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Thursday, February 26, 2015

One Simple Change for Better Health-Drink More Water & #BritaBootcampGiveaway

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As I sit here writing this post, I have this Brita® filtered water bottle beside me. I have recently resolved to drink more water because I know that I, like many Canadians, am not drinking enough. I have decided to make a new habit and fill this water bottle every morning to make sure I drink it throughout the day. Sometimes I find that hours have gone by and I haven't drank anything and then I wonder why I have a small headache. I know that it is probably because I am a little dehydrated. I have also noticed, as a busy mom, that when I am chauffeuring the kids to their activities, I am very thirsty while driving around in the car. So I am going to take my water bottle along with me so I can sip it while on the road.
I have joined the #BritaBootcamp challenge by aiming to drink more water!
Did you know that  Brita® has recently released a new report and it found that less than 50 per cent of Canadians are actually drinking the recommended two-to-three litres of water a day? I know that I definitely fall into this category. The report also revealed that three quarters of Canadians are most apt to choose a sugar sweetened beverage when thirsty because they are more readily available than healthier options. {I know that happens to me more than I care to admit.} Furthermore, thirty-seven per cent of Canadians state that they do not drink enough water because they do not like the taste of tap water and are concerned about purity levels.
Here is more information about the water-drinking habits of Canadians:
 Let's get back to the part about Canadians not drinking enough water because they do not like the taste of tap water and are concerned about purity levels.
Brita® Water Filter Pitchers and Water Bottles can help Canadians drink more water by making tap water taste and smell better!
Brita® water filters are designed to reduce chlorine odour & taste, as well as to filter other impurities so that you can enjoy healthier, great-tasting water!
 I have been using a Brita® water pitcher for a long time. When I was in University 20+ years ago, I could not have lived without my Brita water pitcher because the local town water absolutely reeked and tasted of chlorine. It wasn't long before I invested, using my meager student funds, in a Brita® so that I could drink the tap water  because drinking great-tasting water was a necessity! Having water that tastes and smells great is such a treat to drink!
 The new designs of the water pitchers are absolutely brilliant!  I love this handy little place where the pitcher can be refilled without having to take the top off.
It is such a convenient feature that makes it easy to keep the pitcher filled.
This is my first time trying a Brita water bottle. It has a small filter as part of the straw so that the water is filtered before drinking. It is great for travelling because it can filter tap water from any source while you are on-the-go...whether it be a tap in a school, office building, mall or airport. And by having a reusable filtered water bottle, it can replace numerous plastic water bottles, which is a good for the environment as well as your pocket book.
Drinking water is important to health and it is involved in almost every process in the body.
If the taste of tap water is holding you back from drinking more water, investing in a Brita® water pitcher and/or water bottles is a simple and economical solution to bring great-tasting water right to your finger tips!

Brita Giveaway
The wonderful folks at Brita have provided one prize pack consisting of one water pitcher, one water bottle and a pack of two bottle replacement filters to give away to ONE lucky reader!
{You must be 18 years or older and a Canadian resident to enter. One entry per ip address. Terms & Conditions subject to change without notice. Void where prohibited.}
                                                To enter is easy! Just fill out the from below!

For more information about Brita products, follow Brita on Facebook HERE

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Cheesy Chicken Quesadillas

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Weekends at our house are always a little cray-cray with no set schedule, and sometimes it can be challenging to plan meals. Sometimes we do big cooked meals and sometimes we do fast & easy. This past weekend was a time for something that was easy...so we made these delicious Cheesy Chicken Quesadillas! They were perfectly cheesy and great-tasting and disappeared in no time! I found this recipe on the Campbell's recipe site and the addition of cheddar cheese soup saved me a lot of time by not having to make a cheese sauce or shredding cheese. Campbell's recipes are Simple To Make and Easy To Love and are perfect for busy moms that need yummy meals that can come together quickly!
The filling for these quesadillas is made in a skillet and is so good with the creaminess of the cheese alongside the chicken and peppers. This recipe also lends itself so well to individual tastes so that the spicy-loving palates can add some hot sauce or hot peppers, while the milder palates can enjoy as is!
Here is the recipe so that you can make this family-pleasing meal!
Cheesy Chicken Quesadillas


Ingredients

1 tbsp (15 mL)canola oil
1/2red onion, sliced
1red pepper, sliced
1green pepper, sliced
1 tsp (5 mL)chili powder
1 can (284 mL)CAMPBELL'S® Condensed Cheddar Cheese Soup
3/4 cup (185 mL)Pace® salsa, plus additional for serving
3 cups (750 mL)shredded cooked chicken
1/4 cup (60 mL)chopped green onion
4large flour tortillas
1/4 cup (60 mL)sour cream

Directions

1. Heat oil in a large, nonstick skillet set over medium heat. Add onion, red pepper, green pepper and chili powder. Cook for 5 minutes or until softened. Reduce to medium-low heat. Stir in soup and salsa.
2. Cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes or until peppers are tender-crisp. Stir in chicken. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until heated through; cool for 10 minutes. Stir in green onion.
3. Spread a quarter of the chicken filling over half of a tortilla; fold tortilla over to enclose filling. Repeat with remaining chicken filling and tortillas.
4. Set a clean skillet over medium heat; coat with nonstick cooking spray. Toast quesadilla, in batches, for 3 minutes per side or until golden brown. Cut each quesadilla into wedges. Serve with additional salsa and sour cream.

