Sammy Makes Six

Jan 25, 2015

Texting & Messaging Fun

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I'm going to share a secret with you, I hate texting, it is such a chore! Can you imagine what it's like for me with my 4 girls texting all day long as well as other members of the family? Even though I've been texting for years, I have not managed to pick up that lighting fast texting speed everyone else seems to have mastered. How do they do it? My girls pick up their phones and with both hands will speedily send out not one but a few texts in the space of time that it takes me to send a sentence. And I don't do it with two hands, my texting method entails hiding the phone with my left hand and me poking at the keyboard with one finger. Not exactly speedy, and not exactly fun either. But I have found a new way to make messaging fun and easier, because I don't have to type in all those long sentences anymore. Now I cam send video messages featuring really cute avatars.


So how can you send these fun video messages? Intel Pocket Avatars App is a free app that you can find (I love free apps!) on both iTunes and Android. It's a fairly easy app to get the hang of, but I will share a quick tutorial just in case you are technology challenged. 

Download app on iTunes or Android
  • Register ( this only takes a few minutes)
  • Confirm your email address and sign in. 
  • Allow Intel Pocket Avatars App to access your contacts for direct messaging from the app
  • Now you are READY to make your first personalized avatar


Create a FUN Avatar Video Message
  • Once you've signed in you are ready to pick a few avatars to download or you can begin with one. I picked one that I think actually looks like me, her name is Ana and she is adorable. 
  • Download your avatar and choose your Audio Effects (high, deep or none)
  • The app uses your camera to follow your face and head movements so take a few moments to let the avatar follow you around and see just how silly you can make your video. 
  • Once you are ready to record just hit the red button and you have 15 seconds to record your message.
  • Now just send your message to a contact and/or share on social media. 


I don't know how many messages we've sent but we love this app. It's really taken messaging to a whole other level and now when I want to yell something at my kids I send them a quick avatar video message.  


My favorite message to send my kids is a singing message, which is fun for me and scary for them because I am a horrible singer, but still they love me. You can even throw some romance in and send the boyfriend a song like I did to mine.  This is just a very fun app that the whole family can download and use to keep in touch. The kids are going to love the avatars and how creative they can get with their messaging. You might even find that everyone is keeping in touch a lot more than normal, which is good considering everyone is so darn busy. Get in on the fun and download the app for yourself. Who will you send your first video avatar message to?

Stuffed Jalapeños Con Bacon

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The big game is now officially just ONE WEEK away! What a fun trip it's been getting here and at my place we are super excited to watch and see which team will end up taking the title. This month I've shared a few recipes for you that are going to be perfect for the big game and today I want to share another super easy appetizer that the family will love. This is a play on one of my favorite tamale flavors which is Tamales de Rajas con Queso, which take over a day to make so instead I make this very easy Suffed Jalapeños con Queso which only take 30 minutes. To make the appetizer even more tasty for the big game, I am wrapping them up in BACON!! Yes, bacon! 


As usual I found the ingredients at my local Walmart and for this recipe I am using Farmland® bacon. Farmland® bacon is slow smoked over real wood for maximum flavor. For decades, Farmland® has taken pride in perfecting their curing and smoking technique – a difference you’ll taste in every delicious bite. For the purpose of this appetizer I got the thick cut bacon so that each jalapeño would be more filling.


This recipe is extremely basic and easy, because you know that's what I'm all about. I love recipes that don't require more than a few ingredients and this is one of those that is just so easy, but for sure will be a hit. I mean, who doesn't love bacon? Okay so vamos con la receta. 

Recipe
12 medium sized jalapeños
1 queso fresco 
1 package of Farmland® bacon
pinch of pepper

Instructions
Prep your queso fresco by cutting it up in a bowl and adding a small pinch of pepper. Wash jalapeño peppers and slice down the side to open and clean out all of the seeds and veins. WASH YOUR HANDS before doing anything else! Once your peppers are completely cleaned out fill with queso filling and wrap and entire bacon slice around it. Preheat oven on 375 degrees and place your peppers on a lined tray. Cook for 20-25 minutes or until your bacon and crisp and brown. 


