_bbR3iY5lLSjzaZNziPYc6VX6tk Inspiration CAN be found EVERYWHERE!: August 2012

Friday, August 31, 2012

Better Late than Never Giveaway Hop


Welcome to the Better Late Than Never Giveaway Hop hosted by Mom With a Dot Com in celebration of her one year blog anniversary!

A group of amazing bloggers have gotten together to give you a chance to win some amazing prizes! Better Late Than Never will begin on September 1st and end on September 9th.

As you are hopping around, I hope you will find some prizes that you love and that just maybe you will even win!  I would love to be emailing you that you won MINE!  Each giveaway will have a prize valued at $25 or more!

There are 36 other bloggers who are joining in to make Mom with a Dot Com's "Better Late Than Never" Giveaway Hop! a success, just like her blog.

My prize for this giveaway is the Tupperware Smart Prep System, with a retail value of $39.00. 

If you like to cook (and even if you really don't but must) this is a great way to marinate or bread your food without getting your hands all "gooky".

With just a few shakes, you can marinate or bread whatever you want to make.  There will be no leaky messes with its great special silicone gasket and the separate grid makes breading a breeze because even coverage of the breading is no longer a problem.   Just because summer is coming to a close, doesn't mean you have to give up on marinating and frying (or faux frying) your food - lets keep summer alive!

I can see lots of breaded or marinated pork chops or chicken breasts with this one.  I think it should be in EVERY kitchen.  How about you?

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Orchard Salsa


  • 3 small Granny Smith apples, cored and quartered 
  • 1/2 red pepper, quartered 
  • 1/4 red onion 
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded 
  • 1/2 tbsp. Simple Indulgence™ Southwest Chipotle Seasoning 
  • 1/3 cup Lime Juice
  • 1 TBSP Honey
  • salt and pepper

Blend 1/3 cup lime juice, juiced using Lemon Lime Press, 1 tbsp. honey, salt and pepper, to taste.

Place all ingredients in base of Quick Chef™ Pro System with blade attachment. Turn handle to process until coarsely chopped.

Season to taste with salt and pepper.

This looks great. I bet it would be equally good on crackers with cheddar cheese or over the top of a London Broil or even Grilled Chicken. I think I will work on this for Labor Day weekend - Jenn's dorm check in weekend (but since she's working she will be split between here and there and work) so making something special would be nice.  Don't you think?

What are you doing for Labor Day Weekend?  Are your plans set or are you just going to "wing" it?

Remember you can get these great Tupperware Products and more at my Tupperware Site (kat1126). My "store" is always open!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Mini Chicken Gouda Sandwiches

I don't know about you but I think this sounds really good. I love that you can make this into "mini" sandwiches - almost like finger food from some fancy smancy party!
I know that smoked Gouda is usually easy to find but I've recently become acquainted with smoked Gruyere that I bet would be awesome in this recipe too. I'm going to have to try it both ways.

Serves 16
Preparation Time: 45 minutes

Chicken Gouda salad:
  • 1 1/4 cup cooked chicken pieces
  • 1/3 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/3 cup shredded smoked Gouda
  • 3 tbsp. onion, chopped
  •  3 tbsp. dried cherries
  • 2 tbsp. chopped toasted almonds
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Mini Sandwich rolls:
  • 1 (11oz.) pkg. refrigerated French bread dough tube
  • 1 tbsp. shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp. Simple Indulgence™ Italian Herb

Chicken Gouda salad:
Place all ingredients in Quick Chef with blade attachment.  Replace cover and chop until all ingredients are chopped and blended together.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Serve with Mini Sandwich Rolls or as a salad over greens.

Mini Sandwich rolls:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Stretch I package (11 oz.) refrigerated French bread dough to 16 inches. Using the edge of a Silicone Mat as a measuring guide, slice dough into 16 crosswise slices.
Arrange dough cut side down on Silicone Mat placed on a baking sheet.

Sprinkle tops of rolls with cheese and Simple Indulgence™ Italian Herb.
Bake 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

Remove from oven and cool completely.  Fill rolls with Chicken Gouda Salad.

Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size: 1 Mini Sandwich
Servings per recipe:16,
Calories 130, Calories from fat 70, Total fat 7g, Saturated fat 2.5g, Trans fat 0g, Cholesterol 15mg, Sodium 240mg, Total Carbohydrate 10g, Dietary fiber 1g, Sugar 2g, Protein 6g

E3 Tip: Celery is rich in calcium and has a high reputation as an anti-rheumatic. Source: "Super Foods, Nutrient-dense foods to protect your health" by Michael van Straten & Barbara Griggs

Don't forget there is always a Tupperware Party going on at my site.
Check out the link at the top of this page (on the right) to go to the current ongoing party.
If you want to join me as a Tupperware Consultant - send me an email or come visit my Tupperware site. You can check us out, place an order, set up a party or request info regarding becoming a rep - I'll get you set up and on your way!  Remember the "store" is always open on my site!

Monday, August 27, 2012

The new way to shop with Swagbucks Shop & Earn

I can NOT believe that September is less than a week away.   Please tell me where the Summer went.

But with the end of Summer, the Back to School season, with all the lists of required school supplies, is in full swing.  Some of you have children who have already started school and others are "counting down the days".  For me that is a bitter sweet count down, as I will have an "empty nest" with my bab off to college.

Once we are all "settled" into classes, it will soon be time to start shopping for everything from Halloween costumes (because you KNOW we have to have the latest and greatest costume - right mom?) and decor to the perfect holiday gifts and then some.

If you are a member of Swagbucks (and you are right?) You don't have to ask what's a Swaggernaut to do?   You already know!  Swagbucks got you covered.

Today, is the day that Swagbucks.com
Welcomes the return of
Shop & Earn.  

