Archive for December 2013

Trader Joe’s Tuesday

Good morning and Happy New Year!!!  Here is a great appetizer that is perfect for a New Years Eve Party:

Sweet Potato Frites & Dip

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Ingredients:

  • 1 package TJ’s Frozen Sweet Potato Frites
  • 5 Tbsp TJ’s Carolina Gold BBQ Sauce

Method:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spread frozen sweet potato frites evenly on a baking sheet in a single layer. Cook for approximately 18-22 minutes or until desired color and crispness are achieved. Serve with a side of Carolina Gold BBQ sauce for dipping.

Enjoy!!

 

Source: http://traderjoes.com/recipes/recipe.asp?rid=254

Trader Joe’s Tuesday

Good morning!  Here is the perfect holiday drink….

Skinny Peppermint Mocha Frappe

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Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp. Trader Joes Instant Coffee
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup non-fat milk
  • 2 tsp. Trader Joe’s Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp. stevia (to taste)
  • 1/8 tsp. Trader Joe’s Peppermint Extract Optional
  • Toppings: whip cream 1 dash chocolate flakes

Method:

In a shallow freezer safe bowl, add water and instant coffee; mix until incorporated. Freeze for 4 hours or over night.  Add all ingredients into a blender, except for optional toppings, process until smooth.  If coffee is to frozen, microwave for 20 seconds until the coffee thaws a little bit or leave on the counter.

Enjoy!

 

Source: http://www.cooktj.com/trader-joes-recipes/skinny-peppermint-mocha-frappe

How to Organize by Preventing Clutter

With the new year around the corner, we have some words of advice from Major Mom on how to prevent the clutter in the new year.

Anyone who has heard a Major Mom presentation has heard that one of the best ways to have a clutter-free home is to “Stop the incoming.” But what exactly does “Stop the incoming!” mean and how do you do it?

STOP THE INCOMING = Preventing clutter by decreasing the amount of “stuff’ that comes into your home.

STUFF comes in all forms: mail, hand-me-downs, bulk foods, toys, clothes, cosmetics, nick-knacks, electronics, collections, supplies, etc.

START NEW HABITS

Have you ever felt that you had your home organized and then weeks or months later the space was a chaotic scene again? One reason this happens is because there is too much INCOMING STUFF for the space and systems to support! It’s time to look at your habits of acquiring. Do you buy more than you need? Do people give you more than you need? Be very aware of what you allow into your home. Put objects through a “filter” of questions before letting them in. Do I need this? Do I want this? Do I have space for this; where would it go? Do I have something that I could use already?

CONSIDER NEEDS VS. WANTS

Many of us have a grey area between things we “need” and things we “want.” Humans need clothes, food, shelter, spirituality, loved ones, information and entertainment to lead happy and healthy lives. Most of us already have everything we need in order to thrive and live comfortably. Are you tempted by things you want but don’t need? Put that money aside that you were going to use to buy things and instead use it for an experience that will create new memories: a road trip, a day touring things in your community, a nice dinner, an afternoon at an amusement park or a spa, etc.

CREATE A PERSONAL MANTRA

Stop yourself when you feel like you want more.
“Look at all you have. Enjoy it. You don’t need anymore.”
“Life is about experiences, not about what you have.”
Write a personal mantra for youself and post it in visible places such as your clothes closet, kitchen pantry, or rooms that showcase a collection of yours. Put your statement in your wallet around your credit/debit card. Select a “mantra buddy” whom you can call or text when you are tempted to purchase stuff or pick up ‘freebies.’ Instruct your buddy to remind you of your commitment to “Stop the Incoming!”

SET PHYSICAL BOUNDARIES

Give items designated homes and limit the amount of things to what fits in that space. If you have food going to waste or pantry items that expire, then discontinue your “overflow” pantry and stick to using one pantry space. Establish an area for books and once your book collection no longer fits in that space donate old books you haven’t referenced lately. Set limits in your closets, drawers and cabinets. If items don’t fit, don’t keep them! Do you have a collection that you treasure? Display them, but don’t let them overtake your home. Set a boundary to a hutch, one wall, or one room. Remember, YOU get to set the boundaries, so create boundaries that work for you.

LOOK FOR OPPORTUNITIES TO OPT OUT

Do phone books that arrive at your front door go straight to the recycle bin? Opt out! www.yellowpagesoptout.com
Does junk mail annoy and overwhelm you? Opt out! www.donotmail.org

SHARE YOUR VALUES WITH OTHERS

Share with your family that you don’t want all the stuff of a loved one who has passed away–that you will gladly accept what you need and the few select treasures that you truly value. It is more honorable to pass things on to others who could use them than to store things up in boxes in your home, garage, or storage area.
Inform friends and family that you are no longer adding to your collection of butterflies, cows, toy cars, figurines, or whatever your collection may be. Let them know that you would rather spend your time traveling or going to the movies than dusting your collection.
If you don’t want more stuff, then give people alternative choices if they like to shower you with gifts: movie gift cards, restaurant gift cards, spa day, homemade cookies/breads and other goodies.

Organization IN-Sight

Being organized is similiar to being healthy. Both require consistent choices in our day to day lives. Why do people who lose weight quickly gain it back so quickly? Because they go back to their old habits.

Why does the space that you organize look chaotic weeks or months later? Habits were not developed on how to maintain the space.

What are some habits that you could change or develop in order to have a more organized home?

IDEAS:

  • have a shopping list and stick to it
  • don’t pick up freebies
  • don’t buy things simply because it was “too good of a deal to pass up”
  • pass up something you want to buy and see if you remember it in a week
  • put things away after using them
  • label where things go
  • stop giving so much stuff to your kids

Happy Organizing!!

Whole Foods Wednesday

Good morning!  A holiday cookie recipe to make with the kids and doesn’t require baking:

Chocolate Earth Balls

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons carob powder or unsweetened organic cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, divided
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (gluten-free, if desired)
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, etc.)

Method:

Before measuring the peanut butter, stir it up well.
Mix the peanut butter, honey and carob or cocoa powder until well combined. Stir in the raisins and 2 tablespoons of the coconut. Stir in the chocolate chips. Refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.

Place the remaining coconut, sesame seeds and nuts into 3 separate bowls. Using a spoon, scoop small heaps of the peanut mixture from the bowl; roll into 1 1/4-inch balls. Rolling is easier if you form a rough ball, roll in the coconut, and then continue rolling into a more perfect shape. Roll each finished ball in more coconut, sesame seeds and chopped nuts. Arrange the balls on a plate, cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Enjoy!!

Source: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/chocolate-earth-balls

Trader Joe’s Tuesday

Good morning!  A little healthier then using the bread crumbs, this recipe makes for a tasty choice:

Coconut Chicken

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup TJ’s Gluten Free Flour
  • 1/2 cup TJ’s Roasted Coconut Chips
  • 1/4 teaspoon TJ’s Sea Salt
  • 2 TJ’s Organic Chicken Breasts
  • 1 TJ’s Large Egg
  • 4 Tbsp TJ’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

Method:

Place coconut chips in a food processor and pulse to create crumbs. Combine coconut, flour and sea salt. In a separate bowl, beat egg. Dip chicken breasts in egg and then in flour. Melt oil in a skillet over medium heat. Place chicken breasts in skillet and lower heat to medium low. Cook for approximately 8 minutes per side repeatedly turning to create even browning. Cook until chicken is firm and no longer pink inside.

Enjoy!