_bbR3iY5lLSjzaZNziPYc6VX6tk Inspiration CAN be found EVERYWHERE!: 2017

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.
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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.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Grilled Ricotta and Mixed Berries

I saw this in an advertisement for one of my local food stores.  
Thank you Acme.

This actually looks like it could be a great dessert option for anyone.  I can see this one for a family night dinner or for a casual dinner with friends.

And you don't have to be as "precise" in putting your fruit out like this one, but you could be creative to the extreme or just sprinkle the fruit here and there, its pretty much up to you.  

Or let the kids get their inner DaVinci out.



12-inch prepared pizza crust or naan bread
1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
zest of 1 lemon
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp honey
2 cups assorted berries



1. Preheat grill to medium heat (350°-400ยบ). 
2. In a bowl, mix to combine ricotta cheese, lemon zest, vanilla and honey. 
3. Spread mixture on crust and top with berries.
4. Turn off middle burners for indirect grilling and place pizza crust in center of grill. Grill about 10-12 minutes, until berries are juicy and ready to burst. 
5. Remove from heat and let rest 5 minutes. 
6. Slice and serve.
Pro Tips: 
1. Cooking over indirect heat helps avoid scorching the bottom of the flatbread. 
2. Stone fruits such as cherries, peaches or plums are a fantastic substitute for berries.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Tupperware ... September Join Us Offer


I was blown away when I saw the Say Yes offer for September.

You get some awesome pieces in our "regular" kit but when you add this months offer, well it just becomes a must have.  
The Ultra Pro Lasagna pan is a constant in my house.  Yes I use it to make some lasagna, but I also roast chicken and put my Salisbury Steak in there with LOTS of onions and brown gravy.

And then add the griddle ... wow, wow, wow.
I have the "series 1" griddle and use it often .. like almost every Sunday for fried eggs.
I like that it has just enough of a lip to keep everything inside, without being so tall that it "gets in the way".

If you are thinking about what you get ... lets break it all down for this month.




If you would like to join my team, you can do so just by clicking on the "Join Us" tab on my Tupperware page.

Questions?  Give me a shout.

Yes you can get all this for just $39 down and then another $60 in a few months IF you don't achieve the required $$ in sales, but really it is pretty easy to do.  
OR if you join from my Tupperware page, you pay the $99 up front and get a credit for the $60 that Tupperware gives for achieving your second confident start goal.  

I love that anything you purchase is counted toward your sales goals.
For example, you will get credit for any samples you purchase.  You get credit for anything you purchase for yourself, your family, your neighbor ... even if it is not at a party!  So you see, the more you share, the more you get towards sales credit.

Yes above I said 2nd confident start goal.  There are 13 steps where you can earn all kinds of things from Tupperware .... just by having parties!  Want to know more?  Get with me.  


Saturday, August 5, 2017

New Mid Month Brochure ... August!

I almost forgot to share this!

It's time for another mid month brochure here at my Tupperware Site.

There are some really wonderful and cute things in this mid month's brochure.
And as is our norm, there are a few short term items that you don't want to miss.



These are really great for the upcoming school year.  The Cupcake Keepers are soooo cute for keeping those lunch treats in 1 piece ... I mean who wants to have frosting in a bag and not on the cake.
Oh and that SnackBar Maker ... make your own bars and cute out the preservatives.  The Keepers are perfect for the SnackBars you can make in the Maker, but also for other treats too ... cookies, peanut butter crackers and more!


 


If you have a Minions lover in your house, or know one ... this set is soooo cute.  Can you see them having their snacks in this?  I bet you could even use it for lunches too.







Or keep those special treats together so they can pick their own as a reward.









Speaking of lunches ..



I have this "pre" PLUS and use it all the time when I am taking lunch to work.

I love that my salad doesn't get soggy with dressing and everything is packed together ready to go.  

