Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Peach Diva Cocktail Recipe

I love peaches so I think this Peach Diva Cocktail from Little Black Dress Wines is one that I would enjoy. Plus, it looks super easy to prepare. A great cocktail for New Year's Eve or Girl's Night In parties for sure!

Peachy Diva Cocktail Recipe (by the glass)

1 oz. Van Gogh cool peach vodka
2 oz. Little Black Dress Chardonnay
1 oz. Limoncello di Capri
squeeze of 1 lemon wedge
peach slice - for garnishing

Directions: Shake ingredients very well with ice and strain into a martini glass.

Peach Diva Cocktail Recipe (by the pitcher)

1/2 bottle (750ml) Van Gogh Cool Peach vodka
1 bottle Little Black Dress Chardonnay
1/2 bottle Limoncello di Capri
2 cups freshly made lemonade
peach slices - for garnishing the glasses or pitcher

Directions: Add ingredients to a pitcher or other container and stir briefly. Store in fridge until ready to serve. When ready, add 3 cups ice and stir again. Pour into martini glasses.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 10 on DVD January 5th

How many of you are big fans of the hit TV show Always Sunny in Philadelphia? I admit, I don't watch the show but my husband never misses an episode! He's a big fan of the show! Well, if you've been waiting for season 10 to come out onto're in-luck! Season 10 will be available for purchase starting on January 5th, 2016. Here's some additional information on the release.

For those of you who do watch this show...please feel free to leave us a comment or two about why you love the show and who's your favorite character?

Synopsis: Celebrate a decade of debauchery with Season Ten of TV’s most outrageously funny comedy. Join your favorite demented bar owners for a new round of misguided dreams and blundered schemes. This time around the gang tackles their most hilarious challenges yet, like besting the legendary beer drinking record of baseball's Wade Boggs and conquering the wacky world of online dating. Plus, Mac and Charlie join a cult, Psycho Pete returns from the loony bin and the gang struggles to keep their weirdness under wraps while competing on a TV game show.

*** Information and Photo provided by: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Monday, December 21, 2015

Kale Pesto with Toasted Walnuts Recipe

Kale Pesto with Toasted Walnuts Recipe
Join us for the third annual national celebration of all things Kale. This grassroots movement is helping to promote kale, but more importantly, focus on healthy eating and nutrition education. And we want you to get involved!

So Why Should YOU Care About Kale?

* Kale continues to trend upward and has increased in sales over 200%
* Kale is now seen more often on restaurant menus and in grocery store aisles
* Kale is also now appearing in school lunches like the New York Public School System, as a staple item for kids to enjoy
* It's nutritional benefits can help make a difference in our country's health crisis
Kale is a versatile ingredient for recipes of all kinds

On October 7, retailers, bloggers, chefs, food influencers and other media members will be joining in on a digital conversation through the sharing of recipes, photos and posts, as well as a Twitter party, which had over a million impressions last year.

In conjunction to digital efforts, there will also be in-person events around the country and on-air interviews with the movement's founders:

Dr. Drew Ramsey, MD
Chef Jennifer Iserloh (Skinny Chef).

As the best-selling author of 50 Shade of Kale and Healthy Cheats and a classically trained chef, Jennifer is a leader in promoting diets of delicious, nutritious and easy to prepare meals to help promote healthy lifestyles. To schedule an interview or on-air appearance with Jennifer, please contact us directly.

And of course, a celebration of kale wouldn't be complete without recipes.

Kale Pesto with Toasted Walnuts Recipe

2 cups packed torn kale leaves, stems removed
1 cup packed fresh basil leaves
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup toasted walnuts
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

In a food processor, combine the kale leaves, basil leaves, and salt. Pulse 10 to 12 times, until the kale leaves are finely chopped. With the motor running, drizzle in the olive oil. Scrape down the sides of the processor. Add the walnuts and garlic and process again, then add the cheese and pulse to combine. Toss with your favorite pasta and serve immediately.

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Easy to Make Meatless Monday Recipes

Are you looking for some easy-to-prepare and delicious recipe ideas for Meatless Monday? If so, I think you will appreciate our foodie guest post today.

Meatless Mondays
By Spork Foods

Breakfast: Many people start off the day in a meatless way and don’t even think twice. Breakfast is important for fueling the body with a combo of protein, carbs and nutrients to get you going. If you want to treat yourself and your loved ones to a wonderful, flavorful breakfast that no one will realize is vegan, healthy, or eggless – try making these Blueberry Tofu Ricotta Pancakes!

Lunch: Lunch is a great time to incorporate nuts into your meal, to satisfy you until dinner. Pistachios are some of our favorite nuts to eat because studies show they reduce heart disease risk and lower blood pressure. They’re also lower in calories than many other nuts. One way we love consuming pistachios is in a Pistachio Chewy Bite. These snacks are the most delicious way to stave off hunger and the flavor combination of pistachios and cranberries is unique and satisfying.

