What Every Camper Needs: All-Weather Sleeping Bag #giveaway

I am excited to start a new series called, What Every Camper Needs. This all-weather sleeping bag review post is brought to you  by our friends at Teton Sports.

What Every Camper Needs

Camping is a great way to relax, unwind and connect with nature. When camping is mentioned it can evoke very different reactions from people.  Some people camp on mountain tops, deep in the woods, others camp in an RV at a campground and many camp in their backyards or even living room.  It doesn’t matter how you choose to camp, there are a few things that Every Camper Needs, or may just want.

Today I am going to talk about a warm, all-weather sleeping bag.  Growing up I had a sleeping bag, it was nothing fancy but I loved to sleep in it.  My brother and I would watch TV while laying in our sleeping bags and camp in the living room.  That sleeping bag was fun but not very warm and had no features.  Teton Sports sent me the Fahrenheit Regular 0°F and now I want to go camping!  As you can see in this picture, my son loves it too.  He “stole” it from me and has been sleeping in it.  This sleeping bag is plenty warm and the first night he woke up sweaty, guess I can turn the heat down at night!

Teton Sports Camping Gear

  The Fahrenheit Regular 0 F is a roomy all–weather sleeping bag. Durable two–way zipper, thick taffeta shell, cotton flannel lining, mummy–style hood, inside Velcro pocket. Includes stuff sack with compression straps.   My son tried it out and then I had to climb in.  The lining is so soft and warm and there is plenty of room to move around and get comfy.

  • 100% Cotton flannel liner
  • Double layer construction entire width and length of bag increases warmth and durability
  • Suitable for multi–season use in rugged conditions
  • Rated for cold temperatures
  • Sturdy taffeta shell stands up to years of use
  • Sturdy no–snag two–way zippers with metal pulls
  • Full–length zipper baffle reduces drafts
  • Right and left zippered bags zip together

Mummy style hood keeps head or pillow off the groundTeton sports camping gearAfter a couple of nights I convinced my son to let me try out the Teton Sports sleeping bag.  It is so soft on the inside and gave me plenty of room to move around and get comfortable.  I could even sleep with my knee bent and on my side.  The bag does weigh about 5 lbs so it may not be great for backpacker but it is perfect for driving to a campsite.  It comes is a great compression bag for quick and safe storage.

Fahrenheit Regular Sleeping bag Teton Sports

  • Teton Sports Fahrenheit Regular 0°F sleeping bag is going to get a lot of use and I believe it will last for many years to come.
  • Teton Sports Fahrenheit Regular 0°F retails between $60 and $72 and can be found online at Amazon or Sportsman’s Warehouse.
  • Enter to win one of your own.

What item do you think every camper needs?

 

A sleeping bag was provided to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own.

 

The Minecraft Guide For Parents

My son has been playing Minecraft for well over a year.  Since he started playing I have felt as if he is often speaking a different language.  I needed help and along came The Minecraft Guide for Parents, Down-To-Earth Advice for Parents of Children Playing Minecraft from Peachpit Press written by Cori Dusmann.  The day it arrived I dove right in and  it quickly gave me the confidence to start playing alongside my son.  We logged on to the Rawcritics server and were able to play alongside the author!

The Minecraft Guide For Parents

From The Author

Over the past few years, a small independent video game has been capturing the hearts of players young and old. What started as a relatively basic, open ended program has grown into a complex, constantly evolving game that is infinitely adaptable, and as many parents, myself included, can attest, rather addictive.

My son Xander, now 14, introduced me to Minecraft back in its early, pre-release alpha test days, when he was 11. I’m a gamer myself, but I was skeptical about this new game that he was so excited about. The pixilated building block squares that formed the game, from the landscape right down to the sheep and pigs, seemed simplistic and unexciting, to say the least. But the early release was low cost, and seemed popular right from the start, so after we both did some research, Xander had his own account. It didn’t take long for both of us to see the creative potential in the game, as well as the challenges of obtaining, creating and managing resources — the mining and crafting indicated in the game title, as well as the farming, building, exploring and other activities that were necessary for survival.

