Walking with Dinosaurs The Arena Spectacular

Have you ever wished that you could travel back in time? How about traveling back in time to live among the dinosaurs? Ok, realistically maybe only when you were a child unless you really love dinosaurs as an adult. But, I know that most kids (and some adults) would love to experience dinosaurs outside of a book or museum.

Well, now is your chance to experience life-like dinosaurs in Oklahoma City at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. But you’ll need to hurry because it is only through this weekend.

Walking with Dinosaurs The Arena Spectacular
The additional show times this weekend are:

Friday, October 24 at 7pm
Saturday, October 25 at 11am, 3pm and 7pm
Sunday, October 26 at 1pm and 5pm

We had the pleasure of attending last night with free tickets in exchange for me spreading the word about the show. Now I love going to events like this and even more when they are free.

But, I have to say that my youngest wasn’t looking forward to going. Yes, he likes dinosaurs, but he is often hesitant to try new things or places. But I assured him that if he would just give it a chance he would have a good time.

As he watched & listened intently I knew that he was having a good time. In fact, so intent that he never even asked to get up for a potty break or a snack. Not once did I miss having to crawl over others in a mad rush to get to the restroom or have soda & popcorn sloshed over others as we got back to our seats.

It was definitely an attention getter for my son and it seemed that everyone around us was that intent on watching the show as well. Although, I will have to say that even though this show is certainly for any age, the babies may not be able to sit through the show, which is about an hour and a half long. There were a couple of babies that we could hear crying through the event. I wasn’t bothered by it but I am sure that the parents were frustrated with trying to keep them quiet until the end of the show.

The dinosaurs were definitely life-like in size, detail, and roars from the hatching of the eggs. I also love that the storyteller told of the dinosaurs and time period that they lived in. He was able to keep the attention of the audience, making it interesting.

Words from my 8 year old son: “I love the show. I thought it was cool. I am telling all of my friends and think they should go. I want to go again.”

Words from my husband (still a kid at heart): I thought how the narrator took the crowd from each type of dinosaur and time period to time period, he did a really good job. I wasn’t sure what to expect when we were walking in but once it started it was really cool and I’m glad that we got to go. The dinosaurs were a pretty good likeness of what dinosaurs would have looked like back then.”

And there you have it, 8 year old and husband approved! If you have the opportunity to go see Walking with Dinosaurs The Arena Spectacular, we highly recommend it.

The additional show times this weekend are:

Friday, October 24 at 7pm
Saturday, October 25 at 11am, 3pm and 7pm
Sunday, October 26 at 1pm and 5pm

Are you planning to attend? Which showing will you be going to? I would love to hear back from you on what you think of the show.

I wanted to share some of the pictures from our awesome experience at Walking with Dinosaurs The Arena Spectacular. I wasn’t able to take video or flash photography but did take some pictures with my phone, so they aren’t great but I think you’ll be able to understand we had a wonderful experience.

My family at Walking with Dinosaurs

Walking with Dinosaurs Collage

Walking with Dinosaurs Program

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Ram Rodeo Series Event, OKC

If you are in the Oklahoma City area, then you already know that the Oklahoma State Fair is every September. If you are a newbie like we were 4 years ago, we wondered what all of the hype was about. Some travel quite a distance just to attend the fair. Because after-all, the fair really does have a lot to offer, including the PRCA Xtreme Bulls, a Ram Rodeo Series event. I had no idea that Ram Truck has been an avid sponsor of the Rodeo Sport for over 30 years. I learned more about Ram Trucks while working with them through the Rodeo event.

Ram Truck supports two important passions of the American Heritage; rodeos and automobiles. They help pave the way for future generations of cowboys and cowgirls through various scholarships, auctions, and other initiatives, also supporting local charities. They host more than 500 rodeos throughout the year, being a main attraction and drawing large crowds within the community.

