Unless otherwise stated, no compensation of any form was provided for my Explore Grand Rapids blog posts.  I am a blogger living in the Grand Rapids area and am just exploring with my family.  This series is designed to help others get out and explore grand rapids!  All opinions are always my own.

One thing our family loves is Farmers Markets.  Since moving to the Grand Rapids area, we have made it our goal to seek out a new Farmers Market each weekend.  Recently, we decided to explore Grand Rapids and check out the Rockford, MI Famers Market.

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**Excuse the horrid looks on the boys faces.  They were looking at a huge dog and I caught Jack mid-blink.

Tucked into the heart of downtown Farmers Market, this market offers a dog-friendly market to explore.

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We saw families and others all out with their dogs.  Everyone was very friendly and they all offered to let our kids come and pet their pooches.  The Rockford market was “voted “America’s Favorite Farmers Market” in a 2011 nationwide popularity contest sponsored by the American Farmland Trust. The other 1,700 entrants in the contest didn’t have a chance! Why? They were competing against a farm market that is a poster child for everything “Pure Michigan” and “Pure Rockford”.

We went with pretty high expectations and were a bit disappointed.  It is a really neat Farmer’s Market, but it truly doesn’t offer anything unusual.  Since it was voted #1, we assumed we’d find something different.  That being said, it is still worth a drive to go check it out.  The vendors are friendly and the area is easy to walk through with kids.  In fact, it is a great size for little toddlers, just learning to walk.  When you are done shopping, you can explore the city of Rockford.  It is SI quaint and boasts a variety of local shops and eateries.  We thought the Corner Bar looked like a great place for a family to enjoy.  Our kids want to go back so we can try it out!  My husband and I would like to try Reds on the River for a date night.  We saw many shops, parks and even a place to rent kayaks!  You could definitely schedule a full weekend just to explore the Rockford area.

At the farmer’s market, we picked up a salsa kit from one of the vendors.

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We also got everything we needed for an outdoor dinner; corn on the cob, fresh berries and more.  After getting home, I made the salsa using the salsa kit, the kids shucked the corn, my hubby fired up the grill and I used the berries to make a berry pie.  That night we ate outside and enjoyed all the goodies.

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If you decide to visit Rockford, MI, please comment below with any cool places you found or anyplace you think we need to go explore!

 

Unless otherwise stated, no compensation of any form was provided for my Explore Grand Rapids blog posts.  I am a blogger living in the Grand Rapids area and am just exploring with my family.  This series is designed to help others get out and explore grand rapids!  All opinions are always my own.

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

Sometimes recipes seem to have the wrong name.  This is one of those.  This is not really a traditional quiche…it only calls for 4 eggs!  But it’s not exactly a casserole?  Anyways, it IS delicious!  Benjamin loves this!  He likes to eat it and calls it pie.  He also uses this as dip for sweet potato chips.

Wild Rice and Tomato Quiche Recipe

1 uncooked pie crust

4 eggs (beaten)

6 cloves of garlic

1/4 cup Olive Oil

1 bar cream cheese (room temperature)

1 can diced tomatoes (or use several fresh, sliced and diced tomatoes

1/8 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

1 package of your choice of rice ie: Chicken, Wild Rice etc…

Preheat the oven to 375.  Unroll the pie crust and press it into your pie pan.  Poke it all over with a fork.  Cover it with foil and bake for 10-15 minutes (til lightly browned).  Remove and brush with a little bit of the eggs.  Meanwhile cook the rice according to package directions.  While rice is cooking, saute the garlic in the olive oil.  When it is starting to brown, add in the tomatoes.  Let simmer til it thickens, then add in the seasoning, rice and cream cheese.  Keep stirring til cheese is blended and melted.  Remove from heat.  Add in the eggs.  Transfer to the pie pan and bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes.  Remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes and then serve.

 

For leftovers, reheat them in the oven!  Also, if you want to eliminate the crust you can.  We use the crustless part and fill burrito shells with them! YUM!

 

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

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Vinyl wall quotes will make your home better than others

Looking for ways to make your home look exceptionally good so that people feel jealous of you having such a beautiful place to live in? Look no more as with vinyl wall decals quotes your home will look not only new but also look spacious and vibrant.

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When I was looking for ways to change the décor of my house as it was growing on my nerves – especially the colorless rather color faded walls which keeps staring at me every day and I feel nauseous. The moment I came across this method of wall quotes to decorate ones house I started looking for more information regarding this as it was a unique idea and got me quite excited at wallstickersquote.co.uk.

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What is the need to transform your house with vinyl wall quotes?

