The kids are grown, now what?: April 2012

Monday, April 30, 2012

Summer is Here! Are You Ready to Grill?

My favorite part of summer is the grilling! One of the things I like to do is cook extra on the grill so that we have enough left over for meals for a couple of days. If you are looking for something easy and delicious try marinating boneless chicken breasts or thighs in Italian, Greek or Caesar Salad Dressing and then toss on the grill. Great with a salad, in a salad or as a sandwich!

Looking to replace your barbecue tools? Classic Kitchen Products has you covered! Check out this awesome 3 piece BBQ Set from Charmglow. This high quality 3 piece wooden bbq set has patented heat resistant rubber grips and comes with tongs, a 3 in 1 spatula with cutting and toothed edges and a BBQ fork. All of the tools have a non-stick coating for easy clean up! This would be a great Father's Day gift!

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Aromatic Yellow Rice from the Spicy Gourmet

A few weeks ago I stumbled across The Spicy Gourmet. Dinesh (the owner of The Spicy Gourmet) and I spoke on the phone and I am  so excited to be working with him! I received the Complete Spice Blending Collection in the mail and started cooking right away!

The Complete Spice Blending Collection is AMAZING! It contains 16 USDA Certified Organic & Fair Trade whole and milled PREMIUM spices, a spice grinder and a guide/recipe booklet to get your started. 

I started with the Aromatic Yellow Rice.  I assembled all of my ingredients and started opening the spice containers.Wow! These spices are so incredibly fragrant. The smell is wonderful! I placed the spices that need to be toasted into a pan.

You can not beat the aroma from these spices as they were toasting! Next everything went into my rice cooker (you can also use a sauce pan if you don't have a rice cooker).

20 minutes later the rice is ready! The flavors are so wonderful and it smells heavenly!

Delicious! You can watch the video and get the recipe by clicking here.

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Roasted Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes in My Bialetti Pasta Pot

I have this thing for cookware. I MUST have all manner of gadgets, pots and pans. The first time I saw the Bialetti Pasta Pot I knew I HAD to have it. I resent my colander. I find it bulky, difficult to store and even harder to clean. I WANTED A PASTA POT! Needless to say, I was beyond thrilled to get the chance to try one out. A little about Bialetti:

Bialetti began in Italy but has become a leading brand around the world because `our high-quality products bring simplicity, functionality and beauty to the kitchen. Our advanced technology and distinctive styling combine to create cookware that is simple to use and simply beautiful. 

The Pasta Pot is oval shaped so that you can fit spaghetti or lasagna noodles in without breaking them (I love this). It holds 5 quarts and has this wonderful perforated lid that locks into place. All you have to do is remove from heat and drain! Easy!

I have made a few pasta dishes in my pasta pot. I have also used it for potatoes! I figured if it's good for pasta it's good for potatoes and it is! Here is my recipe for Roasted Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes.

4 Large Potatoes, Peeled and quartered
1 Bulb of Roasted Garlic
3 TBSP Butter
2 ounces Cream Cheese
3/4 C Grated Parmesan

Cook potatoes in Bialetti Pasta Pot. Drain water. Add the roasted garlic and start mashing the potatoes and garlic together. Add remaining ingredients and mix until smooth. Salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

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Need an Idea for a Mother's Day Gift?

Are you looking for the perfect Mother's Day gift? Is your Mom a foodie? Are you a foodie? Well I have teamed up with Classic Kitchen Products to show you some great options for you and your Mom!

Check out this beautiful Stainless Steel Oval Hanging Pot Rack! I have been envious of people who have pot racks. I really want one and this is perfect. This pot rack holds up to 40 lbs and includes EVERYTHING you will need to install it. It even comes with a 5 year limited warranty.

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DIY Lip Gloss — Slop Swap

Check out what my friend Dawn over at Slop Swap is doing!

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Guest Post: Healing on Four Paws

I want to thank author Charmaine Hammond for stopping by today.

