Healthy Labor Day Party Tips! #sponsored

These Healthy Labor Day Party Ideas were inspired by a product I received to review from Chef'sChoice®.  All opinions expressed here are my own. Summer is drawing to a close and while that makes me a bit sad I am also a little happy that my kids are no longer spending their days bickering with each other.  As a last hoorah to end the summer, our neighborhood always throws a huge Labor Day pool party complete with BBQ and an assortment of side dishes supplied by the neighbors.   I  love indulging in my friend's tasty casseroles and some … [Read more...]

The Many Uses of the Ninja Mega Kitchen System!

I received the Ninja Mega Kitchen System to review at no charge but all opinions expressed here are my own. Back in June I attended BlogHer Food in Austin, Texas and had the chance to connect with Ninja Kitchen.  Being a serious foodie I was excited to learn more about their line of kitchen products and to see how they could be integrated into my own kitchen.  I was particularly interested in the Ninja Mega Kitchen System and when I was given the opportunity to review it I was beyond excited!  What is the Ninja Mega Kitchen System?  Consider … [Read more...]

Preserving Blueberries: My First Attempt at Canning! #sponsored

This post about preserving blueberries is sponsored by Fagor America.  I received their pressure canning kit at no charge to facilitate this post but all opinions are my own. Eating local, in season produce is easy when you live only a few hours from Florida and it is the peak of summer.  I go to farmers markets and even out to my own back yard and there is an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables available.  When winter gets here, however, all the produce is coming from Chili or South Africa and I refuse to buy things that are not grown … [Read more...]

The No Cook No Bake Cookbook Review

I was provided with one copy of The No Cook No Bake Cookbook in order to write my review but all opinions expressed are my own. The No Cook No Bake Cookbook Title: The No-Cook No-Bake Cookbook Subtitle: 101 Delicious Recipes for When It's Too Hot to Cook Author: Matt Kadey ISBN:  978-1612431895 Publisher:  Ulysses Press (June 4, 2013) Format/Length:  Paperback 160 pages   From The Publisher: There are days when spending time in the kitchen is torture. But instead of resorting to microwave dinners or ordering … [Read more...]

5 Reasons to Choose Fair Trade Products and a Trade as One Subscription Service #sponsored

This post on Fair Trade Products is brought to you by Trade as One but all opinions expressed are my own. When you take a wander through the grocery store to do your weekly shopping there are all sorts of terms that just jump right out at you from the front panel of your food.  Organic, natural, locally raised, heirloom, etc. are all terms that tell us a little bit about the food we are buying.  But have you ever seen the term 'Fair Trade'?  Do you know what it means or why you should support companies that sell Fair Trade products? … [Read more...]

Preserving Wild Foods

I was provided one copy of Preserving Wild Foods at no charge in order to facilitate my review by all opinions expressed are my own.   Preserving Wild Foods Title:   Preserving Wild Foods Subtitle:  A Modern Forager's Recipes for Curing, Canning, Smoking, and Pickling ISBN:  978-1603427272 Authors:  Matthew Weingarten, Raquel Pelzel Publisher:  Storey Publishing, LLC (November 6, 2012) Format/Length:  Paperback 256 pages   From the Publisher:   Crab apple mostarda. Instant samphire pickles. Sweet … [Read more...]

Healthy Eating Made Easy With Yopa!

I like to think that I take fairly good care of myself most days but to be honest, it is something I have to work at.  Healthy eating and exercise are important in order to stay in good shape but some days, life gets in the way.  There are days that I am running errands for several hours or sitting around watching my kid's tennis match.  Times like these, it is easy to forget about healthy eating and instead grab junk food to make it through the days.  However, when I do that I can definitely tell a difference in how I feel.  I run low on … [Read more...]

Nutritious Snacks and #AGiantSurprise from Green Giant #spon

My children and I have a game we play almost every day called 'Are These Nutritious Snacks?".  They have hit those tween and teen years where they are starting to get wise about mommy's obsessive need to feed them healthy foods.  THEY might want cookies, candy, and donuts but mommy would rather give them smoothies, homemade granola bars and veggie chips.  So, whenever I present them with a new food they look at it rather suspiciously, wondering whether I am trying to sneak in some nutritious snacks.  They are perfectly happy actually EATING the … [Read more...]

Light Up Your Workout Routine With Panther Vision

Have you ever tried walking a hyper dog at night with your hands full of leash, flashlight, and a bag of something that said dog decided to leave in your neighbor's yard?  Ever try running at night while gripping a flashlight in your sweaty hand?  How about camping in the middle of nowhere and trying to pee on a tree at night while holding on to a flashlight and a roll of biodegradable toilet paper?  I have done all of these things and can tell you, an extra hand would have really come in...well...handy!  While walking, running and hiking in … [Read more...]

Petite Treats Book Review

Petite Treats Title:    Petite Treats Subtitle:    Adorably Delicious Versions of All Your Favorites from Scones, Donuts, and Cupcakes to Brownies, Cakes, and Pies Authors:  Morgan Greenseth , Christy Beaver Publisher:  Ulysses Press (December 11, 2012) ISBN:  978-1612431116 Format/Length:   Paperback: 180 pages My Review: 5   From the Publisher: For hip bakers looking to dazzle guests, nothing beats the small treats found in this handy volume. From mini fruit scones at brunch and bite-size pies after dinner to … [Read more...]

