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    Pact Organic Clothing for your Family + Special Discount

    April 28th, 2017

    I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.

    Comfortable Active wear

    As a mother of three I find myself trying to wear clothing that is as comfortable as possible. I mostly enjoy wearing all cotton clothing because it’s cooler and breathable. It also allows for some stretching room as well because with active kids there must be an active mom.

    When I got married, I realized that my skin really was sensitive to any other material so finding great cotton clothing has been hard to find as great adorable price. When I received my samples from Moms Meet, I was super excited to learn more about the company. Every piece I opened felt super soft and so comfortable.

    Pact Organic Clothing

    So why organic cotton? One thing I learned on Pact Organic’s site is that organic cotton doesn’t pollute the soil or air and uses 71% less water and 62% less energy than conventional cotton. Growing organic cotton keeps farmers and their families safe because they are not exposed to toxic chemicals. I will be the first one to say that I had no clue about the process but then as I read I realized that the process is similar to organic product and meat. Why not make an impact on what we shop and wear by learning about the process. It is shocking to learn that organic cotton only makes up less than 1% of the world’s global cotton supply!

    I received the following items:

    • Long leggings
    • Racerback bra
    • A shelf bra camisole
    • Crew socks
    • Classic fit bikini underwear
    • Light weight hoodies
    • Men’s boxer briefs

    I simply loved the feel of every article that I tried. They were super soft and had just enough stretch for the perfect fit. My favorite pieces were the leggings and the underwear before they did not ride down. They stayed in their place and felt so comfortable. The only downside, if you can call it that, is that I have to order a size smaller for a few of my items because I have lost a significant amount of weight. Always a good thing right?

    Be the change

    It is good to now have the option of choosing what is not only best for one’s skin but a company that strives to help others and the environment. I am definitely learning little by little but we can start small and increase as time goes by. Pact Organic clothing is really affordable and is available for the whole family. Now that there are kids with more skin sensitivities, their cotton clothing would be ideal for this.

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    My husband does not usually wear boxers but he thought that the boxers felt different but that they were nice and comfortable. Check out the rest of the line of clothing available for women, men, and children on Pact Organic’s website.

    Special Offer and Discount

    From now until August 31, 3017, you can save 25% on your whole order!!! I already have a list of other items I want to order to replace and even increase my stash of active wear and underwear, especially for the upcoming summer. US the following code to order online:

    Singer25

    To get to know the company a little more, check out the social media channels below:

    PACT Organic – Facebook

    Pact Organic – Twitter

    Pact Organic – Instagram

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    Friday Frenzy in Full Force

    April 27th, 2017

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    Hi!  Kelly here….from Kelly Lynn’s Sweets and Treats blog.  I am your hostess for this weeks Friday Frenzy Link Party!  Welcome to the Friday Frenzy.  Your place to share the best of your crafts and recipes on the web.  What makes us so special?  Four blogs means quadruple the exposure for maximum traffic.

    Friday Frenzy Link Party and Your Hosts:

    Please follow your hosts 🙂

    Laura at Little House Big AlaskaPinterestFacebookInstagram

    Rachel of Trampling RosePinterestFacebookInstagram

    Noelle of Opera Singer in the KitchenPinterestFacebook – Instagram

    Kelly from Kelly Lynn’s Sweets & TreatsPinterestFacebookInstagram

    Happy last Friday of April!  Yes…it is the last Friday in April.  Where has the month gone?!  Well I am hoping that April showers will bring May flowers, because I am totally ready for Spring.  And the recipes  and crafts from last weeks link party prove I am not the only one ready for Spring!

    Thanks to all of the bloggers who linked up last week!  There were so many great recipes and crafts, I had a hard time picking out my favorites…but here are a few that caught my eye:

    The Banana Oat Blender Pancakes from Amy at Savory Moments blog.  I LOVE pancakes and these look amazing…totally on my list of breakfast recipes to make!

