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The Gift of a Good Night’s Sleep

At some point or another I’m sure you or someone you know has had a difficult time sleeping. Whether it’s the temperature in the room or waking up to fluff the pillow, we can wake up multiple times each night, and there’s no way we’re get the sound rest we need when that’s what we’re doing all night. If you or someone you know has this problem, you should ask for the gift of a good night’s sleep.

The Gift of a Good Night's Sleep | #Mediflow #sleep #pillow

~I received a sample to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

What exactly is the gift of a good night’s sleep? With a Mediflow Waterbase Pillow, getting a good night’s sleep is as easy as it comes. It’s name probably gives it away, but the pillow uses water to provide the comfort and support we need when sleeping. In fact, the Mediflow Waterbase Pillow is the only pillow clinically proven to improve the quality of sleep.

One of my favorite features of Mediflow Waterbase Pillows is that they’re completely customizable, from choosing the filling you want (fiber, foam, feather), to choosing the amount of firmness that’s most comfortable for you.

The Gift of a Good Night's Sleep | #Mediflow #sleep #pillow

I chose the Floating Comfort Pillow, which has a nice fiber filling, along with the waterbase. The pillow comes in a ready-to-use package. All I had to do was add tap water to match the desired firmness I wanted. The more water added, the firmer the pillow will be. And what’s great is if my needs ever change, all it takes is adjusting the water level in the pillow.

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You’re probably wondering exactly how the Mediflow Waterbase Pillow helps with getting a good night’s sleep. The waterbase provides just the right amount of neck support and the soft filling provides comfort for the head, whereas traditional pillows only provide one or the other (booo!).

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After a few nights using my new Mediflow Waterbase Pillow, I could definitely tell a difference. The water adds some weight to the pillow, so there was never an issue of the pillow moving around. And as I moved around at night, there was no need to fluff the pillow. No matter which way I moved, the pillow adjusted with my head and neck position. While I can’t say I don’t wake up at all during the night, I can say that I have been waking up much less than I usually do.

The Floating Comfort Pillow can be purchased directly from Mediflow and retails for $54.99. Other waterbase versions (depending on filling) start at $49.99. That’s the same amount many people spend each month on caffeinated drinks. So why waste your money month after month on caffeine, when you can get a good night’s sleep and skip the caffeine?

Making Time's 2017 Holiday Gift Guide is in the works and this is your opportunity to gain holiday exposure. Spots will fill up fast so contact me today! #HolidayGiftGuide #HGG #giftideasMediflow Waterbase Pillows are the perfect holiday gift for the home. Mom, dad, siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles, your kids, friends, everyone. And don’t feel bad for treating yourself this holiday season, either. Everyone deserves a good night’s sleep!

Do you need the gift of a good night’s sleep?

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Kick Family Game Night Up a Notch with RoosterFin Games

Do you hold a family game night in your house? With the way my entire family is glued to electronics, family game night is a great way to reconnect with each other and just enjoy each others company over some friendly (and intense) competition. We recently kicked our family game night up a notch with some new game additions from RoosterFin Games.

Kick Family Game Night Up a Notch with RoosterFin Games | #RoosterFinGames #familygamenight #HolidayGiftGuide

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Of course classic games are always a hit during our family game nights, but it’s also fun to try out some new games. The newest additions to our game collection include Bouncing Bots and Lumpy Cubes Hero Edition from RoosterFin Games.

Kick Family Game Night Up a Notch with RoosterFin Games | #RoosterFinGames #familygamenight #HolidayGiftGuide

We first tried out Bouncing Bots and while it’s a simple concept, it’s not as easy as it sounds. Each player gets two bots of the same color and taking turns, you try to bounce your bots onto number values on the scoring boards. The player with the highest score, wins.

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Sounds easy, right? Not so much. I have been having a hard time perfecting the bot bounce, so my bots either bounce off the board or don’t even make it near the board at all. If this is a problem for everyone, you can flip the scoring boards over so they’re more of a bowl shape, making it easier to get the bots to stay on the board. My son on the other hand has been practicing and he’s become our resident professional at Bouncing Bots.

