Don't Forget to Fall Back this Weekend!


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Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend: Don't forget to change your clocks


It is that time of year again when we get to earn an extra hour of sleep. I am so ready! Who doesn't want an extra hour...anyone? So get ready for those shorter days and longer nights. Also have a safe and social distance Halloween 2020 this weekend too:-)

By MomAdvocate

The Special Child

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For ALL of the mothers out there with special needs children, keep on fighting, keep on advocating, it will be all worth it in the end. Our children need us:-)


6 Ways to Save Money on Turkey Day

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Six Ways to Save Money on the Main Course at Thanksgiving


The main course will usually be the most expensive part of your Thanksgiving meal and planning ahead can help save money, no matter what you decided to serve as well as what your family prefers. 

1. Talking Turkey


Most families are more traditional and choose a turkey; however, there are a few important factors to consider. Do you want a whole bird or just the breast?  If your family does not like dark meat, then a breast would be the best choice, especially since it is usually more expensive per pound than an entire turkey.

 


A bird with a bone in it will lose about one-third of its weight by the time you discard bones, giblets, fat and so on. This means a 12-pound bird will yield 8 pounds of food. This would be about 4 to 8 ounces of turkey per person, ensuring that you have enough to go around. 

Contemplate buying a bigger bird than you need so that you can cook it just one time and make leftovers, such as sliced turkey breast for sandwiches or turkey chili.

 



Buy a turkey that is not self-basting, if you can afford organic then go for it, but otherwise it is very expensive. Look for sales on frozen turkeys and turkey breasts in the run-up to Thanksgiving. Also try local farms or farmer’s markets to see if you can buy a fresh bird direct. It is important to note, that not everyone likes turkey. So, what are some alternatives that are easy on the wallet?

2. Roast Chicken

Cook one or more chickens. Most people like chicken and you can use all the same side dishes and fixings as you would if you cooked a turkey. Oven stuffer roasters are usually on the large side if you just need one bird. Chicken breasts can be purchased for around $2 per pound in warehouse clubs if no one likes dark meat.




3. Pork Tenderloin

Pork is branded as "the other white meat". A pork tenderloin is lean, tasty and versatile. You can use all the same sides as you would a turkey or chicken. You can also use any leftover meat for a variety of homemade TV dinners, like tacos, stir fry and more. Check out your local farmers markets, butchers or grocery sales. 





4. Ham

Some people love ham at the holidays, and buy baked ham, while pork prices are cheap, bone-in is usually cheaper. And just like you do with turkey, you can use the same sides as you did with turkey. Larger families cook both turkey and ham and make the most of leftovers. 





For some, a holiday meal isn’t complete without a roast dinner. And some people prefer red meat to poultry or pork. A large roast can feed many guests and often still give you enough for leftovers to slice up for sandwiches or use in tacos, chili and so forth. Check out the warehouse clubs or grocery sales for the best prices. If your family loves side dishes; however, roast beef would be the best choice. 






Many people have given up meat, or like to eat light, so if you are not sure who on your guest list eats what, including a vegetarian or vegan main course might be a good idea. You can find many recipes for delicious nut roasts, for example, and you can buy the nuts in bulk online. You can also buy a turkey-style Quorn roast in health food stores or online, which many people find as tasty as turkey. You can get a 1 lb. roast for about $7, although this can be expensive, a little goes a long way and you can also serve it with all the same side dishes. 



I hope you enjoyed all the various ways to save money on our upcoming Turkey Day this coming November. 

Take Care. 




 





Seasonal Fall/Winter Recipe of the Day: Chocolate Bread Pudding

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Chocolate Bread Pudding

Ingredients:

4 cups heavy cream

5 oz. bittersweet chocolate

6 egg yolks (you can just use the entire egg including the whites)

½ cup granulated sugar

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Salt

9 cups cubed firm-textured white bread (1-inch cubes)-(Really any type of white bread will do)



Directions:

1. Heat the oven to 325 degrees F.

 

2. Bring the cream to a simmer in a heavy saucepan. Turn off the heat.  Put the chocolate in a large heat proof bowl, and pour in 1 cup of the warm cream.  Let stand, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate melts.  Stir the mixture until smooth. Pour in the remaining cream.

 

3. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, sugar, vanilla and salt.  Slowly whisk in the chocolate mixture.  Strain through a fine strainer and skim off any froth.

