May is Celiac Awareness Month Garden Lites Offers Gluten-Free, Delicious Veggies In Every Bite

May is Celiac Awareness Month, and Garden Lites offers products that are always gluten-free and made with vegetables as first ingredients. Gluten- free food is especially vital for all sufferers of Celiac Disease, a genetic autoimmune disease which damages the small intestine. Celiac Disease impacts over 3 million Americans, and since the first Celiac Awareness Month in 1987 the number of gluten-free individuals in the US has skyrocketed to over 50 million.Garden Lites is proud to provide great gluten-free options for both Celiac disease sufferers and those who are gluten-free for other reasons such as a gluten allergy or another intolerance. Garden Lites offers portable, nutritionally dense gluten free foods such as Garden Lites Superfood Veggie Cakes, muffins, Chocolate and Blueberry Oat muffins and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Power Muffins.

The line of gluten free products include:

  • Garden Lites® Superfood Veggie Cakes:

 Experts agree that superfoods are incredibly good for you. Garden Lites® Superfood Veggie Cakes Superfood Blend are packed with nutrient-rich superfood veggies like kale and cauliflower.  Garden Lites® Superfood Veggie Cakes with Kale & Quinoa are also packed with nutrient-rich superfoods like kale and quinoa.  The line packs only 100 calories!  Garden Lites® Superfood Veggie Cakes come in a package of 6 veggie cakes for an SRP of $4.99. They are available in both frozen and refrigerated sections.

  • Garden Lites® Chocolate Muffins and Blueberry Oat  Muffins:

 You’ll never believe the first two ingredients in Garden Lites® Chocolate Muffins are zucchini and carrots.  Heat in the microwave to enjoy a chocolatey, decadent experience for only 120 calories.

The first ingredient in Garden Lites Blueberry Oat Muffins is zucchini. Every bite of Garden Lites Blueberry Oat muffins is bursting with plump blueberries.  Heat them in a microwave to enjoy a delightful blueberry packed muffin with only 120 calories.

All Garden Lites Muffins are Non-GMO and deliciously moist and a great source of fiber.  Garden Lites muffins come in a package of 6 muffins, for an SRP of $4.99.

  • Garden Lites Ninja Power Muffins

Perfect for breakfast, lunchtime or a snack, your child will love the fun characters and you’ll love the fact that zucchini is the first ingredient. Only 80 calories each, Garden Lites Ninja Power Muffins are Allergy-friendly; Gluten, Dairy & Nut Free! Perfect for lunchboxes.

Garden Lites has a variety of new products and increased distribution in the freezer section across the country. Some of the best selection can be found at Kroger, Meijer, Target, Costco, Shop Rite, Publix, Stop & Shop, Giant, HEB, Ralph’s, Fry’s, Whole Foods, and many more retailers and online for home delivery at thehealthfoodstore.comThe line also has the Good Housekeeping Nutrition Seal of Approval, which is the first health-conscious, lifestyle-aware seal in the food and beverage industry.

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About Garden Lites:

Garden Lites® is a Classic Cooking, LLC brand based in Rahway, NJ that produces delicious vegetable snack foods. Since 2008, Garden Lites has raised the bar in healthy foods by delivering full flavor that’s also veggie rich. Garden Lites has the Good Housekeeping Nutrition Seal of Approval and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2016 Cooking Light – The Healthiest Frozen Foods in the Supermarket: Breakfast; 2016 Grocery Headquarters Trailblazer Award; 2016 Parents Magazine 25 Best Frozen Food for Families; 2016 – Gluten Free Digest Chocolate Muffins; 2015 Pioneers of Better For You: Refrigerated and Frozen Foods and 2017 Runner’s World Editor’s Pick.

For more information on Garden Lites products, visit www.GardenLites.com and be sure to “Like” on Facebook and Follow on Twitter!

Once Again Nut Butter Amoré Hazelnut Spread is delicious!

Self Disclosure: “I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com) to use and post my honest opinions. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links.”

     

Looking for something great to put on your toast? I love the Once Again Nut Butter Amoré Hazelnut Spread! Besides tasting great, it is Non-GMO Project Verified, Gluten Free Certified, and Fair Trade Certified. I like that it also has no artificial flavors, colors or hydrogenated oils. There’s no need to refrigerate it after opening and besides putting it on toast, it is also great on ice cream! You can find some really great recipes on their website! I tried the Amoré Brownies and they were delicious!

I also am quite thrilled that this nut butter is high in protein and fiber and has fewer calories than other hazelnut spreads. It’s a big hit in our house!

Here’s a fun fact about the brand:

Their raccoon logo is named Rocky after the famous Beatles song Rocky Raccoon and was inspired by four baby raccoons that were found on their factory grounds. They were raised on organic nut butters, then released back into the wild. Now..how cool is that?!

Once Again Nut Butter Amoré Hazelnut Spread is available to purchase at natural food stores nationwide. You can find locations on their site and a 12 oz. jar retails for $9.95.

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May 18 is Natl. Cheese Souffle Day! Have you tried Jarlsberg® Cheese?

