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Family Matters: PupSicle


PupSicleMy dog Astro is a digger of epic proportions.

I wouldn’t trade his big, goofy face and soulful eyes for all the tea in China, but seriously, he has to stop digging. I’ve tried almost everything. Everything that won’t hurt him, that is.

Yet, he digs. I’m pretty sure I could have a pool installed in my backyard before too long, given all his digging lately.

We made sure he can’t dig against the foundation of the house and the sprinkler system was a goner years ago, so I don’t worry about that, but sheesh! Why can’t he dig (if he HAS to dig) in the defunct garden area? What’s so hard about that?

Point being, I’ve read that dogs dig because they are bored. I have to give them that. I don’t have a doggie trampoline or swing set in the backyard for Astro. Sleeping and rearranging my wood pile all day has got to get monotonous.

So, I saw something on Pinterest I had to try.

It’s perfect for doggie distraction and for cooling them down on a hot summer day.

I think it occupied Astro for an hour, which is a near record.

Basically, you fill a large bowl with doggie snacks, toys and treats. Fill it with water and then freeze it. I filled mine with half chicken broth, half water.

When it was frozen and I let it loose in the backyard, Astro went crazy. He licked at that giant PupSicle until he had unearthed the toys and treats, staying hydrated and cool in the process.

Cost: Free with whatever you have on hand.

Payoff: Priceless. 17,000 fewer holes in your backyard.



Shop the Sale: Grilled Marinated Rump Roast


Grilled Marinated Rump RoastThis is the time of year I want to grill meat, not slow-roast it in the oven.

However, for rump roast, you want to not only marinate it but also cook low and slow to thoroughly tenderize the meat. With this recipe, you can have the best of both worlds.

The beer helps break down the connective tissue in the meat, making it more tender (don’t worry, any alcohol burns off in the cooking process).

This is the perfect recipe for a lazy summer afternoon on the back porch. Grab a tall glass of tea, relax in a hammock or lounge chair, and enjoy the smell of roasting meat wafting from the grill.

Grilled Marinated Rump Roast

Ingredients:
2 Tbs vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1/2 cup chili sauce, or your favorite barbecue sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 (12 oz) can or bottle beer
1 (3 1/2 to 4 lb) rolled beef rump roast
2 cups hickory wood chips

Directions:
In a 1-quart saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook onions and garlic in oil until onion is tender, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Stir in chili sauce, salt, pepper and beer.

Place beef in shallow glass or plastic dish, or resealable food-storage plastic bag. Pour beer mixture over beef; turn beef to coat with marinade. Cover dish or seal bag. Refrigerate at least 8 hours but no longer than 24 hours, turning beef occasionally.

Cover wood chips with water; soak 30 minutes. If using charcoal grill, place drip pan directly under grilling area and arrange coals around edge of firebox. Heat coals or gas grill for indirect heat.

Remove beef from marinade; reserve marinade. Insert spit rod lengthwise through center of beef; hold firmly in place with adjustable holding forks. Insert barbecue meat thermometer so tip is near center of beef but not touching spit rod. Drain wood chips. Add about 1/2 cup wood chips to medium-low coals or lava rock.

Cover and grill beef on rotisserie over drip pan 4 inches from medium-low heat about 2 hours for medium doneness (160° F), brushing occasionally with marinade and adding 1/2 cup wood chips to coals or rock every 30 minutes. Remove spit rod, holding forks and thermometer. Discard any remaining marinade. Cover beef with foil and let stand 15 minutes before slicing.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 275, Calories from Fat: 80, Fat: 9 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 105 mg, Sodium: 310 mg, Carbohydrates: 8 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 40 g

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Mi Blog Hispano: La Manzanilla y sus Beneficios


La Manzanilla y sus BeneficiosDesde pequeña siempre en mi casa se usaba la Manzanilla para múltiples cosas. Recuerdo que si el estómago dolía él Té de manzanilla era un aliado perfecto, si había picazón en los ojos lavarlos con agua de Manzanilla era obligatorio y para el insomnio no podía faltar. Ya de adulta conociendo los muchos beneficios que ofrece la Manzanilla, comprendo por qué mi madre y mi abuela la usaban casi a diario.

