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RSV Season Is Here!

  • November 21, 2011 2:51 pm

It is RSV awareness month, as is it the kick off to the RSV season. RSV stands for Respiratory Syncytial Virus. Although RSV typically presents with cold symptoms, it can be particularly damaging and deadly for preemies. You or I might be merely uncomfortable for a few days, whereas a preemie could easily develop life threatening complications. Their higher risk is why so much attention is given to this virus. Infants under the age of six months are particularly susceptible. In most places, RSV is most prevalent between fall and spring.

There are steps you can take to prevent this illness. Hand washing is critical, and probably the most sensible thing you can do. Avoiding crowds is also helpful. When you are out with your infant, have others wash their hands before touching her, or keep their distance. Washing her toys and bedding frequently is also helpful. Because RSV affects the immature respiratory system, keeping your child away from second hand smoke is critical in reducing susceptibility to RSV, as well as the common cold, pneumonia, croup, bronchitis and a number of other potentially dangerous respiratory diseases.

Two out of my three babies were preemies, and so RSV was something I had to think about when they were little. I hate to be cooped up at home, but found that using a baby carried that faced me prevented most people from getting too close. I have a friend who has a cute little sign on her baby’s carrier that reminds people to wash their hands first.

If your infant does become ill, you should watch for the following symptoms. (This is taken from the RSV website):

-Coughing or wheezing that does not stop
-Fast breathing or gasping for breath
-Spread-out nostrils and/or caved-in chest when trying to breathe
-A bluish color around the mouth or fingernails
-A fever. (In infants under 3 months of age, a fever greater than 100.4°F rectal is a cause for concern)

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of the symptoms above.

Respiratory illnesses in infants, and particularly in preemies can go from mild to deadly very quickly. When it doubt, seek treatment.

Here’s to a happy, healthy Thanksgiving and Christmas season!

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of MedImmune and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”]]>

Soups On! Cookin’ With Augason Farms

  • October 4, 2011 8:29 am

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The arrival of autumn always makes me want pumpkins, sweaters and soup. Lots and lots of soup! There is something very comforting about that kind of food, so October’s theme is all about soups and stews, working in the many wonderful Augason Farm’s soups and other ingredients to make a yummy autumn feast! Soup has traditionally been a low cost meal; not only are the ingredients usually very basic and healthy, but it is easy to sneak in a little of whatever happens to be left over. Waste not, want not. Right?

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Since we know the harvest isn’t always plentiful, it is a good idea to do some stocking up to prepare for times of lesser abundance. It is also wise to learn how to use your food storage so you aren’t at a loss of what to do when hard times hit.

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Augason Farm’s is great because they have both premade, just add water, instant soup mixes- ideal in an extreme emergency scenario and in the daily emergency of “Oh no! What’s for dinner!” I keep cans of their Chicken Noodle Soup mix stocked for that very reason. It is yummy on its own and even better with a few add ins.

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Bottom of the Vegetable Drawer Chicken Soup

1 everyday sized can of Chicken Noodle Soup Mix
1-2 cups of diced chicken (fresh or canned)

Now- here’s where this becomes unique to you. You can stop with just these ingredients and you will have a lovely dinner. I often do. Or you can open your veggie drawer and take a quick inventory of what needs to be eaten. Baby carrots? Into the kettle! Zucchini? Sliced, diced and steaming in the soup! Half an onion? Adds flavor! Celery? YUM!

This is a great way to put those almost bad veggies to good use, and the more you add in, the farther the soup stretches.

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You’ll need to try their other mixes as well. The vegetable stew mix is a great base for almost any soup, the creamy potato is an instant family favorite and the cream soup mixes are perfect for cooking with! Unlike canned or boxed soup, these won’t expire quickly- Augason Farm’s sealed cans have a shelf life of between 10 and 30 years, so you can rotate them as needed or use them for your every day menus.

Minestrone Soup is a meal that gets rave reviews at our house. It is an awesome pantry only meal that can be pulled out for any occasion with twenty minutes notice. It is also very easy to make substitutions, so it is a very forgiving meal when you are working solely with your food storage.

