Friday, August 22, 2014

KitchenMade Stainless Steel Measuring Cups Review #measuringcups





I probably have the worst luck with measuring cups. I have at least 10 sets, no joke, because one cup or another always seems to come up missing. I don’t really feel that bad when one disappears because all of my measuring cups are kind of crummy. A few sets are ones that I have had forever, one set my husband gave me as a cheap stocking stuffer… don’t ask… and the others are just odds and ends. Basically I have never had a really nice set of measuring cups until NOW!

KitchenMade Measuring cups are the best measuring cups I have ever had. They are appealing to the eye because they are so well crafted and they are just the right weight. All of you who know me well know that I appreciate a heavy tool in the kitchen. I don’t like cheap and flimsy rather I like quality. Kitchen tools shouldn’t have to be purchased all the time. When I am looking for something for my kitchen I am thinking long term not disposable.



These KitchenMade Stainless Steel Measuring Cups and simply incredible! They are sturdy and durable and something that you know as soon as you see them and pick them up that you will have these cups for the rest of your life. I would even venture to say these are measuring cups you could hand down because they are just that nice.

Quality is everything when you are making a purchase and these measuring cups are not just a purchase but an investment. You won’t have to worry about them rusting or breaking or even getting bent up. I have a few metal measuring ups that have seen better days because they are so bent up. With the KitchenMade Stainless Steel Measuring Cups you won’t even question they life and durability because the quality says everything.



These nesting measuring cups come in a set of six, nicely engraved on the handles and the side of the cups with the measurements so that the measurements never rub off. They also have a lip on each cup for easy pouring. You have to love that.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Parmesan and Spinach Orzo




This recipe is fantastic! My entire family loved it I mean seriously loved it. Besides being awesome it’s also low in calories 105 calories for ½ cup. You can’t beat that. It’s not often you can get a generous side dish for around 100 calories especially when you are talking any type of pasta. I loved it so much. I can’t even describe the smell or even the flavor. It’s simply delicious!

There are so many things you could do with this recipe like add rotisserie chicken, canned chicken, additional vegetables or even double the sauce and serve it over a bed of steamed vegetables! It’s simple fantastic!


Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup orzo pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup fat free milk
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (I just used grated Kraft)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Directions:
  1. Cook orzo according to package directions. Drain and run under cool water to stop the cooking process, then set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and onion, and cook, stirring frequently, until onions have become translucent. I under cooked them a bit for a little added crunch.
  3. Whisk in flour and cook for around 1 minute then whisk in milk, and cook, whisk constantly, until slightly thickened, about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Add spinach and cook until wilted, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in Parmesan until melted, about 1 minute. Add orzo and gently toss to combine; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook another minute or two to insure the dish is heated all the way through.
  5. A nice variation would be to add extra steamed vegetables or chicken chunks to make it more of a main dish.
  6. Serve immediately.
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3 Weight Watchers PointsPlus ½ cup

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

ZonePerfect Blog Forward Challenge #3 + Giveaway




We are 19 weeks away from the end of 2014 can you believe that? At the beginning of this year I made a list of goals that I wanted to accomplish this year, unfortunately I didn’t hop right in and get started on changing my ways. If you never start … change can’t happen.

My goal for many years has been to lose weight and finally find the happiness I have been missing in my life. One thing I have come to realize is that although we may THINK we are ready to lose weight, we just might not be ready, and it’s OK if you are not! If you are not ready to lose weight or make the changes needed to lose weight then you will fail time and time again. Take it from me!

I have heard many people say that once you are ready, I mean really ready, something will click and you will focus and accomplish the task at hand. I don’t think any statement could be any truer when it comes to weight loss.

After the ZonePerfect Blog Forward challenge #2 “it” finally clicked! I started working towards my goal one step at a time, I even went on vacation and only gained 1 pound back after I had already lost 10. Although I am late to the weight loss party this year, I am here and I am focused! Better yet, guess what!!!  I have lost over 30 pounds since ZonePerfect Blog Forward challenge. How great is that?

I can’t tell you how proud I am of myself. I am finally on the road to happiness and in a far better place physically than I could have ever expected. Although I have stopped and started working on my goals for 2014 that is the past and right now I am finally in the swing of things and my weigh is melting off.

I have no desire to stop lose weight either. I haven’t even allowed the idea of quitting to enter my head. I am so driven right now and I don’t see that drive dying down anytime soon. I have a huge goal in mind for the end of the year. My goal is to have lost 1/3 of my body weight by the end of 2014. It’s not going to be easy but it’s not impossible either.

If you are having trouble getting motivated and need to recharge the same excitement and drive that you had at the beginning of the year think about what was driving you at that time. What was motivating your desire to reach your goal? Write it down, post it where you can see it, you need it in your face.  If it’s constantly in your face and you really want it you can and WILL reach your goal.

