Why We Love and How We Use Fresh Produce

Why We Love and How We Use Fresh Produce

Summer time brings so many opportunities for cook outs and picnics with family and friends, and one thing that makes these events even more special is that we can use fresh ingredients.  When you get ready to make a salad or a homemade fruit pie, do you ever think about where your ingredients come from? [Read more…]

Cooking with Chef’d + a Giveaway


Do you or someone in your family LOVE cooking gourmet meals from scratch?  Do you love to cook but don’t always have the time to do it?  Or do you love cooking but hate braving the stores to buy all those must-have ingredients for a fresh, gourmet meal?  Then today’s post is definitely for you!  This month my family and I had the opportunity to cook fresh gourmet style meals at home with Chef’d!  Chef’d is a service that delivers fresh ingredients right to your door, helping you to make delicious meals that your family loves.

When you visit their website, you will have access to over 300 recipes!  Then just select the recipes you wish to purchase, along with the date when you’d like for your meal plans to be delivered, and voila, you will receive an awesome box filled with everything you need to make those delicious meals.  One thing I loved about Chef’d is that they had great variety of meals; they have recipes for a variety of dietary restrictions (vegan, gluten-free, etc.)  And they have a lot of fancy, gourmet foods to fit anyone’s tastes.  But they also had a number of simple, family friendly meals, which is what I love to cook! Let me tell you a little bit about my experience with the company. [Read more…]

Friday Favorites Linky Party – Week 341

Hi everyone! Hope you are having a good week.  This week things have finally cooled down a bit in my area; the weather has been just perfect!  I can’t wait to break out the fall wardrobe in the next week or two!  With fall clearly in the air, I just HAD to feature this super cute fall porch decor from Sew Can Do.  She does something I love, which is to take simple elements and whip them into a a fabulous display!  And the other ladies brought their own taste of fall to the party as well.  Hope you love all of this week’s ideas and will join us in sharing your creations!

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And if you love all of this week’s favorites, please pin, share, and invite your friends to this week’s linky party! [Read more…]

Eating Healthier – The Perfect BBQ

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With so many of us focused on better living and a healthier lifestyle, we have become more aware of the need to enjoy a more balanced diet. Reduced fat this, low cholesterol that, organic, free range or no added sugar, the list goes on. All of these options are being used on food labels to market and promote a healthier way of eating.

A better idea, is to simply cook our food in a way which is healthier. One of these ways is very traditional, one that you probably already know. It brings us and nature together and allows us to have fun with friends and family outdoors – the barbecue or BBQ for short!

Choosing the right food to cook at your BBQ

The right cut of meat is one way of reducing fat content, especially in things like sausages. When selecting your meat choose chicken breast or tenderloins over wings or thighs, as well as lean steaks.

If you make your own burger patties, use extra lean minced meat to ensure a lower fat content. Try to avoid high fat content sausages. Despite being heavily laden with fat, they also tend to make the BBQ smoke more and increase the chances of BBQ ‘flare ups’ (when fat is exposed to high temperatures, like an open flame). It is also a good idea to add more seafood to the list of BBQ grilled food. Prawns, calamari or white fish fillets are great cooked on the grill, and have lower calories than a lot of meats. See more other recipes that you can cook with seafood to serve to your guests. Cooking vegetables on the grill are also a great addition, and the added aroma will be an interesting sensation for the taste buds.

Fewer Sauces and More Greens!

The more traditional heavyweights such as potato, coleslaw or even pasta salads are packed with carbohydrates and / or fat. Try to add an interesting range of green leaf salads, with a mixture of different types of lettuce. Or, even go for something like beetroot, or green bean salads. Green leafy salads and lettuce are packed full of vitamins and precious minerals, which are healthy for you.

Barbecues are normally awash with different types of sauces that are also packed full of sugars and carbs. Try to create some simple dressings with extra virgin olive oil or lemon, which will enhance the flavours but also help with digestion.

Be Safe!

There are many unfortunate accidents when lighting or handling a barbecue. To reduce this risk, we suggest that you place your barbecue in a safe place before you even begin. The barbecue is normally the focal point of any gathering, but remember fires can start in a split second.

Make sure you set your BBQ up on a level ground and away from bushes, plants or anything combustible.

When you are lighting your barbecue, be sure to have an extinguisher handy, and try to use prepackaged lighting aids to avoid spraying flammable liquids onto naked flames. Many incidents are caused by flash flames, through the use of the wrong type of lighting fuel. A barbecue is supposed to be fun – practice being safe and this can avoid any incidents.

The right grill for you!

Choosing the right type of barbecue to sit with your outdoor furniture is something else you may want to consider. These days there are many new types of grill on the market that use different types of fuel.

If you are thinking of planning a summer barbecue perhaps now is the time to shop online and check out some of the latest ranges on offer.

V8 V-Fusion + Energy and 5 Energy Boosting Foods and a Giveaway

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #V8EnergyBoost #CollectiveBias

V8 V-Fusion Energy and 5 Energy Boosting Foods


Are your lazy days of summer not so lazy?  For a lot of moms, the summer season is anything BUT lazy!  Since we have an older kid, I don’t have to worry about planning activities for him during the day, but I still have to make sure he’s taken care of and has lunch and snacks for the day (and this is in addition to my other regular duties of making dinner, working, and taking care of the house).

And then in July when band camp comes around, look out! For my husband and I, band camp starts early, ends late, and is basically a day of driving back and forth.  Since I do most of my work at night and generally get very little sleep, a day of driving back and forth is definitely not good for me!  By the end of last year’s band camp, I think I was more tired than Noah!

I’ve always been known as an energetic person…people are usually amazed at how much energy I have, but as I’ve entered my 30’s I am starting to feel (dare I say it?) older and with everything I’ve got going on, my energy levels are sometimes zapped to virtually nothing!  But I’m working to combat this!  One key way to boost energy is with Energy Boosting Foods! [Read more…]

Fast Low-Calorie Breakfasts with Jimmy Dean Delights #BreakfastDelight #PMedia #ad

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Jimmy Dean, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #BreakfastDelight http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO.
Jimmy Dean Delights

I grew up eating Jimmy Dean sausage biscuits for breakfast.  Now the brand I knew and loved as a kid has a variety of products available, including Jimmy Dean Delights.  This line is a great low calorie option.  Each Jimmy Dean Delights product is 300 calories or less per serving, and the line includes a diverse selection of products: [Read more…]

A Month of School Lunch Ideas

Now that school’s been back in session for a couple of months, you might find yourself stuck in a rut for lunch.  This infographic provides you with a month’s worth of  simple lunch ideas and shopping lists to help you stock up for lunch this month.

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Friday Favorites – Week 168

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Welcome to Friday Favorites!  Hope you all had a great Memorial Day and an awesome month of May! While you’re here, please enter latest giveaway from Publix!

Also, in conjunction with this past month’s promotion with The Home Depot, I’d like to ask all of your to join their Garden Club.  You’ll get great tips, $5 off your next $50 purchase, $300 in annual savings, AND if you join, you and I could both win $500.  To join and be eligible to win the $500, use this link and enter the activation code: GCSweeps

Hope you enjoy this week’s features! [Read more…]