Thursday, October 12, 2017

Media Mania: Book Review Real Life Organizing by Cassandra Aarssen

Blurb: Real Life Organizing offers clutter free storage solutions and advice that can help you create a Pinterest worthy home on a small budget: Learn how to organize your home, simplify life and have more time for the things you love. Organizational expert Cassandra ‘Cas’ Aarssen, the guru from YouTube’s ClutterBug channel, reveals her tips, tricks and secrets to a clean and clutter free home in just 15 minutes a day. Aarssen, spends her time organizing other people’s homes, teaching college workshops on organization, and creating weekly videos and blog posts. Cas offers diy Pinterest type tips to people like you who are interested in how to get rid of clutter and how to organize your home.

Organized person on the outside: The secret to her success? She’s a giant mess on the inside, but an organized person who can teach you how to get rid of clutter and organize your home once and for all.

Simplify your life: In her debut book, Real Life Organizing, Cas walks you through the steps you can take to create a beautiful, organized, clutter free, and almost self-cleaning home ─ a DIY Pinterest home. Simplify your life. You do not have to get rid of all of your things, you do not have to be a yoga loving minimalist, and you do not have to radically change your lifestyle or personality in order to simplify your life and have an organized home. The truth is that you do not need to actually be an organized person to live like an organized person.

Organize home: Through her years of experience as an industry expert, Cas has uncovered easy and inexpensive tips, tricks and solutions that allow her to maintain a clean, organized and functional home with minimal effort. After you’ve read Real Life Organizing, you too will be able to live a more organized life without having to give up your sanity.

In Real Life Organizing: Get a Clean and Clutter-Free Home in Just 15 Minutes, you will learn how to:
• Create a Household Management Binder
• Make a “Kids Cupboard” in your kitchen
• Create an IN/OUT system
• Organize paperwork based on your unique style
• Create a Kitchen Command Center
• Organize your holidays with a gift closet
• Build the best toy organizing system
• And, enjoy a diy Pinterest home

My thoughts

Watching organizing and cleaning videos is sort of my guilty pleasure. I can't even describe why, besides it gives me a motivational kick in my rear, especially when I need it.

I pre-ordered this little ditty of a book, a couple months back. I've read through it several times, as there was just too much to absorb at once. It helps that she has it split up into manageable sections.

Clutterbug is a organize vlogger on youtube that I stumbled upon last year. She has some great organizing videos that she uploads weekly. I am still very much a book person, so when she told us she was releasing a book, I jumped on the pre-order bandwagon. I like holding books in my hands, and this one is no exception. While I confess this is my first straight organizing book I think I have ever bought, Cassandra doesn't disappoint. Her personality shines in this book, as much as it does in her videos.

There are 4 types of clutterbugs, as she calls them. Depending on the type of person you are, how you organize and clean. Honestly, I'd just toss everything into a tote and put it in a closet. But that is NOT helping, that is borderline hoarding, and lazy. Some of us are lazy, Cassandra explains that we need to organize smarter, take the lazy part of all of us, and make it work for you.

I even whipped up my own badge, I'm cool like that.

She even has a way to declutter, in just 15 minutes (a day). That is the tagline for her book after all.

Did her book make me laugh? You bet it did.

Did it kick my butt to WANT things organized? Yes.

Did I start organizing? Yes.

Is it a miracle book that does it for you? No, but it gives you the tools you need to get it done!

Would I recommend it? Absolutely.

If you are like some of us, who need a little help, who needs some direction, but have no idea where to start, this one is for you. You can buy it on Amazon.

She has a facebook group you can join for tips, you can watch her videos (subscribe! I did!) and if you feel so, go buy her book. Or her printables, her printables are soooo nice!

STALKER LINKS!!! Site      Facebook      Youtube

Monday, September 18, 2017

Comfort Foods & Brunches: Easy Egg Casserole

I found this recipe many years ago in the coupon section of my local news paper and I swear by it! 

Easy Egg Casserole


1 package Jimmy Dean® Original Sausage Crumbles
8 eggs
3 cups milk
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
8 cups French bread cubes (¾-inch pieces)
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided


Preheat oven to 350°F
Beat eggs, milk and pepper in large bowl with a wire whisk until well blended. Add bread cubes; stir gently until evenly coated. Stir in sausage crumbles and 1 ½ cups cheese.
Pour into lightly greased 13x9-inch baking dish; sprinkle with remaining cheese.
Bake 45 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting into 12 squares to serve.
You can find this recipe on line at

Friday, September 15, 2017

Drink Mix Friday: Cosmopolitan

  Who doesn't love a Cosmopolitan?