Minecraft Zombie

From The Publisher

Is Minecraft a game? A computerized construction toy? This book helps you to understand exactly what Minecraft is, why kids love it, and why it may offer much more than what you’ve come to expect from a game. The Minecraft Guide for Parents is written for parents, caregivers, educators, and anyone else who has kids swept up in the Minecraft phenomenon.

This handbook explains how to install, set up, and play the game, so that even adults with minimum computer literacy can step in and help their children—and even play alongside them. Moving beyond the basics, this practical guide explores larger questions such as online safety, be it playing in multiplayer worlds or posting on forums or YouTube. It also examines the social and academic advantages to be found in Minecraft and offers realistic solutions to challenges such as time management and conflicts over computer use.
With a simple, friendly, and open style, The Minecraft Guide for Parents is inviting and accessible to all, regardless of computer or gaming skills, and offers practical help and new ways to connect with children who play this exciting and creative game. You’ll learn to:
  • Make playing Minecraft a rewarding experience for your kids—and the entire family.
  • Set limits and ensure the computer doesn’t become a source of conflict.
  • Take advantage of the social aspects of Minecraft and keep your kids safe online.
  • Gather supplies, craft items, and build structures.
  • Avoid monsters—or remove them from the game altogether.

Table Of Contents

Let’s Talk About Minecraft

Basics of the game

Introduction to types of worlds

Making Minecraft Fit Your Family

Online Safety Resources

Basic Game Play

Digging Deeper: Technical Specifics

Playing the Game: Beyond the Basics

See What I Made? : Sharing with the Outside World

The Bigger Picture

Appendix

Glossary

Index

Why I Love This Book

This book helped to demystify the world of Minecraft for me.  It explains what Minecraft is, how to play it and how to keep your child safe while playing online.  It truly leaves no stone, or should I say block, unturned.  It explains building, mobs, servers, creepers, skins and more.  It gives parents the knowledge they need to communicate with their Minecraft addicted child.  As an educator, it has also helped me in the classroom.  Minecraft is not just a fad, it is here to stay for a long time and my students all know about it or play.

So, go on on order your copy of The Minecraft Guide for Parents, Down-To-Earth Advice for Parents of Children Playing Minecraft or enter below for a chance to win one of 3 copies provided by PeachPit Press.

A copy of this book was provided to facilitate the review. All opinions are my own.

Cuisinart Perfec Temp® 14-Cup Coffeemaker Great for Hosting

Cuisinart sent me their Perfec Temp 14-Cup Coffeemaker to try out.  It is amazing now much the temperature that coffee is brewed at can change the flavor and the entire coffee drinking experience.  We were used to a bland brew from our old maker.  This Cuisinart Perfec Temp Coffeemaker brews a wonderful and hot cup of coffee.

Cuisinart Perfec Temp Coffeemaker

About the Cuisinart Perfec Temp 14-Cup Coffeemaker
The Cuisinart® Perfec Temp® 14-cup Glass Coffeemaker retails for $99.95 and features state of the art coffeemaking technology that turns up the temperature to deliver hotter coffee, while retaining coffee’s full flavor and quality throughout the brewing process – because temperature is as important as taste! Ideal for coffee lovers who prefer hotter coffee. The oversized digital display illuminates the full range of programmable options, including regular and bold flavor settings. The styling is sleek, with elegant angles and a new high-tech look with an extremely user-friendly control panel.

Features

14-Cup Glass Carafe with decorative stainless steel handle

Control Panel and Extra-Large LCD Display that clearly indicates selected functions

Fully Automatic with 24 hour programmability, self clean, 1-4 cup setting and Auto- Off (0-4 hours)

Hotter Coffee with expert coffeemaking technology to ensure hotter coffee temperature without giving up flavor or quality.

