Thursday, August 25, 2011

All Proceeds Donated to the Red Cross

It's here! It's here!

After literally MONTHS of creating, the "50+ Top Blogs All Time Favorite Recipes" cookbook is HERE!!! You may have seen a sneak peek of this gorgeous recipe book this past month. We hope you have been anxiously awaiting it. :) It will only be available for purchase now through the end of August. But wait, scratch that, it's not a purchase. The best part is...

it's a donation!

100% of your donation will go to the American Red Cross to help the many people who have been affected by recent natural disasters around the world.

Get your copy today!  It comes in an E-book form or a very nice hard back book.  Both are just $10!  Some shipping will apply, but all of the cost of the book will be donated!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Loaded Baked Potatoe Casserole

9 x 13 Pan
350 Degrees

12 to 15 potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
1  Cup Milk
2 Cups shredded cheese (colby/jack or cheddar)
Velveeta crumbles or 8 oz. cut into small cubes
Jar of Bacon bits
4 Sliced Green Onions
1/4 Cup of Flour
1/2 Cup or 1 Stick of Butter
1/2 Cup Sour Cream

Salt & Pepper

Spray your pan liberally with no-stick spray.  Put a little melted butter and 2 tablespoons of sour cream in bottom of pan.  Spread around.  Put first layer of potatoes covering the bottom of pan.  Salt & pepper, pour on a little melted butter, 2 tablespoons sour cream (dotted) sprinkle 1 heaping tablespoon of flour evenly over potatoes, 1/3 of shredded cheese, 1/3 of diced velveeta and 1/3 Cup of milk.  Repeat with three layers.  On top of the final layer add bacon bits and bake for 30 minutes or until bubbly and browned.  Before serving add green onion.  This is a great side dish for any meat entree!

Re-usable Sandwich Bags! What an Idea!

ReUsies™ are a re-usable alternative to sandwich/snack bags, each one has the potential to eliminate hundreds of plastic bags. ReUsies™ are 100% cotton lined with leak-resistant nylon and are secured with Velcro® closures.
They come in many themes and colors.  Washable in the dishwasher or Washing Machine if soiled beyond wiping off.  So cool!  Check out this
site:  Reusies to do your part in helping to reduce so much waste!  Right now there is a special:  Buy 4 or more and get 40% off your entire order!  Enter coupon code - 4ORMORE -   Wow, that's almost like getting 2 for 1!

Nanny's Juicy Burgers

5 lbs. Ground Chuck
4 chopped Onions
4 chopped Green Bell Peppers
4 1/2 cups Ketchup

Brown burger, onion and bell peppers.  Drain.  Add ketchup.  Simmer 35 to45 min.  Serve on hamburger buns.  It is amazing how good this tastes!  So much better than dry seasoning or canned sauce!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

An Overabundance Of Zucchini? Here Are Some Great Recipes

Check out Taste of Home - Top Ten Zucchini Recipes for this recipe for Zucchini cupcakes and much more!  Lots of summer recipes for this amazing, but overabundant veggie!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Poisons Under Your Sink: Hidden Danger of Cleaning Products

The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) has recorded many exposures to household cleaning substances that were serious enough to require treatment in a health care facility. Incredibly, according to the AAPCC the largest number of occurrences of poisoning in 1993 were due to cleaning products - drain cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, bleach, soaps and detergents.  To read this article in full, visit:  Mama's Health 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Is Your Home A Healthy Home?

If you are like most people, you just naturally assume that if a product was on the market for sale, it was safe, right?  Wrong.  Actually, consumer products that we all use everyday are filled with toxic chemicals, many of them requiring special handling like well ventilated rooms, gloves, some even require eye protection.  These same chemicals when used in a chemical laboratory or in the workplace require even stronger measures.  Sometimes even a respirator.
An EPA report stated the "indoor air pollution is one of the nation's most important environmental problems."
Every year, five to ten million household poisonings are reported, the immediate result of accidental ingestion of common cleaning, pesticide, personal care or other common household products.  Many of these are fatal and many are children.
A 1985 EPA report concluded that the toxic chemicals in household cleaners are three times more likely to cause cancer than outdoor air pollution.  Also, a report  by the CPSC on chemicals commonly found in homes identified 150 that have been linked to allergies, birth defects,  cancer and psychological abnormalities.  All these chemicals seem to concentrate over time due to windows being sealed tight in the winter to keep in the heat and also in the summer to keep in the cool!

We need to educate ourselves.  There are safer alternatives now.  Start to eliminate the toxic environment from your house and daily life.  The website below will help to educate you more on how to do this.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Redneck Wine Glass

This is made from a dollar store candlestick holder and a Ball canning jar. You could use any kind of canning jar.  Decorate just like you would a real wineglass.  Talk about being the talk of the town for your next party or get-to-gether. 

Favorite Banana Bread Recipe

1  9 x 5 x 4-inch loaf pan
350 Degrees F.

1/2 Cup Butter
1 Cup Brown Sugar
2 Eggs
2 Cups Flour
1 t. Cinnamon
1 t. Baking Soda
1/4 t. Salt
1/4 t. Allspice
1/4 t. Nutmeg
1 Cup Mashed Banana, Very Ripe
1 T. Liquid (sour milk, juice, or buttermilk)

Cream together butter and sugar; add eggs and beat well.  Sift dry ingredients together; add to egg mixture with banana and liquid; mix thoroughy.  Bake in a greased loaf pan for 1 hour or until bread tests done.  Cool on wire rack.


Use part Whole Wheat Flour.
Add 3/4 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips.
Add 1 Cup Chopped Walnuts.

Great Outdoor Party Idea

Summer Camp Giant Bubbles Kit & Tutorial

What a GREAT! idea.  This would be perfect for any child's birthday party activity.  Easy to make, very low cost and a great party pleaser!  For more great party ideas visit:  Design Dazzle Blog.  This is a great place to share your awesome ideas for other to try.

Need Help Planning The Perfect Party?

Well, look no farther than The Hostess With The Mostess 
This site is so user friendly and visual!  Oodles of pictures to help you get everything "just right".   Lots of resources for every occasion imaginable, including "everyday" celebrations.  They have recipes, downloads, a shop where you can get personalized party invites and favors and so much more.
Happy party planning!

An Amazing Online Cooking School!

If you have ever wanted to go to culinary school, do I have a website for you!  Rouxbe Cooking School is like attending one of those fancy culinary schools, but from the convenience of your own home. 

They offer a 7 day free trial, then it is just $29.95 per month therafter if you decide to attend.  They use the same curriculum and learning path used by professional culinary schools.  Start anytime and progress at your own pace.  Short lesson segments and fun quiz questions along with 1,000's of amazing videos, some with step-by-step instructions.  Including, "How to Make Stock" and "How to Make Roux" and so many more.

They offer a price guarantee for a full refund if you don't feel like your cooking has improved within 30 days!  So what have you got to lose?
Visit their website above and take a look around.  I think, like me, you will be very impressed and excited!