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Minestrone Soup

1 can diced tomatoes
1 can kidney beans or appx 2 cups cooked beans
1 can navy beans or appx 2 cups cooked
1 can tomato soup or Augason Farm’s Tomato Powder plus 1 1/2 cup of water
1/4 cup Augason Farm’s Spinach leaves
3 Tbs chicken bouillon
3 Tbs dried basil
2 tsp dried parsley
3 tsp dried oregano
4 cloves diced garlic
1/2 cup onions (or more if you love them)
2 cups water
1 cup pasta- I like the traditional shell pasta.

Now, this is easy to adjust for what the season has to offer; you can toss in potato dices, carrots, zucchini. Whether you are hoping to stretch the soup to make more meals or just use up the half a zucchini you have threatening to rot in the crisper, adding extras can go along way toward saving your food budget. If you are rotating your storage, the potatoes are a great addition; just add the beans after the taters are ready.

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The cooking directions can’t get much simpler, dump it in a pan, simmer and let the noodles cook until they are soft. This soup makes for great left overs, so I usually double my recipe.

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Soup needs bread like flowers need rain, so I like to make dinner rolls to go along with these. The Augason Farm’s Bread Mixes are quick and easy. Prepare your dough, roll into balls and bake until toasty. They are the perfect side!

I also use a lot of soup in cooking. One of my favorite non-soup soup recipes (did you follow that? Haha) is a wonderful taco dish I’ve loved since I was a little kid. I get rave reviews when i serve it to company, so I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

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Oven Tacos

10 flour tortillas
1 1/2 lb ground beef or Vegetarian Beef Substitute
3 cups cream of chicken soup
4 cups Monterrey jack cheese
2 tbs cumin
1 tbs rubbed sage
1 taco seasoning packet
2 tbs southwestern seasoning
1/2 cup onions (optional)

Heat ground beef, taco seasoning and onions in a skillet until cooked through.

Mix soups and seasonings with 2-3 cups of water. Set half of mixture aside and combine the remaining half with your meat.

Divide your meat mixture into 10 portions, and scoop into 10 tortillas. Sprinkle each tortilla generously with cheese, roll up and lay into a 9×13 baking pan.

Once the pan is full, pour the remaining soup mixture over the top and sprinkle with cheese. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes, until it is cooked through and the cheese is melted.

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Once it is out of the over, top with your favorite Mexican food embellishments like sour cream, guacamole, black olives and salsa and serve.

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I hope you will enjoy trying out these recipes, and that you will try a few Augason Farm’s products. They really do make life easier and keep your family well set for a rainy day. You may notice that I used the onions in most of the recipes I shared today. These are, by far, my favorite convenience food! They save so much prep time and clean up in the kitchen, and they are on sale right now along with several other items featured in the Harvest Sale that runs for the next few days. It is a great time to get an order in!

Avocados

  • September 24, 2011 8:52 am

Spookamole recipe contest? It is the contest to enter if you, like me, rock the guac. I am always looking for new ways to work this exceptionally tasty and good for you fruit into my family’s diets, so when I was asked if I would blog about this cute contest and contribute a recipe, I had to say yes. The theme is Halloween and the ingredient is Guacamole= Spook-a-mole. Cute, no?

You can check out the Haas Avocados site for super cute party ideas, from creepy monster eyeballs to soup served in a pumpkin. You can even enter your own recipe!

Here is one of my favorites!

Double Decker Avocado Chicken Tostadas

You will need:

corn tortillas
2 cups diced, cooked chicken breasts
1 can black beans
1/2 red onion finely chopped
1 cup cilantro
1 cup Monterey Jack Cheese
1/4th cup mayo
2 cloves of garlic (pressed or chopped)
salt & pepper to taste
2-3 avocados diced

Plus tasty garnishes:
guacamole
sour cream
salsa
olives

Lightly paint both sides of a tortilla with oil or cooking spray, bake at 450 degrees for 8 minutes, or until tortilla begin to brown. Flip and repeat, toasting for about 4 minutes this time. (You want these pretty toasty).