We all love our house, don’t we? It is a known fact that house states the reputation, personality and social status of the people living in it. Hence people should always look after their house both from the outside and inside. There are various ways through which you can change the look of your house.
If you look into the conventional methods of decorating ones house and changing the décor then you will find that in the present times these traditional methods might not be the perfect idea to opt for. That is the reason why people are switching to the vinyl wall quotes as they are the perfect solution for the modern day people.
Vinyl wall quotes do not upset the daily lives of people like conventional ways

While talking about the traditional methods you must remember that the most popular way of changing the look of the home was by buying new set of furniture. In the past people use to buy new furniture and sell off the old ones or give away, thus making their house appear new and fresh. In the current times people are hesitant about making big differences such as changing all furniture as it might mess up their daily routine. Thus vinyl wall quotes is very suitable for them.

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Vinyl wall quotes are extremely reasonable and affordable for everyone

One might also notice the fact that in the past people use to renovate their house rarely as this technique of house decoration was extremely expensive. It was still ok, wasn’t it as in those times people didn’t suffer recession and the financial state of everyone was stable unlike today.
Changing the entire set of old furniture and buying in new furniture set is next to impossible for people living in the present era as the whole process is not only hectic but also it will cost a bomb. Hence more and more people from all around the world are taking up vinyl wall quotes as their means of redecorating their houses.
Vinyl wall quotes is more stylish and elegant and also a mess free way for home decoration

Vinyl wall quotes are lot more stylish and sophisticated than any other mode of home interior decoration. If you do your research on this subject properly you will find that wall quotes are of various types and of different genres. Therefore you can get a whole lot of options which you can avail according to your choices.

Also you can get the wall quote stickers in a variety of shapes, sizes, fonts and colors by means of which you can easily make your dull and colorless walls full of bright colors, making your rooms look vibrant and cheerful. Keeping in mind the various other old home décor solutions I must say that applying vinyl wall quotes is the most effective and mess free way of decorating your home.

 

Do not change the paint or wallpaper – Just apply vinyl wall quotes

I also was thinking about changing the look of my house especially my living room and make it a bit classy and add some warm colors. While going through the various means of changing the home décor I found that people in the recent past used to change their wallpaper whenever they wanted to change the appearance of their rooms.

It got me thinking as changing the wallpaper of all the rooms of the house is a big deal and takes time too. Plus we have to hire the professionals which will also cost additional money. Going for a new paint in all the rooms also meant a lot of trouble and it is also quite expensive. After comparing all these things vinyl wall quotes was the winner hands down.

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Various genres and types of vinyl wall quotes

There are various types of vinyl wall quotes such as inspirational wall quote stickers, funny wall quote decals and romantic wall quotes. You can choose what kind of wall quotes to put in which rooms of your house. There are also a large collection of nursery wall quotes which is great to decorate your kid’s room with.

Belinda is a wife, mom, blogger, and Brand Ambassador. She has six children including 5 boys and 1 girl. Belinda enjoys reading, photography, crafts and DIY projects, and watching her boys play soccer. You may contact Belinda at mudpiesand tiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Belinda

Thank you to Bellisio Foods for sponsoring this post and keeping my meals tasty and bold!

Feeding six of us can sometimes be tricky.  It can be hard finding a meal that everyone approves of.  Also, it is pretty easy to get stuck in a rut of making the same meals over and over and over.  Whenever I find an opportunity to try something new, I accept the challenge.  If said challenge happens to be amazingly easy….even better! Cliff and I LOVE eating out at Chili’s.  When we discovered that their new line of Chili’s® at Home Products were available at our local Meijer, we headed out to pick up a few.

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There were so many tempting flavors to choose from!

SINGLE-SERVE ENTRÉES
Bacon Mac ‘N’ Cheese
Cajun-Style Chicken Alfredo
Cheesy Chicken Pasta Florentine
Chicken Bacon Ranch
Chicken Fajita Rice Bowl
Island Chicken & Rice
Mango Chicken with Rice
8. Pepper Jack Mac ‘N’ Cheese

MULTI-SERVE MEALS
Bacon Mac ‘N’ Cheese
Chicken Bacon Ranch
Chicken Fajita Rice
Nacho Potatoes with Beef & Bacon
Seasoned Chicken Bites with Honey Chipotle Sauce

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We decided to try several varieties and have a fun family night.  Today was  spent the day playing in Lake Michigan! Afterwards we took the kids to a local park.  We came home exhausted and very hungry.  I decided to try our Chili’s® at Home Products!  I baked all of them and let the kids try all the different varieties we had purchased.

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My favorite was the Chicken Fajita Rice Bowl.  I paired it up with some homemade salsa, chips and some delicious fruit.  The kids LOVED this fun family night and I loved the ease of the evening.  If you are craving some yummy, Chili’s food, you should give these a try!  After you try them, please let me know what you think of Chili’s® at Home Products!

Thank you to Bellisio Foods for sponsoring this post and keeping my meals tasty and bold!

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen