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Posted by on Dec 23, 2015 in Events, Holidays, Parties and Occasions, For the Foodie, Fresh From the Kitchen, New Year's Eve | 0 comments

Lucky Food for New Year

Lucky Food for New Year

Nobody wants to begin a new year with bad luck. There are lots of traditions when it comes to welcoming the New Year and most of them are involved with food. If you’re curious with what they are, then you should definitely check this post out. And if you want to try them, we have easy to follow recipes too! Who knows, you might be the luckiest person this 2016.

NEW YEAR’S LUCKY FOOD: Black Eye Peas

A. Black Eye Peas

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Black Eye Peas is considered as a lucky food to eat on New Year’s Eve. This belief started from the Southern people. It is said that the beans symbolize coins and they invite good fortune. If you want to serve this food for NYE, then try the Lucky Black Eyed Soup recipe.

 Lucky Black Eyed Peas -recipe

NEW YEAR’S LUCKY FOOD: Cabbage

A. Cabbage

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Actually, green food or vegetables are considered as lucky for New Year because they resemble money. But more people prefer cabbage because it’s not just green but it’s also round. Which means that one person’s good fortune will keep on spinning like a circle. If you like to serve cabbage, then try Kale, Cabbage and Brussels Sprout Salad for a spinning delight!

Cabbage Recipe

 NEW YEAR’S LUCKY FOOD: Grapes

A. GRAPES

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In Mexico, people eat a dozen of grapes on New Year’s Eve. They believe that the more sweet grapes you eat means more luck in life. On the other hand, the more sour grapes to eat, the less luck in life. Would you like to adapt this fun eating tradition? Then try making Grape Almond and Olive Cake. It’s grape eating with a sweet twist.

grape-recipe

 NEW YEAR’S LUCKY FOOD: Pork

A. pork chop

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Pork is included as a lucky food for New Year because their shape symbolizes richness or wealth. A New Year’s Eve recipe that you might try is Herb Crusted Pork Chops with Balsamic Onions. This is a super easy and tasty recipe.

 Pork Chop recipe

NEW YEAR’S LUCKY FOOD: Noodles

A. gluten noodles

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Many would agree that the noodle is considered as a lucky food because they signify long life. Simple as that.  If you totally agree in this belief, then start making the delicious Bacon and Egg Ramen. Eating noodles will never be the same again with this recipe.

Ramenaaaaa

 NEW YEAR’S LUCKY FOOD: Fish

A. salmon

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Here’s a lucky food that we didn’t expect to be on the list. Fish swim in schools and that symbolizes abundance of good fortune. Also, the scales of fish are similar to the texture of coins. Thus, they invite wealth. If you want to experience the luck that fish can bring, then try this mouth-watering Slow Roasted Salmon.

Salmon Recipe

Make your NYE table filled with these lucky foods! Good luck and have a happy New Year!

Sources: Reader’s Digest and Martha Stewart

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Posted by on Sep 11, 2015 in Home How To's, For the Foodie, Fresh From the Kitchen | 0 comments

Super Healthy Pumpkin Smoothie Recipes

Super Healthy Pumpkin Smoothie Recipes

We’ve put-together our favorite pumpkin smoothie recipes, as well as our top picks when it comes to kitchen gadgets and drink ware. Which recipe do you think wins?

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Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie by Sally’s Baking Addiction

Ingredients:

1 frozen banana

1/2 cup (120g) vanilla Greek yogurt1

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice2

1/2 cup (120ml) skim milk3

2 Tablespoons (30ml) pure maple syrup

2/3 cup (150g) pumpkin puree (canned or fresh)

1 cup ice

Directions:

Make sure you have a strong, powerful blender.

Add all of the ingredients to the blender in the order listed. Blend on high for at least 3 minutes or until smooth – this may take longer if your blender isn’t very strong. Scrape down the sides of the blender as needed.

Add more milk to thin out if it is too thick. Add a couple more ice cubes for a thicker texture, if desired. Add more spices to taste, if desired.

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie by Skinny Ms.

Ingredients

½ cup [pumpkin puree, fresh or canned

1 frozen banana

1 cup almond milk, optional soy, lite coconut or skim milk

1 tablespoon pure maple syrup, more or less to taste

¼ tsp vanilla

¼ tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1/8 tsp allspice

½ cup ice

Directions

Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth.

