RSV Prevention/MedImmune information

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My sister has twins who were born 5 weeks early, in the middle of RSV season and right during hurricane Katrina. Talk about stressful!

I had not had any of my babies yet but I remember her being worried about the babies getting RSV since they were premature. RSV is a virus most kids get by the time they are 2 years old and only causes cold like symptoms in healthy full term kids but it is the leading cause of hospitalization in babies under 1 year of age and can be serious in premature infants. 

It causes approximately 125,000 hospitalizations each year and is responsible for around 200 infant deaths yearly. 

The problem is it is a common virus but 1/3 of parents have never even heard of this sickness. Everyone is at risk to contract RSV but premature babies are at a higher risk at developing severe symptoms.  

If your you notice your baby with any of the following symptoms, contact your doctor immediately:

-Persistent coughing or wheezing

-Blue color around the mouth or fingernails

-difficulty breathing

-Fever in infants if under 3 months of age

How can you protect your baby from getting RSV?

 RSV can be transferred from person to person from touching, sneezing or coughing. The virus itself can live on the skin or surfaces for hours so washing hands and wiping down tabletops is important to stop the spread of RSV. Try to keep your hands, baby toys, blanket and sheets clean and additionally do not let your baby around people who smoke or have been sick recently.  

To learn more about RSV, go the to RSV protection website. 

World premature Day is Nov. 17th and even if you did not have a premature baby I am sure you know someone who has. I remember people giving my sister a hard time for not wanting to get her twins around people for a while but what they didn’t understand was she was trying her best to keep them from getting RSV. It is important to not only protect your kids and family but also help not to spread sickness to other people. 

I know when my kids are sick and people are coming over to my house, I always call them ahead of time and let them know how sick my kids are. My friends do the same so we as mom’s can make the call whether or not we just get our kids around other sick kids. If you have ever had 4 sicks kids at once, you don’t know how hard it is to care that many kids at once who need you 24/7. I appreciate it so much when people are that considerate to let me know and I think we should all try to do the same thing!

We can all work together to keep our families well and if you need more info about RSV, go here!

 

 

 

 

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Biscuit Donuts

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This just happened…in a hotel room, with very little ingredients!

After being on vacation, and trying to make meals out of very few ingredients and with very few cooking utensils, I am realizing there is not a lot out there for people either moving, or on vacation who needs these kinds of meals!

So every day I have been trying my best to make good, healthy meals, with 5 ingredients or less so we don’t have to eat out all the time. Now these aren’t the healthiest things in the world but since I used cinnamon and sugar instead of making icing, I think there was less sugar involved than say going to Krispy Kreme. PLUS we didn’t have to leave the condo to eat and these were completely ready in under 10 minutes!

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Ingredients
  • 1 can of Grands biscuits(no layers)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 2 inches of oil in a large pan
Instructions
  1. Flatten out biscuits and cut a hole in each.
  2. Heat up 2 inches of oil in either a large pan, or deep skillet to medium.
  3. Fry each side of the biscuit for about 2 minutes then take out and let cool on a paper towel.
  4. Dip in mixed sugar and cinnamon.

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First cut out the biscuits with a knife. Keep the rounds you cut out for donut holes!

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Once your oil is heated up, brown each biscuits for 2 minutes on each side.

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Last take out with tongs or a fork. Since we are in a condo, I just had a fork. Let cool for a minute then dip both sides into the sugar and cinnamon that is mixed together.

Then gobble them up!

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Play-Doh’s Cake Mountain Review

*I was sent a Play-Dog Cake mountain for review but all opinions are my own. 

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What is a better birthday present than Play-Doh’s Cake mountain for this 7-year-old? Call me mom of the year but I kind of forgot my sons birthday! Well we celebrated a week earlier with a party so on his actual birthday I forgot to plan something since I had a TV appearance that morning.

Thankfully waiting at our door was this gem! This has to have been one of his favorite presents! He loves Play-Doh but since we are moving most of our toys are packed away. 

 Go here for more info!

