Charcuterie Board Kits: A Fun and Easy Way to Entertain

I was recently asked to check out Platterful’s all in one box charcuterie kits. I decided to include this in my rock painting party. I decided to paint rocks instead of eggs this year!
To start the party off we opened up our kit. Detailed instructions were included to make this fun and easy.
A charcuterie board is a beautiful and delicious way to entertain guests. These boards are typically filled with cured meats, cheeses, and other accompaniments. Everything was included. Small cups for raisins and spoons for the jams and honey.
Here are some tips for creating a charcuterie board if you don’t get a kit: (though I highly recommend a kit from Platterful! So easy.)
1. Choose a variety of meats and cheeses. Charcuterie boards are typically filled with a variety of meats and cheeses, so it’s important to choose a variety that will appeal to your guests. Some popular options include prosciutto, salami, pepperoni, cheddar, mozzarella, and goat cheese.
2. Add some crackers and fruits. Crackers and fruits are a great way to add some variety to your charcuterie board. Some popular options include wheat crackers, celery sticks, grapes, and apples.
3. Don’t forget the condiments! Condiments like mustard, honey, and jam can add a touch of sweetness and spice to your charcuterie board.
4. Arrange the meats and cheeses in a visually appealing way. The way you arrange the meats and cheeses on your charcuterie board will make a big difference in its overall look. Try to create a variety of textures and colors, and make sure to leave some empty space on the board so that your guests can easily reach the food.
At Platterful we deliver curated charcuterie boards right to our customer’s doorsteps via our first of its kind all-in-one kit, complete with instructional and educational content, which is what really sets us apart. We offer a subscription so that every month customers get all new meats, cheeses and accompaniments complete with new educational material on how to assemble the perfect board every time. 
Here are some pics of our rocks.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Encourage Yourself And Your Family To Try New Meals With These Three Tips

 

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What we eat matters so much in this life. It’s not just a case of giving ourselves energy with the right meals, it’s also a case of keeping our mental health in the right place, too. In an ideal world, we will have foods that taste amazing while giving us everything we need in order to be healthy. For some, this world exists and it happens every single day. For the majority of people, however, it can be quite a tedious and annoying thing to work out.

 If you have a family to look after, it can be doubly frustrating as you have kids to feed. If they are fussy eaters or simply do not like what you are presenting them, things can get even more frustrating. Life is already hard enough as it is, so the idea of introducing new foods into your life might seem a bit pointless. The good thing is that there are plenty of things we can do in order to encourage ourselves to try new foods. Even the fastest of eaters can find something they love if they put their mind to it. Here are just a few ideas of what can be done to achieve this:

 Look For New, Amazing Recipes All The Time 

One of the best things about cooking and creating meals is that there is a seemingly endless number of options. The more you look for options, the more you will find. You might think that there will be nothing out there that you will like or that your family will like, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s just a case of putting in the time and effort and browsing all of the potentials out there. You may stumble upon something like an oven baked ribs recipe that sounds absolutely gorgeous to everyone. This could then lead to something else that the entire family would enjoy. Don’t just stop there, make sure you continue looking for new and amazing recipes. There are literally tens of thousands of different meals out there, so the chances are that you will never get bored in your pursuit.

 Think About The Long Term Effects Of Your Diets  

If your current diet needs a little work, perhaps think about how things will look in a few years’ time. It’s very easy to think about the next few weeks or what will happen in the next month, but we never really think about five years’ time, for instance. If you really want to motivate yourself and your family regarding your nutrition, perhaps you should think about the long-term aspects and effects that a bad diet can have.

 Travel Around The World Little More And Discover New Cultures 

 If you have the funds and the time to do something like this, then it’s completely worth it. The more you see of the world, the more cultures you discover. Within these cultures, you’ll see all kinds of different foods and meal types. They’ll introduce you to amazing dishes and you might fall in love with all kinds of different styles.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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How To Always Remember A Late Loved One In A Positive Way

 

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Death is an extremely normal and significant part of life. It can be very sad as we end up missing somebody a lot and grief can be quite difficult to overcome. One of the best ways to overcome the loss of a loved one is to look back at them in a positive light. Think about the amazing times as opposed to the fact that they are no longer here. This is something that might take a while, but it’s a very good way of thinking about things.

 During their final years, you may have been a wonderful caregiver. This kind of thought may put you in a sad state of mind as you might only think about negative connotations. The absolute best way of dealing with this is to only think about their optimistic and positive side. If you can manage to always look back at somebody with this kind of outlook, everybody will be in a much better place. There are lots of ways we can look back and remember a late loved one in a positive way – here are a few ideas:

 Give Them A Wonderful And Cheerful Send-Off 

 In the immediate aftermath of losing somebody, it’s understandable that you’ll likely be all over the place in terms of your emotions. You have just lost them and you have to figure out how to go on with them not around anymore. The funeral will be soon and it’s a case of also making sure that you give them a good send-off. If you really want everybody to be in a positive mood and to feel less miserable about everything, perhaps putting a positive spin on the funeral could help things. This isn’t everyone’s cup of tea as they may not be in the mood, but it’s a good suggestion. It is likely what your loved one will have wanted in the first place. Investing time and effort into the funeral and providing a wonderful service with Funeral Flags and wonderful decorations could really help out the mood. While there may be a lot of tears, do your best to try and provoke plenty of laughter, too. A positive and optimistic time at a funeral could just be yet another way of remembering somebody positively.

 Always Think About The Amazing Things They Did For Others And For Themselves 

 This is a pretty obvious point to make, but do whatever you can to see the good in what they did. Everybody makes mistakes and everybody has negative times, but it’s time to put those on the back burner. Always consider what made them wonderful and what made you happy. You will always be able to see the good in them if you try, so make sure everyone sees it. 

