Double Jogging Stroller Ideas

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top double jogging strollersJuggling work, kids, and your health can lead to a lot of stress for new parents. Constantly feeling that there is just not enough time in the day to take care of everything that really matters can take its toll. Usually the first thing that gets sacrificed is your own well being. Whether it be your diet, you end up eating things that are fast and convenient instead of things that are good for you, or carving out time for a good workout, you always run out of time. The kids come first, as they should, and looking after them usually does not leave any time to get a run in.

There is a solution that a lot of folks who love to run have found, and that is a jogging stroller. You can look after the children while you treat yourself to an aerobic stress release. It is a better investment than a treadmill in that it is an activity that the entire family can enjoy and it gets the kids out of the house and into the outdoors for a fun adventure all while letting Mom and Dad burn some calories running. For those with more than one kid, a double running stroller may be just what the doctor ordered.

Are They Safe?

Accidents do happen, but today’s jogging strollers are designed to be able to handle faster speeds, bumpier terrain, and adverse conditions all while providing parents a stable piece of equipment that is easy to control and stop. Bigger wheels, dedicated suspension, hand brakes and even tethers allow you to stay in control and help provide a safe ride for the little ones.

Top Double Strollers For Runners

BOB Revolution Duallie – This is one of the most popular double joggers on the market. Lightweight design, durable fabrics, storage and safety features have made this a huge hit with parents and kids alike. Anyone looking to buy a new double stroller should look at this model first.

Baby Jogger 2014 X3 Summit – This was built for off road use and it is an extremely durable and capable stroller for serious runners. Air filled tires, comfortable suspension, adjustable sun canopy, and hand brakes are just some of what make this unit so good. This is their latest model so there are not a ton of customer reviews, but their previous models were all highly touted by users. If you like to get off the pavement and go into some bumpier terrain then this would be a perfect option.

Top Rated Brands

As you can see from above, BOB and Baby Jogger are two of the best selling makers when it comes to double joggers. Combing through various double jogging stroller reviews gives you a good picture that these two are clearly above other stroller manufacturers when it comes to owner satisfaction. Strollers that can handle two or three kids are going to be more expensive than single models, so you want to make sure that you get the very best, and you probably can do no wrong going with either of these two brand names.

The Family That Runs Together

Obviously running is a great activity that can provide numerous health physical and mental health benefits to the runner, but the kids benefit as well. First, they are able to get out of the house and experience the world with Mom and Dad. It is a true adventure for them and most little ones thoroughly enjoy the ride. Second it is something that the entire family can partake and benefit from. Spending time with one another in a healthy activity is a winning combination that can also ingrain good habits. If you love to run, investing in a jogging stroller is something that is definitely worth looking into.

Ice Cream Maker Buying Guide

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top ice cream makers 2015Seriously, who does not love ice cream?  For those with a severe sweet tooth, buying premium ice cream can be a rather expensive habit.  On the other hand, purchasing your own ice cream machine for your home can be quite an economical alternative to feed your desire for frozen goodies.  If you have never thought about getting one of these for your kitchen, then you are in for a treat…literally.  Luckily, quality ice cream making units come in a wide range of prices and features that will enable you to find a capable machine no matter what your budget may be.

What Are the Best Ice Cream Machines?

Cuisinart makes some of the most popular units with several models that are highly rated by users.  Combing through various reviews of ice cream makers online and it is quite apparent that you really can’t go wrong picking up one of these small appliances.  Breville also has a top rated maker, but it is also quite expensive.  Leilo, Hamilton Beach, Nostalgia Electrics, and White Mountain are also very good options with numerous positive feedback from customers.  One of the great features of most of these machines is that they are able to make more than just ice cream, they can also make other frozen treats.  Gelato, sorbet, frozen drinks, and frozen yogurt can also be produces by most of these machine which helps add to their overall value.

What To Look For In A New Machine?

Most of the more affordable ice cream makers use a bowl that must be frozen before starting the ice cream making process.  Some bowls are double insulated which helps speed up the process and save time, however it may take several hours to get the bowl to the right temperature.  It will also require you to make room in your freezer for the bowl to fit.

Some of the more expensive models come with their own compressor which does not require you to freeze the bowl.  This added convenience is the main reason for the higher price tag.

Capacity is also another important factor when deciding on which model to buy.  How much ice cream do you need to make?  How many mouths will you need to feed?  Higher capacity units may be slightly more expensive.  However, in the long run, making your own ice cream will end up saving money.

