fresh garlic & press for that’s italian!


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Gotta admit…this girl’s not a fan of italian food.  But over the years I’ve discovered if I eat crappy italian…ex:pizza joints (pizza hut-gross, little caesar’s, and worse yet….Carino’s) I’m doomed.  Stomach issues galore and terrible heart burn.  BUT…when I dine at a small (true) italian establishment I really don’t get sick.  Due (I’m sure) to the fresh ingredients and non-processed crapola.

So I was excited when I was asked to review this little handy dandy garlic press.
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Growing up, my momma used to grind all her fresh garlic in a molcajete like this one

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(*mine is stored way up on my cabinets and I was too lazy to bring it down for a picture).  Talk about “true full flavor” taste!  When you mince, press or grind your own garlic…it can’t be beat!


My sweet niece was visiting and one of her favorite dishes is spaghetti.  So out comes my garlic press and fresh garlic cloves that I had the hubster pick up at the market.

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It was quite simple to just pop those little babies in and press down.  I even left the skins on some to try it’s effectiveness and voila!

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Still pressed and minced out perfectly!  PLUS the smell of fresh garlic cooking is amazing in itself.  So here I am trying to find other purposes for this nifty little tool—cause I’m sure it’s awesome for other things as well as fresh garlic!  Right?


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

corny topic & recipe

You’re gonna think me weird…or maybe not and you will feel the same way as I did.

So about a month and a half ago, I went to the grocery store and I was flabbergasted to see not once but twice, people standing by the fresh corn at the produce section and removing the husks (right there) before putting it in their shopping carts.  As you can see here…

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WHAT???  I’d never seen that and it really bothered me. (It actually still does). I guess because I feel that more and more people just don’t want to be inconvenienced regardless of how they’re inconveniencing others.  Maybe I’m just wrong.  Anyway I posted it to my Facebook and of course I heard from A LOT of peeps, how most were shocked as well but then there were about 2 that said they always do that because they don’t want to bring worms home.  REALLY?

Obviously they don’t know that they’re missing out on being able to grill their corn so much butter in the husks rather than without them.  But shucking at the store—hogwash!

So the corny topic here is not only about silly people that clean their corn at the store for all to see, but for me to share a corn on the cob grilling recipe.  So allow me to not vent anymore on that public display of corn shucking crud!!!


Recipe for my “CORN GRILLIN’ SPREAD”

  • 1/2 stick butter (room temp)
  • 1 t. lime juice
  • 1/2 t. cajun seasoning
  • 1/4 t. black pepper
  • 1/3 c. grated cheese (your favorite)
  • 4 ears of fresh corn (silks removed but leave husks on)

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While you have the ingredients out and your’re waiting for the butter to soften, place the cobs in water (to keep husks from catching fire on the grill).  I placed them in my sink for about 30 minutes while I prepped.

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Once your butter is soft, blend it with all the other ingredients EXCEPT the cheese.

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This will be a tad messy but with your hands scoop some of the butter mix and spread (generously) on the corn and sprinkle the cheese on it (like shown).

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Wrap back up in husks tightly, (I removed a few husks to use as ties), so they wouldn’t come undone while grillin’.

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Throw on a hot grill and cook turning twice for about 20 minutes.
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Delicious grilled corn on the cob!  I ate two of ‘em!  Now I have a corn baby~
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skin replenishing & free giveaway

A definite must anytime!  BUT… especially during the summer months—right????  SKIN REPLENISHING!!!

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So, I get this awesome package in the mailbox from Mia Mariu’s that has all kinds of facial goodies in it.  Let me tell you…I LOVE to take care of my skin (as I’ve mentioned before), so I’m usually ALWAYS hesitant to apply anything new on my FACE.  (Call me freakAzoid!)

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Anyways, I tried out the SKOil on my face (without any breakouts-woohoo),then after I went swimming, I applied it all over& it felt great!  Pretty sure whether you’ve returned from swimming in the river or the pool, this oil’s gonna do it’s job! I’ve applied it to my fresh, makeup-less free face before going to bed and especially after having been out in the rays—and I’m pretty pleased.

Those rays can really drench your skin from natural oils and in order to keep your skin supple and soft, well…you gotta replace those nutrients peeps!   With ingredients such as almond, avocado and chamomile, this SKIN NOURISHING OIL can’t go wrong. It’s totally suitable for all skin types and ages PLUS it’s alcohol free & sulfate free.

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WANT TO WIN A FREE bottle of this awesome product??? Just COMMENT below for a chance.  

I must add that one of the other packets they sent me was the foaming cleanser and my face felt incredible.  Smooth, soft and so baby butt awesome!!!  If you get to where you have time to do some online shopping for your skin care needs—pay ‘em a visit.

Para una bella piel….mia mariu’s!!!

twitter: #MiaMariu

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

weekend haps

My weekend was probably the most uneventful I’ve had in quite sometime and that’s okay!  There’s lots of catching up to do and lots of projects to continue working on.  It was nice being able to sleep in, do some work around the house, do some shopping and having a relaxing bbq and movie night at home.  Something to be said for staying around the old home front!

