Caramelized Onion Crostini with Bacon and Pecans

Caramelized Onion Crostini with Bacon and Pecans

Caramelized Onion Crostini with Bacon and Pecans

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp. Butter

1 Medium Onion, thinly sliced

1 teas. Sugar

1 teas. Garlic Powder

1 pkg. Cream Cheese

¾ teas. Salt

½ teas. Pepper

1 Baguette

½ Cup Pecans, toasted and chopped

6 Slices Bacon, cooked crispy and crumbled

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Instructions:

#1. Melt Butter in a pan over medium high heat and add the Onion stirring occasionally.

#2. When the onions start to brown reduce heat to medium and add the sugar, continue stirring occasionally. You may need to adjust the heat down, you want the onions to just be sizzling and avoid burning them.

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#3. Cook onions until they are a deep dark brown, takes 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.

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#4. Add the Onion, Cream Cheese, Garlic Powder, Salt, Pepper and 2 tablespoons of the Bacon to a food processor and blend until smooth, scrape down the sides at least twice with a spatula.

#5. Cut the Baguette in half lengthwise and spread the Onion mixture in a thin layer over each half.

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#6. Place on a baking sheet or pan and place under the broiler until the bread is toasted on the edges.

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#7. Chop Pecans for topping.

#7. Remove and cut into 1 inch pieces and top with Bacon and Pecans.

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#8. Serve immediately.

Any extra onion and cheese is great on crackers!

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Enjoy!

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Homemade Thin Mints + Printable Gift Tag

Girl Scout cookie season has come and gone and I’ve been craving Thin Mints recently. You know, the yummy minty chocolate covered cookies? Did you know that you can make them at home for a fraction of the price? They are just as good and so easy to make. All you need are some Ritz crackers and mint chocolate and BAM, you’ve got homemade Thin Mints. With the holidays around the corner I like to make up a few extra batches to share with friends.

Thin Mints Jar

Homemade Thin Mints 

Ritz crackers, or comparable round crackers (you could also use chocolate grahams for some extra chocolately goodness)

12 oz. Wilton mint chocolate candy melts (located in the Wilton aisle at major retailers and craft stores)

Andes mint chocolate baking bits (optional but a cute touch)

16 oz. jar or other packaging to put them in

gift tag (available to print)

Twine or ribbon

Directions

#1. In a microwave safe dish melt the Wilton mint candy melts in 30 second increments stirring every 30 seconds until melted.

#2. Dip the crackers in the chocolate and flip them over to coat. Lift them up using a fork. Place the dipped cracker on a foil lined baking sheet to set. Sprinkle with a few of the Andes Baking Bits.

#3. Repeat with all the crackers until you’ve used all the chocolate.

#4.  Place the baking sheet in the fridge to set for 10-15 minutes and try not to eat them all prior to giving them away.

#5. Add the Thin Mints to your gift jar and attach the printable tag with twine or ribbon.

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Enjoy!

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Crunchmaster Multi-Grain Crackers Review

I received 3 bags of Crunchmaster crackers to review- Multi-Seed crackers in original flavor, Multigrain Roasted Vegetable flavor and Sea Salt Flavor, as well as two boxes- Grammy Crisps Cinnamon and Cheezy Crisps for review. The opinions expressed throughout are my own.

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I was already a big fan of Crunchmaster Crackers and bought them regularly because of the great flavors they have and the texture that beats other crackers by far. They are available in a wide variety of flavors ranging from Rosemary and Olive Oil to Roasted Vegetable and White Cheddar- they are sure to have something that suits your mood or the occasion and any topper you can throw at them.

They are made with a brown rice meal base and are light and crispy so they stay crunchier than other crackers when dipped and are loaded with yummy ingredients like quinoa, flax, and sesame seeds. Looking for a delicious gluten snack to set out? Crunchmaster products are all gluten free! They are also low in saturated fat , contain 0 grams of saturated fat and are cholesterol free- that is good for me because I could eat a whole bag in one sitting.

