Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Are We Teaching Our Kids What We Value?

In an age that puts so much emphasis on education, are we actually teaching our kids what we value?  Are we teaching them the right things, in the right way?  Do we understand what our kids need and at what age it is appropriate?    In Their Name Is Today, Johann Christopher Arnold addresses these issues from a Christian educator's point of view.  Despite all of the hostile forces that may come into play in a child's world, Arnold helps find creative ways to combat these forces and replace them with the love a child needs to overcome them.

Topics such as standardized testing, marketing to children, overuse of technology, glamorization of sex and violence, are ones that threaten our children's innocence and ones Their Name Is Today provides a solution.  Every parent has the duty to think about these topics and make positive choices for their children.   Our children deserve our fiercest attention to these matters.

Arnold makes the book a joy to read with stories and excerpts that bring feeling and meaning to each subject.  The reader is asked to look at themselves and their actions not only the behavior of the child.  Each teacher, parent, mentor can make a difference in the life of a child.  Every chance we have to do this, we must.  We must reclaim the childhood that every child deserves, no matter the circumstance.

"So many features of our "advanced civilization" seem bent on destroying the spirit of childhood.  Be it materialism, prescription drugs, standardization, technological devices or the debased sensationalism that passes for entertainment, all if it harms children.   Once it is lost, it cannot be replaced.  All the more, it must be guarded as a treasure which no one has the right to destroy." Johann Christopher Arnold

I received this book from Handlebar for the purpose of this review. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Publix Flavor Excursion Sales Event #FlavorExcursion

Mexican Week
Home-cooked Mexican is always a delicious and affordable meal option. And now it’s better than ever with exclusive savings on some your favorite brands, available at Publix. Look for savings on key Mexican ingredients from KRAFT, Hunt’s, Ro*Tel and Old El Paso.

Save and spice up your everyday meals this week with Publix. Need some inspiration? Try this delectable and simple recipe:
Spicy Roasted Vegetable Tacos
In-Store Savings
Coupons available in-store, look for the Flavor Excursion display with products at your local Publix. Display will be available in most stores between 9/11 and 9/24. Savings available with coupons:
  • Make Spicy Roasted Soft Vegetable Tacos and save! Save $2 off Produce (minimum $2 purchase) when you buy Any Four (4) participating products*. Participating products: Old El Paso™ Seasoning Mixes, Enchilada Sauce, Refried Beans, Taco Shells, Ro*Tel® (10oz or larger), Hunt’s® Diced Tomatoes (14.5oz or larger), KRAFT Natural Shredded Cheese (6-8oz
  • You can also save on an Italian inspired recipe, Sautéed Italian Chicken and Beans! Save $2 off Publix® Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts when you buy Any Four (4) participating products. Participating products: Progresso™ Bread Crumbs, 100% Natural Broths, Beans, KRAFT Salad Dressing (16oz), Natural Shredded Cheese (6-8oz), Hunt’s® Diced Tomatoes (14.5oz or larger).
Coupons available in-store, look for the Flavor Excursion recipe and coupon standee display at your local Publix. Display will be available in most stores between 9/11 and 9/24. Savings available with coupons:
  • Save $1.00 off Any Five (5) Ro*Tel® Tomatoes (10oz)
  • Save $2.00 off Any Two (2) KRAFT Natural Chunk Cheese 7-8 oz
  • Save $1.00 off Any Five (5) Hunt’s® Tomatoes 14.5oz
  • Save $1.00 off Any One (1) Bisquick™ 40oz
  • Save $1.00 off Any One (1) Old El Paso™ Frozen Entrée
  • Save $2.00 off Any Two (2) KRAFT Natural Shredded Cheese 6-8oz
Looking for a new twist on dessert? Try another Flavor Excursion recipe, Crème Brulèe Cheesecake Bars. Find the recipe and a $1.50 off any two Betty Crocker pouch Cookie Mixes coupon on the Betty Crocker display in-store.

Plus… find these items on sale this week. No coupon necessary, available at Publix:
  • Green Giant Frozen Bag Steamers 11-12oz on BOGO
  • Pillsbury Crescents and Pizza 3 for $6
Printable Coupons
Want more savings to make your favorite Flavor Excursion recipes? Visit http://readyplansave.com/flavor-excursion/additional-savings to print your coupons. Available while supplies last.
  • Save $1 when you buy FOUR Progresso™ products
  • Save $1 when you buy THREE Old El Paso™ products
  • Save 75¢ when you buy ONE BOX Old El Paso® Bold Nacho Cheese Flavored Stand 'N Stuff® Taco Shells OR Dinner Kit
  • Save $0.50 when you buy ONE 20 OZ. OR LARGER Original Bisquick® OR Bisquick Heart Smart® Baking Mix
  • Save $0.60 when you buy THREE any variety Green Giant® Seasoned Steamers™ or Valley Fresh Steamers® Frozen Vegetables.
  • Save $0.40 when you buy any TWO Pillsbury® Crescent Dinner Rolls
  • Save $0.40 when you buy THREE CANS any size/variety Pillsbury® Refrigerated Grands!® or Grands! Jr.® Biscuits
  • Save $1 when you buy any flavor or variety of Old el Paso™ Froze Entrees
Digital Coupons
Visit, https://publix.couponselectionpage.com/offers/all, to find and instantly select digital coupons. Including the following from ConAgra. Available while supplies last.
  • Save $0.40 off any TWO (2) ROTEL® products
  • Save $1 on any FOUR (4) Chef Boyardee® canned pasta or microwave cup
  • Save $1 on any ONE (1) Orville Redenbacher’s® Gourmet® Popping Corn (6-pk or larger)
  • Save $0.50 on any ONE (1) Super Snack Pack® 6 pack

