Fun and festive, these delicious 4th of July red, white and blue berry cake parfaits will be the stars of the dessert table! With berries in season right now, this is a winning combination!

This recipe uses Miss Jones Organic Vanilla Cake Mix and Miss Jones Organic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, plus lots of fresh berries, which makes for easy baking, assembling and cleaning.

We love that all of Miss Jones’ mixes and frostings are vegan-friendly, so everyone can enjoy this festive, patriotic dessert! Plus, they are perfectly portioned and ready to serve!

For this recipe, Miss Jones’ used parfait glasses & drinking glasses, using the rim of the glass to cut out circles from a sheet cake, but you can also use crumbled cake to fill mason jars for a dessert on-the-go if you are spending the day at a picnic or someone else’s home.

Red, White and Blue Berries and Cream Cake Parfaits

Ingredients

1 box Miss Jones Organic Vanilla Cake Mix
1 jars Miss Jones Organic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
3 eggs (“Mom” prefers cage-free eggs)
1/2 cup butter (1 stick), melted (“Mom” prefers organic)
6 oz raspberries
6 oz blueberries
6 oz blackberries

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9×13 in pan with parchment paper and spray with oil.

In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, eggs, butter and milk together until combined.

Pour batter in prepared pan and bake for 35-45 minutes. Cool completely.

Use the rim of the glass to cut circles out of the sheet cake. Push the cake circle to the bottom of the glass. If it’s too tight, use a knife to trim a little around the edges.

Fill piping bag with frosting. Pipe some frosting over the cake layer and add some berries. Place another cake circle on top and layer with frosting and berries. Keep layering until you reach the top of the glass.

Serve and enjoy!

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 35-45 minutes
Total Time: 50-65 minutes

*Recipe and image courtesy of Miss Jones Baking Co.*

This holiday season, and beyond, you can inspire others to ‘give a chip!’ Deep River Snacks’ offers a wonderful and simple way to give to others while at the same time giving back to what matters most to the recipient with their Chips & Charity gift basket for the holiday season! As charitable giving is a growing trend, this is a perfect gift for anyone from your loved ones to co-workers! Essentially who loves to give back, it’s the gift that keeps on giving!

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Chips & Charity is a delicious assortment of kettle chips + a $10 charity gift card that the recipient can use to make a donation to the non-profit of their choice via justgive.org.

These aren’t just any chips – Deep River Snacks’ are proudly made in the USA without artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives, and they are Non-GMO, Certified Gluten-Free, and Nut-Free, too! In addition, each bag features a great charity partner with a back story that means something important to a Deep River Snacks’ founder or employee.

The $10 gift certificate is redeemable on justgive.org and allows the recipient to choose from over 2 million charities! What non-profit did “Mom” choose? Lucy’s Love Bus! This incredible organization allowed “Mom’s” daughter to receive Traditional Chinese Medicine while battling neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer, for close to three years. Unfortunately, “Mom’s” oldest daughter passed away at the tender age of 5 this year, and this will be her first Christmas without her sweet daughter. Giving back to Lucy’s Love Bus was truly such a wonderful way to honor her little girl and bring hope to other families going through similar situations this holiday season!

Available for purchase on Amazon.com for $24.99, which included 12-2oz bags + $10 charity gift card.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this article.*

Kiss My Face Kids Defense Lotion

Get prepared for an eco-friendly summer with these new finds! From play dates and picnics to long days at the park, “Mom” has compiled her top picks for the months ahead!

Kiss My Face Kids Defense Spray

Kiss My Face Kids Sun Care Collection

With the new Kiss My Face Kids Sun Care Collection, kids can protect their skin all summer long with formulas that effectively block harmful UV rays with the use of Antioxidant Defenders™ that are free of parabens, oxybenzone and artificial fragrances. Whether mastering the biggest cannonball or setting up shops for the best lemonade stand, summer’s possibilities are endless thanks to Kiss My Face. “Mom” is loving the Kiss My Face Kids Defense™ with Air Powered Spray™ SPF 50 – this provides a fast, easy applicaton for not only hard to reach places, but little ones on the move! Two more products round out the collection, which includes the Kiss My Face Kids Defense™ Mineral SPF 30 and the Cool Sport™ with Any Angle Air Powered Spray™ SPF 50. All products are biodegradeable, too! www.kissmyface.com