Believe me, if you don't know already, this is just in the nick of time. Shop & Earn is the newest way to earn even more Swag Bucks by shopping online at some of the popular retailers like Kohl's, Nordstrom, Target (just to name a few) and more.   You'll now have the ability to earn Swag Bucks for each dollar spent or purchase made (earning amounts vary by store) through Shop & Earn.

Please note that Shop & Earn is only available in the U.S. for now, but the great folks at Swagbucks.com are working hard to make it available everywhere in the future.

Want to understand a little more about what Shop & Earn is all about?  Check out this great tutorial for Shop & Earn and then you can start earning more swagbucks with each of your purchases from now on.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Rice Pudding

I just love rice pudding.  I don't know about you but I think I've always liked rice pudding.
Perhaps it was because when I was a kid and my mom was in the hospital, I made dinner for my dad and us kids and made the rice too soon, so it wasn't hot anymore.
My grandfather told me later that I had the beginnings of dessert so it was just fine.

That is my oldest memory of rice pudding! Here's a pretty good one from Tupperware that I am going to try after my travels are finished. This can be served warm or cold.  I can't say I've ever had Rice Pudding served warm but I may have to try it both ways - if it serves 4 - 6 I could do half warm and half cold.

Serves 4-6
Preparation Time: 15 minutes

2 cups milk
 1 (3 oz. pkg.) cook and serve vanilla pudding
1 (8.8 oz. pkg.) microwave ready rice or 2 cups cooked rice
1 cup raisins
1/2 tsp. Simple Indulgence™ Cinnamon & Vanilla

Place milk in a 8 1/4-Cup/ 2L Microwavable Container. Sprinkle pudding mix over milk and stir to blend with Saucy Silicone Spatula.

Add rice, raisins, and Simple Indulgence™ Cinnamon & Vanilla and stir to blend.  If you are using cooked rice, you could easily make your rice using Tupperware's Microwave Rice Maker or your own "on the stove" version.

Cover and heat in microwave on high power (100%) for 6-8 minutes until mixture comes to a complete boil. Stir every 2-3 minutes during cooking.

Remove from microwave.

Cool, serve warm or cold.

Nutrition Facts: Serving Size: 1/4 Recipe, Servings per recipe: 4, Calories 370, Calories from fat 25, Total fat 3g, Saturated fat 1.5g, Trans fat 0g, Cholesterol 10mg, Sodium 220mg, Total Carbohydrate 82g, Dietary fiber 2g, Sugar 48g, Protein 8g

E3 Tip: Topping on whipped cream: Additional Sprinkle Simple Indulgence™ Cinnamon-Vanilla and chocolate shavings. For chocolate shavings, use a thick chocolate bar (room temperature) and use the Twistable™ Peeler to shave thin slices.

How about you?  Does this sound good to you?  Do you enjoy your Rice Pudding warm or cold?

Don't forget there is always a Tupperware Party going on at my site.

Check out the link at the top of this page (on the right) to go to the current ongoing party.
If you want to join me as a Tupperware Consultant - send me an email or come visit my site/page on Tupperware.. You can check us out, place an order, set up a party or request info regarding becoming a rep - I'll get you set up and on your way!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Who is this Fireman ? Do you know?

I know I have shared a lot of things that my daughter Jenn has done and continues to do, including pictures both on here and on Facebook, but my son has been a bit of a "mystery" to some.

Jenn has "friended" me on Facebook - I know they say you shouldn't be on your kids Facebook page because you just never know what it is you might see.  But it has worked ok for us.  The fact that she still lives at home (albeit only on the weekends soon when she goes away to school) I don't have to see her Facebook Page to know what is going on in her life.

Now Dan on the other hand has absolutely NO desire to "friend" me so for the most part I have NO idea what is going on in his life.  You see, just in case you didn't know, he moved away in the Fall of 2009 when he was hired as a Fireman.   He went through the Fire Academy and graduated in the Spring of 2010 and we knew at that point, without a doubt, he wasn't coming home again.  We have always been extremely proud of our son - he has accomplished so much but we know still has so much more he wants to accomplish.

He still has lots of exciting things going on in his life, and maybe we will find out about some of them around the time they happen and then again ........ we may just find out in passing, if someone remembers to tell us.  And then again we may never find out unless someone else tells us. 

This was a picture that was taken after the jet crash back in April, which although he was working and what happened was not good - I think its a really good picture of him.  So if anyone sees something exciting about this fireman  ....... do you think that just maybe you could let mom know ?? Just in case she hasn't seen or heard anything about it..... Just saying.  Mom's are usually the last to know anything but this one would like to make sure she at least hears about them.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Tupperware Possibilities

I know you all know this already, but I have recently become a Tupperware Consultant (remember Tupperware?) because I really do love Tupperware.   I've been sharing some of the things I have found to use my Tupperware products.  I have even more great recipes - both from Tupperware and Weight Watchers to share as the weeks go by.  And of course I am always looking for more recipes to try and to share.

You know that they have some awesome new products and some tried and true "oldies but goodies" that I have had forever!  I have some canisters that sit on my shelf keeping things airtight and "bug" free that I know they still have - just the color caps have changed - says a lot for this product all by itself.  When I was looking through the catalog I saw one of the toys my kids had when they were young - that would be over 20 years ago and its still going strong!

I am having a lot of fun in my new endeavor and wanted to share with everyone here a proposal/opportunity that could be helpful for both of us.

  1. If you would like to purchase some Tupperware, there is always an e-party set up on my blog (see link on upper right corner).  Or if you want to have a catalog party,  just email me and I will get you a catalog or two and instructions on what is needed.    OR

  2. If you would like to join me as a Tupperware consultant and get these awesome products at deep discounts (Kits start at $79.99 plus shipping for over $300 worth of product) plus deep discounts on products to increase your kit at sampling prices.   OR

  3.  If you're not interested in becoming a consultant - think about being an "order taker" for me. I will give you a hostess credit/certificate for your troubles. Take orders worth $250 and I'll get you a $25 credit. The more order $s you get, the higher your credit will be. Credits start when you hit $250 in valid orders. 

