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Share the Love: FREE $10 Credit to New Ibotta Users!

 
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Ibotta is a fun and exciting way to earn extra cash every time you shop. Ibotta is a FREE app available for both iPhone and Android users. Check the Ibotta app for Product Offers, Bonuses, new Store Extras and more. You can sign up here.

Ibotta - Share the Love

“Share The Love” is back and better than ever! Join today and get the $10 Share The Love Bonus. All you have to do is redeem 5 offers within your first 2 weeks of registering, available for a limited time. Earnings can be transferred securely to your Paypal account or donated to any school in America.

Offer valid for new users only.

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The FastDiet

 

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The “fast diet”, does it work? Is it possible to eat normally for five days a week then fast, not in the traditional sense, for two days and become slimmer and healthier as a result? Will this diet really reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer?
 
 
 
 
Well if you believe the studies than the simple answer is Yes. Just by limiting your calorie intake for two nonconsecutive days each week, 500 calories for women and 600 for men, you’ll lose weight quickly and effortlessly with the FastDiet.
 
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Scientific trials of intermittent fasters have shown that it will not only help the pounds fly off, but also reduce your risk of a range of diseases from diabetes to cardiovascular disease and even cancer. “The scientific evidence is strong that intermittent fasting can improve health,” says Dr. Mark Mattson, Chief of the Laboratory of Neurosciences, National Institute on Aging, and Professor of Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University.

This book brings together the results of new, groundbreaking research to create a dietary program that can be incorporated into your busy daily life, featuring:

• Forty 500 and 600 calorie meals that are quick and easy to make

• 8 pages of photos that show you what a typical “fasting meal” looks like

• The cutting-edge science behind the program

• A calorie counter that makes dieting easy

• And much more.

Far from being just another fad, the FastDiet is a radical new way of thinking about food, a lifestyle choice that could transform your health. This is your indispensable guide to simple and effective weight loss, without fuss or the need to endlessly deprive yourself.


 
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The FastDiet: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, and Live Longer with the Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting [Hardcover]

by: Michael Mosley (Author), Mimi Spencer (Author)

Amazon Price: $13.20
Kindle Edition: $10.99


 
 
 
 

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February 9 – Pizza Pie Day

 

Today is Pizza Pie Day


 
Mamma's Brick Oven Pizza - Pepperoni PizzaIt’s Pizza Pie Day and the obvious way to celebrate would be to order a pizza or bake one of your favorites.

I had a taste of three different kinds homemade pizza on Super Bowl Sunday and they were all fabulous. So today I think everyone should celebrate by making their own pizza. It’s not hard just time consuming, but so worth it. You can get pizza dough at Trader Joe’s or try your regular grocery store.

I’ve found some recipes for you. From a Pepperoni Pizza to a Mu Shu Pork Pizza, click through to find a pizza that will tickle your taste buds.

Make it a family night! Have fun.
 
 
 

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January 20 – National Cheese Lover’s Day

 

Today is National Cheese Lover’s Day!


 
Happy National Cheese Lover’s Day! How will you pay homage to the fromage?

Think of all the things you like to do with cheese: Macaroni and cheese. Grilled cheese. Cheesy potatoes. Cheesecake. With over 900 varieties and seemingly endless possibilities, there’s no wonder it rates its own special day.

A day of celebration for those who “Hanker fer a Hunk o’ Cheese. This brought back memories so I just had to post it.

The Origin of Cheese

Cheese is believed to be one of the oldest processed foods. There is evidence that it has been around nearly as long as humans have been domesticating milk-producing animals like cows and goats. Some of the earliest records of cheese originated with the Sumerians, who recorded cheese making and consuming around the time they invented written language, around 3,500 B.C. The secret is to separate the protein called casein from the milk, transform it into the solid form called curd, and separate it from the liquids, called whey. In fact, Little Miss Muffet’s favorite dish is a basic form of cottage cheese that still has some whey in it.

