If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I’ve had an obsession lately with skillet sauces. I love how easy they are and how much they cut down on the prep work for a meal.

Yesterday, I told you how excited I was to get so many things accomplished on a Monday. I attempted to carry that energy over into Tuesday, but no such luck. I don’t even know where the time went. One of the few things I accomplished was getting this meal cooked.

During the week, I don’t have much energy for cooking, but I also don’t want us constantly eating out. I’ve been able to easily churn out meals with the help of various skillet sauces that are ready in about 15 minutes.

Recently, I was given an opportunity to review and try McCormick® Skillet Sauces which are currently available at Walmart, near the other McCormick spice and seasoning products. There are currently seven varieties available: Fajita with Roasted Chili; Fire Roasted Garlic Chili, Sesame Chicken Stir fry, Sicilian Chicken with Tomato, Smoky Applewood BBQ chicken, Sweet and Smoky Sloppy Joes, and Taco with Chipotle & Garlic. You can read more about the sauces here. After browsing through the selections, I purchased these three.

This soft serve pineapple dessert is refreshing and light and tastes like the popular treat at Disneyland.

I hope everyone is having a good start of the week. I’m unusually energetic for a Monday and pretty proud of myself for accomplishing so many tasks on my daily “to-do” list. Usually on Mondays, I’m exhausted and feel like I’m barely functioning in a sleepy haze. But this Monday, I’ve been pretty productive. Hopefully this will continue. Last time I was productive on a Monday and then I completely crashed on Tuesday.

I realize it’s already mid-November, but this past weekend it was in the high 80′s in San Diego, which had me craving ice cream and sorbets. One of my favorite cold treats is pineapple dole whip. It’s become quite a famous dessert at Disneyland and at the Dole Plantation in Hawaii and I’m lucky enough that we have an ice cream store in San Diego that offers it year-round. For those unfamiliar, Dole Whip is a creamy soft serve made from pineapples. 


Iron Pig Alehouse recently opened in Pacific Beach, offering a modern approach to Texas-style barbecue.

They offer several beers on tap and the menu has bbq favorites like brisket, baby back ribs and beef ribs, which are all brined and smoked.

Hickory Smoked Chicken Wings

We’ve heard really good things about these wings and they did not disappoint. The wings were meaty, juicy, with a delicious smoky flavor. The fat had been completely rendered off the skin of the wings, leaving them super crispy. I was also amazed at how beautiful each wing was. We’ve made wings on our bbq grill at home and they always end up charring. These are some of the best wings I’ve tasted this year, and I can just imagine how good these would be to munch on during game day.