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Helpful Thanksgiving Tips

Monday, November 21, 2016 @ 08:11 AM
posted by mrscaz

These tips are great to take note of a week or, a few days before Thanksgiving…

1. Check your cookware and kitchen tools.
In addition to planning your menu, it’s just as important to make sure you have all the cookware and kitchen vintage-1772596_640tools you’ll need to prepare dinner. Do you need a roasting pan, more pie dishes, or a meat thermometer? If you haven’t already, now’s the time to take inventory and figure out what you still need.

Read More: 7 Tools You May Not Have That Will Make Thanksgiving Prep Easier

2. Get ready to start thawing your turkey.
If your turkey is frozen, it’s time to start thinking about thawing it. A completely frozen turkey needs a day to thaw for every four pounds in weight. And if you plan to brine your turkey, it needs to be defrosted one day sooner.

Read more: How To Safely Thaw a Turkey

3. Know how to cook your turkey without a roasting pan.
A roasting pan can be an expensive piece of cookware to buy, considering it only gets used a couple times a year, at best. If you don’t have one and are still unsure about buying one, relax — there are plenty of ways to cook your bird without one.

Read More: No Roasting Pan? 5 Alternatives Already In Your Kitchen

For more tips visit > www.thekitchn.com

The above tips are courtesy of TheKitchn.com
The above image is courtesy of Pixabay.com / Kaz 

 

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Fire Pit Thyme And Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Friday, November 4, 2016 @ 08:11 AM
posted by mrscaz

I  found a website with tons of amazing recipes, not only are they delicious but….they are also “clean eating”. That’s right. Take a look at this one:

Clean Eating Fire Pit Thyme And Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Ingredients: thyme-apple-grilled-cheese-sandwich-v

  • 2 slices clean bread
  • 1 large apple
  • 3 to 6 (hand-sliced) slices cheddar cheese
  • 1 pinch dried thyme
  • 1 pinch garlic powder

CLICK HERE for the directions! (You will not be disappointed)

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Thankful Quotes For The Month of November

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 @ 08:11 AM
posted by mrscaz

Now that November is upon us, I thought it would be a great time to practice thankfulness. So, I’ve scoured the web and found 30 quotes related to thankfulness that I thought I should share with all of you!

  • “Gratitude is something of which none of us can give too much.  For on the smiles, the thanks we give, our little gestures of appreciation, our neighbors build their philosophy of life.”  ~ A. J. Cronin
  • “Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the chief of the blessings you do possess, and then thankfully remember how you would crave for them if they were not yours.”  ~ Marcus Aurelius
  • “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”  ~ William Arthur Ward
  • “None of those material possessions do anything to make your life any better… I know a lot of people thankful-1081614_1280who have a lot of everything, and they’re absolutely the most miserable people in the world.  So it won’t do anything for you unless you’re a happy person and can have peace with yourself.”  ~ Lenny Kravitz
  • “If we magnified blessings as much as we magnify disappointments, we would all be much happier.”  ~ John Wooden
  • “It isn’t what you have in your pocket that makes you thankful, but what you have in your heart.”  ~ Author Unknown
  • “It’s the recognition that other people’s problems, their pain and frustrations, are every bit as real as our own – often far worse. In recognizing this fact and trying to offer some assistance, we open our hearts and greatly enhance our sense of gratitude.”  ~ Richard Carlson
  • “Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.”  ~ Guillaume Apollinaire
  • “Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have—life itself.”  ~ Walter Anderson
  • “Among the things you can give and still keep are your word, your smile, and a grateful heart.”  ~ Zig Ziglar
  • “Silent gratitude isn’t very much use to anyone.”  ~ Gertrude Stein
  • “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.”  ~ Cicero
  • “You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you”  ~ Sarah Ban Breathnack
  • “Be thankful for what you have, you’ll end of having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”  ~ Oprah Winfrey
  • “Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.”  ~ Alphonse Karr
  • “No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.”  ~ James Allen
  • “When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.”  ~ Tecumseh
  • “Gratitude doesn’t change the scenery. It merely washes clean the glass you look through so you can clearly see the colors.”  ~ Richelle E. Goodrich
  • “It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed in the same moment.”  ~ Naomi Williams
  • “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”  ~ Oscar Wilde
  • “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”  ~ G. K. Chesterton
  • “Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”  ~ Mark Twain
  • “If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.”  ~ Harold Kushner
  • “Make it a habit to tell people thank you.  To express your appreciation,  sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return.  Truly appreciate those around you,  and you’ll soon find many others around you.  Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.”  ~ Ralph Marston landscape-398500_1280
  • “You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “Life is an echo. What you send out, comes back. What you sew, you reap. What you give, you get. What you see in others, exists in you. Remember, life is an echo. It always gets back to you. So give goodness.  ~ Unknown
  • “We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.”  ~ Cynthia Ozick
  • “Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”  ~ Lao Tzu
  • “Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.”  ~ Karl Barth
  • “There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.”  ~ Ralph H. Blum

