Getting stains out of clothes

We are a sports family, through and through. My children absolutely love to participate in sports and activities. Although it does take a lot of ripping and running on my Husband and I’s part, we love them being able to participate in the activities they love as well.

You know what DOESN’T love all of their activities though?

Their clothes.

Seriously, one of my hardest task as a mother has become scrubbing stains out of soccer uniforms and getting stains out of clothes in general- in an effort to get them clean as possible without fading the actual uniform. Has that ever happened to you before? You do your best to get one stain out, and before you know it the entire outfit is looking faded and lackluster… pretty annoying, right?

What’s even worse is that they children, of course, don’t only practice with their uniforms on. That would be way too convenient, huh? You can catch them practicing any chance they get, whether their outfit is suitable for their actions or not. This means a scramble to get nice clothes off after events and get them back into play clothes.

Since Thanksgiving is coming up, I worry that may not be possible. They’ll be running around playing with friends and family and likely paying entirely no mind to how their adorable outfits look.

A little planning ahead goes a long way, and I’ve already come up with a solution. I grabbed a bottle of Clorox 2 Stain Remover & Color Booster. Clorox 2 Stain Remover & Color Booster makes it possible to get out even the toughest most set in stains. This makes me feel soooo good because I can enjoy family on Thanksgiving, rather than chasing my children around monitoring their clothing. Clorox 2 can also be used through the wash to boost the power of your regular detergent. Not only does it effectively fight the stains, Clorox 2 Stain Remove & Color Booster also keeps your whites white and your colors brighter.

I’m very glad I can check stains off my list of holiday worries. Now on to list items 2 – 5,000.

What’s the worst stain you’ve ever tackled?

This post is brought to you by Clorox [www.clorox.com]. I have partnered with them to spread the word about Clorox 2 Stain Remover & Color Booster. All opinions and stories are my own.

Buy vitamins and support Vitamin Angels

Fall illnesses are no joke! Staying healthy is at the forefront of my to-do list, and I plan on keeping my entire family that way as well. I recently wrote a post about which vitamins to take to keep your family healthy throughout this season. My 3 main essential vitamins are Vitamin C, Zinc, and Echinacea.

Every year about this time, I head over to Walgreens to stock up on these. This year, how ever, is more special than any other. This year purchasing my vitamins doesn’t only mean that I’m keeping my own family healthy… it’s actually keeping other families healthy as well!
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Walgreens via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Walgreens.
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That’s because this year Walgreens is partnering with Vitamin Angels to provide essential vitamins and minerals to under nourished families in America and around the world. They are specially reaching out to children under five, pregnant women, and new mothers.

 

Vitamin Angels has been helping these at-risk populations for 20 years now. Along with Walgreens, they plan on helping at least 100 Million of these people to gain access to vitamins and minerals by the year 2017!  This is an mission that leaves me in awe, and I am soo glad they are doing this.

 

It’s soo easy for people like you and I to help. We literally don’t have to do ANYTHING outside of keeping our own family healthy and protected with the vitamins and minerals they need. Each and every time that you purchase vitamins at Walgreens, they will make a donation to Vitamin Angels! Buy vitamins and support Vitamin Angels!

 

Credit: Vitamin Angels

Credit: Vitamin Angels

That’s right, you aren’t required to purchase anything additional, or send any extra money.  Through this initiative, Vitamin Angels has already collected funds to aid 28 million kids to date! If you’d like to learn more about Vitamin Angels, and their partnership with Walgreens, be sure to visit their page.

 

Here you will find the stories of many of the women and children that have been helped to date!

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 When shopping for vitamins, you might find it useful to know that you can help a child in need with every vitamins or supplements purchase at Walgreens. Millions of children around the world are suffering from ‘hidden hunger’, a lack of micronutrients that can lead to disease and even death. In fact, 45% of all childhood deaths are attributable to under-nutrition. Walgreens is giving a portion of all vitamin retail sales to Vitamin Angels to help 100 million children in the U.S. and abroad get the vitamins they need to live well.   

Head to Walgreens site for your next Vitamin purchase and support the Vitamin Angels mission!

Non meat protein sources

Often times when people think of protein sources they immediately think of beef and chicken. But there are many other great and nutritious sources of protein available. Here is a list of non meat protein sources.

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Eggs. One large egg contains about 6 grams of protein, and about 90 calories. Eating a two egg omelet for breakfast is a great way to start the day. Don’t be afraid of the yolk – it’s the most nutritious part! Yolks contain protein, Vitamin B12, Phosporus, Selenium and more. Check out this table that compares all of the nutrients in egg whites vs. egg yolks.

Mini Spinach and Cheddar Quiche makes for a great breakfast- or even a quick snack

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Cottage Cheese. Cottage cheese is an amazing source of protein. A half cup of cottage cheese contains about 15 grams of protein. Combine it with fruits, like pineapples or strawberries, for a delicious snack. Less solid cheeses (like cottage cheese) contain less fat than solid cheeses. Cottage cheese is also a good source of Vitamin B12, Phosphorus and Calcium.

Greek Yogurt. Six ounces of Greek yogurt equates to about 15 grams of protein – much more than traditional yogurt. This snack also contains calcium (about 20% of the daily recommendation) and live bacteria cultures, which can aid stomach health and digestion.

Lentils. One cup of lentils makes up about 18 grams of protein. This is a great option for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike! If you want to have one meatless meal a week, using lentils is a great options. One cup contains about 200 calories, and they’re a low-glycemic food, which  means it won’t spike your blood sugar. Lentils are also an excellent source of Folate, Phosphorus and Iron. Lentil Soup is a wonderful cold weather dinner that’s great for your body and fills the belly!

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Lentil tacos are also great for Taco Tuesdays (we aren’t the only family that has been doing this since the LEGO movie came out, right?

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Chickpeas. Chickpeas are in the same family as lentils (legumes). One cup of chickpeas contains 12 grams of protein. Chickpeas are also high in Folate, Copper and fiber. It’s important to note that all legumes are a great source of fiber (and protein). Add them into your diet regularly. We love to snack on Spicy Roasted Chickpeas in our house!

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Peanut Butter. Two tablespoons of peanut butter contains about 8 grams of protein. Peanut butter is a great snack full of healthy fats. Consuming healthy fats improves heart and brain health, and also keeps you fuller longer. Eat peanut butter with fruits or on toast with sliced bananas. You can’t go wrong with peanut butter.

Trail Mix Apple Snacks are a protein-packed, healthier snack option that still satisifes the sweet tooth.

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Oats. When people think of oatmeal, they probably automatically think “carbs.” But 1 cup of cooked oatmeal contains about 10 grams of protein! That’s a pretty decent amount. Oatmeal is also a good, healthy source of carbohydrates. Don’t be afraid of carbs. The body needs carbs for fuel, especially if you’re active. Combine oatmeal and peanut butter and you’ve got yourself a great, filling snack or meal.

Energy bites are a simple and fast way to prep some healthy snacks for the whole week.

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Quinoa. Quinoa grew in popularity in recent years, and rightfully so. It’s a nutrition packed seed that has been deemed a “superfood.” One cup of cooked quinoa contains about 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber. It’s also a good source of Manganese, Magnesium and Phosphorus. Cook it as a side dish or make a quinoa salad with vegetables.

Spinach. Didn’t think a vegetable could contain protein? Think again! One cup of spinach has about 6 grams of protein. That’s a decent amount for a vegetable. Spinach is also incredibly nutritious, full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It’s very high in Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Manganese and Folate.

Next time you need a good source of protein, think again before resorting to beef or chicken! Many of these options contain much more than just protein, and should be incorporated into your daily regimen. Which of these do you eat on a regular basis?

