Monday, March 14, 2016

Deb's Food Journal Post #2 (March)

Welcome to the second awesome Food post for the month.  I will be sharing great products, recipes, information and much more.  So sit back and read through this post.  If you like it or if you try the recipes come back and let me know how you like it.

I am starting the month off here:
  • Bake a Pie in Solidarity Day - March 14
  • National Potato Chip Day - March 14
  • Ag Day, Celebrating Our Bountiful Food Supply - March 15
  • National Agriculture Day - March 15, 2016 (Falls During National Ag Week Each Year)
  • National Pears Helene Day - March 15
  • National Artichoke Hearts Day - March 16
  • Oatmeal Cookie Day - March 18
  • Maple Syrup Saturday - March 19, 2016 (Third Saturday of March)
  • National Chocolate Caramel Day - March 19
  • National Poultry Day - March 19
  • Great American MEAT-OUT - March 20
  • National Ravioli Day - March 20
  • California Strawberry Day - March 21
  • National French Bread Day - March 21
  • National Bavarian Crepes Day - March 22
  • National Chip and Dip Day - March 23
  • National Melba Toast Day - March 23
  • National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day - March 24
  • National Hot Cross Bun Day - March 25, 2016 - same day as Good Friday (movable day) and September 11
  • International Waffle Day - March 25
  • National Lobster Newberg Day - March 25
  • National Pecan Day - March 25
  • National Nougat Day - March 26
  • Spinach Day - March 26
  • National Baked Ham with Pineapple Day - March 27, 2016 (Movable Date - Same Day as Easter)
  • National Spanish Paella Day - March 27
  • Peeps Day  - March 28, 2016 (The Monday after Easter)
  • Something on a Stick Day - March 28
  • National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day - March 29
  • Turkey Neck Soup Day - March 30
  • National Clams on the Half Shell Day - March 31
  • Oranges and Lemons Day - March 31
  • Tater Day - March 31

So if you are anything like me then you would love to celebrate the different, fun food holidays.  I know when all my children were little they loved to celebrate all these little things and I would make it like little parties.  Even now I still love to do some little weird things.  It is just fun to do.  So why dont you ask your little ones to pick a few off the list and make it a fun day.


Now here is the first product review:


Now I know mostly everyone has heard of Jennie-O products.  If you are like my family, we love the products.  I actually love to experiment on creating new recipes.  So, I will be sharing my own, created recipe that I came up with and my family loves.  I also will add a couple of other ideas on how to use some of these products.  So make sure you keep reading.

Let me tell you the first time I actually used and tasted this I was surprised. I had never had lean ground turkey, it was always hamburg.  This has a awesome taste to it and not all that fat when you fry it.

You are able to make anything and everything with this.  You can replace your hamburg with this and it will be more healthy.  My children love this.

There are a variety of different turkey sausages, but this one is my favorite. I am unable to eat spicy or hot food, so this sweet Italian turkey sausage is absolutely mouth watering good.

You are able to use these in almost any food.  They make a great taste in spaghetti sauce or with green and red peppers in a bun.  That is my family's favorite way to eat them.

Jennie-O have so many other great products beside these two.  They have the turkey franks, turkey bacon, breakfast sausage, turkey meatballs and etc.  You should really go and check out all the awesome products that they have.

White Turkey Chili


1 (16-ounce) package JENNIE-O® Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast
1 small white onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (32-ounce) can low-sodium chicken broth
2 (15.5-ounce) cans white beans, rinsed and drained
1 (29-ounce) can hominy
2 Serrano peppers, minced
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon ground coriander
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground white pepper
½ cup heavy cream
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
cilantro, if desired


Cook turkey as specified on the package. Always cook to well-done, 165ºF as measured by a meat thermometer. Add onion and garlic; cook 5 minutes or until onion is softened, stirring occasionally.

Add chicken broth, white beans, hominy, peppers, cumin, coriander, salt and white pepper. Bring to boil; reduce heat to medium. Simmer 15 minutes. Stir in cream. Serve topped with cheese and garnish with cilantro, if desired.

Pasta with Pumpkin & Turkey Sausage


1 (19.5-ounce) package JENNIE-O® Lean Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 bay leaf
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup chicken broth
1 (14 ½-ounce) can pumpkin
½ cup heavy cream
⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 pound penne rigate, cooked al dente, drained
grated Parmesan cheese and sage leaves, if desired


Cook sausage as specified on the package. Always cook to well-done, 165°F as measured by a meat thermometer. Slice sausage into ¼-inch slices and set aside.

