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Easter Egg Hunts ~ Dallas/Fort Worth

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 at 2:45 pm
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Easter Egg Hunts ~ Dallas/Fort WorthEaster Egg Hunts ~ Dallas & Fort Worth

Several of the Easter Egg hunts have already come and gone.  But there are still some this weekend for you to take advantage of!  Happy Easter!

Easter is also a great time to get photos. Go here on Where to Get Easter Photos & Bluebonnet Photos in Dallas + More

Hop on over to the CAC in Flower Mound on April 4th for the Underwater Egg Hunt! Egg-citing activities include a visit with the Easter Bunny, arts and crafts, and games. Stay around after the egg hunt to play in the pool and enjoy other activities. Parents must be in the water with all non-swimmers. Pre-registration is required.

Age Groups Time Age Groups Time
3-4 years 10 am 7-8 years 10:40am
5-6 years 10:20am 9-10 years 11 am

Fort Worth

Fort Worth ~ Stockyards
WHERE:
Texas Sized Easter Celebration
130 E. Exchange Avenue Fort Worth Texas
Saturday, April 04, 2015

TIME(S):
High Noon

Come experience Easter in true Texas style! Easter egg hunt for all ages begins at noon sharp, and afterwards there will be an Easter bunny, face painting, a balloon animal maker and more.The hunt accommodates children through age 12.

Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 9.36.16 AMAfter the hunt, bring children ages 12 and up to the Stockyards Stables for the Hunt for the Golden Horseshoe!

COST: FREE

Frisco

Elevate Life Church

On Saturday, April 4, Elevate Life will kick off their FREE Easter festivities with one of the largest Easter egg hunts in North Texas at 11 a.m. sharp. Children up to the age of 12 will be gathering more than 75,000 candy-filled eggs scattered across Elevate Life’s lawns. Elevate Life only asks that children bring their own Easter baskets. Make sure to bring your cameras, because the Easter Bunny will be in attendance and available for pictures.

Easter fun is not just for the kids – from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. there will be a full class car, truck and cycle show in the parking lot. Everything from exotic, vintage and unique will be on-site. If you would like to enter your vehicle in the show, please visit Mustang Sally Productions. Some of DFW’s finest food trucks will also be available throughout the day.

Immediately following the Easter egg hunt, Elevate Life Church will be aiming to create the World’s Largest Human Easter Egg by assembling guests in the shape of an Easter egg and taking a photo from above with a drone camera.

You can join Elevate Life this Easter season at 8500 Teel Parkway in Frisco, Texas and can find out more information by visiting www.elevatelife.com, following Elevate Life on Facebook and Twitter or by calling 214.387.9833.

The Colony

Thursday, April 2, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Five Star Complex
4100 Blair Oaks Dr, The Colony, TX 75056
Cost: $3/child in advance
OR $5/child on event day
972-625-1106
One of the most EGGciting events in The Colony is back! Watch your kids have a ball as they gather eggs filled with an assortment of candy and prizes. Peter Rabbit is hoppin’ into town too – get your photo taken with him as a keepsake and plant a flower to take home and watch bloom.
Eligible Ages: 0-10 years old. A special needs accessible hunt will also be held.
Tickets on sale at The Colony Rec
Center, 5151 North Colony Blvd.
Egg Hunt Age Groups:
• 0 – 18mos*
• 18mos walking – 3 Years Old
(with 1 parent)
• 4 – 5
• 6 – 7
• 8 – 10
• Special Needs
Hunts will begin at 6:45pm.
Late arrivers are not guaranteed participation.
For more information, please contact the Parks and
Recreation Department at 972-625-1106.

New Reddi-Wip & Fresh Berries Coupon + Recipes

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 at 12:00 pm
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Print a new coupon valid for $1/2 Reddi-wip 6.5oz or larger with purchase of fresh berries. And if you plan to shop at Target soon, stack with the 10% off Reddi-wip Cartwheel offer, valid through April 25th.

We love these RARE offers that include fresh produce! Head to the Reddi-Whip website for some great recipe ideas- I am definitely going to try the Berry Pudding Trifle!

Pro Martial Arts ~ Anniversary Event on April 4th (Free Classes + More)

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 at 9:40 am
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Screen Shot 2015-03-25 at 12.02.57 PMMark your calendar for this fun event!

