Sep 202014

Tired of salads? Enter to win 3 months of emeals from Joy Makin Mamas!

Would you like to win a three month subscription to eMeals? You’ll get your dinner plan and grocery list delivered right to you, and all you have to do is pick up the ingredients and fix dinner. I told you what we liked about eMeals, but I am not sure I ever mentioned that my husband has made me sweet potatoes and fresh spinach exactly ONE time in his life- and it was because he was following an eMeals plan! How HOT is that? I was able to hand him the page and say, “here are the instructions for tonight’s dinner.” And he brought me a hot, delicious dinner perfectly prepared from fresh ingredients. That right there is true romance, people!

Enter to win a 3 month dinner plan. You’ll find bonus entries in our newsletter, Facebook, and Twitter. Be sure to check the comments of this post for clues to help you find them!

eMeals lets you pick a menu plan that meets your family’s needs. Vegetarian, clean eating, slow cooker… lots more! So you can see how simple eMeals makes dinner, I’ve posted two of their sample recipes. Notice that you get “two dinners for the work of one,” as it were- this is very standard for them. You’ll find one of the meals that comes early in the week instructs you to set aside a portion for a “no work” dinner on another night. I love that- once you’ve done the pork shoulder (which is often on sale, and is a very simple crock pot meal) you only need to add a few ingredients and you have got your tacos on the table. If you can’t wait or if you want a plan that includes more than just dinner, you can get 20% off your purchase with coupon code SCHOOL.

Slow cooker clean eating pork tacos with cilantro lime salsa

Italian Pork Shoulder
  • 4 lb boneless pork shoulder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1½ teaspoons dried oregano
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Anaheim peppers, seeded and sliced*
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  1. Season pork with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat.
  3. Add pork; cook 5 minutes per side or until browned.
  4. Remove from heat and transfer to a 5- or 6-quart slow cooker.
  5. Add parsley, oregano, garlic, broth, vinegar, peppers and crushed red pepper
  6. flakes to slow cooker.
  7. Cover and cook on Low 6 to 8 hours or until pork is tender. Serve half of pork,
  8. and reserve remaining half for Pork Tacos.
  9. *Note: Green bell peppers may be substituted for Anaheim peppers if desired.

Pork Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Slaw
  • 12 (6-inch) corn tortillas
  • 2 cups tricolor slaw mix
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1½ tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Italian Pork Shoulder
  1. Heat tortillas according to package instructions.
  2. Combine slaw mix, cilantro, lime juice, oil, cumin and salt in a medium bowl; toss to coat.
  3. Gently warm pork in microwave or warm oven; shred with 2 forks.
  4. Arrange pork in tortillas; top with slaw.
Sep 062014
Learning Resources Buggy Beads Giveaway Ends 9/20

School is in session and it is important now, more than ever, to help kids keep their learning going! But learning does not have to boring or “work” – it can be fun, too! Krista over at Savory Savings recently checked out the Buggy Boards from Learning Resources and shares how these boards make counting and math more fun for her girls in kindergarten!

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Sep 052014
RAHWR! Nope. RAHWR! Nope.

I’m glad to tell you that this dragon (NO. DINOSAUR. okay, how about versatile?) costume is up to the job. The sturdy cape is fully lined and closes with a velcro tab. (Not a flimsy tie or a hard to work snap- just a nice, well sewn tab that holds it on, but will come undone easily if the cape gets caught on something.) The mits have a slit opening with a little pocket above it, so your kiddo can pick between operating the claws, or operating their hands. It’s cute with the fingers in or out, both.

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