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Motherstucker’s Must-Have Recipes for July 4th!

Need fresh, seasonal, & easy-to-make recipes for your Independence Day bash?  From the first course to the last, these recipes won’t disappoint!

FOR THE APPETIZER…

Gaea’s Cucumber Salad with Fresh Herbs, Orange Segments & Citrus Dressing

 

 

 

Ingredients for dressing:

o    1/2 cup Gaea’s Sitia, Crete D.O.P Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil

o    Juice of 1 lemon

o    Salt

o    Fresh ground black pepper

o    Fresh ground pink pepper

Ingredients for salad:

  • 6 small cucumbers
  • Sea Salt
  • 2 large oranges
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh rosemary
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh oregano
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh thyme
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh mint

Directions

Wash cucumber & oranges well. Peel oranges, remove white membrane & cut fresh in thin slices. Thinly slice cucumber with a mandolin. Combine salt and two kinds of pepper in glass or stainless steel bowl & add lemon juice. Slowly add olive oil while stirring constantly with wire whisk. Combine dressing with orange slices & fresh herbs. To serve: Arrange cucumbers in dishes & pour over prepared dressing. Sprinkle with a little coarse salt.

FOR THE MAIN COURSE…

Carrington Farms’ Flax Burger

Prep time: ~15 mins. Makes 4 -3/4 inch thick patties or 6 -1/2 inch thick patties.
4-6 hamburger buns

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound thawed ground beef, lean ground turkey or bison, veal or your favorite meat.
  • 2 Tbs finely chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 Tbs Carrington Farms Organic Milled flaxseed
  • 2 Tbs water
  • 3/4 cup soft bread crumbs (1 slice of bread)
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 Tbs mustard
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Directions:

  1. Mix together meat, onion, garlic, flax & bread crumbs.
  2. Lightly beat water & egg together and add to mixture. Add mustard, salt & pepper.
  3. Cook on a grill or stove top until no pink remains (~12 mins)
  4. Optional cheeseburgers: top with slice of your choice of cheese at end of cooking & grill or broil for about 1 min.

Carrington Farms Grilled Salmon

 

 

 

Ingredients:

Directions:

  • Oil grill with 1 tbls coconut oil
  • Heat grill
  • Coat each fillet with coconut oil & garlic powder & pepper to taste
  • Grill Salmon approx 5 – 7 minutes per side to taste.

 FOR THE DESSERT…

Viki’s Granola Berry Parfait

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

•  6 ounces Yogurt (yogurt of choice)

•  ¼ cup raspberries

•   ½ cup Viki’s Granola Original

Directions:

•  Place 2 ounces of yogurt into a tall glass or mason jar.

•  Pour a 1/3 of granola evenly on top of the yogurt.

•  Place 2 ounces of yogurt on top of the granola. Add raspberries.

•  Add remaining 2 ounces yogurt & granola on top.

Summer Starts SOON!

With Memorial Day right around the corner, use Carrington Farms, Gaea, & Viki’s Granola in these fresh, seasonal, & easy to make recipes –  perfect for throwing an al fresco summer bash!

From the first course to the last, these brands have you covered with a delicious, yet healthy selection of appetizers, side dishes, main dishes, & desserts. Each made with nutritious & natural ingredients like Greek Olive Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, & Gluten-Free Granola, these recipes will WOW your guests!

For the Appetizer…

Gaea’s Cucumber Salad with Fresh Herbs, Orange Segments & Citrus Dressing

Yields: 4 Servings

Prep Time: 15 min.

Cook Time: 0 min.

Skill: Easy

Ingredients

  • 6 small cucumbers
  • Sea Salt
  • For dressing:
  • 2 large oranges
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh rosemary
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh oregano
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh thyme
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh mint

Directions

Wash cucumber & oranges well. Peel oranges, remove white membrane & cut fresh in thin slices. Thinly slice cucumber with a mandolin. Combine salt & two kinds of pepper in glass or stainless steel bowl & add lemon juice. Slowly add olive oil while stirring constantly with wire whisk. Combine dressing with orange slices & fresh herbs. To serve: Arrange cucumbers in dishes & pour over prepared dressing. Sprinkle with a little coarse salt.

