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Take a minute for yourself to enjoy dessert! Duncan Hines Perfect Size for 1

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Duncan Hines, All opinions are 100% my own.

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We’re busy moms, and as such we all know how few moments we get to ourselves a day.  Between the meals, cleaning, pickup lines, homework and everything in between, we must take full advantage of the minutes we get of silence without little people crawling on us.

 When I get that quiet couple of moments at the end of a long day, before I collapse on the couch, I am usually craving a warm sweet treat.  However, the last thing I want to add to my already crammed to-do list is baking or the mess that comes with it.

Now thanks to the new Perfect Size for 1 by Duncan Hines I can eat chocolate cake every night, if I want to with just a mug, some water, and about a minute!  No mess, no wait, no leftovers, but all the yumminess.  How perfect is that?

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Quick and Easy

Perfect Size for 1 is an individually portioned cake mix that is made quickly and easily in a 8oz coffee mug that is easy in about a minute!  That’s right 1 minute and you have a warm delicious treat just for you. 
Each box comes with 4 individual pouches so you can have a treat whenever you want!

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Customize your Favorite Treat

Craving something different?  Customizing any of the Perfect Size for 1’s varieties is easy.  Switch up the liquid, instead of using water to make your treat use milk, coffee, exc.  Also, the add-in possibilities are endless, mix nuts into the apple cinnamon muffin mix or extra chocolate chips into the chocolate cake.  My favorite is adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream to the top of my cake and some caramel drizzle.

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There are 18 Varieties

Perfect Size for 1 comes in 18 different flavors, which are good for morning, noon, and evening indulgences!  School vacation is coming up soon, the breakfast options are going to be a hit in my house with three kids who are always hungry.

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These are a must have in my pantry now.  I look forward to sneaking away and indulging my sweet tooth every night. 
Have you tried the Perfect Size for 1 pouches yet?  What is your favorite flavor?

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The $100 Margarita at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

 Thanks to The Network Niche, today’s post is sponsored by Fleming’s Steak House & Wine Bar.  As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

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Are you ready for Cinco de Mayo?  I have the perfect way to celebrate.  With the delicious $100 margarita at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar!  

I was invited to an amazing event last night to try this unique drink and it was incredible.  Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar took a drink that is usually thought of as a pool side drink and brought it to another level!  

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However, the $100 Margarita is only available for a short time, from May 4-6, so get your friends together, get a babysitter, and head out for the perfect night out!

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The $100 Margarita includes Tequila Herradura Seleccion Suprema and Grand Marnier Contenaire premium liquor and is served in Baccarat’s designed Diamant Highball.

When purchasing this on a one of a kind experience, you also get to take your glass home in an iconic red box.  This is a yummy way to indulging way to elevate your Cinco de Mayo celebration!   

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Are you ready for Cinco de Mayo?
Visit Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar to take your Cinco de Mayo to a new level!

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Blueberry Shortcake Recipe with Fresh From Florida

This post was sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however all opinions expressed are my own. 

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Living in Florida has been fantastic for my taste buds!  The hot weather makes my family crave fresh fruit and veggies, and Florida delivers during every season.

Florida Farmers make it so easy for everyone to eat fresh produce year around!  Within a 5-mile radiance, there are over a dozen farmers markets held on various days of the week, and in Florida something delicious is always in season!  My favorite is the Dunedin Downtown Market, I love the quaintness of Dunedin with the cute shops and restaurants, and this market is held in the center of town so we can shop for our weeks produce and then enjoy a morning stroll around town.

One of my family’s favorite treat is Blueberry Shortcake, it combines one of our favorite fruits and an indulgent biscuit with whip cream.
We like to make this to enjoy after Sunday dinner or for breakfast on special mornings.  The only problem I encounter with this recipe is that if I shop with my children, the blueberries never make it home.

Being new to Florida, I was used to digging through a carton and finding a few big juice blueberries surrounded by small sour ones.  So, when I bought my first package of berries in Florida, I ate them all in less than 10 minutes and had to go back to the farm stand to get more for the kids.  Every blueberry was plump and sweet!  So now whenever I shop, I always look for the Fresh From Florida label on produce, seafood, and even wine!

