Category: Eating

Link Round-up: Squash Soup, Green Pepper Dip, Hot Cocoa, and More

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a squash soup recipe, green pepper dip, hot cocoa recipes, and more to get you in the mood for cooler temperatures.

A Beautiful Mess shared a recipe for acorn squash soup with roasted chickpeas.

Create Craft Love shared hot cocoa recipes to enjoy as autumn and winter set in.

Oh She Glows showed us how to make crispy smashed potatoes with avocado garlic aioli.

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Kenarry taught us how to make green pepper dip.

Simplee Thrifty taught us how to make candy corn punch.

I Should Be Mopping the Floor gathered up several pasta dishes that are perfect for autumn.

Crafts ‘n Coffee showed us six crafts made with pinecones, acorns, and other nuts.

Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Kennary

Organic Healthy Kids Organic Nutritional Shakes Help You Make Amends with Your Picky Eater

Posted on Oct 29, 2014 by No Comments

As a mom, there’s nothing more frustrating than dealing with a picky eater. I know moms with kids who will only eat certain colors of food and require that everything be arranged in a very particular order.

My son hates anything remotely salty, peppery, spicy, or otherwise seasoned and refused to go anywhere near rice, peas, peppers, mushrooms, or onions.

If your child’s dietary quirks are driving you bonkers, Orgain is an easy way to make sure he’s getting the nutrition he needs. Orgain Healthy Kids Organic Nutritional Shakes are  doctor-created, ready-to-drink protein shakes that give kids an extra boost of organic nourishment with 23 vitamins and minerals, an organic blend of 10 fruits and vegetables, and 8 grams of protein.

The shakes are USDA Certified Organic, non-GMO, and gluten free with no added preservatives or artificial sweeteners. All Orgain products are made in the USA and use Tetra Pak packaging made from recycled paper.

Orgain Healthy Kids Organic Nutritional Shakes are available in chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry flavors.

My son loved the chocolate flavored shakes. He said they were something he’d be happy to take in his lunchbox at school. Since he’s usually asking me for soda or sugary fruit juice, I figure this means Orgain must be a winner.

You can find the Healthy Kits Organic Nutritional Shakes, as well as other Organic products, in a variety of natural grocery retailers and drugstores nationwide including Whole Foods Market, Costco, the Vitamin Shoppe, Wegmans, Walgreens, CVS, and Rite Aid.  (Click here to download special money saving coupons! ) They are also sold online at Amazon.com and Orgain.com.

Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.

Photo credit: Orgain

Link Round-up: Gratitude, a New Shirt, Spider Crafts, and More

Posted on Oct 28, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has ways to bring more gratitude into your life, how to make a cute new top for yourself, spider crafts, “healthy” brownies, and more.

A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make breakfast cereal popcorn balls.

Mind Body Green shared nine simple ways to bring more gratitude into your life.

Create Craft Love taught us how to make a cute gathered back t-shirt.

Oh She Glows shared a recipe for flourless thumbprint breakfast cookies.

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Crafts by Amanda showed us how to play checkers with superheroes and buttons.

I Should Be Mopping the Floor posted a recipe with spinach brownies with pumpkin frosting.

Crafts ‘n Coffee showed us some DIY spider crafts to squeeze in before Halloween.

Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Crafts by Amanda

Greek Gods Honey Vanilla Kefir Is a Delicious Drink with Additional Benefits

Posted on Oct 27, 2014 by No Comments

I love drinks that contain probiotics. It’s so much more fun to drink them than to swallow a pill, and a lot of times, they’re delicious!

I can’t find the coconut one I used to drink, so I’ve glanced at the offerings over the past few months. I never bought anything until now. The honey vanilla flavor was intriguing enough to make me want to pick up a bottle. The sweetness mixed with the tart flavor of the yogurt is delicious.

If you’ve never had kefir, the texture is like that of a smoothie. It’s definitely not like a regular drink but it’s not quite as thick as yogurt either.

If you’re sensitive to dairy like I am, you may still be able to drink this since it has lactase inside. Lactase is the enzyme that helps break down the lactose. While my stomach tolerates the coconut version better, I still felt okay after drinking this one.

The only negative I can think of is the small number of servings in the bottle. Each serving is a cup, and there are only three in the bottle. I opened it one night, and my family and I drank almost all of it at once (my daughter only had half a serving). If you want to drink it daily and share it with your family, that could get to be a pretty expensive habit!

I like to use this one as a treat instead. It does have some evaporated cane sugar in addition to the honey, so if you’re trying to consume less sugar overall, you probably wouldn’t want it every day anyway.

Photo credit: Greek Gods Yogurt

OMghee Is a Delicious Alternative to Butter

Posted on Oct 24, 2014 by No Comments

I found OMghee because I stumbled across a trick to make coffee creamy, frothy, and delicious without adding extra milk and sugar (lookin’ at you, Starbucks lattes I also love).

The trick is to blend up a little grass-fed butter or ghee with a cup of black coffee. I was using the Kerrygold butter, which is delicious, but when I found out ghee was a lactose-free option, and that OMghee was the best, I had to try it out.

