Saturday, December 6, 2014

Cheese stuffed Breakfast Boule Recipe and giveaway

Let me just start of by saying we are a house of cheese lovers and I do not say that lightly. My youngest actually dreams about cheese and has been known to sleep walk to the fridge to get herself some cheese. A few years ago I almost purchased a cheese farm so to say we love cheese is an understatement. It's at every meal from cheese pancakes for breakfast to cheese rollups for lunch, homemade cheese crackers for a snack and dinner is always sprinkled with the freshly grated yumminess. 


The holidays are a time to reconnect with family and friends, and often that means opening up your home to out-of-towners and I happen to be that guest. Over the Thanksgiving holiday I ended up staying with several different friends and my contribution the breakfast table was an easy to make addition rustic breakfast boule stuffed with Arla Dofino cheese and olives. So simple and delicious, its gone within minutes!


Cheese Stuffed Breakfast Boule:

1 fresh boule bread
Arla Dofino cheese (we used gouda and havarti)
1/2 stick melted butter
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 egg (used for egg wash)
pitted black olives pieces, diced tomato or green peppers (optional)

Slice the bread both ways but be sure not to cut all the way to the bottom, you'll want the boule loaf to hold together. Next stuff with cut pieces or gouda and havarti or your favorite kind of cheese. Then you can add in olives or diced tomatoes or even green peppers if you's like. Drizzle in the melted butter and heavy cream, then final brush on the egg wash and wrap in foil.

 Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes

serve warm

Goes great with scrambled eggs and breakfast sausage!!



Dill Havarti is my all time favorite cheese, I enjoy eating it simply sliced. But Arla Dofino brand of cheese includes a delicious range of family-friendly cheese types such as Havarti, Gouda, Edam, Muenster and Fontina and if you're conceded over what your cheese is made with like me, it's good to know that Arla Dofino cheese is free of added hormones and preservatives, and crafted with quality, natural ingredients in an environmentally friendly way. 

Arla cheeses have been traditionally crafted in Wisconsin for more than 100 years and found in your local grocer's deli section.


Arla Dofino is offering $1.00 off any Arla Dofino product (via Checkout 51). 

To redeem:
1. Visit the campaign landing page and click on the “Offer” section
2. Follow the steps to redeem

Make sure to share this great offer with your audiences and encourage them to use the $1.00 off offer to purchase Arla and test out your delicious cheesy breakfast recipe.



Now it's giveaway time!!

 Featuring a Happy Havarti Holidays Breakfast prize pack from Arla Dofino. The prize pack is a $60 value and will include: 

- Crate & Barrel mixing bowl
- Anthropologie whisk
- Crate & Barrel cheese grater
- A coupon for one free Arla Dofino product
- Set of Arla Dofino recipe cards 

To qualify to win the prize pack, you must: 
1. Visit the Happy Havarti Holidays Breakfast Prize Pack Giveaway Pinterest Landing Page and follow the brand
2. Go to the Happy Havarti Holidays board and select their favorite breakfast recipe 
3. Copy the recipe link and paste it in the comments section of this blog explaining why you picked it

Share your favorite Arla Dofino breakfast recipes across social channels as well using #HavartiHolidays.

On December 16th at midnight I will select a winner from the comments section of this post , they will receive the Happy Havarti Holidays breakfast prize pack.


 Arla will then ship the prize directly to the winner. 

Please note, the Happy Havarti Holidays Breakfast Prize Pack Giveaway Page takes you to the Arla Dofino Pinterest Page.






Thank you to Arla Dofino for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to try their naturally delicious cheese! 







Monday, November 17, 2014

Hello Bunny!



We've been super busy and preoccupied lately with bunnies!!! We are in love with our family of lop ears, so stop by their Instagram account HELLOBUN_NY and be prepared for a heavy dose of adorable!








Our first love Bunny crossed the rainbow bridge on November 10th, there is an empty spot in our hearts, he had an incredible spirit and the most playful personality so glad to have had him in our lives.





Saturday, October 4, 2014

Tips for A Smart Home this Winter

I can't believe summer is over and our central air turned on only 5 times!! Yay, for saving $$ but I'm not adjusted yet to the extreme change in climate from the gulf coast and if this winter is anything like the last one, I might just be packing our bags and heading south with the geese. 

The conversations have already shifted to talk about the cold and looming winter months. Have you turned on the heat yet? Stocked up on firewood? Pulled out the winter blankets? Wonder if it will be snowing by Halloween again? 

