Education, Food, Natural Foods

Foster Farms’ New Digital Mobile Platform Now Providing Thanksgiving Help

This is a sponsored post with Foster Farms. Any opinions are my own

This year I am hosting my first Thanksgiving for the family. There will be 17 adults and kids to serve and I have never cooked a Turkey before! I have been reading recipes and looking for articles to find me the help I need to be organized, cook safely and try to enjoy the evening by being as prepared as I can. I have been very open to help and advice such as the advice DORI™ from Foster Farms has for me!

Foster Farms DORI™ is an interactive QR code seen on all packages of Foster Farms fresh turkey and chicken. If you see DORI™ while in-store or at home on your chicken package simply open your phone camera and scan over the QR code to meet her! Now you are in! You get access to coupons, tips, hacks and education! There are hundreds of recipes such as 60 Thanksgiving recipes.

Here are some features that will help with Thanksgiving:

  • Time-tested turkey tips and digital cookbook – Perfect roasting times, brining, carving techniques and more along with 50 delicious Thanksgiving recipes – from the big bird to sides and desserts, including: Apple, Fig & Brussels Sprouts Salad; Garlic Mashed Cauliflower; Apple Brandy- and Sage-Glazed Turkey; and even a Chocolate-Glazed Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake.
  • Thanksgiving hacks – No roasting pan? No problem. Turn any pan into a roasting pan by sitting your gobbler on a bed of onions, potatoes and carrots or placing it on a ring formed out of aluminum foil. Elevating your turkey allows the heat to circulate more evenly. Hungry for more? Try adding baking powder to mashed potatoes to make them extra fluffy.
  • A Poultrypedia – A spin-the-wheel dictionary demystifies the terms on your turkey label. Learn what “cage-free,” “free range” and “organic” really mean.
  • Giving Back  For the past decade Foster Farms has provided more than 600,000 holiday meals to families in need. DORI will connect consumers who want to join Foster Farms in fighting hunger to food banks in California, Oregon and Washington.

The Helpline from heaven

“We know consumers always want their Thanksgiving to be the best ever, and DORI delivers the information in-store or at home that can help,” said Ira Brill, director of communications for Foster Farms. “And, if you’re a Thanksgiving rookie and run into a jam cooking your turkey, just give a quick call to the DORI holiday helpline.”

On weekdays from November 1 through December 24, DORI’s Thanksgiving Turkey Helpline experts will be on call for turkey advice. Reach them at 1-833-TALKTKY (1-833-825-5859). Helpline hours will be:

  • 11/1-11/9 – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PST
  • 11/12-11/22 – 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. PST (including Thanksgiving Day)
  • 11/23-12/24 – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PST

What do you think? Is this going to be a blessing or do you already consider yourself a Queen (or King) of the Thanksgiving kitchen?

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Foster Farms Bold Bites for Easy Protein Snacking

This post is in sponsorship with Foster Farms #BoldBites. All opinions are my own

Foster Farms Bold Bites for Easy Protein Snacking

Introducing New Foster Farms Bold Bites Chicken

When you read nutrition articles and visit health aisles in the grocery store you will most definitely hear the word ‘protein’ or ‘packed with protein’. There is a new protein option on the shelves almost every month it seems. Protein is at the top of the list for essential eating as it’s main chore in the body is to build and repair tissue. But, that is not all protein does for us, it  makes enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals and the building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. This is at any age!

The trick is finding a HEALTHY protein option. By healthier, I mean a protein snack with no added sugars or loads of carbs. The best protein is lean meats but who wants to gnaw on a chicken leg after a long run or for an afternoon snack when you need a boost? New Foster Farms Bold Bites is a fantastic option for a best choice of protein snacks!

Why is Foster Farms Bold Bites a better protein option? It is just plain, lean 15 grams of protein. Don’t worry, they made it more appetizing with great flavors such as

  • Caribbean Jerk Style Seasoning
  • Parmesan Garlic Seasoning
  • Chili Verde Seasoning
  • Korean BBQ Style Seasoning
  • Cajun Style Seasoning

These Bold Bites are packaged ready-to-eat and there are no nitrates/nitrites, antibiotics, or artificial colors/flavors. Just open a pouch and eat it right out of the bag or add into a salad, wrap or your homemade pizzas.