The quotes are sole property of the originator, the images above are as follows:
Top right image is courtesy of Pixabay.comMoneyforCoffee
Bottom right image is courtesy of Pixabay.comWitizia

 

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Impressive Clean Eating Recipe – Graveyard Dirt Cupcakes

Monday, October 31, 2016 @ 08:10 AM
posted by mrscaz

I stumbled upon this recipe and I have to say that I am impressed with not only the fact that it’s “clean eating” but, also delicious and great for anyone, the kids will never know.

Clean Eating Graveyard Dirt Cupcakes Recipe

CUPCAKE INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour graveyard-dirt-cupcakes-v
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup safflower or grape seed oil (any light flavored oil will work)
  • 1 whole, large egg
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS!

The above recipe and image are courtesy and sole property of the amazing thegraciouspantry.com

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Easy & Delicious Fall Recipes

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 @ 08:10 AM
posted by mrscaz

Here’s an excellent recipe that tastes great but also looks adorable, almost too cute to eat.

Acorn Candy Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon prepared chocolate frosting  acorn-treats
  • Betty Crocker Frosting Rich & Creamy Chocolate
  • 24 milk chocolate candy kisses (such as Hershey’s Kisses®), unwrapped
  • 24 mini vanilla wafer cookies (such as Nilla®)
  • 24 butterscotch chips

Click here for Directions!
This recipe is available on the Amazing AllRecipes.com website!

Candy Corn Bark

Ingredients: candy-c-bark

  • 16 Halloween-colored chocolate sandwich cookies, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups broken small pretzels
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1 1/2 pounds white chocolate, broken into squares
  • 2 cups candy corn orange and brown sprinkles

 

Click here for Directions!
This recipe is available on the Amazing AllRecipes.com website!

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Halloween Popcorn Pumpkins – (Fall Recipe)

Monday, October 24, 2016 @ 08:10 AM
posted by mrscaz

It’s always fun to make things with your children, here’s a fun recipe you can both enjoy.

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups popped popcornpop
  • 1 cup candy corn 1 cup chopped salted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 4 drops red food coloring
  • 3 drops yellow food coloring
  • 4 sticks red or black licorice, cut into thirds

Directions:

Prep - 5 m    Cook - 5 m     Ready In - 20 m

  1. Grease a muffin pan and set aside. Place popcorn, candy corn and peanuts into a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in marshmallows, red food coloring and yellow food coloring, adjusting color if needed to get a nice shade of orange. When the marshmallows are completely melted, pour over the popcorn and stir to evenly distribute the candy, nuts and marshmallow.
  3. Use a greased spoon to fill the muffin cups. Insert a piece of licorice to act as the stem, and mold the popcorn around it. Let stand until firm, 10 to 15 minutes, and then pull the pumpkins out by their stems and admire your pumpkin patch!

Review:     

Carolina Cook

“This recipe is great! It’s very fun for kids and adults. If you buy bagged popcorn do not buy really buttery popcorn. This recipe adds butter to the mixture – you don’t want to over do it. The salty and sweet mix together very well. If you don’t follow the recipe you won’t get a 5 star result. Hope this helps! Thanks for the recipe. The kids at Day Care Loved them!”

Recipe and image are courtesy of allrecipes.com

Recipe by: ALETA1314 – “Popcorn balls are colored orange and made to look like pumpkins. These are a fun Halloween treat for kid and adult parties. Very versatile!”

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Iced Pumpkin Cookies – (Fall Recipe)

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 @ 08:10 AM
posted by mrscaz

These are the cookies your entire family will “Fall” in love with.