PRO Martial Arts in Lakewood strives to build their students’ confidence, character and overall well-being by preparing them for trials, on and off the mat! In appreciation for their members, the community, and friends, PRO Martial Arts is throwing an Anniversary Celebration that’ll offer fun for the whole family.

Stop by PMA on Saturday, April 4th from 10am – 4pm and take a FULL trial class of Basic Karate, a Little Rhinos lesson, or Kickboxing class! See flyer for full class schedule.

In addition to offering free classes, anyone who signs up that day will receive 25% off their membership! PLUS –  face painting, board breaking and raffles are also a part of their Family Fun Day. Make plans to be there!

Norma’s Cafe ~ Free Grilled Cheese Sandwich on Monday, April 13

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 at 3:00 pm
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This year, National Grilled Cheese Day is getting extra cheesy! On Monday, April 13th from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Norma’s Cafe, the original Dallas dining icon serving Texas-style home cooking, will serve up FREE grilled cheese sandwiches!

In addition, guests will have the chance to vote for their favorite Norma’s Cafe grilled cheese recipe from the past six years with the Cafe’s grilled cheese bracket. Norma’s Cafe invites guests to drop their vote in ballot boxes at all locations, or online through Norma’s Cafe’s Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #GrilledCheeseBracket.

Facing off in the bracket are Norma’s Cafe grilled cheese favorites, including:

• Florentine Grilled Cheese: Grilled cheese sandwich on Texas toast with spinach, bacon, eggs and cream cheese inside.
• Santa Fe Grilled Cheese: Grilled cheese sandwich on Texas toast filled with bacon and green chilies.
• Chicken Fried Steak Grilled Cheese: Grilled cheese sandwich on Texas toast stuffed with chicken fried steak.
• Mac and Cheese Grilled Cheese: Grilled cheese sandwich on Texas toast filled with creamy macaroni and cheese and bacon.

While supplies last at locations in Oak Cliff, North Dallas or Frisco. No purchase necessary.

 

Where to Get Easter Photos & Bluebonnet Photos in Dallas + More

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 at 2:30 pm
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Where to Get Easter Photos & BlueBonnet Photos in Dallas + More

Tulips

Do you want to know where to get Easter Photos & Bluebonnet photos in Dallas?  A must see is Texas Tulips.  I had never heard of them before, but upon further investigation it is an AMAZING place for photos especially during Easter.

March and April are the best times to visit and it is free! They are open from February 20th-April 20th from dawn to dusk. They have a hay maze and tulips you can pick and take home (assuming there is a cost involved here). Regardless, as you can see…GREAT photo opportunities and fun for the whole family.

Texas-Tulips LLC
10656 FM 2931
Pilot Point Texas 76258
Phone: (940)-230-6512
info@texas-tulips.com

http://www.texas-tulips.com/

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Bluebonnets

If you are looking for Bluebonnets… I found Bluenonnet Sightings, to be a great resource. I would be sure and check out their social media outlets too as people share where they are finding bluebonnets.

Wildflowers

Wildflowers have been known to run wild along Legacy Drive and the Dallas North Tollway. This is near the JCPenney headquarters in Plano, TX.

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Dallas Arboretum

Located in East Dallas, this 66-acre botanical garden offers photographers the opportunity to capture images of flowers, trees, sculptures, and nearby White Rock Lake.

Location: 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218
Hours: Open daily, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Many people enjoy visiting the arboretum in the spring and summer because the floral displays are so gorgeous. Fall is also a fun time to visit the arboretum! During the autumn season, the gardens are decorated with 50,000 pumpkins, gourds, and squash.

Dallas Skyline

One of the best locations to shoot the Dallas Skyline is from the popular Trinity River Levee location.  Here is a map to the parking location.

Want other options? This is an excellent list of more locations to shoot in the area.

Please share your favorite places and we will add to the list!

Groupon~ Extra 25% Off Any 3 Local Deals Extended Through Today + Summer Camp Deals

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 at 12:45 pm
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Good news – this deal has been extended through today, 3/31! Head to Groupon and get an additional 25% off up to any three Local  with the promo code MARCH25 at checkout! (up to a $50 discount per deal).

