10/22/13

Head Games

Love this. Head Games is a GREAT game for kids 6+!!!  This is how you “use your head” with a game of catch. For two players this game features 2 Velcro hats and 3 squishy balls. Hilarious to watch and fun to play.

This is the greatest birthday gift and a good thing to keep in a gift closet for when you need a great last-minute surprise for a friend or rainy day activity at home.

*Thanks, Steph :)

 

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10/18/13

Chili Friday! Boilermaker Tailgate Chili

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It’s Chili Friday – my friend Allison Zechman says that this is the best Chili!  She even substitutes the meat and sausage with turkey and spicy turkey sausage.  I can’t wait to try it!  Let us know if you have a favorite Chili recipe and we will feature it in upcoming Chili Friday posts!

RECIPE

Original recipe yields 12 Servings

Directions

  1. Heat a large stock pot over medium-high heat. Crumble the ground chuck and sausage into the hot pan, and cook until evenly browned. Drain off excess grease.
  2. Pour in the chili beans, spicy chili beans, diced tomatoes and tomato paste. Add the onion, celery, green and red bell peppers, chile peppers, bacon bits, bouillon, and beer. Season with chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, oregano, cumin, hot pepper sauce, basil, salt, pepper, cayenne, paprika, and sugar. Stir to blend, then cover and simmer over low heat for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  3. After 2 hours, taste, and adjust salt, pepper, and chili powder if necessary. The longer the chili simmers, the better it will taste. Remove from heat and serve, or refrigerate, and serve the next day.
  4. To serve, ladle into bowls, and top with corn chips and shredded Cheddar cheese.

Recipe courtesy  of Allrecipes.com

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10/17/13

Hydrate! Filtering Water Bottle by Black and Blum

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This unique reusable water bottle  by Black and Blum is designed to hold a Binchotan filter that naturally reduces chlorine, mineralizes drinking water, and balances the pH.  Binchotan active charcoal has been used in Japan as a water purifier since the 17th century. It reduces chlorine, mineralises the water and balances the pH. Thebinchotan active charcoal can be used for up to 6 months and amazingly recycles for many different uses after this.  Happy Hydrating!

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10/11/13

Chilli Sunday – Jamie Oliver’s Pulled Brisket Chilli

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I have decided that every Sunday, I am going to try a new Chilli Recipe.  THIS is the Chilli that I am going to try this week.  I like that it is made with Brisket instead of ground beef – will give the Chilli a different texture.  If you have any favorite Chilli recipes, let us know – maybe we will feature your Chilli recipe in an upcoming post!

INGREDIENTS

• 1.5kg beef brisket
• 1 large cinnamon stick
• 1 tbsp ground cumin
• 1 tbsp smoked paprika
• 1 heaped tbsp dried oregano
• 2 fresh bay leaves
• 2 red peppers
• 2 yellow peppers
• 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
• 400ml beef stock
• 3–4 red chillies, 2 deseeded, sliced
• 2 red onions, finely sliced
• Red wine vinegar
• ½ bunch coriander, chopped
• Soft tortillas, Greek-style yoghurt and green salad, to serve

Guacamole
• 6 perfectly ripe avocados
• 1 bunch of coriander, leaves torn
• 1 small red onion, finely grated
• Juice of 4–5 limes
• 4 perfectly ripe tomatoes (different colours if you can), roughly chopped
• 1–2 red chillies, deseeded
1. Place the beef on a board and score one side. Bash the cinnamon, cumin, paprika and oregano with a mortar and pestle then rub into the cuts in the beef. Season well, drizzle over a little olive oil and brown the brisket well in a large pan over a high heat.
2. Place the bay leaves, peppers, tomatoes and stock in a large pot and bring to the boil
3. Meanwhile, add the chilli and onion to the pan with the brisket, cook for 5 minutes, then transfer the lot to the large pot, cover, and leave to simmer for 4–4½ hours.
4. Gently pull the beef apart using 2 forks. Remove the bay, add a little vinegar to taste, add the coriander and adjust the seasoning.
5. For the guacamole, put the avocado flesh in a bowl with the coriander, red onion and lime juice. Season, then scrunch in the tomatoes, picking out any large bits of skin. You can also use a food processor if you like. Finely grate in the chilli flesh, mix well and adjust the seasoning. Serve with the chilli, tortillas, yoghurt and a green salad.

Per serving 438 cals, 22.4g fat (9g saturated), 23.5g protein, 33.3g carbs, 8.3g sugars

 

Recipe Jamie Oliver
Photo David Loftus

 

 

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10/10/13

ROK Espresso Maker

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Coffee connoisseur’s take note of the new espresso maker by ROK.  This is a non-electric espresso maker which puts the power into your hands, so you can make each cup to taste.  The pressure you apply to the handles controls the  strength of the espresso you make. The slower the press, the stronger the taste.  The Rok Espresso Maker comes with a 10 year guarantee and is packaged in a reusable tin that includes a measuring spoon, detachable double spout, and a stainless steel milk frother.  And, the sleek design will look great on any counter top.

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10/8/13

Best Bank Ever: Jolly Good Fellows

I am crazy about this little piggy bank. It totally cracks me up. There are a handful of them at Jolly Good Fellows in Lake Forest. This one is my absoloute favorite. I think it needs a home on my kitchen desk. It’s only $10 so it makes a super fun hostess gift or little birthday treat for a friend.

Check out the others below. Hilarious.

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10/7/13

Rainbow Loom Kit

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I was introduced to the Rainbow loom a couple of Sundays ago and since then, I can’t tell you how many people have asked me, “Have you heard of the Rainbow Loom?”, including my oldest daughter who didn’t bother asking me about it, but rather for it.  Each kit includes 2 templates, hook, c-clips, instruction, and 600+ pieces latex free rubber bands and makes up to 24 rubber band bracelets. I have been told, however, to purchase extra rubber bands – the 600 it comes with are used up quickly!

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