Playing at mealtime isn’t just for kids #Fandamonium

When I was a kid, my absolute FAVORITE part of shopping was picking out the cereal.  This was not a task to be taken lightly… but instead, a major decision that had to be made carefully and precisely. While the cereal itself was important, since I’d have to eat it throughout the week… that was NOT the main factor in picking out which box we’d take home.

 

Instead, it was all about that special thing that was tucked away hidden in the box, just waiting to be discovered. That thing that would surely cause my siblings and I to argue over who would get to play with first….

 

The prize!

 

I look back on those memories fondly, and it cracks me up how excited we used to get about the prize in the box. Now that I’m adult, that excitement has worn away for me personally, but it lives on in my children! Although truth be told, playing at mealtime isn’t just something our kids do. We do it too!

 

After over 80 years of surprising families with free prizes in cereal boxes, General Mills is still going strong. They’ve provided everything from secret wristbands to whistles, and mini license plates to free paint sets!

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For the first time EVER, however, General Mills has decided to switch things up a bit with their Big G events promotions. That’s right, the stakes have been raised! They’ve partnered with MegaBloks to provide free customizable premiums for both boys and girls!

 

A Mega Blocks car with a set of Hello Kitty and Power Rangers stickers and instructions to cut out a pattern to construct a cardboard jump from the cereal box will be included in each participating General Mills brand cereal. Not only will these freebies promote fine motor skills and construction play patterns for children, they’ll allow adults to get in on the fun too!

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This partnership will help to bring families together for more family time through eating AND through play, right at the breakfast table. They say that the families that play together, stay together- and we believe that in our house.  Playtime is anytime, and why can’t meals be fun? Why can’t food be silly?

Specially marked boxes of cereal include Honey Nut Cheerios, Reese’s Puffs, Cocoa Puffs, Lucky Charms, Golden Grahams and Cinnamon Toast Crunch!

To bring the family fun to life, General Mills partnered with Maker Dad – Mark Frauenfelder – to rev up the breakfast table with a Rube Goldberg style contraption seen in this video made entirely of General Mills Mega Bloks cereal boxes. http://bit.ly/Fandamonium to see on YouTube or view it below. Seriously, I want to go hang out at the Frauenfelder house! 

What’s your favorite General Mills Cereal? Mine is Cinnamon Toast Crunch!

One reader will win a prize pack with General Mills Cereals and a set of the MegaBloks Hello Kitty and Power Rangers cars PLUS at $50 Target Gift Card!

 

This post is brought to you by our friends at General Mills. Opinions are my own.

Spicy Mango Bloody Mary

Remember I said I was doing a raw veggie challenge?  Well, I’ve kept it up for many days. Or most of the past few weeks, anyway.  It also got me thinking, for some reason, about Thanksgiving. Maybe because it’s the V8VegOut Challenge, or because the holiday itself is coming and my family has  a serious thing about enjoying a Bloody Mary Thanksgiving morning as we either go WATCH people run the Manchester Road Race or actually go RUN (walk) the Manchester Road Race.  Either way, almost anyone who pops in at my sister’s house Thanksgiving morning or who has in the past 10-15 years knows that there will be Bloody Mary’s and also? That they will be serious Bloodies and not for the faint of heart.

Because Bloody Mary’s apparently must be taken super seriously.

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12 oz Spicy Mango V8 

1 tsp worcestershire sauce

Fresh squeezed lemon juice

Fresh squeezed lime juice
A-1 steak sauce (1 tsp)

1 TBSP Olive juice (1 tbsp)
1 tsp (if you really like it hot, add 1 TBSP) horseradish
1 tsp celery seeds or celery powder
2 oz vodka (the better the Vodka, the better your Bloody will be

Directions


Use a large 16-20 oz glass. Wet the rim with a piece of fresh lime. Then dip the glass rim into a mixture of sea salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Add ice about half way up. Mix all of the ingredients in a separate container and then pour into the salt rimmed glass with the ice. Squeeze fresh lemon and lime on top and add a celery stick….Enjoy!!!!!!!

