3 Super Bowl Bacon Recipe Ideas

While looking through the Hormel Recipe website for Super Bowl appetizer ideas to share with you guys, I couldn’t decide which one to make….then I came across their page that has nothing but BACON recipes and decided it was more fun to share a few to give you ideas!


BLT Pizzas


⅓ cup mayonnaise
4 (6-inch) prebaked Italian pizza shells
2 Roma tomatoes, thinly sliced
12 slices HORMEL® BLACK LABEL® Fully Cooked Bacon
1 cup shredded lettuce
1. Heat oven to 450°F.
2. Spread mayonnaise on each pizza shell. Top with tomatoes and bacon. Place on baking sheet.
3. Bake pizzas 8 to 10 minutes or until hot. Sprinkle with lettuce. Cut into 4 wedges each.


Bacon Bowl with Mac n Cheese
-No words can describe this awesomeness


1½ (1-pound) packages HORMEL® BLACK LABEL® bacon
Mac and cheese of your choice, cooked according to package directions
Heat oven to 400°F. Grease outside of 6-inch diameter ovenproof bowl. Place bowl on baking sheet.
Arrange bacon slices side-by-side on work surface. Weave bacon slices in opposite direction. Very carefully lift bacon lattice over bowl. Press to shape onto bowl. Cook 40 to 45 minutes or until bacon is cooked and brown. Remove from oven and let stand 15 minutes to cool. Invert bacon bowl and fill with hot mac and cheese. Serves 4.


Bacon wrapped asparagus
-Because after that Bacon Bowl, you’re gonna need something a little “healthier”


4 slices HORMEL® BLACK LABEL® Bacon
16 spears fresh asparagus, trimmed
1. Heat oven to 400ºF.
2. Line microwave-safe plate with several pieces paper towel. Place bacon on plate; top with paper towel. Microwave 2 minutes.
3. Coat asparagus with cooking spray. Wrap partially cooked bacon around middle of each bundle of 4 asparagus spears. Place on baking pan.
4. Bake appetizers 10 minutes or until asparagus is hot and bacon is browned.


These recipes and more can be found at http://hormel.com/Brands/Black-Label-Bacon.aspx

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Influenster #FrostyVoxBox

I recently received another Vox Box from Influenster!

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This one is the Frosty VoxBox and to be honest, it’s kind of random.

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But random is fun too! It had food, makeup, tea, seasonings, skin care…

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-Ecotools Sleek + Shine Finisher Brush

This was a large paddle brush with synthetic bristles.

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They claim the brush helps reduce your drying time by 20%. I didn’t keep track of whether that was true, but the bristles felt nice.

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-Strawberry Fruit Vines

These were pretty good! Kinda like a Twizzler, but chewier.

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And the bite sized pieces are convenient for snacking.

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-NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum

Goes on smooth, lasted a few hours, and is available in a variety of colors.

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-Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Eye Liner

This is my favorite eye liner. I first received it in an Influenster box last year and have been using it ever since. It goes on smooth and is dark enough to only need one stroke.

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-Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover

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-No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum

A small sample of their anti-aging serum, along with a coupon.

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-Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Green Tea

I’m not really a hot tea drinker, so I haven’t tried this yet, but it sounds like it would be a good flavor variety for green tea.

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-McCormick Gourmet All Natural Thyme

This definitely wins the award for the most random item in a VoxBox. But, it will definitely get used!

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I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. If you are interested in joining Influenster for free so you can possibly get VoxBoxes like this in the future, contact me and I’ll send you an invite!


Walmart Beauty Box – Winter 2014

I recently received my quarterly Walmart Beauty Box!

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Ahh I love opening a box full of surprises. I didn’t think I would like spending money and not knowing what I would get, but the surprise has been really fun! Plus, it’s only $5, so what have I got to lose, right?

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I kinda felt like my last box had a little more “meat” to it with more value. This one had 1 full size item, some travel sizes, and some single use samples.

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-Loreal OleoTherapy Shampoo & Conditioner (travel sizes)

There was enough in these bottles for at least a week or two of uses. While I used the entire bottles, I wouldn’t purchase this for normal use. The shampoo is really thick and almost sticky, while the conditioner is not as thick as I would like…it’s like the shampoo and conditioner switched consistencies. I also wasn’t too fond of the smell…sort of chemical-ish.