1 ½ Parts Vodka
⅓ Part Lime Juice
½ Part Triple Sec
⅔ Part Cranberry Juice
1 Twist Orange

How to mix

Fill a shaker with ice cubes. Add all ingredients. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with orange.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Top Five: 80's Rock Songs

This week's Top Five... 80's Rock Songs

Heather's Top Five

1. Sweet Child of Mine by Guns 'N Roses
2. Living on a Prayer by Bon Jovi
3. Back in Black by AC/DC
4. Tainted Love by Soft Cell
5. Fade to Black by Metallica

Tammy's Top Five
 Again this was a tough one for me to narrow down.

1. Rock You Like a Hurricane by Scorpions
2. Talk Dirty to Me by Poison
3. Here I Go Again by Whitesnack
4. Round and Round by Ratt
5. Were Not Gonna Take It by Twisted Sister

What are your top favorites?

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Comfort Foods & Brunches: Overnight French Toast

Today I'm kicking off a new recipe segment! I hope you will enjoy some of the great recipes I'm going to share! 

Overnight French Toast 


1 (16-ounce) French bread loaf
1/4 cup butter, melted
4 large eggs
1 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt


Cut bread loaf into about 10 (3/4-inch-thick) slices. 

Arrange bread in an ungreased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. 
Pour melted butter evenly over bread.

Whisk together eggs, milk, sugar, syrup, vanilla and salt; pour over bread.
Cover and overnight
The next day.....

Pre-heat oven to 350°

Remove from fridge and place in the oven.

Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 45 minutes or until golden.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Top Five: 80's Dance Songs

This week's Top Five...80's Dance Songs
Heather's Top Five
1. Push It by Salt-N-Pepa
2. Into The Groove by Madonna
3. It's Raining Men by The Weather Girls
4. Two Of Hearts by Stacey Q
5. Straight Up by Paula Abdul

Tammy's Top Five
1. Anything by Madonna!
2. Push It by Salt-N-Pepper
3.Bust A Move by Young MC & Word Up by Cameo
4. Mony Mony by Billy Idol
5. You Shook Me All Night Long by ACDC

What are your top favorites?

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Picnic Recipe: Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle Delight

Strawberry Shortcake you'll ever taste! The secret is cheesecake... sorta ;)

When I sold the Pampered Chef I came across many wonderful recipes and this one I came up with by combining what I liked of two different dessert recipes.

What you need:

Strawberries (washed and sliced)
2 tubs of Cool Whip (thawed)
1 package of Cheesecake Jello Instant Pudding
Dessert cakes, angle food cake, or pound cake cubed
1 package of Strawberry Jello
1/2 cup of water

Step 1:
Dissolve Strawberry Jello in water (do not follow the instruction on the package) then add the strawberries. Let them soak.

Step 2:
Fold 1 and 1/2 tubs of cool whip into a bowl (save the 1/2 half) and then add the dry Cheesecake pudding mix and stir until blended.

Step 3:
In a glass bowl place a layer of cake, a few scoops of cool whip/cheesecake filling on top then add the strawberries!

Repeat until bowl is full or out of ingredients.

Step 4: 
Place he rest of the cool whip on the top and garnish with strawberries.

To make this a red, white, and blue dessert  add blueberries!  

And then enjoy it!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Top Five: 80's Ballads

This week's Top Five...80's Ballads

Heather's Top Five

1. Jack & Diane
2. Every Breath You Take By The Police
3. Sister Christian by Night Ranger
4. When the Children Cry by White Lion
5. Alone by Heart

Tammy's Top Five

OMG....this was soooo hard. I bet tomorrow I'll change my mind! Anyone who knows me knows how much I love 80's music!

1. Don't Know What You Got by Cinderella
2. Every Rose Has it Thorn by Poison & I'll Be There For You by Bon Jovi
3. Love Bites by Def Leppard
4. Heaven by Warrant & Faithfully by Journey
5. I'll Remember You by Skid Row & Careless Whisper by Wham

What are your top favorites?

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Paws & Claws: Esma Edition

I have three cats, and this is the story of my second cat, and the only one we have raised from a kitten. I'm starting with her as her rescue anniversary was just a few days ago, she's been with us five years.

