8.23.2016

The Best Housewarming Gift Basket List

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Ahhh moving... It's one of those occasions that calls for something special. And something special calls for a cute housewarming gift basket, especially when it's for family! Thankfully, it's not us moving this time (packing all those boxes again can wait a couple more years lol), but my lovely stepdaughters Kristi and Tiffani! Housewarming gift baskets are perfect for so many occasions and really for everyone: The young adult headed off to college, the couple or single mother moving into their own home, newlyweds,  new homeowners, and those who have just brought a new baby home. My particular house warming gift care basket is for, as I mentioned before, my stepdaughters Kristi and Tiffani: Kristi is a young single mother buying her first home so this is perfect for her, filled with some of the necessities that really bring a home together in the first few weeks after moving in, and since Tiff is heading back to college soon, but also moving in with her sister, it's perfect for her too!
 
We were at Walmart yesterday (as it seems we always are lol), and I came up with the idea of a housewarming gift basket, and decided to grab some of my favorite home essentials to throw in there. I spied the new Quilted Northern® Ultra Soft & Strong® with Cleanstretch (9 Mega Rolls) when we were strolling down the toilet paper/paper towel aisle and grabbed that first thing, because, let's be honest... I don't know anyone who doesn't use that stuff lol. Toilet paper is a life staple for sure.
 
But in addition to toilet paper, what are some thing that go well in a housewarming gift basket? Here's a list below of some of my favorite things to include in gift baskets and are all things that I personally would enjoy receiving, so you know they're good! Lol.
 
 
• Soy Candles
 
• Natural Dish Soap
 
• Kitchen Sponges
 
• Kitchen Hand Towel
 
• Cookies (in a cute reusable mason jar)
 
• Basket or Crate (can be reused for storage)
 
• Sparkling Lemonade
 
• Wine
 
• Small Batch Coffee Grounds or Beans
 
• Homemade Pie
 
• Fresh Flowers
 
• Natural Household Cleaners
 
• Fair Trade Chocolate
 
• Farm Fresh Organic Eggs
 
• A Gift Card
 
• One Pot Pasta Meal
 
• Paper Towels
 
• Organic Spices
 
• Magazines or A Cook Book
 
• Potted Live Herbs (these are perfect for the kitchen window sill)
 
• Flavored Olive Oil
 
• Fresh Made Bread
 
• Locally Made Cheese
 
• A Throw Blanket
 
• Artisan Hand Soap
 
• Wooden Spoons
 
• Fresh Produce (from your garden or the farmer's market)
 
 
I love this Quilted Northern® Ultra Soft & Strong® toilet paper especially because it's so soft, I also love that it's a Mega roll! It is a 4X bigger roll (*than Quilted Northern® regular toilet paper rolls) so you don't have to worry as often about refilling the roll! And with the 9 mega rolls package (like we purchased), the Quilted Northern® Ultra Soft & Strong® with Cleanstretch mega pack offers the opportunity to keep the home and bathroom fully stocked and organized at all times so you don't have to worry about running out, last minute get-togethers or sudden guests! You'll always be ready for whatever life throws your way!
 
In addition to the Quilted Northern® Ultra Soft & Strong® toilet paper, the other things I grabbed to add to the housewarming gift basket (or crate) for my stepdaughters are sparkling lemonade, cookies in a mason jar, fresh flowers, my favorite natural dish soap, kitchen sponges and a hand towel that matches Kristi's wine themed kitchen decor, a soy candle, fresh flowers... Oh! And a cute little chalkboard!
 
Do you know someone who is moving soon or is starting a new chapter in their life? The best way to celebrate is by giving them a housewarming gift or care basket! I'd definitely recommend the Quilted Northern® Ultra Soft & Strong® toilet paper first off. What else from the list would you include in your basket? Sound off in the comments below and let me know! :)

 

8.18.2016

Our Favorite Chicken & Waffles

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It's no secret that kids love coloring. Crayons and children go together like peas and carrots, donuts and coffee and cookies and milk. It's an age old fact. But coloring sometimes requires great energy when they're creating that masterpiece to hang on the fridge or send to grandparents. And energy requires protein! So that's where chicken and waffles comes in! Bet ya didn't see that one coming lol. But let's be serious here for a minute.
 
Do you know any child who doesn't love chicken tenders? I can almost guarantee that your answer will be "no". Because children love chicken. A toddler says they don't want to eat something so you tell them it's chicken, and most of the time they will eat it lol. And kids also love waffles! I know my daughter does, and if I'm correct, most parents do as well (I know I do).

 
Let's face it... waffles are pretty awesome! They're easy to eat and a super fast and convenient meal option for sure. And Eggo is the brand we know, love and trust in our home! We like to eat Eggo waffles regular, and we also like to get creative with them (aka chicken and waffles). If you're in a rush with the busy-busy-busy-go-go-go and hustle and bustle of the back to school season, you can count on Eggo to be there for you, and Crayola too! Your kid can get creative and be a kid in between soccer practice and shuffling off to class, or after homework while you make these delicious chicken and waffles for the family! With Crayola and Eggo partnering together, you can fuel not only their bodies, but their minds as well! Oh! And you can get some super fun savings too! Right now at all stores, if you purchase 3 participating Eggo products with Crayola packaging you get $5 off of Crayola products! Just make sure you grab them before they fly off the shelves and before September 30th when this pretty cool promotion ends. But don't worry, there will be more info coming so look for it in the Target Circular Ad during the first week of September. Another great thing is that this promotion is valid in all stores, so no one misses out! Yay!
 