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You can make tiered cakes with 3 different shapes. To make a cake just open the top of the Cake Mountain play set and place 1 of the 3 cake molds inside. Then load some Play-Doh, close and press down, then pop it open to reveal your make-believe cake. My kids played with this for hours! I actually had to give each child time alone with Cake Mountain because they all wanted to play at once. The birthday boy of course went first and each make me a cake.

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What is even more fun is you can decorate your cake!  You can mix and match and put different colors into the extruder and there is 20 half-molds in the play set to make little candies as well. To top off your cake, you can add some fun “candles” included in the set. 

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It is an easy play set to put together. I don’t like toys that require hours of putting them together only for kids to play with them for 5 minutes. This play set was easy to assemble and kept my kids busy for a long time. 

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These kids are bakers at heart just like their momma and I loved watching them create things for me!

This set is only $19.99 and you can go here to find a store near you that sells it! 

With Christmas coming up, this is a great gift!

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This set can be for boys or girls. My boys loved it just as much as their little sister and it’s actually a fixture at our kitchen table. I just kept the box and anything they want to play, I just pull it out from under the table. It’s instant fun!

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Daisy Cottage Cheese roll ups


 

Today’s post is sponsored by Daisy Brand, but my love for their Daisy Cottage Cheese is all my own!

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I live in Colorado…a state where people bring their own food to dinner parties because everyone is on a different diet and if your not healthy they will kick you out!! Just kidding, but I am seriously trying to loose this last 10 ish pounds of baby weight and I am tired of the same ole same ole!

On my diet, there is no bread, no sugar, no fun and no high fatty foods. Sounds fun right??! Well I have lost 75 pounds so it might not be the easiest thing in the world but it’s working. I will say, I can tell a remarkable difference when I eat clean than when I eat sugar. I have more energy, and just feel more clear headed. I plan to take a lot of these eating practices into my eating habits once I am done loosing weight but right now I am on limited calories. 

I am in LOVE with this dish I created and if your either trying to eat clean or lose weight, you MUST try it out!

I love that Daisy Brand Cottage Cheese makes eating clean simple and fits into my diet by having no more than 4 ingredients, and none of the additives and preservatives found in other leading brands. Yeehaw for that! 

 

About Daisy Cottage Cheese:

 

Because it has just 90 calories and 13 grams of protein (26% of your daily value!) per 1/2-cup serving of 2% cottage cheese, you can enjoy low-fat, 100% natural cottage cheese without giving up the delicious taste.

 

I get really excited when I find a new dish to make on this diet and this one has sent me over the moon!

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Here is the cast of characters for this yummy and low fat lunch option. I used healthy daisy cottage cheese, large tortillas, turkey slices and a cucumber but you could also use squash.

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First I got out my tortilla and spread hummus all over it. 

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Next I placed 4 slices of turkey on top of the hummus.

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Then I spread a nice layer of Daisy Cottage cheese. I chose the low fat version since I am trying to lose weight.

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Then I peeled a cucumber, then sliced it thin with my peeler. If you get down to the seeds it is hard to slice to just slice on the flesh.

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Put a layer of cucumber slices on top of the Daisy Cottage cheese. 

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I rolled it up then put a toothpick through the top so it would unroll while I sliced it up.

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And that’s it!

4.8 from 4 reviews

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Ingredients
  • 1 tub of Hummus
  • 1 tub of Daisy cottage cheese
  • 1 package of sliced turkey
  • 1 cucumber or squash
  • tortillas
Instructions
  1. Spread hummus on the tortillas.
  2. Place 4 slices of turkey on top.
  3. Spread a layer of daisy cottage cheese on top of turkey.
  4. Place sliced cucumber on top of turkey.
  5. Roll up and slice into small pieces.

 For more info on Daisy Cottage cheese, go here!

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Plasma Bike Review

 *I was sent a PlasmaBike free of charge but all opinions are my own.

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 I have a 3 year old fireball of a little girl and she likes to keep up with her big brothers. We love to ride bikes to the park she doesn’t know how to ride a bike yet so I have been looking for something she can ride and start learning how to ride a bike.

The PlasmaBike encourages balance coordination, and motor skills development while letting the younger kids feel like they can keep up with the older kids. 

