July 17, 2015

Organizing Finds

Totally forgot I had these!  I've been cleaning out cabinets and bam, there they were.
Love 'em.
 

Everything tastes better with Bugs!

July 5, 2015

Propagating Sweet Potato Plant

 
(Sorry, not the best pic)
Sweet potato plants are my favorite.  I LOVE how they spill over the edge of planters and their lime green color is so refreshing during Utahs hot, hot summers.  Around here theres only one nursery that sells sweet potato plants so every spring I head there as early as possible, they are the first to sell out.  This year, which isn't unusual, I didn't buy enough of the plants so I thought 'Hmmmm, I wonder if I can make some starts of my own like I do with my gorgeous wondering jew??'  Yup, it worked!
 
 Yay me!
 
There is one little trick....
 The new roots sprout off from where new growth has started so be sure to cut below and make sure that area of the stem is kept in water.  The roots in this above pic grew in less than a week!

June 21, 2015

Moroccanoil Treatment AKA Liquid Gold! Review

Moroccanoil.... What can I say, it is liquid gold.  Seriously.  My poor hair has been through heck due to all the medications I have to take.  THIS is the ONLY product that actually made a difference.  It makes my hair soft, silky, shiny and just plain yummy. 
 
This stuff is a bit expensive but its so worth it.  I've tried so many different products and have accomplished nothing but wasting money and further damaging my hair. 
 
Heaven forbid they ever stop making this product, I don't know what I'll do!  Ok, not going to think about that.  
 
I buy my Moroccanoil from Amazon and I with their 'Prime' I have it in 2 days.  Now that's service!
 
 

ACV (apple cider vinegar) Review

I LOVE THIS STUFF!
 
My skin feels amazing, its clearer, brighter, softer.... Ya, I love it.  I've been using diluted ACV after washing my face twice a day.  Love, love, love it.

June 11, 2015

Apple Cider Vinegar


I've been seeing more and more articles related to the benefits of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar so I've finally decided to give it a go.
 
Tonight (night 1) I decided to put a little in my bath water, use it as a rinse for my hair and also diluting it and using it as a facial astringent.  According to Scarlet Johansen, this stuff is her secret to flawless skin.  What can it hurt right?
 
So far, its actually worked.  My skin does feel softer and I'm not carrying my lotion bottle around with me.  I'm really surprised that I like it on my hair.  I can definitely see and feel a difference.  My hair is soft (almost too soft) and really shiny. 
 
I plan to keep using it in various ways over the next week and will keep updating my progress........
 

 
Here is a link to a site listing several ways to use ACV, check it out!

Frozen Slow Cooker Meal Facts...

HELLO! 
I loved this post from the beautiful ladies at How Does She.
I swear I live for slow cooker meals.
Thanks ladies!
 

Click here for all the info.....
 
 
 

June 6, 2015

Overnight Oatmeal

My family LOVES oatmeal, don't know why or how but I'm sure as heck not gonna question or mess with it in any way!  I bought instant oatmeal for a long time and my mom would always tell me that instant isn't as good for you however the 'instant' part was super convenient come 6am. Right mammas?  So I've been noticing all these recipes for overnight oatmeal, literally my first thought was 'Duh!'  What a no-brainer yet I never once thought of it on my own.

 
Tonights recipe is simply oats, strawberry banana yogurt and a little milk.
 
You can do any flavor you choose.
 
Brilliant.

May 30, 2015

Applebee's Copycat Spicy Queso Blanco

Slow Roasted Italian strikes again!  My heavens, how yummy does this look?  Its a copycat from Applebees, I've never had or heard of it but I am certainly going to try this one out.  SOON.




Applebees Copycat Spicy Queso Blancomakes approximately 2 cups

1 tablespoon refined coconut oil (or other neutral oil)
1 small onion, divided
2 - 4  jalapeno peppers, seeded, deveined, and minced (divided)
½ cup heavy cream
8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, cut into chunks
4 ounces white American cheese, cut into chunks
1 ½ tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro, divided
1 Roma tomato, deseeded and diced

Cut onion in half and mince one half.  Set aside. 

Warm oil in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Add 2/3 of minced jalapeno and grate ½ onion into pan.  Stir to coat and cook for 3-5 minutes until tender.  Add cream and bring to a bubble.  Add cheese a little at a time, stir until cheese is melted.  Stir in 1 tablespoon cilantro.

To create a simple pico de gallo:  Combine chopped onion, tomato, ½ tablespoon cilantro, and remaining jalapeno in a bowl.

Pour queso blanco into a medium size serving bowl (2 ½ cup or larger).  Top with pico de gallo.  Serve and enjoy!

COOK’S NOTE:  Adjust jalapenos according to the heat you would like.  For mild heat, add less.  For a spicier dip add more.

Amazing Summertime Floats!

Oh wow, check these out.  How fun and refreshing!
 
Thanks People for offering up such yummy goodness...

May 28, 2015

Grilled Lemonade


I cant believe what a difference grilling makes in fresh lemonade!  Ah! So yummy and the smell while the lemons are grilling is like heaven.



I sliced the lemons in half, dipped the cut edge in sugar and threw 'em on the grill.  I let them grill for about 10 minutes before bringing them to start juicing.  You wont believe how easy it is to juice hot lemons.  The caramelized lemon and sugar adds amazing flavor.




Tin Can Flower Pots


I bought too many flowers and didn't want them to go to waste, I also didn't want to spend more money on pots so I painted up a few tin cans. Easy, easy, easy.

May 27, 2015

Canvas, Lace & Spray Paint Art Project

Since I'm a 'cake lady' my cake room needed a break from all the cake.  It was screaming for something different.  I had 2 big canvases hiding in the basement, some lace scraps and spray paint in the garage.......
 
This is what happened.


 
 
I simply laid the lace over the canvas until I had it placed just so, then secured the lace to the back so that it didn't slip or move in any way while I painted.  Next I just grabbed the can of paint and went to town.  So easy its ridic. 
 







 
Side note....
 
The blue spray paint just happens to match my favorite comfy shoes (also the cheapest trainers I've ever owned).