Friday, December 17, 2010

Healthy Top of the Morning Shake Recipe

If you have a blender such as the KitchenAid 5 Speed Blenders with Polycarbonate Jars you can make this healthy shake recipe with ease. If you want to add a little more to it, add some protein powder for more saying power.

What You Need:
  • 1 1/2 C of fat free milk
  • 1 C of unsweetened raspberries
  • Splenda to equal 2 tbsp of sugar
How to Make It:
  1. Pour the milk into the blender.
  2. Add the strawberries and sprinkle with the Splenda.
  3. Cover and blend until smooth and thick.
  4. Pour into glasses and serve.
Makes 4 servings

This tasty breakfast shake can be made with any type of fresh berry. Try strawberries, blackberries or blueberries for a change of pace. It’s nutritious and quite healthy so fix yourself a different shake each day of the week.

Nutritional Information: (approximate values per serving)
Calories 152 ; Fat 2g; Saturated Fat 1g; Carbohydrates 25g; Fiber 2g; Protein 9g; Cholesterol 7mg; Sodium 161mg

So, even as it is, this shake has 9g of protein and it will last you quite a while. Remember you can use full cream milk if you prefer, but then the protein will be less as the fat will be more.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Fancy Party Strawberries Recipe

This time of the year we all tend to have a lot of parties, even if it is only family visiting you want to serve something tasty and exceptional. Well, with this recipe you will give strawberries a whole new dimension. To chop the nuts that you need for this recipe a Cuisinart SG 10 Electric Spice and Nut Grinder will come in very handy.

What You Need For This Recipe:
  • 1 qt. fresh whole strawberries
  • 1 C of vanilla ready to spread frosting
  • Miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • Chopped nuts
  • Colored sugars
  • Candy sprinkles
  • Grated chocolate
  • Shredded coconut
How to Make It:
  • Rinse the strawberries under cold water and place on paper towel to dry.
  • Place the frosting into a microwave safe bowl.
  • Heat on high for 15 seconds or until the frosting is melted and smooth.
  • Place the chips, nuts, sugars, sprinkles, chocolate and coconut into separate shallow bowls.
  • Cover a cookie sheet with wax paper.
  • Dip the bottom of each strawberry about 1/3 up into the frosting.
  • Quickly dip the frosted strawberry into one of the toppings.
  • Place the strawberry on the wax paper.
  • Continue until all of the strawberries have been dipped.
  • Place the strawberries into the refrigerator for 5 minutes or until the frosting has hardened.
Makes 40 strawberries

Place these strawberries on your appetizer table for the kids to enjoy. They will definitely feel special when they know these little goodies are just for them. Any type of frosting can be used such as chocolate or strawberry. Use your imagination when it comes to the toppings.

Preparation Time: approximately 40 minutes
Chilling Time: approximately 5 minutes
Total Time: approximately 45 minutes

Nutritional Information per strawberry: (approximate values)

Calories 50; fat 2 g; sodium 0 mg; carbohydrates 8 g; sugar 8 g; protein 0 g

With this recipe you move away from the normal strawberries dipped in melted chocolate and the extra sprinkles you toll it in gives it a nice crunchiness to it.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A Slightly Different Cheese Fondue Recipe With Your Cuisinart CFO 3SS Electric Fondue Maker

If you have a really good fondue maker, such as the Cuisinart CFO 3SS Electric Fondue Maker, you will be able to treat your friends to this cheese fondue that is a variation of the typical Swiss fondue.

Ingredients for your cheese fondue recipe:

  • 1 pound grated cheddar cheese
  • 3 tablespoons chopped onions
  • 2 tablespoons brandy
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • Garlic
  • 1 pinch of ground nutmeg
  • ¾ dry white wine
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cubed pieces of crusty bread
Method:

  1. Rub your fondue pot with the garlic
  2. Melt the butter and brown the onions in the butter taking care to prevent burning
  3. Add the wine and stir until boiling point to prevent burning
  4. Mix the cheese and flour and add slowly while stirring
  5. Add salt and pepper
  6. Add the brandy and pour the mixture into your Cuisinart CFO 3SS Electric Fondue Maker
  7. Serve with the bread
This recipe is delicious and far tastier than the traditional Swiss recipe and I am sure your friends will love it.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

How to Make a Clay Menorah

This craft is a very good craft and ideal for Fimo clay. If you, however want to go into more Fimo clay projects I would recommend that you have a look at Creating With Fimo Acrylic Clay. On that page I discuss a book that you will find very handy for creating more Fimo Acrylic Clay projects.

The menorah is one of the most recognizable symbols of Israel. The Festival of Lights, or Hanukkah, is celebrated each year to commemorate the miracle where one day’s worth of the specially made oil remained lit for eight days until more could be made. Each year families light their own menorahs to celebrate. If you’d like to learn how to make a clay menorah, you can use it to celebrate Hanukkah this year.

To make a menorah, or hanukkiah, you’ll need the following items:
  • Self-hardening polymer clay such as Fimo or Premo
  • Ruler
  • Butter knife to cut the clay
  • Hanukkah candles
  • Cardboard
  • Acrylic paints and paintbrushes (have a look at Acrylic Paint Sets)
How to make your clay menorah:

Use a clean work surface when making the menorah. Roll the self-hardening polymer clay into a cylinder which is about one inch in diameter. Make the roll as long as you can and then mark off ten lengths of about 1 1/2 inch each. Cut eight of the lengths off and leave the remaining two lengths together to make the Shamash. Re-roll the cylinders if they flattened out while cutting them.

Push one of the Hanukkah candles into one end of each cylinder so it will be able to hold the candle. Try to make sure each hole is created so each candle will stand about the same height. Reshape the cylinder if becomes flattened or misshapen.

Line the cylinders next to each other with the tallest cylinder in the middle. There will be four cylinders on each side of this one which is called the ‘helper’ candle or the Shamash. Brush a little bit of water on the cylinder and then gently press them together so they stick.

If you want your menorah to be taller, why not make small blocks of clay and adhere the cylinders to them? You can then brush water on the sides of the blocks to ensure they stay together.

Using other polymer clay, create decorations for your menorah. Create a very small coil and wrap it around the menorah, make a Star of David or other shapes which are customary for Hanukkah. If the clay isn’t sticking very well, use a little bit of water.
Allow the menorah to dry for several days. You can also use the directions on the clay package to bake them in the oven.

Paint the menorah using white, silver and blue paint and allow it to dry thoroughly. When you’re ready to begin lighting your candles, pick up the Shamash candle and light one candle each night starting on the left. You would light the Shamash which would then be used to light the candle all the way to the left. The next night you would use the Shamash to light the first and second candles from the left and so on until all candles are lit.

It is possible to find menorahs in many different materials. They can be metal, wood, stone or glass. They also come in all shapes and sizes. Learning how to make a clay menorah is something you can do to celebrate Hanukkah each year.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Colorbok Learn to Kit - To Knit & Crochet Spool Critters

Kids very often like to knit and for that you can have a look at Kids Knitting Projects. However, some do not have the perseverance to do a whole project and that is where spool knitting comes into mind as a viable alternative.

Spool knitting is a fun activity for children who enjoy craft. It uses a spool to create a narrow tube of knitting without the need for knitting needles. This is ideal for little children as it teaches them the basics of knitting before they move on to proper knitting.

