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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Best Snacks for Traveling With a Small Child

If you have children, you are well aware of meltdowns and tantrums caused by hunger. Children need to snack constantly to refuel as they burn a lot of energy.  No parent wants to be in the cross-hairs of a meltdown stemming from lack of food.



Scarlett has done her fair share of traveling in her 4 years of life whether it's on the plane to Grandma's, or long car trips to visit relatives.  It's essential to always have snacks to not only calm her down and keep her happy, but to keep her full in-between meals.  For my baby shower, I received small multi-colored containers for kids that come in different sizes that are perfect for snacking on-the-go.  They get a lot of use and are ideal for throwing in a diaper bag or tote bag.  

1. Crackers

Crackers are truly a godsend.  No matter if they are wheat or cheese flavored, they are always happily accepted and devoured by my child.  Scarlett's favorites are Cheez-It's, Ritz's Mini Peanut Butter Crackers, and Wheat Thins. 

Dried fruit:

Scarlett can eat her weight in fruit if given the opportunity! Her love of grapes, blueberries, and apples knows no bounds.  Some dried fruit packs a ton of sugar so I like to limit it when possible.  I usually only give dried fruit when we're traveling since it's a treat.  Scarlett is partial to banana chips and apple rings.  Raisins and yogurt raisins are also big hits in my household too.  You can even do fruit bars or granola bars with fruit as well. 

Packing perishable snacks: 

I don't have much experience with traveling with perishable items, but I do pack Scarlett's lunch for school with an ice pack.  If you are traveling with a cooler, how about considering cheese sticks and yogurt tubes? As long as they stay properly chilled, your little one will be happy.

Pouches:

When Scarlett was younger, she used to eat the fruit and veggie pouches daily.  While she doesn't eat them anymore, she does enjoy the applesauce pouches.  These pouches are amazing and are far less messy than eating a cup of applesauce with a spoon.  I've seen different brands make them and they come unflavored and flavored.  Scarlett loves the berry applesauce and would eat the entire box in one day if given the opportunity.

Chips:

While I don't generally let Scarlett snack on regular potato chips, she does love veggie chips and Pirate's Booty.  These snacks are not only delicious but are half the fat and calories of normal potato chips.  While she's happily chomping away, I'm happy that it's a win-win snack for both mom and toddler.

I hope this list has given you some insight as to what to pack for your toddler for an upcoming trip.  Happy travels! 


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The Perfect Dessert for Mother's Day

With summer on the horizon, I have one thing on my brain and it's lemons! Lemon is the perfect flavor to beat the heat during the warmer months of the year.  Lemonade, lemon ices, lemon water, lemon iced tea, and of course lemon desserts are all just fabulous.  If you're looking for a light and airy and perfectly lemony treat for Mom's special day, I have just the recipe for you.



It's time to delight your belly with a Lemon Bar Cheesecake.  What more could you want out of life, right? It's easy to make and Mom will absolutely love it, and I'm sure you will too.

Ingredients:
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
2 egg yolks
1 to 2 tbsp ice-cold water
4 (8-oz) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
4 large eggs
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
2 cups Quick and Easy Lemon curd, divided
Candied Lemon Slices (optional)

Steps:

1. Pulse first 3 ingredients in a food processor 3 to 4 times or just until blended.  Add butter, and pulse 5 or 6 times or util crumbly.  Whisk together egg yolks and 1 tbsp ice-cold water in a small bowl; add to butter mixture, and process until dough forms a ball and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.   Add up to 1 tbsp remaining ice-cold water, 1 tsp. at a time, if necessary.  Shape dough into a disk; wrap in plastic wrap.  Chill 4 to 24 hours.  

2.  Roll dough into a 14-inch circle on a lightly floured surface.  Fit dough into a lightly greased 9-inch dark springform pan, gently pressing on bottom and up sides of pan; trim and discards excess dough.  Chill 30 minutes. 

3. Preheat oven to 325F.  Beat cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer 3 minutes or until smooth.  Gradually add granulated sugar, beating until blended.  Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until yellow disappears after each addition.  Beat in vanilla. 

4.  Pour 2/3 of cheesecake battery (about 4 cups) into prepared crust; dollop 1 cup lemon curd over batter in pan and gently swirl with a knife.  Spoon the remaining batter into pan.  

