Getting Dinner on the Table with Walmart and Coca-Cola

Yesterday was truly a Monday. Chaotic, busy and a bit stressful. And, it seems my inbox decided to explode over the weekend.

Suffice it to say, I didn’t get off until later then expected. Much later.

Oh, and did I mention I forgot to take something out for dinner? Not that there was something to take out since I’ve yet to go grocery store. (Did I also mention this weekend was busy as well?)

Instead of picking up takeout, I decided to stop at the local Walmart dive it was on the way home – and since I need (more than) a few staple items.

While there, I remembered they had their whole Effortless Meals program. What’s that, you ask? It’s a “delicious, easy and affordable meal solution for busy moms everywhere – located exclusively in the Walmart Deli.” You can choose a rotisserie chicken, side and 2-liter Coke product, a 16-inch take-and-bake pizza and 2-liter Coke product, or a sub sandwich, chips and a 20-ounce Coke product.


I called my guys to see which they’d prefer (the pizza, of course), made my selection and purchases, and was on my way home. Unfortunately, they didn’t have any pepperoni pizzas available, so I bought a one with just cheese, and threw a package of pepperoni in the cart.


Thirty minutes later, dinner was on the table. The pizza tasted much better than I expected (you never know, with take-and-bakes and frozen pizzas). And, as a bonus, I got to drink my beloved Coke (and we all know how much I love Coke).


Since Walmart has partnered with Coke for the Effortless Meals program, if you head over to the My Coke Rewards/Effortless Meals website, you can unlock 10 bonus points when purchasing Effortless Meals. All you have to do is enter the UPC code from any participating Walmart meal deal, then enter the MCR code from your Coke product. It’s that easy!

Disclosure: Though this is a sponsored post, all my opinions are my own. Thanks to The Coca-Cola Company for providing compensation for this blog post.

A Quick and Easy Meal with #Johnsonville Premium Sausages

As a working mom, I’m always on the lookout for easy, tasty meals to cook for my family. As such, I turned to Johnsonville for some of their premium sausages (less time, because it’s already fully cooked and so flavorful).

To start, I bought some Johnsonville Andouille sausage and mixed it with a box of store-bought jambalaya mix. So good! And, super easy to make.

Johnsonville Andouille Sausage

As I said, start with Johnsonville Andouille sausage:
  • Slice the sausages into bite-sized pieces (I sliced, then cut the slices in half).
  • Then, bring 2 ½ cups water to boil
  • Add a tablespoon of oil
  • Stir in sausage and store-bought jambalaya mix
  • Turn down the heat to low and cook for 25 minutes
  • Let stand for five minutes
  • Fluff with fork
  • Serve

It’s that easy and *so* flavorful!

Jambalaya with Johnsonville Andouille Sausage

It was a hit with the kid. In fact, his exact words were, “the first meal I ever cook, will be jambalaya.”

And, if jambalaya isn’t your cup of tea, Johnsonville offers 14 different flavors of meat, so you can easily mix things up.

I also bought some their smoked sausages and grilled them on the indoor stove-top grill and served them on buns with fries. Another quick and easy meal, using delicious Johnsonville sausage.

Grilled Johnsonville Smoked Sausages

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. As always, opinions are my own.


A Yummy New Discovery [#Aioli]

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I was provided a supply of Red Gold Petite Diced Tomatoes for the purpose of a review. As always, all opinions are mine all mine.

I want to take a minute to talk to you about a yummy new dish I discovered – aioli. According to Wikipedia, aioli is a “Provençal traditional sauce made of garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and usually egg yolk.” While that all sounds delicious, I have a different kind of aioli recipe…

You simple take a can of Red Gold Petite Diced Tomatoes (comes in many flavors), mix with mayonnaise and you have aioli. You can change the flavors of the aioli, by choosing different flavors of the petite diced tomatoes and adding extras like lime juice, hot sauce, pesto, mustard, etc.

Earlier this week, I made a delicious sandwich by paring garlic aioli and with cheese, on some toasted bread. I also made a BLT, using the tomato aioli recipe. It so, so good! Unfortunately, my camera’s SD card is on the fritz, so no pictures :(. However, the recipe I used is at the bottom of this post, so be sure to try it for yourselves!

Red Gold has come up with all kinds of recipe for the different types of aioli. Head over to their website, for some fantastic ideas.

Red Gold has been around since the 1940s, focused on growing local in the Midwest (mainly Michigan, Indiana and Ohio), where the climate, position of the sun and soil are perfect for growing tomatoes.

Red Gold is hosting a Facebook promotion, now through May 27, where you guys can win aprons or even a $250 prize pack that includes a Cuisinart Panini Grill and other great prizes. To enter, just visit Red Gold on Facebook, and select which aioli you are most like.



  • 1⁄2 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can RED GOLD® PETITE DICED TOMATOES 8 slices bread, variety of choice
  • 4 large lettuce leaves
  • 12 slices bacon, cooked and drained
  • Ground black pepper to taste

Combine mayonnaise and RED GOLD® PETITE DICED TOMATOES to make the Tomato Aioli.
Place lettuce on 4 slices of bread and then add three strips of bacon and top with Tomato Aioli and black pepper. Place slice of bread on top. Cut in half and serve.
Calories 320, Fat 15g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 30mg, Sodium 740mg, Carbohydrate 30g, Fiber 4g, Protein 15g, Vitamin A 4%, Vitamin C 4%, Calcium 25%, Iron 10%

A #HoneyBakedEaster + #Deals and a #Giveaway

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I was provided a HoneyBaked Ham gift card to purchase and review Easter menu items. As always, all opinions are mine all mine.


I love spending holidays with my family. It’s the best part about them. However, the second-best part is the food. I think holidays are made all the more festive, by all good food.

Easter is coming up, which means Easter dinner is coming up – and one of the yummiest parts of Easter dinner is the ham. I love ham. I know that’s a weird thing to say… but I do. If I had to choose one meat to have, for the rest of my life, it would be ham. Again, I love ham and my favorite is HoneyBaked Ham.

I’m a busy mama. Between work, home and blogging, I have a lot on my plate. That said, HoneyBaked Ham makes it very easy to get a delicious Easter meal together.

I headed over to the HoneyBaked Ham in West Bloomfield, Mich. and picked up some ham, potatoes au gratin and green beans almandine. The sides were HoneyBaked’s heat and serve, making it super convenient. Since we’re a family of just three, I was ecstatic to find out they sell it by the pound as well.


All the food was so good. I came home and heated up the potatoes, green beans and ham. The meal took less than an hour to prepare. It had our house smelling so good. The kid and hubs were so excited for this meal. And, let me tell you… the HoneyBaked food did not disappoint! The ham juicy. The potatoes au gratin cheesy. The green beans crisp and flavorful.


I highly recommend HoneyBaked Ham for your Easter dinner needs. I also recommend them for those times where you’re hosting dinner and don’t have time to cook. Good food, good prices, easy prep.


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Weekly Menu Plan {6/17/13}

Butter Cream Chicken

So, I’m hopping back on the menu planning train. Not only does it help me, when I’m get home late from work – it also helps with grocery shopping and money saving.

Here’s what I’m planning. Most of the recipes are from Jamie Cooks It Up (which is an awesome site, by the way).

I’m also linking up at Organizing Junkie, as a part of her Menu Plan Mondays.