La Manzanilla, también conocida como Camomila, es una hierba y se toma normalmente en forma de infusión, aunque también se usa en productos de belleza y para medicinas.  Se dice que principalmente es buena para aliviar los trastornos digestivos y es recomendada para la indigestión, nauseas, vómitos, gases intestinales y colon irritable. También se usa contra la sinusitis, aliviar los dolores menstruales y por ser un diurético natural ayuda a prevenir el colesterol y la arteriosclerosis, así como también es recomendada en casos de ansiedad, insomnio y depresión. Mucha gente usa el agua de manzanilla o champús a base de ella, para aclarar el cabello y darle brillo.

De la misma manera la Manzanilla es buena al aplicarse sobre la piel  para aliviar quemaduras, escaras, hemorroides y eczemas. Las cremas y ungüentos que tienen como componente la manzanilla pueden usarse para masajes y ayudan a aliviar dolores en casos de reuma y artritis.

Mi abuelita decía que la Manzanilla era buena para mejorar el sistema inmunológico y combatir los refriados así como el dolor de cabeza, para esto les recomiendo echar un puñado de manzanilla en grano en medio litro de agua hirviendo y  retirar el agua del fuego. Luego dejarla reposar por unos minutos y colarla, agregar unas gotitas de limón y tomarla… Usted verá como en pocos minutos su dolor se aliviará. Cuando el dolor de cabeza es muy fuerte y persistente también puede agregar al agua de manzanilla cubitos de hielo para que se enfríe, luego empapar pañitos en la manzanilla y colocarlo sobre los parpados.



Healthy Living: Refrigerator Pickles


Refrigerator PicklesI got this recipe from a blog site called “The Foodie Physician,” so it has to be good for you, right?

All joking aside, homemade pickles ARE healthy for you. What better way to get a few extra servings of veggies than in pickled form. (I’ve seen a recipe for pickled peaches I want to try this year, too.)

I’ve always been fascinated by the pickling process. My mom had this amazingly large pressure cooker. She sterilized all the jars, filled the jars and then did something with them in the pressure cooker. I was always certain they were about to explode, and we were one step away from being bread-and-butter homeless.

It never happened, but that image certainly deterred me from wanting to can my own foods.

This method is super easy. No threat to the house blowing up at all.

Super Easy Refrigerator Dill Pickles
Serves 5

Ingredients:
3/4 cup distilled white vinegar
1 1/4 cups water
2 Tbs kosher salt
1 Tbs plus 1 tsp sugar
4 cloves garlic, peeled
1/8 tsp red chili flakes
12 sprigs fresh dill
1 Tbs coriander seeds
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 lb Kirby, mini or Persian cucumbers, cut into spears (I used English hothouse with complete success.)

Directions:
Heat the vinegar, water, salt and sugar together in a medium saucepan until the salt and sugar are dissolved, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let cool.

Divide the garlic, chili flakes, dill, coriander seeds and mustard seeds between two standard (1 1/2 cup) Mason jars. Place the cucumber spears in the jars, packing them in to fit. Pour the brine mixture into the jars. Add water as needed to cover the cucumbers with liquid. Close the jars and refrigerate for 24 hours before serving.

Store pickles in a sealed jar in the fridge.

Calories Per Serving: 41, Fat: 0.4 g (0.1 g Saturated Fat), Protein: 1 g, Carbohydrates: 8.2 g, Fiber: 1 g

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Product Talk: Daiya Deliciously Dairy-Free, Cheddar-Style Shreds


Daiya Deliciously Dairy-Free, Cheddar-Style ShredsI think I’ve mentioned before that I have a son with autism.

Back when he was being diagnosed and we were beginning our journey in the world of the neurotypical 10 years ago, there was a lot of advice out there about dietary plans for children on the autism spectrum.

The gluten-free, dairy-free diet was the biggest one, the theory having something to do with leaky gut and intestinal issues that cause children to process foods differently, adversely affecting the way their brains process information. So many of my friends with children on the autism spectrum had tried it with great success.