Now, I actually owned & drove a Ram truck myself several years ago and they have certainly upgraded their options since then. When the rodeo is coming to your area, make sure to stop by the Ram Truck onsite. Who knows, you may even have an opportunity to register to win one. And who knows, I may actually be in the market for a new Ram truck in the near future. But shhh, don’t tell my husband. ;-)

Look at these beautiful Ram trucks! The following pictures were provided for my use in this review.

2014 RAM 1500

2012 RAM RODEO TRUCK

In working with them, they were kind enough to offer my family tickets to attend in exchange for my honest review.

This was my youngest sons first time to ever attend a Rodeo or XTreme Bull Riding event. He wasn’t real sure what to expect and kept referencing the time that we went to the indoor arena for the Medieval Times. No, this will be much different.

It may sound silly but I love Rodeo’s. No, not just because of the cowboys, although that view never hurts. ;-)

When my husband and I were just dating, the first movie date that we went on was to watch “8 Seconds”. Now you probably already know that it is a movie based on a true story of a bull-rider. If you haven’t seen it you really need to watch it. My cowboy and I have been married now for 20+ years.

I loved being able to experience my sons excitement and interest in the bull riding for the first time. He watched intently while the cowboys were behind the chutes. Asking what they were doing, then watched in awe as they rode the bull. I was explaining to him that the brave cowboys would ride the bulls, hopefully riding until the 8 second buzzer. Then they may get bucked off, jump up and dust off just to do it all over again. This gave a whole new meaning to “pull up them boot straps and dust your-self off”.

He also loved the rodeo clowns. They were able to keep the attention of the audience and make everyone laugh. My son also watched as the rodeo clowns helped distract the bulls.

Rodeo and Bull Riding is great entertainment for the entire family.

We have friends that have 6 boys. The older boys are already involved in rodeo and bull riding. I think it is a great way to teach competition with the western heritage.

There was even a concert after the XTreme Bull Rides. We only stayed for part of it since it was late and we have a little one.

I would highly recommend the Rodeo and XTreme Bull Riding events. Our family enjoyed the evening out. The entertainment is good for any age. We even had quite a few good laughs too.

Thank you again to the Ram Rodeo Series & the PRCA Xtreme Bull for a wonderful family friendly evening event.

Tips:

If you are planning to attend an event like this call ahead & ask what area is best for parking, so that you can park as close to the building as possible. Otherwise you may park on the complete opposite side of the building.

Also, if the event is being held in conjunction w/ a fair, etc. then allow yourself plenty of time for traffic.

Last, but not least, wear comfortable shoes for the long walk. I wore my boots, of course! Luckily my boots are well broken-in. ;-)

The following are pictures that I took while attending the event. I wish I had been able to take more pictures, but I was busy enjoying the event.

XTReme Bulls

Welcome to the Rodeo

Ram

Jim Norick Arena

Rodeo Arena

Do you own &/or drive a Ram truck? If you could choose any color Ram truck, what color would you choose? When is the next rodeo coming to your area?

Slow-Cooker Rustic Italian Chicken, Recipe & Giveaway

Did you enjoy the Slow-Cooker/Crock-Pot Pulled Pork recipe that I shared?

Just in case you missed it, here is the link to it.

As I mentioned, Red Gold Tomatoes sent a Fall Harvest Package while they are promoting their 2-A-Day Crock-Pot Giveaway. I have worked with Red Gold Tomatoes and was thrilled to get the opportunity again.

This is a picture of goodies that were in the Red Gold Tomatoes package.

Red Gold Tomatoes Giveaway

It consisted of:

a Red Gold Tomato Apron

a Wooden Spoon

Two cans crushed tomatoes

One can diced tomatoes

One can diced tomatoes diced with green chiles

One can diced tomatoes with lime juice and cilantro

One can diced tomatoes with garlic and olive oil

Red Gold Recipe Card including Six Fall inspired slow cooker recipes:

Pulled Pork Sliders, Sausage & Sweet Potato Chili, Slow Cooker Spicy Mac & Cheese, Home-style Beef Stew, Rustic Italian Chicken and Black Bean & Pumpkin Chili

Since I was so excited about trying new slow-cooker/crock-pot recipes anyway I decided to try the Rustic Italian Chicken recipe next. I am going to share that with you today.

