Weekend Giveaway: Tattler Reusable Canning Lids

This giveaway has ended. Congratulations to Liz who has won the reusable canning lids! Liz, you’ve been notified via email. A big thank you to all who entered!

Today weekend giveaway is for four dozen reusable canning lids from Tattler!

We just talked about getting our act together for the canning season, and getting equipment organized before starting was a key step! I’m including reusable canning lids from Tattler in my essential canning equipment because they are BPA-free and can be used over and over again. Less waste and better for your health? That’s right!

If you’re just hearing about Tattler, why not keep in touch with them on Facebook? They occasionally offer discounts through the Tattler Facebook page, and it’s also a good resource for information about their products.

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Eat Well, Spend Less: Wholesome, Homemade Food for Air Travel

We’ve just returned from a family vacation in the Caribbean where we unplugged, relaxed and enjoyed time with extended family. While the get-away gave us some much needed R&R, the traveling to and from our destination was an adventure!

Our boys, now 5 and 3, did amazingly well on the four flights, all things considered. Mateo napped during the long stretches and they both ran their little legs off between gates during our tight connections. Danny and I battled some nausea on the journey home, but Noah and Mateo sustained good health and had a cheery disposition from take off to touchdown.

While flight delays, lost luggage, and air turbulence cannot be helped (or avoided, it seems) one aspect of air travel that can be controlled is nourishing food. When you bring your own, that is.

On our recent trip to Atlanta for BlogHer Food, I felt particularly gouged by the expensive, yet tasteless, food options available in the airports and on flights. Knowing I would have the kids along on the next trip, I mentally noted to pack my own snacks and lunch.

Being able to eat well in an airport is rare. Being able to spend little is nearly impossible. For this month’s Eat Well, Spend Less post, I’ll tell you how I managed to do both.

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Radishes 3 Ways (Recipe: Radish Sandwiches, Salad and Herb Butter)

Written by Shaina of Food for My Family.

Our farmers markets here in the Midwest U.S. of A are still lacking a bit in the fresh produce selection, though I did see the first few strawberries there just this past weekend, which made me giddy like a teenager on their first date. (Note: I did not go on a single “date” in the traditional sense as a teenager.)

To clarify, there are plenty of the same things over and over: lettuces, chives, spring onions, peas, asparagus out the wazoo and radishes as far as the eye can see.

Three years ago, I was not so interested in radishes. I would eat them when they were available, but seek them out I did not. Then last year I had an awakening. My husband started showing up to our house with bunches of Easter egg radishes purchased from his on-site farmers market after work. He’d proclaim how pretty they were and talk about peanut butter and radish sandwiches as a child.

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How to Grow Your Own Indoor Culinary Herb Garden

This is a guest post from Sylvie of Gourmande in the Kitchen. Welcome, Sylvie!

The fresh grassiness of a sprinkle of chopped chives over soup, the robust earthy flavor of fresh thyme leaves on roasted vegetables, and the heady aroma of just-picked mint in your tea are just a few of  the reasons it’s easy to fall in love with cooking with fresh herbs.

Fresh herbs offer us good looks, great flavor, and intoxicating scents. Luckily, these rewards aren’t limited to those of us with a garden; just a few pots indoors can supply you with a variety of flavor-enhancing culinary herbs all year long.

Cultivating an extensive herb garden is wonderful if you have a yard, but many people don’t have access to an outdoor space. Fortunately, it’s not hard to grow the same herbs indoors, even in a small space.

If you’re a novice gardener or don’t have much of a green thumb, growing an indoor culinary herb garden is an easy place to start.  Most herbs are sun worshipers, so all you need to get started is a nice, sunny place in your house for them to call home.

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Good Food for a Crowd (Recipe: Cumin & Oregano Beef Kebabs)

Summer eating calls for food that gives maximum flavour for minimal effort and these garlic and oregano scented beef kebabs deliver just that. They are one of my go-to grilling suppers when I just don’t feel like burgers and make an excellent menu option for entertaining friends on warm June evening.

At a recent backyard barbecue, these recipes stole the spotlight: tender sirloin kebabs that had been marinated in garlic, cumin and loads of fresh oregano. The skewers were sandwiched between grilled pita bread that had been bathed in a pungent garlic-infused olive oil, and the whole thing dressed with fresh tomatoes and slathered with my homemade Tzatziki. I could eat this way all month long!

An assortment of fresh summer salads make the perfect accompaniments to your simple grilling party. Try Grilled Corn & Avocado Salad with Lime & Basil, Classic Greek Salad, or just a mound of marinated tomatoes with shredded basil and a crumbling of feta.

Fresh flavors, little fuss, eating with your hands – that’s what summer dining is all about. I hope you give these recipes a try.

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