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Monday, March 30, 2015

Zep Microwave Miracle

 I was lucky enough to be able to sample the Zep Microwave Miracle.

I say lucky because cleaning the microwave is not one of my favorite things ... especially when its tax season and the microwave seems to be used too much and rarely does anyone ever "clean up" their messes.  The little greasy mess on the turntable that "no one sees", ever.

This is just some of the "remains" of someones warming (popping?) of their snack. You could see this on various parts of the microwave, but I'm sure you get the point. Perhaps this reminds you of yours?  I know I'm not the only one.

I pumped the bottle on to the bottom and turntable as directed and turned the microwave on high for 2 minutes.  Then you are suppose to allow "cool".  Now I have no idea how long that is ... so I left it for about 5 minutes.

When I opened the microwave door, all the "foam' was gone.  I was a little dismayed because it actually looked dirtier than when I first sprayed the foam.  But actually that was all the "unseen" dirt that was absorbed or liquefied.

I used my trusty roll of paper towels and uncovered a really "sparkly" clean microwave, and I didn't need to spend more than 10 minutes total doing it, and most of that time was letting it work/cool!

Even the top (ceiling)of the microwave was clean, without spraying it before hand.  I'm guessing that steam from the heating of the foam and then allowing to cool, takes care of the top too!

Even in the corners and under the turntable and the door. Yes this is definitely a winner!

I will definitely be looking for this one in the store.  It could be worth its weight in gold if your family likes to "nuke and go" no matter how much they spatter the inside of the microwave.

Hmmm I may have to take my bottle into the office and do a little bit of cleaning in the kitchen.  Sometimes that microwave is scary ... but I'm betting it would be no match for the Zep Microwave Miracle.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Angry Birds and Hello Kitty

The next 2 weeks are all about kids at Tupperware.
We are having some really really cute kids (or kids at heart) specials that you can pick up by messaging me so that I can call you to place the order.  

I just love the shape-o toy that Tupperware has had forever.  Personally I think every child should have one because it starts teaching them shapes and color and movement and hand/eye co-ordination and even cause and effect.  Usually the colors of the Shape-O toy is red and blue with yellow shapes but for these 2 weeks you could get it in a pink and purple color (girl power) with purple shapes.

And if you are an Angry Birds or Hello Kitty lover, or know one there are deals for you too.

The Angry Bird tumblers are so cute! And with the snack cups it is a great option for afternoon snacks when its to early for dinner but if you don't give something the evil monster will be rear its ugly head. But its would also be great for lunch boxes too!
It is a set of three 16-oz. Angry Birds™ Tumblers with liquid-tight seals and flip-top spouts plus three Snack Cups.

The Hello Kitty deal includes 3 sets for your lunch box!  It includes set of three 16-oz. Hello Kitty™ Tumblers with liquid-tight seals and flip-top spouts plus three Hello Kitty™ Sandwich Keepers.  This would be great for the Hello Kitty fan in your house.  Just think 3 days of lunches with a different Hello Kitty set to make her the hit of the lunch table.

Remember this are only available for a few weeks.  Orders must be submitted by April 10th so if you are interesting you need to message me ASAP.  I wish they were able to be ordered online - but right now I'm not seeing them there.  I will keep looking to see if they do show up there as well.  It may just be because it started on Saturday and the online portion won't start until Monday.  

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Colored Easter Eggs

I really loved this one.
Do you do dyed eggs for Easter?

I know when my kids were little that was almost as important as the actual Easter Basket that the Easter Bunny would bring.  They always wanted to come up with unique designs and colors.

But if you have looked at the egg dying kits, there really aren't that many colors available.  Well I found these really sweet ideas for different colors to dye your own eggs on the McCormick's website. Before you start you can make an egg drying stand out of a paper towel tube cut into sections or use an empty egg carton.

  • Mix 1/2 cup boiling water, 1 tsp vinegar and food color in a cup to achieve desired colors. Repeat for each color. Dip hard-cooked eggs in dye for about 5 minutes. Use a slotted spoon, wire egg holder or tongs to add and remove eggs from dye. Allow eggs to dry.