    I can’t think of a more perfect dinner than the Herb Roasted Chicken and Potatoes from Thrifty Frugal Mom.  Just a few minutes of prep, then bake it off in the oven.  Great for those busy weeknights!

    And since I am all about Spring time (and I just so happened to get my Spring decorations up at my house this week!), I had to include this Free Spring Print that Cut Off in the Keweenaw shared last week:

    Okay y’all…let’s get our Friday Frenzy on!  Bloggers link up below!


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    Skinny Sweet Corn Vegetable Flatbread

    April 25th, 2017

    This Skinny Sweet Corn Vegetable Flatbread post was sponsored by Sunshine Sweet Corn as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

    Where is Spring?

    The weather teased us the last few weeks indicating marvelous with its sunshine.  I know that April brings showers but, the weather has been slightly cooler than expected. I guess we can be glad that there is no snow, am I right? The past few weeks have proven to be a little more on the challenging side since I severely sprained my ankle the first week of April. I know, I have failed to really update you, my readers, but if you follow on Instagram, I have been sharing those updates there.

    While my stringent exercise routine has been placed on hold, I feel like my workouts have taken a different approach. I have been stuck to crutches and a boot to continue to heal the ankle before I can get back to my normal activities. Some of those activities include cooking!!! You never know when life is going to change pace, so this has brought on a new perspective and is daily teaching me more patience.

    Creative Cooking for a Demanding Lifestyle

    Due to these series of events, preparing meals and cooking has proved to be challenging in the most creative ways. I have had to give instructions to my husband to cook and we have had to eat out a lot more often. Unfortunately, that takes a toll on my creative side and even for our health. When meal planning has not proved the best for our busy lives as musicians and parents, it has worked a little better these past few weeks.

    I still love having the essentials in my fridge like a variety of fruit and veggies since we have some with every meal of the day including snacks. Seasonal produce is so exciting and makes for creative cooking in my kitchen. One of the most recent discoveries was finding out that I no longer had to wait until summer to enjoy sweet corn. Sunshine Sweet Corn from Florida was introduced recently and is now readily available in the spring seasons.

    Sunshine Sweet Corn

    I love the fact that those summer cookouts and sweet corn recipes can be highlighted in my spring recipes. Since it is grown in Florida, I imagine that the warmer weather allows for this non-GMO, cream of the crop to be available and extra sweet and tender. Now that I know that this veggie is available earlier than usual, I know that we can now add it as our springtime staple. Despite that, I was drawn to use the Sunshine Sweet Corn in a fancy yet simple meal that would bring a little sunshine in my home.

    Sunshine Sweet Corn’s website has a delightful online selection of recipes but one that really caught my eye was the Sweet Corn and Vegetable Flatbread. Although it was a little higher in calories it did not deter me from creating my own version, especially since I am on Weight Watchers. The original recipe was close to 1700 calories for each flatbread but I was able to make my version for under 400 calories making it 11 smartpoints per flatbread.

    Skinny Sweet Corn Vegetable Flatbread

    This recipe was so ideal because I love loading my plate with veggies. Pizza is not something I enjoy quite often but since I have this lighter recipe, I can add a little chicken on occasion or enjoy the vegetarian version. These would make a great appetizer for friends or a light lunch with girlfriends with cocktails.

    by Noelle Kelly

    Prep Time: 15 minutes

    Cook Time: 10 minutes

    Ingredients

    • 6 Spreadable Herb and Garlic Cheese Wedges
    • ¼ cup roasted garlic, chopped
    • 1 cup Sunshine Sweet corn kernels
    • 1 zucchini, sliced thin in circles
    • 4 small vine tomatoes, chopped
    • 1/2 red onion, shaved thin
    • 2 cups baby arugula
    • 12 ounces light mozzarella cheese, shredded
    • 4 Tablespoons herb paste
    • 4 100-calorie flatbreads
    • 4 Tablespoons balsamic glaze

    Instructions

    Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees F.

    Lay out the flatbreads and pre-bake for 2-3 minutes, directly on rack.

    Remove from oven and cool for a minute.

