Tuesday, December 16, 2014

From The Tough To The Sweet, These Last Minute Gifts Are A Real Treat!

 I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review.  All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items. 
 

We are down to the wire on holiday shopping! With less than 2 weeks to wrap up our shopping and gifts, if you are still struggling for ideas, here are a few suggestions that will wow your recipient!

Wine is always a great touch to bring for a host/hostess gift, but works well for a general holiday gift too! Curious Cork Wines is a brand builder and importer, offering unique, premium, and authentic wines from Europe. Wines can be paired wonderfully with a holiday meal or included in a gift basket for a special touch. Siciliana white wine is an especially wonderful idea to gift to ladies. I like to gift a bottle to my girlfriends because it celebrates the allure of the modern woman. Attach a few jingle bells to a ribbon, tie a pretty bow around the neck of the wine bottle, and you have a sophisticated and classy gift! To learn more about great wines for gifting, browse the available Curious Cork Wines for detailed wine descriptions.


We all have someone that is tough to buy for, but Harely-Davidson has you covered! They have gifts for all the men and women baddies on your holiday list. Harley-Davidson has a wide selection of riding apparel and stocking stuffers! There are so many great gift options for both him and her! Find wine tags, HD gloves, holiday stockings, ornaments and stainless steel mugs- there really is something for everyone! My Uncle Tommy is one of those tough guys (with a huge heart), and when the weather warms up, his Harley is his best friend.


Browsing around on the Harley-Davidson gift guide, I knew these Men's Valve Full-Finger Riding Gloves were made for someone like him!


The gloves feature cow hide leather and tricot lining.They also have an ergonomic thumb, pre-curved fingers, a gel padded palm, and embroidered logo, so they are as stylish as they are comfortable! You can find these gloves and more Harley-Davidson gift giving inspiration on the Harley-Davidson Pinterest Page.

Baked goods is something that I love to give and receive, but sometimes I am short on time and spending a lot of time in the kitchen just isn't going to cut it. My favorite hack is to hit up the bakery department at my local grocers. They have so many delicious, pre-made items that you can pass off as homemade! We recently threw together a breakfast basket with some inspiration from our grocer's bakery.


We bought some croissants, jam, coffee, and cookies that would be great for dunking in your morning coffee or tea. Package them in some cellophane bags, tie on a cute ribbon, pop them in a basket and you are good to go! The recipient need not know you didn't slave over the stove for a delicious holiday gift. For bakery and packaging inspiration, visit the Give Bakery Because Pinterest page, and be sure to share your creations by using the official hashtag #GiveBakery.


Don't have a lot of cash to spend on holiday gifts this year? Or if you find yourself on the receiving end of something you just can't use, check out Listia.com. It's a great app that allows you to clear out unwanted things around your home by listing them for sale. In return, you get credits for future purchases on the site. You get 1,000 credits just for signing up, and can earn bonus credits for actively participating on the site and referring friends.


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I have two separate giveaways I am going to list. One will be for a pair of Men's Valve Full-Finger Riding Gloves, and the other will be for a $25 VISA gift card to use at your local grocer's bakery to make your own bakery inspired gift basket.  

Giveaways are open to residents of the US, 18+. NO PO Boxes will be accepted. The giveaways will run through 1/1/2015. Winners will have 48 hours to respond to winning email or a new winner will be selected.

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Which of these holiday gifts would you like to give or receive this holiday? 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Hesston Steam Museum Christmas 2014

Last year we went to the Hesston Steam Museum at Christmas. It was a very cold and miserable day, so the trip wasn't one we were wanting to repeat in the winter again. Sunday was shaping up to be a nice day, so we thought we'd give it another shot. We rounded up my niece and nephew and headed out to check out the old steam trains.

Train Ride

Caboose

Caboose

steam train




They didn't have as many trains and old cars out like they do in the summertime, but we came across a few for some fun photo opps. 




For the price of 1 donated toy, you could get a ticket to ride the train for free. They also have a meet and greet with the big man, Santa Claus, in one of the old cabooses, but we skipped it this year since it was so nice out the line was pretty long.

