Time 4 Mommy http://time4mommy.com Freebies. Frugal. Fun. Mon, 23 May 2016 04:23:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Only $.99 Schism by Britt Holewinksi http://time4mommy.com/only-99-schism-by-britt-holewinksi/ http://time4mommy.com/only-99-schism-by-britt-holewinksi/#respond Mon, 23 May 2016 04:23:02 +0000 http://time4mommy.com/?p=2083 “Schism” is the first book in a new dystopian trilogy that tells a tale of survival, of good versus evil, and of constructing a future with only memories of childhood. A government-created virus is accidentally released before testing is complete and within weeks it kills six billion people, children are the only survivors. Andy Christensen […]

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“Schism” is the first book in a new dystopian trilogy that tells a tale of survival, of good versus evil, and of constructing a future with only memories of childhood.

A government-created virus is accidentally released before testing is complete and within weeks it kills six billion people, children are the only survivors. Andy Christensen and her two friends travel across the country searching for a safe place to live, but nowhere, it seems, is capable of resurrection.

“SCHISM is an engrossing page turner that skillfully deals with dark subject matter in a compelling, through-provoking manner…The writing is crisp and clear, and the novel’s details are well-researched, down to the names of local roads and landmarks and the types of technology used by the survivors.” -IndieReader.com

“This apocalyptic teen drama’s character interactions may draw readers in, but its vigorous story will keep them hooked.” – Kirkus Reviews

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“Born in Boston, Britt Holewinski lived in six different houses across the United States during her childhood, MRock-BHolewinski-2014-8-828x1024sparking her interest to write about characters who must continually adapt to new situations and locations.

Early on, she dreamed of becoming an astronaut; however, shortly after completing her graduate degree, she was offered a job with the CIA. Her years working for the Agency opened her eyes to the world we live in and gave her rare glimpses of what living in a crumbling, post-apocalyptic world might be like.

In her spare time, Britt loves to go hiking anywhere with a view, learn French, and visit historical Revolutionary and Civil War sites along the East Coast.”

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HARD CIDER SPICE CAKE WITH APPLES AND CARAMEL GLAZE http://time4mommy.com/hard-cider-spice-cake-apples-caramel-glaze/ http://time4mommy.com/hard-cider-spice-cake-apples-caramel-glaze/#respond Thu, 05 May 2016 00:53:59 +0000 http://time4mommy.com/?p=2079 Aromatic hard cider echoes the apple flavor, and does double duty by plumping the raisins and making the glaze. Perfect for brunch, teatime or a homey dessert, this cake also makes a great hostess gift. Ingredients:  1/3 cup golden raisins 2/3 cup hard apple cider 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened, plus more […]

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Aromatic hard cider echoes the apple flavor, and does double duty by plumping the raisins and making the glaze. Perfect for brunch, teatime or a homey dessert, this cake also makes a great hostess gift.

Ingredients: 

  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 2/3 cup hard apple cider
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened, plus more for the pan
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ras el hanout
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 2 apples, such as Granny Smith or Pink Lady, peeled and shredded
  • Cider Glaze
  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt

 

Method: 

Combine raisins and hard cider in a small heavy saucepan and bring just to a simmer over medium-high heat, and then remove from heat. Let raisins soak for about 20 minutes.   

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter a 9-inch Bundt pan. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat together butter and sugars until mixture is light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition, and then beat in vanilla. In a bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, ras el hanout, lemon zest and salt. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and beat on low speed just until ingredients are incorporated.   

Fold apples into batter. Drain raisins, reserving soaking liquid. Fold raisins and 2 tablespoons of the soaking liquid into batter (reserve remaining liquid for glaze).   

Spoon batter to the prepared pan, smoothing the top. Bake until cake is golden brown and the center springs back when touched, about 45 minutes. Cool cake in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Invert cake onto the rack and cool for at least 1 hour.   