Brew Strength Control allows you to select Regular or Bold coffee flavor

Easy-to-View Water Window for accurate filling

Brew pause™ feature lets you enjoy a cup of coffee before the brewing cycle has finished

60-Second Reset recalls settings and position in the brewing process in case of loss of power

Gold-Tone Coffee Filter and Charcoal Water Filter

Limited 3-Year Warranty

BPA Free

cuisinart perfec temp coffeemaker

The Cuisinart® Perfec Temp® 14-cup Glass Coffeemaker features state of the art coffeemaking technology that turns up the temperature to deliver hotter coffee, while retaining coffee’s full flavor and quality throughout the brewing process – because temperature is as important as taste! Ideal for coffee lovers who prefer hotter coffee. The oversized digital display illuminates the full range of programmable options, including regular and bold flavor settings. The styling is sleek, with elegant angles and a new high-tech look with an extremely user-friendly control panel. – See more at: http://www.cuisinart.com/products/coffee_makers/dcc-2800.html#sthash.gUO13qid.dpufThe Cuisinart® Perfec Temp® 14-cup Glass Coffeemaker features state of the art coffeemaking technology that turns up the temperature to deliver hotter coffee, while retaining coffee’s full flavor and quality throughout the brewing process – because temperature is as important as taste! Ideal for coffee lovers who prefer hotter coffee. The oversized digital display illuminates the full range of programmable options, including regular and bold flavor settings. The styling is sleek, with elegant angles and a new high-tech look with an extremely user-friendly control panel. – See more at: http://www.cuisinart.com/products/coffee_makers/dcc-2800.html#sthash.gUO13qid.dpuf

My Experience

We have been using our Cuisinart Perfec Temp Coffeemaker for a few weeks now.  It has been wonderful to wake up each morning to a steaming hot pot of coffee.  The filter is easy to clean and and the coffeemaker is easy to fill.  This new coffeemaker is superior to our previous one.  I look forward to years of daily use from this great product.

How do you like your coffee?

 

 

 

The Cuisinart® Perfec Temp® 14-cup Glass Coffeemaker features state of the art coffeemaking technology that turns up the temperature to deliver hotter coffee, while retaining coffee’s full flavor and quality throughout the brewing process – because temperature is as important as taste! Ideal for coffee lovers who prefer hotter coffee. The oversized digital display illuminates the full range of programmable options, including regular and bold flavor settings. The styling is sleek, with elegant angles and a new high-tech look with an extremely user-friendly control panel. – See more at: http://www.cuisinart.com/products/coffee_makers/dcc-2800.html#sthash.gUO13qid.dpuf
The Cuisinart® Perfec Temp® 14-cup Glass Coffeemaker features state of the art coffeemaking technology that turns up the temperature to deliver hotter coffee, while retaining coffee’s full flavor and quality throughout the brewing process – because temperature is as important as taste! Ideal for coffee lovers who prefer hotter coffee. The oversized digital display illuminates the full range of programmable options, including regular and bold flavor settings. The styling is sleek, with elegant angles and a new high-tech look with an extremely user-friendly control panel. – See more at: http://www.cuisinart.com/products/coffee_makers/dcc-2800.html#sthash.gUO13qid.dpuf

