What do these colored tabs really mean?

Have you ever wondered what the color tabs on loaves of bread mean? Some are yellow, red or even blue. Years ago I remember asking my Home Economics teacher in Junior High School what those tabs really meant. That one question turned into a homework assignment for me. I didn’t mind because it was about food and research so I was all for it. Now fast forward about 15 plus years (Yeah I know I just dated myself…lol), I wondered if the same information that I found out years ago was still valid. So I began my research again to see what I could find out.

Those colored tabs really do mean something. Each colored tab represents a different day of the week; the day the bread was baked. The date that is stamped on the tab is the date the bread needs to be sold by. Sometimes they won’t always be tabs but the twists with the dates stamped on the bag itself, the colors still remain the same. The colors are listed below. So next time you are in the bread aisle or at your local bakery take a look at the colored tab or twist to see how fresh your bread is.

Monday – Blue

Tuesday – Green

Thursday – Red

Friday – White

Saturday – Yellow

Note: This is a universal adopted procedure, however some companies may change it up a bit. But for the most part all companies still with this standard procedure.


Kitchen Tip Thursday: Cooking with Kids

Happy Thursday Everyone! Thanks for stopping by the kitchen today. Today we are going to share with you ways to cook in the kitchen with your children. Cooking with kids teaches them math skills, how to follow directions, healthy eating and it gives you a chance to bond with them. Take a look at these tips and feel free to share some of your own.

  • Let your kids pick out vegetables to try.
  • Allow kids to plan out the menu or the recipe.
  • Hygiene first, teach them the benefits of washing their hands while cooking.
  • Set up a work area just for them.
  • Explain the rules of the stove, and hot surfaces.
  • Have them read each set of directions out loud.
  • Practice math skills as they measure and stir ingredients.
  • Teach them to share the process with siblings and /or friends.
  • Use cookie cutters to make fun shapes with bread.
  • Decorate sandwiches with their favorite veggies.
  • Try dishes from other cultures to teach foreign language or history.
  • Dress for the occasion: an apron or a mini chef’s hat will do the trick.
  • Give your kids their own set of plastic measuring cups and spoons.
  • Have fun!

We hope you have picked up some tips to share with the children in your life. Do you have any additional tips? Please feel free to share them with us.


10 Things to know about me

Hey, everyone! You all asked and I said I would deliver. I will be sharing more about myself and my life behind the blog. The following is just an introduction to who I am and what I love about life.

  1. I have Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy and I walk with a limp. ( I need to give my cane a name)
  2. My food allergies have increased over the years. (How is a food blogger allergic to eggs and raw apples?)
  3. I come from a blended family. I have a bonus mom and a bonus dad.
  4. I fell in love with cooking as a child, while recovering from surgeries.
  5. I’m a book nerd. I love to read. Romance novels are my weakness.
  6. I blog about romance novels at Romance Novels In Color.
  7. I’m addicted to seafood and green smoothies.
  8. I spoil my nephew Pumpkin like crazy and he’s getting a sister soon!! (I’m excited about another baby being in the house.)
  9. I am very involved in my church.
  10. I’m 34 and single (yes, someone asked that after I sent out a survey a few weeks ago)

This is me, this is my life and I love it. I’ll be sure to share more very soon.


Be a Tastefully Simple Host in April

This post does contain affiliate links. Any purchases made through these links will result in me receiving a commission.

For the month of April Tastefully Simple hosts get to enjoy the perks of it being National BLT Month and earn the trio of great products to build your own BLT.

Level 1 $300 – $599.99 party
Hosts can purchase the above items for $14.99
(that’s more than 50% off retail value).

Level 2 $600+ party
Hosts earn a trio of zesty new products FREE, including:

  • Zesty Bloody Mary Starter
  • Brown Sugar & Maple Bacon Seasoning
  • Refrigerator Dill Pickle Kit

(combined retail value $31.97)

You still get the other host rewards as well. These parties not only include the tasting parties but online/Facebook/catalog parties too.

These are the items you’ll receive:

Are you ready to host a party in April?


Layered Southwest Taco Salad

Happy Tuesday Everyone!! For some reason I’m craving tacos today. I figured I would share this recipe with you today. Do you enjoy tacos? What are some of your favorite toppings?

