Monday, October 20, 2014

Menu Plan Monday October 20-26, 2014


Happy Monday!!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We spent our weekend getting ready for this coming week. Nothing too exciting but doesn't always mean a bad thing. Sometimes not doing much is exactly what you need.

You might notice that our menu looks a lot like last weeks because we didn't get to much on the plan. Don't get me wrong we didn't eat out we ate at home. We just ate things that were not on the menu.

Here is our menu plan. What do you have cookin’ this week?

 Week Day 
 Main Course 
 Vegetable 
 Side Dish 
Monday
Parmesan ChickenMixed VegetablesPolenta
Tuesday
Texas Oven Roasted Brisket

Wednesday
Grilled Veggie WrapsRoasted Potatoes
Thursday
Black eyed Pea Okra GumboBrown Rice
Friday
Chalupas
Spanish Rice
Saturday
Chicken Etouffee
Brown Rice
Sunday

Green beansBroccoli

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Whipped Pumpkin Butter Spread




This whipped pumpkin butter is delicious! You can’t eat much because the calories are killer for 1 tablespoon. You certainly want to be selective on what you are using it on and how much you use unless you are one of those people who are lucky enough not to worry about calories.

I am in love with this pumpkin butter. I have used it on bagel thins and on English muffins, but I think you could use it on just about anything and be happy.

Nothing says Fall like pumpkin and nothing makes me happier than pumpkin everything!!


Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons canned pure pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Directions:
  1. Place the butter in a mixing bowl, and whip on high speed with an electric mixer until fluffy, about 1 minute.
  2. In another bowl, stir together the honey, pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spice until well mixed. Add the honey mixture to the butter, and whip on high with the electric mixer until the mixture is fluffy and smooth, about 1 more minute. 
  3. Chill the pumpkin butter for several hours or overnight to blend the flavors.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Spinach and Greek Yogurt Dip



This recipe is to die for! I mean seriously to die for. I am in love. I made this with full fat mayonnaise. I regret that I made it with full fat mayo because of the fat and the calories so next time I will use low fat mayo. 

This is so awesome. I love the flavor and to top it off it’s something that is so low in calories especially if you use low fat mayo. I could eat this day and night on Wasa toast.

This is something that is now a staple in our house. Everyone really loves it and eats it liberally. The points are super low if you are counting point for Weight Watchers. Wahoo a good low recipes.



Ingredients:
  • 1 box (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, cooked, cooled and squeezed dry
  • 1 container (16 oz.) nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 package Knorr Vegetable recipe mix
  • 1 can (8 oz.) water chestnuts, drained and chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped
Directions:
  1. Combine all ingredients in medium bowl. 
  2. Chill, if desired. 
  3. Serve with your favorite dippers.
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Chicken and Gravy




We all really enjoyed this recipe! It’s quick and easy but best of all it’s loaded with flavor. This would be an awesome start to a pot pie it would also be awesome served loaded full of vegetables and served over biscuits.

What I loved was that it was only 7 Weight Watchers points (plus) not including anything that was being served with it like rice or potatoes.

We served our over mashed potatoes which was amazing. I think this would also be fantastic served over brown rice. Oh yes, I forgot to mention that this isn't a pretty recipe.


Serves 5
Ingredients:
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pounds)
  • 1 packages brown gravy mix (I used pioneer)
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) low fat low sodium cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp. dry onion flakes
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup of frozen pea and carrot mix
  • Fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • Mashed potatoes or Rice prepared
Directions:
  1. To a dutch oven add dry gravy, onion flakes, garlic powder, water, and cream of chicken soup. Using a whisk mix all together.
  2. Add chicken breast to the pot and cover with gravy bring to a boil then reduce heat to a medium and cover. Cook for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until chicken starts to fall apart. Stir often to prevent burning and sticking.
  3. Shred chicken breast in the pot then add 1 cup of frozen peas and carrots mix well then recover the pot. Cook for another 2o minutes.
  4. Serve over mashed potatoes, or rice or toast.
Adapted from Original Recipe Source

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cellulite Defense Gel-Cream Review #BodyMerry


I don’t know too many people in this world who are not plagued with cellulite. Yes I know fun right? Sadly it’s something that most of us have to contend with and probably for the rest of our lives. It can be from being overweight or just something that is inherited. I know many people who have developed cellulite after having children. In my case it’s probably from all of the above!

