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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Olive Tapenade Spread

I am looking at this as something for snacks during sports viewing ... 
I mean Football season is here and we always seem to be "snacking" while the TV is on. 



Olive Tapenade Spread 
Serves 5-6 

 Ingredients 

  • 8 oz. Kalamata olives, pitted and drained 
  • 2 anchovy fillets, rinsed (optional) 
  • 1 clove garlic 
  • 2 tbsp. capers 
  • 2-3 fresh basil leaves 
  • 1 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice 
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 


Place the olives and anchovies into the Chop 'N Prep Chef and pull 2 times. 
Place the garlic, capers, and basil leaves into the olive mixture and chop another 2 times. 
Place lemon juice and oil into the mixture and chop until it is a coarse paste. 

Serve with baked pita chips as a snack or spread on sandwiches. 
Store with the seal on in the refrigerator.

As always, you can pick up any of the Tupperware pieces on My Tupperware Site or you can jump onto the current party (link in the upper right sidebar).

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Breast Cancer Awareness

I'm sure we all know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  But I think it needs to be more than just a month ... I'm quite sure we all know someone; friend, family, friend of a friend, who has been touched by the Big C.   That is why I am starting this NOW and not waiting for October.

To help with funding to find a cure, I am holding a Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser.
There is a special Fundraiser Catalog that Tupperware has that gives 40% of the purchase price to the Fundraiser AND it has some pink items (as well as some others) that you can purchase and support the cause.

You can jump on my Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser Party and help.  If you order from the Fundraiser Page, whether it is a "pink" item or not, 40% of the purchase price will be included in the final check.




There will also be some Pink items that will be available on my "regular" Tupperware Site, especially during the month of October, that I will give up my profit on these items and add those profits to the Fundraiser Party check. 

So whether you purchase from the Fundraiser I set up or the regular catalog there will be a check going to raise Breast Cancer Awareness and Looking for a Cure.





I have set it up so that ANYONE with a US ADDRESS that the product is shipped to can join in. 


I am hoping that we will have a really big check going to support Breast Cancer Awareness so that one of these days .... it will be a thing of the PAST!

Won't you Join Me?

Do you have something that you would like to set up a Fundraiser for?  Talk to me and you too can join in and create a fundraiser for whatever you need or want to support.  Medical, School, the possibilities are endless.

Somebody wants to know you ..

I know we have all gotten those emails that says "message me cause I know somebody who wants to meet you".  And right away those go into the garbage/recycling bin.  Sometimes even if it is from a friend!

But when I saw this one I thought ... this is what it really is about.



We need to be that someone that everyone wants to know.

Lets start leading our lives in such a way that this is very true.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Southwest Chipotle Lime Marinated Chicken

I know that even though Summer is coming to an end (I know so sad) that doesn't mean that the Grilling Season is ending.  I think this would be great this Fall and if you had a good grill pan, you could probably make this all year round.

Southwest Chipotle Lime Marinated Chicken



Ingredients

  • 4 boneless chicken breasts or boneless pork chops 
  • 1-2 tbsp. Simple Indulgence Southwest Chipotle Seasoning Blend 
  • 1 tbsp. fresh oregano 
  • 2 tbsp. fresh cilantro 
  • 2 cloves garlic 
  • 1/4 cup lime juice 
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil 
  • salt and pepper, to taste 


Place meat in Season-Serve® Container.
Add seasoning blend, oregano, cilantro, and garlic to base of Chop 'N Prep Chef. Cover and pull cord to finely chop.
Add lime juice, oil and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Replace cover and process until well blended.

Pour over meat, seal Season-Serve® Container and refrigerate anywhere from 4-8 hours.

Remove meat from marinade (discarding marinade), and grill over medium-high heat until internal temperature reaches 165° F/73° C and juices run clear, approximately 15 minutes.

As always, you can pick up any Tupperware items on my Tupperware Site or just jump onto my current party (link in the upper right sidebar)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

BakeitFun Baking Mat Review

I received a BakeitFun Baking Mat to facilitate my review.  I did not receive any other compensation.  It did not influence my review, as all that is noted here is solely my opinion.


Right away I was intrigued with this product because the box said it was "Professional" not just an every day household product.
Somehow it sounds like it should be "better" when it says that it is a professional version.  I was really kind of surprised at how compact the box was considering this was to be a 1/2 sheet pan size.


One of the things that I liked was the fact that it has "cookie circles" as well as "ruler marks" to help you keep everything in line and hopefully keep the cookies from merging all together and keeps you from putting too much on each cookie sheet.

