Winter Is Almost Over!

(Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Campbell Soup Company and I am being compensated as an Ambassador.)

Exciting news!! Winter is ALMOST OVER! It was 56 degrees here today! 56! See all of the exclamation points in the previous statements? That is how excited I am.

Along with winter, my time as a Campbell Wisest Kid Ambassador is also coming to an end. I have enjoyed introducing you to The Wisest Kid in the Whole World and sharing Campbell Soup Company recipes.

Some of my favorite recipes have come from the Campbell’s Kitchen. I especially loved the mini green bean casseroles since that’s a fun take on one of my favorite side dishes. My kids love the mini macaroni & cheese cups the most. Checking the website again today I see another recipe I am going to add to this week’s menu plan, the mini cheesy chicken enchiladas. So many ways to use soup that I didn’t even know existed!

Wondering which recipes were the most popular? Below are three top ranked recipes from the site. Which one was your favorite?

If you are still looking for indoor activities, consider cooking a delicious meal with your kids, a lunch full of dunkables with Campbell’s Condensed Tomato soup, or one of the fun ideas featured in this video below.

Nothing Better Than Soup On A Cold Day

(Disclosure: I am an Ambassador for Campbell Soup Company and ‘The Wisest Kid In The Whole World” campaign. All thoughts are my own.)

Brrrr, it’s cold outside! Here in Chicago we have had four days off of school this month due to extreme temps. Our city has even been dubbed “Chiberia”. While it’s funny to joke about as I sit in my warm house, it is not funny at all to be out in that bitter cold.

One thing that I enjoy on a cold day is soup and I know I’m not the only one! Can you believe that Campbell’s® Condensed Chicken Noodle soup has been around since 1934? The soup is 80 years old and more than 250 million cans have been sold. That is a LOT of soup!

1959 Print Ad

Who else loves Campbell’s soups? Frank Sinatra always asked for chicken and rice soup to be available to him in his dressing rooms before he went on stage. It has also been noted that pop-art artist, Andy Warhol, found the inspiration to paint his “Campbell’s Soup Cans” series because that’s what he had for lunch every day for 20 years. And don’t forget the kids! They enjoy it, too and it comes in a bunch of fun varieties.

What is your favorite soup?

Tomato Soup “Dunkables”

(Disclosure: I am an Ambassador for Campbell Soup Company and ‘The Wisest Kid In The Whole World” campaign. All thoughts are my own.)

There is nothing better on a cold day, especially one with a snow-filled morning of fun, than a bowl of soup for lunch. Since childhood I’ve enjoyed eating tomato soup with grilled cheese on the side. There’s just something about a warm bowl of soup paired with cheesy goodness that I love.

According to The Wisest Kid, there are “More ways to dunk than can be thunk.” What do your wise kids prefer with their Campbell’s Condensed Tomato Soup? If you or your kids love dunking grilled cheese in tomato soup like I do I am excited to share a list of alternative “dunkers” and “toppers” with you all. Campbell Soup Company got my list started and I added a bunch more dunkable items to the list. Lunch will never be the same!

Dunkers and Toppers:

  • String cheese
  • Pita Bread
  • Diced onions
  • Chicken nuggets
  • Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish® crackers
  • Chicken chunks
  • Bell peppers
  • Saltine crackers
  • Crumbled bacon
  • Popcorn
  • Pretzels
  • Sour cream
  • Tortilla chips
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Ground beef
  • Diced pepperoni
  • Croutons
  • Strips of tortilla

Campbell’s newest commercial is adorable. Check out the musical abilities of the wisest kid!

Want some more winter-friendly recipes? Try this recipe for Skillet Chicken & Broccoli or Cheeseburger Mac & Cheese.

Food To Be Thankful For

(Disclosure: I am a Campbell’s Brand Ambassador and this is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.)

I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is just a few days away! I try to keep a thankful attitude all year long but, like many, the holiday really makes me concentrate on what I’m thankful for. This year I am thankful for so much. I’m thankful for my family and especially that we are all healthy and that my children have grown so much since the beginning of the school year. I’m thankful for the fact that both Sinisa and I have jobs and can support our family. I’m also thankful for blogging and everything it’s brought my family and I am thankful for you all, my readers, since I wouldn’t be where I am without you.

