Keepsake Kitchen Diary

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Growing up I remember that my Mom very seldom cooked.  I was raised on fast food. Once I got a bit older, I turned to my Grandmother (who was like a Mom to me) to learn and pick up tid bits along the way.  Everything I learned to cook, I learned from her.  Her famous fudge recipe is my favorite.  It's been passed down along the family chain.  As I got older and had my own kids, every time we would go to make Grandma's fudge, we would have to scurry around the kitchen trying to find the index card we had wrote the recipe on.  I can't tell you how many times I have lost that card and have had to call my Uncle for the recipe again!  With the one-of-a-kind Keepsake Kitchen Diary by Lily & Val, you can capture all the little memories along side your favorite recipes.  I absolutely love this book!!

It's the perfect cookbook to pass down to your loved ones as a family treasure for years to come! With Mother's Day this weekend, this could be the perfect gift to start a new tradition.  They have combined a recipe keeper with a journal to record the precious momories, moments and stories associated with food.  In addition to being functional, the book is beautifully and thoughtfully designed.
The Keepsake Kitchen Diary includes these unique features:

  • Thoughtful organization with room for up to 200 recipes
  • Divided into six sections
  • Pockets included for storing photos and special tokens
  • 12 tear-out recipe cards to share
  • Beautiful hand-drawn illustrations
  • Durable binding and coated covers to protect from light spills
I highly recommend this product!!!  See these inspiring testimonials of how customers are using the Keepsake Cookbook! 


Treat Mom to Brunch by the Lake this Mother's Day

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Lake Las Vegas
May 8 Brunch Specials at Reflection Bay and Westin Lake Las Vegas

To help celebrate Mother’s Day, Reflection Bay Golf Club and Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa at the Lake Las Vegas master planned residential, golf and resort community are offering Mother’s Day brunch specials on Sunday, May 8 from 10 - 3 p.m.

Reflection Bay Golf Club – Mother’s Day Brunch
Enjoy brunch overlooking the lake at Reflection Bay for only $49 per person. That is a great price! The special menu includes mimosas, traditional breakfast favorites, omelet station, waffle station, salads, fresh fruit, seasonal vegetables, fresh seafood, carving stations and a dessert buffet.

For reservations, contact Desiree at 702-576-3132. Reflection Bay is located at 75 Montelago Blvd.

Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa – Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch
A brunch special is being offered at the resort’s two restaurants, Rick’s CafĂ© and Marssa Steak and Sushi, for $57.99 for adults and $29.99 for children. The menu features champagne or mimosas, seafood extravaganza, Mediterranean bar, culinary cheese shop, carving stations, hot and cold breakfast selections, Marssa sushi bar, pasta station, kid’s selections and a variety of desserts.

Reservations are recommended by calling 702-567-6000. The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa is located at 101 Montelago Blvd.

About Lake Las Vegas
Lake Las Vegas is a premier residential, golf and resort destination situated on a privately owned 320-acre lake that features 10 miles of shoreline and a depth of 150 feet at its deepest point. Within the 3,592-acre master planned community are a range of residential offerings, two challenging golf courses, and three world-class hotels. In addition, the Old World Mediterranean-inspired destination includes pampering spas; a full-service marina with watercraft and water sport rentals and yacht cruises; 50 acres of open space with hiking and biking trails; 40,000-square-foot Lake Las Vegas Event Center;  and MonteLago Village, a pedestrian-only  enclave with lakeside restaurants, cafes and a collection of shops and businesses with residential offerings above. A variety of public and resident events are held throughout the year. Lake Las Vegas is located in Henderson, Nev., just 17 miles east of the Las Vegas Strip and adjacent to the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. For information, visit

Science is Everywhere Day

Take a Tour of Nevada Donor Network on Science is Everywhere Day

As Donate Life Month comes to a close, step inside Nevada Donor Network to learn more about the human body and the lifesaving gift of organ, eye and tissue donation.
Nevada Donor Network today announced that it will open its doors to the public this Sunday, May 1 when the community will be invited to tour Nevada’s only Organ Perfusion Lab and see real organs as part of the Las Vegas Science and Technology Festival’s “Science is Everywhere Day.” These guided tours will allow community members to learn what happens when someone is in need of a lifesaving transplant, and meet local transplant recipients, living donors, and family members of donor heroes who gave the gift of life to others. Food, music and kid-friendly entertainment will be provided at no cost. Tours will be available every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

