Thursday, February 20, 2014

Cooking with Johan - Zucchini Pinwheels

how fun looking!

Cooking with Johan - Zucchini Pinwheels

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Gluten Free Red Velvet Pancakes

Who doesn't already love red velvet?

Gluten Free Red Velvet Pancakes

Try these Gluten Free Red Velvet Pancakes for a sweet surprise for your gluten-free Valentine! They're dairy-free, too! Go ahead... indulge ! Author: Gluten Free Gigi Recipe type: Breakfast This recipe is free from: gluten, dairy/casein, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, and corn (if you use a corn-free flour blend and my grain-free baking powder ). Ingredients For the pancakes 1 ½ cups  Gigi’s Everyday Gluten-Free Flour Blend (Gum-Free) 2 Tablespoons granulated white sugar (or light brown sugar) 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 3 teaspoons baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt 1 egg, beaten ¾ cup dairy-free milk PLUS ½ Tablespoon white vinegar (or buttermilk, if...Read More

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Old El Paso Frozen Entrees

Old El Paso

Frozen Entrees

A Review

 Dinner, supper, the evening meal...
What's for dinner?...
Kinda the age old mom question isn't it?

Well today it got answered.. in a super easy way.

This is how it went down...
The door bell rang and I ran to answer it, not expecting anyone, I wasn't really dressed for company, but I dared to answer anyways {what can I say I'm super brave! haha }... Thank the good Lord it was the mail man. He has seen me frazzled, ragged, and sleep deprived plenty of times, so no worries about being in PJ bottoms ( at 1300) a 'cleaning' shirt, and old bra { got a mental picture going on yet? Can't scratch out your minds eye can ya?}

Today he had more then bills for me though.. he had a BOX {does anyone else besides me get all excited like a little kid when they get boxes in the mail?}. A good sized one too, not like when you get a tiny sample in the mail and it has an over packaged. This was a big box, and when I opened it, it had all sorts of goodies in it.

From cute Mexican themed plates, a teal ( did I happen to mention I LOVE teal?!) serving plate, 2 mini tongs, 2 margarita glasses, and 4 coupons for free Old El Paso frozen entrées.
I had hit the dinner jackpot!
I knew what we were having for dinner tonight!
Thanks to Platefull Co-Op and General Mills!
We got a couple of different things:
  • Steak Fajitas  
  • Chicken Enchiladas
  • Steak Enchiladas
  • Steak Burrito 

As for the steak fajitas, we had the corn tortillas already, and hubby put them in a skillet {click here for the pan we used and the review Ozeri Green Earth Ceramic Nonstick Frying Pan} with a little olive oil and toasted them {Yummy!}

 The food was shock-ly tasty! A lot of times with frozen meals you get food with no taste due to the freezing process. The meat was good and wasn't tough, the veggies tasted fresh, and it didn't take to long to make.
The enchiladas had a slight kick to them but nothing unexpected, we liked the steak better then the chicken. it seemed to have a little more taste to it but the chicken seemed to cook a little faster and they were in the over at the same time so that could have something to do with it as well. We will have to try them again just in case, that was the case.
We haven't tried the steak burritos just yet but I am sure they will be eaten in a day or so and I'll post a review on them when they are.

We all walked away from the table full which is always nice, and nobody complained that they didn't like anything which is always a good sign. I don't buy frozen meals very often but I think I may start buying these for the nights that we are running late and need a good meal or even just the nights that I don't feel like cooking but still need to feed the kids.

 Here is a pic of what was sent and the chicken enchiladas that I bought with one of the coupons

Isn't it all super cute?
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*All items sent were free through Platefull Co-Op and General Mills in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine and have not been influenced in anyway.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Just a quick update on us

Thought I would give you all a quick update on how we are doing.
I would almost swear that the kids are getting bigger by the moment!
Max is such a little ham, now every time I pull out a camera he gives me the worlds biggest cheesy-est smile.
Morgan he growing taller by the moment,  he is really starting to enjoy cub scouts.
And Melessa is turning into a beautiful young lady right before our eyes. We are staying busy with the remodel, Mike is at the point of putting in the tile in Morgans bathroom. It wont be much longer before its all finished!  Can you read my excitement? I am so blessed to have a hubby that is so talented and can do so much on his own. I have been busy with kids like always,  I don't mind though I love being able to stay home and be Mom full time. I know there are many out there that aren't able to and wish they were.  I wish I had a more exciting update haha but hey what can I say? We love our life and know how blessed we are to have it. Here are some pictures...

