Tres Leches Cake

Delicious for any occasion

Homemade Watercolors

For homeschoolers, or just fun at home

DIY Toothpaste

Great for good health, and a happy pocketbook

Vegetarian Meals for the Whole Family

Even picky kids will love these meat-less dishes

Sewing Projects and Tips

Even more tutorials to come soon

Friday, February 28, 2014

Great Luck and Big Coupon Savings at Target

My friend and I just went into "The City" to do some couponing. Living in a rural area, we get a little limited in what we can do with our coupons in town. Our little grocer is just like many small grocers, and they do not accept printed coupons- which, sadly, is what most really good coupons seem to be lately. So, off we went, with a plan, a prayer, and printed coupons.

While perusing the make up aisles of WalMart looking for deals, we came across some tear pads for Maybelline. Good for $2.00 off any two Maybelline products, they could come in handy some day, so we grabbed a few. We got our items, and went on to the next store, Target.

At Target we REALLY lucked out. Among the items on the shelves (not even IN the clearance section!) were some items ON CLEARANCE and for a GREAT price. Like, we would have totally snagged some of them up JUST on clearance price. But things only got better from there, because we had our $2.00 coupons!
Here are the items I got- at their retail price:

  • Dream Nude Airfoam Foundation- $8.59- I got two of these.
  • Color Show Nail Lacquer- $2.99
  • SuperStay 14 Hour Lipstick- $6.99
  • SuperStay 24 Hour lip products- $7.99- I got two of these as well. 
My total retail price for these six items would have been $43.14. Wow...

But here's what they were marked down to:
  • Dream Nude Airfoam Foundation- $2.57 each
  • Color Show Nail Lacquer- $0.88
  • SuperStay 14 Hour Lipstick- $2.08
  • SuperStay 24 Hour lip products- $2.38 each
That's already only $12.86! Then with three of our newly-found coupons I paid a whopping $6.86+tax!


Saturday, February 22, 2014

To Market To Market- It's About Thyme!

Here's the second installation of my To Market To Market tries/reviews. The first can be found here. I really did a lot with this packet of It's About Thyme!, I made a cheese spread as suggested, and so much more.

I made the cheese ball recipe, scaled down to a household size of course, and it was delicious. Fair warning, this blend is QUITE garlicky, even after mellowing in the fridge for a bit. HOWEVER, they do give a recipe for a softer-flavored mix on the pack as well. We love garlic, so we went with the stronger one and it was soooo good!

I had all the ingredients on hand, but not everyone has Feta cheese at all times. We make a lot of Mediterranean salads. We just mixed together:

It was super simple, and although it calls for whipping it up in a food processor, I just did it by hand and everything mixed smoothly. (Warm Feta still smooshes into the mixture well.) Then we just let it sit, covered, in the fridge for a few hours. (The directions say at least 3 hours, but we also ate some after being in there overnight.)

I also made a bit of the herb-butter listed on the pack, SO easy to just add the blend to taste in some softened butter. I served it with some warm, fresh rolls and it got promptly gobbled right up. 

I also tried it as a seasoning, rather than in a recipe. I had made some Broccoli-Kale Chowder that it was delicious in, as well as just sprinkling it on some baked chicken. 

Although this blend makes a wonderful cheese ball/spread and a fantastic herb-butter,  it is its versatility that really makes it shine. What other products can you find that are so adaptable? 

You can find To Market To Market online, and on Facebook if you'd like to find out more, or check out other products. 

I did receive product to try and talk about, but I did not receive ANY other compensation. I also was not told, or suggested to, what to say and ALL opinions are MY own. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

To Market To Market- Popeye's Passion

I was recently lucky enough to get to try a couple things from To Market To Market, and couldn't wait to share them with you! I'm going to split my post into two, so each item can get its own time to shine. (Edit to add, the second post can be found here.)

