Deals of the Day – 3 freebies, 6 coupons, and 5 fun finds

Here are the freebies, coupons and fun finds that caught our eye today.

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New Freebies

* We love these free printable Valentine Cards from Family Fun.

* Request your free sample of Hero Nutritionals Yummi Bears Sugar-Free Multi-Vitamin Gummies. Click here and use promo code KK Free Sample on the freebie request form.

* Get the top 100 free Kindle books here. (The Top 100 paid Kindle books are in the left column. The freebies are on the right.) Keep in mind that you don’t need a kindle to read one of these free kindle books. Simply download the free kindle for PC app straight from amazon and read on your computer.

* New Free Printable Grocery Coupons are here.

New Coupons & Deals for Momscapers

* The Magazine Deal of the Day is a good one: Today (1/27) only, get a one year subscription to Natural Health for just $3.99. If you’re reading this after 1/27, check to see today’s deal of the day here.

* From Art.com – Valentine’s Day Special – Save 40% OFF when you transform your photos to Art at Art.com! (Valid only from Jan 27th to Feb 3rd, 2012). Use Code VDAYPHOTO

* From Target.com – $5 off $50 when you shop through this link (or, 15% off furniture orders of $125 or more (Ends 2/11). Get more Target Deals >

* From Expedia.com – Book today & Save up to $500 on a 4-night 4-Day Disneyland Resort Vacation Package. Ends 1/31/2012. Get more Expedia Travel Discounts and Deals

* 15% off H&R Block at Home Deluxe when you click through this link. This software is great for homeowners and investors as it comes with tax advice, audit support and more. No coupon code required. Ends 4/15/12

* At Overstock.com, get an extra 10% off Select Jewelry & Watches (Valid 1.27 – 2.06 @ 11:59 PM MST). Get more Overstock Coupons.

New in Momscape’s Favorite Gift Ideas:

* Personalized Family History Album
Mixbook makes it easy to create an heirlooom album.

* Ball of Whacks
The Ball of Whacks is an addictive set of 30 magnetic pyramid-shaped pieces that act as building blocks. This ball of magnetic pieces is proven to jump start your creativity and imagination. Based on the rhombic triacontahedron, this ball consists of 30 magnetic pyramid shaped pieces that act as building blocks for an unlimited number of uses.

* The Land of Nod Chair and Noddoman Ottoman
The Land of Nod has done it again. How we love them.

* Prtty Peaushun
A great beauty gift for your most glamorous friends, this ‘skin tight’ body lotion was developed by a celebrity makeup artist and has a long list of celebrity fans.

Around the Web:
* Here’s sound advice, from SavingAdvice.com – How to Save Money on Clothing: Confessions of an Image Consultant

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Things We Love – Missoni for Target

24850_Shop Missoni Exclusively at Target! Women's, Men's, Home & More

The Missoni launch on Target created such demand that it actually crashed Target.com’s site.

Since 1953, this legendary design house has been known worldwide for its fresh, fun and funky patterns. Now Target brings us an exclusive Missoni for Target collection. (With Missoni Online Exclusives, too. You’ll find not only women’s clothing and accessories, but adorable and affordable Missoni items for kids, babies, and men – plus Home Decor.

Here are just a few of our favorite Missoni pieces from the new Target collection. (Click here for the latest Target.com promotions).

Missoni for Target sleeveless sweater dress with front panel.


Missoni for Target infant/toddler girls printed trenchcoat

Missoni for Target Women Floral Print Scarf, Yellow

See the entire Missoni at Target collection

Free Stuff for Moms – This Week’s Free Samples

Here are some new free samples for you to enjoy this week, from Freeflys:

Free sample of Garnier Fructis® anti dandruff shampoo.

Free sample of four new Mary Kay® perfumes.

Free sample of Astra Candle® Flora Reeds.

Free sample of Post-It® Super Sticky Notes.

Free sample pack of U by Kotex.

For more Freebie Offers, bookmark and visit our Freebies page: http://www.momscape.com/freebies/

Baby Food Recipe – Coconut Curry Sauce Cubes

Here’s a new baby food recipe from Fresh Baby’s Cheryl Tallman: Coconut Curry Sauce Cubes

Yellow Curry Powder is often associated with Indian cooking. It’s a blend of spices, which vary by region, food, and cooking style. Most Indian curry powders contain turmeric, coriander and cumin. At the market, choose a curry powder labeled “mild” for this recipe.

