Win a Svan Baby to Booster Highchair from Svan & Nurse Mommy!

Welcome to The Nurse Mommy's Svan Baby to Booster Highchair Giveaway!! 


Domestic Goddess Says is honored to help promote this awesome giveaway from Svan and The Nurse Mommy! Get your entries in! This is a great giveaway from some wonderful ladies! 

-----D.G. Says-----

Hosted by:The Nurse Mommy 

We believe in the magic of Christmas at The Nurse Mommy, and thought that winning the Svan Baby to Booster Highchair would bring a little magic to your holiday season.   This giveaway is offered by Svan. Please visit the site and social media pages, because they so generously offered this contest. Be sure to read my review of the Svan Signet and leave a comment. 

India Tree® All-Natural, Homemade Bathtub Paints!

What drew me in to the India Tree® brand, was their beautiful, all natural food coloring.

"INDIA TREE Decorating Colors are made from concentrated vegetable colorants. They contain no corn syrup or synthetic dyes. Use them to color icing in rich jewel tones or soft pastels. With three colors -- red, yellow and blue--you can create a full spectrum." You can view complete product information here.

I had gone around to different grocery stores looking for tub paints for my daughter. When I found them, I was horrified by the ingredient list.

As a child, I was prone to constant bladder infections. I don't think my mother realized at the time how horrible things, like a certain Mr. Bubble, were for my fragile system. I didn't want my daughter to have the same, painful fate. I cringe when I see Skarlette sitting in soaps. (We keep these to natural, limited ingredients as well.)

I was determined to make my own tub paints, but was still worried about the artificial colors found in the grocery store. I knew she would be putting these things in her mouth... no matter how hard I tried to stop her.  (See photo! Tehe)

 

At a glance...

India Tree­® ingredients:
Blue: deionized water, glycerin, vegetable juice for color.
Red: citric acid, beet juice for color.
Yellow: deionized water, glycerin, turmeric for color. 
Soap we use:
Water, saponified coconut-hemp-olive oils (with retained glycerin), olive fatty acids, peppermint oil, rosemary extracts, peppermint, lavender, almond, eucalyptus, tea tree, aloe vera baby-mild.

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Well know store brand finger paints:
Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Acrylates Copolymer, Cocamidorpopyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Lauryl Glucoside, Triethanolamine, Polysorbate-80, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Glycerin, Fragrance, Propylene Glycol, Tetrasodium Edta, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone. May Contain: D&C Red 33, FD&C Red 40, FD&C Yellow 6, FD&C Yellow 5, Ext. D&C Violet 2, FD&C Blue 1.

My wonderful friend, Araya, came up with the most beautiful assortment of colors with India Tree® that made all of us smile! Thank you Araya!


Make your own! 

Ingredients: 
  • India Tree® Nature's Colors Decorating Set
  • A Natural, clear bath soap (Such as Dr. Bronner's Liquid Castile)
  • Cornstarch
Easy directions: 
  1. Add amount of soap equivalent to amount of paint you would like (A little goes a long way!)
  2. Add food coloring to desired color
  3. Add corn starch a little at a time until you get desired consistency! (We liked ours a little thinner than the consistency of regular finger paints.)

Side note: Colors were a different texture than artificial food coloring you buy at most grocery stores. It may take a bit to get used to. Araya recommends "shaking them before every use, however, the texture didn't effect the beautiful, natural looking colors."

Araya also adds, "You can have piece of mind that they are natural and not made in a lab. I for one, love that! I would most definitely use them over the unnatural dyes. In cakes, cookies, coloring eggs, water color paintings with my kids!" 


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Or look for it locally with India Tree's STORE LOCATOR

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Special thanks go to Araya for helping me get these colors spot on! She did a beautiful job and my daughter loves them!

Win $5,000 from Kahlua! Allrecipes.com, Seattle & Kahlúa Espresso Martini: PART TWO!



Continued from PART ONE

It was great to get out for the night and have a hotel room and bed all to myself! I thought I would toss and turn from lack of sleep missing my family... Oh BOY, was I wrong!!
The absolutely delicious, late night dinner, with a side of Kahlúa and fellow AllStars, Allrecipes Staff, and Kahlua representatives, assured heavy slumber as soon as my head made contact with the pillow! (Party animals!)
 