I'm not ready for this! Heavy coats, shoveling snow, bone chilling cold and the endless sea of complaining voices... I'm cold, turn the heat up.


In our house I have control over the thermostat and I'm a checker, no turning it up without me noticing. We never leave the house or go to bed without turning the thermostat down and shutting off the lights. 

Saving energy is a must in our household. Just the other day my girls asked what I put in their lamp. I was slightly confused to what they were asking, I replied "a light bulb". There response was nothing short of comical, "Oh, like the kind you see in cartoons".  We've switch most of our lightbulbs over to CFL's and LED's, it never occurred to me that my kids would recognize a 60 watt incandescent light, the kind most of us grew up with.

                      Liberty Building                                                                                 Electric Tower


This week I took the kids to the top of Buffalo's City Hall to see the view, breathtaking! 
What a beautiful city, it was one of the first electrified cities in the United States, thanks to the mighty Niagara. 
Buffalo's waterfront is lined wind turbines and the city was chosen to have the first Solar powered neighborhood. 

Today there's so many options now for saving energy in our homes and in our cities.


Here are some easy energy saving tips for a Smart Home we've done around ours:

1. Your living room typically has multiple active light sources available. Make sure your lighting is energy efficient by switching traditional bulbs to CFLs or LEDs.

2. Replace your old, inefficient appliances with new, efficient, Energy Star® appliances. Old appliances tend to run inefficiently.

3. Replace the showerhead in your bathroom(s) with low flow showerheads.  These showerheads regulate the flow of water, assuring you a more efficient shower. Turning down the hot water tank helps to, better yet get a tankless we did!

4. Installing light dimmers can save cut your electricity use 40% over time and make your lightbulbs last 20 times longer.

5. Planting trees in optimal spots on your property will provide shade during the warmer months making your system work less hard to cool your home down. Living in the south for 19 years taught me the value of a shade tree.

6. Even when your appliances are turned off, they are still using electricity. Use smart power strips to combat energy vampires. This one I'm big on making sure nothings plugged in that we aren't using.

7. Add more insulation in the attic, I prefer the recycled denim or newspaper, filled to an R30 rating.

8. Ceiling fans help to circulate air in both winter and summer months.

9. Smart thermostat is another great option in your home (this one is on my to do list).


Our favorite 52"ceiling fan (found at Home Depot)

 Direct Energy most recently partnered with Nest, to bring customers the Nest Learning Thermostat. So for those of you shopping for energy in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, and Illinois, from Direct Energy, you now have the opportunity to sign up for an energy plan and get a free Nest Learning Thermostat at no cost (a $249 value!).It’s just one of the ways we’re hoping to make your home smarter and more convenient. 































Even better Direct Energy is hosting a sweepstakes where 5 lucky winners will have the chance to win Nest Learning Thermostats! 




To enter the sweepstakes, click to visit the campaign landing page and simply fill out the entry form. How easy is that? 



The giveaway will take place from Wednesday, October 1st to Wednesday, October 22nd. Winners will be selected in Mid-November.



Click here for Nest Learning Mobile link.








Thank you to Direct Energy for sponsoring today’s post.







Thursday, October 2, 2014

Kicking it up!!!

We finally found that a sport they can all participate, better yet stick with! 
I feel like they've tried them all; soccer, tennis, ballet, swim, chess and golf, (baseball's next year).

So when Saturday came it was a big day for my three littlest ones. Their first belt testing!!


100 crunches
50 pushups
100 jumping jacks
and
dozens of kicks and pushes



It was almost as much fun seeing the looks on the parents and grandparents as the kids counted 10, 20, 30, ...100 crunches. I think all our stomachs were hurting just watching.





Modesty, Courtesy, Integrity, Self-Control, Perseverance, Indomitable Spirit...and a smile.


They've been working hard for the past 3 months, 2-5 times a week, collecting stripes and now it's official, 
we have 3 yellow belts in our house! or what mine refer to as the bumble belt, once they get a couple black stripes on it.


All five of us take karate, but belt achievement is slower in the adult classes. 
There's no shame, Luna and I look good in our white.

It makes me proud to see all their hard work and perseverance give them such a sense of accomplishment, 
as they proudly tie their yellows for class each week.


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Potty Training, getting started.




Years ago when my oldest was getting ready to potty train I picked up the phone and called my grandmother, who better to get advice from than a woman who successfully potty trained all 16 of her children, and this was before the internet! Even though she was 1200 miles away her support and encourage meant was there.
The clock was ticking and I was in a hurry, pregnant with my second, there was no way I was going to have two kids in diapers.
 I asked her  many questions about when would I know she was ready and how do I even start to potty train? She went on to talk about how every child is different and it takes patients, her earliest was trained at 12 months (that was my mom, way to go!) and others took until they were three, but her best advice was to reassure me it would happen and not worry, she never had one leave for kindergarten in diapers.