The Cuisinart® Perfec Temp® 14-cup Glass Coffeemaker features state of the art coffeemaking technology that turns up the temperature to deliver hotter coffee, while retaining coffee’s full flavor and quality throughout the brewing process – because temperature is as important as taste! Ideal for coffee lovers who prefer hotter coffee. The oversized digital display illuminates the full range of programmable options, including regular and bold flavor settings. The styling is sleek, with elegant angles and a new high-tech look with an extremely user-friendly control panel. – See more at: http://www.cuisinart.com/products/coffee_makers/dcc-2800.html#sthash.gUO13qid.dpuf
The Cuisinart® Perfec Temp® 14-cup Glass Coffeemaker features state of the art coffeemaking technology that turns up the temperature to deliver hotter coffee, while retaining coffee’s full flavor and quality throughout the brewing process – because temperature is as important as taste! Ideal for coffee lovers who prefer hotter coffee. The oversized digital display illuminates the full range of programmable options, including regular and bold flavor settings. The styling is sleek, with elegant angles and a new high-tech look with an extremely user-friendly control panel. – See more at: http://www.cuisinart.com/products/coffee_makers/dcc-2800.html#sthash.gUO13qid.dpuf
Perfec Temp® 14-Cup Coffeemaker
Perfec Temp® 14-Cup Coffeemaker
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Perfec Temp® 14-Cup Coffeemaker

Vegan Recipe: Chocolate Date Nut Lollipops

I love the people at BenBella Books, they always send me the best cookbooks.  The latest book I received was Jazzy Vegetarian Classics by Laura Theodore.  Laura puts a vegan twist on American Family favorites.  This book would be a great gift for anyone, not just vegans because the recipes are so good.

Jazzy Vegetarian Classics Vegan Cookbook

From the Publisher

Classic American meals just became healthier and more delicious with Laura Theodore’s vegan twist on traditional family fare. With more than 150 quick-to-prepare and gourmet-style dishes, Jazzy Vegetarian Classics features Laura’s original creations, such as vegan shish kebabs and cauliflower steaks with sweet pepper sauce, and other spins on time-honored favorites, such as spaghetti and “wheatballs” and decadent chocolate-ganache cake. Filled with easy-to-follow crowd-pleasing recipes, this cookbook will make nutritionally dense and plant-based dishes your new family favorites.

 

Fun and simple to incorporate into anyone’s lifestyle, Jazzy Vegetarian Classics provides 10 wholesome full-menu plans for everything from weekday meals to special celebrations such as parties and holiday dinners. Laura even includes suggestions on how to present appetizing, plant-based meals in unique and festive ways, with her “Jazzy Music Pick” for each menu to help set the mood.

 

Written for everyone—from seasoned vegans looking for innovative new dishes, to casual home cooks interested in adding one or two plant-based meals a week to their repertoire—Jazzy Vegetarian Classics includes guides to the basics of vegan cooking coupled with a glossary of common ingredients. Laura also provides simple instructions on how to use a variety of substitutes for “veganizing” timeless main dishes, desserts, soups, salads, and so much more.

 

Put on some good music and embrace a healthy, delicious, and jazzy lifestyle!

 

