Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Baking Breakfast with Pure Via

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Breakfast in our house, is in fact, the most important meal of the day! My boys could eat breakfast foods all day long. That's why I love to make them fresh, home-baked goodies as often as I can. But, sometimes these delicious breakfast foods are not always the healthiest options. When I found the all natural Pure Via® sweetener that is a great alternative to sugar, I knew that this would be perfect to keep all those sweet breakfast treats healthy for my little guys.

One my boys favorite things to eat for breakfast, snack, dessert, or just because is homemade blueberry muffins. I am always searching for a great blueberry muffin recipe. But, I always have a go-to recipe that is always a perfect treat. It's not my original recipe, but I always try to make it my own and always add extra love when making them. This time, I headed to my local Wal-Mart and picked up Pure Via® Non-GMO, All Natural, Zero Calorie 40 Ct. packets Sweetener to bake some delicious goodies for my boys. Plus, I was able to use this $.55 off coupon, while supplies last, for an added savings.


I gathered all the fresh ingredients and got right to baking. I am not a cook and but I do love to bake! Especially when it's for my boys. They love when I bake too.




We substituted with Pure Via® Sweetener to make our Blueberry Muffins a healthier option.



Nana's Blueberry Muffins Recipe: 

Ingredients


  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • *1 1/4 cups & 2 teaspoons sugar, divided*
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 1/2 cups fresh blueberries

*Please note: We substituted with Pure Via® Non-GMO, All Natural Sweetener. 

Preparation
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper liners and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and 1 1/4 cups sugar* until fluffy and pale in color.
  • Add in eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture alternating with the milk until well incorporated and being careful not to over mix.
  • Gently fold in the fresh blueberries.
  • Scoop batter into the paper lined muffin tin and sprinkle the tops with the remaining 2 teaspoons sugar*.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until puffy and golden brown.
*Please note: We substituted with Pure Via® Non-GMO, All Natural Sweetener.
Recipe adapted from Paula Deen.

So, we just can't have blueberry muffins alone!! So, another favorite is this super moist and delicious Lemon Blueberry Bread Loaf. It's perfect in the mornings with a cup of coffee, a mid-afternoon treat, or even an after dinner dessert. My boys love when I make it and it never last long.



Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup white sugar*
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

*Please note: We substituted with Pure Via® Non-GMO, All Natural Sweetener.
Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • Butter an 8x4 inch loaf pan, line the bottom and two sides of the pan with the parchment paper, as shown in the photo.
  • In a mixing bowl, beat together butter, 1 cup sugar*, lemon juice and eggs.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt; stir into egg mixture alternately with milk.
  • In the same bowl where you combined flour, add blueberries and toss them in 2 tablespoons of flour. This will help prevent blueberries from sinking.
  • Fold in lemon zest, and blueberries into the batter. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  • Bake in preheated oven for about 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Cool bread in pan for 40 minutes on a wire rack.
*Please note: We substituted with Pure Via® Non-GMO, All Natural Sweetener.
Recipe adapted from All Recipes via Julia's Album.



Everything came out fantastic and I love that my boys are eating something that they love and I don't have to worry about what they are eating. Pure Via® is all natural, non-GMO, artificial sweetener made from the sweet extract of the stevia plant leaf.

Save $.55 on ONE Pure Via® Non-GMO, All Natural, Zero Calorie 40CT Packets, while supplies last. Get your coupon HERE.
Also, you can take advantage of a FREE song and cookbook.songbook download from Jewel.

Check out Pure Via® on Facebook and Twitter.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

30+ People You Should Be Following on Pinterest & Cash Giveaway!

Are you obsessed with Pinterest??? Who isn't!!! I can't seem to stop searching for great ideas from awesome bloggers and businesses. Well here are 30+ people that you should be following on Pinterest. They have gathered together to bring you an awesome giveaway, worth $300! I am excited to be apart of this fabulous group of amazing people!! Check out these fab people and enter below to win.