The bike is for 18 months to 55 lbs. My 5 year old is under 55 lbs and he tried the bike too! Our driveway is perfect because it has a small hill the kids would try and getting the hang of riding the PlasmaBike.

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The PlasmaBike is super light and easy for my little girl to lug around. This bike does not require batteries or gears and is so great for the little biker in your family to start to learn how to ride a bike. I know my older boys never had anything to ride until they were about 5 years old so I love my little girl is learning younger than they did.

Christmas is coming up and this would be a great gift for the younger kids in your family. 

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To learn more about PlasmaBikes, go here! 

And to find a store near you that carries the PlasmaBike, go here!

To follow PlasmaBike on social Media:

Follow them on Facebook here.

Follow them on Twitter here.

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Baby Alive Brushy Brushy Baby Doll Review

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I have 1 little girl and she is such a light in our house. She brings the pink, baby dolls, and lip gloss to our lives along with so much more! I was so used to soccer and grass stained knees with my older boys so this little tutu wearing girl is so much fun for me.

I was sent Baby Alive Brushy Brushy Baby Doll to review and my little girl went wild over it!

When my kids went to get the mail, my daughter could not wait to open this package! It is so amazing to watch her motherly instincts develop at such a young age. She has always loved baby dolls and love to copy me when taking care of her baby dolls.

With this baby, she can feed, give her drinks from her bottle or change her diaper all while nurturing her new baby doll.

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Right here she is brushing her baby dolls teeth. It came with an attached tooth-brush and a cute little push up tooth paste so she can help her baby have super clean teeth.

 My daughter loves this doll and it would be a great Christmas present if you have a little girl in your life. It is so amazing to see the natural instincts of a little girl. I have just 1 girl and I enjoy so much getting her sweet toys like this doll because it is something I would have loved as a little girl.

This doll can drink for a bottle so you can show your little one how to cradle her doll gently then hold her while she gives the baby a bottle of water.

Like  real babies do, Baby Alive Brushy Brushy Baby doll will wet her diaper after she gives her a bottle of water. Sayla-jewell got to change Brushy Brushy Baby doll’s wet diaper and she thought that was so much fun! (Includes 1 diaper. Refills sold separately.)

This doll is for ages 3 years old and up.

To see more about this doll and to order one for your little one for christmas, go here!

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Living Proof PHD products and what I really think about them!

 I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Living Proof. I received product samples to facilitate my review and to thank me for my participation.

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Awhile back, I posted about trying out the Living Proof PHD hair care line of products and now after using them for over a month, I wanted to give you a little update and let you know what I really think of them! 

Since I have kinky curly hair, I will let you know how it worked on my type of hair. For people with curly hair, we have different challenges than those with straight hair.

For instance, I do not wash my hair everyday or it would dry it out. I wash my hair about every 3 days so I need products that will not make my hair oily.

I also need a good conditioner. Conditioner is a life saver when it comes to tangles. There has only been 1 product that has ever worked out most of my tangles so I was skeptical whether or not the Living Proof conditioner would work.

The problem is when the conditioner does not get out enough of my tangles, I spend at least 20 minutes just combing out the tangles, which leaves me with lots of broken hair and more hair pulled right out of my head!

The Living Proof conditioner worked so well! It worked out enough tangles where I spent less time than normal combing out my hair AND I found I could use less of the conditioner to get good results. I feel like I would normally have to use half a bottle of conditioner just to get the tangles out but with Living Proof I could just use a normal amount.

If you want to know how to get frizz-free curly hair with lots of volume, check out my step by step below!

First I washed my hair with the Living Proof shampoo and conditioner. 

After brushing out my hair, I make sure the ends are still damp. Sometimes it dries out while brushing it so just re-wet your hair in the sink.

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Next I get about a quarter size amount of the 5 in 1 styling treatment and run my fingers trough my wet hair. I have really long hair so I do this at least twice.

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Next run your fingers through your head over and scrunch the curls with a towel! 

Now flip over your head and spray a light spray of hair spray mainly on the ends of your hair. This keeps your curls from frizzing. You need some kind of binding agent to keep the curls in place.

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Let your hair air dry for a few minutes. I normally put on my clothes or makeup then blow dry my hair.

