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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Chicken Lettuce Wraps - a Hit!

I love when I try a new recipe and its spot on the first try with my modifications ... it does something for my self esteem :-D This one is definitely staying in the kitchen ...



Chicken Lettuce Wraps (but it's not chicken!)

20 oz package of ground, lean turkey. Um, do NOT buy the roll stuff, you know that's all dark turkey stuff, very little lean meat, right?
handful of green onions (cut right out of the glass on counter), diced
8 oz can of water chestnuts, drain and rinse well, diced
6 sweet mini peppers, diced
1/3 cup of soy sauce
3 tsp hoisin sauce (it's a miracle, I had it in the pantry!)
2 tbs dry ginger (I don't have fresh)
1 1/2 tbs water
3 tsp sesame oil

Brown the meat. Because mine was super lean (93/7), I added a little bit of olive oil to the bottom of pan since I wasn't using a nonstick pan. Chop it up as it cooks and drain if necessary when done. I didn't as it was pretty lean. Chop up even more now as you want it to be a fine ground. I've got this handy dandy tool nicknamed the North Dakota Food Processor (hey, my girlfriend gave it to me and she is from Daisy ND and calls it that) ... wishing now that I had used it to chop the other stuff!


While the meat is cooking, you can start chopping and dicing. I used sweet peppers because that's what I had on hand and hey, it's been 7 days since I've stepped foot in a grocery store!

I love Costco's sweet peppers!

All diced and ready to go

Add all to the pan


And stir it up


Make your dipping sauce:

1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tbs rice wine vinegar
2 tbs sugar
1 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp dry ginger
3 small cloves of garlic, minced (or easy way, use the garlic press)

Add all to small container and whisk well. Set aside. Isn't that just the cutest topper for a whisk?

Mr. Doughboy!


Take your lovely lettuce leaves and lay them on a plate. Add some meat, enough to be hardy, but not too much to make the lettuce freak out (um, tried telling Hubby but you know how men are).

I couldn't help it, I took a bite

Drizzle a little sauce over the top (it's strong so don't free pour!)

Here's where I had a problem: I tried to roll up my lettuce but that wasn't working AT ALL.  Crap. Everything else was doing so very good and now THIS!

But then I found that if I just folded/scooped/held the lettuce in half, it was perfectly fine.

Ahhh. This was pretty damn good and even Hubby liked it ... definitely making again!

NOTES: I used butter lettuce that I got from Costco. It's good lettuce but I think a tad to fragile. I'm thinking NEXT time to wash the lettuce and toss in the fridge so it's crispier ... as it was,  I washed it and laid it out on the counter to dry. Almost wilty like ... but still good.

3 large heads from Costco were the price of ONE head at Publix!


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Original Recipe by Skinny Kitchen

Covering Large Bowls

I hate plastic wrap. It's a pain in the neck, you know? I was using Stretch Tight which is the BEST one I've used ever, but still, annoying to deal with and never even 80% cooperative.

Then you can buy them little bowl covers at the dollar store, and others too. But those need to be cleaned, and really, do you know what they remind me of?

Glorified shower caps.

Yeah. Shower Caps. And THAT, my friends, is exactly WHAT I use to cover my large bowls and any other containers, plates, pans, trays, you name it.

Hubby travels frequently and I always have him bring home the shower caps (and lotion, those get tossed in my purse and desk at work) ... Did you know that only about 60% of the hotels he's stayed at have shower caps?

You can buy an 8 pack of cheap plastic shower caps at the dollar store for, oh, ONE DOLLAR. I've had a hard time finding them so I think maybe, just maybe, I'm not the only one who uses them for this purpose...

On a side note: I've tried to use those on my HEAD, you know, the way they are meant to be used? They make my hair all steamy like. Anyone else ever have that??

These can be washed and reused numerous times before the elastic starts to break down.  I use them to cover plates, bowls, pans, trays of fruit, dough, pasta salads and they come in handy for parties and bbq's ... nothing covers a big platter quite as efficient and easily as a shower cap!




