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Thursday, October 20, 2016

(Win it!) Modern Market's New Fall Menu

We couldn't be happier about the cold front that hit the metro.  It finally feels like Fall now that the temperatures have dipped below the 90's.  In addition to the cooler temperatures, we love the new Fall menu at Modern Market!  In today's post, we'll tell you about five trendy menu items at Modern Market and give everyone the chance to enter to win a gift card.

If you aren't already familiar with Modern Market, it is one of the most popular restaurants in our area because they offer farm fresh food.  You don't have to worry about additives such as nitrates, trans fats, high fructose corn syrups, dyes, etc.  Modern Market is perfect for moms who want good nutrition for their family. They make it easy to enjoy balanced meals that contain protein, colorful veggies, and whole grains. For instance, the seasonal menu items below are colorful and packed with nutrients!  

Here are the new seasonal menu items:

Fresno Mint Salad (GF): This colorful and nutritious salad contains shaved broccoli, arugula, pickled onion, cucumber, fresno chili, roasted grape tomato, torn mint, almond, feta, and a basil yogurt dressing.

Toscano Salad: This trendy salad is also colorful and nutritious! It contains proscuitto, roasted grape tomato, cucumber, marinated cannellini bean, pickled onion, Grana Padano, romaine, and roasted garlic rosemary vinaigrette, served with herb flatbread slice. Ask for no herbed flatbread to make it gluten-free.

Blueberry Pesto Sandwich: This sandwich is my personal favorite and I've ordered it three times already! It contains fresh mozzarella, tomato, arugula, basil pesto, and blueberry balsamic jam, on toasted ciabatta. The blueberry balsamic jam is unique and makes the sandwich stand out.  If you prefer, you can also ask for it on gluten-free bread.

Sausage Pesto Pizza: This crave-worthy pizza comes with Polidori spicy Italian sausage, pesto creme fraiche, 3 cheese blend, roasted garlic, and quick pickled onion.  The pesto creme fraiche is my favorite part of this pizza.  If any of your family members are on a gluten-free diet, ask for this pizza with the gluten-free dough.

Bacon Corn Pizza: This trendy pizza is back! It was my husband's favorite pizza, so we are thrilled that they brought it back. It contains creme fraiche, fire roasted corn, nitrate-, hormone-free bacon, three cheese blend, and basil on whole grain dough. You can ask for it with gluten-free dough if you prefer.

We hope that you enjoy the Modern Market seasonal menu as much as us!  Click here to find the Modern Market closest to you.

Win it!
One winner will receive a $50 Modern Market gift card. Enter using the Rafflecopter below. The winner must have a U.S. shipping address. The winner will have 72 hours to respond to us with their shipping address. Otherwise, we will select a different winner. Good luck!

Thanks to Modern Market for sponsoring this post.
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Organizational Items for a Baby Nursery That Grow With Your Child

Organizational Tips for a Baby Nursery
Time goes by quickly when you have a baby. It's amazing that my baby seems to change on a daily basis! In today's post, I'll share some organizational items that are perfect for our baby's nursery, but that will also find other uses as he grows older.

1. Laundry and more - Stand Tall Bin
Newborns are tiny, but they generate a lot of laundry!  Our little boy has reflux and we go through several outfits and burp cloths each day.  We are using the Stand Tall Bin from Thirty-One Gifts as a laundry bin because it's lightweight to transport and easy to wipe clean. Personally, I had a complicated birth and my doctor warned me to avoid carrying anything that is too heavy. The Stand Tall Bin is perfect because it's relatively lightweight and has made it easy for me to tote laundry around.  Once my baby is older, he can continue to use this versatile bin for a variety of purposes such as storing laundry, toys, sports supplies, and more.

2. Changing Table Accessories and more - Oh Snap Bin!
Many items seem to end up on our changing table shelf, including everything from diaper rash cream to extra burp cloths. The trendy Oh Snap Bin from Thirty-One Gifts is perfect for organizing these items.  Not only do these bins make it easy for us to stay organized, but they are also a good way to keep stray items from laying around within our baby's reach.  Plus, the It's Owl Good pattern is adorable for nurseries!  These bins grow with your child.  Once the changing table is gone, the Oh Snap Bin is great for organizing anything from bathroom supplies to Legos.