The instructions say to wash by hand in hot soapy water before your first use.  Being the good girl that I am, I did follow the instructions and washed my new mat and dried it before using.


The USA Half Size Baking Mat is 16-1/2" x 11" (280x420mm) with custom designed corners that fits perfectly a 13"x18" pan.  It is manufactured using FDA and LFGB approved materials and BPA free.  It is made of fiber cloth covered with the best food grade silicone.  The BakeitFun Baking Mat doesn't require any added grease, fat or shortenings - no "non-stick spray" either.
  
This reusable mat with outstanding heat conductivity is perfect to use in oven, microwave or freezer.  It is safe for temperatures between -40F (now that's cold) degrees to 450F (wow high heat) degrees, but the flavors or odors will not penetrate the baking mat.  I think this is one of the things that makes this "different" then the other brands I have used.






I had decided that I would make some pumpkin cookies, 
since it is Pumpkin time. 

Mixing up the cookies, yes I used a pouch mix that I added things to, including some "extra" pumpkin but that's how I roll, I usually make mixes my own once I've made them once following the directions, by adding to those mixes.  But since I wanted to test out the mat and test it out quickly, a box mix was the way to go ... yes I was excited to see how it would work.  I think I was Sandra Lee before she had those TV shows.


Because of the "cookie circles" put on the mat already, I was able to quickly measure out the cookie dough and get them in the oven ready to start baking in just a few minutes.  Just gotta love that, especially if you have young kids or grandkids wanting cookies NOW!!

You can make 12 cookies per mat, allowing for them to safely spread out as it bakes.  I used a cookie scoop and got 10 cookies from my 1/2 batch of mix.  I really was concerned that it would spread out too far since I really "filled" those circles.  But I didn't need to be concerned.  It worked out really well and I didn't end up with a "mass-oh-cookie" even though I was afraid when I opened the oven door.

One of the things that they told you with the mat, is that your baked goods can take LESS time to bake than on a plain pan and to let the baked product cool slightly on the mat before removing.

I took that comment into consideration when I set the timer for my cookies.  The instructions said 8 - 10 minutes for these cookies, so I checked on them at 8 minutes.  Maybe because it was made with pumpkin or maybe it was my oven, but I needed to go the full 10 minutes with the cookies but as you can see, the bottoms are not overcooked.  In fact, they are very nicely "chewy" as I personally think pumpkin cookies should be.  These came out soft, chewy and pretty tasty if I do say so myself.


I let the cookies rest for about 5 minutes or so (no time was mentioned when told to let cool slightly before removing) and was pleasantly surprised that I could pick them up with my hands and did not need to use a spatula or cookie/pancake turner.  And no mess on the mat!  I know I have a few baking mats and always have to wash or at least use a damp towel to clean it off a bit before getting the next batch ready for the oven.  With this mat, it was almost as clean after making my cookies, as it was after I washed it right out of the box.

And keeping it clean and usable for a long time is very very easy.  The non-stick surface eliminates the need to scrub.  To keep your baking sheets clean, just rinse with warm water and air dry or dish wash, dry and roll it and store.  I kept my box so I can roll it up and put it back in the box so it is ready for use any time I want to bake or cook.  Might just try a "free-style" meatloaf next.

I am very pleased with the BakeitFun Mat.  So much so, I think I will be picking up another one very soon to replace some of the ones I had that don't work nearly as well as this one did, even when they were brand new.

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.

Smart Steamer for Healthier Meals

Good morning!!!!  It is a wonderful cool clear day here in New Jersey ... not hot and muggy as we have had on and off this past week or so.  I hope it is a wonderful morning for you as well.

I wanted to share with you the fantastic deal that Tupperware has going on with the Mid-September brochure that may have gotten "lost" in the rest of the great pieces that are on sale this month that includes some really cute Halloween pieces.  You can always check out what is new or on sale by visiting my New Tupperware Site ... its' open 24/7 and of course you can always message me!

The deal I am talking about is the Smart Steamer.  What I love about this piece is that you can do a TRUE steaming using the microwave.  Yes in the microwave.  The only piece that is "cooked" in the microwave is the water ... that then turns into steam to create your "masterpiece".






This piece is on sale this month for just $75! 














There is also a companion piece that is only on sale for 2 weeks (ending 9/26 that gets you some additional pieces, like mini cups to make poached eggs) for $24. 
 

And if you purchase it from me I will personally send you the recipes I have for the Smart Steamer to get you started! 






There are a few "other" ways you can grab this deal ... like picking up the Smart Steamer with the 6 piece Vent n Serve in an awesome purple color.  And if you grab these I will send you both my Smart Steamer recipes AND my Vent n Serve recipes.