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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Menu Plan Monday - Week 5

There are SO many recipes I want to try ... I've started creating a folder for each month to bookmark what I want to try when just to try and keep them in some kind of order. I have a serious love/hate relationship with Pinterest lately ... way too many things to try!

But alas, reality sets in and I realize that even though I'm a fairly accomplished cook (so I tell myself), there are still some things that are just beyond even MY skills :-\ ... not to mention, I'm not all about the food being pretty, although I am starting to get a little more focused on that end (started with that green smoothie thing with nutella) ...

AND then you have February's challenge. I am having such a difficult time with the Year of Zero, like seriously, lets just call it the Year of Excess at this point (ok, not that bad, but bad enough for me to feel like a complete failure, 29 days in) ... and even though I've got a fairly well stocked pantry and 3 stuffed freezers, I know that I do not have any sweet chili sauce or any oranges, apples, fresh bananas, and I'm only giving myself $20.00 dollars a week for milk and produce. WHAT? Yeah. TWENTY DOLLARS. That trip from Costco should buy me 2 weeks, so really, could say $40 for 2 weeks, but I'm not.

So...let's see ... what is on the menu plan THIS exciting week then?

Sunday - Chicken Kiev ... I'm really excited to make this! Change of plans ALREADY - Hubby made red sauce so we had pasta ... I am still going to make this one day this week and swap something out.

Monday - I believe we will both be hitting the gym hard tonight so I'm planning on a Green Smoothie for me and Chicken and broccoli saute for Hubby

Tuesday - Chicken lettuce wraps

Wednesday - this would be our date night out but again, I think the gym is in the picture so I'm looking at a lovely cobb salad for all of us (hoping the avocado I have holds out)

Thursday - Either out or soup/salad or salad/sandwiches

Friday - Looking at doing a mock Olive Garden night with Garlic Tuscan Chicken and an Olive-y Garden salad (oh look, I have everything except a few ingredients, mainly cream, but will use half and half) ... I even got a nice bottle of Chianti which hey, that leaves me with 4 bottles of wine and 3 bottles of champagne to get me through the month!

Saturday - Steaks, hopefully but really, letting Hubby choose. As always, Friday and Saturday nights are always interchangeable due to friends and Happy Hour!

What are you cooking this week?

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Appreciating What You Have

I've been in a little funk lately, which made me switch out the flatware ... shop at Costco and now opt to try some new recipes. I've had a little more stress than I'd like to admit, and frankly, I've not always been a joy to be around. When you realize that, you know it's bad.

So when Hubby told me Saturday morning to be "sportin' a bikini" within the next 30 minutes for a ride on the boat, I was less than pleased. I had laundry to do. I needed to finish up the menu plan for next week, clean the kitchen, mop the floor, wash the rugs, re-work the budget and so on. You know, a woman's work is NEVER done.

But as he went about happily getting everything ready for a little ride on the boat (seriously, no such thing as a 'little' ride on the boat, it's a production and generally 4 plus hours of time), I figured, the heck with it. Sunshine, salt water and just clean, fresh air would be nice.

So I got a bikini on (which totally motivates me to eat healthier AND work out, good Lord what happened to my body??) and grabbed a few muscle milk containers, the leftover sausage and cheese from last night, a few cheese sticks and a sleeve of Ritz (just in case, you never know).

Run down to the boat, which is running by now, and Hubby says "hey, look at that big fish!"

Ummm....that was NO fish. It was a Manatee. A LARGE MANATEE.  And down here, we have to show utmost respect for them as they are endangered.


Of course, it never fails that they come around on the weekends, we can't go fast in the boat because it's "Manatee Season".

Bless Hubby's heart, he turned on the hose and provided entertainment for us. Manatees love fresh water and roll over on their back and just float with the water splashing in their mouth. It's comical and a little frightening at the same time.

