Category: Eating

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.

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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.

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Link Round-up: Magic Potions, Pumpkins, and More

Posted on Oct 16, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has magic potion jar decorations, a cookie recipe, a pumpkin decorating idea, and more.

About Family Crafts showed us how to create magic potion jar decorations.

Bombshell Bling shared a recipe for Halloween Oreo-stuffed double chocolate cookies.

Uncommon Designs Online taught us how to make a Halloween candy wreath.

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Living Well Spending Less showed us how to create a rock bottom price list.

Organized 31 showed us how to make deviled egg eyeballs.

Dollar Store Crafts shared 10 grown-up leaf crafts for fall.

DIY Inspired shared a spooky stagecoach pumpkin idea.

Photo credit: About Family Crafts and Living Well Spending Less

BarkTHINS Are a Tasty Halloween Treat for Mom

Posted on Oct 15, 2014 by No Comments

Is your favorite part of Halloween sampling your child’s treats after he goes to bed? If so, you need to splurge on a bag or two of barkTHINS for yourself. I guarantee that barkTHINS are much better than anything you’ll find in your child’s plastic jack-o’-lantern!

Their new Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed flavor is absolutely amazing. I’m normally not a fan of pumpkin as the “go-to” fall flavor for everything, but the pumpkin seeds in this snacking chocolate add just the right amount of salty crunch to a rich and decadent treat.

The thin slivers of chocolate snap apart easily, so you can treat yourself to just the perfect portion or share a bite with your significant other if you’re feeling generous.

I like to keep some by my desk to satisfy those mid-day chocolate cravings, but it’s also really tasty with popcorn if you’re planning a Netflix date night.

Like all other barkTHINS flavors, the Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed flavor is made with Fair Trade Certified ingredients and has earned the Non-GMO Project Verified seal. So, you can feel good about treating yourself to a tasty snack — as long as you don’t blow your diet by eating the entire bag in one sitting!

Visit the barkTHINS website to learn more about the company’s products or to find out where to purchase barkTHINS in your area.

Are you a barkTHINS fan? If so, what is your favorite flavor of snacking chocolate?

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

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Link Round-up: Halloween Inspiration and More!

Posted on Oct 14, 2014 by 2 Comments

Today’s link round-up has tons of Halloween inspiration! There’s a spider web lamp shade, costumes for kids, a table runner, and more.

Uncommon Designs Online shared a recipe for caramel popcorn marshmallow treats.

Muslin and Merlot showed us how to make a spider web lamp shade.

About Family Crafts showed us 36 no-sew costumes for kids.

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Living Well Spending Less showed us 10 ways to decorate with things you already have on hand.

Bombshell Bling showed us how to make a Halloween table runner.

Yesterday on Tuesday showed us 20 dollar store organizing ideas.

Organized 31 showed us who to make DIY mummy candy bar wrappers.

Photo credit: Uncommon Designs Online and Living Well Spending Less

Link Round-up: Home Maintenance, Halloween Crafts, Beauty Buys, and More

Posted on Oct 9, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link roundup has reasons for a home maintenance checklist, Halloween crafts and snacks, plus some beauty buys you just might need.

Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons taught us how to make cute pumpkin snack bags.

Makeup and Beauty Blog showed us a much less expensive dupe for one of the best eyeliners on the market.

Crafty Journal taught us how to make a milk jug ghost.

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Kenarry gave us reasons to have a home maintenance checklist.

Crafts by Amanda showed us how to make a cute paper plate ghost.

Create Craft Love taught us how to make ice cream sandwich monsters—yum!

Cupcakes and Cashmere shared her top six beauty buys.

Photo credit: Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons and Kenarry