Posh Play Mat

This is a busy mom’s dream come true! This planet-friendly, PVC-free faux leather mat looks classy while providing little ones a sanitary place to play in an instant – both inside and out! With a large celeb following, the Posh Play Mat wipes clean in seconds and can be rolled up to tote anywhere, from the park to playdate to airport! www.poshplaymat.com

Desert Essence Baby

Desert Essence Baby

Afer a long day of playing in the summer sun, get your kiddos squeaky clean with this new favorite line of “Mom’s” by Desert Essence! Their new NSF-Organic & USDA Certified-Organic Babycare & Nursery Care products are simply awesome. The Oh So Clean 2 In 1 Gentle Foaming Hair & Body Cleanser smells delightful and is made from 100% Olive Castile soap blended with vitamin-rich Organic Sunflower Oil. The My Sweetie Pie Baby Lotion is also quite a hit! www.desertessence.com

Bitsy's Carrot Raisin Crunch

Bitsy’s Brainfood Cereals

Move over Raisin Bran! There’s an exciting new cereal called Carrot Raisin Crunch from Bitsy’s Brainfood that will have everyone clamoring to the table this summer! The popular Bitsy’s Brainfood has created a smarter cereal alternative made from organic ingredients and real fruits and veggies!. Bitsy’s cereal is available in three tasty flavor combinations: Fruit & Veggie 1,2,3, Carrot Raisin Crunch, and Banana Squash Squares. Kids can have a nutritious breakfast that will fuel them for the day of summer activities or the cereals make an excellent snack for on-the-go, too! Just place in a reusable container for something fun to nibble on! www.bitsysbrainfood.com

*Companies generously provided samples and images for this piece.*

 

Not to be mistaken for the yellow mustard frequently squirted on hot dogs or hamburgers, Colman’s Mustard is a powerful, versatile ingredient that at-home cooks, as well as restaurant chefs, use to add an extra dimension of irresistible flavor to their meals. Place a dollop on your turkey, add a teaspoon to your favorite salad vinaigrette, or try an exciting twist on classic Thanksgiving mashed potatoes with the following recipe!

Colman’s Sweet Potato & Mustard Mash

Ingredients

4 large sweet potatoes
8 fl oz half and half or full cream (“Mom” prefers organic)
6 level teaspoons of Colman’s Prepared Mustard
Juice of 2 Lemons

Preparation

Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into large cubes.
Boil them for 15 minutes in salted water until they are just tender but not soft.
Drain, and transfer to a blender and add the cream. Blend for about 30 seconds until you have a smooth mixture.
Return the potatoes to the pan and stir in the Colman’s Mustard, warm through and add the lemon juice.

Serves 8.

(Source: Paul Hartley’s ‘The Colman’s Mustard Cookbook’)

*Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net.*

Keep little ghosts and ghouls hydrated while trick-or-treating this Halloween with SIGG’s new Fall collection, showcasing a favorite iconic character, Hello Kitty, dressed up for the occasion, too! On each reusable water bottle, Hello Kitty wears a different animal costume, including Elephant, Tiger, Leopard and Monkey.

Heralding the Halloween spirit, SIGG makes it fun for little ones to keep thirst at bay while running up and down the neighborhood! These cute character bottles are up to the mighty task on Hallow’s Eve. You can find them online at MYSIGG.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this piece.*

Fall a great time of year for so many reasons; sweaters, changing leaves, and above all, pumpkin is back in season! Sadly, many pumpkin favorites are packed with calories and unwanted fats. Recipe Rehab has a solution once again! Chef Tana’s Pumpkin Bar Recipe is a delicious and healthier pumpkin dessert; an instant favorite for anyone who can’t go without their daily dose of pumpkin, but wants to stay healthy.

Chef Tana’s Pumpkin Bars

Ingredients

2 cup(s) pumpkin puree
4 large egg(s), free-range
1/2 cup(s) raw honey
2 tablespoon sugar substitute, such as xylitol or stevia in the raw
1/2 cup(s) grapeseed oil
1/4 cup(s) light coconut milk
3/4 cup(s) rice flour
3/4 cup(s) all-purpose, gluten-free flour
1/2 cup(s) almond meal
2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
1/2 teaspoon ginger, ground
1/4 teaspoon cloves, ground
1 cooking spray
8 ounce(s) cheese, neufchâtel, or vegan cream cheese, at room temperature
1/3 cup(s) honey, raw

Preparation

1. Preheat the oven to 350-degrees F.

2. To make the batter: Using a handheld electric mixer at medium speed, beat together the pumpkin, eggs, honey, Xylitol, oil, and coconut milk until light and fluffy. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, almond meal, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Slowly add flour mixture to liquid mixture and mix with electric mixer at low speed until thoroughly combined and the batter is smooth.