    Spread 1 1/2 wedges on each flatbread.

    Then sprinkle 1/4 cup sweet corn, divide the zucchini slices and add about 1/4 cup diced tomatoes.

    Scatter about 2 tablespoons of thin red onions.

    Grate 2 light string mozzarella cheese (about 3 ounces) and sprinkle evenly on top. Sprinkle with a half teaspoon of kosher salt.

    Place each prepared flatbread in the oven and bake until crispy about 7 minutes.

    Cut the flatbreads into 8 pieces.

    Divide arugula between the flatbreads and drizzle 1 teaspoon of balsamic glaze.

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    Spring Inspiration this Friday Frenzy

    April 21st, 2017

    Spring inspiration comes in many ways. I will be the first one to say that I love scrolling and discovering new posts especially ones that are perfect for the spring season. DO you have favorite spring produce that you enjoy? Do you have recipes you enjoy making with them? These would make a great addition to the link party below. Add your crafts and recipes that you would love to share with our audience.

    Friday Frenzy and Hosts

    Welcome to the Friday Frenzy. Your place to share the best of your crafts and recipes on the web. What makes us so special? Four Blogs means quadruple the exposure for maximum traffic.

    Please follow your hosts:

    Laura at Little House Big Alaska                        Pinterest     Facebook      Instagram

    Rachel of Trampling Rose                                     Pinterest     Facebook     Instagram

    Noelle of Opera Singer in the Kitchen              Pinterest     Facebook      Instagram

    Kelly from Kelly Lynn’s Sweets and Treats     Pinterest   Facebook     Instagram

    Spring Inspiration – Friday Favorites

    Last week we had several share some of their favorite craft and food recipes and here are some that really piqued my interest:

    Vintage Step Stools: I am totally not the crafty type but I love gawking over creative pieces likes these step stools. They scream spring and can be used in multiple ways. Thanks Penny for sharing such a cute project!

     

    I am a big coffee lover so I was glad to see this deliciously Easy Homemade Caramel Frappe. It is definitely ideal as the weather gets warmer. I might go run into the kitchen to make one as I write this…… 🙂 Thanks Lydia for such a tasty recipe.

     

    The next recipe that caught my eye was Rachel’s Spring Macarons. Macarons have been on my to-make list for a LONG time and her recipe inspired me to make these. I simply cannot wait. Don’t you love the color? So dreamy!

     

    Anyone need a special project for themselves or for their kids? Laura’s Waldorf Swap Bird Nest for Spring are amazingly cute! I cannot stop looking at them and imagining an evening making them. I love them!

    How about ending Friday with a cocktail? I know I definitely want to have one of Jacqui’s Mixed Berry Moscow Mule at the end of this day. Cheers!

     

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    Southern Mexican-Style Salted Cod with Brown Rice

    April 18th, 2017

    This recipe for Southern Mexican-Style Salted Cod has been entered as part of the CFE International Blogger Recipe Challenge.  This product can be found at Cousins, H-Mart, Jetro, Price Chopper, Price Rite. Affiliate links are present in post and is helpful in keeping this blog active.

    My Love for Cooking

    I am asked many times how I come up with all my meal creations. I really believe that if you grow up a certain way seeing how meals are prepared, that is where the inspiration and gift of cooking is instilled. My fraternal grandmother was amazing in the kitchen as was my grandfather and my mother as well as my maternal grandmother created such great dishes, without recipes!!

    Most recently, I was asked what type of cuisine I loved preparing, but I could not pinpoint it. While I am half Mexican and half Chilean, thanks to my parent’s marriage, my inspiration in the kitchen is quite different. I do not solely cook one cuisine but have always tried different cuisines. So while I am gifted in the kitchen, thanks to God and my family, I do not focus on one cuisine. I finally realized that I really love preparing Middle Eastern food.

