Holiday Gift Guide: Cameras From Best Buy

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

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If you’re looking for a new camera for yourself or for a gift this holiday season, Best Buy is the first stop for high quality cameras to help you save your priceless photo memories! These three cameras from Nikon, Sony and Samsung. All of them come equipped with built-in Wi-Fi so you can share amazing photos with ease. Upgrade your camera in time to capture all of your precious holiday moments. [Read more…]

Reading Fun With Saban Brands & Julius Jr.

This post is brought to you by Saban Brands, and contains affiliate links.

If you and your children are fans of Julius Jr., then they are going to love this cute plush toys and books from Saban Brands. Choose from an assortment of Julius Jr. characters in 7.5″ tall plush dolls. They are available for $8.99 and sold separately. Perfect for stocking stuffers, or to act out the stories from the books! Buy them at Amazon.com.

Fun Plush Toys

Fun Plush Toys

I have always been a big fan of giving children books, whether they are old enough to read or not. It is never too early to encourage learning and the love of reading. Children who are read to and who love to read tend to do better in school and love to learn more than children who were not read to. My home was always filled with books for my children when they were growing up. There are several Julius Jr. books to pick from, too. Depending on what age your child may be, they can get creative with paints or crayons, or peek behind doors flaps to discover who may be hiding there.

Howdy Doodle-Doo

Priced at $4.99, this is a rythmic, rhyming book, that pairs text with picture clues to help children decode the story. For children who know the alphabet and are eager to begin reading.

Howdy-Doodle-Doo

Howdy-Doodle-Doo

The Hall Of Doors

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The Hall Of Doors

To the Hall of Doors! is a board book that has flaps to lift featuring  all of the Julius Jr. characters inlcuding Julius Jr. himself, Clancy, Ping, Sheree, and Worry Bear. Kid can lift the flaps to discover what’s behind each door in the Hall of Doors. This is a very nice, large book that children will adore. SRV $14.99

Inventing Time

Inventing Time is an interactive book that lets kids invent their own storyes! It includes  four chunky crayons, six watercolors, and a sturdy paintbrush for hours of creative, artistic fun. Get it for $9.99

Eureka!

This is an activity book that lets kids use their creativity and  imagination.  It is wildly fun and features loads of exciting scenes to color, plus four chunky crayons and more than 50 colorful stickers to enjoy! $4.99

More Julius Jr. Fun

Launched this month is an all-new suite of digital products! Julius Jr. has launched its first full interactive 3D app based on the series. There are fun activities designed for preschoolers to play on tablets and mobile devices. Kids can now join Julius Jr. and his friends in a variety of easy-to-play games on the go! The app is now available on the App Store ($2.99) for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

Second, check out the Julius Jr. website  for new features you can share with your preschoolers! This cute new kid friendly page features fun games, crafts and activities, printables and music videos, as well as exclusive video clips from the show. The is also a dedicated parents section featuring healthy recipes, themed birthday ideas, and arts and crafts to do with your kids, along with curriculum-based “Inventing Time” activities from the Center for Childhood Creativity. The site is built for web, tablet and smart phone usage, so Mom and Dad  and the kids can easily enjoy Julius Jr. and his pals together on the go!

OH! and don’t forget to watch season 2 of Julius Jr. every Saturday at 1 p.m. on Nick Jr.!

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Holiday Gift Guide: Ugly Sweaters from TipsyElves.com

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Are you one of those people who like to give gag gifts? Or do you and a friend try to “one up” each other with the ugliest sweater you can find? Then you have come to the right place. TipsyElves.com is where you will find quite a collection of ugly sweaters. Here is the one they sent me:

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the “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” sweater

And if that is not ugly enough for you, how about one like this:

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the “Patchwork Ugly Christmas Sweater”

In addition to ugly sweaters, TipsyElves also has ties, socks, hats, even “wine sweaters”

Suspicious Gnome Socks

Suspicious Gnome Socks

Santa Christmas Tie

Santa Christmas Tie

Humping Reindeer Hat

Humping Reindeer Hat

Gingerbread Man Wine Sweater

Gingerbread Man Wine Sweater

Electrocuted Cat Ugly Sweater

Electrocuted Cat Ugly Sweater

Nose Thief Snowman Sweater

Nose Thief Snowman Sweater

The folks at TipsyElves do more than just sell some of the ugliest sweaters on the internet. They also donate to a very good cause. For every sweater they sell, they donate a hoodie to a disadvantaged child. From their donation policy webpage:

Tipsy Elves plans to bring some holiday warmth to as many children as we can, and you can help! Each sweater you purchase on our website will help Tipsy Elves donate brand new warm hoodies to children in need.

