Monday, September 22, 2014

Menu Plan Monday September 22-28, 2014

Happy Monday!!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Our weekend was very nice just very busy and too short! They can never be long enough! I am sure you would agree. 
Here is our menu plan. What do you have cookin’ this week?

 Week Day 
 Main Course 
 Side Dish 
Turkey Burgers
Chef Salads

Vegetable Chili
Loaded Baked Potato Soup
Rice and Beans
Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry
Brown Rice

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday Recipe Rewind: Blanco Diablo

I love this recipe. I modified it from two other recipes I like and created Blanco Diablo. This recipe is the best of both worlds! You can adjust the temperature by the Rotel you buy, Mild, Original, or Hot. Original is hot enough for me especially with all the pepper jack cheese.

  • 1/3 lb Velveeta Pepper Jack Cheese cubed
  • 1/3 lb Velveeta cubed
  • 1/3 lb Pepper Jack Cheese grated
  • 2 TBS margarine
  • 2 (10.oz) cans of Cream of Mushroom soup
  • 1 (10.oz) can of Rotel
  • 1 medium bell pepper chopped
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup of chicken broth
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 bag of tortilla chips
1.      In large saucepan, sauté the onion and bell pepper in the butter until tender (about 5 minutes).
2.     Add soups, Rotel, cheeses and broth. Stir to combine.
3.     Continue to stir until cheese is melted
4.     Fold in the chicken until well blended.
5.     Continue to stir until mixture comes together
6.     Prepare your bowls with tortilla chips
7.     Once your mixture is heated through pour over tortilla chips
8.     Enjoy the Diablo!

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Tiger Butter Fudge

Tiger Butter! WHAT? What the heck is Tiger Butter? The name caught my eye, and the eye of my tummy! It was a must try!

Tiger Butter is Chocolate and Peanut butter! Delicious! Simply delicious! Chocolate and peanut butter are the way to my husbands heart. I made this recipe on a Friday but told my husband it had to all be gone by Sunday night! We can’t lose weight with Tiger Butter in the house! Ha! No problem he had it gone by Saturday night! (In an evil laugh) the more he ate the better my weigh in would look than his on Monday hahahhaa!

If you like peanut butter cups this recipe is for you! It’s like a peanut butter fudge that melts in your mouth and in your hands! It’s a MUST try!

  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  1. Melt the semi-sweet chocolate chips (one minute in the microwave, stir, 30 seconds, stir, etc.) and spread them on the bottom of a parchment-lined 8×8 pan. Or you can melt it on the stove top. Because of past problems I prefer the stove top. I find I can control the chocolate better.
  2. Melt the white chocolate chips with the peanut butter and stir them until they are nice and smooth. 
  3. Pour the peanut butter/ white chocolate mixture on top of the semisweet chocolate.  
  4. Then use a spatula or an offset spatula to spread the peanut butter mixture to cover the whole semi-sweet area.  
  5. Next take a butter knife and swirl the two together.  You want to make stripes. Dig deep into the pan and try to bring as much of the chocolate up from the bottom to get a nice chocolate peanut butter mix.  
  6. Put your pan in the refrigerator or the freezer for an hour or so and then cut it up.  
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mushroom Spinach Chicken

This recipe is delicious and surprisingly easy to make. I didn’t know if I was going to have enough time to make it last night but I ended having plenty because I didn’t expect it to go so quickly. I saw a recipe online that is similar and that is what I was planning on making except the reviews were so horrible that I changed my minded and decided to take the concept of what this person was trying to accomplish and give it my own spin.

This recipe turned out marvelous and surprisingly everyone told me how much they loved the spinach in it. I think people smell canned spinach and assume that anything with cooked spinach is going to taste like canned smells. Well that couldn’t be further from the truth. I find that adding spinach to a recipe is a great way to get in extra veggies!