While those are toasting, mix beans, chicken, onion, cilantro, garlic, mayo, salt and pepper, and heat into the microwave until very hot. Then put a generous dollop onto your tortilla, spread it so it covers the whole tortilla, and liberally sprinkle with cheese and diced avocado. Add a second tortilla on top of that, and do another layer of the chicken mixture, cheese and avocado, garnish with sour cream, black olives, salsa and guacamole and serve immediately. I really love these with a mango salsa.

Hope you enjoy these and the many other recipes using avocados! They are a great way to work in brain boosting fats and nutrients, and you can get them year round!

“I wrote this review while participating in a Spookamole blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Avocados from Mexico and received avocado items to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

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Recess Matters

  • September 21, 2011 4:28 pm

You see, California is broker than broke, so the district we left had recently fired one third of their teachers and canceled all specials like physical education and music. While all of this was hard on everyone involved, upped class sizes to unreasonable levels, and basically killed morale- there was one silver lining. To keep the teacher's contracts fair and allow them to have the prep time and humane potty breaks that these special classes provided, they increased recesses. My son's second grade class had three to four recesses per day, in roughly fifteen to twenty minute increments.

Some parents griped about the lost learning time, others, like me, wondered why they weren't already doing this- simply as part of a healthy educational environment! Kids who have the chance to stretch and run off the wiggles a few times a day are able to better focus on the academics. Time to decompress and move actually results in students who are more ready to learn, more alert, and more physically fit. No adult wants to sit, glued to the same types of quiet tasks for hours on end, no matter how enjoyable the task or how brilliant they are. While adults take their coffee breaks and quick walks around the office, do stretches in their cubicles and wander down the hall to the vending machines, our kids sit on their butts with brains more full of apathy and daydreams than knowledge.

When we moved to South Dakota, the funding was much better. The P.E. and music classes are phenomenal, and the resources available are great, but a lot has been lost as we have gone down to only one recess per day. Class isn't going as well. Facts aren't as sticky as they used to be and the enthusiasm level is way down. The ADHD levels are way up, along with stress and peer conflict. I'm no psychologist, but I'd bet my booty the lack of free range running is a pretty important factor in that.

This is why I was happy to get behind the Danimal’s Rally for Recess Campaign. Five lucky, lucky schools across America are going to get brand new, gorgeous playgrounds and an all day recess celebration- all you need to do is register the codes on the Danimal’s yogurt on their webpage, and the school with the most codes wins! Make sure your kid’s school is in the running next time you are at the store and get those codes ready to go. Good luck!

“I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Danimals and received a gift card to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”]]>

Testing Out A New Febreeze Product

  • September 20, 2011 9:07 am

Set & Refresh air freshener and let me know what I thought. I am always nervous about trying new scented products because at best I get a splitting headache and nausea, at worse I have a full blown asthma attack. On top of those two typical reactions, it always stinks to waste ten bucks on something that made you sick and didn’t solve your stink problem. So- a chance to try one free, with no strings attached is a chance I jump at. (I did this once with a laundry detergent that will remain nameless and got a free rash- my skin is as sensitive as my allergies! Needless to say, that didn’t get blogged. Yow!) I am happy to report that I have had no unpleasant reactions to this air freshener at all, which is kind of awesome.

Now, most of the time, I don’t want to my house to smell clean- I want it to be clean. If it is clean, typically there is no need for a clean scent to mask the clean. But, one has to keep in mind that I live on an air force base in a house that came with a few interesting quirks, one being a slightly off smell in my hallway, right by Jonas’ room. Most of the time, I hardly notice it. But- when you add tween boy sock and a hamster cage on top of it, wow. I can’t stand it even a little bit. While I am busy cracking the whip on cleaning the hamster cage and handing out written reminders on the location of the laundry basket, it helps to pop in a quick air freshener. I’ve kept this one right in Jonas’ room and it is quite mild and light, and just the ticket for handling those minor irritations until he can get to them.

It is easy to use, discreet, doesn’t plug in to anything ( I hate plug ins), requires no batteries or flame monitoring and is pretty long lasting. It doesn’t have two days where it is so strong you want to gaga, three good days and then a steady fade away into nothing- it remains a very constant, even scent until it is gone, so no funky surprises or suffering until it hits a livable level. And, it is safe enough and idiot proof enough for my kids to pop in a refill as needed. Perfect. I like it. This will definitely be on my list of kid-friendly air fresheners!

