Whipped Banana Graham

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The best 3 minute snack for after school. Whipped banana Graham’s are the perfect for a more healthy sweet snack time. My kids wanted a sweet treat and so I went to the refrigerator and the pantry.

I was thinking about banana cream pie for some reason and also just discovered that whipped cream had less than 2g of sugar per serving. And thus the whipped banana graham was conceived. Needless to say my kids loved it!

Whipped banana graham

1-2 bananas

1 can of spray whipped cream

1 package of graham crackers

Slice bananas into 1/2 inch slices. Break graham crackers in half. Spray whip cream on top of each of the banana slices so the cookie doesn’t get soggy. Assemble by setting the whipped topped banana on the graham cracker. Serve and enjoy immediately.

Note: bananas will turn brown and the whipped cream will liquify if not enjoyed immediately.

imageWhipped cream on bananas before assembly.

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Gluten Free Cheerios are here!

Have you heard about the new Gluten Free Cheerios? Living Gluten Free can be a challenge. But breakfast just got easier. As a kid I loved Cheerios whether with bananas or strawberries or even just plain.
I was so happy when I went to Costco and the Honey Nut Cheerios I usually buy my kids now had a gluten free emblem on it!!! I thought maybe I was mistaken so when I got home I put the boxes side by side and sure enough they are now gluten free. I can enjoy Honey Nut Cheerios Gluten Free now with my kids instead of buying two different cereals. Here is the side by side view of the old and the new.

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What’s the difference between Gluten Free Cheerios and Cheerios? The difference between the marked and unmarked boxes is that the boxes with the Gluten-free seal means that the product was produced in a facility that is completely free of any ingredient that could contain gluten. Many times facilities produce more than one item and there is cross contamination. The item after produced is then tested for gluten. To be certified it must be free from any gluten.

Where to buy Gluten Free Cheerios:
-Kroger
-Publix
-Whole Foods
-Costco
-VICS IGA

Glutino Fluffy Pancake Mix Gluten Free Giveaway

I am happy to offer a Glutino Gluten-free giveaway! Gluten free eating can be just as confusing and frustrating as learning a foreign language. I love pancakes and finding gluten-free pancakes that have the nutritional value, flavor and texture I would like. I recently tried Glutino Fluffy pancake mix. At first I was off put by the initial flavor without syrup. It wasn’t as sweet as the Pamela’s Pancake and baking mix. So what did I think?.

Glutino Fluffy Pancake Mix has more nutritional packed ingredients than other brands. They have added fiber to the pancake as a lot of gluten free options are low in fiber. After dressing up my pancakes they were a “healthy” tasting option. It was not sweet like my favorite Pamela’s but I did find that they were filling and I didn’t have to eat as many to feel satisfied. The texture was just a little drier than other brands and I did have to use more syrup but it didn’t bother me.

I had a lot of left over pancakes so I popped them in a Ziploc freezer bag and a few days later I pulled a few out and tossed them in a 350 degree oven to warm them and enjoyed them again. I actually preferred them more after they were frozen.

Sure, I would buy them again for a healthier pancake option but don’t take my word for it but try them yourself by entering to win a free glutino product below. I was not compensated in any way for my review and the comments are my opinion based on trying the product.

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Introducing the new LulaRoe Classic Tee, LulaRoe Perfect Tee, LulaRoe Jade Leggings, and LulaRoe Jordan Leggings

I can’t wait for the LulaRoe Classic Tee and the LulaRoe Perfect Tee especially since I love the LulaRoe Randy Tee and the LulaRoe Irma. After being introduced to LulaRoe and their buttery soft leggings I couldn’t believe I actually found comfortable clothes that I could wear pre-pregnancy, during pregnancy and post pregnancy. Now those leggings I love come in a yoga band to make them extra comfy for the changes.

I didn’t think it could get any better, but recently they revealed the LulaRoe Classic Tee, the LulaRoe Perfect Tee, The LulaRoe Jade capri length leggings, and the LulaRoe Jordan leggings. So what’s the big deal? Well, now there are more styles to mix and match with your favorite leggings, skirts or dresses. Whether you are an xxs like me or a 2X like my aunt there is something for everyone.  Here is a sneak peak of the pictures.

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The release date has not been set but the excitement surrounding these new items is already creating a buzz. And pictures are out.  Which one is right for you? That’s the wonderful thing about LulaRoe, you can order online or you can contact a boutique owner and they will come and set up a pop-up boutique shopping experience for you and your friends at your house. I don’t sell LulaRoe but I will say it is addicting. And if you don’t want to cry always wash LulaRoe on delicate or hand wash cycles in cold and hang or lay flat to dry. It’s worth the extra care to keep them soft and lovable.

My Kid Rockin’ Rice Recipe

I admit I was raised as a minute rice kid. What does that mean? Anytime we had rice it was from a box that said it would cook in five minutes or less. It was 12 years ago that I started the mostly Gluten-free journey for my threshold sensitivity to flour. It was the closest diet change I could make that would help. Yes, it helped that I lived abroad in Uruguay for a year and a half and had some amazing rice and that I knew a lot of Mexico natives after being raised in California, and then working for a Japanese restaurant to add a lot of rice to my diet instead of pasta.

I learned rice is very versatile and can be cooked a variety of ways. Did you know that most French don’t even measure out water to rice but fill up a large pot and boil however much they desire in it for 25 minutes and drain it and serve? Then you have the Italian Risotto that can take forever to cook but boy is the texture amazing and creamy after adding hot broth constantly during cooking. Yes, I owned a really nice rice cooker (a wedding gift from my restaurant buddies that came with a huge bag of rice as well) and had many epic fails to find the perfect rice.