  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves $
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 large can mushrooms -drained
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 cup onion sliced
  • ¼ teaspoon thyme
  • 4 cups fresh spinach
  • Prepared Brown Rice
  1. Cut chicken into 1-inch pieces place chicken in a zip bag with flour and shake to coat. To a medium pot add oil and allow to heat through, then add all the chicken in and cook until the chicken is brown. 
  2. Remove chicken and set aside.
  3. Leave any drippings in the skillet then add onion, and garlic to the skillet and cook until the onion becomes soft. 
  4. Add chicken broth to the pot slowly and with a whisk work up any bits that may be on the bottom of the pan. 
  5. Next add white wine and cook until the wine becomes less fragrant about 5 minutes. 
  6. Then add remaining spices, mushrooms, and the chicken back in. 
  7. Cook for another 5 minutes then add in the spinach. Cook for an additional 5-10 minutes for thickness of the sauce. 
  8. Serve over pasta or brown rice or even alone! This would be amazing over mashed potatoes! Ummm wish I had thought of that earlier! 
5 Weight Watchers PointsPlus
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Menu Plan Monday September 15-21, 2014

Happy Monday!!

I hope you all had a great weekend! Our weekend was very busy but fun! This week we have a lot on the books to get accomplished! Did you know it's exactly 100 days today until Christmas Eve! Yikes!

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

 Week Day 
 Main Course 
 Side Dish 
Garlic Mushroom ChickenCauliflowerBrown Rice
Bacon Pimento Cheese Sandwich
Broccoli Cheese Soup
Turkey BurgersFruit CupChips
Marinated Chicken SaladMashed Potatoes
Veggie Chili
Corn Bread
Loaded Baked Potatoes
Spanish Rice

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Black-Eyed Pea Okra Etouffee

I served 1 cup of etouffee with a grilled cheese sandwich
This recipe is fantastic. I love black-eyed peas so I knew I was going to love this recipe but to be honest with you I didn’t think anyone else in my house would love it as much, but I was wrong.

The entire family loved it and as a matter of fact everyone started brain storming ideas on how we could change this recipe up to have different variations of the same recipe. I think everyone came up with some great idea!

I love the simplicity of this recipe topped with the fantastic flavor. It’s easy and quick and better yet delicious, meatless (vegetarian if you use vegetable broth) and it’s inexpensive and hearty! This recipe will make 10 cups!

  • 1 tablespoon bacon fat
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cups sliced fresh or frozen okra (un-breaded)
  • 5 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup short grain brown rice
  • 4 (15 ounce) cans black-eyed peas with liquid
  • 1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (more or less)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  1. Heat the bacon fat in a large saucepan over medium heat, to the pot add rice, onion, pepper, and celery then cook until tender. 
  2. Pour in the chicken broth, and mix black-eyed peas with liquid, diced tomatoes and diced tomatoes with green chills, and garlic. 
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low 
  4. Simmer 45 minutes, or until rice is tender. 
  5. Add more broth if soup is too thick.
  6. Add in hot sauce and salt and pepper 
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5-Weight Watchers PointsPlus

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Organic Tart Cherry Juice- Ultimate Antioxidant Vegetarian Organic Certified Review #tartcherryjuice

I have heard so many things about Tart Cherry Juice being used as a sleep aid and being great for joint inflammation. As someone who can be an insomniac at times and someone who has almost always had joint inflammation I decided to give it a try. What could it hurt? After all we are talking about cherry juice here.

I didn’t notice much of a change the first night I used the Tart Cherry Juice but the second night I certainly noticed a change. I didn’t have any problems falling asleep and when I work up the next morning not only did I feel well refreshed but my knees felt great even after a long workout the day before.

I decided to start drinking the Tart Cherry Juice after my workouts each night. I thought maybe it would not only help my knees but help me sleep after my workouts. Sometimes I am so wound up after working out late that I find bedtime to be more like torcher time. I have to tell you I am very impressed with the results it worked like a charm. I didn’t drink the Tart Cherry Juice straight up because I found it to be a little too tart for me so I added it to the last water bottle I have as I am finishing my workout. It’s perfect! Not only does it give my water some flavor but it also make me feel great.

