“Gather with Grateful Hearts” Kitchen & BBQ Apron Giveaway

 

Kitchen Mess Protection - Apron Giveaway

 

No matter the time of year, or what you’re dishing up in the kitchen or on the grill, an apron is a handy kitchen tool for avoiding those mishaps that inevitably come close to ruining a favorite shirt, dress, or pants.

You know what I’m talking about, right?

That sudden pop of tomato sauce that lands in a nice splatter pattern all over the white shirt you wore today.

The piping hot pop of bacon grease or butter from the skillet that, of course, hits the favorite Hawaiian outfit you’re sporting this morning.

A dribble of barbecue sauce that drips off the platter as you haul your goodies from the grill back into the kitchen.

Reaching across the counter for the next seasoning to pour into the pan when you realize the lid wasn’t on the dressing container you just used, and now that mixture is swiped across your front.

Oh, really,  you haven’t been in any of these situations in your kitchen? (shocked face) Okay, okay … nobody likes confessing; I get it.

However, it’s so much easier to avoid these messes by throwing on your favorite apron before cooking, baking, or grilling, than it is to clean up the greasy, colorful incidents we can find ourselves in otherwise (can I get an Amen from the laundry choir?)!

Baking Apron - Gather with Grateful Hearts design

 

This handy, well-fitting (with it’s adjustable neck strap), machine washable (because we all need that!), black apron is the perfect addition to your kitchen and protection for your many favorite clothing items, keeping those kitchen messes at bay.

It’s also nice to be reminded that it really is with grateful hearts we can gather around the kitchen table with family or friends (or even by ourselves for a quiet moment), thankful for provision, for good food to eat and enjoy, and for the blessings we experience each day.

In light of this, we’re giving away one of our Gather with Grateful Hearts aprons and have provided several entry options below to give you the best chance to win!

We are excited to be partnering with Review Wire Media in the “Love is in the Air Giveaway Hop” featured below, so please check out the other wonderful blogs and giveaways that are going on through February 14.

Thank you for stopping by, and be sure to enter below for your chance to win, and share with a friend. If you just can’t wait to have your own apron, grab one today.

Leave us a comment with a memory from a funny kitchen moment when you wished you’d had an apron. (Because after all, the joy in the journey is the best part).

 

Kitchen Apron - Gather with Grateful Hearts design

 

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6 Ways to Reduce Food Wastage and Save Money This Year

6 Ways to Reduce Food Waste and Save Money

 

Leave food on your plate and you might hear your parents making you feel guilty about how millions of people out there are starving and struggling while you’ve got the luxury to fill yourselves to the fullest.

This is how probably most of us were taught to refrain from wasting food and be grateful while growing up and yet we have grown up in a world where food wastage is an epidemic and hunger is a desperate challenge to our development.

The world is producing more than enough food but more than one-third of it is thrown away or spoiled globally. Americans waste up to forty percent of the food they buy and we’re not just wasting food. All those wasted groceries that go in the garbage add up to almost $165 billion lost annually. This amount excludes the environmental resources that have also been wasted on growing food that’s thrown away. Squandered food creates billions of tons of greenhouse gases, contributing to 20% of all methane emissions, posing a great threat to climate change.

All of these statistics are so shocking that the U.N. has initiated a new global campaign called “Think Eat Save” that is dedicated to tackle food wastage by consumers, retailers, and the restaurant industry.

It’s about time the average person starts to change their lifestyle and adapt little everyday things that can make a huge difference.

grocery shopping cart - Reduce Food Waste


Shop Smart and Practical

It sure sounds simple, but it’s not easy to do. When you go shopping for groceries, make sure you don’t buy more than what you need. This might mean you start going to the grocery store more often, and buying less food each time.

Take a good look in your pantry and refrigerator before leaving home and plan your meals, make grocery lists and avoid impulse purchases. Buy items only if you plan to use them, and wait until all perishables have been used before buying more.

Just because something is on sale for a stunning price doesn’t mean you will save money buying them in excess. Because if you are throwing food away, you are certainly not saving any money.


Cook and Serve Only What is Needed

Reduce food wastage and your waistline by reducing portion sizes, so cook only what will be needed rather than cooking to feed an army. The concept of serving large portions is influenced by restaurant culture and has become a way of displaying our hospitality. Don’t do it and don’t over-serve friends and family when you cook, if most of it is going to end up in the trash.

