'Tis the Season - Holiday Cheer From Mompreneurs We Love!
Posted on December 06 2019
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Check out how two of our favorite mompreneurs celebrate the holidays!
Meet Mompreneur #1...Pamela Pekerman
Pamela Pekerman is the founder of Hustle Like a Mom, a content creation platform and series of networking events, that focus on mom life meets entrepreneur life. Pamela creates a bridge to help mompreneurs align their personal and professional aspirations, feed their ambitions, and hustle their own special way. This mom of two is a seasoned TV expert, sharing time-saving mom tips on Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, Good Day NY, QVC, Fox Business and morning shows across the country. Pamela has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Success for Women Magazine and Life & Style Magazine, to name a few. But her greatest accomplishment is surviving the daily cuddles and crazy of mompreneur life!
Funny Holiday Story
Last year, was the first holiday season in our new home, in Westchester, NY. We decided to invite our closest friends and their children for a massive sleepover – 10 adults and 11 children, not counting the Pre-New Year’s Eve party we had for an additional 20 guests. We got entertainment for kids, crafting stations, decorated teepees set up for movie night, chef for New Year’s Eve dinner, it all looked magical. But, about 2 hours before midnight, one of the adults didn’t feel well, and then his son didn’t feel well. My kids were sleeping by 10:30pm and I was tired and went to bed by 12:30am. I slept well and woke up to empty beds and stinky rooms. Turns out, overnight, almost everyone was puking, about to puke or running away with their kids so they didn’t get sick. It was a hilarious disaster! My husband spent the next 3 weeks washing, vacuuming, and airing-out no-longer-new mattresses. I spent those weeks in-and-out of bed with a stomach bug! So, NOW, of course, I’m planning to do it again, minus the sickness, I hope!
Favorite Holiday Recipe
Quinoa Turkey Meatballs – INGREDIENTS
- 2 pounds lean ground turkey
- 1 cup panko (You can also crush GG Crackers for added fiber)
- 1/4 cup finely chopped carrots
- 1/4 cup cooked quinoa
- 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
- 1 tablespoon Himalayan sea salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3/4 cup homemade chicken broth (ideally) or store-bought low-sodium
Quinoa Turkey Meatballs – DIRECTIONS
- Cook quinoa, as instructed on your packaging.
- In a large bowl, mix turkey, panko, carrots, quinoa, onion, eggs, Italian seasoning, and salt.
- Form mixture into 1-inch balls. You should get about 20.
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add meatballs and cook. Keep turning, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.
- Add 1/2 cup chicken broth; cover and reduce heat to low. Cook until liquid is nearly absorbed, about 10 minutes. Add remaining 1/4 cup broth and increase heat to medium; cook, uncovered, until liquid is fully absorbed.
To learn more about Pamela Pekerman:
Follow her on Instagram - @pamelapekerman
Check out her website & join her “Hustle Like a Mom” tribe - Pamela Pekerman
Meet Mompreneur #2...Nina Bradley Clarke
Nina Bradley Clarke has had a 15-year career in television news, and is an Emmy-award winning journalist. Her most recent job in TV was as an Executive Producer at the Fox News Channel in New York City. Nina spent most of 2004 on the presidential campaign trail as the MSNBC political reporter assigned to the Bush-Cheney campaign. Before joining MSNBC and NBC News in 2002, she worked her way up the producing ranks in local news first at WTNH/ABC 8 in Connecticut, followed by WHDH/NBC 7 in Boston. She graduated Cum Laude from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1994 with a major in Broadcast Journalism and an Academic All-American award for Field Hockey. Nina is currently the founder and host of “Nina’s Got Good News” Podcast on iTunes, as well as a lifestyle blogger and influencer. She is also Managing Director at Beautycounter, the clean beauty brand based in Santa Monica, CA. Nina lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children.
Family Holiday Tradition
Starting at a very young age, my father always read us "Twas the Night Before Christmas" on Christmas Eve before we went to bed. My brother and I loved listening to my dad's dramatic tone as he read the classic tale. Even as we grew older, my dad would read it every single year. There were some Christmas Eve's that we spent far away from home (even in Europe a few times), and my dad would bring the book packed in his suitcase. No matter where we were as a family of four, the book would be with us on Christmas Eve. Once Jeff and I had our own kids, we bought the book and we began to read it as we started our own family. My dad passed in 2011 and every time we read the book, it makes me smile thinking about this special holiday tradition for our family. A visit from "Santa Claus" is not complete in our house without hearing this joyful story.
Favorite Holiday Recipe
“Nana Catherine’s Christmas Cookies” – INGREDIENTS
- 1 lb butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 heaping cups of flour
- 1 lb of almonds, ground fine
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Cinnamon sugar mixture
"Nana Catherine's Christmas Cookies" – DIRECTIONS
- Preheat oven to 325
- Mix together first 5 ingredients
- Form small balls the size of a quarter
- Place of cookie sheet and flatten with a glass wrapped in a damp cloth
- Bake about 8 minutes
- Dredge through cinnamon sugar mixture while still warm
To learn more about Nina Bradley Clarke:
Follow her on Instagram - @Ninabclarke
Check out her website - Nina Bradley Clarke