 Email me if you are interested so we can discuss these options and get you started ASAP. 

Together we could be an AWESOME team! 

Hope to hear from you soon.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Pop tarts?

AWWWWWW  I'm such a softee....
                     I may never look at a pop-tart box the same way again.

How about you ........ does this look like a Wild! Berry to you?

Italian Frittata by Tupperware

Easy, tasty Breakfast anyone??

  •  3/4 cup frozen country-style hash browns 
  • 1 green onion 
  • 1/8 red bell pepper 
  • 2 tbsp. cold water 
  • 1/2 tsp. Simple Indulgence Italian Herb Seasoning
  • 2 eggs
  • Blend 1/4 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese 
 Place hash browns in Tupperware® Microwave Breakfast Maker, cover and microwave on high 1 minute.
Meanwhile, place green onion and bell pepper in Smooth Chopper with blade attachment.
Pull several times to chop.
Spread over hash browns.
Change Smooth Chopper to paddle attachment, add eggs, water and seasoning blend, and pull cord several times to blend.
Pour mixture over vegetables and top with cheese.
Cover and microwave on high 1 minute, 45 seconds.

Allow to rest 2 minutes while covered, then serve.

I'm liking this recipe.  Super easy, super quick and looks pretty good too.  I'm not a real big breakfast person when I'm working which unfortunately leads to mid morning snacking or an abundance of coffee (not always good for my stomach).  As quick and easy as this seems to be I bet I could have this between 9 and 10 in the office, feel better and get even more work done without having the munchies get in the way.  I bet even Jenn would eat this if she missed breakfast in the dining hall.

Note to self - get Jenn some of the Tupperware Simple Indulgence Seasonings

So far I am really liking the Tupperware recipes I have found but it is not because I am a consultant - I am looking at these now as a mom getting ready to send her child off the school with a box of Tupperware and a copy of things to make (just in case)

Don't forget there is always a Tupperware Party going on at my site.
Check out the link at the top of this page (on the right) to go to the current ongoing party.
If you want to join me as a Tupperware Consultant - send me an email or come visit my Tupperware site. You can check us out, place an order, set up a party or request info regarding becoming a rep - I'll get you set up and on your way!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Are you a True Friend?

I saw this the other day and just laughed.
 I know I have a few friends that this would fit perfectly - other than myself mind you.

So I ask you - does this fit you?

Do you know someone that this fits?  Or am I one of the few?

So that we don't have any liability issues here ....... don't be posted their "full" name - nicknames are ok, first names are ok = this way they will know who you think this is perfect for, as will your mutual friends, but no one is going to get bent out of shape when the world sees their full name.  Just sayin'

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Peachy Keen Frozen Yogurt

  • 3 cups frozen peach slices 
  • 5.3 oz. container peach-flavored Greek yogurt 
  • 1/4 cup sugar 
  • 3/4 cup milk 
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract 

Combine all ingredients in base of Quick Chef® Pro System.

Replace cover and turn handle until mixture is smooth and creamy.
Pour into a Freezer Mates® Small 2 (from Freezer Mates® Starter Set).
Cover and freeze until firm.

Let soften slightly before serving.

This makes 6 servings.

I am sooo going to make this!  I just love the Quick Chef Pro System - it does so many things.  It's compact enough to sit on my counter or island without constantly being in the way, but does so many time saving things without having to break out my big electric food processor.  I will be honest, I hadn't thought about frozen yogurt, but this could be interesting - peach, strawberry, blueberry - the possibilities are endless!

There is still plenty of summer left to be able to make this - oh heck don't we all just love ice cream and frozen yogurt after summer is gone?  A great after school treat ...... see mom its perfect!

I have been Blessed

Sometimes we get so caught up in the day to day hub-bub that we forget to give thanks for the simple things that God has given us.  Some have not been as lucky.

That doesn't mean that we have everything that we want or that we don't wish we had something that we "think" would make life perfect.  It just means that sometimes we have to step back and realize just what we do have - and be thankful for it.

I may not have everything I want to have; like the winning lottery ticket for a mega jackpot, and I may not be the size 8 I once was and of course would love to be again, but I do have so many things that others do not.  I have been blessed.

How about you?  If you sit back and think about all you have - don't you agree you have been blessed?

Monday, August 20, 2012

Soda Stream Giveaway!

Welcome to the Fabulous SodaStream Giveaway

The SodaStream Giveaway is hosted by,

and sponsored by SodaStream

Thanks for stopping by for another awesome Giveaway on Jenns Blah Blah Blog, this time we will be giving away a SodaStream machine! These bad boy's are fabulous! Not only can you make your own soda but it's fun to use with the entire family! It's a win, win situation. I was lucky enough to review one, it has really caused my two older daughters to bond, lol they have to get along if they want to use the soda machine. Yes, it's not fair to let one use it without the other either, so its quality bonding time for two sisters that love to drive one another crazy.
Now don't think that the girls are the only ones that mess with the SodaStream, mom and dad push the out-of-the-way often, yes we join in the fun as well. Not when there's any type of arguing, the NOBODY touches the thing but mom and dad! Don't you love being the adult lol, I remember when my mom and dad used to do that stuff to me, OH Man I hated it, yet I catch myself having fun picking on my kids and now I understand why they did it, lol. They really are wonderful machines, I feel extremely lucky to ahve one, not only are they fun but the soda is so much better for you than a normal soda!
I know, I know Blah Blah Blah get to the giveaway! Alright than!
Jenn's Blah Blah Blog was lucky enough to recently review an awesome SodaStream machine. Please feel free to read full Jenn's Blah Blah Blog's SodaStream Review. One lucky person will receive the Fountain Jet Soda Lover's Start-Up Kit. Fountain Jet - Soda Starter Kit This awesome kit is valued at $99.95, take a peak at it HERE Kit includes:
  • Fountain Jet – winner’s choice of color (black/silver, red/silver or white)
  • 1 carbonating bottle, reusable for up to 3 years
  • Reusable carbonator to fizz up to 60L of soda
  • Variety 6-pack of popular sample-size flavors
  • 3 full-sized flavors of the winner’s choice
Giveaway will start on August 20th at 12:01am EST and end on 9/15 at 11:59pm EST, must be 18 years or older to enter. Event is open to US residents only, I know I wish they would ship worldwide too, but SodaStream can only ship within the continental US.  