The Colorbok Learn to Kit - To Knit & Crochet Spool Critters includes one plastic spool knitter, one plastic safety needle, a craft stick, yarn in different colors, pipe cleaners, pom-poms and other decoration bits and pieces. With the help of the instructions, your kids will have fun making little knitted animals, such as a fish, lion, cat, or butterfly and can decorate them with googly eyes and pom-poms.

Overall, I think this would make a great and fun gift set for any crafty child.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Subs That You Can Make Ahead Recipe

As we all know it is sometimes quite difficult for a busy mom to always have a tasty meal ready on a busy day. So, having these subs ready in no time will really help a lot. What is important though, is that some chopping is necessary and for that you can use a food processor such as the Cuisinart 11 Cup Pro Custom 11 Food Processors that are also easy to clean up and will save you some time.

So here is the recipe for your subs you can make ahead Recipe:

What You Need For Your Subs That You Can Make Ahead Recipe:
  • 1 (16 oz) loaf of French bread
  • 1/2 (8 oz) container of sour cream ranch dip
  • 3/4 C of pkg. shredded carrots
  • 1 C of lettuce, shredded
  • 1/2 of a cucumber, peeled, seeded and shredded
  • 2 oz thin sliced deli roast beef
  • 2 oz. thin sliced deli ham
  • 2 oz. thin sliced deli turkey
  • 2 oz thin sliced deli chicken
  • 4 oz thin sliced provolone cheese
How to Make It:
  1. Cut the bread loaf in half lengthwise.
  2. Spread the sour cream ranch dip onto the cut sides of the bread.
  3. Layer the carrots, lettuce, cucumbers, all 4 types of meat and the cheese onto one side of the cut bread.
  4. Close the bread over the top.
  5. Wrap tightly in saran wrap and refrigerate for up to 8 hours.
  6. To serve, cut into 8 slices and secure with a toothpick.
Makes 8 servings

Have plans on Saturday and know your going to be rushed when it comes to eating? This sub will help you out. Use your favorite deli meats and your favorite type of cheese. Purchase already shredded carrots and lettuce, if you do not have a food processor, and if you prefer use sliced pickles instead of the cucumbers.

Keep in mind that if you purchase already shredded carrots and lettuce you will be losing quite a lot of nutrition from these foods. Fresh is always better as you are going to store these subs in the refrigerator already.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Cherry Blossom Smoothie Recipe

I love smoothies, winter or summer, they are always a tasty treat. So, if you have a Cuisinart Smoothie Maker or a Cuisinart CBT 700 Blender you will love this Cherry Blossom Smoothie Recipe. If you use the sweet cherries this smoothie is a real sweet treat. So, try it, even though it is now winter in the most places, you will love it.

Cherry Blossom

What You Need:
  • 2 C cherries, sweet or tart and frozen
  • 1 banana, peeled and cut into pieces
  • 1 C cherry juice
  • Maraschino cherries
How to Make It:
  1. Place the frozen cherries, the banana pieces and the juice into the blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour into glasses and top with the maraschino cherries.
Sweet cherries make this drink quite a sweet delight. Tart cherries take away some of the sweetness but they still make a delightful drink.

Remember, the Cuisinart CBT 700 Blender is a strong blender and will be able to handle anything you throw its way. If you use the cherries frozen you will see that you get a "soft" and thick almost ice cream texture. If you want this kind of almost "ice cream" smoothie you can also freeze the banana before making it.

A food idea is to cut fruit and freeze them in byte sizes ready to make smoothies when you need them. This way you can make use of specials on fruit etc.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Easy Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Recipe

This time of the year, with all the holidays coming, you may enjoy making a few pumpkin dishes that differ from those that you bake every year. Pumpkin and cream cheese is a very good combination and that is why this recipe is such a winner.

To make this recipe successful you will need either one of the KitchenAid 5 Speed Blenders With Polycarbonate Jars or a food processor such as one of the Cuisinart 11 Cup Pro Custom 11 Food Processors.

Easy Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Recipe

What You Need:
  • 1/3 C lite margarine, at room temperature
  • 2 C graham-cracker crumbs
  • 1 (24 oz.) container no fat cottage cheese
  • 1 (12 oz.) container lite cream-cheese
  • 1 1/4C light brown sugar, packed firm
  • 2 lg. egg whites
  • 2 lg. whole eggs
  • 2 C pumpkin puree
  • 2 TBSP cornstarch
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin-pie spice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
How to Make It:

  1. Place the margarine in a small mixing bowl.
  2. Add the graham cracker crumbs and mix together until the crumbs are completely moist and stick together well.
  3. Spray a spring form pan with a non stick cooking spray.
  4. Press the graham cracker mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the pan and set aside.
  5. Place the cottage cheese into the blender or food processor.
  6. Add the cream cheese and blend for 2 minutes until mixture is thick and smooth.
  7. Place the brown sugar into the cream cheese mixture and blend until dissolved.
  8. Add the egg whites and the whole eggs and blend until completely combined.
  9. Use a rubber spatula to scrape the mixture into a large mixing bowl.
  10. Add the pumpkin, cornstarch, pie spice and vanilla.
  11. Mix with a rubber spatula until completely combined and smooth.
  12. Pour the mixture into the prepared pie crust.
  13. Place the oven temperature on 325 degrees and allow the oven to heat.
  14. Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes until set.
  15. Cool to room temperature then cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
8 Servings

Be sure to allow the pie to come to room temperature before covering and placing in the refrigerator. This keeps condensation from building on the top of the pie which leads to a mushy consistency. The pie can be kept in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 4 days.

This pie can be a lifesaver when you are entertaining as it is one less thing you have to do on the day itself. Make it the day before and leave you and your stove free for the other dishes you plan on making. So, try this Easy Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Recipe

Friday, November 5, 2010

Tips on How to Sell Your Crafts Online

If you think Silk Painting Is Fun, you may end up with articles that you cannot use as you have too many. This means you may want to sell some of it. So here are a few ideas to help you.

It’s not unusual for people to enjoy crafting as a hobby. People have been doing it for years, either because they simply enjoy it or because they want to share an activity with a loved one. Many people wonder about selling their craft items and decide to go the craft show route. Wouldn’t selling your hard work elsewhere be good? Here are some tips on how to sell your crafts online.

Attending and participating in craft shows and fairs can run into a good amount of money. Not only do you have to make the crafts you plan to sell, you also have to have tables, ways to display your crafts, possibly a tent if the shows/fairs are outdoors, and the money to participate. By the time you’ve spent all that money, you may be lucky to make a profit or even break even.

Selling crafts online can be a much better option. Not only do you have less overhead, you can actually sell craft items online at any time of the day or night, even while you sleep. Selling online also enables you to reach a much larger clientele than what would possibly attend a craft show during a weekend.

It’s a great idea to have a large amount of crafts pre-made before trying to sell them online. This will help ensure that you have enough for everyone who is interested and are able to give those purchasing your crafts some choices. Know ahead of time what your cost is to produce the crafts to ensure you make a profit on each item sold.

Start out by finding a way to accept payments. One of the easiest ways to accept payments from anyone is with a PayPal account. You don’t have to pay to set up an account but they will charge you a small fee for each transaction. After you’ve been selling your items for a while successfully and profitably, you may want to consider a merchant account but it does have its limitations.