Hesston Steam Museum

Overall, a much better day to make a visit than last year's!

Have you ever been on an old steam train?


Friday, December 12, 2014

Sweet & Sour Meatball Appetizer

*Disclosure- I received the above mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.

To keep things simple, we split up our family holiday visits between families. We go to my mom's house for Christmas Eve dinner, then on Christmas Day, we go to my in-laws. While splitting up the days saves time, it does mean that I have to make 2 separate dishes to take to each house. Normally, I'd take a dessert, but this is the season of over indulging on all those cookies, I like to find an appetizer or side dish to add to the meal. I was browsing through the Golden Blossom Honey Recipes and when I saw these Sweet & Sour Meatball Appetizers, I was like Bingo! With all the hustle and bustle that goes along with the holidays, I do not want to spend more time in the kitchen than necessary. These meatballs are made right in the oven, and only take about 20 minutes to make. Best of all, they can be made ahead of time, then just reheat before serving!
 

Ingredients:

Meatballs:
1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

Sauce:
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 cloves garlic, chopped
3/4 cup chili sauce
1/3 cup GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
1/4 cup soy sauce


Directions
Preheat oven to 500°.

Meatballs:
In a bowl combine ground beef, breadcrumbs, egg, salt and parsley. Mix well. Shape into approximately 48 1-inch balls. Place balls on a jelly roll pan and bake for 4 minutes. Stir and continue baking until meat is cooked through, about 4 more minutes. Remove from oven.

Sauce:
Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add garlic and sauté until just tender. Add remaining sauce ingredients and bring to a boil. Cook 3 minutes. Add meatballs. Simmer 3 more minutes stirring to completely coat meatballs and sauce thickens.

Yields: 48 1-inch meatballs


You can find this recipe, as well as many more appetizer recipes right on the Golden Blossom Honey recipe page! Be sure to follow Golden Blossom Honey on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on new products and promotions. 

Do you prefer to take an appetizer, side dish, or dessert to your holiday gatherings?


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Wonderful Halos is Pure & Delicious Snacking! #PureGoodness

*Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. No monetary compensation was provided. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.

What time is it? Mandarin Time! Even though I am not a fan of winter, there is one thing that I absolutely LOVE about this time of year, and that is mandarins are back in season! In holiday time, where cookies and pies are being consumed at every turn, I find myself pushing those away and reaching for a mandarin. I'll have one in the afternoon, then when I snuggle up with my husband to watch a little television in the evening, I'll grab 2 more. I would say that Wonderful Halos are my guilty pleasure, but since they are a pure and delicious snack, I feel no guilt at all when I eat them. 
 

Mandarin Oranges
 
California grown, Wonderful Halos Mandarins are a sweet, seedless and easy to peel snack that is a fabulous alternative to fatty foods. Each mandarin has about 50 calories, and packs in 45 percent of the recommended daily value of Vitamin C. They are all natural, contain no GMOs, and are the perfect size for little hands, lunch boxes, and for eating on the go. They are a snack you can feel good about serving to yourself and loved ones!

mandarin oranges

Not only are Wonderful Halo good for every day snacking, they are good for community outreach too! Every week, Wonderful Halos gives fresh fruit to food banks that service thousands of needy families in California's Central Valley, and have even partnered with Feeding America to help provide 1.3 million meals to children in need! That's incredible!


Wonderful Halos logo

Wonderful Halos are in season November through April, so you have plenty of time to pick up this sweet, juicy snack.  Look for them in a 3lb bag, 5lb bag, or a 5lb box in the produce section
at your local grocers!

You can learn more about Wonderful Halos by visiting their website. Additionally, you can stay up to date on new products and promotions by following them on Facebook and Twitter.

