July 25, 2014

Anytime Pancakes Recipe

My youngest son loves pancakes.  I don't mind whipping up a batch anytime as it's one of the few things my picky eater will eat.  I used to whip out the box of pancake mix until a friend shared an easy breezy recipe for pancakes and now it's a standby in our home.  We're one of those "Breakfast Anytime" households so pancakes for dinner is not a rarity.

Last weekend, my son asked me why my pancakes tasted so good.  "Mommy, what's your secret ingredient", he asked.  I fumbled for an answer because I don't have a "secret ingredient.  I thought about it for a second or two and then just blurted out "Apple pie spice".  "Apple pie spice?" 

I don't have a secret ingredient but that's our secret.  So without further ado, I present my Anytime Pancakes recipe and welcome you to try them.

Mix the wet ingredients in with the dry.  Batter should be a little lumpy.

Watch for bubbles.  Bubbles will appear and pop.
That's when you know it's time to flip your pancakes.

Golden brown and ready to top with your favorite syrup or fresh fruit.

I hope you'll try my pancake recipe next time you get a craving for pancakes.  For my fellow foodies, if you have a favorite pancake recipe you'd like to share, please leave a comment as I would love to try your recipe as well.

Happy eats!!!

July 24, 2014

Be the Dad She Needs You to Be Book Review

Be the Dad She Needs You to Be
The Indelible Imprint a Father Leaves on His Daughter's Life

A call to dads to step up to the plate to become the loving, actively engaged father that a daughter needs for life and relational success.

The relationship that matters most to your daughter isn't the one with her mother-it's the one with you, Dad. Her self-esteem, choices, behavior, character, and even her ideas about or choice of a marriage partner are all directly tied to you, as the most important representative to her of the male species.

In Be the Dad She Needs You to Be, Dr. Kevin Leman, internationally-known psychologist, New York Times best-selling author, and father of four daughters, will show you not only how to get the fathering job done and done well, but also how to:

Make each daughter feel unique, special, and valued
Discipline the right way . . . when it's needed
Talk turkey about what guys are really thinking
Keep the critical eye at bay
Wave the truce flag when females turn your family room into a battleground
Set your daughter up for life and relational success
With some effort on your part (and very few dollars), you can gain the kind of relationship you dream of with your daughter-one based on mutual love and respect. The simple yet profound suggestions will transform you into the kind of man your daughter needs . . . for a lifetime.

My Thoughts: The relationship between a father and a daughter is an important one and really helps shape the type of woman the daughter will become. He presents some insightful statistical data in the first chapter which sets the framework for the importance of the father / daughter relationship.

Dr. Leman writes of some of the benefits of having an engaged dad:

  • The daughters have higher self worth
  • The daughters rebel less, especially in critical years
  • Their adult relationships are healthier
  • Their life trajectories are more successful

The rest of the book is written based on his experiences as a father of four daughters. He has a son, but this book isn't about dads or father/son relationships, it's about father/daughter relationships.  Dr. Leman's reflections throughout Be the Dad She Needs You to Be on his relationship with his daughters is well written but he seems a little old fashioned in some of his ideas about gender roles. However, Dr. Leman has written several books on family dynamics and being somewhat familiar with his work, I wasn't too bothered by the clear distinctions about his views on the differences in the parenting styles between moms and dads.  Dr. Leman makes a strong case for the importance of dads in the lives of their daughters and overall Be the Dad She Needs You to Be is a pretty good read.

Buy It:  Be the Dad She Needs You to Be is available in bookstores worldwide including Thomas Nelson and Amazon.

I review for BookLook Bloggers

Disclosure: I received a copy of Be the Dad She Needs You to Be for purposes of facilitating this review. The views expressed above are mine. Click here for the Disclosure Policy of Three Boys and an Old Lady blog. The opinions expressed above are 100% my own. I received a product in exchange for this review and post. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising

July 23, 2014

EatSmart Precision Elite Thermocouple Food Thermometer Review and #Giveaway

We love grilling all year round.  There's something about gathering in our backyard and just hanging out with family and friends, just grillin' and chillin'.  Everyone has their preference for how they like their steak.  Whether it's medium well, well or medium rare, it's important to cook the meat to the recommended internal temperature.

I've been a fan of EatSmart products for a few years now and am always glad to test their products when the opportunity arises.  The EatSmart Precision Elite Thermocouple Food Thermometer arrived at the peak of our Summer grilling season.  


July 22, 2014

Book Review: 7 Years Younger Instant Makeovers

Disclosure:  I received a copy of 7 Years Younger Instant Makeovers  for purposes of facilitating this review. 

Earlier this year, Hearst Books released 7 Years Younger Instant Makeovers! It is the latest book in the trusted anti-aging series, 7 Years Younger. The first book, 7 Years Younger, was a New York Times best seller and was backed by Dr. Oz! The second, 7 Years Younger: The Anti-Aging Breakthrough Diet, has been a runaway hit with readers. One blogger said, “This is not a diet, but rather a lifestyle change to teach yourself eating healthy is fun and with realistic foods.”

