Tuesday, July 19, 2016

TOO Cute Tuesday: Linky Par-Tay! #294

It's Hero Camp week around here and so we're busy having fun
learning about our scripture heroes and running our version of
The Amazing Race! Can you believe the decorations?! If you
need me, I'll be in the scrapbook room!

P.S. If you love Harry Potter, then you need to head over to
my girl Marissa's blog at Rae Gun Ramblings to enter her great
giveaways and to kick off the #HappyHarryPotter birthday
celebration!! I'll be joining in on the fun and posting a cute
tutorial next week that you won't wan to miss!

Now onto TOO Cute Tuesday!

What did you make this week that is TOO Cute??
Come link up!

  • Must be made by you.
  • Link up to the specific post - not your main blog.
  • No Etsy shops or giveaways please :)
  • Please post the button or link back here so more people can join in the fun.
  • Visit some of the other participants and leave them some LOVE!
TOO Cute Tuesday will be open Tuesday-Saturday.
On Saturday or Monday I'll highlight some of my favorites
and then we'll start over on Tuesday!

This post brought to you by:

I changed the linky party so that the most recently uploaded project will show up as number one. This way everyone gets a chance on top. So, look in the first spot for your project, not at the end. Thanks!!!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Gourmet Food Trucks at the OC Food Truck Fare

If you are an Orange County foodie and food truck fanatic, then you have to check out
Food Truck Fare at the OC Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. Every week (except for a short
hiatus during the OC Fair) three or four gourmet food trucks park at the fairgrounds
and give foodies their fill of delicious and unique food options. The kids and I had the 
opportunity to experience Food Truck Fare before the OC Fair came to town this 
summer and it was a delicious and belly-filling experience.

We started at The Grilled Cheese Truck and they had an extensive and yummy looking
menu. We decided to share The Cheesy Mac & Rib (aka #FullyLoaded) with a side
of tots with a garlic aioli dipping sauce. This melt combines sharp cheddar cheese with
house smoked BBQ pork, Southern macaroni and cheese, and caramelized onions on
french bread. It was divine. This was Grace's favorite. She just kept saying,
"Mmmm. Yummy!" as she ate. It was really cute.

Next, the nice people at Stuff N It Burgers served us up their Texan Burger and
the Mexican Fries. Now, if I had seen the size of these two menu items before I 
ordered them, I might have brought my entire Southern Californian family with me to
help eat them because they were enormous!

The Texan Burger is 100% Angus beef topped with cheese, bacon, french fried onions,
and BBQ sauce with a side of fries. This was JT's favorite and it was hard to get a bite
in before he devoured it, but I managed to get one and it was delicious. The burger was
cooked medium-well, just like I asked, and the combination of BBQ sauce and
french fried onions was very palate pleasing.

Now, just look at these Mexican Fries. The pictures doesn't even do them justice
because you can't tell just how completely ginormous they were. Golden fries are topped
with nacho cheese sauce, carne asada, pico de gallo, queso fresco, jalapenos, and 
StuffNIt sauce. We barely put a dent in them, so we took them home to share with
Daddy when he got home from work.

Our last stop was to the Waffle-icious truck for something sweet and delicious. I wasn't
going to order a savory waffle sandwich until I saw that they had one called 
The Full Monte. I couldn't resist. So, we ordered The Full Monte, the Fluffernutter with
bananas, and JT ordered a scoop of strawberry ice cream.

Mama! The Full Monte was out of this world amazing! It was like a Monte Cristo
sandwich, but with the addition of turkey and cheddar to the black forest ham and
havarti cheese of the Monte Cristo. It is sandwiched between a crispy Liege waffle that
is lightly dusted with powdered sugar and served with a side of raspberry preserves.

So, once the OC Fair leaves town, be sure to head to the Food Truck Fare at the
Fairgrounds for either dinner on Wednesdays or lunch on Thursdays and taste all
the gourmet food truck line up has to offer. If you want to know which trucks
are scheduled before you go, then check out the OC Fair and Events website
for a full schedule.

You can keep up with the food trucks above through their various social
media channels listed below!

Stuff In It Burgers

The Grilled Cheese Truck 


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Family Adventures in the 2016 Hyundai Tucson Limited

We love adventures. In fact, most nights before my kids go to bed, they ask,
"What fun thing are we doing tomorrow?" It must be in the genes because my mom was
really great about taking myself and my four siblings on adventures during our
school breaks - whether it was a long road trip to my Grandparents' house in Idaho
or tours at the local marshmallow or chocolate factories in town. So I really enjoy when
I can tell them that we are doing something really fun that makes them exclaim,
"Cool! That sounds awesome!"


We were thrilled when we had the chance to test drive the 2016 Hyundai Tucson Limited
and use it take some pretty amazing adventures together during the week. The gorgeous
4-door compact SUV arrived just before our trip to Adventure City, so we were excited
to hop into this sweet ride for our first adventure of the week. The first thing I noticed
was how pretty it was. Really just gorgeous. I totally drive an old van and so it was
awesome to have something so beautiful to drive and have heads turn when you drive
by because the car is so very aesthetically pleasing. I mean look at those 19-inch
Sport alloy wheels and gorgeous ruby wine exterior color. Plus, it has the most
straightforward, easy to use navigation system that I have ever used. It even has a
Google powered search so you can find locations you've never been to before.

A couple of days later we loaded up and headed for a little road trip to LEGOLAND
to see the unveiling of the One World Trade Center in Miniland. The drive was smooth
and enjoyable all the way to Carlsbad. The kids enjoyed the cushy leather seat,
roomy interior and panoramic sunroof. And I enjoyed the Blind Spot Detection,
Lane Departure Warning, and Automatic Emergency Braking keeping us safe on
the road. And hey, the SiriusXM radio and panoramic sunroof didn't make it an
unpleasant drive either. The Limited's 1.6 Turbo GDI engine has 175 horsepower
and can deliver up to an EPA-estimated 33 MPG on the highway.

Perhaps the real test is taking the Tucson Limited to the beach! I mean, we take a lot
of stuff - stroller, boogie boards, cooler, chairs, umbrella, toys, towels, kids and the
kitchen sink. So, we can't be having a car with itsy bitsy trunk space. The Tucson does
not disappoint. We didn't even have to fold down the 60/40-split rear seatbacks. 
I was pleasantly surprised that it all fit and I could still see out the back window.

On the Fourth of July we took an all family adventure to Grandma's house for a big BBQ.
The kids were worried that daddy wouldn't be able to fit, but when it says it seats five, it
really does seat five. Grace's car seat and Isabella's booster seat made sitting in the
middle of the rear seat a little snug, but no one complained on the 30 minute drive,
so it musthave been fine. Isabella won't need her booster in about 5 months, so
then it would be plenty roomy for the five of us.

Now, everyday can't be a major adventure to LEGOLAND or the beach and sometimes
the most exciting thing you are doing is returning your books to the library. However,
when you're in the Tucson Limited with a the panoramic sunroof, even that is a blast.
Plus, the standard review camera and rear parking sensors made parallel parking at
the drop-off curb a breeze.

We were all very heartbroken when our 8-day test drive was over the the 2016
Hyundai Tucson Limited was over. I had a really hard time handing the keys back.
Between the roomy interior, great safety options, SiriusXM radio, FANTASTIC
and easy to use navigation, and can I say it again PANORAMIC SUNROOF,
I would seriously consider making one a member of our family the next time we are
in the market for a new car.

With an MSRP of $33,670 it is priced right around other compact crossovers and
SUVs with similar options. If you'd like an insider tour of this cute car, then check out the
video below or click over to my YouTube Channel and see what else we've been up to.


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