Jarlsberg® Cheese, the nationally recognized premium brand of cheese, invites you and your family to whip up a gourmet meal that is simple, elegant and scrumptious. May 18 is National Souffle Day – so why not celebrate in style with this incredible, easy-to-use recipe from Jarlsberg® Cheese?

PERFECT FOR THE WARM SUMMER EVENINGS

Depending on what ingredients you use, the Soufflé can be served both as a savory main dish or sweetened as a dessert. Here we’ve combined this French classic with a tangy lemon vinaigrette and a fresh tomato and watermelon salad which makes it perfect as an appetizer or main course, preferably enjoyed outdoors on one of those warm summer evenings.

Ingredients

JARLSBERG® CHEESE SOUFFLÉ

1 cup milk

2 dried bay leaves

2 shallots, finely chopped

4 small ramekins

Baking paper

1 cup butter

4 tbsp. plain flour

salt

1 pinch cayenne pepper

1 tbsp. Dijon mustard

1 cup grated Jarlsberg® cheese

5 eggs with the whites and yolks separated

Jarlsberg® cheese for the topping

WATER MELON SALAD

watermelon

1 cup tomatoes

1 cup hazelnuts, roasted

1 lime

1 orange

2 cups olive oil

MAKES 4 PORTIONS

TO MAKE THE SOUFFLE

Pre-heat the oven to 400 °F. In a pan, heat the milk, bay leaves and shallot until boiling. Remove the pan from the heat and let the contents rest for 20 minutes. Grease the inside of the ovenproof ramekins.

The soufflé mixture will rise quite high, so don’t overfill the ramekins. Melt the butter in a pan and stir in the flour.

Cook, stirring, for 1 min.

Strain the rested milk mixture, and gradually whisk it into the butter and flour mixture.

Cook over a low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens.

Remove from the heat. Stir in mustard, salt, cayenne pepper and grated Jarlsberg® cheese. Then stir the egg yolks into the mixture. Whisk the egg whites until stiff and gently fold them into the mixture, a little at a time. Divide the mixture between the greased ramekins.

Sprinkle a little extra Jarlsberg® cheese on top, if desired. Bake on the bottom shelf of the oven for 20-25 minutes until the soufflés are golden and well risen. They should be slightly soft in the middle. Slice the tomatoes and melon.

Make the vinaigrette by whisking the juice of the lime and the orange together with the oil and mixing well. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve the soufflés immediately after they are taken out of the oven.

Serve with the tomato and watermelon salad garnished with roasted hazelnuts and with the vinaigrette.

I recently received some delicious samples of Jarlsberg® Cheese and am really impressed! Stay tuned because they will be featured again soon!

About Jarlsberg® Cheese:

In 1956, we created Jarlsberg® Cheese, using an original Norwegian recipe. Why does Jarlsberg® cheese taste so mild, nutty and delicious? It’s all part of the legend…and Norway’s most guarded recipe!  Jarlsberg® Cheese is endorsed by the Good Housekeeping Nutritionist Approved Emblem. All Jarlsberg Cheese varieties are naturally lactose and gluten free.

For a complete product list and recipes, go to www.jarlsberg.com

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to post. I also received Information, image, and recipe to post. 

Kid-Friendly Snack that is a healthy option this Spring!

Have a picky eater that doesn’t like fruits and vegetables? The Phyter Foods has introduced the 1st line of refrigerated, veggie-based food bars that are really kid-friendly! I love that they have no preservatives and are free of chemicals and added oils and fats! They are also made with fresh vegetables and fruits as the leading ingredient. They are also soft to eat but do not stick to your teeth!

The Nutrition Bar Line features: Kale + Apple, Berries + Peanut Butter, Sweet Potato + Coconut, Butternut Squash + Peanut Butter and Beet + Cocoa food bars.

More info:

  • Loaded with phytonutrients – hence Phyter
  • 100% plant-based, Organic, GMO-free, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, kosher and vegan
  • Sweetened with low-glycemic coconut sugar to reduce blood sugar spikes
  • With no preservatives, the bars are found in the refrigerated area at the grocery store

Find out more at https://phyterfood.com

 

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. An image was also provided. 

It’s Spring! Time for the Spring Baby Round up!

Edushape’s Ladybug Sorter is equally comfortable in or out of the bath or pool and can also be used on the floor, table or desk.  The Edu-Foam lily pad bottom makes the Ladybug float, and the six opening and shapes are perfect for sorting and fun learning.  Encourages small and gross motor skills; logic & reasoning; hand eye coordination and visual sensory development.
Edushape is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year while continuing to create toys that will educate, inspire and entertain generations of children to come.  Edushape remains true to its mission of viewing the world through a child’s eye.  I love that this one can also be used in the bath! You can find it here!
Also, find Edushape on Facebook! 
These next books are a must for your in-home library for your young children!

One year ago, a revolutionary series of #STEM books for kids was launched. The first Baby University books – Quantum Physics for BabiesRocket Science for BabiesABCs of MathematicsABCs of ScienceGoodnight Lab, and others – have gone on to sell 430,000 copies!