This is the perfect opportunity to get your kiddos signed up for summer camps.  Here are a few of the offers you can save an extra 25% on:

~ $51.75 for One Week of Kids’ Multisport Summer Camp at Nytex Sports Centre ($139 Value)

~ $104.25 for Five-Day Summer Technology Camp at Kids Robotech Club ($288 Value)

~ $89.25 for a Five-Day Robotics Day-Camp Session from Robots-4-U (Up to $299.95 Value)

~ $66.75 for Robotics, Computer Coding, or Math Edge camps at Sylvan Learning

FREE Underwater Easter Egg Hunt in Flower Mound This Saturday, 4/4

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 at 11:30 am
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Hop on over to the CAC in Flower Mound on April 4th for the Underwater Egg Hunt! Egg-citing activities include a visit with the Easter Bunny, arts and crafts, and games. Stay around after the egg hunt to play in the pool and enjoy other activities. Parents must be in the water with all non-swimmers. Pre-registration is required.

Age Groups Time Age Groups Time
3-4 years 10 am 7-8 years 10:40am
5-6 years 10:20am 9-10 years 11 am

Bass Pro Shop – Free Photo With The Easter Bunny

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Monday, March 30th, 2015 at 2:30 pm
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captureBass Pro Shop is offering a FREE Photo with the Easter Bunny March 28th – April 5th.

Here’s the schedule:

Saturday’s and Sunday’s free photos will be available from 11am – 4pm

Monday – Thursday free photos are available from 6pm – 8pm

Friday free photos are available from 2pm – 8pm

April Fool’s Day ~ Fun Prank Ideas For Kids

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Monday, March 30th, 2015 at 1:00 pm
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April Fool’s Day is Wednesday and if you want to get back at your kiddos for all the tricks they play during the year, here are a few easy and mostly FREE and fun prank ideas for kids!

~After everyone goes to bed on 3/31, turn as many things upside down as you can- including framed pictures, clocks, chairs and toys. When the family wakes up in the morning, they’ll do a double-take and let the laughter begin!

~ Freeze a bowl of cereal with milk the night before & watch your kids try to dig in!

~ Make instant Jell-O according to package directions, except pour it into juice glasses with straws and let it set up over night. Your kids will think it’s juice but then they will also get to eat Jell-O, which is a fun treat!

~ If you have ceiling fans in your kids’ bedrooms, use a hole punch to make a ton of confetti. Place it on top of the fan blades & it will “rain” confetti when they turn on their ceiling light. Plus, then they have to vacuum their own room!

~ Put a few drops of food coloring in the bottom of a cereal bow & cover it with cereal. When the milk is poured in the bowl, it will change color!

~ Set out a mixed bowl of Skittles and plain M&M’s!

~ Remove the caps from the shampoo or conditioner bottles & cover the opening with plastic wrap. Replace the caps & wait outside the bathroom door to hear their frustration!

~ Leave the plastic wrap on the American cheese on your kid’s sandwich!

~ If you have a chocolate fanatic in your house, use brown construction to cut out several “E” shapes, put them in a pan, cover with aluminum foil, and tell them “there’s a pan of Brown E’s on the counter!”

~ If you have snack bag sized chips for your children’s lunches, open the bags from the bottom & switch out the snacks. Cheetos become Lays, Fritos become Ruffles, etc. Then tape the bottom of the bag closed & your kids will have a confusing lunch!

~ This last idea is for your tween or teen’s! Get ahold of their phone and set up keyboard shortcuts. Then, for example, every time they text the word “the,” it would automatically change to “MY MOM ROCKS”! You can really use your imagination with this one and personalize it to be the most fun for your family!

Discounted Tickets To Watch Texas Ballet Theater in April

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Monday, March 30th, 2015 at 11:30 am
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This spring, the Texas Ballet Theater presents Masterworks including pieces from George Balanchine, Jiri Kylian and artistic director Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. Right now, head to Travelzoo, where you can save 50% on tickets! Just book by April 18th.

The following seating levels are available for performances at Dallas City Performance Hall Friday, April 17th, at 8 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday, April 18th-19th, at 2 p.m.:

Balanchine’s “Rubies,” the portion of his full-length 1967 work “Jewels” set to the music of Stravinsky, is a favorite for ballet companies nationwide. The program also includes Kylian’s “Petite Mort,” performed to two Mozart piano concertos, and Stevenson’s “Five Poems,” with music by Wagner and sets and costumes designed by actress Jane Seymour.