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Febreze and received a Set & Refresh unit plus refills to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”]]>

Organizing

  • September 6, 2011 11:18 am

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This was my hobby closet. It is a great closet, but, as you can see, it has too much stuff in it. It also doesn’t help that the too much stuff isn’t even remotely organized. And it really, super duper doesn’t help that all three of my children have recently tried to climb the closet to get down their favorite movies and games, and dumped a ton of boxes out in the process. As you can see, the closet has migrated onto the floor, and it now covering a significant portion of the hallway.

AAAAAAACCKKKK!

SOMETHING MUST BE DONE!!!!!!

The rest of my home is fairly neat- this closet had become the junk drawer gone haywire. To top things off, it is right after the Craft and Hobby Association trade show, so my very best friend, the UPS guy has been at my house almost daily dropping off samples. A box of flowers, 26 new paper lines and all their trappings. On one hand, I’m dying of happiness; on the other I’m literally dying a slow death drowning in scrapbooking supplies.

Oy.

So, I got this Brother P-Touch label maker in the mail along with with a challenge to do a little organizing in my craft room and share it on my blog. They had no idea of the mountain they were suggesting I climb. The good thing is, the label maker was fairly idiot-proof (I like that in an electronic device) so I didn’t have to spend much time fussing over it. It prints, has cool deco settings, and has a built in scissor to cut off the label.

***LOVE***

I really have tried hard not to have excess craft supplies. At least twice a year I do a major purge and pass on the left overs to clear out my space. Because I don’t want to have that much stuff cluttering up my life, I don’t even want a whole room dedicated to it. I gave the “craft room” to my husband and claimed the closet.

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To begin with, I pulled everything out of the closet- it took several hours to go through everything. I sold off a large chunk, took a big box of give-a-way stuff to church and filled multiple trash bags until I had a reasonable amount of stuff.

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Then I took my label maker, picked one of my favorite fonts, and got to labeling. I love to have things put away, but I hate to not know where things are. It makes pulling out and then cleaning up twice as time consuming as it should be, and then you just get fed up and shove it all into a box and shut the door, or you refuse to do anything crafty. My biggest storage headache are my dies for my die cutting machine. I have A LOT of dies. My favorite storage solution are these black magnetic folders. They are crazy hard to find because they’ve been discontinued, but if you look around, you’ll find a few. I labeled all of them, so I never have to open eight folders to find the one die I’m looking for! For my larger dies, I used a cute accordion file folder (the kind that closes with a rubber band), labeled each of the folders, and slipped my odd sized borders and boxes dies inside.

I got my punches and adhesive separated (and look- who knew I was nearly out of glue? I need to go shopping STAT!), labeled a few more semi clear containers – one for cardstock one for completed layouts (I know, I know, buy a new album already). The rest of the items went into baskets labeled embellishments, stamps, etc.

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By the time I was done, not only could you find things- but you could see the floor! Wahoo!

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Beautiful.

I think I’ll do the pantry next!

“I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Brother P-Touch and received a product and gift card to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”]]>

American Express Pre-Paid Cards

  • September 2, 2011 6:01 am

We live in a world of instant gratification which has created a world of extreme consumer debt. It doesn't take a recap of the past four years to understand how dangerous monetary irresponsibility can be. People have lost homes, cars and their families in the wake of financial disaster- while we can't control markets, we can usually exercise some control over our own finances, and be prepared by living within our means. Whether you need to reign in your own spending or teach a teen or college aged kid to be smart with a budget, many financial advisers suggest that you should go to a cash only system. I've done the cash only system and it works well. Having a very specific allotment of funds for a particular part of your budget, be it groceries, entertainment or even back to school shopping- this strict approach can work wonders in relieving debt and creating savings. The only real problem with it is that it can be extremely inconvenient in a digital world. I don't want to haul all the kids into the gas station to pay for my gas with cash. I don't want to make a deposit into my bank every time I want to shop online (which is frequently). Those things cost time and money.

