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Parmigiano Reggiano is a Staple in Our Home. #ParmesanAmbassador

Parmigiano Reggiano cheese is a staple in our home. As an Italian-American, I cannot imagine not having this cheese in the fridge.  Nor would I dream of eating pasta and may other dishes without it. That is why I was thrilled to be asked to be a blogger ambassador for Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.
If you truly want rich flavor, don’t settle for pre-grated parmesan cheese. There is nothing like the intense flavor you get from freshly grating a wedge of Parmigiano Reggiano right into and on top of your favorite recipes and dishes.  Parmigiano Reggiano cheese is made by a collective of farmers and producers in Italy. If you see the pin-dots on the rind, you know you have the real deal!
This cheese is great on way more than pasta, grate it on of your salad,  it is delicious in soups, I love it on veggies and a real favorite is using it to make oven baked potato wedges. Even the rind can be used to flavor a delicious homemade broth. If you want to see more ways to use this great cheese, click HERE.
If you are lactose intolerant, you will be glad to learn that due to the long aging process, Parmigiano Reggiano is naturally lactose-free. It is easily digestible and a great source of both protein and calcium. It is a healthy cheese for your whole family. One of my favorite comfort foods is pasta and a simple tomato sauce with freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano on top.  It is easy to make, and so delicious.
Recently, after a long day running around,  I was looking forward to getting home and making some cheese tortellini with a tomato basil sauce and lots of grated Parmigiano Reggiano. I can tell you, sitting down with that delicious meal, the stress of the day just melted away and I was in heaven. What can I say,  we Italians are passionate about our food.
Yesterday, I made some super greens because they are so rich in iron. I sautéed them in garlic and olive oil and seasoned with pepper. When I plated them, I topped them with fresh grated Parmigiano Reggiano! So healthy and delicious!
More About Parmigiano Reggiano:
Did you know that just three ingredients—milk, salt and rennet—and eight centuries of cheese making experience go into every wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano? From the local grasses and forage fed to the cows, to the milk they produce and then the cheese that is produced by nearly 400 cheese makers, Parmigiano Reggiano is a true reflection of its place of origin and the art of generations and generations of cheese artisans. Parmigiano Reggiano is produced exclusively in the provinces of Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena and parts of the provinces of Mantua and Bologna, on the plains, hills and mountains enclosed between the rivers Po and Reno.

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A Healthier Way To Slow-Cook Your Food!

Did you know that many slow cookers and crock pots leach lead into food when heated up? Lead can cause many detrimental health issues. There are safer ways to slow cook your food. The VitaClay is the Smart Top Rated Clay Pot Cooker. This cooker has computerized, electronic technology that makes it easy to use. It works with hundreds of recipes and best of all it is a healthy way to cook.

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The secret is in the centuries old, slow-cooking, organic clay pot, combined with the perfect computerized balance of temperature, fused to bring out the textures and flavors that will please the health conscious first timer or pro.

The clay pot is non-stick and chemical free. This cooker is perfect for everyone whether you are vegan, vegetarian, health-conscious or just like great food and awesome kitchen appliances.

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We recently tested out the  HIGH-FIRED VITACLAY® SMART ORGANIC MULTICOOKER -in the largest, 8 cup size with a 4.2 qt. capacity. This multicooker also is a Slow Cooker, Steamer, Rice Cooker and Yogurt Maker.

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The VitaClay was designed for the passionate, healthy cook. The award-winning VitaClay®Chef Gourmet Rice and Slow Cooker Pro is now updated to a Smart Organic Multicooker! The cooker features a natural, unglazed, Zisha clay pot that enhances the flavor of food and preserves nutrients, vitamins and enzymes.

The clay pot is free of any non-stick glazes, chemicals or aluminum. To season the pot all you have to do is make rice! That’s right you cook white rice in it for about 2.5 hours and your pot is seasoned. That is very easy to do! The multicooker is programmable and has settings to let you cook stews, soups, all kinds of rice, pot roast and other meats, beans, vegetarian dishes, and even probiotic-rich yogurt.

