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Sunday, December 21, 2014

The New Low-Carb Diet Cookbook - Review

I was asked to review The New Low-Carb Diet Cookbook written by Laura Lamont. Laura Lamont is a qualified nutritional therapist. She heads up the diet coaching clinic Glow NutritIon Zero Foods in London, England, where she helps clients acquire healthy eating and weight loss skills. She has written for several lifestyle magazines including Woman, and is a diet specialist for Natural Health magazine.

This is a new take on low-carb diets. Studies have shown that low-carb diets work! The success of the Atkins diet and other low-carb diets such as the Wheat Belly Diet and the Paleo Diet prove this. However, low-carb diets are difficult to stick with for the long haul and are often unhealthy.

Lamont explains how eating a nutritionally sound combination of controlled amounts of complex carbohydrates, protein, and "good" fats (in foods such as avocados, salmon and flaxseed) at the right times of day can bring about healthy and long-lasting weight loss. Now there's no need to deprive yourself of any food group, and you don't have to give up bread!

The first 39 pages of the Cookbook include information on the nutritional science behind the diet, as well as practical charts to help you identify which foods you should be eating and when. After the introduction to the plan and a five-day body preparation plan, it gives you ten Diet Tricks to follow. Meal plans are also included.

Once you have completed your five-day body preparation, you will find more than 75 mouth-watering recipes for breakfasts, lunches, dinners and even desserts in this cookbook! Each recipe comes with a nutritional analysis and most recipes have a photograph of the dish so you can see what it is supposed to look like. I know when I am trying new recipes, I really appreciate having a picture of the end result.

The New Low-Carb Diet has been successfully tried and tested, drawing on the latest scientific research. Having both the diet itself and the recipes together in The New Low-Carbe Diet Cookbook is a great way to begin 2015 on the right foot in a healthy way.

Disclosure: Gail Mahoney personally has reviewed this cookbook. Gail received no monetary compensation for her review. Her opinion and thoughts are 100% her own and are unbiased. Your thoughts & opinions may differ.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Grandma's Sweet Baked Ham Recipe

Every Christmas and Easter we like to bake up a nice ham for our family holiday meal and over the years, I think my grandmother perfected the perfect sweet baked ham recipe. We typically use this recipe every time we make a 4 lb. boneless ham.

Grandma's Sweet Baked Ham Recipe

10 oz. jar sweet cherry halves, juice drained
1 large can pineapple rings, juice drained
festive wooden toothpicks
3 lb. to 5 lb. fully cooked boneless ham
1 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup 100% natural orange juice
1 cup Gingerale (we like to use diet)
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup honey

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl combine together the maple syrup, natural orange juice, Gingerale, brown sugar and honey. We use a wire whisk to combine all of the liquid ingredients together.

Place your boneless ham into a roasting pan. Cut some slits into your ham in a crosswise pattern. This will allow the sweet juice mixture to get into the meat. Use the toothpicks to place pineapple rings and halved cherries around your ham. Pour the sweet liquid over the top.

Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for one hour. Serve immediately once done and heated through. The juices from the cooked ham make a great topping over mashed potatoes too!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser - Helps Me Get My Kitchen Clean! #MrCleanMillion

*** I received complimentary product for a review here on the SNB Foodie Blog ***

I admit, I am a self-professed neat and clean freak. Seriously, I give my kitchen a good overall cleaning every 3 days like clockwork. In between those overall cleanings, I am cleaning up things as they happen. For me, it is extremely important to keep my kitchen and all bathrooms extremely clean.

I think one of the reasons I an fanatic about keeping things clean is my past history as a retired healthcare professional. I know how easily germs can spread! On top of that, I am passionate about cooking and baking and every day I spend hours in my kitchen trying out new recipes and at times, making a royal mess!

The holidays bring all sorts of household “fun” … and by fun, we mean dirty messes from post-holiday party pots and pans, sticky spills on the floor and houseguests leaving dirt and scuff marks EVERYWHERE.

But fear not! Actress, singer, songwriter and founder of The Real Girl’s Kitchen - Haylie Duff - is sharing some of her top holiday tips for cooking, cleaning and entertaining using her favorite cleaning tool – Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Extra Power:

* I love cooking for the holidays with recipes from The Real Girl’s Kitchen! For cleanup, I use my favorite kitchen accessory: the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Extra Power! It makes cleaning cookie sheets, pie pans and a million other tough jobs so much easier!

* For a festive place setting, use Sharpies on glass or ceramic tiles. Wipe away with the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and you can use the tiles over and over again!

* Tackle sticky drink spills on floors and baseboard days after a holiday party with Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.

I was recently sent a package of the new Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Extra Power that is 50% stronger to last longer than the classic Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. They arrived at just the perfect time because my mother and I had just finished baking 16 dozen holiday cookies, 4 fruit pies, 6 loaves of bread and a few other holiday goodies. To say my kitchen was a mess, would be an understatement.

First up, cleaning up the mess we made inside the microwave oven. You all know...that is a royal pain to clean up! I added some hot water to a glass measuring cup along with 4 drops of lemon essential oil. I then microwaved that cup for one minute so that it created a lot of steam & moisture inside the microwave. I then used my Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Extra Power to wipe out the interior of the microwave. Wow...I had the entire job done in less than 3 minutes! All of the nasty greasy and cooked on mess was gone!

Next...Mom and I used those handy dandy Mr. Clean Magic Erasers to clean up my kitchen counter top and stove top. Just a little bit of lemon water & the magic eraser is all that I used to get the nasty grease, oil, food debris, etc. off of my counters and stove top. It got off everything in rapid fashion with very little scrubbing. Plus, it didn't harm any of my surfaces with scratching, etc. We were able to clean the entire kitchen using ONLY one Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and it held up beautifully!

Since it was still going strong, we rinsed it out and headed into the master bathroom. We have hard water and I wanted to see if it would remove the soap scum that was building up on my ceramic tile and frosted glass shower doors (see top 2 photos in the collage above). I lightly sprayed my lemon water on those areas and got busy with my Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Extra Power. Within a few minutes all of the soap scum was gone! That's right, GONE and I didn't have to use any nasty harsh chemicals to clean it!

You can use the Magic Eraser on all kinds of different surfaces from textured surfaces, to glass, to plastic furniture, tile and so much more!!! They feature a contoured shape for comfort in your hands and have concentrated cleaning power to remove built-up grime. They are 50% stronger to last longer than the original Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.

Got any Magic Eraser cleaning tips? Share them with @MrClean on Twitter. You can also share your tips and join Mr. Clean on Facebook. You will want to use hashtag #MrCleanMillion when sharing! Check out the Mr. Clean Clean Book for additional information and cleaning tips.

Disclaimer: Shelly Hill has personally reviewed the product listed above. Shelly has not received any monetary compensation for her review. Shelly did receive a free product to try out so she could evaluate and use it for her review. Her thoughts & opinions in this review are unbiased & honest and your opinions may differ. The Shakin N Bakin Blog is not responsible for delivery/shipping of giveaway items won from this blog nor are we responsible for mis-use or injury caused by items won from this Blog. Content on this blog is copyrighted, all rights reserved. We reserve the right to legally pursue anyone who violates our rights and/or steals our copyrighted material.