Category: Eating

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

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.

Photo credit: barkTHINS

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

Grapery’s Cotton Candy® Grapes Really Do Taste Like Fair Food

Posted on Oct 8, 2014 by No Comments

I’m a sucker for fun twists on fruits and vegetables, so when I saw Cotton Candy® Grapes on a grocery trip I wasn’t even supposed to be on (my husband loves grocery shopping, so I usually just send him), of course I tossed them into the cart. I thought the flavor would be subtle and nothing all that remarkable, but I wanted to try them once anyway.

The flavor in these is NOT subtle! It’s like eating healthy, juicy fair food! I could eat the whole bag at once. However, since they’re not exactly cheap, I probably shouldn’t do that.

One thing I noticed is that as you eat them, the cotton candy flavor becomes less prominent and amazing, kind of the way the first few bites of cake are so incredible, and then the rest are just “really good.”

That’s not a complaint, but it is a way around the price (around $6.99/lb when I bought them). If I mix in regular green grapes, I never know when a cotton candy bite is coming. The contrast of flavors will allow us to enjoy the special flavor of each of the cotton candy ones and keep us from eating all the “fancy” grapes in one sitting.

If you’re worried about GMO’s, Grapery addresses that on their FAQ page. The cotton candy grapes are the result of careful cross-breeding and special timing when it comes to harvesting them (so they can develop the most flavor).

I found my grapes at Publix, but there’s a store locator on the Grapery website that you can use to search for them in your area.

Photo credit: Grapery.biz

Do Your Kids Get Enough DHA?

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 by No Comments

What is DHA, you ask, and why does my kid need it? Glad you asked! DHA stands for docosahexaenoic acid (yep, that’s why they use DHA instead). It’s an omega-3 fatty acid that is a building block of the human brain, skin, retina and other pretty important body parts. And – you guessed it – your kiddos need it to support brain development.

Now it’s not that hard to get DHA into your diet – just eat lots of cold water fatty fish like mackerel, tuna, halibut or salmon. Doctors recommend kids eat fish at least twice a week to get the recommended amount of DHA into their diet. In fact, some studies have found that low DHA levels may impact reading, memory and behavior.

Your kid not a big mackerel fan? Then you could try DHA supplements like omega-3 fish oil pills. Scientists have found that DHA supplementation early in life increases intelligence as kids get older. If you have an infant you’ll find DHA is included in some baby formulas. And don’t forget DHA supplements when you are pregnant – many doctors think that the positive impact of DHA likely begins in utero.

However you work it into your children’s diet, DHA is just as important as the other vitamins and minerals your child is getting.