Here are some more decorating Ideas from McCormick

Two-toned eggs: Dip top half of hard-cooked egg in 1 color and the bottom half in another. Or, dip each half of the egg in the dye for different lengths of time, creating different shades of the same color.

Painted eggs: Mix 20 drops food color and 1/2 teaspoon vinegar in small container. Paint hard-cooked eggs with a small paintbrush or cotton swab. Go wild with stripes, polka dots and zigzags.

Designed eggs: Before dyeing, place rubber bands, stickers such as chicks, rabbits, flowers or other springtime favorites, or paper reinforcements on the eggs to create the design of choice. Once dry, remove the rubber bands, etc., to view the design.

Personalized eggs: Write initials, names or draw pictures on the egg with a white or light colored crayon before dyeing.

Marbleized eggs: Mix 1/4 cup boiling water, 1 teaspoon vinegar, 1/8 teaspoon oil and 4 to 8 drops food color in shallow bowl. Gently roll egg in the mixture for 30 seconds, or until the egg is the desired shade. Transfer the egg to a second color mixture, and repeat the process. Allow the egg to dry completely. Wipe away excess oil with a paper towel.

Color wash eggs: Place several eggs in a colander in the kitchen sink. Splash eggs with vinegar. Drop yellow food color onto eggs. Gently shake the colander for a few seconds to help the color spread. Let stand 30 seconds. Repeat with 1 or 2 additional food colors. After the final stand time, lightly rinse eggs with water. Drain completely. Allow eggs to dry.

I think I'm going to try some of these even though I don't have any "little" kids.  I'm going to put mine in the a Tupperware egg keeper (deviled egg carrier from the vault) and then put the Slice and Wedge out when I put my eggs on display! 
This way I bet they will get eaten quickly - sliced or wedged they will be a hit I am sure!

So are you going to be trying this one?
Are your kids going to help you be creative?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Caramel Apple Cookies

I know Spring is here, but in my opinion cookies are the perfect dessert any time of year.  I could see these with a nice cup of coffee or tea to end a meal.

Another thing I really like about these is that they look pretty and special but aren't difficult to make nor do they have "odd" or hard to find ingredients.

Caramel Apple Cookies

I also like that this recipe doesn't make a huge amount of cookies, so that they are tempting you to "over-indulge".

All of the Tupperware pieces used to prepare these cookies are available on my Tupperware Site.  
There are so many wonderful new things going on at Tupperware ... check it out - I bet you will be pleasantly surprised.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

What's for Dinner? Let's make some meatballs!

Awesome Meatballs

If you are single, or if its just the two of you, I'm sure you are saying wow LOTS of meatballs here .... But you can use these as the base for so many meals.  Add to a brown gravy, a tomato gravy with or without spaghetti, meatball subs ... 

I love making things like this, I can have dinner one night, lunch another and then freeze the rest in individual servings for those quick meals when time is of the essence or when there is just "nothing in the fridge".

Speaking of that ... maybe it is time to make a batch.  

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Happy Birthday Honey!!

Well another year has come.
It's the first FULL day of Spring (ok so it's also complete with snow this year) so the flowers and plants and trees will start showing their wonderful colors and we can stop with all the piles of blankets and sweaters.

AND again it is time to say 

to my hubby!

We get to celebrate with a wonderful dinner tonight ...  Can't wait!

Happy Birthday Bill.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Smart Steamer Cakes

Here's another easy way to make a little dessert or snack for some deserving "little" people in your life ... or for you.

If you were able to pick up one of the Tupperware Smart Steamers that are on sale in the Mid March Brochure from my Tupperware Site, this will definitely make you a star when everyone wants dessert and you "thought" it would take too long to make.

You could use any kind of cake mix.
I bet the snack cakes or muffins would work too!
You could add Chocolate Chips or maybe Cinnamon Chips or I've seen Raspberry Chips.
I bet you could add some fruit (just don't go overboard).  I'm thinking a strawberry or a raspberry or maybe a banana slice.
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