I recently started using a cream called Cellulite Defense Gel-Cream and although my cellulite hasn’t disappeared or anything drastic like that I am noticing a huge difference in the look of my skin. It’s starting to soften and smooth out some. The Cellulite Defense Gel-Cream seems to be sanding away at my skin to at least give it the appearance of smoothing and feeling nicer. My cellulite might not completely disappear, but it is much smoother than it has been and I have to say so far I am loving it.

I love Cellulite Defense Gel-Cream because it is making a difference in the look and feel of my skin. I know this is going to sound weird but it smells like gummy colas and I love that! It reminds me of a special friend of mine.

Once you apply Cellulite Defense Gel-Cream to your skin if you give it a few minutes your skin starts heating up. It feels incredible, as if you are wearing a heating pad on you mid drift or wherever you apply the cream. This would feel amazing on your lower back if you had cellulite there. You can feel the cream working it’s magic. In just a few weeks I have seen a significant difference and I have to say I am pleased with the results.

Get more information on Cellulite Defense Gel-Cream at www.bodymerry.com

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Parmesan Mushroom Orzo




This is a quick and easy recipe I made spur of the moment. It turned out amazing. I will tell you that the quality of the chardonnay will make a difference in your recipe.

Also read about your chardonnay before you use it. This recipe takes on the flavor of the chardonnay. My chardonnay has a strong cinnamon flavor when it’s was cooked. It was incredible! This would be easy to add cooked chicken breast to or even make it vegetarian by using vegetable broth.

This would also be great with fresh spinach added in the cooking process or even adding a bed of spinach to serve it over. I think this recipe would be fantastic for meatless Monday!!


Ingredients:
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 pound Portobello mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • ½ white onion sliced
  • 1 rounded cup dry orzo
  • 1/2 cup chardonnay
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
Directions:
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium sized pot over a medium heat add onion and garlic and cook until light brown
  2. Add orzo and cook about 2 minutes. When it has taken on a light golden color, pour in chardonnay, stirring constantly until the wine is fully absorbed.
  3. Add mushroom and cook for two minutes with 1/2 cup broth. Stir until the broth is absorbed. Continue adding broth 1/2 cup at a time, stirring continuously, until the liquid is absorbed and the orzo is al dente, only use as much chicken broth as needed this process should take about 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in parmesan. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


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Monday, October 13, 2014

Luxe Home Essentials Microfiber Kitchen Dish Towels Review #luxehomeessentials




I have a ton of dish towels in my kitchen… no seriously a ton and all of them are horrible. Most have stains, or you could read through them. Some are Christmas, Thanksgiving, or … just old towels! Ha! I didn’t have any nice kitchen towels until now!

Luxe Home Essentials Microfiber Kitchen Dish Towels are not just dish towels they are super dish towels. I never thought I could fall in love with a dish towel but I actually have. I love these so much that I put one away only to be used when we have company. Yep, a little crazy!

Luxe Home Essentials Microfiber Kitchen Dish Towels are incredible! First off they are super soft like dish towels that are your old friends and second them are super absorbent. Luxe Home Essentials Microfiber Kitchen Dish Towels come in a three pack but let me tell you that you will want more than 3. These are the type of towels that make you want to throw all of your other towels in the trash.



They are high quality heavy towels that are thick and have a nice weave to them. When my Mom saw them she freaked and wanted to take one home with her… the answer was Ummm NO! Order your own!

Luxe Home Essentials Microfiber Kitchen Towels are 15 x 25 inches in size which is just the right size for a kitchen towel. I have many kitchen towels that are much bigger and have become more of a hassle than helpful and I have some that are smaller and useless. These are perfect!

The microfiber outperforms cotton, and is extremely durable, yet gentle on dishes and counter tops and obviously is a towel that will hold up to many washes and uses for years to come. They are sparkly white which thrills me and makes an instant impression as soon as you pick them up.

They can hold up to 10 times its weight in water which I love considering I am accident prone and tend to spill everything in my site. My old co-workers could attest to that. My desk had no chance!

The first time I dried my hands with the Luxe Home EssentialsMicrofiber Kitchen Dish Towels I was stunned that in just two wipes my hands were perfectly dry … that never happens.

Get out of the kitchen! Save time drying dishes and cleaning your countertops with these proficient super absorbent microfiber kitchen towels. These are a must have in any kitchen and would make wonderful bridal shower gifts if you ask me!

Click here to learn more about Luxe Home Essentials Microfiber Kitchen Dish Towels!

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Menu Plan Monday October 13-19, 2014


Happy Monday!!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Our weekend was spent getting things together to make holiday table clothes for our kitchen table and spent doing a  lot cooking. There are some times that I really love to cook. Fall is one of those times and boy was the weekend relaxing and a lot of fun!  I am planning on getting a lot of cooking down this week too!

