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Secret Recipe Club Reveal Day: Southern Style Black Eyed Peas

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It’s Secret Recipe Club Reveal day and nothing says Americana to me than a big old pot of Black-eyed Peas! What better recipe to make as a side dish for our 4th of July dinner than Vicky’s Southern Style Black Eyed Peas from www.thingsimadetoday.com.

As a Southern girl from Texas I can tell you that Black-eyed Peas are my very favorite pea so I am a little biased. I can eat them out of a can, a pot, with just my fingers or a spoon. The Black-eyed Peas flavor is earthy which immediately makes my Yankee husband cringe! His cringe only makes me laugh and eat more! I love the earthy flavor!

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Black-eyed Peas, field peas, and purple hull peas will always be special to me because they remind me of fun times spent with my Dad sitting on the porch shucking peas. Yes I said shucking lol! There is nothing wrong with shucking peas! 😉

I was very intrigued by this recipe because I have made Black-eyed Peas before with bacon and onion and I loved them but I have never made them with all of the other ingredients. I decided this would be the perfect recipe this month!

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Vicky’s Southern Style Black Eyed Peas turned out amazing! The flavor was incredible and very comforting! Sometimes you just need a good southern staple as a comfort food. Food should be about nourishing the body but something it’s just about comforting the mind and soul. It’s a must try especially for a good holiday side dish! Every day can be a holiday right?

Oh yes, and by the way, my husband asked for seconds on the Black-eyed Peas which means we have a winner in his book too! We have been married almost 9 years and I have never seen him take seconds on Black-eyed Peas! SCORE!

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It was truly a pleasure to cook in Vicky’s kitchen this month over at www.thingsimadetoday.com please check out her beautiful site for some amazing recipe and beautiful foodographs (my version of food photographs).

Ingredients: 

  • 2½ cups black eyed peas, dry
  • 3 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeños, chopped (remove ribs and seeds)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 cups water
  • 1-15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ teaspoon sage, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions:

  1. Soak beans overnight in a large bowl with 3 inches of water. Cover with a lid or plastic wrap. When you are ready to cool your peas drain them and rinse them at least once.
  2. Slice bacon into 1/2 inch pieces then cook on a medium heat until crispy. Once the bacon is cooked add in the chopped onion, jalapenos, and garlic and cook until the onion is translucent.
  3. Add black eyed peas, water, diced tomatoes, brown sugar, bay leaves, sage, and salt. Bring pot to a boil, reduce heat and cover. Simmer for an hour to an hour and a half. If at an hour there is still a lot of liquid remaining, remove cover and continue to cook.


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#Bartelli Soft Edge Automatic Electric Can Opener


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Check Out Our YouTube Review For Bartelli Soft Edge Automatic Electric Can Opener:

 

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Mushroom Pasta Carbonara with a Twist!

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This recipe is super simple and delicious. It’s not your typical Pasta Carbonara because of the ham, but it’s a nice twist on an old dish. This recipe is loaded with flavor and super easy to make. It’s certainly a recipe that you could have most things done before the day you need the recipe.

If you want to do the prep work over the weekend for an easy week night meal you could have the bacon and the pasta made ahead. Dinner would be delicious and in a snap. I love the concept of this recipe. I think you could do so many wonderful things with it like add more mushrooms, extra garlic, and even incorporate some vegetables and decrease the pasta in the process to lower the calorie count.

I was so happy we had leftover so that I could have lunch the next day! Easy, simple, and delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 2-1/2 cups uncooked pasta (I used shells)
  • 8 bacon strips, diced
  • 1 cup diced ham
  • 1 large can of mushrooms, drained
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 3-4 garlic cloves minced
  • 6 to 8 drops hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, remove to paper towels to drain.
  3. Brown mushrooms, and ham in drippings; remove to paper towels. Drain drippings from pan.
  4. Add the cream, butter, parsley, garlic, pepper sauce and salt if desired to the skillet; cook and stir over medium heat until butter is melted.
  5. Drain pasta; add to cream mixture. Stir in the bacon, ham, mushrooms and cheese; heat through.
  6. Remove from the heat. Sprinkle with green onions.