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We were having company for Thanksgiving so I set out a platter of the various flavor varieties that Crunchmaster has to offer with simple sliced and cubed cheese as well as a cream cheese and herb dip that complimented all the cracker flavors well. They would also be great with smoked salmon, goat cheese, brie, guacamole, or salsa.Whether you dip or top them they hold up and bring loads of flavor even on their own. With the Holidays coming a great cracker is a must have at your parties, family gatherings, or after a marathon shopping trip.

The Cinnamon Grammy Crisps were amazing alone or with a smear of Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip and peanut butter. The Chizzy Crisps made a great after school snack on their own with a bit of dried fruit- the kids loved them as much as I did.

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My next way to try Crunchmaster crackers is to crush them in a food processor and use them as a crunchy breading or crust for chicken or fish. I think they will add incredible flavor and texture to a normally boring meal. Be sure and pick up a bag or two on your next trip to the grocery store. If you haven’t tried them yet you will be so glad you did, check out all the varieties of chips, crisps, and crackers that Crunchmaster has to offer (there is also a $1 off coupon on the website right now making them a great value).

Get Capresso Coffee Ready!

I don’t think I have ever been a morning person. Even as a child I didn’t like waking up early in the morning. As I got older, I thought eventually I would learn to love the early mornings or at least be able to function like a normal person but that never happened. Then I was introduced to coffee, and even though I still don’t enjoy the early morning hours, coffee definitely helps me cope. Nowadays, I wake up with coffee on my mind. That first cup in the morning is what gets me going. Don’t try to speak to me before my first cup of coffee. Before that first cup I don’t even think I could form a complete sentence, but once I have my coffee, my body and my brain are awake and I’m ready to deal with almost anything. I’m like a whole new person!

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Now that you see just how much I love my coffee and how important it is for me to have a cup every morning, I am sure you can imagine my joy when I got the chance to try the Capresso On-the-Go Personal Coffee Maker and Coffee Burr Grinder. I was excited beyond words! I had never tried grinding my own coffee before but I had heard that freshly ground coffee beans make the best tasting cup of coffee. I ran out to buy a bag of coffee beans and I realized that I could probably save a pretty decent amount of money by grinding my own beans at home. That made me even more excited because who doesn’t love to save a few bucks?

The first thing I noticed when unpacking the Capresso On-the-Go Personal Coffee Maker and Coffee Burr Grinder is how gorgeous they are. They are both stainless steel and black which gives them an upscale, elegant look. These definitely belong on the kitchen counter in full view, you aren’t going to want to hide them in a cabinet. The great thing is, they don’t take up a whole lot of space so you can keep them on display without them getting in the way. That’s also a big plus for me because I as much as I love gadgets, appliances and accessories, I can’t stand having any type of clutter on my countertops. The.The sleek design of the Coffee Maker and Coffee Burr Grinder make them a perfect fit.

Coffee Burr Grinders

The Capresso Coffee Burr Grinder has 17 different settings to give you the perfect grind every time you use it. Whether you are using an espresso machine, drip coffee maker, pourover brewer or French press you will be able to grind your coffee beans to the perfect consistency from very fine to coarse. The bean container can hold a half pound of coffee beans and the coffee container can hold 5 ounces of ground coffee and has a lid. It has an electronic timer, an automatic bean sensor and safety features such as an automatic stop when any of the pieces are not in place. It was so easy to use and the freshly ground coffee smelled fantastic. I can tell that my usual store bought ground coffee is not as fresh as it could be because it has never smelled this good. The grinder is also pretty quiet, definitely not loud like I anticipated it being. After using the Capresso Coffee Burr Grinder I don’t think I will ever buy ground coffee again. From now on my morning cup of coffee will be ground fresh daily.

On-the-Go Personal Coffee Makers

I brewed my freshly ground coffee in the Capresso On-the-Go Personal Coffee Maker. It comes with a 16 ounce stainless steel thermal travel mug which is great for those mornings that I am on the run but I also love that it keeps my coffee from getting cold. You can also brew your coffee directly into any other mug that is up to 7 inches tall. It has a removable permanent filter so you don’t need paper filters and you can also brew soft coffee pods in it. I love that instead of brewing a whole pot of coffee, I can have my own personal cup brewed in under 4 minutes. The travel mug, filter and filter basket are all dishwasher safe for easy cleaning and when the brew cycle is over the Capresso On-the-Go Coffee Maker turns itself off automatically. Can I just tell you how much I love this machine? My regular coffee pot is up on a shelf in the cabinet and I don’t plan on seeing it unless company comes over. I will be using this little handy tool every single morning.