Chris Ferrie, the author of the series, is an award-wining physicist with a PhD in Applied Mathematics. He is also the father of four budding young scientists. Chris originally wrote and self-published Quantum Physics for Babies and Rocket Science for Babies as a way to each his children science and technology concepts early. Ferrie believes introducing babies & toddlers to math and science promotes literacy in these subjects when they encounter them in school.

Now, they have expanded the series! They have collaborated with other experts in science and technology, and covering even more complex subjects, such as Quantum Computing for Babies, with co-author William Hurley! More commonly known as whurley, he is an American entrepreneur and quantum computing rock star (he gave a keynote last week at SXSW on ‘The Endless Impossibilities of Quantum Computing’).

I love these books and highly recommend!

Find them here! 

This next product is something I haven’t seen before!

Inspired by Dr. May Loo’s experience as both a respected clinician, Chinese medicine expert and a mother, Dr. Loo’s Harmony Patchesbring innovation to the infant and child health category. Containing effective USDA certified organic ingredients (ginger, fennel and chamomile) that are safe even for the youngest members of the family, Harmony Patches deliver fast relief for specific symptoms when placed on strategic areas of the skin. And because the water-based adhesive used has no silicone, latex, acrylic, or rubber, Harmony Patches are very gentle and won’t irritate delicate baby skin.

The Harmony Patches contain effective USDA certified organic ingredients (ginger, fennel and chamomile) that are safe and effective, Harmony Patches deliver fast relief for specific symptoms when placed on strategic areas of the skin. And because the water-based adhesive used has no silicone, latex, acrylic, or rubber, Harmony Patches are very gentle and won’t irritate skin.

Compared to other topical remedies like oils and creams, Harmony Patches are

  • Not messy; do not leave residue or stains on skin or clothing
  • Easily applied and painlessly removed without leaving residue on the skin (even after hours of wear)
 They can be found on Amazon! 
This next one is another great one for the Bath!
 The Submarine Spray Station from Yookidoo! 
This one is a battery operated submarine with a water circulation pumping system that draws water from the tub and recycles a safe stream of water without wasting water from the tap. The water streams through the diver shower and is designed for easy grip and activation by small hands. I love how this one encourages independent play and exploration.
You can find on Amazon.com. 
Looking for new curtains for your little one’s room? Check out the Eclipse’s kids curtains! These aren’t your average curtains! 
    
The panels, made exclusively for kids, incorporate tons of different prints/styles/lengths and colors, and with their blackout and noise reducing capabilities, they might even keep the kiddos sleeping through the night (and not awake at the crack of dawn). Now, how cool is that?! The styles are sooo cute too!

Field Day Thermaback Blackout Curtains ($5.79-$8.09)
Jungle Party Thermaback Blackout Curtains ($12.19)
Pretty Princess Thermaback Blackout Curtains ($14.24)

Available at Target.com

MyScene Set Sail Thermaback Blackout Curtain ($20.99-23.99)
MyScene Tiny Bella Thermaback Blackout Curtain ($20.99-23.99))
Available at Kohl’s.com

Have a new baby in the house?

This one is a must-buy!

Adaptive Sound Technologies Inc., makers of the popular LectroFan, recently launched their latest product, the LectroFan Kinder. LectroFan Kinder is a plug-in night light that provides non-looping, soothing sounds to mask noise disturbances to create a comforting sleep environment for newborns and young children. With its iOS and Android companion sleep app, users can choose from 75 noise and lullaby options.

You can find on Amazon!

Going on a road trip this Spring? These products from diono are a must!

  • diono stow ‘n go keeps everything organized and easy to find when you need it. Our seatback organizer does it all with seven full sized pockets and two drink holders in a washable, waterproof fabric. The top fastens around any headrest while the bottom fastens around the seat for a secure fit. Folds for easy storage in seat back pocket when not in use.
  • diono travel pal is designed to keep books and toys neat and organized. It has a deep cargo bin for toys and lots of pockets for smaller things, too. It also has insulated drink holders and the entire cargo area is waterproof – just in case. Travel Pal fits between two child car seats and it’s big enough to hold everything for both children.
  • diono stuff ‘n scruff – Features washable, waterproof fabric to keep mud and dirt off the back of your vehicle’s seat. The pop open design maintains its shape providing full seat protection. The large cargo pocket holds everything. Fastens easily around any headrest and the adjustable lower tab secures it in place. Folds for easy storage in seat back pocket.
  • diono pop up trash bin – This collapsible storage bin pops open when needed for those extra toys or for trash. The drawstring top keeps items secure. Water resistant fabric. Collapses flat for storage and travel. 7″ W x 8″ H. Takes Bag It disposable trash bags (not included).

My favorite is the diono stow ‘n go! I think this one is a must for any one with young children!

This is a wonderful one for new Moms!

