Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Seriously? Almost $10? You Have Got to be Kidding me!



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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Mexican Style Pinto Beans



This recipe is amazing. We have been eating on it off and on for days. It’s quickly become a favorite recipe. This recipe is super easy, filling, and delicious! I never thought I could love beans as a main dish but this is one that I could eat until I was sick. The flavor is just incredible!

I love how easy it is. The biggest pain about this recipe is just remembering to soak your beans long enough and really that’s it. I love recipes that are easy and delicious. This certainly fits the bill.

Ingredients:
  • 1 pound dried pinto beans, rinsed
  • 1 (10 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with green chile peppers
  • 1 (16 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 pound bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin, or to taste
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder, or to taste
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 4-6 cups chicken broth
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 tablespoons baking soda
Directions:
  1. **36 hours before making your beans it’s important that you wash the dry beans then place them in a bowl with just enough water to cover them. Mix in two tablespoons of baking soda then let them sit for 24 hours. After 24 hours clean the water and wash the beans. Repeat with water and baking soda for another 12 hours. This soaking process will help with removing anything from the beans that will upset your stomach and the soaking will speed up the cooking process. **
  2. To a large pot add diced bacon, garlic and onion. Cook until the bacon starts getting crispy (do not drain drippings), then add drained beans and all remaining ingredients pour enough broth over the beans to cover them adding an extra two inches of broth above the beans.
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer covered for 3 hours.
  4. Add salt to taste at this point.
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Menu Plan Monday July 21-27, 2014


Happy Monday!!
We are always on the lookout for new recipes. We are going to try a few this week and some old favorites too! 

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

 Week Day 
 Main Course 
 Vegetable 
 Side Dish 
Monday
Broccoli Cheese Soup 
Club Sandwiches
Tuesday
BBQ Sandwiches
Fries
Wednesday
Chef Salads
Thursday
Black Eyed Pea GumboRice
Friday
Baked Chicken Fajita Tacos
Mexican Beans
Saturday
Grilled Veggie Wraps
Fries
Sunday
Garlic Parmesan Oven Fried ChickenBrussels SproutsSummer Veggie Mix

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Recipe Rewind: Cheese Stuffed Shells



I modified the recipe based on what I had in the house, and I halfed it because we couldn't eat an entire recipe. The shells turned out amazing. The flavor was excellent. It was pretty easy and turned out great! You could make the entire recipe and freeze half for a future meal.

Note: This recipe needs to be made 24 hours in advance! I didn’t realize that information and went to make dinner and realized I was too late. I ended up making it then we had it the next night for dinner! Well worth the wait!

(Yields 16 shells)

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 block of cream cheese (room temp)
  • 1 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup whole milk feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 16 large pasta shells
  • 3 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • Pepper to taste
  • Jar Spaghetti Sauce
Directions:
  1. Mix together cheeses, egg, garlic and pepper well. (I used a Kitchenaid Mixer)
  2. Add the cheese mixture to a large zip bag
  3. Cut a corner off the zip bag and use the bag to pipe the cheese mixture into each un-cooked shell
  4. Arrange the shells in a baking dish
  5. Pour sauce over shells and refrigerate over night
  6. When you are ready to cook pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 30 minutes.
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Friday, July 18, 2014

Lovely Lashes Eyelash Curler By Izy Trends Review #eyelashcurler





I have had the worst luck finding a good eyelash curler. The last few I have bought have not worked out. One didn’t come with the silicone pad that is there to support your lashes, my husband broke one playing around with it (ugh don’t ask!), one was broken as soon as I opened the package, and one broke the first time I used it. Clearly buying eyelash curlers from drug stores wasn’t working out for me.

My luck changed when I had the opportunity to try Lovely Lashes Eyelash Curler By Izy Trends! Finally an eyelash curler that worked the first time, wasn’t broken, and did an incredible job. I thought my eyelash curlers in the past (that worked) were good but this one is amazing!


The curler itself was not so stiff that I felt like I was going to break my lashes off! Mega important to me! Plus the silicone pad wasn’t so inflexible that once again I felt like I was going to lose my lashes, but at the same time it was firm enough to be supportive, once again a must!

I am always terrified of using an eyelash curler because of a horror story my Mom told me about a friend of hers using a bad curler and losing all of her lashes. Clearly she didn’t have a Lovely Lashes Eyelash Curler By Izy Trends or that wouldn’t have been an issue! This curler is fully functional with an extra silicone pad, which is my book is a must, that makes you not only feel secure using the eyelash curler but you also get amazing results.

My lashes look incredible. They are nice and curled but not pointing straight out like some curlers they actually have a curl. How great is that? Nothing annoys me more than using a curler for a curl but instead I get more of a straight out affect. No thank you!

This is the best curler I have used and I must say it’s a product that I would recommend to anyone! Even better it can be bought on Amazon!


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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Skin Daily, Skin Care Solutions 100% Organic Rosehip Oil Review #skindailyskincare




I have always had decent eyelashes but not the kind I have always wanted! I wanted nice thick and long lashes but I had no desired to add a medication to my lashes to make that happen. I prefer natural products that don’t come with label after label of warnings that might happen to you if you use their products. Nope that’s not for me.

I recently tried Skin Daily, Skin Care Solutions 100% Organic Rosehip Oil and I must say I am in love! I decided I was going to use the rosehip oil around my eyes to prevent crow’s feet from setting in. I lost all interest in my potential crow’s feet when I realized that the rosehip oil was making my eyelashes grow and I mean grow like crazy. Within a week of using the rosehip oil my lashes were thicker then within another week or so I realized how long they had gotten. They were almost as long as my husbands and I didn’t think that was possible. At one point my husband asked me if I was wearing fake eyelashes. I thought that was hysterical but yet I knew it wasn’t my imagination the rosehip oil was changing my lashes. My Mom even asked me what I was doing different with my lashes.