Kick Family Game Night Up a Notch with RoosterFin Games | #RoosterFinGames #familygamenight #HolidayGiftGuide

Kick Family Game Night Up a Notch with RoosterFin Games | #RoosterFinGames #familygamenight #HolidayGiftGuideAfter I got tired of losing at Bouncing Bots, we moved on to Lumpy Cubes Hero Edition. This game is more about testing your memory, reaction time, and motor skills.

Each player gets four lumpy cubes of the same color. Everyone has 10 seconds to memorize the stack pattern on the card and then they have to stack their lumpy cubes to match the card. Whoever does it correctly the fastest yells “Lumpy” and gets the card. The player to collect three cards first, wins.

 

Lumpy Cubes Hero Edition is my favorite of our two new games. Again, it has a simple concept, but what makes this game challenging, aside from a good memory, is that there are four different faces on the cubes. Each cube as one of the four faces on the front and a different one on the back.

There have been many times I’ve gotten three cubes stacked and when I get to the top I don’t have the face I need to finish it. I then have to find where that face is on the back of the cubes I’ve already stacked and figure out how to adjust the cubes to meet the pattern on the card. It can get pretty tricky.

Kick Family Game Night Up a Notch with RoosterFin Games | #RoosterFinGames #familygamenight #HolidayGiftGuide

What types of games does your family like to play? Both of these from RoosterFin Games are great options for the whole family. They’re both curated for ages 6+, have simple concepts, but are challenging at the same time. And another perk is that they don’t have a ton of pieces that can get lost.

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Ready for some friendly (and intense) family competition? Bouncing Bots ($21.99) and Lumpy Cubes Hero Edition ($18.99) are available for purchase on Amazon today, with Prime shipping of course!

RoosterFin Games are perfect gifts for kids and even the whole family this holiday season. Gift RoosterFin and let the competition begin!

Which RoosterFin game will your family enjoy?

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How to Get the Perfect Burgers at Home

I love a good burger every now and again, but when I make them at home they usually end up too small for the bun; even when I try to make the patties larger, knowing they’ll shrink when cooked. Not anymore! With my new Burger Press, I can get perfect burgers at home every single time.

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So let’s talk about this Burger Press. It has to be one of the greatest additions to my arsenal of kitchen tools. Made by Cave Tools, the Burger Press yields six perfect, 1/3 pound, square burgers. Simply prepare your burger mix, spread it into the burger press, put the top/lid in place, and voila! Your burgers are ready for the grill (or pan).

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How to Get the Perfect Burgers at Home | #CaveTools #burgerpress #perfectburger

How to Get the Perfect Burgers at Home | #CaveTools #burgerpress #perfectburger

How to Get the Perfect Burgers at Home | #CaveTools #burgerpress #perfectburger

How to Get the Perfect Burgers at Home | #CaveTools #burgerpress #perfectburger

The lid has a built in burger dimpler, which is scientifically proven to ensure your hamburgers stay flat and cook evenly. And while this is a great feature, it’s not even my favorite. What I like most about the Burger Press is that I can prepare the burgers well ahead of time, refrigerate or even freeze them in the Burger Press, and cook when I’m ready. If you meal prep, or are planning a party or BBQ, this will definitely come in handy.

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The first time I used my Burger Press, the process was easy and straight forward to follow. Our burgers came out great, with the exception of next time I’ll use more beef. I used about a pound and a half of beef because you’re not supposed to overfill it, but my burgers came out with a few bare spots. That’s an easy fix though and next time I’ll just use more beef for bigger, juicier burgers!

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Other than that, they kept their shape (which is great for using a whole piece of cheese), and prep and cleanup was a breeze. The Burger Press is dishwasher safe, so of course that’s right where it went after dinner.

Ready to make your own perfect burgers? You can purchase one directly from Cave Tools for $19.99 and when you use promo code BURGER15, you’ll get 15% off. Or if you’re an Amazon junkie like me, you can get one for just $9.99 (plus Prime shipping).

Making Time's 2017 Holiday Gift Guide is in the works and this is your opportunity to gain holiday exposure. Spots will fill up fast so contact me today! #HolidayGiftGuide #HGG #giftideasNot only would this Burger Press make the perfect addition to your own kitchen, but the holidays are right around the corner and it would make a great gift to anyone who loves to BBQ. Have anyone on your list who you think would love one (or two)?

Do you struggle to get the perfect burger at home?

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How Will Your Kids Learn to Manage Money?