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Ready for the V8VegOut Challenge?

The V8 VegOut! Challenge is aiming to celebrate vegetables and engage consumers to share their passion for veggie and the brand in a fun and social way.  LOVE YOUR VEGGIES.  All the veggies, even the weird, maybe you haven’t ever heard of them before varieties.  Visit V8’s Facebook page for daily challenges, shares and suprises :)

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Ingredients
  • 12 oz Spicy Mango V8
  • 1 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • Fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Fresh squeezed lime juice
  • A-1 steak sauce (1 tsp)
  • 1 TBSP Olive juice (1 tbsp)
  • 1 tsp (if you really like it hot, add 1 TBSP) horseradish
  • 1 tsp celery seeds or celery powder
  • 2 oz vodka (the better the Vodka, the better your Bloody will be
Instructions
  1. Use a large 16-20 oz glass.
  2. Wet the rim with a piece of fresh lime.
  3. Then dip the glass rim into a mixture of sea salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.
  4. Add ice about half way up.
  5. Mix all of the ingredients in a separate container and then pour into the salt rimmed glass with the ice.
  6. Squeeze fresh lemon and lime on top and add a celery stick....Enjoy!!!!!!!

 

What do I need to know about tires? #SACRoadWarriors #RoadRules #CarCare

We all, all, at some point in time, rely on tires. Maybe we don’t use our own tires, maybe we don’t even ride in vehicles. But something we purchase does, or a service we use relies on tire.  They are kind of a BIG deal in the world of auto safety. If your tires go bad, you are putting yourself and others at risk.

It’s not something I really gave a whole lot of thought to up until quite recently.  Or really, at all. I mean, I knew I had tires on my van (or previously, car). I knew they needed air, but I didn’t check the pressure, like, well, ever.  I sort of know how to change a tire in an emergency because my dad didn’t let any of us kids get a driver’s license without being able to 1. drive a standard, 2. check the oil and 3. change a flat tire.

I’ve never put the tire thing into use. Fortunately for all of us on the roads in a 100 mile radius of wherever I am, I haven’t needed to.  What I DO know is that I need to pay some attention to my tires. We all do.  Why?  Because they are how we get from A to B and everywhere else. Sears asked me to be part of their Sears Auto Center Road Warriors Program recently, and I was quick to accept the opportunity- I realized that what I don’t know, lots of us may not know, and we need to pay attention. My first assigment?  To learn about Tires.  (Tires 101 was VERY helpful for me!)

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So what’s the big deal about tires? What do I need to know about tires?

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Tires are important to educate ourselves about. Tires have treads on them.  Those treads are designed to give traction on the road surface.  Think worn treads don’t make a difference?  Do a search on YouTube.  I’m pretty sure it’ll change your way of thinking.  That’s not to say that all worn treads immediately mean you need 4 new tires.  It means that you have to pay attention.

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How do I know if I may need new tires?

Well, you can visit a local Sears Auto Center, for one.  In just a few minutes, you can have a FREE “health assessment” of your car.  During the One Stop Quick Check, your tire treads are measured, wear is measured, alignment, and battery life are all checked without you doing a thing (including taking out your wallet).  You’ll get a printout with the results.

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Significant tread wear – if there’s little to no tread left on your tires, it’s time.  Don’t wait.

Cracks in your treads, cracks, grooves, etc on your sidewalls of your tires 

Uneven tread wear

Well poo. I need new tires and likely a battery. @searsauto#SACRoadWarriors #client

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You can see in the instagram shot above that my back tires aren’t wearing as evenly as the front.  That’s actually OK for now, because we rotate our tires regularly and that’s part of why you rotate them.  Significantly uneven wear is when you have cause for concern.   (Let’s just pretend we don’t see the battery health)

Tire tread less than 2/32 of an inch in depth (Have you ever heard of the penny test? This is where that comes in to play!)

How to do a penny test: hold a penny upside down on the tire.  If Abe Lincoln’s head doesn’t disappear when you do this, your treads are not ok and you need to think about investing in new tires.

