Nov 24, 2014

Meals in Minutes Delivered to Your Door - HELLOFRESH + 25% Off Coupon Code

I received free product from HelloFresh in exchange for my honest review.

HelloFresh is a delivery service that brings you delicious and nutritious recipes AND the exact ingredients you need to make your delicious meals of your choice straight to your door each week!! Sound good? I think so!!


NOW THAT'S MY KIND OF COOKING!! If you follow me true, you'll know that I don't cook and that my husband is the cook of the family. Well, that's great when he's home. It's also great when he's home and wants to cook, right? Tracy is an excellent cook. I've always said that he cooks "restaurant style" and that he needs to go into the catering business. But there are days when he just doesn't want to cook, and that's okay with me. There's also 3-4 months that he works out of the state and doesn't come home at all. That leaves Brody and I to starve...no not really! I do cook, but I don't really like the planning part. SO...I found the answer - HELLOFRESH at my service. I think they thought of me when they started this business!!!

Here's how it works:
  • You choose what you like and they send the ingredients
  • They conveniently delivery every week free so you can skip the grocery store
  • You cook a great meal in 30 mins or less
A little more about HelloFresh

This service is so convenient and so easy to prepare, even I can do it. You just follow the recipe that's included with your ingredients and dinner will be prepared in minutes. Say good-bye to weekly grocery shopping - you know - those trips that keep you there for least an hour or more...well no more!!
 

I've had the pleasure of preparing 3 meals from HelloFresh just this week and I have to say that I've been eating pretty darn good while hubby is away. Now, I won't lie, my soon to be 5 year old wouldn't eat it all, but then again he's very picky and stubborn!!

HelloFresh will do it all for you, including creating the recipes, planning the meals, doing the grocery shopping and even delivers it to you! WOW - what can you say about that?

HelloFresh uses only fresh ingredients that comes straight from the farm. No artificial preservatives and no hidden ingredients. They are very flexible which means you can change your delivery service all kinds of ways. They even offer a Veggie Box. So you choose your meals each week, as well as your delivery day

Here's the Spicy Poblano Chili that I proudly had for 4 meals...and never got tired of it. (Tracy, my husband is still away for another couple of weeks). So each unprepared meal comes in its own labeled bag. Everything is labeled so you know what every thing is. The recipes are very professional and easy to read and follow. 


This meal took me less than 30 minutes to make. Everything from the onion to the cheese to the sour cream came with it. If anything, I only needed to provide the oil, salt and pepper.
It was actually fun to cook. Hey, I said it - I said cooking was fun!!!

HelloFresh is here to help you in the kitchen so you can spend more time with your family. Try them out - I bet you'll LOVE their service like I did.

Here's the code I promised just for my readers. It's for 25% off your first box of HelloFresh weekly deliveries to you! Hurry though - this offer expires Jan. 31, 2014 use code: MOMMIEAGAIN and enjoy your time in the kitchen...but more so, enjoy the time that you'll have with your family!


Here's one more meal I'd like to share - YUM YUM!!

Mustard Crusted Chicken with Roasted Veggies


Capture Holiday Moments with Hallmark Northpole Gifts

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias

Gather around the Christmas tree and share your favorite stories with your children all struggled up beside you. It's that special time of year for us all to count our blessings and to enjoy our family close at heart. Let this year be the year that you endure the most wonderful Christmas of all...and while doing so,why not your capture holiday moments with Hallmark Northpole Gifts? These gifts are truly special and will inspire the whole family!


Nothing kindles my heart more than having all four of my grand children together in one room, especially during the holidays. This year I found the most wonderful gifts of all for all four that I know they will love, and hopefully will hang on their Christmas tree year after year. It's an ornament called Northpole Find Me, Santa! Snowflake with personalized options. This ornament is special as it lights up when the button is pushed to let Santa know where they can be found, whether at Grandma's house or theirs. There's also a wonderful storybook called Once Upon A Northpole CHRISTMAS to go with it. I plan to read the story to the kids while we are all sitting around the Christmas tree drinking hot chocolate and opening presents.


Some of my readers know that I have a unique family situation with my grand kids. After having a tragedy in the family over 4 years ago, we have managed to turn our situation into something positive for the children. With raising Brody (the youngest grandchild) and having his three siblings living about 35 minutes away, we have survived and it's everything we could hope for. It's these special Hallmark Northpole gifts that I love giving to them that makes capturing our holiday moments so special. I have posted below a short message that the caregiver (Tabetha - Nana - Mom) wrote just this month on her Facebook page about the 2 older boys. I hope you all will take time to read it as it's so special to me and warms our hearts tremendously.


