Grilled Cheese Day!!!

You don’t need an excuse to enjoy grilled cheese but since it’s National Grilled Cheese Day why not do it right with a Garlic Grilled Cheese Panini and Grilled Cheese Croutons for the tomato soup you’ll be making.

Watch my video below and fall in love with grilled cheese sandwiches all over again.

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It’s National Pet Day!!!!

Here is how our River spent National Pet Day

 

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My Thai Noodles and Grape BBQ Ribs

It’s National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day! Who doesn’t love a good pb&j sandwich?

I love toasting my bread then making my sandwich. I love all  types of  jams, jelly’s, and spreads of all kinds.  As for peanut butter I prefer the creamy and even sometimes the whipped kind.

Now for National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day I didn’t want to just make a sandwich and post it.. For those who are disappointed here you go.

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I wanted to do something different for PB&J Day.

I made Thai Noodles with Peanut sauce and Grape Jelly BBQ sauce over short ribs.

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This is how I PB&J Day!

Grape Jelly BBQ Sauce

1/4 cup of your favorite Barbeque Sauce

2 tablespoons Ketchup

1 teaspoon Minced Garlic

1 teaspoon Chili Lime Hot Sauce

2 tablespoons Molasses

2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce

2 cups Grape Jelly

salt and pepper to taste

In a med. size sauce pan mix all of the above ingredients. Cook on med heat until well warmed.

Heat oven to 350 and lay short ribs on a sheet pan. Pour half of the grape jelly bbq sauce over the ribs and cook until done, about 35-40 minutes.

In the meantime….

In another sauce pan let’s make the peanut sauce for the noodles..

1/4 cup Honey

1/4 cup Peanut Butter of your choice. I used creamy peanut butter.

1/4 cup Soy Sauce

3 cloves Garlic minced

3 teaspoon ground Ginger

1 tablespoon Rice Wine Vinegar

1 tablespoon Sesame Oil

1 teaspoon Sriracha, optional

In another med. sized sauce pan mix all the above ingredients until everything is saucy.  In a large post start the water for noodles. I used Fettuccini noodles. While the water is heating up add 2 cups of frozen mixed veggies. Once the water starts to boil add the noodles. Cook the noodles according to package directions. Don’t worry about the veggies they will continue to cook with the noodles. Once the noodles are done, drain the noodles and veggies being careful not to lose any of the veggies. Put everything back into the large pot you cooked the noodles in and pour the Peanut Butter Sauce over the noodles and veggies. Mix well.

Once the ribs are cooked pour the remaining Grape Jelly BBQ Sauce over the cooked ribs.. Serve  and enjoy.

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This is how I PB&J Day!

Thai noodles in Peanut Butter Sauce with Grape Jelly BBQ Sauce Short Ribs, This is my things 2 do,,, make it your things 2 do too.

Comment below if you tried this recipe. Post pics of your meal. I can’t wait to see them.

 

 

 

Easter Baskets On a Dime

I was able to get these wonderful Easter Baskets On a Dime.

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All 4 baskets came to a total of $20

Why spend $20 per basket at department stores when you can go to the dollar store purchase what you know your children will enjoy for considerably less than that.

I love making things very personal for my grandchildren and in these baskets, I crocheted bunnies holding an egg. Each child gets a bunny in their favorite color holding a different color egg.

 

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Bunny

The directions for this adorable bunny is on a wonderful website. http://www.anisbee.canalblog.com Scroll down until you see Valentin. No worries when you see the instructions are written in French. There is an English translation as well.

I made this bunny holding a heart for my wife for Valentines Day. I got such a good response from her that I just had to make them holding eggs for the grandkids for Easter.

 

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My granddaughters favorite color is Rainbow.

What I love the most about making my own baskets is that I can put in it what I know my grandchildren will love. For instance my granddaughters favorite color is rainbow. Can you even imagine? So for her, I made a rainbow bunny.

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After you’ve filled the baskets with all the goodies you’ve bought (spending very little on them), wrap the whole thing up in basket bags. Again purchased at the dollar store.  This makes the whole present look like the baskets purchased at the department store that cost so much.

Not counting the yarn for the bunnies because as you know a knitter or crocheter is never without yarn, I spent $20 for all 4 baskets. I can’t wait for them to see it all!!

Comment below or better yet post a picture of the baskets you’ve made for your little ones for Easter… Happy Easter everyone.

