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Honey Bunches of Oats – Smile While You Shake It #bunchofbeats

This is a compensated post brought to you by Mom It Forward and Honey Bunches of Oats.   All opinions are my own.

Smile While You Shake It PartyI recently hosted a Smile While You Shake It Party with Honey Bunches of Oats.  This party was a brunch with local bloggers and we had a lot of fun chatting, dancing, laughing, and eating.  After we ate Honey Bunches of Oats and a few other goodies we danced with our Honey Bunches of Oats cereal boxes to shoot our Smile While You Shake It videos!

Honey Bunches of Oats PartyPlaying around with a few of the cool props Honey Bunches of Oats sent us for our videos.

Smiling and ShakingSmiling and shaking it!

Honey Bunches of Oats DiscussionThese bloggers are discussing all the world’s problems…or which cereal to try next, or planning their dance moves for their Smile While You Shake It video?  It’s hard to tell.

“Smile While You Shake It” caught your attention, didn’t it?  It did mine too when I first heard about this new campaign from Honey Bunches of Oats.  Smile While You Shake It is their new anthem they put together to celebrate what it means to start the day off with a smile. The fun and upbeat song, inspired by Samba beats, featuring musical artists Domino Saints, incorporates cereal boxes and breakfast utensils as percussion instruments.  How fun?  It’s a catchy tune that will be in your head for days {you’ve been warned!}.  It’s an easy song for anyone or any family to dance…err, shake to.

Why video the shaking?  Well, because you could win $500 for doing so!

Do you want to win $500 gift card?  Visit the  Honey Bunches of Oats Microsite now and show your fine dance moves {or simple shaking} as you Smile While You Shake It.  They’re giving away a $500 gift card weekly so be sure to submit a new video every week!  The video is only 15 seconds long and takes less than a minute to create start to finish!  It’s very easy and I promise it’s fun!  You can’t make a video without smiling, it’s impossible.  The Smile While You Shake It Contest ends 6/6/14 at 11:59pm EST.  I would love one of my readers to win so please come back and let me know if you do!

You can go here to check out my favorite Smile While You Shake It video that a friend of mine submitted.

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Cans Get You Cooking – Delicious Meals Using Canned Foods! #CansGetYouCooking

I’m excited to participate in this sponsored Mom it Forward Blogger Campaign.  This “Cans Get You Cooking” program is dedicated to spreading the message that the ironclad technology of cans seals in freshness, flavor, nutrition, and goodness so that you can create meals you feel good about serving and that your family will love.

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I’ve personally cooked with cans for years for the convenience but only recently have I found out how nutritious canned food is.  The canning process locks in food’s freshness, flavor, and nutrients at the peak of ripeness, just hours after picking.  According to a University of California, Davis study, many canned fruits and vegetables have the same nutrients as their fresh or frozen counterparts.  I love that!   That means that I can serve canned foods anytime and with confidence that my family is eating nutritious fruits and veggies.  Plus, I don’t know about you but I often throw away spoiled fruits and vegetables.  I hate it and I don’t mean to but time gets away from me.  With cans I don’t have to worry about food spoiling near as quickly!

When you think of cooking with cans what comes to mind first?  Is it the number of soups that start with Libby’s mixed vegetables?  What about your favorite pumpkin pie that begins with Libby’s Pumpkin Pie filling?  Maybe it’s the numerous casseroles that start with Campbell’s Cream of… cans.  I can think of many recipes that begins with cans and I’m going to share one of my favorite ones with you.

This Sweet Potato Banana Nut Muffin recipe is sweet and very moist.  I hope your family will enjoy it as much as mine does!

Sweet Potato Banana Nut Muffin Recipe

Sweet Potato Banana Nut Muffin

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 (15 oz) can Princella or Sugary Sam Cut Sweet Potatoes, drained and mashed
  • 1 1/2  cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 cup sugarprincella-sugarysam
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup of walnuts, chopped
  • Handful of unchopped walnuts
 Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Spray pan with non-stick spray (or use cupcake liners).
  3. Combine the sweet potatoes, bananas, egg, butter, and milk.
  4. In another bowl combine the whole wheat flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, salt, and cinnamon.
  5. Combine the dry and wet ingredients together and mix in the walnuts. Spoon into the prepared muffin pan till each cup is ¾ full. Drop the unchopped walnuts on top and sprinkle with sugar.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.

What about you?  Do cans get you cooking too?  If so, what are some of your favorite meals using canned foods?

If you have a love for cooking with cans like I do take a moment to “Like” the Cans Get You Cooking Facebook page, Pin delicious recipes from the Cans Get You Cooking Pinterest page, and visit the Cans Get You Cooking YouTube page for cooking with cans inspiration.