Monday, December 15, 2014

Menu Plan Monday Dec 15-51, 2014


Happy Monday!!

We had a very busy weekend trying to get everything done for Christmas. I am excited we are close to the end. I hope you all are almost at the end too!

Here is our menu plan we are keeping it really simple. What do you have cookin’ this week?

 Week Day 
 Main Course 
 Vegetable 
 Side Dish 
Monday
Bacon Sandwiches 
Fries
Tuesday
Pretzel ChickenCaesar SaladGarlic Pasta
Wednesday
Onion Smoked Gouda Tart
Thursday
Red Beans and Rice
Friday
Tacos
Spanish Rice
Saturday
Loaded Chicken and Potatoes 
Salad
Sunday
HomemadeSpaghettiBroccoli

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Dr Song Professional Teeth Whitening Kit 44% Carbamide Peroxide Review #drsong





During the holiday season the last thing you want is to be seen by family and friends with stained teeth. As you smile for those family pictures you want everyone to see your pearly whites not your coffee stained teeth.

I didn’t want those stained teeth to be the impression everyone was left with when we all parted ways this Christmas so I started using Dr Song Professional Teeth Whitening Kit 44% Carbamide Peroxide and I have to say I am sure happy I did.

My teeth now look incredible and I feel so much better about myself. I knew all of that coffee was taking a toll on me but I didn’t realize just how much until I decided to give Dr Song Professional Teeth Whitening Kit a try.

It didn’t take long before I could see a real difference in my teeth and now I have confidence to smile again. I won’t be worried about family photos this holiday season. Dr Song Professional Teeth Whitening Kit did such an amazing job that it looks like I went and had my teeth professionally whitened. Now that’s exciting especially since Dr Song Professional Teeth Whitening Kit is a fraction of the price!

Have you seen the price of having your teeth professionally whitened! WOWOW! It’s killer on the pocket book and can be killer on the teeth too!

Dr Song Medical is a medical cosmetic laboratory that originally manufactured products for professionals, doctors, and medical facilities. Dr Song Medical products are made in the USA and is FDA compliant and a provider of professional products.

About the item:
Dr Song Home Professional Teeth Whitening 44% Carbamide Peroxide Kit
Maximum strength take home teeth whitening kit, the same ones used by dentists, but done in the convenience of your own home! Since this kit contains professional maximum strength whitening gel, it is not recommended for use if you have sensitive teeth.

Includes:
  • 8 large syringes of whitening gel - good for 50 applications
  • 1 large remineralization gel syringe
  • Gel applicator brush - for easy application of whitening gel
  • LED Blue Light Accelerator - for acceleration of whitening process
  • Moldable teeth trays
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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Charmin Flushability! A Must During the Holiday Season! #TweetFromTheSeat



I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Charmin. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.


As funny as it sounds one of the most popular places in my house during the holiday season is my downstairs bathroom. With all the guest coming in and out during the holidays the bathroom is always a happening place.

It wasn’t that long ago that we had a guest in our house constantly plugging up the toilet. I don’t know what was going on in there but since then we have changed our bathroom habits and have switched to a toilet paper that can better fit our needs… Charmin!

During the holiday season we don’t have time to have plumbing issues and you certainly don’t want plumbing issues when you have a house full of guest. Charmin is our new best “guest” so to speak because when we have Charmin in the house our toilets stay clog-free even during the busiest of bathroom traffic times such as during the holiday season.

Charmin and Roto-Rooter are working together again this year to get the word out that by using Charmin you can insure that your bathroom will remain clog-free and septic-safe! Now that’s a relief! That guarantee only comes with Charmin. Roto-Rooter plumbers not only use Charmin, but they recommend it more than other brands! They are plumbers you can trust!

 Since switching to Charmin our “clog” problem seems to have disappeared. Now that anxiety I was having about plumbing issues during the holiday season has faded away. Can you even imagine the toilet overflowing during a holiday party full of guest? That’s no way to party and it would certainly be embarrassing! With Charmin replacing my old brand of paper I feel so much better knowing my house full of guest will not only leave the bathroom fresh and clean but will leave my bathroom mess free, and my life stress free (so to speak)!

My family prefers Charmin Ultra Strong because it’s thick and soft and leaves you feeling clean and dry walking out of the bathroom. You can’t put a price on cleanliness! What’s your favorite Charmin … Ultra Soft or Ultra Strong?