7 Years Younger Instant Makeovers, by the editors of Woman’s Day magazine, is packed with 101 instant makeovers, quick and easy tricks to make you look and feel younger in an instant. With simple tricks on how to apply the right make up, which haircut compliments your bone structure, which foods help brighten your hair and skin along with advice on how to reduce stress, get fit, and sleep better, 7 Years Younger Instant Makeovers helps you make over your look and your life. Every tip and trick within the pages were tested (and re-tested) on real women.

I found a ton of great tips in 7 Years Younger Instant Makeovers and wanted to share one of my faves:  Plumping Up Thinning Lips.  As we get older, our lips lose collagen and besides plumping them with those expensive collagen treatments, there's little we can do about it.  Well, there is a little something we can do.  Simply keeping your lips moisturized can help us keep that full, younger lip look.  

The diva in me loves lipstick and the practical me loves lip balm.  I've learned to use the two together to keep my lips looking their healthiest.  Check out my before and after pics below.

The before pic shows my lips with a moisturizing lip balm.  I use a balm with a high SPF to help protect my lips and keep them soft.  The after pic is a nude lipstick.  The lipstick also contains SPF and makes my lips look full and adds just a hint of shimmer and shine.  Ooh la la.

7 Years Younger Instant Makeovers suggested I consider applying an anti-aging treatment at night to keep my lips smooth and soft. 7 Years Younger Instant Makeovers also suggest a really quick tip: USE RED LIPSTICK. "Recent research actually showed that a redder lip makes women look younger. Why? It creates a strong contrast against the rest of your facial features and skin tone."  What a great tip and I've never met a woman who couldn't rock red lipstick.

For more 7 Years Younger Instant Makeovers, check out @7YearsYounger on Twitter or visit 7YearsYounger on Facebook or 7YearsYounger.com

Buy It:  Click here for more details and to purchase your copy of 7 Years Younger Instant Makeovers

Disclosure:  I received a copy of 7 Years Younger Instant Makeovers  for purposes of facilitating this review.  The views expressed above are mine. Click here for the Disclosure Policy of Three Boys and an Old Lady blog. The opinions expressed above are 100% my own. I received a product in exchange for this review and post. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising   

Thank You @Kroger for Putting My Family First

Disclosure:  I received nothing in exchange for this post.  I just couldn't resist urge to share my appreciation

I visit my local Kroger stores several times a week.  I live approximately 5 miles from 3  Kroger stores and I really hate a fridge full of food.   It's a pet peeve of mine.  I stock up on staples for my pantry but I've never been big on a freezer full of stuff I plan to eat later or bins full of fruit I'll eat sometime this month.  I prefer to buy fresh fruit and produce as near to the day I plan to eat it and that's a perk of living near so many Kroger stores.  If the produce isn't the freshest at one store, I'll just go to the next.  On average, I visit my local Kroger 3-4 times a week.  I know my local butcher, the deli manager and a couple of the produce clerks and each makes sure I get the freshest items available.  These are receipts from the last few days.  

Recently, I purchased some blueberries and strawberries, as well as nectarines, plums, pineapples and peaches.  I LOVE fresh fruit.  However, I occasionally experience an  allergic reaction when eating certain fruits like strawberries, nectarines, plums and peaches so I don't eat them often.  As a result of my Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS) symptoms, I take great care in choosing and preparing certain fruits to lessen the chances of me experiencing any type of allergic reaction.  That's a whole other blog post.  One I just may share some day.  Before my natural food mommies get on my case, let me state, I go to the farmer's market...OFTEN... but I live in a region of the U.S. where farmer's markets are seasonal and not year round.  Things I miss most about living in California, again a whole 'nother story.  Trust me, it's really scary knowing one bite could trigger an allergic reaction so it's important that I carefully choose, thoroughly wash and prepare fresh fruit.  I've learned by heating those forbidden fruits in the microwave or peeling them, the chances of experiencing an allergic reaction are minimized.  It's a lot of steps but it enables me to safely enjoy those fruits I love.  

Earlier today, I visited my local Kroger to stock up on some sale items.  What can I say, Kroger had cereal on sale for $1.99 and I've got three boys and an old lady who love cereal so I never miss out on sales like this.  My receipt was really long considering I'd only purchased a few items.  My clerk pointed out the recall notice for something I may have recently purchased.  

I was really grateful for the clerk pointing this out as I may have missed it.  Then about an hour later, my phone rang.  It was Kroger.  Kroger calling to let me know an item (the fruit) I recently purchased had been recalled and instructions on what to do.  I was so impressed that I posted on Kroger's Facebook page and sent them a tweet thanking them.

I don't know if other Kroger customers paid attention to the recall notice printed at the bottom of their receipt but I am grateful for the clerk who brought the notice to my attention and the phone call I received from Kroger.  Now, I hope my mom doesn't read this post as she will freak out so don't tell her okay?  Thanks!

Disclosure:  I received nothing in exchange for this post.  I just couldn't resist urge to share my appreciation

Related Posts with Thumbnails

Design by Custom Blog Designs/FreeStyleMama Creations