New Momscape Giveaway: The Heart of Christmas on DVD {Contest Closed}

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Congratulations to Heather A., Austin B., and Jamie L. – who each won a Heart of Christmas DVD!

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Christmas time is nearly here, and, with it, some of the most heartwarming, inspiring movies. I’ve recently been introduced to a new holiday film, sure to become one of your family’s treasured movies of the season.

Inspired by a true story, THE HEART OF CHRISTMAS (rated PG) tells the story of Austin and Julie Locke, who are devastated to learn that their young son, Dax, has been diagnosed with cancer. With courage, determination and faith, they decide to give Dax one last Christmas – even if it has to be in October.

When the community sees the holiday decorations and learns the heartbreaking truth, what happens next is a miraculous outpouring of care and support. The Heart of Christmas will touch your heart and bring home the spirit of the holidays.

We think you’ll love this movie, so we’re giving away three DVDs of “The Heart of Christmas.”

There are multiple easy ways to enter, and they are all detailed on the rafflecopter form below:

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Disclosure: These DVDs were provided to Momscape.com free of charge for promotional purposes.

Things We Love – Healthier Versions of Your Favorite Junk Food

There are certain foods we just crave. For me, it generally has something to do with chocolate. For others, it’s something salty. Usually, these types of things come in a slick, brightly colored bag with lots of ingredients we can’t pronounce.

The folks at Sasquatch Books recently sent me this delightful new book that can help us “take back our snacks,” in the words of the author. Real Snacks, by Lara Ferroni brings you recipes for your favorite childhood treats without all the junk.

The “Real Sweet” section includes recipes for snack cakes, cookies, frozen treats and confections. While the “Real Salty” section includes chips, dips, crackers and snacks like Corn Nuts and Hot Pockets. There’s even an appendix with 22 simple recipes for pantry items you can make in your own kitchen, such as evaporated milk and chocolate syrup. (Enter to win a copy of Real Snacks here.)

Here’s more information on Lara’s new book, as well as some other titles and resources to help you serve healthier snacks for your family.

Real Snacks: Make Your Favorite Childhood Treats Without All the Junk
Real Snacks: Make Your Favorite Childhood Treats Without All the Junk
Imagine Twinkies, Doritos, and Cheez-Its without the artificial colors and preservatives, full of wonderful flavors and nutrients from whole grains and natural sugars, and easily made in your own kitchen. Lara Ferroni shows you how with this collection of 50 nostalgic childhood treats that satisfy your junk food cravings, but without all the junk. Gluten free and vegan options are included for every recipe.

Combine this with Lara’s first book, also available online from amazon.com:

Doughnuts: Simple and Delicious Recipes to Make at Home
Doughnuts: Simple and Delicious Recipes to Make at Home
A chocolate-glazed doughnut and cup of coffee is a match made in heaven for many North Americans, but wait! Something new is happening in the doughnut world: boutique bakeries are popping up everywhere, and “designer doughnuts” are all the rage. The best news of all is that they’re actually easy to make at home. And really, is there anything more scrumptious than a fresh doughnut? In Doughnuts, prepare to be tempted by more than fifty recipes, including Chai, Huckleberry Cheesecake, and Red Velvet. Of course, the cookbook is also full of traditional recipes for favorites like Old-Fashioned Sour Cream and Chocolate Raised doughnuts, as well as vegan and gluten-free recipes. The mouthwatering photography and tasty recipes will leave readers and home cooks drooling and dreaming about doughnuts.

And then there’s Unreal Candy – healthier versions of such popular candies as M&Ms, Peanut M&Ms, Snickers, Milky Way, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. These, you can buy in one of those slick, brightly colored bags. But you’ll be able to pronounce the ingredients. There’s no artificial ingredients, no hydrogenated oils, no corn syrup, no preservatives, and no GMOs.

Each of the Unreal Candy varieties below is available online from Quill.com (Get the latest Quill online coupons here, before you buy.)

