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Rifle Paper Co Has A Card For You

Rifle Paper Co Has A Card For You

There is no question about where you can find a greeting card; you can go just about anywhere to purchase a greeting card for almost any occasion. However, do the words inside the card reflect how you feel about that particular person or moment, probably not. […]

Featured Eco Brand: Bambeco

Featured Eco Brand: Bambeco

The frustration of finding gifts for your eco-friends and family members have come to an end by visiting the Bambeco online store. The idea of Bambeco came from co-founder Susan Aplin while standing on a dramatically receding glacier in the wilds of Alaska. We are so excited to discover […]

3 Ways To Save When Hosting A Party.

3 Ways To Save When Hosting A Party.

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Hosting parties is one of my favorite things to do during the holiday season. Connecting and chatting with friends and family members is something I enjoy immensely. No matter the time of year I can always come up with an excuse to throw a party. Year after year, countless amount of dollars I spent on my lavish parities, at some point I started to wonder what are some ways I could cut costs, but still have unforgettable experiences guests would remember.

1. Paper Towels
One of the first things I noticed we could cost was the bathroom, meaning the amount of paper towels that I seem to go through like crazy. The price point on paper goods have skyrocketed and most brands don’t use recyclable elements to produce towels. I really started to think they were wasteful environmentally, plus starting to rip into my budget as well everytime I would host a party.

Solution: I found some really inexpensive hand towels that I reuse over and over. My suggestion is don’t get white hand towels because they could get stained and you don’t want to waste time with a problematic issue. Hosting parties should be easy and not stressful. At some point when your party is over, or when you do laundry next time, just toss your hand towels in the washer and dryer and they are ready to use again. You will save tons of dollars party after party.

2. Plastic Cups

Unless you have found cups that are made from plant materials, you might be  contributing to world’s climate change issues. All the elements combined to produce plastic cups could be harmful to our environment.  We don’t think about our environment when we are drinking a nice refreshing beverage during the summer time. Price points on plastic cups has also sky rocketed sending plastic cup price points well over $4.00 a package. Can you imagine how much money you are wasting cup after cup, party after party?

Solution: The simple solution is to invest in good glassware. You won’t have to invest in plastic cups again over and over. Just think you could save those plastic cup funds and go to a great movie instead. Glassware is eco-friendly, because you are no longer adding more wasteful elements(trash) into the environment to try to break down.

3. Aluminum Pans

Most consumers seem to purchase aluminum pans when cooking for parities at their own place. I understand if you are bringing food over to another location, but baking or cooking in your own home purchasing aluminum pans is not cost effective & unnecessary. There is even research claiming that cooking food on aluminum may not be the best your health & well-being.

Solution: Stop wasting your dollars on aluminum products every time you go to the supermarket. Purchase nice bakeware and nice ceramic serving platters from a house wares store you love & trust. The end to spending extra money on aluminum pans at every party you host is history and you can reduce extra waste materials that aren’t biodegradable.

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Top 5 Favorite Things Santa Must Bring

Top 5 Favorite Things Santa Must Bring

This year tech items are among the most famed products that will be under Christmas trees across the nation. There are so many things we can think of that our friend Santa could bring, but we have specifically searched for items that will be life-changing. Five […]

6 Must Have Holiday Beverages

6 Must Have Holiday Beverages

Happy Holidays! It’s time to bring on the holiday cheer with family and love ones. There is no great party without some good tasty refreshing beverages. We don’t just want any kind of beverage, but beverages that our guests will remember and want to come […]

Organic Butter Matters

Organic Butter Matters

Butter is one of the most purchased food products this time of the year when everyone is baking something special for the holidays. When I first started learning how to bake, if a recipe would call for butter, well, that is what I used. I’ve never really been a fan of margarine or shortening even if a recipe called for it. Nothing specific, just a preference. I enjoy the rich taste that butter produces in my baked goods. Year after year at work, I’m famous for my chocolate chip cookies. I have to admit these cookies are just so delectable, you might end up slapping someone silly if you are not careful. Although I don’t recommend actually slapping someone over a darned cookie, unless you have some cookies to share. I wish I could take the credit for the cookie recipe, but unfortunately, I didn’t create this famous cookie recipe. After my co-workers gobble down my sinful delight, the question I’m most asked is, “How do you bake such great chocolate chip cookies?” My answer is to find a recipe that calls for a ton of butter, not literally of course, but a generous amount. This specific cookie recipe I use calls for two-and-a- half sticks of butter, and I always use ORGANIC. Why?

It was the night before Christmas Eve, I ran into the store to purchase butter last minute, and sadly there was no organic butter to be found, so I didn’t have a choice but to purchase the conventional or regular butter as most would reference. I went home and baked my famous chocolate chip cookies with all the same ingredients listed, like before, except this time the butter wasn’t organic. I thought to myself, “The taste will likely be the same,” but when I shared my cookies with co-workers I kept hearing, “These cookies are not the same, something is dramatically different.” Someone even asked if I used the same recipe, and I replied “yes.” At the time, I was overshadowed with so much disappointment I forgot that I didn’t use organic butter this time around. My heart just crumbled into pieces as a cookie would if fallen onto the floor. I was sad that I didn’t put smiles on my co-workers faces for the holidays. My cookies are usually the last tasteful memory of me, before Christmas Day.

When I finally reached home, I just kept thinking about what I did differently this time around for such a failed result. I started to think, “Well maybe I left something out and just didn’t realize it, because it was a late night baking after a long day of work.” Thank goodness I came to my senses when I opened my fridge for a snack, and realized I didn’t use organic butter, because there was none to be found at the supermarket, which was partially my fault for waiting until the last minute to find such an essential item.

So I thought for New Years Day, “I will make another batch of cookies to make up for a terrible Christmas disaster, but definitely this time with organic butter.” Sure enough, I baked my show- stopper chocolate chip cookies and went off to work. Everyone was as happy as cookie monster gobbling down cookie after cookie. At this moment, I had an AHA! moment. I learned how vital utilizing organic butter is when baking. So remember to purchase organic butter next time you bake. You just might be crowned the next top baker at your workplace.

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5 Holiday Savings on Sustainable Brands

5 Holiday Savings on Sustainable Brands

The holiday season can be very expensive if you are not finding the best deals purchasing food to entertain your guests. Don’t worry, weekly during the most wonderful time of the year. I will be featuring coupon links and special promotions for organic & sustainable […]

Cranberry Curd Tart

Cranberry Curd Tart

The holiday season isn’t complete without the sweet and sour taste of the ubiquitous cranberry sauce or, in this case, a cranberry curd tart. Last week, I was informed that a potluck would be scheduled at my workplace the Monday, before Thanksgiving so I had to […]

Organic Chocolate Mint Girl Stout

Organic Chocolate Mint Girl Stout

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Time to make the Yuletide gay! The Orlando Brewing Company will start pouring once again their fastest moving beer. The popular certified organic Chocolate Mint Girl Stout. The light bodied stout brewed with cacao nibs and dried peppermint was creatively crafted by, and dedicated to women of the craft beer industry. Happy hour for ladies all day, a free brewery tour at 6 PM, and a campfire & marshmallow roast after dark. Take advantage of the cooler temperatures today and enjoy a holiday festive beer, that will send you into the spirit of the happiest time of the year. The OBC will start tapping the Chocolate Mint Girl Stout @1PM

Chocolate Mint Girl Stout | Orlando Brewing Company
Chocolate Mint Girl Stout | Orlando Brewing Company

ABV: 6.5% | IBU: 24

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