It was a late summer night, if I remember right, it was hot. I was outside, and I felt something behind me a few feet away, all I saw when I turned around was a white racoon tail. The next day I told my husband Mike about what I saw the previous night. Throughout the day we kept hearing these little cries from outside. We ended up finding her next to the shed, we backed off as she was scared. We trapped her later that day (with a cage, and tuna), and brought her inside. Where Mike was able to pick her up, and give her a bath. She was half feral, and very small. She was around 8 weeks old, she fit in the palm of your hand.

She was the only one, and alone. We knew the first time we saw her that we were going to keep her. She's a Siamese with unusual colored paws. A cross between a flame and a lilac point. We figured that she was the runt of the bunch and that with her different colored paws that a breeder didn't want her and dropped her off in our neighborhood, which is not unheard of. That made sense to us.

Here is Esma, on her first night with us. Don't worry the cage door is completely open.

No matter how she came to us, we love her just the same. We named her Esmeralda, though she wasn't responding to it. It was too long, so we called her Esma.

All cats are insane, and each has their own quirks. Siamese tend to bond to one person, and that person was Mike, even five years later, she still sleeps on his hip, or his leg, just like she did when she was a kitten. She cries out in the middle of the day if she wakes up and she's alone. We say hello, and she comes running. Usually with her little-stuffed raccoon in her mouth. She is just the sweetest thing. She is still small, half the size of my other cats, but her personality is anything but little.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Picnic Recipes: Cool Veggie Pizza

Here's a great summer recipe! This cool pizza rocks!

What you'll need:

1 pkg (8 oz/250 g) refrigerated crescent rolls
1 pkg (8 oz/250 g) cream cheese, softened
1 tbsp (15 mL) mayonnaise
1 garlic clove, pressed
1 tsp (5 mL) dried dill weed
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
2 C (500 mL) assorted fresh vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber, green or red bell pepper, tomato, green onions, mushrooms, carrot, zucchini, or yellow summer squash


Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C) . Unroll the crescent dough and separate it into eight triangles. On the round stone or pizza pan, arrange the dough triangles in a circle with points in the center and wide ends toward the outside. Using a lightly floured roller roll the dough into a 12" (30-cm) circle, pressing the seams together to seal. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the dough is light golden brown. Remove from the pan from the oven and let the dough cool completely.

In a bowl, combine the cream cheese, mayonnaise, garlic and dill weed. Season the mixture with salt and black pepper; mix well. Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the cooled crust.

To prepare the vegetables, coarsely chop the broccoli or cauliflower. Dice or slice the cucumber, bell pepper, green onions, yellow squash, or zucchini, or tomato. Slice the mushrooms and grate the carrot.

Sprinkle the vegetables over the prepared crust. Cut the pizza and serve!


Recipe and Image from

Friday, August 25, 2017

Drink Mix Friday: Strawberry Vodka Slush Cocktail

Strawberry Vodka Slush Cocktail
I found this drink in my Facebook feed last and had to try it!


1 pint strawberries, hulled & sliced
2 cups ice cubes
1/2 cup vodka
1/4 cup triple sec
3 Tablespoons Simple Syrup
1/2 cup lemon lime soda or to taste
Whole strawberries and mint leaves optional garnish


add all ingredients into your blend and blend thoroughly.
Serve in chilled glasses with a mint leave and a strawberry for garnish


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Top Five...80's Pop Songs

This week's top ten is... 80's Pop Songs.

Heather's Top Five
What only five? That's HARD!
1. Cherish by Madonna
2. Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler
3. Push It by Salt-N-Pepa
4. Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper
5. We Got The Beat by The Gogo's

Tammy's Top Five
Well, this is very hard for me because anyone who knows me knows how much I love 80's music!

1. Head of Heels by Tears for Fears & Take Me With You by Prince (okay really anything by Prince!)
2.  Save a Prayer by Duran Duran
3. The Warrior by Scandal
4. Heaven by Warrant
5. Voices Carry by 'Til Tuesday & Take Me Home Tonight by Eddie Money

What are your top favorites?

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Pinic Recipes: Potato Salad

Everyone loves potato salad!!!


