Thai Pork Larb Lettuce Wraps


Mike and I love Thai food and have recently been trying all kinds of new recipes.  When I saw the word “larb” in the name I was a bit puzzled as to what it meant.  Turns out it really just means meat salad.  Hey – that’s my kind of salad!!  The mango in this recipe gives this dish a great kick and goes nicely with all the other flavors.  It was definitely one of our favorites and one we’ll be repeating in the future.

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ACUTE CARE–Results Update


Set of ACUTE CARE strips

This post is a follow-up from a previous post on the Rodan + Fields ACUTE CARE product. It has been about five weeks and I am here to share my results. Here is a link my previous post and below, excerpts from the original post:

So what is Acute Care? Per an email article from Rodan + Fields’ President and CEO, Lori Bush, this is how she describes it: “ACUTE CARE™™ is so effective for addressing the appearance of wrinkles…because it’s so different from any other wrinkle product on the market today. Imagine using semi-conductor manufacturing precision to produce a patch holding 125 tiny liquid cones made of hydrating hyaluronic acid that melt into a wrinkle to bathe it in skin-nurturing peptides while you sleep. For many people, ACUTE CARE is a welcome alternative to a painful visit to the dermatology clinic…no appointment or needle required.”

Here is how you use ACUTE CARE: Apply the ACUTE CARE “strips”(see picture above) 10 times over four weeks (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Monday). Set a calendar reminder to keep you on track. Hop in bed and let it do the work! Wake up and [Read more…]

Fitbit–Is it Worth the Hype?

simple.b-cssdisabled-png.h197954f3b59a58819354ee267800446d.packFor Mother’s Day this year, my husband bought me a Fitbit. At first I wasn’t exactly thrilled as it wasn’t something that I had really expressed an interest in other than I had seen others with them and wondered what all the hype was about.

Well I went from that level of interest to really liking it and, what I really didn’t anticipate, it really changed my behavior. I honestly didn’t expect that the auto-tracking of my steps [Read more…]

Apple Cinnamon Angel Food Cake


Apple Cinnamon Angel Food Cake CCTNT

I just LOVE easy recipes that are delicious….Here is one that only uses 2, yes you read correctly, only 2 ingredients!  And these two ingredients may even be in your pantry as we speak!  Angel food cake is a favorite in our house.  Earlier I posted an easy pineapple angel food cake recipe, and this one is almost exactly like it.  It’s simple….one can of apple pie filling and one box of angel food cake mix….we have tried the same recipe with cherry pie filling, but we didn’t like it as much (but it was still good).  Give it a try – 2 ingredients and 35 minutes – wish all recipes were this easy!

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Lemon Chicken Pasta

Lemon Chicken Pasta CCTNT


Chicken has become one of our go-to meats over the last couple years.  The problem is that you get tired of having the same old thing all the time.  I found this recipe on Pinterest and modified it a little.  It uses lemon to give a great flavor and butter to crisp the chicken to a golden brown.  It doesn’t take too long to make, and could be a good meal even for a school/work night.  Whipping cream is used but I used half-and-half…next time I will use the whipping cream for a little more creamy flavor.  Enjoy!

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Chex Mix

Chex Mix at CCTNT

Football season is upon us. That means there’s ample opportunity for making appetizers and snack foods for football parties and/or tailgating! An age-old favorite is Chex Mix (and of course, it doesn’t have to be football season in order to make this). Now, when I say Chex Mix, I do NOT mean the kind you buy already prepared in a bag/box. I mean the kind you make from “scratch.” I’m using the term chex mix generically. When I was kid, and before there was “Chex Mix,” we called it Nuts & Bolts. I always thought that was a pretty creative name. I’m assuming the pretzel sticks were the “bolts” and the Cheerios® were the nuts. At any rate, I’ve taken a few different recipes over the years and created what I use. [Read more…]

Taco Ring

Taco Ring with CCTNT

Many, many years ago, I attended a Pampered Chef® party where the hostess prepared and served this “taco ring.”  I got the recipe and made it once.  I was leafing through my recipes the other day and realized I hadn’t made it in years.  So, I whipped it up for the fam.  They all really enjoyed it.  I’ll be making it more often going forward. [Read more…]

Pad See Ew



As I’ve shared, Mike and I are branching out and have been trying all kinds of new recipes this year.  This is one that we’ve tried and fell in love with!  I hope you guys enjoy it as much as we do.  Just don’t ask me how exactly it’s pronounced :)

Pad See Ew with Pork and Sweet Peppers 


  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 red onion
  • 8 ounces sweet peppers
  • ¼ bunch Thai basil
  • 10 ounces ground pork
  • 1 red Thai chile
  • ¼ cup fish sauce
  • 4 packets soy sauce (gluten-free)
  • 2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
  • 6 ounces wide rice noodles

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Monster Cookies


These are famous cookies in our family!  The pure size and nice colors of the M&M’s on top will have family and friends asking for more.  They also are considered gluten free! 

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As a consultant for Rodan + Fields skin-care products, I get to try a variety of their products and the most recent product I am trying is their REDEFINE ACUTE CARE™ product. This product is designed to improve the look of your expression lines such as the ones around your eyes, between your forehead, laugh lines, etc.

So what is Acute Care? Per an email article from Rodan + Fields’ President and CEO, Lori Bush, this is how she describes it: “ACUTE CARE™™ is so effective for addressing the appearance of wrinkles…because it’s so different from any other wrinkle product on the market today. Imagine [Read more…]