Monday, April 7, 2014

The Mom Conference 4/7-4/14 {FREE!}





I always see all of these opportunities for Conferences to go to, but most require travel and cost, and it's hard to schedule into your life! This is what I love about this next week - we all have a chance to attend a Mom Conference absolutely FREE from the comfort of our own homes!  Check out The Mom Conference (affiliate link) website and be sure to register to get the videos for each day!

Included in the 100% FREE online conference this week:

  • Enjoy being a mother by learning how to stop comparing, judging, or feeling guilty
  • Put dinner on the table with a few simple tricks when you create 30 days worth of meals in just a few hours (you’re going to LOVE this!)
  • Get your kids to listen without yelling, nagging, or reminding (this will change your life)
  • Organize any space and keep it that way (what?!)
  • Maintain (or re-light) the spark in your relationship
  • Reclaim your rockin’ bod’ after childbirth without DIEting
  • Take simple steps to define your time and balance being a mom with other projects/work

And much more! It’s totally cool to listen and learn while doing the dishes or hanging out in your sweats. Check it out now in the video below!






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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Kinsights + a $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!




*This post and giveaway is sponsored by Kinsights.  Eliorah and other participating blogs were not compensated for this giveaway.*


I’ve teamed up with The Megalomaniac Mommy and a group of great bloggers to bring this giveaway to the readers of Eliorah.


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This tool is amazing and a godsend to parents. Kinsights is also a community where parents can safely seek and share answers to parenting questions.  You can ask anything and Kinsights will find the right community members who can provide guidance.  Kinsights even offers groups with similar interests their own pages, including single parents, grandparents, those interested in car seat safety, baby & kids fashion, potty training groups, and many more  What's really cool about this community is that it makes finding the best answers easy-community members vote up answers so the best content rises to the top.
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Tilapia Florentine


It's been awhile since E and I have had any kind of fish - in the winter it is usually a bit more expensive.  It was on sale this past week, with it being the Lent season and all, so I picked up some frozen tilapia fillets at the request of E.  Tilapia Florentine is one of his favorite meals, so I decided to make it this week!   The only changes I made to the recipe below was that I probably used a little bit more spinach than called for - can never have too much!  I also didn't have a garlic-herb seasoning blend, so I just used a different blend I had on hand - it still tasted amazing!  I hope you enjoy it as much as we did - and it's also great for leftovers!

Eliorah: Tilapia Florentine
Source: Taste of Home

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach
  • 6 teaspoons canola oil, divided
  • 4 tilapia fillets (4 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons garlic-herb seasoning blend
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Cook spinach in 4 teaspoons of oil in a large nonstick skillet until wilted.  Drain if needed.
  2. Meanwhile, place the 4 tilapia fillets in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish and drizzle with lime juice and the remaining oil.  Sprinkle fillets with your seasoning blend.
  3. In a small small, mix the egg, ricotta cheese, and spinach together.  Spoon over the fillets & sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.
  5. Enjoy!

What are some of your favorite ways to prepare and serve Tilapia? 
 Share below!


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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Italian Sausage Stuffed Loaf



Have you ever had a dinner where at the first bite, your husband {or whoever else} just can't stop talking about it and praising it?  Well, let me tell you, this was one of those meals in our house!  It even had my husband bringing up long-time food memories - I found it quite humorous :).  And more than once, he asked if this was a meal I would be making again.  I think definitely YES after a reaction like that!

Now, let me warn you, when you see the ingredients, it may scare you - quite a long list.  But, a lot of it is just seasonings that you most likely have.  And the one I actually didn't have, I left out {noted below}.  I added notes in brackets {} of things I changed, or would do differently next time.  Feel free to follow the recipe as is, or take my suggestions :).  Oh - and it is even great re-heated the next day!  I hope you enjoy!


Eliorah: Italian Sausage Stuffed Loaf
Original Source: Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 2 mild Italian sausage links
  • 1/2 pound ground beef {I used 1 pound}
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion {I used 1 small onion}
  • 1/4 green pepper {I used 1 whole green pepper}
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 can (15 ounces) chunky Italian-style tomato sauce {regular tomato sauce works fine too!}
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon aniseed {I left this out}
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 loaf (1 pound) French bread {I used an Italian loaf of bread because, well, my grocer was out of French bread :)}
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese {I probably used 3/4 cup}
  • Coarsely ground pepper

Directions

  1. In a large skillet, cook sausages over medium heat until no longer pink.  Remove and set aside. {Honestly, next time I make this, I will be grilling the sausage - cooking in the skillet took way too long for me}
  2. In the same skillet, cook the beef, onion, and green pepper until beef is no longer pink; drain.
  3. Stir in tomato, tomato sauce, and seasonings.
  4. Cut sausages in half lengthwise and slice; add to meat sauce. {I cut the sausages lengthwise in half, and then half again (so quartered) and then sliced - I liked the smaller pieces}
  5. Cut a wedge out of top of the bread, about 1 inch wide and 3/4 of the way through the loaf.  Discard cut portion or save for another use. {I think next time I will bake with the sausage-stuffed loaf for extra baked bread}
  6. Fill loaf with meat sauce.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and pepper.
  7. Wrap loaf in heavy-duty foil and bake on a flat pan at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes, or until heated through.
  8. Enjoy the deliciousness!!

What is a meal that you make that always brings back good food memories?  Feel free to share below!


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Monday, February 24, 2014

Meet Leah!


We got a puppy this week!  Little Leah is 1/2 Australian Shepherd, 1/2 Australian Cattle dog, and currently 9 weeks old.  

Originally, we were going to wait until the Spring and all the snow was gone, but with the Winter we have had this year, I don't think the snow is going away anytime soon :)  So we went ahead and found this little one.  We have been house training her this week, which is going pretty good - except for the whole sleeping at night deal.  BUT, she's getting better now that we have moved her to an area where she can't see the gate - she is not a fan of that gate!  

I knew right when we got to the breeder's house, we weren't going home without the pup.  How could you deny this face?!


On the car ride home.

I found her snuggled up here - her new favorite spot!

And perfect timing - look what I just found - Happy Dog Box!! {ad} Be sure to check it out :)


Do you have any puppy training tips?  Share below :)

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