I was given the opportunity to check out the American Express Pre-Paid Card. It functions on the same principle as cash. You load a card for the part of the budget you are working with (it connects to your bank account, so you can add as needed) and use it responsibly so you don’t run out. It offers all the ease of a credit card without the limitless debt trouble you can get yourself into. It is the perfect tool for sending with a sitter or a kid headed to college, and can help you get a handle on your finances as well. It also has provision to help you deal with a lost card, unlike cash, which is just gone when it is gone.

If you need a little extra help teaching yourself or your children discipline, try this out! It can be a big help.

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of American Express and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”]]>

Game Time Movie

  • September 1, 2011 5:40 am

It is the inspiring story of a young football player who has to handle some hard things, but who uses his skills on and off the field to create success and bring peace to his life. He has a successful life, and everything seems to be going his way until his father falls ill. This tragedy forces him to revisit some tough stuff from his childhood and young adult years, but with courage and the support of family and friends, he overcomes some of those challenges and learns more about forgiveness, living with dignity and not letting the past cloud who you can be today. It is a great show for a family that is trying to inspire their children to do the right thing even when it is hard, and to be loyal to their family, even when it isn’t easy.

Check out the trailer and be there to see it on Sept 3rd!

“I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of P&G and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”]]>

Food Storage Staple: Mouthwatering Oats!

  • August 31, 2011 12:23 pm

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There are certain basic, life sustaining foods that are key in any food storage. Today, we’re talking oats. Personally, I think oats are one of the easiest staples to incorporate into your food routine. They can be eaten straight or used to add texture, flavor or nutrients to a number of yummy dishes. They are also one of the very most economical items to add to your long term pantry- strive to put more oats into your diet and not only will you be choosing a more heart healthy diet, but your grocery budget will stretch farther. When I got to thinking about what I wanted to focus on for my September Augason Farm’s food storage article, I couldn’t get good old fashioned oats off my mind, so I started cooking up a storm, and this post is the result. Today, I’m sharing four of my favorite oat recipes with you-and covering every meal of the day!

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Now, since oats are such a versatile grain and so good for you- oats have low calories as well as unique antioxidants and high quantities of B1, manganese, protein and lots more benefits- I buy in bulk. Feeding a family of five means I can go through quite a lot. I get my oats in six gallon buckets from Augason Farms. I have a special seal for my bucket called a gamma seal that re-seals a bucket so tightly that the original shelf life of 30 years still applies. If you keep oats in a regular container in your pantry, they should be consumed within a year; technically within about three months for optimal nutritional value. But enough about oats! Oats are awesome! Enough said. Let’s get cooking!

Breakfast at our house is often a bowl of oatmeal (or a plastic cup of oatmeal as my kids run for the bus, depends on how crazy the morning is). My kids love flavored oatmeal. They will, under no circumstances, eat oatmeal straight and I can’t blame them. The flavor packets you can buy aren’t very economically friendly; you can make your own for much less. We usually make strawberry oatmeal.

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Leah’s Strawberry Oatmeal

(makes 30 servings)

8 cups quick oats
2 cups strawberrieschopped
1/2 to 3/4 cups sugar
1/4 cup morning moos or powdered milk

If you like it extra creamy, replace half the moos with Augason Farm’s sour cream powder. It adds a richer flavor.

Put 1/3 cup of this mixture into a bowl, add 1/2 cup boiling water and serve. You can also dump the water straight in the bowl with the oats and microwave it for about a minute and a half; that is usually what we do.

If you want to mix it up a little, you can replace the strawberries with apples and cinnamon, blueberries, peaches, etc. If you are feeling especially daring, use chocolate morning moos and throw in a handful of chocolate chips. It’s delicious!

I love oatmeal for breakfast. It is so low calorie, but still so filling. About a year ago I lost thirty pounds- and a big part of that was having a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast every morning. It kept me full and going strong. I also love that when I make this myself, I leave out all the preservatives, unpronounceable ingredients and the red dye #40 that my son can’t tolerate. Jonas rarely gets to eat anything strawberry flavored, but when I make this from scratch, he can have all he likes. Real strawberries are plenty red without adding in unhealthy color!