Have some leftover protein from last nights dinner?  Grilled Chicken, Steak, Grilled Pork ... all would be perfect over a salad. Make that salad as you are cleaning/packing up any leftovers (or planned-overs, as we call them) and you really can just grab and go in the morning.

Oh and I haven't seen it yet ... but starting today (probably by this evening) items from the FALL catalog will be available for sale too!  Yes, that means you can get an order together from the Summer AND Fall catalogs AND Mid August brochure!

Don't forget to jump on over to my Tupperware Site and check out what we have to offer ... I have seen the new Multi Cooker that will basically replace 4 items in your cabinet.  I will definitely be checking into getting one of those!

Have any questions, just give me a shout.
Interested in becoming a Tupperware Consultant?  
You can join right from my page (join us tab) or message me and I will help you get started.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Success

I've been thinking about this a lot lately.
How do you define success?

When can you claim success?


Is success what we do or what we inspire others to do?

I would think if you strive to be a teacher, and I don't just mean as a profession, it would be what you inspire others to do.  What you help them to learn about what they can do, what they shouldn't do or what they are meant to do.



I know there have been times that I have thought I was going to be so successful and end up thinking about what is in it for me, and then I really am not sure if I succeeded or not.  
Oh you can be successful and unsuccessful at the same time.

WHAT?  WAIT .. what did I just say?

You can be "successful" because you accomplished something monetarily, but is that the true measure of success?
You can be "unsuccessful" at the same time if all you have accomplished is put money in your pocket.  
You need to make a difference when you are successful.  

In my opinion, you need to make people want to do the same thing that you have done, accomplish the things that you have with your help.  Your help can be just being the inspiration, by sharing the knowledge that YES YOU can do it.

Let's try to be the type of successful that helps us to inspire others to do what they want and are able to do, without putting limits on what they can do.

THAT in and of itself could be the true meaning of success.



Monday, July 31, 2017

Where is YOUR Happy Space

Is there a place where you feel safe?
A place where you can let go and be yourself?

You know that place that you call your "Happy Place".

My Happy Space

I know that I always feel at peace when I am by the water.
I don't know that I could live ON the water, but living BY the water brings a smile to my face.  The changing scenes the sky, even when a storm is rolling in, is always gorgeous to view.



Now if You (I) still need a reason to smile ... 



a little wine would be a great addition.


Friday, July 28, 2017

Help in finding the real you

If you are looking to "find" yourself and don't know where to start (like me) you might want to check out Martha Beck.



Martha is a sociologist, a life coach, an author and speaker.  From what I heard, she was a speaker at Limelight by Alcone's conference and did an AWESOME job.  I wish I had been able to be there, because from what I heard the conference was phenomenal but her talk sounded like it was one of the highlights.

I will be perfectly honest here.  
I had actually never heard of her before, which is kind of crazy because she has so many books that she has written.  
In fact, when I looked on Amazon they listed 103! 

I am forever looking for things to read on Amazon (love to keep my Kindle "full" so I can always find something when I'm waiting) and I had NO idea.  Hang head in shame....

When I first looked into her, because of all the Limelight buzz, I saw this ...  "All my life, I've addressed crowds because I'm scared of public speaking..."  I was immediately drawn to learn more, you see I saw "I'm scared of public speaking" and said to myself ... a kindred spirit.  I know, I know, I can talk about a lot of things but public speaking .. definitely NOT my cup of tea.

I figure I've found something/someone good, someone who just might be the catalyst to finding out just who I am or who I want to be.  I know, after all this time, I still don't know if I am where I am suppose to be, where I want to be, so it is definitely time to get my act together.   Better late than never, right?

But hey I'm not the only one who is thinking she is pretty good person to help me on this journey, even Oprah Winfrey said "She's one of the smartest women I know".  Pretty nice endorsement, don't you think?

You can find Martha's blog here.
I'll see you there.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Quick Strawberry Cake

Here is just another reason I love my Tupperware.


Strawberry Chantilly Cake can be made soooo quickly that even "drop in" family or guests/friends can be served an excellent treat.

