Friday, March 27, 2009

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Puffs Tissue Pictures, Images and Photos



The Puffs Plus w/Vicks. They are soooo wonderful. Not long ago, we were all sick w/URI and these were sooo nice. I could just curl up w/one and sniff it and it made me feel better lol. Now Joe says that for all he cares, these can be the only tissues we ever buy! He likes them that much. I NEVER would have thought that he would like them so much, he typically hates Vicks on him!

If you have not tried them, do! My allergies have been bugging the heck out of me and I have been using the heck out of them lol.

I wish I had a scratch and sniff on here hahahahahahaha.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Have you tried it yet?

Sun Crystals 2 Pictures, Images and Photos

Stevia that is? The all-natural sweetener Sun Crystals, is made from a blend of pure cane sugar and sweet stevia.

I bought a box of the little green packets. I am usually a Splenda or just plain ole sugar, kind of gal. However, I am in love w/the Stevia! It is crystals like regular sugar, not powdery. Also, one packet was plenty in my big glass of ice tea! It does have 5 calories, however, w/new studies saying that artificial sweeteners can actually make you crave more sugar, this seems to be a great choice. I do not think it's that much more expensive than the other artificial sweeteners sold. So price wasn't an issue to me. All in all, this is great. It's also a wonderful sweetener for diabetics!

coffee Pictures, Images and Photos


bendaroos Pictures, Images and Photos

Get a five star rating from our house. Aiden got a set for his bday and had enjoyed them so much. They are far better than play dough b/c they don't make a mess. When you make something w/all different colors, unlike play dough, you can easily pull the colors apart and start over. They are fun for the whole family and are excellent for imagination!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Banana Bread

1C all purpose flour
3/4C whole wheat flour
1/4tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2tsp baking powder
2/3C white sugar

Preheat oven to 35o. Lightly grease loaf pan. In a large mixing bowl, put the above ingredients in and whisk together(sifting).

1/3 C butter, softened
2 eggs
5 bananas (ripe)
freshly ground nutmeg
1tsp vanilla extract
1/2C nuts if desired

beat above ingredients til mixed together than add four mixture and mix all that together. Add to pan and bake for about 1 hr or till done. It will be a very pretty brown and very moist.

This bread is super yummy. SO moist. I did use quite a few bananas but honestly, I had 5 very ripe bananas that needed used lol. You can make an icing for the top by mixing powdered sugar and milk together than spreading on top. OR my favorite thing to do is mix oats,brown sugar and some butter together and sprinkle that on top before you put it in the oven. This bakes on top and makes a very yummy topping. Aiden LOVES it and keeps asking for more lol. It won't last long in our house, especially when Joe comes home and finds it haha.

baking Pictures, Images and Photos

Friday, March 13, 2009

Obama's Chili-crockpot style

Barack Obama's Chili (crockpot style)

1 can kidney beans (and the goop!)
--1 lb lean ground meat (I used ground turkey)
--1 green bell pepper, chopped
--1 large onion, chopped
--5-6 medium tomatoes, chopped (include seeds and all)
--4 chopped cloves of garlic
--1 tsp cumin
--1 tsp oregano
--1 tsp basil
--1 tsp turmeric
--2 tsp chili powder
--1 tsp salt
--3 T red wine vinegar

Brown meat on stove. Drain juices off.

Chop up the tomatoes, garlic, onion, and bell pepper. Add to the crockpot. Open the can of beans, and pour in the whole thing. Add the ground meat. Stir in all of the spices and the red wine vinegar.

Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours, or on high for 4-5. President Obama serves his over rice so we did too. It was good. Aiden loved it.

This recipe comes from: Crockpotlady

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Sweet and Sour Chicken

This is a recipe that is called "Favorite Chicken" in a recipe book, however, it's not a favorite of ours and when Joe would ask, "what's for dinner?" and I said, "favorite chicken!" he got confused lol!
He says it reminds him of Sweet and sour chicken, so that's what I call it now so that he knows what chicken recipe I am talking about.

Here's the recipe,so you can try it out yourself:

*Boneless, skinless chicken breast(I only use two b/c that is plenty for us, but use as many as you need, I don't like to waste!)

*1 bottle French salad Dressing

*1 pack of Lipton's Onion Soup Mix

*1 can whole cranberry sauce

Mix dressing,soup mix, and cranberry sauce together. Pour half into bottom of pan and the rest on top of chicken. Bake at 350 til chicken is done.

I serve over rice and usually Broccoli is our veggie w/this. It is good. You wouldn't think those ingredients together would be, but it is. It's super easy to make.

Try it and let me know what you think!!!

after it's done:


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

McAlisters Deli yum yum

Our area just got a McAlisters Deli not too long ago.On my bday to be exact ;) . Let me tell you, this place is super yummy. The employees are super friendly and you get great service. I highly recommend everyone is my area to try it out. The make wonderful cookies, they are also HUGE lol. The potato salad is really good and Joe seemed to enjoy is Rueben sandwhich :)

Info: Hours: 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Phone: 442-0203.


Monday, March 9, 2009

Those Green Bags...

Green Bags Pictures, Images and Photos

You know the ones. WELL, guess what??? They suck. Yep that is right, they SUCK. I tried them several months ago and I was so disappointed. I bought them mainly for strawberries and bananas. On the commercial, they show the strawberries looking almost new, bananas too. You have to take the produce out of the bags several times to wipe moisture out of the bag. THIS IS AS PAIN IN THE BUTT! Who has time for all that???

I was not happy w/them at all. I don't advice you to waste your hard earned money on these bags!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

This recipe comes from Bakerella . Wonderful website btw! I made these little boogers tonight and they couldn't have been easier. They are pretty and VERY SWEET. If you do not have a sweet tooth, stay away lol. The recipe makes a large 9x13 pan of them so sharing is a must. I am taking some to my best friend tomorrow. She's had a rough week, with a sick little boy. This should make her feel a bit better,wouldn't you say??

Do not make these if you have a whiny toddler at your side b/c you must cook the sugar for 4min and toddlers don't like to be told TO HOLD ON lol. They are very yummy but a small piece is enough for me! I can't wait til Joe tries them!!!

Thanks for the recipe Bakerella, it will be one that I make again! Probably at Christmas time, for sure!!!