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I love tomatoes and can’t wait to grow some this summer. I like to add them to salads and stir-frys and have them for snacks! One of my favorite snacks in the middle of the day is some tomatoes, cheese and turkey pepperoni! I buy NatureSweet® Glorys™ at Stop & Shop all the time and I love the NEW packaging of these tomatoes. You can wash them right in the package and then grab some and seal up the package to keep the rest fresh. I love that I don’t have to put them in something else and can use the packaging they come in,to store them until they are gone. And then toss it into the recycle bin!
Innovation continues to abound at NatureSweet® with the company’s signature Glorys™ brand. This month marks the highly anticipated nationwide roll-out of what promises to be the tastiest, highest quality cherry tomato available in the market. With a sleek new package specifically designed for utility and visibility, these new Glorys will indeed be the freshest ingredient tomatoes available in today’s market.
The new proprietary packaging is 100 percent recyclable and features a re-sealable lid with ventilation holes in both the top and bottom of the container, making the rinse and storage process a breeze for consumers.
“NatureSweet is thrilled with the fresh new look and taste of our Glorys tomatoes,” said Michael Joergensen, Vice President of Marketing. “The unique packaging provides renewed function, visibility and protection to ensure unrivaled freshness and taste, making them our tastiest Glorys ever.”
Check out the recipes at NatureSweet.com and discover a new way to enjoy NatureSweet Glorys. I’m going to make these Tomato Bacon Bites at my next get together.
NatureSweet® Glorys™ Tomato Bacon Bites
1 (10.5 oz.) package NatureSweet® Glorys™ Tomatoes
1 lb. center cut bacon
½ cup mayonnaise
½ cup fine chopped green onions
- Wash tomatoes and place on a cutting board, stem side down.
- Using paring knife, cut a thin slice across the top, being careful not to cut through the tomato.
- Carefully scoop out the inside of the tomatoes, using a small spoon or strawberry huller.
- Place tomatoes upside down on a paper towel for 30 minutes to drain.
- Fry bacon until crisp and chop into small pieces.
- In a mixing bowl, mix chopped bacon, mayo and green onions.
- Fill tomatoes with mixture.
- Refrigerate 30 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
You can find the new packaging in stores now.
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As a mom, showering should be a time for stress-free relaxation right? I mean after all we do shower alone (without children). Believe it or not 67% of people are spending their time in the shower thinking about work and household chores*. To celebrate the launch of the new Softsoap Fresh & Glow body wash line, Softsoap is challenging you to take back your shower. After all, the shower is the few moments you have to yourself each day to escape – I hope!
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I don’t normally play music while in the shower but I made myself a playlist over the weekend and took a nice relaxing shower when I had some time. Of course I used my NEW Softsoap® Fresh & Glow Hydrating Shower Cream and Exfoliating Fruit Polish and listened to some Air Supply (yes I’m a child of the 70′s!) and enjoyed my shower. My skin was thankful afterwards!
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How to Score Last-Minute Deals on Travel Accommodations
Have you decided at the last minute to get out of town? Luckily, there are plenty of vendors out there, like Hipmunk which helps people book hotels and flights in the eleventh hour. You don’t have to put your vacation on hold. With a bit of energy and persistence, you can quickly book a great vacation and start unwinding.
1. Expect to spend some time and energy on research. Deals are out there, but you have to do some digging and negotiating to get them. Don’t simply accept the first offer you’re extended. By researching online and getting on the phone to talk directly with people, you can save a lot of money.
2. Start off by asking for a lower rate. There’s no harm in being straightforward, and sometimes asking the question straight out is enough of an incentive for the airline or hotel to say, “Yes.” You don’t have to take this offer immediately, but at least you’ll know what you’re starting with.
3. Research prices at various discount websites. Whether you ask those websites to price-match or you go directly to the airline or hotel and ask them to beat the lowest price, you’ll have a good idea of current rates. When bidding for hotel rooms, make your price at least 15% lower than the flat rate. Some people even go as much as 30% lower than online prices.
