Truvía® natural sweetener Product Review Thursday, Mar 15 2012 




While the song from the commercial likes to get itself stuck in my head I had yet to actually try the product.  I hate sweeteners usually and prefer plain old sugar.  I do have to say this really didn’t taste any different than sugar.  Looks like I have something new to put on my rice krispies!


I received this product complimentary to test through Influenster’s VoxBox program 


Venus and Olay Razor Wednesday, Mar 14 2012 

Gillette Venus & Olay

This is pretty genius.  A razor that does not take shave gel (or conditioner if you are me and always running out of shave gel).  When I tried it I was skeptical, but it worked even on my sensitive skin.  I have a new favorite razor! The Olay moisture helps to keep skin soft and the five blades make shaving easy!

The razor sells for $14.99 to $19.49.

*I received this product complimentary to test through Influenster’s VoxBox program

My Old Lady Living Room Wednesday, Dec 2 2009 


We got both of these tables for $15 total of Craigslist.  My grandma has something similar when I was a kid so I was very excited to ass these to my “antique” room.  A little bit of stain and they were good as new!  Ignore the couch, we returned it after a week ;-).  I’ll post pictures of the new couch when I finally get the covers for the throw pillows done…..

Goat Cheese Omelet Sunday, Oct 4 2009 

So cooking five meals a week is a bit much. Not because we eat out a lot, we don’t. I have been making these recipes without cutting them down. We don’t need more than 2 1/2 servings most of the time, if that. I knew that this week I was not cooking on Wednesday, but I do cook on Sundays, so that day was moved. Once Thursday hit I had no desire to make omelets. Our fridge is overflowing with the leftovers, even with me taking them to lunch and Ben eating them here and there. So I skipped the omelet and worked on the leftovers.
Anyhow, I still had the ingredients so I decided to make these for breakfast afternoon snack when I woke up Sunday. I did half this recipe as I knew I would be the only one eating it. There are still leftovers in the fridge!

I tried to get a picture of the yummy goat cheese, as you already know, photography is not my thing.

This was really very good. The goat cheese melted and the mustard was a great addition. Beats cheddar cheese in an omelet anyday!

Meals for a month Friday, Sep 18 2009 

I was perusing through the October issue of Real Simple that came in the mail last week and I found this. I decided this would be a fun challenge for the month of October.  It includes 5 meals a week, which is more than I cook now as we usually have events once or twice in the evening.  I decided that the extra food would be okay for taking lunches and eating on the weekends.  I think the best part is that I will be trying things I normally would not.  So today I began the planning to get this started on September 28th.  I went through all the recipes and made a list of all the meats and other items we could buy from Costco.  I also adjusted the meats on a couple to make it more low-calorie or fit something we already had.  I also changed the amount of meat most recipies called for.  I think for a 4 seving meal there does not need to be more than a pound of meat and most of these called for much more.  I then went to the Weight Watchers website and entered all the recipes in the recipe builder.  I have a range from 3 point meals to 12 point meals which means I needed to play with the days they are listed.  I weigh-in Thursday mornings so I like to have the lower point items M-W and eating the higher point meals on Thursday and Friday.  I may make other adjustments to lower the points as I go, but I wanted to get a broad idea for right now.  Also, quite a few meals called for corn bread or baguettes.  I have left those off for now, but may make a whole wheat homemade bread to go with them, I have not decided.  My goal is to blog at the beginng of each week with my plan and then blog each recipe.  We shall see if this slacker blogger can achieve that!

Ok, so my link was defective…

Roasted Cabbage Rolls Saturday, May 9 2009 

A few weeks ago when we got the organic produce (which we have since cancelled) I searched for recipes to use up the produce.  This was one that I probably never would have tried otherwise, but it was good!  Ben loved it and actually ate the leftovers for lunch.