Excerpt: On Toby's Terms

Chapter One

Oh, Toby!

Mother's Day iPad 2 Giveaway!

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Here's What You Get!
Color: WhiteStorage:16 GBWi-Fi: Stay Connected at any of thousands of internet hotspots, including your home wireless network. Get online from the couch, check email at school, download an app at the library or read the local news at your favorite cafe. iPad with Wi-Fi makes it easy to stay connected.Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technologyHeight: 9.50 inches (241.2 mm)Width: 7.31 inches (185.7 mm)Weight: 1.33 pounds (601 g)Display: 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology. 1024-by-768-pixel resolution. Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating. Cameras, Photos, and Video Recording: Back camera: Video recording, HD (720p) up to 30 frames per second with audio; still camera with 5x digital zoom. Front camera: Video recording, VGA up to 30 frames per second with audio; VGA-quality still camera. Tap to control exposure for video or stills. Photo and video geotagging over Wi-Fi.Power and Battery: Built-in 25-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery. Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music. Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system.In The Box: Dock Connector to USB Cable. 10W USB Power Adapter. All Documentation.Warranty: Every iPad comes with complimentary telephone technical support for 90 days from your iPad purchase date and a one-year limited warranty.iPad2 will be ordered AFTER winner is drawn. It will ship DIRECTLY to the winner. We NEVER touch it! Warranty will be put in winners name at time of purchase.
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DreamWorks Pictures and Sprinkles Cupcakes

DreamWorks Pictures and Sprinkles Cupcakes have teamed up to promote the opening of People Like Us on June 29, 2012. Go into any Sprinkles Cupcakes on the following days and just say, "People Like Us" to get your free Cupcake!

May 2, 2012 Brothers and Sisters Day

May 13, 2012 Mother's Day

May 18, 2012 Visit Your Relative's Day

June 17, 2012 Father's Day

June 26, 2012 National Forgiveness Day

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Salami Spread with Crunchmaster Multi-Grain Crackers

I love Crunchmaster Crackers. I was so excited when I got the chance to try out their new Multi-Grain Crackers. There are three flavors; Sea Salt, Roasted Vegetable and White Cheddar. I honestly can't pick a favorite because I love all three! Each flavor tastes great by itself or with a topper. Try them with meat and cheese. Make a spread! 

I made yummy Salami Spread. My friend Tim makes this incredible cream cheese spread with dried beef. I decided to change it up a bit. I hope you enjoy it!

1 pkg Cream Cheese, softened
10 slices Hard Salami, diced
1/4 Red Onion, minced
2 TSP Granulated Garlic

Mix together. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight. Serve with your favorite Crunchmaster Cracker.

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Friday, April 27, 2012

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Silpat Mother's Day Giveaway

Interested in another chance to win a Silpat Half Size Non-Stick Baking Mat? Like Silpat on Facebook then click HERE to enter.

An Open Letter to Mike's Hard Lemonade

I recently received a perk from Klout. Klout is a site that measures your influence about certain topics. The people of Klout think I am influential in alcoholic beverages. This influence qualified me for a "perk" from Mike's Hard Lemonade in honor of the launch of their new product Mike's on the Rocks. Now I understand  that companies pick certain demographics to advertise their products to. I was a bit unhappy with the assumptions that Mike's made about me. Here is the letter that I sent them.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

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Take Time to Play Giveaway

Kids have it right! They love to run around in the backyard and spend the afternoon playing games! Whether it's London Bridges, Ring around the Rosies or sliding down the twisty slide - kids know how to have fun. But we Moms get so busy living life that we forget to take a few minutes to play. So here's your chance to take 10 minutes and have some fun! The ONLY Mom Blogger Owned and Operated Affiliate NetworkMoms with Voice Media is encouraging us all to Take Some Time to Play - Blog Style!

