Thursday, August 27, 2015

What I Do As A Travel Agent

I was recently given an amazing opportunity to become a travel agent. I'm an independent travel agent working for a host agency, Magic Bean Travel. This is the perfect job for me! I love researching and helping others plan their dream vacation. I love to share my travel tips with others and now I get to do this as my job! I also get to do this from home so that's definitely a bonus.

What kind of trips can I book?

I completed the Disney College of Knowledge so I can book any Disney trip. That includes hotel and ticket packages to Disneyland and Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, and Aulani.

I can also book all-inclusive resorts, cruises, hotels, flights, and car rentals. The possibilities are endless! If you want to go somewhere, I can book it for you.

Will it cost you extra to book through a travel agent?
No. It will not cost you anything extra. I work through certain suppliers to book vacation packages. Their prices are the same whether or not a vacation is booked through a travel agent. When someone books a trip without a travel agent, the suppliers reserve some of the funds to use when a travel agent books through them. It will cost you the same with or without a travel agent. So why not take advantage of the benefits of a travel agent?

What are the benefits of booking through me?
If you book through me, I'll share my expertise with you and help you plan all of the details of your vacation. Everything from hotel, flights, activities, dining etc. It takes a lot of time to plan a trip. Wouldn't it be nice to have someone do all the work for you? You can just sit back and relax and then go on your amazing vacation!

I know there are a lot of resources online and a lot of people like to book their own trips and find the best deal possible. If anyone understands this it's me! I'm always searching for the best deal. As a travel agent, I have access to some of the best deals out there. I might be able to find something for you that you couldn't find on your own.

Let's plan your dream vacation!!!!

If you're interested in booking a trip, or you want a free quote, contact me at

I'll answer any questions that you might have.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sloppy Joes

My sister-in-law gave me this recipe when I first got married. I was pretty new to cooking so being able to make this was a big accomplishment for me. Whenever I make this it reminds me of the beginning of our marriage. 

This is one of our family's favorites. My kids are always so excited when we have Sloppy Joes! This recipe can be easily doubled to feed a crowd.

Printable Recipe

Sloppy Joes
1 lb ground beef
1/2 cup diced green pepper
1/2 cup diced onion
8 oz can tomato sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp dry mustard
1/8 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbsp vinegar
1 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
hamburger buns

Brown ground beef with onion and green pepper; drain. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover; simmer 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve on hamburger buns. 

Serves 4-6

Friday, August 21, 2015

Peanut Butter Bars

Remember the peanut butter bars that we had in elementary school? These peanut butter bars taste exactly the same. They are so good! This is one of my go-to recipes whenever I need to make something for a party. They're always a huge hit! This is definitely one of my faves!

Peanut Butter Bars
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2/3 cup peanut butter
2 cups flour
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups quick oats

2 1/2 cups peanut butter

chocolate frosting:
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/4 cup cocoa powder
4 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, brown sugar, and sugar. Add eggs, peanut butter, flour, vanilla, and baking soda. Mix until combined. Stir in oats. Spread evenly onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 15-20 or until lightly browned. Cool completely.

To make frosting, beat butter at medium speed until smooth. Beat in cocoa powder. Gradually add 1 cup of the powdered sugar, beating well. Beat in milk and vanilla. Gradually add remaining sugar. If needed, add additional milk to reach desired consistency. Mix well.

Spread peanut butter evenly over bars. Spread chocolate frosting evenly over peanut butter. Let sit for at least an hour to set.

Makes 35 bars

Thursday, August 13, 2015

White Chocolate S'mores Gooey Cake Bars

My husband and I have very different taste when it comes to desserts. He likes rich dark chocolate and I like super sweet desserts. These yummy bars were a little too sweet for him but I thought they were perfect. These bars have a delicious cake crust topped with a layer of graham cracker, white chocolate, marshmallows, and topped with more cake. Mmm... my mouth is watering right now just thinking about it!

White Chocolate S'mores Gooey Cake Bars
1 box yellow cake mix
1 large egg
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
4 1/2 full graham crackers
10 oz bag white chocolate chips
2 cups mini marshmallows
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk

Preheat oven to 350. Line an 8x8 baking dish with foil and spray with cooking spray. Make sure the foil goes up and over the edges because the pan will be very full.

Place cake mix, egg, and butter in a large bowl. Mix until dough forms. It will look similar to cookie dough. Press half of the dough into the bottom of the pan. Layer with graham crackers, white chocolate chips, and then marshmallows. Top with remaining dough, pressing down evenly. Drizzle sweetened condensed milk over the top. Bake for 28-33 minutes until cooked through and golden brown. Let cool for 5 minutes and then take a plastic knife and run along the edges to loosen the marshmallow. Let cool completely. Remove foil from pan and cut into squares.

Makes 16 bars

Recipe from Picky Palate

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Rosemary Ranch Chicken Kabobs

I love grilling in the summertime! It keeps my kitchen from getting too hot and there's nothing that says summer like having a bbq. My kids love these chicken kebobs because they're delicious and they get to eat their food on a stick. This is one of our family favorites!

Printable Recipe

Rosemary Ranch Chicken Kabobs
2 lbs boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch cubes
10 skewers

1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup ranch dressing
3 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
1 tsp dried rosemary
2 tsp salt
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp white vinegar
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp sugar

Combine all ingredients for marinade. Let stand for 5 minutes. Pour marinade over chicken. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 4 hours.

Soak skewers in water for 30 minutes. Thread chicken onto skewers; discard marinade. Heat grill over medium heat and spray grill grate with cooking spray. Grill kabobs for 8-12 minutes or until cooked through.

Makes about 10 skewers

Recipe adapted from Real Mom Kitchen

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Thai Pork with Peanut Sauce (Slow Cooker)

This is another one of those super easy meals that you throw everything together in the crock pot and let it cook all day. Not only is it easy, it's totally packed with flavor! Delicious!

Printable Recipe

Thai Pork with Peanut Sauce
2 lb boneless pork loin, cut into 4 pieces
2 red bell peppers, cut into strips
1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
3 cloves garlic, minced
2-3 Tbsp creamy peanut butter

green onions
chopped peanuts

Spray a slow cooker with cooking spray. Place pork in the slow cooker and top with bell pepper. In a small bowl, mix together teriyaki sauce, rice vinegar, red pepper flakes, and garlic. Pour over pork. Cover and cook on low heat for 6-8 hours. Remove pork and shred. Add peanut butter to sauce until it dissolves. Stir in shredded pork. Serve over rice and top with green onions and peanuts.

Serves 6-8

Recipe adapted from Prep Ahead and Dine In
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