Check out these and so much more on my NEW Tupperware Web Site!

You can also talk to me about having your own party (facebook or book or combination of the two) to earn all kinds of great deals ... but you need to do that quick if you want to earn this Steam, Store and Save set above (only available until 9/26/14 so I must submit the party by midnight Eastern time)

Always some great hostess bonuses you can earn ... so Talk to Me!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Tupperware Mid September Brochure

I hope that you were able to grab those great lunch specials from the Mid August Brochure that ended at midnight last night.  I was sad to see that one end BUT I have a FABULOUS Mid September Brochure to share that have some extra AWESOMENESS built in.  You can check these and so much more on My Tupperware Site.  But here is a "sneak peek" for you.


These are just so CUTE!!!  And just in time for that Halloween Season when everyone is trying to figure out what to do with their kids for Halloween.  I just LOVE the Sidekicks Candy Canister and wish they had them when my kids were little.  No more looking for something to collect their "haul" of candy as they walk around.  No more worry about ripped bags or shredded pillow cases!  And those snack packs are the BOMB!!  Think about being able to send those to school in their lunch boxes during Halloween week ... talk about being the BIGGEST hit!!



There are some really AWESOME AWESOME deals in this mid-September brochure. Yes we have some Halloween themed pieces (and you really really want to grab those quick) but how about for those of us who are trying to eat "healthier" you ask? 

Well check out that Smart Steamer!  This is an AMAZING price for this piece.  I absolutely LOVE mine.  I use it often because I can do a TRUE steam in the Microwave!  Yes the food isn't cooked by microwaves it is cooked by steam!  And at the sale price you are saving $44!

If you would also like to include our Vent n Serve 6 pc set in the new Purplish color with your Smart Steamer you can grab both as a set in this catalog for a savings of $89.50!!  Yes a HUGE savings!

I absolutely LOVE the color and the pieces.  I use mine all the time.  The other day I needed a "dessert" and of course it was last minute.  I made a very nice chocolaty/fudgy and wonderful brownie in my Large Shallow Vent n Serve in the microwave in about 15 minutes!  Yes 15 minutes from mixing to resting and then on everyone's "plate" to savor.

Now here's an added deal if you purchase the Smart Steamer from ME.  I will send you the collection of recipes that I have for the Smart Steamer to get you started, FREE.  This way you can make all kinds of wonderful meals in your Smart Steamer without worry.  These recipes have already been tested by many consultants, so it will cut out a lot of your own trial and error.

If you purchase the larger set - Smart Steamer and 6 piece Vent n Serve - I will send you the Smart Steamer recipes I have, as well as the Vent n Serve recipes I have, again FREE if you purchase from me or my site.

I know you are very interested, so check out my Tupperware Site and jump in on the fun!

Have questions?  You can email me and I will get you the answers.  Want to have a party?  Email me and I can get you set up for a party where you can earn FREE Tupperware.  It can be a Facebook party, a Book party, a combination of the two ... you name it we can try and get it set up for you.

Friday, September 12, 2014

A life lesson that we should all take to heart

I saw this one and just KNEW it needed to be shared.



I think once you realize this, you can understand all the other lessons that you will learn over the course of your lifetime.

You are not "living on the outside".
You are not or should not be just "looking in".
You should be LIVING your life so that you can continue to learn what you need to do each and every day!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Make at home Frozen Peach Yogurt

I don't know how I missed this one, but I will be trying this one ... I mean it sounds delish!

Peachy Keen Frozen Yogurt
Serves 6



Ingredients

  • 3 cups frozen peach slices 
  • 5.3 oz. container peach-flavored Greek yogurt 
  • 1/4 cup sugar 
  • 3/4 cup milk 
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract 


Combine all ingredients in base of Quick Chef® Pro System.
Replace cover and turn handle until mixture is smooth and creamy.
Pour into a Freezer Mates® Small 2 (from Freezer Mates® Starter Set).

Cover and freeze until firm.
Let soften slightly before serving.


As always, I would love to by your Tupperware Connection, you can check out all the pieces on my Tupperware Site or you can jump onto my current party (link in upper right sidebar)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What you were meant to do

Sometimes when you see what people are trying to do, you think WHY?
You just think that it is the most ridiculous thing to even attempt because the odds are against them.

Well sometimes the "odds" just have no idea what you are capable of doing.  You need to stop letting others tell you what you can or can not do.
  
I have seen way too many people let the "odds" determine what they will attempt to do ....... this is for them.


You will never truly be happy if you change what you feel you are meant to do because others keep telling you the "odds" are against you .......... do it and then smile at them, because you were right!
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