5 pounds red potatoes, chopped
3 cups mayonnaise
5 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
3 tablespoons prepared mustard
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon salt

  1. Place potatoes into a large pot and cover with salted water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until barely tender, about 10 minutes. Drain. Rinse potatoes with cold water to cool completely; drain.
  2. Stir mayonnaise, eggs, red onion, celery, mustard, vinegar, salt, and pepper together in a large bowl. Fold potatoes into the mayonnaise mixture.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Top Five... Romance Book Series

This week's Top Five... Romance Book Series

Heather's Top Five

1. The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by J.R. Ward
2. Argeneau Series by Lynsay Sands

3. Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charmaine Harris
4. The Shadow Series by Erin Kellison
5. Night Huntress Novels by Jeanine Frost

Tammy's Top Five

1. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James The last book is my favorite
2. The Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day
3. The Breathless Trilogy by Maya Banks
4. The Calendar Girl Series by Aubery Carlan
5. The Cocktail Series by Alice Clayton

What are your top favorites?

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Quick & Easy Chicken Fajitas.


I'm going to share with you my Quick & Easy Chicken  Fajitas. Makes a great dinner on a hot summer day!

What you'll need:
1 medium green bell pepper and 1 medium yellow (or red) pepper
(optional one sweet onion) Cut into strips
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast cooked and cut into strips (or you can by the ones already made and cut)
1/2 cup of water
1/2 cup of salsa
1 envelope of Lipton Onion Soup Mix
1 teaspoons of vegetable oil
12 (7-8 inch) flour tortillas warmed

In a large skillet place peppers, (onions) chicken, salsa, and soup mix. Stir about 5 minutes until everything is mixed and heated.
Place mixture in tortillas, roll, and serve.
I always place sour cream and shredded cheese on the table along with rice to complete my meal.

I serve this with a side of Spanish Rice!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Drink Mix Friday: Bailey's Milkshake

This is a great adult shake!

   Bailey's Milkshake

1 cup vanilla ice cream
1/4 cup chocolate syrup
3/4 cup milk
One shot (or two) of Bailey's Irish cream 

Pour all ingredients into a blender and puree for several seconds, or until smooth. Pour into a glass and serve immediately. 


Monday, August 7, 2017

Picnic Recipes: Frozen Yogurt Pie

This may not be an easy one to bring to a picnic but its a great dessert on a hot summer day!

Frozen Yogurt Pie

Fruity low-fat yogurt and whipped topping are blended, spooned into a graham cracker crust and frozen for a refreshingly easy no-bake pie. 

Makes 8 servings.
What you need:
1 tub (8 oz.) Cool Whipped Topping, thawed
4 containers (6 oz. each) low-fat yogurt
1 graham pie crust
Optional: 1 & 1/4 cups fresh fruit
Add whipped topping to yogurt in medium bowl; stir with wire whisk until well blended. Spoon into crust.
Freeze 4 hours or until firm. Remove from freezer 10 minutes before serving; let stand at room temperature to soften slightly.
Optional: Top with fresh fruit just before serving. Store leftovers in freezer.


Friday, August 4, 2017

Drink Mix Fridays: Kahlua Milkshakes

  Today I bring a favorite of mine:  Kahlua Milkshake


1-2 ounces Kahlua
3-4 scoops vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup milk or cream
whipped cream for garnish

Place Kahlua, ice cream and milk in a blender. Blend until completely mixed. pour into glass. Top with whipped cream and a tablespoon of Kahlua if desired.

You can also add chocolate syrup and vodka!


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Top Five: YA Books

This week's Top Five...Young Adult Books
Heather's Top Five

1. The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
2. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
3. The Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer
4. Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
5. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Tammy's Top Five
1. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
2. The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth Even though Allegiant made me very mad.
3. If I Stay and Where She Went by Gayle Forman
4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
5. The Beautiful Creature Series by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

What are your top favorites?

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Picnic Recipes: Apple Berry Salsa

 I'm going to share with you my recipe for a great summer snack!

Apple Berry Salsa

What you'll need...

2 medium Granny smith apples
1 pint strawberries, sliced (about 1 1/2 cups)
2 kiwi, peeled and diced
1 small orange
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons apple jelly
1 box Cinnamon Graham Crackers


 Peel, core and slice apples. Coarsely chop apple slices.
Dice strawberries and kiwi. Place fruit in bowl.
Zest orange to measure 1 teaspoon zest.
Juice orange to measure 2 tablespoons juice.
Add orange zest, juice, brown sugar and jelly to fruit mixture; mix gently.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Serve with Cinnamon Graham Crackers

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Paws & Claws: Easy Frozen Dog Treats

If you missed the ingredients they are...

3 bananas sliced
1 cup of peanut butter
36 oz of plain yogurt

A few hours later....

See you next time!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Drink Mix Friday: Kinky Fun!

Feeling a little Kinky today?

I love me some Kinky with Squirt! Especially on a hot summer day!

