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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Lemon Chiffon Dessert

This is a "throw back" kind of dessert that I think would be perfect for this summer.  I can see this in a big ring or in individual serving cups to enjoy at a nice brunch or after dinner while sitting on the deck watching the sun go down. 

2 cups water
3 oz. box lemon flavored gelatin
8 oz. container whipped topping (or 2 cups heavy cream and ¼ cup powdered sugar)


  1. Heat one cup water in 2-cup Micro Pitcher for 2 minutes or until boiling.
  2. Stir in gelatin until dissolved.
  3. Stir in remaining water and place in refrigerator until no longer warm, about 30–60 minutes or set in an ice bath to chill quicker
  4. If using heavy cream, which is my favorite, pour cream and powdered sugar into base of Power Chef™ System fitted with paddle whip accessory. Cover and pull cord until whipped cream forms, about 60 seconds. Pour into medium bowl 
  5. Slowly pour cooled gelatin into whipped topping or whipped cream and stir until combined. 
  6. Pour into the Tupperware Jel-Ring® Mold (6 cups) or the new Jel-ette Molds and Snack cups (both 1/2 cup each)  and refrigerate until set (approximately 4–6 hours or overnight).
I bet you could use any other flavor of Jello too and make this all summer depending on your family's favorite.  I'm thinking you could even puree some fruit and add it to the mixture.  Oh I can see this being tried in my house soon.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Its Burger Time!

I LOVE making burgers.
I admit I make them all year round and except of Winter (cause I really hate the "white stuff") I try to make mine on the outdoor grill because we love the flavor.

Here is some great ideas from Tupperware to make your next burger meal.  

Now the chicken or turkey can be picked up at the grocery store, or you can use the Fusion Master Mincer  to make your own to know that it is the way you want it.  

Heck you can even make your own hamburger with this baby (and I have).

Just ask, I know you know I love to talk about Tupperware (the true Tupperware).

Thursday, May 26, 2016

It's time to stop waiting

I saw this posted a few days ago and thought it really was a perfect reminder, not just for our children but for each of us.
It reminds us that right now is pretty special and we need to make the most of it, before tomorrow comes or it could be gone.

we will 
Stop Waiting,

For Friday.
For Summer.
To Fall in Love.
To Lose Weight.
The Perfect Job.
For a Holiday.
For Tomorrow.
For a Life.

Your Happiness begins when
 you stop Waiting and start Appreciating
the Moments you have Today.

I know I am, at times, guilty of "waiting" and "hoping" that things will change.  Then I realize that 1) I am wishing and waiting as life passes me by and 2) even if my life at the moment isn't exactly as I would like it to be, it is in my power to change it.  It is then that I remember that even in the darkest of moments, there is always something good if we look for it.  So I do.

Shall we agree to Stop Waiting and Start Living?
I'm in .. are you?
I will even be your bloggy friend and remind you that today is a blessing, even when you can't see it.  And maybe you will be mine.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

A Homemade Balsamic Glaze for your Savory or Sweet Dishes

I have been seeing and have shared some savory sauces/dressings and some sweet sauces/dressings that are perfect for your kitchen, especially this time of year.

How about one that would fit both, sweet and savory?

Balsamic Glaze
Makes about 1¼ cup

  • 2 cups balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  1. Pour vinegar into Chef Series 3-Qt. Saucepan and bring to a boil. 
  2. Let simmer for 20–30 minutes or until reduced by half.
  3. Stir in sugar. 
  4. Let it return to a simmer and watch closely until it begins to boil. 
  5. In about 5–10 minutes it begins to bubble up.  It is now done and should be able to coat the back of a spatula.
  6. Let cool to fully thicken and pour into Squeeze It Bottle
  7. Store in refrigerator up to 2–3 months.
This glaze would be perfect over all kinds of salads with a nice grilled chicken or a flank steak and strawberries or raspberries.  
But I would think it would be equally good over a fruit salad or a pound cake and fruit dessert to add just a little extra sweetness without making it too sweet.

What else can you use this for?  
How about a Watermelon Salad

1 large watermelon
5 oz. spring mix greens
¼ cup crumbled goat cheese
½ cup pecans, chopped
½ cup strawberries, sliced
¼ cup balsamic glaze, divided

I can't wait to have this in my refrigerator all the time!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

#LifesaBeach Giveaway Hop

I love the Beach
I love the thought of being in 
the Sand and Sun and Water ....

Welcome to my stop in the
Life's a Beach Giveaway Hop
Hosted by

The theme for this hop can lead to some very interesting prizes.  The theme ... anything needed to go to or for "surviving" a trip to the beach, lake or pool, but I add any "road trip" which can be just as exciting.  

My prize is great for those trips
We always need snacks and drinks
to stay hydrated and keep the munchies from causing a melt down (from the kids or you)
So I bring you
4 Water Bottles
and 4 Snack/Lunch Containers
and 4 straws that will fit the bottles.
and just an FYI
the Large/Medium Water Bottles 
hold a full bottle of wine.

I hope your Summer Days 
are filled with lots of fun day trips, 
week trips and
memory filled family events.

My prize is self sponsored, so will be shipped directly from me.  The other bloggers in this hop are not liable for any prizes not fulfilled by the sponsors. 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Make your own Ranch Dressing

Do you like salads?
I know, especially this time of year, we do a lot of salads.
Between the time of year (Summer heat) and all the fresh fruits and veggies and interesting protein combinations, it is Salad Season!

I personally just hate doing the store bought bottled dressings since most of them has so many preservatives in them, we usually end up with oil and vinegar.  That is until now.

How about a nice Ranch Dressing you can make fresh?  This recipe makes about 1½ cup.

  • 1 cup mayonnaise (you can use homemade)
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ tsp. dry dill
  • ¼ tsp. onion powder
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. dry parsley
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper

1. In Thatsa® Medium Bowl, mix all ingredients well until combined.
2. Pour into Squeeze It Bottle.
3. Refrigerate and use within one month.

I love the Squeeze It Bottle. I think I might need to pick up a few more ... since they work so well for so many things, just like this. 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Choose to be Happy Today

I saw this on a Facebook group I follow. Thank you Brenda Doherty for sharing this on the group page.

I don't I know for sure that it was in fact what Groucho Marx said, but it was credited to him on her post.
Now if it wasn't him, it was someone else who definitely shared this little wisdom gem.  I even have part of it in my signature for my emails, so if you have gotten an email from me, you have seen this before.  
But I believe should be shared again.  

Each morning 
when I open my eyes 
I say to myself: 

I, not events, 
have the power to make me 
happy or unhappy today. 

I can choose which it shall be. 
Yesterday is dead, 
Tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. 
I have just one day, 
and I'm going to be happy in it.

Groucho Marx

Similar quotes or pieces of this quote, have been credited to many others, including Eleanor Roosevelt.  Some are worded differently, but the sentiment/idea is the same.

In my opinion, it can't be shared enough.
How about you?  
Are you going to choose to be happy today?