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Healthy Halloween and DIY Treats

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Halloween is almost here and we love to make fun treats and healthy options as well. Below are some of the ones we highlighted on our Fox news segment earlier today.

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Mummy Juice Boxes – Items Needed to Make:

  • Regular juice boxes
  • Toilet paper
  • Tape
  • Black Marker

Rrip toilet paper into long strips, wrap around juice boxes, use tape as needed. Use black marker to draw on the eyes.

Tangerine Jack-O-Lanterns – Items Needed to Make:

  • Tangerines
  • Black Marker
  • Fun Halloween Tray

Use  black marker to draw different faces on the tangerines similar to a Jack-O-Lantern

 

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Candy-Corn Fruit Cups – Items Needed to Make:

  • Pineapple cut into pieces
  • Tangerines (or oranges cut smaller)
  • Whip Cream
  • Mason Jar (or other clear container)
  • Candy-Corn

Cut pineapple, peal tangerines and pull apart into pieces. Place pineapple at the bottom, tangerines next, fill the rest with whip cream and top with a candy-corn or two.

String-Cheese Ghosts – Items Needed to Make:

  • String Cheese
  • Black Marker

Simply draw eyes and a mouth on the string cheese and you are finished!

Frankenstein Rice Crispy Treats – Items Needed to Make:

  • Rice Crisp Cereal
  • Marshmallows
  • Green Food Coloring
  • Black Frosting
  • Thin Pretzels

Make rice crispy treats as normal (see side of the cereal box in most cases) Add green dye and stir in until you get the color you desire. Let sit to firm for about an hour. Cut into rectangles, use black frosting to draw on hair, eyes, eyebrows, nose and mouth. Break pretzels in half and stick to side near the mouth.

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Oreo Eyeballs – Items Needed to Make:

  • Oreo Cookies
  • Sticks
  • White chocolate chips
  • Red Frosting
  • Blue Frosting
  • Black Frosting
  • Wax Paper

Twist oreos apart and put stick into the frosting in the middle, it is best to let this set for a while (20 minutes) before attempting to dip in melted chocolate as it may slip off. Melt white chocolate chips (we use microwave in 30 second increments) dip oreos into the melted chocolate. Make sure you cover the entire cookie, set aside to harden (can be put in freezer to speed it up) After chocolate has hardened and is firm to the touch use the blue frosting and make a big circle in the middle of the cookie, then take the black frosting and put a dot on the blue circle. Next use the red frosting to draw the veins on the eyes.

Pretzel Broomsticks – Items Needed to Make:

  • Pretzel sticks
  • Plastic bags
  • Halloween Ribbon
  • Halloween Pencils

Put the pretzels into the plastic bags and insert pencil into the middle of the bag, use the ribbon to tie it closed.

Pumpkin Rice Crispy Treats – Items Needed to Make:

  • Rice Crisp Cereal
  • Marshmallows
  • Orange Food Coloring
  • Green Frosting
  • Mini Rolos
  • Wax Paper

Make rice crispy treats as usual (recipe can be found on the back of the cereal box) add orange food coloring to desired color. Wet your hands and shape into pumpkins. Add mini rolo for the stem, and use the green frosting to add leaves.

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Why we Love Meal Delivery Services & 3 Free Meals for You

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Meal delivery companies are everywhere these days, and we have tried a lot of them, so you don’t have to! How it works is pretty standard across the board, you are offered different meals to choose from each week. Most plans are 3 meals per week, which at first sounds odd because there are 7 days in a week, but it really is perfect because most of us don’t cook at home 7 days a week. Some meal plans you can switch out a dinner for a breakfast, order more than 3 meals per week, or order for more than 2 people.

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We started with Blue Apron last year when my husbands co-worker gave us a free week of meals. It was great, we enjoyed the delicious meals and having all of the ingredients sent directly to our door. What we didn’t enjoy was that the meals took 45 minutes to an hour to prepare, and all the ingredients were thrown together in the box, not divided up per meal. When one meal from Blue Apron can have 20 ingredients this becomes an issue, especially when some meals call for the same ingredients. Nearly every part of the meal is cooked in a different pan, so after dinner there is a huge clean up, which isn’t fun for anyone.