Next you’ll want to think about where you’ll sell your crafts online. Most people think of eBay, but that’s not the only option. Other auction sites specialize in home-made items, such as Etsy.com. Both eBay and Etsy are free to set up an account but you’ll have to pay a transaction fee for each item listed and sold. Free options include eCrater and Love.li. Whichever website you choose, include photos of your items to help potential customers see what you have for sale.

Depending upon your skill on a computer, you may want to set up your own crafting website. The process includes buying a domain name, finding hosting, and designing a website. If that seems too ambitious to begin with, continue to sell on Etsy or eBay while you do research and learn about websites.

Don’t forget to let others know about your crafts. You can do this by joining crafting forums, mentioning items you have for sale on either auction website or by printing out business cards with your craft website address on it.

Offer to give away some of your craft items on a blog you admire. Giving away a few items may seem counter-productive, but it will give people a reason to visit your website or your current auctions.

Using these tips on how to sell your crafts online, you could be well on your way to a new career. Most people selling craft items online start out small. Best of luck in your endeavor!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Homemade Soup Recipe - Short Rib Soup Beans Recipe

What can be tastier than hot soup with freshly baked homemade bread on a cold winter's day? I think it is the ultimate comfort food.

If you have a breadmaker such as the Cuisinart CBK 100 Programmable Breadmaker and a slow cooker such a Cuisinart PSC 350 3 1 2 Quart Programmable Slow Cooker, producing such a meal will not be a problem.

With your slow cooker you can be away all day and the soup will be ready when you return and the same goes for the breadmaker as it is programmable and you can set it to have the bread ready at the time you want it.

Here is a soup recipe to try out and serve with your homemade bread. It may be a little too big for a Cuisinart PSC 350 3 1 2 Quart Programmable Slow Cooker, but as it is for 8 people it is easy to half the quantities for a small family.

Short Rib Soup Beans Recipe

What You Need:
  • 1 lb Great North Beans, soak overnight then rinse and drain
  • 3/4 C onion, chopped
  • 1/8 t pepper
  • 11/2 lb beef short ribs
  • 6 C water
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 C barbecue sauce
How to Make It:
  1. Place the soaked beans into the slow cooker.
  2. Add the onion and pepper.
  3. Place the short ribs into the slow cooker.
  4. Pour the water over the top and stir gently.
  5. Cover and cook on low heat setting for 10 hours.
  6. Remove the short ribs from the crock pot and use to forks to shred the meat off the bones.
  7. Return the meat to the crock pot and discard the bones.
  8. Pour in the barbecue sauce.
  9. Recover, turn the heat setting to high and continue cooking 30 minutes.
Serving Size: 8

If you want a little more of a beef taste reduce the water to 4 C and add 1 can of beef broth to the crock pot. Always be sure to soak the beans. This will ensure a soft bean when the soup is done.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Baby Shower Gift Ideas

The main purpose of a baby shower, apart from all the fun, is to give the mommy-to-be gifts. The general idea is that these gifts are gifts the mom will need once the baby is born.

Whether you are looking for baby boy shower ideas or baby girl shower ideas, the gifts still need to be practical. Of course there will be some difference in the color of the gifts you buy etc.

With the popularity of baby gift registries today, looking for that perfect gift that the baby will need and the couple will truly appreciate has become easy. But for those will-be parents who did not sign up for a gift registry, or if you want to choose a baby gift on your own, this list of baby shower gift ideas may truly be helpful.

1. Disposable Diapers

Diapers may not be the fanciest gift to give for a baby shower. But this would definitely be the most thoughtful and most appreciated.

Diapers are expensive and babies will use them up very quickly. The new parents will appreciate them. Even those parents who opt to use cloth diapers may also find disposable diapers useful when traveling.

A tip when buying diapers, pick the larger size ones instead of newborn diapers. After all, babies nowadays grow very fast and the newborn-size diapers may not be useful for very long. And while you are at it, why not thrown in some baby wipes as well.

2. Bottles and Pacifiers

Babies may sometimes be picky about bottles and pacifiers. Some babies prefer to use only a particular brand or shape for these items.

If the parents-to-be have specified in the baby registry a brand or shape of bottles, nipples, and pacifiers, these items may be a safe choice for a baby shower gift. Otherwise, just steer clear from these baby items.

3. Baby Clothes

Choose larger sized baby clothes instead of the newborn sizes. Babies grow quickly.

If you know the gender of the baby it will help you with the choice of color. If you do not, it is best to go with colors suitable for both boys or girls.

4. Toys for Baby

Give the gift of fun baby toys. You may buy toys for older babies that the baby can use when it grows a bit older. For the sake of safety, stick to the toys suitable for kids aged 3 and under.

5. Knowledge for Baby

Boost baby's brainpower with educational baby items. Choose a classic baby book, educational videos, music CDs.

For educational videos, Brainy Baby and Baby Einstein DVDs are highly recommended.

As for books, a selection of your own favorite books from childhood would be a great gift idea. Choose books with bright and bold pictures, and those new interactive toys that feature counting or touching.

6. Bath Time Goodies

Baby's bath time is a high (or low!) point of the day. A nice selection of baby bathroom essentials would be very thoughtful. Stick to products developed specially for babies.

Well, these are only a few of the possibilities for baby shower gift idea. Remember, even though a lot of stuff are "cute" practical will always be very important to the mommy-to-be!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Looking At The LeapFrog Tag Reader Pink

You may be wondering why I am looking at the LeapFrog Tag Reader Pink. Well, the reason is that getting kids reading, as soon as possible is very important. It has to be fun so that they develop a love of reading.

We can never underestimate the power of reading. Our kids cannot excel in school if they cannot read properly. For you in the US it may sound strange, but here in South Africa we see many kids reaching grade 12 without having the necessary reading skills to make it.

So, for me as a South African, getting kids to read is a very important thing. So that is why I think the LeapFrog Tag Reader Pink is such a good idea. It is fun and there are many stories that the kids can "read."

The LeapFrog Tag Reader uses amazing touch technology. The tag reader makes learning to read an exciting experience as words talk, pictures sing and stories live out loud. There is no better way to get kids reading.

You will be amazed at what the LeapFrog Tag Reader offers. The tag reading and activity books have over 20 books and games available, including favorite TV and movie characters and classic stories. This is sure to keep your kid reading for a very long time.

So, I think having a look at the LeapFrog Tag Reader Pink is a very good idea.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Disney Princess Party

I am very sure that if you have a little with a birthday coming up you will not go wrong with a Disney Princess Party. All little girls love princesses and they so not outgrow them as fast as they do fairies.

What is even more amazing is that you will not have to go shopping for Disney Princess Party Supplies! You will find it all on line. Everything you need can be bought online.

Imagine all the fun you can have with all the decorations, and the preparation of the party food, you can have if you are not all stressed out about getting Disney Princess Party supplies.

You will be able to get it all online. Invitation cards, plates, napkins, table covers, you name it and you will find it all online.

So, this year it is actually very easy to make a little one's dreams come true. You can even get a kit to help you with decorating the cake! Your biggest worry is who you are going to invite.

Consider a Disney Princess Party this year for your little princess and you cannot go wrong.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Bread Machine Magic

If you have a breadmaker such as the Cuisinart Cbk 100 Programmable Breadmaker, you will be looking for good breadmaker recipes. This is where and excellent book such as Bread Machine Magic, Revised Edition: 138 Exciting Recipes Created Especially for Use in All Types of Bread Machines, comes in.

