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.

11/3/14

Tips to Infuse Diversity in Companies

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Many companies seek diversity in its workforce not for affirmative action reasons, but because it is good business.

Scott Page, a researcher from Michigan and author of the book The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies, has proven that diversity drives creativity, innovation, and better problem solving.  Through mathematical modeling and results based studies, he proves that diverse staffing results in better outcomes. 

Similar people with like backgrounds tend to approach problem solving in similar ways. When the problem is complex and they get stuck, if they are paired with someone that has a different background and different way of looking at the world, then that person brings a new perspective to problem solving.

10/27/14

Free Multicultural Ebook Series “Same Same But Different”

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I love sharing children’s stories that have a multicultural background with my daughter. One reason is because she is multicultural herself. Another reason is that these stories provide an educational glimpse of the world outside of where she lives. I recently discovered a free multicultural ebook series called, “Same Same But Different” and wanted to share these with you.

“Same Same but Different” is a free illustrated children’s ebook series that introduces young readers age 6–10 years to different cultures, languages and geographies around the world.

The series was founded by Kanako, who is Japanese, and Daniel, who is American/British. Their goal is to provide young readers with information on how other children live in the world and point out similarities and differences amongst children (hence Same Same but Different) in a fun and positive way.
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