Friday, February 7, 2014

Healthy Almond Crusted Chicken

Healthy Almond Crusted Chicken

I know I have been bringing you all sorts of healthy sweet recipes, so it is time for a savory one. Almonds have quickly become a staple in this house. I love their versatility. They adapt to any kind of food you are cooking. I am so glad no one in our home has an almond allergy! I know some who do and that would just be awful. Why I love almonds so much? The top reasons: Lower LDL-Cholesterol and Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease Almonds Provide Double-Barreled Protection against Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease Reduced risk of coronary heart disease. Improve Blood Fats Their healthy fats help you lose weight Lowers Risk of Weight Gain Full of Manganese, Copper & Riboflavin—More Help with Energy Production ...Read More

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Cauliflower Tots

Hmmm I might have to just try these...

Cauliflower Tots

Sometimes a recipe comes along that I just can't wait to share. This one is life changing. Well at least it will change your life if your weakness is the french fry, or tater tot.  I was going to wait for Monday to post this.  But after posting a teaser on facebook about the upcoming recipe, and having so many of you ask for it now. I had to finish my edits and get it up on the site for you all.  Please Pin, Like, Share, and Repost!  Let's let everyone know there is a much healthier option!  Yes, no matter how successful I am in my healthy eating quest, I still crave that salty crunchy goodness with the warm creamy filling. I allow myself to indulge in my weakness from time to time, but I...Read More

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Dark Chocolate Multigrain Cheerios®

 Dark Chocolate Multigrain Cheerios®

I have had the pleasure of trying out  Dark Chocolate Multigrain Cheerios® through Platefull CoOp and for those of you that know me also tend to know I am weird when it comes to foods. I'm not a big breakfast person and I WILL NOT eat anything that is soggy, getting soggy, or made to feel mushy it's just... * Gagging sounds*  gross.  So I was a little apprehensive with it being cereal, I'm not a big fan.... normally that is. I can't ever seem to eat it before it gets to the dreaded place... the softer side of things * gagging noises* .

But to my shock and awe I loved these Cheerios so much that I have been able to eat them before they got soggy. I feel full after a bowl of them and not like I need to have at least another 2 or 3 to feel like I have had anything at all, which is what I have had happen to me in the past and then I am eating the entire box just trying to get full. And a plus this is a cereal that not only I like but my family does as well!
 How flustering is it to walk onto the cereal isle in the supermarket with your kids only to be asked for 10 different boxes and kind, none of them being the same? Well since I coupon my kids know that even if they ask there is a good chance that they won't be getting what they are asking for.  But now that we all have ONE cereal that we all like I am able to but it with or with out coupons. Since I am not having to buy a bunch of different kinds I am saving all sorts of money! How Awesome is that?!

Want to learn more about the oh so goodness of  Dark Chocolate Multigrain Cheerios®? Then head on over to Cheerios to find out more.
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*Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op.

ShaveMob {A Review}


A Review

We all have it, some more then others and if you are anything like me the sound of being able to take a body dip on Nair is like a dream come true... and I mean me what I really mean is dipping myself and my amazing husband. I hate body hair, I see no reason for any hair on your body that is lower then your eyebrows and if your a guy some in your armpits. 

My favorite? Swimmers body.. you know what I'm talking about... completely hairless  Oh yeah baby! HA HA

Here is the thing about my amazing husband.. he has crazy sensitive facial skin, so when he shaves with a blade that is going to give him a super close completely kissable shave he gets these painful nasty little ingrown hairs on his jawline and chin. And I always feel so bad for him, so he has just gotten to the point where he shaves but doesn't shave super close/ all the way down. And the ingrown hairs stopped and he was much happier, which in turn makes me much happier.