Ummm. He wouldn't leave. Kept swimming around the boat, would head a way just a bit and then turn around and come back. After about 40 minutes, Hubby just got off the boat, turned the hose on a trickle off corner of dock and sure enough, the manatee went over there and played ... Hubby jumped on the boat, fired it up and pulled away. Yahoo (and secret prayers that he would be gone by the time we got home, he was).

So we headed north to Lighthouse Point Inlet and then out to the ocean. BEAUTIFUL day. We tossed out a couple of lines and trolled for about 2 hours. Not a thing, but that was perfectly fine, because it was SO what I needed. A day of NOTHING.

I'm home now. Kitchen is cleaned. Got the butter rolled and in the freezer for Chicken Kiev. I think we are going to our local Italian joint for a quick dinner this evening ... may as well make it a great day all around.

My point is that I was not wanting to go on the boat. I had too many things to do. All those things were projects I created for MYSELF to do ... and really, I needed to just have a quiet day ... so, look around, what do you see that you haven't enjoyed lately? Take the time and enjoy NOW.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Friday Night Happy Hour

Ok. I'll be perfectly honest, I needed a Happy Hour Friday, trust me. What a week. My dad was back in the hospital yesterday for what he says is a stroke, my brother says its a stroke, but the nurse says NO stroke. TIA. Kind of like a stroke, but not as damaging. Whatever. I hate being so far away and not quite on the same wave length as the brother and wife.

Regardless, it's FRIDAY!

I'm having Bud Light. No big deal, actually, I'm a little surprised at myself, thinking I'd crack open a bottle of wine or something but remembered, I'm putting myself on a very limited grocery budget for February so need to conserve the wine (don't ask about the reasoning....it will come out eventually, I'm certain of it...before February 28th.

But the beer is not what I'm so excited about.

I'm excited about the hors d'oeuvres. I've prepared (and waiting not so very patiently for Hubby to get home from the gym, clean up and join ME)

Chicken and apple hot dogs, sauteed in fry pan and then sliced and tossed in crock pot to keep warm
Chicken and pineapple hot dogs, sauteed in fry pan and then sliced and tossed in crock pot to keep warm (I'm really wishing I could tell which is which just by looking, Hubby is NOT a fan of pineapple)

Sliced summer sausage
Sliced Gouda cheese
Sliced smoked cheddar cheese
all arranged on a platter with these yummy gluten free crackers (surprise, they are delicious!)

And then, Nancy's mini quiche. Oh yum yum yum.

Not a feast by any means, but certainly, will do for us this evening! Princess is here to join us (and she's of age now) and I believe a friend of ours is coming over as his wife is out of town.

So what did YOU do for Happy Hour Friday?

Conserving Ink

*This is a reprint of a post I did a few months ago and just a friendly reminder that YES YOU CAN save on ink ...

I'm fortunate in that one of the attorney's in my office has asked if I'd like to do a little side work for him at home.

Sure! It's the Holidays approaching, Sonny Boy is in school, extra rent being paid for him, plus his ordinary living expenses (trust me, he's NOT living high on the hog by any means!), real estate taxes coming due and so on.

So I am getting about $400.00 extra a month at the moment doing searches and reports for him.

Of course, it's a LOT of printing so I'm thinking I should look into a new printer. He's offered to buy me a new printer, which I just sort of looked at him like, "Huh? Why would you do that??" Really, that's too generous and I will not allow that. Sorry, my friend.

Then I started to notice these "XL" ink cartridges first. You know, the ones that say "Up to 3 X More Pages"?

I've priced them and they are a little over twice the regular price. So really, besides the fact that it's less timing to swap them out when they run empty, less waste, not a whole lot of savings though as I can't say for SURE that's it 3 times more ink.

Hmmm. Monetarily, not a GREAT bargain. But less waste and less time? Yeah, worth it. $14.99 for a regular ink cartridge, or buy a 2 pack for $29.99 or buy the XL for $35.99.