Here is our menu plan. What do you have cookin’ this week?

 Week Day 
 Main Course 
 Vegetable 
 Side Dish 
Monday
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Grilled Cheese
Tuesday
Texas Oven Roasted Brisket

Wednesday
Grilled Veggie WrapsRoasted Potatoes
Thursday
Black eyed Pea Okra GumboBrown Rice
Friday
Chalupas
Spanish Rice
Saturday
Chicken Etouffee
Brown Rice
Sunday
Garlic Parmesan ChickenGreen beansBroccoli

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Cocktails On The Go Concealable, BPA-Free Plastic Flask Set Review #CocktailsOnTheGo




This summer my husband and I spent a lot of time hanging out on the beach with friends and just relaxing. After a crazy semester of school for both of us we were ready for a break! There were two things on the menu this past summer for us … the beach… and drinks!

As most of you know having mixed drinks out on the town can be super expensive but they are especially expensive if you are talking about having drinks on the beach. My husband and I decided that we could make our own drinks stronger, less expensive, and better and we were right!


Cocktails On The Go Concealable, BPA-Free Plastic Flask Set was the perfect way for us to carry our drinks on the beach. At our favorite beach you can have alcohol but you can’t have cans or anything glass. Cocktails On The Go Concealable Plastic Flask Set was perfect for us to use because as stated they are made from a strong BPA free plastic. No spills, no breaking, and no worries!!

As my husband said the Cocktails On The Go Concealable Flask Set is like juice boxes for adults. He was right! We could carry our drinks all over the beach without having to worry about anything. A straw fits perfectly in the spout area so you can drink right from the bag. We kept our mix in the car trunk in the cooler then when we wanted a refill we would go to the car and refill our Cocktails On The Go Concealable Flasks using the funnel that comes with the set. After we got back to our hotel each night we would simply wash out the flask set and they would be ready to go for another day.


I have used this product for so many things no just mixed drinks, but carrying water with me, juice for my niece and even liquid soap I needed to wash some equipment down at the car wash. These flask are amazing! They are durable and reusable and they are a fantastic way to carry your favorite cocktail but do it discretely.
I have had many request from friends for the Cocktails On The Go Concealable, BPA-Free Plastic Flask Set for Christmas gifts! What a great idea that is!

Interested in a Cocktails On The Go Concealable, BPA-Free Plastic Flask Set for yourself? Visit Cocktailsonthego.com for more information. Place an order by October 31, 2014 and receive 10% off using coupon code: 7CTHWW6N

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Triumphant Chef Super Flex Silicone Oven Mitts Review #NoMoreCookingBurns



I had to share with you all the greatest potholders I have ever used in my life. To be specific they are Triumphant Chef Super Flex Silicone Oven Mitts and they are amazing. I am that person who burns myself every single time I open the oven. I don’t know what it is about me and the oven but we never seem to get along. The oven thinks it needs to burn me and well… I disagree!

To prevent future burns I use Triumphant Chef Super Flex Silicone Oven Mitts to keep my hands protected. They are amazing because they are not only good for the oven but they are great for grilling too. You can simply stick your hands right in the grill and pull you baked potatoes right off with no issues! I love that!

With the Triumphant Chef Super Flex Silicone Oven Mitts you get 100% FDA grade silicone exterior for easy cleanup and superior heat resistance.  You also get comfortable quilted liner which feel wonderful by the way.


The Triumphant Chef Super Flex Silicone Oven Mitts prevent burns in the kitchen and at the grill much better than cloth mitts. The problem I have with regular cloth pot holders is that it never fails I will pick up one that has gotten wet then I end up with a burnt hand ugh! Pain and tears …none of which I like because it ruins dinner!

The Triumphant Chef Super Flex Silicone Oven Mitts are heat resistant up to 450 degrees you shouldn’t need anything better than that! Better yet they are waterproof which for me the biggest selling point is! I love these mitts! They have already saved me so many burns and unhappiness! Even my husband loves them when he is grilling because he too is a chronic hand burner but not with the Triumphant Chef Super Flex Silicone Oven Mitts! We have been saved!

These mitts are going to be amazing when it comes to holiday baking! I am super excited about this idea because I am the one who is always wearing bandages for the holidays! Most people get mittens I get bandages ha!

Find out more information about the Triumphant Chef Super Flex Silicone Oven Mitts at http://nomorecookingburns.com/and by the way right now you will receive a silicone pastry brush with your purchase and it gets better a downloadable cookbook as a bonus!! Take it from me you will love them both!!

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