We couldn't have held this giveaway without an amazing group of bloggers and small businesses who love Pinterest as much as we do! They include: Spaceships and Laser Beams, Soiree Event DesignAnders RuffSnapSmart Party PlanningI Will InvitationsJellyfish PrintsLauren Haddox DesignDimplePrintsOne Busy MommyMimi's Dollhouse, Designed by Dawn NicoleTried & TrueThe Flair ExchangeThree Little Monkeys StudioCelebration Lane, Hello My Sweetpaper & cakeCreative JuiceA Cup Full of SassNot Just A MommyFrog Prince PaperieCreative Designs by ToniFantabulosity, Recently HeardCozy CoutureA-Manda CreationFrench PemberleyParty PatisseriePSA Stamp CampLive the Fancy LifeBe Envied EntertainingUR invited and We Heart Parties.
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Eligibility and Rules: This giveaway runs from October 13, 2014 at 11:59PM ET - November 12, 2014 at 11:59PM ET. It is open to individuals over the age of the majority in their home country. The winner will be chosen randomly through the Rafflecopter form. It is the sole responsibility of the winner to report to and adhere to all laws in their respective country, which includes payments to any governing tax body. This giveaway is void in any country or territory where it is prohibited by law.
Claiming Prize: The prize will be sent via PayPal. The winner must have a PayPal account to receive it. The winner also must claim their prize within 48 hours of receiving notice via email. If you do not claim your prize within this time frame, your entry will be void and another winner will be drawn. Please ensure that  spaceshipsandlaserbeams [at] gmail [dot] com is on your "safe list."
Disclosure: This is a blogger-sponsored event that is in no way affiliated with Pinterest or any other social media channel. If you have questions, email Stephanie at Spaceships and Laser Beams at spaceshipsandlaserbeams [at] gmail [dot] com.
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Monday, September 29, 2014

Celebrating National Coffee Day with Eight O'Clock Coffee and Friends

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It;s National Coffee Day! Yes, it's a real day. Eight O'Clock Coffee is celebrating National Coffee Day! Eight O'Clock Coffee is America's original gourmet coffee brewed with passion for over 150 years. They use only 100% Arabica beans from the world's best coffee origins and blended and packaged in Landover, Maryland. They offer 14 varieties and blends ranging from light to dark roasts in whole bean or grounded form. 


Not only is Eight O'Clock Coffee celebrating National Coffee Day, they have also partnered with Warner Bros. to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Friends premiere!! EEK!!! 20 years! Just does not seem like it has been 20 years. I loved watching Friends, still watch reruns, and am a complete Friends fanatic. To celebrate this amazing feat, Eight O'Clock Coffee created this first-ever Central Perk Roast - a limited edition blend inspired by the beloved coffee shop that served as a backdrop to so many moments on the show including the one time that Chandler and Joey were forced off their signature couch buy bullies and had to resort to make mediocre coffee at home. 


Friends fans can bring home a taste of Central Perk with this Limited Edition Eight O'Clock Central Perk Roast. It is a medium coffee house roast blend and available at grocery and mass merchandise stores nationwide and as well as available online for approximately $6.99. 

As if this wasn't enough, Friends fans are being treated to a pop-up replica of Central Perk located in Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood at 199 Lafayette Street (corner of Broom St.). This pop-up Central Perk shop will serve FREE cups of Eight O'Clock Coffee and feature authentic memorabilia including the iconic orange couch and improv musical acts. The pop-up shop will be open to the public September 17 thru October 18. On September 29, Eight O'Clock Coffee with be celebrating Friends and National Coffee Day with fun activities and giveaways at the Central Perk pop-up Shop. 


If you can't make it to New York, like me, fans from across the country can still join in on the National Coffee Day Celebration by heading to the Eight O'Clock Coffee's Facebook page for a chance to win prizes and a trip to LA to visit the Warner Brothers studios.

  • Right now you can Save $3.00 when you purchase ONE Eight O'Clock Coffee Bag (11oz or larger) AND ONE complete season of Friends on DVD.
  • Purchase any THREE bags of Eight O'Clock Coffee and you can receive a FREE special Limited Edition Eight O'Clock Coffee Central Perk Mug. 

I had the great pleasure of trying out the new Central Perk Roast from Eight O'Clock Coffee and could not have been more excited! I love coffee and I love Friends even more. If that is even possible! I am a very loyal coffee brand drinker. When I find one I love, I stick to it and will not vary. However, after tasting this Limited Edition Central Perk Roast, I think I have found a new favorite. Its the perfect blend and flavor and even smells amazing. I am already looking forward to my next cup of coffee in the morning. With the cooler weather hitting us now that fall is here, its the perfect time to sit outside and enjoy the crisp cool morning air while enjoying a nice, hot cup of Eight O'Clock Central Perk Coffee. 

How do you like to enjoy your coffee? In the mornings, evenings? With friends around the table or strolling through the park?? No matter how or when you drink your coffee, be sure to try out Eight O'Clock Coffee and their new Limited Edition Central Perk Blend. 

Be sure to check out Eight O'Clock Coffee on Facebook and Twitter.



