Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Last week Fresh & Easy sent out three bottles to a few of us to try out on an online (Twitter) wine tasting party (you can read the dialogues here including my confession about my favorite red wine pairing). I have to be completely honest, I'm not a white wine drinker or a fan of sparkling wine. I always choose a glass of red, regardless of whether it paris well with the meal. So I figured I'd have one glass of the Hilltown Chardonnay and the La Gioosa Prosecco Spumante and end up pouring the rest out. Boy was I wrong. Both were wonderful and are now on my list of wines for hostess gifts and to have around for the occasional glass. Both are priced at less than $8 a bottle and are guaranteed to taste like a much much more expensive bottle of wine. I really did enjoy the Castillo Rioja Crianza (also priced at under $7). The flavors were amazing and also one I've already purchased another bottle of (I've actually added all three to my shopping list this week to have on hand).
All of these are exclusively available at Fresh & Easy.
La Gioiosa Prosecco Spumante is priced at under $7 (sparkling white)
Hilltown Chardonnay priced under $8
Castillo Rioja Crianza priced under $7 (Red wine)
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
With Thanksgiving rapidly approaching I wanted to post this again this year (I posted it last year, but just last week I again purchased the Turkey at Fresh & Easy because they are offering the same deal!)
Yes, with a small bit of planning ahead it is very possible! I promise! I happened upon a deal last week that floored me… $0.37/pound for frozen Turkeys at Fresh & Easy. If you calculate that out, you can get a fifteen pound Turkey (plenty for a small family dinner) for $5.00! This is probably a good time to note that I bought one, then went back another day and bought a second Turkey for Christmas Dinner because the deal was too amazing to pass up. Since I’m not cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year, I’ll be making the traditional Thanksgiving dinner for our family of four the day after. I’ll post the actual recipes next week (including how to make my Mom’s world famous gravy!).
I wasn’t planning on purchasing everything so far in advance, but when I saw the deals and did the math in my head I knew it was a fantastic deal that wouldn’t necessarily be around for long! Below are items I actually purchased so I know the prices are 100% accurate. Don’t believe me? Cruise on over to the Fresh & Easy site and check out the prices for yourself!
Here’s the shopping list (including the prices at Fresh & Easy just to make it simple) for Thanksgiving dinner:
1 -15 pound Jennie O Frozen Turkey--------------- $5.07
Green Bean Casserole
French’s Fried Onions ----------------------------------$2.49
1 can – Cream of Mushroom Soup -----------------$.59
2 cans – Green Beans ----------------------------------$.69 x 2
1 can jellied cranberry sauce --------------------------$.99
1 Box Mrs. Cubbison’s Seasoned Dressing-----$1.49
48 oz. Golden Potatoes --------------------------------$3.28
Candied Yams/Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes (whole/fresh)-------------------------$2.99
(leaves extra for misc. ingredients most normally have on hand)
Friday, November 12, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Razor rides in our family have become a daily ritual, I really don't remember what life was like before my boys had them. Ok, I do. I remember the first day they got them, you'd think they were riding skateboards for the first time or something. I was nervous beyond belief but quickly realized that the Razors were pretty safe. It all came down to kids understanding that when they started to lose their balance or go to fast, the best thing to do is step off on to the ground! Problem solved. The big difference between the Razor and a skateboard is this "skateboard" had handle bars! It didn't take long for the boys to get really good at using them and made it possible for us to go on much longer family walks around the neighborhood because they wouldn't tire out.
Here in South OC, many kids also ride their Razors to school because at least at our local school, there just isn't enough parking. Riding Razors to schools has become the way many kids get to school. (I'm sure there is a video somewhere on YouTube of me riding the Razors home in my business clothes after dropping the kids off at school. Please don't track it down.).
I thought my kids were getting pretty good on their Razors until we had the chance to check out Team Razor doing tricks at the picnic. It's truly amazing what these kids can do!