Banana Pumpkin Smoothie by Maureen Callahan, Cooking Light via Myrecipes.com

Ingredients

1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt

3/4 cup canned pumpkin, chilled

1/2 cup ice cubes

1/3 cup fresh orange juice

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Dash of ground cloves

1 ripe banana, sliced and frozen

Dash of ground cinnamon (optional)

Directions

Combine yogurt and next 8 ingredients (through banana) in a blender, and process until smooth. Garnish with dash of ground cinnamon, if desired. Serve immediately.

Pumpkin smoothie in glass on rustic wooden background

Pumpkin Smoothie by Katie Lee, The Kitchen via Foodnetwork.com

Ingredients

1 cup milk

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

1/2 cup yogurt

1 tablespoon maple syrup

1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon

Splash vanilla

1 frozen banana

Directions

Combine the milk, pumpkin puree, yogurt, maple syrup, pie spice, vanilla and banana in a blender and blend until combined.

Resources

Ninja Master Prep

Ninja Master Prep

Put the power in the palm of your hand with the multi-talented Ninja Master Prep that crushes ice into snow in seconds, blends frozen fruits into creamy smoothies, and chops fresh ingredients evenly!

Ninja Professional Blender

Ninja Professional Blender

Ninja Total Crushing blades gives you perfect ice crushing, blending, pureeing, and controlled processing. The XL 72 oz. professional blender jar is great for making drinks and smoothies for the whole family. The 16oz. Nutri Ninja cups are perfect for healthy, personalized drinks for on the go.

Hamilton Beach 58148A Power Elite Multi-Function Blender

Hamilton Beach 58148A Power Elite Multi-Function Blender

The Power Elite Multi-Function Blender is great for blending classic beverages such as smoothies and icy drinks, but it’s equally talented at preparing food such as salsas and purées.

Ninja Kitchen System Pulse

Ninja Kitchen System Pulse

The Ninja Kitchen System Pulse gives you the power and convenience to live a healthy lifestyle by combining Ninja Total Crushing technology with Nutri Ninja cups, a processor bowl and easy-to-use attachments for all your kitchen needs.

Oster BLSTPB-WBL My Blend 250-Watt Blender with Travel Sport Bottle

Oster BLSTPB-WBL My Blend 250-Watt Blender with Travel Sport Bottle

Oste My Blend’s powerful 250-watt motor turns ice and frozen fruit into your favorite smoothies, health shakes, and diet drinks.

Set of Two (2) Clear Glass Mason Jar Beverage Cups

Set of Two (2) Clear Glass Mason Jar Beverage Cups

Stainless Steel Reusable Smoothie Straws by Savvy Straws

Stainless Steel Reusable Smoothie Straws by Savvy Straws

Vintage Style Milk Bottles With Straws

Vintage Style Milk Bottles With Straws

Libbey Smoothie Glass

Libbey Smoothie Glass

Stainless Steel Travel Tumbler by Savvy Drinkware

Stainless Steel Travel Tumbler by Savvy Drinkware

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Posted by on Sep 6, 2015 in Home How To's, For the Foodie, Fresh From the Kitchen | 0 comments

10 Fall, Autumn Drinks That Are Non-Alcoholic

10 Fall, Autumn Drinks That Are Non-Alcoholic

The colder weather calls for a cup or a glass of something to keep you warm. Here are our 10 bets for this fall/autumn’s cozy moments. Enjoy these non-alcoholic fall and autumn drinks!

Hot Buttered Cider- The Virgin

Hot Buttered Cider- The Virgin

Enjoy a hot cup of buttered cider with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Make it a virgin by opting out on the whiskey.

Get the recipe here.

Maple Maca Mocha

Maple Maca Mocha

This is a warm creamy beverage with the earthy flavor of maca.

Get the recipe here.

The Cold Buster Concentrate

The Cold Buster Concentrate

This anti-inflammatory beverage is soothing when you have a cold or flu. And even better, the recipe yields a concentrate, which you just have to mix with hot water during days when you need to drink a cup!

Get the recipe here.

Butterbeer

Butterbeer

Harry Potter fans, rejoice! Finally, a non-alcoholic version of butterbeer! It’s sweet, buttery and oh so warm. This is a must-try!