Monday, September 15, 2014

Getting Ready for Gameday with Tyson and Wet-Nap

“This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® Tyson and Wet-Nap®, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia  #wingsandwipes http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

It's September and that means fall is almost here. Crisp cool air, the leaves start changing, and football. Of course being from the south, Texas to be exact, football is part of our culture. It's practically in our bloodline. Every Sunday we gather around the table and enjoy good food, fun laughs, and cheer on our favorite teams. Well, every Thursday night and Monday night to be exact. But, since the boys have school and go to bed rather early, Sunday is our day for family, football, and lots of food.


Food plays a major role in our football family time. My growing boys can eat all day long and believe me they do! So it's important to have things that are not only good tasting but good for them as well. I don't want them snacking on chips and cookies all day long. So, while planning out our Sunday Fun-day menu, we headed to our local Wal-Mart and knew that Tyson Any'Tizers wings were perfect for our family. My boys cannot get enough of them and they are something we can throw in the oven at any time. 








I also made a homemade Cilantro Lime Ranch dip to go along with our Tyson Any-Tizers Hot Wings. It was my first time making it and was a perfect pair with our wings! Check out the recipe below. It was not my original recipe, I found it online but it came out super great. 

Of course, all this yummy food and excitement can get a little out of hand and messy. So, when have foods that we eat with our hands, we always have Wet-Nap on hand. Because we all know messy little hands will go everywhere and touch everything!!!! Not to mention the "grown up kids" too. Sometimes my husband is even more messier then the boys are. Plus, I was able to use this coupon to get $.55 off any Wet-Nap product, while supplies last. Talk about a great deal! 







Cilantro Lime Ranch Dip
Ingredients:
¾ cup mayo
¾ cup Greek yogurt
2 TBS lime juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/3 cup milk
1/3 cup cilantro,  chopped
2 tablespoons fresh chives, roughly chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, miced
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper

Directions:
Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and bend until smooth and creamy. Leftovers can be kept in air tight container for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator. 



Don't delay! Check out Tyson Any-Tizers Hot Wings on Twitter and Facebook.
Check out more about Wet-Nap Products on their Facebook, and Pinterest pages.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Our Big Boy Room Update

My sweet little boy headed off to kindergarten today and it just breaks my heart. I am super excited for him to be going off on to this great new adventure but, I miss him terribly. When he turned five this past February I wanted to give him a more "grown up" bedroom. But, still keeping it young and fun and full of puppies! So, we got right to work on updating his room. I love his quilt, he has had it for a few years now, it is the Madras quilt from Pottery Barn Kids and I wanted to keep the colors to focus on that and was the inspiration for the room.


In May I posted the beginning of his new big boy room update. Here are a few pics just in case you forgot.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

1st Annual Back to School Pancake Breakfast

Can you believe the summer is already over?!?! Well, it is for us and the boys head back to school tomorrow morning!! EEK!! This summer just flew by. It is such a bittersweet moment to have my sweet baby starting kindergarten. I am so sad to see him grow up but so excited to have him embark on this new adventure. To celebrate both boys heading off to school, I decided to give them a great big Back-to-School Pancake Breakfast. 


I combined their favorite breakfast foods, pancakes and fruit, with this great Back-to-School School Bus printable collection from the talented Jennifer at BellaGreyDesigns.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Summer Blast $1000 Cash Giveaway

All that summer fun leave your wallet empty? Want to experience one last summer fun excursion? Imagine what fun you could have with an extra $1000 in your hand!! Go on a weekend getaway, a fun family get together, or an awesome shopping spree. Check below for more information on how to enter to win this fabulous prize!


A giveaway like this would not be possible without the support of many bloggers and small businesses. They include Spaceships and Laser BeamsFantabulosity, Anders RuffCreative Juice CafeA Cup Full of SassCourtney's SweetsBarefootinBluejeansCreative Designs by ToniForever Your PrintsThe Organized Details, Mommy MomentBellaArtista InvitationsSomething Blu EventsFor the Love of FoodDesigned by Dawn NicoleDime Party DivaLife Mom WifeDebbie Donato, Party ConnoisseurJ'adore Lexie CoutureThe Lovebug CollectionMerry About TownTutus & Bowties EventsMaple Leaf MommyLifeovereasyNinja MommersA Mother ThingGreatStitchDownshiftingPROMarabousPlease Excuse My Craftermath...Printable Parties to GoJellyfish PrintsCaseyPalmer.com and Fitness Fashionista. And that's not all! For a full list of those who have participated in this giveaway, check out the Rafflecopter below!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Getting Crafty for Back to School

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Back to school is literally right around the corner and that means we are busy getting ready to send the boys off to kindergarten and to second grade. We have kindergarten orientation and meet the teacher night coming up in just in a few short days! EEK!! We love to shower our teachers with praise and gifts and to celebrate the start of the new year, we always bring something special when we meet the teacher for the first time. 
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