Taking Time for Mommy http://takingtimeformommy.com Fun for Moms Thu, 05 May 2016 00:45:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 7 Ways to Use Raspberries http://takingtimeformommy.com/7-ways-to-use-raspberries/ http://takingtimeformommy.com/7-ways-to-use-raspberries/#comments Thu, 05 May 2016 00:36:40 +0000 http://takingtimeformommy.com/?p=17436 While strawberries tend to get the most berry attention, I think that raspberries are really where it’s at. Sweet and tart, delicate raspberries Read more...

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7 Ways to Use RaspberriesWhile strawberries tend to get the most berry attention, I think that raspberries are really where it’s at. Sweet and tart, delicate raspberries are what my kids and I reach for time and time again when we head to the store. It’s not just that they’re the perfect finger food on their own — raspberries are wonderful when added to so many dishes and bring out the natural flavors of whatever they’re paired with.

Raspberries come in a variety of colors, but you typically only see the American red raspberry in stores. (Snap up those yellow raspberries when you can!) Berries do not ripen after being picked, so look for berries that are vibrant in color and have firm drupelets — the little pods that make up a raspberry. Be sure to turn the box over and check for signs of juice or crushed berries.

Pineapple Raspberry Freeze

Pineapple Raspberry Freeze Recipe

If you’re going to eat the raspberries the same day, you can leave them out on the counter. They will last in the refrigerator for a few days, but if you don’t plan to eat them for longer than that, be sure to freeze them to avoid spoilage. Wash berries only just before eating, and store them in a single layer to avoid crushing the delicate fruit.

Now, if you can make your raspberries last longer than the 15 minutes it takes my kids to eat an entire package, try out these recipes!

Pork Medallions with Raspberry Sauce

Pork Medallions with Raspberry Sauce Recipe

Pork and raspberries work well together, especially when combined with white wine and mustard for a tangy sauce.

Sparkling Spiced Raspberry Cocktail

Sparkling Spiced Raspberry Cocktail Recipe

These cocktails feature warming spices that don’t need to be confined to colder months. Use sparkling water for mocktails!

Raspberry-Walnut Salad with Mt. Tam Cheese

Raspberry-Walnut Salad with Mt. Tam Cheese Recipe

Creamy, flavorful cheese is a wonderful addition to this salad that features a double dose of raspberries in the dressing and on top.

Raspberry Vegan Cheesecake Bites

Raspberry Vegan Cheesecake Bites Recipe

These cheesecake bites are ideal for a party. You can also slice and freeze individual servings to keep on hand for dessert any night of the week.

Raspberry-Almond Crumble

Raspberry-Almond Crumble Recipe

Crumble is one of the easiest desserts to make, and this version is no exception. Almonds are the perfect accompaniment for maple-sweetened raspberries.

For even more inspiration, try swapping in raspberries in any of these favorite strawberry recipes.

Raspberry Nice Cream | Special Diet Recipes l Whole Foods Market How To Video

 

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If you haven’t visited Funslurp.com, you are missing out. They have quirky, usual and down right funny gifts, items and gear. FunSlurp is dedicated to scouring the universe – yes, we’re that thorough – for the most unique and memorable products on earth. You’ll find items that will have you rolling with laughter, blush with embarrassment and make your mouth water.

My Crafty Life and FunSlurp partnered together to Celebrate Moms in May with this adorable wine themed prize pack. What mom doesn’t need wine accessories?

1 winner will receive:

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Pink Vino2Go Cup

No more worries about broken glass or pests landing in your drink!

Plus, the insulated design of the Vino2Go Pink Wine Tumbler and fun sippy lid keep your wine chilled longer.

 

salad-is-wine-socks-1My Favorite Salad Is Wine Socks

My Favorite Salad is Wine Socks are a cheeky, fun gift for all the ladies who look forward to a relaxing evening with a nice vintage “salad.” They’ll love the hilarious message and abstract art on these cozy socks every time they slip them on.

 

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The stopper has the look of a banana, but the hard plastic ensures it won’t be going rotten anytime soon. Keep your drinks safe and full of fizz with the Top Banana Bottle Stopper. It’s the perfect gift for a wine connoisseur or monkey with fine taste in beverages.

 

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The working corkscrew looks just like a tulip and even rests in its own “pot.” It’s a cute and interesting way to open up your favorite bottle of wine. Everyone will be talking about this unique corkscrew at your garden party, and you’ll be the envy of the flower set.

 

Giveaway ends May 15th, 2016 at 11:59 pm CST. 18+ may enter, Continental US only please.

Funslurp Wine Prize Pack

 

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May the Fourth be With 23 Fan Favorite Star Wars Recipes http://takingtimeformommy.com/may-fourth-food-roundup/ http://takingtimeformommy.com/may-fourth-food-roundup/#comments Wed, 04 May 2016 02:14:56 +0000 http://takingtimeformommy.com/?p=17429

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It’s always fun to celebrate smaller holidays, making what would otherwise be a ‘normal’ day, exciting. Well, May the Fourth is just that kinda day for Star Wars fans! Break out the DVDs, all the Star Wars Legos in the house, and anything that’s got Luke, Leia, or BB-8 on it. A great way to celebrate is by adding some festive designs to the food you serve the family on May 4th. Give everything a touch of Star Wars!