BUT to make things even better, I've finally, FINALLY figured out how to print in black only and bypass the color! Want to know how?

Go to your start button and select printers.

Right click on the printer and select printing options.

Click for fast draft printing and then there should be another selection under color options where you can click for black ink only (typically in the gray scale area).

SAVE this option as a default and there you have it. I saved mine as CG ... of course, the initials of the attorney =D.

Of course, every printer is different, but holy ink Batman, this works for me! Now if I could just figure out why I lost my wireless connection ... that's my next project!

Linking up with Frugal Fridays!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Sharing With Friends

A while ago,  I picked up all this stuff at Whole Foods thinking me and Hubby could have a nice stroll to the beach on a date night and share some good wine with some equally good cheese and crackers. Never happened, so I ended up sharing with friends and it was just as good! This was not recent, but withing the past 4 months or so.

A nice assortment of fairly expensive cheeses (ok, it's not $3.99 cheddar, ok?) ...




Add in some crackers or flat thingys


And then slice up some heirloom tomatoes





And you have a feast to share with friends...

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Chicken and Veggies = Stirfy

It wasn't really on the menu plan but somehow, it happened at the last minute no less, on Friday.



I had to re-package the chicken (time was running out!) to freeze and though, hmmm...these little pieces could be used for a cream chicken pasta like dish easily. Then, I said NO, a stirfry.

I love my Kindle Fire (shameless, aren't I?) and fired up The Pioneer Woman right there in the kitchen! (Which makes me ask, what the heck did we do before laptops, WiFi and The Pioneer Woman anyways??)

My recipe is really really modified and I will modified it even more next time but man, so easy, even a Caveman can do it!

Here's how I did it:

3 b/s chicken breast, cut into smallish pieces (mine were chunky so ended up cutting more after cooked)
1/2 cup soy sauce
3 tbs sugar
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 tsp corn starch
1 onion roughly chopped
2 cloves garlic finely minced
8 cups of wonderful frozen stirfry veggies from the freezer (carrots, broccoli, shrooms, water chestnuts, green beans, etc.)
Sesame oil
Canola oil

Mix 1/2 cup soy with 3 tbs sugar. Will make it thick.  Mix 1/4 cup broth with 2 tsp cornstarch. Set both aside. Keep 1/4 cup broth off to side too (I had a moment!)

Such cool little glass bowls that I got from the neighbor ... FREE


Just mix it up again when ready to use as it will all settle to bottom again


Drizzle the chicken with a little bit of extra soy and a little sesame oil

These chunks were a little large. I ended up cutting with scissors once they were cooked

Heat large skillet (or wok) over medium high heat and add oil. Once hot, add chicken. NOW - I removed my pan and let it cool a tad as I HATE that splattering stuff with hot oil ... makes a mess and can really add a nice layer to everything around.

I LOVE the Costco brand, Kirkland



Cook chicken, stirring up as you go til just cooked through. Move to a bowl and keep close by.

Still need to cut it up smaller

Add a little more oil if needed to skillet, admire the brownness on the bottom of the pan and dump in the onions and garlic and saute for about 1 minute, scrapping the bottom of the pan to pick up the good stuff on bottom.

See that brown stuff on the bottom of pan ... that's the secret!

Just keep stirring and all that yummy stuff comes right up once the onions are cooking

Quick, grab your frozen veggies and dump them in. Cook til the veggies are starting finally thaw and get heated through.

Again, I LOVE Costco's brand, Kirkland (that's a 5 lb bag! I used about 6 cups worth)

Carrots, broccoli, water chestnuts, shrooms, green beans, red peppers and so much more!
That was A LOT of broccoli, which is not my favorite


NOW the good stuff is coming ... dump in the chicken , give a quick mix and then pour on the soy sauce mix and the 1/4 cup of chicken broth. Stir well. Drizzle with 1 tbs soy sauce and 1 tsp sesame oil, add the cornstarch mix, stir well. Sauce will thicken in a few minutes.