Some of what I accomplished~

  • baked a fresh bread loaf (sandwiches for the week)
  • tried out a new mexi restaurant in town (just okay)
  • organization (garage fun) NOT!
  • reviewed some products for vendors for some upcoming posts
  • began a painting project (post to come)
  • wedding planning continues

PICS~

bbq with grilled corn on the cob–delish!
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my new favorite flavored water…have y’all tried this?  Cascade waters in coconut!!! Mmmm
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My brother and sil came and stayed at our place while we were out of town and she forgot some peaches in my fridge.  So guess what?  Made us some peach turnovers for dessert!  Thanks Pita!!!

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Busy week and an awesome product review coming up this week- so stay tuned~
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FABULOUS homemade DOG BISCUITS

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We came home from vacay and poochie pie was all out of “homemade dog treats:( OH NO!!!

You want to keep your pet happy?  Well then treat them to homemade dog biscuits that you can whip up in no time.

I found this recipe on allrecipes after looking for ingredients I had on hand already.  I made some changes to it and gathered ingredients & made these biscuits.  Instead of rolling out, I just formed ‘em into “mini” bite for her “mini” mouth! And as you can see in the background, she loved them, so she kept waiting patiently for more.

So if you’ve got some old bananas (like I mentioned on my last post), and some peanut butter on hand…  get to baking these wonderful little treats for your favorite 4 legged friend!


BANANA PeanutButter DOG BISCUITS

1 egg
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup mashed banana
1 tablespoon honey
1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup ground flax seed
1 egg white, lightly beaten, for brushing

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet.
Stir together the egg, peanut butter, banana, and honey in a medium bowl; blend thoroughly. Stir in the flour and flax seed; mix well. Roll into 1″ balls and flatten after placing on baking sheet. Brush tops with egg white.

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Bake in preheated oven until dried and golden brown, about 23 minutes, depending on size. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.  Store in airtight container.

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You’ll have one VERY HAPPY pooch~
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freezing and baking with bananas

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Got your attention with these little tasty muffins?

Well then for the love of——-DON’T toss those nasty old bananas out!!!
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How about saving and freezing them or better yet…how about some streusel topped muffins?


Streusel Top Banana Muffins

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 t. vanilla
Preheat oven to 350⁰ F and lightly grease your muffin tin/baking cups with cooking spray.Muffins:
Whip up bananas using the paddle attachment on your mixer for 3 – 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. It should end up being about 2 1/2 cups of banana fluff. Transfer to another bowl and set aside.
Cream together the butter and brown sugar in the bowl of the mixer (there is no need to wash off the paddle or bowl from the bananas). Add eggs one at a time and then incorporate the whipped bananas until well blended. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet. Spoon batter into prepared cups.

Streusel:

  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Melt butter and add the dry ingredients.Use your FINGERS to incorporate until the mixture is crumbly. Don’t get it into a huge ball or big clump.

Generously sprinkle the crumb topping onto the muffins and bake 15-18 minutes.  Makes about 24 muffins.

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FREEZE those nanas!

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It is so easy to freeze them.  You can either freeze while they’re firm and fresh or when they are dark and mushy.  If you’re doing it when they’re still fresh, simply peel, slice (or leave whole) and place in a labeled freezer bag and freeze.  If they are mush, peel and just drop into the bag, zip and mash up, label and freeze.  Be sure to put on the label the quantity of bananas you put in there.  When ready to use, I usually pull them out of the freezer about 30 minutes prior to needing them. 

Now go enjoy a muffin with a hot tea!  Me, I’ll be offline a few while visiting my daughter and SIL.

Ta ta for now~
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weekend haps

M.I.A. for awhile… only cause we were on vacation!  Just returned from visiting our kids up north.  We had such a wonderful time and hated to come back home.  The weather was ideal, cool and enjoyable- a great relief from Texas summertime!  The kids just moved into their gorgeous new place and we got to help them a bit on decorating.  But the best part was just spending time with them.

We:

  • hung wall art
  • helped hang the giant wall clock we made them for their living room
  • bbq’s
  • sitting
  • dogs
  • daughter n momma time (hair fun, shopping online, work around the house, chatting)
  • dad n son-in-law time (shooting, gun talks, work around the house, chatting)
  • picked & blanched green beans from the garden
  • saw good friends we don’t get to see enough (Katie, Charles, Rosemary, Ann)
  • had great food
  • painting of a chest of drawers (pics on that later this week)!

Pics~

the view to backyard & beyond
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the awesome “home sweet home“!

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“hang” time!

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Clock hanging.

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Wall art placement…

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Wall art continued.

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Green bean picking and freezing!

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Lucky dogs (they have a great place to roam)—they just have a good ‘ol time!  They also contributed to the fire pit pile!

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Great food, even a branded bun for “Belle”!  –  Thanks Landon!

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Momma/daughter time after working hard!

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Gun comparison’s!  Sheesh–boys!
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Love our kids and had a great time! Until next time-xoxo~
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