The all-natural clay pot promotes uniform cooking and the double lid design creates micro-pressure that gives you the most tender meats and flavorful food you can imagine. It also cooks in less time and with less energy! A whole meal can be made in this in as little as 30 minutes!

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After seasoning our pot, I decided to try a chicken recipe in it. I initially thought I was going to make Chicken Cacciatore but I ended up with a slight variation which was a delicious chicken and vegetable dish served over angel hair pasta. The chicken when it was done was so moist and shredded so beautifully. All of the vegetables and colors were delicious and vibrant.

It was simple to make, I just cut up onions, carrots, bell pepper and celery and put in the bottom of the pot. I added some sliced mushrooms and then seasoned with some pepper and garlic powder. I put the skinless, boneless chicken breasts on top of that and then added tomato sauce and Italian style stewed tomatoes. After that I took fresh Italian parsley, basil and oregano from my garden and added that.

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We cooked it for about 2.5 hours and it was just so delicious and perfect for summer because we literally turned it on and left to go swimming at our dock. When we came back after swimming and were famished, everything was ready! I love how it keeps food warm for up to 12 hours without drying it out or overcooking it. That is so nice when you have a large family where everyone may not be eating at the same time. It is also great for those second or third helpings an hour or so later!

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The multicooker came with a nice recipe book and there are more recipes on their website. However you can basically cook all your tried and true slow cooker recipes in it. It has a nice design and does not take up too much room on the counter. It is easy to care for and is something we are going to be cooking in a lot. I will update as I try new things in it.

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  • All natural unglazed pure clay pot intensifies flavors of your favorite dishes
  • No aluminum, lead and non-stick chemical coating contacting your food!
  • Up to 4 times faster than conventional slow cooker
  • Easy whole meals are ready in under 45 minutes
  • Food is simmered in its own juices
  • Preserves natural juices, important nutrients, enzymes and vitamins
  • Makes probiotic rich Greek yogurt or yogurt or yogurt cheese
  • 10 minutes up to 5 hours programmable cooking time with 10 minutes increment!
  • Delay timer and automatic Keep Warm
  • Push-button controls and an easy-to-read LCD display / Clock eliminate guesswork
  • Rice paddle & measuring cup included
  • UL listed, FDA, CA Prop 65 and RoHS laboratory tested

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How To Make Marshmallow Fondant & Decorate A Cake With It!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MinionsMovieNight #CollectiveBias

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What was your family’s favorite movie from last summer?  If you are like us, it was  Minions © 2015 Universal Studios-all rights reserved . If you loved the movie like we did, then it’s time to celebrate, because Minions is coming to Blu-ray/DVD at Target on Tuesday, December 8th! We are super excited for this release and we are really ready to celebrate minion style.

If you want to celebrate with a great family movie night, Target is a perfect one-stop-shop for every thing you need to have an award-winning night! If you can’t wait, you can pre-order Minions online at Target and if you do, you will get a $5 Target gift card.  The Minions Metalpak Blu-ray/DVD-Deluxe is only available at Target and has 40 minutes of exclusive content! Pre-ordering is easy, just order online and pick it up at the store!

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You really get a great deal when you order the Target exclusive Minions Metalpak Blu-ray/DVD because you get bonus content not available anywhere else. You get a minions Party Planner that will help you create some fun party flair inspired by the minion movie. Have the perfect party with mask invitations, balloons, banners, cup sleeves and goody bags. Every party has to have yummy treats and recipes for frozen bananas, munch, cupcakes, cookies and cake pops are included. On to fun and games with a Pinata and Pin the Goggles. Finally get creative with balloons and bracelet arts and crafts!

We wanted to make something really special to show how excited we are for the Minions movie release. We decided to make a minions cake. In doing so we made our own marshmallow fondant for the first time. I was a little nervous before we started but found it was very easy and taste so much better than store-bought fondant. I was in Target recently and picked up their Market Pantry Powdered Sugar to use in our marshmallow fondant recipe.