It’s important that you make small goals instead of big ones because it’s easier to reach the small goals, and a lot of small goals add up to big goals in the end. Sometimes we just need to see that we have made a small accomplishment or we just need to see 1 pound down to feel incredible.

Where do you stand today? What can get you where you want to be? Ask yourself these questions and focus on the answers. When you are ready you will succeed.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Bru Joy Garlic Press Review #bestgarlicpress




I was truly lucky to have the opportunity to try out a Bru Joy Premium Garlic Press. This garlic press is an incredible tool that fits all the needs of my kitchen whether I am trying to press out garlic, or ginger I am able to do so with little effort and little mess!
I love that it’s a heavy tool that is clearly well made with nice smooth edges and a good size grip. I have small hands but my husband on the other hand has very large hands. He needs a good size base to work with when using a garlic press. Unlike our old garlic press the Bru Joy Premium Garlic press is just perfect for both of us.
One of my very favorite things about the Bru Joy Premium Garlic press is that it comes with its own cleaning brush. There are times that it’s almost impossible to clean a garlic press but with the wonderful brush that comes with the Bru Joy Garlic Press you never have to wonder if you press is clean or not.
I remember when I was a kid having to do the dishes and cleaning the garlic press was something I dreaded because it would take forever to get all the garlic pieces out. I even remember just leaving pieces in the press because I was tired of dealing with it. Needless to say when my mom would find it with food still stuck in the press she wouldn’t be happy. Now as an adult I wouldn’t be happy either. Bru Joy alleviates all the hassle that comes with cleaning a garlic press by giving you a wonderful cleaning brush with your purchase. The brush alone is well worth the purchase in my book!

I love this press! It’s heavy, and does an incredible job of crushing the garlic and getting every last piece of usable product out so there is little waste. With the Bru Joy Garlic Press I don’t even bother to remove the garlic skin before placing it in the press. The press is so good that it easily crushing through the skin releasing all the meat of the garlic so you are not wasting food.
Quick and easy, no waste, and an amazing cleaning brush. What more could you ask for? Bru Joy has solved all of your garlic press needs with a high quality product that does a fast a painless job from beginning to end.
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Polmedia LLC Polish Pottery Review! #Pottery



Christmas in my family has always meant all the pretty dishes my Nana handmade would be placed on the dinner table to round out the beautifully decorate room.  I remember loving the dishes being out because they were home, they were Christmas, and they were happiness for me. Although my Nana has been gone for almost 20 years her dishes live on and are just as loved today as they were the day she made them. I don’t think Christmas would be Christmas without them.


When my husband and I got married I vowed to collect a new dish every year for Christmas. This dish would represent something special to my little family. This year is no exception except my special dish came just a little earlier than anticipated. I won’t complain!

We always had a cute olive dish on the Christmas table. Honestly I think that dish is everyone’s favorite. Good luck getting that one out of my aunt’s house! Ha! I wanted a special dish especially for olives too. My family (me excluded) loves olives so it was imperative that I find an olive dish for our Christmas table too. Up until this year I had no luck with such a dish. I knew it was going to have to be unique and beautiful and something that would be just as special as the one Nana made.


I was lucky to find the perfect olive dish complete with sweet little pine trees on the side thanks to Polmedia LLC. who imports Polish pottery directly to their customers on their website.  Their pottery pieces are intricately designed and can be used in the kitchen and throughout the home. You can even find a piece like mine especially for your Christmas table.  

I love that my new olive dish is obviously hand painted and clearly a lot of time and thought went into the piece. I love the shape because you can’t find a dish shaped like my olive dish just any place!  Believe me!


I am in love with this new fantastic piece and I can’t wait to see in on our Christmas table. There is something to be said for handcrafted quality pieces that are unique and intricate. I love conversation pieces and unusual designs. This lovely olive dish couldn’t be any more perfect for our family. Here is the next piece I want! To die for!!



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Monday, August 18, 2014

Menu Plan Monday 8/18-8/24, 2014


Happy Monday!!


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

 Week Day 
 Main Course 
 Vegetable 
 Side Dish 
Monday
Grilled Veggie Wraps
Chips
Tuesday
Grilled Cheese
Tortellini Soup
Wednesday
ChalupasMexican Pinto Beans
Thursday
Baked Chicken TendersBLT Chopped SaladMashed Potatoes
Friday
Chef Salads

Saturday
Family Visiting
Sunday
Family Visiting


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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sunday Recipe Rewind: NOT Panda Express Orange Chicken


The original recipe for this says that it's the copycat recipe for Panda Express's Orange Chicken. Being that Panda Express's Orange Chicken is my very favorite item on their menu I beg to differ! Don't get me wrong this is a great recipe we all really enjoyed it, but it's not even close to the Panda Express recipe. What I like about this recipe is that the flavor is nice and mild yet its a really great recipe! Next time I make this recipe I would triple the amount of orange sauce. What I do not like about this recipe is the fact that it's time consuming. Yes, this recipe was a little more time than I care to spend in the kitchen on a weekday. 