Vegan Chocolate Date Nut Lollipops

Vegan Chocolate Date-Nut Lollipops
 
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Chocolate Date-Nut Lollipops Makes 8 to 10 lollipops Fun, fun, fun! That’s how I describe these lovely little lollipops! The dates help to hold the pops together while also standing in for much of the processed sugar. They’re perfect for any party, whether you are entertaining kids or adults!
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert Cookie
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 8-10
Ingredients
  • ½ cup vegan dark chocolate chips (grain-sweetened variety works well)
  • 6 large Medjool dates, pitted
  • ¼ cup whole pecans
  • ⅛ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • TOPPING
  • 2 tablespoons pecans, walnuts, or hazelnuts, ground (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons dark, nondairy cocoa powder (optional)
  • Put the vegan chocolate chips in a double boiler over medium-low heat. When the chocolate has melted, remove from the heat. Meanwhile, put the dates, pecans, and vanilla extract in a high performance blending appliance and process to the consistency of soft dough. Transfer the date mixture to a medium bowl, pour in the melted chocolate, and stir until well-combined. Put the date mixture in the freezer for 7 to 15 minutes or until the chocolate has set enough to roll into small balls.
  • Line a small baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper. Spoon out a heaping tablespoon of the chocolate mixture, and quickly roll it into a ball. Roll it in one of the optional toppings until completely coated. Continue in this way, forming all of the remaining chocolate mixture into balls and coating them in one of the optional coatings.
  • Insert the end of a lollipop stick into each chocolate ball and place all lollipops upright in 2 separate mugs or shallow glasses, making sure they do not touch each other. Chill for 1 to 2 hours before serving. For a festive presentation, wrap each lollipop in cellophane and tie with a pretty ribbon. Stored in an airtight container, leftover lollipops will keep for up to 3 days.
Instructions
  1. Put the vegan chocolate chips in a double boiler over medium-low heat. When the chocolate has melted, remove from the heat. Meanwhile, put the dates, pecans, and vanilla extract in a high performance blending appliance and process to the consistency of soft dough. Transfer the date mixture to a medium bowl, pour in the melted chocolate, and stir until well-combined. Put the date mixture in the freezer for 7 to 15 minutes or until the chocolate has set enough to roll into small balls.
  2. Line a small baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper. Spoon out a heaping tablespoon of the chocolate mixture, and quickly roll it into a ball. Roll it in one of the optional toppings until completely coated. Continue in this way, forming all of the remaining chocolate mixture into balls and coating them in one of the optional coatings.
  3. Insert the end of a lollipop stick into each chocolate ball and place all lollipops upright in 2 separate mugs or shallow glasses, making sure they do not touch each other. Chill for 1 to 2 hours before serving. For a festive presentation, wrap each lollipop in cellophane and tie with a pretty ribbon. Stored in an airtight container, leftover lollipops will keep for up to 3 days.

Vegan Date Nut Lollipops Vegan cookies

 

 Jazzy Vegetarian Classics can be found online and at your local bookstore.  It retails for $26.95.

What is your favorite Holiday cookie? 

I received a copy of this book  to facilitate the review.  All opinions are my own.

Home Workout Programs

When I am looking for home workout programs I want one that does not take too much time, has a flexible schedule and will give me results.  Beachbody has programs for anyone’s fitness needs.  We have several Beachbody programs and my husband believes in them so strongly that he recently became a Beachbody coach.

home workout programs

What does it mean to be a Beachbody coach?  Anyone can become a coach but it takes passion and commitment to be a good coach.  My husband, Spencer, wants to help people meet their fitness goals and maintain them. He will provide support, accountability and motivation through challenge groups and personal emails.   He started out doing P90X and was so pleased with the results that he decided to do the same program a second time.  He lost weight and toned muscles.  He gained confidence and he feels younger.  Spencer wants to share this experience with you.

beachbodycoachspence

A Note From Spencer

“One of the biggest concerns about fitness programs is schedule. Beachbody has been listening and geared their latest programs to fit into our busy schedules. I just completed Shaun T’s (from Insanity) Focus T25. This is a fantastic, upbeat program that focuses mainly on cardio and core strength for just 25 minutes a day, 5 days a week. And if you follow Tanya, you can do the low impact, modified moves and still get the same results.  When you join and stick with one of my facebook challenge groups, you will see weight loss, increased energy and support from a group of great people that will help you stay on track! I have just started replacing one meal a day with Shakeology, it’s an awesome shake with a daily dose of superfood nutrition that helps reduce cravings and gets the best results from your fitness efforts.  I love helping people improve their lives. It’s just amazing to see your own progress, and see others doing the same.”

My Beachbody Experience

I completed the TurboFire program and I am thrilled with the results.  I also lost weight and toned muscles that I though would never be toned.  Currently I am using the Les Mills Combat program and I love it.  The workouts are 30-45 minutes, fun, high energy and they have great music.  Between working full time, house work, soccer practice and all the usual mom duties, I often don’t have a lot of time for exercise.  Being able to workout at home for 30 -45 minutes a few times a week is something I can commit to.  I adjust the program schedule to fit my needs and Spencer checks in to see if I have done my workout, if not we talk about when I will do it.  Having someone check in with me helps to keep my focused and motivated.  Spencer does it in a supportive way and never makes me feel bad if I miss a workout but he won’t let me quit either.