Ingredients
12 boneless skinless chicken thighs (2 lbs)
2 large carrots, cut
1 medium red bell pepper, cut
1 cup mushrooms
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 TBSP Italian seasoning
1 Can Red Gold Diced Tomatoes
2 Cans Red Gold Crushed Tomatoes
3 cups pasta, cooked & drained

Directions
Spray the slow-cooker/crock-pot with cooking spray. Place the chicken in slow-cooker/crock-pot with remaining ingredients on top. Do not add pasta.

Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until done. Serve over the cooked & drained pasta.

Serve with garlic bread & salad.

Add Salt & Pepper to taste, as needed.

Rustic Italian Chicken
NOTE:
I am sorry, I starting putting the ingredients into the slow-cooker/crock-pot before I realized that my picture didn’t include the Red Gold Tomatoes.
Also, make sure to drain the pasta well or the meal will be juicy on the plate (as seen in the picture).

This recipe was super easy & tasty. Since I normally purchase chicken breasts instead of thighs, I may try it with breasts next time, just for personal preference.

Rustic Italian Chicken Recipe

Red Gold Tomatoes is still having a 2-A-Day Crock-Pot Giveaway. You can go here to enter to win. Red Gold Tomatoes FaceBook

Please go here so that you can enter the Red Gold Tomato Giveaway that I am offering. It is for the apron and wooden spoon. Red Gold Tomatoes apron & spoon Giveaway

Which of the Red Gold Recipes do you think you would like best?
Pulled Pork Sliders, Sausage & Sweet Potato Chili, Slow Cooker Spicy Mac & Cheese, Home-style Beef Stew, Rustic Italian Chicken, and Black Bean & Pumpkin Chili

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork, Recipe & Giveaway

You probably know by now that I love to cook, bake, and try new recipes. But rarely do I share recipes where I have used my crock-pot or slow cooker. There is a reason for that. I don’t try new recipes in it often enough to share them.

But today that changes!

I was recently contacted by Red Gold Tomatoes. They wanted to send to me a Fall Harvest Package while they are promoting their 2-A-Day Crock-Pot Giveaway. Of course, I was thrilled with the opportunity to work with them again.

Look at this wonderful package of goodies:

Red Gold Tomatoes Giveaway

1 Red Gold Tomato Apron
1 Wooden Spoon
2 cans crushed tomatoes
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can diced tomatoes diced with green chiles
1 can diced tomatoes with lime juice and cilantro
1 can diced tomatoes with garlic and olive oil

Red Gold Recipe Card including Six Fall inspired slow cooker recipes:
Pulled Pork Sliders, Sausage & Sweet Potato Chili, Slow Cooker Spicy Mac & Cheese, Home-style Beef Stew, Rustic Italian Chicken Black Bean & Pumpkin Chili

I had a tough time trying to decide which recipe to make and share with you so I asked my husband which recipe he wanted me to try. He chose the Pulled Pork Sliders.

Pulled Pork Recipes Ingredients

Now let me start out by saying that I have made pulled pork before but it was a much different recipe. This recipe requires several seasonings that I don’t keep on hand. But I figured that if we liked the recipe then I would use the seasonings again. So before you decide to make the recipe check to see that you have everything on hand!

