30 May 2016

Pulled Pork Tacos #SRC

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The Secret Recipe Club has a special reveal day today!  We are centered around BBQs and Picnics and I had the most delightful blog to sneak around called Well Dined.  Sarah is the blogger there and she and her husband, like us, are foodies who like to cook at home.  I think we could be great friends. Once, on a school dare, I dyed my hair pink and purple and turned out that I loved it!

There were a number of great recipes on Sarah's blog that suited for a picnic, like this Quinoa Strawberry Watermelon Salad, and I could really see me working with this recipe for Peeps Cookies to make a picnic version.  Ultimately though, I chose this recipe to feature from the blog.



27 May 2016

Laundry

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When I was married with a little baby, I thought our laundry would never end.  Then, I'd think of my sister, with two BOYS and I'd be a lot better!  Now that there are just the two of us, you'd think that laundry woes would be behind us.  Not so much.  When I was a young woman, I would have loved this advice from Masshole Mommy about laundry.



25 May 2016

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Hummus Spread #HummusMadeEasy

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Of all the hummus dishes from #HummusMadeEasy, this one is the one that really stood out.  This hummus dish is a dessert and it was sooo goood.  This is the last of the recipes from the #HummusMadeEasy A Gathering of Friends event.  I hope you have enjoyed seeing how easy it is to make hummus using the Hummus Made Easy kit.  I'd love to hear from you if you make any of these recipes!

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Dip

by Our Good Life
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 can garbanzo beans
  • 1 pkg Classic Hummus Made Easy kit
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1/3 c Peanut butter
  • 3 T Oatmeal
  • ½ c Mini chocolate chips
  • 1 box Vanilla wafers
  • 1 T sugar
Instructions
Make hummus according to package directions. Stir in peanut butter and stir well. Add in all other ingredients except cookies. Stir. Refrigerate 10 minutes. Serve with vanilla wafers.
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Shared on Our Simple Home Blog Hop.

24 May 2016

Did you know?

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This is a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own!

Were you aware that Groupon now has store coupons?   It's called Groupon Coupons and they carry coupons for major stores and companies.  I was so happy to see that they carried store coupons for some of my favorite stores, such as:
These are just a few of the stores that Groupon Coupon has coupons for!  The list goes on and on!

I'm always on the lookout for a great coupon.  My father-in-law always had coupons in his shirt pocket organized by expiration date.  We always asked what deals were to be had today and he'd share whatever coupons he had!  Coupons are a great way to really save money!


23 May 2016

Farmers Eggs #CooktheBooksClub

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Our April-May Cook the Books Book Club selection is  Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: A Memoir with Recipes from an American Family by Kathleen Flinn.  I'd read Ms. Flinn's book The Sharper Your Knife The Less You Cry as a recommendation from my husband.  He often chooses great books! I loved Burnt Toast as it is a wonderful set of small moment stories, the kind of stories I had my students write as a teacher.  As a child growing up in the 70s myself, I could easily relate to her 70s memories. Hardworking parents who believed in hardworking children!  This family history is "peppered" with memories and family favorite recipes.




What I loved about this book is that it did for me what comfort foods do:  it put me in a wonderful place, feeling good from tip to toe.  If there is such a genre of comfort books, this would be in it!   Her parents were such a steady influence on her and her siblings.  As a midwestern girl myself, I could easily place myself in her setting.  Canning, making do, stretching, eating what was in season was the same pattern in my family.  My grandmothers were excellent cooks and took advantage of when there was plenty.  There were belly laughs and tears in this book. 

22 May 2016

Grilled Banana Boats #SundaySupper

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We've been making Banana Boats since Ashley was a tot, and she still asks for them regularly during the summer.  It is our go-to summer dessert.  This banana boat has a small nod to the S'more, using graham cracker cereal for a little crunch.

Our #SundaySupper theme this week is Throw Something on the Barbie.   Grilling permeates our neighborhood during the summer and we are definitely one of those who rely on grilling for our meals.  Did you know that there is a distinct difference between BBQing and Grilling? According to Gary Wiviott, author of "Low and Slow: Master the Art of Barbecue in 5 Easy Lessons"  grilling is "hot and fast" and barbecue is "low and slow."  I learned that on the Sunday Supper website.  If you aren't familiar with it, you should go and check it out!




20 May 2016

Top Ten Flowers for Summer Color

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My husband and I love to shop for flowers and I love finding new varieties!  While shopping this spring, we found these delightful flowers that would bring a lot of color to your outdoor spaces.  In our Garden Club we suggest parents and children identify the colors in these flowers.  It sparks a lot of discussion, especially with kindergarteners who are learning there are a lot of names for pink!

