My favorite holiday besides Christmas is Halloween. It’s just so much fun, I love making all the cool foods and cute party gifts. I usually order the kids costumes from Anytime Costumes, never had a problem and the prices are better than the local Party City here in town. I have a couple coupons to pass on, everyone can always save some money, right. Have fun & be safe!!
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July 12th, 2013 · No Comments
Yes, I’m plugging Starbucks. Why? Because I LOVE STARBUCKS COFFEE!!! Been a gold member since 2008… Yup, you hear it straight from the mouth of a Starbucks-a-holic, btw is there a support group for this? SA (Starbucks Anonymous?)…lol
Any how, this pitcher is new & super exciting to me. Priced at a reasonable $29.95! A must have for summer time, iced coffee. It easily brews enough for a crowd, uses #4 paper filters (find at any grocery or dollar general) simply pour over ice and coffee is made fresh & cold!
Those who love Latte’s and can’t always find a Starbucks near by, or have a craving… here’s the solution. Verismo, it’s fast, fun and brews perfection every time! Can’t beat this little gem.
May 17th, 2013 · No Comments
To get started the recipe called for “cooked” squash. I wasn’t sure how to do that so I searched Google for the easiest & quickest way possible. Here’s the result.Simple baking recipe to cook spaghetti squash:
• Place whole squash in glazed ceramic casserole dish or Pyrex glass lasagna pan. You want to use something thick so the bottom doesn’t burn or cook faster than it should.
• Poke 3-4 random holes in squash with an ice pick.
• Baked at 325°F for about an hour or until a fork can easily penetrate the skin.
• Remove from oven & allow to cool.
• Cut off stem. Slice in half length wise & remove seeds and slimy threads.
• Use a fork to scrape out the eatable strands that look close to pasta.
(got that info from About.com)
Now for the Spaghetti Squash & Tomato Casserole:
- 1 cooked spaghetti squash (recipe above)
- 2-3 large garden tomatoes sliced medium size (this adds flavor so don’t by shy)
- Fresh Ground Sea Salt & (just a little Pepper)
- Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Dried Basil, Dried Parsley for sprinkling
- 1bag of shredded three cheese cheddar blend (you don’t have to use the whole bag!..lol…)
- Shaker can of Romano & Parmesan cheese for sprinkling in layers
- Fresh Basil for Garnish
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Spread about 2 nice handfuls of spaghetti squash on the bottom.
Random tomatoes on top.
Sprinkle with cheese.
Sprinkle with herbs & seasonings.
Repeat Layers until content. :o)
Bake for aprox. 30 mins.
Remove from oven and add Fresh Basil.
I adapted this recipe from the original recipe found at Green Lite Bites, Spaghetti Squash and Tomato Bake and of course add my own little twist. You know I have to change things up a bit. Keeps life interesting. :o)
May 17th, 2013 · No Comments
I’m kicking off a new series of posts called POSITIVE BITES to my blog this morning.
I am so tired of everything in this world revolving around negativity, it is everywhere in the news, on tv shows, girl drama, politics, war, bombings, murder, terrorism, etc. etc…Yes, it is reality but I refuse to partake in it, I refuse to let it bring me down, I refuse to allow negativity to affect me or my family. I am only going to focus on the positive side of everything and find the good in everything and everyone. I decided it’s time I share it, maybe it will spread like a virus and the world will be a better place and people will live in peace. Please help spread this positive movement and love. Thank you!
The best things about Friday is….Positive thoughts:
Find the good in everything!In general:
I get to spend 2 whole days with my awesome kids & hubby (best friend in the whole world). It doesn’t get much better than this!Lunch:
Texas Roadhouse Grilled Chicken Salad (no croutons, or onions) Homemade Italian dressing please!!! woo hoooThis evening:
Elmwood Fitness Center with the family, love the gym & love to workout!
Website shout out:
Bugaboo Digital Stamps Cutest digis I’ve seen at reasonable prices!
Hope your Friday will be as good as mine!
May 5th, 2013 · No Comments
This is very cool for special events, weddings, parties, baby showers, anniversary’s, oohh, what about for your Christmas cards??? Fun, Fun, Fun!
