31 May 2016

A Sentence a Day

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I got this idea from Sarah, who got it from Pinky...who got it from Rebecca. I thought it was such a good idea that I decided to do it, too.  I just love how it's one sentence, so you have to be really intentional with how you word it to make you remember how you were feeling that day when youwrote it.  There's a link up on Sarah's page in June, so I hope you see me there!




May 1  Schubert might be the most wonderful and compelling composer that I have ever had the privilege of listening to.

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. 
I chose to recreate Ms. Flinn's Farmers Eggs recipes because, as she said, every family had their version. She was right and here is ours:


Farmers Eggs

by Our Good Life
Ingredients
  • 2 T vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • Green, Red, or Yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cups of cooked potatoes, cut into bite sized pieces
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 c shredded cheddar cheese
Instructions
Heat oil in a large skillet. Add onion and peppers and cook until browned. Add in potatoes and salt and pepper them. Cook until potatoes begin to brown. Make a well in the middle of the potatoes and onion. Crack eggs into the center. Salt and pepper. Let eggs cook a bit, then break the yolks and stir into the potatoes and onions. Don't stir a lot, let eggs retain their yellow and white. Cook until eggs are of desired doneness. Sprinkle cheese on top. Let melt. Serve hot.
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Serve with a little sriracha sauce and a bacon corn muffin.


Linked to Life is Lovely #10.

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!

15 May 2016

Deviled Eggs with Shrimp #SundaySupper

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Hola!  This week at #SundaySupper we are sharing Spanish tapas with you.  I love tapas, the sharing of food is always a fun time.  I like to compare tastes with other people and get their take on the experience!


With these Deviled Eggs with Shrimp, you'll have a lot to talk about!  The green olives add a nice salty bite to these creamy eggs.  That's why you don't see any salt added to the recipe.  The shrimp also has a briny-ness to them and adds a delightful texture.

Tapas are a fun way to host a weekend gathering for friends.  Make a couple of tapas, ask friends to bring one to share, and with a pitcher of Sangria, you will be set for the night!

12 May 2016

Hummus Pizza Bites #HummusMadeEasy

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As promised, here is the second #HummusMadeEasy recipe from my party in April! These pizza bites are so delicious. Change the topping to suit your tastes. Roasted veggies, sausage, pepperoni, all would be delicious on these appetizers!

Pizza Hummus Bites

11 May 2016

Pasta with Lemon, Zucchini and Basil

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If you like Pasta, you are in for a real treat for this session of The Ultimate Recipe Challenge as we present to you all things PASTA! #UltimateRecipeChallenge


Pasta with Lemon, Zucchini and BasilBloggers from all over have put together over 30 different recipes for your cooking pleasure.  Here at Our Good Life, I have Pasta with Zucchini, Lemon and Basil. Interesting combination, but here's the why.  We always get a lot of zucchini in the summer from the Farmer's Market because it is cheap.  We grow a lot of basil.  So for pennies, we can put together this great, tasty dish!


09 May 2016

Strawberry Shortcake Trifle #SecretRecipeClub

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It's time for the reveal of the Secret Recipe Club!  I had a lovely blog to snoop around.

When I was visiting Michaela's site, An Affair from the Heart, I had no difficulty picking a recipe since it is May, and time for thinking about Memorial Day picnics.  Her Red, White and Blue Strawberry Shortcake Trifle sounded delicious and easy, two things I like!  Such a great recipe to share with The Secret Recipe Club readers!

strawberry shortcake trifle

What's the Secret Recipe Club?  It's a group of bloggers who love to cook and share recipes on a monthly basis.  Each month we are assigned to a food blog where we explore to our hearts content, then choose a recipe to duplicate.  On Reveal Day, we find out who had our blog and what they chose to make!


08 May 2016

Shoo Fly Punch with a Kick #SundaySupper

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Today's #SundaySupper event is titled Spice is Nice and Some Like it Hot.  I love this great way of sharing with you some recipes with a little heat. Good times will be had by all. 
This great drink has a little kick from the ginger two ways already in the drink.  To add a little pow, add a bit of Berbere spice.  I found mine at Penzeys Spices.  This is an African spice blend that has a bit of smoke, perfect for a bourbon drink.

Shoo Fly Punch with a Kick!