First thing I did was run out and buy a package of Huggies Pull-Ups, I couldn't believe how easy they were to get on and off, she had no problems potty training and within 2 months she was wearing underwear and I delivered baby #2. My second was just as easy to potty train but #3 and #4, well I contemplated buying stock in Huggies many times. My boy took the longest, I actually gave up at some point and just let him be. It wasn't until the morning of his third birthday, he literally  woke up, went straight to the toilet and never had to use another Pull-Ups after that. Crazy.



I have several friends who currently are in some stage of potty training their toddlers, we're always sharing stories and advice, wondering when the last package of Pull-Ups will be. That right of passage and sweet victory can sometimes seem so far away, but it also means they're growing up and the next thing you know it's the first day of kindergarten.



Over the Labor day weekend we got to hang out with old friends, eat lots of handmade taffy, watch the annual parade of volunteer fire trucks, say goodbye to summer and take a ton of photos... especially of these two adorable kids and their doubly adorable dimples.


The 10 Signs of Readiness
Whether the start of potty training comes earlier or later for your child, you’ll get your cues on “when it’s time” from your child. That emerging independence starts shining through and they’re eager-to-please. Now is the time to start actively watching for these signs of readiness for potty training. Ask yourself if your child:
  • Stays dry for at least two hours.
  • Is dry after a nap.
  • Is uncomfortable in soiled diapers.
  • Shows increased interest in the bathroom.
  • Asks to use the toilet or potty chair.
  • Has regular and predictable bowel movements.
  • Asks to wear Big Kid or “grown up” underwear.
  • Uses words or body language when he or she needs to go.
  • Follows simple verbal directions.
  • Walks to and from the bathroom, helps undress his/herself.
If your child shows two or more of these signs, it’s a good indication that they’re ready to start potty training.




Pull-Ups® products are all about getting kids interested in potty training. That’s why our training pants have fun designs, and stretchy sides that let kids put them on and take them off — just like Big Kid® underwear.

Pull-Ups is all about saying “bye bye” to diapers and using Pull-Ups from the start of the potty training process, they enable learning and offer support tools and resources through the Big Kid Academy. Potty training is a journey that mom and child go through together, and Pull-Ups are a great help, teaching kids how to “pull up” their big kid underwear. 


In addition, they will learn about Pull-Ups® which can make the transition to Big Kid® underwear an easier one. Lastly, they have the opportunity to find more support and tips by enrolling in the Pull-Ups® Big Kid Academy.






Today’s post is sponsored by Pull-Ups, by my love for their Big Kid Academy option is all my own!"






Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tea Tree Oil Homemade Healing Cream



A couple years ago I had a life threatening reaction to Neosporin, it was our go to remedy for all cuts and boo-boos but I was directed by my doctor to never use it again. So I went in search of an alternative. 

Turns out Tea Tree Oil a great  natural way to fight everything from Minor scrapes to Acne, Lice and Yeast Infections, to Cold Sores, Dandruff, Fleas, Warts, Psoriasis, and More.
 It can also be use to make your own Shampoo, Lotion, Soap, Face Cleaner, Body Wash, and Toothpaste. 

We already use Tea Tree oil de-tangler on our dog to keep her coat nice and smooth and ease the pain of brushing her.

 It can also be used as a natural Household Cleaner, Shower Sprays, Bathroom Disinfectant, and Kitchen Spray. Just a few drops goes a long way!


Homemade Tea Tree Oil Healing Cream

Ingredients

  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 3 TB beeswax (where to buy) equals 2-3 oz. if using bars 
  • 1/2 TB raw honey
  • 10 drops tea tree oil (where to buy)
  • 3 drops black walnut or pecan oil
  • diffused lemon verbena 
  • glass jars 

In a saucepan melt over low heat the coconut oil and grated bees wax (or beeswax pellets), while stirring mix in the olive oil and honey. Once everything is fully dissolved, turn off heat then add in oils. Pour into jars and stir for 5-10 minutes until fully cooled and smooth. 


It's really trial and error to get the cream to your liking but this recipe will get you started with using Tea Tree oil as a healing cream.



Adding more or less beeswax will determine the thickness of your healing cream.


I really enjoy the aroma of this Tea Tree Oil and I look forward to a more natural way of healing.



This is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.

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