In addition to hands-on learning opportunities, Nevada Donor Network will provide the chance to register as a donor hero and answer questions about donation. More than 121,000 Americans are currently awaiting a lifesaving organ transplant, and 22 people die each day because needed organs are not donated in time. Additionally, one million tissue transplants are completed each year and 48,000 people receive the gift of sight through cornea donations. Transplant recipients, donor hero family members and representatives from Nevada Donor Network will be available for interviews.

  • What - Nevada Donor Network guided tours of the Organ Perfusion Lab, food, music & kid-friendly entertainment
  • Where - Nevada Donor Network, 2061 E. Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV, 89104
  • When - 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sunday, May 1, 2016
  • Cost - Free!!

What an awesome opportunity!  I hope you will grab your kids and head over to learn more about the Nevada Donor Network! Would make a great learning experience!  

Guest Post: 5 Tips for First-Time T-Ball Parents

I am a baseball Mom! My youngest son has been playing ball for nine years now.  There nothing better than spending my weekends at the ball park watching my son interact with others, learn the game, sportsmanship, how to lose and so much more!  This book is great for young ones about to take that step.  It teaches them a bit about the game and to just get out and have fun!  I highly recommend this book to anyone thinking about getting their child into t-ball!  Author Kevin Christofora has provided us with a guest post below, outlining five tips that can help you survive that first season!

*Sponosred Guest Post provided by Kevin Christofora, link

Now that spring is upon us, many parents are preparing for their first Little League or T-Ball season.  At first, it can be overwhelming, but, with a little planning and some veteran advice, you can ensure that you and your child get the most fun out of the season, with the fewest headaches.  Many parents of the T-ball-aged kids have the most to learn, but many routines are very similar to other ages.

Here are five tips that can help you survive your first season:

(1)   Leave enough time to get dressed.

Make sure that you budget enough time for your child to get dressed.  Remember that they will have new pants, long knee-high socks, a uniform shirt, and... where did that hat go?  It’s much easier to set everything out the night before, so not only are you not searching the house for your child’s hat, you also don’t discover that you forgot to throw their shirt in the dryer.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked all over the house only to discover that the shirt got mixed in the dresser drawer with the regular shirts, that one of my children left their hat in the car, or even searched everywhere to discover that they forgot to wear their hat home from the last game.

Also, make sure to set out their cleats as close to the door as possible.  It’s important to keep them somewhere that they will be easy to find, but not somewhere that your child will track mud through your house.

(2) Teach your kids to be organized.

Get in the habit of using a small shoestring backpack for kids.  Remember to pack a glove and a water bottle, and make sure that you write their name on both.  Help your child get in the habit of gathering all of their things into their bag after practice.

This is good practice for later years, when they have more to carry. Coaches will help teach responsibility, reminding them that their parents are not responsible for their baseball stuff; they are responsible for themselves.  Coaches are aiding and helping to support tat parent role by teaching respect and responsibility in addition to the sport.  

(3)   Don’t forget sunscreen and bug spray.

Sunscreen and bug spray can help save you from the woes that come with sunburn and bug bites.   I am not a promoter of the product, however, my favorite bug spray comes from my local hardware store: Woodstock Hardware invented an all-natural bug spray, Bug Be Gone, that they tested in the forests of Central America, and the physical test on human arms out performed all commercial products.   Guaranteed protection....and no chemicals on you or your kids.  In the day and age of the zinka virus, it is important to get quality bug spray.

(4)   Remember to keep your kids fueled for practice.

Keep in mind that older kids are going to have a longer, harder practice, so they will need a larger water bottle than their younger siblings.  All routines need a food plan.  Most weekly baseball requires juggling the parent’s career, what time they get home from work, and preparing to eat before or after the sports activity.  I strongly suggest light, healthy, high-fuel small foods.  Keep the belly growling for more active and eager, aggressive athletes.  Full bellies only promote lazier results on the field.   