Blue Apron

Blue Apron

Next we tried Plated, again I especially enjoyed having the food sent directly to my front door. I am famous for having everything for a meal but forgetting one ingredient, which most of the time isn’t an issue, but when you are making chili it is harder when you forget the chili powder.  The food from Plated was pretty good, however it too took a while to prepare and they charged you more if you wanted to switch out a chicken dish for a steak dish.

Plated

Plated

Next we tried Hello Fresh, the food was probably my least favorite of the three, not bad by any means, it just didn’t stand out. I did enjoy the recipes were easy to follow and unlike Blue Apron didn’t have a thousand ingredients. I also liked that the meals were separated by meal, and that I could choose a larger serving size for 4 people, as pictured above.

Hello Fresh

Hello Fresh

Next we tried Sun Basket it is organic and non-GMO produce, sustainably sourced with seasonal ingredients, from local farms in California. All of the meat is grass-fed, and antibiotic-free, there are also a lot of options for different diets. The healthy options you can choose from are Chef’s Choice, Rise and Shine, Paleo, Gluten-free & Vegetarian options. We usually opt for the Paleo options every week, however we do try other options if they look tasty. The meals take less than 30 minutes to prepare and are delicious, the meals are separated by meal, making it very convenient when you are pulling items out of the refrigorator.

Sun Basket

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The recipe cards are written well which makes them easy follow and turn out like the picture every time, the competitors pictures don’t always turn out like the picture. Nearly every recipe only calls for you to use a cutting board, and one pan, making clean up a breeze. Generally you will need a couple items out of your own pantry such as olive oil (we always substitute for Avocado oil and turns out perfect) butter, or salt and pepper. Be sure to have some type of oil and salt and pepper on hand when making any of the dishes. Below is one of my favorite dishes it is Thai turkey lettuce cups, they taste delicious an only take 20 minutes to prepare.

sun basket

To order your three free meals use this link http://www.sunbasket.com/3free/Nicole3033 and choose between the many options Sun Basket has, next week the menu item above the Thai Turkey wraps are one of the options! In order to receive the three free meals you will need to purchase an additional three meals at the total price of $34.47. With that you will receive 6 organic, non-GMO meals delivered to you and shipping is included in that price! I don’t know about you but I can’t make 6 organic meals for under $35 in a week. I hope you enjoy Sun Basket as much as we have over the past year. Please let me know if you enjoyed it after your free meals and if you plan to continue to use it.

 

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Back to school fun with #a2Milk, #IC (ad)

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This post was sponsored by a2 Milk® as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

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Hard to believe back to school season is upon us, my son has a couple more weeks before he starts back at school. We have started our back to school shopping in fact we are almost finished! With back to school on the mind, I have already started thinking about the dreaded school lunch debate. My son wants over-processed aka junk food and want him to eat fruits and vegetables, in the end we usually meet in the middle. I usually add veggies in muffins with a2 Milk® for a healthy snack during school.

Mornings before school I love to make my son scrambled eggs with the help of a2 Milk®. Or on those morning when we have a little extra time, his favorite is organic pancakes with a2 Milk®. The reasons we enjoy a2 Milk® is because my son and I experience tummy troubles from other milk, but can enjoy a2 Milk® without any symptoms. Before a2 Milk® my son drank organic whole milk, I drank almond milk and my husband coconut milk, now I don’t have to purchase three different types of milk!

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a2 Milk to help with any tummy issues…try for free~!

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This post was sponsored by a2 Milk® as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

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a2 Milk® is a fresh tasting and natural milk that helps with digestive issues you may have from ordinary cows milk. The difference is the A2 protein, the a2 Milk® cows only contain the A2 whereas regular milk contains both A1 and A2 proteins. I have struggled with tummy issues in regards to drinking milk my entire life. Currently our house has a different type of milk for every person under our roof! My son drinks regular cow milk, my husband drinks coconut milk and I drink almond milk. To say I’ve been looking for a one-milk-fits-all would be a huge understatement.