 Ingredients:
  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoons White pepper
  • oil (for frying)
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch, plus 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon gingerroot, minced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed hot red chili pepper
  • 1/4 cup green onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
 Orange Sauce for Stir Fry:
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce 
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons water
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 5 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 zest of a orange
Directions:
  1.  Make Orange Sauce for Stir Fry adding all the ingredients to a bowl, mix, and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl place egg, salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon oil and mix well. 
  3. Cut chicken into bite sizes pieces and place them in the bowl with the egg mixture.
  4. In another bowl mix cornstarch and flour together. 
  5. Take one piece of chicken at a time and roll it in the Mix flour mixture then set the well coated chicken aside. 
  6. Heat oil in a frying pan or dutch oven to 375 degrees. 
  7. Add chicken in small batches, and fry 3 to 4 minutes or until golden crisp. (Do not overcook chicken). 
  8. Remove chicken from oil with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels; set aside.
  9. Clean frying pan and heat 15 seconds over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil. 
  10. Add ginger and garlic and stir-fry until fragrant; about 10 seconds. 
  11. Add and stir-fry crushed chilies and green onions. 
  12. Add rice wine and stir 3 seconds.
  13. Add Orange Sauce and bring to boil.
  14.  Add cooked chicken, stirring until well mixed.
  15. Stir water in remaining 1 tablespoon cornstarch until smooth 
  16. Heat until sauce is thickened.
  17. Stir in sesame oil and orange zest if desired.
  18. Serve over jasmine rice.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Pinterest Fun Friday: Sweet Cinnamon Bananas



Every Friday I like to highlight one of my favorite Pinterest finds of the week. This not only allows me to spotlight some really awesome and crafty ideas but it allows you to see a few Pins you might not have seen this week.  

I spend way too many minutes’ hours in the day pinning on Pinterest. Now if I could only find the time to make all of these wonderful things I pin! Wouldn’t that be great?

Let’s Get Pinning!



This week I chose this amazing little creation. Although there isn't a lot to it I think it's genius and delicious! Better yet, it's simple and sometimes simple is exactly what you are looking for! 



I have been wanting to make this forever and I have to say I wish I had made it sooner. I can't get over how fantastic this little recipe is. The flavor is incredible and it's decedent! You honestly feel like you are having a nice dessert! If you are doing Weight Watchers this is 1 point on PointsPlus because you are only paying for the honey!



Sweet Cinnamon Bananas: 
Ingredients:
  • 1 large banana
  • fresh ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey
Directions:
  1. Slice a banana up
  2. Sprinkle fresh ground cinnamon on top of the banana slices. Don't over do it because you bananas will taste chalky just sprinkle enough to give each slice some cinnamon. 
  3. Drizzling honey over the cinnamon and bananas
  4. Serve!
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: I'm Not Comin' Out Until You Take Me To Trader Joe's! @TraderJoesList




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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

BearHandz Julienne Peeler/Vegetable Peeler Review





You all know I love trying out new kitchen tools. When the opportunity presented itself to try the BearHandz Julienne Peeler/Vegetable Peeler I jumped at the chance because I have always wanted to try a peeler that could also julienne vegetables.

As I start to lose weight I am eating more and more veggies so having this handy tool around has only made eating vegetables more fun and creative. Who wants boring veggies?

I am completely in love with the BearHandz Julienne Peeler/Vegetable Peeler! I can’t even begin to tell you how great it is. It’s so wonderful to find a tool to that I can use to make mock-pasta out of veggies that is simple to use, easy to clean up and does a great job of cutting my veggies up.


I had a few people over for dinner the other night and used the BearHandz Julienne Peeler/Vegetable Peeler to cut up some of the veggies for salads. Instead of cutting the carrots and the cucumber in rounds I made them in strips more like pasta then veggies. I received so many compliments on the veggies. Everyone loved the different textures in the salad and might I add how beautiful they made the salad. It was a pretty site!

There are so many things to love about the BearHandz Julienne Peeler/Vegetable Peeler!
  • Sharp cut vegetables, with no ragged edges
  • The vegetables skins come off quick and easy
  • Textured vegetables
  • Super easy to make vegetable pasta
  • Easy to clean
  • Durability
  • Heavy and comfortable
  • The metal matches my kitchen
As you can see I just simply love the BearHandz Julienne Peeler/Vegetable Peeler in general. It’s honestly the best peeler I have ever used and I am so excited to have it in my kitchen.

This is a must in every kitchen. Get a BearHandz JuliennePeeler/Vegetable Peeler for yourself!

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