Easy Breakfast with Tyson® Day Starts™ Breakfast Sandwiches

Mornings are pretty hectic for most families & my family is no different. Jacob is usually just getting home from work, everyone wakes up & is at level 6000 instantly, & then of course come the demands: Mom, I need to get dressed. Mom, I want cereal. Mom, I want eggs. Mom, I need to get dressed NOW! The garbage truck is here! Mom, I know you’re changing the baby’s soaked overnight diaper, but I need you too. And we all need breakfast right this very moment! Ha ha! You know it’s true. Cray-zay!

Normally, I try to cook the kids a wholesome breakfast myself each morning, but when we are extra busy, I try to turn to easier options that are equally as nutritious. That’s why when I was given the opportunity to try Tyson Foods’ first line of breakfast items, Tyson® Day Starts™ breakfast sandwiches, I was really excited!

Tyson® Day Starts™ breakfast sandwiches offer a protein-rich way to start the day with high quality ingredients like real cheeses, zesty vegetables, fresh eggs, and quality Tyson® sausage, ham and chicken. They are ready to grab & go in only two quick minutes, which is perfect for the days we are go-go-go, & also an awesome quick meal for my graveyard-shift working husband before he leaves in the evening. They come in seven varieties including biscuit sandwiches, breakfast flatbreads, & wrapped omelets. As you all know, a Mom sometimes just needs a lot of options because what one kid likes, another despises, so kudos to Tyson Foods on that!

As far as taste goes? The high quality ingredients shine in these creations of breakfast joy! My kids enjoyed them, I enjoyed them, & my husband wanted to marry me all over again. They tasted like I had made them myself right on the stove. No powdered egg taste or gross rubbery meat. They were fresh & delicious! My favorite part (aside form taste!) was no morning dishes! Everyone had full bellies all morning & I had extra time to work & even grab a morning walk with my dogs & kids.

If you’d like to give them a try, visit Tyson.com to download a $1 off coupon and check the product locator tool to find out where Tyson® Day Starts™ products are sold at a store near you!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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I’ve shared my easy to make slow cooker chicken tacos with you before, but I thought I’d try them with a twist using Tyson’s new Individually Quick Frozen Chicken Breasts in Roasted Red Bell Pepper & Garlic flavor. My previous three ingredient recipe is now only a two ingredient recipe & just as tasty, if not tastier thanks to these pre-seasoned chicken breasts from Tyson! #inspiremydinner

I cook with chicken stock a lot & this recipe calls for half a can. I was low on my supply, so we made a trip to our local Sam’s Club to grab our bulk buys & to get our Tyson IQF Chicken Breasts. They were not in the normal frozen meat section; I found them on an end cap after asking an associate to help me. Be sure to check there if you don’t see them with the frozen chicken!

Occasionally, Jacob & I get to have a few nights together with just Evelyn at home when Collin & Aiden go to their other parent’s homes. When that happens, we try to squeeze in a little date night after Evelyn heads to bed. Last week, we had one of those special nights & I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to try these Tyson IQF Chicken Breasts in my slow cooker.

I loved cooking them in the slow cooker because it freed up some of my rare almost-child-free time for me to make our night special, & just enjoy my husband. The flavors melted throughout the chicken breasts & we enjoyed a meal that tasted like I had slaved all day long to create an upscale dinner! Shhhh, it only took me 45 seconds!

2-4 Tyson Individually Quick Frozen Chicken Breasts in Roasted Red Bell Pepper & Garlic flavor
1/2 can chicken broth

Place the frozen chicken in slow cooker & pour the broth on top. Cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 6-8 hours. Before serving, shred chicken with two forks. Use on taco shells, burrito wraps, or even nachos!

These Tyson IQF Chicken Breasts are quick & easy even without the slow cooker. You can just as easily pop them into the oven to create a delicious meal in no time!

If you’re interested in learning more about this new product & it’s other flavors, you can check out a live demo at your local Sam’s Club on May 10th, 2014 at all Sam’s Club locations. You can also follow them via Twitter or Facebook for updates on their latest products & flavors!