Recipe Tips

    1. Add a few dashes of hot sauce with the soup and salsa for a quesadilla with some bite!
    2. Use leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken for a speedy weeknight dish.


I love how Campbell's recipes makes creating tasty meals for my family so easy!

         For more amazing Campbell's meal ideas perfect for busy families, check out these tasty                                                                                                 recipes:

Disclosure: I am part of the Campbell Company of Canada Ambassador program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are mine.
 
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Friday, February 13, 2015

Easy Skillet BBQ Chicken +Giveaway for 20 Skillet Sauce Packs for 20 Winners!

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Hello dear readers! I am so happy to be sharing with you today another super simple recipe for dinner. I am all about keeping life simple these days and cooking delicious and tasty meals that are easy to get on the table are my best friend. My family loves chicken and we eat it pretty often! I am always on the lookout for easy chicken recipes, and when I saw this recipe made with Club House  Skillet Sauces, I was pretty excited because just last week, I tried this easy skillet chili recipe and it was a huge hit!
These are all the ingredients needed to make an easy skillet BBQ chicken!
Behold the skillet sauces brought to you by McCormick's Club House brand.
They are the secret ingredient to getting a yummy and flavourful meal on the table in under 30 minutes!
Club House skillet sauces are made with unique combinations of Club House herbs and spices that help you cut the time, NOT the flavour when making meals.
They add a flavourful twist to dishes that are super easy...just Tear, Pour & Enjoy!
There are 6 different Skillet Sauces to choose from....below are just two of the flavours available.
To see more of the skillet sauces and recipes, be sure to visit Flavour.ca
I chose to use the BBQ Chicken with applewood flavour and bacon for our dinner and it was delicious!
It has a sweet and light onion/garlic flavour that is a wonderful compliment to the chicken.
 I loved how easy it was to make...on the table from start to finish in just under 30 minutes.
The skillet sauce added lots of flavour while the chicken was still  moist and juicy.
Here is the BBQ Chicken made to recipe and ready to serve in 30 minutes! It is delicious!
I served it with a Greek salad that I made while the chicken was cooking.
And it wasn't long before this delicious plate of chicken was disappearing!
With McCormick's Club House Skillet Sauces, you can have fast and flavourful meals on the table in under 30 minutes. And as a busy mom, having meals on the table fast is something that I really appreciate!
This is the second skillet sauce that I have tried, as least week my family enjoyed this tasty chili.


GIVEAWAY INFORMATION
I am so excited to partner with McCormick's Club House Skillet Sauces to bring you a fantastic giveaway!

20 Winners will receive Skillet Sauce Packs to try!
To enter is easy! Just fill out the form below. Good luck!
{Open to residents of Canada, 18 years of age and older, except where prohibited. One entry per ip address. Terms and Conditions subject to change without notice.}


Disclosure: This post was sponsored by McCormick's Canada. However, as always, I only partner with brands and products that I know and love and use in my own home. All opinions are my own. 

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Crustless Egg & Ham Quiche +Burnbrae Farms Coupon Pack Giveaway!

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I hadn't made a quiche for a long time when this delicious-looking recipe from the Burnbrae Farms Recipe Nest really caught my eye...Crustless Egg and Ham Quiche
With just eggs, spinach, ham, cheese and milk, it makes a great meal for my whole family, including my daughter who is eating a gluten-free diet. 
This tasty quiche made me soon! It was that good! And it reminded me that I need to make quiches like this a lot more often!
With Family Day and a long weekend coming up, I want to get a few meals in the fridge to keep my family going with healthy choices to sustain them for their busy schedules. 
This crustless quiche is not only low in fat {with the absence of a fat-laden crust), but tastes delicious and makes a great breakfast, lunch or dinner...especially when you add a salad and some fresh fruit.
{If you are my son, two pieces after hockey at 10 pm is great too!}
I eat eggs every morning for breakfast and my daughter eats eggs for lunch for quite often too.
  I recently had a friend ask me if I was worried about eating eggs every day and it's effects on my cholesterol levels and heart health. 
 I shared with her that decades of research from the Framingham heart study have shown no relationship between egg intakes, blood cholesterol and heart disease. 
I love eggs because they are the best source of protein, loaded with 14 essential vitamins and minerals {essential means that these are things that your body cannot make...you must consume from food sources), don't spike blood sugar levels, are low in saturated fat , and contain no trans fat. 
Taking care of your heart means making sure you are making good dietary choices with foods that are not processed, exercising, maintaining a healthy weight and reducing stress.
Burnbrae Farms has recently launched this brand new product...Simply Eggs,
This delicious liquid egg product is made with 100% whole eggs...simply egg yolks and egg whites, with no other added ingredients.
I love how fast & easy this product is to use. Simply pour into a heated pan for super quick scrambled eggs or add to a pie pan with a few other ingredients for a tasty quiche. It can also be used in baking with a quick conversion measurement to replace whole eggs right on the carton.
And you know what else is great about this product? My mom has arthritis in her hands and sometimes cracking eggs in the morning is not easy. Liquid eggs in a carton are the perfect solution for her and others like her with hands that don't work well enough to crack eggs sometimes.
And my teens love pouring eggs in a frying pan for a quick omelet. Hungry teens love fast and easy.
In fact, liquid eggs are the new 'fast food' in our house. No drive-thru food for this family!
Now let's get back to that quiche, shall we?   
Here are the ingredients needed to make this wonderful quiche!
Here is the recipe to make this amazing dish!