AllStars were treated to a wonderful dinner at Cuoco. Everything was enjoyed
from octopus legs (yikes!) to heavenly pastas and desserts.


Back at home...

I was so excited on my return about the video, my experience and that I actually LOVED the drink I was representing, I made my husband and I each one. (Okay, maybe two or three.) He loved it as well and is looking forward to trying all the seasonal flavors!



So I was too excited to run out and get some ABSOLUT vodka THAT NIGHT,
but this was an acceptable substitution in my opinion! :)


The reveal...

So, here it is! The finished product, sparkling new, straight off the shelves (the tippity-top one, of course!), online for your viewing pleasure.... Kahlúa, Allrecipes, and D.G. Says in... 



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 Kahlúa Espresso Martini

The Recipe


Legend has it the Kahlúa Espresso Martini was created in the 1980s by a London cocktail guru late one night for a famous supermodel. The mixologist had the brilliant idea of combining a shot of espresso and vodka with our coffee and cane spirit to create a martini like no other. Perfect for a brunch with friends, an after-dinner cocktail or before a big night out.

Ingredients:

1.5 parts KAHLÚA
1 part ABSOLUT VODKA
1 fresh brewed espresso

How to mix it:

Fill a shaker with ice, add Kahlúa, ABSOLUT VODKA and a fresh brewed espresso. Shake vigorously, and strain into a chilled martini glass.

Tip from D.G. Says:

I learned this great tip during the making of videos!: To chill your glasses, rinse under cold water and place in the freezer for 10-15 minutes!

Enjoy! 

-----D.G. Says-----

 

  Don't forget to enter to win $5,000 from Kahlúa in their "Pin It To Win It- Taste the Spirit of the Holidays" Contest!

 

What makes your festivities sparkle? 

Kahlúa- Taste the Spirit of the Holidays


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Special thanks go again to my new friend Nelly for taking some awesome photos and letting me put them on Domestic Goddess Says! 

Until Next time, friend! 

Glad you enjoyed Seattle's ocean breeze! <3 

 

My beautiful home, Seattle, courtesy of Nelly!

 

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Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia! Salba CHIA Review and Giveaway!

Give it up for CHIA seeds! They've been around a while! But now, are all around us as a super food!



I have to admit, when I first saw CHIA seeds to eat on the store shelves, I chuckled. After all, when I was growing up, Chia Pet Heads were all the rage.

The question wasn't IF you had a Chia Pet, but what head you had. They had everything, and apparently still do!

Nutritionally, Chia seeds are still a newcomer in my household. I didn't realize how absolutely amazing they were and the endless possibilities of things I can make with them! Now, I'm just a completely geeking out for Chia. Thank you Salba Smart for the opportunity to review these beautiful little morsels! I can see why you are so excited about Chia!


My personal research resulted in an overwhelming amount of information. For example:  40+ Ways to Use Chia Seeds , An article from Huffington Post entitled, Chia Seed Uses: 10 Surprising Ways to Use Nature's Superfood, or, my personal favorite, Top 10 Health Benefits of Chia Seeds.

Let me go ahead and touch on those awesome health benefits first!

Chia seeds provide quite the nutritional boost. After seeing the following chart off of Salba's site, I was in shock! What a powerful punch (KA-POW!) these little super-seeds have!

From Salba Chia Website

"Salba Chia is incredibly nutrient dense, contains no trans fat and is naturally gluten free. If that’s not smart enough, it is also Non-GMO Project Verified and the only form of chia used in clinical health and medical studies. Just a 15g serving a day of this potent superfood will bring your daily nutritional intake to the top of the class." Salba


Not to mention what you can do with Chia!


Run out of eggs? Soak 1 level tablespoon of chia seeds with a quarter cup of water to make an egg substitute for baking cakes and cookies!

Use chia seeds to make jams and jellies! No pectin needed!

Use seeds instead of bread crumbs to hold meatballs together, gluten-free alternative.

Use ground seeds and mix with hot milk to make a porridge

Use ground seeds with gluten free flours to make a delicious pizza crust!

Add it into smoothies, salads, stir fry or anywhere else you just want a nutritional boost

SO many ideas! 
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Now for my own experimentation! Muhahaha! I consider both a phenomenal success! :)



I love, love, love canning! I can jams and jellies yearly. It's a family & friends event to go to our local farms and pick berries. Then I spend hours over the stove cooking, straining, canning, burning myself... if you're canner- you know! The result is worth it and highly sought after. Homemade is just better!