How about some homemade and healthy fruit snacks in the shapes of Star Wars characters? Serve some BB-8 punch along with a BB-8 quesadilla. There’s a Stormtrooper bento box that’s sure to please, and is definitely noticeable that you’ve put the extra time in to make it special. Even mom and dad can relax in the evening with a deep red Kylo Ren cocktail. All the sweets and treats on this list will ensure that you’re the coolest parent in this galaxy! How do you and your family plan on celebrating May the Fourth?

Bakingdom – Star Wars Push Up Pops

Natural Beach Living – Healthy Homemade Star Wars Fruit Snacks

Twin Dragonfly Designs – Angry Bird Star Wars Cupcake Toppers

Midget Momma – Storm Trooper Raspberry Coconut Cocktail

Totally the Bomb – BB-8 Quesadillas

Two Sisters Crafting – Star Wars Popcorn

Sugar Swings – Yoda Bundt Cake

A Mom’s Take – Lightsaber Cookies

Arts Crackers – Chewbacca Cupcakes

The Joys of Boys – BB-8 Punch

Mom Endeavors – Star Wars Rice Krispies Treats

Mom’s Messy Miracles – Rock Candy Lightsabers

Nerdy Mamma – Star Wars Puppy Chow

Staying Close to Home – Star Wars Popcorn Snack Mix

Lunchbox Dad – Stormtrooper Bento

Redhead Baby Mama – Kylo Ren Cocktail

Your Modern Family – Star Wars Good Guys Mickey Mouse Cookies

One Crazy House – Lightsaber Pretzels

Totally the Bomb – Wookie Granola Bars

Yummy Crumble – Wampa Cake

Thinking Outside the Sandbox – R2D2 Edible Cupcake Topper

The Scrap Shoppe Blog – Easy Stormtrooper Snack

Sugar and Soul – Star Wars Bark

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Forbidden Trails (The Montana Trails series, Clearwater County Collection Book 2) Bonnie R Paulson http://takingtimeformommy.com/forbidden-trails-montana-trails-series-clearwater-county-collection-book-2-bonnie-r-paulson/ http://takingtimeformommy.com/forbidden-trails-montana-trails-series-clearwater-county-collection-book-2-bonnie-r-paulson/#comments Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:24:27 +0000 http://takingtimeformommy.com/?p=17423

Forbidden Trails (The Montana Trails series, Clearwater County Collection Book 2) Bonnie R Paulson

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A woman with a cause falls for a man who hunts the very thing she wants to save.

Working as a traveling ranch hand to keep food on the table, Jareth Darby’s wanderlust is satisfied and his fear of settling down at bay. But even Jareth can’t fight the draw of a damsel-in-distress.

Cyan Burns can afford to have principles and expectations of the world with parents on the top 50 list of the richest people in America. Her current cause has been the longest running – the Gray wolves of North America. Saved by Jareth from freezing winter weather, Cyan can’t ignore her attraction to the rugged Montana cowboy.

But his new employer is out for wolf pelts and Jareth doesn’t see the problem with hunting the endangered species. Can Cyan convince him the wolves – and she – are worth fighting for?

Wrangle some time to read this story about struggle and survival of love against almost insurmountable odds.

Sweet romance, continuing series – Check out Lonely Lace series to start out right with the Clearwater County Collection.

Only $.99 thru May 1

Purchase – Amazon / iBooks / Kobo / Nook

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Bonnie R. Paulson mixes her science and medical background with reality and possibilities to make even myths seem likely and give every romance the genetic strength to survive. Bonnie has discovered a dark and twisty turn in her writing that she hopes you enjoy as much as she has enjoyed uncovering it. Dirt biking with her family in the Northwest keeps her sane.

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6 Fixes for Common Nutrition Pitfalls http://takingtimeformommy.com/6-fixes-common-nutrition-pitfalls/ http://takingtimeformommy.com/6-fixes-common-nutrition-pitfalls/#comments Fri, 29 Apr 2016 04:21:30 +0000 http://takingtimeformommy.com/?p=17405

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Do you remember when you made a New Year’s resolution? Did you still with it? No? Well here are some common pitfalls to eating healthfully and how to avoid them. Maybe these will help you stay on track.

Skipping Breakfast

Mom said breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and research has found there may be some truth to that. One study’s results found that skipping breakfast may wreak havoc on the body’s hunger and appetite cues, possibly resulting in eating even more calories later in the day. Nonetheless, breakfast is an opportunity to include whole grains, vegetables and fruit, and there are no more excuses with these options:

  • This vegan, gluten-free and easy smoothie has protein, fiber, and greens to fuel your morning.
  • These make-ahead breakfast cookies (yes, cookies!) are perfect to-go with some low-fat yogurt or milk.
  • Stir — no cooking required — this oatmeal the night before and you’re ready to go in the morning with a banana on the side.