This recipe uses coconut milk which can be found in the Asian section of your supermarket. Coconut milk sometimes separates into a thick layer of white coconut and a watery liquid. Shaking the can before opening can recombine it, but if that doesn’t work, pour the contents of the can into a blender and whirl it, or pour it into a bowl and use a whisk to blend it together.

Ingredients:

* 1 (13.5 oz) can Coconut Milk
* ¼ cup Chicken Broth
* ¼ cup Onion, chopped
* 1 Garlic Clove, chopped
* 1 Tbsp. Tomato Paste
* 1-2 Tsp. Curry (mild) Powder
* ¼ tsp. Cinnamon
* 1 Tbsp. Brown Sugar

Place all contents in a blender and process to smooth texture. Pour into a saucepan, bring to a boil, cover and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Pour the sauce into an ice cube tray, cover and freeze until ready to use.

Serving: Remove a sauce cube from the freezer, defrost and combine it with pureed or mashed beans, meats rice or vegetables. When first introducing the sauce, try a small amount and work your way up to more. Here are some delicious combinations for awesome coconut curries:

* Lentils, Carrots and Apples
* Sweet Potatoes, Cauliflower and Beef
* Brown Rice, Spinach and Chicken

About the author: Cheryl Tallman is the co-founder of Fresh Baby, creators of the award-winning So Easy Baby Food Kit, and author of the So Easy Baby Food and the new book So Easy Toddler Food: Survival Tips and Simple Recipes for the Toddler Years. Visit Cheryl online at www.FreshBaby.com for more delicious tips.


Products and books by Cheryl Tallman:

Fresh Baby So Easy Baby Food Kit, 1 kit
Fresh Baby So Easy Baby Food Kit, 1 kit
Price: $37.99
Designed for babies making the transition from breast or bottle to solid foods (babies about 6 months old), the Fresh Baby So Easy Baby Food Kit takes all of the guesswork out of making baby food. This all-in-one kit includes a cookbook, freezer trays, DVD, and nutrition tips card. The cookbook covers introducing solid food, includes over 40 recipes, hundreds of serving suggestions, and is all organized by age. Freezer trays are designed for storing baby food in pre-portioned one ounce servings to simplify mealtime and reduce waste (2 trays and 2 lids, spill-proof, stackable, dishwasher-safe). The How-to DVD offers step-by-step instruction – from selecting the right produce – to making baby food – to serving it. The nutrition tips card gives you tips on the best sources of nutrients, introducing foods by age, first aid for choking, and more. Colors and styles may vary. Styles are selected at random when shipped.
Available at Buy.com (All the latest Buy.com coupon codes are here.)

So Easy Baby Food Basics: Homemade Baby Food in Less Than 30 Minutes Per Week
So Easy Baby Food Basics: Homemade Baby Food in Less Than 30 Minutes Per Week
Price: $7.16

So Easy Toddler Food: Survival Tips & Simple Recipes for the Toddler Years
So Easy Toddler Food: Survival Tips & Simple Recipes for the Toddler Years
Price: $4.69

Vegetarian Lunch Ideas – Quick, Healthy, Cheap, and Easy

One way to cut back on your meat intake is to eat a meatless lunch, at least a few times a week.

Vegetarian lunches tend to be quick, cheap, and easy. The challenge with these vegetarian lunches is to make sure you are still getting enough protein. When meat is absent, it’s more important to choose food staples that will provide enough to sustain the body’s daily needs.

Here are some tips for preparing quick, healthy vegetarian meals.

Plan ahead – Stock your pantry with all the staples that you need to make as many different meals as you need to provide lunch for the entire week.

Prep food – Whatever needs to be cooked, if you can get it ready ahead of time this will cut down on what you have to do to get ready each day. This can include chopping vegetables, making pizza crusts or tortillas, slicing fruit, cooking beans or rice.

Here are some quick vegetarian lunch ideas, hot and cold.

Cold Vegetarian Lunches

* Veggie sub – Make a foot-long sub on Sunday and cut it into three or four pieces for lunchtime meals. Try onions, lettuce, Portobello mushrooms, banana peppers, tomatoes and a low-calorie mayonnaise. Carry the mayonnaise in a small container and spread it on just before you eat.

* Pasta salad – Pasta makes a filling and quick meal anytime. Use whole wheat pasta to maximize your intake of whole grains. Add, olives, onions, celery, parmesan cheese and toss with Italian dressing for a zesty quick lunch. Spoon it into lunch-size containers for easy transport. Because it’s made to eat cold, you can eat it on the run.

