Archive for September 2013

Monday Morning Trader Joe’s Recipe, Sept. 23

Don’t know about you, but we love oatmeal in our house!

Hot Cider Oatmeal




  • 1 cup TJ’s Spiced Apple Cider, Spiced Cranberry Cider or Pear Cinnamon Cider
  • 1/2 cup TJ’s Rolled Oats
  • 1/4 cup TJ’s Dried Fruit or TJ’s Fresh Fruit (optional)


In a medium saucepan, bring cider to a boil. Reduce heat and add rolled oats. Cook for 10-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until desired consistency. Remove from heat, cover and let stand two minutes before serving. Top with dried or fresh fruit if desired!


Tuesday Morning Whole Foods Recipe, Sept. 17

Fall is almost here, and this is a perfect recipe from Whole Foods to kick this Fall off!

Pumpkin and Millet Muffins




  • 1/2 cup millet
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin purée
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves


Preheat oven to 400°F. Place paper liners in a 12-cup muffin pan; set aside.

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add millet and toast, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and just beginning to pop, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer millet to a plate to cool.

In a large bowl, whisk together egg, sour cream, milk, butter, pumpkin, granulated sugar and brown sugar; set aside. Whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and cooled millet in a medium bowl, then gently fold into egg mixture until just combined. Spoon batter into lined muffin tins and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffins comes out clean, 22 to 25 minutes. Allow muffins to cool in pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.


How to Organize for Downsizing & Moving

Some great advice on downsizing and moving from one of the amazing Liberators at Major Mom!

Having to downsize is never easy, as it usually comes with the stress of a life transition such as changing careers, kids moving on, or elderly parents needing to be relocated. Learning to let go of non-essentials can be challenging, so we’ve prepared a few tips to help you with the process. Although downsizing can be a challenge, it can also be amazing to experience life without all those things you thought you couldn’t “live without.”

How-To’s For Moving:

• PICTURE – Visualize the new rooms and how they can be set up to serve the needs of your family. Because the rooms are fewer and smaller, they may not function as they did in your previous home. It’s time to get creative! What pieces are missing in the new home and what are some possible solutions or alternatives? For example, shelves may need to be installed in a laundry room to serve as the pantry. A dresser may be a solution to hold linens due to the lack of a linen closet.
• PLAN – The Space Plan is essential! Using the dimensions of the new rooms, determine if and how the big pieces of furniture will fit and where they will go. Once the big items are planned out, decide what activities and zones will be planned into each room. For example, a child’s bedroom may need zones for clothes, crafts, playing, and reading. Develop an Action Plan to determine what packing supplies are needed, to schedule time for packing, and to enlist help from friends or family.
SORT & TREASURE – Everything from your current home will not fit in your smaller home. It’s best to downsize your possessions BEFORE you move and find yourself engulfed and overwhelmed in a small space. Sort all your like items together and decide what will go into the new house. Keep what you love, what you use, and what you need and donate the rest to families in need.
PACKING AND THE MOVE – Begin packing the items you don’t use on a daily basis and make sure to label each box with what room it needs to be moved into. This small task makes moving day much smoother, as it gets items directly into the rooms they need to be in. Keep a list of what is packed in each box so you can find something quickly when needed. No one wants to be in the midst of moving in and not be able to find the toilet paper!

Happy Organizing!!

Monday Morning Trader Joe’s Recipe, Sept 9

I think tomorrow I will be picking up some Trader Joe’s Carolina Gold BBQ Sauce!  This recipe sounds yummy!

Seven Spice Ribs




  • 1 rack TJ’s Port Baby Back Ribs
  • ½ Tbsp TJ’s Sea Salt
  • ¼ cup TJ’s Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tbsp TJ’s Ground Black Pepper
  • ¼ cup TJ’s Organic Brown Sugar
  • 2 ½ tbsp. TJ’s Garlic Powder
  • 1 tbsp TJ’s African Smoke Spice
  • 1 tbsp TJ’s Everyday Seasoning
  • 1 bottle TJ’s Carolina Gold BBQ Sauce


To make the spice rub, mix all dry ingredients, except salt, together in a small bowl. Set aside. To prepare the ribs, rinse and pat dry with a paper towel. Season with salt then spread about 1/3 to 1/2 of the spice rub on all sides of the meat; refrigerate and let sit until the rub appears moist; 30 minutes up to overnight. Remove from refrigerator and allow ribs to come to room temperature. Heat grill to medium high indirect heat. Add ribs and grill indirect for 1 hour 15 minutes to 2 hours or to an internal temperature of 165°F. Turn occasionally. During last 30 minutes baste liberally with Carolina Gold BBQ Sauce to form a golden glaze. Remove from grill, cover with foil and rest for at least 15 minutes before slicing. Store unused spice rub in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.


Tuesday Morning Whole Foods Recipe, Sept 3

Here is a quick, healthy recipe from Whole Foods to get back into the swing of things with school being back in session:

Quick Chicken Tostadas




  • 8 tostadas (crispy whole corn tortillas)
  • 1 cup refried beans
  • 12 ounces shredded rotisserie chicken meat
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced into wedges
  • 1 cup grated pepper jack cheese
  • 1 cup thinly sliced romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup chunky salsa or diced tomatoes


Preheat oven to 350°F. Arrange tostadas on a baking sheet in a single layer and bake until hot, 3 to 5 minutes. Meanwhile, heat beans and chicken separately in the microwave or in small pots on the stove until hot throughout. 

Spread tostadas with beans, then top with avocado slices, chicken, cheese, lettuce and salsa and serve immediately.