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Stupid people ....

I know I should be nice -
                                   but some days I really really want to paste this on my wall.

So how was your day?

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Cheeseburger Penne

I think this will be a perfect meal, especially when we are looking for comfort food quick!
This is another Weight Watcher's recipe that is perfect for many of the Tupperware products that I have or want to have.

Cheeseburger Penne

  • 2 cups uncooked penne (multigrain if possible)
  • 1 package (9 ounces) frozen meatless burgers (or lean ground beef)
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) fire roasted diced tomatoes with garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes (1 large tomato)
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 1/4 cup (5 oz) 50% reduced fat extra sharp cheddar
  • 6 TBSP chopped dill pickle (optional)
If using burgers - grill on medium-high heat - 2 minutes per side.
If using ground beef - microwave in Tupperware stack cooker on high.

Cook pasta in Tupperware Microwave Pasta Cooker.

Using the Tupperware Quick Chef Pro, chop onions, set aside.  Then chop the tomato.
Shred cheddar using Tupperware Grate 'N Measure Grater. (also found in medium & complete pasta set)
Chop dill pickles in the Quick Chef Pro if using

In a large cast-iron or oven/broiler friendly pan, coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat, saute the chopped onions 2 minutes.  Stir in canned tomatoes, chopped tomato, and pepper.  Add chopped burgers or crumbled ground beef to pan.

Stir tomato mixture and half the cheese into the pasta.  Spoon the pasta mixture into a cast-iron skillet.  Sprinkle remaining half of cheese on top.  Broil 1 to 2 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Top with chopped pickle if using.

Yields 6 servings - 1 1/2 cups each

Vapur Anti- bottles

Do you know what a  
Vapur Anti- Bottle is? 

Have you seen these bottles in the store?  

Well I will tell you that I personally had NO idea what this was all about when I first saw them hanging on a display in the grocery store and of course I HAD to check them out.
According to their website
"Reusable tote bags may be the latest trend,
but toting around a bulky water bottle is so last season!"

The Vapur® Reflex is the most portable, reusable water bottle on the planet. It stands upright when full and rolls, folds or flattens when empty.  It comes in solid colors that can be "co-ordinated" with your workout gear.


The Runway, is a clutch-friendly space-saver, that offers the convenience you want and the flare that every trendsetter needs.   It offers some interesting patterns that make the bottle just POP as you carry it around - its easy to hold or use the attached carabiner type clip.

I love that it is 100% made in the USA and that it is made of  BPA-free polyethylene & nylon.  It is freezable, foldable and dishwasher safe!

Now depending on how much use and "abuse" it gets during its use, the company believes that it should last 3 to 4 years.  Which I think is wonderful, especially since it is not really that expensive but there is no recycling to worry about - no extra landfill items floating around.

I had originally purchased ours so that my husband could take it with him when he heads out to play golf - its been really hot and humid here in Jersey but he still goes out to play golf at least once a week.  What I had originally thought was I could put water in the bottle (it holds 18oz) and put it in the freezer.  When he takes the bottle, which he could attach with the clip to his golf bag, it will slowly melt during his 4 hours of play and he could stay hydrated.

We had to go pick up a few more since we also take it to the pool - keeping that ice/cold water available has been a blessing.

I bet, since it is dishwasher safe, you could use this for your kids going back to school.  I think even if you partially filled it and put into the freezer, then fill it with water before they leave in the morning - they would have water (no more bottle to worry about disposing of) every day.  You could clip it onto their backpack in the morning as they run out the door for the bus.  

When you are done with the water, it actually folds up and can still be attached to the backpack or workout bag to carry home to be cleaned out (or put into the dishwasher) to use again.  We have already washed and reused our bottles so many times since I found them I've lost count.  No more bottled water purchased for carrying around anymore - filtered water from home in our Vapur Anti Bottles and away we go ........ Eco Friendly and Fun!

Check out Vapur and see if you don't agree that this is an interesting company with a great Eco-friendly product that you just might want to has as part of your household items.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Weight Watchers Pumpkin- Parmesan Hummus

I don't know how many of you are doing Weight Watchers or like to see what Weight Watchers has for recipes to try and keep things real, but I found this one yesterday and I can't wait to test this one out.  Especially since I get to use some of my new Tupperware products!

Pumpkin-Parmesan Hummus

  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • 1 (16oz) can reduced sodium chickpeas
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup (2oz) freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • 3 TBSP fresh lime juice
  • 3 TBSP plain fat free Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp Southwest Chipotle seasoning blend
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Process garlic cloves until minced.  Add chickpeas and process until well chopped.  Add pumpkin and remaining ingredients and process until smooth.

Serving Size: 2 TBSP (28 calories)
Yield: 20 servings

I plan on making this in my Tupperware Quick Chef Pro and using Simple Indulgence Southwest Chipotle Seasoning Blend to make this recipe.  I bet it will work really well and be a whole lot easier to clean than taking out my food processor or blender!

I've never had Pumpkin Hummus so this will be interesting for sure - but I like hummus and I like pumpkin .... so we shall see how they are together.  I just won't be putting it into a pumpkin shell - cause Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater I am not .........

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Lemon Artichoke Pesto

I have been looking at this recipe for a long time. I had found a really awesome Spinach Artichoke Dip when I was in Florida this past July and really thought it was perfect. You could have it cold or hot and could use it in so many different ways. I bet you could use this the same way - hot or cold - and in different ways, including as a base to be 'creative'.

