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…]

Your Local Thrift Store


I have done posts on thrift store finds and I tend to forget how much I enjoy them until I go again and remember the thrill. Well recently the boys and I were at a local thrift store to donate some chairs and they wanted to go in to see if they could find some “wins” and so I, too, thought I would see what I could find.

I ended up in the purse area and was very surprised at what I discovered. There was A LOT of really nice purses for as little as $3.50. Many of them were known brands and designers. These are purses that you would get on SALE for at least $30-40 and were now mere dollars from their original price. So, how about the condition? Many of them looked BRAND NEW and overall they were all very clean with no gum stuck on the bottom, rips or tears. I was deciding between about three of them when I landed on the one above. It was only $3.50!! SCORE!

Then, about a week later, after I had cleaned out my closet (a post all in itself) and I had bags to drop off at Goodwill, the boys wanted to go in and look around (they LOVE Goodwill) so we did. it was at this time I walked into the swimsuit section, which had many offerings. Now at first I was like “hmm, this seems kind of gross” and was thinking it may be like wearing someone else’s underwear, but I soon got over it when I saw the selection and the prices. Like $6 for a top and a bottom?! Within minutes I found a cool suit for the small price of $12. My daughter, Nicole, [Read more…]

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussel Sprouts CCTNT

Growing up we ate a lot of vegetables from our garden.  One veggie I don’t remember growing or eating was Brussels sprouts.  I’m now wondering why?  I think it was probably because no one liked them…I always thought they were mini cabbages that were bitter-tasting.  Well, my perspective has changed over the last couple years as I have eaten them in several nice restaurants while traveling on business.

As I searched for a recipe, I found some common recipes that include garlic, Parmesan cheese, salted and peppered, bacon, honey, and balsamic vinegar.  I decided to go for the basic recipe, salted and peppered finished off with some Parmesan cheese.  This basic recipe can be modified to add your favorite flavors or even use different oils to give a sweeter flavor.

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Peach Pound Cake


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Peach season has been terrific this year – we ate about 200 peaches in about 5 weeks!  I decided to not do any canning or freezing this year since I still have some in the pantry and freezer.  I love fresh peach pie as well as to cut them up for my breakfast yogurt to take to work.  The last couple of years the gals here at Chick Chat This and That have made a lot of peach recipes.  They include peach salsa, peach jam, personal-sized peach cobbler, freezer peaches, peach sangria, peach cupcakes, peach upside down cake, and canned peaches..

Since I had decided not to do any preserving this year I went in search of some new peach recipes.  I ran across a recipe for peach pound cake and it looked so delicious I just couldn’t pass it up.  It called for a bundt pan to bake it in, and of course, as luck would have it, I had just thrown mine away because it was a cheap old thing and everything would stick to the sides.  I decided to make the pound cake in loaf pans while I waited for my new bundt pan to arrive from Amazon.  The secret to this pound cake is to butter the sides of the pan and then dust it with sugar…yum.  You will need several hours to make this from beginning to end, but it is well worth the time.

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How to store fresh cilantro and basil

Cilantro and Basil

It’s summer and that means I’m totally into fresh cilantro and basil.  We grow our own each summer in some pots on the back patio.  There’s nothing quite like being able to mosey (yes, mosey) out to the back of the house and cut some fresh.  My favorite summertime recipe for cilantro is garden-fresh salsa.  My favorite use of fresh basil is tomato basil bruschetta.  Even though we have our favorite recipes, my daughter Olivia and I are trying cilantro and basil on everything we eat right now…with a slice of tomato, on our homemade pizzas, chili tortillas, BLTs…..we just can’t get enough.

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Strawberry Cake

Stawberry Cake with CCTNT

My mom recently made this cake for a dinner she was going to.  I tried a piece and REALLY liked it. Soooo, for our next family function, I made this cake and it was a hit.  It’s light, fluffy, and fruity.  Yum!! [Read more…]

The Power of the Almighty Lemon


Lemons get used a lot around our house.  My husband loves it when I use lemons because then he can sit and smell the peel while I finish.  They take him back to his childhood and the pleasure of eating LemonHeads.  :)  Mostly I use them in my cooking and baking, but I’ve found a few other uses for them as well that I thought I’d share with you.

1.  Keeping cutting boards clean and sanitized.  If you need to sanitize your board, rub salt into it with a wedge of lemon.  Stains your problem?  Pour lemon juice on it and let it sit for 20 minutes before wiping.

2.  Light and airy cakes.  If you add a bit of lemon juice to the butter and sugar mixture of your cake (don’t get crazy with the lemon!) you will find that it keeps your cake light.

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Grilled Balsamic Chicken

Balsamic Chicken Salad

When I saw this recipe I was excited to try it.  We like salad at our house but when I eat a chicken salad I have two stand-by’s that are my go-to salad.  I was excited to get a new one into my rotation.

I do have to admit that I was a bit concerned about grilling chicken on the grill.  Although I’m a master griller when it comes to brats and beer can chicken; chicken breasts strike fear in my heart.  A lot of chicken breasts that I’ve eaten that were grilled tended to be a little overcooked as well as dry and tasteless.  I don’t know if it’s a testament to my grilling skills or the marinade on the chicken but my chicken turned out wonderfully!  I heated the grill on high for a few minutes, sprayed the grate with grill spray, turned the heat down to medium and then cooked the chicken towards the front of the grill which on my grill is a bit off the flame.  The chicken turned out incredibly moist and tender.  If you don’t have a grill or prefer not to grill, the chicken can also be cooked on the stove top or baked.

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