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School started last Thursday for us here in Loudoun County, VA. I say it every year, but this summer went by even faster than they normally do. One day we were celebrating the end of another great year, the next we were back-to-school shopping.
I’m excited about this school year though. The girls are riding the bus for the first time in four years (I had to drive them to two different schools which added up to 2 1/2 hours each day!) and they’ll be at a newly built school this year, too. We’re all excited about these changes and I’m certain the year will be a great one!
I’m sure I’m not the only parent who dreads packing lunches and being ready for the after school hunger that seems to increase as they grow each year. I’ve decided I’m packing lunches this year instead of a school hot lunch. And I’m armed and ready for after school snacks with the help of Farm Rich.
Monday was Kylie’s birthday. It was her 3rd day of school and she’s still settling in to her new routine. I’ve always wished her birthday could be at least a few weeks after school starts, but she’s plagued with having it compete with those first few days. So I try to make it extra-special.
This year, her Nana and Papa (my parents) came over with presents and smiles to surprise her. I had gifts wrapped and ready, party horns and candle sparklers for her cake. I also had some of her favorite foods ready!
I knew she’d want Baked Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings, so that was “dinner”. For appetizers – served as after-school snacks and then more a couple of hours later as appetizers – we had Farm Rich cheese curds, mozzarella bites and jalapeño poppers.
First…about those cheese curds.
My parents and I are all from WI and desperately try to find good cheese curds here on the East Coast (notice I said “good” cheese curds…most we’ve found out here just aren’t the same). These Farm Rich cheese curds? The ones I picked up in the frozen section at my Harris Teeter just a few blocks away and can keep on hand at all times? They are SO YUMMY. My mom and dad, who are likely the most discerning when it comes to cheese curds, agreed that we finally found some we’d proudly serve to our WI friends and family.
This was a seriously good win!
The Jalapeño Peppers, which have always been a favorite of mine, are also delicious. I much prefer the kind with cream cheese in the center (vs. cheddar), which is how Farm Rich makes them. Because Farm Rich snacks, apps and bakery items are made with wholesome ingredients, quick-frozen and carefully packaged, my family (and yours!) can have great-tasting food in minutes. None of the appetizers/after-school snacks I prepared took more than ten minutes.
But the Mozzarella Bites were what Kylie was most looking forward to. She loves them! They’re different from mozzarella sticks (which we also love); these are made with a pizza-like dough and were perfect dipped into some pesto and marinara. They’re good just on their own, too.
Farm Rich really helped to make our little surprise party something special. As one of America’s favorite snacks and appetizers brands, I feel good serving their products to my family. Farm Rich is the brand that celebrates doing it “your way”, meaning that I can celebrate those chaotic after-school days when we’re pressed for time and have to run out the door in an hour for the kid’s activities. I can have any number of snacks ready for them when they walk through the door, which will put a smile on their face, which puts one on mine!
I really tried to find one of their new products, Avocado Slices (!), because I knew Katie would go crazy for them! They hadn’t arrived yet but they should be in my local stores by now (according to the manager, who I bugged for three days about when they’d be in, haha). I can’t wait to give those a try, too! Don’t they sound like the perfect after-school snack??
Kylie had such a nice day (we all did). She loved that her grandparents were waiting to greet her, she loved her gifts and she got to enjoy many of her favorite foods! Thanks to Farm Rich for helping to make her day special and for setting us all up for a stress-free, fun school year.
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