Founder Jamie Yetter, herself a mother of four, faced a common fear that many women have while nursing in public; the fear of being exposed!  This fear often kept her and other nursing mothers searching for a hidden place somewhere. Sometimes, it was impossible to nurse at all.  In researching available nursing cover options on the market, Yetter found none of these options offered the security of optimal privacy.  She designed a nursing cover that would not only offer all over coverage but would also allow for the cover to conveniently convert for use as a scarf, car seat cover and shopping cart cover.  Moms can truly nurse anytime, anywhere!  There is no more fear of being exposed with Covered Goods.

Covered Goods nursing covers allow for mom and baby to nurse comfortably.  The high quality covers are made from an ultra-comfy breathable lightweight and stretchy fabric.  There are no straps, rings, or cords to mess with.  The covers take seconds to put on and take off, and alleviate any worry that baby will kick or pull mom’s cover off.  The flexible neck is also designed to be able to be worn down under one arm to give mom even more freedom when nursing.  An added benefit of the flexible neck allows mom to peek in on baby or to make sure her little one has latched properly.  Covered Goods nursing covers can be folded compactly for storage and they are ideal for traveling with baby.

Covered Goods covers are available online at www.coveredgoods.com and at specialty boutiques and stores across North America.  Recommended retail: $34.99.

About Covered Goods™

San Clemente, CA-based Covered Goods was founded in 2012 by mom Jamie Yetter.  The original multi-use nursing cover, Covered Goods covers provide true all over coverage and can also be used as a scarf, car seat cover and shopping cart cover.  Covered Goods covers are manufactured in the USA.  For more information visit www.coveredgoods.com.

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MAM Perfect Night (glow in the dark) pacifiers are a must this Spring!

MAM, a leading designer brand of award-winning, medically sound and innovative baby products introduces the MAM Perfect Pacifier, which has been clinically proven to support healthy jaw and tooth development. The MAM Perfect Night, a glow in the dark pacifier is also offered.

The MAM Perfect comes in a convenient storage case that allows the pacifier to be quickly sterilized in a microwave, reassuring parents of the health protection for their children. An easy hold button is also featured on the pacifier making it simple for baby to grab and easy for parents to attach to a pacifier clip. It’s curved shield, big air holes and innovative inside surface comforts baby and helps to prevent skin irritation.

Offered in a range of designs featuring cute and whimsical animals and cheerful stars and moons for babies of all ages (0-6 months and 6+ months), the MAM Perfect and MAM Perfect Night are available at Babies “R” Us and Amazon. The pacifiers are sold in a single pack at a recommended retail pricing of $5.49 and in a two-pack with a recommended retail of $8.99.

About MAM – standard setting baby products 

MAM combines technological innovation, medical function and contemporary design to develop superior baby care products that support a baby’s development from day one. Since MAM developed its first pacifier in Vienna in 1976, it has evolved to become a global authority on baby care product design and quality. Today MAM products are used by families in over 60 countries and on six continents. To find out more and view MAM’s baby care range of award-winning pacifiers, bottles, cups, teethers, oral care items, coordinating accessories and gift sets visit www.mambaby.com.

 

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Warmer weather this season means that Babo Botanicals clear zinc sunscreen spf 30 is a must! 

Help prevent sunburn with Babo Botanicals SPF 30 clear zinc sunscreen. Our formula is non-nano, contains high UVB/UVA protection and, as always, is all natural and kid-safe.Contains 19.0% Zinc, the most effective and safest sunscreen ingredient, and skin-soothing certified organic oils. This hypo-allergenic clear zinc sunscreen is non-greasy and doesn’t run in eyes. I love this one! It really works great! Babo Botanicals sunscreen products are reef safe and free of oxybenzone and octinoxate.

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The b.box Snack Pack is just perfect for Spring Picnics and travel this Spring! 

Australia based b.box was founded in 2007 by Dannielle Michaels and Monique Filer.  b.box products are fun and functional to make parent’s lives that little bit easier with a touch of cool thrown in.  The award-winning b.box collection of innovative designed everyday baby essentials includes the Travel Drying Rack, Sippy Cups, Diaper Wallet, Baby Bottle + Dispenser, Diaper Caddy, bibs, Snack Pack, Mesh Feeder, Baby Spoon, Bowl + Straw, Toddler Cutlery Set and Divided Plates.  For more information visit www.bboxbaby.com. The Snack Pack is just perfect for toddlers!

Look for them online!

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Happy Spring! Stay tuned for upcoming Summer Baby round up in June!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Images were also provided.

 

 

 

 

Spice Islands® Teams up with Taste Buds Kitchen To Bring The World of Spices To Home Chefs

Spice Islands teams up with Taste Buds Kitchen as their Official Spice Partner in a year-long program that includes thousands of cooking classes, workshops and special events nationwide from May 2018 through May 2019.  Spice Islands selected Taste Buds Kitchen for this alliance to support the cooking school’s mission to provide home chefs cooking classes that are fun, educational, enjoyable and easy. During the classes instructors guide participants in amazing ways to cook with spices to enhance meals for the whole family. Cooking classes using Spice Islands will inspire people to turn to spices when creating recipes to make them more interesting and flavorful. The classes will bring to life such dishes as Homemade Garam Masala using several Spice Islands Spices, Poached Pears featuring Spice Islands Saigon Cinnamon, Butternut Squash Empanadas featuring Spice IslandsGarlic Powder and Smoked Paprika as well as hundreds of other recipes and ideas. For more information including the upcoming schedule and to register for Taste Buds Kitchen cooking classes featuring Spice Islands premium spices, visit www.tastebudskitchen.com.