Now my kids love rice but are pretty picky as far as flavor, salinity and texture. This simple recipe finally came after many conversations with different people and ethnicities and lots of batches of rice and combinations for my kids to love and enjoy. Remember rice absorbs flavor exceptionally well so feel free to add “extras” once you get used to what your family likes, or remove ingredients like garlic if your family isn’t a fan. I mean my italian great aunt couldn’t stand the taste of garlic…so use your culinary judgment. On my rice journey I ended up going through the bag of rice that was our wedding gift and buying a huge bag of Jasmine Rice from Costco.  The quality and price of the rice is fantastic. Remember this is not a brown rice recipe. Cook times vary based on brown vs. white rice, long grain vs short grain, and par-boiled.

Ingredients:

1 Cup Jasmine Rice

2 Cups of Water

1 Tbsp of Canola Oil

3 Chicken Bouillon Cubes

1 minced or crushed clove of Garlic

Put pot of medium heat with the 1 tbsp of canola oil. Add the 3 chicken bouillon cubes and smash in the oil. Reduce heat to low and add the garlic and the Jasmine rice. Turn heat to medium and stir until the rice is coated and looks slightly clear. Add the 2 cups of water to the mixture. Cover and turn heat to high. Once water appears to boil (about 3 minutes) reduce heat to low and set timer on 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand covered for 10 minutes. Serve as a side dish or main dish.

Now variations of this recipe include adding onion during the sauté stage and or substituting tomato sauce for a portion of the liquid to give the rice the red Mexican rice look. This rice, once it’s been cooled, may also be made into fried rice by sautéing in a pan with some canola oil, soy sauce and vegetables. Want to make it for stir fry you can even add a little ginger to the rice, or for tacos we have been known to add taco seasoning with the bouillon cubes. Have fun and remember that in 30 minutes even without a rice cooker you can have delicious rice. Your kids will love you and you will be the super rockin’ mom chef you hope to be.

5 Simple tips to Select the right Baby Carrier

  Getting ready for our last baby a lot of things have changed. Let’s just say this momma is chasing after a two year old and a five year old. So while crossing a parking lot or let alone the street I have my five year old on one hand and my two year old on the other.  It dawned on me about a month ago I have two hands and am going to have three children.  I’m outnumbered.  I turned to a couple different friends who pointed me in the direction of considering a baby carrier to keep my hands free and save my back. I attended a free Baby Wearers International of Atlanta local meeting. After listening to a brief explanation about each type of carrier and how to wear the baby safely and correctly it was hands on. With fourty different carriers available to touch and feel and try on I decided there really are five things to consider when selecting a baby carrier.

  1. Budget: Baby carriers range from $15 to over $600 depending on brand, exclusivity, material, style etc. Knowing what your budget is can help you narrow down some options in the category of carrier you want. But if you know your budget is $100 don’t go into the $400 categories and fall in love with something you can’t afford. Stay within you budget you can fall in love with something there and not know the difference that a luxury carrier makes. Not following this counsel can lead to carrier envy as well as carrier disappointment.
  2. Style: If you are a first time mom or a mom of three there is a carrier for you and your lifestyle. Styles include mei tai, woven wraps, jersey wraps, soft structured carriers, slings/pouch, structured carriers, framed carriers. Trying on and touching these different styles will help you decide which style is right for your activities and body size. I thought I would love the tula since they are so cute with all of their adorable prints, and needless to say these narrow shoulders and small 5’6” frame of mine didn’t lend well to a good fit.
  3. Material: Besides the fact that many sensory issues now arise in our society, the feel and type of material has become very important. Finding a carrier that supports your baby in a material that is comfortable for you and baby will help you love your experience instead of dread putting that carrier on. Whether it’s a woven wrap (often similar to table cloth material), organic cotton, jersey stretch, or synthetic material consider the season you are using your wrap. I will have another summer baby. Sure any carrier will have its added heat issues as another human is right next to you exuding her body heat, but honestly selecting a jersey moby like wrap for a summer baby is just asking for heat stroke, unless of course you go around in the air conditioned pope mobile.
  4. Fit/Comfort: Know your body. Know what doesn’t feel right. Know if the carrier will fit baby and you correctly. The worst thing is having a carrier that doesn’t fit your baby or you. You can imagine how important this tip is. If there are sizing charts for the carrier I am interested in then don’t buy the wrong size. And just because it might fit, for example, the baby is able to meet the criteria for correct safe carrying, doesn’t mean it’s comfortable. That’s right, those jeans that are the stiffest jean material known to man but they fit. Yep, they definitely aren’t worth the discomfort to wear to a day out shopping. You are investing in a tool to help you as a mother and help your child and there isn’t a reason that you should compromise on fit or comfort even if that print is adorable.
  5. Purpose/Ease of Use: If the carrier takes too much time to put on and go it almost defeats the idea of convenience and ease of carrying the baby. I personally have an issue with buckles. I can’t seem to figure the darn things out. I’ve pinched myself, and baby in carriers with buckles and can’t stand the squeeze here and here to release for an extra safety caution. Remember I have two hands….two hands people not four to hold the baby, adjust a strap, clip the buckle and pick up a bag. Wrapping with a woven wrap doesn’t do buckles but It would take me a few weeks with a professional and a wrap the right size and instruction for me to really get the hang of how awesome they are.

Evaluate these five areas and your baby carrier searching will not only be narrowed down but you won’t be disappointed by looking at a wrap that doesn’t suit your needs. I feel more in control of my carrying experience as well as more educated on safe carrying. Walking through the zoo I was able to identify incorrect uses of carriers and boy it was a little creepy I have to admit.