 Patch Up Any Issues Or Problems Before They Depart

 Of people in this world who do not get to say goodbye to somebody on good terms. If there are a few issues you might have with this person, it’s best to bite the bullet and bury the hatchet. If you can patch up problems before you lose somebody, you will never have to live with regret.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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How to Get Into the Habit of Cooking for Your Family

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Home cooking is one of those things that most people want to get into, but struggle to make the leap. Cooking is a valuable skill that can save you money and help you to eat more healthily if you’re able to put in the effort. True, it’s always tempting to order takeout or kick up a ready meal and call it a day, but this can be a bad habit to get into if you do it every night.

Unfortunately, cooking is easier said than done. Parents are busier than ever, which is why we fall back on bad habits. However, once you start to develop your skills and fall into a routine, it does get easier and you will see the benefits.

Why It Matters

One of the things that hold people back from achieving their goals is a lack of motivation. If you don’t see the point of doing something, then you’re far less likely to make the effort needed to reach your goals. This principle is true when it comes to education, fitness, work, and learning any skill, including cooking.

You might argue that cooking for yourself is pointless because the restaurant and takeout food is convenient and tasty. Ready meals are another option, as you can have a meal in minutes. At the end of a busy day, these options are very tempting.

However, takeout and restaurant meals are so tasty because the people who cook them aren’t considering your long-term health. They taste good because they are loaded with fat, salt, and sugar. This means that they’re a great treat on occasion, but not a good idea to eat for every meal, especially if you’re trying to be healthy. Ready meals aren’t much better, as they are similarly full of fat, salt, and sugar to make them palatable.

Health considerations aside, these meals all cost a lot more money than it would take to make the same meal at home. In some cases, you don’t even save that much time. In the time that you wait for a takeout to arrive, you might have been able to put together a cheap, healthy meal that is perfectly tasty. The trick is knowing how.

Find Recipes That Work

One of the easiest mistakes to fall into when it comes to home cooking is choosing recipes that are too complicated or take too long to cook. When you’re just getting started with any skill, you want to start simple. The same applies to cooking, choose recipes that are quick and easy, so that you can get it on the table and ready to eat.

You should also cook things that you and your family actually want to eat. This sounds obvious, but you can be so focused on choosing something that is as healthy as possible that you end up cooking bland or boring food.

Healthy doesn’t mean bland. Use spices and fresh ingredients to make healthy food delicious again. An air fryer is a great tool for any busy family, as you can quickly cook tasty meals without too much fat.

You can even use your air fryer to cook treats. For example, this easy air fryer chocolate chip cookies recipe is ideal for beginners and children to tackle. Even better, you have some amazing fresh cookies to enjoy. 

Get Your Kids Involved

One way to kill two birds with one stone is to get your children involved in cooking. This way, you get some home-cooked meals and you can spend more quality time with your children. It’s important for parents to bond with their kids and teaching valuable life skills is a great way to do it. 

Teaching your children how to cook is important because it helps them to grow up to become responsible, independent adults. As well as teaching them the skill of cooking, you can integrate other skills and teach them how to apply what they learn in school in their lives.

If your children need to measure ingredients, then they need to know how to add and subtract, as well as convert different measurements. They might need to multiply or divide to scale a recipe up. They need to know how to read and follow directions. Once they’re old enough to handle a knife, they learn fine motor skills. They can flex their creative muscles in the kitchen.

Finally, your children can learn the responsibility of planning and cooking a meal. Even better, once they can handle the cooking once a week or so, that’s one less chore for mom and dad.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Functional Food: The 3 Best Family Meals You Can Batch-Cook

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Ensuring we provide tasty nutritious meals for our families when we lead such a busy life is taxing. When there’s work to do, extracurricular activities to manage, and the less-than-easy task of looking after your home, you may find it hard to get everything in balance, especially when it comes to the right meals, but this is where batch cooking comes to the rescue! Batch cooking is, very simply, cooking a larger portion of your favorite foods that you can store for future use, either in freezers or in the fridge for later in the week. Here are some of the best batch-cooked meals out there you can cook.

Sloppy Joes

One of the old-fashioned staples for most kids growing up, Sloppy Joes are easily freezable and when you create such a massive amount, a lot of people are concerned when they bring something out of the freezer that it either loses its texture and goes all runny, but this is nothing to be concerned about when it comes to Sloppy Joes because they are already sloppy in nature! If you feel they are too runny after you take them out of the freezer, just brown them off in the frying pan to reduce the liquid!

Casseroles

The great thing about having a slow cooker is that you can make meals with minimum effort. Another great benefit is that most of these meals can be portioned up and frozen. A little trick if you want to maximize freezer space is to not portion up less solid meals into Tupperware boxes, but instead, put them in freezer bags. This means that you may have to cut up the meat into smaller portions for it to maintain that liquidy consistency, but when you have more freezer space, you can get into the habit of batch-cooking a meal whenever you have some time spare. The great thing about batch-cooked meals is that they last at least up to six months in the freezer. Just make sure you put the date the meal was cooked on the Tupperware box or freezer bag!

Lasagna

One of those dishes that tastes amazing, in or out of the freezer. Lasagna is an amazing way for you to not just create a filling family staple, but is the perfect opportunity to load this dish with lots of vegetables. Your children may very well turn their noses up at the sight of vegetables, which is why you can benefit from making your own tomato sauce that has a wide variety of onions, carrots, zucchinis, peppers, and almost anything to create this amazing base. The benefit of this type of tomato sauce is that you can also freeze it, making short work of pasta dishes beyond lasagna, but spaghetti bolognese and even chili!

Ensuring we have an idea of the best batch-cooked meals we can portion up is critical because it means we’re not just working more effectively within the time constraints, but we’ve also got more opportunities to do the things that we want!

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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