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My husband was a huge help and we had a great time doing this together. In case you want to try it, just follow the step by step tutorial below.

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The ingredients you need to make the fondant are one 16 ounce package of mini-marshmallows, 2 Tbsp. of water, 2 pounds of confectioner’s sugar and some vegetable shortening for your hands and work surface. Our counters are quartz and they are excellent for rolling and kneading directly on. Find out if your surfaces are suitable or use a board.

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Place the marshmallows in a microwave safe bowl and put the 2 Tbsp. of water over them. Toss a little bit and put in the microwave for 30 seconds, remove and stir. You will see little change after 30 seconds but it is important to work in 30 second increments.

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You will keep repeating the process of microwaving and then stirring the marshmallows until they are all melted with no lumps.

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Next you will add in your confectioner’s sugar a little bit at a time. When you have a consistency that is hard to stir in the bowl you will turn it out onto your work surface you have coated with vegetable shortening. You will also need to coat your hands.

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Next you will knead the fondant and get it blended together with the sugar, you will need to add more sugar until you can stretch it for about 2 inches before it breaks.

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After you have kneaded it to the right consistency you need to wrap in plastic wrap and let it rest in the refrigerator at least 12 hours.

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In the meantime, I used a yellow cake mix to make two 9″ round cake layers.

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Next, we need to make the buttercream chocolate frosting. So you will need 2 sticks of butter, I let my soften at room temperature. You will also need 4 cups of confectioner’s sugar, 3/4 cup of good cocoa powder, 2 tsp. of pure vanilla extract, and 2 tbsp. of milk. You mix all of the frosting ingredients except the milk in a mixer and add the milk a little bit at a time to get to the desired consistency.

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When the layers have cooled, you are going to frost the cake as you would for a regular layer cake.  Level the layers so your cake is as even as possible. Keep the frosting as smooth as you can. You can store the cake in the refrigerator to allow it to crust.

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When your fondant has been chilled enough, take it out and plan your colors. I needed a little white, a little blue, a little gray, a little black and a lot of yellow. So I cut small pieces and left the largest piece for the yellow. I have learned that the best kinds of colors that mix easily and completely are gel colors.

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We happened to have a minions cutter that was made for sandwiches that worked well for the eyes and goggles. If you do not have something like this you can use round cookie cutters and improvise.  We cut out the white eyes first.

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Then we did the gray goggles. You color the fondant by adding a little bit of gel color and folding the fondant on top of the gel and kneading it until well blended. The gel color works best and I saw that first hand because we used it for every thing but the blue. The blue was a lot harder to color and did not blend as well using traditional liquid food coloring.

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We made black and I shaped some hair, my husband shaped the eyeballs and I did the mouth. Then on to the yellow. My husband was a real help in all this and did most of the fondant work while I took the pictures. To get the right amount of fondant to cover the cake, you need to measure across your cake and then the height of each side. The total will be how large your fondant will need to be.

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When it was rolled to the right consistency we brushed a little water on the top and sides of the cake using a pastry brush. This helps the fondant stick and not slip.

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Next, drape the fondant in half over your rolling-pin.  Then carefully place it on top of the cake.  You smooth the top and as you go down the sides you don’t press down but up slightly and work to just smooth it all over your cake. When you have it smooth without wrinkles, you want to trim the bottom with a small pastry wheel or pizza cutter.  You can dust off the powdered sugar and then put the final fondant pieces on your cake. If you wet the back of them, it will help them stick.

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Lastly sit back and enjoy your minion cake before you cut into him to have something sweet to eat while you watch the movie. We felt bad cutting him, especially my 6 year old but in the end we knew we needed to. Everyone enjoyed our tasty minion cake.

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If you really want to have some fun with a lot of other Illumination Entertainment’s Minions movie fans there is a Twitter viewing part on December 11th from 7-9pm EST! You can RSVP at www.SoFabChats.com and follow along with the #MinionsMovieNight on Twitter!