So, are you interested in finding out more about BeachBody programs and challenge groups?

You can talk to Spencer on his Facebook page, BBCoachSpence, his Coach page or on Twitter.

Flying Vegan Buffalo Dip

John Schlimm, author of Grilling Vegan Style, recently wrote another awesome cook book.  The Cheesy Vegan, More than 125 Plant-Based Recipes for Indulging in the World’s Ultimate Comfort Food was sent to me by DaCapo Press.  I have been following John on Facebook and Twitter for a long time.  He is such an upbeat, positive person that loves life.  His recipes reflect his personality.  They are fun and full of flavor.  The Cheesy Vegan is full of appetizers, suppers, soups, desserts and more.

The Cheesy Vegan Cookbook

From The Publisher

Long regarded as the missing link in the plant-based world, vegan cheese has come home to Main Street! With more than 125 recipes for every cheesy craving, John Schlimm has you covered from breakfast to lunch to a hearty dinner with family and friends. From easy recipes for everyday cheeses to ultimate comfort food like Mac ’n’ Cheese, Café Broccoli & Parmesan Quiche, the Grilled Cheese Trio, Triple Your Pleasure Fondue, and the Cheesecake Extravaganza, you can indulge in all your cheesy favorites . . . with none of the dairy and all of the flavor.

~ With recipes for 25 everyday cheeses, including Cheddar, Swiss, mozzarella, brie, blue, and Jack ~

Here is a recipe for Flying Buffalo Dip from The Cheesy Vegan

VeganFlyingBuffalodip

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Flying Vegan Buffalo Dip
 
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Game day is calling and it wants a Buffalo "wing" dip everyone can enjoy! In addition to serving this dish alone with toasted pita triangles, another option is to serve it alongside homemade Blue Cheese Dressing (page 41) or Blue Moon Dip (page 136) with celery sticks for dipping.
Author:
Recipe type: Vegan Appetizer
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 6 to 8
Ingredients
  • 12 Ounces Extra-Firm Tofu (pressed and drained)
  • 1 cup finely shredded vegan cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons Frank's Red Hot Cayenne Pepper Sauce or to taste
  • Toasted Vegan Pita Triangles, for serving
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine the tofu, Cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, lemon juice, vinegar garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper and hot sauce. Mix well, and serve warm or at room temperature with toasted pita triangles.
Notes
From the book The Cheesy Vegan by John Schlimm. Excerpted by arrangement with Da Capo Lifelong, a member of the Perseus Books Group. Copyright (c) 2013. www.dacapopresscookbooks.com

VeganBuffaloDip

 

This dip was a huge hit.  I was able to whip it up quickly on a Saturday evening and have it with some chips and celery.  I can also see using it as a spread on a wrap or sandwich.  I added more than 3 Tablespoons if hot sauce because we like things spicy!

 

A copy of this book was provided to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own.

 

 

Scrambled Tofu Recipe with Vegan Egg Yolks

This scrambled tofu recipe is made with vegan egg yolks!  Yes, vegan egg yolks.   We have good friends who have egg allergies and we are anxious to share with them that vegan egg yolks exist in the world.

I recently received a copy of The Vegg Cookbook and some samples of The Vegg vegan egg yolks to review. The Vegg is a brand new egg-free product that can be used is a wide rage of recipes. The Vegg Cookbook has over 70 Vegg recipes from all over the world.  Recipes like scrambled Vegg, Baked Frittata, Gluten-Free Lemon Bars.  There is something for everyone’s taste in this cookbook.  You can order a copy at many online stores including Amazon.com.

The Vegg tofu Scramble

Ingredients:

1 block tofu

Veggies ( onions, peppers, spinach)

2 Tbs The Vegg plant based egg yolk replacement
Directions:
Sauté veggies
Crumble tofu in pan
Add water if too dry
Once tofu starts to brown add The Vegg
Serve with a tortilla

What is The Vegg?