Yield: 8
Serving Size: 1 slice

Ingredients
For the cake
  • 1 lb. fresh strawberries, tops removed
  • 1/8 tsp. coarse kosher salt
  • 12 tbsp. melted, salted butter
  • 1¾ cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 3 small egg
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 6 tbsp. plain yogurt
  • 6 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp. corn starch
  • 1½ cup all-purpose flour
  • Sliced strawberries for garnish
For the Vanilla Whipped Cream frosting
  • 1 tsp. unflavored powdered gelatin
  • 2 tbsp. cold water
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. In the base of the Power Chef® System, add strawberries, ¼ cup of the sugar, and salt. Cover and pull cord until strawberries are roughly chopped. 
  2. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. Grease and flour the Stack Cooker 3-Qt. Casserole and the ¾-Qt. Casserole; set aside.
  4. In the 2-cup Micro Pitcher add butter. Microwave on high power 25 seconds, or until melted. Remove from microwave, transfer to base of the Power Chef® with paddle attachment. 
  5. Add remaining sugar, cover and pull cord until butter and sugar are well blended.
  6. Remove cover, add egg, cream, yogurt, vanilla, baking soda, and baking powder. Cover and pull cord until well blended; about 20 pulls. 
  7. Add flour, cover and pull cord until well blended; about 20 pulls.
  8. Using a spatula, divide batter evenly between the two casseroles; stack and cover. Microwave on high power 11 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. 
  9. Remove from microwave; let stand 30 seconds. Transfer cakes to a cooling rack. 
  10. Let cool completely before frosting.
  11. Meanwhile, make the frosting. 
  12. In a small bowl, stir together gelatin and water; set aside. 
  13. In the base of the Quick Chef® Pro System with whip attachment, add cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Turn handle until cream reaches the soft peak stage. 
  14. Add gelatin, continue whipping cream until stiff peaks form (cream should be the consistency of stiff frosting). 
  15. Remove whip attachment, cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  16. Place first layer of cake on plate or cake stand; cover with strawberries. 
  17. Spread 1/3 of the frosting over the strawberries. 
  18. Add second layer of cake; Spread 1/3 of frosting over the top.
  19.  Spread remaining frosting over the sides of the cake. 
  20. Decorate cake with fresh strawberries. 
  21. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate up to 3 days.


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

More Karma insight

Time to recharge.
Time to take a look and make sure you are giving off what you want to receive.



I know that when someone is being "ugly", and I don't mean how they look physically, but how they treat others or us, we think Karma's gonna get them.

With some of the things that have been happening lately, to me especially, I've been wondering if just maybe I'm not as "nice" or "sweet" or "kind" to others as I thought.

It just might be time for a Karma check up in my life.

How about your life?  
Are you Karma Safe?
Are you sure?

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

WE are important

Yes, I am important.
Yes, I am special.
And so are you.


I know we all want to be accepted and loved for ourselves.
Sometimes we think that if we put ourselves aside and just concentrate on that "other" person, they will love us just as much and all will be perfect.

Sometimes that doesn't happen.
That "other" person doesn't love you as much as you love them.



We need to respect and love ourselves to see that and accept it.
And then move on.  
YOU are special and deserve to be loved and respected for YOU.
But if you do forget this ... I will continue to remind you.

Don't forget that.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Happy Monday

I saw this one a few weeks ago and thought .. I really need to share this soon.


We all make mistakes.  
I know some don't believe that, but really it is true.
Some may not think that anything is a mistake, its making a "choice" but really it can just be so simple as its a mistake.
Accept it.
It happens.

BUT today is Monday .... Good Morning.
It's a new week, correct those mistakes from last week and move on.
Let's try to make this a great week!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Tupperware Mid July brochure

It's that time again. 
Time for the Mid Month Tupperware Brochure.





Some really awesome awesome pieces in this brochure that you don't want to miss out on.
These short term items, ends on July 28th, include these awesome Modular Mate Sets!
Usually you need to wait until January to get these types of deals ... don't miss out on these.