Now I bet you didn’t know hot rollers were still in but let me tell you they are! My hair is normally super limp after blow drying it. So I hot roll my entire head after it’s completely dry. This gives me volume and lots of it! Remember these are a few extra steps BUT if you’re like me you don’t have to wash your hair daily.

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Last but not least, take the rollers out and flip your head over and shake the curls loose! I then apply another light round of hair spray and then I’m done. I like big southern hair but don’t worry it doesn’t stay that big forever. Your hair should settle down a little and it will look amazing!

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And now through Nov. 8th, with an order of $20 or above you can use promo code: NOV2014 and get a travel size bottle of the PHD 5 in 1 styling treatment. Plus you will get free samples and free shipping!

 

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And if you’re like me, you love Jennifer Annistons hair! To get her look, go here!

And for more info and to shop for these products, check out the Living Proof website.

And now for my before and after picture!

The picture on the left is my before. You can tell my hair looks frizzy and processed!

Look at my after picture on the right! Doesn’t my hair look healthy and frizz free and the curls even look better. If you don’t have curly hair it’s hard to understand but when your hair is healthier, your curls curl better. 

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Save $2 on soda and Mars® candy for your Halloween Party!

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. 

I know everyone is gearing up for Halloween! I know we are! I’ve got something special for my readers and you do not want to miss it!

You can score this special Halloween coupon for $2.00 off (1) 6pk. 8oz cans or (2) 2L of participating soda and (2) bags of Mars® candy.  

Click on the image above to get your coupon! *If coupon does not work on Google Chrome, you will need to use a different browser to print it (e.x. Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer).

This coupon isn’t going to last long, so print it while you can and head over to Walmart to use it.

I love Halloween but costumes can be expensive so I love to be able to save some money in other areas like all the things we are going to need for our party including soda and Mars candy!

 

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Cowboy Casserole with Imagine® Organic Culinary Simmer Sauces

Tracking PixelThis is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Imagine® Organic Culinary Simmer Sauces.

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With Imagine® Organic Culinary Simmer Sauces, you can take your supper time plans and spice them up without having to spend tons of time in the kitchen. There are so many nights where 4pm rolls around and I still don’t know what I am making for dinner! It can be stressful when you have 5 other mouths to feed and you have little to no time to make dinner.

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I like to keep quick meals on hand when these times arise! With Imagine® Organic Culinary Simmer Sauces, all you need is a few ingredients and you have a delicious meal in no time.

 

Today I decided to try the Imagine® Organic Portobello Red Wne Culinary Simmer Sauce. I make a mean Cowboy casserole and knew this sauce would kick it up a notch. This meal was cooked in no time and not only is it delicious but was super easy to throw together. Plus since we are using these organic sauces, it’s healthy for the whole family and a 1 pot meal.

Cowboy Casserole with Imagine® Organic Culinary Simmer Sauces
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Ingredients
  • Imagine® Organic Culinary Portobello Red Wine Simmer Sauce.
  • 4-6 potatoes
  • instant cornbread mix
  • sliced chicken
Instructions
  1. Heat Oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Boil the potatoes until they are soft. Mash them then line the bottom of a 13X9 inch greased pan.
  3. Top with Imagine® Organic Culinary Portobello Red Wine Simmer Sauce.
  4. Top that with chicken.
  5. On top of that add mixed cornbread.
  6. Bake until top cornbread is brown.

 

These sauces come in the following flavors:

  • Portobello Red Wine
  • Latin Veracruz
  • Thai Coconut Curry
  • Louisiana Creole 

I cannot wait to try them all and I will post another recipe after I try the other flavors. I am kind of excited to try the Louisiana Creole for sure. I’m sure it will make me think of my Louisiana home!

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Enter our Pan with a Plan Sweepstakes for a chance to win a sauté pan, four Imagine Simmer Sauces and a $25 Visa gift card. Just comment on their Facebook page telling them what flavor you’re most excited to try and you’ll be entered to win! Forty Eight winners will be selected over the 6-week promotion. Each week, eight winners will be selected to receive a “Pan with a Plan” prize pack (includes a saucepan, four Imagine® Organic Culinary Simmer Sauces, and a $25 grocery Visa gift card.