For the main course…

Carrington Farms’ Flax Burger

Prep time: ~15 mins

Makes 4 -3/4 inch thick patties or 6 -1/2 inch thick patties.
4-6 hamburger buns

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound thawed ground beef, lean ground turkey or bison, veal or your favorite meat.
  • 2 Tbs finely chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 Tbs Carrington Farms Organic Milled flaxseed
  • 2 Tbs water
  • 3/4 cup soft bread crumbs (1 slice of bread)
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 Tbs mustard
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Directions:

  1. Mix together meat, onion, garlic, flax & bread crumbs.
  2. Lightly beat water & egg together & add to mixture. Add mustard, salt & pepper.
  3. Cook on a grill or stove top until no pink remains (~12 mins)
  4. Optional cheeseburgers: top with slice of your choice of cheese at end of cooking & grill or broil for about 1 min.

For the side dish…

Carrington Farms’ Grilled Vegetable Skewers

Ingredients:

Directions:

Place all vegetables in a large bowl. In a small bowl, mix together Carrington Farms Garlic Flavored Liquid Coconut Oil, soy sauce & lemon juice. Pour over the vegetables. Cover bowl, & marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Place vegetables on skewers (if using wooden skewers make sure to soak first). Spray grill with Carrington Farms Coconut Oil Spray. Set grill to medium heat. Place vegetable skewers on preheated grill. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes.

For the dessert…
Viki’s Granola Banana Granola Pops 
Ingredients:

Directions:

Peel, cut bananas in half crosswise & insert Popsicle sticks.  Place on a parchment-lined tray, cover with plastic wrap and freeze for about 3 hours. Place Viki’s Banana Walnut Granola into a shallow dish. Melt chocolate in a double boiler over slightly simmering water, over low heat, constantly stirring. Pour the chocolate into a tall glass. Dip each banana into the chocolate & roll in the granola straightaway. Place on a parchment-lined tray. Serve immediately or wrap individually in parchment paper or plastic wrap in the freezer.

Nix the Stereotypical Flowers This Mother’s Day & Delight Mom with a Homemade Breakfast in Bed!

Not sure what to whip up? Pamper MOM with a plate of Viki’s Granola’s Maple Cranberry Granola Pancakes, Gaea’s Feta and Olive Oil Cakes, or Carrington Farms’ Ghee French Toast (or all three!) for a nutritious and delicious breakfast selection for mom. Each made with heart healthy and natural ingredients like gluten-free granola, organic ghee, and Greek Olive Oil, MOM will thank you for the indulgent, yet guilt-free, breakfast in bed on her special day.

♥Maple Cranberry Granola Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • ¼ cup Viki’s Cranberry Maple Granola
  • Maple syrup for topping

Directions:

In a large mixing bowl, blend flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Using a whisk or hand held mixer, whisk in buttermilk and egg until well combined and smooth. Stir in the melted butter. Heat a non-stick pan or griddle over medium heat. Using a ¼ cup measure, pour pancake mix to cook. When pancake is golden brown, flip and cook other side. Keep warm in a 275° oven. To serve stack a few pancakes and top with maple syrup and Viki’s Cranberry Maple Granola.

♥Ghee French Toast

Ingredients:

  • 5 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1/3 cup 1% milk
  • 3 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 6 slices of brioche bread (cut into ½ inch slices)
  • 2 tbsp of Carrington Farms Organic Ghee

Directions:

  1. Whisk eggs, sugar, milk, ghee and cinnamon for 30 seconds.
  2. Dip both sides of bread in mixture until saturated
  3. Put 1 tbsp of ghee in pan and turn heat on low for 20 seconds to let the ghee melt.
  4. Place 3 slices of bread in pan at a time and keep on medium heat.
  5. Cook slices until browned on both sides.
  6. Repeat steps 3-5 for the last 3 pieces.

