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.

Things We Love – Lucks Edible Images

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Lucks Edible Images makes it a snap to make beautiful looking cakes.

Our favorite product from Lucks is this set of vintage tea party designer prints:

Lucks Edible Image Vintage Tea Party
The edible images from Lucks decorating center (and available online at ChefTools.com) works well on buttercream, fondant, gum paste, chocolate, fudge and ice cream cakes. They are easy to apply to cakes and baked goods, come packed in a moisture resistant metalized polyester pouch. Plus they are Kosher certified and made in the USA.

Here are More LUCKS Edible Images from ChefTools.com

Toys 2010 – What’s Hot for Christmas

Many of you have been waiting for it, and it has finally been released:

It’s the 2010 Toysrus.com Holiday Hot Toy List.

This is the annual rundown of the hottest toys for Holiday 2010, including Mattel Sing-A-Ma-Jigs, Squinkies, “Toy Story” talking action figures, Bakugan Battle Brawlers, Barbie dolls and more.

A variety of prices means there’s something for everyone, starting with baby and ending with the big kid in you, so don’t miss out!

Here’s a link to the entire ToysRUs.com Holiday Hot Toy List Assortment. Many of these items are already selling well, so make sure you place your holiday order soon.

Toys”R”Us Fabulous 15

Here are the best-of-the-best Holiday toys, taken from Toysrus.com’s 2010 Holiday Hot Toy List:

1.
Pillow Pets

Already a top seller.

2.
Mattel Sing a Ma Jigs

Already a top seller.

3.
Squinkies Deluxe Playset-Cupcake Surprise Bake Shop

Already a top seller.

4.
Imaginext Toy Story 3 Junkyard Play Set

5.
Fast Lane Wild Fire Monster Truck

6.
Imaginext Big Foot the Monster

7.
Leapfrog LeapSter Explorer

8.
Loopz Game

9.
Lego Games – Minotaurs

10.
Monster High Doll Gift Set – Cleo De Nile and Deuce Gorgon

11. Nerf N-Strike Stampede ECS Blaster

12.
Calico Critters Luxury Townhome

13.
Cuponk! Game

14.
Disney Princess & Me Dolls

15.
Tomica Mega Station Hypercity Set

Toys R Us coupons and free shipping offers are published here, when available.  >

Great gifts: The illy x7iper Black Espresso Machine

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If you’d love to have your own espresso machine, here’s a great deal on the illy x7iper from cooking.com:

FrancisFrancis! illy X7 iper Black Espresso Machine – $319.95 – $75 Instant Savings!

FrancisFrancis! illy X7 iper Black Espresso Machine:

Critics rave over the elegant design and one-touch convenience of the X7. Designed to work exclusively with illy iperEspresso capsules, the striking Francis Francis X7 makes café-quality espresso. Unlike conventional one-stage systems, the iperEspresso method uses an innovative, patented two-stage process to create intensely aromatic, full-bodied espresso with rich, velvety crema that lasts and lasts. And because extraction takes place entirely inside the capsule, the coffee and machine never come in contact making for easy clean up.

Auto-stop feature assures perfect volume in the cup, while professional steam wand froths milk for thick and delicious cappuccino and latte. Designed by renowned Italian architect Luca Trazzi, this striking machine adds a strong visual statement to any kitchen.

Features:

One-touch brewing cycle
Easy-use handle to hold iperEspresso capsule
Lighted central display and acoustic signals to guide user
No contact between machine and coffee inside the capsule for a clean system
Traditional steam wand for thick, frothy cappuccino and latte
Auto-stop feature to control cup volume
Automatic decalcification program
Brass boiler with automatic boiler refill
15 bar pump
34 ounce water tank (approx. 22-30 servings)
Polycarbonate body
Works exclusively with illy iperEspresso capsules

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Today’s new product reviews

Here are three new Product Reviews, published today at Momscape:

Whoonu Game, by Cranium

Craving Secrets ebook

Easy Face Painting ebook

Book Review: Love, Mommy: Writing Love Letters to Your Baby

New Book Review: Love, Mommy: Writing Love Letters to Your Baby

In Love, Mommy: Writing Love Letters to Your Baby, Judy Siblin-Librach leads us on a journey that helps us capture the major milestones (the birth story, the first day at school) as well as those that may not immediately come to mind (the first time your child caught a baseball, the way her hugs felt, the first time she went through a car wash).

Siblin-Librach’s writing style is elegant, perfectly capturing the depth of emotion that all of us mothers feel at one point or another. We are in good hands with a natural-born poet and mother who will lead us into creating and recording the lyrics of our own lives…
Read the rest of the review here: http://www.momscape.com/product-reviews/love-letters.htm

Cozy Coupe II

I’ve just published a new Moms Product Review of the Cozy Coupe.

Jeannie Kerns is a mother of 6 children from Colorado Springs, Colorado. She begins,

I think almost every parent has bought one of these big red cars for their child. At least for each one of my 6 children, I have. As a matter of fact, the first 2 of my children had it passed down to them, so the durability in this car is outstanding, and it will prove it in time.

The thing I like best about it is that it is safe. It is sturdy; there are no sharp edges around it, and the child sits nice and comfortably inside of it.

It has a place in the back behind the seat for other toys to tag along, a key to open the door and to play like their turning on the car as well.”

Read the rest of her rave here: http:://www.momscape.com/product-reviews/cozy-coupe.htm

New Product Review: Papasan Cradle Swing

We’ve just published a new product review of the Papasan Cradle Swing, by Fisher Price. Read more here:
http://www.momscape.com/product-reviews/papasan-cradle-swing.htm

Review: Garmin Street Pilot c320 GPS Navigator

Marie Ynami of Redlands, California, loves never having to ask for directions. Read her rave of the Garmin Street Pilot c320.

Alba Botanica Pineapple Enzyme Facial Cleanser: New Product Review

We’ve just published a new Product Review for Alba Botanica Pineapple Enzyme Facial Cleanser
Andreea V. raves about this natural facial cleanser. Read what she has to say here:

http://www.momscape.com/product-reviews/alba-botanicals.htm