Monday, September 14, 2015

Citrus Clear Multi Product Review!

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Cat's Tongue Review!

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Easy Hot Wings - My favorite Hot Wing Recipe

Ever since i got pregnant 7 mos ago, I constantly have the craving for hot wings. I usually make my own sauce, but for this recipe I used already made store bought wing sauce that I had in the cabinet. These are the best hot wings I have ever made and Im considering making more for lunch tomorrow.

For 6 wings, you will need:
1/2 C flour
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp pepper
(I also threw in some cajun seasoning I had from back home Louisiana)
Wing Sauce

-Preheat oven to 450°-Rinse chicken under water and drain
-Whisk together flower and seasoning in a bowl
-On a cookie sheet, line with foil and spray with non stick spray
-Dip the raw chicken into the flour mixture, and lay on the cookie sheet
-Bake for 20 minutes, flip and bake for another 20 minutes
-Once baking is complete, add wings to a bowl and pour wing sauce over it.
(I use a bowl with a lid, and close the bowl and shake the chicken inside so the sauce gets all over, but thats just me)

results were amazing!
If you try this recipe, please let me know how it turned out, or what you altered to make it yours!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Crock Pot Sour Cream Chicken with Stuffing

Ok, so I'm HORRIBLE at remembering to take pictures...but I'm going to make it up to you by sharing this recipe  that takes 5 minutes to make. Best part is, it's OK to put this chicken into your crock pot straight out of the freezer!

Crock Pot Sour Cream Chicken with Stuffing


1       can cream of chicken

4              chicken breast halves

½             cup sour cream

1              packet (or box) chicken stuffing

1              can water


Mix water, sour cream and cream of chicken in small bowl

Place chicken in crockpot

Pour chicken stuffing over chicken

Add fluid mixture

Cook low for 4 hours

Keep an eye out, as I always need more water throughout cooking, but don’t add too much or it will make your stuffing runny

EASY Chicken Casserole

This is a favorite of my husbands, and it's really easy to make!

This recipe is so easy -- no need to get wrapped around the axle on measurements of the ingredients -- just do portions as you see fit for your family. Some like more chicken, some like more noodles.

You will need:
1. Chicken, shredded (your own or some already hot and ready from the grocery store)
2. 1 can cream of chicken (see my recipe for home made cream of chicken here)
3. Yolk noodles, boiled
4. Cheddar cheese, i like to use kraft slices of cheese but shredded is fine too
5. French fried onions

Mix chicken, cream of chicken and noodles in a bowl

Place in 8x8 (or larger if youre making more) Pyrex dish

Add cheese and put in oven @ 350 for 5-10 mins, or until cheese is melted

Add French Fried Onions and enjoy.

Easy Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

Easy Creamy Chicken Enchiladas


6-8 corn tortillas (enchilada size)

1 pre-cooked plain rotisserie chicken, shredded

4 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese, divided in half

3 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons all purpose flour

1-1/4 cups chicken broth

1 – 10oz can cream of chicken soup

1 cup sour cream

1 – 4oz can chopped green chiles

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

¼ teaspoon sea salt


-Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

-Fill the center of each tortilla with a handful of shredded chicken  and a pinch of the shredded cheese.

-Roll and place in the bottom of a baking dish with the seam side down.

-In a pot over medium heat melt the better. Add flour and whisk into a thick paste.

-Add chicken broth, cream of chicken, sour cream, chiles, salt and pepper.

-Whisk gently for about 5 minutes until warm and smooth.

-Pour the sauce over the enchiladas and top with remaining shredded cheese.

-Bake for 25 to 30 minutes and serve warm.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Braided Spaghetti loaf

I was feeling a little  adventurous tonight. So instead of the typical spaghetti and garlic bread, I was inspired to try a spaghetti loaf. Basically, its spaghetti in the bread. Looked cool, i thought. I should have known i was doomed from the start. I didn't have the fancy bread dough that the recipe called for, and come to find out i didn't have regular spaghetti noodles either. I should have just stopped there...but, by the time i noticed i was out of the typical spaghetti noodles, i had already made some bread dough - from scratch - so, needless to say, i was committed.  I ended up getting the noodles, and I've also learned that my biggest problem was that I was not letting my dough rise long enough or in a warm enough area, so heres to better pictures next time! Please let me know if you had better success than me!

You will need:
Bread dough, i wish i knew how much I used when I made this, but I will update this post with that information the next time I made this.
Spaghetti noodles
1lb hamburger meat, cooked
1 can/jar spaghetti sauce (pictured is some that I made from scratch)
shredded cheese (however much you desire)
garlic salt
1 egg

First, Roll out your dough onto a cookie sheet. I make mine from scratch, but you can buy some already made at the grocery store.

Get your pot of water going for your noodles 
(add noodles once boiling)

 Add shredded cheese and parsley (whichever cheese and amount you prefer)

Brown your hamburger meat on high heat until cooked through
Preheat oven to 350°

Add spaghetti sauce (drain undesired oils/grease from meat first)
I attempted but didnt get it all

Stir on hot (now turned off) eye on stove

Add meat and sauce to drained, full cooked pot of noodles and stir.
Add mixture to your pain of dough, in a thick centered line.
Add desired cheese and oregano

Cut lines (an inch-ish) into surrounding dough
lift dough flaps, and braid them into each other loosely
This does not have to be perfect, but do not pull too tight as the bread needs room to rise when cooking

Brush the top lightly with egg, and add garlic salt if desired

Bake 30-35 minutes

Sorry about the blurry pic! It tastes amazing!

