Great customer service!

These personalized books make a great Christmas gift, birthday gift or a just because gift! If you are wanting to order it for Christmas, you will need to do so by today (12/12/16) for UPS ground delivery. Check the delivery cut-off dates to insure Christmas delivery. If you are ordering today, be sure to use code Monday30 to save 30%!

Which personalized books for kids is your favorite??

Amazon Prime Photos Has All New Features! Plus an Opportunity to Win a $500 Gift Card Provided by Amazon.com

Are you an Amazon Prime member? You’re going to want to be after you read this! Amazon has launched an all-new Prime Photos experience with Family Vault. For absolutely zero additional cost, Prime members can share their benefit of unlimited photo storage with up to five family members or friends! Not only is Prime Photos free, but it makes it easy for family members or friends to safely store and share all of their favorite photos. The Amazon Prime Photos new experience includes Image Search, People view and Places view. You can even order photo prints, cards, photo books and calendars directly from your Amazon Prime Photos account! Simply download the new prime photos app.

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Why Amazon Prime Photos?

Have you ever lost your photos before? I have. It’s the worst feeling in the world. I had all of the pictures of my daughter from birth to age two on my laptop. That laptop got a virus and I lost every single picture. I knew, from that moment on, that I had to change my photo storage habits. Amazon Prime Photos not only allows you free unlimited photo storage (which I totally need), but it gives you that peace of mind that your photos are safe. Using Amazon Prime Photos not only allows you to free up space on your phones, but the family sharing allows families near and far to share pictures of loved ones, fun vacations, etc.

I can’t even begin to tell you how happy this app makes me! I love sharing pictures and Amazon Prime Photos makes the ability to share so much easier! Not to mention, with Prime Photos, you can quickly find and rediscover your favorite photos! I don’t know about your kids, but mine LOVE to look at pictures from when they were younger! So…if you are a Prime Member, make sure you take advantage of the free unlimited photo storage for Prime members. Not a Prime member? The Amazon Prime Photos app is available on computers, iOS and Android phones and tablets. So what are you waiting for? Download the Prime Photos app today at www.tinyurl.com/PrimePhotos 

To celebrate the launch of the Prime Photos app, you have the opportunity to win a $500 Amazon gift card provided by Amazon.com! Enter using the Rafflecopter Entry Form below:

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