(5)   Have a game plan for homework and bedtime.

Plan the homework, and bathing routines to work with bedtimes and rest assured, after a hard day running around the fields, your child will be very cooperative at bedtime.

Good luck with your new endeavors, and don’t forget to enjoy the games and the memories that your child is making!

Kevin Christofora
Christofora, a father and little league coach, hopes his book series, The Hometown All Stars, will inspire children to play outside more often. A devotee of America's pastime, he aims to teach young people about baseball and the habits of a healthy lifestyle in the form of a fun and educational bedtime story.

He has appeared on ESPN Radio, 660 News Radio, Santa Fe - KVSF 101.5, and WDST-FM Woodstock, and has had articles featured in About Families OnlineKidzEdgeMom Blog Society, and several other publications. 

Viki's Granola

Granola is delicious, no matter how you eat it. It’s even better when your granola is nutritious, and free of refined sugars, fillers, and preservatives – like Viki’s Granola.   Below are four ways to eat granola that you've never thought of!

1.       Granola Crusted Chicken
Out of breadcrumbs? No Problem! Try dressing your chicken up with granola. The sweet & savory combination is so delicious you          may make this recipe a usual in your household.

2.       Granola Baked Apples
Like a better-for-you and single-serve apple crisp! Core the apple, add butter, brown sugar and cinnamon and bake at 375° for a half    hour - top with granola and serve (we like ours a la mode!)

3.       Breakfast Baked Goods
Toss a handful of granola into your muffin or pancake batter to add texture and crunch.

4.       Granola Salad Toppings
Sick of Croutons? Sprinkle salty-sweet granola over salads. Chef Tip: a granola garnish is better with naturally sweet veggies, like snap peas or roasted carrots.

About Viki’s Granola
Nutritious & delicious granola made with 100% all natural ingredients, Gluten Free, minimal added sugar, and baked with love!  Unlike other granolas on the market that have harder textures and clusters, Viki’s Granola boasts a fresh, soft, chewy texture with ingredients you can pronounce and no artificial aftertaste. Today, Viki’s Granola is available in five delicious flavors (Original Honey, Blueberry Almond and Maple Cranberry, Banana Walnut & Apple Cinnamon) and has a loyal following. Viki’s Foods is dedicated to creating foods made from inspiration and high quality ingredients, with health and happiness at the core.  All of Viki’s recipes are “one of a kind culinary art creations,” with a strong emphasis on taste, presentation, and consistency. The family owned and operated brand prides itself on its approach to maintain traditional, homemade cooking. Sold at retailers nationwide and online at MSRP: $5.49 / 12oz

WIN! Private Screening of new Mother's Day movie

What better way to celebrate Mother's Day than watching the new comedy of the same name, with 100 of your friends? Enter to win via Boppy’s Facebook Page from April 14 to 23, and you could be the lucky winner and get a private screening in your hometown's theater! Take your own mom, spouse, or all of your Mommy Friends and get ready to laugh your hearts out with the star-studded cast which includes Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Jason Sudeikis

Celebrate a Mom’s Night Out with Boppy – Win private screening for you and friends to see film, Mother’s Day  

Get front-row seats for you and 100 of your closest friends at your own private screening of the highly-anticipated, star-packed romantic comedy Mother’s Day with Boppy in your hometown theater. Celebrate motherhood with Boppy’s special sweepstakes that will let some lucky moms get a private viewing of the hilarious new movie.

The Boppy Pillow – the original, award-winning, proven, washable Nursing Pillow – is a versatile star of its own and The Boppy Company is excited to announce that they are an official partner of Mother’s Day which is opening in theaters on April 29.

Moms who enter the Boppy Mom’s Night Out Sweepstakes via Boppy’s Facebook Page from April 14 to 23 will have the glamorous chance of becoming one lucky grand-prize winner to have a private screening of the Mother’s Day at her local movie theater for herself and 100 friends. Ten runners up will win four tickets to see the movie.