Want to try some delicious Blueberry Shortcake?  Here’s the recipe:

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Blueberry Shortcake

Ingredients:
1 1/2 Cups of Flour
1/2 Cup and 3 Tbsp. of Sugar
2 Tsp of Baking Powder
1/4 Tsp Salt
1/2 Cup of Butter
1/2 Cup of Milk
1 Tbsp. of Lemon Juice
1/2 Tsp of Vanilla Extract
1/2 Tsp of Almond Extract
1 1/2 Cups of Cool Whip
2 Cups of Blueberries

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Shortcake Directions:

Heat oven to 425 degrees
Wisk together Flour, Baking Powder, Salt, and 2 Tbsp. of Sugar.

Using a mixer add in butter, once Butter has crumbled mix in Milk and Almond Extract.

Gather Dough and break into 6 pieces, place on a buttered baking pan.
Cook for 13 to 15 Minutes till the bottom is golden brown.

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Blueberry Jam Directions:

In a medium sauce pan simmer 1 1/3 cups of Blueberries. 1/2 cup of Sugar. and Lemon Juice on medium heat for 8 minutes.  

Once the blueberries have softened and the mixture has a syrup like look, Mix in 2/3 cups of Blueberries.  Remove from heat and let cool.

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Cream Directions:

My kids love cool whip, and I love shortcuts, so we use cool whip instead of making a whip cream from scratch.  However, this can easily be swapped out for any whip cream you like.

Take 1 1/2 cups of Cool Whip and fold in 1 Tbsp. of Sugar and 1/2 Tsp of Vanilla Extract.

Once everything is cooked and cooled down, it’s time to assemble.  
Cut the shortcake biscuit in half.
Spread the whip cream on both sides of the biscuit and add a large spoonful of the Blueberry Mix.

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Put the Biscuit back together, and add a dollop more of whip cream to the top of the shortcake with another spoonful of Blueberry Mix.
If you haven’t eaten all the left-over Blueberries yet, you can add a few to garnish the plate.

That’s all, a yummy, almost from scratch, delicious dessert!
What is your favorite was to cook with fruit?
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My Families 5 Favorite Foods this Winter with Fresh from Florida!

This post was sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however all opinions expressed are my own

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Winter is upon us down here in Florida and I think it might have dipped into the 60’s for a day or two.  With this being my families first winter after moving down from Boston, we were ready for the beach even on those 60 degree days.  

In New England that temperature is a cool summer night.  As you can guess, all the new northerners stand out from the true Floridians when “winter” strikes.  While my kids are at the bus stop in shorts and sandals, they’re in a sea of kids wearing fur lined hoodies.  

While it did dip into the “frigid” 60’s on a couple occasions, the rest of the winter has been incredible.  I didn’t really know what to expect weather wise in our first year, but I can honestly say Florida during the winter has my absolute favorite weather.  High 70’s and sunny pretty much 90% of the time, what’s not to love! Beyond the weather my favorite advantage of living in a region with such an amazing climate is the ability to get fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables all year round!

  I have fallen in love with being able to stroll the Tampa area farmers’ markets each weekend and pick up juicy fruits and crisp vegetables from local farmers all year long. 

With so many of my family’s favorite produce being in season this winter, my family has eaten healthier than ever before.

Curious when each fruit and vegetable is in season?  Find out here.

My Families 5 Favorite Fresh from Florida Recipes this Winter 

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Florida Grape Tomato and Orzo Pasta Salad
Tomatoes are in season all winter long in Florida and my kids would eat them by the dozen, so by putting them in a pasta salad they turn into a great afternoon lunch on a breezy sunny day.

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Cheddar-Bacon Florida Sweet Corn
Corn is another veggie the kids love that is in season all winter long, and Lilly has asked for corn-on-the-cob for breakfast on numerous mornings, so this recipe is a favorite in our house.

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Florida Strawberry Parfait
This is our go to dessert or afternoon snack.  Each member of my family says strawberries are one of their favorites and this recipe is beyond simple!

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Florida Avocado Smoothie
With 5 of us getting up and out the door during the week, mornings are crazy.  This Avocado Smoothie is an easy and quick breakfast that I can take with me and avocados are in season through January in Florida.