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Valentines For Two

It’s not always about the chocolate.

Enjoy a romantic Valentines Surf and Turf that is not only easy to do but fun to do as well. Decorate the table using items you have around the house.

In my short YouTube video I showed a Valentines Surf and Turf dinner along with the DIY decorations for this special day.

So easy you can even do it in your Pajama bottoms. 

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Valentines Wreath From Dollar Store Items.

 Quick and easy Napkin Holders

Roll and Dough Napkin Holder
How to make an easy napkin holder with items you already have around the house.
Gather your supplies.
Gather your supplies.
napkin ring
Cut the roll into desired size, hot glue to the salt dough heart.
 

Surf and Turf Meal

1 Ribeye cooked the way you like it

Parmesan crusted Shrimp about 30 to 40 medium size

Gnocchi with Roasted Tomatoes

Homemade Compound Butter 

Wine and water a few decorations and you have yourself a Romantic Meal that is within your budget.

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Make some easy 2 do decorations

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I hope you enjoy your Valentine’s Day as much as we will..

Make this your thing 2 do too.

3 Steps For making Brown Sugar Lip Scrub

3 Steps For making Brown Sugar Lip Scrub

This year I wanted to make and give Christmas presents to my family and friends.

This recipe and  the others that are linked to this one can be made for any occasion. Today I’m using the 3 Steps For making Brown Sugar Lip Scrub for my neighbors and daughters for Christmas gifts.

Kissable Lips

Lip scrubs are not only sweet tasting they are great for your lips. They rub the dead cells off your lips making them smooth and kissable.

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So let’s get started.

Ingredients:

1 part Honey

1 part Coconut oil

1 part Brown Sugar

Clear Empty Jars

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Directions:

Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.

Spoon the Brown Sugar Lip Scrub mixture into clean well sanitized jars.

I used empty baby food jars that I cleaned out and them sanitized them by adding them into a pot of boiling water.

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I keep my jar of Brown Sugar Lip Scrub on the bathroom counter and use it daily. I love how my lips feel after I use this scrub.

I taped  ChapStick  to the side of the jar as an added gift.

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Brown Sugar Lip Scrub

 

 

 

 

 

Weight Watchers Pineapple Upside Down Cake

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Cake cake cake… We all love cake, right?  But sadly cake loves us as well.. It loves us so much that it likes to hang around a bit. Around the hips, etc. So when I asked my daughter what I should make for National Pineapple Cake Day, she asked if I could find a Weight Watchers Recipe.

Being the awesome mom that I am (if I do say so myself and I do.. lol) I searched the web and found one for her. This recipe is dedicated to my baby girl.

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The only alteration I made was the original recipe calls for a 20 oz can of crushed pineapples.  After making the first one and noticing that all the pineapples sink to the bottom, I thought well if you want to go to the bottom I’ll just make one where it begins on the bottom. So I substituted with a 20 ounce can of sliced pineapples.

Plus doing it that way took me back to the days of when my mom made Upside Down Pineapple Cake.

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The only two things you must have are Angel food cake mix that is a one-step cake mix. Just add water will be on the front of the box, and 20 ounce can of pineapples in 100% juice.  Oh, and did I mention it’s only 7 Freestyle Smart Points!!

Enough talking let’s roll the video!!!

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Cafe Style Coffee at Home

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Like most, I love a good cup of coffee.

What I like most about my local coffee cafes are the different types of coffees I can get from them. What I don’t like are the prices for those cups of coffee.

I went around my town to different coffee shops. I visited some that are only local to my area and some that are nationwide. They all offered coffees that taste good, but there was one local coffee cafe that offered the atmosphere I loved, the Barista knows me very well, and the prices are hard to beat. Can you guess who that was??

Yep, it was mythings2do Cafe.

Let’s look at my coffee station.

It takes a little bit of an initial investment but the pay off is worth it.

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As you can tell I like to recycle and reuse items.

My favorite and most important piece of equipment?

 

The most important piece of equipment on my coffee station is my coffee grinder.

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I use this thing on a daily basis and if I’m in an all-day coffee mood this grinder gets used several times a day. The day before I ground coffee beans for the first time, was the last day I purchased ground coffee. Girl let me tell you there is no comparison to freshly ground coffee. The other advantage of buying whole bean coffee is that you don’t have to purchase a whole bag of coffee when you want to try a new flavor of coffee. And when you find your favorite an entire bag is the same price as one cup of coffee at one of those other coffee places.