Do They Produce Good Ice Cream?

I have had experience with several model ice cream makers, and they do indeed produce some great tasting results.  The consistency is usually on the soft side, but once done, you can put the ice cream your freezer for an hour or two in order to firm it up if desired.  These machines are also really simple to use, with most being as easy as a push of a button.  The hardest part of using these home machines is the required patience need while eagerly waiting for the job to get done.

Are They Expensive?

As mentioned earlier, home ice cream makers come in a wide range of price points.  From $30 all the way up to over a thousand dollars, finding a machine to fit your budget and your needs should not be to hard.

If you have cabinets full of small appliances that you never use, you may be quite hesitant to add another one to the your collection.  But for anyone with a serious ice cream addiction, getting your own machine is a worthy investment.

Palate Pleasing Pastry Recipes

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tastey pastry

For all those that love to bake we have got a few pastry recipes that might tempt your tastebuds. Perfect for parties, bake sales or just to surprise your family, there is nothing as putting a smile a someone’s face as you offer them some freshly prepared pastry dishes.

Muffin Madness

Sizzle up your everyday muffins with these great mix of flavors.


470 gm Wheat flour
450 gm Sugar
1 and 1/2 tsp Baking powder
250 gm Water
130 gm Sunflower oil
1 tsp Vanilla essence
2 Zest of limes

[Raspberry Butter cream]

500 gm Icing sugar
220 gm Margarine
3 tsp Raspberry pulp
3 Almonds (sliced)
9 Raspberries (whole)

Instructions to follow:

For the cake add wheat, baking powder and sugar in a bowl. Mix the ingredients thoroughly to make a mixture of all the dry ingredients. In another bowl, mix sunflower oil, vanilla essence, zest of limes and water to make a solution of all the liquid ingredients. Next, pour the dry mixture slowly into the liquid mixture while beating continuously until a smooth and even texture is reached.

Next, take a muffin tray and grease it with butter. Divide the muffin batter into equal parts onto the tray and insert it into a pre-heated oven at 180 degree. Let the muffins bake for 10 to 15 minutes if you are using a mini muffin tray or 20 to 40 minutes if you’re using a jumbo muffin tray. Once done, insert a toothpick into the center of the muffins. If the toothpick comes out clean the muffins are done, otherwise, bake them for 5 more minutes. Let the muffins cool before applying the icing on top.

Raspberry Butter Cream

In a blender, take the margarine and pour in sugar slowly while beating at medium speed. Then add in pulp of raspberries gradually while beating continuously until the mixture is smooth. With the help of a pasty bag decorate the muffins and top it off with sliced almonds and whole raspberries.

Mini Cheesecake

Very easy recipe to make before guests arrive.



1/3 cup Graham cracker crumbs
1 tbs sugar
1 tbs Margarine (melted)


8 ounce Cream cheese (softened)
1 Egg
1/4 cup Sugar
1 and 1/2 tsp Lemon juice
1/4 tsp Vanilla extract
1/2 Lemon zest (grated)

Instructions to follow:

In a bowl, mix the crackers, margarine and sugar until properly mixed. Grease a muffin tray with butter and put one heaping tablespoon of the resulting mixture into each cup of the muffin tray (press firmly on the mixture so that it goes completely flat). Insert the tray into a pre-heated oven at 325 degrees and let it bake for 5 minutes.

While the crust cools, mix the cream cheese, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla essence until the mixture gets fluffy. When that’s done, mix in the egg slowly. Pour this mixture into the muffin tray (fill it up to 3/4th of the cups on the tray). Bake it for 25 minutes at 325 degrees. Let it cool while it’s still in the tray. Once cooled, remove from tray and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Blueberry Cheese Danish Pastry

It can be a bit of a hassle to make but the results are worth the effort.

5 tsp Active dry yeast
2/3 cup Sugar
1 tsp Salt
3 Egg yolks
2 tsp Vanilla essence
2/3 cup Milk
3 and 3/4 cups Flour
1 and 1/2 cup Butter (unsalted)


8 ounces Cream cheese
1/4 cup Sugar
1 Egg yolk
1 tsp Vanilla essence
1/4 tsp Salt
2 tsp Orange zest (grated)
1 tsp Lemon zest (grated)
2 tbs Flour


1 and 1/4 cup Confectioner’s sugar
3 tbs Lemon juice

Instructions to follow:


In a large bowl pour 1/4 cup of warm water and add sugar and yeast to it. Let it sit for 5 minutes. When it gets foamy, stir in salt, yolks, vanilla, and milk. Next, add flour to the mixture until it turns into a soft and sticky dough. Cover this dough for an hour. Make sure to keep it somewhere cool.