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Florida Beef and Sweet Pepper Skewers
My husband is Brazilian, he LOVES to barbeque and in Florida he does it constantly!  My favorite vegetable is Bell Peppers, I eat them raw, sautéed, grilled, any-way I love them.  So, this is a recipe he often grills us up and it’s delicious.

Want to check out some more yummy recipes?  Head over to Fresh from Florida!  

Whether I’m stocking up on produce at my local grocery store or at one of the cities farmers’ markets, I always look for the “Fresh from Florida” label.  That way not only am I getting fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables, I am also helping the local farmers in my community profit and be able to continue a sustainable farm and keep growing quality food for all of our families.

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6 Yummy Beauty and the Beast Themed Sweet Treats

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Are you super excited about the new Beauty and the Beast movie coming out March 17th?  My family is!!! We keep watching the trailer repeatedly, and are completely obsessed with everything Belle related.


Having Beauty and the Beast sweet treats are a perfect way to prep for all the Disney magic!  Here are 6 great recipes worth trying this month.


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Beauty and the Beast Rose Oreos by Chantel at Nerdy Mamma

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Enchanted Rose Cupcakes by Amy at As The Bunny Hops

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Beauty and the Beast Rose Oreos by Chantel at Nerdy Mamma

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Beauty and the Beast Cupcakes by Sara at SensiblySara

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Rose Bud Butter Cookies by Wendy on The Monday Box

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The Grey Stuff Brownie Recipe by Kim at Two Kids and a Coupon

From the most elaborate to the simplest recipe, these 6 treats will make everyone excited for March 17th!

What is your favorite Beauty and the Beast themed recipe?

Fitlife Foods in Tampa is Delivering Powerfully Good Meals!

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Occasionally, I learn about a company that I immediately fall in love with.  Being new to Florida, I’ve been missing some on my Boston go-to businesses.  So, the search has been on since we moved to find all those day to day places that you become loyal to over time.  

I was invited to a media tasting at a Fitlife Foods in Tampa last week, which is a company that I had hadn’t heard of prior to this tasting.  The company is based in the Central Florida area and provides healthy meal options that are premade daily from scratch using delicious fresh ingredients.

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The media tasting was my first time visiting a Fitlife Foods store but within minutes of walking into the store, I was hooked!  As a busy mom, I am always looking for healthy and quick meal options for those crazy weeknights.  As a blogger, I am frequently on the go and eating breakfast or lunch out of my car, I never knew that such a healthy and yummy option was available.

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During the event, I had the privilege of meeting chef Andrew Ruga, and I can hand down honestly say, he has amazing skills!  We tried several dishes, from breakfast plates to dessert, and every item that was put in front of me was delicious.  However, the meals weren’t just delicious, a lot of chefs can create a yummy plate of food, what made these meals awesome was that I didn’t have to think twice about what I was putting in my mouth.  Every meal is made with fresh and healthy ingredients which are listed along with the nutritional information on each meals packaging.

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We tried Quinoa Hash, Tampa Bay BBQ Beef with Mac N’ Cheese, Simply Grilled Salmon, Carrot Cake, and so much more.  I left with my belly full and very happy.  My favorite was a tie between the chicken tortellini and the BBQ beef.  I also can’t wait to bring home the Mac ‘n Cheese for my daughter, who asks for this meal for dinner every night.  Fitlife Foods Mac ‘n Cheese is made without the heavy cream and with lots of hidden vegetables, I can kiss the mom guilt of serving bright orange macaroni to my kids goodbye.

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One aspect of Fitlife Foods that has me really excited is Project U.  A complimentary service that sets you up with a health and wellness advisor, who will take your BMI, weight, height and discuss your goals.  Whether you are trying to lose weight or maintain your current weight, your health and wellness advisor will help you set up a plan that works for you.  

I plan to take advantage of this free service soon!  I learned last week that I have PCOS and one of the most important aspects of me overcoming the symptoms of this disease is to monitor what I put in my body and how I’m taking care of myself. This company crossed my path at the perfect time and showed me how easy it is to get a healthy meal with lots of vegetables and protein on my kitchen table. 

