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Mango Chicken Quesadillas – Cinco de Mayo

In just a few weeks we will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo – one of my favorite holidays. Mike’s Mom is Mexican and has taught me how to cook some of THE most amazing dishes. Seriously I could eat Mexican food all day every day. One of the highlights of my trip to Cozumel was all of the Mexican food! Today this recipe landed in my inbox and I can not wait to try it. Everything about it – including it being healthy – sounds like something I could just devour. Plus I love any recipe that doesn’t require a ton of cooking – hey, quick and easy is how I do food around here.

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War, and has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage. Celebrations in the United States often extend beyond the actual day to encompass an entire week, with parades, festivals and fiestas that include music, dancing, and food. A dish like Mango Chicken Quesadillas takes the very traditional Mexican dish but combines shredded chicken with brown mustard, honey and Tabasco creating a flavorful filling and adding mango for a sweet twist. By preparing the meal on the IMUSA Cast Aluminum Comal the food is made healthier and the non-stick surface leaves clean up a breeze. Bringing a vigorous, home-style aroma to the party, this traditional Mexican dish will smells as delicious as it tastes.

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Knorr – Buy 3 Get One Free – And Win T-Fal Pans!

Getting a good tasting meal on the table quickly and easily is a requirement around here. Yes, I work from home and yes, I have more time to cook than some… but I am not good at it. In fact, I don’t even really enjoy cooking most days. This is why I keep a stock of Knorr sides in my cabinet at all times.  The girls love them, they are quick and easy, even Mike can make them in a snap – its a win all the way around. Plus right now when you buy three Knorr sides from your local Dollar General, you get one free! You do not even need a coupon! Nice, right?!

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Knorr’s Side Dishes come in dozens of varieties and can match any cuisine. They pair with any meat – so whether you are in the mood for chicken, beef, pork, or even seafood, you can throw in a Knorr Side and voila – dinner is served. Or you can get all serious about it and make an actual recipe… ya know… if you are one of those crazy people who like to cook.

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One winner will receive a T-fal Specialty Nonstick 3-Piece 8-Inch, 9.5-Inch, and 11-Inch Fry Pan / Saute Pan Dishwasher Safe Cookware Set in Black! If you have never cooked in T-fal, this is a great set to start with! They are by far my favorite pans in my kitchen – and that is saying a lot from someone who burns just about everything… 

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#SeasTheDay at XPLOR – Royal Caribbean Cruise Excursion -Cozumel Mexico

Ever since Brandaction: Global Getaway, the “theme” for Brandcation has been ADVENTURE. From ziplining through the Smokey Mountains to parasailing on the Gulf Coast to hanging with alligators in the swamps of Central Florida – we have always done something adventurous. When we booked the sixth Brandcation – SeasTheDay with Royal Caribbean – we immediately set out to find the most adventurous excursion we could find… and boy did we ever.

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Xplor is a natural adventure park located in the Riviera Maya, very close to Cancun. Discover new sensations by flying over treetops with our 14 zip lines, driving an amphibious vehicle on trails that run through the jungle as well as inside caves; swim in the underground river surrounded by stalactites and stalagmites; and take an exciting raft ride paddling with your hands while wondering at the rock formation process created by nature millions of years ago.

Ten of us decided to go to XPLOR – the largest group for any one excursion – and we all had an absolute blast. As soon as we arrived we broke up in to groups – because I have been ziplining so many times before, I wanted to experience everything else first… including the buffet.  Hey, aren’t you supposed to eat everything in sight when you are on a cruise? It’s in the rules somewhere I am sure... The entire day was spent riding ATVs, eating, paddling rafts around stalagmites (or stalactites – whatever) eating, swimming through underground caves, and eating. It was everything an excursion should be!

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The cost of the XPLOR excursion is $185 and includes your transportation to and from the ship as well as all of the attractions at the park and the unlimited buffet. When you get there you are assigned a locker for your belongings and a numbered helmet which you have to wear throughout the whole park.  The helmet has both a number and a GPS chip in it – which is both for safety and for their awesome photo service which takes pictures of you literally all over the park.

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The only downside to XPLOR is the travel time – it took us over an hour and a half to get from the ship to the park. But once we got there, it was worth it. I did purchase the photo package which was another $109 I believe – but again – I totally thought that was worth it as well. Some of the pictures are absolutely hysterical.

If you are looking for an excursion in Cozumel that will be an experience of a lifetime – I highly recommend checking our XPLOR.  You can book the excursion right through your Royal Caribbean Account. The park is beautiful, the food is awesome,  the attractions are super fun – and you will walk so much you will have zero guilt about anything you eat for the rest of your vacation.

Seriously.

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Disclosure: I paid full price for this excursion – and it was worth every penny.


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Mother’s Day Gift Idea – #OpenHearts Wave Collection

Over the last few weeks I have been sharing with you my love for the new Open Hearts Wave Collection by Jane Seymour, sold exclusively by Kay Jewelers. I have been wearing my Open Hearts Wave pendant pretty exclusively for a few weeks now – especially while I was on our Brandcation Cruise. I cant even tell you how many hours I spent just sitting on the balcony looking out at the waves – it was truly remarkable. With Mother’s Day approaching, I wanted to share the beauty of this piece one more time for my readers who are still wondering what to get for Mom.

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Why MoscatoMom Has The Best Fans Ever

So I have a confession – I have really let the MoscatoMom Facebook Page go. I am pissed about the algorithm and how I have to badger my fans to get them to see anything - and frankly, I would much rather hang out with y’all on Instagram anyway.

While I was gone for Brandcation I did not post one single thing… not one.  In a whole week. So all of the activity there has been stuff that has autoposted when a new blog post goes live. Today however I was sitting at the bus stop and my friend sent me an image that I decided to share.  This is what happened:

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Now, in just the time it has taken me to edit that image and write this post, I am up another 150 in reach.

This clearly means I have the best fans ever – and I am in good company – because we all know what is really important.

So I just want to give a big high hive to the best fans ever – and apologize for not posting more on my Facebook Fan Page.  I promise to do better… especially now that I can clearly see what you want more of…

Oh, and just so you can see it again, here is the picture, because yeah, it deserves to be posted again:

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You’re welcome.

~Lynsey