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Monday, April 13, 2015

You're Gonna Love It!

Wow!  Did you guys ever bring it last week!  So many awesome Spring/Food/Decor/Parenting/Etc. posts my head is still full of inspiration!  I can't wait to see what you have in store for this week's party!  Let's get to it!


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The Features of the Week
Jill, from The Rozy Home had the most view last week with her kitchen remodeling process and reveal.
The after is simply stunning!! Go see it if you missed it!

My pick of the week was linked up by More Than A Mom Of Three. Jenn shared her recipe for DIY Cinnamon Coffee Scrub.
I'm not sure if I can refrain from eating this inside of using as a body scrub!  So going to make this for myself!!

If you have been featured here, or over at my fabulous co-hort Kim's blog, (she has a different Pick of the Week so go check it out...was it you?) make sure to grab an I've Been Featured button here.

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Feel free to link up anything you have created (recipes, decor, crafts, written or photographed). Anything you are so proud of you just gotta share it with others. 

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Cap'n Crunch Cheesecake Using An Electric Pressure Cooker

It's no secret that I love my electric pressure cooker. I can make a quick and hearty meal in less time than heating up the oven.  It will take the toughest cut of meat and make it fork tender in no time at all. I use it far more than my crockpot these days. So, while I have been making savory feasts such as beef & broccoli, pot roast and pulled pork, I decided it was time to make something dessert-ish with it. There are plenty of cheesecake recipes but I wanted to put my spin on one. That's where my recipe for Cap'n Crunch Cheesecake came to be.
While this cheesecake still takes some time before you can serve it, the cooking time is reduced by at least half and, no heating up the oven for a long period of time! The pressure cooker also eliminates the cracked surface you often get from oven baking by basically steaming it instead of a hot heat method. It creates a moist, dense dessert that is simply decadent! 

Most cheesecakes require a graham cracker or cookie crust.  I like those but, I wanted to try something different.  So, while digging through the pantry I came across a box of our favorite cereal, Cap'n Crunch, and decided, why not use this for the crust. Oh my goodness!  The cooking process imparted the flavor of the cereal into the whole cake and it was DIVINE! 
The only special tool you will need, besides the pressure cooker of course, is a 7" springform pan.  A regular 9" pan will not fit in a 6 qt. cooker.  I ordered mine from Amazon. 
You will also need to form a sling with tin foil to get the cake pan into and out of the cooker.

I used a food processor to mix the cheesecake ingredients but you can also use an hand or stand mixer.


Cap'n Crunch Cheesecake Using An Electric Pressure Cooker



Ingredients (6 Servings)
Adapted from Cookistry

For The Crust
  • 1 cup crushed Cap'n Crunch Cereal (approx. 2 1/3 cup from the box)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
For The Cheesecake
  • 1 pound cream cheese (2 8-ounce bricks) (not lowfat or fat-free), softened at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions:

Set the rack into your pressure cooker and add 2 cups of water. Fold a double thickness of foil (about 24" long) in half lengthwise. Use this to create a sling that will hold the pan and allow you to lower the pan into and remove it from the pressure cooker. Lightly butter the bottom and sides of the springform pan.
Mix the cereal crumbs and the melted butter until all of the crumbs are evenly moist. Add the crumb mixture to the pan. Press the crumbs into the bottom of the pan and about halfway up the sides.

Place the cream cheese and sugar in your food processor, fitted with the metal blase and process until smooth. Scape down the sides with a rubber spatula as needed to make sure it is all well mixed.
With the processor running, add the eggs one at a time, processing until smooth with each addition. Next, add the sour cream and then the flour. Process for one minute.

Add the vanilla and process until creamy, again, scraping the bowl as needed.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Do not cover the pan.

Using your foil sling, lower the the pan into the cooker and crimp the ends of the sling to fit it neatly into the pot.

Lock the lid of the pressure cooker. Cook at high pressure for 25 minutes. 

When the time is up, unplug the cooker and let it reduce pressure naturally, about 10-15 minutes.