The Romans believed that cheese making could also be an art form and experimented with the process by adding herbs, spices and vegetable extracts. Later on, monasteries took on most of the cheese-making duties and many of today’s popular cheeses were developed by monks. The cheese-making process migrated to the United States, where the first recorded dedicated cheese making factory was opened in the mid-19th century.

Since we can’t have the day off, we’ll have to find other means to celebrate.

A small handful of suggestions…
 
Baked Fontina
 
A beer and gruyere skillet fondue

Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds Italian Fontina Val d’Aosta cheese, rind removed and 1-inch-diced
1/4 cup good olive oil
6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme leaves
1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 crusty French baguette
 
 
 
 
Directions

Preheat the broiler and position the oven rack 5 inches from the heat.

Distribute the cubes of Fontina evenly in a 12-inch cast-iron pan. Drizzle on the olive oil. Combine the garlic, thyme, and rosemary and sprinkle it over the cheese and olive oil. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper and place the pan under the broiler for 6 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbling and starts to brown.

Serve the baked Fontina family-style-right out of the oven in the cast-iron pan with crusty chunks of bread for everyone to dip.

 
Healthy Grilled Cheese
 
grown up grilled cheese

Ingredients
 
2 pieces of a hearty whole wheat bread
1/2 small avocado, sliced
7 small peppadews (tomatos can be substituted)
3 tbsp of crumbled goat cheese
2 to 3 oz. of low sodium oven roasted turkey breast (thinly sliced)
Cooking oil spray
 
 

Directions
 
Sprinkle half the goat cheese onto each slice of bread.

On one piece of bread pack on your avocado and on the other put the turkey. You’ll want to press the avocado and turkey into the goat cheese so it sticks together.

You don’t put the pieces of bread together! Instead you spray your skillet with some cooking oil and turn the heat up to medium high.

After it’s heated, put both halves into the pan and rub them around in the cooking spray so it coats the bread evenly.

After about 3 minutes the bread should look toasty and golden. At this point you’ll want to take the halves off the stove and break apart the peppadews and lay them on top of the avocado. If you’ve never had a peppadew, you’re in for a treat.

Now you’ll have all your ingredients on the bread, pick up the side with the turkey and turn over on the avocado/peppadew side. The turkey will stick to the goat cheese so it won’t fall off!
 
 
And last but not least, have some friends over to celebrate “National Cheese Lovers Day”
 
a wine chocolate and cheese party

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ibotta: How it works

 
 

It has been brought to my attention I did not provide an explanation as to what the ibotta app does or what it’s for. Please see below.
Thank you Simply Eclectic for the heads up.


 
 
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Ibotta is a free mobile app that gives consumers a new way to earn money when they shop. It is a fun and easy way to earn real money. Ibotta pays users cash rewards for learning about and purchasing your favorite products.
 
ibotta phones

It’s easy. Learn about products by taking polls, reading facts, reading recipes or watching short videos – you choose how much or how little. All of these facts together take less than a minute. I was worried about the polls, but so far they have been 1 question and take no time at all. Each fact has a monetary value.

Ibotta works in your favorite retailers including Walmart, Target, Rite Aid, CVS, Walgreens, Vons, Ralphs, King Soopers, just to name a few, with new stores being added all the time.

It’s fast. Get your money within hours of taking a photo of your receipt.

It’s real cash. Earnings can be transferred securely to your PayPal account or donated to any school in America with the click of a button.

It’s personalized. Every time you redeem an offer, they’ll send a new one. Tell them your likes and dislikes and they’ll send you personalized offers.

It’s full of your favorite products. Ibotta sends you offers from all the top brands.

It’s secure. Your information is private and they intend to keep it that way. They never share your email address with anyone.

There is no credit card information stored or kept.
 
Here’s how it works:

1. Go to the ibotta home page

2. Click sign up with email. I created an email account just for ibotta. I wanted to monitor the account for spam and I’ve gotten none so far.