Once you have mastered your breadmaker you will want to make more and exciting breads than only the recipes in the recipe book. I do advice you to stick to those first until you really know how to use your machine. After that it is time to experiment.

With Bread Machine Magic, Revised Edition: 138 Exciting Recipes Created Especially for Use in All Types of Bread Machines you get recipe that are suitable for 1, 1.5, and 2 lb. loaf sizes for each recipe! This means that it does not matter which size loaves your machine makes, you will be able to use all the recipes in this book.

Let us have a look at what a user says. This is what Boggart has to say about this book:

"The recipes are good, but even more importantly is the information accompanying the recipes. This book provides information that allows flexible use of a bread machine. Both my machine and I were glad to have it."

So, I think if you have a breadmaker having a look at Bread Machine Magic may not be a bad idea.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Complete Book of Decorative Knots

Knots are used all the time. Some we use for practical purposes and some for their decorative qualities. Even in macramé, such as macramé beaded jewelry, we make use of knots. So, getting to know them can really be fun.

The book “The Complete Book of Decorative Knots” is a fantastic collection of more than eighty different knots. Knots have a useful and practical purpose, but they can also be very decorative. This book shows you step-by-step, together with photographs, how to accomplish each and every one of the 80-plus knots. They vary in difficulty, from the very basic knots to the more tricky, but stunning looking, knots.

The book is divided into different chapters with each chapter focusing on a different type of knot and their uses, from button and globe knots, lanyard knots, Turk’s Heads, Mats and Hitching to Plaits and Braids. In addition, the book also explains the various tools that can be used to help you master the many knots. You learn about fids and prickers, splicing needles, netting needles and pliers and how to use them. The terms associated with knotting are also explained in great detail.

Overall, if you enjoy tying knots, whether for practical use or to finish off some textiles, I find this book very appealing. It comes with useful historical information about each knot and how it was and can still be used. Knot tying is also a great way of passing time while sitting in an airplane or on a long road trip.

Go to Amazon now and have a look at  The Complete Book of Decorative Knots

Monday, October 11, 2010

How to Make an Apple Turkey

All kids love doing fun and easy beginners crafts. With the holidays coming, turkeys will become popular crafts again. You can make this fun Apple Turkey or you can have a look at making Pine Cone Turkey Crafts that is part of our Crafts Using Pine Cones

It is also true that children love to help in the kitchen, but parents often think they’re in the way. They also love to do crafts. Here’s one way for your child to help make a treat for Thanksgiving and be crafty at the same time. Teach them how to make an apple turkey.

Apple turkeys are a fun craft which can be eaten. Each child will need the following items to create one turkey. You may also want to have enough of the items to create one turkey for each person who will be attending the Thanksgiving meal.

  • One large red delicious apple for each turkey to be made
  • Ten toothpicks for each turkey
  • Gum drops, small colored marshmallows or raisins to create feathers
  • One large marshmallow for the head
  • Two chocolate chips per turkey for the eyes
  • One piece of candy corn for the beak
  • One small piece of red shoelace licorice for the wattle

Before your children begin making their apple turkeys, be sure the apples are washed and allowed to dry completely. Start by giving the children the items they’ll need to create their turkeys or have quantities of each item in a bowl the children can use. They can construct their turkey on a paper plate or directly on the table.

Place each apple on its side, pointing the smaller end to the child’s right. Hold the apple down and have the child place five toothpicks into the smaller end in the shape of a fan to create the feathers. To complete the feathers, ask your child to carefully push a couple of gum drops, marshmallows or raisins onto the toothpicks to look like feathers.

Carefully push another toothpick into the fat end of the apple. This will be where your child will push a large marshmallow onto the toothpick for the head. With safety scissors they can cut two small slits into the marshmallow for the eyes, one for the beak and a very small snip for the wattle.

Ask the child to push the candy into the places the marshmallow was snipped. The chocolate chips should be placed pointed end first into the area prepared for them. Push a piece of candy corn with the pointy end facing out into the marshmallow for the beak. Finally, using a small piece of red licorice, push it into the hole at the bottom for the wattle.

Turn the turkey over so the child can push four more toothpicks into the apple. These will be placed in such a way the turkey will be able to stand on its own. Rather than merely using these apple turkeys as a snack, why not create a name card and place it against the feathers so everyone will know where they’re to sit?

Your child will love making these edible crafts. Once they learn how to make an apple turkey they may decide that having them at Thanksgiving isn’t often enough. And why shouldn’t they want to make them all year long? They’re fun to make and even more fun to eat.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Leapfrog Tag Reader Pink

Literacy is one of the most important things in life. The key to a bright future, for our kids, is learning to read well at an early age. It has been proven by studies that children who learn to read well at an early age are more successful students throughout their lives.

How can you, as a parent, help your children learn to read at an early age? One way is to start reading to your children as early as possible. Another way is to give them learning tools that aid their development and understanding of language. One of these vital tools is the Leapfrog Tag Reader System Pink

LeapFrog has really established a collection of learning toys and tools that help children at any age learn to speak, read and learn. The LeapFrog Tag Reading System Pink engages all of the child’s senses to capture their attention and get them interested in the words. Leapfrog Tag Reading System Pink is a type of pen device that children touch on the pages of a book. When the Tag reader touches the pages, it recites the words on the page, helping children learn the sound of the word while correlating that word to its written form.

Leapfrog Tag Reading System Pink works with special Tag reader-enabled book. The Tag reader has a tiny camera on the tip that looks at the images of the words and recites them back to the child. The best part? The amazing technology behind the Leapfrog Tag Reading System Pink allows it to adjust to a child’s level, allowing the child to easily understand what is being read back to them. You won’t have to worry about frustrating your child with Leapfrog Tag Reading System Pink!

The Leapfrog Tag Reading System Pink is interactive for you as a parent as well. You can connect the Leapfrog Tag Reading System Pink to your computer and track your child’s progress through the books and reward their growth by developing a learning path made specifically for them!

Why not use this year to make a difference in your child's literacy? Why not give your kid the LeapFrog Tag Reading System Pink as a Christmas gift? Using the LeapFrog Tag Reader System Pink will help them to read really well in a short period of time.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Creamy Pumpkin Cake Slices Recipe

Fall is upon us and pumpkin recipes are becoming important again. This is a really tasty recipe and with a mixer such as the Hamilton Beach Stand Mixer 63220 it will be very easy to make. So, grab your Hamilton Beach Stand Mixer 63220 and start baking!

Creamy Pumpkin Cake Slices Recipe

What You Need:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 C sugar
  • 2/3 C pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 3/4 C flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 4 TBSP butter
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/3 cup nuts
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

How to Make It:

  1. Break the eggs into a large mixing bowl and beat on high speed 4 minutes.
  2. Continue beating the eggs while gradually adding the sugar.
  3. Add the pumpkin and stir with a rubber spatula to combine.
  4. Pour in the lemon juice and mix until well incorporated.
  5. Sift the flour into a separate bowl.
  6. Sift the baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt in with the flour.
  7. Add the dry mixture to the pumpkin mixture and stir to combine together well.
  8. Bring the oven temperature to 375 degrees.
  9. Line a 15 in X 10 in pan with wax paper.
  10. Spread the batter into the pan evenly.
  11. Bake 12 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  12. Sprinkle the powered sugar completely over a kitchen towel.
  13. Turn the cake out onto the towel and roll up together.
  14. Place the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together and beat until light and fluffy.
  15. Unroll the cake and spread the mixture evenly on the cake.
  16. Sprinkle with the nuts.
  17. Roll the cake again and place in the refrigerator for 2 hours or until completely chilled.
  18. Remove and cut into 1 1/2 in slices before serving.