Amazon~ Euro Cuisine Yogurt Maker Only $20.99 + Recipe (reg $49.99)

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Monday, March 30th, 2015 at 10:15 am
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Pick up this highly-rated Euro Cuisine Yogurt Maker on Amazon for only $20.99! Plus, ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping or Amazon Prime.

  • Seven 6oz Glass containers allows for making up to seven different types of Flavors
  • Comes with on/off switch and light indicating unit is working
  • Glass Jars are dishwasher safe
  • Three-year warranty and BPA Free
  • Timer on the side marks time when yogurt will be finished cooking

If you have ever though about making your own yogurt, here is a super yummy, fast and easy recipe!

Ingredients

~ 4 cups 2% low-fat milk
~1/2 cup plain yogurt with active cultures or powdered yogurt starter (amount specified on package)
~1 teaspoon vanilla extract
~1 banana, peeled and chopped

Pour the milk into a pan, and heat over medium heat until small bubbles form around the edge of the pan and milk is just below the boiling point. Do not let the milk boil. Remove from heat and cool. Skim off any skin that forms on the milk. Pour the cooled milk into a yogurt maker, and stir in the yogurt, vanilla, and bananas. Cook according to manufacturer’s directions, or at least 4 hours . If desired, strain yogurt through a fine sieve or coffee filter to remove the whey, and return to the yogurt maker. Refrigerate the yogurt overnight or another 8 hours to thicken further.

Rare Claussen Pickles Coupon + Ways to Use the Pickle Juice

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Monday, March 30th, 2015 at 9:45 am
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Ways to Use the Pickle JuicePrint a rare $0.55/1 ANY Claussen Pickles coupon now available! Choose from different flavors and styles like Kosher Dill, Bread ‘N Butter, Deli Style Hearty Garlic, New York Deli Half Sours, and Burger Slices.

Pickles are a great pantry staple and the salty brine they come in is really versatile!

Here are our favorite 5 ways to use the pickle juice:

1. Brine hard-boiled eggs, onions, garlic, or any other soft veggies (soft canned vegetables work well too, like canned artichokes).

2. Pickle juice is a great meat tenderizer.  Use it as a marinade for pork chops or steak.

3. Use it in place of vinegar in gazpacho (or anything, really).

4. Put some pucker into your Michelada or Bloody Mary with a tablespoon of pickle juice.

5.  Banish the weeds from your garden by dousing them with pickle juice. All that vinegar and salt does a job on them.

Wants more ideas? Head over to Bon Appetit and check out some interesting, innovative ways to use the leftover pickle juice!

 

Things to Freeze to Save You Time and Money

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Sunday, March 29th, 2015 at 10:00 am
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Here is a guest post from one of my frugal Mommy blogging friends, My Kansas City Mommy! She has written up a genius post on things to freeze to save you time and money – enjoy!

Homemade Pancakes, Waffles, French Toast

Make up a few batches for quick “defrost and go” breakfasts during the week. Reheat in the microwave, toaster, or toaster oven. Another one I learned from my mom, have done this with our extras and it saves time and they actually taste good versus the ones in the store – not my favorite.

Fruit

It is best to first freeze spread out on freezer or parchment paper on a cookie sheet, and then place in bags. However I rarely take the time to do this and my fruit freezes just fine.
Keep a “Smoothie Bag” in the freezer. Toss in extra apple wedges, peaches, pears, bananas, chunks of melon…any kind of fruit…and use in smoothies. I have frozen blueberry’s, strawberry’s, apples, bananas (these I peel and cut into bite size pieces to use in smoothies or baking or even dipped in chocolate for frozen banana treat my favorite YUM), raspberry’s and they have all worked great. Another great tip – have a party and want to make it a bit “classier” try dropping your frozen fruit into a glass and fill with water, lemonade tea or your favorite adult beverage, the froze fruit will work like an ice cube without diluting the drink with water.

This tip I found online – If you don’t like handling mushy bananas, just throw the bananas into the freezer with the skin on. Then when you need them for a recipe (banana bread anyone?), pull out what you need, microwave for a few seconds, then cut off the top and squeeze the insides into your mixing bowl!

Pies
Make apple pies in the fall to enjoy throughout the year. Bake them and freeze them in freezer bags wrapped in freezer paper. When you are ready to eat, take out of the freezer and place in oven for 2 hours at 200 degrees. You can also freeze extra slices instead of the entire pie. I have done this for years and it works great.