All month (mid month to mid month) long, you can get these deals below.
My all time favorite are the Freeze-it Plus containers to make all kinds of make ahead meals so I don't have to worry about what's for dinner when we have been out and about all day ... or when we are working late!


And don't forget, school lunches are right around the corner ... so the sandwich keepers and snack cups and big wonders in sets of 5 are PERFECT.

I have a this set up for the Mid July Brochure Party that will be open until August 10th so if you want to hop on in ... 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Let's fly

Happy Friday.

Sometimes people think (yes that includes me) that you have to be leading the pack or be near the head of the line to succeed.

But I am here to tell you that sometimes it really is as simple as this.



All you need to remember is that NOW is your time.
Now is the time for you to spread your wings and fly!



But just because your wings are ready and you should be ready to fly, it doesn't mean it has to be now, right this second, or even today,   Just know that you can make it in your own time, so long as you don't give up, don't stop!  

I bet you can make something beautiful just like YOU.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Salad with Summer Squash

I know you have seen the zoodle recipes that are all over Pinterest.
I know I've thought it was going to be a fad that wouldn't last.  
But I guess I was wrong judging by the number recipes you can find.

Here is one from the Tupperware site, using my beloved Mandoline, that I may just be making this with some of our garden treasures.




Yield: 1
Serving Size: 8 oz.

Ingredients
  • 1 large zucchini, ends trimmed
  • 1 large yellow squash, ends trimmed
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro
  • ¼ of small red onion, peeled
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. poppy seeds, toasted

Instructions
  1. Using the Mandoline with round knob at #2 and the triangular knob at #6, slice thin strips of zucchini and squash. 
  2. Transfer vegetables to large bowl and toss with ¼ tsp. of salt. Let stand 10 minutes; drain liquid.
  3. In the bowl of the Chop ’N Prep™ Chef, add lemon juice, olive oil, rice wine vinegar, garlic, cilantro, red onion, honey and remaining salt. 
  4. Pour over vegetables and gently toss to coat.
  5. Refrigerate 20 minutes. 
  6. Sprinkle with poppy seeds before serving.

Who knows, this could become a vegetable that my family might actually ask for.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Don't run out of time

How many times have you heard people say that they can't do something right now because its "not the right time"?
They need to wait until they are in a better place.  
Or when things get easier so that they would have more time.

I know I've said it myself.
I've wondered if maybe I should have waited to do this or that.  If it would have been easier or less complicated, if I had just waited.




Now I'm not saying to be reckless or foolhardy.
I'm all for planning and going forward with your eyes open.

But remember we never know when we will draw our last breath.
No I'm not getting morbid.

Stop chasing the what ifs and dreaming about what you think you should have, just because you were born.

Sometimes, when we are happy with what we have and where we are in our lives, there are more doors opened for us and more of the things we have hoped for or desired becomes ours as well.  

But even if that doesn't happen, being happy with where you are will lead you to even more happiness.

Don't live your life wishing for something more,
Be happy with what you have been given, what you have earned and just maybe even more will be yours.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Flavored Shaved Ice

Do you remember flavored ices from when you were a kid?
You know what I am talking about, right?  

Today with the help of Tupperware, we can make our own shaved ice with the Grate Master Ice Shaver Cone and then make whatever fruit flavoring you want.  

Here is a quick way to make some Strawberry (red) and Blueberry (blue) flavorings to get you started, but remember other fruits will work as well.  If you try something different, give us a shout and let us know what else works as well.