  • 1/2 cup canned artichoke hearts, drained 
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled 
  • 1 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese 
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves (about 8 large leaves) 
  • 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice 
  • salt and pepper 

Place the first six ingredients into base of the Chop 'N Prep™ Chef.
Replace cover, twist to seal and pull cord 4-5 times to process until coarsely chopped.

Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.

You could probably add some spinach leaves instead of the basil leaves or maybe in addition to and create something very much like what I had in Florida.

You could use this as a dip with crostini  or maybe as a condiment on a sandwich or panini.  I bet this would be something to make your sandwiches (and visitors/guests) say hmmmmm.

Don't forget there is ALWAYS an e-party going on my Tupperware site or if you want to have a catalog party you could email me and I'll get you set up - catalogs, how to, etc.

Humor ... do you have a sense of Humor?

So tell me do you agree  .........

Does this fit your life now or what you want your life to be?

Lets have a weekly funny day
so we are sure to have at least one day with a laugh.

What day should it be?

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

You are NEVER too old

I found this picture on my cousin (Fran Ruchalski) the photographer's Facebook page and just knew it needed to be shared with you all as well. 

It was originally posted by a couple with an interesting blog.

If you want to see some more of their posts, check out their blog at  Practical Tips for a Productive Life

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake in the microwave!

 When I saw this one, I thought OMG Jenn will be able to make cake in her dorm apartment for her roommates ..... as a "Hi - welcome back - I'm your new roommate" present.  But you could have this for dessert tonight - yes it is that quick!

1 cup creamy peanut butter
11/3 cups water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 tsp. vanilla
3 eggs
1 package devil's food cake (18.25 oz./517 g)
2/3 cup English toffee bits

Ganache and Topping 
1/2 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 tbsp. unsalted butter
6 mini peanut butter cups, roughly chopped

Place peanut butter in 2-cup/500 mL Micro Pitcher and microwave on high power 30 seconds.

Place water, vegetable oil, vanilla and eggs in base of the Smooth Chopper fitted with the paddle whisk, process until smooth.
Pour cake mix in the 12-cup/2.8 L Wonderlier® Bowl, add liquid mixture, peanut butter and mix until well combined; fold in English toffee bits.

Spray the Tupperware® Stack Cooker 3-Qt./3 L Casserole with cooking spray.
Place a square of waxed paper (12x 12"/30.5 x 30.5 cm) on the bottom of the casserole.
Place the cone in the center and spray lightly with cooking spray.

Add batter and place casserole in microwave on high power for 11 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.  Remember every microwave is different, so use this time as a guide.
Allow to rest 5 minutes, then invert onto a serving platter, remove waxed paper and cone, and cool completely.

Place the heavy cream in Stack Cooker 1 3/4 Qt/1.75 L Casserole and microwave on high for 1 minute or until it starts to bubble.
Add chocolate chips, vanilla and butter and mix until melted and smooth.
Allow to cool. Pour over the cake.
Top with the chopped mini peanut butter cups.

Tupperware Products Used: Stack Cooker, 12 Cup Wonderlier Bowl, Micro Pitcher, Smooth Chopper

If you want to pick up any of these great products, you can join  Kat's Back to School Party and enjoy these and any other product that catches your eye.  There are some great online exclusives that you can't get at an in-home party - so don't miss checking those out too.  The party runs until August 26th - submitted August 27th so don't miss out.

But remember there is ALWAYS a party going on - so check it out ... YOU could be making AND eating this AND wowing your family and friends --- kat's online party / store

Body by Vi

I have been debating about whether to just do an "edit" to the post I did on Jessica last week or if I should do a new post because I have tried a sample of Body by Vi.

I suppose if I didn't like it I would have just done an edit and say that it was "ok".  Since I'm posting a new post, I guess you could say I thought it was better than OK.

Let me tell you right now, when you open the package you get this wonderful smell - almost like a vanilla cake mix - that just draws you in.  It has that somewhat sweet homey smell that just makes you want to try it.  I'm sure you could just mix it up the way it is and be very happy, but I am always looking for "variety".  I know I get bored with "diet" products easily unless I can keep changing it up.  And once boredom sets in, the changes I was so set on putting into place goes right out the window. 

That was one of the things that intrigued me about this product.  You had a "base" that was pleasant that you can change up all the time with things you probably have in your home already or should.  If you are going completely "cold turkey" on unhealthy options and using this as your jump start product you can add the variety I want (and I don't' think I'm that unusual) without having to rob a bank.  This just made me feel like I was taking the first step towards a new lifestyle, a new "me" that will be ditching the excess weight and making me want to hit the gym to tone up too.

My first shake was a blender shake with 1/2 cup of frozen berries, 8 oz of 2% milk (should have been skim or soy or almond, but that was what we had so we went with it), 2 scoops of mix and some ice (about 5 ice-maker cubes).  This filled an 18oz red solo cup!

If you remember I showed you a picture of some recipe options using the mix, where some used a blender and some were just mixing it up in a shaker cup.  I bet the Tupperware Quick Shake(r) Container would work well with these.

I have one of these so I will be trying it very soon.  I'm thinking a PB2 (powdered peanut butter with less calories and fat) and Cocoa ...... I mean chocolate and peanut butter just might be awesome!   Or how about Cocoa and a little mint extract - can you say "York Peppermint Patty" in a glass?  And then there was that Apple Pie in a Glass ......   These could be my go to when I'm running out the door in the morning to make a meeting.  No donuts and coffee from the table for me!