3. Diapers, Wipes, and more - Your Way Cube with Lid
Part of my daily routine is to clean the changing table, restock diapers and wipes, and empty the diaper pail.  We buy cases of diapers that we store in a closet and pull out a small supply of diapers to store on his changing table. The Your Way Cube with Chalk is the perfect solution for storing our fresh diapers and wipes. The chalkboard on the side is nice for labeling the container and adds versatility since it's easy to wipe the chalk off and give a new label.  Once he is potty trained, we'll reuse our Your Way Cube to store other supplies such as toys, art supplies, and more.  

I am thrilled to have a newborn, but also exhausted. Our quick and easy organizational makeover with supplies from Thirty-One Gifts has made my life easier. Plus, I love that we will be able to reuse the items for new purposes as our baby grows!

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Visit Thirty-One Gifts for other organizational ideas.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Join us in Skyland: Skylanders Imaginators are now here!

Join us in Skyland! Skylanders Imaginators are now on store shelves! Plus, the Skylanders Creator app is available for Android and iOS devices!  My boys are thrilled and for good reason - the starter kit and characters are amazing!  Let me share the details:

  • Create your very own Skylanders  - choose their body parts, size, catch phrase, powers, colors, theme music and so much more- with Creation Crystals and play through new storyline and gameplay.
  • New Skylanders Senseis - 20 new characters and 11 villains including Kaos (FREE with starter pack purchase until October 21 or while supplies last!), and special guest stars Crash Bandicoot and Dr. Neo Cortex. 
  • Starter pack ($74.99USD) includes two Sensei characters, one Creation Crystal, Portal of Power and game disc available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 1, Xbox 360 and WiiU.
  • Special Halloween Candy-Coated Chopscotch + Skylanders Halloween costumes- forego the candy and give fans a Halloween themed version of the new Sensei character- a perfect addition to trick-or-treat bags! Portal Masters can dress up like their favorite Skylanders characters with costumes available at retailers nationwide! Information and assets:  
Have even more fun with the Skylanders Creator App which includes the ability to:
  • Create your Skylanders Imaginator on the go with the same functionality in the game
  • Turn your Skylander Imaginator into a 3-D printed, fully playable toy (enter the #CreatorContest for a chance to win a FREE 3D character- details below) or a 2-D Imaginator card which is fully playable on the portal of power
  • Print your Skylander Imaginator on to an t-shirt
  • Earn new character parts with timed Imaginite Chests and share your new character via social media

The Skylanders Imaginators is going to be hot this holiday season!  Get them now before they fly off of the shelf and have fun.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Pumpkin Recipe Traditions and October Family Movie Nights with Netflix #StreamTeam

This is my favorite time of year because I love the cool air, pumpkin recipes, and special family traditions. In today's post, I'll share our family's favorite pumpkin-based recipes and tell you about the family movie nights that we have lined up thanks to Netflix.

Pumpkin Recipe Traditions
It's always fun to carve pumpkins, but we like to add to the fun by working as a family to bake pumpkin treats. In today's post, I'll share fun ideas for helping your children to put their pumpkins to good use with delicious recipes. I'll also share some fun shows on Netflix that you can enjoy with your family as you eat your delicious pumpkin creations!

1. Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are like gold to my oldest son. You really would think that he was digging for gold because he gets so excited about finding the pumpkin seeds. Preparing the pumpkin seeds is easy with these steps:
  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. 
  2. Wash the seeds. 
  3. In a small mixing bowl, mix the seeds with melted butter. 
  4. Lay the seeds on a cookie sheet in a single layer and optionally sprinkle with salt. 
  5. Bake for approximately 45 minutes until golden brown, flipping them approximately every 10 or 15 minutes. 
  6. Allow to cool and enjoy! 
2. Spider Web Pumpkin Pancakes

Dry ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Wet ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1. Preheat a non-stick frying pan over low heat.