Unreal(tm) 54 Candy Coated Chocolate w/Peanuts
Unreal(tm) 54 Candy Coated Chocolate w/Peanuts

Unreal(tm) 5 Chocolate Caramel Nougat Candy
Unreal(tm) 5 Chocolate Caramel Nougat Candy

Unreal 8 Chocolate Caramel Peanut Nougat Candy
Unreal 8 Chocolate Caramel Peanut Nougat Candy

Unreal(tm) 41 Candy Coated Chocolate
Unreal(tm) 41 Candy Coated Chocolate

This post contains affiliate links. The opinions expressed are my own.

New Recipe: Roasted Tomato and Artichoke Flatbread Pizzettas

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Here’s a recipe that’s sure to be a hit for everyone in your family!

Roasted Tomato and Artichoke Flatbread Pizzettas
Serves 8

4 cups Pomì Chopped Tomatoes, drained
2 (13 3/4-ounce) cans artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
4 teaspoons olive oil
4 naan flatbreads
2 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese

While preheating the broiler, place the tomatoes and artichokes in a shallow baking pan and drizzle with olive oil. Broil for approximately 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Preheat the oven to 450°. Divide the broiled artichokes and tomatoes into four portions and pile onto each flatbread. Top with grated Parmesan and bake on the bottom rack of the oven for 10 minutes.

Once the pizzettas have cooled, cut each into small wedges.

This recipe is courtesy of Pomi tomatoes. Get more recipes and post your favorite dishes at http://www.facebook.com/PomiUSA.

New Recipe: Hearty Tomato, Butternut Squash and Pinto Bean Soup

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Here’s a new, delicious and hearty soup recipe:

Hearty Tomato, Butternut Squash and Pinto Bean Soup

Serves 6

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups chopped onions
1 cup chopped celery
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups vegetable broth
2 15-ounce cans pinto beans, drained
2 cups Pomì Chopped Tomatoes
2 cups butternut squash cut into 1/2-inch pieces, peeled and seeded
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper

6 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped (optional)

 

Heat olive oil in large pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and celery, sautéing until the onions are golden, approximately 7 minutes. Add minced garlic and stir for an additional minute.

Pour in vegetable broth, then add in pinto beans, Pomì Chopped Tomatoes, butternut squash, oregano and dried crushed red pepper. Simmer for 15 minutes or until the butternut squash is tender. For a smoother consistency, allow 3 cups of soup to cool slightly, then puree in a blender. Once smooth, return to pot and simmer until thoroughly heated, approximately 5 minutes.

Once the soup is poured into bowls, garnish with fresh chopped basil, if desired.

This recipe is courtesy of Pomi tomatoes. Get more recipes and post your favorite dishes at http://www.facebook.com/PomiUSA.

Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

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Pumpkins are a traditional part of fall, including being the tasty filling for Thanksgiving pie. Before you throw away the pumpkin seeds, Dr. Martha Howard of Wellness of Chicago offers these amazing health benefits.

(Keep in mind, if you don’t want to go through the hassle of drying and roasting them, you can always just buy pumpkin seeds.)

Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds:

  • Helps raise good cholesterol, HDL, and lower bad cholesterol, LDL, because they contain oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid.
  • Nature’s “happy pills” – contain lots of tryptophan, good for relaxation and sleep, and also glutamate, a precursor of GABA, one of the neurotransmitters that calms the brain.
  • Full of magnesium and zinc – Magnesium is hard to come by in the American diet, and a majority of us are deficient in it.  Zinc is also a common deficiency.  It is important to have enough zinc because it is one of the most important elements in preventing osteoporosis.
  • Contains fiber – which increases the satisfied “full feeling” that keeps you from getting hungry and binge eating.
  • Natural anti-inflammatory – effectively reduces inflammation helping with arthritis.
  • Used in traditional cultures – prevents and treats parasites.
  • Helps prevent kidney stones – prevents calcium oxalate formation.

What about pumpkin itself?  It has beta carotene and potassium.  Beta carotene, the same B vitamin that is in carrots, is a player in preventing everything from cancer to wrinkles!  A cup of pumpkin contains more potassium than a banana – it’s going to have to be a good sized piece of pie to get a cup!

Photo credit: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds by Jaxzin on Flickr

 

Things We Love: ‘Life is Good’ Thanksgiving Tees

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We love Life is Good, and we especially love their collection of Special Limited Edition Thanksgiving Tees.

For Women:

And for Men:

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