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Perfect Easy-Peel Hard-Boiled Eggs

 
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I got this “recipe” maybe I should say technique from Kittencal. I do not like eggs, but what I dislike more than eggs is having to peel them. It never peels correctly for me!
 
I end up with a big mess and half my egg ends up in the sink. Here Kittencal gives us the perfect way to cook an easy peel egg just in time for Easter!! Thanks Kitten!!

Ingredients

  • 6 large eggs (or you may increase)
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • water, to cover
  • 3 cups ice cubes (or use as much as desired)

Directions

  1. Place the eggs in a saucepan.
  2. Cover the eggs with lukewarm water.
  3. Add in vinegar and pinch salt.
  4. Bring to a full boil over medium heat; boil for 2 minutes (start timing after the water reaches a full boil).
  5. Remove from heat cover with a tight lid.
  6. Allow the eggs to stand for 11 minutes.
  7. Drain the eggs a couple times under very cold water.
  8. Cover the eggs with cold water then add in some ice.
  9. Allow the eggs to sit in ice water for about 3 minutes.
  10. Drain and peel.

Ageless Derma Natural Rosacea Relief Cream Review + Giveaway

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My mom has had a lot of problems with Rosacea for as long as I can remember. She gets these red patchy spots on her face which intensify when she is out in the sun. They are dry and scaly and they itch like mad and even sometimes burn. You can visibly see when her skin is irritated and uncomfortable. Nothing has worked for her so far including prescriptions.

When the opportunity presented itself for me to review Ageless Derma Natural Rosacea Relief Cream I jumped at the chance because maybe it would be something that would help my Mom out. Anything is better than nothing if you ask me.

So after a week my mom is already seeing some relief. Her rosacea isn’t gone by any means but she says she can feel a soothing relief. It hasn’t been long enough for her to actually see major changes but I think having some of the discomfort gone is something that is a big plus for her.

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There are a few different products on the market that she has tried but they don’t even do as much as the Ageless Derma Natural Rosacea Relief Cream does for her.

This product only says it will calm and lessen the effects of rosacea and for her it really has. So far she has had nothing but good things to say about it. I look forward to seeing what her results are in the future. For now she thinks this product is wonderful!

More information:

Rosacea Soothing Cream contains Vitamins E, a natural moisturizing agent, free-radical fighter, anti-inflammatory and anti-wrinkling aid. A form of Vitamin C lessens the harmful effects of the sun’s UV rays that can aggravate rosacea and form lines and wrinkles. Vitamin C also fights free radical damage.

The main star in Rosacea Soothing Cream is the aloe barbadensis leaf extract. This botanical extract comes from a succulent plant that has anti-inflammatory powers to fight the effects of rosacea. It will also stimulate new cell growth and correct damaged skin tissue. On top of that, aloe vera instills a healthy glow and deep moisture to the skin.  Instead of red, inflamed skin, a clear, healthy-looking complexion can be achieved.

Recommended Skin Type: Rosacea, Sensitive, and Dry skin types.
Benefits:

  • Paraben Free
  • Not Tested on Animals
  • Made in the USA

Do you have Rosacea? Ageless Derma is giving away their  Natural Rosacea Relief Cream to one lucky Colie’s Kitchen Reader. Enter to win!

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Stainless Steel Measuring Spoon set Review + Giveaway #CHAMPAGNEKITC

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There are not too many things that I consider myself obsessed with but I have to admit measuring spoons are one of them. They are the one thing in my kitchen that I don’t think I can ever have too many of. The problem with 90% of the measuring spoons I have is that they don’t fit into any of my spice bottles. That becomes a real problem when you are trying to measure spices.  I have to dump my spices in a bowl then measure and last put the remaining spices back. I find that super annoying.

Champagne Kitchen has come up with a solution to all of my spice problems. They have a beautiful measuring spoon set that is actually made for tight openings on spices jars and I have to tell you I love them.

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Champagne Kitchen measuring spoons are high quality, well-made measuring spoons that are clearly marked as to their measurement and it size won’t come off!! I love this because most of my old measuring spoons were marked with permanent marker so that I could tell what size spoon they were. How sad is that?

With Champagne Kitchen you won’t have to worry about the measurement because it’s actually pressed into the metal and you also won’t have to worry about these durable spoons bending or becoming misshapen. They are made of quality material that won’t allow for any bending.

I love these measuring spoons! They are my new go-to measuring spoons because they elevate all of the problems I have with my old measuring spoons!

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Essential Peppermint Oil Review #TopEssentialOil


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Peppermint Oil has become one of my very favorite products to keep around the house. It’s so therapeutic in so many ways. Not only does it smell amazing but it combats headaches like nothing I have ever seen before. It will help out your sinus issues in just a matter of minutes. My husband puts it on a sock and puts in near his nose to help open up his sinuses.