The I Heart Trader Joe’s Vegetarian Cookbook

My husband and I spend a small fortune on locally raised, grass fed meats from a local farmer.  One way we can afford to do this is by significantly cutting back on the amount of meat we eat.  There are a ton of creative ways to serve meals that are loaded with protein and flavor that use no meat at all.  Every household should have a vegetarian cookbook to refer to for one or two days of the week.  I was recently sent The I Love Trader Joe's Vegetarian Cookbook: 150 Delicious and Healthy Recipes Using Foods from the World's Greatest Grocery … [Read more...]

New Year’s Eve Party Must Haves: A Soapstone Appetizer Tray from SPARQ Home

With Christmas behind us and New Year's fast approaching I am starting to browse through cookbooks and recipe sites looking for creative appetizer recipes.  We have a New Year's Eve party to go to with some friends of ours who are just as passionate about eating as we are.  It should be a great selection of food and I want to find something to wow my friends with.  I have come to realize over the last year or so that while the flavors of the food are important, it is equally important that they be presented with a bit of a flourish!  I recently … [Read more...]

Tea Gifts and Getting Healthy in 2013!

The last few weeks have been pretty chaotic and I have found myself grabbing more and more coffee and soda to keep me energized. As a result, I have noticed my stomach has been a bit out of wac from all of the caffeine and acidity. Or, maybe it's the stress that is messing up my digestive system. Either way, come January I am determine to get back into my eat right and exercise routine. One of the things I plan to include in my getting healthy routine is more tea. Mainly I drink herbal tea or green tea but I am pretty flexible. Tea gifts make … [Read more...]

Peppermint Mocha #Recipe with Torani Syrups #ToraniFlavors

I have a weakness for fancy coffee drinks but a budget that is more geared toward a stop at QuickTrip instead of Starbucks.  Since I detest cheap coffee I have found a compromise by learning to make fancy coffee drinks at home with high quality beans that I grind myself.  That way I get to indulge in my organic, Fair Trade dark roast coffee beans but it doesn't cost me $5 for a fancy flavored drink with whipped cream on top!   I can even make the whipped cream organic when I do it from home.  So, I recently got 2 bottles of Torani Syrups to … [Read more...]

Organic Gift Basket from Eli Zabar for the Holidays

Tis the season to start thinking of friends and family who live far away from us but are still near to our hearts.  Those are the people I like to treat by ordering them tasty gifts online and having them delivered right to their door.  You may not be able to figure out what size slippers they would wear or what color kitchen towels they like best but everyone has to eat!  Food gifts are my favorite gift for the hard to buy for adults in my life like parents, siblings, and especially grandparents! An  organic gift basket makes a wonderful … [Read more...]

Kre o Transformers Make Christmas Day Fun! #HasbroKREO #spon

When my kids were little the gifts under the Christmas tree were always toys, books, arts and crafts and other things that could be enjoyed well after the wrapping paper was torn off the presents.  Now that they are teens, their gifts have gotten a little bit different.  My daughter might love her new earings and go ga-ga over the skinny jeans and crop tops but what do you DO with them?  For my son, his main want for the holidays is more video games but I don't really want him locked in his room and plugged in on Christmas day!  So, I try hard … [Read more...]

Webkinz Friends on the go with an iPad App!

For years, my daughter has been obsessed with her Webkinz stuffed animals.  She  has managed to acquire quite a collection of these little furry friends and they often travel with us when we go on vacation.  We never travel anywhere without at least one stuffed friend for company, even at the ripe old age of 10!  The problem is, stuffed animals aren't quite engaging enough to keep her attention for long on a 2 day drive across country.  Now, video games and electric toys ARE entertaining and Webkinz World is one of her favorite online games.  … [Read more...]

Sport Earphones: Yurbuds Inspire for Women #INSPIREFORWOMEN

No matter what room of the house you are in or what time of day it is there is almost always music playing in my house.  There is a docking station in several rooms and both floors of the house have a full stereo system.  Needless to say, we spend a lot of money on iTunes!  When we leave the house, we take our music with us on our iPad, iPod, or cell phone depending on which member of the family it is.  I have gone through a lot of ear buds looking for ones that fit comfortably.  There have been some hard plastic ones that I really think would … [Read more...]

Poptails: A Boozy Treat For Your Party Guests! (Book Review)

The holidays are coming quickly and people will be celebrating by inviting family and friends over for food and drinks.  I am always looking for creative ways to show off my culinary skills and I recently received the book Poptails: 60 Boozy Treats Served on a Stick and thought this would be perfect for holiday entertaining.  What are Poptails, you ask?  It is a blend between a popsicle and a cocktail!  A creative way to make frozen treats from alcoholic drinks! Poptails: 60 Boozy Treats Served on a Stick Title:  Poptails Subtitle:  60 … [Read more...]