Month: November 2015

Kellogg’s Rice Krispies #TreatsforToys

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For the third year in a row, Kellogg’s is doing something really cool this holiday season, to help bring a smile to some children in need. Once again, they’ve partnered with the Salvation Army for the #TreatsforToys program! And this year, for the first time, I have the honor of helping promote this great initiative.

It’s pretty easy for you to get involved, too. All you have to do is make some delicious Rice Krispies Treats, and then use them to make a toy-shaped treat. You can either use one of the five example recipes shown at www.treatsfortoys.ca, or you can design your own creation. After you are done, share your work on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the #TreatsforToys hashtag. For every picture uploaded between now and December 21, 2015, Rice Krispies will donate $20 (to a maximum of $30,000) to the Salvation Army, to go towards buying toys for children!

Perhaps realizing that I’m not the most creative dude, Kellogg’s even made things easier for me. They sent me a Rice Krispies #TreatsforToys Kit!

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Ta-da!

What’s that, you say? You want to see what is actually in the kit, preferably with my daughter posing beside it ,like Vanna White?

That’s a really random request, but you got it!

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Chock full of inspiration, the kids and I narrowed our choices down (a princess by J and and a dinosaur by B), and we went to work!

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OK, OK, you got me. They made a mess and gobbled the candy decorations, while I baked.

Eventually, however, we did finish our masterpieces! B’s dinosaur:

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And J’s princess:

 

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One of our recent family holiday traditions has been getting B and J to pick out toys that they don’t play with anymore, which they would like to donate. Just our own little way of giving back.  Admittedly, the first time we tried this, it didn’t go so well.  It has gotten better, though.

Not surprisingly, my kids found the Rice Krispies #TreatsforToys program to be a more fun (and yummy) way to help out a good cause!

 

Speaking of giving back, how about I hook you up, like Kellogg’s hooked me up? Enter below, for your chance to win a free Rice Krispies Kit.

Kellogg’s Rice Krispies #TreatsforToys Giveaway!

DATES –  Giveaway closes at 5:00PM on December 7, 2015

ELIGIBILITY – Open to all residents of Canada, except for Quebec.

TO ENTER –  Use the form below to complete the mandatory and optional entries, for your chance to win.

Good luck!
 

Gifted

Being the parent of small kids definitely has its perks on occasion.

Take presents for example. B and J frequently come up to me and give me little gifts. Sometimes it’s stuff they’ve made, like cards or pictures. Sometimes it’s stuff they’ve found, like leaves, dandelions flowers or stones.

For example, the other day, J gave me a shiny red plastic bead. According to her, she received it from her real, live ladybug friend named Sam. I don’t think that actually happened, but I’m never sure with that girl. Regardless, whatever the case may be, as soon as I hear the words ‘Daddy! I have something for you’, and my kids come rushing over to me, faces lit up with excitement, I know I’m in for a treat.

I’m grateful for all of the gifts, too, yo.  I know their generosity to me probably won’t last forever. B and J are five and three years old, respectively, as of this writing. Based on what I hear from parents of teenagers, though, the only thing that I can expect to receive from them when they are older is a lot of grief. Or a cold shoulder.

But that’s a problem for the future. Right now, in the present, I can appreciate the presents. It isn’t hard to realize that they come from my children’s innocent, undying love for their dad.

Oh, hey kids! Wassup?

You each made something for me?

How thoughtful!

OK, J, what do you got?

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You drew this all by yourself?

Wow!

And it’s a picture of me?!

Amazing!

It’s very life-like, especially my bald head. This is going straight to the fridge. Thanks very much!

What’s that B? You wrote me a letter?

This really is my lucky day.  Alright, let’s see it!

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I…………oh.

Daddy is mean?

Why?

You’re still mad that I sent you to your room, eh? Well, you didn’t give me much choice. Tough love, lil dude. Don’t worry, you’ll thank me for it when you’re bigger.

You want to make me a picture now, too, like J did?

I can’t wait to see it!

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Interesting. Can you explain your drawing?

So, the big person is you, and the little one is me? And that big circle is your giant brain, while the tiny dot is my itty bitty brain? You stole this idea from that episode of The Fresh Prince, when Will joins Bel-Air’s basketball team, didn’t you? It’s the scene where Will and Carlton draw each other on the chalkboard. How creative.

Well, at least you made sure to personalize it by writing ‘bad’. Man, you really hated being sent to your room, huh?

Oh, you drew another picture?

 

 

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What the heck is going on here?

You wrote ‘bad dad’, I see. Lovely.

And that’s me slapping a guy on the back? Who’s that guy? Am I giving him a congratulatory back-slap, like ‘way to go, buddy?’