14 Servings

As you can see, you cannot very well make this recipe without a mixer and the Hamilton Beach Stand Mixer 63220 is a very good choice.

Monday, October 4, 2010

A look At Home Exercise Equipment - Your Needs

You may be wondering why I say we have to have a look at home exercise equipment. Well, the reason is that our lives have become so busy that we simply cannot fit in a jog or going to the gym anymore.

When you look at home exercise equipment you have to consider your needs and the space available.

1. If you are only looking for something to keep you fit and healthy, and not getting super fit like an athlete, you will not need the same kind of equipment that a serious marathon runner, for instance will need. You can look at something such as the Stamina Spacemate Folding Stepper that does not take up a lot of space an will give you the workout you are looking for.

2. On the other hand, if you what to fit in some toning as well, looking at an elliptical trainer or even a 2-in-one trainer that will keep you fit while firming your muscles as well. Here it is a good idea to look at something such as the Body Champ BRM3671 Cardio Dual Trainer.

3. Now, if you are really serious about getting fit you will need a treadmill such as the Sole S77 Treadmill. With the Sole S77 Treadmill you get a gym quality treadmill without the price tag. This will come in very handy even if you normally train outside. Very often bad weather makes it difficult to go outside and them it is possible to keep up with your training with the Sole S77 Treadmill.

So, consider your needs and choose the correct home exercise equipment.

Friday, October 1, 2010

LeapFrog Tag Reader, Worth It Or Not?

I find that many people are thinking about Christmas gifts already. You may be wondering if a LeapFrog Tag Reader is worth it. Will it really help your child with his or her reading? Well, yes it will.

With a LeapFrog Tag Reader you kid will have lots of fun without even realizing he or she is learning to read? With the Leapfrog Tag Reader the words talk, the pictures sing and the stories come alive in front of your kid's easily.

These days the kids are simply not reading enough. I heard someone using the word "stupidifying" our kids in front of the TV these days. They do not read and expand their minds anymore. Do not think the TV is stimulating them, you are simply fooling yourself.

By connecting the LeapFrog Tag Reader to the online Leapfrog learning path you can see what your child is learning and find ways to expand your kid's learning journey. The games will stimulate your kid and the whole experience will be pleasurable.

The LeapFrog Tag Reading System Pink is designed for children four to eight. The tag reading system works with a broad library of more than 20 books and games. You are sure your kid will find lots to read that is interesting!

Another benefit of the LeapFrog Tag Reading System is that it is a very good way to keep kids occupied during long trips. We all know how difficult it can be to keep the little ones entertained on long road trips! Well, with a LeapFrogTag Reading System you have this problem solved.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Chicken Ala Barbeque Slow Cooker Recipe

Barbecue chicken is always a hit. It is not always possible to do so and if you have a slow cooker such as the Cuisinart PSC 350 3 1 2 Quart Programmable Slow Cooker you do the chicken in the slow cooker and still get that lovely barbeque taste.

Try this recipe, your family will love it!

Chicken Ala Barbecue Recipe

What You Need:

  • 1 whole chicken, cut up and skinless
  • 1 Cup ketchup
  • 3/4 Tablespoon brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 3 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

How to Make It:

  1. Place the chicken pieces in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Place the brown sugar in a mixing bowl.
  3. Add the ketchup and Worcestershire sauce.
  4. Blend together well being sure all the brown sugar is mixed in well.
  5. Cover and cook on low 8 hours.

Tip: BBQ chicken is a hit any time. Serve with a side of potato salad for a delicious lunch.

As you can see, with a Cuisinart PSC 350 3 1 2 Quart Programmable Slow Cooker there is almost no work involved. You can put the chicken in your Cuisinart PSC 350 3 1 2 Quart Programmable Slow Cooker, go to work and return to a fully cooked barbeque chicken!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Is Rainwater Collection From Your Roof Worth The Trouble?

This is a question people in South Africa often wonder about. Is Rainwater Collection Roof really worth the trouble?

I think yes! If you set up your system correctly and maximize the amount of rainwater you can collect from your roof, it will be able to bring down your water account drastically.

That is not the biggest advantage through; the biggest advantage is that you will be able to keep your garden in tip top condition even when water is scarce without sending your account through the roof!

Where I stay, water is so scarce sometimes that we have water restrictions. Then you have to see all your hard work in the garden going down the drain! So, having a tank full of rainwater to use in such times is really a very big advantage.

But, even if you never have any scarcity of water, the potential saving is still worth it. Even if you are not that big into gardening, you can use this extra water for your swimming pool, to wash your car and to wash the paving down. So, even without a garden you will still be able to make use of the rainwater you collected from your roof.

So, I really think looking at rainwater collection roof is a good idea for everyone.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Do You Want To Get Off Grid?

With winter fast approaching is it your dream to get off grid? Well there are a few options you can have a look at. If you want your independence back, maybe wind energy or solar energy is worth looking at. If you live in an area with adequate wind and have only a little space wind power will cut energy bills.

Let's have a look at these two ways of generating your own electricity and how you can save money on your energy bills.

Solar Energy

For many years we've seen solar panels on the roofs of homes all across the country. The panel absorbs the heat from the sun, converts it into electricity and than stores it for later use.

Pros

1. Once you have the panels installed it's a free source of energy
2. It doesn't pollute and it's renewable

Cons

1. It doesn't work with out sun so you will only generate energy on sunny days and for about 12 hours a day when the sun is actually up.
2. One or two panels won't generate enough electricity for your home.

Wind Power

In order to harness the energy of wind you will need a turbine that can convert that energy into electricity and store it in batteries for use later.

Pros

1. You can build your own turbine for little money so it doesn't cost much to set up.
2. Non-polluting, renewable energy source.

Cons

1. Will only work when there is wind.
2. One turbine won't be enough to meet all your household electrical needs.

This short overview should give you a pretty good idea of what you will be able to do to save on your energy bills. It is and investment that will pay for itself in a very short while and worth looking into. I know for sure, wind power will cut energy bills, even if you can only run all your appliances on it.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Planning a Baby Shower Tips

To plan a baby shower is a privilege for a close friend or family member of yours that are having a baby. What is more fun than a baby shower? So, the planning should be fun as well. If you keep a few tips in mind, when you are planning the baby shower, you will have not problems. Approach the planning process systematically and everything will fall into place.

Just like any other party, a baby shower requires careful planning to ensure that it will go as smoothly as possible, and be memorable for everyone. Although there are no rules cast in stone in the planning of a baby shower, you have to keep certain things in mind.

Here are a few tips to help you with planning your baby shower:

1) Decide on the location.

I think the best location for a baby shower is your own home. You do not want to inconvenience the mom- to -be with an upheaval in her house with the preparations. It is recommended for small, intimate parties, with only the closest friends and family members. Guests also tend to be more comfortable if the party’s setting is at home.

If the expectant parents love the outdoors, a barbecue party in the garden, or a local park may also be an option. Naturally, the weather must be considered – baby shower does not literally mean soaking the guests in the rain.

