Bringing Fresh Fruits to the Table with Grub Market & a giveaway

California Fruit Bounty

My family has made a decision to eat better this year, and one way to achieve this is be eating fresh fruits and vegetables.  Now there is an easy way to make sure you are getting in your fruits thanks to GrubMarket.  GrubMarket is a subscription service that send fresh, organic fruit right to your door and at a great price!

GrubMarket is an easy-to-use online marketplace for local food in fresh quality with affordable prices.  Their mission is to conveniently make fresh & healthy food accessible to everyone.  Basically, it is an online farmers’ market!!!

We received their regular-size California Fruit Bounty box.  This box was filled with a seasonal harvest of organic fruit grown in California such as apples, pears, oranges, pineapples, dates, pomegranate, and an avocado.

During the summer, this box offers the best of summer fruits, including peaches, apricots, cherries, and plums.  During the fall & winter, this box offers a mix of citrus, pears, apples, and more, all grown from the best California farms.

We decided to make one of my husband’s favorite fruit desserts, Ambrosia.   We tweaked our recipe just a bit to fit the fresh fruit that we revived in our Grub Market box.

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Ingredients

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 tablespoon sugar

4 ounces sour cream

6 ounces mini marshmallows, approximately 3 cups

1 cup chopped fresh pineapple

2 pears, cut and cubed

3 apples of choice, cut and cubed

1 cup toasted, chopped pecans

1/2 cup drained maraschino cherries

Directions

Place the cream and sugar into the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment and whip until stiff peaks are formed. Add the sour cream and whisk to combine. Add the marshmallows, apples, pineapple, pears, pecans and cherries.  Fold to combine. Transfer to a glass serving bowl, cover and place in the refrigerator for 2 hours before serving.

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About GrubMarket

GrubMarket is all about providing accessibility, by delivering the following key benefits to their stakeholders:

Unbeatable prices:  While many food delivery services and premium grocers cater to high-income earners, GrubMarket is committed to making fresh and delicious food accessible to all people by keeping their prices consistently lower than all comparable grocers.

Convenience:  Through their reliable operations, GrubMarket is committed to providing people in food deserts (ie. areas without farmers’ markets and fresh grocery stores) with access to high-quality, freshly-harvested items that they would typically find at a farmers’ market or Whole Foods store.  Additionally, they offer free delivery across the U.S. for all orders above $59.

Food Discovery:  GrubMarket provides a platform for their partnering small farms and vendors to sell their items directly to customers.  Many of these food producers have challenges getting shelf space at grocery stores, and/or may not want to pay the upfront costs of hosting farmers’ market tables.  GrubMarket gives these food producers access to tens of thousands of customers through a robust online marketplace, regardless of the food producers’ production scale.

GrubMarket firmly believes that you, your family, and your friends should always have the opportunity to eat well, and that price should never be a barrier between you and healthy, delicious, and freshly-harvested food.  They are committed to providing you with the best grocery experience possible, by regularly offering you wholesome foods at wholesale prices.  They work with a variety of farms and artisan producers to bring you high-quality foods and other items at prices that are up to 50% OFF what you’d typically find at Whole Foods and other grocers.

My readers can receive 20% off their first order by using code GRUB20 and free shipping on orders over $59.

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Would you like to win your very own GrubMarket fruit basket?  One lucky reader will get a regular boxed sent right to their doorstep!

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Bloomsy Box & a Netflix Giveaway

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Are you ready for another Valentine’s Day?  Maybe it is time for some new ideas to show the one that has stolen your heart just how much you love them!   I have done a little research and have found some unique ways to show the ones you love just how much you are thinking of them!  If you are reading this husband–this is what I want!

 

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Bloomsy Box

What is one item that is synonymous with Valentine’s  Day, FLOWERS!!!  Who does not enjoy a beautiful and fragrant bouquet?  I know that I really enjoy having a vase of flowers to gaze at, and I often find myself sad when they die.

Valentine’s Day is a great time to get flowers; however, it would be even better to have that lasting gift of flowers last for several months or even a year.  That is where Bloomsy Box comes in.  Bloomsy Box is a subscription flower service delivered straight to your front door.

So how does Bloomsy Box’s work?   Simply choose the plan that works best for you.  The plans range from small to large with prices ranging from as little as $34.99 to $48.99 a month, and you can choose how many months you want them delivered. Then let Bloomsy Box do the rest.  They will send you out the finest seasonal flowers for you to enjoy.

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Bloomsy Box works directly with their farms; there is no middle man!  That means that the customer gets to reap the benefits of lower costs.  They bring the best blooms from around the world like South Africa, Holland, France, and South America within 48 hours.

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We were sent a beautiful bouquet of flowers.  They arrived in a rectangular box and upon opening we were greeted with a lovely bunch of flowers wrapped in craft paper and tied with a pretty red ribbon.

As you can see from the images below, the blooms are gorgeous!