Directed by comedy-favorite Garry Marshall, the director of Valentine’s Day and Pretty Woman, the star-packed Mother’s Day, weaves intertwining, funny stories about the lives of several mothers as the May holiday approaches.


About The Boppy Company
Founded in 1989, The Boppy Company is the world leader and expert in creating comfortable, supportive and award-winning products for mom and baby. To date, Boppy Products have won over 50 awards and continue to be named must-have products around the world. Most well known as the maker of the world’s original nursing pillow, the iconic Boppy Feeding and Infant Support Pillow, The Boppy Company has expanded into skincare, pregnancy pillows, breastfeeding accessories, baby loungers, baby clothing, plush goods, baby travel products, nursery products and baby seats. For more information, visit The Boppy Company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Artsana Group,

Smith's Taste of Spain

If you are a regular Smith's shopper, you have probably seen this display as you walk in.  If you are not, I would highly encourage you to get there....this week!  Now through Tuesday, April 19th, Smith's is celebrating their Savor World Flavor "Taste of Spain".  I love food and I love to travel. So I was super excited to be invited to a tour and sampling of some of the products they will be offering during the "Taste of Spain" event.

A team of Kroger food explorers personally traveled the regions of Spain and collaborated with local producers and chefs, searching for authentic, yet easy to prepare meal ideas and beverages.  Taste of Spain highlights those products brought back.  Such as seasoned chorizo, smoked paprika garlicky shrimp, freshly harvested extra virgin olive oil, saffron-flavored pella and smooth, fruity Chardonnay from Navarro.  The ultimate foodie event will feature samples, recipe ideas, new food products and events that bring a taste of the Spanish culture of Kroger stores across the country.    You can really get creative with the products and if you aren't sure on some of the terms or need step by step instructions, there are plenty of recipe cards along with the displays to help you through.

One thing I wanted to show you was some of the prices.  When you think ethnic or specialties - you think expensive, right!? Wrong!  In fact this entire display had some of my favorite products!  Chef Jose' Andres potato chips - oh my! Very addicting! They are made with just three simple ingredients - thinly sliced potatoes, extra virgin olive oil and a touch of Himalayan Pink Salt.

So now that you have all this exciting ethnic food from Spain - now what?  Have a party! Invite your family and friends over, after all, dining is a social event in Spain.  It's all about the tapas! What is a tapa? Yes, I had that same question too as before this event, I had no idea.  The word "tapas" means to cover, finger foods originally served on small plates that could be used to cover wine or sherry glasses while socializing.  Today, tapas simply means small plates of food - awesome, right!  If you love to eat - this is for you! Find more information here with help on planning your party!

Now even if you are just not a person who cooks, doesn't even want to try, Smith's still can hook you up!  In their deli section, you can find pre-made products just for you.  Maybe you just don't have time to cook or need a fast meal.  You can find Chorizo & Grilled Peppers, Salmorjo Panzanella, Pasta Bravas and Chicken & Chorizo Paella.   In fact Paella (below) is one of the most popular dishes in Spain.

Don't be drawn back by the name. Paella is really a simple dish to make, while savory and filling and a dish that is very easy to make your own.   During Smith's Taste of Spain event, you can buy the entire kit - this will make it very easy.  Everything you need to make a basic Paella is included form the pan to the olive oil, spices and the rice.  You can always add some shrimp, or chicken.  Make it even easier by picking up a rotisserie chicken from the deli, shredding it and throwing that in there. Add some veggies as well, can always throw your favorites in and that's what is great about the dish, you can make it to your liking.  You can pick up this kit at your local Kroger / Smith's.

I learned so much during the event! Here are some fun facts I learned while attending the sampling.
  • Spain is the 3rd most visit country
  • Spain produces 45% of all olive oil in the world
  • Eating is a social event in Spain - love it! 
  • Tapas mean small plates & was originally meant to keep flies / bugs out of cups
  • Spain has been making cheeses for over 5,000 years
Remember this event will end Tuesday, April 19th, so make sure to get in and stock up before these products are gone!  For more details, including recipes and cultural facts please visit   For my fellow couponers, there are also some offered coupons for this event!