Christmas Cranberry Chutney

This is a simple recipe, yet the resulting chutney is so full of flavor and colorful!

Enjoy!

Nan’s Christmas Cranberry Chutney

2 cups fresh cranberries

2 cups sugar

3 Tbls. water

1 apple, chopped

2 celery ribs, chopped (I slice very fine in cuisinart)

1 Tbls. orange rind

1 cup orange juice

1 cup raisins (use golden)

1.2 teas. ground ginger

1/4 teas. ground cloves

cook cranberries, sugar and water for 5 minutes over medium heat. Then add all ingredients and continue cooking at a gentle simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring often. Let cool. As this cools, it will thicken. You will get about 3 cups of chutney.

Cranberry Chutney

This goes very well with ham. Place into jelly jars and share with friends and family!

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Recently, through a review with Moms Meet, I began taking Calorease. This is a stimulant free, weight management aid. I thought it sounded worth trying out, because it was stimulant free, and naturally sourced and didn’t contain anything that seemed like it could hurt my body.

Calorease is not a special diet, but exactly what is says, a weight aid. You eat normally (hopefully well) and exercise as usual for best results. But prior to each time you eat, you take two of the capsules. The active ingredient FBCx binds and eliminates up to 9 times its weight in dietary fat, reducing up to 500 calories a day from the fat in foods.

When I began using the Calorease in September, I was bad about remembering to take it before each meal. I was often going to “save” it for meals that I felt contained a bunch of fat. After about a week, I was better about remembering to just go ahead and take it.

After a bit, I noticed that they improved my regularity, and overall I lost about 5 pounds without changing my habits in any other way. One additional side effect was that I became more thoughtful again about my habits and felt more powerful about making more healthy eating changes.

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From Antarctica to Florida, 93 Wildlife Projects Receive More Than $1.2 Million from the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund

– Fund Surpasses $10 Million in Giving in 10 Years –

Orlando, Fla. (October 10, 2013) – Wild animals in need around the world – from Antarctic penguins to sea turtles hatchlings on Florida’s beaches – will benefit from more than $1.2 million in grants awarded this year by the non-profit SeaWorld® & Busch Gardens® Conservation Fund. Ninety-three wildlife research, habitat protection, animal rescue and conservation education projects will receive the grants.

These grants will support researchers studying migration movements of Antarctic penguin species, provide safer passage for turtle hatchlings making their way from the nest to the water, and help monitor the long-term health of dolphins in one of Florida’s vital eco-systems.

Since its inception 10 years ago, the Fund has given more than $10 million in grants to protect wildlife and wild places.

Additionally, SeaWorld and Busch Gardens provide direct support to the Fund by placing zoological staff into the field to work alongside researchers on projects supported by the Fund.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ provides all administrative and development costs as well as staffing and infrastructure. Because of this, 100 percent of donations go to on-the-ground wildlife conservation efforts.

Just a few of the wildlife projects and organizations the funds will help include:

Tracking Penguin Migrations – Where do penguins go for the winter? Researchers with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution are using geolocation (GLS) tagging and stable isotope studies to identify the winter diets and migration movements of Adelie and chinstrap penguins in the Antarctic Peninsula. The data will be of critical importance in defining future management priorities for these species.

Sea Turtle Lighting Project – Lights on turtle nesting beaches can disorient turtle hatchlings and lead them away from the ocean. To help make a safer passage, Sea to Shore Alliance has created a method of measuring, mapping, and recording beach lighting levels. This data enables wildlife managers to quickly and easily compare, observe and locate areas with excessive beach lighting. By identifying these illumination “hotspots” managers can better protect sea turtle hatchlings.

Long-term Monitoring of Dolphins – The Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute is conducting a long-term study to monitor the abundance, population and habitat structure of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins that inhabit Florida’s Indian River Lagoon. The data being collected will help to make animal management decisions and better evaluate risks facing this species.

“No animal is immune to the threats that face wildlife today,” said Brad Andrews, President and Executive Director of theSeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund and Chief Zoological Officer for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. “The on-the-ground work from researchers, animal rehabilitators and educators is vital to help our planet’s animal inhabitants not only survive, but thrive.”