So, today's yummy yummy treat was Popeye's Passion. Upon reading the back of the pack, I saw it made FOUR cups of dip, enough for a party. But, seeing as I'm not one to party, I decided to pare it down a bit. I also wanted to take this opportunity to healthy-up the dip. VERY easy to do when it's a mix, so much better than buying a dip from the store you have no control over its ingredients.

The suggested recipe on Popeye's Passion calls for 1 1/2 cups of sour cream, and 1 1/2 cups of mayo. I decided to go with plain yogurt as my base. It covers all that's needed to replace the sour cream and mayo, tang, creaminess, and dippability. (I'm gonna make that a word, ok?)

Since the pack said it makes 4 cups of dip with that 3 cups of base and the pack, I figured 1/3 of the pack and 1 cup of yogurt would make a nice, manageable amount for my un-party. I made sure to empty the pack into a jar and shook it VERY VERY well, to keep the ingredients evenly mixed. I didn't want to mess up the ratio of the recipe. I used an old yeast jar that I save for things like spices and stuff that come in packs. The amber-colored glass helps keep light out, and they close quite tightly to keep things fresher, longer.

Mixed together, and let sit covered in the fridge for 3 hours (at least) as suggested.

Wow, it came out AMAZING. To be honest, I wasn't expecting the spinach to be enough, I am a big spinach lover... but the yogurt re-hydrated it, and there was plenty. 

There is also bit of other veggies in there, looks like some carrots maybe, and they gave it a great flavor. It was also well seasoned. None of the overly-salty, or almost chemical-ish flavor a lot of packages dips and seasonings have. I used mine for vegetables, but it would be great on almost anything. I think I'm going to get some pita chips for the next batch. I might even experiment some with additions, make it my own. 

You can find To Market To Market online, and on Facebook if you'd like to find out more, or check out other products. 

I did receive product to try and talk about, but I did not receive ANY other compensation. I also was not told, or suggested to, what to say and ALL opinions are MY own. 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Chia & Protein Pudding

I've been trying to incorporate lots of protein into my daily diet, both to facilitate weight loss and because it is sometimes an area I am lacking. A lot of times I will use non-animal sources because that's what I prefer, or a whey-based protein powder. (Like Plexus 96!)

This pudding contains a protein powder, and chia seeds, both widely used by people looking to lose weight, or just eat healthier options. It is also VERY easy!

You will need:

  • 1 cup of either almond milk, or coconut milk. I LOVE to use dark-chocolate almond milk, so yummy!
  • 1 serving of your preferred protein powder. I love that Plexus 96 ALSO has many vitamins and minerals. 
  • 3-4 tablespoons of chia seeds. More for a thicker pudding, even less (like 2 tablespoons...) and you can make it a smoothie-type drink that satisfies. 
Put all ingredients in a blender, and blend. 

Pour into your desired container (or 2, I like to make 2 smaller snack-servings!) and chill in the fridge to set-up at least 4 hours, but over night works best.


*disclaimer... YES, the Plexus 96 link IS to my Ambassador page, but I was not asked to, or compensated for this post. It is just a preferred, and yummy new protein powder I wanted to share! :) 

Monday, February 3, 2014

EASY Cake Batter Cookie Bars

Cookie bars are an easy way to throw together a quick dessert, and by starting with a cake mix- they are just that much easier!

You will need:

  • One box of white cake mix, OR the yellow mix that TASTES LIKE THE WHITE, not a butter cake mix
  • 5 TB melted butter
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • A jar of sprinkles. One of those 2.5-3oz ones
Mix together the first 3 ingredients. Mix in about 3/4ths of the sprinkles. Wow, so tiring. ;)
Spread the mix into a 9x13 pan, sprinkle on those remaining sprinkles. Bake at 350 for about 15-20 minutes. Cool in the baking pan, then cut into preferred-size bars.
My five-year-old loves these, and can pretty much make them by herself! (Except for the hot oven part of course!)