Meanwhile, make the glaze: In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 cup of the powdered sugar, lemon juice, salt and remaining soaking liquid until a thick, pourable glaze forms (add remaining 1/4 cup powdered sugar if needed for a thicker glaze). Immediately pour glaze over cake, moving slowly and evenly to cover as much of the cake as possible. Let glaze set before serving.

Nutritional Info: 

Per Serving: 280 calories (90 from fat), 10g total fat, 6g saturated fat, 70mg cholesterol, 170mg sodium, 45g carbohydrates, (1 g dietary fiber, 32g sugar), 3g protein.

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Better Soup Suppers http://time4mommy.com/better-soup-suppers/ http://time4mommy.com/better-soup-suppers/#respond Thu, 03 Mar 2016 05:59:35 +0000 http://time4mommy.com/?p=2075 No matter the time of year, I love settling down at the dinner table with a steaming bowl of soup. Of course, right now soups and stews are even more comforting. It doesn’t hurt that soups can be made from just about anything you have hanging out in your fridge and pantry, either! I try […]

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Better Soup Suppers

No matter the time of year, I love settling down at the dinner table with a steaming bowl of soup. Of course, right now soups and stews are even more comforting. It doesn’t hurt that soups can be made from just about anything you have hanging out in your fridge and pantry, either!

I try to make a pot of soup every week. It’s a great way to use up leftover cooked meat, less-than-perfect vegetables or a stray cup of grains. Plus, you’re guaranteed tasty leftovers to pack for lunch the next day. Add a warm dinner roll and you’re eating like royalty.

Mixing up your soup routine is simple. Try some of these suggestions when you get simmering:

  • Keep canned beans and tomatoes on hand so you can pull together a hearty bean soup at a moment’s notice.
  • Use your slow cooker to have the work done for you. Bonus: That glorious aroma when you walk in the door.
  • Add whole-grain pasta in the last 20 minutes of cooking time for a hearty meal.
  • Use a blender to puree vegetable-based soups into creamy soups that are perfect for dunking bread.
  • Add soup toppers such as roasted chickpeastortilla strips or even mini grilled cheese squares for crunch and flavor.
  • Use heartier greens like kale and collards if you plan to have leftovers. They’ll hold up better long-term than spinach.
  • Make soup your canvas for international flavors and add your favorite spices and herbs to liven up classic chicken noodle or butternut squash soups.
  • Keep boxed broth on hand for soup cravings, or make your own homemade vegetable broth that can be frozen.

Want to make soup night even easier — and healthy? Pick up a quart of our Health Starts Here® soups. These freshly prepared heat-and-eat soups have no added oil or artificial preservatives, making them a shortcut you can feel good about! Grab a loaf of fresh hearth bread from our bakery and dinner is done.

Here are some of my favorite recipes for soup inspiration.

Zesty Black Bean Soup

Zesty Black Bean Soup Recipe

Slow Cooker Borscht with Cabbage and Potatoes

Slow Cooker Borscht with Cabbage and Potatoes Recipe

Miso Soup with Shrimp and Broccoli

Miso Soup with Shrimp and Broccoli Recipe

Hearty Greens Soup with Bowtie Pasta and Tomatoes

Hearty Greens Soup with Bowtie Pasta and Tomatoes Recipe

Chicken and Brown Rice Soup

Chicken and Brown Rice Soup Recipe

Tomato Soup and Avocado Toasts

Tomato Soup and Avocado Toasts Recipe

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Brownies http://time4mommy.com/peanut-butter-and-jelly-brownies/ http://time4mommy.com/peanut-butter-and-jelly-brownies/#respond Thu, 25 Feb 2016 15:40:58 +0000 http://time4mommy.com/?p=2072   This peanut butter and jelly brownie recipe is a perfect afterschool snack. It is very easy to make and you probably already have everything in your pantry to make it. About Prep Time 20min. Total Time 1hr. Servings 24 servings, 1 brownie   What You Need 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1/2 cup […]

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This peanut butter and jelly brownie recipe is a perfect afterschool snack. It is very easy to make and you probably already have everything in your pantry to make it.