Serve over rice and tada, there you have it, I fixed my Chinese craving I've been having.



NOTE: We like our stuff SAUCY. This was 'saucy' but not enough to satisfy us so next time I will use 1 cup of soy sauce, 6 tbs sugar and 1/2 cup broth with 1 1/2 tbs cornstarch and a reserved 1/2 cup broth.  You can make this with fresh veggies or any other assortment of frozen if desired. I'm thinking of maybe doing it like a lo-mien next time with noodles...yummm.

Enjoy!

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Grocery Round Up

Well, here's how I did at the grocery store THIS week:

Publix (Monday), needed milk and coffee cream. How is that I got more?
1 qt milk $1.85 (to tide us over til Costco trip)
2 small international coffee creamers $1.67 each (seriously, not a flavored coffee person at all)
1.5 lbs of fried chicken tenders @ deli $8.67 (doh, I had a $1 off coupon and forgot to use!)
8 oz deli potato salad $2.99 (had thought it was $1.99)
Grand total $17.52

And then ... well, I needed to get to Costco. I had a list, cash, my coupon booklet AND the American Express card since I was getting gas too ($3.35 per gallon for regular, GREAT DEAL!) ... ummm ... yeah, it's ugly. But in keeping it real, here you go:

Butter Lettuce $4.59 (I'm hoping to make chicken lettuce wraps next week)
*Romaine lettuce $4.29
*Organic spinach $3.99
*2 2 lb packages of deli thin turkey $8.39 each plus $2.25 off each $6.14 each which is $3/lb)
3 dozen xlarge eggs $3.69 (price is down again!)
large bag of baking soda#5.99
30 piece rubbermaid food storage set $29.99 less $4 (so totally do NOT need)
7 lbs (give or take) of b/s chicken breast $19.55 less $4
pork chops $13.99 less $3
2 starbucks 12pk frappachinos $13.99 less $3 each
2 24 pk muscle milk (1 vanilla 1 chocolate) $29.99 each less $6 each
Tortilla strips (chips) $4.29
3 Oh Yeah protein bars (12 pk) $13.99 less 3 each ($10.99 for these is a good price)
Ziploc combo pkg $10.49 less $2
acid reduction (2 pk) $8.89
*MegaRed x 2 $19.99 less $5
36 count Welch fruit snacks $10.59
*mini peppers $4.29
*black forest ham $5.83
18 ct pure protein bars $17.69
2 pkgs of softsoap (bar form, pomegranate and mango ... smells so GOOD) $7.99 each
pico degallo $5.49 (tomatoes looked like crap)
veggie chip variety pack $9.49 less $2.50
*half & half $3.29
*2 gallons 2% milk $3.45 each
92 count tampax $13.99 less $3
96 count always $12.99 less $2.50
6 pk basmati ready made rice x 3 $5.97 (these were a BIG hit with Princess and made dinners a LOT easier ... this price is lower than I paid originally too!)
Lubriderm lotion (2 pk and smaller bottle) $13.99

Eh. 90% of that stuff was NOT on my list. Like holy cow! What am I going to do?? Ummm....thinking of a complete stop on grocery shopping for February.

Grand total? $384.84. But hey, I saved $63.50. Good lord. Someone shoot me, scold me, tell me this is WRONG.  Whatever. It's food that we will eat, health and beauty that we will use. Even though it's more than I budget for the MONTH. Ack. Bad bad bad.

The *? That's what was on my list! I did put stuff back, and I also skipped some things that I would normally buy. I showed SOME restraint. Ha. I know. Don't tell me.

Shamefully linking up with GCC Shopping Round Up.

Changing the Silver

You know that I'm doing a Year of Zero, right? And it has NOT been going as well as hoped, nor anywhere near as planned. But I keep plugging away, and every morning is the start of a new day, so I keep chugging along.