I personally love it for a great air freshener. I like to put a few drops on a cotton ball and just sit it around rooms in my house. I also love to put a few drops in my bath… you will feel your buns getting pretty toasty ;-)

You can’t help but love Peppermint Oil because it can be used as a natural perfume, used in your hair or even in a natural toothpaste recipe. It’s also amazing in tea. A nice hot cup of tea with Peppermint Oil and stevia is fantastic and again will open up your head. Add a little kick to your hot chocolate! Delicious!

I know a lot of people who use Peppermint Oil as a natural cleaner adding a little vinegar, water, and of course Peppermint Oil. Add your new cleaning product to a spray bottle and you are good to go. I also understand that it makes a good insect repellent too! I love natural products! I like my home to smell clean not full of chemicals. Plus I tend to be sensitive to things like the smell of bleach. With Peppermint Oil you can make all kinds of cool products that will replace those that are loaded with chemicals that can make you sick.

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The Benefits of our Peppermint Oil are numerous. In fact it is one of the most sought after products in the Winter months which is why it fly’s off the shelf. Dr. Oz himself has featured Peppermint Oil on many of his shows.

  • Reduces stomach aches, bloating, nausea, acid reflux and aids with digestion
  • Relieves headaches and migraines while improving focus, concentration and mental acuity
  • Freshens breath, treats gum diseases and tooth decay
  • Natural remedy to treat colds, flu and clears the respiratory tract
  • Boosts energy levels just by smelling the oil
  • Soothes Muscle aches and pain
  • Natural, revitalizing air freshener
  • Chemical free and non-toxic pest repellent

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Cadbury Mini Egg Blondies

 
This is a wonderful recipe but let me caution you about a few things. Like I said before, these are wonderful, but they are super rich. The original recipe suggests 2 cups of Cadbury eggs which to me was way over the top. I personally think that 1 cup is plenty. I like sweet but that is just painfully sweet.
 
This recipe also suggest an 8×8 pan or a 9×9 pan. I personally found this makes the brownies too thick. If you are looking for large cake brownies then those would be great pans but next time I would try something bigger like a 9×13 pan.
The dough is very hard to spread so don’t be surprised by that, and be sure to watch your baking time. Mine were so thick in a 9×9 pan that they took forever to cook, then when they were finally cooked they were terribly dried out.
 
I think this recipe is great but I also think it could use a lot of adapting to make it just right. Personally if you were in a hurry you could get a nice boxed brownie mix and follow the instructions and just add the Cadbury Eggs. Although not homemade it would be much easier and probably just as good! 
 
 
 
Ingredients:
 
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 cups milk chocolate mini eggs

Directions:  

  1. In a medium sizes mixing bowl sift flower, baking soda and salt together.
  2. Melt butter over medium heat. Once melted add to the bowl of your electric mixer. Cream together with sugars.
  3. Add in vanilla and eggs mix until creamy.
  4. Slowly add in flour mixture until it is incorporated.
  5. Fold in Mini Eggs.
  6. Spread batter into a greased 9×13 baking dish. Bake at 325 for about 40 minutes or until a tooth pick is inserted in the center and comes out clean.
  7. Let the bars cool for 30 minutes before slicing.

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Big Thicket Chicken and Dumplings

This is soooooo good! I can’t even believe how good it is! The flavor is amazing, and the smell is to die for! The key is  your chicken broth. Make sure it’s homemade if you can. Thank you Susie in Texas!!!

Ingredients:

  • 1 (3-4 lb) whole chickens
  • 1 gallon water
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 onion, sliced thin or 1/2 medium
  • 4 carrot chopped
  • 6 chicken bouillon cubes

Bisquick Dumpling Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Bisquick baking mix
  • 2/3 cup milk

Directions:

  1. Place whole chicken and water into large pot or dutch oven.
  2. Add poultry seasoning, garlic powder& pepper.
  3. Add celery, onion, carrot and bouillon cubes to remaining stock and continue to cook on simmer.
  4. Bring to boil and reduce heat to medium.
  5. Cook chicken for about 1 hour or until tender.
  6. When done, carefully remove chicken from pot; set aside to cool.
  7. Remove from heat and cover pan.
  8. Remove skin and debone cooled chicken, then return the chicken back to the pot
  9. Reseason broth if needed
  10. In a medium bowl add Bisquick mix and milk stirring until a soft dough forms.
  11. Return chicken stock to a boil; drop dumplings in, a few at a time, as quickly as possible.
  12. Cook about 10 minutes with the lid off
  13. Then cook another 10 minutes with the lid on
  14. Last enjoy!!!
  15. This recipe will serve a family of 4 two main course meals. Leftovers can be frozen.

Menu Plan Monday March 29-April 5, 2015

 

Happy Monday Everyone!!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Our weekend was very quite and easy going it was kind of nice if you ask me. I have been purging a lot of junk around the house in preparation of a moving sometime this fall. I know that’s a long way out but the sooner I have some of this junk out of my house the better. 3 big boxes/bags so far! That’s pretty good for me. 