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I am so thankful that I was able to try these products and see for myself just how amazing they are. They are affordable so you don’t need to worry about blowing your budget and they make great gifts as well, so keep that in mind for the coffee lover’s in your life. I hope you enjoyed reading my story and that I inspired you to try the Capresso On-the-Go Coffee Maker and Coffee Burr Grinder for yourself. You won’t regret it!

Disclosure: All opinions seen in this publication are those of the writer and may differ from your own. MomtoBedby8.com may have receive product or payment as a condition of this publication. For questions or to have your product featured on Mom to Bed by 8, email Teri at [email protected]

Pure Leaf Tea Holiday Gift Basket Giveaway

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Whether you grew up in the South where cold sweet tea was a classic summer beverage, or you learned the health benefits of green teas as an adult, Pure Leaf Tea is the premier in prepared teas on the market.  Made from quality leaves and a customized process, these teas with their various flavors, sweeteners and infusions are the ultimate tea drinking experience.

Top Chef’s Gail Simmons shows attendees how to pickle radishes with tea at Pure Leaf Iced Tea’s Fall Luncheon at the New York Botanical Garden.

Top Chef’s Gail Simmons shows attendees how to pickle radishes with tea at Pure Leaf Iced Tea’s Fall Luncheon at the New York Botanical Garden.

Pure Leaf Tea offers an affordable prepared tea blend that is perfect not only for quenching your thirst, but also for a multitude of recipe and beverage combinations.  The use of the highest quality tea leaves, fruit and sugars in these blends bring you a beverage and brand you will love to indulge in.

Pure Leaf Offers The Following Flavors:

  • Pure Leaf Diet Lemon
  • Pure Leaf Diet Peach
  • Pure Leaf Lemon
  • Pure Leaf Peach
  • Pure Leaf Extra Sweet Tea
  • Pure Leaf Not Too Sweet Honey Green Tea
  • Pure Leaf Not Too Sweet Peach
  • Pure Leaf Raspberry
  • Pure Leaf Sweet Tea
  • Pure Leaf Unsweetened Tea
  • Pure Leaf Tea & Lemonade

Pure Leaf Tea Selection

Whether you are trying to beat the heat in summer, quench your thirst in winter or want a fun tea infused meal, look no further than Pure Leaf for the best quality tea around.  Peach, Lemon, and Raspberry teas are great infusions full of flavor that can easily be used as a tea infusion in marinades, mixed drinks or even salad dressings.  There is nothing like the health benefits of tea and the bright flavors of fruit to make any dish pop.

Camille Styles, author of new book "Camille Styles Entertaining: Inspired Gatherings and Effortless Style” shows attendees how to create a simple and beautiful centerpiece from fresh produce at Pure Leaf Iced Tea’s Fall Luncheon at the New York Botanical Garden.

Camille Styles, author of new book “Camille Styles Entertaining: Inspired Gatherings and Effortless Style” shows attendees how to create a simple and beautiful centerpiece from fresh produce at Pure Leaf Iced Tea’s Fall Luncheon at the New York Botanical Garden.

Pure Leaf Tea is available in grab and go single serving sizes, as well as larger half gallon sizes for use at family meals.  Whether you want a traditional sweet tea as you would find in the South, or a lightly flavored fruit infused tea, Pure Leaf Tea is the ideal beverage of choice.  Mix up a new favorite adult beverage with your favorite blend of Pure Leaf Tea.

Pure Leaf Tea Giveaway

One lucky winner will receive a Pure Leaf Tea Prize Packages (RV $100+).

Organized by Mom Powered Media. Giveaway ends January 7th at 11:59pm, open to US residents, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck.

