Motherhood and Politics with TodaysMama | Leave a comment

By Heather Ledeboer | Category: Hot New Finds

Tm_logo With the 2008 Presidential election already looming large, the team at TodaysMama.com is busy hunting down relevant information and resources to help you stay on top of the never ending media storm in one handy place.  The Mama Vote section of their site features article links, interviews, blog listings and more all centered on a monthly theme – topical concerns for every family and mother across the country.  Visit each Monday for the latest and greatest in the world of motherhood and politics.

Heather Ledeboer

I am a Christian, wife, mom and the original founder of Mom 4 Life. Now that Ashley owns Mom 4 Life, I am focusing my energies in homeschooling and asking God to use me in other areas.

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Posted Monday, December 10, 2007

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Drink your Eggnog and Eat Christmas Cookies Without the Guilt | Leave a comment

By jennylee | Category: Recipes & Kitchen Tips

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As the holidays are right around the corner,  I have compiled and would like to share a few of your favorite holiday Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanza recipes that are still delicious in taste and tradition but lower in calories and fat.  I would like for you to share your own low fat recipe holiday recipes with all my readers by dropping an email to me or posting a comment below.   ENJOY!

Jenny Lee – Inventor of Bee- Z Snack Shop

LOW FAT EGGNOG

INGREDIENTS:
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1 egg
4 egg whites
1 1/2 cups fat free milk
1 1/2 cups fat free half-and-half
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup rum or brandy (optional)
freshly grated nutmeg to garnish

PREPARATION:
Combine sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl. Add egg and egg whites, and beat with a mixer for 3-4 minutes.
Gently heat fat free milk in a large saucepan. Gradually stir egg mixture into the hot milk.
Heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is slightly thickened. Stir in vanilla extract and remove from heat.
Let the milk and egg mixture cool a little before blending with fat-free half-and-half milk. Cover and chill in the refrigerator. Before serving, add rum or brandy if desired and sprinkle with freshly grated nutmeg on top.

LOW FAT GINGERBREAD MEN COOKIES

INGREDIENTS:
1/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 egg
1/3 cup dark molasses
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp ground cloves

PREPARATION:
In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, sugar and applesauce until smooth. Add egg and molasses and mix well. In another large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and spices. Add to sugar and molasses mixture, stirring well.
Divide dough in two; cover with plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out dough to 1/4 or 1/8-inch thickness. Cut gingerbread men with a cookie cutter. Add candies or raisins to decorate. Place 1-2 inches apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes. Add frosting or more decorations when cool. Makes 30 cookies.


CHRISTMAS TURKEY

To reduce your fat intake, be sure to remove the skin before eating the meat.

INGREDIENTS:
1 12-14-pound turkey, fresh or frozen (thawed)
1 medium onion, peeled and quartered
1 lemon, halved
1 tbsp olive oil
6 sprigs fresh rosemary
6 sprigs fresh thyme
6 sprigs fresh sage
Freshly ground black pepper

PREPARATION:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Remove giblets and neck from inside the turkey and reserve to make stock if you wish.
Rinse turkey inside and out with cold water. Pat dry with kitchen paper.
Place onion, half a lemon and 4 sprigs of each herb inside the bird’s cavity.
Secure legs with kitchen string. Place turkey breast side up on roasting rack in pan. Squeeze lemon half into a small bowl. Brush bird with lemon juice and olive oil, and add salt and pepper.
Place in oven and roast for 15 minutes at 425 degrees for an initial blast of heat.
Reduce heat to 325 degrees. Baste turkey frequently with pan juices plus lemon and oil, and roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thigh reaches 180 degrees – about 3 to 3 3/4 hours.
Remove turkey from oven and let stand for 15 minutes. Transfer to a warm platter and garnish with remaining herbs.

LOW FAT CHANUKAH  POTATOE LATKES

INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 pounds Yukon Gold or Russet Potatoes
1 medium onion
1/4 cup flour
2 egg whites
Freshly ground black pepper

PREPARATION:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Peel, cut and shred potatoes and onion, using either a grater or a food processor.
Place a large cookie sheet in hot oven.
Empty shredded potatoes and onion into a colander and squeeze out as much excess moisture as you can.
Transfer potato and onion mixture to a large bowl. Add flour, egg whites and black pepper, and combine well with a fork.
Remove cookie sheet from oven. Coat with nonstick cooking spray
Form 2-2 1/2-inch flattened rounds with the potato mixture and place on hot cookie sheet.
Return cookie sheet to oven and cook for 7-8 minutes each side, until crisp and golden.

COLLARD RED AND GREEN BEANS

INGREDIENTS:
1 tbs olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, sliced
1 bunch fresh collard greens, stemmed chopped
2 tbs cider vinegar
2 tbs water
½ tsp
Tabasco
1 ½ cups canned kidney beans
Salt and pepper to taste

PREPARATION:
Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat; add the garlic; cook until fragrant, 1 minute; add the greens, vinegar, water and hot sauce; cook, stirring often, until greens slightly soften, about 5 minutes.
Cover; cook 5 more minutes.
Add the beans with 1/2 cup of the beans cooking liquid (if using canned beans, use water), cover; cook until the collards are tender, about 10 minutes.
Stir in salt, pepper and more hot sauce to taste.