Ibotta registration page

3. Fill out all the information requested.

Ibotta registration

4. A confirmation email will be sent to you. Click on the confirmation link within the email and download the free ibotta app for iphone or Android.

5. Find the app on your phone and log in.

6. Once you’re logged in you will be able to see the ibotta offers. Scroll through your offers, tap on an offer your interested in. Each offer has tasks assigned for a monetary value. You can complete 1 or complete them all. The more offers you choose and redeem the more cash back you’ll earn.

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7. Go Shopping. Buy your chosen product offers at any of the major retailers ibotta supports. I try and match the items with paper or ecoupons for even more savings.

8. When you are ready to submit your receipt to ibotta tap the “Redeem” button in the bottom right corner. Choose the store you purchased your items from, if you made purchases from more than one store you’ll have to scan multiple receipts. Take a photo of your receipt and scan product barcode. When you’re done submit your receipt to ibotta. The app will navigate you through this process. Ibotta will verify your purchases and credit your ibotta account.

9. Once ibotta has verified and credited your account you can choose to get your cash loaded into your PayPal account, donated to any school in America or donated to the United Way.

I’ve only had the app a couple of days and have used it once and made $9. My Paypal account was credited within half an hour of my scanned receipts being submitted. So far I am very impressed. If you feel apprehensive about downloading read the reviews when you download the app. The Android app has a 4.6 rating and the iphone app has a 4+ rating.
 
 
 

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January 16 – International Hot & Spicy Food Day

 
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Could you use a little more spice in their life? Well today is “International Hot & Spicy Food Day”. Eating spicy food actually has excellent health benefits.

Celebrate “International Hot and Spicy Food Day” by adding a few peppers and hot sauce to your food.
Use the Chile Pepper Cheat sheet to make sure you can handle the heat in any recipe.
 
 
 
 
CHILE PEPPER CHEAT SHEET

Chili pepper
Pick Your Pepper
 
 
 
 
The Scoville scale measures a chile’s heat. We’ve rated the perfect peppers from mild poblanos to hot habaneros.

Check out these Hot & Spicy recipes
 
 
 
 

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January 12 – National Glazed Donut Day

 

Today is National Glazed Donut Day!


 
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While no one really knows when donuts were invented or who invented them. Doughnuts were originally made as a long twist of dough, not in the ring form that is most common these days. It was also common in England for donuts to be made in a ball shape and injected with Jam after they were cooked, this is still very common in England. The ring donut common to America just seemed to appear, but an American, Hansen Gregory, claimed to have invented it in 1847 when he was traveling on a steam boat. He was not satisfied with the texture of the center of the donut so he pressed a hole in the center with the ship’s pepper box.

• Doughnut vs. Donut? There has been much debate among experts as to whether “doughnut” or “donut” is the proper spelling. “Doughnut” is actually proper, but “donut” is acceptable. If you look in older dictionaries, you’ll only find “doughnut.” However, the Merriam-Webster dictionary now lists “donut” as a variant of “doughnut.” Either way you spell it, they’re still delicious!

• The first Friday in June is designated as National Doughnut Day.

• In the U.S. alone, more than 10 billion donuts are made every year.

• Per capita, Canada has more donut shops than any other country.

• Adolph Levitt invented the first donut machine in 1920.

• The US donut industry is worth 3.6 billion dollars.

 
 
 
 

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Thermos TRVL Insulated Front or Back Seat Organizer

 
Original Price: $50.00
Sale Price: $9.99
80% off

 

Condition: New
 
Features:
Front seat organizer comes in Black, Brown and Blue trim, and Brown and Pink Trim.

Back seat organizer comes in Blue or Pink.

IsoTec insulated storage compartment to keep beverages and food warm or cold while on the go.

Adjustable dividers let you customize the unit to fit your organizational requirements.

Compartments fit note pads, CDs, planners, and phones; mesh exterior pockets and pen holders add additional storage.