Wonderful Halos

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One lucky Theresa's Mixed Nuts reader is going to win a Wonderful Halos prize pack that includes: a Halos branded flashlight key chains, a light up cup, hat, lip balm, and drawstring backpack. Giveaway is open to U.S., 18+. NO PO Boxes will be accepted. The giveaway will run through 12/28/2014. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to winning email or a new winner will be selected.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday ~ The Box


As we head towards Christmas, I am reminded that my kids don't need fancy toys for the holiday. They have the most fun playing with something as simple as a cardboard box.


Chocolate Covered Candy Cane Milkshake Featuring NuNaturals {Giveaway}

*Disclosure- I received the above mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. No monetary compensation was provided. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items. 


With only 3 weeks (YIKES!) left of 2014, many of us are starting to plan out our New Year's resolutions. I think weight loss or healthier eating has got to be #1 on the list for most people, and one of the best ways to start with that goal is to cut out the sugar we consume each day. That is definitely easier said than done though. I have a sweet tooth that could rival the Cookie Monster's, and in order to get my fill of sweets, I need to have a suitable replacement for sugar. I have been a fan of NuNaturals Stevia for quite some time, and find that just a little of the product is just as sweet as refined sugar, without the harmful effects it can cause on the body.


NuNaturals has an extensive line of Stevia products that are 100% natural. Pure Liquid Stevia in several flavors, like peppermint, lemon, chocolate, vanilla and orange. NuStevia White Stevia Powers, NuStevia No Carbs Blend Stevia Powder, and their newest products- Simple Syrups and Cocoa Syrups!

NuNaturals

NuStevia products DO NOT contain aspartame, saccharin, sucralose, high-fructose corn syrup, sugar, soy, yeast, what, milk, synthetics, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. They are GMO Free,  from sustainable agriculture assisting in making a healthy Earth.

NuNaturals NuStevia is Non-Bitter tasting, has ZERO calories, and does not effect blood sugar levels so it is safe for diabetics.

I like to use NuNaturals in my baking, but I especially love flavoring my beverages with it too! This is the time of year I am craving a chocolate/mint combination. My dad used to whip up some delicious minty milkshakes during the holidays, so I decided to re-create one of his recipes with NuNaturals Cocoa Mint Syrup, and came up with this Chocolate Covered Candy Cane Milkshake:

Candy Cane Milkshake

Ingredients:

4 scoops sugar-free vanilla bean ice cream
1/16 cup NuNaturals Cocoa Mint Syrup
1/2 cup skim or almond milk (or as needed to reach desired consistency)
1 crushed candy cane
(If you like an extra minty flavor, a few drops of NuNaturals Peppermint NuStevia liquid to taste)

Directions:

Crush candy cane (I used the rolling pin/baggie method).
Place all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth.
Top with whipped cream.
Sprinkle a few crushed candy bits over top.
Serve immediately.

Peppermint Milkshake

There are so many ways to incorporate NuNunaturals NuStevia into your recipes to add a delicious touch of flavor! Put them in water, add them to smoothies, or a few drops into your tea to kick it up a notch without adding sugar!

Right now, through December 31, NuNaturals is offering a 15% Discount when ordering from www.nunaturals.com. Just enter code BLG1214 at checkout. Also, there is FREE SHIPPING to the continental U.S. on orders of $35 or more! Now is the perfect time to get those orders in to get a jump start on your healthy New Year's resolutions!

If you would like to learn more about NuNaturals, be sure to visit their website. Additionally, you can stay up to date on new products and current promotions by following them on Facebook and Twitter.

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Four (4) lucky Theresa's Mixed Nuts readers are going to win 4 NuNaturals Products:  ( 1 ) one bottle  of the Cherry Vanilla  Stevia Liquids, a 50 pkt box of our NuStevia White Stevia Powder packets, PLUS a bottle of our NEW Sugar-Free COCOA SYRUP & a bottle of the NEW MINT COCOA SYRUP. Giveaway is open WORLDWIDE! NO PO Boxes will be accepted. The giveaway will run through 12/27/2014. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to winning email or a new winner will be selected.

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Have you tried Stevia to sweeten your food and beverages? What recipe would you like to see featured with NuNaturals products?


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