Once the pressure has dropped, unlock the pot, remove the lid carefully as to not allow any water from the lid to get onto the cheesecake. Allow to sit for a few minutes and carefully remove the the pan to a rack. Allow to cool on the rack for 1 hour.

After 1 hour, unfasten and loosen the ring and remove the cake from the pan, placing it onto a dish. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours before serving.
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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Top 10 Ways To #RecycleYourPeriodPads



Today we are going to talk about something many of us, of a certain age, don't want to talk about. LBL, Light Bladder Leakage. Ugh, right?  But 1 in 3 women experience some sort of LBL. Those not so fun little leaks that can happen during everyday occurrences such as laughing, coughing, sneezing, and exercise. Childbirth, weight gain and menopause can also contribute to LBL. 
Poise Thin-Shape Pads for Light Bladder Leakage
If you are someone that has the occasional LBL, your go to use to be period pads.  Bulky icky period pads. Well now, we have another option specially designed for LBL! Poise Thin-Shape Pads are comfortable, non-bulky, leak protection and are thin and flexible. They are made specifically for light bladder leakage! There is even a free sample now so you can try them out, click here.

So, now that you know about the Poise Thin-Shape Pads, what do you do with your old period pads?  I suggest you recycle them!  How you ask?  You know me, I'm a helper and, I have compiled a list of The Top 10 Ways To #recycleyourperiodpads! 

1. Keep some under the sink for big spills. They work especially well with cooking oil messes.

2. Keep them by the door to wipe off your pet's paws during the wet seasons.
3. Stash some in the glove box in your car to soak up snow & muddy shoes. They are also good to take wet sand off of feet during beach season. Not to mention, those times you spill your coffee or other drink!
4. Line the veggie bin in your fridge to keep moisture out and keep veggies fresh longer.

5. Use to polish silver.

6. Use to protect glasses and dishware if you are moving or are storing them.

7. Use instead of towels if a toilet overflows. 

8. Use to clean your windows.  They are ultra absorbent and lint free!

9. Take some along with you when you go camping or hunting.  They can come in handy as emergency bandages or, to use as hot pads over your campfire grilling stick.

10. Donate them to a local women's shelter.

You can find out more about Poise Thin-Shape pads here  and don't forget to pick up a Poise Free Sample while you are there.

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Allergy Season Has Begun & A Swiffer/Febreze Giveaway

I recently participated in a campaign for Febreze and Swiffer and received product and compensation. However, as always, all opinions are my own.

As much as I love Spring, finding out several years ago that I suffer from severe seasonal allergies, makes it less than fun to be outside this time of year. Unless I am on top of things and start taking medicine BEFORE the grass starts turning green and the trees begin to bud, I experience some serious symptoms!  Runny nose, coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, yeah, I get them all! By April 1st, here in Colorado, allergy season has begun! Not only do I use allergy spray, I also need to reduce allergens in our home. Thankfully, two of my favorite products for cleaning, Febreze and Swiffer, have developed a line of products that the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has certified as Asthma and Allergy Friendly products, making my job of cleaning the house a lot easier.
All of these products can help you clean properly while reducing inanimate allergens around the home.  The new products include the Febreze® Fabric Refresher Allergen Reducer (Unscented), the Swiffer Dry Duster (Unscented), the Swiffer 360 Dry Duster (Unscented) and  the Swiffer Dry Sweeper (Unscented.) I tried them all out so I could show you how well they work.
First up, the Swiffer Duster.
I like to start from the top and move my way down so, I attacked the ceiling fan blades first, using the Swiffer Duster. Thousands of flexible, fluffy fibers trap and lock dust and up to 70% of inanimate allergens from pollen and pet dander and dust mite matter. This is two times more than a typical dusting cloth and three times more than a feather duster!  It made quick work of cleaning not only the blades but the top of the fan motor.
Our dog Max is in full Spring shedding mode and leaves a precious bit of himself on the furniture.  This is my nightstand before using the Swiffer Duster. It's pretty ugly right?