This week I tried the Green Chile Chicken Tamale Bake from  the Betty Crocker website.   It was a fun change from the regular Mexican food I prepare.  I enjoyed it and the leftovers worked great in my lunch the next day.   (pictures from BettyCrocker.com)

Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op.

Pillsbury Melts Filled Cookies #PillsburyMelts

Love the deliciousness of a warm molten chocolate cake or the pure ooey-gooey fun of s’mores? There’s just something about these desserts and their melted middle goodness that’s hard to resist. Now it’s easier than ever to get the dessert flavors you love with Pillsbury Melts.

Pillsbury Melts have ooey-gooey filling inside a delicious cookie topped with a seriously delicious chocolate drizzle. You simply place and bake the cookies, then top with the drizzle for crave-worthy cookies your family will love. Now in Molten Fudge Cake and S’more Sensation!

Find Pillsbury Melts Filled Cookies in the refrigerated cookie dough section!

My oldest daughter helped me make these - although they were easy enough to make that she could have done them all by herself.  She got a little creative with the chocolate drizzle on the top!  All the girls all loved how they tasted and they liked that they were a little more "fancy" than the normal ready to bake cookies.  The marshmallow filling was a big hit!

Check out the Molten Fudge Cake Cookies HERE.  S'more Sensation Cookies HERE. And the rest of the ready to bake product line HERE.

Find Pillsbury on Facebook!

Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Pubix Teams Up with Cheerios and 100% Florida Orange Juice #Back2SchoolBfast

It’s Back to School season, and Cheerios and the Florida Department of Citrus want to make sure you’re preparing your kids for their day with a nutritious and energizing breakfast that helps start their day right!

Cheerios are available in a range of flavors the whole family loves, from the original Cheerios in the yellow box, to Honey Nut Cheerios, to fun flavors like Dulce de Leche and Fruity, and new Cheerios Protein, available in two irresistible flavors: Cinnamon Almond and Oats & Honey. All Cheerios are made with whole grain first ingredient, and do not have high fructose corn syrup.

And for the perfect Back to School breakfast combination, pair Cheerios with 100% Florida Orange Juice -- an excellent source of vitamin C, providing at least 100% of the Daily Value. A delicious 8-ounce glass of 100% Florida orange juice is also a good source of potassium and other vitamins like folate and thiamin. And as a complement to whole fruit, drinking an 8-ounce glass of 100% Florida orange juice is an easy and refreshing way to add more fruit servings to your mornings.

My girls are big fans of Honey Nut Cheerios.  They eat them for breakfasts and snacks and even for dinner if they choose not to eat what is prepared.  That's my dinner rule.  I won't make you something else, but you can have cereal and veggies as a backup. What a combination.   A better combination would be Cheerios and 100% Florida Orange Juice!  

You can find great Breakfast Savings at Publix on Cheerios and 100% Florida Orange Juice

In-Store Savings
  • Save $2 when you buy any 1 Cheerios 10.9oz or larger AND any 1 100% Florida Orange Juice 59oz or larger” (this sale will include both flavors of Cheerios Protein)
Printable Coupons
  • Visit www.ReadyPlanSave.com to clip and print your coupons. While supplies last.
    •  $1/2 Cheerios Franchise

Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

#NewFromBetty REESE'S Dessert Bar Mix

Betty Crocker and Hershey are teaming up once again for three new products that are sure to get your sweet tooth’s attention!

Featuring classic Hershey varieties like REESE’S Peanut Butter cups and Heath toffee these cookies and dessert bars are sure to be the summertime sweet treat your family will love.
So if you’re looking for a decadent dessert without a lot of fuss, be on the lookout for Betty Crocker Hershey Desserts – available now at Target!

We had to bring dessert to a First Day of School Bash and my daughter wanted to make the REESE'S Dessert Bars. The direction were easy for her to follow with minimal help from me.  Don't they look wonderful!!??  They were very well received and gone in a flash.   She did add the peanut butter cup minis to them for a special touch.  

-BettyCrocker.com | Also, find Betty Crocker on Facebook 

Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op.