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Friday, October 14 2016 13:21

Coffee & Rock: Folgers Coffeehouse Blend

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THE ROCK FATHER is a Folgers Preferred Partner...

During my adventures in rock, there have been some "coffeehouse" eras - two in particular that really stick with me. In the mid 1990s, I was in a band that was known to play indie coffeehouses on a frequent basis - this being an era where we could plug-in and go full-blown electric and have it be a non-issue - a time before the major rise of the national chains. Some years later, in the early 2000s, I once again found myself doing the occasional coffeehouse gig, but this time it was more in-line with what you might think of - a lone guy rockin' an acoustic guitar while doing the singer/songwriter thing. Through all those years and those that have come since, one common thread is that all of those places had a house blend, and I drank a lot of it. Now, in my years as an at-home parent, one of the first things I do every morning is brew a cup of Folgers, and their new Coffeehouse Blend has really taken me back... but with a lot more options.

Monday, September 19 2016 10:58

Fall Back into Family with a Weekend BreakFEAST

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THE ROCK FATHER is a proud Hungry Jack  Brand Ambassador

I can fully declare that fall is my favorite season of them all. Sure, I do like every season for different reasons at different times, but there’s just something about the switch from summer to fall that makes everything just feel right. I’ve often felt that perhaps my autumn obsession (and that of all-things pumpkin) might be due, in part, to the fact that I’m an October baby - born just days before Halloween. While there’s many things to love about fall, family is a big part of all of it - from visits to the pumpkin patches and apple orchards, to gathering around the table for a great meal. I’ve always been a big breakfast guy, but when the whole family (or the extended family) is home, there’s nothing better on a weekend than to start the day off right… a time to take things beyond “breakfast” and make it a BreakFEAST with Hungry Jack!

Each year around this same time, some old friends emerge from their crypt, ready to haunt the breakfast table once more...

The General Mills Monster Cereals have been a staple of Halloween season breakfast for over four decades, and I've been a fan for nearly as long. Funny enough, I have yet to see them "in the wild" this season, but I know that Franken Berry, Boo Berry and Count Chocula are out there, and when I do finally come across a glorious display of their demonic deliciousness, I will likely drop to my knees in respect (as I always do) as their boxes reflect an imaginary glow akin to the mysterious briefcase in PULP FICTION. Despite my lack of finding fresh stock at retail thus far, the folks at General Mills had a special package dropped off here at Rock Father HQ - a "Monsters Across America" mystery box, you could say. Being that 2016 is an election year, the trio of monsters (sadly their lesser-known counterparts, Yummy Mummy and Frute Brute are AWOL again) are running for office - and they truly want your vote, but their position is that of America's Favorite Cereal Monster.  Earlier today, Finley and I jumped on Facebook Live to do an unboxing of the package, and now an edited version can be viewed below...

This Back-to-School feature is brought to you in partnership with Costco and General Mills #CostcoBoxTops 

Like so many, I'd seen those Box Tops for Education tabs on product packaging for years, never realizing what a big deal they were until my wife and I actually had kids in school ourselves. For the past 20 years, General Mills has been supporting education and America's schools through a very simple program: Clip the box tops from specially-marked products, submit them to your child's school (or a school you support), and each will be counted as 10¢, with participating schools able to earn up to $20,000 cash per year (no maximum annual earning limits for schools earning eBoxTops or Bonus Box Tops) to use on important supplies. This year, Costco is making it even easier to rack-up the Box Tops fast, by creating specially-marked packages that come with 8 additional Box Tops plus a code that can be redeemed at CostcoBoxTops.com for a shot at winning the Golden Box Tops Challenge and scoring one of 3,000 Box Tops Prize Packs - each containing 100 eBoxTops... that's $10 for your school, and all the earnings come from products you were already going to buy anyway. It's a win-win for all, and it's easy!

Last month, we had a chance to sample an early batch of Thomas' Salted Caramel English Muffins and Bagels - the latest limited-edition flavor offering from the folks at Thomas'. I took them up to a lake house we were staying at in Wisconsin, serving them up as part of breakfast for our entire crew, and as expected - they were delicious. Salted Caramel is one of the latest flavor trends to really take off after building steam over the past few years, and while a few people have indicated to me that they expect it to challenge Pumpkin in the years ahead, I say that's foolish. As a pumpkin enthusiast, I can tell you that nothing will ever overcome the mighty gourd as The King of Fall! Compliment it, sure... and with chunks of Salted Caramel baked right in, these new offerings from Thomas' are really good - available through early October. Then it's Pumpkin Spice time!

It's #GhostbustersWeek...

Hi-C Ecto Cooler (1987-2001, 2016-?) is an absolutely legendary beverage. Back in the late 1990s, when I met the girl who would eventually become my wife, I would drink Ecto Cooler seemingly by the gallon, right alongside another creation of The Coca-Cola Company - SURGE. Following the triumphant, fan-led return of the latter beverage back in 2014, Ecto Cooler officially started hitting the streets again this past May, the idea being that the drink, spawned from the success of THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS cartoon series (Slimer once adorned the packages) and which maintained a preseence on store shelves nearly a decade past its run, would once again reign supreme as audiences prepared for the release of Paul Feig's GHOSTBUSTERS: ANSWER THE CALL on July 15th. Indeed, Ecto Cooler is back! But can you find it?