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Friday, December 12, 2014

Magic Cookie Bars


This is a huge family favorite that we always make a Christmas time and here and there throughout the year. I LOVE them! Have you seen the Chocolate Chip Paradise Pie at Chili’s? Yep that’s magic cookie bars with ice cream on top! Yummo How about making Chocolate Chip Paradise Pie for the fraction of the price? This is a super simple recipe that anyone can make regardless of your cooking level! Give it a try and see what you think? If you are feeling extra naughty slap on some vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce, and chocolate sauce onto your bars for paradise pie!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 (14 ounce) can EAGLE BRAND® Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate morsels
  • 1 1/3 cups flaked coconut
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F (325 degrees for glass dish). Coat 13x9-inch baking pan with no-stick cooking spray.
  2. Combine graham cracker crumbs and butter. Press into bottom of prepared pan. Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over crumb mixture. Layer evenly with chocolate chips, coconut and nuts. Press down firmly with a fork.
  3. Bake 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool. Cut into bars or diamonds. Store covered at room temperature.
Recipe Source

Chocolate Chip Paradise Pie at Chili’s From the Chili's Website



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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Bring HoneyBaked Into Your Home for the Holidays #HoneyBakedHoliday





This holiday season my husband’s family couldn’t make it in for Christmas so they came in this past weekend for an early Christmas. You didn’t catch any of us complaining about having an early Christmas knowing that we are going to have a second Christmas at the normal time with my family.  Because time was not on our side and we were only going to have a weekend to spend together as a family we decided that instead of cooking our Christmas dinner at home we were going to let HoneyBaked do all the work for us.


The day before our early Christmas dinner my husband and I went to the Sugarland HoneyBaked in First Colony to pick up our Christmas dinner. Thanks to the amazing staff at the Sugarland location we were able to get everything we needed for a quick, easy, and successful dinner. They picked out exactly what size ham and turkey we would need to feed our family. We ended up with a Bone in Half Ham, Turkey, and sides.


They super nice guys at HoneyBaked Sugarland convinced me to get the bone in ham because of the amazing homemade beans I could make with the left over ham bone. Great idea guys!! They also suggested some really fantastic Heat & Share Sides. Yes, just like the name implies you stick them in the oven and that’s it …Heat & Share!! We came home with their Sweet Potato Soufflé, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Herb Stuffing, Cornbread dressing, and Macaroni & Cheese.


The next day with the family all around dinner went very smooth and was super easy. No one could believe that such an amazing dinner could take such a short amount of time. As much as I wanted to take credit for the amazing dinner and the amount of work (that I didn’t really do) I confessed that HoneyBaked did all the work for me. I can’t cook a meal that good in that short amount of time no matter what! HoneyBaked on the other hand can!


My husband’s cousin purposed that this become an annual tradition. I have to agree with her. Why do all the work during the holidays when the holidays are stressful enough! It was nice being able to sit down and talk to everyone that we only see a few times a year verses spending the entire day in the kitchen running around like crazy. It was so nice to have a wonderful… stress free… fantastic dinner and still enjoy everyone’s company! 


Our night would not have been complete without a big slice of HoneyBaked Pecan Pie!! I wish I could have passed it off as my own too! Wow was it delicious!! Thanks HoneyBaked for making our early Christmas a Christmas to remember by all the Sherman’s!

Headed to HoneyBaked for the holidays? Donate $1.00 to Feeding America during checkout at the register of any HoneyBaked store. $1.00=10 Meals!


From now until 1/11/15 you can enter to win a $25,000 HoneyBaked Kitchen Makeover when you buy a Ham and Turkey Breast bundle. Check out this amazing limited time coupon for $8.00 off any Bone-in Ham and Turkey Breast or Boneless Ham and Turkey Breast from HoneyBaked Ham to help you make your holiday dinner easy and delicious!

(This offer is valid only at the following locations: Rolling Meadows, Orland Park, Villa Park, Morton Grove, Naperville, Chicago, Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Plano, Mesquite, Hurst, Lewisville, Houston, Austin, Spring, Clear Lake, Sugar Land, Indianapolis, Ferndale, Grand Rapids, Roseville, Birmingham, Troy, West Bloomfield, Livonia, Flint, Dearborn Heights, Sterling Heights, Taylor, Ann Arbor, Canton Township, Oklahoma City, Pittsburgh, Mechanicsburg, Monroeville, San Antonio, Bellevue, and Lynnwood. For store addresses click here.)

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tea Infuser and Matching Drip Tray From Chef's Necessities Review #TeaInfuserandMatchingDripTray




For the most part, I am only a big hot tea drinker this time of year, the rest of the year I normally drink ice tea. This is the perfect time of year to enjoy a nice cup of hot tea to keep you warm.

