Back to School Lunch ideas with #Tillamook

My little sis{Not so little anymore} went back to school a few weeks ago… We were having a discussion of how she should have some healthy snacks with her, or how she needed to make sure to eat a good lunch everyday!

We have this joke in our family, we are known as the “Cheese Family” we LOVE cheese, Wait! Did you say cheese? oh yeah back to Lunch ideas…

Tillamook has a campaign going on right now that promotes healthy school eating habits, that is also supporting Feeding America the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. How awesome are they?

Simple Ingredients

  • Tillamook baby Loaf Cheese
  • Tuna & Mayonnaise
  • Tomatoes, Pickles, Onions & Any other seasonings you might like
Simply mix all the ingredients and grill it like you would a grilled cheese sandwich! It is soo yummy :)
There is a contest going on right now on Facebook! Now until September 14th {Tomorrow Peeps}, enter your health eating tip to Tillamook and they will donate $10 to Feeding America. You’ll also be entered to win a a backpack full of Tillamook goodies :) !
To enter, you simply share your best tip or favorite recipe on the back-to-school Facebook tab, andTillamook will donate $10 to Feeding America (until $10,500 is reached).

SHOP: Save 15% off at Tillamook with the code: BACKTOSCHOOL

Disclosure: Although I was provided with a backpack full of Tillamook goodies including coupons for my yummy cheese. All opinions are my own and I truly believe on this campaign and love the Tillamook team!

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Recipe Tuesday – Oriental Chicken Salad {Via Lemon Poppy Inc}

{I apologize for the cell phone pic, I had lost my camera… Next time I make this recipe I’ll take a better pic }

Oriental Chicken Salad

4 Chicken Breasts

12 oz package bow tie pasta

 Boil Chicken and shred. Cook pasta according to package directions. Combine chicken and pasta and set aside.


1/2 Cup oil

4 T. Sesame oil

1 Cup soy sauce

2/3 cup of red wine 


6 T. Sugar

1/2 t. Sugar 

1 t. Salt

Combine dressing ingredients in a blender and mix until well combined.

Pour half of the dressing over chicken and pasta to marinate overnight. Save the other half for the salad dressing. Tip: You can put the chicken and pasta in a large freezer bag to marinate.


1 Pkg spinach {4-5 cups} I used spring mix and it worked well

1/2 cup green onions, chopped.

1 can of mandarin oranges

1 red pepper cut into slices

1 cup of sugar snap peas

toasted sesame seeds

Before serving, toss spinach with marinated chicken and pasta. Add the rest of the salad ingredients and pour on remaining dressing {Note, I didn’t use the whole dressing as it gets a bit oil}.

PS: You can purchase this delicious recipe book from “Lemon poppy inc


Meet The Fish Family…

Hello lovelies, as you know by now I’ve been working on a project to go along with my “Get Inspired series”. I have been keeping it a secret but, tonight I’m going to  share a little bit about it , I promise I will post the rest soon
But for now I want you to Meet the Fish Family:
We are the Fishes. In 2011 two of our five children; Natalie and Alice were diagnosed with a rare gene disfunction called Leaky SCID (Severe Combined Immune Deficiency). Their condition is so rare that only two cases are reported in the U.S. each year. Both girls have endured much, and have spent most of their young lives in and out of hospitals due to common illnesess a healthy immune system would overcome. The required treatment for our girls is a bone marrow transplant.
Both are currently at Primary Children’s Hospital undergoing Chemotherapy to prepare them for their transplants. Although the new marrow could mean a normal life for them, it will be a long and arduous road. This blog is to share our experience as parents and the courage of our children.
Alice age 2
Natalie age 8

 About my Project: I’m working on my “Get Inspired Project“, where I get to interview inspiring people… When the month is over I’ll be able to cross number 96 of my list. That means I need to help with something amazing :) . Thats where the “Fish Family” comes in. After reading their story, my heart was full and I felt like I needed to help these sweet girls.  There are alot of people helping out with this wonderful cause… But, I feel like it is not enough just yet. Ali Eisenach being one of them, She is the owner of Lemon Poppy Inc and she is working on an amazing recipe book that comes out soon and I’m so excited that I get to share a recipe in it along with a couple of other bloggers. Half of the proceeds wil go to the Fish Family. 

