Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Prepare Healthy, Tasty Meals and Snacks With GLAD #GLADFreshFoodChallenge



GLAD Zipper Bags are a go to around here, for so many reasons. I use them to freeze bulk meats, home made soups, freshly ground coffee and more. But most importantly, I use them for leftovers! Because let's get real here for a second -- Leftovers really aren't my thing. They create additional dishes that need to be washed, they don't always taste that fresh and they take up precious room in my refrigerator! 

That's where GLAD comes in to save the day.  GLAD Zipper Bags are the perfect solution - They keep your food fresh for much longer than a bowl with plastic wrap ever could, and when you're done with them you can just toss them out, making this busy Mom's day a little bit easier.  Works for me!

I was recently asked to participate in the GLAD Fresh Food Challenge and keep my groceries fresh for a solid 2 weeks!  Here's what I did.

I purchased everything needed to make several days worth of salads, chopped up my ingredients and had them pre-made in GLAD zipper bags, ready in my fridge.  When dinner time rolls around, all you need to do is pull out a bag of still fresh greens, dress, toss and eat! 


I also prepared school snacks for my Little Miss ahead of time.  It's a simple, fast way to avoid waste before it's ever created in the first place.  I find with having snacks like cut up fruit and veggies, or meat with cheese (and crackers) ready to grab and go in the fridge, it's far more likely to get eaten. 




One night, I made spaghetti for dinner, then divided the leftovers into 2 servings for lunch the next day.  I portioned it out into 2 bowls and covered with Press & Seal.  That way I was able to quickly microwave the next day, and once again, left overs were used up and we had no waste.  Leftover pasta is one of my only exceptions to the no-leftovers rule, because I've never met a pasta that I didn't love. 



So what are your favorite ways to use GLAD products?  Do you save your leftovers?  Tell me about it in the comments!   







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Butterscotch Rice Krispie Treats - Halloween Fun For Your Little Pumpkins! #RKHalloween

It's another rainy day here in Winnipeg, and quite cold outside too! So to keep the kids entertained, why not try a little Halloween themed baking project? These Butterscotch Rice Krispie Treats are just the ticket to happy kids and Halloween fun. Check out the recipe and what we did to celebrate the upcoming "holiday."
 



Butterscotch Treats Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 package (10 oz., about 40) JET-PUFFED Marshmallows
  • OR
  • 4 cups JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows
  • 3 tablespoons butterscotch flavor instant pudding & pie filling
  • 6 cups Kellogg's® Rice Krispies® cereal

Directions

1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Stir in pudding mix.

2. Add Kellogg's Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until well coated.

3. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares, or use cookie cutters to make fun shapes!  Best if served the same day. 
 
 




We had a great time putting these guys together -- and of course, eating them!  We inserted sticks into ours to make them into Rice Krispie pops, which always adds to the fun factor.  The butterscotch pudding really adds a unique flavor to the treats, making them extra yummy and a little special too.  The perfect (easy) activity for a rainy day!

Enjoy!


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Friday, October 24, 2014

Where To Donate Used Kids Clothes and Toys in Winnipeg

If your kids are anything like mine, they go through clothes like nobody's business. Who gave them the permission to grow that fast, anyway?  I'm always bagging up their old clothes and hoping to give them away quickly, just to make some more room in our closets.  And when it comes to toys, I really like to instill generosity and kindness in my two littles.  It's important to me that they learn about giving.  Every so often we like to box up our not-so-loved anymore toys and donate them to some kids who really need them and would love them again!  The problem is always finding a place to take the items, where they'll wind up in the right little hands.  

Here's a comprehensive list of places that will take toy and clothes donations in Winnipeg.    

 
Winnipeg Fire & Paramedic Services 
(During holiday season) 
 

Nearly New Shop of the McKinnon Guild 
961 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3G 0R2
(204) 772-3629

Crisis Pregnancy Center of Winnipeg
650 Broadway, Winnipeg, Manitoba
+1 800-665-0570


Osbourne House Inc.
PO Box 397 Stn Main, Winnipeg, MB R3C 2H6
 
Main Street Project Winnipeg
75 Martha St, Winnipeg, MB R3B 1A4
(204) 982-8260
Siloam Mission
300 Princess Street, Winnipeg, MB 
(204) 956-4344

North Point Douglas Women's Center
221 Austin Street N., Winnipeg MB
204 947 0321 

Centre Flavie-Laurent 
450 Provencher Blvd, Winnipeg, MB R2J
(204) 233-4936


The Salvation Army 
Multiple Locations - Winnipeg MB. 

Villa Rosa 
784 Wolseley Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3G 1C6
(204) 786-5741



Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winnipeg
765 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3G 0N2
(204) 988-9200


Where do you like to drop off used clothing and toy donations in Winnipeg?  Let me know in the comments below, and I will add to the list!  

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