Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Natural Body Splash

Natural Body Splash - great for summer
*raw cider vinegar (get at health food store)*steam distilled water*fresh flowers, herbs, aromatic leaves (ie: lemon balm, assorted mints, scented geranium leaves/petals, rosemary, thyme, lavender, etc)

--Fill a sterilized mason jar with assorted fresh flowers and leaves, filling jar at least half full.
--Pour cider vinegar over all, filling the jar to the top.
--Cover with lid, seal and shake well.
--Place jar in sunny location.
--Shake or swirl contents daily.
--After 10 days, strain the vinegar then place a 50/50 mix of distilled water and the batch of floral vinegar in a clean spray bottle.
--Refrigerate. This feels refreshing spritzed over your skin on those hot summer days!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Veggie Thai Noodle Salad

Veggie Thai Noodle Salad

1 package of vermicelli, broken in half (or spaghetti noodles work just fine)

1 medium carrot, shredded

1 cucumber, sliced and quartered

1 cup of largely chopped bell peppers pieces

1/3 cup green onions

1/4 cup of fresh cilantro

1/2 cup Thai peanut Sauce (it might be labeled as a stir fry or dipping sauce. I used Thai Kitchen Peanut Satay from Food Lion)

1) Cook Noodles as directed on package. Drain in colander; rinse with cold water until cold. Drain well.

2) In large bowl, toss drained cold vermicelli and all remaining ingredients to coat evenly with sauce.
Find more great ideas for the weekend at Grocery Cart Challenge or Vanderbilt Wife

Friday, May 15, 2009

Chicken Lime Soup

What You Need:

1 can (14-1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes with green chiles undrained or you can use just plan diced tomatoes undrained

1 cup chopped onion

2 Tbsp. chopped chipotle chili peppers, or to taste. I use the can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. They are easier to chop in a electric chopper or maybe puree them.

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 bay leaf

1-1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken

8 cups chicken broth

1/2 cup fresh lime juice

salt and black pepper

1 cup Shredded Cheddar & Monterey Jack Cheese/ or the mexican taco cheese blend

1/2 cup chopped cilantro

Make It:

MIX tomatoes, onion, chili peppers, garlic, oregano and bay leaf in 4-quart saucepot. Cook on medium-high heat 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. ADD chicken, chicken broth and lime juice. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 30 minutes. Remove and discard bay leaf. Season soup with salt and black pepper to taste.

SERVE in soup bowls topped with cheese and cilantro. I also add some Sald toppers Tortilla stips just for fun. Alec says they taste like fritos so maybe save some $$ and just put crushed fritos on them
For more great ideas go to Grocery Cart Challenge or Vanderbilt Wife

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Menu Plan 5/11-5/16

A little late but....

Meatless Monday- Penne and Red Sauce

Tuesday- Frito Pie

Wednesday- Steak and Orzo Salad at church!!!!!

Thursday- Smothered Chicken, Wedge Salad and bread

Friday- Black Beans & Rice

Saturday- C.O.R.N.

For Some really great Menu plans go on over to I’m an Organizing Junkie » Menu Plan Monday

Friday, May 8, 2009

Baked Oatmeal Squares

Baked Oatmeal Squares


1/3 cup vegetable oil or applesauce
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg or equivalent egg substitute
2 cups oatmeal
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup milk or skim milk
fruit or chocolate chips, if desired

Stir together the oil or applesuce, sugar and egg.
In a separate bowl combine the oats, salt and baking powder.
Add the milk and combine both ingredients gently fold until thoroughly mixed.
Add your choice of fruit or chocolate chips if desired and pour into a greased square 8" dish.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes. Cut into squares for serving

For More Yumminess visit Gayle and the girls at http://grocerycartchallenge.blogspot.com/

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Homemade Strawberry Popsicles

Strawberry Popsicles

2 cups whole strawberries (stem removed)
1 cup milk
Sugar to taste

1. Place all of the ingredients into a blender, and blend until smooth.
2. Taste, and add sugar as needed.
3. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze.
Yield: 6-8 popsicles.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

I digress!

I love and hate when my husband works OT. As of late his OT has been far and few between. Heck, we have been lucky to even get 30+ hrs in. I just miss him when he is not home even though when he is here he adds to my work load!

The boys were happy tonight. We played 2 games of Uno before going to bed!