2. Mix the dry ingredients together.
3. Beat the egg and then mix it with all of the wet ingredients until smooth.
4. Slowly stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until smooth. There should not be any lumps.

5. Strain the pancake mix into a condiment dispenser. (Sometimes the pumpkin is a bit chunky, so this will help to prevent the tip of your dispenser from becoming clogged.)

6. Squeeze the pancake mix onto the pan in the shape of a spider web.

7. Allow to cook for 1 to 3 minutes total, flipping when you see bubbles start to appear on the spiderweb.

3. Pumpkin Quinoa Soup

  • 5 cups of pureed pumpkin 
  • 1/2 cup quinoa 
  • 2 carrots 
  • 4 cups chicken broth 
  • 1 cup red lentils 
  • 1 medium potato 
  • 4 Tablespoons of olive oil 
  • 5 medium cloves of garlic 
  • 1 medium yellow onion 
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 Tablespoon black pepper 
  • 1 teaspoon of Tumeric 
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander 
  • 1 teaspoon of Paprika 
  • 1 teaspoon of Cumin 
  1. Saute chopped onions and garlic in olive oil in large stockpot using medium heat until onions begin to carmelize. 
  2. Add chicken stock, pumpkin, chopped potatoes, chopped carrots, lentils, quinoa, and spices. 
  3. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low. 
  4. Cover and simmer while occasionally stirring for 45 minutes or until lentils, carrots, and potatoes are soft. 

Family Movie Night
Netflix has some great releases this month for family-friendly movie nights. These are among our favorite family-friendly releases for movie nights:

Personally, my 6-year old is most excited about the new Skylanders Academy. If you have a little boy, I'm sure that you are well aware that Skylanders is "super cool". Skylanders Academy is based on Activision Blizzard’s pioneering video game franchise, the show follows the heroic adventures of Spyro, Eruptor, Stealth Elf, Jet-Vac and Pop Fizz as they travel the vast Skylands universe, protecting it from evil-doers. You and your family will be able to join in on the action-packed fun when Season 1 premieres Friday, Oct. 28. Check out the trailer for this trendy show that will rock my son's world!

Let me also share the show overview from Netflix:

"Skylanders Academy follows the heroic adventures of the Skylanders team, a ragtag group of heroes with unique elemental skills who travel the vast Skylands universe, protecting it from evil-doers. They achieve victory by setting aside their egos, learning to trust one another and fighting as one to maintain harmony and balance in the land. Led by showrunner Eric Rogers (Futurama), the animated action-adventure series features the voices of Justin Long (Dodge Ball) as Spyro, Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical, Phineas and Ferb) as Stealth Elf, Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul) as Eruptor and Norm MacDonald (SaturdayNight Live) as Glumshanks. Additional voice talent includes Susan Sarandon, Daniel Wu, Parker Posey, James Hetfield, Catherine O’Hara, Chris Diamantopoulos and Harland Williams, among others. Netflix members worldwide will learn the “Skylander way” –and enjoy all of the humor and heart in between– starting with 12 episodes this Fall and continuing with a second season in late 2017. Skylanders Academy is the first project from Activision Blizzard Studios."
We hope that you enjoy our pumpkin-based recipes and recommendations for family-friendly shows to enjoy on Netflix!  We also hope that your children are excited about the new Skylanders Academy show that comes out on October 28th.

We are part of the Netflix Stream Team.  Follow #StreamTeam on social media to read other great posts from Stream Team members.
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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Recipe: Homemade Cinnamon Granola

Recipe: Homemade Cinnamon Granola

·         1 cup preferred granola
·         ½ cup chocolate chips
·         ¼ cup crushed almond
·         1 tbsp cinnamon
·         1 tbsp Carrington Farms Flax Chia Blend

Combine all ingredients in a mason jar or container. Toss to mix and enjoy!

Thanks to Carrington Farms for providing this trendy recipe and photo.
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