Bumps or bulges (see those bulges?  BAD news! for the record that is NOT my tire. It was on display at my local Sears store).

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How do I know what tires to buy?

Listen, there’s a LOT of tires out there.  I get overwhelmed.  Everyone seems to say theirs are the best.  But they can’t ALL be the best!  Here’s what I’m learning is a good way to find the tires for you. I found this great infographic that really just lays it out for you in terms of what means what on your tires.  But knowing WHICH to buy? Well, that depends on a lot of factors.

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Look at the treadwear numbers/ratings on a tire.  Remember that the amount of time you can expect your tires to last DOES depend on other factors and not just the tire.  Driving fast, changing lanes, slamming on brakes, hitting curbs frequently, and other less than ideal driving habits can impact how long you can expect your tires to last.  A higher treadwear number should result in a tire that lasts longer.  Climate can impact that lifespan of your tire, as can road conditions.  If frost heaves mean anything to you, you know they can affect your tire’s lifespan.  Potholes, uneven terrain, etc can all shorten your tire’s lifespan. If you live in an area with a fairly mild climate, you may not need as high of a temperature rating as someone who lives in more extreme climates.

Traction- the faster you drive, the higher you should probably look for a traction rating on your tires.  This is a big one, because it’s how your tires perform when trying to stop on wet pavement. Most vehicles may not need the highest traction rating, simply because we won’t ever be driving as fast as say, a high performance race car.  Spend some time researching tires BEFORE you need them so you don’t end up buying something you maybe don’t need.

What’s the difference between tire types? Is there a grading system?

Uniform Tire Quality Grading (UTQG): printed on the sidewall, a tire’s UTQG consists of three factors and is assigned by the tire manufacturer. UTQG is listed as follows: Treadwear XXX Traction X Temperature X. These ratings can be compared within the same brand but not across brands.

Treadwear: the numeric portion of the UTQG, the tread wear grade is a comparative rating based on the wear rate of the tire when tested under controlled conditions on a specified government test track.

Tread wear grades are not a guarantee of actual tire mileage as factors such as driving habits, climate and road characteristics impact tire longevity.

Traction: traction grades range from AA – C, with AA being the highest and C being the lowest. These grades represent the tire’s ability to stop on wet pavement as measured under controlled conditions on specified government test surfaces of asphalt and concrete.

Temperature: temperature grades range from A – C with A being the highest and C being the lowest. These grades represent the tire’s resistance to the generation of heat at speed.

 

How do I take care of my tires on a day to day basis?

Look at your tires.  Pay attention to them.  Be familiar with how they SHOULD look, so that anomalies will be apparent quickly. (This is my first goal for tire maintenance in my own life. I’m guilty, guilty guilty of not paying attention to my tires).

Maintain proper tire pressure (Look on the inside of the driver’s door of your vehicle.  NOT on your tires!!). Low presure (or too high pressure) can impact the lifespan of your tire and the performance.

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Rotate your tires regularly (Sears recommends every 5000-8000 miles) We usually rotate when we get an alignment, which we do about every 6 months if needed. Check the alignment and have your vehicle realigned as needed.

Replace– Tires typically are made to last 3-5 years.  They do have a ‘birth’ date on them.

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So here’s a question for you- how often do you pay attention to YOUR tires?

 

Thanks to Sears for inviting me to be part of the Sears Auto Center Road Warriors Program and for sponsoring today’s post.  Opinions are my own. 

 

Make your own cookie butter (Free printable gift tag)

A few years ago a friend heard me mention heading to Trader Joe’s.  If they have Cookie Butter, get me 2.  Maybe 3, she said.

I was all “What is cookie butter??”

and then she told me.  I knew that I would need to try this cookie butter, and I knew I’d probably 1. love it and 2. be really thankful the closest TJ’s is a good solid 35 -40 minutes from home.