Get the recipe here.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Combine almond pink, pumpkin and strong coffee for a cup of heaven in autumn.

Get the recipe here.

Vegan Eggnog

Vegan Eggnog

The author said it herself, this vegan eggnog is mind-blowing! It makes for a perfect afternoon treat with its rich and creamy texture.

Get the recipe here.

Perfect Hot Chocolate

Perfect Hot Chocolate

This is probably the simplest but the most chocolate-y hot chocolate ever! A cup is more than enough to warm you up.

Get the recipe here.

Fresh Apple Shrub

Fresh Apple Shrub

Make this a mocktail staple! It’s not only refreshing, it is also all natural and quite healthy.

Get the recipe here.

Delicately Fragrant Mulled Cider

Delicately Fragrant Mulled Cider

If you love ciders without the ovewhelming spiced taste, then you’ll love this subtle yet comforting mulled cider!

Get the recipe here.

Horchata

Horchata

This version of a traditional Latin American drink is dairy free yet still creamy. The light agave nectar gives it an interesting type of sweet, too!

Get the recipe here.

Of course, you’ll need pretty drinkware to serve up your non-alcoholic fall and autumn drinks, so we’ve searched them for you. Click on the photos to shop the items!

Double-Walled Stainless Steel Mug

Double-Walled Stainless Steel Mug

Copper Moscow Mule Mugs

Copper Moscow Mule Mugs

Borosilicate Glass Tea Cup And Saucer

Borosilicate Glass Tea Cup And Saucer

Tall Ceramic Tumblers

Tall Ceramic Tumblers

Floral Espresso Cups

Floral Espresso Cups

Highball Glasses

Highball Glasses

Pewter Cup

Pewter Cup

Handblown Moroccan Glass Tumblers

Handblown Moroccan Glass Tumblers

French Coffee Bowl

French Coffee Bowl

Handthrown Large Earthenware Mug

Handthrown Large Earthenware Mug

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Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Home How To's, For the Foodie, Fresh From the Kitchen | 0 comments

10 Superfoods for Healthy School Lunches & Snacks

10 Superfoods for Healthy School Lunches & Snacks

These powerhouse foods are packed with essential nutrients and minerals that your kids need. Add them to school lunch and snack recipes for a healthy twist!

Broccoli

Fresh Broccoli At The Neighborhood Corner Store

There’s a reason why broccoli’s first in the list. Even if most kids don’t love them at all, this green vegetable is undeniably a powerhouse! It’s loaded with vitamin C, folate, fiber and all the good stuff that combats disease. We’ve done the work and found tasty recipes for this vegetable, from broccoli-cheddar soup to broccoli and ham biscuits. See them here.

Pistachios

Roasted Salted Ca Pistachios

Roasted Salted Ca Pistachios

Get your kids a flavorful snack without adding unnecessary calories! You can also use them to add an earthy flavor to your dishes, or use them as baking ingredients. Either way, you’re guaranteed to amp up potassium in every serving.

Strawberries

Gourmet Dipped Swizzled Strawberries

Gourmet Dipped Swizzled Strawberries

Did you know that a cup of strawberries provides your daily vitamin C needs? This spring favorite also boosts immunity and are known antioxidants. So dip, bake, and pick strawberries away!

Maca Powder

HealthWorks-Wild Organic Peruvian Maca Root Powder

HealthWorks-Wild Organic Peruvian Maca Root Powder

Add them to smoothies, pastries, cakes and breads for a boost in energy! It gives food an earthy, nutty taste that your kids will surely love.

Almonds

Natural Raw Almonds

These nutrient-packed nuts boast fiber, calcium, potassium, vitamin E, iron and magnesium in its list of goodies. And what’s even better is you can add them to almost anything! Almond flakes make great dessert toppings, and whole almonds are almost trail mix staples. If your kid doesn’t like any of those, how about almond butter or almond milk?

Eggs

GRASS FED, NON-GMO FED FREE RANGE BROWN CHICKEN EGGS

Grass Fed, Non-Gmo Fed Free Range Brown Chicken Eggs

This may be surprising but eggs are one of the top sources of protein and omega 3 fatty acids. They’re also inexpensive and are available at every grocery store. The verdict: eggs are mighty superfoods for practical moms.