Iced Coffee Recipes

Last week, I shared my iced coffee recipe (& my hot coffee discontent) with all of you & it has inspired me to share some other cold coffee recipes from around the Internet. With warmer temperatures right around the bend, what better way to get your morning jump start than with an ice cold glass of the sweet Mom juice? Currently, I am drinking my coffee from a straw filled with half-chewed cheese crackers because what’s mine is well, community property, & apparently, if I need to use the restroom, I can expect to return to find my coffee hijacked by Evelyn. One day, I won’t have to share my morning treat with anyone. Until then, I will gaze lovingly at these 9 works of coffee splendor.

1. This low-calorie iced mocha coffee by All in a Day’s Work looks indulgent, but without the extra calories! | 2. This condensed milk coffee by Delicious Shots looks like perfectly creamy way to start your day. | 3. Cherishes Bliss’ last-minute iced coffee recipe is similar to mine; it’s nice to know I’m not the only one who much prefers iced to hot coffee! | 4. How Sweet It Is really knows what’s up because this mocha coconut iced coffee recipe looks absolutely divine! | 5. I will definitely be trying this Skinny Caramel Frappe recipe from The Best Blog Recipes. | 6. Kitchen Concoction’s chocolate hazelnut frappe looks like it was created in a high-end coffee shop. | 7. This round up wouldn’t be complete without The Pioneer Woman’s perfect iced coffee recipe added in! | 8. Almond Joy’s are one of my favorite candies ever; so I’m all over this skinny Almond Joy iced coffee recipe from Domestic Fashionista. | 9. Naturally, my own iced vanilla coffee recipe is my favorite. I recently shared it here, at Our Holly Days.

Which recipe do you most want to try? Do you prefer your morning coffee warm or cold? I’d love to hear about your coffee routine  in the comments below. 


Cinco de Mayo is on Monday & here in SoCal, it’s kiiiind of a big deal! We will be celebrating here at home with tacos, chips & salsa, & a few lessons on Mexican culture with the boys. While neither of my dudes are of Mexican descent (Collin is Bolivian & Aiden is Puerto Rican), we still believe in celebrating other people & their culture, especially since we are surrounded by it in our area. In the spirit of the upcoming holiday, I thought I would share a round up of Mexican food recipes for you all to try this Cinco de Mayo.

13 Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

Slow Cooker Refried Beans by The Baker Upstairs

Mexican Grilled Corn by Dishy Goodness

Seven Layer Dip by Brown Eyed Baker

Cinnamon Chips & Fruit Salsa by Like Mother Like Daughter

Chocolate Flan Cake by Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

Stupid Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos by Our Holly Days (yours truly!)

Southwestern Corn Salsa by DelightfulEMade

Mexican Chicken Stew by Simply Fresh Dinners

Cheesecake Sopadillas by Lemon Tree Dwelling

Fire Roasted Salsa by Satisfaction Through Christ

One Skillet Chicken Enchilada Pasta by Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Grilled Fajita Skirt Steak by Joyfully Healthy Eats

Green Chili & Chive Cornbread Casserole by Melanie Makes

For more Cinco de Mayo inspiration, including crafts, food, & more, follow my Cinco de Mayo board via Pinterest!

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Prepare yourself, because I am about to rock your tastebuds with this recipe for a zesty, onion & bacon-filled, cheesy burger. The star of the show is the Kraft Natural Cheese Slices which melt perfectly onto the warm hamburger patty. If you are throwing a barbecue or party in the warm weather this year, you’ll be sure to impress if you whip up these savory cheeseburgers for your family & friends.
We picked up all of our ingredients, including the Kraft Naturals Slices from our local Walmart because not only can we find delicious foods & produce there, but we can also grab diapers & wipes at the same time. Hashtag Mom life. 
2 to 2 1/2 pounds ground beef or turkey
Kraft Naturals Slices from Walmart, colby jack
2 tablespoons of soy sauce
2 eggs
green onion
2 to 3 tablespoons of minced garlic
bacon (save time & buy the precooked kind)
onion hamburger buns
If you bought pre-cooked bacon, warm it up as per directions on the box. If you bought regular bacon, cook it until crispy. Crumble bacon into small bits & set aside. Chop up 4-5 stalks of green onion into tiny pieces, combine with bacon. In a large bowl, combine bacon, green onion, ground beef, eggs, soy sauce, & minced garlic. until completely mixed together. Hands work best! Form beef mixture into patties. My 2.25 pounds of ground beef made approximately 12 small patties or 8 large patties. Grill on your backyard barbecue, fry them in a frying pan, or even use your indoor grill. We used our Foreman to help eliminate a bit of the fat & cooked three at a time on it. I prefer mine well done, I like a bit of crust on the outside of my burger patty. As soon as you remove each patty off the grill, place a slice of Kraft Naturals Slices on top while it’s good & hot so that it has time to melt on top of your burger. Place on toasted onion buns, add your favorite fixin’s & enjoy!