“We are delighted to partner with Taste Buds Kitchen to create a program for a year-long series of classes that allows Spice Islands to be part of thousands of classes, workshops and events for people to really enjoy and learn more about spices,” says Julie Gould, Spice Islands Brand Manager. “We know that home cooks will love the Taste Buds Kitchen classes and learn how to bring the world of flavor home.”

“Our program truly is one of laughter, fun and food and we are thrilled to showcase and use the high quality Spice Islands in our classes, workshops and parties,’’ says Taste Buds Kitchen Founder, Jessi Brelsford.

The union between Spice Islands and Taste Buds Kitchen is a perfect match as it allows the home cook to learn about the value of cooking with spices and ways to incorporate spices into meals, through the series of classes and workshops that will take place over the year.

Taste Buds Kitchen’s mission is to be the top culinary entertainment experience for kids, families and adults by engaging and delighting our budding chefs in the kitchen. They support kids, families and food and strive to create a lifestyle around connecting, learning and growing in the culinary playground of the kitchen. What began as a few holiday baking classes and cupcake birthday parties, quickly evolved into much more. Taste Buds Kitchen events now include an ever-growing variety of culinary classes, parties, camps and special events that combine a mix of hands-on engaging recipes, both savory and sweet, for kids and adults.

Taste Buds Kitchen and Spice Islands know that not all spices are created equal. To achieve such rich flavors and premium quality, Spice Islands buys many spices whole, such as black peppercorns from Vietnam, India and Malaysia, and then mills them in its facility to release their rich flavors and capture them in each bottle.  Spice Islands premium spices and seasonings adhere to strict specifications to ensure high volatile oil levels, meaning a higher quality and more flavorful product.  From cultivating long term relationships with farmers throughout the world, to handpicking many of the spices, to maintaining traditions of drying many of the herbs and spices in the sun – tender care is put into each harvest to ensure the highest quality product.

Try these delicious recipes from Taste Buds Kitchens using Spice Islands Spices.

Spice Islands® Butternut Squash Empanadas

A Taste Buds Kitchen recipe

Makes 12, approximate 4” empanadas

Ingredients

2 cups                 all-purpose flour

¼ cup                  cornmeal

1 tbsp.                Spice Islands® Dried Oregano

2 tsp.                   sugar

2 tsp.                   Spice Islands® Paprika

2 tsp.                   Spice Islands® Salt

6 tbsp.                unsalted butter, cold

2                           eggs

½ cup                  water (more or less as needed)

Filling

7 oz.                    butternut squash, roasted and mashed

2 tbsp.                frozen corn

¼                          red bell pepper, diced

¼                          onion, diced

2                           garlic cloves, minced

2 oz.                    cheddar cheese, grated

¼ cup                  vegetable stock

2 tbsp.                olive oil

¼ tsp.                  Spice Islands® Garlic Powder

1 tsp.                   Spice Islands® Cumin

Pinch                   Spice Islands® Salt and Pepper

Egg Wash

1                                                           Egg

                             2 tbsp.                water

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients for the dough; flour, cornmeal, Spice Islands Oregano, sugar, Spice Islands Paprika and Spice Islands Salt. Cut butter in and mix until if forms pea-size pieces. Then add eggs, mixing one at a time. If the mixture is dry, add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and mix until it just comes together as a dough that forms a ball and is not sticky to the touch. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for a minimum of 30 minutes.

While the dough chills, make the filling. Sautѐ onion and red pepper until soft, then add minced garlic until fragrant. Add to a medium mixing bowl with mashed butternut squash, corn, grated cheddar cheese, vegetable stock, olive oil, Spice Islands garlic powder, Spice Islands Cumin and Spice Islands Garlic Powder, Spice Islands Salt and Pepper. Mix thoroughly until combined.

Once dough is chilled, cut into individual portions, about 1.7 oz. each. Roll out the dough portions between 2 pieces of parchment paper about ¼” thick, into 4: circles. Then place a heaping spoonful of butternut squash filling into the middle of each round (be very generous with the filling). Fold dough circle in half, over the filling and seal with a fork.

Place on prepared baking sheet and brush each empanada with egg wash (egg and water whisked together). Bake for 15 – 20 minutes until golden brown. Let cool slightly before serving.

Spice Islands® Red Wine Poached Pears

A Taste Buds Kitchen Recipe

Serves 4 adults, approximately ½ pear per person

Ingredients

1 ½ cups             red wine

1 ½ cups             water

¼ cup                  sugar

½                          orange, sliced

4                           cloves

1                           Spice Islands® Cinnamon Stick

1                           Spice Islands® Star Anise

2                           Bosc pears

Whipped cream

½ cup                  heavy cream

1 tbps                  confectioners sugar

1 tsp                    Spice Islands® Vanilla Extract

Pinch                   freshly grated Spice Islands Cinnamon

Instructions

In a shallow pot, large enough to hold several pears laying flat on the bottom, bring red wine, water, sugar, orange slices and Spice Islands spices to a boil and reduce to a simmer.