For fewer complications, the host may reserve a secluded area in a restaurant or bar. It may be more costly, but at least the decoration, food and drinks, as well as the post-party cleanup will already be taken care of.

2) Choose the party’s theme.

Decorating ideas for baby shower is made easier when you decide on a theme for the baby shower. Consider the expectant parents’ favorite movies or hangouts. Another option is to decorate the party site by re-creating the place where they had their honeymoon, such as a cruise ship, or Paris-inspired café.

Since the party will also be a celebration of the future baby, a childish atmosphere may also be considered. Choose cartoon characters, bright colors, and other designs depending on the baby’s gender.

3) Finalize the menu.

The party’s menu will depend upon the time of the event. In most baby showers, the host serves finger food, pastries and other baked goods for convenience.

However, if the event will be held during lunch or dinner time, heavier meals will naturally be served.

Alcoholic drinks may also be prepared, depending on the guests’ preference. Keep in mind that the mommy-to-be cannot use alcohol and you must be sure it will not be a problem for her.

4) Design a fun program.

Contrary to what most people believe, a baby shower is not only limited to mingling around, gift giving, eating and drinking. Fun games may also be included, such as charades, or those which will bring back the guests’ childhood memories.

Remember that the main point is to make sure everyone will have a good time, and various games will surely liven up the event. There are many quick baby shower games ideas available only that you can download and print.

5) Create the guest list and send out invitations.

Prepare a list of the expectant parents’ closest friends and family members. Make sure to get their approval before sending out invitations, to avoid any embarrassing mistakes later. Bear in mind that it’s the parents’ event, and not the host’s, so their choice of people should matter the most.

Ready-made baby shower invitations are readily available in gift shops and craft stores. However, homemade invitations may also be used to provide the host’s personal touch. Keep in mind that the baby shower invitations wording must contain all the necessary information.

Send out invitations out two to four weeks before the party to give the guests time to work the party into their schedule. Remember most people are very busy these days and you must make sure they have time enough to plan their day. You should not send them out too long before the time either as that may cause them to forget about the baby shower. Baby shower invitations follow the same format as any other invitation — it indicates the date, time, place, attire preferred, gift registry, if any, the host’s contact numbers for RSVP.

With these tips you will be organized. Make sure you have a finalized list of all guest attending the baby shower so that you can know for how many people you have to prepare.

Relax and enjoy the party with the guests, that's the best advice I can give you. If you are all stressed out your guest will feel it and it will make them feel tense as well.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Coffee Sandwich Cake Recipe

In this coffee sandwich cake recipe you need to use coffee extract. Your starting point for this can be your Hamilton Beach Brew Station. The reason is because you can make small amounts of coffee in it, such as 1-4 cups.

For this recipe you will need three cups of very strong coffee to make the coffee extract you will be using in your coffee sandwich cake recipe.

Coffee Extract Recipe:

  1. Caramelize 1 cup of white sugar until it is a light brown syrup
  2. Remove from the heat and add 3 cups of very strong coffee and 11/2 teaspoon of salt
  3. Heat again and stir all the time until the sugar has dissolved and boil for 30 minutes.
  4. Bottle and store in the fridge for the use in this cake and all kinds of coffee drinks such as iced coffee, mocha milk shakes or mocha frosting.

Coffee Sandwich Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 3 table spoons cooking oil
  • 3 tablespoons coffee extract
  • 3 eggs
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup castor sugar
  • 11/2 cups flour
  • 3 level teaspoons baking powder
Method:
  1. Heat oil and milk
  2. Add coffee extract and heat again
  3. Beat eggs and sugar very well (in a stand mixer such as the Cuisinart Sm-55 5-1/2-Quart Stand Mixers)
  4. Sift the flour and salt and fold into the egg and sugar mixture
  5. Add the baking powder and gently stir it in
  6. Lastly add the warm liquid mixture and stir in gently
  7. Pour into paper lined and greased cake tine
  8. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes until the cake springs make when you gently touch it.
  9. Use a coffee frosting between the layer and to decorate the cake.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Homemade Soup Recipes - The Old Well Loved Chicken Soup Recipe

I really think that of all the homemade soup recipes doing the rounds the chicken soup recipe is the most popular. Chicken soup is smoothing, healthy and tasty. Here is one of my homemade soup recipes, chicken soup recipe.

This recipe cannot be easier and even someone that has never touched a stove before will make it without any trouble. This soup is also the ideal soup recipe for a pressure cooker such as the Cuisinart CPC 600 Electric Pressure Cooker.

Chicken Soup Recipe

Ingredients:
  • The bones and giblets of two chickens
  • 2 Leeks
  • 1 Onion
  • 3 Sliced potatoes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Pouring cream to taste
Method:
  1. Boil the bones and giblets of chicken in 1 pint of water
  2. Strain to get a rich stock
  3. Fry the leeks, onion and potatoes
  4. Add the salt and pepper
  5. Add all the ingredients to your pressure cooker
  6. Bring to pressure and cook for about 15 minutes until all the ingredients are soft.
  7. Liquidize with a blender such as the Cuisinart CBT 700 Die Cast 700 Watt Blender
  8. Add cream to taste
  9. Serve hot, sprinkled with parsley

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Inexpensive Baby Shower Favor

By giving each guest an inexpensive baby shower favor add the finishing touch to all your planning and decorating. To be honest, very often the inexpensive baby shower favor forms a part of your decorations. The baby shower favors are a way of thanking your guest for attending this very special baby shower. For most guests, especially the family, an inexpensive baby shower favor often becomes a cherished memento!

Obviously you are not obliged to give baby shower favors to your guests. It is also true that your gusts shouldn’t expect to go home with something other than a good time. But still, it is a nice memento of this very special occasion. Don’t worry, you really won't have to spend a fortune on the baby shower favors.

Preparing baby shower party favors need not be take a lot of money and time. The internet can be a great source for baby shower party favors. By simply typing “baby shower party favors” in a search engine you will see a return thousands of online resources that sells or provides ideas for excellent baby shower party favors.

Shopping online for baby shower party favors is very ideal for most of us that are always pressed for time. Many online stores offer baby shower party favors like personalized, candy bar wrappers and more.

Remember to choose a seller that provides high quality and affordable baby shower party favors. When you search on the web you will be surprised that there are many websites offering unique baby shower party favors. The items range from the cute to more sophisticated baby shower favors. The items include chocolate bars, bath soaps, picture frames, figurines, stuffed toys, etc. They have an item for every taste and budget.

Of course if you are the creative and crafty type, you always have the option to make the baby shower party favors yourself. You need not be overly talented or skillful, all you need is a little artistic ability, patience and some materials and you're ready to make your inexpensive baby shower favor masterpiece.

Your project need not be complicated. It could be as simple as making wrappers and decorative boxes for candies, soaps or candles. If you are fond of baking and cooking then you can bake cookies or make chocolate in a shape appropriate for baby showers like rattles, baby bottles, babies and teddy bears. Or if you have a garden at home, you can give away plants and flowers. If you know how to paint, then you can create a masterpiece out of baby cloth diapers or bibs by painting cute and colorful designs on them.