However, back in those days, the gluten-free, dairy-free products on the market weren’t…let’s say…the tastiest. We loved our family tradition of pizza on Friday nights. Well, let me just tell you, 10 years ago, gluten-free, dairy-free pizza wasn’t the most delightful way to end a week.

All that has changed with products like Daiya Deliciously Dairy-Free, Cheddar-Style Shreds and other cheeses.

All Daiya products are dairy-free, soy-free and gluten-free.

They mimic the texture and taste of regular cheese beyond the shadow of a doubt, but still with the dairy-free promise.

Swap it out for your cheese products today and see what lactose-free living is all about, without sacrificing taste and texture.



Dine In: Lobster Bisque En Croute


Lobster Bisque En CrouteSo, about that gala I went to a few weekends ago…

Are you tired of hearing about it yet? I’m sorry, but the whole evening was so magical. I’ve been thrilled to relive it over and over on my dining room table, minus the stunning flower arrangements, crystal chandeliers and napkins folded like a tuxedo over a menu card.

Maybe I could try that at home, but I’m not sure my kids would really appreciate a menu card at their place setting before each meal.

But back to the gala…

The meal opened with a velvety lobster bisque en croute, which is a fancy, gala-esque way of saying soup with a lovely pastry topping.

It was marvelous. The creaminess of the bisque played perfectly off the acidity of the tomato, and the lobster was just little chunks of heaven in the soup. The pastry layer, which was baked on top of the bowl, was light, flaky, buttery and magnificent.

Despite the fancy name, this recipe is really quite easy to make.

Enjoy!

Lobster Bisque En Croute

Ingredients:
2 oz butter
1/4 cup flour
1 (1 to 1 1/2 lb) lobster
1 celery stalk, diced
1 cup onion, diced
1/2 cup French brandy
1 shallot, minced
1 quart fish stock
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 tsp tomato puree
1 cup heavy cream
1 Tbs lobster base
2 sheets frozen puff pastry dough

Directions:
Melt butter in a large, heavy ovenproof skillet or saucepan. Whisk in flour to make a light roux.

Break the lobster up into sections. Brown the onions, celery and lobster meat in a 425° F oven; stir every 10 to 15 minutes.

Remove from oven when browned and place on the range; flame with French brandy. Add in the shallots, fish stock and white wine; let simmer for at least 1 hour. Cool slightly and strain through a fine sieve.

To the strained bisque, add in tomato puree, cream and lobster base to taste. Thicken the bisque with the roux to desired consistency.

At serving time, fill six oven-proof serving dishes with the bisque. Top with puff pastry dough, cut to size. Bake in 425° F oven until golden and puffed. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 263, Calories from Fat: 44, Fat: 16 g (10 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 71 mg, Sodium: 663 mg, Carbohydrates: 7 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 9 g

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Family Matters: Diaper Changing Made Easy, Anywhere


Diaper Changing Made Easy, AnywhereIt’s a little known fact that you spend 99 percent of your child’s first year changing diapers.

Okay, it’s not that much, but it sure can feel like it.

That’s why it’s important to make the job quick and easy, anywhere in your house.

You probably have a diaper-changing station set up in your baby’s nursery. I started out using a waterproof, wipeable plastic pad that I set on my son’s toy box. That proved kind of awkward, so I bought a Jenny Lind changing table that I kept in his room for easy diaper changes.

However, his room isn’t the only place I needed to change a diaper quickly, especially when my second son came along and I didn’t want to leave him alone in one spot while leaving to change the older one’s diaper (or vice versa, especially with a toddler who can move!). I set up another diaper-changing station in my living room. I bought a cute basket and stocked it with diapers, wipes, an extra set of clothes, a mat or pad I could easily wipe down, plastic bags for disposing of dirty diapers and a few toys to distract baby during diaper changes.

I created a similar portable changing station in my bedroom with a box I could slide under the bed.

A basket, decorative box or even a fabric bag can make cute, portable changing stations all throughout your house so a quick diaper change is only a grab away.



