Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Pereg is spicing up Jewish holidays with these great recipes

 For many Jewish families, fall brings back memories of irresistible aromas emanating from Grandma’s kitchen and delicious, soul-warming feasts to welcome Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Every family had at least one cherished “it wouldn’t be the holidays without” dish. Now it’s your turn to keep the memories alive.

But with the rise of foodie culture, people’s palates are more adventurous than ever. And our generation is way more health-minded than they were back in the day. What if you changed things up a bit?
Pereg understands that today’s cook wants to respect old traditions and while sparking new ones. 

A world of all-natural products – from gluten-free flour and pasta swaps to exciting spice blends and ancient grains – makes it all possible.
 Try replacing regular flour  Teff for gluten-free desserts that everyone can enjoy.

Apricot Truffle Tart (Gluten Free)
Exotic Teff flour stars in this decadent ending to a festive meal, courtesy of BrokenTeepee

Teff Crust
2 cups Pereg Natural Gluten Free Teff Flour
½ cup vegetable oil
¼ tsp. salt
¼ cup honey
2 Tbsp. cold water

½ cup apricot jam
1 cup full-fat coconut milk
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, mix together the crust ingredients until fully blended. Dough will be crumbly. Press into a 10" tart pan. Lightly prick the bottom with a fork (don't go through to the bottom). Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes. Let cool.

After the shell has cooled, heat the coconut milk and vanilla in a small saucepan to boiling. Remove from heat and add the chips. Stir until completely smooth.
Spread jam evenly on the tart bottom. Pour the chocolate mixture over top. Refrigerate for at least two hours.

 Give Sweet and Sour Meatballs an international spin with Thai Sweet Chili Panko bread crumbs.

Stuffed Mini Peppers

Radio host and food and lifestyle writer Cindy Grosz aka @cindyscorners shares this tip for a quick, healthy appetizer. Try it with cucumbers, zucchini, or any firm vegetable. (Visit @cindyscorners for New Year product Give-away promotion.)
Mini peppers

1 package of your favorite Pereg grain mix (Freekeh with Vegetables, Quinoa with Spinach, Couscous with Cranberries, Basmati Rice Lemon & Herbs, etc.)

Add-ins of your choice (Chopped apples, dried fruits, sautéed leeks, mini cubes of grilled butternut squash)

Pereg Natural Mint OR Dill seasoning

Prepare the grain mixture according to package directions. Stir in add-in(s) of your choice.  Slice off the top of each mini pepper, scoop out the seeds, and fill with your stuffing. Garnish with mint or dill to taste.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Seasoned breadcrumbs add zest to this versatile dish from The Set Table.  It works as a hearty entrée or serve with toothpicks as an elegant hors d’oeuvres.

I pound ground beef
1 egg
¼ cup Pereg Thai Sweet Chili Panko bread crumbs
1 diced onion
1 cup packed brown sugar
3 Tbsp. all purpose flour
1½ cups water
¼ cup distilled vinegar
3 Tbsp. soy sauce
In a medium bowl, combine the ground beef, eggs, panko, and onion. Mix thoroughly and shape into golf ball-sized balls (or smaller if serving as hors d’oeuvres). Gently brown the meatballs in a large skillet over medium heat. Set aside.
In a large saucepan, combine brown sugar, flour, water, white vinegar, and soy sauce. Mix thoroughly.   Add meatballs and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring often, for 30 minutes.

Make roasted veggies sing with a sprinkle of Everything But the Bagel spice mix.

I received complimentary product.


Over 20 Crochet Patterns for Fun Floor Mats and Matching Accessories
by Ira Rott

After Ira Rott’s elephant rug pattern went viral in June 2016, there was a huge spike of interest in the pattern and its designer. Now with thousands of followers on YouTube and Pinterest, fiber artist Ira Rott is sharing over 20 designs for Animal Rugs and Accessories in CROCHET ANIMAL RUGS (F+W Media / SewandSo; August 2018; Trade Paperback; $22.99).

Each rug design is accompanied by a matching pillow design and a smaller accessory to continue the theme. Get creative and transform your child’s room—with decor your kids will adore—into a magical modern bedroom inspired by animals with accessories ranging from security blankets to stool covers, bed book tidies, placemats and toy bags.  Crochet rugs are the perfect place for your children to read and play. The book features 21 animal-themed patterns. Choose from an amazing elephant, a sweet giraffe, a cute cat, a fun-loving monkey, a cool crab, a friendly dinosaur and a rock-star panda! You can decorate a child's room or nursery with items from this book and spend only a few evenings making each piece.

About the Author
Ira Rott is a knitting and crochet designer based in Canada. She began learning her skill from her mother and grandmothers when she was in middle school. This wonderful tradition has been passed on from generation to generation in Ira’s family, and has become her passion through design. She loves working with yarn and other fibers to express her ideas. She sells her designs through Etsy and Ravelry, and her own website. This is her first book.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  The book features very cute designs that are great for kids and family gifts. I think the projects will be super hard for me to learn or create, but if you are experienced in the art of crochet this should be a pretty straight forward and excellent book. 