Ghee is clarified butter. It has effectively had all the offenders—milk solids, lactose, and casein–to those who suffer from lactose intolerance removed (at least that’s how it has worked out for me). It has a gorgeous golden color and a rich flavor that’s reminiscent of both high-quality butter and caramel, but not sweet at all.

It’s not just for coffee—you can cook meals with it just like you would butter (I’m not sure about baking with it, however).

Ghee is a good source of CLA, which is a fatty acid shown to improve your immune system and even lose weight (yep, eat fat and lose weight). You can see the list of benefits at the OMghee site.

I’ve heard over and over again that this is the best ghee out there, which is why I went straight for this one. I can’t compare it to others, but I have no desire to try a different brand.

This is creamy, delicious, and has a lot of perks other brands may not have. It’s 100 percent organic and non-GMO. It’s made from milk that comes from grass fed and pastured cows. This is probably true of all quality ghee, but it’s a source of A, D, and K, too.

Photo credit: OMghee

Link Round-up: Treats, a DIY Planter, Relationship Tips, and More

Posted on Oct 23, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has lots of treats, a colored planter, and tips for relationships and parenting.

Chocolate Covered Katie showed us how to make an avocado chocolate cake.

Mind Body Green shared seven relationship tips that can do more harm than good.

Pint Sized Baker showed us how to make acorn brownie pops.

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A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make a colored planter from PVC pipe.

Hungry Happenings taught us how to make Halloween Oreo cookie pops.

Life a Little Brighter showed us how to make a two-ingredient chocolate hazelnut braid.

Play Dates on Fridays shared some wisdom picked up over a decade of parenting.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and A Beautiful Mess

Charles Viancin Makes Holiday Entertaining a Breeze

Posted on Oct 22, 2014 by No Comments

With the holidays fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about what recipes you’ll be serving to friends and family.

One kitchen accessory that you’ll love for entertaining is the Winterberry Collection from Charles Viancin. A noted French designer and entreprenuener, Viancin specializes in nature-inspired products for your kitchen that are both fun and functional.

ihwx.16535a72-6e1d-45fa-8051-bcb0fabc6b2e.500.500These BPA-free, food-grade reusable silicone lids, drink covers, and bottle stoppers were created as an attractive and eco-friendly alternative to plastic wrap and aluminum foil.

The lids are microwave, oven, dishwasher, and refrigerator safe. Prices range from $1.99 to $18.99 and all items are designed to coordinate with products from the company’s popular Poppy collection.

The designs make this a great idea for entertaining, especially if you have a buffet table where people might be nibbling on goodies for several hours at a time.

Heat stays locked in and your table looks super attractive in the process. You can also feel good about knowing that you’re not contributed to landfill waste by going through rolls and rolls of plastic wrap or aluminum foil.

The airtight and watertight seal prevents spills and can be used with metal, glass, or plastic bowls, pans, or casserole dishes.

My family uses our lids on fairly regular basis to discourage our frisky gray kitty cat from trying to nibble on our meals. (If seasonal designs aren’t your thing, I think their Hibiscus lids are gorgeous for everyday use.)

Visit the Charles Viancin website to learn more.

Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.

Photo credit: Charles Viancin

Link Round-up: Happiness, Introversion, Halloween Treats and Crafts, and More

Posted on Oct 21, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has tips for work happiness, introversion, Halloween treats and crafts, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for pumpkin pie chocolate truffles.

Mind Body Green shares tips for finding happiness at work even if you don’t like your job.

Hungry Happenings showed us how to make pumpkin spice jack-o-lantern Rice Krispie treats.

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A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make woodland creature felt masks for dress-up.

Mommy Snippets offered a homemade sore throat remedy.

Life a Little Brighter gathered 10 easy dinner ideas.

Play Dates on Fridays had a guest post that discussed what it’s like being an introverted parent.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and A Beautiful Mess

Rubbermaid LunchBlox System Makes It Easy to Pack Great Tasting School Lunches

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 by No Comments

Packing lunches for school can be a great way to save money while ensuring your child eats well, but many lunch boxes are not big enough for everything hungry tweens and teens want to eat.

If you’re looking for a generously sized lunch bag for your child, the Rubbermaid LunchBlox system is an excellent choice.

The system includes modular containers that snap together in multiple configurations to most efficiently use the space in your lunch bag.

There is space for a water bottle on the side of the bag and a mesh pocket to use for holding silverware and napkins. There is a salad kit and an entree kit, both of which are microwave, freezer, and dishwasher safe.

The entree kit includes two snack containers with a .5 cup capacity, two side container with a 1.2 cup capacity, and a sandwich container with a 2.6 cup capacity. The salad container has a 5.2 cup capacity with a toppings tray and 1.8 ounce dressing container.

Both sets also include a flat blue ice pack to ensure that food stays cold until it’s time to eat. The kits and bags are sold separately.

Since my son hates to have his food touching, I love the concept behind this system. However, it seems like a fairly large investment to purchase all of the containers as well as the specially designed lunch bag.

Rubbermaid says that the containers will work with other lunch bags, but there are several reviews on the Rubbermaid website saying that it is very difficult to find a bag that will work with the system.

Visit the Rubbermaid website to learn more or to purchase components to the LunchBlox system.

Photo credit: Rubbermaid