    Salted Cod or Bacalao

    One of the challenges I have made for myself was to learn dishes that my maternal grandmother made while I was growing up. Every time we headed own to Mexico, especially during the Christmas holidays, I remember the spread she and my aunts would make. It was so amazing and very memorable. One of the dishes I distinctly remember NOT liking was a salted cod called Bacalao Mexicano. The dish was so fishy, pungent and really salty. I could not even bring myself to really enjoy it but now as an adult I was determined to take another look at this dish.

    Before I could even start making this recipe I knew I would have to call my grandmother to make sure I was going to be making it the way I remembered. Last time I called her for a recipe, she told me not to waste my time in the labor intensive recipe. I laughed because it was not what I expected. This time around, she was much more compliant. Where does one find salted cod, you might ask? The particular brand I was sent, called Cristobal, can be found at Cousins, H-Mart, Jetro, Price Chopper, Price Rite.

    Southern Mexican-Style Salted Cod

    After I got an idea of the way my grandmother made her dish I decided to try the dish twice made her way, and then made with my own spin. After I finished the whole meal, I served it as dinner for my family with steamed brown rice and a side of green beans. It was still a little cool otherwise I would have paired the dish with a cabbage salad. The key to this dish is how long the salted cod is soaked in water. The longer it stays in the water the less salty the dish will be upon consumption.

    I soaked the fish for 36 hours in the fridge. I drained the water after 18 hours and added fresh water for another 18 hours. I then drained the fish again and tried to remove as much water from the fish. I placed it in the food processor and chopped finely. Meanwhile, I sautéed onions and red bell pepper in a large pan. I placed crushed tomatoes into the sautéed veggies and added minced garlic and added a spice called epazote that is mostly used in Mexican dishes. I found it at a local Mexican grocery store.

    Once I processed the salted cod, I added it to the tomato and veggie sauce and then added green olives. Don’t get me wrong, but the saltiness of the olives adds a different depth and not more salt to a salted cod. I roasted the potatoes in the oven before folding them into the cod and tomato mixture. I decided that roasting the potatoes would add a caramelized aspect and even a sweet note. I was right! I loved it roasted rather than steamed. Once all the ingredients were folded into the tomato mixture I added a little more water and I allowed it to simmer on low for about 45 minutes to an hour.

    Easy Family Recipe even for Toddlers

    Southern Mexican-Style Salted Cod

    by Noelle Kelly

    Prep Time: 36 hours

    Cook Time: 60 minutes

    Keywords: saute soup/stew entree seafood sugar-free gluten-free low-carb fish potatoes cod Christmas Mexican summer winter

    Ingredients (serves 5)

      Salted Cod

      • 16-ounces Cristobal salted cod

      For Southern Mexican-Style Salted Cod

      • 1 1/2 yellow onions, chopped (about 1 cup)
      • 1 1/2 red bell pepper, seeded, cored, and chopped (about 1 cup)
      • 4 garlic cloves, minced
      • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
      • 2 cups canned crushed tomatoes
      • 3 ounces green olives, chopped
      • 2 epazote twigs or about 2 teaspoons epazote flakes
      • 1/2 cup water
      • 1 chicken bouillon cube

      For roasted potatoes

      • 3 yellow or white potatoes, peeled and diced in 1-inch pieces

      Instructions

      Salted Cod

      Remove fish from packaging and place in a bowl. Cover with water and place in fridge. Drain water from fish after 18 hours and cover again with fresh water for another 18 hours. Drain water again and dry fish removing as much water from fish.

      Place fish in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Set aside.

      Roasted Potatoes

      Preheat oven to 425F and place diced potatoes on baking sheet and cook for 15-20 minutes. Prepare the salted cod dish. Set aside potatoes out of oven until next instructions.

      Southern Mexican-Style Salted Cod

      In a large skillet, add olive oil. Heat on medium heat and add onions and peppers. Cook for about 7 minutes or until soft. Add the tomatoes, water, garlic, and bouillon cube. Fold the fish into the tomato mixture and add the epazote. Cook for about 45 minutes. Add the green olives and roasted potatoes and cook for another 15-20 minutes.

      Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley. Serve with brown rice and a side of green beans.

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