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Thursday, September 21, 2017

#UltimateKitchen #FrenchPress for a special coffee experience

I know there are many of us, yes me included, that run on coffee. 
I do take a break a few times during the year, but I use to kid that coffee runs through my veins, especially during tax season.  I find at times like then that I am a "chain coffee drinker", or so it seems.

And, Yes we do love coffee, so its not just that we need it, but we love the flavor, the texture, the taste.  And making coffee in a French Press with a good ground coffee makes that experience even better. 

https://ultimate-kitchen.com/product/french-press-coffee-maker

When I was asked to try this product, I was all for it.
Yes I have a one cup coffee maker, and I do still have it on my counter ... but this is perfect for those times when we want to savor a cup or two.

Before I even made my first cup, I really liked the way it looked.
It had a sexy look.

And of course it seemed to fit perfectly in my hand.

I can definitely see using this for when company comes to visit.  I can just see their eye light up when it comes on a pretty tray with breakfast.  
They will realize that they truly are welcome in your home, that is, if they had any doubt.










Even the box gives you everything you need to have a great first experience.  


















Everything except the coffee that is.



From the first try, this press made great coffee, but as with anything, your taste may want to use more or less coffee. Or make your ground coffee a bit coarser, depending on whether you have a dark roast or a medium roast.



It can be a bit of a trial and error, but even the "errors" have a good flavor and texture.  
If you have a favorite brand of whole bean coffee, this would be perfect for you.  
But remember, you don't need to actually grind your own beans, almost everywhere you can get whole beans, you can have them grind them to your specifications.  

Here was my first experience.

But trust me when I tell you, there have been and will be many more uses.  Yes this was a definite win for me when I was asked to review this product.


I did receive this product for free or at a steep discount as part of the Tomoson.com review program in exchange for my honest review. 
Regardless, I never recommend anything that I don't feel would be of benefit to my readers.  
Reviews for this product may have been posted on Amazon or other outlets based on availability.

This in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Mid September 2017 brochure!

Yes it is that time of the month again ...
No not THAT time, 
it's time for the 

And there are some really AWESOME pieces in this brochure!

Check it out .. its APPLE time 
and we have some awesome awesome things to go with 
Apple Time!


I LOVE my Mandolin for so many different things, but to slice up apples on a nice even thickness for apple pie, apple dippers, ... can't wait for you to see how well these work.
And of course we all need an apple corer!  I need to get a few. Don't ask.

Oh did I say apple dippers?  Check out the dipper bowl ... makes some great dippers for your fruit, but its all about the apple in September right??  (chocolates are perfect right?) 
I also LOVE the color of the vent n serve pieces.  

Perfect for apple time but also for tomato sauces you want to heat up without worry of "staining".
And of course the kids lunch sets (Cars and Wonder Woman) are fantastic.  They could be the hit of the lunch crowd!



And with any mid month brochure, there are short term sale items and this month it will be for 3 weeks!!!  AND it has 2 more of the Modular Mate Sets ... at a big discount!  



Don't wait until January, when we normally have our Modular Mate sales.. I would grab some now and then you can pick up more in January if you need to.  

Have a question?  Give me a shout.
Want to join my team?  Talk to me OR you can join right from my Tupperware Site and I will give you a shout out and help you on your way.  It is fun to Party for a Living!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Set a Pretty Table Giveaway Hop

Good morning (or evening as the case may be).
I know its been a while since I had a Giveaway on my page but
today the "drought" ends.


That's because Today, 
I'm joining my friend Katherine from Katherines Corner 
and her Sponsor La Bella Vita Cucina for the 
Set a Pretty Table Giveaway.