These stuffed jalapeños are so easy and quick to make, and are the perfect finger food for game day. Fill up a tray with them and you're going to see how easily they disappear. 


Jalapeños, queso fresco & bacon, how much yummier can it get? Well, I'm definitely looking forward to next Sunday and all the food that we are going to be making and enjoying.  I'm going to be buying extra Farmland® bacon to make enough for everyone. What bacon dishes are you going to be serving up on game day?

Jan 23, 2015

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How's your morning routine? If it's anything like mine, you might be out the door to start a busy day without having the time to get a good breakfast. Right? It happens to all of us. Then by mid-day I am so hungry that I stuff myself with extra fast food. That's no way to reach my goal of a healthier 2015. With our hectic schedules, it's so important to start each day off right. Join me for the #NewBreakfastRoutine Twitter Party so we can chat about the ways belVita Bites and V8 Veggie Blends can help you get a good breakfast so you can keep up with your busy days.

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Jan 20, 2015

Easy Mango Salsa for Game Day

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If you are anything like me you are looking for an easy way to wow your friends on game day. While many of my friends are really great cooks who love to show off their skills, I am of a simpler mind when it comes to cooking. I love coming up with yummy ideas too, but my ideas take minimal time an effort. I'm really busy and really I am not the best cook, so I always prefer to go simple, which doesn't mean it's not going to be delicious. Today I want to share my latest “simple recipe”, which is so good!
 
I don't know about you but I LOVE MANGOS! They are my very favorite fruit ever, and they are one of the only reasons I love summer. Mango and watermelon, they are the best part of summer and I usually hate how we have to wait for them to be in season before getting to enjoy them again. This is why I was super stoked to find Del Monted Diced Mangos at Walmart! (Take advantage of the sampling event taking place at select Walmart stores 1/22-1/25, so you can try them yourself!) I've got so many ideas for enjoying these mangos and can't wait to try them out. I am going to be making Mangoneadas, mango smoothies and maybe even mango nieve (ice cream). You don't know how excited I am to know that I can start enjoying mango year round. Whoop, whoop!


Okay so when the big game rolls around, I am going to use these delicious Del Monte Diced Mangos to give my salsa an amazing kick. Imagine a Mangoneada ( a slushy with chunks of mango & hot sauce ), and you have this salsa. You're going to get that sweet flavor of the mango and then the super spicy kick of the salsa, a perfect pair!


This 2-minute mango salsa has you covered for Super Bowl Sunday and check out just how EASY it is to prepare. I mean, you don't even have to go near the stove, it's so easy you can make it with your eyes closed!


2-minute Mango Salsa
1 can of Del Monte Diced Mangos
1 jar of Pace Chunky Salsa (hot)

Just open up the salsa and the canned, diced mangos (drain juice) and mix. Done and done! Plus, you can always spice it up with your own “secret ingredient”. Next time I am going to add big chunks of onion for added flavor and texture. Nothing weird about extra onions, mango and salsa, I am Mexican after all and to us all those things together are simply delicious!


Once the game is done, you don’t need the party to end! Hang out, put in “The Book of Life”, and enjoy a great movie together. The kids will love this movie and it will give them something to look forward to after the game. The “Book of Life” DVD available at Walmart on 1/27. While you're there pick up a can of Del Monte Mangos and go to town making your own super-simple creation that is sure to knock everyone's socks off. Don't forget to try my recipe too, I think you're going to love it!

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The best part about football games has got to be the food we eat while watching them. Who doesn't love to chow down on their favorite snacks while cheering their team on? And when you can prep the food super fast and easy, well then that makes for the perfect game day menu! Join me for the #GameTimeGrub Twitter party so we can chat about Alexia food products and how they can help you score a touchdown at your next game day party. Join me and RSVP for the #GameTimeGrub Twitter Party on SoFabChats!



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