That’s a pretty good cause! Which one of the ugly sweaters are you going to be giving this year?

Holiday Fun Recipes With Way Better Snacks

This post is sponsored by Way Better Snacks

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Eating gluten free used to be disappointing, but let me tell you, it has never been better than now! Way Better Snacks taste great, whether you are snacking while watching a movie on TV; or you are having a party, inviting all your friends, and getting dressed up. They are good with savory as well as sweet toppings and spreads. Here are a couple of recipes I made to go with my Way Better Snacks.

Guacamole with Way Better Snacks

Guacamole with Way Better Snacks

CHUNKY GUACAMOLE

  • 3 Avocados
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • juice if 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper
  • salt to taste

Peel avocados and remove pits. Mash with a fork, leaving some lumps. Add the rest of the ingredients, and stir together. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until serving.

Fresh Mozzarella & Fig Spread Bites

Fresh Mozzarella & Fig Spread Bites

FRESH MOZZARELLA & CALIFORNIA FIG BITES

  • 1 container of fresh mozzarella cheese balls, any size
  • 1 jar Orchard Choice California Fig Spread
  • 1 bag Way Better Snacks (I used Multi Grain but you can use any flavor)
  • Green leaves from lettuce, chard, or kale for plate decoration

Cover your serving platter with greenery from lettuce, chard, kale or any you have on hand. If you have the little mozzarella balls, flatten them out between your fingers, and put them on a tortilla chip. Top with a teaspoon of fig spread. Place atop greenery on serving platter. Refrigerate covered with plastic wrap until serving.

Way Better Snacks with fresh mozzarella and fig spread

Way Better Snacks with fresh mozzarella and fig spread

WAY BETTER SNACKS come in several flavors, all gluten free,

all with the goodness of sprouted whole grains and seeds. Way Better Snacks Corn Tortilla Chips come in eight different flavors like Multi Grain, Sweet Chili, Sweet Potato, and Black Bean. Way Better Pita-ahhh Chips come in Pinch of Sea Salt and Smoked Harvarti, and Toasted Garlic.

The ingredients list for Way Better Multi-Grain Tortilla Chips are sprouted brown rice, sprouted daikon radish seeds, sprouted flax, sprouted quinoa, sprouted broccoli seed, sprouted chia seed, stone ground non GMO corn, sea salt, and sunflower and safflower oils. Find the ingredients for all their delicious flavors on the website.

You can buy Way Better Snacks on their website, or click here to find a location near you.

Del Real Foods Review and Giveaway

This post is brought to you by Del Real Foods. All opinions are my own (and Fabgrandpa’s)

CaptureFabgrandpa and I received a Del Real Party In A Box some time ago. To tell you the truth, we both enjoyed these delicious Mexican style frozen meals very much. I am a huge fan of Carnitas, and since I have eaten them in deep south Texas, it has been hard for me to find any that I truly like and felt like they tastes “authentic”, whether bought from the frozen foods section of a grocery store, or from a restaurant. These Del Real Carnitas, though, are the Real Deal!

Carnitas in my freezer

Carnitas and Pollo Asado in my freezer

In case you don’t know, Carnitas is fried pork roast, seasoned and usually served with rice and beans. When it is done right, it is so good!. Pollo Asado is simply roasted chicken. The Del Real Pollo Asado can be eaten as is, or chopped and made into enchiladas. Either way, delicious!

Arroz

Arroz and Chipotle Chicken Tinga

The Arroz is cooked just right, and the container it comes in has enough in it to serve at least six people a good portion of rice with their meal. Seasoned with just the right herbs and spices, with carrots and peas added. The Chicken Tinga was another dish that we loved. And, just in case you need to know, most of Del Real’s foods are Gluten Free (Of course the flour tortillas are not).

From Tamales to Chicken Chile Verde to Sopas, Del Real has everything you need for an authentic Mexican meal, straight from your freezer, to your microwave, to your table! Start a new holiday tradition and serve up some Mexican foods from Del Real on Christmas Eve!

BUY IT: You can find Del Real Foods in Costco and BJ’s.