Sometimes I switch up my ingredients:

  • Chicken
  • Beef
  • Pork
  • Shrimp
  • Fish (sway or cod)
  • corn salsa
  • guacamole
  • cole slaw
  • monterrey jack cheese
  • mango salsa
  • sour cream

My ingredients for tacos depends on how I’m feeling or what I have a taste for. Add some family and friends and make tonight a Taco Night!!

Layered Southwest Taco Salad

Ingredients

6 cups torn romaine lettuce
1 can  (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed
1 can (11 oz.) whole kernel corn, drained
1/2 cup Thick ‘N Chunky Salsa
1/2 cup KRAFT Natural Three Cheese Crumbles /or Shredded cheese
1/2 cup  Ranch Dressing
1 cup broken tortilla chips

Directions

Place lettuce on plate. Then add the next four ingredients.
Drizzle Ranch dressing on top and serve with Tortilla chips.


Foodie Friday: Teriyaki Steak Lettuce Wraps

 

Teriyaki Steak Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients
1/2 cup A.1. Teriyaki Steak Sauce
1/2 cup  orange juice
2 tsp. sesame oil
1   beef flank steak or beef top sirloin steak (1 lb.)
1 head Boston lettuce, leaves separated
1 cup  each: shredded carrots and red cabbage
1 large red pepper, thinly sliced
1 can  (14 oz.) bean sprouts, drained

Directions
1. Mix steak sauce, orange juice and sesame oil until well blended. Remove 1/4 cup of the steak sauce mixture for later use.2. Pour remaining steak – sauce mixture over steak in large resealable plastic bag; seal bag. Turn bag over several times to evenly coat steak.3. Refrigerate 30 min. to marinate.
4. Preheat grill to medium heat.
5. Remove steak from bag; discard bag and marinade.
6. Grill steak 13 to 16 min. for medium-rare to medium, turning occasionally.
7. Remove from grill; cover with foil to keep warm. Let stand 10 min.
8. Cut steak across the grain into thin strips.
9. Place evenly in centers of lettuce leaves; top with vegetables and bean sprouts.
10. Roll up. Serve with the reserved 1/4 cup steak sauce mixture.

***Special Extra***Prepare as directed, adding 1/4 cup chopped Peanuts and/or chopped cilantro along with the vegetables.Variation Substitute 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts for the steak. Marinate as directed, then grill 5-7 min. on each side or until cooked through (165°F). Cut into strips, then continue as directed.


Kitchen Tip Thursdays ‘5 Common Cooking Mistakes & How to Fix Them’

Happy Thursday Everyone. Today will look at some common cooking mistakes and how to fix them.

5 Common Cooking Mistakes and How to Fix Them

This happens to cooks all the time. While cooking you may get distracted, forget an ingredient, or even add the wrong ingredient. But don’t fret, there are ways to fix the most common cooking mistakes and no one would ever know the cook had a mishap in the kitchen.

Butter is too soft. Did your cake come out too heavy? Or are your cookies flat and crispy? Be careful when softening your butter, let it stand out at room temperature for 30-45 minutes. Sometimes rushing the process by softening in the microwave can make the butter too soft turning your batter into a different texture. Take the time to let your butter soften properly; cutting them in small pieces will help the process as well.

Lumpy Gravy. Making mashed potatoes, need gravy for your turkey and it’s not the right consistency with lumps in it? That’s okay it can be fixed. While mixing in the thickener (usually flour or cornstarch mixed with water) make sure that you gradually whisk it in with the gravy. If not, you get the lumps. The lumps can come out, just pour the gravy over into a sieve and let the liquid drain out leaving the lumps on the inside.

Overcrowded Pan. Is your food cooking too slowly, nothing is browning and you don’t have room to flip your food over? Your pan is overcrowded. When cooking make sure that you leave room in your pan for your food to cook properly. If you have to cook the food in two batches, place the first batch in the oven on an ovenproof plate; set the oven at 200°F.