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Bloomsy Box is a great way to say I love you with flowers.  If you do not want to sign up for a subscription service, that is okay.  Bloomsy Box offers regular bouquets that you can purchase.    You can get a variety of of flowers sent out.  They will be wrapped in their eco-friendly craft paper and tied with the Bloomsy Box red ribbon.  This is sure to put a smile on the receiver’s face!

What is even better about Bloomsy Box is that they offer a 100% satisfaction guaranteed!  If you are looking for a great way to show your love this Valentine’s Day, check out Bloomsy Box!

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Groundhog Day

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Originating in Germany, Groundhog Day is celebrated in the United States every February 2.  Old European tradition states that if a hibernating animal sees its shadow on February 2, there will be six more weeks of winter.  Now I do not know about you, but this Georgia Peach looks forward to Springtime in Georgia, pollen and all!

Groundhog Day is currently celebrated in the United States in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.  Punxsutawney Phil is the groundhog that resides there and predicts the weather.  If Phil can see his shadow when he comes out of his home, winter will be with us for six more weeks.  If Phil hangs out and has no shadow, then Spring is coming early.

There are lots of ways to celebrate groundhog Day with children.  From the many arts and crafts you can make to the science lessons on groundhogs or shadows, there are many fun activities to engage in.

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Groundhog day books for kids

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Who Will See Their Shadows This Year

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Groundhog Day!

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Of course, children are not the only ones that can enjoy Groundhog Day.  Bill Murray stars in the classic Groundhog Day movie.  Released in 1993,  “a weather man is reluctantly sent to cover a story about a weather forecasting “rat” (as he calls it). This is his fourth year on the story, and he makes no effort to hide his frustration. On awaking the ‘following’ day he discovers that it’s Groundhog Day again, and again, and again. First he uses this to his advantage, then comes the realization that he is doomed to spend the rest of eternity in the same place, seeing the same people do the same thing EVERY day.”

Disclaimer:  This post was not sponsored by Parents magazine or Amazon.  As a mother and educator, this post was truly written to bring ideas and historical facts to my readers about this fun holiday.

The Great Kindness Challenge and Shari’s Berries Kindness Generator

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Kindness Week has returned to my school and just in time for one of my #payitforward Tuesdays blog post.  During the week of January 25-29, our school will focus on what it means to be kind.  From programs and speeches to random acts of kindness, the students in my school are INTENTIONALLY showing kindness to others!   Vanessa Wright, our truly wonderful and creative coordinator of Kindness Week, describes what we do.  “We are simply telling kids to be kind and to look for opportunities to help others.  We want to eradicate bullying before it begins and this is a wonderful preventative initiative.  Several students will be participating in the recording of an original “kindness” song, and the school has applied to achieve the world record for the longest paper chain of kindness.  Each time a student performs a random act of kindness, they will add a paper link to the chain.  The chain will serve as a visual reminder to the students that even the smallest acts of kindness can have a huge impact.”

The Great Kindness Challenge was first held in August 2008 by Kids for Peace chapters in San Diego. The second Great Kindness Challenge took place on August 8, 2009, and involved at least 35 countries. The third annual Challenge, on August 14, 2010, reached 50 countries.

After the success of their global challenge, they were asked to create a challenge just for schools. In an effort to provide a positive anti-bullying tool, The Great Kindness Challenge-School Edition was created. Students dedicate one week to performing as many kind deeds as possible. This is the second year that my school has participated in the Great Kindness Challenge.  TDuring this one week students are encouraged to perform as many acts of kindness as possible, choosing from a 50 item checklist.  Of course, students are not limited to 50 item checklist.  Any act of kindness counts!

This was our 2015 Kindness video written and sang by Lillyanne Beatty.  Music is from Megan Trainor’s Lips Are Moving.

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I would imagine that many of my readers are not working in a school as I am, or have children attending a school that is participating in this year’s event.  That does not mean that you can’t extend the hand of kindness to others!  Many of us often wonder what we can do to make a difference in the world, or in other people’s lives but don’t know where to start. The good thing is, acts of kindness don’t have to be a big production and they don’t always involve money. A warm smile, holding the door for someone, helping a neighbor with groceries – those are all things we can do to make someone’s day a little better.

Shari’s Berries created a random acts of kindness generator to help inspire your next good deed. It includes over 50 ideas that can be done for a stranger, your co-workers, with your kids and for your friends and family. Random acts of kindness week starts February 14th but, spreading kindness is something that should celebrated all year long!
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 I hope that you will consider checking out the Great Kindness Challenge website and possibly getting your child’s school involved.  If you do not have children or are invested at a local school, please visit Shari’s Berries and check out their kindness generator.  No matter where you are or what your income level is, you can make a difference in other people’s lives.
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Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites Reveal Hidden Gems

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Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites welcome more than 7.5 million visitors each year, yet with more than 60 locations across the Peach State, much is still uncharted territory. Ever wanted to know the rangers’ favorite secret spots? The park system is now revealing “Hidden Gems” selected by those who know the parks best.