♥Feta and Olive Oil Cakes

Ingredients

Directions

Preheat oven to 350F. Process the cheese with the sugar and honey in a mixer until smooth. Add olive oil. Combine flour with the ground almonds and baking powder and add to bowl while mixing. Divide batter among 6 greased one-use individual cake molds and top each with half an olive. Sprinkle top of batter with brown sugar and bake for about 25 minutes.

Here’s a New Children’s Picture Book Just in Time for Easter & Passover

Meeting Moses is a newly inspired story from the Old Testament that entertains with time traveling (what kid doesn’t like that?), & written from a child’s point of view. This is a fun story with eye-catching illustrations, & has positive role models & life lessons. What a nice way for kids to be introduced to the Bible. The 40 page hardcover printed picture book is on sale for only $14.95, & the eBook for just $4.99. The publisher’s website also has free content to download. www.meetingbibleheroes.com 

Mother’s Day MOST Wanted

Super fun & one-of-a kind Art Purses with original art displayed on the front! The in house artist at TJSource creates magical paintings that are imprinted onto handbags using a dye sublimation process to ensure everlasting effect.

This versatile 2 sided over the shoulder handbag measures 16″(L) x 4.5″(W) x 10.5″(H) making it perfect for all environments & occasions; from daytime casual wear, work or a fun night out. TJSource handbags are made from 100% genuine leather outer layer & durable polyester fabric with nylon interior including 2 internal pockets. Each purse is hand-stitched finished for extra TLC & includes a zippered hidden compartment.

The beautiful colorful purses showcase the work of Miami artist, Tabby N, featured for Miami Art Basel At Art Fusion Galleries in Wynwood Arts District, the world’s largest art exchange.  Use “FUN10” Coupon Code for 10% Off at Checkout! https://www.etsy.com/shop/TJSource

MOTHERLOAD HOLIDAY GIVING GUIDE: Jewelnow.com

p11457rv014lg_1024x1024Offering trendy fashion jewelry (bracelets, pendants, necklaces, rings & earrings) Jewelnow.com is ahead of the crowd when it comes to offering the finest quality fashion jewelry at prices that represent exceptional value!

Jewel now.com translates the latest expressions of style, combined with good design principles into its jewelry collections — Bling up — Shine Out 🙂 All products comes with a 30 day hassle free return policy & as an added bonus, use code MOMSPECIAL10P to get an amazing 10% discount off all purchases on checkout. Offer valid till 31st December 2016. Hurry up to www.jewelnow.com today! b01003rc401lg_1024x1024

MOTHERLOAD HOLIDAY GIVING GUIDE: Car Tots!

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Looking for that SPECIAL gift this holiday season? Check out these remote control ride on cars — with the wireless remote control you drive your little one around — in their very own ride on car! Car Tots has a large selection & has been specializing in these types of vehicles for over three years now, which is good because you want to make sure that you purchase from a dealer who is going to be there for you now & in the future. XOXO, MotherStucker 😉

MOTHERLOAD HOLIDAY GIVING GUIDE: Ms. Ronda’s Alphabet Teaching Series

Children of all ages love the antics of the characters in Ms. Ronda’s Alphabet Teaching Series. They are delighted by the bright, colorful illustrations, & they quickly fall in love with Alpha, who guides them through the alphabet series. Little ones are thrilled as Alpha introduces the main characters & teaches letter recognition, letter sounds, & ultimately helps them learn to read. They love being engaged as Alpha challenges & encourages them through additional areas of learning concepts such as numbers, colors, shapes, opposites, character traits, development of fine motor skills, & other lessons, which are interwoven throughout the series.

The “For the Big People”, section helps equip adults with techniques to better teach their children. Parents & Teachers alike, enjoy the discussions that take place with their little ones as a result of the character lessons & conversation starters that are woven into each story. Go to https://www.amazon.com/author/rondanunez & click each book to view/order in time for the holiday season! 🙂

MOTHERLOAD HOLIDAY GIVING GUIDE: The Fly Creek Cider Mill Cookbook

Dinner is DONE Thanks to The Fly Creek Cider Mill Cookbook!

