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3 Healthy Chia Seed Breakfast Recipes

Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Healthy Chia Seed Breakfast Recipes

Chia seeds have been around for quite some time, although you are probably hearing more and more about them as they have become very trendy. Chia seeds should be a part of your diet, as they contain omega-3 fats (good fat), and contain quite a bit of fiber (think heart healthy). Chia seeds are an easy addition to your diet. They can be used just like any other seed or nut; they can be sprinkled on salads, yogurt or used in baking. See below for some healthy breakfast recipes containing chia seeds. 1. Honey Lemon Muffins These fluffy muffins will make for a filling breakfast. Ingredients: 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour 3/4 granulated sugar 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/4 tsp. salt 3/4 cup part skim ricotta cheese 1/2 cup water 1/4 cup olive oil Zest of 2 lemons 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice 1 egg 2 tbsp. chia seeds 2 tbsp. honey (melted) Cupcake liners and muffin pan Instructions: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Then line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners. Using a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder together. In a separate bowl mix the water, ricotta, egg, lemon juice, zest and olive oil together. Create a well in the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients, stirring with a wooden spoon. Then gently fold in the chia seeds. Pour the batter evenly in each cupcake liner and bake for roughly 15 minutes. Test the muffins with a toothpick to be sure they are cooked all the way through. Allow the muffins to cool for about 5 minutes, then brush the melted honey on the muffins. Allow them to cool a little longer before eating. Enjoy your lemon muffins. 2. Chia Spiced Overnight Oats This is a great breakfast you can prepare overnight and grab in the morning on the go. Ingredients: 2 cups old fashioned oats 2 tbsp. chia seeds 1 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp. ground ginger 1/8 tsp. ground cloves 3 tbsp. brown sugar 2 1/2 cups almond milk Optional toppings: bananas, blueberries or dried fruit Instructions: Place all dry ingredients in a bowl, mix thoroughly, and cook in the microwave for a minute. Then add the almond milk slowly stirring until it is well incorporated.  Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator overnight to cool. Add the toppings in the morning (optional) and enjoy your oats cold or you can heat it in the microwave for a minute or two for a hot breakfast. 3. Banana, Mango, Chia Seed Smoothie This is another healthy on the go breakfast you can take with you. This recipe makes 2 large smoothies. Ingredients: 1 cup frozen mango 1 large banana 1 tbsp. chia seeds 1/2 cup orange juice 1/2 cup almond milk (you can also use regular milk or coconut milk) Instructions: Place all of the ingredients in a blender until smooth. If it isn’t cold enough for you, you can add ice cubes to make it colder. Enjoy! These delicious recipes can be enjoyed by anyone. You won’t even be able to tell that you are actually eating healthy. To learn more, visit a website...

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Incorporating Dry Ice Into Your Party Theme Safely

Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Incorporating Dry Ice Into Your Party Theme Safely

Dry ice is an awesome item for a party, and is particularly popular around Halloween. This ice is so cold that it actually can burn the skin if you don’t handle it properly.  There are some safety tips that you should be aware of before you use dry ice to create a bubbling brew or thick fog at your party venue. Before you add your dry ice, consider the following tips to use dry ice effectively and safely: All dry ice is not the same. When you plan on using dry ice to create a bubbling brew or punch, only use food-grade ice, available from most commercial ice suppliers. Keep hands-off. Dry ice can harm the skin and leave a painful red mark if you touch it, so handle it only with gloves or tongs. Treat the mark as you would a burn. Get some air in there. Only use dry ice in a well-ventilated area, as the fumes contain CO2 which can be toxic in enclosed areas. Don’t mix things up too much. Never mix dry ice and regular ice together, such as in a punch bowl or cocktail. Ladle punch into cups from your bowl containing dry ice, and then add regular ice to the individual servings, if desired. Watch where you put it. Be careful where you set or place your dry ice when getting ready for your party. It is cold enough to crack a surface such as tiled or ceramic counters. Keep an eye on the kids. Don’t allow children to play around dry ice unsupervised. Give it some air. When storing your dry ice, don’t use an airtight container. The dry ice will create a pressurized environment in the container, which could burst. Create some fog. To create a good rolling fog at your party, combine around a pound of dry ice to each gallon of hot water. Go big or go home. Use big chunks of ice in your punchbowl, a couple pounds per gallon of punch. Don’t use small pieces or bits as it could be inadvertently served and swallowed. Watch it float. Dry ice will initially sink in water, or punch, and as it melts it will float on the top. Be sure to remove these smaller, floating pieces before serving to your guests. There are so many cool ways to incorporate dry ice into your party theme! Fill a large punch bowl with colored water and dry ice. Use colored lights pointed directly at the bowl to create a colorful focal point for your table. Use fans to direct the fog from dry ice toward your stage, venue, or wherever you want your fog to roll in! Try making a signature drink during a cocktail party using dry ice; check out some of the cool recipes that are sure to get attention at your next bash!  To learn more about dry ice, contact a company like Chilly Willy & Cool Carl’s...