WIN IT: One Winner will receive a Del Real Party In A Box that contains all of the following:

Del Real Party In A Box

Del Real Party In A Box

Carnitas; Arroz’ Frijoles Refritos; Pollo Asado; Pupusas; Salsa; a Mini piñata; a water bottle; and a cooler on wheels. To enter, just use the Giveaway Tools widget to enter.

Sweeten Your Holiday With Orchard Choice California Figs

This post is sponsored by Orchard Choice California Figs

Orchard Choice California Fig Spreads

Orchard Choice California Fig Spreads

I have wanted to try a pork and fig combination for quite some time. However,  I live in a very rural part of America and none of the three grocery stores around here carry anything as exotic as fig preserves, fig jam, or fig spread. Then one day last week, when the UPS guy came to my door, he had a box of goodies for me from Orchard Choice California Figs. These spreads come in four flavors including California Orange, Port Wine, Organic Mission Fig, and Balsamic Pepper. It was really hard to decide which one to open first.

My husband loves pork tenderloin any way I prepare it, so I decided to pair it with the Orchard Choice California Fig Balsamic Pepper Spread. You will want to go back for seconds of this one!

Roasted Pork Tenderloin With Balsamic Pepper Fig Spread & Garlic

Roasted Pork Tenderloin With Balsamic Pepper Fig Spread & Garlic

ROASTED PORK TENDERLOIN WITH BALSAMIC PEPPER FIG SPREAD AND GARLIC

  • (1) 1 TO 1.5 lb Pork Tenderloin
  • Meat tenderizer
  • 2-4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 jar of Orchard Choice California Fig Balsamic Pepper Spread
  • wooden skewers
  • 4-6 medium red potatoes
  • sea salt
  • olive oil

Line a 13″ X 9″ casserole dish with heavy duty aluminum foil. Rinse the pork tenderloin and pat dry. Using a very sharp knife, cut the tenderloin into 4-6 equal pieces. (a one pound tenderloin yields 4 servings) . Butterfly each piece of tenderloin. Cut carefully to prevent cutting all the way through. Spread each piece flat. (I use some meat tenderizer, but this cut of meat is tender enough that you don’t need it.) If using meat tenderizer, sprinkle generously on each piece.

Cut the tenderloin into serving size pieces

Cut the tenderloin into serving size pieces

Peel the garlic cloves, and mince them. Spread one minced garlic clove over the inside of each piece of pork. Spread a heaping tablespoon of fig spread over the garlic on each piece of pork. Working with one piece of pork at a time, gently bring the cut ends together and fasten with a skewer. Some of the fig spread will squeeze out the ends, but you can just spoon it over the top. Place in the prepared casserole dish.

Spread each piece of meat with minced garlic and fig spread.

Spread each piece of meat with minced garlic and fig spread.

When all of the meat is in the dish, peel the potatoes and cut in chunks, one potato per serving of meat. Place the potatoes around the meat in the casserole dish. Sprinkle with sea salt to taste. Then drizzle with olive oil, about 4 tablespoons, making sure all the potatoes are covered.

Close up the aluminum foil, and place in 350° oven. Bake for one hour. Remove casserole from oven, open aluminum foil, and let rest for at least five minutes before serving. Serve with additional fig spread.

Pork Tenderloin with California Fig Spread and Potatoes

Pork Tenderloin with California Fig Spread and Potatoes

If you are looking for a super easy appetizer for your holiday parties, here is a gluten free quick as a wink to prepare recipe using Orchard Choice California Fig Spread.

Brie and California Fig Roll-ups

Brie and California Fig Roll-ups

BRIE & CALIFORNIA FIG ROLL-UPS

  • Gluten free flour tortillas
  • 1 pkg Brie
  • 1 jar Orchards Choice California Fig Spread

Spread softened Brie on one side of a gluten free flour tortilla. Spread Orchards Choice California Fig Spread generously on top of the Brie. Place in a hot skillet, and let the cheese melt, about 15-20 seconds. Slide the tortilla out of the skillet onto a cutting board, and let it cool. Once the tortilla is cooled, roll up, then cut in 1 inch slices. Each tortilla makes about 8 roll-ups.

BUY IT: You can buy Orchard Choice California Fig Spreads and Figs at their online store.

WIN IT: One lucky Fabgrandma reader will win an Orchard Choice California Fig prize pack that contains four flavors of California Fig Spreads.

To enter, use the Giveaway Tools widget below.

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