My onion-hater boys didn’t even notice the zesty veggie hiding inside their cheeseburger which made me excited to try to hide other veggies inside for future dinners. Shredded carrots? Zucchini? Broccoli? Oh, the possibilities for this sneaky Mom!
As you can see, the Kraft Naturals Slices melted perfectly into a harmonious pairing with our hamburger patties. My husband is a little weird when it comes to his melted cheeses & he loved how the Kraft Naturals Slices didn’t turn into an oily mess onto his burger. Hey, Kraft! Thank you for that! Because as we all know, cheese hater-ation is grounds for divorce.

Thankfully, we had some leftovers & are actually planning to eat them tonight. These would be great to make in larges batched & freeze for easy lunch/dinner on the go or for those nights when everything is crazy & you need a quick meal that will fuel everyone up & make them happy.
What are your favorite cheeseburger toppings? Do you like pink or no pink? Tell me about your perfect cheeseburger that makes your family #SayCheeseburger in the comments below!


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Living in the desert, our mornings are warm & sometimes even downright hot. Personally, on those mornings, I prefer an iced flavored coffee or frappe to a warm cup of joe. One of my favorite Summer pick-me-ups is my vanilla iced coffee & today, with help from Mr. Coffee’s® best coffee maker ever & Millstone®, I’m here to bestow this gift of creamy coffee goodness onto all of you.

Naturally, a new coffee maker calls for a fabulous new coffee cup & carefully crafted Millstone® coffee; so we headed down to Walmart to pick up our coffee shopping list. I love that the Mr. Coffee® 10-cup Optimal Brew™Thermal Coffee Maker was a cinch to find in the kitchen appliance section of the store. And conveniently, the bright & fun coffee cups weren’t far either. In the grocery section, Millstone’s® Kona coffee screamed buy me, I’m sure of it!

I know at this point you are salivating to know my recipe. But really, this is so easy, I feel guilty calling it a, “recipe.” Nonetheless, here it is!

Millstone® Kona Blend Premium Ground Coffee
vanilla flavoring syrup
french vanilla creamer
ice…. maybe Princess Elsa could help with that part

Brew Millstone® coffee at double strength in your Mr. Coffee® 10-cup Optimal Brew™Thermal Coffee Maker. Don’t have one? Enter below for your chance to win this exact model! In a large cup, add vanilla flavoring to taste (I prefer 2 pumps, roughly 2 teaspoons) & vanilla creamer to your preference. Next, add in your coffee, stir & pour over another cup filled to the top with ice. Drink from your favorite, most fabulous cup & enjoy a nice, cool Summer morning moment before the kids go crazy…who am I kidding, they already are. But all is well now that you’ve got your creamy vanilla coffee in hand! You can tackle anything with that sweet vanilla nectar!

Jacob & I like our coffee in completely opposite ways. He prefers piping hot, strong coffee with a smidge of creamer added while I prefer cold, rich, & creamy coffee. I love that our new Mr. Coffee® 10-cup Optimal Brew™ Thermal Coffee Maker uses a thermal carafe for that exact reason. The coffee stays nice & hot for him & I can easily pour it over ice for my satisfying vanilla iced coffee. My coffee time is my daily, five-minute me-time to breathe & mentally prepare myself for a day filled with Mom-ing. What is your coffee journey/moment like?

Want one of your own Mr. Coffee® 10-cup Optimal Brew™ Thermal Coffee Makers? Use the form below & enter for your chance to win one! I’m even throwing in a bag of that perfectly roasted Millstone® Kona Blend Premium Ground Coffee to give you the ultimate coffee experience. Entries will close on May 9th, 2014 at 12:00AM PST.