I’m a Hazelnut “nut”. I love hazelnut coffee and right now it’s the only flavor of coffee beans I have. That’s the beauty of grinding your own coffee you can have any flavor you want ground fresh daily.

Brew Time!

I have a few things premade because I’m never quite sure what I’ll be in the mood for.

Some days I just want a cool refreshing Iced coffee, other times a Caramel Frappuccino, maybe a Cappuccino or oh an Espresso, or maybe just a good ole cup of Jo.  🙂

Cold Brewed Coffee at Home

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Cold Brew Coffee

Other than making a cup of coffee using my Keurig, this was the easiest of my favorite coffees to make.  I love that I can have this coffee over ice or not. Either way, it’s cold and perfect for hot weather.

 

I’d like to order a Caramel Frappuccino, extra whipped cream and drizzle caramel sauce on top

I’ve stood in line many a day to order that beverage. The days of standing in line for my favorite Frappuccino have ended.

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This is another easy to make recipe.   This recipe uses two of my station’s equipment. Well, 3 if you include the K-cup.

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My Keurig, Blender, and K-cup 

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Fill an ice cube tray with brewed coffee..

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Once frozen, add the cubes to your blender with simple sugar and creamer (see video above for creamer recipe).

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I added a few regular ice cubes because I like my frapps extra icey.

Blend until it becomes the consistency you like. Now to fill my glass.

I used Caramel sauce for ice cream and poured it into the bottom of my glass.

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Fill the glass with all that frapp goodness and top with whipped cream. (on this day I used store bought whip cream) Drizzle caramel sauce and this is the most important step…. Enjoy.

Time for my other favorite machine

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While in Amsterdam I got hooked on Cappuccinos. I came home and just had to buy an Espresso machine that also made Cappuccinos. I found this one the Capresso.

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Steaming the milk or in my case creamer 20180417_144343

Then I pour the coffee into my glass, pour the steamed creamer and spoon the froth on top.

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And voila

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There we go.  Some of my favorite cafe coffees made right in my own kitchen.

We are going camping this weekend for Tiffany’s birthday and no I don’t go without coffee. I wrote a blog about my camping coffee a little while back to see how to avoid using instant coffee while camping. (I’m not knocking instant coffee, it’s just not for me). Click this link My Things 2 Do with Coffee 

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Spaghetti In Meatballs

You’ve had spaghetti and meatballs, but have you had Spaghetti In Meatballs??

Now you can.

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Asian Infusion

IMG_20180327_163040_433Yesterday I made this delish dish. I posted the pic of it on Facebook and Instagram.

A few people asked for the recipe and as I was sending it to them I thought hey I’ll just post it in my blog for everyone who wants it.

I must warn you a head of time… There are times when I cook and don’t measure a thing. Well this is one of those times. I did my best when typing out the recipe for family and friends.

So here it is exactly how I wrote it out to them. Please comment if you try this.

My Gochujang Udon noodles recipe is really about taste. I didn’t measure anything. This is what I did. Your cousin loves a deal on pork shoulders so we always have about 5 in the freezer. I cut about a pound or 1 1/2 pounds of pork and cubed it. Of course with the rest I did other things. Anyway I digress. I seasoned the cubed pork with just some garlic powder, salt pepper and this chicken seasoning I have and cooked it in my cast Iron pan. We buy the packs of udon noodles at walmart. They come with 2 packs of noodles and nothing else. The gochujang I got from an Asian grocery store. I bought the one in the red tub because it’s the mildest of the 3 kinds. Now in a large pot I put 2 cups of homemade chicken stock. And 1 1/2 cups water. Now comes the do it to taste part. I added maybe about a tablespoon or so of teriyaki sauce, soy sauce I just kept shaking and tasting, about 2 teaspoons sesame oil, 2 teaspoons minced garlic about the same of powdered ginger not much salt because of the soy sauce and about 2 tablespoons of the Gochujang. Stored all of that and kept tasting and kept adding soy sauce until it tasted the way I wanted it to. Then I added a half a bag of frozen stir fry veggies. Added the cooked pork and let that cook about 5 minutes. Udon noodles cook in 3 minutes so they go in last. And voila a Japanese Korean infusion. Made by a German/American. LOL

I hope you make this because it taste fantastic.

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