May 3rd, 2013 · No Comments
Prepare yourself for some of the most ridiculous chocolate chocolate chip cookies ever!
I read an article a while back about how organic all natural coconut sugar was better for you than white cane sugar. So, of course I had to try it. Well after searching a bunch of grocery stores I finally found it. (Although now I can’t remember which one…lol) Then it sat in my pantry for about 6 months…seriously. Recently, I found this Jamaican jerk seasoning I just had to try on chicken breasts. It called for white sugar, OH WAIT! I’ve got that coconut sugar in the pantry…upon opening, the smell was fabulous! My hunnie said, “that would be awesome in homemade chocolate chip cookies”. Thus the search for a scratch recipe began, except I one uped him for the norm. chocolate chip cookie and added this twist…
1 cup/1 stick Land O’lakes olive oil & sea salt butter, softened not hot & melted
2 – large brown fresh farm eggs
1-1/2 cups of Madhava Organic Coconut Sugar
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract (not imitation)
2 cups all purpose flour or sub:1 cup whole wheat flour & 1 cup all purpose
2/3 cup of cocoa powder (no sugar added)
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. fresh ground organic sea salt
1 big handful of Nestle Semisweet Chocolate chips
1 big handful of Nestle Dark Chocolate chips
1 big handful of Nestle Milk Chocolate chips
Preheat oven 350 F (175 C)
Mix butter, coco sugar, eggs & vanilla till fluffy. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt, blend together. Mix in chips & place teaspoons of dough on cookie sheet.
Bake 8-10 mins. I like my cookies soft with a little crisp to the edges. Watch for the middle of the cookie to look semi-wet to slightly dry.
Click here for the original recipe adapted from Allrecipes.
April 24th, 2013 · No Comments
I love to add beautiful beads to my embroidery designs, crafts, and even when I make jewelry (in my spare time). This site is a super excellent source for quality beads.
April 22nd, 2013 · No Comments
I love this app and use it constantly! For someone like me who has no clue who sings what song, this app is a must have. I like the “My Tag’s” feature, when I go shopping for music I can review my newest finds right on my Samsung Note II so I never forget the good ones… Here’s the beat on why you want this APP!
Who is singing that song on the radio or tv in 5 seconds or less?
Tag your favorites
I like that song let me tag it! Shazam allows you to tag (save) an unlimited amount of music and provides several options for purchasing.
What are the words to this song?
Shazam’s newest feature will stream lyrics in time with the music so you can sing along.
My best friend would love this song!
Share finds on Facebook and Twitter
If that isn’t enough try Shazam’s upgraded version:
Encore provides the same great Shazam basic free app with exclusive extras and no-ads:
Launch a station
If you have last.fm or Pandora Apps create a Station using your tagged music. Available in US only.
Provides suggestions of similar artists based on your tags.
Best part, with the upgrade to Encore you will not lose tags or downloads.
April 20th, 2013 · No Comments
I found this awesome website for the dog lover. Especially those who LOVE a certain breed of dog. Right now they offer 50-75% off the 2013 calendars & seriously more than half the year isn’t even over yet. I ordered mine today!
They actually have more than just calendars like gifts, books, accessories, frames and more…
April 18th, 2013 · 2 Comments
If you’re a burger fan, this is gonna be a delicious heart attack treat!
This idea came from a TV show and with my step-daughter’s creative talents she concocted this dinner for us.
Ingredients you’ll need:
-1/2 small finely chopped onion
– 1 egg Egg
– 1/2 cup whole grain bread crumbs
– Seasonings (to preference): Toni’s sacheries, garlic powder, salt & peper
– 2-3 lbs. Ground Sirloin
– 1 pack Hot dogs
– 1 pack Bacon (thick sliced, applewood preferred)
– Cheese and condiments for finished product
In a large bowl, fork together onion, egg, bread crumbs and seasonings. Next mix in, with clean hands, the ground sirloin, do not over mix, the more you mix the firmer your burgers will be when they are done cooking. Create thin patties, you will need 2 patties per turtle.