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork, Sliders
¼ cup brown sugar, packed
2 TBSP Kosher Salt
2 TBSP Paprika
1 TBSP Ground Black Pepper
1 tsp thyme
2 tsps ground coriander
1 TBSP dry mustard
2 tsps ground fennel seed
2 tsps garlic powder
3 lbs pork tenderloin
2 cans Red Gold Crushed Tomatoes (15 oz size)
1 can Red Gold Diced Tomatoes, drained

Directions:

In a small bowl combine the above spices. Stir. Then take 6-8 TBSPS of the dry mixture & put into a different container. Use the 6-8 TBSPS of spices to run onto the pork tenderloin. Reserve the rest of the seasonings for your next pulled pork meal. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

The next morning take the seasoned pork tenderloin out & place into a crock-pot or slow cooker. Then top with the 2 cans of Red Gold Tomatoes and
1 can of Red Gold Diced Tomatoes, drained. Don’t forget to drain or it might be too juicy!

Cook on low for 8 hours. When done remove the pork and shred with forks.

Pulled Pork Sandwich

Serve on buns. You can serve with chips, slaw, beans, etc.

Now remember that I told you Red Gold Tomatoes is having a 2-A-Day Crock-Pot Giveaway. You can go here to enter to win. Red Gold Tomatoes also gave me something to give away to my readers. It is the Red Gold Tomatoes Apron. And in addition to the apron, I am also giving away the wooden spoon. Now that I don’t love the wooden spoon that they sent, because I do. I just wanted to do something extra special for my readers.

I know you are excited!

It is easy to enter with the Rafflecopter below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You must be a US Resident at least 18 years old (or older). Upon the end of the giveaway, the winner must claim prize w/I 24 hours or another winner will be chosen. Giveaway ends at midnight on Tuesday, September 30th.

I would love to see a pic of the winner wearing the apron & using the wooden spoon while cooking. ;-)

Come back tomorrow where I will share another Red Gold Recipe with you. Of the one’s that they sent this time, which one do you think it will be?

Red Gold Tomatoes Apron

BJ’s Restaurant Mobile App, Review & Giveaway

I received a Gift-Card in exchange for my honest review of the new mobile app, as well as a Gift-Card to give away to one of my readers (rafflecopter link below).

Summer-time fun! Are you running from the pool, to bowling, the movies, theme parks, etc. just trying to keep the little ones entertained? Then on the ride home, everybody is complaining that they are hungry, right?! I am sure that you know that scenario all too well!

Or maybe you find yourself running from work, to pick up kids from school and then to all of the kids extra-curricular activities. At some point you have to feed the team, right?!

Or maybe, just maybe you’re living in limbo from the sell of a house before you get into the next house. (Yes, this has been our recent experience which I can tell you about in a later post.) But, whether you’re staying in a hotel, staying with family/friends, or roughing it in an RV you still have to eat, right?! And the fast food lines, sandwiches, and other snacks get old quick, especially if it is for any length of time.

So you’re thinking a nice, sit down dinner versus the usual drive-through options? But everybody is so hungry that you don’t think they can wait patiently for a seat and then on top of that decide what everybody wants to eat, get it ordered, and on the table. That kind of meal could take up to a couple of hours. And we all know how stressful it can be in a restaurant with hungry kids. The scenario of the moody kids, the fighting among siblings, bodies sliding under the table, on top of that, trying to juggle their orders while deciding what you’ll order for yourself?

But, wait! What if there was an option to make a nice, sit down dinner a reality without the hassle and it saves time. In fact, you could possibly be in and out of the restaurant in less than an hour even if you choose to dine-in at the restaurant.

Did I spark your attention?

Yes, you read that correctly. You can have a nice, sit down dinner that everyone will enjoy in less time. And, yes the restaurant has a full menu with lots of options to please even the pickiest of eaters. Pizza, salads, sandwiches, and more!

BJ’s Restaurant recently contacted me with an offer. They wanted me to download their new app (it launched on July 10th) on my smartphone & review the Dine-In Order Ahead option. And since my family loves BJ’s Restaurant, of course I accepted! You can check out the new app here BJ’s Restaurant app. The app will allow you to let the restaurant know your arrival time, and order ahead (before you get to the restaurant). In the event that you are not ordering through the app, the app will even allow you to put your party on the wait-list before you get to the restaurant.

