Food Friday – Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

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You and your family are going to love these delicious treats! These cinnamon roll cakes are to die for and not hard to make.

Here’s what you need:

Pancakes – We just used our favorite mix, but we are adding a homemade recipe for you here.

1 egg, beaten
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Cinnamon Swirl
1/4 cup +2tbs brown sugar
4 tbs. or 1/2 stick butter
1/2 tbs. cinnamon
Cream Cheese Glaze – Again you can buy a ready made cream cheese frosting, icing or glaze at the store. Here is a home made recipe
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
2-ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Here is what you do:
 
Pancakes
1. In a large bowl mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center and pour in milk, eggs, and oil. Mix until smooth
2. Heat a large skillet to 350 degrees or medium/high. Use a scoop or small measuring cup to spoon out batter. Pour in heated skillet to make desired size pancakes (aprox 5 in.). Wait until packs start to bubble. Use cinnamon mix and swirl on pancake. Cook another min and flip. Cook another 1-3 minutes. Place on plate to cool.
 
Cinnamon Swirl
1. Warm butter, brown sugar and cinnamon in pan or microwave.  Do not over cook. Stir until ingredient are smooth.
2. Place in zip lock baggie. When ready to use, cut tip of baggie off. do not cut off too much.
3. Use cut end to swirl cinnamon mixture into pancake.
Cream Cheese Glaze
1. Use spoon to drizzle glaze/frosting over stack of pancakes.
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Tip Tuesday – No Mess Pomegranates

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We love pomegranates! Who doesn’t, but what a mess to seed. Lately the pre-seeded seem like the was to go, but the price triples. Well we have a little trick for you. Just cut your pom in half and let it soak in a bowl of water for about 10 mins. Make sure that the pom is fully submerged. The seeds will loosen and be easy to scoop out.

Add your pomegranate seeds to salads, smoothies or just as a snack.

 

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Telemarketers Be Gone!

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Are you sick of telemarketers calling your home phone or even your cell phone? We are! Even asking politely to be removed from their lists, they still keep calling. Did you know that the government has a free, safe way to stop these calls? It’s simple and only takes about a minute. Head to the National Do Not Call Registry and follow the steps. There are only 2.

1. Enter your phone number and email

2. Go to your email and confirm your registry

Done!

This service does take some time to kick in. In the mean time we found this other handy website that will give you instructions on how to block a phone number.  Check out this Wiki How for detailed instructions.

Enjoy dinner without the pesky calls

 

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Food Friday – Coolest Site Ever!

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Do you have dinner planned? No! No problem. This site will help you plan dinner without a trip to the grocery store. This has to be the coolest site ever. Just click on the items you have in your fridge or pantry and My Fridge Food will whip up entree’s, sides, breads and more.  Use the filters to focus on entree’s, deserts etc.. No more last minute trips to the store. Just use what you have on hand and get cooking!

We hope this helps the next time you get in a pinch.

 

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Thrifty Thursday: New Spring Wreath

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Have an old door wreath hanging around the basement? For a simple and cheap tip, take that plain Christmas wreath and jazz it up with the upcoming season or holiday.  We added a bird nest, a few eggs and a cute, chevron burlap ribbon to brighten this wreath for a Spring Flare.  Since we want to be able to change out the decor for the upcoming holidays, we used fishing line to hold the nest in place and just tucked the ribbon into the branches of the wreath for easy removal

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Tip Tuesday: How clean is your vacuum?

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Every thought about cleaning your vacuum?  Well, if you have a Dyson, then you know it is recommended to do a 6 month filter cleanup.  We found a great site from Ask Anna that told us just where to get started.  We took her post a step further to make sure that roller could be removed on this ole Animal Dyson so the scissors came in handy to cut away all fibers and hair entwined in the brushes.  That clump of carpet/string in the picture on the bottom right is what we were able to cut away from our roller!

Happy Cleaning!!

 

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Monday’s are Fun – (kind of)

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Monday’s are by far the least favorite day of the week. People deed Monday’s. We have to assume that is mostly due to having to go back to work after a weekend of fun and relaxation. If you are suffering from a case of the Monday blues, here are a few positives about Monday’s that might cheer you up!

1. Fresh Start – A great way to start a new week is with a new goal. Perhaps is a new diet, exercise routine or just a motivational kickstart to being more productive.

2. You get to see your work friends – We might not love everyone we work with, but we all have work friends. Mondays are a great time to gab about your weekend and catch up.

3. Monday Night Football  - Nuff said

4. Great night for DVR – Sunday’s and Monday’s are some of the best TV days. If your weekend was fulfilled and you missed your favorite program, Monday nights are a great night to have a DVR marathon!