4. Call the hotel to find out if there are any last-minute offers on available rooms. Don’t assume that everything you need to know is available online. The rate that’s listed online isn’t necessarily the lowest rate they’re willing to offer. The longer you wait, the better your rate may be. For example, if you only have 48 hours until check-in, many hotels will give you a great price just so they can fill the room. A customer at a low rate is better than no customer at all!
5. Be flexible. You may have to take a red eye flight or endure a layover, but if you have your heart set on traveling, it’s a small price to pay for getting out of town. The same goes for the hotel you want to book. If you’re able to change your reservations by a day or two, you may have more wiggle room when it comes to price. Also, stay flexible when it comes to the type of room you ask for. If you ask for a king-sized bed but they only have full-sized beds available, it may be worth it to give in a little.
6. Are you a member of any organizations? Social organizations, automobile clubs, and even cable companies often offer travel perks. Find out if they offer any discounts at hotel chains or airlines. Ask both the organization and the vendor that you’re booking with. Sometimes these deals are available, even if they aren’t advertised online yet. You may also be able to find deals for events and tours at your destination.
You don’t necessarily have to pay top dollar just because you waited to make your reservations. Often, flights and hotels want to fill up empty seats and are willing to give you a discount.
This article was contributed by Fiona Moriarty of Hipmunk, the most comprehensive travel search website allowing you to find the best deals on anything from flights and hotels to train rides and Homeaway rentals.
We loved INTO THE WOODS and the girls are so excited to see it again! It was released on Blu-ray and DVD yesterday (March 24, 2015) and we are hoping our copy arrives today so they can watch it after school. They’ve been dancing along with all the music from the CD since we saw it in the theaters. Well, not actually dancing but more reenacting the scenes. One of my favorite characters in the film is the witch played by Meryl Streep. She is also my little one’s favorite charterers too!
I think she’s an amazing actress and have been a fan of hers for years! She was perfect for this part and I knew it immediately when she first appeared on the screen. This video below is a bit of Rob Marshall, the director’s take on how perfect she was for this role. And how much of her make this character real in the movie.
Here is a short interview with Meryl Streep where she talks about her enchanting journey Into The Woods…
Tell us what drew you to the project.
When I turned 40, I was offered three witches in one year and I realized this was the way my career was going to go: they don’t know what to do with women past a certain age. So I turned them down and I have said “no” to playing witches ever since. However, I changed my mind when this role came along because this witch is quite different. First of all, she transforms. Her whole reason for being is to reverse a curse that has been placed on her; she sets in motion all sorts of devices and causes a dramatic upheaval in everybody’s lives. I believe fairy tales have evolved as cautionary tales. They were told to scare children away from the dangers they would encounter in their lives and to encourage young women to marry rich men. Everybody is encouraged to find a Prince and live happily ever after and sometimes it doesn’t work that way. This is where the “Into the Woods” fairy tale becomes reality and it gets really exciting, random, weird and almost like real life. For an actor, they are great fun.
Were you familiar with the stage production prior to signing onto the film?
I went to see the musical when it was on Broadway with the great Bernadette Peters playing the Witch, and I thought it was fantastic. There is no one like Stephen Sondheim. There is no one who writes singable, character-driven music that tells a story. The wit, the intelligence and the daring in his music is unparalleled, so I was really happy to have the chance to work on it.
Tell us about Rob Marshall as a director.
Rob has a percussive sense of the movement of the piece, like a conductor. He has got the rhythm of it in his body. He is a former dancer, so I think it is really important for him to keep the incipient heartbeat of the piece beating and pushing forward; musically, emotionally and visually. He is the ideal guy to do that. He is also extremely gentle as a man and has a soft touch, never over-powering, no big ego…it is all about the work and making it happen.
Talk to us about the look of the film. Did that have an impact on you as an actor?