I learned that the key to doing this successfully was to roll the dough out over some foil so that you don't ruin it by transferring it to the cookie sheet, which i didnt know when i first made this, and it was a disaster, more so than in these pictures.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Bloominous DIY flowers for your wedding and events!

I was recently approached about a website that sells DIY floral arrangement kits for weddings and events. Last year, I had a huge wedding that took me a year to plan and A LOT of stress! Everything was so expensive and I really wanted to do it all myself, not only because it HAD to be perfect, but because of the cost! That being said, Bloominous is a company that I wish I had when I was planning a wedding! Bloominous has a solution that provides brides with an alternative option for DIY wedding flowers.

Im sure the advantages are endless when it comes to this idea, but a couple that are obvious:

It saves money!
You can save 30% to 50% off what you'd normally pay! Can you believe that? If you were quoted $2,000 for flowers in your wedding, you could only have to pay HALF of that but using Bloominous! Let's just be honest here, flowers are not a want in a wedding, they're a NEED! We have to have them so of course, there's always a 300%+ markup on them, because we need them and kind of half to pay whatever is costs! Bloominous boasts about omitting the markups!

Less Work!
Bloominous sends you your flowers cut-to-order, dethorned and trimmed so you don't have to deal with all that extra (annoying) work. It has instructions on everything to make your flower experience a breeze. Not only that, there are tips and tricks for design, and well as flower care products.

It's beautiful!
Bloominous proudly promotes their quality, professional design. The collections are put together by experienced florists that have over 10 years of experience in not only floral design, but events as well! The entire look is designed based on your inspiration.

"This 'florist-at-their-fingertips' experience is not to be missed. Bloominous is making DIY fun, easy, and approachable!"

One thing I love about this business is that the founder, Richard, is just a normal person like you and I, and when trying to plan his own wedding, he saw how hard it can be both financially and physically to have to provide flowers for his wedding. Seeing that there was no "IKEA for wedding flowers" as he puts it, he built Bloominous.

Right now they have five unique collections  available

I think it's a fantastic idea, and if I ever plan an event in the future that needs flowers, I'm going to be sure to look into this. What do you think?

Everyone knows someone that is getting married! Why not spread the word?
 Take a peek at their website!

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Organic Matcha- Green Tea Powder by Kiss Me Organics Review

I love to try new things, especially things that are healthy! I came across a green tea product called Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder.  A 2003 study published in the Journal of Chromatography A found matcha has 137 times more of the powerful antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) than other types of green tea! Its so easy to take, as you can put it in your baked goods, you can mix it in with your smoothies and even your lattes! Thats not all, there is also a recipe guide if you're stuck on what to put it in! (I don't recommend putting it in your scrambled eggs, though!) There's recipes in here for waffles, truffles, beef, soup - everything! How awesome is that?

Here's what it can do for you:

All Day Energy - Matcha provides 4 to 6 hours of mild steady energy as it acts as both a stimulant and a relaxant.

Metabolism boost - Matcha green tea can increase thermogenesis (the body's own rate of burning calories) from a normal 8%-10% of daily energy expenditure, to between 35% and 43% of daily energy expediture.(WOW!)

Skin Health - ​Scientists have discovered that Matcha Green Tea helps protect the skin from harmful UVrays, while improving blood flow and oxygen levels lifting the overall quality of the skin.

137x the antioxidants of brewed green tea - Antioxidants are essential as you age to boost your body's natural defenses against oxidation. Researchers have found that a high level of dietary antioxidants can prevent many age-related diseases.

I did some serious reading and research on this product, because it was something I was REALLY wanting to work out for me, and here is some of the information that i found to be really awesome!

Matcha is green tea from the Camellia sinensis, but it a very fine powder version of the healthy
drink. Unlike other teas derived from Camellia sinensis, matcha has not been fermented. Matcha,
like other varieties of green tea, can be harvested from anywhere in the world. But more than simply ground up green tea leaves, matcha is derived from tea leaves grown in the
shade so that the leaves achieve a dark green color, which gives matcha its magnificent amino
acids. It’s quite a long process to produce matcha but serious tea drinkers rely on matcha to
enhance their culinary experiences from comfort food like macaroni & cheese to their happy hour
matcha mojito.

The reason matcha is slowly edging out traditional green tea in terms of health benefits is because 
those who ingest matcha are consuming the entire leaf rather than brewed water. One glass of 
matcha green tea is equal to 10 glasses of regular green tea as far as antioxidants and nutrients. 
In fact, a 2003 study published in the Journal of Chromatography A found matcha has 137 times 
more of the powerful antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) than other types of green tea.

I tried this for a while and I thought it was great! I had more energy and I felt more focused! At a glance, it seems a bit pricey, but the bag is a decent size, and lasts quite some time. Only a small amount is suggested daily (I believe a teaspoon) so it will take quite a while to use it all. If you compare it to energy shots, medicines, weight loss pills and all the other supplements you're taking for these problems, it seems like the Matcha green tea powder would be not only the healthier choice, but the more affordable choice! Have you ever tried this? Does it seem like something you would be interested in trying?

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