While liquid boils, peel pears, but in half and core. Leave stem attached if possible. Place pears into simmering poaching liquid and poach for 30 – 60 minutes (depending on size and ripeness of pear) until tender when pierced with a fork.

While pears poach, make fresh whipped cream. Put heavy cream, confectioners sugar and vanilla extract in a large bowl and whisk briskly until fluffy (do not over whip). Keep whipped cream chilled until pears are ready.

Once pears are poached, move to a cutting board and cut 5 – 6 slices out of each half, keeping the top intact. Fan pear slices out onto a plate. Top with whipped cream and freshly grated Spice Islands Cinnamon.

Credit: Spice Islands®.

About Spice Islands

Since 1941, Spice Islands has sourced only the highest-quality spices from around the world. Discover a world of flavor in your own kitchen with our premium Saigon Cinnamon, Cumin, Bay Leaves and many more fine spices, seasonings, dried herbs, extracts and flavorings sure to make your next meal an adventure.

About B&G Foods, Inc.

Based in Parsippany, New Jersey, B&G Foods, Inc. (NYSE: BGS) and our subsidiaries manufacture, sell and distribute high-quality, branded shelf-stable and frozen foods across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.  With our diverse portfolio of more than 50 brands you know and love, including Back to NatureB&GB&MCream of WheatGreen GiantLas Palmas,Le SueurMama Mary’sMaple Grove FarmsMrs. DashNew York StyleOrtegaPirate’s BootyPolanerSnackWell’sSpice Islands and Victoria, there’s a little something for everyone.  For more information about B&G Foods and our brands, please visit www.bgfoods.com.

The SoCal City Kids 2018 Mother’s Day Gift Suggestions!

Does a Mom you know have a baby or a child that absolutely LOVES their phone? This is a must-have!  PhoneSoap Charger 2.0 is proud to be the first and only cell phone charger that cleans and sanitizes your phone while it charges. Now you can augment your daily charge with a sanitizing process. With PhoneSoap, a charged phone is a clean phone.  Did you know your cell phone is 18 times dirtier than a public toilet? We are constantly transferring bacteria onto our devices from everything we touch. You wash your hands, but never clean your phone. The PhoneSoap Charger cleans and sanitizes your phone in less than five minutes while it charges, and it is the safest and most complete way to kill all the bacteria growing on your phone. Using UV light to safely get rid of bacteria, the PhoneSoap charger does not use heat, liquid or chemicals. PhoneSoap Charger is universal, and designed to fit even the largest smartphones. No need to worry if you want to charge and clean your phone overnight, the PhoneSoap charger has unique acoustic outlets designed to let you hear your notifications and alarms even when your phone is inside. You will be able to hear your alarm, notifications and calls loud and clear. $59.95 in black and white www.phonesoap.com

Update: 

 PhoneSoap has actually recently come out with a version 3.0, and it’s available in a range of colors, including Orchid, Silver, White, Black, Sand, Gold and Aqua. And, in honor of Mother’s Day, for every Orchid PhoneSoap 3.0 sold, $5 will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation from now until May 12.

Pamper Mom this Mother’s Day!

GIFTS FOR MOTHERS & OTHERS

MANGIACOTTI Home, Personal Care, Bath & Body and Soy Candles Hand-Crafted with essential oils and plant-derived ingredients

Good for you, Good for the Planet

Hand-Finished by Citizens with Disabilities!

I just love their products! I highly recommend the Bath & Body products this Mother’s Day! They smell great!

Mangiacotti offers products and packaging made from recyclable materials, vegetable-based inks and formulas that are kind to Mother Earth. The complete line of home, personal care, bath and body products and soy candles are made with essential oils and plant-derived ingredients and are never tested on animals.  The Company was founded with really, really good intentions and products that are all made in America and hand finished by citizens with disabilities.  CEO Michele Mangiacotti has made it her mission to be an “agent of change”, by not only employing adults with disabilities, but in taking inspiration for all of Mangiacotti’s 2018 product packaging design directly from artwork created by disabled adults.  Mangiacotti funds an independent art program ensuring independence, empowerment, and inclusion of all in all aspects of society.  The brand also is involved with several community outreach programs, food banks and services in Massachusetts where their corporate offices are based.  Mangiacotti recently launched their See The Good Project and hash tag with a goal to coordinate worldwide community service events, fundraisers, goods deeds and inspiring events through social conversation on social media.

Looking for another pampering idea? I love this next one!

 Kiehl’s newest, luscious mask, Kiehl’s Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Mask, a luxurious, pampering formula that allows you (and Mom) to nourish your skin and combat aging while you sleep.

Kiehl’s Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Mask$54, available now at Kiehls.com and Kiehl’s stores near you, is a velvety formula to add to a bedtime skincare routine, with an incredible fragrance, sustainably sourced Ginger Leaf Extract, and botanical Hibiscus to improve dull and tired skin by morning.

