Making the perfect appetizer: Bacon wrapped tater tots with spicy sour cream dip

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It’s winter, cold outside and all the Christmas is fun over – have I mentioned before how much I dislike the month of January? The stark, dead lull of January has been taking it’s toll on me, so I decided it was time to get some something exciting kicking in the kitchen, and what better to make than game-time finger foods!

I’ve seen a few different bacon wrapped potato bites via pinterest, and I always meant to try them. I put a fun twist on it by saving myself some time peeling potatoes by using frozen tater tots. Trust me, these work like a dream – bacon and tater tots go together like mac n cheese!

I decided that I would spice up my sour cream dip using El Yucateco hot sauce that I found at my local Fiesta grocery store. Sometimes I like to visit there and find all the special latino brands you don’t find in the other stores. Turns out if you buy 2 Coca-cola products & 2 El Yucateco products you can get $2 off your deli meat order.

Bacon wrapped tater tots with spicy El Yucateco sour cream dip #ScoreOnFlavor #AD

I like to get all my ingredients together before I begin making something. I made the dip first because it’s best served chilled and it needs time in the fridge while the bacon tots are cooking.

Bacon wrapped tater tots with spicy El Yucateco sour cream dip #ScoreOnFlavor #AD

Bacon wrapped tater tots with spicy El Yucateco sour cream dip #ScoreOnFlavor #AD

Using 1 cup of sour cream, 2 tablespoons of El Yucateco hot sauce, a handful of chopped cilantro, a squeeze of 1/2 a lime and salt & pepper to taste.  Mix together and chill while your prepare your tots. Be sure to start pre-heating the oven to 425F.

I used 1 pkg of bacon and sliced it in the middle. One frozen tot at a time, I rolled up the bacon strip around it and set it on my baking sheet. Easy peasy!

Bacon wrapped tater tots with spicy El Yucateco sour cream dip #ScoreOnFlavor #AD

Pop these in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until desired crispyness. I don’t like my bacon chewy, so I left mine in there closer to 30 min.

While that was in the oven, It was time for a cold cherry coke made with Coca-Cola. All you need is a little grenadine syrup and ice and you have sweet, refreshing goodness.

Bacon wrapped tater tots with spicy El Yucateco sour cream dip #ScoreOnFlavor #AD

Bacon wrapped tater tots with spicy El Yucateco sour cream dip #ScoreOnFlavor #AD

Now for the taste test… Simply divine!

Bacon wrapped tater tots with spicy El Yucateco sour cream dip #ScoreOnFlavor #AD

Bacon wrapped tater tots with spicy El Yucateco sour cream dip #ScoreOnFlavor #AD

Family movie night with Pop Works & Company popcorn

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With the holidays nearly here, I’ve been putting the last minute touches on the snacks we’ll have available for us while we enjoy the company of house guests. Both my sister and parents are coming to stay over the holidays and I couldn’t be more excited to have them! It’s not often that I get to see my family, so every visit we have is cherished, and this year will be no exception.

It will be that much speacialer (I just made that up!) because my kids will open their presents on Christmas morning with their grandparents present. It will also be Melody’s first Christmas and a first for all of us as a family of 4. I could go on and on, but I’m mostly just excited that there will be memories made of Christmas 2015 for all of us to look back and reflect on in years to come.

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We’ve got lots of time to spend together, and besides feasting on turkey and binging on holiday treats  I plan to have us do some family activities like watching a movie or playing board games. Games are always better with snacks, and if you’re tired of all the rich desserts you’ve been gorging on, you might find that Pop Works & Company is a refreshing change.

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Pop Works & Company popcorn comes in 3 flavors – (far left) Cookies and Cream (middle) Birthday Cake (far right) Chocolate/Salted Caramel. I love that the bags aren’t too big that they would make excellent stocking stuffers for the popcorn lover in your family.

Myself personally? I’m going to lay them out on the tray and let my guests do the grazing!!

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Enjoying the ultimate cup of coffee after some gift wrapping

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for McCafé packaged coffee. I received product samples as well as a monetary promotional incentive to thank me for my participation.

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Coffee and I go way back, and I owe most of my early coffee drinking years to my grandfather. Only a grandparent would think that it’s okay to give a 6 year old a cup of strong coffee and access to a  huge sugar bowl!  So it is not surprising that to this day, coffee is one of my favorite comfort drinks whether I’m having it when I first wake up or as an evening pick-me-up. One thing is for sure – I’ve got pretty discerning taste buds when it comes to my cup of coffee.

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One of my favorites is the ground breakfast roast from the McCafé pre packaged coffee for the home coffee maker . I really miss the ease and convenience of the K-Cup®, but as of late we’re back to using the old reliable drip coffee maker because as it turns out there really is a limit to how many times you can use your Keurig® in one given day. RIP my poor Keurig® machine – you were loved!

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Some people can only drink coffee in the morning because of sensitivity to caffeine. Not me – the other night there I was enjoying a cup paired with my Christmas sugar cookies JP and I made this weekend. I love the holiday season for the fun activities like cookie making!

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Nothing fills the senses quite like this on a chilly night with the Christmas tree lit! The best part is that you don’t have to go to a McDonalds either to enjoy a cup either – You can purchase McCafé ground coffee or K-Cup® at your local grocery store! Made from 100% arabica beans and comes in many roasts such as Premium Roast, French Roast, Breakfast Blend and Colombian. There’s even the fancier flavored ones such as French Vanilla and Hazelnut.

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