The Vegg is a 100% plant-based egg yolk replacement. Using only natural ingredients, we have created a product that replicates the taste and texture of egg yolks for use in your favorite dishes. It is perfect for french toast, dipping, hollandaise and much more. Create your favorite egg-based recipes and experience the rich flavor of egg yolk without the cholesterol, allergens, and cruelty to animals.

Nutrition Information

nutrition-facts

The Vegg uses only 100% plant-based ingredients.

  • Cholesterol-Free
  • Gluten-Free
  • Soy-Free
  • Fat-Free
  • High in Vitamin B12
  • GMO Free
  • Certified Kosher

Ingredients: Fortified Nutritional Yeast (dry yeast, niacin pyridoxine, hydrochloride, riboflavin, thiamin hydrochloride, folic acid, b12), Sodium Alginate, Black Salt, Beta Carotene

 

The Vegg Cookbook and Vegan Egg yolk

I used The Vegg Vegan Egg Yolks to make scrambled tofu.  My husband said it was the best I had ever made!!  It kept the tofu moist and gave it a nice creamy texture.  The flavors of The Vegg are subtle but quite nice.  Today we added fresh garden tomatoes but we often add sauteed spinach, onions or mushrooms.  Such a tasty and quick Saturday breakfast meal.

 

 

 

Scrambled Tofu Recipe with Vegan Egg Yolks
 
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Vegan egg yolk replacement makes scrambled eggs possible for those following Vegan diet!
Author:
Recipe type: Vegan
Cuisine: Breakfast
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Ingredients:
  • 1 block tofu
  • Veggies ( onions, peppers, spinach)
  • 2 Tbs The Vegg plant based egg yolk replacement
Instructions
  1. Directions:
  2. Sauté veggies
  3. Crumble tofu in pan
  4. Add water if too dry
  5. One tofu starts to brown add The Vegg
  6. Serve with a tortilla

PAC-MAN and The Ghostly Adventures

This Sunday we took a drive down to New York City to see the Nintendo World Store.  We were invited to the launch event for the video game PAC-MAN and The Ghostly Adventures.  The event was fun for adults and kids and we left with an awesome swag bag that included a copy of PAC-MAN and The Ghostly Adventures.

PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures Video game

PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures is a 1-4 player game available for Xbox 360®, PlayStation®3, Wii U™,PC DIGITAL, and Nintendo 3DS™.  PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures is an action/adventure game from NAMCO BANDAI Games America, Inc. and rated E 10+. 

PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures

PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures

 

Pac is back!
Pac is back in an all-new experience for a whole new generation of fans. PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures game has an
original story that is inspired by the show as well as all the charming characters from the highly anticipated PAC-MAN and the
Ghostly Adventures animated series created and produced by Avi Arad, acclaimed director and founder of Marvel Studios.
The story begins as the menacing ghosts escape from the creepy Netherworld to invade PacWorld. These frightening ghosts,
ghouls, and goblins wreak havoc on the population and cause nothing but trouble wherever they go! Pac and his pals rise to the
challenge of protecting their home and embark on an epic battle.
Pac and his 2 best friends, Spiral and Cylindria, rise to the challenge of protecting their home, in a big, bustling, bonkers world of
action, adventure, and just plain wackiness. All the while fighting for: Friendship, Freedom and the Future!

 

My husband, son and I all tried out the game.  It is fun and updated but sticks closely enough to it original game so that the 80’s child in me could really appreciate it.  At the event we also enjoyed some PAC-MAN cookies with drinks from Brooklyn Soda Works.  It was a great event that showcased the fun new game and it also gave us a reason to spend the day in NYC!!

PAC-MAN cookies

If you are in NYC, stop by the Nintendo World Store at 10 Rockefeller Plaza.  The staff were super friendly and enthusiastic.  They have great gifts for the gamer on your list and a really cool Nintendo museum.

