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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Are you Ready for Superbowl 50? How to Host the Big Game in Style!

Superbowl 50 is this weekend (Sunday February 7) in the fine city of San Francisco and the Panthers and Broncos will battle to claim the Superbowl title.
So while you are watching the game, rooting for your team and awaiting the crazy and funny commercials, you must serve up game day nibbles in style.

Let’s start with the Great Plate. This ingenuous server does it, keeping dips and finger foods from running into each other plus holds your beverage- always keeping one hand free! Perfect for any entertaining and parties. 
It is dishwasher safe, microwave safe, stackable, storable, reusable and recyclable. AND- The Great Plate™ is proudly made right here in the USA.

A slow cooker is a must for dips and sandwiches! All-Clad's top-of-the-line cooker is perfect for making those essential Super Bowl dishes such as pulled pork, chili, wings and more. Its automatic functions will keep food warm from kickoff till game’s end and push-button controls and an easy-to-read digital display eliminates guesswork.  The 7-qt. nonstick aluminum removable insert easily goes from stovetop to slow cooker to table and is perfect for large parties.  Available exclusively at Williams-Sonoma $249.95

Grilling is a top priority, and with the All-Clad Electric Indoor Grill, your party will be a hit! 
With two separately controlled cooking surfaces, this All-Clad Electric Indoor Grill is perfect for cooking hot dogs and hamburgers.  An extra-large 20" x 13" nonstick grilling surface ensures you’ll have enough space and dial controls provide precise cooking temperatures. Available at Williams-Sonoma $299.95

Now it’s time for dessert! 
Matthews 1812 House, specializing in handmade specialty desserts, has a brand new line of mouthwatering bourbon infused treats, like Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Torte, Bourbon Blondie Bar, Caramel and Chocolate Bourbon Sauce and more. These tasty treats can be shipped!

Leftovers? Wrap everything up easily with use Bowl Huggers. Bowl Huggers are reusable silicone-edged bowl lids that fit on your everyday dishes. Serve, seal and store your food all in the same dish. All you have to do is pop the lid on your bowl and the Bowl Hugger will adjust itself just the right amount to create a secure seal. Just pull the tab to release the seal. This keeps your yummy food fresh and makes for an easier clean up too! 
Bowl Huggers are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. Perfect for pot-lucks and bringing food to the party as well as a great gift for the one who is hosting. 
Set of 2 $15-17

And if the next day you are feeling just a little dehydrated, try DripDrop, a powder electrolyte solution that you add to water to treat dehydration. 
Invented by Dr. Eduardo Dolhun, a Mayo-clinic trained physician, as an alternative to sports drinks (i.e. Gatorade) and pediatric solutions (i.e. Pedialyte) It has been clinically proven to hydrate 150% better than plain water and 43% better than sports drinks and contains 3x the electrolytes and half the sugar of most sports drinks. 

DripDrop comes in powder packets that can be added to a water bottle and it's easy to carry in your purse, backpack, laptop bag, or pocket.

So what’s it gonna be, superfans? You ready to rock this Sunday! Who's gonna win?

Monday, February 1, 2016

Happy February 1st!


So glad we have ushered in February 2016. February is usually a hard month, but I feel Jan was rough! 

I was over budget, didn't pay down my debts, and way too many people passed away!

I did get to the gym a teensy bit more and I did eat a teensy bit better.

But, I have high hopes for this month of FEBRUARY! 
Many birthdays to celebrate, lots of awesome ppl to hang with, books to read and movies to see and new clients to work with!

  • Getting back to the gym has been difficult. So I am aiming for 2x a week. 
  • Less takeout and cooking 3x a week, and that includes leftovers for lunches.
  • Getting a cafe lunch 2x a week only.
  • Paying down the Target credit card. 
  • See more family.
  • Hug Stephen more. 
  • February Trip: Stephen and I are headed to the shore to celebrate Valentine's day and his birthday. 
  • Blog more often.
  • Stay positive and calm.

What are your goals?

Friday, January 22, 2016

Pantry Challenge Begins in 2016

Ahh yes, tis the new year, and the pantry challenge starts anew!

One thing I did over the new year’s break was clean out the freezer. It seemed we always had so much food in there, but nothing I could ever pull out quickly and eat.

So I opened it and began tossing and it was humbling.
Giant freezer-burned chunks of things, tons of frozen ice-covered berries, an army of blackened shriveled bananas that were to be used for smoothies, ginger and bags of vegs from 2013 and lots and lots of ice packs.

No wonder I could barely get the door shut.

For about 15 hand-numbing minutes, I tossed and said goodbye to things I thought I would eat.
And I learned about my own habits. I tend to shove things in the freezer that I think I am going to waste or won’t eat, so I thought if I shoved it in the freezer I'd get back to it eventually.

So, out went the wilty bananas and freezer burned items. I bought fresh berries and ginger and labeled it. I stocked up on new vegetables at the 10 for 10$ sale. I got some frozen espresso bars to replace ice cream.

The freezer looks great now. I can see all I have at a glance, and have been using items up and replacing them on sale (chicken breasts, ground beef, etc)

Then I moved down to the fridge!!

Out went the jam jars with a smidge of jelly left, out went the various things my husband bought at the farmers market and we didn’t eat, out went the soy sauce I bought down the shore in 2014. Seriously. How was this stuff still living in here taking up space, looking innocuous?!
I recycled the jars and some I kept for making salads and keeping fruit in weekly.

Out went the packets of mini ketchups and soy sauce and duck sauce from last year. Gone!
Fridge looks and smells fresher- not that it smelled bad, it just has a better feel.

Then over to the pantry! (I was on a roll!)
I began to piece together dinners and lunches from items that were in there and had a cook-off day.

Now, Snowmaggedon2016 looms-the first big snow of the entire winter season in Philly.  
Instead of going nuts at the store, I did get some milk and bread because I DO want French toast, lol, and some pretzels, but we have enough food here, and it’s really just another weekend. This snowstorm is (supposed to) arrive after Friday rush hour and end Sunday. Just enough time to dig out and be back at work on Monday morning at 7:30am!

I'll be soaking black beans to make soup, I have chicken stock but will also be making veggie stock, baking cookies, and making up french toast for breakfast with real maple syrup we got at our wedding a few months ago. 

I'm also rearranging a few kitchen things too this weekend, putting in a small vintage deeper bookshelf to hold things that I have to go digging for or up high. Must find a place for the microwave tho…

So stay tuned dear readers, and stay safe!

Food Quote Friday- Homage to Bread & Cheese

Last night was the Taste of Phoenixville, a fabulous event in my town that supports the Good Samaritan homeless shelter and raises money for nourishing food and helping people find their way in life and create the live they've always wanted- even if they are homeless and have lost their way.

I love this event and support it and there people it helps and serves.

This photo is some of the fabulous bread from Soltane on Bridge Street, who supports the arts in the community while providing it with fresh healthy foods! )and scones and cookies and pies and spreads!)

Friday, January 15, 2016

Food Quote Friday- Closing the Meal

Food Quote Friday!
Chocolate, ice cream, - how do you close your meal? 
With a fine dessert of berries and cream, cheesecake, or a slice of pie, perhaps some lavender honey over cheese?