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Prince Lionheart theBOOST Plus Review

Mealtime is definitely one of Lil’ C’s favorite times of the day. Of course as parents we want to make sure our children are comfortable and have everything they need to have a successful meal. Since Lil’ C is 4 she’s not quite a baby in need of a highchair but sitting in the dining table chairs doesn’t quite sit up to the height of her plate without the assistance of a booster seat.

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We’ve been trying out the Prince Lionheart theBOOST Plus for a couple of months to review all the features and in order to tell you more about our likes and dislikes about the product. Since we are using the booster for Lil’ C we don’t use the included tray, but it’s a great option for a smaller child.

We like the Prince Lionheart theBOOST Plus because:

  • It comes in four accent colors: Berry Blue, Galactic Grey, Flashbulb Fuchsia, and Gumball Green
  • There is a 3-point harness option for buckling your child in
  • The seat seems very durable in the months we have been using it and even through our move.
  • It’s super easy to clean, we just wipe messes away and the straps are removable for easy washing.

 

Things that we don’t love about theBoost Plus:

  • The price point is at the higher end for boosters
  • May not fit all dining room seats
  • Depending on your dining room chair it may be difficult for the child to seat themselves in the booster

Prince Lionheart theBOOST Plus Review

 

All-in-all I would say this is a great booster option especially if you are going to be handing it down to younger siblings/family members or friends because the quality is great and well worth the retail price. Check out more details on Prince Lionheart’s website: princelionheart.com

 

I received sample product in order to give you an honest review of theBOOST plus seat. Your opinions may vary.

Mississippi Crockpot Pot Roast and Gluten-Free Version {Guest Recipe}

I’m a pretty good cook. Like everyone, I’ve had my mishaps in the kitchen, but I can guarantee that people don’t groan when I bring a meal to a potluck.

One thing I have NEVER mastered is roast. You know, the traditional meat, potatoes, carrots, and onions after Sunday church roast.

Even with my mother’s guidance, whenever I make a roast, it’s a regrettable meal. Or it was until I discovered Crockpot Mississippi Roast. I tried it on a whim and it was by far the best roast I have ever made! It has become a staple in our home and with some tweaking I have made it gluten-free as well! Perfect for us in every way.

Crockpot Mississippi Roast

Mississippi Pot Roast (original recipe)

Ingredients:

3 lb pot roast
1 packet Ranch dressing mix
1 packet Au Jus mix
8 pepperoncini peppers
1 stick butter

Instructions:

In a 6-quart slow cooker, add the roast and sprinkle dry mixes over the top.

Lay the stick of butter in the middle of the roast and place the pepperoncini peppers
around the butter. (I also like to add a bit of pepper juice to the crockpot. It adds a bit more kick.)

Cook on low for 8-10 hours.

Mississippi Pot Roast (gluten-free recipe)

Ingredients:

3 lb pot roast
1 packet Ranch dressing mix
1 cup of hot water
2 Tbsp Better than Bouillon (beef flavor)
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
8 pepperoncini peppers
1 stick butter

Instructions:

Dissolve Better than Bouillon in water and pour in the bottom of a 6-quart crockpot.

Add the roast and sprinkle ranch mix, onion powder, and garlic powder over the top.

Lay the stick of butter in the middle of the roast and place the pepperoncini peppers
around the butter. (I also like to add a bit of pepper juice to the crockpot. It adds a bit more kick.)

Cook on low for 8-10 hours.

(Personally, I found this version to be even better than the original. The Better than
Bouillon just seemed to add more depth and richness to the roast.)

Mary BioMary Renee currently lives in Missouri with her husband and 2 year old “little diva”. Southern by birth and gluten-intolerant by a twist of fate, she is determined to work her way through all the comfort foods her momma made and then some, giving each dish a gluten-free twist that’s good enough for a Southern palate.

You can find her creating new dishes at Gluten Free with Southern Charm and dishing on her family at Joy in These Moments.

Easy Heart Healthy Pancakes {Guest Post}

Every morning, my one-year-old daughter greets me with a smile and exuberantly exclaims, “mama, breakfast, pancakes!”. As you might have guessed, pancakes are truly the way to her heart and a staple for breakfast in our household.

In my pursuit to provide a wholesome, nutritious breakfast and simultaneously fulfill her request for pancakes, I’ve tested dozens of pancake recipes. While I love cooking from scratch, I’ve learned that sometimes it’s okay to take a little help from the store when you need it.

As a busy mom with a hungry child who hasn’t quite grasped the concept of patience, I can’t usually spare 45 minutes to prepare pancakes. So, I have actually found the best solution for a quick and healthy pancake breakfast is a combination of a prepared mix with a creative twist.

These “heart healthy” semi-homemade pancakes are made with whole wheat pancake mix, infused with cinnamon, and fashioned into heart shapes. Moms can be confident in the added calcium, fiber, and iron, while kids will love the fluffy texture, sweet flavor, and fun heart shapes, perfect for Valentine’s Day, or, just as in our house, perfect for every other day too!