I have been drinking hot tea at least once a night because I have found it to be really relaxing. For some reason it makes me warm inside and I seem to sleep better.
I have been using a Tea Infuser with a Matching Drip Tray From Chef's Necessities and I love it. I love that I can have a cup of tea with a blend of my own fresh herbs and tea leaves or even a cup of tea that has been infused with lemon or orange and fresh tea leaves. I think using these fresh products has been promoting a good night’s sleep for me.

With the holidays coming up I tend to stress over everything because I am not getting things done when I think I should or I can’t find things that I am looking for. With a glass a tea a night I am finding some peace within myself and relaxing. The Tea Infuser and Matching Drip Tray From Chef's Necessities has really allowed me to try new things and has opened my world up to a wonderful new trend. I don’t think hot tea will only be a winter thing for me anymore.



There are so many reasons to love the Tea Infuser and Matching Drip Tray From Chef's Necessities: 
  • Clever shape and heat-resistant silicone make this tea infuser easy to use and comfortable to hold. The   simple design is as attractive as it is functional.
  • Cleanup is as simple as tossing in the top rack of your dishwasher. The silicone material is resistant to temperatures up to 400 degrees (F).
  • Enjoy a mess-free countertop when you use the matching drip tray to hold your tea infuser between uses.
  • Sophisticated, modern design uses BPA-free materials so you can brew your favorite loose teas without concern about unwanted chemicals or unpleasant flavors.


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Monday, December 8, 2014

Menu Plan Monday Dec 8-14, 2014


Happy Monday!!

I hope you all had a great weekend. Last week it was all finals for me. I finally finished them all up on Saturday. I have one paper to write and I am done!!  I can't tell you how excited I am.

I have the house decorated for Christmas on the inside now to get to the outside and of course the tree. Today we are going to put wreaths on the graves for our family. I am also going to start wrapping Christmas gifts tonight. AGAIN I am determined I will not get behind this year. Hopefully it will all work!!

Here is our menu plan for our week. We are keeping it simple! What do you have cookin’ this week?

 Week Day 
 Main Course 
 Vegetable 
 Side Dish 
Monday
Parmesan Crusted ChickenBroccoliBaked Parmesan Mushrooms
Tuesday
Red Beans and Rice

Wednesday
Chicken Stew
Thursday
Caramelized Gouda Rice TartSalad
Friday
Balsamic Chicken and Mushrooms

Saturday
Left Over Tacos 
Taquitos
Sunday
BrisketCarrotsPotatoes

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Chef's Necessities Quality Stainless Steel Grater/Zester Review






One of my most favorite kitchen gadgets is the Chef's Necessities Quality Stainless Steel Grater/Zester. Not only is it an amazing zester when you need rind but it’s also wonderful at grating cheese. I find that I don’t even use my cheese grater anymore now that I have the Chef's Necessities Quality Stainless Steel Grater/Zester.

The Chef's Necessities Quality Stainless Steel Grater/Zester is so simple and effortless that you find yourself eliminating a ton of other kitchen gadgets and replacing it with your zester/grater.

One of my favorite ways to use the Chef's Necessities Quality Stainless Steel Grater/Zester is to use it with garlic. I know you are thinking WHAT? Yes, with garlic. When a recipe calls for garlic being minced I use the zester and never look back. It’s super easy and each time I use it my pieces come out perfect. I hate fumbling with a knife to get my garlic just the right size. With the Chef's Necessities Quality Stainless Steel Grater/Zester my garlic is perfectly minced every time.


Other Reason to Love the Chef's Necessities Quality Stainless Steel Grater/Zester:
  • Complimentary creative use guide with every purchase lets you experience culinary delights you might never have considered
  • Quality stainless steel with snap-on plastic cover for lasting sharpness and years of use
  • Ergonomically designed handle offers an easy grip whether you're grating a hard cheese or zesting a lemon
  • Rubber feet help hold grater in place during use and protect your counter from scratches
  • 2-in-1 tool helps keep kitchen clutter to a minimum while still giving you the flexibility you need for a variety of tasks


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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Check Out Why We Love Clearasil and How it's Changed Our Skin!


I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Clearasil. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.



The teen Princess and I recently had the opportunity to try a few products in the Clearasil’s line. We tried the Clearasil Ultra® Rapid Action Daily Gel Wash and the Clearasil® Daily Clear® Oil Free Daily Face. Both products were wonderful and exceeded our expectations.