Spinach and Strawberry Salad

Spinach and Strawberry Salad Recipe

Not Eating Enough Fruits and Vegetables

Research shows that Americans typically don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables. Recent Dietary Guidelines recommend a colorful variety of 2 1/2 cups vegetables and 2 cups (preferably whole) fruits daily. No big deal: just include a vegetable or fruit at every meal to help consume a variety of vitamins and minerals plus the fiber found in produce.

  • Have a piece of whole fruit at breakfast — an apple, orange, banana or cup of berries will do.
  • Start your day with a vegan tofu scramble that is filling, packed with veggies, and prepped the night before.
  • Serve this edamame hummus with crudités for a double-hit of vegetable goodness.
  • Set a goal to eat one raw veggie every day. Cucumbers, radishes, carrot sticks, cherry tomatoes, or crunchy romaine are great on their own for snacks (and work fabulously in salads, too).

Banana Nice Cream

Banana Nice Cream

The Late-Night Snack Attack

You may eat like a nutrition expert all day and then pile on the calories after dark with fatty, sugary snacks. If this is you, it’s time to do some soul-searching to find out what’s going on and make changes:

  • Be mindful of food cravings versus boredom. Instead of snacking, maybe read a book or work on that hobby you’ve put aside for awhile.
  • If midnight munching is a habit, examine your dinner. Make sure to include fiber (from beans or produce) and quality protein (from fish or tofu) to promote satiety.
  • Eat regular meals, so you don’t feel like you can compensate for missing one of your three square with a nighttime calorie surplus.
  • Clean up the kitchen and brush your teeth right after you finish dinner so you can avoid any temptations the rest of the evening.
  • If snack you must, try a lower-calorie alternative to those indulgences: crunchy crudités dipped into hummus, sweet banana “ice cream” or sparkling water instead of a nightcap.

Lacking ZZZs

A study funded by the NIH found that the test group that slept one hour and 20 minutes less than the control group consumed about 500 additional calories daily compared to the better-rested group. What’s more, when you’re exhausted, you may have less energy for exercise or cooking, which may mean a higher-calorie take-out meal is on your menu.

  • Avoid watching television or reading on personal electronic devices close to your bedtime, which may activate your brain instead of help you wind down.
  • Avoid heavy meals, caffeine and alcohol in the evening, which may disrupt sleep.
  • Stick to a schedule, sleeping and rising at the same times daily.

Broccoli Tabbouleh

Broccoli Tabbouleh Recipe

Not Planning Ahead

Sometimes the biggest roadblock to eating well is making a plan to just do it. Besides having a well-stocked kitchen to help make healthy dinners, a meal plan does the thinking-ahead part for you so you can have fun in the kitchen. Check out our healthy meal plans to get you started.

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Thirsty Thursday Link Up http://takingtimeformommy.com/thirsty-thursday-link/ http://takingtimeformommy.com/thirsty-thursday-link/#comments Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:42:29 +0000 http://takingtimeformommy.com/?p=17420 Welcome to the Spring Cocktail Series! Over the next couple of months, Lynchburg Mama and friends will be featuring some Read more...

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Welcome to the Spring Cocktail Series! Over the next couple of months, Lynchburg Mama and friends will be featuring some delicious cocktail recipes that will help you enjoy Spring’s arrival. Whether you’re headed to one the best events of the summer or live streaming from your living room, get pumped up with a fun festival themed cocktail. If you’re a blogger and have drink recipes of your own, share them on our linky below! Please remember to always drink responsibly!

Find Me In the Tent Tea Recipe

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About Sparkling ICE

First created in the Pacific Northwest in the early 1990’s, Sparkling Ice® makes a portfolio of Refreshingly Bold TM sparkling waters, teas and lemonades. Bursting with real fruit flavor and just the right amount of fizz, Sparkling Ice delivers 19 irresistible fruit combinations, without all the calories.

Currently recognized as one of the fastest-growing non-alcoholic beverage brands in the country, Sparkling Ice beverages are available in a variety of flavors. Sparkling Ice Waters come in 12 refreshing flavors: Black Raspberry, Orange Mango, Pink Grapefruit, Kiwi Strawberry, Coconut Pineapple, Pomegranate Blueberry, Peach Nectarine, Lemon Lime, Crisp Apple, Cherry Limeade, Strawberry Watermelon and our new flavor, Black Cherry. Sparkling Ice Lemonades®, launched in 2013, are available in three refreshing flavors: Classic Lemonade, Strawberry Lemonade, Peach Lemonade. The newest line, Sparkling Ice Teas, launched in 2015, come in 4 flavors: Half & Half (Lemonade with Tea), Peach Tea, Raspberry Tea & Lemon Tea.

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Scarlet Witch Cocktail Recipe

Jen, over at My Crafty Life, is featuring a delicious Scarlet Witch Cocktail this week – you don’t want to miss out on trying this one!

Scarlet Witch Cocktail Recipe

 

Rose Wines:  What to Know and What to Drink!

Taking Time for Mommy has a fantastic feature on Rose Wines this week. Discover what you need to know and what you need to drink!

 

Rose Wines

 

 

 

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