8 servings


  • Cabbage rolls:
  • 1  (3-pound) head cabbage
  • 2  tablespoons  water
  • Cooking spray
  • 1  onion, slivered
  • 1  cup  water
  • 1/3  cup  uncooked long-grain rice
  • 1  cup  diced Granny Smith apple
  • 2/3  cup  chopped green onions
  • 1/2  cup  2% reduced-fat milk
  • 1 1/4  teaspoons  garlic salt
  • 3/4  teaspoon  dried rubbed sage
  • 1/4  teaspoon  ground nutmeg
  • 1/4  teaspoon  black pepper
  • 1  large egg
  • 1  pound  ground turkey
  • 1/4  cup  water
  • Basting glaze:
  • 4  bacon slices, chopped
  • 1/3  cup  dark corn syrup
  • 3  tablespoons  tomato paste
  • 1 1/2  tablespoons  water
  • 3/4  teaspoon  salt


To prepare cabbage rolls, core cabbage using a serrated knife. Place cabbage in an 8-inch square baking dish or 2-quart casserole; add 2 tablespoons water. Loosely cover with heavy-duty plastic wrap. Microwave at high 9 minutes, rotating baking dish a half-turn after 5 minutes. Cover dish and let stand 15 minutes. Discard any tough dark green leaves. Remove 8 light-colored cabbage leaves. Cut off raised portion of the main vein of each leaf, and set leaves aside. Finely chop enough remaining cabbage to measure 1/2 cup, and set aside. Coarsely chop enough remaining cabbage to measure 2 cups; arrange in bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with slivered onion.

Bring 1 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add rice; reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 8 minutes. Drain well.

Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine 1/2 cup finely chopped cabbage, rice, apple, and the next 7 ingredients (apple through egg). Crumble turkey over mixture; stir just until blended. Place about 1/2 cup turkey mixture in center of each cabbage leaf. Fold in edges of leaves, and roll up; place cabbage rolls on top of coarsely chopped cabbage. Cut several 1/4-inch-deep slits across top of each roll. Pour 1/4 cup water over rolls. Cover with foil, and bake at 350° for 30 minutes.

To prepare basting glaze, cook the bacon in a small saucepan over medium heat for 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from heat. Remove bacon from pan; discard bacon drippings. Return bacon to pan; stir in corn syrup and remaining ingredients. Uncover cabbage rolls; spoon one-third basting glaze over cabbage rolls. Bake, uncovered, 1 hour, basting with basting glaze every 20 minutes. Spoon about 1/4 cup remaining cabbage on each of 8 plates; top each with 1 cabbage roll.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 223 (20% from fat)
Fat: 4.9g (sat 1.7g,mono 1.6g,poly 1g)
Protein: 17.4g
Carbohydrate: 28.7g
Fiber: 4.2g

I am not neglecting you Monday, Mar 9 2009 

I have pics I still need to blog. I have not updated my WW progress in a while either. I have been anti-blog lately. I will be back, I promise. Probably tomorrow while I watch biggest loser.

And the results are… Monday, Feb 9 2009 

Down 3.2 lbs!
I think I need to stay off the scale in between weigh-ins.
But I need my money’s worth out of that $50 fancy scale? Right? Right!

Mmmm….chili Monday, Nov 24 2008 




Ben never lets me make chili.  He always makes it and I think it lacks a bit of flavor.  I knew that he would be gone for most of the day taking a test, so I seized the opportunity.  I found this recipe on my friend Julies blog.  When she said that it was a bit spicey I knew I had to try it!

Fireman’s Chili
1/2 cup butter
1 Green Pepper                                                                                                                                                  
3 cups chopped onions
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 lbs coarsely ground chuck
1 lb coarsely ground pork
1 T ground cumin
1 t basil
1 1/2 t cayenne pepper
1/2 t black pepper
5 T hot chili powder
1 (28oz) can whole tomatoes, chopped
1 (10 1/2 oz) beef broth
1 C dry red wine(Burgundy)
1 (6oz) can tomato paste
1/2 t crushed hot red pepper
1 T salt
2 (16oz) cans dark red kidney beans ( of which I had a can of Archer Farms and a can of Bushs…get the the Bushs)

1. Melt butter in large pot and saute peppers about 10 min. Add onions and garlic; cook 5 more minutes. Add beef and pork mixture; increase heat to high. Cook stirring occasionally until meat is no longer pink.. about 10-15 min.

2. Stir in cumin, basil, cayenne, black pepper and chili powder. Stir in tomatoes, beef broth, wine, tomato paste, hot red pepper and salt. Simmer, covered, about 2 hours.

3. Add kidney beans, simmer for an additional 45 minutes serve with extra sharp cheddar cheese, sour cream

I have never put sour cream in chili.  It was a great addition to the spicy chili!  It was not so spicy that I could not eat it.  Just right really.  Julie made hers less spicy by making a few changes.  I think she is a wimp 😉

Of course me father added ketchup to his bowl to make it less spicy….breaks my heart….