One winner will receive their choice of a $50 gift card from Pier 1 OR Williams Sonoma from La Bella Vita Cucina and
$125 Cash prize or Amazon gift card (winner's choice) 
and a copy of the book The Simple Art of Napkin Folding by Linda Hetzer provided by Katherine, Katherine's Corner Shop and her Hostesses.
This giveaway is NOT endorsed or affiliated with Pier 1, WIlliams Sonoma, Linda Hetzer or PayPal.
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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Easy Loaded Baked Potato Soup

It will be cold sooner than I want to think about, so this one will definitely be kept in the back of my mind.

And of course, having leftover mashed potatoes seems to be the norm in this house.  I just don't get the right number of potatoes peeled and cooked ... even now.




Yield: 4
Serving Size: 1 ½ cups

Ingredients

  • 4 cups (leftover) mashed potatoes
  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • ½ cup sour cream, divided
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar, divided
  • 4 strips bacon, cooked, crumbled, divided
  • ½ cup cooked chopped broccoli florets, divided
Instructions
  1. In the base of the 1¾-Qt. TupperWave® Stack Cooker Casserole, stir together leftover potatoes and vegetable stock. 
  2. Cover and microwave on high power 3 minutes, or until heated through.
  3. Divide soup between four bowls or our wonderful Microwave soup mugs
  4. Top each bowl of soup with 2 tbsp. of the sour cream, ¼ cup of the Cheddar; sprinkle with crumbled bacon, and broccoli florets.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Tupperware's College Dorm Room Care Package

Do you have a child who has recently gone off to college?
Or do you know one that is special to you?

Are they ready for those nights when they just can't find anything at the college dining hall that makes them want to sit and eat?  

How about for when the munchies hit after the dining hall is closed for the night?  Or during those late night mid term exam cram sessions?  You know we all get stressed out and need something to eat.  How about supplying them with good food instead of junk.

Tupperware has the answer ... again.




If they are a TupperKid, we know they are prepare with a good stock of products to start. Here’s some great pieces of Tupperware that I suggest:
  • Microwave Rice Maker
  • Microwave Pasta Maker
  • Spatula
  • Cutting Board
  • Universal Series Chef Knife
  • Essentials Bowls
  • Power Chef® System
  • Thatsa® Bowl
  • Measuring cups and spoons


Care Package #1

We call care package #1 Mexican Night, for a perfect for a Tuesday or any night. 
Pack up these dry ingredients with the below instructions and send it to their way (note: your college student will need to purchase the perishables for both recipes when ready to start cooking. We wouldn’t recommend mailing mangoes—that could get messy).
  • 1 small bag Jasmine rice
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 small can green chills
  • DIY Southwest Chipotle seasoning or favorite seasoning mix

Serves: 4 (so roommates can join in)
Serving Size: about 1 cup
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 8 minutes

Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup Jasmin rice
  • 1 cup black beans, drained, rinsed
  • 2 tbsp. green chilies
  • 2 tbsp. DIY Southwest Chipotle Seasoning Blend, or favorite Southwest seasoning
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • 1 small garlic clove, peeled, minced
  • 3/4 cup chopped avocado
  • 3/4 cup chopped mango
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 lime, cut into quarters
Directions:
  1. In the base of the Rice Maker stir together rice, beans, chilies, seasoning, water, and ¼ tsp. of the salt. 
  2. Place rice insert on base; place rice cover on insert. 
  3. Microwave on high power 5 minutes, then 50% power for 10 minutes more. 
  4. Remove from microwave, set aside.
  5. In a medium bowl toss together garlic, avocado, mango, and remaining salt; set aside.
  6. Divide rice evenly between 4 serving bowls. 
  7. Top with ¼ of the avocado mixture, garnish with cilantro and squeeze of lime.


