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We are long time fans of Kidorable products so we were really excited to receive a new pair of rain boots for review. My 4 year old chose this adorable fireman raincoat last February for review so we picked the fireman rain boots to match. So far he is planning on wearing this for Halloween and I think he will be the cutest fireman on the block.
On our adventures we found this amazing spider and he wanted a picture.
My boys have worn Kidorable boots for years and love them. They are comfortable and easy for them to run around in on their outdoor adventures.
So many things to see.
Exploring in the Secret Tunnel. We could spend all day at the children's garden.
Looking for bugs under the stepping stones. He can't resist checking...just in case.
The boots are flexible and really soft on the inside making them extra comfortable.
They have an extra grippy sole to prevent slipping.
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I was so excited to review Organic India Tulsi Tea again. I reviewed Organic India Moringa products and Tulsi teas last April and fell in love with the teas. My favorite was and still is Organic India Tulsi Original tea. Organic India Tulsi tea is my favorite brand of tea and I'm not saying that just because I am reviewing them. I honestly love this tea. I used every last tea bag from my April review so this review came just in time to stock up for cool evenings and mornings when I like to enjoy a hot cup of tea.
* Tulsi has been considered India’s “Queen of Herbs” for more than 5,000 years and has been revered as one of the most sacred herbs in India, infused with healing power.
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There are so many wonderful flavors of Organic India Tulsi Tea. You really will want to try them all. I love the raspberry peach tea served iced. I make it with no sugar or a small amount of sugar (about 1/2 tsp.). It has a subtle sweet fruity flavor and is refreshing and delicious (even without added sugar).
I love hot tea. I drink it most days and even though original Tulsi tea is my favorite (with honey), Peppermint Tulsi tea came in for a close 2nd place. It is soothing and refreshing. I have found that a hot cup of tea (with honey) often replaces my craving for sweets late at night. I love to settle in for the evening with a cup of warm and comforting Tulsi tea.
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I was thrilled at the opportunity to review Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt. I had never even heard of Orange Leaf until very recently and thought it would be a fun and delicious outing with the boys.
Orange Leaf is a self serve frozen yogurt shop which is really cool because you don't have to wait to be served. You select a cup or a cone and fill it with your favorite flavors of frozen yogurt. We loved these dividers which make it easy to try different flavors without running them together. We of course had to try lots of different flavors.
Decisions, decisions...there are so many choices. It is really hard to decide on just a few.
So after trying at least five flavors, I have a favorite. Wedding Cake is Amazing! Which is really funny, not ha ha funny, but funny because wedding cake is my favorite flavor of shaved ice from the little shaved ice huts too.
And the choices continue. So many toppings. The boys loved every second of this outing. There are actually lots of healthy topping choices like fresh fruit, but my boys had their eyes on candy. Admittedly, I did too.
Too busy eating to smile except for one.
Digging in and enjoying every delicious bite.
We were actually at Orange Leaf during Happy Hour which is everyday from 3:00 to 5:00. They charge by the ounce, except during Happy Hour you can fill your cup as full as you like for $5. These are really big cups so you can get a lot for your money during Happy Hour.
I tried several flavors including pineapple, vanilla, wedding cake, salted chocolate caramel, and orange topped with coconut and M & M's. You know my favorite flavor, wedding cake, which I will probably fill my entire cup with next time, but I also have a second favorite, orange. Orange was really good. Maybe I will save a little room for orange too.
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Slow cooker chicken and rice soup has been a favorite in our house for several years. The boys love it and it is so easy to prepare. When we are feeling under the weather, I can easily prepare this hearty, healthy soup with little effort. I love to use my own homemade broth which I freeze for use in recipes.
If you haven't guessed already, we (mostly me) are feeling under the weather, so I made this super easy soup for dinner tonight and it was both nourishing and comforting. There is something wonderfully healing about chicken soup when you have a cold. Maybe it's the bone broth (from homemade broth) or the nutrient dense combination of ingredients. Whatever it is, there is no substitute for homemade chicken soup to comfort and soothe.