* Hummus and chips – You may just want something light one day for lunch. You can buy hummus or make your own. Grind your own chickpeas; add healthy oil and flavoring to get just the taste you want. Toast pita chips ahead of time and store them in an airtight container for up to a week. Place a few in a snack bag to eat with your hummus dip.

Hot Vegetarian Lunches

* Vegetable soup – Make a pot of vegetable soup or chili on Sunday and eat it during the week. You can take it hot in a thermos, or heat it for a few minutes in the microwave at lunchtime.

* Veggie pizza – Make personal pizzas crusts ahead of time and freeze them until you need them. Top with your favorite veggies. For best results, prebake the crusts before freezing.


Vegetarian Lunch Recipes to Try

Arugula Pesto
Yields about 1 cup
2 cups of packed arugula leaves, stems removed
½ cup fresh Parmesan cheese
½ cup walnuts, chopped
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
Salt

Place all ingredients (except olive oil and Parmesan cheese) into a food processor. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil, while at the same time pulsing the mixture. Remove from the food processor when the right consistency is achieved, place the mixture into a bowl and stir in the cheese. Serve over pasta of your choice (or in the recipe below.)

Wheat-Free Rice Pasta Salad

4 cups rice pasta
3/4 – 1 cup basil pesto or arugula pesto
2 tbsp green olives, pitted and chopped
1/4 cup pine nuts
12 oz cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup fresh or frozen and defrosted peas
1 tbsp olive oil
Handful of fresh parsley, chopped
Salt and pepper

Cook the rice pasta according to package instructions. Drain and arrange in a large serving bowl. Add the olives, pine nuts and pesto and gently toss. Then add the cherry tomatoes, peas, parsley and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and toss.

Black Bean Quesadillas
Serves 4
1 can (15oz) black beans, rinsed
½ cup shredded cheese (preferably Monterey Jack)
½ cup salsa
4 (8″) tortillas (ideally whole-wheat)
2 tsp vegetable oil
1 ripe avocado, peeled and sliced

In a bowl, mix together the beans, cheese and half of the salsa. Place the tortillas flat on a work surface and spread with ½ cup of the bean/cheese filling. Then fold the tortilla in half and gently press down to spread out the mixture evenly.

In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil and cook the tortillas on each side until lightly browned, about 2 minutes each side. Serve with the remaining salsa and the cut up avocado and a tossed salad.


Avocado and Tomato Salad

Serves about 4
1 cup fresh mozzarella, cubed
1 large ripe tomato, diced
½ cucumber, peeled and diced
¼ cup red onion, diced
1 avocado, diced
Extra-virgin olive oil
Sea salt

Arrange the tomato, cucumber, red onion, avocado and mozzarella in a serving dish. Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt.
Serve immediately, as avocado slices will turn brown.

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Things We Love – Photos to Art


Photos {to} Art

Things we love -  photos {to} art

Art.com has a fabulous product called photos {to} art, which allows anyone to easily capture and preserve your life’s most precious and inspiring moments by transforming digital photo files into stunning, high-quality works of art.

These are great gifts and they are super easy to create. The images are large and easy to see and everything is on a single screen. You can customize your art however you like (choosing from a variety of substrates, including framing and canvas and acrylic and mounting). The photographic paper lasts 100 years or more and you can choose an acid-free mat, as well, to further help to minimize discoloration of the image over time.

Your satisfaction is guaranteed and they are well-priced. (The price is generally about 20 to 40% less than competitors). Art.com  releases occasional coupon codes for this service to help you save even more. (We publish these coupons on Momscape’s coupon blog here. (Link will open in a new window.)

Soup. Love.

Oh how my 10 year old loves soup. If we are getting ready to go somewhere, and we’re in a hurry, she often asks if she can have a quick bowl of soup first.

I think this is because there’s no such thing as a quick bowl of soup.

Even if you have some leftover soup sitting in the fridge, ready to reheat, it takes a while. You need to ladle it into a pot and warm it, then let it cool, and by then you have slowed yourself down enough to where you want to stop, take off your coat, and sit for a spell.

You begin to savor your soup. You breathe in the steam, you chase the vegetables with your spoon through the broth. I’m beginning to suspect that asking for a bowl of soup is my daughter’s way of asking me to please slow down. To stop rushing her. To let her sip a bit of soup.

Here are three soup recipes that I’ve recently bookmarked. I plan to try them each in the weeks ahead.