Now I will admit that when I first had my shake, I thought it was VERY tasty, but I honestly thought I was going to be starving in an hour.  WELL I was fooled completely.  I had my shake around 9AM (I was dilly dallying and didn't really want to get moving), when I was finished drinking it I really thought I was going to be in deep trouble by 10.  I thought I would be rummaging through the cabinets and refrigerator before 11.  I was SO WRONG!  I didn't even remotely feel hungry until after 1PM!  Yes this shake lasted me about 4 hours - better than some "regular" breakfast foods.  But I also noticed when I had lunch that I was full very quickly.  Now I am not sure what or why that happened - but I'll take it!  I will definitely checking out which package I am going to pick up for next month.

If you want to check this out, just let me know - and remember there is an option to get a challenge going or to get your monthly delivery for free - just ask and I will fill you in and get you set up.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Mom with a Dot Com Giveaway Hop Sign Up


Time has flown right on by!

As of August, Mom with a Dot Com has been in business for a year now! She’s really excited and wants to thank her readers with a giveaway hop! Join Mom With a Dot Com for the "Better Late Than Never" Giveaway Hop!

Even though it's technically August still, the event won't take place until September... so we'll be a little late - but that makes it fun!

Better Late Than Never will take place from September 1 - September 9. This event will feature a variety of giveaways. It does not need to be theme specific (just family friendly).


  • Host: Mom with a dot com
  • Dates: September 1 - September 9, 2012
  • Minimum Prize Value: $25
  • Cost to join: Free (w/ a paid promotional option) 

To Join:

Grandma's Helper

Here is a wonderful picture that my friend Elaine sent me the other day.

Do you think she is trying to tell me something ..........

Nope nope, this can't be me ...
  1. I am not a Grandma
  2. I know how to get on the Internet
  3. I use Firefox - well most of the time
How about you - did this make you chuckle?  Or did you go "Thank God I'm not alone"?

Sunday, August 12, 2012

August Meteor Shower

I don't know if you are a science buff or a meteor watcher or if you have seen this already but I know this is going to be a spectacular show! I sure hope that we continue to have clear nights - especially tonight,  August 12th - 13th, so I can see this one.

Are you going to watch?

Personalized Children's Books

I can't believe I am posting this now, but are you looking for things to get for your younger kids or grand-kids for the holidays?

How about something that will really make them super interested in reading? 

Get 2 Personalized Kids Books for only $19.99 (Plus Shipping).   You get to choose from Cars, Toy Story, Spider-Man, Elmo, or Dora.

When they are part of the story, they really want to read and more often!

You could be a real star in their eyes, when you present them with these super special books. And get them into the habit of reading - something we all know they will need ALL their lives!

Saturday, August 11, 2012


Have you join Swagbucks.com yet? 
WHAT are you waiting for? 

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I'm a member and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it.  I use it all the time for my searches and love seeing the "you just won "X" swagbucks" because I know that I will have more things I can get for free!

The merchandise available includes things like PayPal and Amazon gift cards, toys, clothes, collectibles, games, electronics and more… Swagbucks.com is a 100% free, no strings attached, free prizes, no shipping charges, no membership fee’s.  I've used my swag bucks to bid on things I wanted but didn't want to pay for .......I have over 2,000 swag bucks right now - so its time to get "buying" again.  That's just way too much to be sitting "waiting" to be used.

Swagbucks.com has already rewarded over a million users with Amazon.com gift cards, and all kinds of quality products, to members across the United states, Canada and UK.

Join Swagbucks.com for your own chance to win!

Melynda's Labor Day Blogfest & Book Fair

Sign up to join a Labor Day Blogfest and Book Fair. 
Sunday September 2nd -Tuesday the 4th. 
(Some free eBooks included!) 

In honor of Melynda Fleury--who has bravely been fighting diabetes and almost completely lost her eyesight -- Wayman Publishing is offering unlimited free downloads of their top ten bestselling books to all entrants during this event! 

In addition, they will be featuring some phenomenal books you should check out AND will be giving away a yet undisclosed amount of Cash (but will be announced after Blogger signups are completed). 

Other bloggers can join in for this great opportunity to gain new traffic. 

We're all excited to spread the word about some fantastic authors and Wayman Publishing; we hope you'll join us for this fun event. 


Friday, August 10, 2012

Tupperware and the College Dorm

As many of you have seen, my daughter Jenn is about to leave home for her  "living on campus" College life experience, so we have been running around making sure she has all the necessary items to spend the better part of the next 9 months living elsewhere.

We've gotten towels (check), sheets (check), blanket (check), under-bed storage, shoes/sneakers/etc (check check).  All these things are important, but we got to thinking about cooking food.  Yes everybody needs to have a meal plan when living on campus (to be honest I think that's a good thing) but sometimes you want to eat when the dining halls aren't open.  Or you want something "different".

Now most dorms will only allow a microwave as a "cooking" option, not even a toaster is allowed because of the danger of fire.  We all know that not everything works in the microwave - some things are just not made for the microwave (metal a definite no-no, some paper products just melt) and others just don't make for great cooking options (rubber chicken just isn't appetizing).

Well Tupperware has some fantastic options that we have gotten for her.  If you are interested in any of these shown or anything else you see on the Tupperware Product Site just give me a shout.  I can get your order set up and shipped (US or Canada) with very little trouble.

How about a breakfast maker?
Eggs/omelets/oatmeal all a breeze in this compact little gem.

A microwave steamer lets them make all kinds of things ....

In the Stack Cooker, you can brown meats, cook casseroles and bake cake and desserts in your microwave.  I've got some great recipes for this one perfect for a microwave dinner nobody will realize it was cooked in the microwave.

Or if she comes home when she is working on the weekend (if? we all know she will be back home when she's working the weekends) I can always send back "leftovers" or make her some "leftovers" to take back with her in these great vent sets.  These could get LOTS of use.  Maybe even if she brings leftovers from restaurants back to her dorm (she is the leftover queen) she might actually eat them if she can reheat them in these!

But they also have a pasta maker and a rice cooker for the microwave as well as plates, bowls, glasses, pitchers ....... they have thought of all kinds of ways to cook meals in the microwave and then eat them in style, that are nice looking and compact which are fabulous for dorms / apartments / small kitchens.