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Disclosure: All opinions seen in this publication are those of the writer and may differ from your own. MomtoBedby8.com may have receive product or payment as a condition of this publication. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment and shipment to the winner. This sweepstakes is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network. For questions or to have your product featured on Mom to Bed by 8, email Teri at [email protected]

Rice Krispie Treat Christmas Trees

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Rice Krispie Treat Christmas Trees

Things Needed:

1 8 ct package of Original Kellogg’s Rice Krispie Treats

Wilton kelly green decorating icing (located in the Wilton section at craft stores and major retailers)

Wilton plastic tips (located right next to the frosting)

Mini M&M baking bits (locate dint he baking section however, they are not carried at all stores. You can use regular size M&M’s if needed)

Pretzel sticks

Kitchen knife

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Directions:

#1. Open each Rice Krispie treat and discard the wrappers. Use the kitchen to slice the sides of the treat making it triangular.

#2. Insert one pretzel stick into the base of each ‘tree’.

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#3. Place the basic tip on the end of the Wilton frosting tube and make a zig-zag pattern on your tree.

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#4. Add a yellow mini M&M on the top for a star and then decorate the frosting with mini M&M’s.

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*Makes 8 servings. 1 Tree = 1 Serving.

 These are super cute and easy to make even for the beginner to look like a pro. Put them in holiday treat baggies for school parties and even bake sales.

Enjoy!

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Holiday Treats Made Simple With Zoku! Triple Quick Pop Maker Prize Package Giveaway

Thank you to Zoku whom sent over a few products for us to test and share with our family, friends and readers during #MPMHGG.

I have always had a little obsession with kitchen appliances and gadgets. I can’t help it, I just love them! Nothing makes me happier than to get my hands on something new to try and if it can make my time in the kitchen a bit faster and easier, it’s even better. I recently got a chance to try the Triple Quick Pop Maker, Quick Pops Recipe Book and Storage Case by Zoku and I was super excited. Ice pops are a favorite snack in my house and I loved the idea of making them myself and knowing exactly what is going into them, so my mind was instantly in motion, with ideas and flavor combos. I couldn’t wait for them to arrive!

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When the package was delivered, I will admit that I tore into it with the joy of a child opening a gift, I couldn’t get that box open fast enough. When I got these goodies out of the box, the first thing that caught my eye were the colors. The Triple Quick Pop Maker is bright, vivid and looks sleek and modern. There are no cords because you don’t need any electricity to make your ice pops. The best part is that it’s so easy to use. I put the base of the unit in the freezer and since it needs at least 8 hours to freeze before it can be used, I decided I would make my pops the next day and surprise my family with them.

Zoku Pop Maker

That night I sat down and read through the Quick Pops Recipe Book. The book has over 40 different recipes so that you never run out of flavors to try or get bored with one flavor. The photos in the book are beautiful and the recipes are creative and look delicious. There are also techniques, tips and decorating ideas to get your creative juices flowing. I would definitely recommend this book to go along with the Triple Quick Pop Maker. Everyone in the family will have at least a few must try recipes and they may even inspire you to create your own pop recipes. After looking through the Quick Pops Recipe Book, I chose the flavors I was going to make and made a mental note of a few recipes that I wanted to keep in mind for next time.

QUICK POPS RECIPE BOOK

The next day I was back at the freezer ready to make some ice pops to surprise my family with. I took the unit out of the freezer, inserted the pop sticks into the molds and added different flavors of chilled juice to them. The Zoku Triple Quick Pop Maker freezes the pops in just 7 to 9 minutes. I made sure to keep all my ingredients ready to be used so that I could make the pops quickly. The Quick Pop Maker will make up to 9 pops before you need to freeze it again and I wanted to make as many as I could. The pops froze quickly, and it was easy to make different flavors and even striped pops. They came out great and now the Zoku Triple Quick Pop Maker has a permanent home in our freezer so that we can make ice pops at a moment’s notice.