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Michelle is a busy Mom/Blogger who loves to create jewelry. She jumped right on board as soon as she heard about this! Check out her blog at Divas With a Purpose. One winner will win these beautiful Murano Glass Dangle Earrings: sterling silver plated murano glass dangle earrings. Silver tone - they measure about 1.5" long and 1" wide.All you have to do is comment on as many of the stops on this list of blogs and you'll get tons of entries! Comment on all the blog links to get the bonus entry! Have a great day! and remember to Take Some Time today to Play! Anyone can participate, but the earrings will only be mailed to a US reader. Giveaway will end April 29 at midnight EST. Winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Brave Hits Theaters June 22nd

Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. In “Brave,” a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts.


Chimpanzee opened in theaters nationwide this past weekend. Have you seen it yet? I have not, but I want to. I hear it is a wonderful movie and that all ages are moved by it. It has a great story and the scenery is gorgeous. Opening weekend Disney donated $1.00 from each ticket sold to the Jane Goodall Institute. Disney has extended this until May 3rd. So hurry out to see Chimpanzee and help save Chimpanzees!

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PB Crave; Review and Giveaway

Have you heard of PB Crave? It is only the MOST incredible Peanut Butter that I have ever tasted. This is not just ordinary Peanut Butter. This is Gourmet Peanut Butter! A little about PB Crave:
Everybody loves peanut butter. Or, in the case of Curt Riess, everybody loves PB Crave Premium Peanut Butter.
Curt was raised on traditional peanut butter –and hated it. Everything changed the moment he tried a delicious mix of peanut butter, raspberries and mouth-watering chocolate. In fact, he loved this new twist on an old classic so much, he created his own peanut butter company and after 40 years of avoiding peanut butter he is now eating it nearly everyday.
PB Crave believes in giving back to the community and 2% of the profits on EVERY jar of Peanut Butter sold goes to Project Peanut Butter.

Now about the Peanut Butter! PB Crave offers 4 flavors (ALL Gluten Free):

Razzle Dazzle A mix of Red Raspberries, Wild Honey, White Chocolate and Dark Chocolate. (This was my favorite!) The flavors are incredible together. I made some PB&J Cookies with Razzle Dazzle and they were incredible!

Cookie Nookie Peanut Butter mixed with Wild Honey and Cookie Dough Flavor. (I have been eating this by the spoonful. It's way too good!)

CoCo Bananas A mix of Bananas, Cocoa and Wild Honey. I have been eating this on homemade Banana Bread!

Choco Choco Semi Sweet AND Dark Chocolate mixed with Premium Peanut Butter and Wild Honey. (Another one that I sneak spoonfuls of for an afternoon pick me up!)

Every single flavor is incredible and gluten free. This is a must try treat suitable for the entire family. PB Crave wants my readers to experience what Peanut Butter SHOULD be! They are offering free shipping with code kidsgrow.

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Gluten Free Razzle Dazzle PB&J Cookies

I found this recipe for Peanut Butter and Jellies about a month ago. Then I received the MOST INCREDIBLE Peanut Butter to review and I thought that it would be perfect for this cookie. Of course I had to make a few changes to it. You know I can't leave well enough alone! Ryan and I made these and they are the most perfect Peanut Butter cookie ever because they were made with PB Crave.

1/2 C Butter
1/2 C Sugar
1/2 Brown Sugar
1/2 C PB Crave Razzle Dazzle
1 TSP Vanilla
1 Egg
1 1/2 C Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
1 TSP Baking Soda
1/2 Bag Mini Chocolate Chips
Seedless Raspberry Jam

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Using mixer, cream butter until fluffy. Add sugars, egg and vanilla. Once mixed add peanut butter. In a separate bowl, mix together flour and baking soda. Slowly add flour mixture to wet mixture. When batter is smooth, fold in Chocolate Chips.

Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Roll dough into 1 inch balls, place on cookie sheet and add a thumbprint.

Fill each thumbprint with raspberry jelly.