Posted Sunday, December 9, 2007

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Checking in on a past winner by Heather Ledeboer | 1 Comment

By Heather Ledeboer | Category: Surprize Me!

Ramybriggs Remember our great month of giveaways in October?  Amy,(she won the photo contest during week one) recently sent me two photos of her kids wearing a few of the items she won (Canddesigns Customizable shirts and a shirt by Skye_and_sydneyHonestBaby), check out how cute they are!  I would love to see more photos from winners so send them in:)!

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Heather Ledeboer

I am a Christian, wife, mom and the original founder of Mom 4 Life. Now that Ashley owns Mom 4 Life, I am focusing my energies in homeschooling and asking God to use me in other areas.

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Posted Friday, December 7, 2007

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Weekly Giveaway – Vienna’s Treasures handmade bracelet | 41 Comments

By Heather Ledeboer | Category: Mom 4 Life News & Giveaways

This week flew by for me!  We had a few different things going on and then all of the sudden, it is Friday!  One fun thing we got to do was have an ultrasound at Open Arms and our kids came along to see.  Hunter really got into it and was so cute asking me if I was "ok" or making sure she wasn’t "hurting me" while the ultrasound was being done.  He liked seeing the photos and asked to see them before he went to bed that night.

The snow all melted this week which we are sort of sad about but we are pretty sure it will return:).  I almost have my Christmas cards ready to send out and at 15 weeks of pregnancy, I feel like I am eating ALL the time (how handy that it is also the holidays).  Other than that, all is pretty normal around here.

Our winner for the Nursing T Shirt Tess Bra by Nummies is Sara.  We have had a few Sara’s win in the past!  It was fun to read all your favorite new items last week and it sounds like many of you could use a new bra!  Check back to our new items page over the next week or so as we just a shipment of two brand new styles from Bravado (in addition to the new Lifestyles bra from Bravado that we just added) that are super great as well if you are needing to choose a good nursing bra or two.  If you didn’t win the Nummies bra but would like to get one, do it this week while it is on sale for 10% off and save $5.00!

Prettypetals This week we have a fun bracelet by Vienna’s Treasures.  Vienna’s Treasures makes adorable handmade bracelets featuring  one handmade polymer clay bead, accented with cats eye glass, sterling silver daisy spacers and Swarovski crystals.  There are 15 different styles in a variety of colors and characters from cows to flowers, cherries to butterflies.  The retail price is $25.99.  This would make a great Christmas present!

To win you can enter in one of two ways: 1) Send an email to at least 3 friends with a link to the giveaway, encourage them to sign up and then leave a comment letting me know you did it.  OR 2) Visit our website www.mom4life.com and then come back here to leave a comment providing me with a suggestion on a way to improve its functionality (the Mom 4 Life.com website NOT this blog).  We are in the beginning stages of switching to a new company to do the back end details of our website and have the opportunity to update or improve in areas that currently we have not been able to change.  I would love your feedback on what would make the website more user friendly for you so I can consider these changes in our updates.  You can just do one of the two options to enter unless you wish to do both but please leave only one post per person for one entry.  Please post your comments here by December 11 at midnight PST.  The winner will be posted on our blog on the 14th.  Good luck!

Heather Ledeboer

I am a Christian, wife, mom and the original founder of Mom 4 Life. Now that Ashley owns Mom 4 Life, I am focusing my energies in homeschooling and asking God to use me in other areas.

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Posted Thursday, December 6, 2007

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Trashy Treasures | 6 Comments

By kristinabjornbak | Category: It Worked 4 Me

Mom4life_trashytreasuresowen_2 A few years ago, I read an article in a parenting magazine about trash being used as toys for children.  Most of these trashy treasures are plastic containers that would end up in your recycling bin, and indeed can be recycled in your little one’s hands.  My three-year-old’s favorites include soda bottles, plastic coffee containers, and boxes.  He makes these into any number of things.  Why is he holding up that small box, mustard bottle, and coffee creamer container?  Believe it or not, he claims that is a camera.  The mustard bottle is the part you look in.

If you’ve never tried this idea, it’s a great way to let your little one’s imagination run wild, not to mention the learning applications, such as colors (the mustard container is yellow) and size (which bottle is bigger?).  But before you get started on going through your recycling bin, here’s a few guidelines to follow for your peace of mind and your child’s safety.

1. Never give your child a glass, metal, or tiny container.
2. Remove caps and cap rings (that little circle that separates from the cap when you first open a soda bottle or milk jug) before giving them to your child.  A child can easily choke on these.  And don’t assume that if you tighten the cap enough, it won’t come open.  It’s better to just remove it.
3. Remove labels.  Yes, labels.  Some labels easily come off and shred in the hands of a child.  I learned this the hard way.  These bits, or even the whole label, are choking hazards.
4. Always clean containers before giving them to your child.
5. If your child still puts things in his or her mouth, do not give anything made of cardboard or paper.  These will come apart as your child chews and drools on them, posing a chocking hazard.
6. Do not put small items into the containers, even if you think your child can’t remove them.

Don’t forget the best part about these "toys."  As they wear out and get dented and crushed, as they eventually will, you can simply toss them in the recycling bin and replace them with a newer milk jug, plastic bottle, or box.  If your house is like mine, you generate these trashy treasures constantly.  So, why not let your child give trashy treasures a try?  You may be amazed at what your little one will do with these.

Posted Thursday, December 6, 2007

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