Did you know that only 7% of US high schools require students to pass a basic finance test to graduate? And not only that, but the majority of parents received a grade of C or worse when it came to understanding basic finance themselves. So how can we as parents help our kids learn to manage money? BusyKid is the newest online and mobile platform for doing just that, and I’ve never been so excited to tell you about something, as I am about BusyKid!

How Will Your Kids Learn to Manage Money? | #BusyKid #allowance #moneymanagement

~This is a sponsored post on behalf of BusyKid. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

I remember getting my first bank account and first credit card during my senior year in high school, at the same time I was working my first job. I was ready to get spending and buy whatever I wanted to buy without having to ask permission from my mom. But it wasn’t long before more credit cards came in and the debt kept growing and growing. I have since learned my lesson and paid down a lot of my debt, but I still wish I had done better from the start.

How Will Your Kids Learn to Manage Money? | #BusyKid #allowance #moneymanagementIt’s estimated that today, less than 10% of ALL money in the world is coins and paper. We pretty much live in a cashless society, but the fact of the matter is we’re still teaching our kids about money by using coins, paper bills, and piggy banks. Sure, that’s okay at first, but once they understand the face value of each coin and paper bill, we need to do our duty to teach them about our cashless society and what it takes to actually earn that money. I’m talking budgeting, saving, investing, and taxes, and even responsibility, accountability, and time management.

This is where BusyKid comes in. BusyKid is a new online and mobile platform that acts as your child’s first job and payroll system. You create a profile for your child, customize a chore list for them (this is their “job”), along with an allowance amount for each chore, and when they’ve finished a chore they mark it as done. When Friday roles around, it’s your child’s payday, just like for most of us adults. From there your child has money to spend how they want (with a little guidance, of course). It’s a classic, but advanced earn and be rewarded system.

We created BusyKid because our children need to start experiencing the real world earlier when it comes to the basic financial practices of earning, saving, spending, sharing and investing. As adults we don’t get rewarded with TV time, computer time, stickers, stars or ice cream. Why should we do this with our kids? Eventually, they need to learn the importance of money.

-Gregg Murset, BusyKid CEO

Let’s walk through this with a quick step by step, because I absolutely love the concept of BusyKid.

Chore List

You have the ability to choose which chores you want your child to do and on what days. And if you’re not exactly sure what kinds of chores are suitable for your child’s age, don’t worry. BusyKid provides plenty of recommendations. As your child gets older, new chores will be added, but you still have the ability to customize the chore list as you go.

Each chore is also assigned an allowance amount. This can be anything you choose to be appropriate and whatever fits with your own family budget. Upon completion of the chore, your child marks it as complete and the allowance amount is added to their total allowance.

How Will Your Kids Learn to Manage Money? | #BusyKid #allowance #moneymanagementPayday

Every Friday is payday, just like some jobs in the real world. You are paying your child’s payroll and do so by linking your bank account, debit card, or credit card to BusyKid’s payroll system. On payday your child can choose to request cash, or purchase fun retailer gift cards, or invest, or even have it “direct deposited” onto their BusyKid Visa® Prepaid Spend Card (hello, real world!). Every payday you will receive a text message alert reminding you it’s payday, at which time you can approve payment or not.

Now, you can imagine there will probably be times when your child marks a chore as done, but didn’t actually do it. Obviously, you aren’t going to pay them for that undone chore. In the “activity” section you can see every chore your child has marked completed and in that same location you can disapprove any chore that wasn’t actually done. This will automatically adjust the total allowance amount.

Spending Their Money

As just mentioned, your child can choose to request cash, purchase fun retailer gift cards, invest, or even have it “direct deposited” onto their BusyKid Visa® Prepaid Spend Card that they can use in-store or online. In addition to these options, they can also donate a portion of their earnings to charity if they’d like.

How Will Your Kids Learn to Manage Money? | #BusyKid #allowance #moneymanagement

All of this is done within the BusyKid platform. Of course, you can still help guide your child with how to spend their money, but just imagine how much more real world experience they will have when it comes to budgeting, saving, investing, and spending. If you give your child the freedom to choose what they do with their money, they may not always make the right choice, but it’s better to learn from those fails now than as an adult.

