Shiny Smile in a Jiffy

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So let’s talk about kids, braces and flossing (not the dance). Yes, it’s that phase when the kiddos need braces. And in their defense it’s not always an easy up keep for them to get used to. Aside from the wax to prevent cuts inside your mouth, and those teeny rubber bands that come in an array of colors, they have to learn how to floss around them!!!

You can use those little plastic flossers that look like Christmas trees. But that can be trying on the gums. I’ve heard that you can also use a water pick…… but if you not at home!!!

Here’s what I found….. a non-electric water flosser!!!

Super easy to use. Literally, fill the base to the line with water and pressing the trap button and away it goes!

So easy for the kids to use and perfect on the go. Helps the kiddos maintain keeping their braces clean!

Love things that help life go a little smoother!!

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Taking Savory Bites

Phew….. the Holidays are over- we made it!!

I don’t know if you noticed, but this past Holiday Season has a lot of “thumbprint ” cookie recipes that seemed to pop up. So many variations; jam, chocolate, and even a cheesecake like filling (totally want to try that one!). It may be time to go a little savory.

Which leads me to a new recipe I just had to give a try. How about Savory Thumbprints!!!

Yes! I’m talking Savory Parmesan Thumbprints!! Topped with my favorite protein- Wild Planet Foods Albacore Tuna!!!

I happened to come across the recipe for the savory thumbprints via the Land O’Lakes website. One recipe batch makes about 48 little “cookies”. Very simple and easy to do, all you need is:

1 Cup softened butter (they recommend Land O’ Lakes)

1/4 Cup sugar

2 Cups all-purpose flour

1 Cup grated Parmesan cheese.

Start by prepping your baking sheet, parchment paper is my best friend when I bake. Preheat your oven at 350°. The next steps are just like making your usual thumbprint cookies.

Cream your butter with the sugar, then add your flour- don’t forget to scrape down the sides of your mixing bowl so it all gets incorporated well. Last will be adding in the cheese.

Shape the dough into one-inch balls, with your thumb make indentations into the balls. I used the back of my measuring spoon since I was putting in my tuna filling. It takes about 9-11 minutes to bake.

When you go to the Land O’ Lakes website they also have savory jam fillings that you can use.

But….. since I wanted to make these little bites a little more hearty I turned to my favorite protein.

I love tuna salad, with the right tuna of course. With a savory thumbprint, texture wise it’s a real nice bite to have something a little firm. So I used Wild Planet Food Albacore Tuna. I want to compliment the tuna, and not have too many flavors going on since it is just a bite. When you open a can of the Wild Planet Foods tuna you will not find mushiness, or a lot of liquid like in other brands. Which is key for this recipe because liquid can literally make your cookie crumble!

I used Sir Kensington organic Mayonnaise, mainly because of it being already seasoned it gave a nice binding finish to the tuna and I didn’t have to add any salt and pepper. I did add a dash or garlic powder.

I took my quick and easy tuna mixture, and filled my little savory bites. Just for color, I sprinkled a pinch of Parmesan then placed the bites back into the oven to get the top a little crisper. Final touch is dash of parsley.

I like to pair this with soup or serve at a “afternoon tea” or gathering with the other moms.

Now if you’re wondering if it’s hard to find the tuna I used. Great news! I have found it in almost every grocery chain in my area. Stores such as Kroger, Wegmans and Walmart! Even happier news- Costco offers it too!!!

There’s so much more to Wild Planet Foods-

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