Okay, so before I forget, let me share my chicken and waffles recipe here real quick. It's fairly simple and the results are truthfully mouthwatering.
 
 
CHICKEN & WAFFLES
 
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
 
 
Maple Syrup
 
Chicken tenders
 
Corn oil
 
2 cups Flour + 1/2 teaspoon Salt + 1 teaspoon Pepper
 
3 Eggs (+ 1/2 cup Milk optional)
 
WHAT YOU"LL DO:
Fill a skillet with about 3/4 inch corn oil and heat up. In a separate bowl, combine eggs and milk and whisk together (I combine the eggs and milk in a dish like I would if I was making scrambled eggs). In another bowl, combine your flour, salt, pepper and mix together thoroughly with a fork. Once your oil is hot, take your chicken tenders and bathe them in the egg and milk wash, once covered, then lay them in the dish with the flour mix. Cover them with the flour mixture and then drop them gently into the hot oil. Let them cook until they start to brown on one side and then flip them. I cook them until they're browned nicely and usually break one open to make sure it's done inside too before we eat them and before turning off the stove. The cooking times will vary depending on the temperature of your stove and oil so make sure they're done before you turn your oil off. I lay them to cool on a plate covered in a few layers of paper towels to rid the excess oil and so they'll cool off fast and easily. Make yourself some Eggo waffles as the chicken is cooling off and once they're done throw some chicken on top and cover in maple syrup. So much yum!

 
We found our Eggo waffles in the frozen section while strolling through Target and noticed the $5 off Crayola products promotion going on, and as a parent of a toddler, we just couldn't pass that up. I mean, does anyone even know how many crayons a child goes through until they reach adulthood? That's why I also decided to grab some crayons in the back to school section at Target. I chose the twist up crayons, we've been wanting to try them for awhile and I'm hoping they keep her from breaking her crayons so easily, and since they don't have paper around them like traditional Crayola crayons, it'll also keep me from finding tiny bits of Crayola paper wrapping all over our home haha. We also downloaded this super cute (and FREE) activity coloring book from Crayola on Target's website (click here to find out how to download it for your kiddo).
 
Eggo products are quick, easy and delicious and are perfect for everything from breakfast, to lunch, to dinner, to an after school snack! I also love how stocking up on Eggo waffles helps prepare for the busy school year ahead, and stocking up saves on last minute grocery runs later on. Eggo can make meals fun! What kid doesn't love switching things up and having breakfast for dinner one night a week? I'm all about making life fun for little ones... and also encouraging kids! Encouraging them that they can let their creative side loose with Crayola, encourage them to try something new and unexpected (like chicken and waffles for example).

 
How will you use Eggo and Crayola to fuel your child's mind and body? What creative ways can you think of to make Eggo waffles? What is your child's favorite thing to draw using Crayola crayons? Don't forget to download the free activity booklet (found here), and most importantly... Have FUN! :)

8.16.2016

One Pot Beef & Mushroom Stroganoff

 
 
Stroganoff is one of my favorite foods, it's so hearty and pretty much the ultimate comfort food and perfect for a rainy day. I would get so excited whenever my Mom would make it when I was growing up, and now I get excited when I make it for my family. I love it, my hubby loves it, and even Bella loves it! Filled with so many wholesome, fresh and delicious ingredients, this recipe is sure to make your tummy and your family's tummies happy. You can always cut the recipe in half if you want less, but since we love stroganoff leftovers I tend to always make a big pot of it. Also, I know 8 bouillon cubes sounds like a lot, but since my recipe doesn't call for any salt I basically just add one bullion cube per every cup of water. Not too salty, not too bland, just right, and it gives it that extra burst of beefy flavor. Another reason I love this recipe is because it's a one pot meal! Yep, you basically just throw everything in one big pot and save yourself from having to wash so many dishes! What's your favorite comfort food? Let me know if you try it!
 
 
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
 
1 1/2 lb. ground beef
 
1 package baby bella mushrooms (sliced)
 
2 cloves garlic (chopped)
 
1 teaspoon onion powder
 
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
 
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
 
8 cups water
 
2 sprigs fresh rosemary (minced)
 
8 beef bouillon
 
1 lb. egg noodles
 
1 16 oz. container sour cream
 
 
DIRECTIONS:
Coat the bottom of your stock pot with olive oil, add ground beef. Once it starts to brown, add sliced mushrooms and chopped garlic cloves. Add onion powder, black pepper and minced rosemary. Cook thoroughly. Next, add 8 cups of water to your stock pot and also your 8 beef bouillon. Once the water starts to boil, add in your egg noodles. Once egg noodles are done it should thicken up a little, add your sour cream and cook another 5 minutes. Aaaaaand... You're done! Enjoy!