The teen princess is at the age that acne has caught up to her. Her dad was also cursed with acne at her age and his skin has paid the price for it all these years later. We don’t want teen Princess to have to live with those same scares when she is older. Taking care of her skin has become a must and she is 100% on board with it and will to try anything to make those nasty blemishes go away or never make an appearance.

I was pretty lucky when I was her age. I never had too much acne or blemishes. I would have one on occasion but not as often as she does. As an adult I still have my issues here and there so it’s important that I keep my skin clean and healthy and use the right product to keep my skin looking great.

The Clearasil Ultra® Rapid Action Daily Gel Wash not only smells good but it feels so good on your skin. Tingly but not harsh! My skin can’t handle harsh products and either can the teen Princess’s skin. Her skin needs TLC too. When using the Clearasil Ultra® Rapid Action Daily Gel Wash we both noticed that if we felt a blemish coming up the Clearasil Ultra® Rapid Action Daily Gel Wash stopped it in its tracks and in just a matter of hours too. Preventive I love that! We both loved this product because it made our skin look and feel amazing and anything that will stop a potential blemish is great in our book!

The Clearasil® Daily Clear® Oil Free Daily Face Wash is something that we use every day now. We love this product! The teen Princess’s skin has turned around and looks so good. By using the Clearasil Ultra® Rapid Action Daily Gel Wash she has seen a huge reduction in any acne breakouts and the other marks have virtually disappeared. She now feels more confident and happy with her skin.

We both love it because it makes us feel better about our skin. I have noticed that since I started using it my skin not only looks better but just feels better in general. I have noticed more of a glow to my skin and I love that!! This product has a nice moisturizer in it! You don’t have to worry about any issues with dry skin because the Clearasil Ultra® Rapid Action Daily Gel Wash not only makes your skin feel better but it keeps your skin moist and feeling great.

We lead a very busy and active life. The teen princess is involved in softball, band, and choir plus everything else that comes with school and life. She is always on the go so it’s import for her to have Clearasil products on hand to make her skin care as easy as possible.

High school is hard enough but now add a skin issue to the mix and you have a lot of other issues that come up. It’s important to me that the teen Princess never has to worry about having skin issues that might prevent her from other opportunities that could come her way. With Clearasil she is now on the right track to having beautiful skin and happy teen years!



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Bellemain Micro-Perforated Stainless Steel 5-Quart Colander Review




You guys all know that I love kitchen products and that I could hang out in those kitchen stores for hours just looking around and wondering what all I need and what all I must have to add to my kitchen. The Bellemain Micro-Perforated Stainless Steel 5-Quart Colander is no exception. I am in love with this colander.

The Bellemain Micro-Perforated Stainless Steel 5-Quart Colander is my very first stainless steel colander. I have a plastic one that has seen better days and I have those handheld ones that you hold up to a pot to drain but those always cause me to burn myself.

The Bellemain Micro-Perforated Stainless Steel 5-Quart Colander is awesome. First off it’s large so you don’t have to worry about a pot of spaghetti noodles fitting or not. My little crummy one couldn’t hold even a 1/3 of my pot of noodles.

The Bellemain Micro-Perforated Stainless Steel 5-Quart Colander is incredible because it’s large and heavy duty. My favorite way to use it is to steam vegetables in it. My steamer doesn’t hold hardly any vegetables and I love tons of vegetables. I love to make a large amount of vegetables ahead of times so that I can use them for lunch and snacks to save on calories. The Bellemain Micro-Perforated Stainless Steel 5-Quart Colander has opened up a ton of new avenues for me in the kitchen. I have no doubt you will love it too!!


Micro Holes Keep Tiny Grains from Falling Through
Less than 1/16" in diameter, the Bellemain's perforations prevent even cooked rice and orzo from going down the drain. And while you might think water would drain more quickly if the holes were larger, actually the opposite is true.

Closely Configured Holes Drain Water Faster
Why does water go through mesh strainers so fast? Because there is less solid surface to slow it down. That's the principle behind the Bellemain's mesh-style perforations. The entire bowl, from the bottom to the rim, is perforated, so there's nowhere for water to get trapped.

Solid Ring Base Won't Tip Over
The problem with colanders that have separate feet is that if one foot lands in the sink drain, the whole bowl tips over. The Bellemain's base is one solid circle of stainless steel that keeps the colander safely level. It also keeps your food elevated above the floor of the sink and whatever water hasn't yet gone down the drain.

Dishwasher Safe, 18/10 Stainless Steel
Every part of the Bellemain is solid, practically indestructible stainless steel, so you can expect many years of trouble-free performance. When you've finished draining your cooked or washed food, just throw it in the dishwasher. What could be easier!

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