I need to buy a grill. Even though I won't need one for the coming Fourth of July Weekend, that's what I'm thinking as I type this post right now. There is currently no grill here at Rock Father HQ, as my last gas grill was in need of replacement and ended up being snagged by a scrapper from the curb before the garbage man even got to it. That said, I have done zero grilling in 2013, and that needs to change. Why am I thinking grilling right now? Well, it's because Julianna and Natasha over at Yahoo!'s Cinema & Spice recently whipped-up some recipes inspired by THE LONE RANGER (out July 3 via Walt Disney Pictures), and I just finally opened the email that contained them. Is it wrong that when I hear "Hi-Ho Silver, Away!", I think of THE OAK RIDGE BOYS, and not THE LONE RANGER? Let's see what grilling goodness they've cooked-up...
Disney's MONSTERS UNIVERSITY has arrived on movie screens this weekend, and while we haven't seen it yet, we're certainly not immune to the media infiltration by Sully and Mike Wazowski. A prime example? The ladies over at Yahoo!'s Cinema & Spice whipped up some MONSTERS UNIVERSITY-inspired recipes that keep the "college" theme in mind... and then emailed them to Rock Father HQ so I could share them with you. Check 'em out below...
My coffee addiction is pretty well-documented at this point, and as the work-at-home father of two, I use the caffeinated goodness as fuel. We received a Keurig for Christmas last year (thanks, Auntie Jill!) and that's put the convenience of hot coffee front-and-center here at Rock Father HQ, and it's definitely increased my consumption. While I like my coffee black (like my metal! \m/ \m/) most of the time, on occasion I like a "coffee drink" (anytime the blackness is altered) with some flavor, and knowing this, the folks at International Delight asked me to share my ID with all of you. I dig International Delight (which I've mentioned before), so sharing my ID just seems right. My ID is Cinnabon.
I'm going to be 100% honest here... but Mother's Day is three days away, and I'm still not sure what we're going to do for my wife here at Rock Father HQ. It's been an exceptionally busy week (we're always busy, but this one had some extra challenges), and as many of you know - my wife works long hours at her office while I take care of the kids. She works hard... doing a job that I could never do, and I always feel that she's not appreciated enough. One idea floating is the possibility of a special breakfast, and with that I've been looking at some recipes.
Rock Father Recipe: International Delight Light Iced Coffee - Peanut Butter & Chocolate on the Rocks #LightIcedCoffeeWritten by James Zahn
Being The Rock Father, my days are long and action-packed. After all, I'm a work-at-home Dad with a pair of young daughters (8 months, 3 years) that require constant attention while my wife works long hours at her "normal" job. Figure in the daily routine of maintaining this website, doing the occasional freelance gig, and having fun adventures with the girls, and I need fuel. I'm a coffee junkie.
The folks over at Eggland's Best Eggs got in touch with The Rock Father to help spread the word about a FREE COOKBOOK that they're offering through February 15th. Their second original eCookbook, "Your Best Recipes" (a $9.99 value) features the Top 20 recipes from the first nationwide Eggland’s Best “Your Best Recipe Contest”. Thousands of entries were submitted by at-home chefs and bloggers, and this collection highlights creative ways of using EB eggs.
Last month, I made my love of the General Mills Monster Cereals quite clear when I celebrated their return to stores for another season of frightfully-fantastic breakfast delights. Now that we're almost at the end of October, it would feel wrong to leave the boys out of 31 Days of Halloween here on The Rock Father, so for Day 27 we're turning back the clock to take a look at the first appearances of Count Chocula and Franken Berry and Boo Berry. I tend to think that my daughters will never have such an emotional attachment to a line of breakfast cereals...
They say that "there's no wrong way to eat a REESE'S," and hopefully that's the case, because I've eaten them just about every way possible. In a car... in a bar... in boat... with a goat, they're like Green Eggs and Ham, and I would eat them with Sam I Am. Yes, I'm a sucker for REESE'S Peanut Butter Cups, and it looks like my oldest daughter must've gotten the gene, as she was recently caught using a chair to reach a bag tucked on a high shelf in our refrigerator. Keep in mind, she's 3. My point with this? When it comes to Halloween Candy, nothing hits the spot like REESE'S Peanut Butter Pumpkins.
When you've got a Holiday-centric product that only sells from New Years until Easter, time becomes fairly limiting. The solution to expansion? Get into other Holidays. Marshmallow Peeps did it, so why not the Cadbury Creme Egg? Well, they did it - and as far as I can tell, the Halloween edition of the popular chocolate egg first appeared in Europe and Canada last year. For 2012, they're here in the 'States as well, though without the marketing push that our neighbors to the North are witnessing.
If children could have their own form of currency, it could be argued that Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers would do the trick. In fact, I may have used said crackers as a form of toddler bribery a time or two in the past. What parent hasn't? Those giant Sam's Club boxes don't last very long here at Rock Father HQ, as the kids LOVE Goldfish. You know what else they'll love? Seeing a giant Goldfish (and friends) come marching down 34th Street in NYC this Thanksgiving.
One of this season's finer culinary delights first hit my radar on twitter: Pop-Tarts' Limited Edition Frosted Pumpkin Pie. I'm a big fan of Kellogg's Pop-Tarts, but an even bigger fan of all-things pumpkin. After hunting down a box of these at the local Super Walmart, I can happily report that they're fantastic.
I haven't done a lot of food reviews here on The Rock Father, but since a few are in the pipeline, I figured it was time to test the water with something that I recently bought: BALL PARK FLAME GRILLED PATTIES. They market these things straight at guys to the point where my wife commented on a commercial for them and looked at me to say "You want those, don't you?" Yes, I did. But this is an example of marketing for a questionable burger.