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Deviled eggs are one of my ultimate favorite snacks & potluck items. They are simple & easy to dress up or customize to your tastebuds. They have a tangy & semi-sweet flavor to them, & they are so flavorful. My husband prefers a more mustard-y flavor as he is not a fan of mayo, which is actually an old fashioned version of the classic snack. Everyone has their own special take on deviled eggs, but this old fashioned version is our family favorite.
  • hard boiled eggs
  • classic yellow mustard
  • mayo (I used the new olive oil version)
  • black pepper
  • paprika


  • There really are no directions to this. In the old days, they used ingredients, tasted, & then added as necessary. That’s exactly what I did here. I sliced each egg in half & dug out the yolk. Once all the yolks were separated into their own bowl, I added mustard, mayo, & black pepper to my liking. Since my husband prefers a more mustard-y flavor, I added much more mustard than mayo. Once I had my yolk mixture combined really well, I transferred it to a gallon sized Ziploc baggie, snipped off one of the bottom corners, & piped it into each egg half. Lastly, I sprinkled some sweet paprika over each egg.

    I had some delicately beautiful paper flowers I purchased from my local craft store for a different project, but I knew they’d look lovely plated with these deviled eggs to create a light & airy Spring-on-a-plate look. I’m not gonna lie, I felt like I had channeled my inner Martha Stewart on this one, guys.


    Easter season is in full effect here at Casa de Sosa & we are gettin’ our celebrate on. Between egg coloring, Peeps s’mores, & gifts in a jar, we’re regular Peter Cottontails. Since there is no end to how we will celebrate a holiday, I thought it would be fun to round up some fun Easter foods that you can make to brighten up your family’s day.

    11 Easter Eats & Treats

    These Easy Easter Cookie Pops by Daily Crave are a perfect treat for toddlers….& this toddler Mom even wants some for herself!

    She Wears Many Hats created these adorable Rice Krispy Chics that look too darling to eat!

    I’m drooling over this Easter Marshmallow Bark created by Butter with a Side of Bread. I’m a sucker for marshmallow anything & this is a perfectly festive way to get my fix!

    For a healthier snack, this fun Vegetable Carrot by Savvy Momma is perfect for those Easter munchies.

    Fabulessly Frugal’s Bunny Bait is so silly & fun. This would be a fun one to create with your kid’s help.

    As hard as I tried, I could not locate a source for this yummy-looking Easter breakfast plate, but how perfect for Easter morning!

    This egg-shaped Fruit Pizza by SugarHero! is a work of art!

    I can’t stop giggling over these Easter Bunny Tail Truffles by Pizzazzerie.

    Ramblings of a Handbag Designer’s Easter Egg Lunch is a genius way to get your kids & toddlers to eat every single bite of these healthy choices!

    These Easter Egg Brownie Nests from Babble are simple, but have big impact. These would be a great potluck item to wow your fellow guests.

    Ending our list of fun Easter treats are my very own Peeps S’mores. These babies are super fun & uh-mazingly delicious!

    For more Easter inspiration, including gift ideas, crafts, & egg decorating ideas, be sure to follow my Easter board on Pinterest!


    Today, I’m over at See Vanessa Craft, where you’ll be able to find me once a month sharing crafts/DIYs, recipes, & more. I’m really excited & honored to have been chosen to be a part of her 2014 Creative Team. This month, I’m sharing a versatile & easy cream cheese frosting recipe that just about anyone can whip up. Head over there now for complete directions on how to make your own batch of this dreamy frosting.


    Every year after the Peeps start making their appearance on grocery store shelves, my kids know what’s coming. Peeps s’mores are a family favorite. S’mores are a favorite around here. I’ve made just about everything I can into a s’mores version. Because it’s the ultimate dessert! While nothing beats a scorched bonfire s’more, Peeps microwaved s’mores satisfy the decadent craving on a perfect Spring evening.

    I’ll spare you any sort of, “recipe,” instructions because cracker, chocolate, marshmallow, cracker. It’s pretty self explanatory. I recommend only nuking your Peeps for 15-20 seconds because these babies grow. And I mean grow. But they instantly shrink back down after you open the microwave door. I would suggest the bunny Peeps as opposed to the chicks, because the bunnies lay down a bit better.

    The end result is an ooey gooey mess of deliciousness.

    Fifteen month olds can’t eat s’mores, but they can eat Peeps. And oh, my did we eat Peeps. All the stickies. Everywhere. 

    For more Easter inspiration, including food & decor ideas, follow my Easter board on Pinterest!