Food · Life At Home

Delicious Organic Snack with OCHO Candy

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Is there anything better than sharing a bunch of chocolate with your two-year-old daughter while you are 39 weeks pregnant? No, the answer is no. There is nothing better than that.

That is why I am so excited that we recently stumbled upon OCHO Candy. They make delicious organic chocolate with tons of amazing flavors to choose from. The OCHO stands for Organic CHOcolate, and being organic all of their products are GMO-free.

You can get their products in bars or in mini pouches. They do holiday subscriptions and birthday bundles, which make great gifts if you’re looking to give someone you love something yummy!

My favorite is either the dark or regular peanut butter, while Margot’s is by far the Peanut Butter and Jelly flavor which is perfect for kids. Check out their site, and try some of their amazing flavors.

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Thank you to OCHO Candy for sponsoring this post! All thoughts and opinions are my own!

Food · Life At Home

Immune Boosting Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Recipe with Maty’s

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This time of year is when my daughter and I start catching the dreaded colds. I know it’s inevitable, but we also learned a great way to keep it at bay with a few immune boosting recipes. The reason I say it’s “immune boosting” is that we add a little bit of Maty’s cough syrup. Now I know you may be thinking, “What? Cough syrup added to a recipe?”, but let me tell you it not only helps to boost that immune system it is so delicious as well.

Margot and I recently made a batch of Blueberry Banana Oatmeal that we added some Maty’s natural cough syrup. Their syrup is filled with all natural ingredients, and can easily be substituted for things like maple syrup or honey. That’s why I thought this recipe would be perfect for it, and it’s so easy.

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Immune Boosting Blueberry Banana Oatmeal

  • ½ cup old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon of Maty’s Cough Syrup
  1. First add the oats, water, milk and half of a thinly sliced banana into a medium-sized saucepan. Turn the heat to medium and cook until the oats begin to bubble. Then stir until oats are cooked and creamy (about 3 minutes).
  2. Next, remove the pan from heat and then stir in the brown sugar and vanilla.
  3. Pour the contents into a bowl and top with the remaining half of sliced banana, blueberries, and Maty’s Cough Syrup.
  4. Enjoy!

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Thank you to Maty’s for sponsoring this post, and for having the most amazing, natural products that I trust to use with my child. All thoughts and opinions are my own!

Life At Home

#BringJoyHome with Joy Cones

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I am so excited to announce that I have partnered with Joy Cone to give one lucky winner the chance to win an ice cream date with their best friend! Joy Cone is giving away 1 box of waffle cones, 1 box of waffle bowls, 1 box of cake cones, a $50 Visa gift card (for ice cream), and a selection of BoDean’s toppings! All you need to do is hop on over to my Instagram account @brittalivengood and complete the following steps to enter to win!

  1. Tag your best friend (you can tag up to 3 people for additional entries) on the post on my Instagram profile
  2. Like my Joy Cone picture on Instagram
  3. Follow @brittalivengood and @joyconeco on Instagram

Let’s face it, nothing is better than ice cream! So head on over to my Instagram and enter the giveaway today. Offer ends July 2 at 9PM EST.

Good luck!

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Food · Life At Home

Explore The World One Bite At A Time

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For the longest time I hated cooking. I could make a mean grilled cheese, and don’t even test me on my scrambled eggs, but anything more than that was pretty much a flop.

Over the last few months I’ve broken out of my shell and have been trying new recipes here and there. Slowly it has broadened my taste and now I have secretly found a love for cooking (who knew?!)

Yummy Bazaar has helped with that. This unique food subscription box has me wanting to try foods from all over the world. I have not had many opportunities to travel and try new food, but for this affordable price Yummy Bazaar offers so many foods from different areas around the globe, and delivers it right to your door.

With Yummy Bazaar you can shop by region. They can provide food from so many countries and locations:

  • Columbia
  • Eastern Europe
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Scandinavia
  • Southeast Asia
  • Spain, Taiwan
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
  • Other regions

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If you’re not sure where you want your food from, but want a certain type of food you can choose from their different gourmets.

  • Baking
  • Beverages
  • Bread
  • Breakfast
  • Candies and chocolates
  • Condiments and sauces
  • Dried fruit, nuts and seeds
  • Herbs and spices
  • Jams, honeys and spreads
  • Oils and vinegars
  • Pastas and sauces
  • Pastries and desserts
  • Pickles, olives and spreads
  • Rice, noodle, bean, and grains
  • Snacks
  • Soup meals and stock
  • Specialty fruit and veggie
  • Specialty meat and seafood
  • Truffles

They have tons of items to browse, and different types of subscription boxes to choose from.