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Since the ice pops were a surprise, I was really glad to have the Storage Case. The base of the Storage Case is bright red and the cover is clear. You can store up to 6 pops in the airtight case, so I made 7 pops. I had to sample the first one as soon as it was ready, I just couldn’t wait till after dinner that night. The other 6 pops went into the Storage Case and then into the freezer. I was a little worried about them getting that freezer burned taste that can instantly ruin a frozen treat but I was impressed. After dinner, I took the Storage Case out of the freezer, removed the cover and sat the base with the pops on the kitchen table. My homemade ice pops looked great and tasted even better. The Storage Case really protected our ice pops and they tasted as fresh and delicious as they did when I first made them.

Visit Zoku on Facebook for more amazing Quick Pop tips.

Visit Zoku on Facebook for more amazing Quick Pop tips.

All in all, I have to say I was very happy with and impressed by the Triple Quick Pop Maker, Quick Pops Recipe Book and Storage Case by Zoku. We will definitely be using all of them regularly in my home. They are fun and easy to use and they are affordable as well. It is also a great feeling to know exactly what goes into the snacks that you eat and give your children to eat and Zoku makes that possible in a way that is fast, fun and simple to use.

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One winner will receive a Zoku Triple Quick Pop Maker, Quick Pop Recipe Book, and Storage Case.

Giveaway ends December 20th at 11:59pm, open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18+. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck!

 

Disclosure: All opinions seen in this publication are those of the writer and may differ from your own. MomtoBedby8.com may have receive product or payment as a condition of this publication. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment and shipment to the winner. This sweepstakes is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network. For questions or to have your product featured on Mom to Bed by 8, email Teri at [email protected]

Ranch Oyster Crackers

Looking for an easy to make holiday treat? Ranch Oyster Crackers are a huge favorite in my home this time of year. The kids not only love to munch on them during snacktime but we also found they make an excellent gift idea. Simply take the recipe below and add the finished goodies to a mason jar, decorate festively and gift. Happy holidays!

Ranch Snack Crackers

Ranch Oyster Crackers

Ingredients:

1 package of oyster crackers

1 individual packet of ranch seasoning package

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 tsp dill weed

1 tsp garlic powder

Directions:

#1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.

#2. Combine the oil and seasonings in a small bowl mixing well

#3. Add the oyster crackers to a paper paper (or gallon Ziploc type bag) and then pour the seasonings in. Shake well to completely coat the crackers.

#4. Pour the crackers our on to a baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes. All ow to cool completely prior to serving.

Store in an airtight container for several weeks.

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Enjoy!

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Fruit & Cheese Phyllo Collection with Wine Pairing Tips

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In October of this year, Cuisine Adventures announced the launch of a new, Fruit & Cheese Phyllo Collection, available for a limited time during the holidays. This sophisticated snack collection features 3 delicious fruit and cheese combinations wrapped in light and flakey phyllo pastry that are perfect at a cocktail party or paired with a glass of wine for an intimate evening in. The collection, packaged with 36 pieces, is not only the perfect party piece but also very tasteful.

Fruit & Cheese Phyllo Collection from Cuisine Adventures will only be available seasonally in Midwest Costco locations until December 2014. Those in Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana, Nebraska, and Missouri will be able to purchase the Fruit & Cheese Phyllo Collection at Costco for $12.99. Making them budget friendly.

Fruit & Cheese Phyllo

Wine Pairing Tips

Start with two American classics as basic wine pairings: Chardonnay for times when you feel like something cold and refreshing and Cabernet Sauvignon for occasions when you’re in the mood to linger over your snack.

Take your wine and cheese pairings to the next level, you’ll find wine matching suggestions below that will create satisfying pairings for each of the individual fruit and cheese flavors.

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Bialetti Mini Express and a case of Torino Espresso Giveaway

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Welcome to the Bialetti Mini Express Giveaway

Presenting the only single-cup espresso machine with the pressure and portion size to dispense true Italian espresso. Instantly become an espresso connoisseur with this authentically creamy and full-flavored brew from Bialetti – the world’s leading espresso maker.

This beautiful espresso machine comes in two gorgeous colors Black and Red and is the perfect addition to any kitchen.

The capsule system allows for fresh delicious espresso every time!

Bialetti hosts an array of delicious espressos that can be used with this machine and they’ve unveiled a delicious new flavor Torino!