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 The option to run into a store and have a healthy meal ready in 2 minutes sounds amazing, but Fitlife Foods just upped their game even higher with delivery!  In certain locations, you can order 8-12 meals or 20-24 meals delivered, along with the purchase of a cooler that holds 12 meals and Fitlife Foods delivers made-from-scratch meals right to you.  Now choosing to eat healthy can’t be any easier.

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 The food was delicious, the staff was incredibly friendly, and the entire concept of this business has me ready to be a frequent customer.

 

10 Simple Ways to Show Kids You Love Them Everyday! #MixInImagination

This post was sponsored by DOLE® as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions expressed in my post are my own.

10 Simple Ways to Show Kids You Love Them Everyday

Life gets crazy!  In my house, I have three children running from school to sports, then finishing up homework, squeezing in time to run around with friends, and so much more sometimes in a single day.  There have been days that once dinner and baths were done, and my children were tucked in to bed, I collapsed on the couch in exhaustion with a bit of mommy guilt.

Some days it felt like we had been running none stop all day.  We were doing things they had begged to do but I still wasn’t sure if I had really connected with them in those little ways that make them grin and know they are what makes my heart beat.

I decided to start trying to do little things throughout the day that would make them sporadically feel special.  Here are 10 of my favorite simple ways to show my munchkins I love them though out the day.
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10 Simple Ways to Show Your Kids You Love Them

  1. Draw on the bathroom mirror.  My oldest is in middle school and often by the time I get up with the twins, he has already woken up and got ready.  He sees the bathroom mirror before he sees me, so I love sporadically grabbing a marker and drawing silly faces on the mirror to make him smile first thing in the morning.
  2. Surprise them at school for lunch.  My tween has explicitly told me NOT to do this to him, but my elementary aged kids love it.  Every so often I will whip up some of their favorite foods, the kind that wouldn’t keep well in a lunch box, and surprise them in the cafeteria.  Their school also lets students sit outside to eat when parents come, adding to that “I’m special” feeling.
  3. Leave something special in their pockets.  We lay out the kids outfits the night before school, so it is easy for me to sneak treats or pictures into there pockets.  One day I knew my oldest was stress about a big test, so I put a small picture of us in his pocket with a note saying “I was proud of him no matter what”.
  4. Say yes when they are expecting a no.  You know, when they have already eaten half your kitchen and are asking for a second helping of dessert, expecting a no.  Or when they want to stay up late an watch a movie and you were already counting down the minutes till bedtime.  Every once in a while, say yes to the usually no’s.
  5. Call them and chat.  If I have errands or work to do on the weekends or after school, the kids are home with dad.  When I am walking from place to place, I will often call and chat with each of them throughout the day. 
  6. Listen to them read.  Now that my kids are older, they are usually off reading to themselves but sometimes I crawl into bed with them or snuggle up on the couch and tell them to read the story to me.  This gives us great one on one time, plus, it helps them master reading out loud.
  7. Bake something yummy.  When I have some extra time in the day, I will surprise them with one of their favorite treats as an afternoon snack.
  8. Build them up by bragging about them.  When I know, they are within ear shot, I will make sure to build up some of their accomplishments and brag about them on the phone to Grammy or to my husband.  With an “Anthony is doing amazing in school, I am so proud” or “Lilly has been being so kind at school, she has such a caring heart”.  
  9. Put the phone away and get off the computer.  As a work at home mom, it is easy for me to sometimes loose sense of time and get caught up in the middle of writing or answering emails, and of course the social media wormhole.  I’ve started setting an alarm 10 minutes before the kids come in from school so that when they walk in the door, they see me, not me staring at a screen.
  10. Pack their school lunch with Love Notes.  By the time the kids sit down in the cafeteria for lunch, half their day has passed.  They could be having a great day, they could also have gotten a bad grade on a test, got into a disagreement with a friend, forgot their locker combination, or just be having crumby day.  So, putting a little note of encouragement in their lunch could lift them up right when they need it.  DOLE Mixations® are now a signature in my kid’s lunch boxes.  Not only are they a delicious combination of smooth fruit sauce mixed with chunks of real fruit, they also have a customizable package that lets you draw fun designs and personal messages on the lids.  This makes sending an unexpected pick-me-up simple and yummy.