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Weight Watchers Ice Cream! A Guilt Free Pleasure! @Influenster #WeightWatchersIceCream @WeightWatchers

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I recently had the chance to try out Weight Watchers Ice Cream thanks to Influenster! I didn’t know what to expect because when you think of Weight Watchers of diets and low in calories. The one thing you will not find when it comes to Weight Watchers ice cream is anything low in flavor. This ice cream is not only low in calories and in points but its super high in flavor and in craving busting!

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Yes craving busting! You know what that is right? When you have such a bad craving for something bad for you, but then you find something that will bust the craving out of you! Yes! That’s Weight Watchers Ice cream!!

You can have ice cream without having to feel guilty for having it! As long as you have the points or the calories Weight Watchers will fit right into your diet plan! I was super lucky to have tried Weight Watchers thanks to Influenster! You should try Weight Watchers too!

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With Weight Watchers you can experience a wonderful bar with no guilt! Happiness and pleasure with no guilt! What more can you ask for?

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Menu Plan Monday 6/29-7/5/2015

Hi Everyone!!

Happy 4th of July week! I hope you all have some fun plans ahead. Our family is having bbq brisket sandwiches, potatoes salad, and coleslaw, maybe some beans too!

This week I have a huge interview please pray for me and this job if it’s the right job for me. I think it could be an amazing chance! It’s only a phone interview but it’s the second step in the process so it’s huge (at least for me).

Other than that my husband and I are planning on going to the beach one day then running a few errands. Nothing too exciting but the week could prove to be!

I hope you are all doing well and can take some inspiration from out menu this week. I would love to see your menu plan too!!

Menu Plan Main Course Vegetables Side Dish
Monday   Breakfast- Pancakes  Sausage, Fruit, Potato Cakes
Tuesday Chicken with Mushroom Sauce  Zoodles
Wednesday  Blackeyed Pea Etouffee  Brown Rice
Thursday  Chicken and Red Potatoes  Salad
Friday Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry  Brown Rice and Fruit
Saturday  BBQ Brisket Sandwiches  Potato Salad KFC (copycat) Coleslaw
Sunday  Smothered Chicken Breast  Mini Potatoes
 For More Menu Planning Ideas Visit www.OrgJunkie.com or Check Out Our Previous Menu Plans.

4Cooking&Go Salad Container Serving Cups (Set of 2) Review #zitriom


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My husband and I have been trying to eat more salads for many reasons. One reason is to drop a few pounds and another is because it’s already so hot here in Texas that eating anything too heavy is out of the question on most days.

As we embark on our new life journey of getting jobs, having the ability to take a salad to work each day is essential to our weight loss success, and our health. 4Cooking&Go Salad Container Serving Cups are just perfect to carry a salad in!

4Cooking&Go Salad Container Serving Cups are a complete salad kit in one small package. The container comes with an attachable fork and an attachable dressing container. That’s right! With a separate salad dressing container you won’t ever have a soggy salad again! I love that! Plus the dressing container gets a nice seal do you won’t have to worry about anything leaking!

4Cooking&Go Salad Container Serving Cups  are not limited to just salads! You can also carry mixed fruit in your containers too! This set includes, two cups, two forks, and two dressing containers which means you can either share your salad containers like Kevin and I do or you can take two each day one for salad and one for cut fruit!

I love these containers because they are so functional and handy to have. Just the other day we went on a picnic and packed salads to go along with our sandwich and cheese tray. These cups are ideal for just about any item you need to carry with you!!

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Features:

  • Eco-Friendly 100% Recyclable
  • Made With Highest Quality Plastic BPA Free
  • Convenient 2 ounce container for dressing
  • Hand wash to retain The plastic’s beauty

Benefits:

  • No More Soggy Salads
  • Elegant design is perfect for serving salads without making a mess
  • Easy To Clean
  • Keep Your Salads & fruits fresh, cool and crispy

Package:

  • Set of 2 Salad Container
  • 2 dressing cups
  • 2 Forks

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Showcase Your Diploma with a Church Hill Classics Handcrafted Diploma Frame #EarnItFrameIt

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This year was the first year that my family has had more than one person graduating from high school or college. Our college graduates this year were my cousin, my husband, and myself. It was a huge honor to be the first of our family members to graduate from college. I don’t think I have personally ever been so proud in my life.