Wait 10 minutes yourself to see if you are still hungry before heading back to get more and you will be shocked at how full you feel.

If you don’t cook everyday, don’t stock on things you feel are  must-haves, like baking supplies and dried beans and grains because you might end up forcing yourself to cook just to get rid of them.

leftovers in fridge - Reduce Food Waste


Make Good Use of Leftovers

Know and label the leftovers you have and try to eat them within a day or two.  Otherwise you may forget about them to the point of no return. Label them to keep track of how long they’ve been in your fridge, and use them up in your daily meals. Pack them for work or school and enjoy a freshly prepared wholesome meal.

Freeze them if you don’t intend to eat leftovers the day after they’re cooked to save them for later. Frozen food have a bad reputation of ruined flavour, however the problem isn’t in the freezing but in the quality of the food. Experts suggest freezing peeled and chopped banana for smoothies, or leaving them whole with the skin on for banana bread. Got too many lemons? Squeeze out the juice and freeze in ice trays.

Repurpose leftover scraps. Produce doesn’t have to be thrown away just because it’s reaching the end of its peak freshness. Use soft fruits in smoothies, wilted vegetables in soups or both wilting fruits and vegetables can be turned into a delicious, healthy juice.

pantry storage - Reduce Food Waste


Store Food Better

Being organized can save you money in plenty ways and food is no exception! When you unpack groceries, move older products to the front and put  the new ones at the back. This way you will use up older stuff before it expires.

Keep your pantry, fridge and freezer tidily arranged so that you can see what you have. Keep comparable items together and place larger containers behind smaller ones so that everything is visible.

Store cereals, chips and crackers in airtight containers to keep them fresh longer.

Check the fridge. Make sure your refrigerator is working with maximum efficiency and right temperature. Learn how and where to store certain products like fruits and veggies. Storing food in the right place, whether fridge or room temperature, is really underrated and makes a huge difference in their longevity.


Expiration Dates

Understand what expiration dates mean. Expiration dates don’t always have to do with food safety; instead they’re usually manufacturer’s suggestions for highest quality duration.

If most of these foods are stored properly, they stay fresh several days past the expiration date. Instead of trusting the date on the package, use your senses of smell, sight and taste to check whether food is ok. If it looks, smells and tastes fine, then it’s good to eat. If any of these elements are off, only then it’s time to dispose it.

canning jars - Canning to Reduce Food Waste


Can, Pickle or Compost

Can it: Got tricked into buying a lot of fruits on sale? Can them and enjoy them when they’re out of season.

Pickle it: Pickle leftover veggies in vinegar and use them for a long time.

Compost it: Use potato peels and wilted vegetables efficiently by throwing them in your garden as a nutrient-rich fertilizer. Keep a small crate in the kitchen for food scraps and one outside in the direct sunlight to help break down waste faster.

 


Guest Post Written By Amanda Bentley:

Amanda has 5 years’ experience in the food and beverage industry and currently works as a Content writer at Qavashop
(www.qavashop.com).  Qavashop.com is an online store for all the “coffee aficionados” located in the GCC. Apart from providing its customers with quality coffee machines and consumables, it also provides them with skilled, knowledgeable advice on how to make their own restaurant quality espresso at home

Easy Pepperoni Pizza Rolls

How to Make Easy Pepperoni Pizza Rolls

One of the fun things about getting together for special occasions and celebrating with family and friends is getting to prepare and enjoy different recipes and dishes than we might choose to make everyday.

I love that about this easy recipe for pepperoni pizza rolls — it is so versatile and great for just those sorts of occasions.

They make a great afternoon snack on a hectic day or one of those days when you know it will be late by the time the kids get to eat dinner because of evening activities.

Additionally, these rolls are handy for whipping up in a flash when a group is coming over for dinner or book study and you want some quick hearty finger food for everyone to enjoy.

They are a little bit on the heavy side for an appetizer, unless maybe you cut them into halves, so your guests won’t fill up before you’re ready to serve dinner.

Enough dilly-dallying –  let’s get started, and I’ll show you how easy these treats are to make; get the kids to help, too, for some family kitchen fun!

