Sponsor Spotlight: Coyote Kitchen

If you’ve known me for any time at all, you’ve probably heard me profess my love for Coyote Kitchen in Boone! Ben and Jaime Whitehead are the husband and wife team who owns and runs Coyote Kitchen. Jaime is a Mom Squad Reader, as well.

My family and I recently ate there after church one day, and loved it. (as we always do!) Right after sitting down, we hit the “dining with children” jackpot! We spotted the baskets of toys available for use while we wait. You might say you could just bring toys from home, but we all know that a bunch of “never before seen” toys is much more enticing than any old thing from home!

The “pups” menu at Coyote Kitchen is one reason I like to take the kids there. All the selections are fresh, non-processed food, not frozen chicken nuggets or Kraft Mac-n-Cheese you could buy in a grocery store. My 7 year old got the fish-n-chips, which are actually so good that I got them for my meal once. My four year old and two year old split the cheese quesadilla, a great old standard. For the younger kids, they even offer sippy cups. And a rarity for smaller restaurants, they have a changing station in the bathroom. In warmer weather, the kids love to eat outside on the patio.

Jaime has had a profound influence on me, as far as concern for the environment. Ben and Jaime are the real deal, they really are passionate about being “green,” and I’ve learned a lot just by being around Jaime. Some things they do at Coyote Kitchen are:

  • recycle all glass, aluminum, plastic, and paper
  • switched to all CFL bulbs in the dining room
  • use all biodegradable to-go containers, hot cups, and compostable to-go silverware made from potato starch
  • use all eco-friendly cleaners in the dining room
You can be sure that the beef you eat at Coyote Kitchen is all antibiotic and hormone free, and the menu is vegetarian/vegan friendly. Since they make everything from scratch, you can ask for allergen-free dishes, which is very important for some kids.

One of my friends mentioned last week that she is a little more adventurous than her husband and son, when it comes to food. Don’t forget, they have great burgers, too, and the sweet potato fries, mmmm…

I just want to give a special thank you to Ben and Jaime for helping get the High Country Mom Squad started with their gift certificate and t-shirts we offered. Check out Coyote Kitchen’s menu, and lots more fun on their website, www.thecoyotekitchen.com, and if you scroll down, you’ll see a coupon for free chips and four types of salsa.

Have you ever eaten at the Coyote Kitchen with your kids?

Disclosure: Coyote Kitchen is a Mom Squad Sponsor

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Valentine’s Values – Win Free Roses

Alert: Ladies, forward this message immediately to your husband or significant other!

Do you have your Valentine’s Day plans ready? I think it’s important to set aside some time to celebrate with the people you love, and it doesn’t always mean spending lots of money! If you’re like my husband and me, we’re looking for ways to celebrate this Valentines’ Day with as little cost as possible.


First, I have a special giveaway for HC Mom Squad readers.

The Floral Boutique is located at 3579 Hwy 321 S, between Boone and Blowing Rock. It’s owned by local couple Robert and Glenda Cobb. I talked to Glenda today, and she agreed to offer a giveaway!

One HC Mom Squad reader will win 3 free roses for Valentine’s Day! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling us your favorite color rose. As always subscribers get an extra entry! If you’re a subscriber, leave 2 comments! I’ll draw at random on Wednesday night, and announce the winner on Thursday! (See bottom for instructions)

The Valentine’s Day price for 1 dozen roses at The Floral Boutique is $25.00
The regular price for 1 dozen roses is $15.00

Here are some ways to make your flowers last longer:

  • Fill the vase 3/4 full with fresh room temperature water. Use a clean vase to avoid bacteria growth.
  • Add floral preservative to the vase as directed on the package.
  • Remove any leaves that will be under the water in the vase.
  • Arrange the flowers, then leave them in a cool dark room for a couple of hours, to allow them to settle into their new home.
  • Always display your floral arrangement in a cool spot (65-72 degrees F)
  • If the water becomes cloudy, replace it entirely.
  • If possible, re-cut stems every three days with the stem under water.

My friend Julie alerted me to a Valentine’s Dinner Special at Ruby Tuesday. You get dinner for two for $34.99. For your main dishes, you can each choose from: New Orleans Seafood, Parmesan Shrimp Pasta, 9 oz. Sirloin, Chicken Fresco, or Bistro BBQ Chicken, plus:

  • 1 appetizer of your choice
  • 2 one-trip salads
  • dessert

So there you go! The perfect date night! Forward this message to your husband or significant other, or print it out, and conveniently leave it taped to the TV!

Here’s how to enter the giveaway:

  • Leave a comment on this post, telling us your favorite color rose. If you are a subscriber, leave 2 comments for an extra entry!
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The Best Deal Of the Week!

I went to Harris Teeter last night, and found their whole fryer chickens on sale for $.49 /lb! Anytime I can get a 5 pound chicken for $2.50, I’m stocking up! Hurry, though, it’s only good till closing time on Tuesday.

