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Food Safe Families Wants You to Have a Healthy and Happy Thanksgiving  

Cooking a turkey properly makes even the most confident chef just a little nervous, not to mention the millions of first-time cooks attempting the turkey trot to the Thanksgiving table. There are many commonly held practices when it comes to cooking the big bird that are actually harmful and can cause food poisoning; not how anyone wants to spend their holiday! The Food Safe Families campaign (from the USDA and the Ad Council) wants to make this a food-safe Thanksgiving for turkey newbies and seasoned professionals alike. Below are the top five Turkey Myths that most Americans believe are safe practices. Follow the facts listed after the Myths for a safe, healthy and happy Thanksgiving with your families and friends!   Myth: Washing the turkey before cooking makes it cleaner and safer. FALSE It’s impossible … Read entire article »

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eMeals Connect

eMeals Connect

*This is a sponsored post but all thoughts and opinions are my own.* Father’s Day is coming up fast, so I wanted to let all of my wonderful readers in on a special promotion they are doing right now.  Sign up for an eMeals plan now and receive a FREE Father’s Day Menu! You can access it on your member page once you sign up, and it includes: 3 Burger Options (Ultimate Burgers, Mushroom Pesto Burgers, and … Read entire article »

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Classic, Tasteful Wedding Gifts for The Happy Couple

Classic, Tasteful Wedding Gifts for The Happy Couple

It’s June and wedding season is in high gear. Whether you have 1 or 10 nuptial affairs to attend, you have gifts to purchase for the shower and/or the actual wedding itself. What’s a guest to do? Well you’re in luck, because I have done the guesswork for you! I have created a list of my top wedding gift/registry picks on Shopcade. Check out some of my picks below: This vase is a classic shape and … Read entire article »

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Martie Duncan Shares Food Safety Tips For Super Bowl 2013

Martie Duncan Shares Food Safety Tips For Super Bowl 2013

This week I had the pleasure of talking with my friend Martie Duncan on Twitter where we discussed food safety tips for this Sunday’s Super Bowl. Martie is known both for her blog MartieKnowsParties.com and for being a finalist in Season 8 of Food Network Star. She is also known for her affordable ideas for easy entertaining which I love to look through before getting ready for a family gathering myself. This year Martie is partnering with the … Read entire article »

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Debunking Myths About Food Safety in the Home

Debunking Myths About Food Safety in the Home

  Many of us grew up thawing frozen meat on the counter and keeping leftovers far too long.  Times have changed. Now that I’m a mom, I make an effort to serve my family only food that I’m sure is safe. The USDA has food safety recommendations to help us keep our families safe from the unfortunate side affects of unsafe food preparation (such as food poisoning). But it isn’t always easy to know what is safe? For … Read entire article »

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The taste of an authentic Italian meal from a microwave? Barilla Microwaveable Meals pass this Italian’s test!

The taste of an authentic Italian meal from a microwave? Barilla Microwaveable Meals pass this Italian’s test!

I am half Italian, and for many of you, you know how discriminating our tastes can be when it comes to Italian cuisine. I am a wife, Mom, full-time working-woman on the go and I rarely have time to whip up a culinary masterpiece for my work-time lunches. When I received Barilla Microwaveable Meals to try, I thought this would be a great opportunity to take my lunch up a few notches on both the … Read entire article »

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Back-to-School with Udi’s Gluten Free Foods

Back-to-School with Udi’s Gluten Free Foods

School lunches just got easier with brand new products from Udi’s Gluten Free foods. Below I created a week’s worth of easy-to-pack gluten-free combinations that will allow your child to enjoy tasty treats without feeling different as a Celiac- or gluten-sensitive child. Peer pressure is hard enough in school, but with Udi’s specialty treats, your child can eat similar meals to their friends without sacrificing taste. Udi’s recently added the following gluten-free products to their growing … Read entire article »

Filed under: Back to School, Cooking, Food, School Aged Children

Kids’ Cooking Academy: Kiwi Popsicles

Kids’ Cooking Academy: Kiwi Popsicles

One of my goals is to involve my kids in the kitchen more in 2011. Not only does cooking with kids encourage them to try healthier food, it also helps them better understand our food chain, learn science, and practice mathematical measuring skills. Frigidaire has teamed up with Jennifer Garner and Chef Mary Sue Milliken to get families preparing and enjoying nutritious foods together. And Frigidaire will donate $1 to Save the Children for each time you … Read entire article »

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Frigidaire Test Drive Mom: “Before” Video and Pictures

Frigidaire Test Drive Mom: “Before” Video and Pictures

As I shared with you earlier this month, I am a Frigidaire Test Drive Mom, which means I will be receiving a suite of sweet kitchen appliances. Check out the My Motherload site to find out more about the “More Me Time” guarantee and find out how you can enter to win your own appliances! Now, before these Frigidaire appliances arrive, I wanted to show you what my kitchen looks like now with my old appliances. Remember, … Read entire article »

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Frigidaire is Offering More Me Time

Frigidaire is Offering More Me Time

I am incredibly excited that Frigidaire and our friends at Mom Central have chosen me to share my experiences with some exciting new appliances with you. These new appliances save three things I care about: money, time, and the earth’s resources. We’ve heard the recent reports that even though Dads are helping out more, Moms still take on the lion’s share of household chores–even if they are also working full time.  So, Frigidaire went straight to the … Read entire article »

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