Easy Heart-Healthy Pancake Recipe

Easy Heart Healthy Pancakes

Ingredients

• 2 cups of whole wheat pancake mix of your choice

• 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

• 1 stick butter (or cooking spray)

• Heart-shaped cookie cutters

Heart Healthy Pancakes for the family

Directions

1. Preheat an electric griddle to 375 (or a griddle pan over medium-high heat)

2. Prepare the batter according to package instructions and mix in the cinnamon.

3. Grease the griddle and the cookie cutter(s) using butter or cooking spray

4. Place the cookie cutters onto the griddle and spoon about ¼ cup of the batter into the cookie cutter (amount will vary depending on the size of your cookie cutter. Also you might need to use the back of a spoon to even out the batter and push the batter into the edges of the cookie cutter)

5. Cook for 3-5 minutes, or until you can lift the cookie cutter and the edges will retain their shape (i.e. batter will not run and the edges will be browned).

6. Remove the cookie cutter from the griddle (Caution: if using a metal cookie cutter, it will be hot)

7. Flip the pancakes and cook on the reverse side an additional 3-5 minutes

8. Serve with the syrup/topping of your choice (my daughter even eats them without any syrup!)

Bonus Tip

Mix your favorite fruit, like blueberries or bananas, into the pancake batter to add further flavor and extra health benefits!

What’s your family’s favorite healthy breakfast food??

 

imageMelissa is a Communication Studies graduate of Clemson University. She recently traded in her human resources job for the best and most challenging career of all, being a stay-at-home mom. She loves coffee, cooking, crafting, and watching football. Melissa is also a former National Champion baton twirler and currently teaches baton lessons and judges baton twirling competitions across the nation. She recently launched the Honeybee Homemaker blog about her faith, family, and fun kitchen endeavors.

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Easy, Delicious, Healthy Radish Recipes

Thank you Duda Farm Fresh Foods for samples of your Dandy Ministick Radishes so I could whip up these tasty and healthy recipes.

If you’ve been keeping up with my posts you’ve probably read that my family and I are experimenting with new foods. We tried cauliflower pizza/breadsticks, and kale chips. Both of which have gone pretty well with the family, although they prefer the cauliflower pizza, I must say I love both.

When I was approached by Duda Farm Fresh Foods to review their Dandy Ministick Radishes, I thought it would be a fun “challenge” to get my family to eat radishes and also try new healthy recipes.

Of course I scoured the web researching radish dishes, reading more on the nutritional values and studying good pairings with other foods. Here are some creations I made and other easy, delicious, healthy radish recipes for you.

Easy Delicious Healthy Radish Recipes MommyBKnowsBest

Last week, I made pulled pork for the first time ever for a great family who welcomed a beautiful little boy into the world. Luckily the pulled pork tasted great and was a hit for that family, and I had some left over. Keeping with the healthy eating, instead of putting the pulled pork on sliced bread or a bun, I though it would be yummy to try out a pulled pork lettuce wrap topped with delicious ministick radishes.

Here’s how they turned out:

Here’s my revised recipe for pulled pork that I was inspired by at Just as We Are: http://myrecipetolife.blogspot.com/2011/04/dinner-recipe-pulled-pork.html

And here’s how I made my Pulled Pork Spinach Wraps:

First make your Pulled Pork:

– Start with a 4-5lb Pork Roast {shoulder or butt works best}.

– For optimal flavor marinade for 1-12 hours before placing in your slow cooker.

– Create a wet rub for the pork roast using the following ingredients:

  • 2 Garlic Cloves pressed from fresh or 2 teaspoon of canned {olive oil preferably}
  • 2 tablespoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of pepper {more for a spicier taste}
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of stone ground mustard {or more for spicier taste}

Unwrap your roast, removing all strings from the roast, placing it on a cutting board or shallow dish perfect for covering with your rub and/or leaving to marinate.

Mix your rub together until all ingredients are combined, place the rub on all sides of the roast coating sides well. Cover and marinate.

When done marinating, place the roast in your slow cooker set to high, {I recommend using Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners for easy cleanup} and add 1 cup of water for a deliciously moist roast.

Let your roast sit for about 6 hours, {if you’re like me you may want to flip your roast over mid-way at the 4 hour point.}

Once done, carefully remove your roast from your slow cooker and shred the meat using two forks.

Place the shredded pork in a mixing bowl, and incrementally add tablespoons of your favorite barbecue sauce until you reach your desired taste level.

After your pork has cooled a little glean through your spinach leaves {I recommend not using baby spinach for the best size wraps.

Place your spinach leaves in positions conducive for optimal pulled pork holding, top with delicious, crunchy Dandy Ministick Radishes and voila, an easy, healthy, delicious meal:

Pulled Pork Spinach Wrap with Radish MommyB

Here are some radish recipes that I found on Pinterest that I suggest you try as well.

Radish and Cucumber Kimchi Salad

Radish and Avocado Wraps

Cinnamon Sugar Radish Chips

Also check out more radish recipes on Duda Farm Fresh Foods’ website: Radish Recipes and find them on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube to interact.

