I love this new devotional called Devotions from the Garden. It truly does help find peace and rest in a hurried life. At the moment I live in an apartment with no real gardens. I miss when I was recently a home owner a year & half ago. I had a wonderful lush green back yard with trees and a little garden. I even had a separate Colonial style garden as well. I had lots of colorful flowers. I would sit in my gardens and think & pray. It was always my peaceful place and would refresh me like no other place. I felt closer to God when in nature. When I was given the opportunity to review this book it was every thing I had hoped. It combined scripture in with real life issues with help to show the way and slow us down. It also used a lot of parables & painted pictures of how gardens, growing, & the gardening process parallels real life. As I dig into this devotional daily, I get the same feeling again as I used to in my own little gardens spending time with God. It helps bring me back to that place of peace & refreshes. The photos in this devotional are stellar and some of the most amazing out door photos I have ever seen and they shine such glory on Gods vibrant creations. I highly recommend this book! I also award this devotional my Homemaker-Mom Seal of Approval!
I love learning new things. Recently I was researching what benefits we can have by taking vitamin D supplements. I wanted to share with you some of my discoveries. Did you know that vitamin D can be difficult for the body to absorb from most food? If you take 2,000-3,000 IU daily( adult dose) of ( the most absorbent) D-3 it can make all the difference. Or get some sun! Getting enough sunlight will give you a natural source of D-3. Or eat some fatty fish. Eating some fatty meat when you take your D-3 supplement will help you absorb it better too!
Be careful because some medications can decrease your absorption of vitamin D
I hope you have enjoyed this simple guide of the wonders of Vitamin D
I was given the chance to review Red Baron Brick Oven Pizza by BzzAgent. So I did. Every Friday is Pizza Friday at our house so it was perfect timing to try it out. I went to our local Wal-mart to pick it and looked for the brick oven on the cover of the box. My family loves pizza but is picky. So the expectations where already high. Well I was impressed first by the ingredients I saw on the box. It's all real stuff I saw no fake cheese or meats & bleached flour to scare this mom away. So later in the evening test tasting came and the family loved it. My teens loved it the most! They are picky and the fact they love this pizza it was a keeper in this family! I myself do not eat much pizza but I will be eating when I buy this because the taste was fantastic and did not taste like a boxed pizza. It tasted just like it came from the brick oven to our plate!
In the Summer there are some days we simply do not want to cook because of the heat and if we do cook we do not want to cook for long over a hot stove. I am going to show you a tasty fast easy Summer time meal perfect for those days. I will highlight below some products for this meal to make your dinner yummy but easy!
The mashed potatoes only takes a full 4 minutes to cook in the microwave. While that was cooking I chopped some raw carrot sticks. Use the carrot sticks or what ever veggies you want with the Hormel Snackers Spinach & Artichoke Dip! This dip is ready in just minutes. I liked trying it out by drizzling on my carrots. And the Llyod's Pulled Pork only took 2 minutes to cook in the microwave in a glass bowl. We added our favorite bbq sauce. Now this was my first time trying Llyod's Pulled Pork, the Hormel mashed potatoes and the Spinach & Artichoke dip. My family loved all of the above. It was a super fast hit. The great thing is it only took less than ten minutes to make and I was out of the kitchen! You just can't beat the great summer taste as we found in Llyod's Bbq and Hormel's fully loaded mashed potatoes in that time frame of less than ten minutes. The best part is the quality of all the products shown here are top notch. Hormel prides them selves with making things as natural as they can and is constantly on a mission to reduce sodium in their products. So truly all of these products will earn my Homemaker-Mom Seal of Approval for quality, ease & taste! So happy to find another EASY meal for my family.
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I love chicken & rice. There is so many ways to make it. But I have found a great low sodium way that is still packed with so much flavor.
You boil your chicken to make a stock
Shred your chicken
Leave chicken out
Bring your stock back to a boil and add your rice
Add your desired amount of Herbox Sodium Free Chicken Bouillon
Add pepper & parsley
If you want a more creamer chicken & rice add a can of low sodium cream of chicken to it as well other wise it is great alone with Herbox
Add your chicken back in once your rice is cooked
I have been using Herbox Sodium Free for years. It tastes great in so many recipes. It even tastes great in veggies like green beans & such. I love adding a pack to my pot of potatoes too! I love that it is sodium free & gluten free.
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The Hormel Extended Family Blogger box is in! It's time to show you what was in it for June. I like sharing with you each month what I have received and how I use Hormel's products during the month. I do get it free but all thoughts are my very own.
Some of these products like the Herbox Sodium Free Chicken Bouillon & the Skippy Singles Cups are old family favorites for us already but the other products we have not yet tired. So it will be excited to discover them and share my findings with you & also show you an example of how we use our old favorites.
Now meanwhile visit Hormel to find awesome new products and great recipes for your household!
Also I wanted to point out that Hormel's Corporate Responsibility Report is out. You can view that HERE. I was impressed with Hormel's goals in the areas of environment, products, & communities.