We didn’t know what to expect after purchasing the a2 Milk®, my son is pretty good about drinking any milk it was more about what my husband and I would think. Let me also say that I’ve never in my life poured myself a glass of milk to drink, it only goes in cereal or coffee. But even the amount I would have in my cereal would upset my stomach to no end! This morning I tried the a2 Milk® with my morning cereal and waited, I waited to see if I would have the usual stomach issues that I’ve known my entire life. To my surprise and delight I was fine! To be able to start my day with a normal bowl of cereal and not have to worry how upset my stomach may be changed my life! Because my family tried and love the a2 Milk® I thought you may want a chance to try it free too, simply click here and follow the directions for a chance to win a2 Milk® free (retail $4.99).

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Say yes to Grass-Fed beef from Jones Creek

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jones creekEating a healthy diet is very important to my family, my husband and I rarely eat any meat that isn’t grass-fed, free range or organic. Which is why I was overjoyed when Jones Creek reached out to ask if I would review some of their steaks. First let me tell you what Jones Creek is about and that is grass-fed, 100% free range, and grass-finished premium beef. Jones Creek cows don’t ever seen the inside of a cage, and they are also fed grass their entire lives. All of the beef has no added hormones and no added steroids.

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Jones Creek has a range of products including ground beef, roasts and a full line of steaks. The steaks offered are Top Sirloin, Filet Minion, Ribeye, and New York steaks. I was able to choose 5 steaks, I choose 3 New York steaks and 2 Ribeye steaks. My husband and I prepared and cooked the Ribeye steaks with just salt and pepper and cooked on the grill for a few minutes per side. We were both amazed at the flavor and how tender the steaks were, to say they were delicious would be a huge understatement.

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The following week my mother in law was in town and I wanted to see if she could tell the difference between grass-fed and regular steaks. Her and my father in law live in Jacksonville and are big red meat fans. I was excited to see if she would like the steaks, my husband cooked the New York steaks for us which turned out to be perfection. My mother in law Carol loved the steak and asked where we got it and how we prepared it. She was shocked when I told her I picked it up from Walmart. And that Jones Creek Beef has an entire selection of beef to choose from at Walmart stores across the nation. It is sold in store only at very reasonable prices. For more information on Jones Creek Beef you may visit their website here. To find a store near you that has Jones Creek Beef click here for a store locator.

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Easter Savings at Food4Less

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Food4Less has some amazing sales going on right now that will help you fill all those Easter baskets without breaking the bank! With some amazing specials on Hershey’s chocolate eggs, your kids will love for you to fill their baskets with these special treats.

The sale is for Hershey’s Reese’s Peanut butter eggs for only $2.99 each. Anything chocolate is my son’s favorite so I will be stopping by Food4Less to pick up a couple of these to fill his Easter basket with. We are hosting three different egg hunts on Sunday, one for toddlers, one for school aged children and per my brother’s girlfriends request an adult hunt as well. So needless to say I need to stock up on candy while I have the chance.

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Another sale item you don’t want to miss is the raw shrimp for only $4.99 a pound! I am planning on making some delicious rosemary shrimp on the grill this week. It is so simple to make and always turns out delicious.

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To find the specials in your area click here. All of the sale items for Southern California may be found below, happy shopping!

Offers:                 Green Cabbage $0.39

Great American Tilapia Filets $9.99 ea.

Pasila Peppers $079/lb.

Raw Shrimp $4.99/lb.

Pinto Beans 5 lb. bag $2.99 ea.

Los Altos Oaxaca or Cotija Cheese $3.49 lb.

Hershey’s or Reese’s Peanut Butter Easter Eggs $2.99 ea.

Doritos, Fritos, Cheetos or Bean Dip 3 for $5

Gatorade 32 oz.  $0.69 ea.

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