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-Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream (travel size – enough for a few uses)

This lotion is tinted and it’s supposed to improve your skin tone over time. While there isn’t enough in this container to achieve that, I still liked it. It had a nice, light scent and left my skin soft and smooth.

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-Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lipstick in Maple Kiss (Full size)

Honestly, I haven’t used this yet. It’s just not really a color I would choose, so this was kind of a fail. :(

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-Olay Fresh Effects Make-Up Removal Wet Cloths (7 towelettes)

Confession: I just use my face wash to remove makeup. I’m too lazy for the extra step. Regardless, I tried these and liked them, but I’m not sure I would continue to use them just because I don’t have a need for them.

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Do they work? Just check out this after photo!

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-Nivea Cocoa Butter lotion (super small sample – not even one full use) and a coupon

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-Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder (Super small sample – probably one use)

I haven’t used this yet, it’s kind of a weird way to have a sample in my opinion, but I was happy about the $1 off coupon on the back because my current powder is almost empty!

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I’m looking forward to my next box!

This is not a paid or sponsored post. I signed up on my own and paid the $5. If you are interested, you can visit the Walmart Beauty Box site here. They also have a Baby Box, with specific boxes tailored to your pregnancy trimester or age of your baby (you can see that box here).


New Year, New You: Chopped Salad with Bumble Bee Tuna {Recipe}

It’s no secret that getting fit and healthy is on my priority list this year, as it is with many people. As a working-outside-the-home mom, I often struggle to think of healthy lunch ideas to eat at work that don’t require a lot of preparation while at work. I don’t mind putting in a little time to prepare it while at home, but once I bring it to work, I surely don’t want to stand in the break room for half of my lunch getting it ready!

I have also stayed away from frozen meals since I was pregnant with Trent. I had an aversion to them and never went back. I think it’s a good thing, though, because not only do I not have to wait in line to use the microwave, but it forces me to not take the easy route and instead, try to bring fresh, not over-processed food for lunch.

One lunch item I enjoy is a chopped salad. Face it, we all know the best part of a salad is when you get to all the small bits at the bottom, why not make an entire salad like that? It’s super easy to make and will usually make enough for at least 2 lunches and a dinner. Adding a protein source, such as tuna or chicken, increases the health benefits and can keep you full even longer…which I definitely need because we got all new vending machines at work and the junk food calls my name by mid-afternoon! And while I like to joke that salads take me longer to eat, that also means that I’m not shoveling food down my throat and I am giving my body time to tell me that I’m full so I don’t overeat.

Without further ado, here is a Delicious Chopped Salad featuring Bumble Bee® Tuna!

Bumblebee tuna Chopped Salad

I used the Solid White Albacore Bumble Bee® Tuna in water for this salad. You can find this, as well as many other Bumble Bee Seafoods varieties, in your local grocery store. This salad would work great with any of your favorite Bumble Bee® product. Available in can or pouch, each Bumble Bee® product is an easy and delicious way to add a variety of nutrients to your diet, including lean protein, healthy fat, and important vitamins and minerals.

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Another great thing about chopped salads is that you can make it unique to you! Add however many of your favorite ingredients as you like – just chop everything into bite-size pieces! I kept my salad on the simple side – it included:

  • Spring Mix Lettuce (yup, chop that up into pieces too!)
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Red Onion
  • Craisins
  • And really pretty sweet peppers

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You could also add hard-boiled egg, beans, celery, seeds, carrots, low-fat cheese, fruit, quinoa, etc.

Combine all your ingredients into a large bowl and mix it together. Drain the tuna and add it to your salad. Finally, top with your favorite dressing (or have your dressing on the side to dip your fork in for each bite). I enjoyed my salad with a Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing.

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You can top the salad with the tuna or mix it all together. After these photos, I ended up mixing it all together so I could get all my ingredients in every spoonful.

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Tuna isn’t just for sandwiches! For lunch prep, I would bring my container of salad and either a small container of dressing or the entire bottle (if I knew I was having several days of salads). The tuna can be stored in the same container as the salad; just be sure to consume it within a couple of days. I just pour the dressing on and enjoy at my desk! Yum!

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To see Bumble Bee varieties, recipes and specials:
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