My lashes are now being nourished and hydrated by the rosehip oil and they are so happy to have it. I had no idea this could happen. Even the skin around my eyes looks more hydrated and feels so much better. I am amazed by this product.

I have a mini frig in my bedroom that my husband and I keep bottled water in. This is also where I store my rosehip oil. When I am grabbing a bottle of water before bed I also grab the rosehip oil and put it on so that it can do its handy work while I sleep.
I have never seen a product make such wonderful changes and in such a quick span of time in my life. I am a lifelong customer that’s for sure!

I want to note that this rosehip oil is cold pressed which I have recently learned is essential to insuring that you are getting all the nutritional value from the rosehip oil. If it’s not cold pressed then you are losing vitamins that you need and you are probably paying for. I can’t say enough good things about this product! Click Here to Purchase!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Oven Baked Sesame Chicken Using Jiva Organic Black Sesame Seeds #JivaOrganics





I couldn’t wait to get in the kitchen and try out these wonderful black sesame seeds! I received a bag of Jiva Organic Black Sesame Seeds few days ago and they have been sitting on the counter calling my name. I love sesame seeds, but I had never tried black sesame seeds. I was excited for this great opportunity! Not only did I get to try out something new but I got to pair it with a new recipe at the same time!! Two of my favorite loves mixed into one!

I decided to make Oven Baked Sesame Chicken and I have to say the recipe was delicious! Cooked to perfection in a wonderful sauced topped with Jiva Organic Black Sesame Seeds! This recipe is a must try, but beware you will need to double the recipe because it’s just that good and you MUST add black sesame seeds because they are amazing.


They flavor of the black sesame seeds is richer and more bold than the regular sesame seeds! Jiva Organics is a line of certified organic spices that offers a tremendous value over most alternatives. I love that its USDA certified organic Black Sesame and the best quality of sesame seeds I have ever seen.

When I do my shopping I prefer to buy Organic! I think it’s a must if at all possible. I have found that there is a big difference in the flavors of Organic verses anything non-organic. Jiva Organic Black Sesame Seeds are certainly no exception. These black sesame seeds are delicious and fresh. They have a nice nutty flavor that completed my sesame chicken recipe... the icing on the cake so to speak! I highly recommend giving them a try. You won’t regret this purchase. You can buy them on Amazon.com


Ingredients:
  • 16 oz. boneless chicken breast cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 onion chopped
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fresh pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 packets Stevia
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 bunch scallions, sliced
  • 1 tbsp. Jiva Organic Black Sesame Seeds
Instructions:
  1. To a large mixing bowl add all ingredients except flour, scallions, and black sesame seeds. Mix well and cover with plastic wrap refrigerate for two hours.
  2. After your two hour wait preheat oven to 350. Spray a 7 x 11 inch baking dish with cooking spray
  3. Place chicken and other ingredients in the prepared baking dish.
  4. Cover with foil and bake for about 30 minutes after 30 minutes remove foil and back for another 10 minutes.
  5. Remove sauce from the baking dish and add to a small pot. Mix flour into the pot and whisk it into the sauce. Bring heat up to a boil, turn down to low and simmer for a few minutes until the sauce thickens a bit. Add chicken to the pot and then plate, over steamed cabbage or steamed rice.
  6. Top with Scallions and Jiva Organic Black Sesame Seeds.
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Wordless Wednesday: Party Animal



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Monday, July 14, 2014

Menu Plan Monday July 14-20, 2014



Happy Monday!!

I hope you all are having a great day! 

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

 Week Day 
 Main Course 
 Vegetable 
 Side Dish 
Monday
Quinoa Enchilada Bake
Salad
Tuesday
Grilled Cheese
Broccoli Cheese Soup
Wednesday
ChalupasQuinoa Spanish Rice
Thursday
Sesame ChickenSaladBrown Rice
Friday
Homemade Pizza
Salad
Saturday
Dinner Out with Family

Sunday
Garlic and Parmesan Panko Chicken
Garlic and Balsamic Mushrooms

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Friday, July 11, 2014

*CLOSED* Java Factory Review & Giveaway WINNER: Darla S.




I love coffee of every flavor especially a nice big glass of coffee in the morning! There is just something about the smell of coffee that can get me motivated to get up and get moving in the morning. As most of you know I love my Keurig machine and I love K-Cups even more. I love the ease and the easy cleanup of using k-cups versus scoops of coffee. Plus we don’t have any more wasted coffee in our house.

Java Factory knew how much I loved coffee and gave me the opportunity to try out their coffee products. I must say that they probably have some of the best coffee on the market.
There are so many things to love about their coffee. I love the fact that even after having about two dozen cups of Java Factory coffee that I haven’t had even one failed k-cup. I can’t say that about some of the other brands of k-cups out there. This is a huge bonus in my opinion! I don’t like to waste money because of manufacture error.

Their coffee is delicious! There isn’t any bitter after taste and it’s certainly clean and fresh flavored. The coffee is full bodied and strong when you choose a darker brew and nutty and flavorful when you choose a flavored k-cup.
They were all fantastic, but my favorites were the vanilla dream and choconut… delicious! Java Factory sure does know how to make an amazing cup of coffee. I was pleased with every sip!
I didn’t find myself needing to cover up the flavor with extra creamer or sugar because the coffee was clean and refreshing, and better yet, once again … no after taste!
I don’t like coffee with a strong after taste. Aftertaste is on my no-no list for coffee’s the better the brew the better the brand in my opinion.

Java Factory carefully hand crafts their coffee to insure the perfect flavor and aroma. Practice makes perfect if you ask me and it’s obvious they have had a lot of practice.



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