Get Started

You’re probably wondering how much BusyKid costs to use and in all honesty, it’s very affordable. It’s just $14.95 per yer, per family. And if you want to give your child a BusyKid Spend Card (rechargeable VISA debit card), there’s an additional $5 per year fee, but I love the real world experience it can give to kids, so I think it’s worth it.

And for a limited time, two kids from each family that signs up will receive a free $10 stock. BusyKid really wants children to learn how to invest so they’ve decided to give them their first experience in dealing with the stock market.

How Will Your Kids Learn to Manage Money? | #BusyKid #allowance #moneymanagementHow Will Your Kids Learn to Manage Money? | #BusyKid #allowance #moneymanagement

It’s never too early to teach children how to budget and effectively spend their money. My son is just 5 years old and wanted some useless toy (in my opinion) from his school’s book fair a few weeks ago. He asked his father for $5 to get it, to which is father replied he had to complete a chore to get the $5. Well, he ended up not finishing the chore and didn’t earn his $5.

Every time we go to the store my son is also asking for something, whether it be a new toy, a new shirt, or junk food. I always ask him if he has the money to buy whatever it is he’s wanting and the conversation stops there. BusyKid is the perfect platform for us to start teaching our son about earning money and the best possible ways to spend his earnings, and we’re all excited to get started!

Have you started teaching your kids about money?

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Disney’s Newest Ghoul on the Block Hits DVD Today #Vampirina

Do you have a Disney Jr. fan on your hands? If so, then you’ve probably met the new girl (or ghoul) in town, Vampirina. My kids were awaiting Vampirina’s arrival well before her family hit the block and now that she’s here, they couldn’t be more happy. At least I didn’t think they could. Just in time for Halloween, Vampirina is being released on DVD today! Now my kids can have all the fangtastic fun they want.

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~I received a sample to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are 100% my own.~

Vampirina just made it into town on October 1st, when her family moved from Transylvania to Pennsylvania. For obvious reasons, they’re kind of the odds ones out in the neighborhood. Vampirina tries her best to adapt to her new school and making human friends, and along the way learns to appreciate how unique she is.

As of today (October 17th), we can all follow Vampirina on her new adventures in Pennsylvania because she’s now available on DVD. Get ready for music videos, party planning, sleepovers, and a little battiness now and then.

Here’s a sneak peek, if you haven’t had the chance to check out Vampirina yet.

 

Want to have a little more fun with Vampirina? Check out these fangtastic print and play activity pages.

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Have you had the chance to meet Vampirina yet?

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Photo a Day: Weeks 20 & 21

Photo a Day: Weeks 20 & 21 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear

Week 20

Photo a Day: Weeks 20 & 21 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear
This week was full of cuddles, morning feet in the face, learning time, movie time, popsicles and even a new baseball cap for the baby doll.

Week 21

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This week I had a little helper to put the groceries away, we had some great food, tried out a possible Halloween costume, started nebulizer treatments for a nasty congested chest, and more.

Did you miss a previous week? Check them out here!

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 | Week 9 | Week 10 | Week 11 | Week 12 | Week 13 | Weeks 14 & 15 | Weeks 16 & 17 | Weeks 18 & 19

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Kids Get Creative with Magic Sketch #HolidayGiftGuide

When the kids need something to do, do you usually turn to electronics? I do. We have a variety of tablets and electronic gadgets the kids play with, and they watch TV all the time. In all honesty, we’ve never really set a limit on the amount of electronic or screen time our kids get. But we still realize the importance of simple creativity and Magic Sketch is helping our kids express their creative side.

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It was a few months ago that I realized my son felt pressured to be perfect when drawing. I’d give him crayons and paper and tell him draw me a picture, or he’d draw on his chalk board or dry erase board, whatever medium he chose. He’d always ask me what to draw and when I’d request something he’d just stare blankly like he didn’t know where to start.

This was a little concerning to me because even if he drew a few lines or shapes and tried to make a picture of something, I would have went with it. But it wasn’t even that. He couldn’t come up with anything because he wanted his picture to look exactly the way it was supposed to.

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If I wanted him to draw a car, he wanted his picture to look just like one of his Hot Wheels cars. I can’t even draw a car to look that realistic, but he didn’t even want to try. This was a red flag that we needed to work on his imagination and creativity, so that’s what we did.

Magic Sketch,  a colorful tablet/boogie board with a transparent LCD screen that allows kids to draw, play, create and learn, has been a big help with him lately. It comes with various drawing tools and stamps, as well as fun stencils – learning stencils, game stencils, and even art stencils.

