Halloween with a Health Twist

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Halloween, the day everyone swaps places with someone that they may want to have always been or never will be. It is also day that a lot of us cheat and load up on sweets! It is always good to have balance with sugary sweets and just some natural sugary sweets as well. Here are some great ideas out there for creating that healthy balance on this festive occasion!

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Recipe of the Week: Chicken Tikka Masala

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When it comes to cooking, I love trying out new dishes. When I get a chance, I try to venture outside of my normal cooking rotational recipes. I am personally am a fan of indian food. This is definitely a recipe to try and that won’t be disappointing!

 

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours on High or 6-8 Hours on Low

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite size chunks
1/2 onion, finely minced
2 tablespoons butter
3 cloves garlic, minced or grated
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
2 teaspoons curry powder
1-2 teaspoons curry paste ( I used Thai Red Curry Paste and 2 teaspoons)
2 tablespoons garam masala
1/2-1 teaspoon turmeric ( I used 1/2 since my family is not crazy about turmeric)
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (use less if you are not a spicy person)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk, regular or lite (I used regular), plus more if needed to thin the sauce
1/2 cup greek yogurt (I used 0%)
1/4 cup half and half or heavy cream
cooked white rice
Fresh homemade Naan
INSTRUCTIONS

1.)In a large glass measuring cup or bowl mix together the coconut milk, greek yogurt and cream. Stir in the tomato paste, garlic, ginger and all the spices. Mix well.
2.)Spray the inside of your crockpot bowl with cooking spray or grease with olive oil.

3.)To the bowl sprinkle the onion over the bottom. Add the chicken and then pour the coconut milk mixture over the chicken so the chicken is completely covered. Add the butter and place the lid on the crockpot.

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4.)Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 6 to 8 hours. I like to stir about once every hour, but it is not necessary.

5.)When ready to serve taste and season with salt and pepper if desired.

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**Serve over rice with a big piece of fresh Naan

DIY of the Week Tip:Football Sunday Funday




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Sunday Funday! Its fall and most people spend their Sunday afternoon watching the game and keeping up with Fantasy Football. Whether your going to a place to watch the game or hosting a watch party, there are lots of things you can do to prepare for the game. Here this week there is s0me easy DIY decor that you could make for your watch party to make it vibrant,festive and fun! No matter what team your cheering on, you can have fun just being in the football spirit.




Indoor Football Post for Wall Decor

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Things to Get:

  • Tacks
  • Yellow Poster Board
  • Yellow Balloons

You don’t need to be artistic at all but it can definitely create the festive ambiance for your party!

 

Centerpiece Football Table Cover

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Things You Need:

  • Green felt (enough to cover the table surface)
  • White Duct Tape
  • White vinyl
  • Pre-cut numbers

Your going to have snacks and drinks but create your centerstage that will have your guest will keep coming back for more! It will definitely be one of the highlights of your party!

 

Burlap Football Coasters

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Things You Need:

  • Small amount of burlap
  • Acrylic craft paint

These burlap coasters are definitely a great final touch to the party. They are easy to create and affordable.

These are definitely just a few ideas that you can do to add some small touches to your watch party!

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Event Planning 101

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If you may or may not know I am a full time elementary special education teacher. I love what I do but I also have a passion for event planning. In life we have tons of life events that occur birthdays, engagement parties, weddings,holiday parties, housewarming, baby showers, anniversary party, etc. Event planning, can be fun, enjoyable,amusing, but it can be chaotic, hectic and overwhelming if you don’t plan well. It is vital to have a positive mindset and be organized. Here are just a few tips on what to prepare and plan for.

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1.) The Blueprint

 

There are a few questions that needs to be asked when you are trying to put an event together.What is the point of event? Is there a goal,or a mission?Is it a fundraiser? Are you going to display a new product? Whether you have a business goal or just want to put a smile on someone’s face, you definitely want to have a clear end goal.

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2.) What is in the wallet?

 

Whether you are planning an event for someone else or your own event, it is imperative to have a clear understanding what the budget is. It allows you to know what you are capable of doing and how many people to invite. You can start creating checklists based on what your budget is. It is vital for you to create the budget so you and whomever your planning with.

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3.) The perfect time and place

 

It can be a hard task trying to find the perfect venue and time, depending on how much time you may have to your scheduled event date. Some really great venues are hotel banquet halls, convention centers or even some universities and colleges have great halls depending on how many people are planning to attend your event. A lot public places from the city or state may have reduced rates.

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4.)Who’s Who?

 

Who to invite is just half the battle. It is important to create invitations that reflect the event and the personality of the company,team, couple or individual. It is imperative to send the invitations with a sufficient amount of time left to send out so you can receive RSVP back with enough time so render your guestlist.

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Happy Planning!

 

Xx,

Ida

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