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon cookies
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

Prep - 20 m  Cook –  20 m  Ready In - 1 h 20 m

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the 1/2 cup of butter and white sugar. Add pumpkin, egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla to butter mixture, and beat until creamy. Mix in dry ingredients. Drop on cookie sheet by tablespoonfuls; flatten slightly.
  3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool cookies, then drizzle glaze with fork.
  4. To Make Glaze: Combine confectioners’ sugar, milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add milk as needed, to achieve drizzling consistency.

Review     
“I make these every year around the holidays – people love them. Do not store them in an airtight container though – they have a lot of moisture from the pumpkin and get moist and mushy. They stay great out on the counter for days. Delicious w/ coffee!”

Recipe and image are courtesy of allrecipes.com
Recipe by: Gina “Wonderful spicy iced pumpkin cookies that both kids and adults love!”

 

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10 Tips for a Healthy Fall

Monday, October 17, 2016 @ 08:10 AM
posted by mrscaz

“December 31 over a drink is too late to set goals and make promises,” says Justin Price, owner of The Biomechanics, a personal training and wellness coaching facility in San Diego, Calif. Fall is a great time to start a fitness program because “‘you’re going to create good habits for the holiday season and the upcoming winter months,” says Price.

Chris Freytag, a fitness instructor and fitness expert with Prevention magazine, agrees.

“With the change of seasons comes a renewed time to rethink and restart,” she says. “‘What’s so special about January?”