No?

I’m just hitting some random man from behind as hard as I can?

Well, I guess that would make me pretty bad, if I actually walked around doing that to people.

Can you explain the other parts, though? What is above our heads?

You drew a bum? And a tongue and lips?

Why?

So I can kiss your butt?!

Hardy-har-har. Real funny, wiseguy!

You’re sorry? Fine.

Yes, you can write me a nice apology letter. I could really use one –

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Hey, you didn’t apolgize in this! It says daddy smells like a butt! So what, because I apparently kiss your butt, now I have a lingering booty odor on me, is this what you are implying?!

No?

You don’t know what implying means?  I just smell like a butt? That’s just terrific, then.

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Not cool, bro. Not cool.

Well, this took an unexpected, sucktacular turn. Let’s wrap it up.

In conclusion, nothing beats a gift from your child!

Uh, usually.

B, stop trolling me, and go to your room.

J, let’s go outside and see if Sam left you any more shiny beads.

 

Kellogg’s All Bran Buds Energy Balls Recipe

Now, if I can keep it real with you, I’m not the greatest cook in the world. I used to really suck at it, actually. Since becoming a parent, I have become more competent in the kitchen, pretty much out of necessity. I’m still the type of dude who would rather eat, than create eats, though.

So imagine my surprise, when I received this package, from my friends at Kellogg’s:

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What Kellogg’s has done this fall is partner with three top Canadian chefs – Craig Harding, Connie DeSousa and Alexandre Gosselin. And what these chefs have done is come up with fifteen new healthy, upscale comfort food recipes which feature Kellogg’s All-Bran! The results are restaurant-worthy dishes, chock full of fibre.

Not only that, but Kellogg’s challenged me to “think inside the box”, and incorporate All-Bran into the meals in my house.

More fibre in our diets is definitely not a bad thing, so I stepped up to the challenge!

I figured I’d start off simple. A big bowl of All-Bran cereal.

This did not go well:

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Always pour the cereal first, then the milk. Not the other way around.

OK, OK, that photo is fake. The real flames were bigger. I edited them out, so you could see my face.

My next attempt was to actually try one of the chef-inspired recipes. It would require me to seriously come correct with my cooking game. The dishes looked so darn delicious, however, that I was down for trying.  Feeling in a seafood mood, I narrowed my options down to Chef DeSousa’s All-Bran 30 Minute Tuna Crudo with Citrus and Jalepano or Chef Harding’s Hazelnut and All-Bran Crusted Lake Erie Pickerel with Infused Romesco Sauce.

Unfortunately, these were a no-go when I overheard my kids talking.

B casually told J that he only liked fish that tasted like chicken, and not fish that had eyes and swam.  No clue what he meant, but busting out some fish for dinner afterwards probably would not have gone over well.

Any idea if this tastes like chicken?

Does a ratfish taste like chicken?

Undaunted, I finally settled on a recipe that I thought would be a winner in our house – Chef Gosselin’s All-Bran Energy Balls!
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These balls are made with dates and nuts and reinforced with All-Bran Buds. The best part for me was that they didn’t involve using the oven at all, so there was no worrying about over/undercooking.

They were pretty easy to make, as well. I gotta admit that I did make one mistake – I misread the recipe and rolled the coconut into the balls, as opposed to rolling the balls into the coconut. This worked out, though, because it made for less messy eating (re: there wasn’t a trail of coconut droppings as the kids wandered around the house munching on them).

The balls turned out well, and were a hit with the family. They really do make a a great, healthy anytime snack!

Don’t be afraid to think inside the box. Try something new, and incorporate All-Bran into your recipe repertoire this fall!

All-Bran Energy Balls

Ingredients

1/3 cup roasted skinless hazelnuts

1/3 cup roasted skinless almonds

2 cups pitted dates

7 tbsp almond butter

Pinch of cayenne

1/3 cup goji berries (can be substitued with dried blueberries or cranberries)

2/3 cup All-Bran Buds

2/3 cup grated coconut

Directions:

  1. In the bowl of your food processor, grind the hazelnuts and almonds finely. Transfer to a bowl and set aside
  2. Add the dates, almond butter and cayenne pepper to the food processor. Mix into a puree. Set aside.
  3. In a bowl, combine the nut mixture and the date puree, goji berries and All-Bran Buds. Mix until smooth.
  4. Shape into balls the size of a lime and roll into the coconut. Refrigerate at least one hour before eating.

*Energy balls have a shelf life of ten days. Keep refrigerated.

 

For more ideas, check out the All-Bran website,  www.AllBran.ca. For even more ideas and recipes, including the ones by the chefs, visit here, https://www.pinterest.com/allbranca.

 

 

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