Check out our recipe for Pistachio Chewy Bite Salad!

Dinner: Now may be the time of day that abstaining from meat is the hardest because dinner is supposed to be a hearty and satisfying experience. There are an incredible amount of meat-free dinner ideas that you may not even realize you’re already incorporating into your diet like a bean and rice burrito, many dishes at a Thai, Ethiopian or Indian restaurant and more. The reason you don’t miss the meat with these choices is because when you incorporate beans, grains and veggies into your meal, you feel full and satisfied. There’s also a ton of fiber in these types of dishes, and fiber keeps your digestive system functioning so that’s always a bonus!

Try our recipe for Peanut Ginger Jackfruit Noodles for a super flavorful, satisfying dinner. There’s even protein in the sauce, so you can think of looking at every ingredient as a potential source of nutrients when going meatless!

About Spork Foods - L.A.-based sisters and celebrity chefs, Heather Goldberg and Jenny Engel of Spork Foods are vegan chefs that own a Los Angeles-based gourmet cooking school. The culinary duo are also cookbook authors and work with some of Hollywood’s elite including Emily and Zooey Deschanel, Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard, Kristin Bauer van Straten, and Alicia Silverstone.

About Pistachio Chewy Bites - With two main ingredients, Pistachio Chewy Bites provide healthy snack lovers the amazing benefits of pistachios and cranberries in a delicious and nutritious bite-size bar. Pistachio Chewy Bites are heart-healthy, 100% all natural, gluten and dairy free, low in sodium, GMO free, vegan and a great on-the-go protein snack. They also have no cholesterol, zero trans-fat and are a good source of dietary fiber. These nutrient-rich snack bars provide a great balance of carbohydrates, protein and fat for sustainable energy. With 7 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and healthy fat, the individually wrapped bars are the perfect one stop shop.

Available in major grocery store chains across the country such as: Bristol Farms, Fairway, Shoprite, A&P, Roundy’s, HEB, Safeway, Ingles, Gelson’s, King Kullen, Earth Fare, Price Chopper, Wegmans, Save Mart, Lucky, Hy-Vee, Shop n’ Save, etc. They are also available online at and

Saturday, December 12, 2015

The Best Exercises for People Who Don’t Exercise

Celebrity trainer reveals best moves for the athletically challenged

Exercise is key not only for physical health, but emotional health as well. However, some people prefer to shed pounds without ever lifting a pound…that is, they would rather stick to a hardcore diet than ever hit the gym.

Joey Thurman, celebrity trainer to stars such as Terrence Howard, says, “I get so frustrated when people tell me that they ‘can’t’ work out. Some claim that they simply don’t have the time, while others say that they just built aren’t for it. I think that’s nonsense. Everyone’s body is made for exercise—and we all need to move our bodies in order to keep them healthy and fit.”

To those who would rather diet instead of exercise, Thurman says, “There is no denying that you can shed pounds quickly if you follow a strict diet. But you’re not going to have a toned, sexy body just from living on salad. You have to exercise if you want to look and feel your best.”

Here are Thurman’s best exercises for people who don’t exercise:

· Squats: “These are so simple and they require no equipment. Squats are awesome for your thighs, glutes, and calves. Position your knees so that they don’t extend past your toes, and then sit back as though you were sitting squarely into a chair. Don’t bend past your knees. Repeat 20 times.”
· Planks. “Again, these require no equipment and are awesome for your core. Lie belly-first on the floor. Flatten your elbows on the floor. Rise up on your toes and your bent arms. Hold for 30 seconds. As you become more experienced, you can hold yourself on your palms and your toes, and hold the pose for much longer."
· Crescent Moon: Lay flat on your back. Extend your legs and arms straight and hold them taut. Pin your core to your back and then rise up, holding your legs and arms in the air while you balance on your hollowed out core. “Keep your belly tight. You should have the shape of a crescent moon,” says Thurman. Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat 10 times.
· Wall squats: Stand with your back flat against the wall. Keeping your knees straight in front of you, bend down with your back sliding down the wall. Hold this squatted position and then rise up. Repeat 30 times.
· Fire hydrants. Get on your hands and knees. “Lift your bent leg at a 90 degree angle (yes, the image of a dog using a fire hydrant might come to mind,” laughs Thurman, “Hold and release. Repeat 20 times on each side. Remember to keep your back straight and your belly tucked. No arching!”