Getting a 10 year old ready for a soccer game on a Saturday morning is tough. We run short of time very easily and because some games are after breakfast but too soon for lunch, handing him a bag of seasoned chicken as we head out the door is a great pre-game snack. He eats it right out of the bag!

I am not sure if flavor can be justly seen with the eyes, but I had no doubt before trying these the flavor would be outstanding. It is! Then I thought that for sure I would get those rib pieces and be picking apart meat from fat and that is not the case in all the bags we have gone through. Each piece is one delicious bite of meat.

Visit the Foster Farms page to learn more on how to stock your fridge with this great snacking option for the entire family and step up those wraps and salads!

2018 Holiday Gifts, Brands with a Cause, Earth Friendly, Food, Natural Foods

Three Holiday Gift Boxes from Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese

Three Holiday Gift Boxes from Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese

2018 Holiday Gift Guide Feature: Holiday Gift Boxes from Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese

Do I need to start by telling you that these cheese gift boxes from Crave Brothers Farmstead are straight out of Wisconsin or would that almost be a given? Where else would quality cheese come from and this brand does not disappoint.

Our youngest, Anthony, is 10 and he had a friend stay the night recently and we took the boys to dinner. His friend ordered a hamburger and my son asks him why he wouldn’t order a cheeseburger. His friend says “I hate cheese!” Anthony stands up (in his humor) and points to the lobby and says “Get out! You cannot hang with the Slukas'”. Hate cheese? Not only do we love cheese, we are a bit of cheese snobs. Simple, processed cheeses don’t make it into our home if we can hep it.

Crave Brothers Farmstead Classic Cheeses are made with milk from the Crave family’s own dairy herd of Holstein cows. Their farmstead cheese-making facility uses 100 percent green power, and practices water conservation and recycling. Best yet, they pamper their cows with plenty of exercise, fresh air and individualized care.

You will find fresh Mascarpone, Mozzarella and rope cheese available to order to your door. Combinations of these are found within their gift boxes too. The Ciliegine Fresh Mozzarella balls marinated in an olive oil, canola oil blend with special blend of herbs and spices is out of this world! I eat them alone as a snack!

I also cannot wait until I host my first Thanksgiving dinner this year because that fresh Mascarpone will be a part of my dessert recipe I choose for sure! We first enjoyed the mozzarella when my son and I made my husband a special dinner last week because it was his 20 year Anniversary of being with his company so we made all of his favorites.

Shopping for Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese Boxes

Available at Crave Cheese and there are 3 Holiday gift boxes to choose from and more!

Need more gift ideas? Visit the 2018 Holiday Gift Guide!

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We are having pizza and wings for dessert with Chocolate Pizza Company

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We are having pizza and wings for dessert with Chocolate Pizza Company

Would your home go crazy if you were to tell them it’s pizza and wings for dessert? Anthony did and also had no clue what I was talking about until I showed him the treats that came from Chocolate Pizza Company. I thought this was a fun dessert combo, but they don’t only offer this chocolate pizza and peanut butter ‘wings’ combo.

Chocolate Pizza Company has chocolate pizzas for all seasons and gifting occasions. We have the Snowflake Chocolate Pizza and PB Wigs that come in a combo. There are so many combinations of toppings and even chocolate pizzas you can have message written on them.

Imagine the office when you walk into a meeting with chocolate pizza saying “Thank you” or winning the Boss gift on his/her birthday at work. The kids would love it at parties too!

With the Holidays coming, keep Chocolate Pizza Company in mind for seasonal ‘pizzas’.

Featured in Forbes Magazine, People Magazine and other national media, Ryan Novak’s inspirational story is at the heart of his business. He started with the company as a dishwasher at the age of 15 and by 21 years-old, Ryan was the owner of Chocolate Pizza Company. His vision was to transform a small-town chocolate shop into an emerging national brand. Today, as America’s premier maker of this unique gourmet chocolate specialty, Chocolate Pizza Company products can be found at thousands of retail locations across the country where they are gifts-of-choice for business and personal occasions.