Below are some great recipes I found on
(Images are from also)



2 oz. KINKY® Pink Liqueur
.5 oz. lime juice
soda water
7 mint leaves
splash of simple syrup


Muddle simple syrup and mint leaves at bottom of highball glass and add ice. Pour KINKY® Pink Liqueur, lime juice and top with soda water. Garnish with mint leaves and lime wedge.


2 oz. KINKY® Pink Liqueur
2 oz. peach schnapps
lemon-lime soda


Add KINKY® Pink Liqueur and peach schnapps to a mixing tin, cap and shake for a few seconds. Pour into an ice-filled glass and top with lemon-lime soda. Garnish with lemon wedge.

As always... enjoy!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Paws & Claws: Meet Luna and Max!

I'm a mom of two furrbabies Luna and Max.

You'll get to know them well if you continue to read my Paws & Claws posts.

 Meet Luna she is 4 and a Boxer/Pit mix of some sort. Rescued her in 2013 and she's very hyper.

My family lost our sweet girl Mandy, she was 13. My heart ached and after a few weeks I started looking for another furrbaby. I knew I wanted a girl and I would name her Luna.

Meet Max he is 1 and a Lab mix. Rescued him in 2016. He's a big ham. Because Luna is sooooo hyper I was advised to get her a playmate and that to be on the safe side get a male. Max is my first male dog and I just love him to pieces.

If I had a bigger back yard I would love a third! I love my dogs completely and I not only rescued them they recued me right back!

Remember.... Adopt! Don't shop!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Top Five... Movies

This week's weekly top five is on...Movies.

Heather's Top Five
Heather has an insane love for disaster and horror movies.  

1. Alien/Aliens
2. The Day after Tomorrow
3. Twister
4. Star Wars (4, 5 & 6)
5. Lord of the Rings

Tammy's Top Five
1. Grease
2. The Harry Potter Movies
3. Bad Moms
4. Steel Magnolias
5. Weekend at Bernie's (Don't judge me!)

NOTE: I also would of answered the Twilight movies but I already answered them for favorite series
What are your top favorites?

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Picnic Recipes: Fancy Deviled Eggs

Again I love this recipe because it uses very little mayo as I'm not a fan!

Fancy Deviled Eggs


6 large eggs
1/4 cup garden vegetable cream cheese spread
3 tablespoons salad dressing or mayonnaise
Salt and ground black pepper


Preparing the eggs...

Place eggs in sauce pan, add cold water and bring to a boil.
Remove pan from heat; cover. Let eggs stand, covered for 20 minutes. 
Immediately run cold water over eggs or place them in ice water until completely cooled.
Remove shells. 

For more information on how to hard boil eggs checks out Heather's Cooking 101 post

Assembling the eggs...

Cut eggs in half lengthwise and remove yolks and place them in a bowl.
Finely chop/mash yolks with a fork. 
Stir in cream cheese and salad dressing until well blended. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
Place yolk mixture into piping bag and pipe mixture into whites. Sprinkle paprika on them and place them into the fridge for at least 20 minutes.


Friday, July 21, 2017

Drink Mix Fridays: RumChata Fun

I love RumChata, so I'm going to share a few great drink recipes with you!

RumChata Root Beer Float
1 part RumChata
3 parts A&W® or Dad's® Root Beer

Combine over ice in a tall glass. Careful: to avoid separation please pour root beer over ice first, then add RumChata to cooled root beer.
A&W® or Dad's® root beer are recommended as they seem to separate less than other brands.

RumChate Black Russian

1 part RumChata
1 part Kahlua
1 part Vodka

 Drink on the rocks!

RumChata Coffee Frappe
1 part RumChata
2 parts Iced Coffee

Combine with ice in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve in a pint glass.

Recipes and images from the RumChata Website!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Cooking 101: How to Zest Fruit without a Zester

I'll be posting some recipes that require zest in the next few weeks so I figured I would do a post about about zesting.

If you think you need a zester to make fruit zest, think again. You can use a vegetable peeler or a sharp knife.

 Carefully slice very thin pieces of peel using a peeler or a knife.
Be careful only to remove a thin strip of peel, avoiding the bitter, white pith.

The most popular fruits that recipes require zest for are lemon, lime and orange.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Top Five: Dishes

This week's Top Five...Food Dishes (non-deserts)
Heather's Top Five
1. Tacos
2. Pizza
3. Chicken Fried Steak
4. Steak and Potatoes
5. Macaroni Salad

Tammy's Top Five
1. Pizza
2. Chicken Parm with angel hair pasta
3. Tacos or Fajitas < depends on my mood :)
4. Chicken Stir Fry
5. Stuffed Shells with Meat-Sauce

What are your top favorites?