For more information on the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund visit

www.swbg-conservationfund.org or visit the Fund on Facebook.

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client. All opinions are my own. #cbias #SocialFabric

CrossKeys Winery, #shop

We found a great way to save money on our phone bill with the Walmart Family Mobile cell phone plan powered by T-Mobile.

What did we do with the savings? We shored up our marriage!

We did. We used the savings to treat ourselves to a CrossKeys Winery tour.

Chris and I at Winery Tasting #shop

We did a tasting, followed by a tour of the Vineyards

Lunch at winery #shop

The cheese platter was a nice perk from the Groupon I got:)

 

Lunch at winery #shop

It was a gorgeous, late Summer day full of sun. We had a blast

After a fantastic afternoon, we even went and saw the “World’s End” at the movies. We had so much fun! If you saw that movie, I have to ask, “How adorable is Andy, people”??

While it was no surprise I love a good Pinot Noir, I found out my husband likes the CrossKeys Cabernet Franc. For a couple with six children, to have a quiet day after seeing one son off to college, one son off to the Marines and one son moving to NYC…well… a quiet day, with wine and a movie, is like a dream.

Winery side view #shop

I was thrilled to offer this trip to my husband as his early birthday gift. I showed him how we saved money while sending Nick off to college, when we chose this cheap wireless plan.

Nick gets unlimited data. This is awesome. Just this month, we saved $60 and did not have to share our 2GB of data we get on our other plan. My husband is looking at switching our whole family over to this plan as soon as we can because we would save almost 50% on our cell phone bill.

Nick is also able to handle his billing and service at the online account management and information site at https://www.myfamilymobile.com/. This works really well. I like it also because I can log on and see his usage and help with his bill. (You can pay in other ways too, but I like the online billing view, it makes it easy for me to keep up with what my family needs.)

I also like it that as a parent, you have some control over the phone because they have a “Limits and Controls” page. I do not set this for Nick, as he is old enough that I would not do this. BUT, I would LOVE to use this system for my two younger daughters! I have tried some net download type protections on their phones under our current service and it never works right. For this Walmart family plan, the limits and controls are simple and do work (Nick tested it for me). You can block adult content, block certain callers, and even set restrictions on when phones can be used. This is an amazing option.

Seriously, don’t pay too much for your service! Take a look at the Walmart Family Mobile plan.

Read what others think at #FamilyMobileSaves and  #cbias We got the $25 one time starter kit and chose the $39.88 /month unlimited plan with talk, text and web. You can take a look at our shopping trip in my Google+ album.and my first post about this service: http://faithfamilyandfun.com/want-the-best-wireless-save-money-with-walmart-family-mobile/

Save some money and have some fun with your savings! #FamilyMobileSaves #shop #cbias

I And The Great Divide

September 4, 2013

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NEW CHILDREN’S BOOK, “I AND THE GREAT DIVIDE” SPARKS FAMILY CONVERSATION ON DIVORCE

Launches September 12th, 2013

I just wanted to share about this upcoming release; the book looks adorable and will certainly be useful to children dealing with divorce. The concept is genius and the artwork is quite well done. Take a look for yourself!

“I and the Great Divide” is an illustrated children’s book, designed to leave kids in divorce feeling loved, peaceful, and self-expressed. Both print and kindle copies will be available for purchase at Amazon on September 12th, 2013.

The book has received great feedback from across North America.

“We all are capable of making a difference in the life of a child… ‘I and the Great Divide’ … takes this truth into thechallenges a child may face with the separation of parents. [A situation] that needs to be handled with this level of care, sensitivity and understanding. Well done.”

Fred Penner, Family Entertainer

Author, Fiona McGlynn wrote the book with her own parent’s divorce in mind. “As a child, I blamed myself for what was going on between my parents. I wrote “i and the Great Divide” to help kids feel loved and to create an open family discussion on divorce.”

The book will be available for $12.99 at Amazon and for $7.99 on Kindle.

Check out the book trailer, book sample, and author bios at the “I and The Great Divide” website

For the latest updates, see Facebook pageGoogle+ page, or follow the author on twitter.”