11/26/14

Amazon Black Friday Deals 2014

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I am a big shopper on Amazon because I can always find whatever I need. With Black Friday coming up, I wanted to share Amazon’s Black Friday Deals which starts Friday, November 21. 

Amazon will be adding new deals as often as every ten minutes for eight straight days. Amazon will also introduce three coveted Deals of the Day starting on Thanksgiving at midnight, as well as three more on Black Friday – this is in addition to thousands of limited-time Lightning Deals at amazon.com/blackfriday.

Customers can shop Amazon on any device, including smartphones and tablets, and enjoy top Black Friday deals anytime and anywhere. Amazon Prime members will continue to receive 30-minutes early access to select Lightning Deals, including many sought-after Black Friday deals. By taking advantage of Prime early access, members will get the first pick of some of the hottest gifts and holiday essentials.  Start a free trial of Amazon Prime at amazon.com/prime.

11/23/14

Healthy Holiday Thanksgiving Recipes

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Thanksgiving feasts are called a feast for a reason – according to bistroMD people eat about 3,000-3,500 calories during Thanksgiving dinner. In addition to falling into a food coma afterwards, they also have to deal with expanding waistlines.

However it IS possible to enjoy holiday staples without feeling food remorse as long as you have the right recipes. I’m sharing some healthy-yet-delicious Thanksgiving recipes from Dr. Caroline Cederquist and the bistroMD kitchen. These recipes will help make your Thanksgiving meal less of a gluttony feast and more of a healthy-yet-satisfied celebration!

bistroMD Cranberry Chutney
Ingredients
  • 3/4 pounds tart apples (chopped)
  • 2 1/4 pounds of cranberries
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper flakes
  • 1/2 pound dark raisins
Instructions           
1.              Place all ingredients in saucepan.
2.              Cook for 25 to 30 minutes.

11/20/14

Gluten Free Honey Cornbread with Strawberry Filling

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Gluten Free Honey Cornbread with Strawberry Filling
As more and more people are looking to eat a gluten free diet, food manufacturers are offering a diverse range of products to meet the increase demand. 

One such company is Krusteaz who is known for its baking mixes. Krusteaz has launched a new line of Gluten Free mixes including Blueberry Muffin Mix, Buttermilk Pancake Mix, Honey Cornbread Mix and Double Chocolate Brownie Mix.

I decided to create my own recipe based on the Krusteaz Gluten Free Honey Cornbread Mix. I’ve used Krusteaz products for years with great results, so this particular mix is my preferred choice for the best and tastiest outcome.

11/17/14

How to Find the Best Deals for Your Thanksgiving Meal

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Growing up with thrifty parents, I learned the value of the dollar and how to save money. Now that I’m a parent myself, I’m always looking for ways to cut down on costs.

I’ve written articles on How Savvy Moms Can Make Money Off Their Clutter, How to Save on Children’s Birthday Parties, How to Best Maximize the Value of Gift Cards, 10 Tips to Eat Organic for Less, and 12 Tips to Save Money on Your Grocery Bill. Though I know a lot about saving money, I can always learn more tips.

Stephanie Nelson, founder of CouponMom.com, offers some great insight on how to find the best deals for your Thanksgiving meal. Here’s what she has to say:


11/13/14

Asian-Inspired Pancakes and Syrup

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Want an easy idea to make breakfast foods more exciting or dinner more interesting? Try my new recipe, created as part of my Brand Ambassador role for the Krusteaz Baker’s Dozen program.

I wanted to infuse the flavors I love from my Asian background into a breakfast meal that would also be savory enough to serve at dinner. With my Asian-Inspired Pancakes and Syrup recipe, hints of the Far East come through with ingredients commonly found in Asian cuisine such as coconut, ginger, cardamom, peanuts and mango. The spices are flavorful but subtle enough to suit kids’ palettes.

My preferred mix of choice is Krusteaz Honey Wheat Pancake Mix for the best and tastiest outcome. The syrup contains ginger, a warming spice known to alleviate symptoms of gastrointestinal distress and provide anti-inflammatory effects. It also includes cardamom, a citrusy spice many believe acts as an antioxidant.

11/10/14

Human Beans Provides a Quick, Easy and Fun Way to Talk to Kids about Diversity

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Guest post by Tracy Jackson, military wife, mother to three girls, social justice advocate and veteran entrepreneur that is passionate about diversity and teaching children to love themselves and others.

In every child’s life there comes a moment where they accept or reject others based on the way someone looks or acts. Perhaps you remember an occasion when someone did this to you? Let’s face it, we're all different, one-of-a-kind, and it’s imperative that we learn to embrace the unique qualities in both ourselves and others.

For me, teaching diversity is a passion. I know how it feels to be excluded and judged, so I devised a simple method to teach children to embrace what makes each of us unique. I call it, Human Beans. Human Beans are a gourmet jelly bean treat that encourages simple conversations powerful enough to stop bullying in its tracks.

Here’s how it works:

11/6/14

The Nutritional Benefits of Frozen Fruits and Vegetables

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Let’s talk frozen. Not as in the hit Disney movie with Princess Elsa and Princess Anna, but as in frozen foods and why they provide families with a healthy option.

I know some people will say fresh is always better. I get it – this past summer we went strawberry picking and you can’t beat the taste of eating these straight from the fields. 

But for those looking for an economical and convenient option to include fruits and vegetables in their diets, frozen is an ideal choice.

We grow vegetables in our local community garden, and it’s great to have an abundance of produce home grown. It also takes time to wash, cut and do other prep in order to use them in a meal. This is fine when I have time, but when I don’t then it doesn’t happen at all.
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