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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Tamales

I love cooking tamales in the slow cooker as it is so easy. I make a big batch of tamales and freeze them. Then I can cook them throughout the year.

  It is a tradition in my family to have tamales on Christmas day. I live in New Mexico and we do Christmas a little bit different when it comes to food. On Christmas Eve, most families are enjoying bowls of posole and tortillas either before or after looking at the Candelaria's. It is a tradition that my family loves to follow. Then on Christmas day families are enjoying delicious tamales. We used to only make tamales on Christmas as tamales require a couple of hours to make and then a couple more hours to cook. Sure, you could buy frozen tamales at the store but they just don't taste as good as homemade and the stores usually do not carry vegetarian ones, only ones made with the traditional pork and red chile. So my solution is to make a big batch of tamales and freeze them and then use my slow cooker to steam them. This allows my family to enjoy tamales year round without all the fuss.

  I discovered a great silicone steamer basket that makes steaming tamales in the slow cooker so simple. I just place this basket in my slow cooker with an inch of water. The silicone basket has feet on it to keep the tamales out of the water. The interlocking handles on the basket also allow for easy removal too. This steamer will also be great to use for steaming veggies. I just love that I can place it in the dishwasher.

                            Click here to find out more about this silicone steamer basket.

  Assembling the tamales do take a long time to make but they are well worth the effort and they freeze well too. When you make your own tamales you can get creative with the ingredients. My favorite ingredients to put in tamales are cheese and jalapenos or green chile. Black beans and cheese are a good combination too. I will make several of the tamales with just cheese for the younger boys who have yet to acquire a taste for spicy food. My favorite way to serve the cooked tamales is with red or green chile sauce on top of them and avocado slices.

  The first part of making tamales is to make the masa base. Masa is made from corn and is much finer than cornmeal. I like to make my masa with butter instead of the traditional lard which is animal fat. I also add spices to my masa for added flavor. Once the masa is made you spread it on corn husks that have been soaking in warm for an about hour. Then you top the masa with your toppings and fold the masa over with the corn husks to make them into little bundles like burritos. The tamales then get steamed in the slow cooker for 6 hours.

                      Slow Cooker Vegetarian Tamales 

               Masa dough
  •                       2 cups masa harina/corn flour 
  •                       ½ teaspoon baking powder
  •                       ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  •                       ½ teaspoon cumin
  •                       ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  •                       4 tablespoons cubed butter
  •                       1 cups water
  •                       1 cup vegetable broth
        Tamale filling
                         1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
                         1 jar sliced jalapenos 
        1 package dried corn husks
        Silicone Steamer basket

             Soak the corn husks in warm water for about an hour. While they are soaking you can make the masa dough. Place the masa harina and spices in a food processor and pulse until blended. Then add the butter and blend until combined. Add the liquid and blend until well combined and looks like sticky dough.
     Take a golf ball size piece of the masa dough and spread it onto a wet corn husk. The dough should be about 1/4 inch thick, you do not want to see the corn husk through the dough. Place a couple of jalapenos on the dough and then sprinkle a bit of cheese on top. Fold the corn husk over to join the edges of the masa.If you need to add more masa dough to cover the filling, do so as no filling should be showing. Fold the rest of the corn husk over so it resembles a burrito and set aside. Repeat until all masa dough is used. You can then place these bundles in a freezer bag to freeze or steam them. I like to place half in the freezer and cook the rest.
     Place your steamer basket in your slow cooker and pour about an inch of water in, make sure the water is not touching the holes of the steamer basket. Then place the tamales in the basket and cover the slow cook with the lid. Cook on high for 6 hours.

 When the tamales are done unwrap the corn husk and place them on a plate. Top with green or red chile sauce, sour cream and or shredded cheese.

"I received a silicone steamer basket in exchange for this post."

Friday, August 19, 2016

Phi Naturals Vitamin Giveaway! 3 Winners / 3 Prize Packs! A $269+ TRV!

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Netflix's Newest Series For Kids- Bottersnikes & Gumbles Will Be Released On August 19th!

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 The Bottersnikes & Gumbles are coming to a TV near you! This Friday, August 19th Netflix is releasing a new series for kids ages 6-9 years old! While it is geared for boys and girls ages 6-9, grownups will enjoy the show too. This delightful, yet funny show is based on a beloved series of children's books that were published in the UK and Australia between 1967 and 1989. Until now, this children's show was only available in Australia and the UK. Netflix has now made the "Bottersnikes & Gumbles" series available to all subscribers. The show has these unique characters who live in a fantasy kingdom of rusting junk and abandoned things from the human world.

