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Throw a Football Party

How to Throw a Football (Party)

EAT, entertain, family meals By November 24, 2016 No Comments

Yeah, no. We’re not even going to try and throw a football ourselves, let alone teach someone else how to do it. But the entertaining part and talking about how to throw a football party is a snap. Superbowl and Canada’s Grey Cup conjure images of hot dogs, nachos and chips, but that kind of tailgating is a little boring. Let’s deconstruct the normal and start with a hearty, versatile ingredient that warms even the coldest of bellies during football season. I give you: pasta. We created two fun recipes inspired by football traditions, but with a bit of a Canadian twist!

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Girls Night Pizza Party

EAT, entertain By October 27, 2016 No Comments

Does anyone ever get a girls night anymore? Certainly not me!! And worse? When you get one, do you really want to be cooking and fussing over sweating it out in the kitchen? Didn’t think so. Pizza – the bake-in-home kind, is a perfect option for an easy girls night pizza celebration, and the new line of Dr. Oetker Ristorante Ultra Thin Crust pizza is my go-to choice. I adore pizza and am very particular with what I consume. The crust must be thin. (This new version sports the thinnest crust ever!) And crispy but not too much. (I verified it comes out perfectly every time). Toppings must be perfectly cooked and the combo has to be perfect. (Picking off items that I dislike makes me feel just terrible. And kindof picky.)

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Filipino Spring Rolls

Filipino Spring Rolls

EAT, entertain By October 18, 2016 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

When the kids were tiny, we hired a live-in caregiver from Baguio in the Philippines and she has graced our life with love and kindness ever since. Before every special birthday party or event, I would come home from work to find a freezer full of amazing filipino spring rolls, and the kids and I would devour them early in any party! The rolling of these gems always eluded me, so I sat down with her and we all learned proper spring roll rolling technique together.

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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5 Delicious Brews (aka Beers) to Try this Fall

EAT, entertain By September 15, 2016 No Comments

There’s a slight chill in the air and green leaves are beginning to transform into a melody of gold, red, and orange. Summer’s end may be bittersweet, but fall has plenty to offer, especially when it comes to beer. Read: Octoberfest Beer Gardens (or Oktoberfest Bier Gartens for our European readers!). We’ve rounded up five delightful beers (and the like) that perfectly compliment the start of autumn.

Julia Arnold

Julia is a freelance writer living in Minnesota with her husband and two young children. She loves reading, writing, photography, and all things equestrian. She blogs about Motherhood with humor and honesty at FranticMama.com.

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Cartoon Loving Moms, This One’s For You! Vote for your fave Startoon Finalist

entertain, play, tech By August 31, 2016 No Comments

In my early school years, we only had one television—the kind with five aerial channels and no remote control. After my parents separated, my mother kept the TV in her bedroom so my sister and I wouldn’t grow up to be “idiot box” junkies. If Mom fell asleep with the TV on, I’d sneak into her bedroom to catch Rocket Robin Hood early in the morning. I sat on the floor and watched the cheesy animation with delight. Eventually we got a second television in the living room. I don’t know if I became a junkie, but I certainly took in my fair share of cartoons with glee. Superheroes, sword wielding princesses, young women with dual lives as rock stars, anthropomorphic lions, and robots enhanced my cartoon repertoire and imaginative play. My enjoyment of animation never went away. In fact, I think I watch more cartoons than either my husband or my son.

Lesley Donaldson

I write books, save lives and throw axes for fun.

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Barilla Pronto Pasta

One Dish, One Pot, One Boat & Generations of Tradition

EAT, entertain, holidays, Uncategorized By July 6, 2016 No Comments

I have been passionate about food and drink my entire life. I have been a culinary broadcaster and writer for over 20 years. Long ago, I became weary of fads and gimmicks in the food world passing as new “essentials”. So when I am delighted by a new product, it usually is accompanied by an element of surprise reminding me of what I still love about food and food people. Barilla Pronto Pasta delighted and happily surprised me when I dared it to star in my traditional, Boston inspired, Fourth of July celebration.

Jennifer English

Jennifer English

Jennifer is a multi-award winning broadcaster, writer, and culinarian who is the founder and host of the Food & Wine Radio Network, based in Tucson, Arizona. Her in-depth interviews and intellectual musings on the craft, history and culture of all areas of food and drink have earned Jennifer the prestigious Gracie Allen Award from The Foundation of American Women in Radio & Television and The James Beard Foundation Award for Best Radio Show. Jennifer serves on the Board of the New Orleans Culinary & Cultural Preservation Society, and was proud to participate on the very first Seminar Panel at Tales of the Cocktail. Jennifer is a co-founder of the World Margarita Championships. She’s also hosted food segments for NBC affiliate KVOA TV-4 and the “Bottoms Up Radio Hour”, and R.S.V.P. Radio Show. Boston born Jennifer has called Tucson home for many years. Jennifer’s delights in sharing the delicious and bountiful flavors, colors, smells and sips of the Desert Southwest.