About

Prep Time
20min.
Total Time
1hr.
Servings

24 servings, 1 brownie

 

What You Need
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup PLANTERS Crunchy Peanut Butter
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, softened
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1-1/2 pkg. (4 oz. each) BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate (6 oz.), chopped
1/2 cup strawberry jam
Make It
Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat sugar, peanut butter and butter in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Add flour and salt; beat until well blended. Stir in chocolate.
Line 9-inch square baking pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides of pan. Grease foil. Spread batter into prepared pan. Drop jam by spoonfuls over batter; swirl with knife to marbleize.
Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out with fudgy crumbs. (Do not overbake.) Cool in pan. Lift dessert from pan, using foil handles. Cut into 24 squares to serve.

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Handy Spring Cleaning Tips http://time4mommy.com/handy-spring-cleaning-tips/ http://time4mommy.com/handy-spring-cleaning-tips/#respond Fri, 19 Feb 2016 22:05:50 +0000 http://time4mommy.com/?p=2064 Kick Off Your Spring with Simple Home Organization & Makeover Tips There still may be snow on the ground, but spring is just around the corner. This is the perfect time to start thinking about spring cleaning your home of unwanted clutter and to organize the stuff you want to keep or donate—both inside and […]

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redmulchKick Off Your Spring with Simple Home Organization & Makeover Tips
There still may be snow on the ground, but spring is just around the corner. This is the perfect time to start thinking about spring cleaning your home of unwanted clutter and to organize the stuff you want to keep or donate—both inside and out. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to spend a lot of time or money to make your home look good.
It’s time to toss anything that doesn’t have special meaning or purpose in your life. The best place in the house to start is in the kitchen. Make a pact with yourself to keep all countertops neat and clean at all times. When the kitchen is organized, the rest of the home seems to follow suit. Once you commit to organizing your home, set up a cleaning schedule to include de-cluttering one room a month so you’re staying on top of it throughout the year which makes the task much more manageable. Here are a few tips to help conquer each room in your home and the outside too!
Kitchen
• Organizing Your Schedule & Important Papers—Do you find school homework lying on the table, schedules on your phone but nowhere else, sports forms hidden under piles on the counter? Set up a command center in the busiest spot in your home (typically the kitchen). Include a white board calendar, wall file for important bills and papers, cork board for attaching important papers that need immediate attention. Use a different colored white board pen for each member of the family to help keep the schedule organized. Each day as you go through backpacks and bags, check for papers and dispose of any that you do not need to keep right away avoiding piles on the counter.
• Organizing Cleaning Products—If your under sink storage is in disarray with cleaning products galore and no easy way to grab what you need, simply hang a tension rod in the under sink cupboard and hang your spray bottles from the rod. Another option is a clear hanging shoe organizer hung on a spare closet door where all your cleaning products are quick and easy to find.
• Organizing Garbage Bags & Kitchen Rolls—Hang a metal or plastic magazine holder inside your kitchen cabinet door. It will hold 4 different types of kitchen rolls such as foil, wax paper, parchment paper and plastic wrap. A standing or hanging paper towel holder is perfect for holding a roll of garbage bags.
• Organizing the Fridge—The refrigerator tends to take a big hit when it comes to disorder. It’s easy to overlook expired foods, food items you use regularly get pushed behind other foods and spills happen easily. Think baskets and bin organizers (look for bins with handles) for the fridge to keep like foods together, to hold food items that can easily spill and keep basics used regularly at quick reach. Label each basket so you can grab and go. Fridge liners are also great for making cleaning up a snap.
Bedroom