To use this new formula, simply replace your evening moisturizer with the mask—recommended 5 times a week—and leave on. The rich, velvety texture fully absorbs for overnight wear (no messy pillows!) and most importantly, smoother-looking skin by morning. It’s an incredibly indulgent way to relax, end your day, and nourish your skin.

I also love thier Face Sheet Masks! Kiehl’s Instant Renewal Concentrate Mask, $32 for 4, this month at Kiehls.comOur first sheet mask!  The oil-infused hydrogel-biocellulose mask includes a blend of three cold-pressed oils from the Brazilian Amazon: Copaiba Resin OilPracaxi Oil and Andiroba Oil to help provide immediate hydration and softer feeling, smoother looking skin over time.

The formula is infused into the mask material, providing a unique delivery system, allowing skin to be indulged and replenished with moisture in a way that’s not greasy. The two-piece mask comfortably adheres to the skin for intense nourishing moisture and, after just ten minutes of use, reveals a renewed state of hydration for a softer, brighter looking complexion.

I loved how my skin felt after using one of these sheet masks!

Looking for something sweet to send Mom this Mother’s Day?

Mother’s Day Goodies from Allies GF Goodies will be a hit!

 Allies Gluten-Free Goodies, a scrumptious bakery based in Long Island, NY which is dedicated to providing baked goods to individuals with food sensitivities and other dietary issues. Owner Allison Luckman started the bakery due to dietary restrictions with her own children that was passed down from Allies own food intolerance. Allie wanted to make sure all children and anyone suffering can finally enjoy delicious “goodies” safely and not miss out on taste. Spring/Mother’s Day is upon us and we think everybody should be able to have a safe treat, so I’d love for you to consider Allies GF Goodies for any round-ups you might be doing. Perfect for spring dinners and backyard parties, Mother’s Day brunch and ideal as a hostess gift.

With a variety of baked goods, anyone that suffers from Gluten intolerance, has Celiac disease, or just for those individuals that are trying to eat right and/or avoid wheat, dairy and starch, Allies GF Goodies is the place to go to get kosher, nut free, gluten-free, dairy-free, shellfish free, legume-free baked goods. From cookies and cupcakes to brownies, cakes, bagels, challah and baguettes – the bakery offers a delicious and safe baked products for just about anyone.  Special custom orders are available upon request.

I had the opportunity to taste one and it was delicious! It didn’t last long in my house!

For a complete list visit www.alliesgfg.com

Does Mom have a Google Home? If so, she will love the LOFT (battery base for Google Home)!

LOFT is a portable battery base for the Google Home that let’s you unplug and take Google anywhere
you choose. The powerful lithium-ion rechargable battery provides up to 6*unplugged hours of use.
LOFT simply slides on replacing your current base, giving you cord-free mobility at home. 4 LED lights
on the front of LOFT indicates the remaining battery life before needing another charge.

I love how easy this is to use!

Suggested retail $49.95. On Sale for $39.95! Find it at https://ninety7.com/

Does Mom love to take a bath? She will just love these products from Ancient Beauty Traditions!

In time for Mother’s Day gifting, the Treets Traditions natural body care collection brings beauty back to the motherland. From the coasts of Asia to the terrains of Africa, this culture-rich collection has resurrected a tried and true beauty secret for each and every moms’ at home spa experience. Although our ancestors didn’t have cosmetic procedures and fancy day creams to maintain their skin, beauty was still a priority. For thousands of years, people relied on the healing power of nature for their skin health. Treets Traditions employs the power of herbs, flowers and plant extracts to produce a timeless variety of shower creams, body oils, bath fizzers, moisturizers and more. I tried their healing in harmony tea bags for bath and love them! These are a must for all Moms!

Treets Traditions Products Are Free Of:

• Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

• Parabens

• Microplastics

• Silicones

• Colorants

• Mineral Oil

Full line of products available at HSN.com

Do you have a Mom who loves to run? The RunLites Gloves are a must-buy for her! These gloves are great for all fitness buffs!

The “gloves” feature the following:

Breathable fabric
Reflective strips
Deeply padded palms
Sleek and snug LED light pocket
Special opening for rechargeable cable
Finger pulls for easy glove removal
…and more!

They have so many different styles too! I also love that they are stylish and very comfortable to wear! Check them out at https://store.gorunlites.com/

I love these next choices for Mother’s Day from Dr. Whitney Bowe + Josie Maran!

The Beauty of Dirty Skin by Dr. Whitney Bowe ($23.00 at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com)
In The Beauty of Dirty Skin, Celebrity NYC-based dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe shows readers that skin health is so much more than skin deep. With simple explanations of science, DIY practical at-home tricks and tweaks to make to your diet and beauty routine, and a life-changing 21-day program, this book is your roadmap to glowing skin from the inside out and the outside in.
      
Revive, nourish and hydrate skin for an all-day poreless-looking glow with these multi-tasking, argan-infused gift sets from Josie Maran.
Josie Maran Argan Beauty Canvas ($45.00 at josiemarancosmetics.com)
Josie Maran Argan Nourishing Kit ($100 at josiemarancosmetics)

Does Mom have Curls? 