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Mommy Mixology: 5 Summer Cocktail Recipes

entertain, Mommy Mixology By June 13, 2016 No Comments

Summer! The time of year that we take a dip in a clear, cool swimming pool and grill burgers and wild asparagus on fired-up barbecues. It’s also the optimal time to get the freshest ingredients to make refreshing summer cocktails!

If you are planning a summer event and you want to treat your guests to more than basic beer and wine, a few signature drinks are cool and memorable. You’ll also keep the headache of in-the-moment prep to a minimum by choosing drinks that can be prepared ahead of time with multiple servings, have similar or complementary ingredients, and will work with a variety of appetizers. For those who prefer small gatherings with a few close friends (or just you and a good book!) fruit-based summer drinks are still the perfect choice.

Renee Robbins

Renee Robbins

Writer. Kamikaze Mom. Participation Trophywife. Trying to achieve a balance of principal and practice without shouting obscenities at too many people.

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This Cocktail Will Make Your Summer

EAT, eat, entertain, self By May 30, 2016 No Comments
Two summers…actually, three summers ago (my sense of chronology is on permanent mom mode), I had an amazing ‘mobile’ herb garden that we planted and grew in a bunch of mismatched pots on our deck. When we moved in to our first home, our tiny garden was totally professionally landscaped and we didn’t dare touch it, so this little collection of herbs was our attempt to curate and craft something of our very own in the backyard. Because I am a terribly undomestic goddess, I mostly just admired the herbs from afar (my husband trained as a chef in his twenties, so he’s in charge of the kitchen), until one day I decided to get experimental and leverage my love of cocktails to create a truly beautiful and very simple recipe.
Lonelle Selbo

Lonelle Selbo

Thrilled to be the Editor-in-Chief at UrbanMommies. Watch. This. Space.

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Tea is the new wine

Tea is the New Wine

EAT, entertain By May 24, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Welcome to the Global Tea Renaissance. With a single sip from a humble cup, together we embark on the most exciting, healthful, delicious and revolutionary journey of discovery in our lifetime. Tea is experiencing a massive shift in consumer awareness that will fundamentally change how every one of us views this glorious infused beverage. Tea is the new wine.

Comparing tea and wine is not a novel notion; more precisely, today we can explore this experience with tea because of our past, passionate experience with wine. Wine has served as our sipping apprenticeship.

Jennifer English

Jennifer English

Jennifer is a multi-award winning broadcaster, writer, and culinarian who is the founder and host of the Food & Wine Radio Network, based in Tucson, Arizona. Her in-depth interviews and intellectual musings on the craft, history and culture of all areas of food and drink have earned Jennifer the prestigious Gracie Allen Award from The Foundation of American Women in Radio & Television and The James Beard Foundation Award for Best Radio Show. Jennifer serves on the Board of the New Orleans Culinary & Cultural Preservation Society, and was proud to participate on the very first Seminar Panel at Tales of the Cocktail. Jennifer is a co-founder of the World Margarita Championships. She’s also hosted food segments for NBC affiliate KVOA TV-4 and the “Bottoms Up Radio Hour”, and R.S.V.P. Radio Show. Boston born Jennifer has called Tucson home for many years. Jennifer’s delights in sharing the delicious and bountiful flavors, colors, smells and sips of the Desert Southwest.

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This super-simple peanut butter jelly fudge recipe makes a great treat at Christmas-time... Or anytime!

Peanut Butter Jelly Fudge

EAT, entertain, holidays, snacks By April 28, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

Fudge is a Christmas tradition in my family, my mom or sister always makes it for us to enjoy on Christmas Eve (and for days after!)  I’ve never really made it myself but I recently came across a recipe for Apricot Raspberry Cheesecake Fudge from A Mom’s Take and while it looks amazingly delicious, I’m personally not a big fan of white chocolate or apricots by my little pregnant brain immediately went to: That would be awesome as a Peanut Butter and Jelly fudge!!!

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Cinema Inspired Cocktails for Stay-Home Date Night… or Any Night!

EAT, entertain By April 17, 2016 Tags: , , , No Comments

There’s no denying the importance of “couple time.” Date night gives you the chance to reconnect with the person you knew before they became the person with whom you co-parent. Time alone together lets you strengthen your commitment, rekindle a romantic spark, and relieve stress.

Renee Robbins

Renee Robbins

Writer. Kamikaze Mom. Participation Trophywife. Trying to achieve a balance of principal and practice without shouting obscenities at too many people.

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