Graduating from college or even high school is a huge honor and victory. That victory should be preserved with museum quality. After all, when you have worked what seems like a life time to achieve your goal of graduating, you want to preserve your diploma for a lifetime or even longer! You work too hard for a diploma to allow it to go to ruins. It’s important that your diploma be preserved for not only you to enjoy but also something others can enjoy too.

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Church Hill Classics is a professional framing company helps graduates preserve and showcase their hard-earned diplomas in handcrafted officially licensed frames. These are custom frames from 1,500+ colleges and universities. No one wants to work that hard to either misplace their diploma, or allow it to be destroyed. As we all know if you don’t preserve paper properly it will crack, or fade. You don’t want that to happen to your diploma. If you are like me you don’t even know where you high school diploma is located! 

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Church Hill Classics makes beautiful frames that you can not only customize the college or university your graduated attended, but in many cases you can choose from frames unique, in color-enameled medallions of the school seal or athletic logo, beautiful campus images, foil embossing of the school name and/or seal and even an opening for a tassel. 

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Going through Church Hill Classics for my niece Kody’s diploma frame was one of the best experiences. One night my husband and I pulled up their website. www.diplomaframe.com found the University of Houston frames, selected the style we liked, the mat we liked, then the frame color and wood we liked, last we chose the type of glass we wanted and placed the order.

Within a few days we had a tracking number. With in two weeks Kody’s beautiful Church Hill Classics frame was at our door. The experience was incredibly easily and the beauty of the frame is unimaginable. I can’t believe a frame that was so easy to order could be so beautiful! 

I couldn’t wait to see her expression when she opened the box. To say she was overwhelmed was an understatement. She was thrilled and even cried. I don’t think she ever expected anything so nice. She has already told me a million times how much she loves her Church Hill Classics Diploma fame. Now the waiting game for her diploma to come in the mail. I am so proud of her and so excited how her diploma frame turned out. Now my husband and I need one too!!

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Currently Church Hill Classics has an exclusive offer for Colie’s Kitchen readers.  Enter the Promo Code: HK55F for Free domestic ground shipping on any of their products  Visit www.diplomaframe.com. The offer is good through July 13, 2015.

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Bocco Squeezable Refillable Leak Proof Silicone 3oz Travel Bottles (4 Pack) Review #BoccoTravelBottles

015c3b9389e94808df7bd3e6c7cc52f9953df05aRecently my husband and I made a longer than normal trip out of town. I knew our small travel bottles would not be big enough, but at the same time I didn’t want to carry full size bottles either. Plus as we all know when you are traveling via the airlines there is a whole slew of rules you have to follow. Those rules do not include carrying full size bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and body wash, and so on…

We recently discovered Bocco Squeezable Travel Bottles which are designed to give you a peace of mind when traveling! They are made from food grade squeezable silicone which I love! I love squeeze bottles but it’s very rare to ever find any that are travel size. I love these bottles so much that not only do I have the 3oz bottles but I also have the 1.25oz bottles also. It really depends on the length of our trip as to which ones I take. I also often mix and match depending on what I need the bottle for.

I also use the Bocco Squeezable Travel Bottles for other things besides travel. They make incredible squeezable containers for ketchup and mustard on a picnic or skin screen when you are headed to the beach. Better yet I like to carry hand lotion in my purse but I never trust the bottles the lotion comes in to carry in my expensive purse. I would hate to have it ruined. Instead I carry my lotion in Bocco Squeezable Travel Bottles because they are leak proof! I love having that peace of mind!

Check out some of the fantastic features that are offered with Bocco Squeezable Travel Bottles

  • Leak Proof Technology – 3 leak-proof cap wall and no dip valve to prevent leaks and spills
  • ID Window – Adjustable, labeled rim identifies product contents. Conveniently labeled Shampoo, Conditioner, Lotion, Soap, and Sunscreen. 3 blank labels for you to write product contents.  
  • Large Bottle Opening for fast, drip free fills.
  • NEW & IMPROVED Clear Reusable Travel Pouch with Zipper Closure- No more digging around for a Ziploc bag.
  • 100% BPA Free & FDA Approved- Safe for food use.

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WonderVeg Slicer Tri Blade Spiralizer #WonderVegSlicer


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Check Out Our YouTube Review For WonderVeg Slicer Tri Blade Spiralizer!!!

 

 

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