Butter mixture

Take the butter on a cool surface, roll it with a rolling pin until it softens. At this point add 1/2 cup of flour while blending the mixture until it’s fully combined. Take this butter mixture and cut into 6 inch squares; wrap it in a plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Proceed to take the dough and roll it into 12 inch squares. Put the butter mixture diagonally in the middle. Enclose the butter mixture using the dough like an envelope. Seal it by pinching the edges of the dough. Roll it from the center and do it in such a way that is forms an 18 by 8 inch rectangle. Fold the dough like a book and refrigerate it by wrapping it in a plastic wrapper for 1 hour before rolling it out again. Repeat this procedure twice or more to make the pastries crispier.

In a bowl mix in all the filling ingredients until it smooths and refrigerate it for an hour or more. Take the refrigerated 18 by 8 inch rolled out dough and cut it into 4 inch squares. Stretch two corners of the square (that are opposite to each other) to form flaps.

Take one heaping tablespoon of the filling and put it in the middle of the square. Top it with blueberries. Brush the flaps with egg wash and seal the filling carefully within the square by overlapping the flaps. Brush the entire pastry with egg wash.

Put the pastries on a baking sheet (3 inches apart) and bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes or until the pastries turn golden.

For the glaze, whisk in sifted confectioner’s sugar and lemon juice until thickened. Serve the danish pastry with drizzled glaze on top.

Buttercrust Dough Recipe

Want to see how to make the perfect buttercrust pastry dough?  We found this video below that gives easy to follow directions and provides a great illustration of the steps involved.

3 Quick & Simple Cake Recipes

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Many people love dessert but at times the idea of getting up every 30 minutes to check what is in the oven can be quite unpleasant. If baking is not your hobby, yet you are looking for a quick simple dessert to prepare with all the flair and taste then you need to consider the following 3 amazing dessert recipes;

Quick Black Forest Cake Recipe

1)1 tablespoon butter.
2) An adequate proportion of devil’s food cake mixed with pudding.
3)1 can cherry pie filling.
4)1-1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips.
5)1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar.
6)3 eggs.
7)1 tablespoon almond extract.
8)2 tablespoons milk.
10)2 sizable skillets.

1)Preheat your oven to 175 degrees C.

2)Combine together cake mix, almond extract, 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips, beaten eggs and cherry pie filling, beat to form a nice blend.

3) Grease skillet and pour batter in the pan.

4) Place the blend into the skillet, and bake for about 50 to 60 minutes while maintaining the heat at 175 degrees C. Remove from heat and let cool.

5) To make topping, heat the remainder of the semi sweet chocolate chips, batter and milk in the other skillet over medium heat. Once the sweet chocolate chips are in liquid state and blend is mixed, stir in confectioner’s sugar.

6) Spread topping over cooled cake and serve with any appropriate food or drink.

Apple Cake Recipe

1)1-1/4 cups vegetable oil.
2)1/3 cup milk.
3)3 cups all-purpose flour.
4)1 tablespoon salt.
5)1-1/4 cups brown sugar.
6)2 cups white sugar.
7)3 eggs, (beaten).
8)1 tablespoon baking soda.
9)1/2 cup batter.
10)1 cup chopped walnuts.
11)3-1/2 cups apples (peeled and chopped).
12) Adequate amount of baking powder.
13) Adequate amount of vanilla.

1) Preheat oven to 175 degrees C.

2) Grease and flour a skillet.

3) Sift together sugar, salt, baking powder and floor in a large bowl. Make a shallow hole in the center of the dough, add vanilla, oil and eggs then stir well. Fold in chopped apples and nuts.

4) Place dough in a pan which is smeared with batter.

5) Bake in the oven for about 50 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean.

6) To make the topping; in a skillet, mix brown sugar, butter and milk. Bring to a boil while making sure to stir steadily.

7) Remove from heat and top with the glaze while still hot.

