2015 Color of the Year – Marsala

Each year several color companies announce what they call the "color of the year".  It's an on-trend color that you'll expect to see in clothing, makeup, home and fashion accessories in the coming year.  The color that will define the year (I suppose we could take a look back and see at the end if the year how much we "felt" that color but that's another post). Because the Pantone company does so much color work for designers, they've become the official color pickers.  Pantone has selected a "Color of the Year" since 2000. For 2015, the Color of the Year is Marsala.  I know, the first thing that comes to your mind is chicken isn't it? Chicken Marsala gets its name from Marsala wine. The wine itself is a rich, earthy red. So stop thinking about chicken. Marsala is described a … [Read more...]

Gluten Free Roasted Garlic and Kale Meatballs Recipe

After discovering a new favorite snack cracker when we came home with the Crunchmaster Originals from a "warehouse" store, I was interested to find out that these crackers aren't just for cheese and dips - they also lend themselves to some pretty delicious recipes! First up was trying these Roasted Garlic and Kale Meatballs. The bonus? Because the crackers are gluten free, this recipe is as well! Roasted Garlic and Kale Meatballs Makes about 20  2" meatballs Ingredients 1 - 1/4 cups coarsely ground Crunchmaster Roasted Garlic Multi Seed Crackers 1 - 1/2 lbs lean ground beef 1 cup finely chopped kale 1 small onion chopped fine 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese 1 egg beaten 1/2tsp sea salt 1/4 tsp black pepper 3 Tbsp. olive oil 4 cups jarred tomato sauce 1/4 … [Read more...]

Wondering what you can do with Cranberries? 10 perfect ideas!

Holiday season is cranberry season!  The bright red color brings a nice pop to tables and decor everywhere.  We've rounded up 10 great ways to use all those fresh cranberries at the grocery store.  Whether to smell, see or eat - it's perfect to include cranberries in your holiday plans. From the Soap Deli News Blog -  A Cranberry Massage Candle. When the wax is melted, massage some into your hands for a moisture boost and softness! You don't have to over think your table decor with these easy Scented Cranberry Centerpieces by Madigan Made Your guests would love to be served a Cranberry "White Cosmopolitan" Cocktail from That Skinny Chick Can Bake Get the kids involved. You can string this anywhere and use all over your house.  Cranberry Garland  - JJ Begonia has … [Read more...]

Leftover Turkey Recipe – White Bean and Turkey Chili

This recipe is hands down my favorite recipe for leftover turkey EVER.  In fact, I would probably cook a turkey just to have leftovers so I can make this…so in a couple days if you find yourself with extra turkey, rejoice! and try… White Bean and Turkey Chili from Cooking Light Serves 8 (about 1 cup each) Ingredients for Leftover Turkey White Bean Chili  1 tablespoon canola oil 2 cups diced yellow onion 1 ½ tablespoons chili powder 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin (I love cumin – I actually use 1 tbsp here) 1 teaspoon dried oregano 3 (15.8 ounce) cans Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed (I use “small white beans”) 4 cups fat free, less sodium chicken broth 3 cups chopped cooked turkey ½ cup diced seeded plum tomato (about 1) 1/3 cup … [Read more...]

Tart Cherry Sleep Challenge Part 2 – The Results! (Plus a Giveaway!)

Well 2 weeks zoomed by, and I’m back to report on the Tart Cherry Sleep Challenge. To recap, I committed to a 14-day sleep challenge.  Tart cherries have been shown to provide a natural source of melatonin. In a world where sleep issues are so prevalent and getting a good night’s rest has never been more important, a natural sleep aid sounds like a good choice to make. Turns out not only do tart cherries benefit sleep but there are several studies that show other benefits as well.  Read about them on choosecherries. For this challenge, I drank a glass of tart cherry juice twice a day, in the morning and before bed.  Both juice and a concentrate were available choices.  I started drinking the juice but within days, switched to using the concentrate. Why? The juice is much … [Read more...]

Beaujolais Nouveau Day!

Beaujolais Nouveau Day!   Have you ever celebrated Beaujolais Nouveau Day? On the 3rd Thursday of every November, France celebrates – Beaujolais Nouveau Day.  At 12:01am (by law!), the year’s vintage is released and the French celebrate with fireworks and parties. In 2014, Beaujolais Day is Thursday November 20.   I love the idea of this event, which celebrates the harvest and abundance. Beaujolais is a region of France known for growing the Gamay grape (from which Beaujolais is made). Gamay is like a cousin of Pinot Noir.  There are many rules about how the grapes are grown, when they are harvested.  Because it is the first wine of the harvest and made quickly (6-8 weeks as opposed to a traditional 6 - 24 months for other wines), Beaujolais Nouveau is lighter, fruitier and a … [Read more...]