 

4. Put the bread cubes in a large bowl and pour the pudding over it.  Stir gently until the cubes are moistened through. Be careful not to crumble the bread.  Transfer the cubes to an 8-by-8-inch baking dish, and pour any remaining pudding over the top.  Bake until the pudding is just firm to the touch, about 50 minutes.  Serve warm with whipped cream. YUMMO!

Serves 6-8


Enjoy:-)

By MomAdvocate



Happy Monday! What are your Halloween 2020 Plans?

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 Good Afternoon(or Morning/Evening)!

Halloween 2020 is going to be a doozy this year. Do you have any Halloween plans with your family? Our kids are much older this year and are not going trick or treating and we honestly had no plans to(No offense if you do). We plan on eating some type of junk food or a home cooked meal and watching some scary movies that are family oriented. 


I found some resources for fun seasonal Halloween recipes as well as other recipe books as well that I thought would be great to make for any family, especially one with an autistic individual and other visual learners: 

1) Autism Helper: Halloween Treats and Snacks

2) Visual Recipes: A Cookbook for Non-Readers

3) Fall & Halloween: Visual Recipes for Special Education

Enjoy & Stay Safe out There! 

By MomAdvocate

TGIF! What are Your Plans for the Weekend?

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Good Morning and Happy Friday!
How are you doing today? I picked out this picture because it is definitely how I feel today with everything that is happening in the world. Sometimes you have to just let your hair down and get silly with yourself. Life comes at you fast and you have to decide if you are going to let the world and peoples' actions squelch your spirit or just get childish and enjoy the moment. When COVID-19 hit it was such an overwhelming state of mind in our household and around the country, but what I did see and am still very proud to see is people coming together and helping each other out. So even though it seems a bit crazy now, take time to savor every day and let your loved ones know you love them. At the end of the day, no one has the right to take away your happiness or peace of mind. 

Have an awesome weekend!



Happy Monday Moms & Parents!

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Good Morning, 
I hope you had a fabulous weekend. Did you get everything done that you wanted to? Did you take a nap? Whatever that was on your list to complete or tackle my hope is that you did it. I know it seems difficult in these times to get out or have any motivation to do or get done, but you just have to take it one day at a time. Be Well and Stay Safe. 

From ~Mom Advocate




Happy Friday! What are you Doing to keep your immunity strong during COVID-19?




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Good Morning and Happy Friday!

Thankfully we have a day off from remote learning today and I can take a breather. Sometimes it is okay to just chill and take a minute for yourself. Because this weekend will go by fast. Flu season is afoot, what are you doing to keep your self and your family healthy besides drinking plenty of water, veggies, and more veggies and laughter? I am going to share a great recipe guide for smoothies and it is so worth it. It isn't homemade, but premade and I am okay with that. You cannot beat not having to buy all of the frozen fruit and veggies and all you have to do is add the liquid. Don't be alarmed, it is all organic and worth it! Yummo:-)

Also please remember to get your flu shot this season because....UM....we are in a pandemic and it is sort of important to have an added layer of protection for you and your loved ones from this COVID-19, right? Our family has been taking precautions early on last month to boost our immune systems because in the past our youngest would always get these nasty sinus infections, like clockwork around this time of year. So now we are getting a bit more aggressive in our vitamin C regiments and other immune boosting supplements. 

Here are a few of what we take to keep our immune systems strong, Keep in mind these are definitely not cures for our immunity but do help as the days get shorter and the nights get longer. I hope they help you in looking for what will work for your family. 




 
Vitamin C
 

Nature's Way Sambucus Elderberry Gummies w/Vitamin C & Zinc



Echinacea 400 mg


Stay Safe, Stay Strong and Have a wonderful Weekend!

Autism Moms

 


When I learned our son had autism it was two weeks after my mother passed away, so not only was I grieving about my mother's passing I was also grieving about what could have been with our son. Fast forward to now. So much has happened since that moment in time and it has not been easy. It has been  hard as hell! But I keep on persisting and advocating and DOING because our children are our life's work poured into them, so that they can live a most productive life. Even more so, if they are a son or daughter with special needs, it gets a little bit more challenging. I don't think about when I will no longer be here on this earth because this is too scary to comprehend, so I only think about the now, the present. Every day is a gift so I celebrate the triumphs, mourn the low points and then pick myself up so I can do it again the next day. 

Good Morning:-).

By Mom Advocate


We Are in a Lockdown for 4 Weeks....****SIGH***

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