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ABC Meatball Soup

2 cups Augason Farm’s Alphabet Soup Mix
3 cups chicken stock
1 can tomato soup
1 can diced tomatoes
4 tbs basil
1 tbs coriander
2 cups water (more if you like a runnier soup, less if you like a stew)

Bring to a boil then simmer low for 60 to 90 minutes (until the rice and split peas are soft)

Then add meatballs and serve.

To make the meatballs I grab a pan or sheet of tinfoil and prepare to make a mess. You can make them with whatever blend you like, but for mine, I used 1lb of ground beef and 2 cups TVP (prepared according to directions) as my base. If you want to use ground turkey or change up the ratios, that is totally your call. While you can make meatballs with straight TVP, it is a lot harder to get them to “ball” properly without a little real meat in there.

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I mash this up together, then I add a major squirt of ketchup (probably a little over half a cup) as well as 2 cups of oats and a half cup of onions. I mix those items all together, then roll out meatballs, plop them on a baking sheet and broil them on high for about six minutes, stopping to turn them midway so they cook evenly.

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I always make an extra large batch- they freeze well, and we love meatballs on our spaghetti or with mashed potatoes.

Now onto the junk food! Who can hear the words oats without thinking about oatmeal cookies? Not me!

Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

These are so chewy and wonderful. I made a double batch two days ago and I am actually eating the very last cookie while typing this.

1/2 cup (1 stick) + 6 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
3 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons cinnamon
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup raisins
1 cup chocolate chunks

Bake at 350°F.

Ok, now, that is the recipe. Before you go any farther, I want you to go back up there and double it. Trust me, they’re that good. Bake these cookies and husbands will fall at your feet, children will do extra chores happily and if everyone in the whole world had one in each fist- we’d have world peace.

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My last recipe today is for Oatmeal Bread. I absolutely adore this bread. It is amazing toast, wonderful with jams and butter and heavenly with cinnamon and raisins baked into it.

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I used to be seriously bread challenged until my good friend Darcy (who is amazing and beautiful in every way possible) took me under her wing and gave me bread lessons. Out of the many incredible breads we made, this one had my heart. Here are the ingredients so you can give it a go!

Oatmeal Bread

10 cups white flour
2 cups oatmeal
1 cup oat bran
3 T yeast
4 cups hot water
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup oil
2 T salt

Mix your dry ingredients and add in yeast and water. Let it sit and mellow for about 10 minutes. Knead it, form loaves, let is rise and then bake at 375 for about 30 minutes.

If you want to make it really special, roll the dough into a rectangle, liberally sprinkle it with cinnamon and raisins and roll it up and form a loaf. Eat it warm with butter and prepare to swoon.

I hope you enjoyed these oat ideas for September! Remember to check back monthly for new preparedness motivation and ideas for rotating your food storage. Don’t forget to “like” Augason Farms on Facebook to see all the current specials and contests!

Fijit Friends

  • August 25, 2011 2:14 pm

Fijits. Maggie has Willa and Jonas has Sage- Gabe steals whichever one he can get his hands on. We were asked to review them, and they are pretty cute. They are little alien-like robots that dance, play music, tell jokes and respond to over 150 phrases! It has a huggable squishy body and will dance along to any music you want to listen to, so it doesn’t matter if you are a country girl, a rock star or an opera diva- it likes what ever it is that you like. You can push the Fijit’s belly and it will light up and come to robotic-life. Then it will start to have a conversation with you!

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It asks “what do you want to do now?” If you respond, “I want to dance”, it will ask you “your tunes or mine?” and then proceed to bust a move with you. My personal favorite move is when it does the sprinkler- pretty clever. You can also put it to sleep and it will snore and bend over like it has fallen asleep standing up. It has a whole repertoire of jokes that my kids think are hilarious (and will probably be torturing their school mates with at back to school). It has three main modes, dance, jokes and home, so your kids can play with it no matter what they feel like doing. These guys have been a big hit, and they have gotten the kids moving and grooving.

I’ve enjoyed how busy they have kept the kids while Chris has been gone. The only downside is that they don’t have a volume control, and they aren’t quiet. It is a small price to pay for a little break though, and my kids usually just take them to their rooms or backyard. The only real problem with these cute little guys is that we have two Fijits and three kids!

“I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Mattel Fijit Friends and received promotional items to thank me for taking the time to participate.”]]>