  1. Take advantage of the weather. Fall can be a treat for the senses: the crisp air, apple picking, pumpkin  forest-63275_640carving, a gorgeous canopy of fall foliage, and the crunch of leaves underfoot. These months are a great time to exercise outdoors and enjoy cooler temperatures. “Walking, hiking and cycling are all awesome in the fall,” says Todd Durkin, MS, fitness coach and owner of Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego, Calif. Discover park trails and take in some new scenery, whether you’re walking, biking, or in-line skating, he suggests. In places where snow falls early, try cross country skiing or snowshoeing. Or, if you live near the beach, get out and play volleyball, throw the Frisbee around, or play a vigorous game of fetch with your dog. “It’s a great time to do beach activities because it’s so much less crowded,” says Price. If you’re near a lake, try kayaking or canoeing, for an excellent whole-body workout and a great change of pace. And remember, it doesn’t have to seem like exercise to be a great workout.
  2. Think outside the box. Always wanted to learn to tap dance? Attempt to box? Master the jump rope? Ask any schoolchild: Fall is a great time to learn something new.Many classes at gyms and elsewhere get started in the fall, so look around and see if something intrigues you. And with the kids in school, parents have more time to check out those classes, Freytag says.
    Fall is the perfect time to gain new physical skills, Price says, because you burn fewer calories when you begin a new activity (thanks to the learning curve). If you learn something new now, by next summer, you’ll have mastered the skill — and you’ll burn more calories doing it, just in time for swimsuit season.
  3. Be an active TV watcher. Many people get geared up for fall premieres of their favorite television shows, says Freytag. “If you’re going to sit down and watch hours of TV, get moving,” she suggests. “Make a date with exercise and TV.”While you watch, you can walk or run in place, do standing lunges, do tricep dips off the couch, or lift weights. During commercials, do push-ups or sit-ups. In a one-hour show, you probably have close to 20 minutes worth of commercial interruption.
  4. Integrate exercise into your life. You already know the obvious suggestions: park farther away from your destination; take stairs instead of elevators; take a walk during your lunch break. Here are a few that are less obvious:If you’re spending the afternoon taking kids to soccer practice, instead of reading a book or visiting with another parent, “why not walk around the outside of the field while they practice?”, suggests Price. “Or (if you feel comfortable) warm up and cool down with the kids.”
    Or try “walking meetings,” like those Price and his colleagues at Biomechanics often hold. ‘”We go for a walk, we brainstorm, and we figure out who’s going to take what responsibilities,” says Price. “‘Things get achieved much more quickly,” he says, and everyone feels better for doing it.
    You can even get moving while you get motivated — for fitness or other life goals. ‘”Get some inspirational music or find a motivational talk and download it to your iPod,” suggests Durkin. Walk while you listen for 30 minutes.
  5. Rejuvenate yourself. Fall is the time to rejuvenate body, mind and spirit, says Durkin. Get a massage after your run. Learn to meditate. Take an art class. Treat yourself not just with exercise but other activities that promote wellness, he says, so you can feel good physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
  6. beech-10758_960_7206. Remember the 30-day rule. “‘It takes about four weeks for the body to adapt to lifestyle changes,” says Price. That’s why people who give up on their fitness programs tend to do so within the first 30 days.So, when the alarm goes off in the morning and it’s darker and colder, don’t roll over and hit the snooze button.”Try to stick with a program for a month,” Price says. “After a month, behavior patterns will have adapted and it will be much easier to stick with it after that.”
  7. 7. Strive for the 3 Cs. Freytag calls commitment, convenience, and consistency “the three Cs”, and says having all three will lead to a successful fitness program.First, exercise takes commitment. When a client complains to Freytag about a lack of time, she responds: “Tell me something I haven’t heard before. We’re all busy; that’s just part of our lives.”You have to start planning exercise, just like you do everything else,” like meetings, dinners, and getting kids to lessons and practice, she says. “Put in on the calendar, because later always turns into never.”Convenience means choosing a gym that’s close by, or an activity you can do at home, or a time when you’re not likely to be interrupted.Finally, there’s consistency. “I’d rather see a brand-new client work out for 10 minutes a day rather than one hour every month,” Freytag says.
  8. Deal with darkness. The best way to enjoy fall is to exercise outdoors. But it is getting darker earlier, and staying dark later in the morning, so be smart and safe.”Just because it’s 6 p.m. (or a.m.) and dark doesn’t mean you can’t work out,” says Durkin. If walking or running outdoors, he says, “wear a reflective vest and carry a flashlight.”When cycling, affix a light to your helmet or bike.If possible, use trails or a local school track to avoid vehicle traffic. Try to work out at the same time every day, so drivers get used to seeing you.
  9.  Dress in layers. When exercising outside, layer your clothing. Before your body warms up, you may feel chilled, but once the blood gets pumping, you’ll feel overdressed.These days, there’s no lack of great weather gear. Freytag and Price recommend clothing with wicking, often called “DriFit.”‘ This fabric wicks moisture away from your skin so you’re not exercising with wet  forest-411491_640fabric hanging on you.Freytag suggests three layers: “The inner layer should be a moisture-wicking fabric, so it wicks away sweat and you’re not chilled. The second layer should be a warmth layer, and the third layer should be a protective layer (like a windbreaker or rain slicker, depending on the weather).” “And don’t forget the sunglasses,” she warns. UV protection is important year round. Fall sun can be blinding at certain times of the day.
  10. Find your motivation. “People are motivated by different things,” says Durkin. It’s important to first discover what your individual goals are, whether it’s losing weight, strengthening and toning, or preparing for a race or event, says Durkin.But goals aren’t enough to get you there; you have to be motivated by the day-to-day workouts, he says. So choose something you’ll enjoy doing and will be likely to keep up, whether it’s walking or hiking with a friend, working with a trainer, or taking part in a “boot camp” class.Creating a challenge for yourself will motivate you, as will encouragement and accountability, he adds. “You want to know when you’re doing a good job, and when you’re not,” says Durkin.Remember too, that anything worth having takes work.”Tell me something you can do three times a week for 10 minutes and be great at? It doesn’t exist,” he says. “If it was easy to be great, everybody would be great.”

This article is courtesy of www.webmd.com

The above images are as follows:
Image 1 is courtesy of Pixabay / LoggaWiggler
Image 2 is courtesy of Pixabay / Hans
Image 3 is courtesy of Pixabay / gewa

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Pumpkin Soup (Delicious Fall Recipe)

Friday, October 7, 2016 @ 08:10 AM
posted by mrscaz

What better way to enjoy the Fall season and it’s bounties then with this warm, delicious soup…

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups chicken stock pumpkin-soup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 5 whole black peppercorns

Directions:

  1. Heat stock, salt, pumpkin, onion, thyme, garlic, and peppercorns. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 30 minutes uncovered.
  2. Puree the soup in small batches (1 cup at a time) using a food processor or blender.
  3. Return to pan, and bring to a boil again. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for another 30 minutes, uncovered. Stir in heavy cream. Pour into soup bowls and garnish with fresh parsley.

Recipe and image are courtesy of allrecipes.com

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