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Remember when I posted my recent recipe – The Honey Bunches Cinnamon Almond Muffins? Well, the campaign went WAY beyond just developing a tasty treat. I also was invited to share my recipe at a huge fiesta here in Phoenix. The Honey Bunches of Oats team brought on a local caterer make my recipe and then we served it to the crowd at Food City in south Phoenix earlier last month. Those of you who follow me on Snapchat might remember seeing all the action as it unfolded!

But those of you who didn’t, here is how the day went, plus tips for having your own fiesta!

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I showed up to find beautifully printed recipe cards that had my recipe both in English and Spanish. The goal was to show how versatile Honey Bunches of Oats is. Not only can it be used as a cereal, but it adds an exciting crunch and texture to desserts, baked foods, salads, casseroles and more. You can use as is, or break it down into smaller pieces by using a plastic bag, or using it in a food processor to make it into a powder. anyway to you eat it, it’s pretty delish!

TIP #1: Wouldn’t it be fun to print out family recipes to pass out at your gatherings? Maybe it can be for Auntie Linda’s fruit salad or Nana’s refried beans. I think it would be a great way to document the memory, plus pass it on for the younger generations to try. Or, for the next fiesta, everyone takes turns making each other’s recipes!

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This was so funny! We had dozens and dozens of my muffins there to share, and at some points, we had people lined up to eat them. Then, out of nowhere, the paleta man showed up!

Hello, Phoenix on a summer Saturday afternoon? They mobbed him for a paleta. But it’s OK, after that, they came back to my table for another muffin!

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Tip #2: You have to have great entertainment. Within the few hours of this fiesta, not only was there action on the main stage, but also in front of it. Several bands took turns performing, and in between their sets, mariachi groups danced.

These kids were legit! As young as they were, they were so on point with every step of every dance.

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And here I am, all happy because my name and recipe is printed on these cards. I was so worried that people wouldn’t like my concoction, but they came back for more so many times we ran out long before the event ended. hboo18

These little girls were so adorable!hboo9 After that, I did a TV segment to show how to recycle the box after you are done with the cereal! Click here to see the video! My little cousins joined to help frost the muffins and make the craft!

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Thank you so much to Honey Bunches of Oats for inviting me to participate in this event! It was such a wonderful day!

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Love & light,


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