Make Life A Bit Easier

Make Life A Bit Easier

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When it comes to being a single parent, I am all for making life a bit easier for myself.

I don’t have time to mess around or waste time. I like my quiet time. I value the time I have during the week I have to work. I try to stay busy but I also make the effort to take time off from work.

I knew parenthood would be rewarding and amazing, however, being a single parent is a bit different.  I don’t have the support and help I used to have.

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Fun Eats For The Big Game

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Disclosure: This is a self-funded lifestyle post. No compensation was received from any brands that were used in the making of the delicious snacks contained herein. The cost incurred was entirely my own, as are my opinions.

Game Day is fun at our house. No matter which big game day it is, whether it’s the Super Bowl, a basketball championship or the olympics we here at my house like to celebrate with some good food to go along with the fun…. [read more]

Tasty Teas and Treats For You

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I’ve always lived in the South and one thing that is always a staple in our house is tea. It’s one thing you can always count on being at the table. Your brought up almost drinking it from a bottle ( well maybe not that extream but you get the picture). So I’ve always loved trying as many types and flavors that I can get my hands on.

Growing up tea is served with every meal.

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Cooking Made Easy With An Air Fryer

Cooking Made Easy With An Air Fryer

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I’ve been wanting an air fryer for a few years now. I’ve heard others talk about theirs and I knew I wanted to give one a try! Everyone always said how cooking with an air fryer saves time and so easy to use!

If you’re remotely curious about an air fryer, let us show you how you can save time cooking with an air fryer.

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Give the Gift of Chocolate

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I have to admit, I’m not just a coffee addict, but I’m also addicted to chocolate. Even though chocolate doesn’t always agree with me, I could never give it up. So you can understand that I had to check out what FlavaNaturals has to offer. Right on the card they gave me it said, “Chocolate was your weakness. With FlavaNaturals, it’s your strength!

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Creating And Canning Seasonal Flavors

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Canning jars can be used for many purposes: to can and store foods, to combine ingredients to create meals, salad dressings, or marinades; as serving containers; and to store and organize any number of small household goods such as buttons, pens and pencils, spices and oils. The uses are just about endless and are only limited within the bounds of your imagination.

I enjoy making jams and jellies as well as canning pickles, so these are the ways I most often use canning jars. But, I also have one that I keep spools of thread and sewing needles in for quick access to materials to mend garments and stuffed animals that develop holes with repeated use.

Ball Collection Elite Design Series Sharing Mason Jars

Canning jars make great gift receptacles for many types of small gifts. Not only do you minimize waste since wrapping paper or gift bags aren’t required, but you can use other small and simple things to dress it up such as ribbon, twine, and/or a gift tag. This minimalist approach allows you to let the gift itself (rather than the wrapping) take center stage. In addition, gift recipients can keep the jar to re-use in their own home in any way that is useful to them.

I’m going to show you two ways that I like to use canning jars utilizing the new Ball® Collection Elite Design Series Sharing Jars. First, I’m going to use one to combine the ingredients to make a delicious fall drink using Mocha Chameleon Cold-Brew Coffee. Then, I will illustrate how I use them to make gift-worthy food items, like the Spiced Pear Butter I recently made, that are great gifted on their own or as an item in a larger gift basket to friends, family, co-workers and acquaintances alike…. [read more]

Become Your Own Sushi Chef

Become Your Own Sushi Chef 

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I love sushi. I could eat a Spicy Tuna Roll every single day. Just give me some spicy mayo, fresh fish and veggies, wasabi and low sodium soy sauce and I’m in my happy place. As much as I adore going out for sushi, I’ve always been curious about trying to make my own at home. So, you can imagine my excitement when I was given the chance to try Global Grub’s DIY Sushi Rolls Kit.

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Everyday Is A Great Day For Coconut

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Well, World Coconut Day (Sept. 2nd) may be over for this year, but I don’t know anyone who feels beholden to enjoy coconut-infused products only one day a year. Do you?

Coconut is a sweet ingredient that can be worked into everything from snacks and drinks to side dishes and entrees. And it has some pretty beneficial health benefits, too. Coconuts are full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, calcium, magnesium, potassium and amino acids. [read more]

Spiced Pear Butter

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Spiced Pear Butter
Fall is a time for getting cozy to avoid the colder weather outside. This spiced pear butter makes a wonderful complement for toast, biscuits, rolls or stirred into a steaming bowl of oatmeal or any other way you like it. (The cook time is long, but once the pears and other ingredients are in the pot you only have to stir it occasionally. You don't have to stand over it constantly.)
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Course Condiment
Prep Time 5-10 min.
Cook Time 75-85 min.
Servings
Makes 1-1/2 cups (enough to fill a 16 oz. jar).
Ingredients
Course Condiment
Prep Time 5-10 min.
Cook Time 75-85 min.
Servings
Makes 1-1/2 cups (enough to fill a 16 oz. jar).
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Cook The Pears: In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, heat the butter on medium until melted. Add the pears, cider, and lemon juice. Cook, stirring occasionally, 10 to 12 minutes, or until the pears begin to break down. Cover and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring occasionally, 60-65 minutes, or until softened and broken down.
  2. Make The Pear Purée: Transfer the cooked pears to a blender. Blend on high until smooth. (For a more rustic texture, skip this step and add the spices next.)
  3. Cook The Pear Purée: Return the pear purée to the same pot. Add the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and salt. Heat on medium until hot. Cook, stirring occasionally and scraping the bottom of the pot to prevent scorching, 6 to 8 minutes, or until thickened.
  4. My favorite way to enjoy this pear butter is on toast. Delicious!
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Recipe Notes

Transfer to storage jar and screw on the lid. Tie a ribbon or some twine around the jar for beautification or add a gift tag, if you wish. Of course, you will want to keep a jar for yourself, but these make great gifts, as well.

You can either store the finished product in the refrigerator (or if you use a mason jar, you can process the jar in a boiling water bath for 10-15 minutes and set aside, undisturbed for 24 hours, before labeling and storing in your pantry or cupboard).

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Look how smooth this recipe works up! You can see the spices, too, which gives it a really pretty appearance.

Recipe Credit: Blue Apron (weekly home delivery meal subscription service)

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Do You Remember Your First Cup Of Coffee?

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Many people often share stories of their first sip of beer or any alcoholic beverage. I can share that story, but I thought about sharing the first time I had (and got hooked on!) coffee. Coffee is something that my family always had in the house. My house we had regular and a tiny container of decaf, and at my grandparents it was just usually decaf.

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