This year I've decided it's time for new stockings. In the previous years, all their stockings were mismatched, so I decided that new stocking were in store and this time to make them all match and have their names monogrammed on them. Watching the kids dig into their stockings is by far the best part of Christmas giving to them . The kids love to see what's inside! I can't wait until they see their new personalized Northpole Find Me, Santa! Snowflake ornaments. I LOVE getting the kids something that they can take home and use year after year, as a reminder of our love for them.


Capturing memories with these four is a lot of fun. I try to get my grand kids together as much as possible. Layla, Johnny & Gavin are very busy with homeschooling, dancing, playing the piano, playing t-ball and going to scout meetings. So anytime I can, we get together, even if it's just for dinner. Brody loves for them to all come over to spend the night. All is good with that, but this Nana is very pooped after a long weekend with all four of them!!

Check out this sweet video of how a little girl is reassured that Santa will find her with the help of her mother and her Find Me, Santa! Snowflake ornament.


So, while you're out and about shopping for the kiddos, be sure to head to your local Walmart for all the adorable Northpole gifts. If you haven't seen them yet, there's some really sweet toys out this year, such as Rudolph, and the adorable Polar Bear Plush and Book Combo - which is another toy exclusively at Walmart. Be sure to pick up the Once Upon A Northpole Christmas story book + Find Me, Santa! Snowflake only at Walmart. They are sold separately or together for $19.97.

Remember, find these and many more Northpole Gifts at Walmart and have yourself a #NorthpoleFun Christmas!! Brody certainly will!!


A heartfelt message from Layla's, Johnny's, and Gavin's Nana or Mom - which ever it is, it's truly special.
Four years ago today, 11/19/10, two little boys moved into our home and hearts. Johnny was 6 and Gavin was 2, we were all basically strangers to each other but that didn't last long. Now there is no way we could imagine life without them. They are our sons now and forever. And we remind them of this daily. Earlier this year they both decided to start calling us Mom & Dad. They still say Nana and Papaw sometimes, old habits are hard to break. Lol! Whatever name they call us by, they both know we are always going to be there for them. We both feel extremely blessed to be chosen to raise these two wonderful boys! By Tabetha King

From our family to yours - Happy Thanksgiving!
Brody, Age 4 - Oct. 2014






Nov 23, 2014

Sunday Stroll Giveaways + Blogger Link Up - 11/23/14

Mommie..Again AND Christy's Cozy Corners are my Sunday Stroll Co-Host!
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HERE'S WISHING ALL OF YOU A VERY HAPPY THANKSGIVING FILLED WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS!!
Nov 22, 2014

Easy & Delicious Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Chunky Almond Chocolate Cookies


Don't forget your guests with gluten and dairy allergies this holiday season. More than ever I've been seeing a rise in food allergies among my friends and family. These easy and delicious gluten-free, dairy-free chunky almond chocolate cookies will be a delight to serve on your dessert platter for the holidays...AND I promise...no one will know any difference!


Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Chunky Almond Chocolate Cookies

Inspired by DishDish.us - an online recipe cookbook. I added my tips and special touch to make this cookie one of the best recipes I've ever made. I'm proud to share it with you all. You will not be able to eat just one...I promise!!


The texture of these cookies are chewy on the inside and crunchy on the outside...now that equals a perfect cookie to me!! It would get the "Cookie of the Year" Award.


Makes 2 dozen


Ingredients:
  • 1 cup unsalted crunchy almond butter
  • 3/4 cup organic sugar (or raw sugar)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 3 ounces dark chocolate (70% cocoa or greater), broken into small pieces (the bar showing in photo below is 4 oz. and you truly do not need that much...use only 3 and eat the rest!!)

Directions:
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In medium bowl, stir together almond butter, sugar, egg, baking soda and salt until blended.
  4. Stir in chocolate chunks. You may want to use your hands to mix in chocolate well.
  5. Roll dough into small to med balls, making sure to get at least 3 chocolate chunks in each ball, place onto parchment-lined baking sheet about 2 in. apart. 
  6. Bake for 12 minutes or until lightly browned.
  7. Let cool on baking sheet 5 mins, then transfer to a wire rack and let cool. Bake the other dozen same way, on same baking sheet if you wish.

Note: You can bake all 2 dozen together on two different lined baking sheets if you prefer. Mine never come out the same so I bake each sheet separately. I also found out if you tuck in the chocolate chunks inside the dough so you can't see them, the cookies won't all come out with the chocolate on the outside like some of mine did. I guess if you don't care about presentation, it wouldn't matter. They definitely all taste the same!!



This cookie recipe is a great alternative to the white flours that we've been using for years in our baking. Make a batch for you and one to give as a gift! Happy Baking!!

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