Chicken Tortilla Soup from The Pioneer Woman

Spanish Beef Stew, from Family Fun

Smoky Tomato Soup, from Fine Cooking

And here are a few soup recipes from Momscape’s Recipe Archives, as well.

Winter Vegetable Soup
Barley Chicken and Leek Soup
Spring Onion Miso Broth and Tofu
Roasted Root Vegetable Soup
Roasted Pepper Soup
Fresh Tomato Soup
Creamy Carrot and Orange Soup
Corn and Sweet Potato Soup
Chicken Wild Rice Soup with Lemongrass

Easter Brunch: Fun, Festive Ideas and Recipes

Easter is a great day for a Sunday brunch. Here are some ideas to help make the day fun and festive:

Easter Table Decoration Ideas

Simple Easter centerpiece ideas: Use a decorated Easter basket, a single flowering potted plant or a glass bowl filled with plastic colored candies. For a more elaborate centerpiece, place upturned bowls, bricks or other items to the center of the table to give it different heights. Place a table cloth over these items and then place several flowering potted plants or vases with fresh spring flowers on top of them. And light some tea candles on each level.

Home-made place cards: Ask your children to make place cards for each guest. They can also use plastic eggs with names painted on them. Or help your kids make cookies in Easter shapes and decorate the cookie with the guest’s name.

Flower arrangements: Easter lilies, hyacinths, daffodils, and tulips are common flowers in early spring. Many Easter lilies have a strong smell so you may not want to place them in the dining room as they may be overpowering.

One flower arrangement you may want to try is to place several daffodils and crocuses in a large pot. Stick a small tree limb with several branches into the center of the daffodils and then hang tiny Easter eggs on strings on them.


Easter Brunch:

When it comes to food, focus on freshness and variety. Here are some ideas:

* Fresh fruit platter with two dipping sauces: one a chocolate base and one with a  cream cheese base.

* Fresh squeezed orange juice, apple juice, or juice cocktails made with sparkling cider or grape juice.

* Spinach quiche.

* Baked omelet roll or other omelets.

* Home-made muffins, biscuits, rolls, or banana nut bread.

* Strawberry and Banana Stuffed French Toast.
Here’s the recipe:

You’ll need:

1 loaf French bread (cut into 1 1/2 inch slices)

2 tablespoons strawberry jam

4 ounces softened cream cheese

1/4 cup chopped strawberries

1/4 cup chopped banana

6 lightly beaten eggs

3/4 cup milk

3 tablespoons butter or margarine

1 10-ounce package of frozen strawberries in heavy syrup, thawed

Instructions:

Combine the jam, cream cheese, and fruit in a small bowl to make the filling. After you’ve cut your bread into 1 1/2 inch slices, make a pocket in each one by cutting a slit into the bread from almost the top to the bottom on one side. Put a heaping tablespoon of filling into the pocket and then close the pocket by pressing the sides together.

Beat together the eggs and the milk. Use this to soak the bread, being sure to coat both sides.

In a large skillet, heat three tablespoons of butter over medium-low heat. Place one to two pieces of coated bread into the pan and cook until it is golden brown. Flip the bread and cook the other side. You may want to heat your oven to 150 degrees for the cooked French toast if you have quite a bit to make. This will help keep it warm until all of it is cooked.

This recipe makes about 8 servings, so if you’re planning on more for your brunch, you can easily increase the recipe to have enough for everyone.

More Easter Recipes at Momscape:
Build your Easter Family Traditions with these yummy, kid-friendly Easter recipes
Coconut Ambrosia Fruit Salad
Creamy Homemade Au Gratin Potatoes
Orange Glazed Ham
Roast Leg of Lamb
Roasted Red Potatoes
Homemade Macaroni and Cheese
Honey and Lime Carrots
Honey Sweet Potato Mash
Easter Brownie Cupcakes
Easter Ice Cream Nests (A perfect kid-friendly desert – guaranteed to be a hit!)

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Kids’ Easter Activities

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Printable Kids Easter activities for children at home or school. Includes word puzzles, mazes, Easter games, math worksheets, coloring pages, Easter cards and more.

Fun Kids Crafts
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This collection includes more than 700 Crafts with illustrations, printable templates & step-by-step instructions.

New Article – Quiz: What’s Your Dream Job?

Quiz: What’s Your Dream Job?
Get some clues to your dream career by looking at what you enjoy doing in your time off.

Cool School Lunches

Cool School Lunches
Tips and ideas for better school lunches, including three simple and healthy recipes your kids will love.