5. Bake at 325F for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes or just until center is set.  Turn oven off and let cheesecake stand in oven with door closed for 15 minutes.  Remove cheesecake from oven and gently run a knife around outer edge of cheesecake to loosen the sides from the pan.  (Do not remove sides of pan). Cool completely in a pan on a wire rack for about 1 hour.  Cover and chill for 8 to 24 hours. 

Your family will absolutely love this recipe and ask you to make it time and time again. Who knows, it might just be your new go-to dessert for all holidays and occasions! 



*Recipe taken from MyRecipes.com*
Sunday, April 7, 2019

Grilling is Made Easier With YRYM HT's Copper Grill and Bake Mat +Giveaway

What's the first thing you think of when you think about summer? I envision BBQ's, pool parties, lazy days spent at the beach, and tons of grilled corn and watermelon.  Summer is my favorite season and there's truly nothing else like it! If you're a fan of grilled foods, it's essential that you have a reliable and quality grill to make juicy burgers and steaks on. Don't forget a delicious dessert to round out the meal with either.



YRYM HT's Copper Grill and Bake Mat makes grilling easy and simple.  Gone are the days of annoying stuck on food on your grill grates causing you frustration.  These FDA-approved grill BBQ mats are made from 100% PFOA-free materials and premium PTFE-fiberglass coating, no PFOA or other dangerous chemicals.  You'll be thrilled that the mat is 100% non-stick and heat resistant up to 500F.  This means you can grill and cook without worrying about grease and stains. The mat is also ideal for keeping small food from falling through the grates and your grill will stay sparkling clean.  Rest assured, the mat looks similar to a plastic one, but it will not burn.

These grill mats make the perfect gift for BBQ enthusiasts everywhere as well as a BBQ hosting gift.  You can use them time and time again as they are reusable, durable, and dishwasher safe.  They can be cut to perfectly fit into the grill, oven, stove, pans, cake pan, etc.  Whatever the cooking job is, it can be done! Any grill is ideal for using the mats including Char-Broil, Weber, porcelain, charcoal and even infrared grills. The only thing you'll need to do is think of what to make.  Chicken, vegetables, shrimp? The cooking possibilities are endless with this non-stick grill/oven mat.



Since spring is here, our days have been warming up.  It's almost prime-time of getting the grill fired up. My husband and I love to grill out in the summer with BBQ chicken, steaks, roasted asparagus, grilled corn, baked beans, and more.  We sit outside with Scarlett and she enjoys playing before we eat. Jay often has to clean the grill from previous use with stuck on food on the grill grates.  It's always a pain for him and it seems to be tough to get the grill as clean as possible.


When I found out about YRYM HT's Copper Grill and Baking Mats, I knew this would be the answer to a clean grill! Luckily today was a perfect day for grilling at 61 degrees.  I went to the supermarket and got some thick steaks to grill along with baked beans, macaroni salad, and some watermelon.

The mat itself is a lot thicker than I expected and the large surface area was ideal for holding chicken breasts, steaks, hamburgers, or whatever else you'd like to grill.

Once the grill was fired up and ready, my husband put the Copper Grill and Baking Mat on the grill and the seasoned steaks on top.  I noticed that the mat was not flimsy at all and easily stayed in place with the meat on it.  Once the steaks were grilling for a bit, I watched the liquid collect on the mat, instead of on the grill and dirtying it. That was definitely a nice advantage! Although it would have been nice if there were small holes for the liquid to drip through instead of having the meat sit in it.


The steaks cooked perfectly and had those desirable grill marks on them! The meat was cooked evenly and wonderfully.  I was impressed that I had a delicious meal to enjoy while not having to worry about scrubbing bits of meat from my grill afterwards.  The only clean-up was opening the dishwasher and putting the mat inside.  That I can get used to! I love that the mats are reusable for optimum grilling time and time again.

 I can't wait to use the mats more as the weather gets warmer and warmer and all throughout the summer.  Pork chops, grilled chicken, and even grilled sausage all sounds fabulous for my future grilling menu.  You can't forget grilled corn either!

YRYM HT's Copper Grill and Baking Mats belong in every kitchen and will truly revolutionize your grilling experience.

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