Let me explain to you how easy it is to use the app.

I downloaded the app prior to dining at the restaurant. The app will walks you through each step.

First I selected which location I was planning to visit (it will allow you to change locations if you’re planning to go to a different location on a different day/time).

Then you get to choose whether you will Dine-In, Take Out, or have Curbside. We chose Dine-In because like I mentioned before we were in limbo and didn’t want to take it back to the RV. Plus, I also wanted to have the full experience of the app so we chose to Dine-In.

Then you get to select the date and time of your BJ’s Restaurant visit. I literally put our order in on the way to the restaurant. It was that easy. My teenage son was happy to drive us there that evening! ;-)

You will also want to select how many are in your party, there were 4 of us the evening that we went to BJ’s Restaurant. Ordering on the app is great for parties of up to 9 people.

Then click on the little button that says “Let’s Eat” to place your order.

You can order your appetizers, drinks, meals etc.! You can even specify modifications to your order. For instance, my husband ordered a pizza but wanted it without black olives (how could he not like black olives on his pizza is beyond me :-) ).

And don’t forget to order dessert. Yes, you can order that on the app as well and it will be brought out when you’re ready, considering that you’re dining in.

So you’ve placed your order and let the restaurant know your date/time of arrival. Now what?

When you arrive at BJ’s Restaurant let the hostess know that you are there and that you’ve placed an order through the app. They will scan the app from your phone. A receipt will print that the hostess will carry to the table when you are seated.

When the waiter/waitress greets you at the table, they will verify the order and you’re set. Everything comes out in a timely manner, still giving you time to enjoy the appetizer before the meal comes out, and your meal before dessert comes out, etc.!

Also on the app is a Mobile Pay. I decided to use this feature because I wanted to see if it was really that easy. And yes, it was that easy. While the kids were enjoying their dessert I paid for our meal. The waitress came over to check on us once more and let us know the payment had been processed. My payment receipt was emailed to me.

We were in and out of their in less than an hour. We visited BJ’s Restaurant on a Monday evening at 6:15 pm during their busy dinner time, of course on a weekend night it might be a little busier but I am sure it would still save you time and you’d get an awesome meal that everyone in your party will enjoy.

Have you download or used the app yet? What are your thoughts?

Our BJ’s Restaurant experience was exceptional and I definitely love the app and plan to use it during our upcoming visits. Also, when you use the app there is a BJ’s Premier Rewards where you will earn points, so you’ll definitely want to use that app when you’re dining (Dine-In, Take-Out, or Curb-Side) at BJ’s Restaurant.

Now I mentioned that BJ’s Restaurant contacted me to try out their new app. They provided me with a gift-card for our dinner AND they have provided a gift-card for me to giveaway. Yeah! I get to give a BJ’s Restaurant gift-card to one lucky reader.

Here is a link to the BJ’s Restaurant locations.

Comment below & tell me which location you plan to visit if you WIN the BJ’s Restaurant Gift-Card AND Follow the link to register to win:

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BJ's Restaurant Gift-Card

Here are a few pictures from our visit at BJ’s Restaurant. They aren’t the best pictures because my phone died shortly after we arrived so my son helped out with the pictures. I apologize that the quality isn’t better.

Our appetizer: Crisp Potato Skins
BJs Restaurant Potato Skins

Entrees: Kids Pizza
BJs Restaurant Kids Pizza

Entrees: Grilled Chicken Pasta
BJs Restaurant Grilled Chicken Pasta

Entrees: BJ’s Favorite/Supreme Pizza

BJs Restaurant Supreme Pizza

Entrees: California Chicken Sandwich & Tomato Soup

BJs Restaurant California Chicken Sandwich

BJs Restaurant Tomato Soup

Dessert:
BJs Restaurant Chocolate Chunk Cookie

BJs Restaurant Cookie

Creative K Kids

Family Favorite Dessert, Recipe

You might recall me mentioning that we are in the process of moving. It has been a bit of a whirlwind. We are excited about getting into our new home and starting the next chapter. But more than anything right now I am looking forward to trying some of these new recipes that I have been pinning. There are so many great ones that it is going to be hard to know which recipe to try first once we get settled.