Rice

Cook a big batch of rice, spread on a cookie sheet on parchment paper and freeze. When frozen, put in a freezer bag or containers. Great for BROWN rice which takes so long to cook! Use in casseroles, soups or fried rice. This one I found online and have not actually tried but will be on my list to try soon.

Pasta

Whenever you make pasta, cook the entire package and freeze leftovers for later to add to soups and casseroles or freeze individual size portions in a baggie, squeeze out the air and get the bag as flat as possible. Reheat by running hot water over the bag for a few minutes! This works great and is a wonderful meal to take for lunch at work.
Cookie Dough

Make a big batch of your favorite cookie dough, scoop onto cookie sheets and freeze. When they are frozen solid put them in freezer bags. When you NEED cookies, bake as few or as many as you NEED without lots of waste or guilt. Just add 1 to 2 minutes to the cook time. You can also make “slice-and-bake” cookie dough by shaping it into a cylinder, and freezing it wrapped in foil.

Sandwiches

When you pack lunches for school or work, it’s a real timesaver to pull a sandwich straight from the freezer. Throw your sandwich directly from the freezer into your lunch bag and it’s thawed by lunch time. This also helps keep the meat cold which makes me feel better about the possibility of meat issues. Peanut butter and jelly or honey, as well as deli meat and cheese work well. You can freeze butter or mustard but NOT mayo, lettuce or tomato. If you want to add fresh veggies or mayo put on in the morning.

You can also freeze breakfast sandwiches. Cook eggs and sausage or bacon in bulk, put on biscuits or english muffins or toast, wrap and freeze! In the morning grab one microwave and enjoy. Way healthier and cheaper than those that you “drive through” and pick up.

Yogurt

Yogurt Tubes can also be stored and sent to school in lunches this way too – by the time lunch rolls around they are thawed but still cold. My kids love this when I finally figured it out.

Bread, Baked Goods

When your favorite bread is on sale, stock up and freeze it. I have done this for years as well and it works great – you can leave in the regular package and just throw in the freezer, it also works great for bread that is on sale (in other words the kind that is nearing the end of it’s shelf life) as you are going to extend the life of the bread by freezing.

I found this tip online – Tip for defrosting baked goods or breads: place them in your microwave overnight. It keeps them from drying out like they do on the counter.

Mashed Potatoes

Using an ice cream scoop, put even portions of mashed potatoes onto parchment-lined cookie sheet. Freeze until hard then transfer into a freezer bag. Microwave and serve. I love this one for last minute meals on those super busy nights.

Corn

This one came from an online resource. An EASY way to freeze corn on the cob is to put the ears of corn, WITHOUT removing ANY silk or husk, straight into freezer. When you want to eat it, put it in the microwave just the way you put it in the freezer and cook for 5 minutes on high for two ears or 4 minutes for one ear. The silk insulates and protects the corn while it cooks. Tastes like fresh-picked corn! I have not tried this but LOVE the idea.

Tomato Paste

Most recipes using tomato paste only call for one tablespoon out of the whole can! If you can’t find the kind that now comes in a tube like a tube of toothpaste and stores in the fridge, you now need to figure out what to do with the remainder of the can. Put the rest in a little sandwich bag, flatten it out in the freezer, or put in ice cube trays and freeze by tablespoon full and then put in a bag then when you need a tablespoon, just break off a piece or grab a cube and throw it into whatever you are cooking!

Veggies

Chop onions, carrotts, celery or peppers, freeze flat in gallon freezer bags. As they are freezing, press “score lines” into the bags this way you can break off whatever you want without having to thaw the entire bag for a recipe.

Herbs

Freeze fresh herbs in ice-cube trays with a little water or leftover stock to use for soups, stews, and casseroles later in the year.

Homemade and Store-Bought Dough

Freeze dough – pizza dough, focaccia dough, pie crust – shaped in a ball and wrapped in saran wrap. You can also freeze canned biscuits, crescent rolls, pizza dough, etc. right in the tube. Stock up when they are on sale!