3. Spray a jellyroll pan with nonstick cooking spray. Spread the batter into the pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting and cutting into bars.

4. To make the frosting: Using a handheld electric mixer at medium speed, beat together the cream cheese and honey. Mix until smooth and creamy.

*Recipe and image courtesy of EverydayHealth.com/RecipeRehab.*

This Fall, choose to use cleaning products around the home that are environmentally-friendly and less toxic! We have chosen our top three picks for keeping everything squeaky clean as you prepare your home for the approaching holiday season!

What’s New in Eco-Cleaning?

CleanWell Botanical Wipes

CleanWell Botanical Surface Disinfectant Wipes

Both antibacterial and antiviral, these new wipes are formulated with a patented formulation of thyme oil that kills over 99.9% of germs botanically on hard, non-porous surfaces. To wipe up a quick spill or to disinfect your child’s toy after it has been dropped on the floor, CleanWell Botanical Wipes are a busy parent’s new favorite cleaning product!

The CleanWell Botanical Surface Disinfecting Wipes come in fresh lemon and citrus scents, and are suitable to use around the whole family, including pets. The wipes do not contain synthetic fragrances, dyes, ammonia, alcohol or chlorine.

BabyGanics Cleaner

BabyGanics Grime Fighter All Purpose Cleaner

Mom” likes to use non-toxic yet effective spray cleaners around her home, and the newest gem to add to your cleaning arsenal is the Grime Fighter All Purpose Cleaner from BabyGanics! This is a multi-surface cleaner that gets the job done just as well as the ones that typically use harsh bleaches and chemicals. “Mom” is pleased to report that your family won’t be exposed to harmful ingredients, thanks to The Grime Fighter’s specially formulated, plant-based cleaning agents. Plus, it contains no parabens, sulfates, phthalates or toxins. You can learn more about BabyGanics, which is fast becoming one of “Mom’s” go to all-natural product lines, at BabyGanics.com.

Method Power Foam 1

Method Power Foam Dish Soap

Keeping things clean and sudsy in the kitchen sink is the new Power Foam Dish Soap from Method! Method’s new Power Foam Dish Soap is designed with an easy-to-use trigger spray bottle, which was designed to reach and clean even the toughest of spaces. As an added bonus, we all know that fun foaming soap is an ideal solution for getting kids involved in the dishwashing routine. (or any routine that involves cleaning!) The new Power Foam Dish Soap is available in French Lavender, Pink Grapefruit, and Lemon Mint and retails for $3. Visit MethodHome.com.

*Companies generously provided samples and images for this piece.*

Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough who have just released their 21st cook book, Grain Mains: 101 Suprising and Satisfying Whole Grain Recipes for Every Meal of the Day, have created a delicious KAMUT® Salad with Cauliflower, Olives and Raisins recipe. The dish is easy to make, extremely nutritious and most importantly, it tastes great!

KAMUT Salad wIth Cauliflower, Olives and Raisins

Ingredients

1 cup Kamut
1⁄4 cup almond oil
1 medium shallot, minced
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced
6 cups small cauliflower florets
4 ounces pitted green olives, sliced (about 1 cup)
3⁄4 cup golden raisins
1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1⁄2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1⁄2 cup dry white wine (“Mom” prefers organic, sulfite-free wine) or dry vermouth

Preparation

1. Soak the Kamut in a big bowl of cool water for at least 8 and up to 16 hours. Drain in a fine-mesh sieve or a small-holed colander set in the sink. Pour the grains into a large saucepan, cover with water by several inches, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until tender, about 1 hour. Drain again in that sieve or colander, then run under cool water until the grains are at room temperature. Drain thoroughly.
2. Heat a large pot or a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the oil, then the shallot, ginger, and garlic. Cook, stirring almost con- stantly, until the shallot softens, about 1 minute.
3. Dump in the cauliflower florets. Continue cooking, stirring fre- quently, until they begin to soften and even lightly brown at the edges, about 5 minutes.
4. Stir in the olives, raisins, cinnamon, salt, and pepper. Stir over the heat until very fragrant, a minute or so. Then pour in the wine or vermouth and bring to a full simmer. Bubble for 2 minutes to steam the vegetables a bit and to reduce the wine or vermouth until it’s the consistency of a dressing. Scrape the entire contents of the pot into a large bowl. Stir in the cooked Kamut.