After! Using the duster is so easy I can keep up on this chore everyday!
Next, I tried out the 360 Duster.
Getting those in between spots and crevices is a snap using this duster! Between the TV and the stand it sits on has always been my nemesis but, this time, I won! 
And once I was done, all of the dust, dirt and allergens went into the trash!
Don't forget the pillows and furniture! Febreze Fabric Refresher Allergen Reducer, Unscented provides powerful results without any scent and, eliminates odors and reduces, up to 95%, of inanimate allergens from pollen, dust mite matter and cat and dog dander that become airborne, from soft surfaces.
The final step is the wood floors. The unscented dry cloths for the Swiffer Sweeper trap and lock dust and up to 70% of inanimate allergens from pet dander and dust mite matter. That is TWO TIMES the amount of a regular dust mop method! 
Disclaimer: Seriously friends, Don't judge me. I do dust mop the wood floors almost everyday. Well at least several times a week.  Ack!  Seeing this makes me realize I HAVE to do it everyday if I want to keep my allergies under control. 

Final thoughts. These four products from Swiffer and Febreze work wonders at attacking dust and other matter that affect my allergies this time of year.  I will be using them daily from now on, even during non-allergy season!

You can find Swiffer and Febreze products at grocery, retail, home improvement and mass merchandise stores nationwide. You can also connect with Swiffer on FacebookTwitter or YouTube. Don't leave yet!! Keep reading!!
Do you want a chance to win Swiffer Products for yourself? One person will receive a box of Febreze and Swiffer Product Samples featuring: A Swiffer Unscented Dry Sweeper, Unscented Febreze Fabric Refresher Allergen Reducer and a Swiffer Duster and 360 Duster. Just enter below:






Monday, April 6, 2015

You're Gonna Love It~Anything Goes For April!

Can you believe we've already gone through the first quarter of the year? Easter & Passover are in the books and April is here and I am loving my favorite month. Max has taken to spending more time sunning himself out on the deck.
Soon, I will be out there joining him!

It is the first party of the month which means Anything Goes! I can't wait to see your latest and greatest! 
It's Time For 
The Features of the Week
Summer from Vintage Zest had the most views last week with her recipe for The Easiest Thumbprint Cookies.
Oh I could dig into a few of those right now! Major drool time for sure!

My pick of the week is from the gals at Frugal Elegance.
They upcycled wine crates for their pantry and I am in love with this idea! Looks like the perfect excuse to stop by the liquor store soon, dontcha think?


If you have been featured here, or over at my fabulous co-hort Kim's blog, (she has a different Pick of the Week so go check it out...was it you?) make sure to grab an I've Been Featured button here.

Just a reminder: IF you follow me on Facebook you get first notice of this party going live each week.  Plus, I share some pretty funny and awesome stuff on my page too!

Now, are you ready to party??
Feel free to link up anything you have created (recipes, decor, crafts, written or photographed). Anything you are so proud of you just gotta share it with others. It is the first Tuesday of the month so ANYTHING GOES!!  (Etsy shops, giveaways, contests.. you name it!) 

You can follow Kim and I on social media, but it is not required. (We want you to follow us because you want to, not because you have to.)

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We would love it if you would link back in some way so that others come and party with us. Either grab the party button or add my blog link to your post or on your blog party page. But again, it's not required.
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China Cabinet Dressed Up For Spring

Being the lover of Spring that I am, I love to dress up my china cabinet for the season.
China Cabinet Dressed Up For Spring
This year my theme for the hutch was Spring Green.
China Cabinet Dressed Up For Spring
Our lawn is still pretty straw like but my china cabinet is filled with all of the green tones I could find in my decor bins.
China Cabinet Dressed Up For Spring
Starting from the top, I used a verde green birdcage I got on clearance at Michael's last Fall. Shop those sales my friends. The glass plate was recently found at Home Goods for only$8.99. I filled an apothecary jar with some Easter grass and added some straw carrots I got at World Market last year.
China Cabinet Dressed Up For Spring
For he next shelf down I got out some of my green dishes. The dinner plate is from Dollar Tree and the polka dot one came to me from Hobby Lobby.  I forgot I even had this Welcome Spring sign but it fits in perfectly! 
China Cabinet Dressed Up For Spring
On the right side of the shelf, the same dishes and a floral spray from Wold Market.  I don't remember where I got the bird vase but it usually sits in my office.
China Cabinet Dressed Up For Spring
I am totally nuts about birds!  I have to stop myself from buying more!
China Cabinet Dressed Up For Spring
More clearance items on the next shelf down.  The embossed green dessert plate is from World Market and the stubby butterfly & flowers vase is from Michael's. 
China Cabinet Dressed Up For Spring