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More about DOLE Mixations!

DOLE Mixations are available in 4 great flavors
Apple-Strawberry Sauce with Dices of Apple
Pineapple-Mango Sauce with Pineapple Pieces
Peach-Apple Sauce with Pineapple Pieces
Apple-Raspberry Sauce with Dices of Apple

My kids love all four flavors and I love that they are non-GMO*, contain no high fructose corn syrup, or artificial flavors, are gluten free and rich in Vitamin C!  Making them an ideal snack.

Plus, not only are DOLE Mixations a tasty and healthy snack option, they are also an easy and mess-free snack with no liquid to spill!

Are you ready to try DOLE Mixations and send a little encouragement in your child’s lunch box?  Now’s the time to try them with this great coupon!  Save $1.00 on any one (1) package of DOLE Mixations.

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What little ways do you use to show your children you love them through out the day?


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3 Tips to Get Your Family to the Breakfast Table + A Great Deal on Big G Cereal #BigGBreakfast

This post is written by me on behalf of General Mills. All opinions are entirely my own. This shop has been compensated by Acorn Influence, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.
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My favorite times with my family is around the kitchen table.  As the kids have gotten older, I’ve realized this is one of the few times that they are all able to get along and focus on sharing what is going on in their lives.  However, by the time all three children reached school age, getting everyone to the breakfast table became my most dreaded time of the day.  With three children to get dressed, homework to find, lunches to pack, and of course that one missing shoe to find as the bus pulls down the road, food just wasn’t on my mind.
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Yet I still missed that special time in the morning when I could look around the table and love on my family before the day starts and life gets messy.  After a few weeks of chaos and my mommy intuition nagging at me, I took a few steps to make sure we all got to the breakfast table every morning.
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1.  Lay out everything the kids will need the next day before bed.  I used to do this as a kid, but with my oldest son being incredibly picky about clothes and my daughter wanting to wear every accessorie she owns, I tried to just let them have a free for all to avoid a mommy melt down.  Big mistake!  Now they have 30 minutes before bed to decide exactly what they want to wear down to their socks and undies.
Also backpacks are fully packed.  If homework is not finished by bedtime, they have to explain it to their teacher because gone are the days of rushed homework before school.  Lastly shoes are left by the door and ready to go, no more missing pairs.  Plus I may or may not have threatened to make them wear their snowboots to school the next time they loose their shoes (we moved to Florida this year, snowboots arn’t in fashion).  Having absolutly everything ready to go has helped smooth out our mornings the most.

2. Wake up 15 minutes before I have to wake up the kids.  I used to roll out of bed, stumble to drag each child out of bed, before pushing the start button on the coffee maker.  I am now a morning person at all, so waking up even just 15 minutes early was a transition for me, but it has been a huge help.  In that 15 minutes, I am able to drink some coffee and take a minute to enjoy the calm before the storm.  In turn the kids feed off of my more relaxed energy and have a much more pleasant morning.

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3.  Get easy and quick breakfast options everyone likes, like Big G Cereal!  Big G Cereal keeps my kids smiling with cereals such as Lucky Charms, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Trix, and Cookie Crisp.  Plus they have mommy’s favorite Honey Nut Cheerios, so everytime I’m at Publix I make sure to stock up on all my families favorites.  By putting the kid’s favorite Big G Cereals on the table, everyone comes to the breakfast table happy and ready to enjoy some family time.

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6 Ways to Save on Beef this Holiday Season!

This post is funded by The Beef Checkoff and brought to you by The Motherhood. All opinions in this blog are my own.
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The holidays are here and as the only one with kids in my family, holiday parties are usually at my house.  The kids don’t like to leave their new toys on Christmas and I like them home in their own beds when the ball drops on New Year’s Eve.  While I love all the planning, decorating, and cooking, I don’t always like the impact these huge dinners have on my budget.

Luckily this season, beef retail prices are down nearly 10 percent from the highest prices in late 2014, making it easier on your wallet. This is great news as we plan for holiday meals!  