• Organizing Your Closet—Got a closet full of clothes and not sure where to begin the organizing process? First off you need to decide what you really wear and what hangs in your closet collecting dust. If you haven’t worn the item for the past 2 years, it’s time to find it a new home. If the item no longer fits or has something wrong with it (holes that aren’t easily fixed, broken zipper, etc.), it’s time to part ways. Once you’re done with the initial cleaning out process, turn all your hangers the opposite way on the rod. As you wear an article of clothing, put it back the right way. After a few months you’ll begin to see what is being used and what is not. Then you can decide whether to keep the items or choose to donate.
• Organizing Belts, Scarves & Socks—Not just for the kitchen anymore! Hang a 3-tiered wire kitchen basket in your closet. It makes the perfect spot to store your scarves, belts, socks and other odds and ends.
• Organizing T-shirts—If you’re like many people, you’ve got a ton of t-shirts stacked in a drawer that are challenging to keep organized. Take each t-shirt, fold in half the long way, then roll. Line the drawer with rows of rolled t-shirts. This makes it much easier to keep the drawer organized and to easily find the t-shirt you’re looking for.
• Organizing Sheets—Fold top and bottom sheets and stash inside of the matching pillowcase. This makes it easier to keep sheet sets together with their pillowcases but also makes it easier to store. Sheet sets easily stack on top of each other this way without become unfolded.
Bathroom
• Organize Hair Stuff—Command hooks (the super strong yet removable hooks that stick on) placed on the inside of your bathroom cabinets and hang hair dryers, curling irons and straighteners for the hooks by their cords. No more loose hair items getting tangled up under the sink.
• Organize Bathroom Stuff—Use utensil/cutlery trays inside of bathroom drawers to hold jewelry, toothbrushes and toothpaste, hair bobbins, brushes and combs and medicine bottles. All the different compartments are perfect for storing items you use every day and need to grab in a hurry.
• Organizing Towels—Use baskets and bins under bathroom cabinets. Roll towels and washcloths and place in baskets. Rolled towels eliminate towels unfolding and towel piles that fall over in the cabinet.
• Organizing Bathroom Extras—Most bathrooms lack enough storage space for all your necessities. Install small shelves in unexpected, unused spaces for things like rolled towels, toilet paper and more. Great places to add a shelf is over the toilet, above the shower/bath or over the bathroom door.
Misc.
• Organizing Your Laundry Room—Laundry piles up faster than anything else it seems, so laundry room organization is essential. Laundry baskets sitting on the floor make it difficult to move around. Hang shelving over your washer and dryer or in the closet to hold laundry baskets. When pulling clothes out of the dryer to fold, simply stick the clothes in the right basket for that person or room. This also saves time from running from room to room dropping off a few clean items in each room.
• Organizing Cords—You’ve got laptop power cords, chargers for iPads, extension cords and more lying around your house. Wrap them up and insert into a cardboard tube from a roll of paper towels. Then simply write on the tube what the cord is for. They fit into a drawer great this way too.
• Organize Wrapping Paper Rolls—The holidays are over and now you need to store all your wrapping paper until next year. A quick fix to organize and hide the rolls is to slip them into a clear hanging garment bag and stick them in a spare closet. No more wrapping paper rolls falling over or becoming unwound. Need birthday paper? Just a fast peek at your garment bag will tell you right away if you have what you’re looking for.
• Organizing Items to Donate & Sell—Keep two storage bins or boxes in a closet or storage area for items to donate or sell. Throughout the year you can toss items your kids have outgrown or things you no longer want in the bins. Then when you’re ready to donate or sell, you’ve got all the items separated and ready to go.
Outdoors
• Clean Up Garden Beds—Add some perennials, trees and bushes to your garden beds. Most plants you find at your local big box store or local nursery are typically easy to care for and right for your state. Finish off your garden beds with a nice border and quality mulch or rock.
• Organize Garden Tools & Hoses—Install hooks in your garage for hanging your shovels, brooms, hoes and other outdoor tools. You can also install an economical garden hose holder to your house or attach to a simple wood post in your backyard.
• Organize Toys, Sporting Goods and Other Outdoor Stuff—Build inexpensive shelves out of wood in your garage or shed. Add some large plastic bins and label. You’ll have a perfect spot for all the stuff usually found lying around your garage and backyard.

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