Please let me know if you try this, I would love to hear how it comes out.


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#ad Make Dinnertime Fun with Tyson® Chicken Nuggets & The Peanuts Movie! #TysonMovieOffer

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As the mother of five, I am all too familiar with picky eaters. My eight-year-old is the pickiest of all my kids. At least the others are  good about trying different things. It can absolutely make dinner time a struggle. One thing he does like is chicken nuggets. So, I like to have some stocked up in our extra freezer. I was in Walmart the other day and was picking up some Tyson® Chicken Nuggets. I like Tyson because they are made with 100% all natural ingredients and white meat chicken.

I was really happy to see the bags had a sticker on them that said you could get a ticket to see The Peanuts Movie coming to theaters November 6th.  We love the Peanuts gang and this made the great resealable bags of regular and dino Tyson® Chicken Nuggets even more awesome.

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Tyson® Chicken Nuggets is partnering with The Peanuts Movie to help make your whole gang happy! Buy any two specially marked packages of Tyson Chicken Products or State Fair® Corn Dogs and you can receive a child’s movie ticket (up to $9 total value) to The Peanuts Movie!

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I really like how easy it is to prepare the nuggets in the oven, microwave or my new favorite way in our air fryer. Then we just put out some crunchy veggies like celery and baby carrots with dipping sauces and we have dipping dinner. One of the dipping sauces we use is a kid-friendly Southwest Ranch Dip. The reason it is kid-friendly is that we leave the jalapeno peppers out of it. You can add them in if you like. The hot sauce still gives it a little kick.

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This is such an easy dip to make and the kids can help all you do is whisk all the ingredients together and chill. However, if you are like us and you just can’t wait, you can serve it without chilling.

 

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Yummy, but you know the great thing about Tyson® Chicken Nuggets is that you can just make dinner or snacks so easy with dips that are already prepared. This is a real time saver. It will also let you put out a lot of variety when you serve Tyson® Chicken Nuggets as party or holiday appetizers or snacks. You can add a lot of dipping options to please all your guests.

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So tell me are you super excited about this Tyson offer to get a movie ticket to The Peanuts Movie? In the meantime check out the trailer for The Peanuts Movie HERE!

 


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#SnackAndGo Treats To Make For Halloween!

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Do you have a Halloween party coming up? Are you in charge of bringing in snacks for a Halloween class party? If so, I have a fun idea you might want to try. I was in Walmart recently and picked up some NABISCO Go-Paks!,  Snack Pack® puddings and Reddi-Wip. You might wonder why these three items? Well, did you know that Go-Paks! come in sturdy, plastic containers that are half full and perfect for adding mix-ins or other ingredients to create a super, special treat!

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Go-Paks! come in many varieties like TEDDY GRAHAMS, Mini NILLA wafers, Mini OREO Chocolate Sandwich cookies, CHIPS AHOY! Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies, NUTTER BUTTER Bites Sandwich Cookies, Mini OREO Golden Sandwich Cookies and more. Snack Pack® puddings are available in chocolate, vanilla, butterscotch, chocolate and vanilla mix and more.

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Another cool thing is that the containers themselves are great to decorate. You can even let the kids help!

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Some easy ways to dress up the containers for a Halloween, Halloween parties, classroom treats and more are:

  1. Pirates- Take a costume pirate eye patch and secure it to the container. This would make a great favor at a pirate theme birthday party too!
  2. Mummies-Wrap vanilla pudding cups with white net fabric securing the beginning and end with tape. Then, glue on some google eyes.
  3. Spiders-Take a pudding cup and 3 long sparkle craft sticks in any color you like. Next, just cut the craft sticks in half so you have 6 spider legs. Tape the legs to the back of the pudding cup and fold them around to the front. Add some google or sticker eyes.
  4. Bats-Cut out bat wings from black construction paper and tape to back of chocolate pudding cups. Add google or sticker eyes.
  5. Create Your Own-Cover Go-Paks! with sparkly paper and use it as a blank canvas to create monsters, funny faces and more. Decorate pudding cups with stickers to create funny faces.

