How To Save On Your Christmas Tree | Coupon Included

How To Save On Your Christmas Tree | Coupon Included

I have so many fond memories of picking out the biggest trees on the lot and bringing it home trying to stuff it into our New York apartment. It was always a fiasco, chock-full of laughter and good times with my family. I have dreams of one day taking the kids on an actual tree farm and chopping down our own tree. It seems like such a cool experience and it feels like you really earned the right to adorn that tree with decorations since you worked so hard for it. But until that day comes, we shop at our local tree lot in eighty-degree weather like any good Floridian would.

We have been frequenting the Hart-T-Tree Farm lot in Boca Raton for the past few years and we are so happy with them. Hart-T-Tree Farms is a family owned tree farm located in North Carolina and has some of the best Frasier Fir’s to offer. Each year our tree is fresh (often in the ground the day or two beforehand), and smells incredible. This family owned business works closely with its tight-knit group of lot owners to ensure that you get a fresh, happy tree year in and year out.

Christmas Tree
You can search for your nearest Hart-T-Tree Farms location online at http://www.hart-t-trees.com/ – We visited the Spanish River Church location, you can follow them on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/hart.t.trees.bocaratonatsrc/

Tree buying can be very personal, it will last in your children’s memories likely for the rest of their lives. Why not ensure that it is the best buying experience of the season? Parents can fight over Hatchimals at the department stores, but the tree lot is where magic happens. The folks at Hart-T-Tree understand this and work with a great community nationwide that create a fun and memorable experience on each lot.

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There are so many to choose from!

We usually fit it in on my husband’s day off, and try to save as much time as possible so that we can hurry home to decorate it before bedtime. I love how the folks at Hart-T-Tree farm lots take the time with my kids to make sure they are picking a tree they will love. It is after all the tree that will be adorning their presents on Christmas morning, so it’d better be good!

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Yup, that one!

The selection is vast and the prices are affordable. Plus, you can print out this 10% off coupon and bring it to any Hart-T-Tree Farm lot.

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Perks

Once you select your tree, they will be sure and trim the bottom for optimal tree-life, wrap it up, and load it onto your vehicle.

If you bring your tree stand with you, the experts at the Hart-T-Tree lot will set it for you at no charge! This usually saves us the arguments on whether or not its straight. Nothing brings on holiday battles more like a crooked tree!

They sell stands if you are in the market for one, as well as wreaths, or anything you need to keep your tree healthy and living.

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I really appreciated the personal time and attention they took with us and our kids making this an enjoyable family experience. They understood my children were young and needed a little more time and attention while making this very important decision, and it made all the difference.

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Phew! Picking trees is hard work!

The folks at Hart-T-Tree Farm lots understand that family is the most important part of the holidays, and they give you a gift of special memories from their family to yours.

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Essentially yours,

Erika


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. A complimentary tree was provided to me in order to facilitate my review. As always, all opinions expressed here are solely my own.

 

 

Traditional Latin Holiday Recipes

Traditional Latin Holiday Recipes

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The holidays are here and being a Latina, this means a lot of cooking in the kitchen with my family. Namely my mom, who is intent on passing down all of her recipes to me, and myself, who is hell-bent on finding the healthiest way to capture those recipes. We always end up in a debate about measuring. She loves to add ingredients by eye, while I like to know a specific amount so that I can preserve the recipe and pass it along.

I’ve learned to appreciate her way of “feeling” your way through the meal and using all of your senses. It makes it an experience rather than a chore, and let’s face it, that kind of love and attention is the key ingredient to any family recipe. I wish I could say the same about my way of doing things. While she understands it makes sense, she refuses to give me measurements for any of her recipes. Instead I have to go over and watch it live in action. It’s a great way to spend time together, this may be the underlying motive all this while, but who am I to break tradition?

My family hails from a farm in Puerto Rico called San Lorenzo. A small farm town with lots of family and “framily” nearby to point you in the right direction, so to speak. While most latin cultures have a signature dish, Puerto Rican cuisine is known for its pork, rice and beans, and coconut based beverages, and pasteles. Pasteles are a plantain / potato based mesa (mix), with seasoned meat in between. It comes in so many different variations, the most known being tamales from Mexico. We sit around and make these each year, and its a great way to catch up on each other’s lives. I say this because it literally takes an army to grate all of the ingredients.

Rice and Beans

The typical side for this dish is one that Puerto Rico is known for, Arroz con Gandules. It’s a yellow rice made with pigeon peas. Its delicious, and usually a party favorite. The secret to this dish is the homemade garlic and herb base called Sofrito. This is the magic that makes everything taste incredible. It’s a blend of onion, pepper, garlic, and cilantro. It’s blended into a sort of paste that needs to be refrigerated, or frozen if you make it in large batches. I like to take it up a notch, so I added a few ingredients that make this an excellent dish to try. I added a half cube of Knorr® Tomato with Chicken Granulated Bouillon (just a half will do) as well as some La Morena® Chipotle Peppers in Adobo to kick up the heat. The adobe sauce helps to give the rice its rich yellow color, and the peppers add a nice touch. They bring a quality and flavor all generations can count on. It’s worth incorporating high quality ingredients into your recipes, particularly your holiday dishes.

Chipotle Peppers

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The key to good rice is to let it simmer with the top off until the water evaporates, then cover it and keep it on low heat until ready.

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Traditional Latin Chipotle Rice & Beans

Traditional Latin Chipotle Rice & Beans

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup of Vegetable Oil
  • 2 tbsp of homemade sofrito (recipe in post)
  • 1/4 cup of chipotle sauce (or canned tomato sauce for color)
  • 1 can of pigeon peas ( you can use bagged beans if soaked overnight)
  • 2 cups of rice
  • 3 1/2 cups of water
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Put a pot of oil on medium heat, add sofrito and let it sizzle. Incorporate 1/2 bouillion cube, tomato based sauce, add pigeon peas and salt and stir. Add rice and water, while stirring. Leave rice uncovered to simmer, once water is evaporated cover and lower heat to a medium / low heat for 20-25 minutes.
  2. Serve with chipotle peppers or your preferred garnish.
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Essentially yours,

Erika

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 Hits Theaters This May

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 Hits Theaters This May

 

“The fate of the universe is on your shoulders.” 

Marvel Studios has released a new teaser trailer for its Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 film, which hits theaters May 2017.

Find out what other fans on social media are saying about this sequel by searching the #GotGVol2 hashtag.

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ErikaGOTG

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