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The Perfect Halloween finger foods with Parrano cheese as featured on Colorado’s Best!

If you watched me on Colorado’s Best this morning, these are the foods that were featured including lots of yumminess with Parrano cheese! These dishes will be perfect for your upcoming Halloween or Fall parties! 

If you want to find where you can buy some Parrano cheese, go here!

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Recipe: Pumpkin Cheese Ball

       Ingredients: 

  • 2- 8-ounce packages cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar
  • 3 tablespoons minced onions
  • 2 tablespoons prepared salsa 
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon minced jalapeno
  • 12 Doritos, original flavor, crushed
  • 1 stem of a bell pepper 
  • Black bean chips, crackers or crudité, for serving

Directions:  

  • Put the cream cheese, Cheddar, onions, salsa, cumin and jalapeno into the bowl of a mixer, and blend thoroughly. Form into a pumpkin-like shape, and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours. 
  • Before serving, roll the cheese ball in the crushed Doritos. Arrange the cheese ball on a plate, and press the bell pepper stem into the top – it should like a mini pumpkin stem.

 

Recipe: Cheesy Broomsticks

Ingredients:

  • All-Natural pretzel sticks 
  • Parrano cheese
  • Baker’s twine or strips of dry corn husks.

Directions: 

  • Lay a piece of baker’s twine, add a few Parrano cheese pieces and a pretzel stick. 
  • Add a few more shredded Parrano cheese strips to cover the pretzel stick. 
  • Grab the two ends of twine and make a knot.
  • Tip: I prefer to shred my own cheese as the strips come out longer and a little thicker than the all-ready shredded cheeses sold in stores.

 

Recipe: Jack-O-Lantern Burgers

Directions:

Cut eyes, nose and mouth out of each cheese slice to create a jack-o’-lantern. Place cheese on burgers; cook until cheese is slightly melted, about 1 minute. Serve on buns.

 

 Recipe: Mummy Quesadillas

Ingredients:

  • 2 tortillas per mummy
  • fillings – shredded parrano cheese, veggies of choice
  • 2 jumbo candy eyes 

 Directions:

  • For each mummy, you’ll need one whole tortilla and the other one cut into strips.
  • Top the whole tortilla with your fillings. 
  • Criss-cross the cut tortilla strips to create your mummy
  • Add the eyes.
  • Bake in a 350 degree oven until the tortillas are lightly golden brown and the cheese is melted and fillings are heated through, 6-10 minutes.

 

Cheese Plate Tips

The Parrano provides a nutty base that holds this dish together and compliments the bold flavors of pizza sauce, peppers and olives.

Using new, different, or gourmet ingredients can be a great way to elevate favorite recipes. When looking for recipes, a great rule of thumb is to choose a dish that you already enjoy but incorporates new elements or ingredients you wouldn’t typically think of. 

 Variety of the spice of life:

  • Cheese boards should include a firm cheese, a soft cheese, a fresh cheese and a blue cheese 
  • Look for cheeses with different tastes as well as texture 

Lay the right foundation:

  • Your cheese board can set the tone from fun to serious. 
  • Arrange your cheese starting with the soft or fresh cheeses and progressing to the stronger cheeses such as the blue cheese. 

Keep good company: 

  • Parrano pairs well with foods that pack a flavorful punch such as spiced nuts, balsamic vinegar and cured meats.

Pick the right tools:

  • Each cheese should have its own knife, you don’t want to mix flavors.
  • Label your cheeses so your guests know what they are trying. 
  • Remember: take cheese out of the fridge at least one hour beforehand. Serving at room temperature is best.

 About Parrano®

Parrano® artfully captures two of the world’s best-known cheeses, Parmigiano-Reggiano® and Gouda, to create a truly unique cheese. Its five-month aging time produces a full-flavored cheese with the nutty, buttery characteristics of a Parmigiano-Reggiano and the smooth, creamy texture of a young Gouda making it pleasing for any palate. Parrano’s ability to slice, grate, shred and melt helps to elevate everyday meals. Parrano is highly regarded by the industry and was recently honored with high acclaim at the Superior Taste Awards 2013. 

 

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