There are endless possibilities. Kids will love them and love helping you make them!

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Then let them mix up a fun snack!  Some great combinations we found were big hits are the TEDDY GRAHAMS, Chocolate Pudding and  Mini Marshmallows topped with Reddi-Wip and some additional Teddy Grahams for a new take on the S’more. If you take Mini NILLA wafers Go-Pak! and mix with vanilla pudding and fresh sliced banana then top with Reddi-Wip and banana and more Mini Nilla wafers you have a banana cream pudding snack cup. Let kids pick and choose and mix up their own creations. They will love being able to create their own recipe.

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So what do you think? I would love to hear your thoughts and if you do try this, please let me know how it went in the comments.


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After School Snacks To ReFuel Kids! #FuelTheirAdventures

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School starts for our kids next week. This week we are still enjoying the end of Summer. We even have a road trip planned tomorrow to 6 Flags! Whenever we take a road trip, we are sure to pack snacks for our journey. It saves us time stopping every time hunger hits and cuts down on crabby kids. Dannon® Danimals® Smoothies are something we pack for road trips because they are compact, delicious and curb my kids hunger. We always have a travel cooler stocked with them when we hit the road. Tomorrow is no different.

Another great time of day for Dannon® Danimals® is after school. My kids come home famished. It’s too early for dinner and I don’t want them to eat too much that will spoil their appetite. We found Dannon® Danimals® paired with fresh fruit and vegetables along with some crackers is perfect. It is so easy to do this for your kids and have it prepared a few minutes before they get home.

I was recently in Walmart and saw the Collectors Edition 12-pack of Dannon® Danimals® Smoothies in Strawberry/Cotton Candy flavors. I picked those up along with another 12 pack of Banana Split/Strawberry Explosion. The little bottes are so cute with the different athletes on them!

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An easy way to have a great snack to fuel your kids after school is to get out whatever fresh fruit and veggies you have. I had pears, baby carrots, white seedless grapes and bananas. You will also want to add some crackers and those can be whatever your kids like. I used saltines and graham crackers.

Just grab some plates, cut up the fruit, add the crackers and put out an assortment of Dannon® Danimals® Smoothies for them to pick their favorite flavor! Easy Peasy right? Works with any fresh fruit or veggies and you can mix it up so they are never bored.

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Other ideas for pairings is to substitute crackers with granola, nuts or a whole grain muffin. You can add some cheese cubes, apple slices with a little peanut butter, add peanut butter to the banana slices. You can really give them something new and different every day  and all of it pairs so well with the Dannon® Danimals® Smoothies.

Some added fun for kids is  an Play 60 contest – if they find the “Golden Bongo” Dannon® Danimals® bottle (located in specially marked packages) they can win a Play60 Field Day for your school with NFL pros!

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As a mom I feel good that Dannon® Danimals® provide “Only the Good Stuff®” with no high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors or colors, as well as provides a good source of calcium and vitamin D. They are  the perfect on-the-go option for our busy family!  helps fuel my kids’ adventures – at school, after school, at sports practice, during homework time or to start the day!

Have you tried Dannon® Danimals® with your kids and what are some of your favorite pairings to go with the delicious yogurt smoothies? I would love to see your ideas in the comments!

 


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The Secret of Great Fried Food Without the Fat or Calories

Do you love the taste of homemade thick cut french fried potatoes, fried chicken, mozzarella sticks, friend zucchini and more but don’t like the fat, greasy mess and calories?  If so, you are going to love the Avalon Bay AB-Airfryer100.  This sleek Airfryer uses Rapid Air Circulation Technology which circulates hot air with speed and precision for perfect results. Fry, Bake, Grill or Roast your food for you and your family. Its time you experienced this revolutionary way to cook your food. Dont Fry Your Food, AirFry Your Food. ab-airfryer100r-ls1-l

This appliance is like a Mini Convection Oven. AirFryers work the same way as convection ovens, but better. The fan technology removes the fats & oils from the food, by allowing it to drip through the drip basket. It then AirFrys the food by lifting the oil and making your food airborne by coating it. It does this continuously throughout the cooking process. The result is, you don’t need to use oil. Meaning less waste, fewer calories and less guilt.