I really depend on my hair and make-up designer, Roy Helland, who is amazing and has created two very different looks for the Witch and the Witch transformed. It is exciting, every time we get into a new project we’re full of anxiety wondering if we have pushed it too far, but
it is really fun to work that way. Why be safe? I’m playing a witch! And Colleen Atwood, our costume designer, is a tornado. Her work is so imaginative, free and dramatic. At the same time, she is well known for her attention to detail and some of the work is so carefully thought out, delicate and beautifully made – it is really beautiful and fun to wear.
The sets were extraordinary as well. There was a forest built on many different stages, because in one state it’s one way, and post-apocalyptic, another kind of landscape entirely. And we also shot some scenes outside in real settings. We shot the Rapunzel sequence in an 11th century abbey north of London called Waverley Abbey and the “earthquake” scene at the beautiful Dover Castle, which is down on the Southern coast. As an actor when you’re at a real castle and you have horses carrying people in carriages with rose blossoms falling from the sky, you’re already in this sort of imaginary world so your work is practically done.
Talk to us about the singing the film required.
I really love the music from “Into the Woods.” I actually love it more every time I listen to it. When you first encounter the music, it’s arresting but on the second and third listening it has more and more to give you. And when you’re in a musical they pump the music that we’ve recorded in a studio beforehand through the whole set. I remember coming out of the theater on Broadway and singing “No One Is Alone” to myself – that song just pierces you when you hear it. The other songs are equally as wonderful.
Talk to us about the caliber of the talent involved.
It’s an amazing cast…it’s a real actors’ group of talent. Rob Marshall has assembled a group of people who know what they’re doing, but nobody ever gets a chance to play this kind of heightened reality, fantasy, fairy tale, and it’s a unique opportunity: actors are chewing it up. I was delighted to be working with Emily Blunt as the Baker’s Wife again, as she’s wildly talented and has a particular warmth and sense of humor that’s perfect for this…and a gorgeous singing voice as well. And James Corden as the Baker is legend because of “One Man, Two Guvnors,” the show he did on Broadway where he was able to step out of the play and address the audience in an improvisational way every night. And Anna Kendrick…”Pitch Perfect” is one of my favorite movies, so I loved working with her. And she does a great job playing an ambivalent Cinderella who’s not sure if she wants to be with the Prince or not, which is a function of her intelligence and her natural smarts and reticence. I had worked with Christine Baranski on “Mamma Mia,” who is one of my dearest friends, and she’s diametrically opposite of the evil stepmother, but she’s having an awfully good time. And Jack’s Mother, Tracey Ullman is one of my oldest friends, I’ve known her since “Plenty” when she was 21 years old, so it’s a dream that we’re working together again. I just adore her.
What do you hope audiences take away from the film?
This is a musical with a brain. There is an intelligence at work because it is Sondheim and Lapine. It is visually fun and emotionally satisfying but it also has this other element that engages us as artists and makes us want to bring everything we can to it. Musically, it is challenging and thrilling and so this is what I hope for the audience: that they will be thrilled and challenged.
What can you tell us about the new Stephen Sondheim deleted song “She’ll Be Back”, which is exclusive to the in-home release of the movie?
I have a song that is brand new that Stephen Sondheim wrote for our movie. It’s called She’ll Be Back. It turned out good and that was just thrilling. It’s about Rapunzel leaving and The Witch thinking she’ll be back, but she won’t. We can all relate [to that].
Strange Magic is coming to DVD, Digital HD/SD and On-Demand May 19, 2015. This is a George Lucas story of a music-filled fairy tale about finding love in the unlikeliest of places. This magical adventure features a host of colorful characters including a princess (voiced by Evan Rachel Wood) who has sworn off love, a dubious villain (voiced by Alan Cumming), a slightly nutty Sugar Plum Fairy (voiced by Kristin Chenoweth) and a knight who is no Prince Charming (voiced by Sam Palladio). Bonus features include a Musical Mash Up: Outtakes and more!
We missed this in theaters and the girls are excited to see it. As am I! Not sure what I’ll do when they grow up and they aren’t interested in movies like this! Then again, maybe they always will be since I am! I’m a sucker for a fairy tale so I know I’ll like this.
Did you see Strange Magic?
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