Quick Coffee Cake Recipe

1)1 egg.
2)1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
3)1/3 cup shortening.
4)1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour.
5)1/2 teaspoon salt
6)1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda.
7)2 tablespoons batter (melted).
8)1/2 cup milk.
9)6 tablespoons white sugar.
10)1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.
11)1/2 cup brown sugar.

1) Preheat the oven to about 220 degrees C. Grease and flour a sizable square pan.

2) Blend together the flour, salt, sugar and baking powder in a sizable bowl. Cut in the shortening using a pastry blender to the appropriate size.

3) Stir the egg well in a separate bowl then add in vanilla and milk. Add this mixture to the dough blend and stir carefully until just blended.

4) Pour batter into pan and spread uniformly. Sprinkle top with melted butter.

5) Combine together 2 teaspoons flour, half teaspoon cinnamon and brown sugar in a separate bowl. Sprinkle on top of the cake.

6) Pour batter into prepared skillet, place dough and bake in the oven for about 20 minutes. You could alternatively insert a toothpick in the center of the cake, if it comes out clean, the bake is ready.

Dessert is supposed to be a treat, and slaving over a hot oven and allocating time that you don’t have is not all that rewarding.  But hopefully some of these cake recipes will help you save time in the kitchen and give you and your family something to look forward to after your meal.

For those that are not in the mood for cake, check out the video below to learn how to make a fast and delicious chocolate mousse.  Save time, eat great!

Juicing Recipes For Better Health

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Recipes for your JuicerJuicing is one of the best and tastiest ways to receive vital nutrients that are essential for optimum health. Many people invest in a juicer but lose enthusiasm for over time. However, mixing up your juice recipes can spice things up a bit as well as provide the health benefits that you were looking for when you bought a juicer. Below are some things that you can try that both taste great and offer your body a positive jolt.

Quick And Easy Green Juice

3 Celery Sticks
6 Kale Leaves
3 Green Apples
1 Unpeeled Lemon

The only preparation that is needed to create Quick And Easy Green Juice is to chop the celery sticks, slice the apples and cut the lemon in half. Total preparation time is likely to be a minute or two at most. All of the ingredients should then be juiced and served immediately.

The main health benefits in this juice come from the celery and kale. The apples and lemon are more to make the juice taste nice although they do contain vitamins and minerals. The celery offers a wide range of health benefits. It has an anti-inflammatory effect which will bring relief to people who suffer from joint pain, asthma and other conditions resulting in inflammation. The celery also contains minerals which are shown to be stress relievers such as magnesium. Kale is high in fiber and also rich in components which support the immune system. Kale also supports healthy liver functioning which has a detoxifying effect on the body.

Super Simple Carrot and Kale Juice

6 Chopped Carrots
4 Kale Leaves

This is one of the simplest healthy juices in existence but one which has many benefits. Simply blend the carrots and kale and serve immediately.

Carrots are incredibly rich in beta-carotene. This acts as a natural antioxidant which has been shown to help slow and reverse cell damage which occurs as a result of aging. Carrots can also have a detoxifying effect on the body as they are rich in Vitamin A. Vitamin A has been shown to help the body remove toxins from circulation. The kale present in this juice can help to fight cancer. This benefit results from the fact that it is rich in organosulfur. The kale also aids with efficient and healthy digestion due to the fact it is high in fiber.

Tomato and Greens Detox Juice

3 Tomatoes
4 Green Lettuce Leaves
1 Radish
6 Sprigs of Parsley
Half An Unpeeled lemon

This juice is packed with healthy ingredients and also has a deliciously rich and complex taste due to the presence of the parsley and radish.

The parsley found in this juice offers far more than just taste. Regular consumption of parsley has been shown to help the heart and blood pressure. This is due to the fact it is rich in folic acid. It also supports correct kidney functioning due to its ability to help the body rid itself of excess levels of fluid. Parsley is also packed with various vitamins such as B, C and K. These offer benefits for the immune system, nervous system and bones. The tomatoes in this juice offer high levels of lycopene which can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease. They are also a great source of Vitamin C. The phosphorous and zinc present in radishes helps skin to look healthy and free of blemishes.

Heavenly Healthy Fruit Juice

10 Strawberries
Half A Pineapple
2 Oranges

The only preparation that is needed ahead of making this juice is to peel the orange. This is due to the fact that orange peel can be damaging to some juicers. It is a great idea to scrape the peel for the pith however as this is rich in nutrients.