Because I've been feeling slightly deprived (which really, I don't understand WHY, it's not like I shop just to shop) .... I've been CLEANING ... yikes. You know, decluttering sort of. But not quite. Just seeing what I have that I've forgotten about. Is that cryptic or what?

I came across 2 silver flatware sets this morning, under the guest bed. Ummm, isn't that where YOU keep spare dishes and stuff?

I opened them up and admired them yet again. These were Hubby's grandmothers and we opted to keep them after she passed, thinking we will give a set to each kid when THEY get married. I still have those intentions, I think. :)



So I pulled the cases out and washed every last piece. Ummm, they are 8 and 16 piece settings. That's alot of silverware! And no, they did not need polished!



And as I was drying them, I thought, Hmmmm....it's a shame and a waste to have them tucked away for 'safe keeping' and right then and there, I made the decision.



I had to rob the laundry room and the junk drawer in the process.




I needed the little flatware holders.

I took the current set we use everyday, which is MY grandmothers silver set (plated) that was for holidays and family get together. I've been using it for 20 plus years. This set was relocated to the guest kitchen for our guest (ummm, like my DAD) to use when visiting. And here you have it.


Uh huh. Nice. The feel in your hand is just so different. And eating with them? Makes a simple dish pretty damn special feeling. I'm considering bringing the china over and putting the Corel over in guest kitchen too ... except the china has silver rims and can't go in the microwave. You know that would be a BAD thing, right?


So how about YOU, would you swap out your dishes and flatware? Does it do anything different for your attitude?

I've been living with REAL silver now for 4 days and can't tell you how good it feels. I don't know WHY but it Works For Me.

NOTE: I'm not savvy whatsoever on these 'little things' such as that tiny fork or the funky spoons ... the one oval with a sharp top? It's very tiny, almost a joke if you were to try and eat cereal with ... I think it might be for coffee or tea?

Monday, January 23, 2012

Menu Plan Monday, Week 4

Week 4 of the New Year. Heh. What do you make of that? Time sure does fly!

Anyways ... this is going to be an EASY week as Hubby will be in Detroit Monday and returning on Thursday. Can you say Nachos and Steak Salad on a daily basis?

Nah. I can't do that ... although I'd like to! Since I'm hoping to make it to class 3 times this week, I won't be home until 8ish those nights (unless I get to the 5:30 class instead) ... so a lot of these might be swapped for the Smoothie and then just eat the dinner ideas for lunch at work ...

Sunday - Hubby's choice (which ended up being leftovers due to an emergency vet visit .. farewell Gman - the party continues for you elsewhere)

Monday - Chicken Pasta Cesar Salad ... Hubby was kind enough to cook up some extra chicken breast for me on Saturday

Tuesday - Chili (leftovers from the freezer)

Wednesday - Steak stirfry (using the pre-cooked steak and veggies from freezer and maybe some of the rice too)

Thursday - Hubby home! Subs baby!

Friday - Pizzas ... I've got 4 Amy's frozen pizzas in the freezer taking up a LOT of space. 2 mushroom trios and 2 margherita (ah, only 3, forgot gave 1 to my g/f one night when she was feeling icky and blah) ... Tonight and Saturday could be swapped out depending on our entertainment plans

Saturday - Grilled chicken with roasted veggies on the side

Hubby actually asked if I had a Costco trip planned anytime soon as he's getting low on a few things that I buy there. Vitamins, protein bars, etc. And as a matter of fact, YES I've been wanting to go but putting it off to be able to optimize the trip to its fullest extent (produce bought when others besides ME are home to eat them, and such). So keep an eye out for the Costco list and the end results this week.

Linking up with Menu Plan Monday. Go check it out!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Making Do and Doing It Yourself

Yes. That is my new motto.

At least, I keep telling myself that!

So. What am I making do with and doing myself, you ask?

Facial cloths ... makeup remover pads, just plain ole face wash.