Magic Sketch includes:

  • Magic Sketch Boogie Board
  • Protector Guard
  • 4 Styluses
  • 1 Roller
  • 3 Stamps
  • 20 Learning Stencils
  • 20 Games Stencils
  • 20 Art Stencils

 

 

My son’s favorite thing to do with his Magic Sketch, aside from writing his name, is tracing the art stencils. The stencils slide right into the Magic Sketch and because the screen is transparent, he can trace right over the stencil and create something amazing.

It caters a little more to his need to be perfect, but I’ve also noticed him trying to draw the images himself without the stencil. And erasing his artwork and starting with a clean slate is as easy as pushing the round black button. It’s like magic!

Kids Get Creative with Magic Sketch | #MagicSketch #HolidayGiftGuide #GiftGuide #giftidea

Kids Get Creative with Magic Sketch | #MagicSketch #HolidayGiftGuide #GiftGuide #giftidea

My favorite thing about Magic Sketch is it’s kid proof durability. It can be dropped, stepped on, spilled on, and none of this will affect it. Plus, the battery lasts for seven years! Thank goodness for no chargers or constant battery changes.

And just imagine how perfect it is to carry along during car trips, or to use at restaurants or in waiting rooms. You don’t have to worry about battery life, there are no annoying sounds, and your child is learning to express their creativity.

 

While we still have some work to do, my son has come a long ways with his creativity. Now that he’s started kindergarten he comes home with drawings all the time. Of course, I have to ask him what they are, but if he can give me an answer, I’m happy. I can at least now recognize his creativity is starting to show. And when he asks to use his tablet, he’s not talking about his electronics anymore, but is wanting to draw on his Magic Sketch.

Making Time's 2017 Holiday Gift Guide is in the works and this is your opportunity to gain holiday exposure. Spots will fill up fast so contact me today! #HolidayGiftGuide #HGG #giftideasMagic Sketch has helped my son so much that it’s earned a spot in this year’s Holiday Gift Guide. It’s the perfect gift for kids! Magic Sketch retails for $29.95 and can be purchased directly from the Magic Sketch website or Amazon.

Do your kids struggle with creativity?

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Free Printable Holiday Gift Tags

One of my favorite things about the holidays is seeing the joy on my kids faces on Christmas morning when they open all their gifts. Just last year I realized how important it is for the gifts to be labeled so my kids know exactly who they’re from. This way they know that no one forgot about them, including Santa. And now that my son is learning to read and recognizes his and his sister’s names, he can have a little more fun sorting the gifts himself.

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With that being said, I knew I’d need some gift tags and decided to create some myself. Most gift tags are on the smaller side and I wanted something a little larger. Something that would be easy to see on the gifts and had enough room to legibly write on.

And with that, I created these free printable holiday gift tags. I just know my kids will love them and all I have to do is print out a page or two.

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*To print, click on the page you want and a 8.5″ x 11″ PDF file will open for easy printing.

Do you label your kids holiday gifts with gift tags?

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Tasty Meals in 30 Minutes or Less + Giveaway

As a mom who cooks at home a lot, the menu tends to get a little boring after a while. I get in such a routine and so used to cooking the same things over and over, that some of my family’s favorite dishes eventually become not so favorites. Time is a big factor when deciding what to cook because hey, I’m busy and sometimes I want something simple to make. With the help of my new cookbook, I have over 100 recipes to try and each one is prepared or ready in 30 minutes or less.

Tasty Meals in 30 Minutes or Less + Giveaway | #SouthernLiving #cookbook #quickandeasy #giveaway

~I received a sample to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

What is this magical new cookbook? It’s Southern Living’s QUICK-FIX DINNERS: 100+ Simple Recipes Ready In 10, 20 or 30 Minutes. I’ve had the chance to try a few of the recipes, some more sophisticated than others, but the one thing they all have in common is they are quick and delicious!

The first recipe I tried was “Horseradish-Dill Salmon” and it took just 10 minutes. My family is already a big fan of salmon, but I have always baked it. This recipe had me pan sear the salmon and Oh. My. Tastebuds! I may never bake salmon again.