If you would like to order any of these, or any other of the great products that Tupperware carries, please feel free to contact me, via email, so I can get it set up for you or search for an online party that you can "invite yourself to" and then place your order.

At least one part of sending your kids off to college becomes less stressful - thanks Tupperware for some great products!  Anyone else think these are a great idea?  I've been finding some really great recipes for these too - I may have to get myself a set just so I won't be steal borrowing hers!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Believe in yourself.

Sometimes I think that the only reason our little girls aren't into Math and Science has nothing to do with the fact that they are "girls" but because we don't allow them to believe that they can do something. We let others tell them that they can't.

When I saw this I just knew it needed to be part of my blog.  I know it is part of my life so it's only logical that it is part of my blog

And this is how it should be. ANYTHING is possible if we believe!

That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

Identity Theft

The latest thing that is really hurting people each and every day is Identity Theft. I know first hand how bad this is. Although it wasn't a personal theft of my identity I had to deal with it for a friend. Her son's identity was stolen the year he died. Now I can hear you say, what difference did that make - he was already dead. It effected EVERYTHING including his final tax return.

Once it happens to you, or someone you know, you want to be protected.  Check out SG Identiy.  They are offering a 50% discount for their services - Restoration AND Monitoring.  A small price for peace of mind or help in the mess of restoring your identity.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Jessica Georgia Woelk and the 90 Day Challenge

Do you know this lady?   Have you seen her around?  
Is she not adorable?  I think she is the cutest.  
I'm here to tell you that she could become one of the most important people you know.
How you ask?  Let me tell you.
  1. If you are even remotely interested in losing weight - this woman has a key.   
  2. If you are interested in maintaining what you have lost and not letting it creep back on  - once again, look to this woman for the key.
Have you heard of Body by Vi?
Have you heard of the 90 Day Challenge?
Jessica has and has taken part in the

This lady is living proof that it works!
She has the enthusiasm for this program that will just make you want to do it.  

She's not a sales person, but she will sell you the program.
BUT, and this is a BIG BUT, she is definitely not a "sell the product and move on to the next sucker" type of person.  We have all met these type of people - but that is definitely NOT Jessica.

She believes in this program because she has seen it work!  
You see, she is a success story.  

She is so enthusiastic and bubbly and fun.  Yes I said fun!   

Just talking with her for a few minutes (OK so we were talking for much more than that) made me want to look into this program.

Even these make the program look and sound FABULOUS.  It looks like you could have a different shake every time so you would never get bored or tired of "same ole, same ole".  I sure you know what I mean.  It really does look like the possibilities are endless - or only as limited as your imagination.  I really think Jessica and I are going to have to have another chat.  What do you think?  Are you with me on this?  Shall we get Jessica to set up our very own 90 Day Challenge?

If you are getting psyched about this program, like me, and you think you might want to do our very own 90 Day Challenge AND want to know how you may be able to get your monthly shipment FREE (yes I said FREE) send me a message and we can talk about how that is possible.  Check out Jessica's Facebook Page too.  This could just the that last little push you need to accept the Challenge!  Come on, your health is worth the time it takes to check this out, right?

Can't wait to hear from you and to get you set up with Jessica and The 90 Day Challenge!

Famous Footwear - Back to School BOGO

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Famous Footwear for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
I LOVE Famous Footwear.  I love the brands and styles that they carry (same as those big priced stores, just at a realistic price).
I LOVE that I can go into the store, find what I want and get out without spending half my day there.
I LOVE that I can always find something that I like.  But I really like that if the shoe I like isn't found in my size in the store, they will get it for me through home delivery.  I can also order shoes online at www.famous.com and get them shipped to my store for pick-up - and get this, I pay NO additional charge!
This wonderful company has some AWESOME deals going on to celebrate the upcoming Back to School Season that they really want you to partake in.


Yes they want you to pay even less to put shoes on your kids feet this year.   Pure AWESOME, right?  I'm telling you mom you WILL be the "coolest" mom around when you score the great "must have" shoes for your kids - and you won't have to break the bank doing it.  You get 15% off PLUS Buy One, Get One Half Off.

Here it is - Click here to get a great coupon to get you started with your Back to School Shopping  BOGO + 15% off Famous Footwear Coupon

You will DEFINITELY save this year without making your kids "suffer".  I'm a mom, I know how they can make you feel like you are the worst mom in the world when you won't let them have THE style of the season.  Now you don't have to make them "suffer" because they WILL be members of the "cool" crowd.

But you need to hurry.  
Print this coupon and make sure to  redeem by August 18th.  Please don't miss out.

I want to share something else with you - so don't leave me just yet. 

I want you to join the Famous Footwear Rewards Program because I know you will just love this store.  But here are some of the great benefits you will receive if you join (I know I am already a member and love it)
  1. It's FREE (and we all love free right?)
  2. You earn 1 point for every $1 you spend in-store or online
  3.  You accumulate points to earn certificates up to $100 a year
  4.  You get a discount offer just for signing up
  5.  You get other special insider discounts and perk
I tell you I have used my Rewards Program and I LOVE it.  I think I bought 4 pairs of shoes/sandals before the summer started - I think I'm going to have to check out the Fall selections this week so I can use the coupon too.

Trust me, if you don't already love Famous Footwear, you WILL when you check them out with your kids this season.   Score great prices, must have shoes/sneakers, AND save!  Yes you are gonna love them just like me!

Visit Sponsor's Site

Monday, August 6, 2012


I saw this the other day and thought .... this is perfect. 

Sometimes I look at people who profess to be friends and think "really", you're friends? 

I don't know about you but sometimes you get that feeling when you talk to people or listen to people talk about their friends.  I bet many don't even realize they do it.  But all of their conversations come off as "who is the best" or "who made the move to be friends" or "who does more because they care" and I just have to wonder.  Are they really "friends" or just "acquaintances" that masquerade as friends?