Mother’s Day Gifts under $100.00 Five Haircare Products for Moms With Curls!

The Doux is a line of hair care (created by a mother of 5) getting attention for bold packaging, clever product names inspired by 90’s hip hop and being a go-to option for natural curls, wavy, loose, or super tight. Available at select Target stores and at Thedoux.com  All 5 products pictured above are available for under $75.00!

*SUCKA FREE™ Moisturizing Shampoo

Sulphate & Paraben-free Shampoo with Shea Butter & Sea Silk. A gentle cleansing shampoo for thick, dry, or color-treated hair. A one-of-a-kind shampoo that cleanses hair while providing the ultimate hydration. Safe for color-treated and chemically treated hair, as well as all hair types, this moisturizing shampoo also protects hair from heat and sun damage with Shea Butter and Sea Silk to leave your curls feeling clean and soft.

MSRP: $12.99.

*FRESH RINSE™ Moisturizing Conditioner

Ultra-hydrating conditioner has amazing slip for easy detangling. Sea silk smooths the cuticle, leaving hair frizz-free and full of body. Sulfate-free and paraben-free hydrating conditioner formulated with the perfect combination of Shea Butter and Sea Silk. This ultra-moisturizing conditioner hydrates hair and provides thermal and environmental protection.

MSRP: $12.99.

*BONITA AFRO BALM™ 

Shine Enhancing Texture Cream is a must for girls who crave that sexy, wavy, beachy, mermaid hair.  Just a nickel sized amount in damp long hair achieves the look when letting it air dry or blowdryer on low. Bonita Afro Balm is a salon-quality multi-purpose styling cream for different styles and textures. With the power of the Goji Berry and other organic botanicals, it improves overall hair shine, softness, and moisture. It reduces frizz and fly-aways and lengthen curls for more manageability and control for natural curls, twists, braids, or anything in between. Certified organic botanicals, alcohol & paraben free. MSRP: $15.99.

*MOUSSE DEF™ Texture Foam Non-flaking mousse gives touchable definition to curly styles free of stiffness, cloudiness, or crunch and provides the perfect amount of hold to define your curls or control your sleek look. Soy proteins and natural humectants make this humidity-resistant styling aid ideal for thermal styling as well. The Doux Mousse Def Texture Foam gives definition, shine, and volume to every hair type and curl pattern.  MSRP: $14.99

*THE LIGHT™ Is a multi-purpose Shine Mist which preserves color and protects hair from heat styling and environmental damage. It reduces drying time when used prior to blow drying and delivers weightless shine to finished looks. Adds natural luster to natural styles. Infused with Black Cacao, Passion Fruit, and Palm Oil. MSRP: $14.99.

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Self Disclosure: I may have received free samples of the above items to facilitate this post. No compensation was received and images were provided. 

 

Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Strawberry Yogurt Muffins are great for busy Moms on the go! Rad about the Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Strawberry Yogurt Muffins and the Mother’s Day Spa Giveaway!

Are you a busy Mom always on the go?  Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Strawberry Yogurt Muffins will be a hit with you and your family!

These are really tasty! They only lasted about a week in my house! Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Strawberry Yogurt Muffins are made with real strawberries and come in perfectly portioned pouches ideal for breakfast or snacking on-the-goWith less than 200 calories per pouch, Little Bites® Strawberry Yogurt Muffins are a good source of calcium and vitamin D, and contain no high fructose corn syrup or trans-fat, making them a snack kids will love and a choice parents can feel good about.

You also don’t want to miss this amazing sweepstakes! Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Strawberry Yogurt Muffins and the Mother’s Day Spa Giveaway!

 Entenmann’s® Little Bites® is thanking moms for all that they do for everyone by giving away five $100 spa gift cards!

o   Simply log on to [https://www.littlebites.com/mothersday] to enter for a chance to win the special treat.

For more information about Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Strawberry Yogurt Muffins please visit www.littlebites.com

         Don’t forget to try the NEW Little Bites® rewards program! Buy 10 five-count boxes of Little Bites® snacks and get 1 FREE! Send in your receipts by text message, email or website. To get started, send a text message with the keyword “Little Bites” to 811-811, email to redeem@Rewards.LittleBites.com or visit http://rewards.littlebites.com.

In time for Mother’s Day, what better way to celebrate than by creating a deliciously edible bouquet featuring Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Strawberry Yogurt Muffins?

We have also teamed up for a giveaway! SoCal City Kids is responsible for the giveaway and Entenmann’s® Little Bites® is only providing the $25 Visa digital gift card and (3) coupons for $5.00 off the purchase of any Entenmann’s® Little Bites®.  SoCal City Kids will select the winner! Deadline to enter is Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 13th) at 12 pm pst. U.S. Residents only. To enter, leave a comment below telling us your favorite Entenmann’s® Little Bites® product!

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

Self Disclosure: I received free samples and some form of compensation was received to facilitate this post. Logo (top image) was also provided as well as the DIY video.