The idea is to use whatever skills you may have to make the inexpensive baby shower favors, while you are having a good time as well. Homemade baby showers are a very good idea because they add a personal touch to the baby shower party favors. The other plus point, of course, is that you will save a lot of money and come up with an original yet inexpensive baby shower favor. Once again, a little surfing will help you come up with a good idea for an inexpensive baby shower favor.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Alex Toys Super Knot A Quilt


Quilting is fun, but for little hands you need something easier. This is where Alex Toys Super Knot A Quilt comes in, it is made without sewing and all the kid needs to do is make knots.

Developing the small motor skills of a child is very important. Doing crafts in one of the ways you can so it. Teach those little fingers to work properly and you will see the results in your kid's grades at school.

Alex Toys Super Knot A Quilt is not your only choice though, there are many more crafts if this is not something your kid will enjoy.

Any craft that involves cutting and pasting will really help. A good idea is to start with a kit such as the Alex Toys My First Mosaic, Alex Little Hands Art Series. This is not a "real" mosaic, but it involves peeling the sticker and pasting them on the right place in the "mosaic."

Of course there is also the option of drawing your own picture and using seeds and beans to paste on your "mosaic." If you want an idea of how to do it, you can really have a look at Mosaic Crafts For Beginners, it is the instructions of how to make a seed mosaic for Autumn. The timing is perfect!

So, whatever crafts your kid enjoy, it is important to do them for the development of those small motor skills.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Are You Looking For A Good Baby Crib Mobile?

f you are looking for a good and fascinating bay crib mobile, I'm sure you are baffled by the many choices you have! You get mobiles in every possible price range, some are wooden mobiles and others have plush toys and more.

The very first thing you need to consider is your budget, and then you have to decide for how long you want to use the mobile. Some mobiles are only suitable for small babies while others can be adapted to be used with older babies as well.

Of course you will be thinking about the decoration of the nursery as well. You do not want a mobile that looks completely out of place. This is one of the many reasons why I am crazy about the Fisher-Price Precious Planet 2-in-1 Projection Mobile, it is colorful for baby yet the colors are not so harsh that it clashes with the nursery décor.

Mobiles that can be converted into music boxes are also a good idea. This means as baby grows older you mobile can still entertain baby.

I, personally, prefer one with soft plush toys, animals or whatever is used. It simply looks a lot better as it is not so flat and hard. If you do not plan on having another baby, or selling the mobile you can even remove the plush toys for baby to play with.

So, if you are looking at baby crib mobiles, take your time and make sure you get the one that is just right for you.

Monday, September 6, 2010

The Importance Of Stretching

Very often people wonder about the importance of stretching. So, when you mention a machine such as the LifeSpan Fitness SP1000 Stretch Partner Stretching Machine, they are often surprised that such a machine exists!

I know you are thinking, but I'm no athlete, why do I have to stretch. Well, stretching helps improve your mobility and as you get older it becomes more and more important.

Very often you will also find physiotherapists recommending stretching as part of rehabilitation after an injury. This is when a stretching machine such as the LifeSpan Fitness SP1000 Stretch Partner Stretching Machine comes in very handy.

The LifeSpan Fitness SP1000 Stretch Partner Stretching Machine can be set to your personal needs and if you need a deeper stretch it is possible with this machine. So, it also makes it a very good machine to have for people who do moderate exercise.

The importance of stretching cannot be over emphasized! We all need to stretch, whether it is the athlete that wants to prevent injury or whether it simply is to enhance mobility.

Of course, it is perfectly fine to do stretching without a machine; the machine simply makes it easier. For very good information on stretching it may be a good idea to have a look at the webpage "Stretching Exercises - 10 Things You Should Know About Stretching."

So, whether you use the LifeSpan Fitness SP1000 Stretch Partner Stretching Machine or do the stretches as illustrated on that page, stretching is important for everyone and should never be neglected!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Are You Thinking About Home Exercise Equipment?

If you are thinking about home exercise equipment you will find that you have many options available. The Body Champ BRM3671 Cardio Dual Trainer is one of your options that I recommend for busy people.

Most of us have very tight schedules and very little time for training. We have a all these things we have to do. There simply does not seem to be time to fit in exercise. Very often it is only in the evening that you realize you have not done your exercises!

The good news is that there is a solution to your problem. You can get home exercise equipment and then you can train whenever you find a few moments to spare!

What most people also do not know, is that you can get some home exercise equipment for much lower prices than you would thought possible. All you need to do is decide is your price range and the kind of equipment you want.

I find 2-in-one Elliptical Trainers and Exercise Bikes, such as the Body Champ BRM3671 Cardio Dual Trainer a very good option. All you need in one machine saving you lots of space.

I do not know about you, but I always seem to have a problem with space and there is just no way I'll fit in two machines in my home. So, I really love the idea of a 2- in-one machine.

You always have to look around. See what is available. Once you know what is on the market it is time to decide on your price range and the kind of equipment you want and you are on your way.

Looking at the Body Champ BRM3671 Cardio Dual Trainer is not a bad idea. If your only purpose is keeping healthy and in shape the Body Champ BRM3671 Cardio Dual Trainer is all you will need.

Monday, August 30, 2010

I Love Dutch Ovens!

I love Dutch ovens! They are very versatile as you can use them on top of the stove, in the oven and even over and open fire. If you have a Dutch oven such as the All Clad Dutch Oven, you will also have no cleaning problems as the All Clad Dutch Oven cleaning is also no problem as it has a nonstick interior as well as exterior.

To give you and idea of all the lovely recipes you will be able to make with your All Clad Dutch Oven here is a recipe you can try. We all love pasta, so here is a pasta recipe make in your All Clad Dutch Oven.

Turkey Pasta with Spinach Recipe

What You Need for this turkey pasta with spinach recipe:

  • 3 C of macaroni
  • 1 (28 oz.) cans of tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 t of salt
  • 1/4 t of pepper
  • 1 t of olive oil
  • 1/2 of an onion, chopped
  • 1 t of basil
  • 1 t of oregano
  • 1 lb. of ground turkey
  • 3 large handfuls of fresh spinach

How to Make It:

  1. Lightly oil your Clad Dutch Oven with olive oil.
  2. Allow the oven to preheat to 450 degrees.
  3. Place the macaroni into the bottom of the pan.
  4. Drain the tomatoes into a measuring cup and add enough water to make 1 1/3 C.
  5. Add 1/3 of the garlic, the salt and pepper to the tomato juice mixture and stir to blend.
  6. Pour the liquid over the macaroni and stir to coat well.
  7. Place the tomatoes into a mixing bowl and add the remaining garlic.
  8. Stir in the onion, basil and oregano until combined.
  9. Crumble the ground meat into the bowl and mix with your hands until all the ingredients are blended together well.
  10. Drop forkfuls of the meat mixture into the pan.
  11. Top with the spinach leaves.
  12. Cover the pan and bake 45 minutes or until the macaroni is soft.
Makes 4 servings

Any type of ground meat will work well with this recipe including ground pork. 2 (10 oz.) pkgs. of frozen spinach may be used in place of the fresh spinach. Add it to the meat mixture before mixing instead of adding last.

Preparation Time: approximately 5 minutes
Baking Time: approximately 45 minutes
Total Time: approximately 50 minutes

Well, a complete pasta meal in one pot, nothing can be easier than that, so, go have a look at the All Clad Dutch Oven

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Easy And Fast Recipe For Breakfast - Simple Ham Frittata Recipe

Coming up with ideas for breakfast is not always that easy. Time is limited, yet you want to send the family off with a substantial breakfast that will keep them going until lunch time!