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5 Sneaky Ways To Save Money On Wedding Food And Drinks

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Sneaky Ways To Save Money On Wedding Food And Drinks

Looking to save money on your catered wedding reception without looking cheap? It can be done with a little strategy and creativity. Here are 5 ideas to get you started.  Serve Heavy Appetizers. You can save a lot of money by avoiding having a full sit-down meal. One easy way to fill your guests’ stomachs without a formal meal is to serve what are known as “heavy appetizers.” These are more filling finger foods such as meatballs, chicken wings, potato croquettes or smoked salmon. Guests will chow down and enjoy themselves without feeling a void left by not having a sit-down dinner.  Create a Signature Drink. Rather than have an open bar, save on alcohol costs by slyly limiting the alcohol options to one: your signature drink. This special drink should reflect the tastes of both the bride and groom and the theme of the wedding (fun, traditional, formal, tropical, etc.). By controlling how much alcohol is required for the drink and limiting your alcohol needs to one or two types, you can save a lot of dough with no one noticing.  Serve Fun Non-Alcoholic Drinks. A recent trend has been to replace costly alcoholic beverage choices with a wider range of exotic and delicious non-alcoholic drinks. Whether you prefer mocktails (non-alcoholic versions of drinks), specialty lattes, smoothies or a variety of teas, you can provide your guests with something new and fascinating while secretly saving money on cheaper ingredients.  Bring Your Own Appetizers. Prepare a selection of appetizers ahead of time to avoid paying inflated costs from your caterer. This doesn’t mean you will have to spend the day before your wedding cooking, since many appetizers–including crab cakes, taquitos, sliders or pot stickers–can be prepared ahead of time and frozen. You can find out how to estimate appetizer needs per guest here.  Hire Outside Catering. Your guests generally don’t know who is providing the catering–the venue or an outside company–but you can save plenty of money by being able to shop around. Be sure to choose a venue that allows you to hire separate catering services rather than forcing you to choose their in-house service. Talk to caterers like Grand Street Cafe for more information on their pricing and services. Saving money on food and drinks will help you be able to splurge on areas of your wedding and reception that are truly important to you. Then you can have a party you will enjoy without paying the price later...

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Food Services To Offer During High Volume Times

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Food Services To Offer During High Volume Times

The holidays or at the beginning and end of quarters can be high volume times for a number of industries. If you need all hands on deck, everyone may have to work overtime and the office may need to be made more efficient so that all projects and work can be completed as soon as possible. In order to keep the office staff most effective, here are some services to offer during those high volume time periods. Office Coffee Service Coffee is often the caffeine of choice for early mornings and late night work. If your office staff tends to prefer a cup of Joe each morning, offer a coffee service from a company like Five Star Water. With an office coffee service you can have a standing delivery of blonde, medium, and dark roast coffee, plus extras such as espresso or cappuccinos. These can be brewed fresh in your office so that they are the perfect thermometer. Place these in the break room so that anyone who needs a pick me up can stop by to grab a cup and get back to work. Lunch delivery buffets Constant food available in the break room means that there is no reason for employees to have to go out at night. Lunch delivery for the entire office is best when it includes a buffet of foods from a particular restaurant. This insures that everyone will get a little something that they may like and that the quantities will be enough to feed the entire office. Be sure to give the restaurant the amount of employees that you have, then overestimate on their suggestions for the amount of food to be sure enough is available. Along with ordering a buffet lunch, be sure to order some snacks or desserts that will sit out well in the following hours. Grab and go bags for food During high traffic times in the office, some employees will stay well into the night, while others will be in the office before day break. Reward these employees with grab and go food bags to use as fuel either as they are leaving or as soon as they come in. Offer prepared snacks, including water bottles, breakfast pastries, chips and salsa, and breakfast or dinner burritos. Small foods that can be enjoyed in a cab ride home or while at the desk will give your employees some nourishment, plus boost the morale of coming in each day or leaving after a job well...