I was right, on both counts. But it’s almost holiday time, and it’s always nice to make gifts to give, and I’ve always wanted to do some kind of Copycat Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter and figured hey! Now’s the time. So… if you are like me and don’t live near a TJ’s, or really just like to make things at home… get ready.  And then get excited. I give you….

Vanilla Cookie Butter 

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Ingredients

2 C. Nilla Wafer cookie crumbs
½ stick butter, melted
½ C. sweetened condensed milk
¼ C. evaporated milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
water as needed

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Directions 

#1. To get the Nilla wafers to crumb form, I used my food processor. I added the entire package of Nilla Wafers and turned it on pulverizing them.

#2. For this step you can either continue to use the food processor or simply mix by hand; add in the melted butter, sweetened condensed milk, the evaporated milk  and vanilla. Mix well and add a little bit of water as needed.

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#3. Keep in the fridge when not using and feel free to ad a little bit of water to the cookie butter as needed when you use it.

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#4. If giving as a gift simply print the gift tag and write the directions on the back for using. (Clicking the image will bring you to a PDF file you can download as well)

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Keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

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Ingredients
  • 2 C. Nilla Wafer cookie crumbs
  • ½ stick butter, melted
  • ½ C. sweetened condensed milk
  • ¼ C. evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • water as needed
Instructions
  1. #1. To get the Nilla wafers to crumb form, I used my food processor. I added the entire package of Nilla Wafers and turned it on pulverizing them.
  2. #2. For this step you can either continue to use the food processor or simply mix by hand; add in the melted butter, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and vanilla. Mix well and add a little bit of water as needed.
  3. #3. Keep in the fridge when not using and feel free to ad a little bit of water to the cookie butter as needed when you use it.

#ChocolateHistory #TwitterParty 11/11

Ready to party? I am.  What’s the occasion?  Well, some of my favorite chocolates are going to be available for purchase where some of my other favorite chocolates are available for purchase.  What’s better than CHOCOLATE?

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Seriously, though.  Remember when I went to G Dub’s House? (Mount Vernon) or when Racquel went to Old Salem and Monticello?  Well, we’re so enamored with American Heritage Chocolate  and we KNOW you are too…

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so naturally, when we heard that American Heritage™American Heritage™ Chocolate will have a retail presence at M&M’S World® in Times Square, we got excited.  When we heard we were invited to GO there, we were giddy. When we were asked to host the Twitter Party, well, there was squealing. And whooping.  Because, chocolate.

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American Heritage™ Chocolate is the perfect baking chocolate and unique gifting option for the upcoming holiday season. It’s got the sweet, but it’s got a little spice, and it’s interchangeable with any chocolate called for in a recipe. It’s versatile and it’s historic- it’s what our ancestors enjoyed back in the day.

So the details, about the party?

 

Who: YOU! and all of your friends (at least the ones who are on Twitter)

What: Party, party party….

Where: Twitter.  #ChocolateHistory 

Why? Well, CHOCOLATE.  and prizes. Plus, it’s part of our history.  Chocolate is universal, friends. AND now you can get all historic right in Times Square.

When: 9-10 pm EST 11/11

Hosts: @choc_history and @brettbmartin

Panelists: @ellenblogs, @dawnchats, @amomstake @bobbiesblogs@momof2monkeys

Prizes:  (Be sure to RSVP below, because you have to RSVP and participate to be eligible for prizes!!)

Can’t wait for the party?  Check out American Heritage Chocolate on Facebook and Pinterest for some fabulous recipes (and find out where they’ll be on location next). Oh, and of course, buy it NOW!

 

 

 

I will be compensated for hosting the Twitter Party.  Opinions are my own.  Calories consumed are your own. :)

Slow Cooker Apple Crisp

Apple crisp is one of my favorite desserts. I love it.  It makes the house smell amazing and just tastes so yummy.  Now, throwing the crisp ingrediens in the crockpot/slow cooker?  That gives you hours of aroma to enjoy plus a delicious dessert when it’s all said and done.