We don’t have a lot going on this week and I am very thankful for that. Some times you just don’t want any crazy in your week. I hope all goes as planning. Next week the crazy will start but for this week we will just be happy where we are at. 

We are keeping our menu pretty simple this week. Here is our Menu Plan for the week! What’s on your menu?

  
Menu Plan Main Course Vegetables Side Dish
Monday   Bacon Sandwiches    Chips
Tuesday  Grilled Chicken    
Wednesday  Hot Sausage Sandwiches    
Thursday  Frito Pie    
Friday  Sausage Jambalaya    
Saturday  Parmesan Chicken    
Sunday  Easter Dinner    
 
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Nami Naturals Peppermint Oil Review #naminaturals

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Nami Naturals Peppermint Oil has become my new love and lifesaver. When I had the flu a few weeks ago I honestly believe that this Peppermint Oil was my saving grace. When I would go to sleep I would put a sock around my neck with Peppermint Oil on it to open my head and it would do the trick. 

I would make hot Peppermint tea and add Nami Naturals Peppermint Oil to my cup. I would even take a hot bath and add a few drops of Peppermint Oil to the water. I now swear by this oil because within 48 hours I was feeling so much better. Normally I would have been down and out for a week. Peppermint Oil can be used in so many different ways.

I have learned that Peppermint Oil placed in a spray bottle with some water makes and excellent air freshener around the house it’s so much better than spraying a bunch of chemicals in the air. I tried it and I can’t tell you how wonderful it leaves my house smelling. It’s like Christmas year round! There are times when you house doesn’t smell fresh no matter how hard you clean it (especially after someone has been sick) but when you spray Peppermint Oil in the air it’s an instant refresher.

I love Nami Naturals Peppermint Oil it’s a new go to for just about everything! I never thought I would love an oil so much but I am completely impressed with all that it can do and all the uses it has in your home.

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Garlic and Balsamic Glazed Mushrooms (Steakhouse Quality!)

 

I want to go on record as saying I hate fresh mushrooms. I don’t mind them in a can but fresh to me are no good. I had no idea I could be converted and all it would take would be this recipe. These are the best things I have tasted in forever. They are tangy, with a slight bit of sweet, but the perfect amount of sweet, with and incredible balsamic flavor.  

These went so fast in our house my head was spinning! At first I couldn’t understand why everyone was ooing and awwing until I tried them myself… OH MY GOODNESS these mushrooms are fantastic absolutely fantiastic! 

I LOVE these mushrooms!

Ingredients: 

  • 1 lb. white mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

Directions: 

  1. Clean mushrooms with a paper towel. I learned from Rachel Ray you should never wash mushrooms with water so I wouldn’t suggest that because it will make them mushy! No one wants mushy mushrooms!
  2. Slice your mushrooms into nice thick slices
  3. Preheat a heavy skillet on a medium heat then add olive oil and butter
  4. Once your oil and butter are well melted and combined add mushrooms and allow to cook for 3-4 minutes without touching them.
  5. Flip each mushroom onto its other side and cook for another 3-4 minutes
  6. Add remaining ingredients and gently stir until everything is well combined. You will want to continue to watch the mushrooms until they reach your desired caramelization. They will be beautiful!

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Preserve and Showcase Your Hard Earned Diploma with a Church Hill Classics Handcrafted Diploma Frame #EarnItFrameIt + Giveaway

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I love graduation season because I like to see people get the benefits of all their hard work. This is the first year in many years that we not only have people graduating in our family but we have five people graduating! I am so excited about this!

My niece, and nephew are graduating from their respective high schools and my cousin, husband, and myself, are all graduating from the University of Houston. I am so proud of everyone for their hard work. To me graduating is a big deal and it should be celebrated!

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It’s important that I give those I love graduating a gift that will last a life time. After all they have worked what seems like a life time to achieve their goal of graduating. You want to give someone something that is not only memorable but practical and something that they will keep forever.

For my niece who is graduating from the University of Houston I placed an order with Church Hill Classics for a diploma frame. This will house her hard earned diploma. Like me she can’t find her high school diploma. I don’t want her college diploma to be the same way. I want her to proudly display her hard work for all the world to see. With a Church Hill Classics frame her diploma will not only hang in style but it will also be museum quality and preserved for a lifetime.

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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 Kody’s diploma 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 like, the mat we liked, the frame color and wood we liked, we also chose the type of glass we wanted and placed the order. Within a few days we had a tracking number then a few days later 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! 

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I can’t wait to see her expression when Kody sees her frame in person. I know without a doubt she will be in love with it as much as we are. For a high quality diploma frame Church Hill Classics cuts no corners and provides a product that exceeds expectations. 

For more information visit about placing an order with Church Hill Classics visit www.diplomaframe.com 

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