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Duda Farm Fresh Foods’ radish ministicks can be found at Wal-Mart and are not only great for the above recipes but also super convenient since they’re precut. Consider adding this healthy crunch to sandwiches, salads, salsas and more.

Get creative, what would you do with these Ministick Radishes??

 

 

Breakfast for Dinner – A Twist on the Classic Hashbrown Casserole

Hashbrown Casserole


I always love challenges when it comes to cooking. Recently, I was even in a fun cooking challenge/blogger event. This time, I thought it would be fun to try to make a meal out of only the things I already had in my fridge before going to the grocery store. Now for some of you foodies this may not sound like a challenge, but for me, someone who goes grocery shopping about every other day to fill in missing items, and the person who keeps random foods that sound good at the store, {but may not as much when I get home} in my fridge, this definitely was a challenge.

Hashbrown Casserole

I love hashbrowns and enjoy ordering the hashbrown casserole whenever we go out to eat breakfast style, so I thought why not take a swing at making my own Ore-ida hashbrown casserole. Remember, I said I was only going to use what I already had in my fridge and pantry.

Here are my wacky-ish ingredients:

  • 1 Package of Frozen Ore-ida Hashbrowns
  • 1 Small Can of Condensed Mushroom soup
  • 1/4 Cup Minced Medium Red Onion
  • 4 Patties Pre-Cooked Turkey Sausage (you could also use links)
  • 4 Slices of Provolone Cheese
  • 1 Cup of Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 1 Small Container of Cream Cheese
  • 1/4 Cup of Butter
  • Salt and Pepper

Thaw Ore-ida Hashbrowns. Pre-heat oven at 350 degrees. Mix ingredients together. Place in a greased 13×9 casserole dish. Spread panko breadcrumbs over top of the finished casserole. Cook for 45-50 minutes or until top layer golden brown. Cool and enjoy!!

Oreida Dinner

It’s a great dish if you want breakfast for dinner, or breakfast for lunch, and especially breakfast for breakfast.

Compensation was provided by Ore-Ida® via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Ore-Ida.

Beaba 360 Spoon

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Scandinavian Child I have found that Scandinavian Child, also known as SCI Child comes up with the most creative, awesome products in the world of kid things. I’m always wondering what they are going to come up with next and immediately was drawn to their cool Beaba 360 Spoon.

Baby C {now almost 20 months},{when should I stop calling her Baby C, if I call her Baby C forever will she stay little, no? Okay :(}, is doing great using her forks, in fact some days I think she is going to break the plate when she gouges into her food, and she’s actually doing pretty well using her spoons too, however the kid spoons that I have found are often too flat so it was great to try out the Beaba 360 Spoon with her.

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Here is a video of Baby C using the Beaba 360 Spoon. Please ignore the bed head, she just woke up and is eating breakfast, and Miss A is narrating *LOL*

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Rubbermaid Glass with Easy Find Lids

Rubbermaid LogoI love cooking for my family, on the nights I have energy, which I’ll admit is usually 2-3 nights a week. The rest of the nights I either call DaddyB to pick up food for the family, {how many of you do this too?} or I reheat leftovers.

Personally, I’m not a huge fan of leftovers, so I have started reinventing meals instead of serving straight leftovers. I use ingredients from meals the night before to concoct a new, hopefully delicious, dinner. Rubbermaid makes it easy for me to make my reinvented meals for my family with their Glass with Easy Find Lids food storage containers.

Rubbermaid Glass Containers OvenBecause Rubbermaid’s Glass containers are made with tempered glass that means they are oven safe up to 425 degrees (but please remember that the lids are NOT oven safe and will melt and ruin your entire dish if you do not remove it.) So I can pop my concoctions into the oven and pull them out piping hot for the family to enjoy.

Not only is cooking made a little easier, but in my opinion my Rubbermaid Glass containers are easier to clean than my pans.  They’re also easier to organize because they have the Easy Find Lids System and glass bases are designed to stack neatly which prevents them from sticking together.

What mom couldn’t use great products to make their meals and clean up easier? If you want to check out Rubbermaid’s Glass with Easy Find Lids visit their website: http://www.rubbermaid.com/Category/Pages/Category.aspx?CatName=FoodStorage and check them out on Facebook too: http://www.facebook.com/RUBBERMAID

Have you ever used Rubbermaid food storage containers? What are your favorite Rubbermaid products?

I received Rubbermaid Glass with Easy Find Lids products in order to give you a complete hands-on review. My opinions are my own, however yours may vary.

Hefty Basics Tableware Saves Trees

Hefty BasicsLet me introduce you to Hefty® Basics™ paper plates, I love these plates because they’re something new in the commercial market.

Hefty® Basics™ paper plates are free of inks, dyes and coatings, and even without all that extra “junk” they’re super durable and a great price. It’s a great alternative if you are looking for something more eco-friendly for your parties or even those moments when you don’t want to wash a jillion dishes.

Now some of you may know I’m a mom who’s working on being more eco-friendly. I have thought about a home compost, but right now it’s just not something that would fit in our lives. But for those of you who have your own compost, kudos and just for you Hefty® Basics™ paper plates are biodegradable in your home compost, how cool is that. Read More