This delicious coffee is an elegant association of the typical acidity of Arabica blends with a great aromatic richness from the age-old chocolate-making tradition. The sensory influences of chocolate and the captivating scent of hazelnut envelope the flavor of the Turin blend, giving it a velvety body with overall harmony and refinement.

One lucky winner will get to choose their own Mini Express in either Black or Red and a Case of Torino Espresso to enjoy! This prize pack is worth $239.99. Will you keep it for you or give it to the coffee connoisseur in your life?

Giveaway ends on 12/16 at 11:59pm and is open to US only.

Good luck!

 

Disclosure: All opinions seen in this publication are those of the writer and may differ from your own. MomtoBedby8.com may have receive product or payment as a condition of this publication. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment and shipment to the winner. This sweepstakes is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network. For questions or to have your product featured on Mom to Bed by 8, email Teri at [email protected]

Kyocera 8″ Professional Chef’s Knife Review & Giveaway

Please welcome one this year’s fav’ed MPM Holiday Gift Guide participants and their fabulous 8″ Professional Chef’s Knife featuring one of the largest advanced ceramics blades produced by Kyocera. For those of you looking for a gift for the hard to buy for, those just starting out or over again and even for the in the kitchen lover, look no further as this is it!

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This special knife offers a deeper blade with greater knuckle clearance is a key feature of this distinctive design and a comfortable ergonomic handle provides precise control and ease of handling. This allows for longer use with less wear to the skin. For those of you who like to dice up a meal, knowing how an bad handle can cause reddening and even pain in the grip. With Kyocera that is no longer an issue.

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The sleek, ultra-sharp advanced ceramic knife is ideal for slicing fruits, vegetables and boneless meats. While it is firmly suggested this unit is not for carving, this knife is still a go to piece for those everyday cooking adventures. In fact, I found the oddly narrow and extremely sharp blade to be one that will rival even some of my ultimate favorites.

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A special note from the manufacture: The Kyocera zirconium oxide blade will stay razor sharp at least 10 times longer than traditional cutlery, making it ideal for everyday use. I have actively used this piece for 6 of the last 7 days and have not noticed any change in the quality. Only time will tell if it will remain that way. So look for an update in about 3 months!

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8″ Professional Chef’s Knife features:

  • Unrelenting Sharpness: razor-sharp blade stays sharper longer. Kyocera advanced ceramic blades offer superior edge retention, holding their edge at least 10 times longer than other professional cutlery, including high carbon steel
  • Unparalleled Purity: Will never brown foods.
  • No metallic ions to transfer – won’t alter the taste, smell or appearance of food.
  • Will never rust. ∙ Ultra Lightweight: Perfectly balanced and light, reduces fatigue during repetitive cutting tasks.
  • Zirconia 206: Kyocera’s proprietary advanced ceramic. This translates to a stronger, denser blade that holds an edge longer than other ceramic knives.
  • Lifetime Warranty: Kyocera advanced ceramic cutlery and kitchen tools are fully warranted to be free of defects in material and/or craftsmanship. If the product is found defective, we will repair or replace it.

For those of you like myself who maybe concerned on how the heck would you sharpen your new knife, here is an additional offer from the manufacture: Lifetime Complementary Sharpening: Kyocera offers complimentary sharpening for KYOCERA ADVANCED CERAMIC knives only. A shipping and handling charge is required per shipment. Up to two (2) knives – $10; $5 for each additional knife.

Kyocera-Giveaway

One winner will receive a Kyocera 8″ Professional Chef’s Knife.

Giveaway ends November 29th at 11:59pm, open to US residents, ages 18+. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck!

 

Disclosure: All opinions seen in this publication are those of the writer and may differ from your own. MomtoBedby8.com may have receive product or payment as a condition of this publication. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment and shipment to the winner. This sweepstakes is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network. For questions or to have your product featured on Mom to Bed by 8, email Teri at [email protected]

Testing Out Quinoa Pops Cereal

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We are a family of foodies.  I am not, however, a trendy food.  I don’t go out of my way to find the latest “thing”, I don’t like kale, and I don’t replace my croutons with quinoa and chickpeas.  I was a raised as a chicken-and-potatoes midwestern girl and that’s stuck around now that I’m cooking for a family of my own.