Family Matters: Self-Feeding Snacks


Self-Feeding SnacksBy now, your baby has acquired some mad fine motor skills and wants to put them to use at all times, especially when they’re eating.

My son used to slap my hand away when he saw the long-handled silver baby spoon coming his way. He’d much rather painstakingly pick up morsels from the tray of his high chair than have me feed it to him.

There are plenty of snacks your baby can enjoy and exert some independence by feeding himself. Gerber Graduates Yogurt Melts are one of those.

Yogurt Melts are little bite-sized yogurt nuggets, freeze-dried and easy for snacking at home or on the go. They are a good source of vitamins A, C and E, and they are made with real fruit and yogurt. They are easy to chew with no mess! Yogurt Melts are made with live and active cultures, and contain no preservatives, artificial sweeteners or flavors.

Whole-grain cereals, like Cheerios, are another tried and true favorite. Baby can pick them up, enjoy their whole-grain taste, and either chew or gum them, all by themselves.

Small bits of banana, slightly smashed peas, avocado, toast and cheese are also great snacks for baby to pick up and eat by himself.



Family Matters: Diapers and Pull-Ups


Diapers and Pull-UpsSometime in the next months, your baby will transition from diapers to pull-ups. Big kid diapers, as we used to call them.

I loved when we finally hit the stage where they could take their own diapers off and on (carefully, with some help, of course). They felt pretty empowered, too, and it spurred them on to potty training!

Pull-ups are diapers that function more like regular underwear. Still absorbent and ready to catch whatever your little one eliminates, pull-ups can be pulled up or down, or opened at the sides, if necessary.

They are not as bulky as regular diapers and, at least in the case of my boys, made them more interested in using the potty and wearing “big boy” underpants.

 



Shop the Sale: Maple-Bacon Toffee Bars


Brookshire’s BaconI was at home alone last night, a rarity for me these days.

I had changed out of my work clothes and into comfy clothes, and I was browsing Pinterest for something totally unrelated to bacon, until I stumbled upon this recipe.

No one else in my house would eat this, but hey, no one else was in my house!

I decided to try it. I had all the ingredients at home, so there was no need to find a baseball cap and try to sneak over to Brookshire’s incognito because we all know that doesn’t work. The very minute you try to slap on a hat to hide the fact that you already took off your makeup and scrunch your T-shirt up so that no one notices the hole in the bottom left corner, you’ll run into everyone you know. And their mother. And your preacher. And your boss.

It’s practically the law.

Not that I’ve ever tried, but I’ve heard about the phenomenon from a friend.

Cough.

Cough.

So, being as that I had all the ingredients at home, I whipped up a batch of these maple-bacon bars, using the Brookshire’s Bacon I’d just bought on sale.

There were none left the next day. I think that friend must have eaten them.

Maple-Bacon Toffee Bars

Ingredients:
1 lb Brookshire’s Bacon
1 pkg Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
1/2 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup brown sugar

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325° F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and liberally grease the foil with cooking spray. Unroll the crescent rolls into one single plane of dough and pinch any perforations together to seal. Stretch the dough out a little with your hands so it’s even. Prick the dough with a fork all over. Set aside.

Meanwhile, cook your bacon. Cook it until it’s technically safe enough to eat and just about done, but still lighter in color and not quite crispy. You don’t want it fully cooked and crispy as it will continue to cook in the oven. Drain the bacon on a paper towel-lined plate.

Drizzle 1/4 cup of the maple syrup over the crescent roll dough. Sprinkle with about 1/4 cup of the brown sugar. Top with torn pieces of the cooked bacon. Drizzle the remaining maple syrup on top of the bacon pieces; top with remaining brown sugar.

Bake for approximately 25 minutes, or until bubbling and caramelized. Remove from the oven and allow the pan to come to room temperature (or warm to the touch) before cutting or breaking into pieces. You can serve this at room temperature or slightly warmed. It tastes best the day of but can be eaten the next day, if stored in an airtight container.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 562, Calories from Fat: 296, Fat: 33 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (12 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 62 mg, Sodium: 1649 mg, Potassium: 379 mg, Carbohydrates: 44 g, Sugar: 30 g, Protein: 23 g

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