Salmon

Omaha Steaks 4 (6 oz.) Marinated Salmon Fillets

Omaha Steaks 4 Marinated Salmon Fillets

When it comes to omega 3 fatty acids, salmon is still queen! It is an excellent source of DHA and EPA, good fat that our bodies cannot produce in themselves.

Kefir

1TBSP Active Organic Milk Kefir Grains

1TBSP Active Organic Milk Kefir Grains

Say hello to an upgraded version of yogurt! Kefir is cow or goat’s milk, added with kefir grains. The grains compose of yeast and lactic acid bacteria that ferment the milk, unlocking protein, calcium, vitamin B12 and B2, vitamin D and magnesium.

Cocoa Powder

Healthworks Raw Certified Organic Cacao Powder

Healthworks Raw Certified Organic Cacao Powder

Surprise, surprise! Chocolate may be getting a bad reputation but its main ingredient is still star among superfoods. Cocoa powder is loaded with lots of nutrition. 2 tbsps. give you fiber, iron, magnesium and contains 25 grams of calories and 1.5 grams of fat. Sprinkle them on top of desserts and other baked treats!

Kale

Roasted Kale & Beet Salad with Figs and Goat Cheese by Chef'd

Roasted Kale & Beet Salad with Figs and Goat Cheese by Chef’d

There’s a reason why kale is becoming more and more popular among health buffs, and that reason’s good for your body. This green leafy vegetable is said to be more nutrient-dense than spinach, with a cup providing you protein, vitamins A, C and K. It also has minerals such as iron, manganese and phosphorus.

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Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in Uncategorized, Home How To's, For the Foodie, Fresh From the Kitchen | 0 comments

Make-Ahead Dessert Recipes for School

Make-Ahead Dessert Recipes for School

For all the moms out there who seem to just don’t have enough time for making desserts – this post is for you!

We’ve all been there: wanting to give our tots a tasty sweet treat to power up at school. But really, with all the things happening during our morning routine, we know you don’t have time for dessert. Here are make-ahead dessert recipes you can try to still please your kids.

Chocolate Banana Pops

Chocolate Banana Pops

This puts a colorful twist to good old bananas. Simply dip bananas in melted chocolate and sprinkle with edible decorations. Keep your kids’ favorites in mind when picking decorating edibles for your chocolate banana pops!

California Red Fondue Cast Iron Party Set

California Red Fondue Cast Iron Party Set

Rainbow PPJimmies

Rainbow PPJimmies

AmeriColor Imperial Decorating Sugar in Yellow

AmeriColor Imperial Decorating Sugar in Yellow

Granola Bars

Granola Bars

Another re-hash of a pantry staple, granola bars are a great way for them to eat their favorite granola, and even trail mixes, on the go! They’re chewy, sweet and definitely pack-able.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls

Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls

They’ll go nuts for these tasty sweet balls, for sure! The taste and texture of pecans and chocolate chips in moist and slightly chewy cookie dough is bound to become a favorite.

Clafoutis

Clafoutis

This delicious tart is a great way for kids to get their daily dose of fruits! Although clafoutis typically uses cherries, you can always get creative and add their favorite fruits to the mix.

Mini Pie Pan Set

Mini Pie Pan Set

9-inch Stainless Steel Pie Pan

9-inch Stainless Steel Pie Pan

Chocolate Peanut Butter Drops

Chocolate Peanut Butter Drops

Oats, chocolates and peanut butter – what could be a better combination? Pack them something sweet yet still hearty by giving them this no-bake, energy-packed cookie!

Buckeyes

Buckeyes

Another nutty treat, buckeyes are made of peanut butter, butter and sugar, dipped in melted chocolate. More than its taste, its overall fun look is sure to please youngsters.

Caramel Apple Dumplings

Caramel Apple Dumplings

The prepared pantry has the perfect crust for these caramel apple dumplings. Make sure to check it out below for hassle-free baking.

The Bake Shoppe Professional Pie Crust Mix

The Bake Shoppe Professional Pie Crust Mix

Old Fashioned Buttermilk Syrup Mix

Old Fashioned Buttermilk Syrup Mix

New York-Style Lemon Cheesecake

New York-Style Lemon Cheesecake

Lemon infused in the cream cheese filling plus lemon topping is a heavenly combo. It’s rich, and pretty tasty!