Now, not going out of my way looking for those sorts of foods doesn’t mean I won’t try them when they cross my path.  So what is quinoa?  It’s a grain plant, but we actually eat the seeds.  We prepare it and treat it like a grain though.  It’s become a food trend in the US due to its high amount of protein and magnesium among other minerals.  Quinoa as a cereal is also a great option for people with conditions like Celiac’s Disease who may need to avoid gluten.

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Pereg has a lot of products that include quinoa, spices, and toppings.  One of their products, Quinoa Pops Cereal, was recently sent to me in four flavors so my family could test it out.  Like the rest of the product line at Pereg, this cereal is considered gourmet.  Each box is good for about 4 servings and costs around six dollars.  It is therefore a little more expensive per ounce than cereal at the grocery store.  (About twice as much as the typical generic kids’ cereal at Kroger).  It was still tasty.

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The Quinoa Pops cereal has very few ingredients, which for me is always a plus: quinoa, sugar, and whatever flavor it is.  The flavors they’re currently offering are original, vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry.  It tastes just like my kids’ cereal, but has a slightly chewier texture to it.  The strawberry also has a little coloring added to it, but it’s a cochineal dye.  (Spoiler before you look that up on Google because it’s familiar: It’s made from beetles.  Totally considered safe, but good to know if you’re a vegan.)

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Quinoa is one of the world’s easiest foods to grow, so these are able to be made 100% GMO free, if that’s something that your family watches in your diet.  The fact that they’re about 100 calories per cup (before milk) means they’re good as an addition to things like yogurt and parfaits as well as being eaten like normal cereal.

I could personally have done with less sugar in them, but I don’t know that my kids would have eaten them with any less.  The “original” flavor of Quinoa Pops is nothing but quinoa popped with pressure and heat (like popcorn), with no flavors, colors, or sugar included.  That would be my best bet for creating recipes with, but my children wanted nothing to do with it unless I mixed in a little of another type first.  I did use the vanilla and original together to trick them into eating the original.  That cut the amount of sugar they had in half without taking away too much of the taste.  At least not enough for them to notice.  Kids: 0, Mom: 1.

 

 

Roul’Pat Non-Stick Workstation Review & Giveaway

I am a baker at heart. I love all things cookies, cakes and breads. I guess that is the reason for my girlish figure! All jokes aside, one of the things I struggle with the most is prep and more specifically the prep surface when making sticky items such as crusts, dough and biscuits. So how nice it was for Silpat to send over a Roul’Pat and more just in time for holiday cooking.

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The Roul’Pat by definition is a non-stick countertop workstation mat. This silicone mat is similar in design to a SILPAT, but it has a specially formulated backside design, which prevents it from slipping or moving around on countertops and work surfaces. This is extremely important when rolling dough by hand or by pin. If you have worked with other surface types, you know that without the slip resistant underside, you spend as much time bringing the prep area back to position and creating the food. It is a real time waste that can easily be solved with almost any of the mats from SILPAT.

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While the Roul’Pat is ideal for rolling and kneading dough, it is also good for working with sugar art, chocolate, fondant, caramel and candy. The smooth top allows for multiples uses with ease. Everything from sweets to even dry rubs can be combined on this piece.

Sizing

Size is important. This is especially try when you are making meals for a large family such as mine. Breakfast requires at least a dozen biscuits. Holidays can mean dozens of cookies, cakes and pies to be created for everything from the meal at home to bake sales.

Clean up is a snap with the completely washable surface. A little soap, water and scrub is all you need. Dry and store. Even better, you can store rolled or flat depending on your needs.

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The Roul’Pat is a smart addition to any home kitchen. While I would say don’t wait for the holidays and grab one for yourself to make creating meals easier, this would also make an excellent gift idea for the hard to buy for, the chef on your list and even those that are starting new.

On a side note: I didn’t test the Roul’Pat outside of the kitchen, but it is said that you can also effectively use it as work surface mat for craft projects. Since nothing sticks to it, Roul’Pat is great for use with glue, permanent markers and other messy craft projects. I suppose I will need to give that a go the next time my toddler decides he needs a little creative craft relief.