Slice hot dog in half length wise, so you have two thin long hot dogs. Half both long pieces again to create the limbs, on the rounded ends make little cuts on the top to create the paws???..lol…. On another rounded part create the face. Don’t forget the tail, cut out a piece of hot dog in a triangle shape.
Here’s a closeup….
Assemble Turtle as follows on a baking sheet with wire rack (better the grease drip than stick:
Place one thin patty down, place hot dog body parts around patty in position, place another patty on top creating a sandwich style enclosure with limbs still hanging out. Take the bacon and wrap several layers in a crisscross method to hold the turtle together in place. Carefully place completed turtle on wire rack.
Bake at 350°F for 30-45 minutes. Add cheese and condiments or eat alone.
Here is what our finished product looked like…we added a slice of Sharp Cheddar Cheese and Whole grain hamburger buns. Fabulous!
April 17th, 2013 · 1 Comment
This is an amazing substitute for dairy with excellent health benefits!
I LOVE Sweets! But as I get older the results of eating too many sweets seem to be depositing around my waist line like a donut/muffin top/inner tube/bagel. I exercise regularly and I am told the only thing to rid yourself of unwanted belly fat & love handles is not eating sweets! Ok, for me that is just virtually impossible so I’m on a mission to find alternatives to my cravings. I’m also concerned about the possible risks for diabetes which runs in my mother’s side of the family. I’ve read the many comments from people for this fabulous Coconut Whipped Cream and simplified as much as possible to get the most out of everyone’s opinions & comments…
Aroy-D 100% Coconut
Thai Kitchen Organic Coconut Milk (no preservatives)
La Cena Leche de Coco
Whole Foods 365 brand (mixed results, worked & didn’t)
Does not work with LouAna coconut oil, Trader Joe’s organic coconut oil or cream, Geisha, Vitarroz brand coconut milk.
The best results are had with Coconut Milk that has NO additives, preservatives and is 100% coconut.
Most readers say coconut water does not separate, you must use the coconut milk!
The warmer it is the coconut whip will melt.
Best idea’s from readers!
I made some into ice cream last month to put in our birthday cake. It was sooo good with raspberries.
Jill Edwards says:
Hazelnut is my current favorite in coffee, but who can complain about having coconut whipped cream in their coffee?
We use 1tsp. blue agave nectar in our coffee & then mix in Silk soy creamers (Hazelnut & vanilla). My husband has to guard his coffee at work because co-workers come by & drink it!
Kristy A. says:
…I used to make a ricotta cream canoli filling and this comes really close to matching the same richness and flavor, especially the cinnamon bite….
Mike Prevette says:
With raspberries Holy crap the perfect way to squelch our Ice-cream habit. Thinking of doing a version with a little amaretto. Thanks!
Svendblad Josephine says:
Water taken from a coconut has ZERO fat. You can make this from a coconut but it requires using the “meat” and none of the water. Here is a link with instructions: http://www.coconut-connections.com/coconut_milk.htm
Susan Forbes Waclawski says:
I use the coconut milk (water) for rice to cook in gives a wonderful flavor to the rice….
Kristin W. says:
…on top of a Apple Carrot Breakfast cake…
Banana crepes (easy: 2 eggs + 1 banana) topped with cinnamon vanilla coconut whipped cream and chopped strawberries. Yum!
Heidi Kaneff says:
Can’t wait to have strawberry shortcake!!!!
Adding Cream of Tartar to a runnier mix will help “thicken” it, but Cream of Tartar is not gluten free. Guar-Guar is gluten free (I think) and I’ve tried the Rooster Brand with some success — it’s a bit runnier than this, but I don’t think it was in the fridge long enough — I’ll be leaving the can in the fridge overnight to see if it works better! (I really want to make a nice chocolate mousse for my 3 y/o and I — we are both Dairy and sometimes Gluten-free).
…a mango pie and this might be the perfect touch. Thanks!
Pierre M-M says:
…leave the tin of coconut cream upside down in the fridge for a couple of days. Then take it out, turn it over, pop the top and simply pour out the water and then spoon out the cream which will now be at the bottom.