Jacob & Lucas, Thanksgiving 2012

I thought it would be fun to ask my children what they are thankful for. Here is what Jacob said: Daddy, Skylanders, Mrs. D (his teacher), and my friends. Lucas said: brother, Daddy, a robot, and Thomas. Do you notice how “mommy” did not make either list? :/ That’s okay though, since I know I have made their list of things to be thankful for in the past and I’m sure they are thankful for me.

One thing we often overlook are the simple things. Things like the air we breathe, the sun peaking out from behind clouds, and the food we have to eat. All those are things to be thankful for!

And speaking of food…Campbell Soup Company has some great ideas for the Thanksgiving table that are kid-friendly. Check out these adorable mini ideas!

Mini Green Bean Casseroles

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Mini Chicken & Stuffing Cups

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Don’t forget to ask The Wisest Kid if you’re forgetting anything on your Thanksgiving table! He can help you plan your Thanksgiving menu. Check out this cute Thanksgiving commercial from Campbell’s. I love Green Bean Casserole! What new recipe will your family enjoy this Thanksgiving?

The Wisest Kid Shares Last Minute Halloween Ideas

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I am an Ambassador for Campbell’s and The Wisest Kid in the Whole World. All thoughts are my own.)

Halloween is tomorrow and my kids are so excited! We’ve been to the pumpkin farm and decorated pumpkins. We went costume shopping and made “mummy” dogs. We have treat bags ready for our school friends and bags of candy to pass out. Their favorite part of the holiday though? Trick-or-treating, of course! They can’t wait to dress up and get candy.

Lucas has been going around our home for the past week with a bucket saying “trick or treat”. He’s collected whatever we can find around us to put in his container including toys, pinecones, pieces of paper, pencils, cards from a game and stickers. He’s been hoping for candies but thinks it’s hilarious when we put other things in his bucket. He will be so happy when he finally goes trick-or-treating for real and gets chocolates and other candy.

To balance out all that junk my kids will be eating Halloween night, I consulted the Wisest Kid in the Whole World about how I could work in some veggies to their dinner. I heard it’s supposed to be raining and cold so I definitely want to make sure I put something warm in their tummies.

He had some great ideas and shared some delicious recipes made with Campbell’s soups that both parents and kids would like. Here are a few of my favorites:

Mini Chicken Pot Pie

Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Pockets

Mini Taco Mac & Cheese Cups

Hmm…wonder what other wise advice he has? I’m sure he has a great last-minute costume idea. Let’s check out what he has to say!

How simple is that? Print out the beard and you are all set for trick or treating. Check out Campbell’s Facebook page for more great costume ideas. What would you ask the Wisest Kid in the Whole World?

Announcing Campbell’s Wisest Kid

I am so excited to finally be able to spill the beans about something I have been keeping under wraps since July! I have been chosen to work with Campbell’s Soup Company as a Brand Ambassador. I’ve enjoyed Campbell’s soups since I was a little girl and have fond memories of slurping up those noodles in their chicken noodle soup and dipping grilled cheese in their tomato soup so I think this is a perfect fit.

In July Campbell’s shared their newest campaign with a small group of bloggers which they said they’d be launching in September and I have kept it a secret until today. You’ll love this new campaign! Some of you might have seen the little teaser commercials from Campbell’s with an adorable little boy with a long beard called the “Wisest Kid in the Whole World”.  The Wisest Kid in the Whole World is a kid guru, the ultimate authority on what makes kids happy. He knows all the secrets to kid contentment, and is here to share with parents everywhere. He knows how much kids truly love Campbell’s — himself included.

Check out this video below to meet him:

 

Have a wisest kid of your own? Enter the wisest thing your child has said in the widget below to share it with Campbell’s.

 

Live in New York City? Campbell’s is hosting a special event on September 17 in Times Square from 12pm to 2pm EST. Here, people are able to interact with the campaign and meet the Wisest Kid as he live streams from a billboard. From home, you can tweet @TheWisestKid and/or use the hashtag (#AskWisestKid) to ask for the Wisest Kid’s advice or to share something funny your wisest kid says.

(Disclosure: I am being compensated by Campbell Soup Company as an Ambassador for the next 6 months. All thoughts are my own.)