One of the things I didn't know was how many new kids of products Razor has been coming out with. Talk about cool! My kids fell in love with the Rip Rider 360. Everyone tried to explain to me what it was and words really don't explain it. So here's Brett showing off what I call the tricked out trike for big kids:
(* Psst... I'm going to be giving away a Razor product later this month... But I'd really like your opinions as to which product you'd like to win. Head on over here and tell me which Razor product is your favorite!)
*I received a complimentary Razor product for attending the event, but the opinions expressed in this post are completely my own.
Monday, November 8, 2010
Thanksgiving is a crazy time for all families and we are no exception! Big family get togethers can be a time of chaos and many times the younger (but no longer babies) can feel left out eventhough they really want to contribute and help out. By finding a couple easy and fun recipes, you can have the kids not just help out, but give them something to be proud of contributing to the family feast!
Below are a couple super easy family friendly recipes that you can have kids assemble for Thanksgiving (you will need to supervise and be ready to assist) from Todd Adelman, Director of Nutritional Services for Block Institute, and co-author of the James Beard nominated book, Special Foods for Special Kids: Practical Solutions & Great Recipes for Children with Food Allergies.
(Yields four cups)
16 slices bread, toasted with crust removed
½ cup celery, finely diced
¼ cup onion, finely diced
1 Tbsp. margarine
2 medium apples, grated
2 tsp. parsley flakes
1 tsp. dried thyme
½ tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. white pepper
½ cup chicken stock
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Cut bread into cubes & set aside in large bowl.
- Sauté celery & onion in margarine until soft.
- Add celery mixture & remaining ingredients to bread cubes.
- Toss until liquid is absorbed.
- Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
Dairy Allergy: Use milk-free bread & milk-free margarine.
Gluten Allergy: Use gluten-free bread.
Egg Allergy: No substitutions needed.
Sweet Potato Boats
(Yields 16 “boats”)
8 medium sweet potatoes
2 apples, peeled & cored
¼ cup orange juice
½ tsp. cinnamon
1 Tbsp. margarine
½ tsp. salt
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Slice potatoes in half, lengthwise.
- Cut small slit in center of potato.
- Bake for 45 minutes or until tender when pierced with knife.
- Scoop out pulp of sweet potatoes being careful to leave the skin intact.
- Add salt to pulp & set aside.
- Cut apples into thin slices.
- Toss apples in orange juice & add cinnamon.
- Sauté apple mixture in margarine over medium heat, stirring constantly until apples are soft & liquid is absorbed.
- Add apple mixture to sweet potato pulp & process (or mash) until smooth.
- Beat egg into mixture.
- Fill potato shells to rim.
- Bake on foil lined cookie sheets at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.
- Slice marshmallows in half.
- Top each potato half with 2 pieces of marshmallow.
- Broil until golden brown.
Milk allergy: Use milk-free margarine.
Gluten allergy: No substitute needed.
Egg allergy: Substitute 1 ½ tsp. egg replacer mixed with 2 Tbsp. of water for egg. Use egg-free marshmallows.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
|Brett and I|
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Instead of Wordless Wednesday I thought we'd try video Wednesday. Check out this video from my youngest son's recent birthday party over at Wowzville in Laguna Hills, CA. I think it's pretty funny that I now use the amount of screaming fun as a benchmark for a good kids birthday party. By all accounts, this one was a ton of fun... What do you think?
Monday, November 1, 2010
We crossed an important milestone in our household this Halloween. No longer is trick or treating for hours on end the activity of choice for my boys.
As Halloween approached I just had this feeling that the same excitement level wasn't there. A couple of nights before, we took a family vote and my husband was shocked at the result (me... not so shocked), the kids voted to spend one hour trick or treating around the neighborhood and to spend the rest of the evening at home watching Ghost Hunters Live event on the Sci Fi channel (thanks to Ghost Hunters, the Flix heat vision camera in now on the Christmas Wish lists!).
We stocked up on homemade fresh pop corn and chips and settled in for the night after our one hour of trick or treating. Everyone in the house was content.
And by the way we found that Kit Kat bars we the most common handout of the night around our neighborhood, how about yours?