Cranberry sauce has always been a favorite of mine. I fondly remember sitting in front of the television as a kid (and maybe as a big kid- you have no proof!) eating a can of jellied cranberry sauce with a spoon. My mother told me later that cranberries is what she craved during pregnancy. I'm not sure if that is an explaination for her cravings, or a serious coincidence, but it still makes a great story (and was my excuse for many years for eating the whole can to myself.)

Our family is trying to cut down significantly on processed sugars. I had a bag of cranberries, and chia seeds. I was pretty impressed with this experiment of Chia Cranberry Sauce! Feel free to try this for yourself with a big turkey dinner, maybe?

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Jaana's  Salba® Chia 

Cranberry  Sauce



1/4 cup Salba® chia seeds
1/2 cup water

1 12oz bag fresh cranberries
1/3 cup Agave nectar
1 tsp ginger zest
1 tsp orange zest

1 cinnamon stick.

1. Soak chia seeds in water until mixture has a jelly-like texture, about 5 minutes
2. Heat cranberries, agave nectar, cinnamon stick and zests to a boil, stirring constantly. Lower heat and simmer until cranberries are soft and a majority pop! (about 10 minutes). Keep stirring so the mixture doesn't scorch.
3. Mash berries with bottom of heat-proof jar or potato masher. 
4. Stir chia seed mixture into cranberry mixture. Remove from heat and let cool for at least 10 minutes.
5. Remove cinnamon stick.

If mixture is too tart, add more agave nectar to taste. Eat warm or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Enjoy!


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Jaana's  Salba® Chia 

Gluten-Free  Ancient  Grain  Pizza  Crust




1 tbsp ground Salba® chia seeds
2 tbsp boiling-hot water
3 cups gluten-free flour (I used ancient grain flour from Costco)
3 pk (4 tsp) active-dry yeast
2 tbsp honey 
1/2 to 1 1/2 cups (Baby-Bath-Warm water- don't over-think it!)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

oil for brushing tops of crust


Making the Salba® slurry: With ground chia in a small bowl, pour in 2 tbsp boiling-hot water. Whisk immediately and quickly to form a thick paste. Set aside to cool.

Combine dry ingredients. Put gluten-free flour and salt into the bowl of a stand mixer, mix until combined.

Activate the yeast: Put yeast, honey and baby-bath-warm water into a small bowl, stir gently. Yeast will foam when activated.

The dough: Add Salba® slurry to dry ingredients and mix for minute or so. Pour yeast water and olive oil in to dry ingredients. Mix on medium speed until dough comes together into a soft ball and feels soft and pliable. If the dough is too dry, add more warm water in small amounts until it feels right. 





Spray inside of bowl with non-stick spray (I used coconut oil), cover bowl with plastic wrap, & set aside for 1 hour to let dough rise. 



Preheat oven to 450° with cold pizza stone in the oven if you have one!. (If you feel comfortable cranking up the heat, going up to 550° is great! Just watch the dough carefully!- I put mine to around 500°!)

Rolling out the dough: 1/2 of the dough is equivelent to 1 pizza. Roll the dough to desired thickness on parchment paper. Our family prefers thinner crusts, you might like thicker.


Pre-bake the dough: Brush the top of the flattened dough with oil (I used avocado oil). Transfer dough from parchment paper to hot pizza stone. Pre-bake dough until it has started to crisp up and brown at the edges, about 8-10 minutes. (Depending on how hot your oven is, shorter times the hotter you have it cranked up!)




Top pizza with your favorite toppings bake for 8-10 minutes and enjoy! :)



Our pizza was topped with marinara, cheese, kale, leeks, tomatoes & seasoning


Yield 2-8in pizza crusts or 1-16in pizza crust.


For other great chia recipes, check out Salba's recipe section HERE!
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NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY!!!!!!




Salba Smart Chia® has graciously offered to give TWO of my readers ONE bag of ground Salba Chia Seeds, and ONE bag of whole Salba Chia Seeds to try for yourself! What will you be making?


Good Luck! And Thanks for reading!


----D.G. Says