Buying Organic Tart Cherry Juice in the grocery store can be extra expensive and normally it’s not pure it’s normally watered down before you buy it and loaded with sugar and if you can find it organic it’s very expensive. By buying Tart Cherry Juice in a concentrate form you can save a great deal of expensive. I have to tell you that this is becoming one of my favorite products because it makes me feel great. These days after a long workout I can go for just about anything to make me feel better!

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Wordless Wednesday: Nothing Beats a Texas Sunset

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Mighty Pops by Sunsella Review #sunsellamightypops

I love popsicles! My favorite kind when I was a kid were Otter Pops! I loved the otter on the packaging far more than I love the pop. I still see them in the grocery store and have fond memories of those otters.

Now that I am an adult I look at the pretty blue pops that I loved and see nothing but chemicals and things I would ever feed my children or anyone in my family.
Good luck finding a Popsicle in the freezer case that isn’t full of chemicals and if you do find some good luck being able to afford them. If they are good for you they are probably expensive.

So what do you do if you want to cut out chemical popsicles and you want to cut your cost down? Well, you make your own of course!
With Mighty Pops by Sunsella you can get creative with any flavors you want and come up with a healthy and flavorful pop that anyone would be happy to serve their family.

Mighty Pops are silicone BPA free popsicle molds that are sold in a set of 6. Not only do you get the molds with caps but you also get a stand for easy freezing! These pops are so much fun because the sky is the limit as to the things you can do with them.
I got out the juicer and made some super food pops that had spinach, banana, and pineapple in them. Do you think anyone could taste the spinach… nope but they loved the green color? I also made mango pineapple with a splash of orange juice! Delicious! You can make just about anything. My niece loved the apple-strawberry pops I made that were the same color as her birthday party theme! She freaked over that!

What kid wouldn’t love to create their own popsicle then watch them freeze and eat? Mighty Pops gives children a new appreciation for what goes into making a popsicle and being able to choose flavors they love that are actually healthy too… but you don’t have to tell them they are healthy! Let that be your secret! Healthy and fun what more could you ask for in a Popsicle?

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

*CLOSED* Bargain Argan Review + Giveaway #bargainargan (24 Hour Giveaway) Winner: Soha M., Terri C., Debbie D

After doing some research on Argan Oil I decided to give it a try. I know it’s in a lot of the health and beauty products  I love but until recently it never occurred to me to actually try making my own beauty products myself.

As many of you know I have sensitive skin and terrible allergies to chemicals. Finding products I love that actually love me back can be next to impossible. With Argon oil sky’s the limit because this oil can be used it just about anything.

If you are in the market for a good Argan Oil the first thing you will want to make sure is that it’s organic that is very important in this product because you will insure that you won’t be getting an imposter product that might only be a percentage of Argan Oil instead of the real thing. Many companies use filler in their oil but not Bargain Argon oil. They are a U.S. based importer and supplier of high quality Argan Oil produced in southwestern Morocco.  Their Argan Oil is 100% pure, certified organic Argan Oil without the exorbitant costs currently found on the market. They keep their cost down but using simple designs, simple packing, and using packaging that isn’t wasteful!

Bargain Argon oil is a beautiful product that can be applied directly to your body as a moisturizer or can be using in your own homemade body products. If you take a tablespoon of Bargain Argon oil, mix it with a tablespoon or organic coconut oil and mix well you can create an amazing lip moisturizer that not only smells incredible, feels incredible and does a wonderful job! After using this lip moisturizer you will think twice before buying something that is overly processed.

Bargain Argon oil:

  •  100% Pure, Certified Organic Argan Oil
  • Not mixed with other oils, it contains no additives or fillers
  • Available in two sizes; 1 oz. /30 ml and 2 oz. /59 ml
  • sold in a simple natural colored, squeezable plastic bottle with a twist cap dispenser
  • Available in packages for greater discounts
  • imported from southwestern Morocco
  • Certified Organic by Ecocert S.A. (ECO) and therby accredited by USDA as Organic
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