Graham Cracker Crumbs

Graham Cracker Crumbs

Grandma’s Cookie Pizza

Grandma’s Cookie Pizza

Kids rejoice! This one-of-a-kind cookie is the perfect kind of pizza for any play date but if you have leftovers (which we doubt you’ll have), you can always pack one for school dessert.

Breakfast Cookie Mix--Apple Cinnamon Nut

Breakfast Cookie Mix in Apple Cinnamon Nut

14 inch Stainless Steel Pizza Pan and Serving Platter

Stainless Steel Jumbo Cookie Shovel

Stainless Steel Jumbo Cookie Shovel

Strawberry Blintzes

Strawberry Blintzes

This is a 3-step dessert recipe but we’re loving the fact that we can make the crepes and assemble the blintzes ahead of time, refrigerate it and fry it anytime we want!

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Posted by on Aug 7, 2015 in Home How To's, For the Foodie, Fresh From the Kitchen | 0 comments

Healthy School Lunch Ideas

Healthy School Lunch Ideas

 Are you running out of ideas on what to pack for lunch this school year? Here are 6 simply awesome lunch ideas that’ll keep your tot eating healthy.

Not Your Ordinary Sandwiches

sandwich with beet,cheese,avocado and arugula

Give everyday sandwiches a healthy and delightful twist by using ingredients that pack in flavor like greens, various cheese varieties, special sauces and more.

Sandwich Maker by Proctor-Silex

Sandwich Maker by Proctor-Silex

Whether it’s a classic BLT sandwich or something much more sophisticated like Martha Stewart’s fabulous sandwich recipes, school lunches are guaranteed to be extraordinary when packed differently!

Klip It Sandwich To Go Box by Sistema USA

Klip It Sandwich To Go Box by Sistema USA

4 Piece Sandwich Box Set by Black + Blum

4 Piece Sandwich Box Set by Black + Blum

Filling Pockets

The great thing about pockets is you can fill them with anything healthy and no one will ever notice! It’s a good way to get kids to eat vegetables or sneak in superfoods they won’t likely eat. Find some healthy add-ons below.

Raw Kale Powder

Raw Kale Powder

Organic Black Sesame Seed

Organic Black Sesame Seed

Organic Chia Seed

Organic Chia Seed

Salads Assemble

quinoa salad, vegetarian food

Make lunch fun and healthy by letting your kid put-together his/her very own salad. Just pack all the ingredients and have him assemble it for lunch!

Double Stacked 3 Piece Rectangular Microwavable Lunch Bowl Set by Modernhome

Double Stacked 3 Piece Rectangular Microwavable Lunch Bowl Set by Modernhome

3 Tier Stainless Steel Lunchbox by Modernhome

3 Tier Stainless Steel Lunchbox by Modernhome

Dip & Dip

Sometimes, all it takes is a tasty dip… but with a healthy twist! Instead of flour and starch, why not turn to mashable fruits and vegetables such as avocados, tomatoes and other purees as base? They’re not only yummy, but also very healthy!

Inspired home 2 Piece Stoneware Dip Container Set

Inspired home 2 Piece Stoneware Dip Container Set

Crazy Rolls & Wraps

vietnamese chicken rice paper spring rolls

We know this isn’t the roll and wrap you have in mind but Vietnamese spring rolls are sure to give school lunches a refreshing change. Fill it with pulled chicken breasts and your tot’s favorite vegetable juliennes!

And oh, don’t forget to pack them Asian style too!

Rectangular 3 Piece Bento Box Set by Black + Blum

Rectangular 3 Piece Bento Box Set by Black + Blum

Fit & Fresh Bento 6 Piece Lunch Box Set

Fit & Fresh Bento 6 Piece Lunch Box Set

Tasty Whole Grains

Whole grains give lunches a certain texture, paired with flavors that your kids will love. Think brown rice, couscous, quinoa, beans, wild rice and more! Whole grains already pack in fiber but you can always add more goodness with these ingredients:

Herbs de Provence Nugget

Herbs de Provence Nugget

Hemp Hearts - Raw Shelled Hemp Seeds

Hemp Hearts – Raw Shelled Hemp Seeds

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