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The Air Fryer uses a combination of high-speed circulation, which makes the hot air rapidly circulate within the AirFryer. All the ingredients within the non-stick food basket will be heated at once, as the heat will come in through all sides. This guarantees that with the Avalon Bay Airfryer your food will be cooked evenly due to the optimal heat distribution. The 30 minute timer lets you customize the settings to cook your favorite foods the way you want.  The AirFryer turns itself off when your food is cooked and the timer dings. The AirFryer has a fully adjustable temperature range from  200-400°F.

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Features:

  • Rapid Air Circulation Technology which circulates hot air with speed and precision for perfect results
  • Mesh metal basket helps provide extra crispy results.
  • Safety Element: 30 minute timer
  • Hassle free clean up with dishwasher safe parts
  • Stainless steel 304 heating element

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With the Avalon Bay AB-AIRFRYER100 you have so many choices when it comes to cooking or reheating food for your family. The 3.2L mesh metal basket has a quick release allowing you to easily remove it. This striking red shaded AirFryer from Avalon Bay has a compact design and a stainless steel 304 heating element. The non slip feet, you can be rest assured that it will stay in place and not slip off your bench top. A unique feature on this appliance, is its top handle, which is great for carrying and storing away conveniently. For a quick clean-up this Air Fryer does come with some dishwasher safe parts.airfryer 100 red

What We Love:

We love this AirFryer because it is so sleek and secure, it does not move when cooking and with kids we do not have a safety issue.  When you fry in the conventional way, it is messy and dangerous. You can not leave the frying foods unattended and there is always the risk of splattering oil burning the person preparing the food or someone nearby. Oh and you know what is amazing, you can even bake a cake in it! It’s great to have the food we love without the calories of conventional frying.  If you want to try eating healthier the Avalon AirFryer is a great way to get the taste you love without the mess or calories you hate.

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See our video review below to see how we made the thick cut fries pictured above:

Thick Cut Fries:

Five or Six Large Potatoes

1.5 Tbs of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Sea Salt/Pepper To Taste

This is such and easy recipe, just peel the potatoes and cut into thick homestyle fries. Put the fries in the basket and coat with extra virgin olive oil. Cook in the AirFryer for 10 minutes. Take out basket shake and return to fryer to cook 10 more minutes.  Remove fries to plate and season to taste with sea salt and pepper.

 

Do you have an AirFryer?  If so let me know in the comments. If you have any questions feel free to post them in the comments as well.  I look forward to reading your comments and questions.  Follow Avalon Bay on Facebook.

 


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Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recently I tried to adjust my favorite coconut oil, chocolate chip cookie recipe and substitute almond flour for white flour.  The problem was the cookies spread out way too much and were like crepes.  I added more almond flour and the second batch was better but still way too thin.  They tasted good though, so I know if I keep experimenting, I will come up with the solution.

In my search, I did find it would be best to chill the dough and I will try that next time.  In the meantime, I tried another recipe for Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies and this one used baking soda instead of baking powder like mine and I decided to try it and chill the dough.  The cookies did not spread out but they did not take like a chocolate chip cookie like my first recipe.  The taste and texture is more like a macaroon.  They are very good, but I cannot believe there is such a huge difference in taste and texture.  This recipe almost tastes like flaked coconut was added.  Like I said, it is very good, just not what I would call a chocolate chip cookie.  I would refer to it as a chocolate chip macaroon cookie, lol.  Anyway, lets take a look at how we make these  and I will update with the other recipe and post pics of the first go round on that as well.

