Archives for the month of: February, 2014

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It’s been a long, snowy, cold winter and who of us couldn’t use a boost to our flagging spirits as well as our energy? Just the beautiful spectrum of colors offered by Hydrive Energy Water (www.hydriveenergy.com) will captivate your attention. And once you taste the crisp, sweet tart flavor of the beverage packaged inside each recyclable bottle, Hydrive Energy Water is likely to become your favorite caffeinated beverage of choice as spring arrives.

Blue Raspberry, Grape Fusion and Black Cherry top our list of favorites, but Citrus Burst, Triple Berry, Lemon Lime Rush and Kiwi Strawberry are also worthy of your consideration. The tall, 30 calorie, 15.5 fl. oz bottle is easy to store in the refrigator and sturdy enough to carry along to the gym or take on hikes for some quick delicious hydration.

Hydrive Energy Water – Gotta Love It!

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Seems like the accumulation of snow, at least here in the Northeast, is never ending. If you have kids feeling stuck at home because school and other activities have been cancelled due to inclement weather, reading provides the perfect snowy day activity.

Reading can help older children take care of the younger ones, reading can help keep children’s imaginations active and reading is a great pasttime to enjoy, no matter what your age. We recently came across two very charming children’s books from Pelican Publishing in Louisiana (www.pelicanpub.com) — Cinderellaphant, a retelling of the Cinderella fairy tale in which kindness plays a major role, and The Runaway Beignet, a retelling of the traditional Gingerbread Man story that is perfect timing with annual Mardi Gras celebrations right around the corner. Both are worth adding to your home library!

Cinderellaphant and The Runaway Beignet – Gotta Love It!

 

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The next best thing to being in New Orleans for the grand Mardi Gras celebration on Tuesday, March 4, is to create your own celebration at home, guided by the wonderful new “In a While, Crocodile: New Orleans Slow Cooker Recipes” Cookbook (www.pelicanpub.com).

Co-authors and sisters-in-law Patrice Keller Kononchek and Lauren Malone Keller offer a wonderful variety of Cajon-Creole inspired specialties, including Rex Roast, Jazzy Jambalaya and even a Twelfth Night King Cake you can create right inside your slow cooker. Laissez les bon temps rouler!

In a While, Crocodile: New Orleans Slow Cooker Recipes – Gotta Love It!

 

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Since February celebrates National Heart Month, what better way to incorporate more fresh and delicious foods into your daily menus than using recipe suggestions  from  “The Best of Rose Reisman: 20 Years of Healthy Recipes” (www.whitecap.ca)

This compilation of leading Canadian nutritionist  Reisman’s most creative recipes range from Thai Pizza and Italian Omelette with Tomatoes and Feta to brunch-worthy Fish Fajitas with Corn and Black Bean Salsa and a killer Lobster Mac and Cheese. This volume is beautifully illustrated and every recipes includes a special Rose’s tip section offering suggestions for variation.

The Best of Rose Reisman, 20 Year of Healthy Recipes – Gotta Love It!

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Time to plan a fun brunch or indoor picnic in order to relieve some of this winter weather cabin fever!

When you add Victoria Amory condiments to your buffet table (www.victoriaamory.com), any dish becomes a bit more elegant and special. Whether spreading VA Fine Herbs Mayonnaise on your ham and cheese sandwich, mixing up a delicious batch of crab salad using VA garlic mayonnaise, dipping chilled cooked shrimp in a peppery Red Chili Piri Piri sauce or topping a grilled hot dog with VA champagne ketchup, the ultimate result is improved taste, color and aroma for any dish. Let Victoria Amory  mayonnaise, ketchup and condiments dress up any dinner party!

Victory Amory Condiments, Mayonnaise and Ketchup – Gotta Love It!

 

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Whether a teenager in your family is leaving the nest or you are looking for a good basic primer about preparing healthy and delicious meals from your kitchen, Kitchenability 101 http://kitchenability.com/kitchenability-101-college-cookbook/ is a great investment. Although targeted at college students, home chefs of all ages can benefit from the information presented in this nifty book.

Plenty of culinary wisdom presented by Nisa Burns, including stocking your pantry, using some basic tools, cooking methods and working within a food budget. From Feta-Spiked Turkey Burgers to Chicken Soup for the Tummy, a good variety of easy to prepare dishes, with each recipe accompanied by mouth-watering four-color photography so you can see your intended result.

Kitchenability 101 by Nisa Burns – Gotta Love It!

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If you want out of the ordinary rut of giving a boyfriend or husband Valentine’s Day flowers, consider one of the many unique chocolate covered creations offered by the Chocolate Covered Company (www.chocolatecoveredcompany.com).

Their Belgian Chocolate Covered Potato Chips, which arrive in a beautiful presentation box, are out of this world and we betcha can’t eat just one! The juxtposition of salty crunchiness with the sweet and velvety smooth taste of premium quality chocolate makes this gift a winner!

The Chocolate Covered Company also offers dipped bananas, cherries and an impressive assortment of dark, white and milk chocolate covered fresh jalapeno peppers, a  very out of the ordinary V-day gift certain to add heat to your relationship!

Belgian Chocolate Dipped Goodies from the Chocolate Covered Company – Gotta Love It!