About Joey Thurman: Joey Thurman is a health, fitness, nutrition expert and the creator of The Lifestyle Renovation, a website dedicated to helping people achieve their health and fitness goals. Joey was named the best trainer in Chicago by the Chicago Sun Times in 2015 and's top 3 favorite celebrity trainers. He has appeared on CBS, WGN, FOX, ABC and WCIU sharing his insights as a celebrity fitness trainer, published author and nutrition expert. Joey’s work has been featured in publications such as U.S. News and World Report, NPR, People Magazine,,, Inspiyr, TimeOut Chicago, RedEye, American Global Traveler, CaliDiet, Chicago Sun Times, and Brazen Women.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Chorizo Scrambled Egg Breakfast Taco Recipe

Between all of the holiday roasts, sides, fishes, cookies and pies, it’s easy to overlook preparing a delicious breakfast for your family and house guests. This holiday season, IMUSA’s recipe for a Chorizo Scrambled Egg Breakfast Taco has you covered. IMUSA, leader in Hispanic cookware, combines chorizo, lime juice, eggs and cheese (among other ingredients) to make an outstanding breakfast taco that your guests will remember. With this breakfast your holidays is sure to be great from the moment you wake up.

Chorizo Scrambled Egg Breakfast Taco Recipe

6 eggs
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 chorizo links (about 7 ounces)
1 medium onion
1 cup cilantro, divided
1 medium tomato
1 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup sharp cheddar
10-12 corn flour tortillas
Chipotle Tabasco (suggestion for topping)

Mix sour cream, lime juice, and salt in a bowl and put aside. Char tortillas over gas flame or directly on electric burner until blackened in spots, turning with tongs. Place in IMUSA tortilla warmer or aluminum foil and set aside. In an IMUSA non-stick sauté pan add olive oil and bring to medium-high heat. Sweat onions for about one minute and add diced chorizo. Cook for 5-6 minutes until chorizo is browned.

Add half of the cilantro and all of the cooked chorizo to beaten eggs and mix. Bring eggs back to the IMUSA pan and cook on low heat, mixing from time to time. Place cooked eggs, cheddar cheese, diced tomatoes and remaining cilantro in separate bowls and lay them out throughout the table with the warm tortillas. Allow your guests to assemble their own breakfast tacos.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

The X-Files Collector's Set

How many of you are big fans of science fiction? Well, those of you who live sci-fi and are big fans of the hit TV show "The X-Files" will be pretty happy this holiday season with the new release of The X-Files Collector's set on December 8th, 2015. Here's some additional information about the set and it's release.

The truth is out there…and now it can be found in its entirety when Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment exposes the complete world of “The X-Files” on Blu-ray for the first time – just ahead of the event series premiere Sunday, January 24, 2016. “THE X-FILES” THE COLLECTOR’S SET – featuring a slot for the upcoming six-episode event series – releases on December 8, giving fans the chance to own a piece of television history and one of the year’s must-have giftset collections. Fans can also purchase each season individually on Blu-ray on December 8.

Since its inception in 1993, “The X-Files” has remained a worldwide phenomenon, garnering a loyal cult following, 16 Emmys® and five Golden Globes® Awards, including “Best Dramatic TV Series” during its nine-season run.

Now for the first time, all nine exhilarating, groundbreaking seasons of “THE X-FILES,” along with special features, can be yours to own on Blu-ray! Although they began as reluctant partners, FBI special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully (Golden Globe®*** winners David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson) ultimately form a powerful bond as they struggle to unravel deadly conspiracies and solve paranormal mysteries.

“THE X-FILES” THE COLLECTOR’S SET features more than 23 hours of content across all nine seasons – perfect for catching up on the series before the new event series airs. Relive all the mythology, conspiracy theories with special features, including behind-the-scenes featurettes, and commentaries by executive producer Chris Carter (“Millennium,” “Harsh Realm”), R.W. Goodwin, Rob Bowman, Kim Manners, Frank Spotnitz, Robert Patrick and Rod Hardy. Fans can pre-order the collection and individual seasons at

TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT - Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC (TCFHE) is the industry leading worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox produced, acquired and third party partner film and television programing. Each year TCFHE expands its award-winning global product portfolio with the introduction of new entertainment content through established and emerging formats including DVD, Blu-ray™, Digital HD and VOD. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is a subsidiary of 20th Century Fox, a 21st Century Fox Company.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Curried Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Cranberry sauce is a classic when it comes to serving it at Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday meals. While many people think it's hard to prepare at's really easy. Today's guest post recipe gives you a twist on this classic dish.

The recipe and photo is courtesy of: Pure Bar Founder Veronica Bosgraaf and can be found in her cookbook called Pure Food.

Curried Cranberry Sauce Recipe

1 (12-ounce) package fresh cranberries
1 ½ cups fresh orange juice
¾ cup maple syrup
¼ teaspoon allspice
½ teaspoon curry powder

1. In a saucepan set over medium-low heat, combine the cranberries, orange juice, and maple syrup. Bring to a gentle boil and cook, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries have popped and the juices have reduced, about 25 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and let sit for 5 minutes.

2. To serve, pour the mixture into a serving dish and stir in the allspice and curry. Serve warm or chilled.