Eggs

Really? Who would have thought? Crack the eggs in a freezer bag, and freeze. Or crack eggs into an ice cube tray for cakes and cookies. Thaw out in refrigerator and use as you normally would. We also cook in a muffin tin in the oven and then add to our breakfast sandwiches. This is important right now as with Easter on its way the price of eggs will be dropping and it is a great time to stock up.
Cheese

You can freeze blocks of cheese without it becoming crumbly but you must thaw completely before putting it in the fridge. If you prefer to shred your cheese first, add a tablespoon or so of cornstarch or flour to the bag and shake it to prevent clumping when it thaws. You can also freeze the bags of cheese that are pre-shredded right in their own package – this has been my preferred method for years – the cheese works great and if you are doing a casserole you don’t even have to thaw it out throw the frozen cheese on it – I mean really, it is going to bake anyway.

Milk

Yes I am being serious you can actually freeze milk. But and this is a biggie in our house – don’t let your other half know this (every wife I know that hubby finds out they are drinking frozen milk assume it is different – trust me it is not and in our house when he doesn’t realize it is the frozen gallon he normally comments on how good it is – go figure). The milk jugs have those little circle indents on them for a reason – to allow for expansion during freezing – and they will expand. To use, let thaw in the fridge for a couple of days, and SHAKE WELL before opening, to make sure it is remixed. You can also freeze buttermilk. I have not tried heavy cream or 1/2 and 1/2 but will be giving this a shot soon.

Juice

Just like milk the only concern is leaving room for expansion. Take out approx 8 ounces for every half gallon of juice. Stock up when it goes on sale.

Broth and Stock

Keep a gallon bag in the freezer and add any leftover veggie pieces, including onion peels, celery stalks, potato peels, etc. When you have enough, make vegetable stock.

Keep another bag for pan drippings or sauces that are left after cooking chicken. This can be used to flavor soups. This one came from an online source and although I have not tried it I will be doing this immediately, what a great idea.

Chili, Soup

Cool leftover soup completely, transfer to a freezer safe container, leaving a small area of empty space for expansion during freezing. Before serving, move the container to the fridge the night before to thaw safely and then reheat and serve. In a pinch (or frankly when I have forgotten to take it out of the freezer) I have used the defrost function on my microwave and it has worked great.

Homemade Casseroles

When you are cooking a casseroles, make 2 and freeze 1 for unexpected company or when you are busy during the week and don’t have time to cook. Cover and freeze.
Following are a couple of ideas I found online of how to freeze these.
1. Freeze the entire casserole by lining the base of the dish with freezer paper, adding the ingredients, then freezing it in the dish. When it’s frozen solid, remove from the dish (easy to do thanks to the freezer paper), rewrap the food and put back in the freezer. This saves room in the freezer and allows you to continue using the dish. When you want the item for a meal, unwrap and place in the original dish to defrost and cook.
2. Bake casserole, let cool, and then cut into individual servings and freeze. Reheat in microwave!
Shredded Chicken

Cook a big batch and shred or when you get a rotisserie from the grocery store, shred the leftovers and put it in a bag. (TRICK to shred chicken – I LOVE This – put your chicken into your KitchenAid and use the paddle blade – put on low and watch the chicken shred just like the pro’s!) Great timesaver when making enchiladas!

Meat

Place meat in a bag, pour in marinade and freeze. When you defrost it, it will be fully-marinated and ready to cook.

Hamburger

Cook ground hamburger and portion it out for meals. When you need hamburger for manwich, tacos, chili or anything else you can dream up just pull it out of the freezer, add the seasoning, and microwave. 3 minutes, or 1 minute and 30 seconds if it’s going to be baked and doesn’t need to be thawed all the way. For crock pot meals, just throw it in frozen.

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive 2015 – Saturday, May 9th

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Saturday, March 28th, 2015 at 4:00 pm
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Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive 2015 - Saturday, May 9th

Doing some spring cleaning in the pantry? Mark your calendars for the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive 2015 – Saturday, May 9th the largest single-day food drive in the nation. Your donation will benefit the 25 North Texas counties collectively served by the North Texas Food Bank and the Tarrant Area Food Bank.

Local households are encouraged to fill a durable bag with healthy, non-perishable foods like canned vegetables, peanut butter, pasta or cereal for families in need. You can give food items from your pantry or you can purchase products at your neighborhood Kroger store. Once you’ve filled the bag, leave it near your mailbox for your letter carrier to pick up on Saturday, May 9th. The letter carriers will deliver all donations to the local food banks.