And then we/he had the pleasure of being able to do a review for ShaveMob.
If your anything like well.. most people, the amount of money that we throw into paying for blades all the time is ridiculous. Yes, they work and do as they say they will  {kinda}but there has been more then one time where I thought " The reason why the Duck Dynasty men have so much money is because they don't spend money on razors!"
I mean come on, think about it.. a box of replacement men's blades is anywhere from $15.00 to almost $40.00! And that is for 4 to 6 blades that don't really last all that long, if you do what I do and tend to 'borrow' them and shave your legs with hubby's razor then they dull out even faster.

Here is just one of the many great things about the razors at ShaveMob, they don't dull out like name brand blades do! Seriously! Mike used the same blade for WEEKS before even thinking about replacing it, and he didn't even know that within that time I had used it to shave my legs several times, and I think my daughter might have borrowed it a time or two to shave her legs as well and ladies...
BY FAR the nicest, smoothest, closest shave I have ever gotten and the best part...
NO SHAVE ITCH after! No little red bumps, to overly feeling of dry skin, just silky smooth legs ... every SINGLE time.
I mean; you can feel like your on top of the world when your legs are all smooth and extra pretty!

 They even carry women's blades but I haven't tried them out yet but I plan on placing an order soon.

So enough about how awesome-ly wonderful I think these blades are here is what a man has to say about them.

Here is what Mike told me about the razors:

 " Seeing that there are 6 blades at first I was a little worried about there being a ton of ingrown hairs and it tearing my skin up. The first couple of shaves did give me ingrown hairs but just 2 in the same spots that I have always had them, so I don't think it had  much to really do with the blades themselves but more of just shaving there all the way down in the first place. BUT they came out MUCH faster ( within the day it happened) and healed faster as well and there was really no pain along with them, in fact I hardly even noticed them at all. After those first two shaves no problems at all, the shave is super close, closer then what I think I have had before. the blade is longer in length then what I am use to with my Mach3, so it's a little harder to get around places like the underside of my nose you need to blow it out a little more, but who cares? Well that was until I realized that there was a trimmer on the back of the blades... then everything was super easy! The blades were even sent with a handle, which has a nice even weight to it.  I was/still am in Shocked at how long the sharpness of the blades last, I shave almost everyday, being a fire fighter I am expected to keep a clean and professional appearance and having a clean shaven face can one day save my life or even someone else's... since with a clean shaven face my SCBA mask (Self Contained Breathing Apprentice) keeps a tighter hold on my face. And with these blades I don't have to shave as often either. With my Mach3 I was having to shave 2-3 times a day to keep my self 'clean' with the ShaveMob razors I shave once in the mornings or even the night before and I am good to go for 24 hours or pretty close to it. And as an added bonus when I had military weekend not to long ago I was able to shave twice in 3 days and keep up to the standard in which I am suppose to. While out on a training weekend in the mud and muck, in the middle of the forest I didn't have to worry about keeping my face shaven because I had my ShaveMob with me. I shaved once when I got there before we went out and once in the am on the last training day, that was it. My face looked cleaner then any of the other guys I was with that weekend as well. I am now a fan for life of ShaveMob I will be putting in my own personal order soon and plan on always ordering from them from now on."

My advice is not to waste any more money on those other razor blades head on over to ShaveMob today and put your order in! Not only will you...

Nick Yorchak Co-Founder
  • Save up to 70% {YES 70%!!} over those other razors 
  • If you are in the military you could also get up to a 10% discount on your order as well.
  • There is no monthly membership,
  • No shipping in the continuous United States, 
  • All the packaging is 100% recycled and low impact.
Zach Randall Co-Founder
They even have ways of earning free razors..
When you do order {because your smart and you know it's the smart thing to do} I would love to know what you think about these razors and so would ShaveMob so let us know by tweeting about it with the hashtag #ShaveSmarter

So what are you waiting for?! Go place your order now!

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* We received a free shipment of the Caveman 6 blade razor with handles in return for our honest review and opinion, all opinions are ours and have not been influenced in anyway* 

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