Aren’t sure how to cook a whole chicken? Try this recipe:

Easy Roasted Chicken

  • 1 whole fryer chicken, giblets removed
  • 3 TBSP salt (I use kosher salt)
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 1 TBSP garlic powder
  • 4 TBSP Italian Seasoning (or any flavor you like, ie: Cajun, Blackened, Jerk, etc)
  • a few TBSP olive oil
1. Mix together the salt, pepper, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning.
2. After rinsing the inside of the chicken, salt the cavity a little.
3. With two fingers, loosen the skin from the breasts, and thighs of the chicken, and anyplace else you can get your fingers underneath.
4. Rub seasoning between the skin and the meat. Rub Olive Oil on the outside of the skin.
5. Place in a roasting pan with a rack. If you don’t have a roasting pan, use any baking dish with carrots layered on the bottom for the “rack.”
6. Place in the oven and cook according to the chart below, until a meat thermometer read 180 to 185 degrees.

2-1/2 to 3 lbs: 375 degrees for 1 to 1-1/4 hours
3-1/2 to 4 lbs: 375 degrees for 1-1/4 to 1-3/4 hours
4-1/2 to 5 lbs: 375 degrees for 1-1/2 to 2 hours
5 to 6 lbs: 325 degrees for 1-3/4 to 2-1/2 hours

7. Use the leftovers in casseroles, soups, chicken salad, enchiladas, chicken tacos, the possibilities are endless. You can also freeze the leftovers for convenient cooked chicken any time you need it!

How do you like to cook a whole chicken?

A Healthy Option for a Fast Meal

I live about 25 minutes from the center of Boone. So what can I do when we have 30 minutes to buy lunch and eat it before the next activity?

Go home and eat? Not unless I want to waste $12.00 in gas and go 75 mph on 421!

Pack our lunches before leaving the house? Ha! Wishful thinking!

Hit a drive-through at a fast food restaurant? Well, that works every once in a while, but you know it’s sad when my 2 year-old asks for “chee-bugger, fies?” every time we drive on 321!

This is why I love stopping at Blimpie. Besides the fact that my daughters adore Rick, who runs the restaurant, I’m guaranteed to get a healthy meal for me and the kids. When I suggest Blimpie for a lunch with other moms, most of them aren’t sure what their kids can eat there. Here are a few good options:

  • 3 ” Grilled Cheese sandwich, with veggies on the side. (cucumbers, spinach, tomatoes, pickles)
  • Meat and/or Cheese wrap. If you ask, they can roll it like a pinwheel, so it’ll be easy to hold.
  • Your kids don’t like the thick bread? Get the meat and cheese rolled up without the bread, or get the bread on the side.
  • Rick makes lots of great soups that my kids like. Good options are Potato, or Broccoli and Cheese.
  • If you ask really nicely (and tell him I sent you), Rick might make your kids a Cheese Quesadilla!
  • Visit www.Blimpie105.com for the full menu.
And at the suggestion of the Mom Squad, Rick is making every Tuesday from 5-8 PM Kid’s Night! You can get a FREE Kid’s Meal with any Adult Combo Meal!

Print out this coupon, and bring it in anytime for a FREE Combo (1 side and a drink) when you purchase a sandwich! Click image for a printable version.

Disclosure: Blimpie 105 is a Mom Squad Sponsor


What Makes a Restaurant Experience Great?

Welcome new subscribers! I am blown away by the response to the Mom Squad in just the first day! I have a question for you moms out there! If you’re new here, read our welcome message!

When you take your kids to a restaurant, what makes the experience enjoyable for you and your kids?

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KIDS EAT FREE – When and Where?

Looking for an inexpensive family dinner night in Boone? Here are some places you may want to consider.  Make sure you ask about the terms before you order.
  • NEW!  Casa Garcia in W. Jefferson: Monday-Wednesday, one child per family eats free!
  • NEW! KFC in Boone: Kids 3 and under eat free from buffet with paying adult.
  • Beef O’Brady’s: Tuesdays 4-8, Kids Eat Free with a paying adult.
  • Black Cat: Always! Free Kids’ Quesadilla with the purchase of an adult meal.
  • CiCi’s: Kids 3 and under eat free.
  • Golden Corral: Kids 3 and under eat free.
  • Macado’s: Tuesday 4-9, Kids Eat Free with a paying adult.
  • New China Buffet: Kids 2 and under eat free.
  • Red Onion: Wednesday
  • Wings to Go: Wednesday (Thanks, Tiffany!)
  • Blimpie: Tuesday 5-8 PM. Free Kid’s Meal with any Adult Combo Meal!
Kids Eat Free schedule may change without notice. It’s a good idea to call ahead to make sure!
Do you know of a “Kids Eat Free” restaurant we missed? Contact Sarah!