Game Time the Simple Way – #RedBaronGameTime

This post was sponsored by Red Baron in conjunction with The Women Bloggers, LLC. All opinions are always honest and my own.

It’s not secret that we lead a busy life. Between both working full time jobs, farm and ranch responsibilities, and parenting two busy teens, we long for the simple things in life. Sports unites all 4 of us together. Our family LOVES sports. Both girls have played or are playing sports, and when we aren’t running from gym to gym for volleyball, we enjoy watching sports together as a family. The simple way that we choose to gather around the TV and watch our favorite games is a special tradition for us.

When we go to the “big city” it’s important for us to stock up on the essentials.  Earlier this month we were in the city for a volleyball tournament so I snuck to my favorite place to stock up, Sam’s Club. 

Even though we try to eat as natural as possible, one area that we splurge on is gameday food. It’s important that it is something that everyone likes and that it is easy to cook. The Red Baron Deep Dish Mini Pizzas fit that bill, and they are a favorite of the under 21 crowd in our house.

I also found these Red Baron Deep Dish Singles that came in both pepperoni and cheese which makes me happy. They are great for game day, but also for a quick lunch for this teacher too!

One of my favorite things about Sam’s Club is the ability to do self check out.  Honestly, it satisfies my busy lifestyle, but also my obsession with using the hand held scanner.

Last week was an away game for our favorite college football team, so of course we had to have our game day tradition!  The hubs and I thought it would be fun to try to cook the Red Baron pizzas on our flat top griddle. We love cooking outside and with out griddle.

The griddle works best for us when we are cooking for a crowd, or just us. Did I mention we know how to eat? Place the griddle on low heat, and spray with non-stick spray.

Cover the pizzas with a foil tent and let cook for 10 minutes.

The pizzas come out perfectly cooked with a gooey top and a crisp crust!

From start to finish it only took about 15 minutes total. While the pizzas were cooking it game me time to throw together a lite salad and get my comfy clothes on.  Game time meals don’t have to be elaborate or time consuming and they don’t have to include a full house. Sometimes it’s just the simple things in life that make the best memories. Want to try these awesome products from Red Baron Pizza? You can find them at your local Sam’s Club, and be sure to check out Red Baron on social media as well!

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Frozen Fruit Snacks

 

Our family goes in “Banana spurts”. If I buy a few pounds sometimes they inhale them in one day and other times no one will touch one for a week and they start to turn brown. I used to make lots and lots of banana bread or muffins, but let’s be real, it can get old and I end up throwing out the banana bread too.  If you know me I’m kind of a food preservation nut had to throw anything away, so here is what we do now, and it’snot just bananas!

Freezing Bananas

On a cookie sheet, place wax paper. Chop up bananas into 1 and 2 inch pieces. Place on the cookie sheet careful not to put a cut side down on the wax paper. Put into the freezer until hard (about 3 hours).

Take the piece carefully off of the wax paper (no one wants a fruit snack with a side of wax paper), and place into freezer bags. Put the bags back into the freezer until ready to eat. The bananas will not stick to each other and you can pull them out one piece at a time to munch on, put into a smoothie, or as my girls like it to dip in chocolate or peanut butter.

 

Not Just Bananas

Another great way that I freeze fruit is doing something similar is with grapes. In fact the frozen grapes are a favorite quick snack in our house for everyone.  I have been known to also do this with strawberries, mangoes, and pineapple.

I also feel that this is a lesson to my family about not wasting things. Sometimes I won’t even buy fresh fruit and when they go looking for it, I encourage them to use what is in the freezer.  Snacking can be healthy and not wasteful! What have you tried? What works for you and your family?

Hunting: A Way of Life #HuntersKloak

This post was sponsored by Hunter’s Kloak in conjunction with The Women Bloggers, LLC. All opinions are always honest and my own.

When I first met my husband a million years ago one thing I wasn’t used to was his family’s lifestyle. They were outdoors-men. I had grown up mostly in the city and suburbs and I just thought that meat came from the store and why in the world would you want to go out and kill your own, let alone eat things that were WILD!!!

 Fast forward about 25 years and I’m fully immersed in the lifestyle. In fact, even though we are cattle ranchers, there is very little beef in my freezer, it is mostly wild game.

My husband and teenage girls are the  providers in our household when it comes to wild game. Personally I am not a hunter. I tried it, it just wasn’t for me, but mostly because I can’t sit still for long periods of time. BUT, I am a hunting coordinator! What is that? I’m in charge of getting the clothes ready, shopping for things that they need, getting everyone to bed, waking everyone up early to hunt, getting licenses, and of course preparing and cooking the end result!

The hubs and our youngest were out in the stand last night for the first day of youth rifle season here in Oklahoma.  You can tell by Nan’s face that she’s just as excited to be spending time with her Daddy as the opportunity to shoot a big buck. That is one of the best things about being in a family in hunters. The experiences help bond the relationships in a way that I can only pretend to understand.

One of my jobs as the “hunting coordinator”, is to make sure that the family can #hideyourstink . What does that mean? Part of hunting is that you need to make sure that the wild game cannot smell you. You have to be a “scent ninja”. I wash their clothes in a no smell detergent, dry them with a no scent dryer sheet, and then take their clothes outside. One of the things that I really don’t like is the no scent sprays that they cover themselves with on the way out to the stand.  I tend to get a little nervous when spraying synthetic things on their skin and hair.  Enter the Hunter’s Kloak Electronic Mist System!

The day before bow season started for my husband, I hoofed it over to our local Wal-Mart and picked up this great system!

From the Wal-Mart website, here are the specifications:

The Hunter’s Kloak mist system is a game changer when it comes to the reduction of human odor. With Hunter’s Kloak you no longer need to spray yourself with scents. The electronic mister is rechargeable and reusable – simply replace the scent cartridge. The rugged exterior is water resistant and built for the hunt.

  • Mist travels naturally on the breeze.
  • Can be used with concealment and attractant mists.
  • Time control mist flow: Delay options of 3, 6, 9 and 30 seconds.
  • Lanyard included for easy transportation or to hang from a blind or tree.
  • Rechargeable and reusable.
  • Water resistant.

My husband used the Earth scent for his first trip out. He used the lanyard to wear around his neck on the way out to the stand. He said that it was completely silent and was pleasantly surprised at how easily he was able to get it all set up and ready to go.

He hung the Hunter’s Kloak system on his stand and got to the business of hunting. I texted him a few times about it and he said that he didn’t even notice it, besides the light mist coming out of the system. The wind started to blow slightly and he watched as the mist went downwind.

 

A little while later, I received this picture. He was covered in does and they didn’t even notice him at all. For him, it is a total winner and he has already asked me to get more cartridges for his hunting season here, as well as to take with him to his Elk hunt in Montana next month.

The overall consensus is that the lead hunter, Hubs, gives his seal of approval and the “hunting coordinator” also approves greatly because of the fact that the system is a great alternative to sprays .

Want to check it out for yourself? You can find it on Walmart.com here, or you can learn more about it on Hunter’s Kloak various social media channels!

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Get busy and #hideyourstink!