Grown ups, these flowers are planted around our home and give us a summer lengths enjoyment with some simple care of watering, deadheading and feeding.

Kids, to make it even more fun, download this adorable BINGO Flower Color printable below for your neighborhood walk.  Maybe you can talk your parents into a prize!

19 May 2016

Orange Mint Bundt Cake #BundtBakers

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It's been awhile since I participated in Bundt Bakers but I missed it a lot when I was gone!  I love to bake and cake, any kind of cake, is my favorite.  I enjoy using a bundt pan because the cakes always look so pretty when they come from the pan.


The theme this month is A Thousand and One Nights.  Listen to how  Lara from Tartacadabra got us to get involved:

Let Scheherazade's tales ensnare you as they ensnared Shahryar. Let them inspire you to bake something with the most suggestive ingredients from Arabic, Persian and Indian kitchens.

Use pistachios, almonds, dates, raisins, cashews, spearmint, saffron, cardamom, rosewater, orange blossom water, figs, dried apricots, coconuts, sesame (obviously!)... anything you would expect to be served at Aladdin and Badroulbadour's table, while belly dancers entertain them and their guests.


I hope that you will enjoy this combination of orange and mint, and that you will be swept away by the romance of Arabic, Persian and Indian kitchens!

I'm also linking up with Laura at Thoughts of Home on Thursdays!

18 May 2016

Buffalo Hummus Dip #HummusMadeEasy

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Our next recipe in the #HummusMadeEasy series is the Buffalo Hummus with Bleu Cheese.  This was a crowd favorite.  So good!  See the original post here!

Hummus Made Easy Buffalo Chicken Style

by Our Good Life
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg Hummus Made Easy
  • 1 15 oz can garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1.2 c bleu cheese
  • 4 T buffalo wing sauce
  • 1 c cubed or shredded chicken
Instructions
Make hummus according to the Hummus Made Easy package. Stir in bleu cheese, buffalo wing sauce, and chicken. Refrigerate for 30 minutes for flavors to blend. Serve with celery sticks.
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16 May 2016

Products I Love

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It's that time when I share with you some of the products I tried and tested this month.  As always, I will disclose if I received the product at a discount or for free, or if I discovered it on my own!

My first product is from Chewy.com  I love that website!  They sent yummy treats from Cesar dog food.  My dogs are familiar with this brand and are always so excited to see it come out from the fridge.  We typically let it come to room temp so that the flavors are the best.  Of course, my dogs like the Filet Mignon and the Porterhouse the best! There is gravy and meat chunks and my dogs go crazy for it.  This product was given to me free for my honest review.

Truman is begging for more!


My next product was discovered at Walgreens.  I love going into Walgreens and talking to the ladies at the make up counter.  They always have great coupons and give aways and they like to chat like I do. This month I was told about this product from Biore.  It is a baking soda face wash.  You squirt a dry powder into your hands and then add a little water and wash your face.  I love it!  I feel so clean and refreshed!  I use it once a day in the morning as I have others I like to use before bed.  This wakes me up in a very positive way!


My May Ipsy bag was so cute this month.  The theme was Destination Chic, and it was marketed like a Route 66 postcard.  The bag was in the shape of an envelope and had a snap instead of a zipper.  This may have been my favorite Ipsy bag.  However, I made the decision to drop the Ipsy bag this month.  Even though I love make up and products, I wasn't using them the best way (mostly just collecting in my bathroom drawer) so I decided that I needed to save the money.

You might remember this post when I said I would be trying out a new laundry product called Good Sheets.  Several weeks after I made a post about the contest, I was sent ONE sheet to try.  ONE.  I was pretty upset but decided to give the product a try.  First I can honestly say that the product has a very good smell.  It was strong but it was just the right scent when the clothes came out of the dryer. I cannot say that the product is an all in one product as of yet.  Our clothes had heavy static and that is a deal breaker for all of us.  In the envelope with the product is a survey.  I completed it and was honest about how I felt about getting one sample after writing a post and promoting their giveaway.  I was pleasantly surprised to hear back from the company.  They asked great questions about the laundry static problem and with in a few days they sent me another sample of the product.  This time there were 5 sheets in the envelope.  Not really what I had hoped for in the long run, but a much better sample by which to judge.  Stay tuned.  I was given this product for free in exchange for my honest opinion.



Thank you for taking the time to read about my findings this month.  If you ever try a product based on one of my reviews, please stop by and let me know what you thought about it.  Have a great week!