Yield: 6
Serving Size: ¼ cup

Ingredients
  • 5 oz. frozen fruit strawberries, thawed
  • 5 oz. frozen blueberries, thawed
  • 2 cups water, divided
  • 2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt, divided

Instructions
  1. In the 2-cup Micro Pitcher, stir together strawberries, 1 cup water, 1 cup of sugar, and 1/8 tsp. of salt. Microwave on high power 2½ minutes. 
  2. Remove from microwave and transfer to a bowl. Let stand 5 minutes or until fruit is soft. 
  3. Repeat with blueberries and remaining water, sugar and salt.
  4. Transfer strawberry mixture to the Power Chef® System with blade attachment. 
  5. Place cover on Power Chef, pull cord to puree. Return strawberries to bowl. 
  6. Rinse Power Chef and blade, and repeat with blueberries.
  7. Strain strawberry and blueberry puree into separate Squeeze It™ Bottles
  8. Add water as needed to create desired consistency.
  9. Squeeze the desired amount of flavored syrup on Shaved Ice in cones or bowls.


I think I will be making this often this Summer season.  
And I bet the Grate Master Ice Shaving Cone can be used to make some awesome frozen drinks on the deck ... just sayin'

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Be YOU

Sometimes I just feel like "why".

Yes you can be going along, feeling like you are doing just fine, getting your act together or getting to a place with your "passion" and somebody comes along and just shatters it all by calling it "stupid" or professing that you "don't know what you are talking about", but of course, they know better.

My confession .. 
  I've been feeling that way lately, a lot lately to be totally honest.

Then I saw this one and was hit with that "AAAHHA" moment.




I have a few things on my plate, just as a side business point of view, from Tupperware to LimeLight by Alcone to Pruvit.  
And then of course there is this blog and my family and my full/part-time job.

This picture/quote is what kind of "smacked me in the face" and said to me ... just keep doing what you do, until YOU don't want to do it anymore.  
When others see it and agree, they will be inspired just as you have been inspired to do all that you do.
Those that continue to discount what you do or say ... that's THEIR problem NOT yours!

So hopefully here and now I can say and take to heart ... 
If you don't like what I say, what I post, what I do ... just move on because until I don't like these things .. I will continue to be ME.

Join me in embracing YOU.
Just as I am embracing who I AM.



Friday, June 30, 2017

Happy Burgers ....

Or as Tupperware called them 
Drunken Burgers.

I know that burgers are not a seasonal meal, but during the summer months we do seem to have them much more often.  Personally I like to have some variety in my burger so that you aren't "bored" either in the making or eating of a burger.

This one sound easy, but interesting.  Although unlike most burgers you need to allow time for marinating so its not a "1-2-3 its dinner time" kind of burger.  I'm still loving the idea.





Yield: 4
Serving Size: 1 burger

Ingredients
  • 1 lb. ground chuck
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp. ground clove
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup Marsala wine
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 medium yellow onions, sliced thin (our Mandoline would be great)
Instructions
  1. Season beef with salt and pepper. 
  2. Using the Hamburger Press & Keepers Deluxe Set, divide ground beef evenly between 4 keepers; insert press to form patties. 
  3. Refrigerate until ready to marinate.
  4. In the base of the Power Chef® System fitted with blade attachment, add garlic, salt, parsley, clove, olive oil, Marsala, and balsamic. Cover and pull cord until garlic is minced. 
  5. Pour marinade into the base of the Season-Serve® container; add onions.
  6. Place burger patties in marinade. Seal and refrigerate 3 hours. 
  7. Flip Season-Serve® container to marinate other side of patties; refrigerate an additional 3 hours or overnight.
  8. Remove burgers from marinade. 
  9. On a medium grill, or in a non-stick skillet over medium heat, cook burgers 6 minutes; flip and cook an additional 3 minutes or until burgers register 155° F.
  10. Meanwhile, pour marinade and onions into a non-stick skillet (Chef Series II have some great options).
  11.  Bring to boiling, reduce heat to medium. 
  12. Cook, stirring occasionally, until marinade thickens and onions become soft, about 8 minutes.
  13. Serve burgers with Marsala onions and your choice of buns.

I LOVE the Season-Serve® and use it all year round.  It works great for all kinds of meats/fish/veggies.  I've use it for both wet and dry marinade as well as buttering a few ears of corn at once.