Few of the little-known locations, artifacts or historical features are mentioned online or in brochures. Instead, visitors are encouraged to explore what’s hidden in Georgia’s backyard during events throughout the year. Programs range from guided hikes to lake paddles – even behind-the-scenes tours. Below is a sample of Hidden Gems waiting to be discovered during 2016 events. Check www.GaStateParks.org/HiddenGems for a complete list of programs spotlighting these secrets.

Some Hidden Gems in Georgia you need to check out!

Amicalola Falls State Park (Dawsonville) – Many know the park for its famous cascading waterfall, but hidden on the trail to the falls is an old blue moonshine truck from the Prohibition era. While drivers were racing to get away from “revenuers,” the truck slipped 200 feet down the steep incline to its current resting spot against a stand of Poplar trees.

Chattahoochee Bend State Park (Newnan) – Along the banks of the southern portion of the Chattahoochee River, nature-spotters and paddlers can scope out a nest of America’s beloved Bald Eagle.

Chief Vann House Historic Site (Chatsworth) – See burn scars on the staircase where Georgia militia tried to smoke Cherokee Indian Joseph Vann from his home in 1835.

Indian Springs State Park (Flovilla) – As one of the oldest state parks in the nation, it’s no surprise that the hidden gem is the history of this park. Creek Indians once inhabited the area, and in the 1800s, the land was a resort town.

Panola Mountain State Park (Stockbridge) – You may have heard about Panola Mountain’s unique ecology, but are you ready to discover some of the mountain’s lesser-known history? Join an expert guide to head off the trail and explore hidden cemeteries, whiskey stills, farming history and more on a strenuous, six-mile hike.
Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area (Lumpkin) – This canyon was carved by erosion due to poor farming practices during the 1800s. Learn about the “language” of soft Coastal Plain soils called Nankin, Cowarts, Mobila and Orangeburst.

Roosevelt’s Little White House (Warm Springs) – President Franklin D. Roosevelt was fond of model ships. See a replica of the Mayflower on display in his den, carved from the original 1620 ship’s timber.

Reynolds Mansion on Sapelo Island  (Darien) – Take an exclusive trip to the north end of Sapelo Island to tour cotton plantation ruins called Chocolate Plantation, and see ancient Native American shell rings dating back more than 4,500 years.

Wormsloe Historic Site (Savannah) – Learn about The Great Savannah Races of 1908-1911 (the first Grand Prix) and the race embankment that still remains on Wormsloe property.

A few parks are spotlighting different hidden gems each month. Sweetwater Creek State Park (Lithia Springs) highlights many of the ruins from the 19thcentury including Alexander’s Mill Ruins and an old homestead. At Tallulah Gorge State Park (Tallulah Falls), hidden gems reveal Witch’s Head rock formation, the old jail house, the gorge floor cave and a spectacular sunset spot.

Crispy, Crunchy Fried Chicken Tenders

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Makes for a delicious and juicy main entree!

Serving Size:  4 (2 medium sized tenders per person)

Ingredients for Dry Mix

1  1/2 cup of all purpose flour

4 tbsp of baking powder

1 tbsp of garlic powder

1 tbsp of seasoning salt

2 tsp of black pepper

Please dry ingredients in a large baggie and shake to mix.

Ingredients for Wet Mix

1/2 cup of milk

1/4 cup of Dale’s Marinade Sauce

Soak tenders in wet mixture for at least 30 minutes or overnight is better.

Drop tenders into dry mix baggie and shake vigorously until coated.

Cooking Instructions

Preheat 1/2 inch of oil in skillet preheat until 325 to 350 degrees.

Drop chicken into oil 1 by 1.

Cook until  chicken is done and the coating is golden brown on each side.

Drain and serve.

McCormick White Chicken Chili

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Looking for new chili ideas?  Try this McCormick White Chicken Chili recipe.

It has a little kick to it!

Serving Size:  4 to 6

Ingredients

1 packet of McCormick White Chicken Chili Seasoning Mix

4 chicken breasts, cooked and cubed

2 can of Great Northern Beans

1 can of Cannellini Beans

Directions

Cook chicken in a skillet with a little oil.

Cut chicken into bite sized cubes.

In a crock pot or large chili pot, add in the cans of beans with juice.

In a separate bowl, add the McCormick White Chicken Chili Seasoning Mix with one cup of water. Stir.

Pour mixture into the crock pot or chili pot. Stir.

Add in chicken and stir.

Cook on low for four hours.

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Variations

Add in chopped onions and /or peppers of your choice.

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Disclaimer:  This post was not sponsored,  We simply made this for dinner the other night and are sharing our results.  Opinions presented are 100% mine and are not influenced by McCormick in anyway.