One-Pot Pork with Apple Cider & Potatoes
Serves 4

  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1.5 pounds potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 cups FCCM Apple Cider
  • 2 thick (1-inch) pork chops
  • 1/3 cup parsley, chopped
  • 3 sprigs rosemary
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a 5-quart Dutch oven, arrange half the onions in an even layer. Top with half the potatoes, arranging in an even layer; season lightly with salt and pepper. Repeat with the remaining onions and potatoes; season. Pour in the cider.
  2. Season the pork chops and place on top of the potatoes and onions in a single layer. Top with the parsley and rosemary sprigs.
  3. Bake, uncovered, until the potatoes are tender, about 45 minutes. Slice the pork chops and serve with the potatoes and onions.

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Find THIS recipe & more than 100 more categorized by Basic Recipes, Breakfast, Starters & Snacks, Soups & Salads, Sides, Main Courses, Breads, Desserts, & Drinks. Perfect Holiday Gift! Order at: http://shop.flycreekcidermill.com/browse.cfm/fccm-cookbook-2016/4,1040.html

MOTHERLOAD HOLIDAY GIVING GUIDE 2016: Christmas Trivetrunner

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  • ADDS BEAUTIFUL HOLIDAY SPIRIT – This gorgeous Christmas trivet & table runner is the perfect winter red & adorned with reindeer, Christmas trees, snowflakes & even white bells; all to help you capture yuletide magic.
  • IMPROVED SURFACE PROTECTION – Designed to cover the length of the middle of your dining room table, it can be used as a hot pots trivet, as well as hot pans & plates, as well ice cold containers; & all without damaging your wood surfaces.
  • VERSATILE 2-in-1 DESIGN – Crafted with an insulated polymer & polyester blend, the 2-in-1 decorative table trivet runner is heat resistant up to 300°F, heat insulating & offers an anti-slip surface, & looks stunning on your table all holiday season.
  • PRACTICAL HOLIDAY GIFT – The Anna Stay Christmas Trivet & Table Runner makes a wonderful house-warming Christmas gift & useful item that every home needs. Easy to use & easier to clean, you’ll love the versatility.

Order in time for the holidays  on Amazon!
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MotherLOAD Holiday Giving Guide 2016: Innovatek NeoLaserLight Holiday Lights with Bluetooth Speaker

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Decorate your house instantly with the season’s merriest decoration — Project beautiful laser lights in Green, Blue & Red on to your house that dance along with music — Thousands of stars synchronize with music on your wall, ceiling, & lawn. Getting started is easy, plug in the lights, pair your phone, & hit play! Get it on Amazon!

“Caped Crusaders” Has Halloween Handled!

img_1541If you’re still not entirely ready for Halloween, MotherStucker found a fun online shop, which is run by a grandmother, who, for decades, has been making costumes for kids! She originally designed & made costumes for her 6 children, their neighborhood friends, & then her grandchildren too. She continues this tradition with her online business: CapedCrusaders.com where she now operates a shop on Etsy.

The costumes & capes that you’ll find here are individually created with quality fabrics, fancy laces & trims, to please any child’s imagination. Perfect for Halloween costumes, dress-up & pretend, & theme birthday parties too! There’s still time… order soon for delivery before Halloween! You might find the perfect costume for your child over at CapedCrusaders.com!

Beyond Childhood #PlayfulTrends

Disclaimer: The post is brought to you by Activate by Bloglovin & its advertiser. This post is sponsored by the Voice of Play. All opinions are mine alone.
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Join MotherStucker & family this summer to embrace IPEMA’s Voice of Play! Take advantage of your family’s free time with new wdw2016170490602782_386436896124_16opportunities to play. Our Stucker family DID & we are fresh from a  trip to Orlando,  FL to visit Minnie Mouse. This was my youngest daughter’s first trip to the Magic Kingdom & although not my first trip, this MotherStucker let loose & had a blast! Adults & kiddos alike benefit from playtime, which is good for physical/mental health. Everyone feels the stress of modern-day life. So let’s play, beyond childhood!

wdw2016170490602755_386436995401_16The Voice of Play is an education & advocacy initiative of the non-profit membership association, IPEMA, formed to educate & promote the benefits of children’s free outdoor play & playgrounds. Through the Voice of Play website & social media properties, IPEMA highlights the scientifically proven physical, social, emotional & cognitive benefits of play. Earlier this year the Voice of Play identified eight of the most exciting PLAYFul & hottest trends, which include outdoor fitness activities, rough-&-tumble play, play for adults, nature play & MORE! See all  8 trends here: http://voiceofplay.org/

Why My Mother Is Important to Me….