I repeated the scene on the right side of the shelf. If you look behind the vignette you will see I again used scrapbook papers to change the look of the cabinet.  I used to use double sided tape to attach the paper but, I found out about glue dots and they are my new best friend!  No more ruined paper trying to get the tape off! I just love being able to set a scene every time I re-do the hutch!
China Cabinet Dressed Up For Spring
On the last shelf, I set my ceramic sheep family in front of a piece of "art" I created on canvas.  
China Cabinet Dressed Up For Spring
Using some of my craft paints I created a field of grass.  Simple, and yet, kind of artsy don't you think? I can't wait for our grass to be this green.
China Cabinet Dressed Up For Spring
I moved the gardening book from the Welcoming Spring Tablescape to the hutch and placed a birdhouse, painted white next to it.  A green bucket from IKEA holds some moss, and a couple of terra cotta pots I had used for my Spring decor last year. 
China Cabinet Dressed Up For Spring
A gold and green butterfly found its way here too.
China Cabinet Dressed Up For Spring
I am so happy to be saying "Welcome Spring" with my china cabinet decor! How about you?  Are you decorating for Spring yet?


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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Lavender & Yellow Easter Tablescape

Lavender & Yellow Tablescape for Easter
When my dear friend, Christine from Rustic and Refined, sent me the antlers for my Saying Good-Bye To Winter tablescape she wrapped them in a good length of sparkly lavender mesh.  As soon as my mother-in-law saw it she said it would make a beautiful table runner with a yellow tablecloth.  Once again, she had the vision!  I knew it would all be perfect for an Easter tablescape. 
Lavender & Yellow Tablescape for Easter
I started with a pastel yellow tablecloth I have had forever and the lavender mesh became the runner. I then added a purple charger from Michael's, a white ironstone dinner plate, a salad plate I got on clearance from Safeway, a napkin that matches the tablecloth, my favorite wire baskets from Coldwater Creek, a plastic egg and some faux Spring flowers.
Lavender & Yellow Tablescape for Easter
The salad plates have the perfect shade of lavender embossed Fleur De Lis at the top along with embossed stitching around the edge.
Lavender & Yellow Tablescape for Easter
The tablecloth and napkin have embroidered flowers on them.
Lavender & Yellow Tablescape for Easter

Lavender & Yellow Tablescape for Easter

Lavender & Yellow Tablescape for Easter
The wooden centerpiece Mr. B made for me makes another appearance.  It adds such wonderful texture to the table. I had found some of the limited addition purple Ball jars and filled a couple with grocery store daffodils. Several bud vases from IKEA hold more faux stems. 
Lavender & Yellow Tablescape for Easter

Lavender & Yellow Tablescape for Easter

Lavender & Yellow Tablescape for Easter
Linda, my mother-in-law, was at Home Goods recently and saw the sweet glass basket and covered bunny dish, bought them, and then gifted them to me. She said when she saw them, she knew I could use them in a tablescape sometime. Perfect timing I'd say, wouldn't you? I filled them with Easter jelly beans and chocolate Easter eggs.  I had to snap photos quickly as Mr. B could not keep his hands out of them lol!
Lavender & Yellow Tablescape for Easter
The wine stems are from Goodwill and the flatware comes from World Market. 
Lavender & Yellow Tablescape for Easter
The ceramic purple strawberry basket from Wayfair hold some more candy and finishes off the table.
Lavender & Yellow Tablescape for Easter
Lavender and yellow, such complimentary colors to set an Easter table with. What colors will be on your Easter table this year?

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