 

Nintendo Museum at Nintendo World store

 

PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures can be purchased online and in stores, it is currently retailing for $39.99.

I was invited to the event and provided with a free copy of the game to help facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own.

New Wave Enviro Litter Free Lunch

New Wave Enviro sent me a Litter Free Lunch kit and some Seriously Save Stainless Steel Food containers to try out.  We are always trying to find ways to make less waste and be kind to the environment.  These products are BPA-free, litter free and stylish too.  I received the bag in swirls with green piping, it also is available in a blue pattern and a solid light brown.

Litter Free Lunch Kit and Seriously Safe Stainless Steel

About Litter Free Lunch Kit

This kit has an insulated shell, four BpA-free airtight food containers (2 small, 1 medium and 1 large) and a 15oz BpA-free bottle – everything you need to pack a fresh, healthy lunch.

Bottles are dishwasher safe. Bag can be washed in a washing machine.

2 small containers: 3.75” x 2.25” x 1-3/8” deep

Medium container: 5.25” x 3.75” x 1-3/8” deep

Large container: 5.25” x 3.75” x 2.75” deep

Bottle: 2.25” x 2.25” x 6.5”Litter Free Lunch Kit

There is enough room for a salad, a sandwich and a couple of sides.  The containers are air tight but easy to open and close, even for the little guys.  I love that the box in insulated because I often forget to pop my lunch in the fridge when I get to work.  Seriously Safe Stainless Steel food containers

About Seriously Safe Stainless Steel Food Containers

100% 304 Food Grade Stainless Steel. A non-leaching product – no chemical, no toxins, no taste. Resistant to stains and corrosion. Durable and rugged – designed for everyday use. Go ahead and throw them in your bag – they won’t open until you open them! 6” x 4.5” x 2-3/8” deep

You can find all of the New Wave Enviro products online or try their Store Locator.

All of these products make weekdays lunch prep so much easier and I feel great not using dozens of plastic bags each month.

These products were provided to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own.

What great uses would you have for there products?

 

Geocaching.com and Geocaching App

It has only been a couple of months since we started geocaching and we have already found 88 93 geocaches.  Thanks to Geocaching.com for a one year membership and the Geocaching.com app.  I contacted them and they were more than helpful with setting up my account and giving me a code for the app to review.  The app works seamlessly with the online website and through geocaching we have found incredible spots in our state that we had never seen before.  Geocaching is a great way to teach kids about coordinates and directions.  I can not explain the thrill of finding a hidden container and yelling out, ” I see it.”  Some caches are deep in the woods, in a park and ride lot or in a cemetery.  There is enough variety of difficulty that it can be enjoyable for anyone.

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So, What is Geocaching? As defined on Geocaching.com it is  a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.  There are varying levels of difficulty and terrain.  The website and app rate each geocache so you can decide if it is the right one for you and your family.  Right now I find that geocaches in the 1-3 range of difficulty are good for us and hold my son’s attention.  The site and app also let you know how big each cache is and whether or not they are big enough for trading.  People leave small objects that can be traded for others of equal or greater value.  Mostly they are fun little trinkets similar to party store finds. Check out Geocaching.com for more information on how to get started.

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Now that we are geocaching on a regular basis, we always have our geo-supplies in the car.  I learned the hard way that geocaching in flip-flops is not the best plan.  Our staples include, sneakers or hiking boots, a backpack, pen, bug spray, sun lotion, GPS and our phone with the Geocaching.com app.  The app and website allow you to search based on your current location or a given area.  You can set up a “pocket query” for a given destination or even to find geocaches along a route that you will be driving.

I could go on and on about Geocaching but I want you to go check it out and see what you think.  You can get started for free at Geocaching.com or get the free version of the Geocaching.com app for your mobile device.  They even have videos you can watch to get you started.  Go on and give it a try!

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A Geocaching.com membership and app were provided to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own.

Who will you go geocaching with?