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Dinner, Drinks and Snacks for your next movie night!

It’s getting cold and busy and one thing you need to remember to do is to stop and enjoy this season. We like to find a night or 2 a week and make a very easy meal, find a good movie and have the snacks ready for a night in. Clear the calendar and enjoy each other in the middle of the chaotic Holiday season. I have the dinner, drinks and snacks ideas covered for you!


Our favorite quick meals are homemade taquitos. I can use any leftover meats and veggies and use them up in this simple dish. I use low carb tortillas and gather any meat, veggies and beans and heat that up with some melted or nacho cheese and roll up in a tortilla. I place them in a baking dish, brush with olive oil and bake in 425 degrees for about 15 minutes until the top browns and crisps a bit. 


I always keep bean pouches available for this because they are easy to tear open and add to any dish like this. No can opener mess! Fillo’s has great beans full of great flavors. From baked beans to black or pinto beans in a Mexi-night meal, these pouches are fantastic to have on hand. They are non-GMO and made in America, ready to eat or heat.


When it is time to watch your movie, we grab the waters and snacks. ShineWater has great flavors that those who don’t enjoy drinking water can enjoy their flavor burst. There is zero added sugar and no artificial ingredients. This is a guilt-free flavored beverage that comes in a few flavors as well as added Vitamin D and other vitamin boosts.


Our teens favorite snacks are gummy candies. Licorice and Sour Punch are at the top of the favorite list. For the Holidays, Red Vines has their original or flavored licorice twists such as the Gingerbread twists. Sour Punch also has fun Holiday shapes and flavors. 


Grab an easy recipe, your snacks and a little Holiday movie time and enjoy a night in with these American brands. 

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Stuff the stockings with new Jelly Belly Gum

Stuff the stockings with new Jelly Belly Gum

Your favorite Jelly Belly brand has a stocking stuffer the kids will love. The Jelly Belly sugar free gum comes in 4 flavors – Watermelon, Berry Blue, Island Punch and Very Cherry. I am a bit partial to Island Punch and my son likes the Watermelon. It is a treat that makes a colorful addition to the stockings.

Keep an eye out on the Jelly Belly gum at Party City, Dollar General and Speedway locations, as well as Amazon.

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The Meat District pre-seasoned selections are tender and full of flavor

The Meat District pre-seasoned selections are tender and full of flavor

Tailgaters and Grill Masters, this post is for you! Meat District has pre-seasoned meats that you can use to create so many dishes from burgers, tacos, meatballs and more. The patties are made with different blends of protein, including bison, wagyu beef, Angus beef brisket, short rib, tri tip and chuck. The wings are seasoned beautifully. They are my go-to smoker recipes when I need a quick and easy meal.

bacon cheddar burgers

The Seahwaks lost tonights game, but it’s OK. I grabbed some Meat District wings and Angus Chuck beef patties with bacon & cheddar for dinner. Any meat with added bacon makes a sad game better. I threw the wings on my smoker with Cherry pellets at 375. 10 minutes later I added the burger patties. Cooked about another 30 minutes and dinner is done.

Tonight we did the Buffalo chicken wings with a mango habanero seasoning and for those who do not do spicy in my home, I also added some beer brined wings to the smoker.

smoked chicken wings

The beauty about Meat District patties is that there are no rules that say you must keep these formed as a burger. You could easily take the meat and create meatballs, tacos, meatloaf and you get that Meat District seasoned beef to elevate your meal.

Visit Meat District’s website to see all of their meat selections and the flavors they have added. Meat District premium products will be sold at supermarkets nationwide, including Albertson’s, Kroger, Ralph’s, Pavilions, Vons, Stater Brothers, Winn Dixie, Food Lion and Hy-Vee. I have also seen the burger patties at my local Costco.

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Zak’s new back-to-school products include Mickey, Minnie and Lilo & Stitch

I was sent product to try myself and may contain affiliate links

Zak’s new back-to-school products include Mickey, Minnie and Lilo & Stitch

Zak Designs has rolled out 3 of the most adorable characters into their new 2021 Back to School line – Minnie, Mickey and Lilo & Stitch! Your kids (and you) will go nuts over these lunchbox essentials. The colors they use are just gorgeous and with distance learning, the old stuff we have had sat too long now, so it is time to update.

This is the Zak Disney Reusable Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Food Container, Minnie Mouse. It is deigned to keep food at the perfect hot or cold temperature. The insulation prevents condensation on the outside and it will not rust or oxidize. This container is built to last! Available in many designs.

The Zak Disney 14oz Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Water Bottle, Mickey Mouse is so adorable! 14oz is a great beverage size for kids and is made of food-grade stainless steel. The lid has a carrying loop and screws on. It is built so there are no leaks, no condensation so it can be tossed in and out of bags with no worries. The silicone straw is covered when not in use, protecting it. The button used to open the straw is as easy to open as it is to close. This water bottle is also available in other designs.

Then for Mom (or child, but I claimed ours for myself) is the Zak Disney 25oz Reusable Water Bottle, Lilo & Stitch. Your older child or teen will love the designs these come in, especially if they are Disney fans. You can sip from the cup or straw (straw is included). There is no condensation. The lid is dishwasher safe, but it is recommended you wash the cup by hand. I will be keeping mine at the office.

Zak has so many great designs, but I have featured their 3 new designs for the 2021/22 school year! Visit Zak and find your lunchtime essentials for this year! Also, located in retailers and Amazon.