I don't wear a lot of makeup. Mascara, eye liner, eye shadow once every few weeks. You know, basic stuff. No foundation, blush, primer, all that other stuff. That would just consume too much of my morning routine and heck, I dont' know how to use that stuff anyways.

But I do wash my face. Every morning. And every night. And sometimes at lunch. Not that I have oily or dirty skin, just like the feeling of a nice clean face. Makes me feel refreshed.

Anyways.

I do NOT buy those make up remover pads, or the face wash cloths. I DO buy baby wipes and will use them on my face and neck immediately AFTER working out (just because, I can't stand sweat and hair on my face ::shudder::).  But when I saw this and this, I thought, hey, this would be a good experiment to try for the morning washing of the face. Heh.

I even decided to do this at 7:55am on Thursday morning, when I leave the house by 8:30am to go to work. That tell you how easy it was??

The oil is NOT just for cooking, I use it on my hands, feet, hair, you name it!


3 sheets of paper towel. I use Kirkland (Costco) brand and it's large, 13 1/2 by 11 inches. Nice and thick, cushy stuff. I highly recommend it.
1 tsp coconut oil (solid form is fine, or liquid, whichever)
1 tsp of baby wash
1 cup warm tap water.
Smallish container, be it an old baby wipe container or Rubbermaid bowl with tight lid.

Cut the 3 sheets of paper towel to quarters. Fold them each in half and alternate the way the fold side is facing (1 towards you, other facing away).



Dump water, oil and wash into the container. Mix well.

Just a little glob of coconut oil



Place stack of papertowl into dish and press down. They will soak up the liquid.


To use, pull one out, squeeze a little to get excess liquid off and wash away.

I love this!! So very much!  It has a nice smell and is not oily or drying at all!

What do YOU see? The purple polish is NOT holding up as well as I had hoped

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Next time I will use my favorite face wash stuff, just a tsp and see how it works.

A few notes: 

Some sites say to just cut a whole paper towel roll in half. That is too much for me. Plus there are reports of problems with mold. Ummm, I do live in paradise, but that also entails 100% humidity 99% of the time, so I said no, I'm making this in small batches, which is why you see only 1 cup of water as opposed to 4 and so on.

Also, I'm not so sure I'd use CHEAP paper towel. It needs to be something that has the ability to hold the liquid. If you get cheap stuff, it's gonna fall apart on you the minute you pull it out of the container. And that would just be irritating and wasteful (just saying).

I had bought the baby wash for something else and was APPALLED that a little tiny travel size bottle cost $1.29. Holy crap! IF you don't have a baby and/or that stuff, just use your favorite liquid face wash, or even body wash if you want. It's a small amount so I don't think there should be any concerns.

Go ahead, give it a try and let me know how it works?

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Mango Salsa

I posted another Mango Salsa a while ago ... remember, I spent like $7 for that little container at Whole Foods? Yikes.

This one is an accompaniment to the pork loin I made on my day off.

I used canned mangos. I know. But it's all I had and there way no way in hell I was going to a store JUST to buy a mango. We all know how that works out.



Here you have it ... and let me tell you, canned or not? It was delicious!

1 can of mangos, drained well (get rid of that icky light syrup)
2 tbs chopped fresh cilantro (this guarantees that Hubby will not eat it but it's ok, he's not a fan of mangos either)
1 garlic clove, minced
1 small jalapeno, seeds removed and then diced small (I love my jalapeno tree - the thing grew huge)
juice of one lime

See, canned mango isn't really all that bad



I mean, it's already cut away from that horrible pit and peeled too!


And I bet that can had enough for TWO mangos. Chop up the mangos in to bite size pieces.




Mix all in a bowl


Add a touch of salt and taste ... add more salt if needed. Set aside til ready to serve ...


This will so be going on my steak salad next time I make it!

And, yes, I do believe I could use this as a dip for tortilla chips. The other recipe also had red onions (which I don't have) .... I could easily add a tsp of green onions, finely sliced.

So how about YOU ... do you like cilantro or not?