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Just Don’t Invite The Ants — How To Plan A Picnic-Style Wedding

Posted by on Oct 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Just Don’t Invite The Ants — How To Plan A Picnic-Style Wedding

If you’re looking for a wedding option that avoids the tired, stuffy traditional choices? Why not throw a picnic wedding? Take advantage of beautiful summer days and lower your costs by planning a fun outing that everyone can enjoy while relaxing and reliving fun times outdoors. Here are 4 things you’ll need to create the perfect picnic wedding.  Green Grass and a View When picking out a venue for your picnic wedding, look for what you’d look for in any picnic site — large swaths of green grass and a beautiful backdrop of trees, rustic buildings or a gorgeous view. If you’re at all unsure about the weather, have a back-up plan for possible rain or colder weather — a party tent or nearby event building with room to host everyone if needed.  Good venue choices may include wineries, a beach with a nearby restaurant venue, or a park that contains picnic areas with roofs. Ideally, the location should have easy access to existing bathrooms, but you may need to rent some if that’s not an option. Blankets and Pillows To help your guests get into the picnic mood, lay out a variety of seating options. Bright, comfortable blankets are ideal on a dry day, laid out with pillows and picnic baskets filled with treats for the guests. Or you could add a low table made from the bench-style seat of a regular picnic table surrounded by pillows for comfortable seating. Be sure to include a few full-size picnic or round tables for guests who cannot sit on the ground comfortably.  On-the-Go Food Picnic food for your outdoor wedding should be fun, reminiscent of home and easy to eat. Finger foods are a good option, including mini versions of familiar favorites like sliders, meatballs on a stick or finger sandwiches. Other choices could include a wine and cheese buffet with many varieties clearly labeled for guests to try. Fruits are another good way to offer light, casual fare that will be easy to take and to enjoy. If you want to be adventurous, add a chocolate fountain to your fruit buffet for more fun. Complement foods with lemonade, ice tea and lots of water served from fancy glass canisters, along with summer wines for the adults. You can even have go the wedding catering route and have a company provide the food, if you aren’t sure about preparing it all yourself. Themed Accessories Set the stage for your picnic-inspired wedding with party invitations featuring a picnic theme or printed on brown paper bags. Use candles, lanterns and wildflowers along with casual, country-chic tablecloths and runners to keep the mood going. Miniature picnic baskets or mason jars engraved with the newlyweds’ initials serve as great party favors. However you choose to design your perfect outdoor picnic nuptials, you’re sure to leave a lasting and fun memory for yourselves, your family and all your guests....

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3 Traditional Mexican Dishes To Try At An Authentic Mexican Restaurant

Posted by on Aug 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Traditional Mexican Dishes To Try At An Authentic Mexican Restaurant

The nearest drive-through taco stand may be a good place to grab a quick bite, but it’s not really the best example of Mexican cuisine. It’s easy to get a false perception of what Mexican food really tastes like when you’re only exposed to the Americanized, fast-food version of the cuisine. You might be surprised at what traditional Mexican dishes are actually like. Take a look at a few dishes you should try the next time you get the chance. Chilaquiles Instead of nachos, order this traditional Mexican fried tortilla dish. The recipe calls for tortillas – often day-old or slightly stale tortillas – that are cut into strips or squares and then fried. The fried tortillas are then simmered in either red or green chili sauce and topped with cheese and a variety of other toppings. Unlike the nachos that you’re used to, the toppings don’t necessarily include sour cream or guacamole. Instead, beans, chopped meats, eggs, and various sauces are commonly used. This dish is often seen as a good way to use up leftovers in many Mexican households. It’s also a kind of comfort food, like mom’s chicken soup or meatloaf and mashed potatoes in the U.S. Mole If you’ve never tasted a mole dish, you’re missing out. Mole is a complex and complicated sauce made with more than 20 different ingredients and served over meat. Mole Poblano is perhaps the most famous type of mole sauce. It combines chilis, chocolate, nuts, spices, and other ingredients for a taste that’s sweet, spicy, and very unique. This recipe is associated with the city of Puebla, Mexico. Oaxaca is another city that’s famous for its mole. There are at least six different types of mole, and you can find variations on them all around the country. Any authentic Mexican restaurant will serve at least one type of mole. If you’re lucky, they’ll serve two or more types of mole so that you can try them on your visits and see what you like best. Pozole There are so many variations on pozole – and it’s such a popular dish – that if you travel to Mexico, you can find whole restaurants devoted to serving different variations on pozole. This dish is a soup that has a base of hominy grits. Traditionally, it includes pork, though it can also be made with seafood or chicken. Various chilis and spices are added to the broth, and the hominy, meat, and broth are left to simmer overnight – or for a period of hours – in order to create a strong flavor. The soup isn’t done just because it’s finished simmering. When pozole is served, the usual custom is to fill the bowl only part way. That’s because you want to leave room for fresh toppings, including cabbage, lettuce, radishes, onions, and tomatoes. Top all that off with some cilantro and lime juice, and you’re ready to enjoy pozole. Whether you’re planning a trip to Mexico and want a feel for what you’ll be eating while you’re there, or you just want to try something a little more authentic than a trendily-flavored taco, checking out these dishes at an authentic Mexican restaurant Tucson AZ is the best way to get an idea of what real Mexican cuisine is...