Care Package #2

Care package #2 is for Italian Night. 
For this one, put the follow ingredients in the mail:
  • 1 lb. box of rotini pasta
  • Small bottle of olive oil
  • 1 jar sun dried tomato packed in olive oil
  • 1 small bag chopped walnuts
Serves: 4 (again great for roommates or study partners)
Serving Size: about 1 cup
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 8 minutes

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small garlic clove, peeled
  • ¼ cup chopped sundried tomatoes (packed in oil)
  • ½ cup fresh parsley or basil
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ lb. rotini pasta
  • 1 1/4 tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:
  1. In the base of the Power Chef® System with blade attachment, add olive oil, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, and ¼ tsp. of salt. 
  2. Cover and pull cord until garlic and tomatoes are well minced. 
  3. Add parsley and walnuts. Cover and pull cord until finely chopped.
  4. In the Round Pasta Maker, add rotini and remaining salt. Add water to max fill line. 
  5. Microwave on high power 8 minutes or until al-dente.
  6. Drain and transfer to large bowl. 
  7. Pour olive oil mixture over pasta, toss to coat. 
  8. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over top. 
  9. Serve warm.

You could be the hit of his or her dorm with these little care packages arriving at just the right time.  

What?  They don't have these great pieces?  You could grab them today and send them off with the first care package.  My Tupperware Site is always open, and I love to share some great and easy recipes to use them with .. so make sure you stop by often.

Let me know how they make out this year.  
After having 2 in college, I feel like I'm a "pro" at being prepared for dorm meals.  Not that my 2 were picky eaters or anything.

Now I have to check and see if there is something my niece needs to keep her stomach and that of her roommates full this semester, without worry of the Freshman 10. 

Friday, September 1, 2017

Have you checked out Tupperware's Seasons Savings

Have you started to think about the holiday gift season?
How about those teachers and coaches that you want to remember with something awesome but don't want to spend an arm or a leg?

Tupperware has some great ideas on sale until September 8th that could be a great gift or the base for some home-made awesomeness!


These Eco Water Bottles are fantastic as water bottles ... gives you half of your suggested water intake for the day with just 1 bottle!  I love that the flip top cap, when snapped closed means it is leak proof.  
Yes I have put these on my car seat, laying down, and had not a problem. Oh heck I've even turned it upside down and nothing dripped!

You can also use the bottles as the container for those cookies or brownies in a jar projects that we always see around the holidays, with no fear of broken glass when those gifts are taken to school.

The Salsa bowl set would be great for all those party animals in your life.  

Check out all these ideas and so many more on my Tupperware Site. Just remember that these pieces shown above are only available at this price until Friday Sept 8th.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

COQ AU VIN BLANC in 27 Minutes

Yes you read that correctly ... 27 minutes!
And you really don't need to be some super experienced cook to do it.  
I can just see your friends faces when you bring this to the table. The awe when you tell them "I made it myself".




Ingredients:

  • 2 carrots, chopped 
  • 5 new potatoes, quartered 
  • 1 small onion, chopped 
  • 5 mushrooms, chopped 
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed 
  • 2 strips raw bacon, chopped 
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme or ½ tsp. dried 
  • ¼ cup + 2 tbsp. dry white wine, divided 
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt 
  • 8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs 
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch 
  • ½ cup fresh parsley leaves, loosely packed 


Instructions:
  1. In the base of the Microwave Pressure Cooker, combine carrots, potatoes, onion, mushrooms, garlic, bacon, thyme, ¼ cup wine and salt; stir to combine. 
  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper. 
  3. Place chicken on top of vegetables. 
  4. Seal and microwave on high power 12 minutes. 
  5. Remove from microwave and allow pressure to release naturally until pressure indicator fully lowers. 
  6. Remove cover, transfer ½ cup of the cooking liquid to the 2-cup Micro Pitcher; stir in cornstarch. 
  7. Microwave on high power 30 seconds, or until thick. 
  8. Meanwhile, remove chicken from pressure cooker, set aside. 
  9. Transfer cornstarch mixture to base of pressure cooker; stir into vegetables and liquid. 
  10. Stir in remaining wine and parsley. 
  11. Return chicken to pressure cooker, coat with sauce. 
  12. Serve warm.