In skillet, add oil, garlic and onion; sauté 3 to 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Add bay leaf and wine. Cook until wine reduces by half; about 2 minutes. Add chicken broth and pumpkin; cook, stirring, until sauce bubbles. Add sausage and reduce heat and stir in cream. Season with cinnamon and nutmeg. Simmer 5 to 10 minutes to thicken sauce.

Place cooked penne rigate in large pot or saucepan. Remove bay leaf from sauce and pour sauce over pasta. Toss together over low heat 1 minute. Garnish with grated cheese and sage leaves, if desired.
Now these are two of my recipes that I like to make for my family.  The other one I make all the time is the sausage with peppers and onions, which is very easy to figure it out.  You fry them all together and place in a bun and enjoy.  See told you very easy  Make sure you come back and let me know what you thought about any of the products from Jennie-O.  I would love to hear your input!

One last thing I want to share with my readers.  You really should come and grab yourself some coupons to use on your next purchase of Jennie-O products.  What are you waiting HERE!



Let me introduce you to this amazing AquaBall Water.  I personally had never heard of this before.  I was amazed that this was out there and I didn't know.  Well I was lucky enough to find this great product to post in my Food Journal Guide.  There are actually have four different flavors.  These flavors are grape, berry frost, fruit punch and orange.  Each and every flavor has a different character from different shows.  I will list them all below.

Berry Frost

AquaBall Berry Frost is naturally flavored and features Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Sven from Disney’s Frozen.

Fruit Punch

AquaBall Fruit Punch is naturally flavored and features Disney Princesses Ariel, Rapunzel, Cinderella and Belle.


AquaBall Grape is naturally flavored and features Marvel Avengers Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk and Avengers Assemble.


AquaBall Orange is naturally flavored and features Disney’s Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Daisy Duck.

Why AquaBall?

We set out to create a water-based drink for kids that supplies a good source of Vitamins B3, B5, B6, B12 and C. We knew that kids need a drink that is sugar-free, does not contain High Fructose Corn Syrup and is not filled with artificial colors or flavors.
AquaBall became that drink, created with the sole purpose of empowering moms! We believe that moms will always make the best nutritional decisions for their children, and AquaBall is a healthy and nutritious way for your children to hydrate and have fun!


I can honestly say I tried these AquaBall Waters and I loved it.  I have tried other flavored watered but really didn't care for it.  This water tastes really clean, smooth and the flavor isn't overwhelming.  The water is very clear and so smooth tasting when it is going down.  My children love drinking these and no more fighting with them to drink their water.  The bottles are just the right size and very decorative.  My daughter is keeping one of each character.  She actually had my husband make a shelf for her room and she has them all lined up.

Grab your family some to try right HERE!



  • McDonald’s fast food chains employ over 1.5 million people around the world.  
  • Different parts of the world have their own local cuisine. The diets and general food habits of various cultures depend on social, religious, economic and safety factors as well as the availability of different foods.
  • Examples of food and cuisine that are popular or famous in certain areas of the world include hummus in the Middle East, apple pie in the USA, raw fish in Japan, cheese in France, roast meat and vegetables in England, curry in India and tortillas in Mexico.
  • There are around 2000 different plant types that humans use to cultivate food.
  • Examples of popular vegetables include lettuce, carrots, asparagus, cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, potatoes and onions.
  • The sweet potato is a root vegetable and is not closely related to the potato. Morepotato facts.
  • Cutting onions releases a gas which causes a stinging sensation when it comes into contact with your eyes. Your body produces tears to dilute the irritant and remove it from your eyes.
  • Pumpkins are usually labelled as vegetables but they contain seeds and are technically fruit. More pumpkin facts.
  • China is the largest producer of garlic, producing over 10 million tons in 2008 and accounting for over 75% of world output.
  • Examples of popular fruits include apples, oranges, pears, strawberries, peaches, bananas, apricots and grapes.

Well I have to end this post and so sorry that I do.  But as you heard it will be posted each and every month.  So, dont worry I will be back next month with new recipes, product reviews, photos and etc.

Now I am going to leave you with this yummy picture of chocolate cake.  What is your favorite type of chocolate cake?  Come and share in the comments...what are you waiting for?

Make sure you share a picture of your favorite chocolate cake!

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