Click HERE for some frequently asked questions about the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

Organizing a food drive? Click HERE for the Stamp Out Hunger 2015 Food Drive Kit.

Thank you MyDFWMommy readers for all your support! You guys ROCK!

Twitter: @StampOutHunger

3 Hour Lesson/Rental Paddleboard on Lake Grapevine or Lake Lewisville~ Up to 61% Off

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Saturday, March 28th, 2015 at 2:00 pm
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My husband and daughter – Paddleboarding on Lake Grapevine with DFW Surf

I LOVE this deal! A few years ago,this was my daughter’s Father’s Day gift to my husband! I let each of my kids pick an activity they wanted to do with their dad. My oldest wanted to take my husband on a paddleboard excursion at DFW Surf (something neither of them had done before.) They LOVED it and my husband is STILL talking about buying a paddleboard of his own. ;)

Choose From Three Options

Each package includes a Paddle Level 1 class for beginners (or Level 2 Intermediate) with a professional instructor followed by free paddling. Each paddler also gets a two-hour standup-paddleboard rental, which can be used either on the same day as the lesson or at a later date.

Expires Aug 31st, 2015. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. (Think graduation, birthday, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day!)

Adventure Landing & Hydrous Waterparks ~ Up to 50% Off

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Saturday, March 28th, 2015 at 1:45 pm
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Looking for ways to go out and enjoy the weather?  Here are some great deals!

Adventure Landing: Three Attraction Quest Pass for Two with Go-Karts, Laser Tag and More (56% Off) ~ Starting at $17

Hydrous Waterparks ~ Up to 50% off

Parent’s Night Out at Win Kids in Flower Mound – Up to 52% Off!

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Saturday, March 28th, 2015 at 1:00 pm
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Drop the kiddos off at Win Kids for Parents Night Out and enjoy a movie and a quick bite to eat on a little date night! :)

Right now you can enjoy Parents Night Out at Win Kids at a savings of 53% off on Groupon!

Choose Between Two Options

Every Saturday from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., parents can drop off their children aged 3–12 at the center. Adults get to enjoy a night to themselves while youngsters engage in supervised play on padded obstacle courses, make arts and crafts, munch on snacks, and watch G-rated movies.

Weekend Entertainment Roundup

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Friday, March 27th, 2015 at 5:00 pm
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entertainmentSpring is almost here!  Here are some free & fun events you can take advantage of!

*American Girl
Throughout the month of March at various locations, girls ages 8 and up can participate in various FREE events. Head over here to see the full list of dates and participating locations as well as a phone number to make reservations.

 

*Bed, Bath & Beyond
Attend FREE Rock Your Registry events at Bed, Bath and Beyond! RSVP for an event near you and get expert registry consultant advice, creative tips for entertaining, enjoy light fare and a free goodie bag!

*Calloways

Ever wanted a beautiful, low maintenance garden that thrives here in the Texas heat? Roses are one of the most stunning and versatile of all shrubs and new varieties now allow big blooming color that can last all season! Enjoy roses that climb and trail, roses for groundcover, roses as easy care screens, and beautiful specimen plants.

Head to your local Calloway’s this Saturday at 10:15am to a FREE seminar to learn which roses will thrive in your garden, and discover the newest varieties and care techniques.

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Here is a list of Easter Egg Hunts in our area.  We’ll keep adding to the list as we find more!

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*Fort Worth Botanic Gardens

Check out this deal for Japanese Gardens Tickets with Lunch at Fort Worth Botanic Garden!

Enter a world of mystery and enchantment in the Fort Worth Botanic Garden’s Japanese Garden. Winding paths guide you past new treasures at every turn. Authentic Japanese plants are artfully merged with breathtaking architecture in this magical place.
$24 (up to $48.40 value) for two tickets to the Japanese Gardens with lunch for two
$48 (up to $96.80 value) for the same for four

Dine at the beautiful Gardens Restaurant
Feed thousands of exotic Imperial Carp (koi)
Stone, earth, leaf, and water join together in seven acres of wonder

*Gander Mountain
Attend FREE Kid’s Workshops from 10AM-2PM each month this year with Crafts, Activities, Giveaways, and more!

*Harkins Theatres
Receive a FREE medium popcorn every time you wear your Loyalty T-shirt to the movies through the end of 2015 (priced at $25). Also, enjoy $1.50 soft drink refills every time you bring your Loyalty Cup to the movies through the end of 2015 (priced at $5.25).