Over the last two weeks I have shared with you two of our family favorites meals, today I wanted to share with you a favorite dessert recipe.

I have been making this recipe for about 20 years and it is still a favorite. It is quick and easy, and tasty too! The kids even love helping with this one.

It is my Plucking Cake. Yes, it is made with biscuits and layered in a Bundt pan. You will love it!

Plucking Cake

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Family Favorite Recipe & Tasty Tuesday Link-up

Do you find yourself tired of fixing the same ‘ol meals?

Do you find yourself constantly searching the Internet or Pinterest for recipes that everyone in your family will love?

Are you looking for quick and easy meals, that are still tasty?

I think we can all relate at times!

Last week I shared with you one of our family favorite recipes that is also my most pinned recipe, The King Ranch Chicken Casserole.

This week I am sharing with you another family favorite recipe that you can find here, Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti. I know that you will want to pin this recipe too. It is quick and easy, even great as a left-over. My kids are always asking for 2nds. This is also a great recipe if you are making a meal for a family or a potluck event.

Thanks for pinning this recipe! Don’t forget to come back throughout the week to check out the other great pins in the link-up below!

Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti

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My Most Pinned Recipe

Life has been a bit hectic lately so we have eaten out way too much. For my family to get back on a home-cooked meal menu is important to me. So today I am going to share with you one of our favorite meals that is also quick & easy. Not to mention, the ingredients are staples at our house.

It is my King Ranch Chicken Recipe. I posted this recipe several months ago and it has been my most pinned post. So in case you haven’t already pinned it, here is your opportunity.

Have you tried this recipe? What did you serve w/ your King Ranch Chicken?

Thanks for pinning! Don’t forget to come back to check out the other great pins in the link-up below!

King Ranch Chicken Ingredients

King Ranch Chicken

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CheeseCake Cups, Recipe

Cheesecake Cups

Are you looking for a tasty dessert that is great to take to a party or other gathering? But maybe you want something simple and easy to serve?

How about Cheesecake Cups? They still offer the wonderful flavor of cheesecake but in a single serve size, no cutting needed.

I love to entertain in my home and try new recipes. This Cheesecake Cups recipe has gone over well every time that I have served them at gatherings.

This recipe is in two (2) parts; crust & filling

Ingredients

Crust:

2/3 cup of graham cracker crumbs

2 TBPS sugar

1 TBSP margarine, melted

Filling:

2 pkgs cream cheese, 8 oz each & softened

½ Cup sugar

3 tsp lemon juice

1 tsp lemon zest, finely grated

½ tsp vanilla

2 eggs

Crust Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Mix together the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and margarine with a fork until combined. Measure it evenly into 12 muffin papers. Press firmly. Bake the crust for 5 minutes. Let cool.

Filling Directions:

Using a mixer, beat together the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Once it is mixed well, add the eggs.

Then pour evenly into the 12 prepared graham cracker cups. Fill ½ – ¾ full. Bake at 325 degrees for about 25 minutes.

Cool completely in pan. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Top with fresh fruit or fruit filling

CheeseCake Cups 1

CheeseCake Cups

TIPS

I have a magic bullet that I have used to pulse my graham crackers into crumbs. I used it when I was without my chopper. Either works fine depending on how small you want the crumbs.

When serving at my own home I put the fruit filling in different serving dishes & let the guest add their own. If taking with me to a party I will have a couple of different toppings on top for them to choose from.

AND…………Look!!!!!!

I have been selected to Co-Host the Tasty Tuesday link-up at Creative K Kids.