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Have Vegetarian Guests Coming To Your Wedding? Here’s How To Cater To Them

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Have Vegetarian Guests Coming To Your Wedding? Here’s How To Cater To Them

While planning the catering for your upcoming wedding, you probably want to make sure that you have something to offer all of your guests. If some of your guests are vegetarian, however, you could be worried about ensuring that their needs are met at your event. Luckily, there are a few steps that you can take to help make this happen. 1. Find Out Ahead of Time First of all, you should find out how many vegetarians will be at your wedding beforehand. Consider adding a special spot on your RSVP cards for people to add their dietary preferences. Then, you will be able to tell your caterer about how many vegetarians will be at the event so that he or she can prepare for it. 2. Consider Serving Buffet-Style Although there are a lot of benefits of serving dinner-style at your wedding, you might want to think about doing it buffet-style instead, particularly if you have a lot of guests who have special dietary preferences. Then, your vegetarian guests can pick and choose what they want, and you won’t have to worry about your non-meat-eating friends and family members accidentally getting served the wrong way. 3. Have Food Properly Labeled If you do decide to serve your food on a buffet, make sure that everything is properly labeled. For example, it can be tough for people to tell if your lasagna is vegetarian-friendly without cutting into it, but a simple placard can help guests search for the right menu choices for their dietary needs. 4. Offer a Meat-Free Main Course Instead of offering a beef and chicken main course, consider opting for a meat-free main course. Pasta with an Alfredo sauce or tomato-based, meat-free marinara sauce, for example, are vegetarian-friendly but might be appealing to other guests who typically do eat meat. You can opt to offer just vegetarian main courses, or you can offer one meat-based dish and one non-meat-based dish. 5. Provide Lots of Side Dishes Another option is to provide lots of filling, meat-free side dishes. Then, the non-meat-eaters at your wedding can find lots of yummy things to fill up on, and your other guests are sure to enjoy having lots of variety as well. As you can see, there are a few things that you can do to cater to your vegetarian guests. If you’re planning your wedding and are worried about vegetarian-friendly catering, try these steps.  For more information on this and other catering issues, contact a professional like Mascaro’s...

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Simple Ways to Add Chia Seeds to Your Diet

Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Simple Ways to Add Chia Seeds to Your Diet

If you are beginning a new exercise regime and have decided to add some healthy food choices to your diet, consider mixing chia seeds into some of your meals. Chia seeds contain several vitamins, are low in calories, and can boost your energy level. Learn some simple ways to utilize them on a daily basis so that you enjoy all of the wonderful benefits that they provide. Add to Soup or Gravy Chia seeds can be added to soup or gravy and will thicken them up, making them rich and hearty. Use a spoon to add chia seeds directly to the pot that you are heating the soup or gravy in. Stir the contents until they are the desired consistency. If you would rather use chia seed powder, it will have the same effect as the seeds. Once your soup or gravy is ready to be consumed, it will taste great and you will barely notice that the seeds have been added.  Mix Sprouts with Salads If you enjoy eating salads that contain a variety of greens and vegetables, mixing sprouted seeds will provide your salad with added texture and flavor. Chia seed sprouts are spicy, but not overpowering. Place a couple tablespoons of seeds in a bowl that is filled with water. Allow them to soak overnight. The following day, empty the water and fill it up with a fresh supply. Continue doing this on a daily basis until the seeds have sprouted. Add the sprouts directly to the salads that you prepare and enjoy. Create Homemade Breading If you would like pieces of fish, poultry, or beef to have a crunchy coating attached to them, chia seeds will work just as well as breadcrumbs. Place several tablespoons of moistened seeds on a plate and spread them out. Set pieces of meat on top of them and press down until one side of each piece is coated. Flip the pieces over and coat the other sides. Cook the meat as you normally would. As you chew each bite of the coated meat, you will be greeted with a crunchy texture. Chia seeds work well with a variety of foods, so experimenting with them will prove to be satisfying. Chia seeds are safe to consume each day and you may even feel more optimistic about exercising and eating healthy after you add them to your diet. Be sure to look for chia seeds for...