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You can expect to be seeing lower prices at the meat case in your grocery retailer. Take advantage of these prices as you shop for roasts, steaks and ground beef this season.  I sure will be, my husband loves steak, and my taco dip with layers of ground beef is a holiday staple in my house.
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This 10% savings will definitely help, especially during a time of the year when so much money is already going out.  However, I am always looking for ways to save on my grocery shopping and The Beef Checkoff has some awesome advice.


The Beef Checkoff, the leading authority on all things beef, shares expert tips on how to get the best deals on beef this holiday season and every day.
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Now that you know that it’s an option within your budget, are you thinking about Beef for your holiday dinner but not sure where to start?  Beef It’s What’s For Dinner has you covered.

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Add roasts to your grocery list this holiday season, an excellent cut of beef to serve friends and family! Here are the resources you need for preparing a perfect roast to wow your guests:
This oven roasting guide will help take the guess work out of this simple preparation method.

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Follow this guide to find out exactly how much beef to buy for your guests, no more, no less.

Confused about which roast to buy? Visit the Interactive Butcher Counter for a variety of options – you pick which beef cut fits your needs!

For additional holiday entertaining ideas, browse this recipe collection at beefitswhatsfordinner.com.

Not sure what to make this holiday?
beefitswhatsfordinner.com some incredible recipe ideas!  Here are some favorites;

Citrus-Marinated Beef and Fruit Kabobs

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Braised Short Ribs with Red Wine Sauce

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Beef Stuffing with Apples and Cranberries

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Adding beef to your holiday menu offers endless possibilities and is sure to impress.

Stay connected with Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner for more tips and yummy recipes!
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Have a wonderful holiday dinner!

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Yummy Italian Cookie Recipe!

This post is sponsored by Arm & Hammer and Gold Medal Flour.  All opinions are my own.
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Christmas is next week and in my family that means the oven will be running over time to get all our baking traditions done.  One of my most favorite holiday time baking treat is my Nana’s recipe for Italian Cookies.  These cookies are so soft and yummy with the perfect level of sweetness that allows for you to eat way to many at once.

The recipe is easy to make, luckily because in my family we are always making a second or third batch before the cookies have even hit the oven.  I have so many vivid memories from my childhood of me and my cousins sneaking balls of this dough when my Nana would turn her head, add to that the fact that she was sneaking her own scoops into her mouth when she thought we weren’t looking and you can imagine we needed to keep extra ingredients on hand if we ever wanted a fully cooked cookie.
Now I laugh as I sneak to the laundry room to hide the dough I’m eating after yelling at my kids to “stop raw dough!”

This recipe calls for 3 1/2 cups of flour, and has been nicknamed “The Flour Cookies” by some family members, so as you can imagine picking a good flour and keeping a lot of it on hand during the holidays is very important.  Another big ingredient we use in our kitchen is baking soda.  Luckily, in the busyness of the holidays, these ingredients are convenient to stock up on in the baking aisle at Walmart.  Each year I grab several bags of Gold Medal Flour and a couple boxes of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda so that I won’t have to worry about running out during the holiday season.
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These are trusted name brands that have been around for over 100 years and are still affordable.  My Nana took her cooking and baking very seriously, she always had something baking from scratch, some ravioli’s to cut and a lasagna in the freezer in case someone stopped by unannounced.  So it these brands were in her cabinets throughout my childhood, I use them and definitely recommend them!

So do you want to make some Yummy Cookies this Christmas?
Here’s the recipe!
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Nana’s Italian Cookies

Ingredients:
3/4 cup butter
1/4 cup shortening
3 Eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups Gold Medal Flour
5 Teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar

Mix all dry ingredients in one bowl and all wet ingredients in a second bowl.  Once both bowls are well mixed, slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredient bowel while mixing.

After about half the dry ingredients are mixed in, the dough will become thicker so I then shut off my mixer and begin to kneed the rest of the dry ingredients into the dough until all the flour is absorbed by the butter.

Grease a cookie sheet and preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Roll the dough into 1-2 inch balls to bake for 9-10 minutes.

Optional: Once finished baking I drizzle them with a mixture of 1/2 cup of confectioner’s sugar and 2 teaspoons of water.
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That’s it, super easy yet incredibly delicious!

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