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Picnic Recipes: Macaroni Salad

Macaroni Salad

This is the recipe that I always get asked to bring. It’s a simple recipe. This is an alteration from my Mother’s Potato Salad. She adds chopped onion and celery to hers, you can substitute the onion powder and celery salt for fresh chopped up onions/chopped up celery if you prefer.

Course: Summer Side Dish
Skill: Easy
Tip: I always cook more eggs than I tend to need, as I almost always lose one or two when peeling, and I will eat them while assembling the salad.

8 eggs
6 cups of salad noodles (that is 2 pounds)
2 spoonfuls of Sweet Relish
2 spoonfuls of Dill Relish
1 4 oz can of diced olives
1 Tablespoon of Garlic Powder
1 Tablespoon Onion Powder
2 Teaspoons of Celery Salt
1 Tablespoon Salt
4 cups of Mayonnaise (You can use half Mayonnaise & half Miracle Whip)
Mustard (to taste)

Cook eggs (Cooking 101: Cooking Eggs, if you need a refresher)

Cook salad macaroni, according to package directions. Drain, add macaroni to a large bowl.

Cut your deviled eggs in half, add your egg yolks into a bowl, fork them to break them up into small bits, add a cup of Mayonnaise, and a tablespoon of mustard. Mix well.

Dice up eggs, place in a big bowl.

Add the relishes, a drained can of diced olives, your yolk base mixture, the rest of the mayonnaise, and mustard to the large bowl. Mix well. Add Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Celery Salt, and Salt to the large bowl. Mix it again, and place in the refrigerator.

*Note: To make it  Gluten-Free use Gluten-Free Noodles*

Monday, July 17, 2017

Picnic Recipes: Calico Coleslaw

I'm not a fan of mayonnaise so I love to find recipes with little or no mayo. This is great addition to any picnic or BBQ!

For the Slaw:

1 orange
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp snipped fresh cilantro
1/2 tsp salt

For the Slaw:
1/2 head red cabbage, cored and shredded
2 large carrots, cut into julienne strips
1 small red bell pepper, seeded and cut into thin strips
1 small yellow bell pepper, seeded and cut into thin strips
2 green onions, tops only, cut into thin strips


For the dressing:

Zest an orange to measure 1 teaspoon of zest.
Juice the orange to measure 2 tablespoon of juice.
Place zest, juice, vinegar,oil, honey, salt and cilantro in a bowl and mix thoroughly and set aside.

For the slaw:

For slaw, cut cabbage half into 2 equal portions. and slice cabbage into thin shreds. 
Peel carrots and cut into julienne strips using.
Cut bell peppers into thin strips.
Cut off white parts of green onions. Slice green onion tops into thin, short strips.
 Place vegetables in large bowl.

When ready to serve, pour dressing over slaw. 
Serve immediately.


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Cooking 101: Hard Boiled Eggs

Hard Boiled Eggs.

Welcome to Cooking 101. Today's host is Heather. Hello!

We are learning how to boil eggs. It's a simple thing, the peeling though that is the tricky part. I'll admit I have a short fuse, I should of been a redhead. Nothing, and I mean nothing frustrates me more than peeling eggs. I have tried every hard boiled egg peeler on the market. They don't work. I have tried multiple techniques in peeling eggs. So what works for me, might not work for you.

Cooking the eggs.
Put the amount of eggs you desire in the bottom of a cold sauce pan and fill it up with cold water.
If your eggs float in the water. STOP. You need new eggs. Go get new ones, I'll wait.
Did they stay at the bottom of the pan? Good! That's where they should be.
Put the stove on medium high. I have an electric one, so my temperature dial reads 1 through 8. I place my dial at 6. When it starts boiling, set a timer for 20 minutes.

Drain the eggs into a strainer. I let them drain for around 3 minutes.

Peeling the egg.
Pick up an egg and gently crack your eggs on the side of your sink, cracking them all the way around. Place eggs under warm water. Using your fingers and thumb gently peel the shells off. The water will help you peel the egg.  You do not want the eggs to cool down. Place them in a strainer.

That's it. You can eat them or use them in a recipe.

Do NOT put your egg peels in the garbage disposal! Put them in the trash.

*They will clog up your pipes, trust me that's not something you want to fix. It is disqusting.*