Food is too greasy. Are your fries or chicken too greasy? Was your grease hot enough? Before adding your food to the grease make sure that the grease is hot enough, it should be 350°F. If you don’t have a thermometer you can try these tips to test the grease. Add a piece of bread to the oil, if it browns in 10 seconds, your oil is ready. Another test you can try is to add a piece of the food you are cooking to the oil, if it sizzles right away then your grease is ready. If not don’t worry, if your grease isn’t hot enough just give it a few more minutes to heat up properly.

You didn’t taste as you cooked. Your food tastes bland, sauce is too salty, and you think you may have missed an ingredient? Are you tasting your food as you are cooking? If you wait until your food is done to taste, you miss out on knowing whether or not something can be added to the recipe or knowing if it’s just the way you want it. By tasting your food as you cook, you’ll know if you need to add more seasoning or if your food is just right. Allow your palate to be your guide, it will never steer you wrong.

These are just 5 cooking mistakes that people make in the kitchen. Do you know of anymore? 


Ice cube trays are not just for making ice

 

They come in plastic, metal, rubber and have a variety of colors and shapes. Ice cube trays are not just for making ice any more. These tray will help you with your cooking needs. Check out some of these creative ideas.

Stock – Fill stock in trays and use for sauces, soups, etc.

Herbs – Mix fresh herbs in with water or stock to use later on soups, sauces, or sautes.

Coffee – Got milk? Add these cubes for iced coffee.

Lemons – Put them in juices and iced tea; instant Arnold Palmer.

Pesto – Freeze to use year round

Caramelized Onions – Easy access for future dinners

Baby Food – Do you make your own? Or need space in the cabinet? Freeze and thaw when ready to enjoy. 4-6 months = 2 cubes; 6-9 months = 4 cubes; 9-12 months= 6 cubes 

Drinks – Freeze the actual drink and use them as cubes instead water.

Tomato Paste – Use when a recipe calls for small portions (ex. 1 or 2 tsp.)

Egg Whites – Freeze for later use when a recipe only calls for the yolks.

Wine – Freeze and use in your next batch of spaghetti sauce or scampi.

Popsicles – Got juice? Make Popsicles with sticks.

Jell-O – Great idea for kids portion.

Dessert Buffet – Fill each compartment with sprinkles, nuts, candy, etc.

Now below are some non-cooking ideas for ice cube trays


Jewelry – Place small items in the compartments for safe keeping.

Screws & Bolts – Easy to find when you need to hang a picture on the wall.

Paint – Kids want to paint pictures? Add a different color to each section.

Vitamins & Pills – Separate your medicine for the week.

We hope you enjoyed these creative ways to use ice cube trays. Got any other ideas? Let us know!



Cerebral Palsy and Me


March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month and I decided that I would talk more about my life with CP since quite a few of you have asked about it. I was diagnosed with Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy at the age of 2. The doctors and my parents noticed that something just wasn’t quite right, my development was delayed. Usually by the time a child turns two they are walking, well it comes to me, I was just crawling. This took a toll on my parents, they were informed that they have a special needs child. — Continue>


30-Minute Goal Setting PopUp Shop with The Whole Core

As you all know I love to pass along information that can help you be a better you. Today I have some information from my girl Dana, over at The Whole Core.

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Got a goal that you’ve been wanting to reach, but you just aren’t sure of the steps to take to get there?! Then this pop up shop is just the thing for you!

Meet with me for just 30 minutes to discuss goal setting strategies, and construct a plan that fits within the confines of your current lifestyle!

The PopUp shop will be held TODAY from 1:30pm-5:30pm and TOMORROWfrom 10:00am-12:00pm at the Columbus Public Library and at Juice Bar Columbus (Located in The Landings) from 1:45pm-3:00pm.

Not in Columbus?? No worries! Technology has us covered and we can have your session via Skype, FaceTime, or over the phone!
Click here to schedule your appointment!
If you don’t see a time listed that works for you, I do have a little bit of flexibility for virtual sessions!

Cost is $25per person. Payments are accepted via PayPal invoice which will be emailed upon the scheduling of your appointment.

Book your session and be entered into a drawing to receive freebies!!

I am really all about helping to make things easier and affordable for any budget. I do not want money, or lengthy commitments to be the reason to neglect our health and wellness goals!

**If you’d like to gift a session to someone, please email me! What better gift to give someone than something to enhance their quality of life?!

In health,
Dana