Does this make any sense to you?   I don't mean when some makes a comment when being introduced to new people by your friend, that says something to the effect, I've known her for close to 30 years now.  That's just a fact.  I'm talking about out of the blue comments like that.

See I told you that this was perfect.  If you are truly a friend, if you truly have a friendship none of that matters.  This picture just nails it.

What do you think?  Do you agree or disagree?  Why?

Sunday, August 5, 2012

NOT born to Hate!

Found this on a friends facebook page.  I just knew I had to share this with my friends, especially with all the nastiness and arguing and just hate that seems to be flying around as of late ....

I think that Nelson Mandela pretty well nailed this one.

Tell me what do you think?

Friday, August 3, 2012

Tupperware Business Opportunity

I'm sure you have seen this already, but as a relatively new Tupperware Consultant, I wanted to  share with you some of the reasons I started and maybe peak your interest in becoming a consultant too!

As an Independent Tupperware Business Owner, you will enjoy the freedom of designing your very own schedule, according to YOUR priorities.
  1. Need a flexible schedule to be there when your family needs you the most? No problem.
  2. Want to enhance your current income by investing a few hours a week? You're not alone.
  3. Interested in building a career that gives you all this and more?

With your own Tupperware business, you decide how much time to invest, you decide how much you want to earn and you can do all this and more while you party for a living!

You can choose how you want to achieve your success.  It is all up to you, but Tupperware wants you to succeed so they offer the following just by joining:
  1. The world-famous Tupperware party-your opportunity to make new friends, share ideas and earn a great commission.
  2. Connecting with customers at one of the growing number of Tupperware Access Point locations at local malls.
  3. Your own Web site that promotes your business and earns income for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Do you have other ideas that you think will work?  Do those too - it is ALL up to you.

Have I peaked your interest?  Are you thinking about becoming a Tupperware Consultant?

Now is the time - Minimum Investment...Right Now! 

I will be happy to set up a time to talk with you, along with my director,  to answer your questions about becoming a Tupperware Consultant and take you through the three easy steps toward starting your very own business.

Being a Tupperware Consultant definitely has its rewards; flexibility and time for yourself is a BIG plus.  Income that can be yours whether you choose part-time or full-time - I'm all for that.  But you can also earn, prizes like jewelry, bikes, appliances, win trips and if you are really really good - a CAR!

I told you this is the perfect Business Opportunity for EVERYONE.  Let's get together and make this happen for you. 

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Blogger Opportunity - Soda Stream!

I don't know about your house, but my daughter would just die if we could find the Soda Stream Fountain Jet System arriving at our door.  I don't think she/we are that much different from others so I figured this would be an AWESOME giveaway to join in on.  And the fact that you have a "free" entry ...... well heck what blogger wouldn't love that one?

 When I stumbled upon this one (ok it was in my email) I just had to share this great Blogger Opportunity with all of you.  

Jenn's Blah Blah Blog and Diva Fabulosa 
have another fabulous FREE Blogger Opportunity

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity! 

What will your readers have the chance to win? 
How about the SodaStream Fountain Jet!
  1. Fountain Jet – winner’s choice of color (black/silver, red/silver or white) 
  2. 1 carbonating bottle, reusable for up to 3 years 
  3. Reusable carbonator to fizz up to 60L of soda 
  4. Variety 6-pack of popular sample-size flavors 
  5. 3 full-sized flavors of the winner’s choice 

This event will run from August 20th to September 15th - so not too long but long enough to pick up quite a few NEW readers as well as allow your current readers to join in.
If you choose to join us for this wonderful giveaway you MUST post a promotional blog post or send $5 to jennsblahblahblog@hotmail.com via PayPal. 

Open to US residents only. 

Bloggers get a FREE Facebook or Twitter link, 
additional links only $2, 
daily votes $3! 
Co-host spots available! 

If you want to learn more or sign up you can visit Jenn’s Blah Blah Blog HERE
I'm really excited about this and will be grabbing my spot in this great giveaway.  I hope to see you there too.

Live for today .....

I received this from a friend in the office the other day and just knew it was time to share with all of you.  I have seen this before, may have even shared it with some of you, but sometimes you just need to be reminded.  Today is your "reminder" from me.  Thanks Angela for my reminder.

A friend of mine opened his wife's underwear drawer and picked up a silk paper-wrapped package: 
'This, he said, isn't any ordinary package.' 
He unwrapped the box and stared at both the silk paper and the box. 
'She got this the first time we went to New York , 8 or 9 years ago. 
She has never put it on, was saving it for a special occasion. 
Well, I guess this is it. 

He got near the bed and placed the gift box next to the other clothing he was taking to the funeral house, for you see, his wife had just died. 
He turned to me and said: 

'Never save something for a special occasion. 
Every day in your life is a special occasion'. 

 I still think those words changed my life. 

Now I read more and clean less. 
I sit on the porch without worrying about anything. 
I spend more time with my family, and less at work. 
I understand that life should be a source of experience to be lived up to, 
not survived through. 

I no longer keep anything for a "Special Day". 

I use crystal glasses every day... 
I'll wear new clothes to go to the supermarket, if I feel like it.. 
I don't save my special perfume for special occasions, I use it whenever I want to. 

The words 'Someday...' and ' One Day...' are fading away from my dictionary. 
If it's worth seeing, listening or doing, I want to see, listen or do it now.... 

I don't know what my friend's wife would have done if she knew she wouldn't be there the next morning, this nobody can tell.. 
I think she might have called her relatives and closest friends. 
She might call old friends to make peace over past quarrels. 
I'd like to think she would go out for Chinese, her favorite food. 
It's these small things that I would regret not doing, if I knew my time had come.. 

Each day, each hour, each minute, is special. 
Live for today, for tomorrow is promised to no-one..