So what are Bottersnikes & Gumbles? 

The Gumbles are the good guys....mostly..... while the Bottersnikes are the bad guys.  The Bottersnikes are pictured on the left and the Gumbles on the right. If my boys were to write a story, I think the characters would be very similar to these pictures. 

My boys and I just love the descriptions of these "creatures" along with their names. 

 # The Gumbles are Tink, Willi, Bounce, Happi, Merry, Float, Jolli and Toot
 # Gumbles live on The Junk Highway in a Gumble Tree with an old school bus on it
They are fun loving, resourceful thrill seekers who can squash and stretch into any direction
 # Gumbles like gumbling around which is an extreme and exciting cross between parkour, free climbing and base jumping 
#Their favorite snack is grubs

 # The Bottersnikes are The King, Chank, Weathersnike, Gubbo, Smiggles, Glob and Snorg 
# Bottersnikes live in Snike Hill and are ruled by The King Bottersnike 
# They’re mean spirited, selfish, lazy, stinky, mostly evil creatures
# They’re half the size of a human adult, with hard scaly skin, sharp teeth, claws and ears that glow red hot when they get angry, which is most of the time
# Bottersnikes eat junk, rusty nails, but their favorite food is mattress stuffing
# The Bottersnikes are afraid of water because they shrink when they get wet

  My boys and I were able to preview a couple of episodes of the Bottersnikes & Gumbles series and found them to be funny. I just loved seeing how the Gumbles transformed a junkyard into a fun place to live. They have the coolest treehouse and moat. The Gumbles love to create things with the items they find in the junkyard. The Bottersnikes on the other hand, are too lazy to create a nice place for themselves so their side of the junkyard looks nasty and smelly.

Yes, this does sound like a silly, crazy show but your kids will love it! You just have to watch it to understand. Click on the below links to learn more and to watch the show.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Probiotics Are A Tennagers/Everyones Best Friend

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  I have known about probiotics for quite some time but only in the last year have I been experiencing the benefits. I use to think that the only way to get my probiotics was through yogurt, but I have since learned there are other ways like through a supplement. I have also learned that  probiotic supplements can give me way more probiotics and different types of strains. These different strains and increased numbers of the probiotics can do so much more, health wise, to my body than yogurt can do. Now there is nothing wrong with yogurt as it is a great source of protein, calcium, and some probiotics. You would just have to eat a lot of yogurt to get the same benefits that a probiotic supplement offers. I personally would rather take 1-2 easy to swallow capsules filled with 34.5 billion CFU's ( the probiotics) than probably over a gallon or more of yogurt.

  Last year when I started taking probiotic supplements it was for my gut health. Probiotics are the good guys that fight the bad guys and that brings balance to your gut which for me was a happy tummy that no longer had gas or slowness in the bathroom. I later learned that probiotics are great for the immune system so I started my younger boys on a probiotic supplement. My younger boys no longer complained of stomach aches and they did not get sick last winter. I did some further research of probiotics and read that they could help with gingivitis. My husband had almost all his teeth removed 2 years ago but was still having bacterial issues in his mouth. So I convince my husband to take a daily probiotic supplement and months later he had a good dental check up and his bacterial issues were improving. My latest research on probiotics is related to skin issues like acne and eczema. I read that probiotics can help clear up skin problems as our gut health can affect our skin. Makes perfect sense to me, it is amazing that a simple supplement filled with good bacteria can do so much.

   Now I am working on my teenager to take a daily probiotic to see if it can help clear up his acne. My teenager is frustrated that his acne cream no longer helps with those zits on his face. I gave my teen a bottle of Dr. Formulas Nexabiotic, as this one contains 23 probiotic strains, to see if it could help with his skin. My thinking is more of the "good guys" would help get his skin looking better as it helps restore his digestive balance. I like that these delayed-released capsules are designed to survive the harsh stomach acid and make it into the gut  I realize it could take 2 to 6 weeks of a daily probiotic supplement to see improvement in his skin. I am very hopeful that this probiotic supplement is going to help my teens acne as my friend just told me about how probiotics helped her son with his eczema. Her son has been taking a probiotic supplement for two weeks and his eczema is beginning to clear up.

  I want to show you before and after photos of my teen's face but he won't let me take any pictures of his face. I am just happy that my teen is willing to give probiotics a try. I will let you know later after he takes them for a while if they helped with his acne. I love how probiotics are good for all ages. Provita Labs even makes supplements for kids and babies. Visit the below link to find out more about probiotic supplements and how they work

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