The Chocolate Pizza Company PB Wings are a sweet and salty indulgence. potato chips covered in creamy peanut butter and drenched in rich milk or dark chocolate (dark chocolate available after Jan 3).

If you cannot locate a retailer near you that carries the Chocolate Pizza Company line, then head over to their website and order one today!


Java House’s New Authentic Cold Brew Coffee pods

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Java House's New Authentic Cold Brew Coffee pods

Most of us use brew pods these days. I do everyday. We have 2 coffee pots on our coffee bar-a standard and K-cup brewer. I was recently sent a supply of the new Java House Authentic Cold Brew coffee and it is a game changer. You don’t brew coffee then wait hours for it to cool. You actually get cold brew coffee instantly!

Java House has all the roasts you enjoy from decaf to strong Sumatran roasts. If you enjoy your coffee cold, then simply grab a glass, fill with ice, empty a pod then fill the rest with water. All you do now is stir and sip!

If you want your coffee hot, that’s no problem either! Just brew like a standard pod (there are instructions included on the right position to insert your pod into your brewer to follow). What I realized is how different it tasted with my regular creamer. I actually didn’t need this. The flavor of a coffee prepared in concentrate offers a less bitter, less acidic and much smoother cup of coffee.

With these Java House concentrated (not full of grounds) pods there are no preservatives, additives, or coffee derivatives. Visit Java House to see all of their coffee offerings and order your Authentic Cold Brew coffee today! It really is a new coffee experience.

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Comfort Food Bone Broth Cups from Nona Lim

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Comfort Food Bone Broth Cups from Nona Lim

One of my favorite things to try and bring to your attention are foods that are natural and clean. I was contacted about being sent a package from Nona Lim and I accepted so now how can I get my readers excited about broth? Nona Lim is convenient and there are not any artificial ingredients, but it is ‘soup’ you drink. Then we had one long night with my son and once our ordeal ended, broth was just what the Dr. ordered.

Anthony is 10 now and in the 5th grade. About 2 years ago he experienced his first up-all-night painful gas pain. Off and on since then constipation became too frequent and it always came with painful cramping. Blood tests and scans did not point to anything conclusive, but he has always had large stools (bare with me here) and sometimes he doesn’t go duty for so long and those intestines hold so much he actually cuts off that part of sensation that tells him he has to go. It’s like one painful domino effect and when you pair it with sports season and not drinking enough water we have pains.

He had no incidents all summer, but mild indigestion until the other night and this time he was in the worst pain I had seen. It lasted hours and never comes with fever or vomiting so it was gasx, advil and laxatives then bed and heat. He finally was so exhausted from pain he fell asleep and woke up better, but still no stool.

He was starved and I was afraid to have him eat until I saw him use the bathroom then he reminded me there are broths that came. This chid loves soup and is a huge Teriyaki restaurant and sushi lover! He asked if any of these are like the miso soup he loves. I felt like the Vietnamese Pho Beef would be a hit and it was! 90 seconds in the microwave and he was downing this clean, non-inflammatory food option. The best part is that the liquid diet adds hydration to his body.

We had his Dr. appointment I made hours later and Anthony excitedly explained about these bone broths in a cup he had and it was very intriguing to her. I have learned that drinking bone broth is excellent for digestive health, reduces inflammation such as his hurting digestive tract as well as post exercise inflammation. Bone broth also supports immunity, metabolic functions and joint health.


More about Nona Lim

Nona Lim has these heat & sip bone broths as well as noodle soups. They use organic and grass-fed beef bones, and organic chicken bones which have NO hormones or antibiotics. Of the many flavors the Shiitake Beef, Ginseng Chicken and Tumeric Chicken meet all Whole30 standards. In addition, they are also keto diet and paleo-friendly!

You store the bone broth on the fridge until ready to heat. Simply microwave for 90 seconds.

Founder and CEO, Nona Lin  is a former professional athlete and started the brand to offer clean, Asian-inspired foods to fuel a healthy and active lifestyle.

I encourage you to visit the Nona Lim shop and order yourself a set to have on hand. The fall and back to school time brings on more active families and germs. Having a bone broth ready that is this convenient is not easy to find so order it now and be well stocked! Some bulk sized Nona Lim products are available on Amazon!