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Slipat products are sold nationwide at retailers including Macy’s, Kitchen Collection and Sur La Table.

A little bit about the products to be won below:

Silpat®—the Original Non-Stick Baking Mat—is ideal for all your baking needs from cookies to baking meats and roasting vegetables. Variety of sizes.

Roul’Pat® turns any countertop surface into a non-stick workstation. It’s handy for rolling any kind of dough without sticking or requiring extra flour.

Silpain® is designed for baking bread that turns out perfectly. Its non-stick surface is darker than the traditional Silpat®, and it is uniquely perforated to allow moisture from the dough to seep through to provide a perfect crust and even browning.

Silpate Giveaway

One winner will receive a Silpat, Silpains and Roul’Pat Mat (a $108 value).

Giveaway ends November 29th at 11:59pm, open to US residents, ages 18+. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck!

 

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Frieling 9.5″ Black Cube Fry Pan Review & Giveaway

Cooking is not a requirement of being a wife and mom but a hobby in my home. There is truly something special about spending time with my children teaching them how to make meals that will eventually feed not only themselves but with luck, they own families as well. Both my sons and daughters enjoy time with mom and even dad in the kitchen. Family bonding at it’s very best from the prep to the table itself.

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So forgive me if I get overly excited when I receive review items boasting to be a The Ultimate Cooking Surface and Revolutionary Stainless Nonstick Fry Pan. Seriously ultimate, fry and original Southern girl, are words that go hand in hand.

The Black Cube combines all the benefits of stainless steel and nonstick cookware in one lightweight 9.5″ skillet / fry pan. If you are fimilar with your kitchen gadgets you know that using metal utensils on nonstick surfaces is a no, no. However Frieling has created a pan to do just that. So no more wasting money on plastic pieces that burn or melt in the dishwasher. You can spring for the fancier and long lasting metal units without worry.

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Even more importantly is that this pan can brown meats like your favorite stainless steel fry pan and yet still as easy to wash as those nonstick ones many of us reach for! How is all of this possible? Frieling stainless nonstick is a raised stainless steel pattern over a recessed layer of nonstick coating. This allows for browning on stainless steel without sticking and protects the nonstick coating when using metal utensils.

But does it really work? Yes, at least for the 3 times I have tried in the last week.

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First with the typical fried egg which in my opinion is very important in a pan of this size and what it will mostly be used for in my home since we have too many people to use it for basic meals. The lightweight structure and handle length allows for easy flipping and keeping the yoke intact. Being stainless allows me to easily control the temperature keeping the egg from become burned on the edges.

Second was the basic chicken breast browning which went very well except for I ended up drying out the meat. I think in the case you are cooking for one or two people and go with this skillet for a browned meat like chicken, it is best to brown and then bake for better taste.

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When using any fry pan as your main cooking pan, they can sometimes wear in places. In my experience, the first areas to start seeing flaws are the bottom of the skillet and the screws or attachment pieces that connect the handle to the skillet. After seeing how the Black Cube is created, I am confident that these areas will last longer than some of my previous pieces.

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Third was a simple grill cheese which of course went perfectly as planned. Pans should be able to complete not only complicated meals without fail but also simple ones. Due to this experience I would say the Frieling 9.5″ Black Cube would be an excellent go-to selection for a college student or even a couple starting out. For larger families, this would make a good small fry pan and I would also opt for the two larger sizes in their collection the 11″ and 12.5″.

The Black Cube is built to last with its 3-ply construction and the high quality PFOA free nonstick layer. All pans work on any cooktop and are oven safe up to 450° F. For ultimate convenience they are also dishwasher safe.

One winner will receive a Frieling 9.5″ Black Cube Fry Pan.

Giveaway ends November 24th at 11:59pm, open to US residents, ages 18+. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck!

 

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Disclosure: All opinions seen in this publication are those of the writer and may differ from your own. MomtoBedby8.com may have receive product or payment as a condition of this publication. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment and shipment to the winner. This sweepstakes is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network. For questions or to have your product featured on Mom to Bed by 8, email Teri at [email protected]