05 May 2016

Hummus Taco Dip #HummusMadeEasy

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This is a sponsored post which means I am getting paid to write it.  All opinions, however, are my own!

The second in a series of hummus recipes from my #HummusMadeEasy party, this taco hummus dip is a perfect idea for Cinco de Mayo and the best thing is... it's super fast so you can whip it up in time for any celebration you are attending!



04 May 2016

Prim Goods Beauty Bundle

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I was given this product for free in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Mother's Day is around the corner, and what I am about to share with you would make the PERFECT gift for Mother's Day.  Why would this be the PERFECT gift?  Let me tell you about Prim Goods.




Primrose Hill is a residential recovery center for women and women with young children who have drug and alcohol addictions.  This is one of the few facilities where children can stay with their mother during recovery.  All this, and it is located here in Missouri.

Primrose is a Missouri wildflower that flowers early in the spring.  It is an appropriate name choice for a place where women are moving into a new season full of hope!  

03 May 2016

Easy Enchiladas

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Have you ever been to a Progressive Dinner?  It's a dinner party that is held in multiple homes and the guests travel between homes for the different courses.  Welcome to the Blooming Bloggers Progressive Dinner where we are celebrating Cinco de Mayo!



Today your hosts are

Heather at New House New Home
and me, Terri from A Good Life

We are starting at Carol's for a Michelada, a Mexican style Bloody Mary.   Head over to her blog for the recipe but here is what you'll be drinking!  You'll also have these delightful Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites, too.  

Michelada

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites

After we get our merry on at Carol's we are headed over to Heather's for Ceviche.  It looks delicious! The recipe is on her blog and you don't want to miss it.


Ceviche

Our main dish is at my house!  Come on in and have yourself some delicious Easy Enchiladas.  Such a simple recipe and it has homemade enchilada sauce.  So easy, too!

Easy Enchiladas
Easy Enchiladas

by Our Good Life
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Ingredients (4 servings of 2 enchiladas eac)
  • 2 c enchilada sauce
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 small white onion, small dice
  • 2 c cooked shredded chicken
  • 1 sm can green chilies
  • 1 c sour cream
  • 8 8" flour tortillas
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
Preheat oven to 400. Prepare 9 by 13 pan with cooking spray, set aside.
In a large bowl add sour cream, 1 c cheese, cream of chicken soup, salt and pepper, chilies, onion and chicken. Mix together.
Take a flour tortilla, spoon mixture in a line across the tortilla. Fold sides of the tortilla in, then roll. Place the rolled tortilla seam side down in the prepared dish. Continue until all the tortillas are used.
Spoon enchilada sauce on top and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
Bake at 400 for 20 minutes until filling is hot. Remove from oven, cool for 5 minutes then serve, using sliced green onion as garnish.
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Easy Enchiladas

It's time for dessert!  This dreamy Tres Leche Cake is the perfect finish for our Progressive Dinner party at Teri's place!  



I hope you have had a good time at our Progressive Dinner Party!  Come back any time!  You are also invited to our Father's Day BBQ Bash on June 14.  We'll have a whole picnic menu for you to celebrate your favorite dad(s)!


02 May 2016

Coffee Gelee` for Taste Creations

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I am the odd ball at my house as I do not drink coffee.  I absolutely love the way it smells but I have never found a way to enjoy coffee.  Until now.

Our Taste Creations bloggers decided on coffee for our challenge this month.  I knew I would have to work hard at finding something that I would want to share.  My husband knows a lot about coffee and how to prepare it in different ways, so I considered having him write the post.

Then I heard about coffee gelee`.


01 May 2016

Shirley's Potato Soup #SundaySupper

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Such a delightful event this week as we share our mom's favorite dishes.  I know my mom has many but this potato soup, called Shirley's Potato Soup, is unique.  This soup, made with creamy milk, potatoes and onions, has egg dumplings in it and that makes it different from most.  I don't know the orgin of the soup, but I do know that my Grandmother Lorraine Wilson Holt also made it.


This is a photo of my mom and me when I was first born.  Brownie is my Grandmother's dog.  I'm not sure he was very fond of me!

A few years ago, we started asking Mom to make this soup for us for Christmas.  We love the feeling of home that it brings, plus we are preparing the next generation to love it as much as us.  Four generations (that we know of!) have enjoyed this potato soup.