For my almond flour, I used the Morning Pep brand that is available on Amazon.  It is made from 100% all-natural Certified Gluten-Free by GFCO blanched almonds. The flour is ground very fine so it gives baked goods and sweets a rich flavor and moist texture, contains no preservatives or additives.  Morning Pep Almond Meal Flour is a great source of dietary fiber, Vitamin E, protein, iron, magnesium and calcium. Morning Pep Almond Flour is considered pasteurized by the USDA and The Almond Board of California.

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Almond Meal Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies (More Like A Macaroon In Consistency)

Ingredients:

    • 1/2 cup butter, softened
    • 1/4 cup coconut oil, softened
    • 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
    • 2 Teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
    • 2 Large Eggs
    • 1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
    • 1/2 Teaspoon Fine Grind Sea Salt
    • 3-3-3/4 Cups of Almond Flour (dough was too soft with 3 cups so I added about 3/4 cup more)
    • 1-1/4 Cups of Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
    • 2/3 Cup Toasted Walnuts (Optional)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Use a silicone baking mat or line your cookie sheet with parchment paper.

In your mixer bowl  cream the butter, extra virgin coconut oil and brown sugar. Next, add the vanilla and eggs and mix until blended.

Add baking soda and sea salt.  Add the almond flour one cup at time, beat well after each addition. I felt the dough was too soft after adding 3 cups of flour and gradually added more, I would say about 3/4 cup more.  Dough was still soft  but not as soft as before.

Add the chocolate chips and mix until incorporated in the dough, if you are adding the nuts, add them now and mix.

Chill the dough for at least an hour. Scoop with a small cookie scoop onto the lined cookie sheet and bake immediately for 11-12 minutes or until golden brown around the edges.  Let cook and remove to baking rack to cool thoroughly.  Yield about 3 dozen with the additional flour.

 See our video below of the process:

 

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I received 2 bags of Morning Pep Almond Flour to facilitate my review.  As always my words and opinions are 100% my own.

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How I #ShareItForward With A Delicious Coca-Cola Float

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It’s nearly the end of the school year.  In New York we are finally experiencing warmer temperatures, even though we had a few days recently with frost warnings.  The unofficial start of summer is in full swing and there is no better time to kick back and share something refreshing with someone special.

 

I was in Sam’s Club recently and they were holding a demo where they were giving customers a full can of Coca Cola, mine said Superstar!

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Past the demo set up on the shelves were 32 and 35 can packs of Coca Cola. I picked up a 35 can pack at a super low price.  These large packs are perfect for all the upcoming celebrations that are happening in the next few weeks like Father’s Day, Graduation Parties, Family BBQs and more! I love that the cans have names of people you can share them with like Bestie, Grillmaster, Friend, Better Half, Dreamer, Bro, Sis, Soulmate etc.

 

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Looking at the names on the cans gave me some great ideas of how I could share them with special people in my life. I thought a great way to surprise my hubby with something special would be to make Coca Cola floats.  Coke and ice cream floats are so easy to make. We used vanilla and chocolate ice cream to make ours.

My husband said the floats with the vanilla ice cream were good but the chocolate ice cream and Coca Cola floats were beyond delicious! I made a printable that went along with the can and the float idea. Super simple it said, “To My Better Half”, just like the can and then had a picture of a boat and said, “You Float My Boat.”  He thought it was really cute and loved the whole idea, especially the refreshing ice cream Coke floats.

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Another idea I had was to share the refreshing beverage with a good friend and one of my children’s teachers. Pairing them with a Coca Cola glass and custom printed gift tag I made, I put them in a red gift bag and a theme gift was in the bag! It was a simple yet special gift to say thank you for all they’ve done.

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If you have big celebrations coming up or you want to celebrate hubby for Father’s Day or just because, give a gift to a teacher or friend, the large 32 can or 35 can packs are a great buy and perfect to have on hand. Let me know if you do try one or both of these ideas or one of your own. Please let me know what you did, and share it in the comments. I love to read your experiences. For even more inspiration out how others #ShareItForward HERE!

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