Now, for my Project idea… I’m currently organizing an event here in Utah {an auction to be exact}. It will involve dinner and the silent auction and all of the proceeds will go to the Fish Family. I’ll be working on special projects for this but I would love to feauture your company in this auction. Anything helps and It would be awesome if you participated. I will post more details about it soon :) , But for now please go check out the “Fish Family Blog” to read more about the girls. PS: If you are a vendor and are insterested in having you product featured in the action please email me at karinaschallenge @   Thank you so much!Love, 


Oh how I love traditions!!! Growing up, my mom always made sure to teach us family traditions, in a way that my sister and I would enjoy… Some were just simple things, some where traditions that were passed down from generations. Such as:
Sunday Dinners at Grandmas, Picnics at the park, Girls night out with my mom, writing on journals, learning my grandmas recipes,crafting with my grandma, Saturday morning = Deep Cleaning our house listening to super awesome jams, Donating and helping out at our local orphanages and soup kitchens,and many more that I’ll sure remember later…
As soon as I got married I was so excited about starting my own traditions as a family! 
1.Start a yearly Montage of pictures, this one below is from 2006:

2. Start a family Scrapbook {I’m a couple of years behind on this one}3. Continue to write on my Journals… {This changed once I started blogging}4.Family Dinners, And learning new recipes5.DIY Birthday Parties6.Write a note to loved ones just because…7.Donate, Give, and Help8. Birthday T-shirts:

9. And our Newest Tradition, Take a family picture every Sunday no mater where we are:

10. Do you have any traditions? I would love to hear about them in the comment section!!!

Recipe Tuesday – #Brazilian Pastel {Hot pockets}

Are you ready for a delicious recipe that it is so easy to make?? 

Growing up I remember having “Pastels”{or Hot pockets as my dad says} every other Thursday in my house… You are probably wondering what Brazilian Pastels are?

In Brazil, pastel is a typical fast food Brazilian dish, consisting of thin pastry envelope wrapping with assorted fillings that is deep fried in vegetable oil. The result is a crispy, brownish pastry. The most common fillings are ground beef meat,mozzarella cheeseheart of palmcatupiry cream cheese, chicken meat and small shrimps.

Here is the recipe with simple ingredients:

  • Egg Roll Wrap {Found it in by the salads in the produce section at the grocery store}
  • Cheese {How ever much you desire}
  • Ground Beef
  • Cream Cheese {Optional}
  • Oil & Fryer
  • small bowl with a little bit of water
  • Fork
Optional: For side Dishes I make Rice and My Famous Salsa {Recipe on that soon}

This is what the Egg Roll Wraps package looks like:

Some of the ingredients:

  1. Cook your ground beef and season it as you like then, put it aside.
  2. Add Oil to your Fryer {Or wok in my case} and set it to medium heat.
  3. Open your wraps and start filling the center with your ground beef then, add cheese.
  4. Then, grab your water and using your fingers slightly rub it around your wrap.

Using your Fork, Make markings around your Pastel to seal it like so:

Start frying your Pastel, It fry’s pretty quick I would say 3 mins total?

When both sides are done, they should look golden brown like this:

Use a paper towel to drain all the oil and let it sit for a little bit as it will be hot

Sugestion: I make rice & Salsa to go with it, I like to put a little bit of salsa inside the pastel, and of course ketchup! lol

PS: I totally made it this in a triangle but the standard pastel is in a 
Rectangle shape like this picture below:

Enjoy!!! Yumm!

PS: I’m linking my recipe to these awesome Link Parties!!!

{Recipe} Oriental Salad

A dear Friend of Mine gave me this recipe a little while ago…  I enjoyed it very much and I would make it right now and take photos but unfortunately I don’t have all the ingredients and I cant find my camera charger… But Here is the recipe and you’ll see how easy it is and delicious once you make it :)

Oriental Salad

I’ve changed things up a bit, I didn’t put any chicken in it and added one chopped Tomato. Yumm

{Recipe} Homemade Orange Chicken

This has to be the best Orange chicken I’ve ever tried!!! Yum!

As one of my 2010 Goals I’ve promised myself I would cook more….

Here is the Recipe:



2 pounds boneless chicken pieces, skinned

1 egg

1 1/2 teaspoon salt

White pepper


1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon cornstarch

1/4 cup flour

1 tablespoon minced ginger root

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 dash crushed hot red chilies

1/4 cup chopped green onions

1 tablespoon rice wine

1/4 cup water

1 teaspoon sesame oil

1 Orange to Zest

***Orange Chicken Sauce***

1 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce

1 1/2 tablespoon water

5 tablespoons sugar

5 tablespoons white vinegar


Cut chicken pieces into 2-inch squares and place in large bowl. Stir in egg, salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon oil and mix well. Stir cornstarch and flour together. Add chicken pieces, stirring to coat. Heat oil for deep-frying in wok or deep-fryer to 375 degrees. Add chicken pieces, small batch at time, and fry 3 to 4 minutes or until golden and crisp. (Do not overcook or chicken will be tough.) Remove chicken from oil with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Set aside. Clean wok and heat 15 seconds over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil. Add ginger and garlic and stir-fry until fragrant. Add and stir-fry crushed chilies and green onions. Add rice wine and stir 3 seconds. Add Orange Sauce and bring to boil. Add cooked chicken, stirring until well mixed. Stir water into remaining 1 tablespoon cornstarch until smooth. Add to chicken and heat until sauce is thickened. Stir in 1 tablespoon oil and sesame oil. Serve at once. You may want to add grated zest of 1 orange to the sauce ! for flavor.