The “Wet” Brush

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My hair tends to get very snarly when I wash it. I definitely do not have a full, thick head of hair. In fact, just the opposite. My hair is very fine and thin. This means when I wash my hair, it snarls like crazy. My hairdresser, Jess, told me about the hairbrush called the Wet Brush® that proclaims to be the best detangling brush ever! After a lifetime of ridiculously snarly hair especially after washing it, I was willing to try anything.

Well, it really does work very well! In an effort to understand why, I read the back of the package and it says that the brush has Intelliflex® bristles. These bristles are thin, strong and very flexible. The [Read more…]

Family Fun Time–Sledding!

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It’s winter and, well, that isn’t always fun, but sometimes there are great days when you can get out there and enjoy some fun in the snow. We recently were able to do so and we went sledding on a local hill. At first, I wasn’t going to go, but my son really wanted me to, so I relented. You know, push myself.

Well, I had a blast! This was after I got through the initial panic of going down a hill on a little sled. It has just been such a long time. As soon as I went down once, I was hooked. I definitely would have gone more times, but I was getting exhausted climbing back up the hill. No need for a workout if you are walking up a hill numerous times, especially with no tread boots!

This is a reminder to get out there and have fun and spend quality time DOING something with your kids. Not watching them, but playing WITH them. Did I feel like going? Not really. Did I think I should do laundry or go to the grocery store? Yes, but it can always be done later. Spend that time with your kids and make some memories. My son even said, “Mom, you are still young.” That made it all worth while.

Make life fun and remember to take the time to enjoy moments with family and friends. We never know what tomorrow brings…

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Red Pepper Tomato Basil Soup

 

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When going out to dinner, one of the more popular soups on the menu in the last couple of years has been a tomato basil or red pepper tomato soup.  If this is on the menu, I just can’t pass it up because it’s something I have never made at home so it’s a special treat…but no more!!  I found a couple recipes that looked delicious, and I combined them into one – Red Pepper Tomato Basil Soup….now if peppers bother your stomach, then this soup is not for you!  But if you love a peppery, creamy tomato soup on a cold winter day, then this soup is for you.  We paired it with homemade Panini sandwiches – I will post a recipe for these next month. Give this soup a try – it will soon become one of your favorites!

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Pepper Chicken Marinara Pasta

 

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Ever not really know what you want to eat, but are starving?  We get tired of eating the same thing, and I get cravings for anything ‘pasta’.  We have really cut back on our white bread, pasta, potatoes (all the starchy stuff you love but know turns to sugar in your body!).  A couple of weekends ago, it was so cold outside that I didn’t want to venture out to the grocery but was really hankering for a pasta dish.  I had gotten several peppers and thought it might be good to add some peppers, onions and chicken to some pasta….So I cobbled together Pepper Chicken Marinara Pasta….it was really good, so give it a try! [Read more…]

Simple Fruit Salad

Simple Fruit Salad

In the middle of winter, when all the fruits of summertime are not really plentiful, I like to make a super simple fruit salad with three fruits that are always available – apples, oranges, and bananas.  Every since I was young, when I’m hankering some fruit in the middle of winter, I’ll whip up a small version of this salad with one apple, one banana, and one orange.  So simple and good.  The combination of the three fruits together adds a little something different than eating the fruits individually. [Read more…]

Six-Panel Doors

 

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Twenty years ago, when our house was being built, we discussed our desire to have six-panel doors with our builder.  However, in trying to keep with our budget, we were advised against it and decided to just go with flush doors.  Let me tell you what…..BIG mistake…and here’s why…. [Read more…]

Bagel Sandwiches

Onion bagel with Cajun turkey and pepper jack cheese

Onion bagel with Cajun turkey and pepper jack cheese

Late last year we worked on cutting back on take-out, I’m happy to say that so far it’s been working.  While we still eat out at least once or twice a week, it’s a planned evening out instead of a daily event.  There have been a couple of contributing factors to our success, one of which is keeping various easy options around the house.

One of our options is Bagel Sandwiches.  Yep, it’s as easy as it sounds and actually quite tasty.  While the picture above is a very simple option that I enjoy, there are many ways to enjoy this easy meal.

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Green Tomato Bread

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At Christmas time my sister-in-law Peggy goes crazy with holiday baking.  The amount of cookies and candies she makes is insane.  In addition to cookies and candy, she usually bakes us a little goody bag as a present which includes her Green Tomato Bread.

Yeah, Green Tomato Bread does sound a little weird.  A lot of times Peggy will downplay the tomato part because of the wrinkled noses the kids give her, however don’t let the word tomato fool you, it’s delicious!

The bread itself reminds me of a banana bread or zucchini bread, however it does have a slightly different flavor.  If you’re wondering what to do with the tomatoes that haven’t ripened at the end of the season you need to give this one a try.

This recipe originally came from Allrecipes.com

 Green Tomato Bread
  • 2 cups finely diced green tomatoes
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 9×5-inch loaf pans.
  2. Mix tomatoes, sugar, walnuts, canola oil, eggs, vanilla extract, and salt together in a large bowl until well blended. Mix flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and baking powder together in a separate bowl; stir into egg mixture until just blended. Spoon batter into prepared loaf pans.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the middle of each loaf comes out clean, about 1 hour. Let cool in the pans for about 10 minutes before transferring loaves to wire racks to cool completely.

If you’re looking to make it a tad bit healthier you could use halve the oil and replace with an equal amount of applesauce.  You could also reduce the sugar a bit, especially if you are use to eating lower sugared foods.  One cup of the flour could also be substituted with wheat flour.

Enjoy!

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Penguin Appetizer Fun

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This little penguin group was so darn creative that I had to post it.  This little creation was completed by my niece for a holiday celebration.   This little penguin appetizer could be used for all types of events and kids love them. [Read more…]

Lettuce Wraps

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I always enjoyed lettuce wraps for appetizer when dining at local Asean restaurant.    This was a super easy meal that I actually used Turkey breast that I had made earlier.   If your looking for low Carb options, this is a wonderful guilt free meal.
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