This month, Tamara from OKC Mom of 3 and Dee from Meatloaf and Melodrama are running this party on their blogs!    cohosts for tasty tuesdays, june  We would love to have you link up to three of your old or new food posts!    Here are  just a few requests for this linky:

  • PLEASE follow the hosts and co-hosts of this party through one of their social media listed below.  They visit your post, leave a comment, and pin your post.  Just pick one (or more) of the options below and please follow them.

**Tammy at Creative K Kids (Blog)**
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**Tamara at OKC Mom of 3 (Blog)**  Pinterest/Facebook/Google+/Twitter/
**Dee at Meatloaf and Melodrama (Blog)**
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  • Try to visit a couple of blogs and leave a comment or share their posts.
  • Please make sure you link up only food-related posts that have never been linked up here before or they will be deleted.  Non-food posts can always be linked up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party!
  • Place this button or a link to this post somewhere on your site–either on the actual post or on your sidebar or on your party page.

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  • As a thank-you for linking up, we will pin your recipe to the Tasty Tuesdays at Creative K Kids Pinterest board.  Please follow the board to see all the great food recipes!  
  • By linking up, you agree to let any of the hosts or co-hosts  use your pictures and links if they decide to feature your post.   Your photo may also be used for promotion on any of their social media outlets.
  • If you include your e-mail in the linky form below you will be added to a weekly reminder e-mail when the link party goes live. Your e-mail will not to added to any other lists or given out.

Chick-fil-A Grilled Chicken Tasting Party

Who loves Chick-fil-A?

Have you tried their new menu items?

If you haven’t stick around to find out how you could possible earn a card for up to 3 free sandwiches!

Chickfila FREE Single Card

I was thrilled when Mom It Forward asked me to host a Grilled Chicken Tasting Party at the end of April. The Party was held at the Edmond North location at 1210 E 2nd Street, Edmond, OK. The presenter of the Grilled Chicken Tasting Party was Katie, Marketing Director for this location. She did a wonderful job telling us about the new menu items and showing us around. She even answered all of our questions and she gets an A+ for putting up with our rowdy bunch. Ok, the only rowdy one in the bunch was my husband, because he thinks he needs to give everyone a hard time! Luckily she was a good sport. ;-)

How do you eat healthy when eating on the go, keeping in mind that it still needs to be packed with flavor?

Chick-fil-A is making that easier with their new menu items including the Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich, and the Grilled Nuggets. They also offer a Grilled Chicken Wrap, or choose one of 3 wonderful salads.

Chick-fil-A Grilled Chicken Tasting Party Menu Items

Chickfila Grilled Chicken Tasting Party Menu

Chickfila Grilled Chicken Tasting Party Info

The night of the Grilled Chicken Tasting Party I tried the Chick-fil-A Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich. I thought it was really yummy! Probably will be a lot easier to eat once my braces come off. My husband selected the Grilled Chicken Sandwich and he enjoyed it! Another guest chose the Grilled Chicken Wrap and although she enjoyed it, she felt that it had too much lettuce for her. But we all really enjoyed our meals and were able to select a dessert.

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Have you tried any of their new menu items? What is your favorite Chick-fil-A item(s)? If you’re like me it is hard to pick just one favorite!

How would you like to get a FREE sandwich from Chick-fil-A? Please make sure that you have a local Chick-fil-A. Then, all you have to do is like this FB page OKC Mom of 3 AND be one of the first 6 to comment on this FB Post. I will then contact you through PM (private message) to get a mailing address. I will mail out one card to you immediately, depending on where you live and the good ‘ol postal service you could have it w/i a couple of days. I could mail it by 5pm today & hopefully you would have it on Friday or Saturday. Yes, of course you’d have to use it immediately to get the FREE May Sandwich, but Chick-fil-A is good anytime!!

That was easy! Wasn’t it? :-)

Don’t forget to follow Chick-fil-A North Edmond on social media

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Chickfila Edmond North Social Media Card

Chickfila FREE Cards
Here are some pictures from the event. Lovely little paper caps too, huh?! ;-)

Chickfila Grilled Chicken Tasting Party

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