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Tasty Meals in 30 Minutes or Less + Giveaway | #SouthernLiving #cookbook #quickandeasy #giveaway

First of all, I never knew pan searing salmon fillets was so easy. And on top of that, I’ve always just used a simple seasoning. This recipe had me create a creamy horseradish-dill sauce (while the salmon cooked) and it could not have complimented the fish any better.

I served it with a side of white rice and roasted Brussels sprouts, and even drizzled some of the horseradish-dill sauce over the Brussels sprouts. Let’s just say this recipe has been bookmarked and I will definitely be making it again.

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While the salmon dish may seem a little bit more for a sophisticated palette, QUICK-FIX DINNERS: 100+ Simple Recipes Ready In 10, 20 or 30 Minutes also helps you to take simple, everyday recipes and kick them up a notch.

For example, there’s a recipe called “The Ultimate Grilled Cheese.” Grilled cheese sandwiches are simple to make, right? All you need is some bread, cheese and butter. But have you ever tried mayonnaise on the outside of your bread, instead of butter? That’s exactly what this recipe does.

Tasty Meals in 30 Minutes or Less + Giveaway | #SouthernLiving #cookbook #quickandeasy #giveaway

Tasty Meals in 30 Minutes or Less + Giveaway | #SouthernLiving #cookbook #quickandeasy #giveaway

I often find that we run out of butter when I really need it for a recipe and that was the case when I wanted a grilled cheese sandwich a few days ago. I turned to this recipe and used mayonnaise instead, and boy was it good. It very well may have been the best grilled cheese sandwich I’ve ever had.

Because all of the recipes in QUICK-FIX DINNERS: 100+ Simple Recipes Ready In 10, 20 or 30 Minutes are quick meal options, I plan to work my way through all of them, marking which ones my family really enjoys. This way I can get out of my usual dinner rut and make tasty new dishes without compromising valuable family time. The best meals don’t have to be ones you work hours putting together.

Ready to start making your own quick-fix meals? I have a chance for you to win your own copy of Southern Living’s QUICK-FIX DINNERS: 100+ Simple Recipes Ready In 10, 20 or 30 Minutes. Simply enter to win using the giveaway form below.

What is one of your go-to quick-fix dinners right now?

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One lucky Making Time reader will win a copy of Southern Living’s QUICK-FIX DINNERS: 100+ Simple Recipes Ready In 10, 20 or 30 Minutes! GOOD LUCK!

This giveaway is open to US Residents, ages 18+ and ends on October 20, 2017 at 11:59 pm est.  Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

 

 

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How to Cook the Perfect Pot of Rice

Since college I have wanted a rice cooker. Why? Because I have to be the worst in the world at cooking rice. Every single time I’d cook rice, it would come out a big pot of mush. I thought it was impossible to get perfect, individual grain rice without a rice cooker. That is, until I discovered the secret to cooking the perfect pot of rice.

How to Cook the Perfect Pot of Rice

So what’s the secret? The directions on the package are a lie! A big lie! I have yet to follow the directions on any rice package and have the outcome I want. However, I have discovered the perfect rice cooking formula and since implementing it, there hasn’t been a pot of mushy rice in my house. And there’s no rice cooker needed!

What’s the lie rice packaging has been, and is still, telling us? Most packaging says to use 2 cups of water for every cup of rice. Wrong! This is why my rice used to come out so mushy. That’s just too much water. You only need 1 1/4 cups of water for every cup of rice you’re cooking. My favorite Jasmine rice indicates to use 1 1/2 cups of water, which is closer, but still not quite perfect.

How to Cook the Perfect Pot of Rice

Use this rice cooking formula on ANY type of rice and you’ll never have mushy rice again.

  1. Combine water and dry rice in a pot, over medium heat. (1 1/4 cups of water for every cup of rice)
  2. Cover and cook until it comes to a rolling boil. Then reduce the temperature to low.
  3. Once the water has completely reduced, turn the burner off, stir the rice, cover and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Letting it sit covered will allow the rice to steam itself done.
  4. Enjoy the perfect pot of rice!

*Note: It’s important that you stir the rice once the water has reduced. If you don’t stir, you will end up with uncooked grains along the top.

How to Cook the Perfect Pot of Rice

How to Cook the Perfect Pot of Rice

How to Cook the Perfect Pot of Rice

Have you mastered how to cook the perfect pot of rice?

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