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Christmas Cranberry Chutney

Heather —  December 4, 2013

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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Do you need some last minute help for your child’s wish list this year? If your children love Scooby-Doo, try going straight to the source and have your children visit the new Warner Bros. “Scooby Mystery Workshop” site where they can customize their own holiday gift list!

The site offers Scooby-Doo games, toys, costumes, and fun bedding kids can check off into their wish list to help Mom and Dad solve the holiday shopping mystery.

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Scooby Doo Mystery Workshop

Once their favorite Scooby-Doo items are selected, kids can print or email the list to a parent. The site also provides additional fun for your child, such as helping The Gang pick out gifts for each other through an interactive poll, competing to win fun prizes, or playing games with Scooby-Doo and Shaggy. Check out the Scooby-Doo Mystery Workshop site here.

 

 

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Scooby-Doo. I received a product sample to thank me for participating”

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Have you heard of the Esio Hot & Cold Beverage System?

What a fun convenience this Esio beverage system is to have in my kitchen! The countertop unit can dispense favorite hot and cold drinks, instantly, with no waste and no mess. It has a drop’ndrink™ technology that lets us switch immediately from say, a cold V8 Splash to a hot tea without one tasting like the other.

Nick using Esio Beverage System

Nick using Esio Beverage System

Now, water is the best drink, I always tell the kids. But, that being said, this is a really neat appliance! My teenagers love it. It is their very own drink machine.

You can choose what drink you want from a line of Esio’s MultiServe E-Paks™, then you put in your E-Pak and set the strength you want your drink and your temperature. It is dispensed instantly. The E-Paks reseal automatically after use so there is no waste and they stay fresh.

I like that using the packs saves money overall. At about $.40 per 8-oz. serving, you spend less than single-serve bottled beverages. The beverages are familiar brands, low calorie and low sugar and the unit itself has a carbon filter for your water.

Esio Hot & Cold Beverage system is now available in Walmart stores and at EsioBev.com.

 

I received the Esio Hot & Cold Beverage System, and a supply of Esio’s MultiServe E-Paks™, to try out with my family and friends over the holidays. I received no additional compensation and all opinions are mine.

 

 

 

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Little Budding Artist

Looking for a fun and educational gift for a child?

As a homeschool mom, I’m always on the lookout for items that can be used time and time again, in new and creative ways, and this writing, drawing and playing easel from Step 2 is perfect!

The vertical easel is technically for kids 3 and up (because of some of the small pieces made to place on the boards) But, this little handsome guy keeps wanting to play with it and draw!

Now, with the two sides, a big and little brother can both have a “piece” of Easel. There is a chalk board on one side and a magnetized dry erase board on the other side. When we put it together, it did take a strong shove to get all the pieces aligned, but once in place, it felt very sturdy. The Easel is simple to clean, with smooth plastic and storage bins that come off to clean as well. It is lightweight and can be moved from one room to another for use easily.

A nice addition to a  childs room or toyroom.

Take a look at the All Around Easel for Two on Step2.com.

Now, what is new out there for Moms AND kids that is fun?

My teenager puts it together for me!

My teenager puts it together for me!

Check out this Canopy Cruise Wagon! The adorable two-seater wagon is a wonderful item to make mom’s life easier, while allowing the kids to have a good time.

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I really like this lightweight yet sturdy wagon. The wagon has space for two children to be safely buckled in and shaded from the sun while going for a ride. I wish I had one of these when my daughter was younger! My daughter loved the little built in cupholders for little ones drinks and storage for snacks.

Emma checks the wagon out

Emma checks the wagon out for her younger cousins!

Yes, at age 7 1/2, Em is too big for this wagon! I let her sit in it though, to show how sturdy this wagon is! I think this would be a good wagon for a, say 1 1/2 year old to a 6 year old. The wagon was not hard to put together, with very few pieces and the canopy portion comes off for storage. The wagon handle also folds down under the wagon for easier storage and taking in the car.

I think this would be a nice way to take the kids to the beach, the playground…just makes it a little more fun when you have more than one child. Using this, they won’t feel “stuck” in a stroller, but more like they are on a grand adventure!

Check out the Canopy Cruise Wagon from Step2.com.

 

*I am a Step2 Review Mom and I did receive the above products for review. I received no additional compensation and I have given my opinion.

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Christmas Cranberry Chutney

Heather —  December 13, 2012

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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SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Kids 

The magazine for boys and girls who love sports!

Presenting sports the way kids want to read about them: with great action photos, easy-to-read stories about star athletes, helpful instructional tips from the pros, and humor, comics, and activities. 

SI Kids is a great way to encourage kids to read, and it has won highest honors from the Association of Educational Publishers and the Parents’ Choice Award.

Receive an entire year of SI Kids in print and on tablet for only $19.95!

Subscribe HERE

Need more reasons to give the gift of SI Kids this season?

  • It’s the perfect stocking stuffer.
  • It promotes reading for children who are reluctant readers.
  • Each issue is full of exciting stories, photos and games that are a perfect distraction while traveling.
  • No gift wrapping – it’s delivered straight to your door.
  • It’s the gift that keeps on giving the whole year through.

For more information go to: http://www.sikids.com/

 Like SI Kids on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SIKids

 Take advantage of this great offer by subscribing HERE

 

*I will receive a Sports Illustrated Kids subscription in return for sharing this offer.

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Step2 Black Friday Sale Starts Now!

Heather —  November 20, 2012

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Step2 is having a Black Friday sale going on now through Sunday, November 25, 2012. PLUS, until Sunday, get $2.99 Shipping!

Click here for holiday savings on great toys!

 

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Kick off your holiday shopping at CreativityForKids.com! The holiday gift guide features top selling craft kits.
For a limited time, get 20% off these kits and more.
 
I reviewed some of these products and I think they are very nice quality! Plus, everything a child needs to complete the craft is included, so if you are gifting this, you don’t have to worry about a child needing glue or other little items to finish their project.  Here is my review: http://faithfamilyandfun.com/creativity-for-kids-party/
 
Simply use the promo code CYBER20 during checkout and receive 20 % off all Creativity for Kids’ products. 
Shop Now! This offer expires at midnight on November 26th, 2012.
 
*I am not receiving anything for posting this, I just love the product.
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