How to save money on College through Scholarships

As a single mom, I know all too well the struggles of pinching a penny.  What if your an adult or teen and need to save money for college?  Well even moms go back to school these days and so everyone should be able to benfit from the roundup of scholarships listed below.  You will have to do your own research but here is a good step in the right direction.  I hope you never give up!

Rusty Tweed - The Rusty Tweed Drug Free Scholarship was created to help encourage our younger generation to pursue their dream of obtaining their degree. This is the 2nd annual scholarship.

High school seniors that have been accepted into a college or a university and current college and university students are encouraged to apply. This is a $1000 scholarship.

Usha Rajagopal - The Usha Rajagopal Foundation Scholarship was created to help students be able to afford to pursue their dream careers. As a doctor, Dr. Usha Rajagopal is all too familiar with how expensive it can be to afford to go to college. Therefore, she started this $1000 scholarship to help one student per year relieve a bit of their education financial burden.

Adrian Rubin - The Adrian Rubin Foundation Scholarship was created by Adrian Rubin to help the future entrepreneurs of the world with the cost of going to college. This is the first year this scholarship is being issued, however, Adrian Rubin is looking forward to helping out one college student each year.

Lawyers of Distinction - The Lawyers of Distinction Scholarship was created to help college students have a chance to reach their dreams without having to worry about the financial burden of whether or not they will be able to afford school. It’s no secret that education fees are outrageous and we want to play a part in helping the future generations. Each year they will award one student with a $1000 scholarship.

KF&B - The KF&B personal injury attorney tampa -  Scholarship was created to help students get the education that they need to take the journey into adulthood. The Tampa personal injury attorneys at

KF&B understand that education is expensive and want to help one lucky student take a little bit of the stress away from wondering how they’re going to afford school.

Applicants will be required to submit a 500-word essay by no later than March 31, 2019, and the winner will be awarded a $1,000.00 scholarship by April 31, 2019.

Associates Home Loan - The Associates Home Loan Scholarship was created with our future leaders in mind. Associates Home Loan understands that college prices are rising every year and this scholarship serves the purpose of helping one student lower their tuition expenses by $1000 and to educate the future self employed individuals about their options when it comes to self employed loans and alternative credit options.

Applicants will be required to answer a simple question in the form of a 500-word essay and the winner will be selected based on the essay submitted. The Associate Home Loan Scholarship committee will select a winner by the end of April 2019. The $1000 will be sent directly to the winner’s school financial aid department. They also handle bad credit loans.

Chrissy Weems - The Chrissy Weems Scholarship was created to help the future entrepreneurs and small business owners of our world. All high school seniors who have been selected to attend a college or university and current college students are encouraged to apply. To enter for a chance to receive this $1000 scholarship you just have to write a short 500-word essay.

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Paw Patrol two DVD Giveaway

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Lies Jane Austen Told Me by Julie Wright
Lies Jane Austen Told Me: A Proper Romance by [Wright, Julie]
Ever since Emma read Pride and Prejudice, she’s been in love with Mr. Darcy and has regarded Jane Austen as the expert on all things romantic. So naturally when Emma falls for Blake Hampton and he invites her home to meet his parents, she is positive an engagement is in her future. After all, Blake is a single man in possession of a good fortune, and thus must be in want of a wife.

But when it turns out that what Blake actually wants is more of a hook-up than a honeymoon, Emma is hurt, betrayed, and furious. She throws herself deeper into her work as CMO of Kinetics, the fastest growing gym franchise in the nation. She loves her work, and she’s good at it, which is why she bristles when her boss brings in a consultant to help her spearhead the new facilities on the East Coast. Her frustration turns to shock when that consultant turns out to be Blake’s younger brother, Lucas.

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Let Them Thrive by Katie Novak EdD Review

Let Them Thrive: A Playbook for Helping Your Child Succeed in School and in Life
by Katie Novak EdD

Let Them Thrive provides parents with a practical understanding of how education works--and how it can work better--for their children. Every learner is as unique as his or her fingerprints. But one-size-fits-all schooling doesn't account for those variations.

In this highly readable book (with unique cartoon illustrations), bestselling author, educator, and parent Katie Novak introduces the research-based framework Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Parents learn the origins of UDL in the learning sciences and in practice. (UDL is prominent in the federal Every Student Succeeds Act). They also learn strategies, tips, and tools to support their children's learning in school and in life.

Let Them Thrive is an important new contribution to the growing literature on UDL, the first such book directly aimed at parents.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  We all have different parenting style and not one of us is going to get it right, but we raise our children with love and teach them to be good adults.   I enjoy reading the stories and tips from this author and feel that she is clearly able to connect with parents.  WHile I do not think everything included in the book is for me to use with my children, I do appreciate being able to get a glimpse of how another parent fairs when trying these techniques.