1 quart (4 cups) vegetable broth
1 lb. boneless chicken breasts or thighs
8 cups chicken broth
2 tsp. creole seasoning
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, diced
2 to 3 stalks celery, sliced
3 carrots, sliced
1 tsp. or less salt*
1 cup uncooked rice
Freshly ground pepper (if you like) to taste
Combine all ingredients in the crock pot except for the rice*. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours. About an hour before you will serve the soup, remove the chicken and shred it. Add 1 cup uncooked rice to the soup. Add the shredded chicken back to the soup. Continue to cook on low for about an hour or until the rice is tender.
*If you are using homemade broth or low sodium broth you will probably want to add salt. If you are using store bought broth that is high in sodium, you may not want to add any salt. I would wait and taste it after it has cooked and add it if needed.
Make sure not to add the rice until the last hour to prevent mushy rice.
Recipe: Home Ec @ Home original
We have been enjoying this family favorite for a couple of years. In fact this is an update with new photos and to let you know that we still love our favorite chicken and dumplings.
First the chicken and dumplings are amazing, second, it's not that hard to make. Give yourself some time though. This will take about an hour to prepare, but a lot of it is cooking time and you can get the kitchen cleaned up while it is cooking. I love sitting down to dinner knowing that the kitchen is already mostly clean.
This is the ultimate comfort food. As the weather turns colder, I love making this hearty, delicious meal for my family. The boys clean their plates every time. So do I. More chicken and dumplings please.
1. In a Dutch oven (or a 5- to 6-quart heavy pot), heat butter over medium heat. Add onion, carrots, garlic and thyme. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft, about 5 minutes.
2. Add 1/4 cup flour and cook, stirring, 30 seconds. Add broth and bring to a boil, stirring constantly; season with 1/2 to 3/4 tsp. salt, fresh ground pepper to taste, and creole seasoning. Stir in the chicken; reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, 20 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, make dumplings: In a medium bowl, whisk together remaining 3/4 cup flour, dill, baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. With a fork, gradually stir in 1/2 cup milk to form a moist and soft batter. It should be just a little thicker than pancake batter and should easily drop from the tip of a spoon. (Add additional 2 tablespoons milk if too thick.) Set aside.
4. Stir peas into the pot. Drop batter in simmering liquid in 10 heaping tablespoonfuls, keeping them spaced apart (dumplings will expand as they cook). Cover, and simmer until chicken is tender and dumplings are firm, 20 minutes. Serve.
This recipe is adapted from Martha Stewart.
Chicken Salad Sushi Rolls & The Nature’s Harvest® Sandwich Art Photo Contest & Giveaway for a $25 Gift Card
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Just in time for back-to-school lunch packing, you can find some inspiration at the Nature’s Harvest Bread Facebook page and enter the Nature’s Harvest® Sandwich Art Photo Contest.
I used Nature’s Harvest® Honey Wheat Bread and my favorite chicken salad recipe to make these kid friendly chicken salad sandwich sushi rolls.
They were really easy to make and the boys loved them.
First I cut the crusts off the bread then flattened each slice with a rolling pin. Next, I spread some chicken salad on each flattened piece of bread.
Then I rolled it up into a little sushi roll and sliced it to fit into my bento box. I sliced these into 4 small pieces each.
What creative and fun ideas are you coming up with for lunches? Be sure to share your culinary creations and enter to win the Nature’s Harvest® Sandwich Art Photo Contest at the Nature’s Harvest Bread Facebook page.
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We love Nature’s Harvest® Honey Wheat bread. It is soft, but still firm enough to hold up all morning in a lunch box. It has a wonderful mildly sweet flavor and the perfect texture for sandwiches.
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These delicious salmon cakes are super easy to prepare since they are made from canned salmon. I always keep canned salmon in the pantry and can whip these up quickly from ingredients I already have on hand.