Crustless Egg & Ham Quiche

This easy main dish is lighter than a conventional crust quiche but still packed with satisfying flavour.

INGREDIENTS

1 pkgfrozen chopped spinach, thawed300 g
1 cupfinely diced ham*250 mL
½ cupshredded low-fat Swiss cheese*125 mL
¼ cupgrated Parmesan cheese*50 mL
1 cartonNaturegg™ Simply Eggs™, well shaken250 mL
½ cupmilk125 mL
½ cuplow-fat sour cream125 mL
½ tspeach salt and pepper2 mL
¼ tspgrated nutmeg1 mL


DIRECTIONS
1. Squeeze all moisture from spinach and place in bowl. Toss with ham, Swiss and Parmesan cheeses. Spread evenly on bottom of greased 9” (23 cm) glass pie plate.

2. Whisk together liquid eggs, milk, sour cream, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Pour over spinach mixture. Place pie plate on rimmed baking sheet.

3. Bake at 350°F (180°C) 50-55 minutes or until set around edges but still softly set in the centre. 


If you would like to try out Simply Eggs and other Burnbrade Farms egg products, I am hosting a giveaway for $25 in coupons. 
{Canada Only. You must be 18 years of age or older. Void where prohibited. One entry per ip address. Terms & Conditions subject to change without notice.}
To enter is easy! Just fill out the form below!

Looking for more delicious egg recipes? Try these out!
You may also want to try some of these other yummy recipes from Burnbrae Farms:

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Disclosure: I am participating in the Burnbrae Farms campaign managed by SJ Consulting. I received compensation in exchange for my participation in this campaign. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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Monday, February 09, 2015

9 Reasons Why Teenagers and Disney Vacations Rock!

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As our children have now grown into teenagers, we find that family vacations are easier & more fun than ever. Why? Well, for one thing, we don't have to yield to nap-times and schedules. 
Our kids can pack and dress themselves. Our mealtimes are filled with fun conversations and teasing. And the door is wide open to whatever adventures we want to experience.
 This means a Disney vacation rocks for families with teenagers for a whole lot of reasons. 
There is plenty of fun & fast rides to fill a whole day for those who love thrill, while the poolside beckons to those who like to relax and enjoy the sun. 
The parks are safe and clean so that teenagers can experience the time alone that they crave, and then meet up with parents later for a family dinner to recount the day's adventures. Or parents can even steal away some time alone to enjoy some of the fine dining that Disney has to offer.
They are so many reasons that teenagers and Disney vacations are a perfect fit!
My teen daughter and I  have had the good fortune to visit Disneyland 3 times in the last year or so. We have had so much fun, and while part of one trip was for me to attend a conference, I did not worry a bit about my teen daughter hanging in the parks on her own. She enjoyed some rides, did some shopping, tried out some new food and had a blast.
So here are OUR reason why teenagers and Disney vacations rock!

 9 Reasons Why Teenagers and Disney Vacations Rock:

Because... you are never too old for Mickey Mouse waffles. On our first morning at Disneyland, my teen daughter asked if we could go get some "Mickey waffles". So Mickey waffles it was!
Because you  never outgrow cute pictures with soft & cuddly Disney characters. Pluto arrived at our table just as we were finishing breakfast. So we loved him up with some pictures!
Because meeting princesses is fun no matter how old you are! 
Because 'Mater in Carsland is a ride that your mom loves and you humour her by hopping on!
Because you can take some really cool selfies!
Because there is always yummy food to try!
Because meeting a handsome Norse God is dreamy!
Because...cute Captain America! Need I say more?
Because you never get tired of mad thrills! 
There is a whole new and wonderful dimension to experiencing family fun with teenagers at a Disney park. They are ready to take charge of their own fun and do whatever thrills them. My sleep-loving teenager has gotten out of bed at 6 am to hit the parks at 7 am and then play,swim, shop and hang out until the parks close.
 I had fun meeting up with her for a few attractions and food, and then heading back to the Grand Californian hotel for a swim and some leisurely reading!
She had fun hanging with friends and enjoying every corner of the park in her own way!
Every dream that Walt Disney had for his parks has been achieved as Disney is truly a place for families to have fun....no matter what age!

Looking for some great day trip ideas while visiting Disneyland/Orange County/Anaheim that are less than a 1 hour drive?
Read my posts on our visits to:
Laguna Beach
Salt Creek Beach/Dana Point

 
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