*Home Depot
Sign up for the FREE Kids Workshop on April 4th where kids can build a FREE Chalkboard Planter Stand.

 *Kids Bowl Free

Sign up for the Kids Bowl Free program and your children will each get 2 free games of bowling every day this summer. Shoe rentals are not included and the age requirements and available times vary by location.

Some locations are also offering Family Passes to bowl for as low as $24.95. This will entitle 1 family members to 2 free games everyday this summer as well – you can purchase additional family members for an additional cost.

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Lego

Saturday, March 28, 12-2pm at ALL Toys”R”Us stores

Your child will get to make & take a FREE LEGO Ninjago mask, plus participate in a fun scavenger hunt with prizes! These will go FAST, so be sure to get there early!

*National Parks
A new initiative to get all 4th graders and their families to experience the places that are home to our country’s natural treasures, rich history, and vibrant culture FREE OF CHARGE! Soon, you will have access to your own Every Kid in a Park pass. This pass will give you free access to national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and more! The Every Kid in a Park pass will be available for the 2015-2016 school year.

*Sea Life coupon for Grapevine…a great deal just in time for Spring Break too!Go here and sign in get a coupon for a RARE and exclusive buy one, get one free deal, courtesy of AdPages. You get one free admission ticket with the purchase of a second full priced ticket through this coupon only!

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Southlake Green Fest

Green Fest is Southlake’s point of connection to learn about the many ways to be better stewards of the earth’s resources.
This FREE event will feature various ways you can invest in a sustainable future, improve daily living and save money by Going Green!

Other highlights include:
• Entertainment
• Give-Aways
• iPad Drawings
• Vendor Booths

Green Fest Southlake
Saturday, March 28, 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Southlake Town Square
1256 Main Street, Southlake, TX 76092

Women’s Auxiliary Garage Sale

Love to thrift shop? Come to buy unique items, eat refreshments and have fun at the 2015 Women’s Auxiliary Garage Sale!

*Admission $1.00 – Children 14 & Under FREE

2015 Tarrant County Women’s Auxiliary Garage Sale
March 27th & 28th, 2015
Time: 09:00 AM – 04:00 PM
229 East Felix Street (West on Exit 46A-South on I-34W)

*Williams Sonoma
Go here to check out FREE Junior Chef Classes and Technique Classes.

Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup Headlines Soccer Week in North Texas

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Friday, March 27th, 2015 at 3:30 pm
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Attention all you soccer families! Here is a must see local event if your kiddos love the game…

The Dr Pepper Dallas Cup, the most prestigious international youth soccer tournament in the United States, is pleased to headline Soccer Week in North Texas. Starting next week, North Texas will host several high-profile, international soccer events, bringing in players, scouts, fans, coaches, and referees from around the world. 

From its humble beginnings in 1980, when 32 teams from four nations gathered for the inaugural tournament, the Dr Pepper Dallas Cup has since become recognized as one of the premier international youth soccer tournaments in the world. For 35 years, the Dallas Cup has been a key development platform for the best youth players of soccer’s elite clubs from all corners of the United States and around the world.
 
The Dr Pepper Dallas Cup is pleased to join with adidas, Major League Soccer, and FC Dallas to create Soccer Week in North Texas. Next week, the eyes of college coaches, professional scouts, fans of youth soccer, and soccer fans in general, all looking to spot the rising stars in youth soccer, will turn their attention to North Texas.

North Texas has long been considered one of the leading regions of youth soccer in the United States, and that reputation continues to grow with the addition of Soccer Week in North Texas. Click here to see the list of all the soccer happenings taking place this week.

Tickets for all Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXVI stadium games are now on sale at www.dallascup.com, with prices ranging from $15 for adults to $5 for youths.

2015 Women’s Auxiliary Garage Sale~ 3/27 & 3/28 in Fort Worth

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Friday, March 27th, 2015 at 2:00 pm
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Love to thrift shop? Come to buy unique items, eat refreshments and have fun at the 2015 Women’s Auxiliary Garage Sale!

*Admission $1.00 – Children 14 & Under FREE

2015 Tarrant County Women’s Auxiliary Garage Sale
March 27th & 28th, 2015
Time: 09:00 AM – 04:00 PM
229 East Felix Street (West on Exit 46A-South on I-34W)