Bake for about 15 minutes. I would advise not putting them as close together as I did! Enjoy

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Let's Do Some Visiting!

Here's a hop for all our blogging friends! Let's all visit each other's blog and leave a comment. Moms with Voice Media presents "Let's Do Some Visiting" I don't know about you, but I'd sure rather hear from my friends with a comment to make my day better instead of something like "hopping over". Looking forward to hearing from you this morning! By the way.... if you're not already a friend, this is a great way to get to know some great new blogs!

Chuck Season 5 on DVD 5/8

Season 5 of Chuck will be out on DVD May 8th. This was one of my favorite shows and I was so sad that it came to an end. I can't wait for the final season to come out on DVD.

In Season 5 , Episode 3 Morgan is experiencing problems because of the intersect. He has become completely obnoxious! Sometimes power will change a person. I have seen this first hand. I have seen people who I thought were friends get a promotion and become a completely different person. It makes you wonder if the friendship was real in the first place. I am sure Chuck and the gang had similar thoughts as well.

"I have been hired by Warner Bros WBWord division to raise awareness for 'Chuck.'"

Free Trial Pair of Contacts

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Marvel's The Avengers

I am so excited about Marvel's Avenger's coming to theaters on May 4th! I find it hard to pick a favorite character but I don't have to because they will all be together! I am thrilled to offer you these video clips!

Let's Get Ready for $50 Friday!

Everyone loves cash, right? How would you like a chance to win $50 EVERY FRIDAY? Well, I am very excited that I have joined with an amazing group of bloggers to offer you a WEEKLY cash giveaway! Cool, yes? Well, there is only one catch, the giveaway begins THIS FRIDAY and is ONLY opened from 12:01 am and will close at 12:01am on Saturday, so it is only OPENED ONE DAY!

Monday, April 23, 2012

World Book Night 2012

Ryan and I just came home from handing out books for the first US World Book Night. Before I tell you about our experience, let me tell you a little about World Book Night.

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Gluten Free Parmesan Crusted Cod

I love fish! I will make prepare fish any time I can. This time I made a Parm Crusted Cod Fillet that was delicious. It is crunchy and salty and the fish comes out moist, flaky and delicious! This recipe will also work well with tilapia, flounder, or any other white fish.

2 Fish Fillets
Corn Starch
1 Egg
2 TBSP Water
1C Almond Flour
1C Grated Parmesan
1/2 TSP Salt
1 TSP Garlic Powder
1/2 TSP Black Pepper
1 TBSP Olive Oil
1 TBSP Butter

Mix almond flour, parm and seasonings together and put on a plate.Pour corn starch onto another plate. Mix egg and water together in a bowl. Dredge fish in the corn starch, followed by the egg wash and then the flour/cheese mix. Fry in Olive oil and butter until brown on both sides. Enjoy!

Dr. Lucy's Review & Giveaway

I love cookies. What I love even more is finding a gluten free cookie that doesn't taste gluten free. That's what I found with Dr. Lucy's Cookies. I was excited to get the chance to review these cookies. I have seen them in various stores around town but had never tried them before. 

Dr. Lucy is a mom just like me who had a child with food allergies. She developed this recipe for her child and it has turned into a major business!

I got to try out their 3 newest flavors! 

Ginger Snap: I love ginger. I am addicted to all things ginger. These are crunchy and spicy and completely delicious!

Chocolate: This is a crunchy chocolate cookie and this was my daughter's favorite. They would be great as a cheesecake crust. We will definitely be getting more of these!

Maple Bliss: These were my favorite. I hoovered these up in no time. These are not overwhelmingly sweet. They are just nice and mellow with a subtle caramel flavor. I can't wait to get more!

Dr. Lucy's would like to give you the chance to try these new flavors. Good Luck and enter below!

How about another chance to win a SodaStream?!

My friend Kim from Bloggity Blog is offering my readers a chance to win a SodaStream! Check out her review and enter below!


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