We received a World Sampler box that we have loved. Everything inside was so unique and delicious. I have loved sharing these items with my daughter who is now trying all sorts of new foods. Here are some of the awesome items we were sent:

Guinness Chips from the United Kingdom

These chips go wonderfully with Guinness beer. They are crispy and the perfect snack to chow down on when you need a bite to eat.

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French Brioche Chocolate Croissant from France

This delicious croissant makes you feel like you are right in Paris. It is so light and delicious. Between my daughter and I this didn’t last long!

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Salted Striped Lithuanian Sunflower Seeds from Lithuania

These have traveled with us in the car for us to snack on. They are the perfect salty treat, and amazingly delicious.

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Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies from Korea

Thankfully we received two of these cookies because my husband and I would have fought over just the one. They have that great crispy taste, and the chocolate hazelnut tastes amazing.

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Bombon Supercoco Coconut Lollipops from Columbia

This was such an interesting, unique taste! It almost tasted like a chocolate caramel flavor. I have never had a coconut lollipop, so I can now check that off my list of things to try.

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Samsa Seasoning from Russia

This is the only thing I have not tasted yet. I have gathered a recipe for a Russian Samsa recipe that this seasoning goes on. I am so excited to try it and have heard it is wonderful.

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Dulce de Leche Mini Arequipe (caramel) from Columbia

Yum, yum, yum! We have some apples that we dipped into this amazing dip. When we ran out of apples, we just used our fingers.

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If you are looking for a unique food subscription box at a great price you should definitely check out Yummy Bazaar. I promise you won’t regret it!

Thanks to Yummy Bazaar for partnering with me on this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Baby · Food

Baby Pancake Recipe

This morning while Margot was still sleeping I thought I’d clean out our corner cupboard because that thing is a hot mess. I found some rice cereal and some oatmeal cereal that we’ve had in there for a little while. She hasn’t eaten those in a long time, and now that she’s eating normal food I thought maybe I should just get rid of them.

I decided to see if there were any recipes I could use these with. I’m glad I did because I found an awesome pancake recipe from Must Have Mom that uses both of them. Unfortunately I didn’t have all the ingredients for these to make this morning, so I slightly adapted it so my daughter could eat pancakes when she woke up.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal cereal
  • 2 cup formula, breastmilk or cow’s milk (if baby is over 12 months old)
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 egg yolks
  • Additional milk to thin batter

Instructions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl until combined.
  2. Add additional milk, formula or breastmilk to thin batter as needed until you reach pancake batter consistency.
  3. Pour batter onto hot griddle and cook until bottom side is golden brown. Flip and cook for only about 30 seconds to 1 minute and remove pancake from griddle onto a plate.
  4. Top with bananas and strawberries (cut up if needed for baby/toddler)

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I used the batter to make six pancakes. I gave one to my daughter, and saved the other five. This will allow us to use the pancakes all week long! The original recipe says that the pancakes freeze well if you chose to save them for longer periods of time.

When I use this again I will take the advice from the original recipe to use pureed food as toppings as well to give it a little more flavor.

Enjoy!

We dumped the bowl and just went to town on the tray.
Food

27 Easy Recipes That Are Impossible to Mess Up

Do you somehow mess up the simplest meals in the kitchen?

You and me both, sister.

Here are 27 recipes (appetizers, meals and sides) that are simple for you to try.

Appetizers:

Southwest Salsa

Fiesta Stuffed Mini Peppers

Baked Crab Rangoon

Spinach and Artichoke Bites

 

Meals:

Mini Meatloafs

BLT Wraps

Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Crockpot Chicken Tacos

Cilantro Lime Baked Salmon

Ham and Cheese Sliders

Crab Cakes

Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork Roast

Clean Crockpot Turkey Chili

Easy Fajita Chicken Bake

Slow Cooker Rosemary Garlic Crusted Roast Beef

Crispy Baked Parmesan Chicken

Avocado Toast with Egg

Taco Lime Grilled Chicken

 

Sides:

Roasted Veggies

Parmesan Roasted Asparagus

Banana Bread

Pesto-Parmesan Baked Tomatoes

Greek Salad

Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Potatoes

Roasted Sweet Potato Cube Skewers with a Cilantro-Jalapeno Aioli Dip

Baked Garlic Green Beans

Grilled Corn, Basil and Tomato Salad

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Feel free to comment or message me with any questions or any other easy recipes to share!

Britta