As Happy MOMS Day Week continues I’m reminded that our loved ones play an important part in whom we are today, & who we will be later on. The greatest impact may originate from our family; my Mom is mine. She taught me everything from how to eat healthy food & dress myself… how to respond to any circumstance.

  1. She Listens to Me Carefully:

Regardless of how terrible of a day she had, she will BE there to hear me out. I converse with her about everything … She endures my emotional episodes, my steady babble & still figures out how to keep our home, & everybody in it, all together.

  1. She Calms Me Down:

It will be OK. My mother always makes me feel better & she does this with a smile, even when I forget to say thank you.

  1. She Loves Me Unconditionally:

My mother comprehends I’m my own individual — It’s critical to have somebody like that in your life; it will help you turn into the best individual you can be. Since our families are there with us from the beginning, they know every little thing about us — & they’re the ones who genuinely shape our qualities & identities.

  1. She’s a Good Influence:

She has taught me what is correct and what isn’t right, & what I ought to do when I settle on a terrible choice. She redirects me! Mom urges me to pursue my fantasies.

After reading this article, you can enjoy an exclusive offer from the Nordstrom 20 off coupon during Mom’s Day Week (& beyond!) for beauty & fragrance gifts!

COUNTDOWN TO MOTHER’S DAY 2016! “BestCoffeeGiftEver.com”

BCGE_MothersDAYShow MOM the LOVE this Mother’s Day with Two Rivers Bit of Everything Single-cup Sampler Pack (40 Count) keurig compatible sampler pack! She will be the hostess with the MOST-ess everyday with something for every type of Keurig fan: Brooklyn Bean Roaster, Hamilton Mills, Java Factory, Select by Trump, Workaholics, Cake Boss, Guy Fieri, Prospect Tea, Stash Tea, Tootsie Roll, Fireside Cider, Café Artigiano, Frost Tea, Coffee, Hot Cocoa, Hot Cider, Tea, & Iced Tea! Mom can use at home or travel with this thoughtful gift… On camping trips MotherStucker brings along a keurig & my “Two Rivers Bit of Everything Single-cup Sampler Pack” for a FUN “StuckBucks” experience with family & friends! bestcoffeegiftever.com unnamed

Good News Travels Fast

99l1600Where are you headed this summer break? Looking for ideas to inspire the whole family? Travel Spin is THE travel destination generator helping families decide where to travel by suggesting the best vacation spots for 2016. 34l160012l1600Travel Spin tells you everything you need to know about the destination – Complete with “Journey Planner”, photos & hotel suggestions – So get inspired & spin again till your heart’s content! Wish you were here! http://travelsp.in XO, MotherStucker

Jersey Moms in Love

Today I would like to discuss a new local business based in Teaneck NJ. This company is called Gardenia’s Fire & boy have they been on fire lately! Hand delivering their signature pastry bouquets that feature macarons, berries & floral cupcakes. gardeniasfirebouquet

Their business emphasizes on bringing families together, & making relationships flourish through simple gifts. Having the bouquets as multifunctional product, you can have it delivered to an employee of the month or on  your 1 year anniversary to your girlfriend. Most people enjoy sweets, & the best part is that the bouquets themselves are absolutely stunning. I have seen fruit bouquets like edible arrangements but not with gourmet desserts. Interesting perspective & the hand delivered aspect makes it even easier in having it handled as a delicate flower to loved ones.

For those that do not live in Jersey, they have recently come up with shippable gift boxes that feature their popular berries & macarons. You can find them at: http://gardeniasfire.com/

Do not forget Mother’s Day… Jersey, do you love them or what?