Crescent Triangles for Easy Pepperoni Pizza Rolls

Start with a can of crescent roll dough, and spread out the triangles on a lightly greased baking sheet, so they are ready for adding the other ingredients.

Plop a few slices of pepperoni (as many or few as you prefer) – but be careful not to overload it since you want to be able to roll them up well after filling.

Pepperoni, Sauce and Cheese on Pepperoni Pizza Rolls

Spoon a dollop of sauce on top of the pepperoni slices; then sprinkle grated cheese over top of that.

Gently roll up the crescent rolls with filling inside from the filled end towards the narrow end of the triangle, and tuck the narrow end over the top to sort of “seal” the bundle.

Ready to Bake Pepperoni Pizza Rolls

Now pop them in the oven to bake at 375 degrees F for about 8 to 12 minutes, depending on your oven, and how thick you filled the rolls.  You want them to be slightly browned on the outside, baked through the dough, and heated completely through for a nice cheesy pizza treat.

Meanwhile, heat up a small bowl of extra pizza sauce for dipping (and maybe garnish that off with a sprinkle of grated cheese and/or a leaf of basil).

If you’re planning to cut the rolls in half before serving, allow them to sit for 5 minutes or so after removing from the oven, so they will slice more easily.

Pepperoni Pizza Rolls with Pizza Dipping Sauce

Yum! Now you are ready to enjoy a nice warm treat with your kiddos or your guests.  This is a fun one to give a try over the weekend, too, for a simple Saturday lunch (with some fruit slices or carrots, of course).

This recipe would also do well with refrigerated pizza crust as the base instead of crescent roll dough; you would just cut the pizza crust dough into triangles or similar shapes before making the rolls.

(See the complete printable recipe for Pepperoni Pizza Rolls)

Do you have a favorite “pizza” treat that you like to serve for fun occasions, football parties, etc.? We look forward to hearing your ideas and feedback in the comments below. Don’t be a stranger!

 

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How to Use Thrive for Healthy Family Meals

 

 

Thrive Market Healthy Family Products

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As we look towards starting another year, many of us turn our attention towards making improvements in our lives for the days ahead.

Quite often, one of those improvements we all would like is being more healthy, both for ourselves and for our families.

Studies show families that eat together, cook together, sit down to dinner together around the table regularly are generally healthier – physically and emotionally.

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Sometimes it feels like eating healthy (especially if dealing with particular health concerns that may require eating a special diet – paleo, vegan, gluten-free, etc.) can be expensive.

For instance, trying to stick with organic, non-GMO, healthy ingredients for your kitchen and pantry may seem like an expensive, nearly futile task at times.

We have found a popular and very handy solution, helping families around the country eat healthy and enjoy healthy ingredients at near wholesale prices! (I know – hard to believe a company would do that, right?)

Thrive Market is storming the country with their inexpensive, online health food store perfect for families like ours.

Thrive Market Wholesale

Thrive offers an easy online market where we can purchase thousands of items from over 400 health-conscious brands at nearly wholesale prices without needing to buy in bulk.

They make it so simple to use with features like:

Free Shipping on orders over $49

Shipping in 2 days or less for most orders

Cutting out the middle man to save members 25-50% off retail

Offering products for kitchen, home, bath, baby, and more

Apple and Google Play apps

One thing I really love about the Thrive Market company is that for every membership purchased, they donate a membership to a low-income family to provide that family with easy access to low-cost healthy, organic ingredients for their family as well.

What’s not to love about that!?  You get to save money and bless another family with the opportunity to improve their family’s health and wellness, too.

While the annual membership is $60 (only $5/month), with 25-50% savings off retail on brands like Weleda, Bob’s Red Mill, Annie’s Homegrown, Garden of Life, Jason Naturals and hundreds more, members usually recoup their membership fee in a very short time with their first few orders.

Healthy Family Products from Thrive

I love that they offer not only kitchen and cooking ingredients, but things like bath and beauty products, home goods, supplements, and healthy snacks.

Thrive makes it easy to check out their service by offering a free 30-day trial, and with this special offer, you can get 20% off your first 3 orders (on top of their already low prices!).

Start shopping today for natural, non-toxic, organic, and non-GMO products at wholesale prices, and help your family enjoy healthy meals and a healthy start to the new year without breaking your budget.

Healthy Ingredients from Thrive Market