Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Show & Share Wednesday #99

My boys are jumping off the walls today because in our town tomorrow is Trick or Treat night!! Don't ask me why it's tomorrow night instead of Friday night, which is actually Halloween. All I told them is they better come home with some Kit Kats or I'm turning them right back around and sending them out again! :)

Let's check out the features from last week's party:

Easy Baked Spaghetti - Vegetarian Mamma

Pumpkin Guts Dip - Shaken Together Life

Homemade Nesquik - Saving with Shellie

Pumpkin Spice Cake - The Pin Junkie

Show & Share link party rules:

  • Link up your newest recipe, diy project, kid activity, anything you are proud of and want to share. Please, no more than THREE links per blog.
  • While I love Etsy shops and giveaways, they are not in the spirit of this party.
  • I reserve the right to remove any link that is not family friendly.
  • Grab a button below to display on your post or provide a text link back either in the post or on your link party page.
  • Some link-ups will be featured on Mostly Homemade Mom's Facebook and Twitter, so make sure you follow both. Check back next week to see who gets featured!

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Autumn Spiced Apple Tea

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Pure Via®, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #PureViaSweet

This typical hot tea gets a fall flavored twist with cloves, apple juice, and cinnamon - simple and delicious!

Coffee is usually my poison of choice around here. And since the days are getting colder, and also shorter as the case may be, my coffee drinking is on the upswing. I don't know what it is with chilly breezes and coffee, they just go together so well!

Recently though, the creamer is getting me. One cup or two cups each day, with a tablespoon or two of creamer in each might not be so bad. But let's just say I'm consuming MORE than two cups per day, and the creamer, with all the calories, add up! 

I think I was highly underestimating how delicious tea is and how wonderfully refreshing a hot cup of tea can be on a chilly day! I don't like cream in my tea at all, so that solves the issue I've been having with my coffee. To sweeten it up just a bit, I used a couple of packets of Pure Via sweetener that I picked up on my last trip through Walmart. 

It gave it the right bit of sweetness with zero calories and a lovely flavor. Pure Via is all natural, Non-GMO, and made from the sweet extract of the stevia leaf - no artificial processing or preservatives involved. Love it!

This deliciously simple Autumn Spiced Apple Tea brews on the stove and then gets combined with apple juice along with whole cloves and cinnamon sticks. 

Not only will you have a hot cup of delicious fall flavored tea - your entire house will smell absolutely amazing! One batch makes two servings, but this can easily be doubled or tripled (or more) if you're serving a crowd. Keep it warm in a slow cooker with a ladle for a wonderful warm party drink that your guests will go crazy for!

Autumn Spiced Sweet Tea
makes 2 servings

1 cup water
4 whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
2 tea bags
1 cup unsweetened apple juice
2 packets Pure Via sweetener
4 apple slices

Bring water, cloves, and cinnamon sticks to a boil in a small saucepan. Turn off heat, add tea bags, cover, and allow to steep for 3 minutes. Remove tea bags and stir in apple juice and sweetener. Turn the heat back on to low and simmer until heated through. To serve, place two apple slices in the bottom of two mugs. Pour hot tea over apples, being careful to strain out cloves and cinnamon sticks. Serve with additional cinnamon sticks in the mugs if desired.

This tea is seriously one of the most delicious teas I've ever had - you HAVE to put it on your list to try this week! If you're interested in trying Pure Via as well, be sure to grab a $.55 off ONE Pure Via 40 Ct. Packets coupon, available while supplies last. You can also download a free songbook/cookbook from Jewel by clicking here. Don't forget to follow Pure Via through their Facebook and Twitter pages as well!

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Broccoli Cheddar Chowder

Sneak in those veggies with a warm creamy bowl of this cheesy broccoli cheddar chowder - they'll never know!

First day of Kindergarten. First and last soccer practice (of REAL soccer). Reading actual words for the first time. Reading actual BOOKS for the first time. Then last week this happened:

Somebody stop the mommy train, I want to get off! :(

If you can't tell, Silas' tooth is gone right there in the middle on the bottom. This was followed a few days later by the other one right next to it, and he is now $2.00 richer care of the Tooth Fairy.

Fast forward to this past week, the boys had a dentist appointment and sure enough, because he's my child, Silas has two "soft spots" on his back teeth. My understanding is that soft spots aren't cavities just yet, but they will turn into cavities soon so they recommend sealing them now - which requires no anesthesia. I was hoping they boys would inherit Paul's "good teeth" genes, so I guess the jury's still out on that.

The dentist told me that what you eat is just as important as brushing and flossing regularly. The best foods to promote healthy teeth are foods rich in calcium and phosphorus: cheese, milk, and nuts. And also, crunchy fruits and vegetables. 

As if we needed yet another reason to try and get our kids to eat their veggies, right?! Birds Eye and Melissa d'Arabian, Food Network celebrity chef and mom, have partnered to make a difference helping moms with this dinnertime dilemma. 

Step Up to the Plate is Birds Eye's long-term commitment to reshaping kids' veggie perceptions and getting children to like veggies for life. According to Birds Eye's State of the Plate, 9 out of 10 people in the US do not get the proper amount of vegetables - which is why I try to always have a few bags of Steamfresh vegetables in my freezer! It's SO convenient to just pop a bag in the microwave while the rest of dinner is cooking. 

This Broccoli Cheddar Chowder is the PERFECT yummy dinner to sneak in those veggies - and I love that you can use frozen broccoli to have on hand in the freezer whenever you feel like whipping it up for dinner - no worries about produce going bad that way! 

Broccoli Cheddar Chowder

3 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
2 celery stalks, halved lengthwise and sliced
12 oz frozen broccoli florets
2 tablespoons dried, minced onion
3 cups chicken broth
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup flour
4 cups milk
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
pepper to taste

In a large stockpot, combine potatoes, celery, frozen broccoli, dried minced onion, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer about 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt butter and whisk in flour. Cook while whisking 2 minutes. Whisk in milk, bring to a boil, and cook for 2 minutes or until thickened. Once vegetables in stockpot are tender, pour in milk mixture and stir until well combined. Stir in cheese until melted. Serve hot with crusty bread!

This chowder will get even the pickiest of eaters to get their daily veggies! It can be SO tough to get a balanced meal and Birds Eye frozen vegetables definitely make it easier to provide nutritious, tasty veggies kids will love. They offer more than 40 unique vegetable blends year round at really affordable prices - which is really great for those of us on a tight budget! Check out this video from Melissa d'Arabian herself:

Here are some more of my favorite veggie filled dinners:

Slow Cooker Tamale Pie

Healthy Cheeseburger Vegetable Soup

Veggie Loaded Chicken Cacciatore Bake

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