5. Holidays – Lots of Holidays fall on Monday’s.  Today isn’t one of them, but maybe next time you read this it will be!

6. Traffic – Statistically speaking, Monday’s actually have less traffic than other days of the week. Morning commuters take Mondays off, go in late, are sick, etc… so the traffic pattern changes and traffic is lighter on this day!

7. No kids today – We all love our children, but GO TO SCHOOL ALREADY! Their weekend sleepovers and the “I’m bored” comments are gone today….yes!

8. Surfing the web – We know that this is probably not what your boss has in mind on his “productivity chart”, but come on. It’s Monday, you’re in front of a computer and you want to see all the funny posts, pictures and articles you missed over the weekend. It’s our saving grace today.

9. No rain on Monday’s – Okay maybe it will rain on a Monday, but history shows that Monday is the least rainy day. They aren’t sure why. Some claim the pollution rate over the weekend, but we say it’s just an added bonus for a typically poopy day.

10. Monday Coffee – It’s like no other. It saves lives!

 

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Food Friday – Understanding Food Labels

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Reading food labels is easy right? We think we are making healthy choices by buying “low” this, or “free of” that, but are they always the best choice? Some food companies know that we aren’t quite sure what these mean and will label their food to make us feel good about buying their product. Today’s blog is all about these labels. It’s time we learn what these labels mean and make educated choices.

 

1. All Natural
USDA recognized claim for products that are minimally processed and contain no artificial ingredients, including but not limited to artificial colors or flavors. The label must explain the use of the term “natural,” such as, “No added colorings or artificial ingredients.” No third-party certifier exists, but producers must be able to show evidence that their product meets the claim.

2. Biodynamic
Products are certified by third party as grown using biodynamic principals. www.demeter-usa.org

3. Cage Free
“Cage Free” is generally applied to egg cartons; chickens are not kept in a cage, but they don’t necessarily have access to the outdoors. No third-party certifier exists, but producers must be able to show evidence that their birds are not caged.

4. Certified Humane
Meat sold under this label must come from animals must be treated in a humane manner. Under the program, growth hormones are prohibited and animals are raised on a diet without antibiotics, but antibiotics can be used in the treatment of sick animals. www.certifiedhumane.org

5. Fair Trade
The Fair Trade label is primarily applied to imported agricultural products that meet strict labor and sustainability standards. Certification ensures that farmers and workers are fairly compensated for their products. www.fairtradeusa.org

6. Forest Stewardship Council
The Forest Stewardship Council is a third-party-certified sustainable-forestry program. Certification ensures forests are being managed to the highest environmental and social standards according to 10 FSC principles. www.fscus.org

7. Free Range
Generally applied to egg cartons and chicken products, the “Free Range” label indicates that birds have some access to the outdoors but it doesn’t necessarily mean that they have access to pasture. No third-party certifier exists, but producers must be able to show evidence that their birds are allowed access to the outdoors.

8. Fresh Poultry
The term “fresh” on the labeling of raw poultry products means that the carcass has never been frozen or reduced to an internal temperature below 26 degrees F. No third-party certifier exists, but producers must be able to show evidence that their birds are sold fresh.

9. Grassfed
Producers using a grassfed label will need to meet third-party certification standards as governed by the USDA. However, the American Grassfed Association’s (www.americangrassfed.org) American Grassfed label applies even stricter requirements, including that animals must have regular access to pasture appropriate to the species. Under the USDA-approved label, animals can be fed silage.

10. Heart Check Symbol
The Heart Check Symbol is a label made and certified by the American Heart Association; producers who meet AHA guidelines and participate in their certification program may use the heart-check symbol on their labels.

11. Kosher
Products may only be labeled as kosher if prepared under Rabbinical supervision. No third-party certifier exists, but producers must be able to show evidence that their products meet the Kosher rule.

12. Leaping Bunny
The Leaping Bunny label is used on cosmetics to indicate that products were not tested on animals. This label is granted by the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics. www.leapingbunny.org

13. Local or State Identifiers
Many states allow producers to apply for the right to label their products with a local or state-grown label. Contact your state’s department of agriculture to learn about such programs in your area.

14. Predator Friendly
Producers who are certified as Predator Friendly have made a commitment not to allow any lethal control (shooting, trapping, poisoning) to protect their sheep and cattle from native predators.www.predatorfriendly.com

15. Salmon Safe
Certified products from Salmon-Safe, a nonprofit in the Pacific Northwest recognizing fish-friendly farms and products that keep salmon running the rivers, mean the farm or facilities used to process the product use practices that protect water quality and restore habitat. www.salmonsafe.org

16. USDA Organic
All products now labeled as organic must meet USDA requirements and be certified by one of the third-party certifying organizations around the country. www.ams.usda.gov/nop

 

For more information on how to read labels, visit the FDA.

Happy Shopping!

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