Quick access lid lets you easily grab items from the cooler, a built in handle provides easy transport.

Easily attaches to a seat belt to remain secure and stable while driving.

 
 
 

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November 2 – National Deviled Egg Day

 

Today is National Deviled Egg Day!

Did you know another name for deviled eggs is eggs mimosa? Can you think of any occasion where deviled eggs wouldn’t be part of the party food?

This dish is a traditional favorite in both American and French cultures. Deviled eggs are made with hard-boiled eggs, mayonnaise, mustard, and seasoning, and can be served as a side dish, appetizer, or main course.

In honor of today I am going to share a few recipes with you and tell you.

You can find deviled egg recipes (also called stuffed eggs) all over the internet but most start with the same basic ingredients.

Deviled eggs are one of my favorite foods, especially since I do low carb a lot. Let me explain why most of the recipes I put in my posts are from myrecipes.com. There is really only one reason, if you register you can put in your zip code on the recipe page and if any of the ingredients in the recipe are on any sale ads in your area it will show up with a $ next to the ingredient(s). This is a HUGE time saver for me. I wanted to pass it along so you can save time too.

I would love to see any recipes you have. Feel free to share a link to your favorite recipe.

Enjoy!!
 
 
 
 

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November 1 – National Men Make Dinner Day!

 

Today is “National Men Make Dinner Day”

 

 
This day is for the man who’s not afraid to show off his culinary skills. It’s not for the man who burns water.

Men you do not need to go overboard with a recipe from the internet, but you should have the major food groups and use as fresh as possible ingredients.
 
 
But I’ve Had A Hard Day At Work … I Cannot Participate In “National Men Make Dinner Day”

Tough, have you seen your spouse’s workday, especially if you have been blessed with kids? So suck it up and act like a man. Besides, the last Thursday of the month is National Women Slave In The Kitchen Day (alternately known as Thanksgiving) that keeps a women cooking from dawn till dusk and then some, so the least you can do is cook today. [1]

Need a little bit of incentive? If you live in California, you are facing a divorce rate of about 75.54% … avoid becoming part of that statistic by showing your spouse you care and appreciate her contribution to the family and the dinner table. A little humility goes a long way.[1]
 
Rules for the men:
1.) No BBQ’ing.
2.) No ordering food by phone.
3.) No pouting, if your spouse picks at your burned toast and claims to have had a huge breakfast – last week.
4.) No help allowed. You’re all on your own men.
5.) All groceries must be shopped for and paid for by you. (FYI men, check the cupboards and fridge before you shop)
6.) Meal must be well balanced.
7.) Use the ‘clean as he goes along’ rule!
8.) You must set the table
9.) You must clean up after dinner
 
Now a little humor:

TOP TEN REASONS TO
PARTICIPATE IN
“NATIONAL MEN MAKE DINNER DAY”[1]

10. While cooking, you can still wear your tool belt, simply replace the hammer with a whisk.
9. Several recipes include beer as a legitimate ingredient.
8. The blender, the electric mixer and the food processor are loud enough to drown out anyone in the house who is learning a musical instrument.
7. Whoever is cooking always gets the most attention from the dog.
6. Whatever recipe you choose, you can name it after yourself. Example: tonight’s dinner is called ‘Doug’s Surprise’.
5. Discovering that ‘250 ml’ is the same as ‘8 ounces’ AND ‘1 cup’ is half the fun.
4. Since YOU choose the recipe, it can be a turnip-free night.
3. Some desserts, such as Crème Brule, require the use of a propane torch. How much fun is that?!
2. Since other husbands in your neighborhood are also cooking dinner, ironically this could be the ultimate male bonding experience
1. Participating in ‘National Men Make Dinner Day’ gives you optimum points with your wife. Use those points wisely!

 
 
 
 
 
Sources:
[1] National Men Make dinner Day (menmakedinnerday.com)
 
 
 
 

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