For more heart-healthy recipes, go to www.kamut.com.

About KAMUT® Brand Khorasan Wheat

The mission of Kamut International is to promote organic agriculture and support organic farmers, to increase diversity of crops and diets, and to protect the heritage of a high quality, delicious ancient grain for the benefit of this and future generations. KAMUT® is a trademark of Kamut International and it stands for guaranteed standards that are verified by tests from every field.

aden + anais daydream blanket

We are adoring this new luxurious blanket made for adults by popular children’s brand, aden+anais! They must have known that adults wanted to be wrapped up in comfort just like their precious babies! This adult-sized blanket reminds us of a coveted and well-worn security blanket, but much larger and stylish, too!

Mom” is crushing on this new find – it’s perfect for snuggling up in on chilly winter nights or worn on early mornings while drinking that first cup of tea or coffee of the day!

aden + anais is known around the world for premium swaddles, accessories, gear and bathing products designed to nurture and pamper babies – and due to popular demand by parents who covet their collection of baby-sized blankets, the brand has now expanded to pamper adults, too. The new daydream blanket features four luxurious layers of aden + anais’ signature 100% breathable cotton muslin, and it’s the perfect size for lounging on the couch with a book, or providing a little extra warmth to you & your child as you read together before bedtime. Designed in true aden + anais style, the chic and subtle graphic prints make the daydream blanket a stylish throw to enhance any home décor.

Learn more about aden + anais and their extensive line of luxe baby essentials at adenandanais.com.

*Company generosuly provided samples and images for this piece.*

This scrumptious soup features butternut squash, which contains vital antioxidants and immunity boosting vitamins. Butternut squash also tops the charts for healthy choices because it is very low in calories and contains no saturated fats. So ladle up a bowl full for your family and friends, and eat it to your heart’s content!

Roasted Butternut Squash and Leek Soup with a Crostini

Ingredients

3 butternut squash, peeled, cut in half, seeded medium diced
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 leeks – split lengthwise, rinse well
2 cups brown onion sliced thinly
4 garlic cloves – smashed
1/2 bunch basil
1/4 bunch thyme
1/4 bunch parsley stems
8 cups low sodium chicken broth
Salt and pepper to taste
Cheese cloth – see below
Crostini – sliced thin – see below

Preparation

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Place diced squash on pre heated oiled baking tray and roast about 30 – 35 minutes or until squash is soft.
In a large pot on medium heat add 1-tablespoon oil, onion, leek and cook for 10 – 12 minutes, add crushed
garlic and cook for an additional minute. Once you can smell the garlic add the roasted squash, chicken
broth, salt and pepper and cheesecloth.

Cover and cook on medium heat for 20 minutes. With tongs remove cheesecloth and squeeze herb broth into
your soup pot. In a blender purée the soup in batches until smooth. Reserve some broth so you can adjust to your desired thickness. Return the soup to a clean pot, bring to a simmer and adjust seasoning.

Serve in a soup bowl garnished with chopped basil and a crostini crisp.

Crostini: In a mixing bowl gently toss with olive oil salt and pepper. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 5 – 8 minutes.

Side note: Wash the herbs and tie in a piece of cheesecloth. This is the best way to infuse the flavor of the herbs so you can remove them.

Makes 6 servings.

Nutritional Value: (Serving Size: 1 cup), 116 calories, 64 g. from fat, 9.8 g carbs, 1.2 fiber, 101mg sodium,
3.7 protien

*Recipe and image courtesy of Chris Brugler | Catering.*

Originally from Philadelphia, Chris Brugler has evolved his love of food into an esteemed business, which is now one of Los Angeles’ premier catering companies, Chris Brugler Catering. Brugler began crafting his creations while traveling the country working for the Ritz Carlton and later with private events within the estates of Beverly Hills. For more information, please visit www.chrisbruglercatering.com.