Our whole family loves salmon cakes, especially the boys. Plus they are packed with healthy omega 3s.
These are so easy to make. There isn't much to it. I just throw in some seasoning and they always turn out perfectly crispy on the outside, tender inside and delicious. If you want to get all fancy you can serve on a bed of cous cous and garnish with fresh snipped parsley.
3 (5 oz.) cans salmon or 1 (16 oz.) can salmon
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs (I use store bought, plain or Italian)
1 egg beaten
Olive oil for pan frying
Seasonings: I really just throw stuff in and it is never exactly the same, but here are the basic seasonings I use.
A few shakes of Old Bay Seasoning, I sprinkle more on while they are cooking.
Freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice if I have it.
Dash lemon pepper
Pinch dried sweet basil
minced garlic or garlic powder
Fresh ground salt and pepper
1. Put canned salmon and juice in a mixing bowl. If using 3 small cans there won't be any bones, but if using a 16 oz. can there may be bones. You can either remove the larger bones and crush the small bones with a fork or crush all of the bones (they are soft and easily crush and provide calcium). Make sure not to drain off the juice, leave this in with the meat.
2. Add the bread crumbs, beaten egg, and seasonings and mix well with a fork.
3. Heat a large skillet to medium heat, then drizzle olive oil into the skillet to cover the surface. Form salmon mixture into patties and place in the hot skillet. Fry on each side until nice and crispy and golden brown. I always sprinkle with more Old Bay Seasoning while cooking. Place the patties on a paper towel lined plate before serving.
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We all feel this way sometimes. There are too many things to do and not enough time to do them. The laundry, bills, cleaning, reading to our children, cooking, playing with our children (some of these are actually fun) all take our time and we feel spread so thin that we can't even take a moment to just BREATHE. The Faith Hill song comes to mind, we have it on karaoke...maybe something fun to do later. Actually, the song is a great reminder that we all need to take a moment to just breathe.
A couple of months ago, I went through the Make Over Your Mornings course and learned some practical tips to help me prepare for my mornings so that they would run more smoothly in our house, thus helping me to be more relaxed and just breathe.
I then wrote a post "5 Tips to Help Improve Your Mornings" sharing some things I implement in our home to help our mornings run more smoothly.
I went out of town this weekend with my boys and had so much preparation and packing to do that I neglected to do the dishes that were actually from the night before. When we came home from our trip and I had spent almost 6 hours driving, the last thing I wanted to see was a sink full of dirty dishes. But there it was looking rather unpleasant and smelling even worse. I made myself do the dishes because I didn't want to wake up to this unfinished chore which would put me in a grumpy mom mood to start the day. I am so glad I did because now when I wake up in the morning and start breakfast I will have a clean kitchen and my children will have a happier mommy.
I am not perfect. Some days are harder than others, but if I prepare for my morning the night before I am a much more pleasant Mommy because I have time to breathe.
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Premama added a new reproductive support supplement to its line of natural products for expecting and new moms. Premama Fertility provides healthy natural ovulation support with myo-inositol which may help improve egg quality.
When I received the opportunity to try this product, I did a little research to see what myo-inositol was. I had never even heard of it and wanted to learn more. There is a lot of information out there and to sum it up, studies have shown that myo-inositol, a B complex vitamin, improves ovulary function.
Premama fertility comes in individual packets for easy use, no measuring.
Premama fertility dissolves easily into juice, water or any non-carbonated liquid.
I couldn't taste it in the juice at all. It completely dissolved quickly and was an easy way to take supplements. If you have trouble taking vitamins in pill form, Premama might be your answer.
Here is more info:
Premama®, the first nationwide line of natural powdered drink mixes specifically formulated to support the nutritional needs of expecting and new moms, announced the introduction of two new pill-free solutions formulated to address preconception through postpartum concerns beyond prenatal wellness. The new products, Fertility and Lactation, launched in June 2015 at drinkpremama.com and retailers nationwide.
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