This frittata is easy to make, I find using a one plate cooker that is fast and easy to control, such as the Viking Portable Induction Cooker, very handy. You have instant reaction to your heat settings and infinite settings to make sure you get just the right temperature for your frittata. This frittata is made in the oven, though, but I have made it successfully on a Viking Portable Induction Cooker many times.

Well, here is the recipe for Ham Frittata for you to try:

Simple Ham Frittata Recipe

What You Need:

  • 8 eggs
  • 8 T of Parmesan cheese, grated and divided
  • 2 T of olive oil
  • 2 russet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 C of onion, chopped
  • 1/2 C of red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 4 oz. Serrano ham, chopped
  • 1/8 t marjoram
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/4 t pepper

How to Make It:

  1. Turn on the broiler and allow it to preheat. (For this a Cuisinart TOB 195 Exact Heat Toaster Oven Broiler Stainless is ideal!)
  2. Carefully break the eggs into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Sprinkle the eggs with 4 T of the cheese and whisk until well combined.
  4. Pour the oil into a large oven proof skillet positioned over medium high heat.
  5. Add the potatoes to the skillet and cook, stirring often for 5 minutes or until browned.
  6. Stir the onion, bell pepper and garlic into the potatoes.
  7. Cook 2 minutes or until the onion and peppers are just beginning to tender.
  8. Add the ham, marjoram, salt and pepper and stir to blend.
  9. Spread out the mixture evenly in the skillet.
  10. Pour the egg mixture over the top of the potato mixture, tilting the skillet so the eggs spread to the edges of the skillet.
  11. Reduce the heat to medium low, cover the skillet and cook 5 minutes or until the top is set around the edges but the center is still lightly runny.
  12. Remove the skillet from the stove and sprinkle the remaining cheese evenly over the top of the eggs.
  13. Place the skillet in the oven and broil for 30 seconds or until the center of the frittata is set.
Makes 4 servings

Serrano ham is the Spanish version of Italian prosciutto. Serrano ham is salt cured, air dried then aged. Serrano ham is not smoked so you get a more pure and intense ham taste. If you can't find Serrano ham smoked ham will work just as well in this recipe.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

All Clad Dutch Oven For One Pot Meals

Dutch ovens are ideal for one pot meals and the All Clad Dutch Oven is no exception. It is also a Dutch oven that is easy to clean and very versatile as you can use it on top of the stove, in the oven (ideal for one pot meals) or when you go camping on a gas burner or even an open fire.

To give you an idea of how easy it is to make a one pot meal in your All Clad Dutch Oven here is a tasty recipe for you to try.

One Pot Turkey Supper

What You Need:

  • 1 lb. boneless turkey breast
  • 1/4 t of salt
  • 2/3 C of frozen cranberries
  • 2/3 C of orange marmalade
  • 1 t of lemon juice
  • 1/8 t of pepper
  • 1/2 C of walnuts
  • 1/2 C of turkey broth
  • 2 C of pearl onions
  • 1 large sweet potato cut in 1/4 inch slices
  • 3 C of frozen cut green beans
  • 1 t of dried sage

How to Make It:

  1. Preset the oven temperature to 450 degrees and allow the oven to preheat.
  2. Spray the bottom, sides and lid of your All Clad Dutch Oven with a non stick cooking spray.
  3. Place the turkey breast into the bottom of the pan and sprinkle the top evenly with the salt.
  4. Place the cranberries into the blender and blend until small chunks.
  5. Add in the marmalade, lemon juice and pepper and pulse a couple of time to mix.
  6. Add the walnuts and broth and pulse until the walnuts are chopped into bite size pieces.
  7. Pour half of the mixture over the top of the turkey.
  8. Add the onions and sweet potato slices.
  9. Pour the remaining cranberry sauce over the top of the onions and potatoes.
  10. Spread the green beans over the top and sprinkle with the sage.
  11. Cover and bake 35 minutes or until the turkey is cooked through.
  12. Spread the sauce over each serving.

Makes 4 servings

This is a Thanksgiving meal all in one pot and is a great way of inducing a special meal into our everyday life without spending hours in the kitchen. The turkey, cranberries and green beans may be fresh or frozen. If using frozen ingredients there is no need to thaw, it won’t change the amount of cooking time. You may also use dried cranberries and if you’re in a pinch use orange juice with pulp instead of the marmalade.

Of course, there are many other variations on this recipe and once you get the idea and know your All Clad Dutch Oven a little better you will definitely come up with some tasty ideas of your own.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Tasty Coffee Cupcakes Recipe

If you have a coffeemaker such as the Cuisinart DCC 1200 12 Cup Brew Central Coffeemaker you will have no problem with this recipe. A machine such as the Kitchenaid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixers will make the mixing even easier!

Coffee Cupcakes Recipe

Ingredients:

  1. 2 Cups of cake flour
  2. 4 Teaspoons of baking powder
  3. ½ Teaspoon salt
  4. 2 Tablespoons of sugar
  5. 1 Egg
  6. 1 cup very strong coffee (made with your Cuisinart DCC 1200 12 Cup Brew Central Coffeemaker!)
  7. 4 Tablespoons butter
Method:
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Sift the flour with the salt and baking powder
  3. Beat the butter and the sugar until well creamed (With one of the Kitchenaid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixers!)
  4. Add the egg and beat again
  5. Stir in the coffee
  6. Add the flour mixture and stir lightly only until mixed, do not beat the mixture
  7. Fill your cupcakes 2/3 full and bake for 20-25 minutes until done
  8. Decorate as desired

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Easy Cooking With A Viking Portable Induction Cooker

If you only need one cooker to cook a dish and you need very good control over your heat settings thinking about a Viking Portable Induction Cooker is a very good idea. The Viking Portable Induction Cooker can be set at infinite heat settings and responds immediately.

Another benefit of Viking Portable Induction Cooker, of course, is the ease of cleaning.

Here is the kind of recipe you will be able to make on a Viking Portable Induction Cooker:

Smoked Sausage and Apple Skillet Supreme Recipe

What You Need:

  • 3 Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored and 2 grated and 1 quartered
  • 2 TBSP butter or margarine
  • 6 C shredded green cabbage
  • 1/2 C thinly sliced onion
  • 2 TBSP water
  • 1 TBSP cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 lb. smoked sausage, cooked and pierced with a fork
  • 2 TBSP minced fresh parsley

How to Make It:

  1. Place a large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Add the butter and allow to melt completely.
  3. Place the 2 grated apples into the melted butter.
  4. Add the cabbage and onion.
  5. Reduce the temperature to medium.
  6. Cook the mixture for 4 minutes.
  7. Carefully pour in the water and vinegar stirring to combine.
  8. Sprinkle in the salt and pepper.
  9. Place the sausages on top of the mixture.
  10. Reduce the temperature to low.
  11. Cover the skillet with a tight lid.
  12. Allow mixture to cook for 15 minutes.
  13. Cabbage should be just starting to tender and the sausages heated through.
  14. Place the quartered apple on top of the mixture.
  15. Sprinkle the parsley over the top.
  16. Recover and cook an additional 3 minutes.
  17. Serve immediately.
Serves 4

This can be served with a small amount of honey mustard added to the top of each serving.