Crockpot Apple Crisp 

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Ingredients

4-5 C. apples, peeled and sliced

1 C. oats

1 ½ C. flour

1 C. brown sugar

¼ C. sugar

3-4 tsp. cinnamon

½ C. butter, melted

Directions 

#1. Spray your crockpot with non-stick cooking spray or line it with crockpot liners.

#2. Pour the peeled and sliced apples into the crockpot.

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#3. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, sugar and melted butter.

Mix well – the mixture will be crumbly and chunky – that is how you want it.

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#4. Pour the mixture evenly over the top of the apples in the crockpot.

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#5. Turn the crockpot on low and cook for 3-4 hours – I suggest checking them around 3 hours. Mine were done at about 3 hours and I actually would have turned it off a little bit sooner if I would have checked earlier.

*I do not suggest cooking on high as you do not want the sides to burn.

**Makes approximately 6 servings.

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  • Crockpot Apple Crisp -
  • 4-5 C. apples, peeled and sliced
  • 1 C. oats
  • 1 ½ C. flour
  • 1 C. brown sugar
  • ¼ C. sugar
  • 3-4 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ C. butter, melted
Instructions
  1. #1. Spray your crockpot with non-stick cooking spray or line it with crockpot liners.
  2. #2. Pour the peeled and sliced apples into the crockpot.
  3. #3. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, sugar and melted butter.
  4. Mix well – the mixture will be crumbly and chunky – that is how you want it.
  5. #4. Pour the mixture evenly over the top of the apples in the crockpot.
  6. #5. Turn the crockpot on low and cook for 3-4 hours – I suggest checking them around 3 hours. Mine were done at about 3 hours and I actually would have turned it off a little bit sooner if I would have checked earlier.
  7. *I do not suggest cooking on high as you do not want the sides to burn.
  8. **Makes approximately 6 servings.

{easy} Slow Cooker Chicken Breast Recipe

I love using my crock pot.  Slow cooker.  Whatever you want to call it…. it makes things a lot simpler for me, especially with busy schedules like ours. This slow cooker chicken breast recipe is easy and so delicious! Plus, this kind of chicken lends itself well to leftover dishes… which means cooking once and eating twice. My favorite kind of cooking!

{easy} Slow Cooker Chicken 

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Ingredients

2-3 large bone-in or boneless chicken breasts, either work fine

2 tbs olive oil

seasoning of your choice (I used blackening, we like to keep it simple)

salt & pepper to taste

2 tsp. dried parsley

2 C. water

*2 chicken bouillon cubes

**You could also substitute 2 cups of chicken stock.

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Directions –

#1. Turn the slow cooker on low and place the chicken breasts in the bottom. Drizzle the 2 tbs. of olive oil over the breasts (I like to rub it in using my fingers) and then season the chicken to your liking.

#2. Add the water and bouillon cubes (or chicken broth).

#3. Cover and cook on low 5-6 hours or until cooked through. My crockpot took about 5 hours and I had to turn it on low. The chicken was super juicy and very flavorful.

#4. Serve with a side of your choice.

*Makes approximately 4-5 servings

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Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Breast Recipe
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2-3 large bone-in or boneless chicken breasts, either work fine
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • seasoning of your choice (I used blackening, we like to keep it simple)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp. dried parsley
  • 2 C. water
  • *2 chicken bouillon cubes
  • **You could also substitute 2 cups of chicken stock.
Instructions
  1. #1. Turn the slow cooker on low and place the chicken breasts in the bottom. Drizzle the 2 tbs. of olive oil over the breasts (I like to rub it in using my fingers) and then season the chicken to your liking.
  2. #2. Add the water and bouillon cubes (or chicken broth).
  3. #3. Cover and cook on low 5-6 hours or until cooked through. My crockpot took about 5 hours and I had to turn it on low. The chicken was super juicy and very flavorful.
  4. #4. Serve with a side of your choice.
  5. *Makes approximately 4-5 servings