One of the enzymes present in pineapple is called bromelain which has been proven to act as a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. This makes this juice an excellent choice for people suffering with joint pains and other associated inflammation issues. The red color that is distinctive to strawberries is partly explained by the presence of chemicals known as anthocyanins. These have been proven to help the body burn the fat it has stored which makes this juice a great aid to a weight loss plan. The biotin found in strawberries offers myriad benefits for the skin and hair. Everyone knows that the oranges found in this Heavenly Healthy Fruit Juice are a great source of vitamin C. They also offer great levels of potassium which helps ensure the heart functions correctly.

Juicing is a great way to overcome years of bad dietary habits. Fresh nutrients from fruits and vegetables can do wonders for the body, and hopefully some of the recipes above can help you try new things with your juicer. I am a juicing addict and will have a few more posts on this topic in the future. Happy juicing.

Here is a great video that discusses a host of different health benefits that you can achieve just by juicing.

The Burden of Not Liking Cheese

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Cooking with Cheese. Well this may seem like a strange way to kick off a site about the love of food, but one thing I need to get off of my chest is just how bad it is to not like, or rather hate, cheese.  Yes I said it, I cannot stand cheese.  I cannot stand the taste, smell, or texture of this food.  There is one exception however, mozarella cheese.  This is the only kind that I actually eat but only because it does not have a strong odor and it is rather bland.  I do love me some pizza.  I have always had this strong distaste for cheese ever since I was a kid and it is something that is still with me.

Grilled cheese sandwiches….No Thanks!

Parmesan on my salad or pizza….Heck No!

Swiss, American, Cheddar, Gouda, Brie, Romano, Asiago, Feta…you name it and I want nothing to do with it.

Now most cheese lovers may not realize just how many recipes, foreign cuisine, frozen dinners have some sort of cheese included.  It’s everywhere and it is hard to escape.

The Burden of Being Finicky

Not liking cheese can be quite a challenge, especially when going out to dinner or eating over someone else’s house.  One of the biggest drawbacks that has to be endured is the sheer look of astonishment on somebody’s face when you tell them that you don’t like cheese.  “How can you not like cheese?  It is so delicious!”  It is almost as if they look at you and are trying to decide if you are one of those aliens that inhabit the Earth that the Men In Black are constantly keep tabs on.

And as a little kid, it can be doubly worse.  Being judged, making friend’s parents work harder to prepare something just for you that is “cheese-free”, usually something that is not as good.  It can downright stink.

And while I do love to get into the kitchen, I also am a frozen food junkie.  If you do not sit there with the door open letting out all the cold air while you read the ingredient list on the back of the box, then chances are you are going to get a frozen dinner with some cheese in it.  Especially parmesan, they sneak that sucker into a lot of different meals.  What a hassle.

Overcoming the Burden

What I quickly discovered as a kid and the quickest and easiest way to avoid the weird looks was just to say that you were allergic to cheese.  I am not talking about being lactose intolerant, which I tried once but it produced it’s own set of weird looks from others.  I am talking risk to your health and well-being allergy, the kind that sends you to the hospital.  The first time I tried this line I was amazed at how well it worked.  Eating over at a friend’s house I was surprised how well this worked on their parents.  They sure don’t want to be responsible for sending someone else’s kid to the ER with an allergy attack.  So every time I was invited over for dinner there was a very tasty meal without cheese waiting for me.  Awesome!

Now I did feel bad about lying, but sometimes a little white lie is worth it.  I remember telling one of my friends Mother after years of eating over at their house that I wasn’t really allergic to cheese, I just didn’t like the taste of it.  She couldn’t believe it, but everyone, including her, got a great laugh out of it.  She really thought something would happen if I ate cheese.

Cooking With Cheese

I am not a professional chef, nor do I have any type of formal training.  I do love to cook though, and sometimes that does include using cheese.  I try to avoid preparing dishes with food, for obvious reasons, and the people that I cook for understand this.

For one, I cannot taste it as it’s cooking to check if everything is seasoned just right.  I just have to hope and pray that the dish comes out right.  This has caused a few disasters in the past, so I usually just cook dishes that do not contain cheese.

Rant Over

Ok, I am done whining about cheese.  But if you read through the different articles on here and notice a distinct lack of cheese, now you know why.  Oh, did I mention that I also hate mayonnaise!

For those that do love cheese, here is a great video on how to prepare the perfect grilled cheese sandwich.