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Java Stripped: Why Convenient K-cups Were Made for These 3 Kinds of People

Posted by on Apr 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

K-cups are coffee made spare. No muss. No fuss. Just a moment of your time and a fresh mug of coffee is in your hand. There aren’t any coffee grounds sprinkled over everything on the way to the trash or compost bin. K-cups fit with a simpler lifestyle. But there are 3 kinds of people who truly benefit from the invention of the K-cup: People Who Can’t Make Coffee until They’ve Had a Cup of Coffee We’ve all been there at one point or another. You look at the people around you, wondering who they are and what they want. After chugging a few cups of joe, you realize they are your children, or worse, your coworkers. Imagine if you’re a person who is always this way in the morning. You cannot be trusted around a coffee machine until well after 10am. With a K-cup, you have to focus for only 45 seconds, and caffeine is on its way to your bloodstream. Curious Coffee-lovers with Commitment Phobia If you’re this sort of K-cup user, you love to explore new tastes and flavor combinations. But you just can’t bring yourself to buy a whole pound of any bean. It’s easy to try new roasts when you buy K-cups online. Order a coffee sampler, or even create a custom combo of coffees, teas and other beverages. Various well-known coffee retailers are represented in the wide selection of K-cup flavors available. When you find a flavor you think you can stick with, stock up on it and you’ll always have a fresh cup at hand. You can enjoy your favorites and keep trying new ones as they are introduced. Those Souls Addicted to a Certain Brand of Coffee You know these people. You may be one of these people. If you are, no coffee tastes right unless it’s your brand of coffee. If you travel, and your brand isn’t available, you suffer. With K-cups, you can always have your favorite brand at hand. Chances are, it’s one of the many beloved morning beverages available in this convenient form. There are portable coffeemakers available that use K-cups. You can pack them up wherever you travel, and enjoy your favorite brew even in the middle of nowhere. K-cups are helpful for anyone who needs a fast shot of get-up-and-go. They are ideal for busy, multitasking caregivers who could use a soothing mug of cocoa. Those feeling under the weather will always appreciate steaming cups of honey-lemon tea on command. But some people were born to use K-cups every day. Those little pods of happiness make their lives simpler and easier. For more information, contact 11th Street...

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Ideas For A Backyard Summer Party

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

There’s nothing like the long, lazy days of summer. Share the fun and make some memories by inviting your friends and neighbors over for a backyard party. By choosing unforgettable decorations, fun entertainment and delicious food, you’ll create a get-together that could become an annual tradition. Decorations Your garden will likely provide all the flowers you need for your party, but if you want to add a few more, tie inexpensive vases or mason jars to your fence. Fill them with a little water and a few blooms and your drab fence will turn into an eye-catching wall of flowers. If you expect your party to last past sundown, bring in a little glow without turning on the backyard flood lights. Purchase glow-in-the-dark paint and cover a few planters with it. When the sun goes down, they’ll provide some light. Alternatively, pick up an old chandelier and replace the bulbs with solar-powered lights. If you hang these in the trees, you’ll have an elegant light source in the evening. For inexpensive and colorful seating, scatter a few comfy quilts and pillows on the lawn to encourage lounging. For those guests who can’t quite make it to the ground, spray paint some cheap folding chairs for a cheerful and colorful place to sit.    Entertainment Games aren’t just for kid parties. They can provide a fun ice breaker for grown-ups who don’t know each other that well, or just allow them to let loose and have some fun. Bend some pool noodles into u-shapes and place them in your lawn like arcs. Toss a few soccer balls in your yard and play some kickball croquet. When the sun goes down, amp up a traditional ring toss game. Instead of tossing rings or horseshoes, toss glow necklaces. It’ll provide some fun entertainment and pretty decor, and you won’t have to worry about losing your rings in the dark lawn.   Food  Food is the main attraction at most backyard parties. For appetizers, think about food that won’t suffer in the hot summer sun. Choose salsas packed with fruit or veggies and skip the dips that are full of sour cream or mayo. For your main meal, go traditional and grill some burgers and hot dogs. A clam bake is also a good idea if you don’t mind digging a couple of holes in your yard. Of course, you could skip the cooking altogether and spend your time mingling instead of grilling. Order a fajita platter from a local restaurant or hire someone who specializes in bbq catering, such as Great Caterers Of Iowa. You’ll provide your guests with a delicious meal with none of the work. If you provide the right decor, entertainment and food, you’ll create the perfect setting for your guests to have a wonderful time at your summer party....

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