Kristen K says:
…poured it over my morning oatmeal, add bananas and pecans and it was a yummy tropical breakfast.
…Could I use this like sour cream in spinach dip if I add a bit of lemon juice????
Svendblad Josephine says:
…you can store this in any container that has a good airtight lid. We use a glass rubbermaid with a red lid. Enjoy it.
…perfect with bananas and a little chocolate and makes for a delicious strawberry shortcake!
Pinback recipes that look fabulous!!!Chocolate Avocado Pudding (That Tastes Nothing Like Avocado) Sweet Potato Coconut Thai Curried Soup: Gluten Free and Vegan ACCIDENTAL CHOCOLATE FONDUE RECIPE Our Homeostasis − No Yeast Waffles and Non-Dairy Coconut Whipped Cream Organic Coconut Milk Recipe Coconut Milk Whipped Cream | Edward & Sons™ Recipes Tiramisu Brownies (recipe substitute: whipped cream for coconut cream & milk for soymilk) Chocolate Chip Cake With Coconut Cream Frosting MMMMM FABULOUS!!! Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes with Whipped Coconut “Cream” and Agave-Macerated Strawberries (GF/DF)
Nutritional info from a reader:
It is not the saturated fat that is bad it is the trans-fat. Please read more on the following websites:
Read the entire article for the recipe:
April 16th, 2013 · No Comments
Don’t like drinking plain water? Don’t like drinking the flavored waters that taste delicious but are LOADED with Sugar?
Are you on a diet, diabetic, trying to live healthier and are changing your life to only use natural organic fruits, roots and veggies?
This is my solution for cutting the sugar drinks, drinking my recommended water, and losing some of that flab around the waist, all with a fabulous flavor!
I love just about every fruit out there, for this water I used lemons, limes, oranges and ginger. I have also made this water using just lemons & ginger but you can use one type of fruit or mix up a couple or all at one time. I am a pinch here, pinch there, about kinda girl, I experiment till I think something taste good. This recipe so far has been the best combination of components to water I can give you.
What you will need:
1 small lemon (using the end & 2 slices or more)
1 small lime (using the end & 1 slice, or 2 slices)
1 small orange (choose your favorite type, using the end & 1 slice or 2 slices)
1 small ginger root (peeled & sliced)
2qt. or so pitcher
Slice about a 1/4″ off of the end of each fruit. Gently squeeze this end piece over pitcher then throw away. Next slice about a 1/4″ – 1/2″ size portion of each type of fruit and place (don’t squeeze) in pitcher, make sure you remove any seeds. If you’re only using one type of fruit you will cut 2-3 thick slices. Save remaining fruit in ziplock bag for next batch, you will use 2 slices if no ends remain.
Slice a nub of the ginger root off approx. 1/2″ or so portion. Remove outside brown skin of root with knife or veggie peeler, you only want the inside cream colored part of the root. Once all of the brown skin is removed you will want to cut remaining inside of root into slices, any size will do, I tend to slice mine semi thick, between 1/16″ – 1/8″, but not paper thin. Put all slices into pitcher.
Once your ingredients are placed in the pitcher add filtered water to the top and stir with wooden spoon and refrigerate for at least 2 hours to allow flavors to fuse.
After you have one pitcher under your belt you will then know how you want to adjust the next pitcher to your liking. I prefer a mild fusion of fruits and this recipe will give you that. If you want a stronger flavor add more slices of your favorites. I have also heard about adding fresh cucumber & lemons for a super fresh summer water drink. I am growing a little variety of herbs in my garden; once they are mature I am going to experiment with them & will be sure to post the outcome.
What are your ideas? What have you experimented with? I am always interested in new combinations & ingredients, if you have any ideas or helpful hints please don’t be shy comment and Pin me!
April 14th, 2013 · No Comments
April 13th, 2013 · No Comments
Gotta love this bling! Super excited about these slippers!
April 11th, 2013 · No Comments
It is coming upon wedding season, so I figured everyone would need some special discounts on the fabulous custom gifts available from Things Remembered. I am loving this Wedding globe I am purchasing for one of my cousin’s wedding gifts. The link below will get you right to the page to purchase yours!