This #RockFathersDay #DadHacks adventure is brought to you by Chuck E. Cheese's. The Rock Father has been friends with Charles for a very, very long time...

Father's Day, or Rock Father's Day™ as it's known around here, is June 19th, and as everyone gears up for the annual round of "What Dad Really Wants...," I can tell you that what I want is very simple: time with my family, and fun. While my perfect Father's Day is a pretty low-key affair in which I like to hang out at home and spend some time in the yard, I'm all for a little detour to one of the kids' favorite places, which just so happens to be one of my favorite places... a place "Where A Kid Can Be A Kid," or where a big kid can still be a kid because he's never really grown up, but he happens to have kids of his own now. It's in that spirit of family fun that my friends at Chuck E. Cheese's are celebrating dads this year, serving-up some exclusive Father's Day offers that everyone can enjoy. Ticket Blaster for Dad? A chance to win a trip to Great Wolf Lodge? Read on, friends...

Part of #TMNTweek 2016 on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine! Check out TheRockFather.com/TMNT for more.

When you think of the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, certain elements tend to stand out more than others, and one of those things is Pizza! Ask any kid to tell you what a Ninja Turtle eats, and it's pretty much guaranteed that they'll only be able to give you one answer. Over the years, there have been many cross-promotional TMNT pizza tie-ins, with a Domino's driver appearing in the 1990 film, a mention of Pizza Hut in the 2014 film, and even frozen pizzas sold on the East Coast by Ellio's that were TMNT-branded. First-released last fall as a tie-in for the hit Nickelodeon TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES series, Wicked Cool Toys' Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pizza Oven lets kids made their own, personal, snack-sized pizzas pretty-much from scratch!

Part of #TMNTweek 2016 on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine! Check out TheRockFather.com/TMNT for more.

The year was 1989, and as the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES celebrated their meteoric rise to the top of the Saturday morning cartoon charts and simultaneous infiltration of the action figure aisle, the battle against The Shredder and The Foot Clan wound up finding a new stage: the breakfast table. Produced by Ralston, who at the time were the kings of cool-looking, yet questionably-tasting cereals based on the pop culture icons of the day, the original TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Cereal  featured "Crunchy Ninja Nets" (think Chex) and Ninja Marshmallows for "a power-packed crunch!" Like most licensed cereals, it was a limited-time affair, but with the success of Nickelodeon's current animated series and the release of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS into theaters, Mikey, Leo, Raph and Donnie are back in the kitchen in a new cereal, produced in 2016 by General Mills.

As parents, we always want the best for our kids - that's an undeniable fact. There are times, however, when the scale of "good" vs "convenient" can sometimes tip in the wrong direction, and let's face it - we all hit that point. No matter how noble the intentions, nor how "perfect" we might try to be, a trip to the proverbial "dark side" can happen, so when new things enter our daily lives that help assist and accentuate what we're trying to do, we appreciate it - and it's little things, in this case, a juice drink. Sure, thinking of what kind of beverage to serve with a morning snack, a lunch break, or during outdoor play might not seem like a big deal, but when you go out of your way (and spend a premium price) to buy only organic fruits and such for the kids, why muck-up the vibe with some junky juice drink that's probably loaded with stuff like high fructose corn syrup? Capri Sun Organic helps strike the perfect balance between what kids love, and what parents love to give them. It's a certified USDA organic juice drink that also packs one full serving of fruit* in every convenient pouch.

It's not even summer yet, and I'm already thinking of the most glorious season of the year... Fall. As an unabashed fan of all things Pumpkin and Pumpkin Spice (when done well), I have high hopes for one of 2016's newest offerings, Pumpkin Spice Cheerios. Revealed via Bloomberg, it's a wonder that General Mills has waited this long to bring some pumpkin-y goodness to their famous oats since they already offer a ton of Pumpkin flavors throughout their other brands. While there's no release date announced just yet, I'd bet we'll start seeing Pumpkin Spice Cheerios on shelves (and pallet stacks, endcaps and other gloriously massive displays) right around the same time that the General Mills Monsters crawl out of their crypt... usually August/September.

Thursday, April 28 2016 08:16

Smucker's Unleashes the Power of PB&J for Team USA

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From school lunches to family picnics to team practices, America’s iconic sandwich – the peanut butter and jelly - has played an important role in the lives of many Team USA athletes. It’s why Smucker’s®, a proud sponsor of Team USA, is turning America’s passion for a PB&J into a way to support our Team USA athletes. Beginning today, for every tweet using #PBJ4TeamUSA, Smucker’s will donate $1 to the United States Olympic Committee (up to $200,000).

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