You can also view a re- cap of their recent Twitter Chat on it all ( look for me I was quoted)
I am so excited to share with you my latest product review. This product is right up my ally with it's all natural and super healthy properties! I received the night time tea bags, the day time tea & strawberry infuser.
I wanted a gentle detox and Skinny Teatox was just the answer. This was a 14 day detox. I will first tell you more details of how a 14 day teatox will help you if you chose to do it too.
A 14 Day Teatox Help You With:
-Increase energy levels
All the ingredients in Skinny Teatox are 100% natural. There are no chemicals or preservatives. Gluten free. GMO free. Nut free.
I took the Skinny Teatox in the morning. I used the Skinny Teatox tea bags every other evening. They say only do the evening one every other night because of certain herbs that are in it. Also during this teatox detox you should drink lots of water and exercise. I did not do either of those as I should. But I will tell you I still saw results with this 14 day period. I lost 3 pounds! Amazing if you ask me. I also feel better. It did not upset my stomach in any way and it actually tasted fabulous! And, I think the strawberry infuser is just adorable. I am awarding Skinny Teatox my Homemaker-Mom Seal of Approval for an outstanding product. I think if you are looking for an all natural super easy to do detox this would be perfect!
Visit Skinny Teatox to see all the wonderful varieties of tea programs that they have for you to choose from.
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Ok ladies. I pondered on if I should share this post or not. It is simply showing my messy cabinet and what I did with it. It is nothing amazing by no means and not Pinterest worthy. But in this Pinterest perfect era with live in where some of us ( Ahhem....me) feel the pressure of blogging perfect projects and prefect pictures I decided to do a series where it is not Pinterest worthy or perfect looking ON PURPOSE! Heck I didn't even use the same size labels nor care how perfect my hand writing was on the labels you will see below. Deep down you see I am a perfectionist. It is something I try not to let control me but me control it! So anyhow, I will give you a peek into my messy cabinet & how I frugally handled the mess. I want to be real in my sharing lol. No fake and no staged pretty pretties.
Here is my mess all pulled out of the cabinet. It has not been cleaned out since we moved in this apartment a year and a half ago! There was actually more stuff than is shown here. A lot was stuffed in those tiny shelves of that corner cabinet. I typically housed tea items, coco,drink mixes & baking supplies in there. Some of the stuff I found in there expired back in 2012! What!
I wanted some way to organize what I didn't throw out from the purging and I wanted to do it cheaply. So I headed to the good ol' Dollar Tree. They had these cute deep containers. They also had some cute matching little lock lid boxes to go with it. So all for only 8 dollars I got all I needed. After pulling all of the junk out I washed the inside of the cabinets well too.
I used the little lock lid boxes for random herbal pre-sealed tea bags of different assortments. I used the second one for random different types of sugar packets I had. I used all the boxes to break up each category to organize all the items in groups for easy & fast grabbing without digging.
I loved these boxes because I could use them as pull out drawers. I put all the ones in the back of the cabinet we do not use so often and placed the top 3 categories we use towards the front for easy fast retrieval. And for 8 bucks full all of it was not bad, not bad at all.
Does it look perfect? Nope. But it is way more functional than all that junk crammed in there was. It was a nightmare trying to go in that tiny thing to get something and you would have to dig for it. My family has now thanked me a few times for this new improvement this week already. And,really that's what it is all about, making this house more functional & enjoyable for them.
I love the options our local Dollar Tree offers in affordable organizational tools! It helps us homemakers to save & make our job fun. I highly recommend going through your forgotten cabinets and throwing out what is no longer any good and organizing them with these cute affordable containers!
My son loves peanut butter. He wanted a cake with peanut butter icing. But to be honest I have not seen any pre-made at my store. So I experimented. I added half a jar of Skippy Natural Creamy Peanut Butter with Honey to a can of cream cheese icing. I simply mixed really well. My son was standing by to taste test it. He flipped. He loved it! I loved it too. It was amazing. Who knew peanut butter in cream cheese would taste so good. It was the perfect icing to our pudding cake mix!
I hope this gives you a new idea to try, if you like peanut butter. The peanut butter with honey was the perfect touch for a cake.
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Today is a super busy day. I will not have time to make dinner later. So that's where my trusty slow cooker comes in! Just a few simple ingredients later and I have a meal in the making while I am busy doing other things! I share with you meals as I go along in my family life and this was one that is one of our go to family meals for years when in a hurry. I just have to share!
Here is what you will need for a large crock pot: ( we make enough to feed a family of 4 and have left overs)
It is so super easy to make this. I love the fact I can use Hormel canned chicken breast in a jiffy and be on my way rather than to wait to cook the chicken. I do not have time some days for that! You can even add some Spanish rice to it if you want as well to the soup. We top with sour cream, Mexican blended cheese & serve with corn chips.
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Today I bring you this fabulous little giveaway by Peggy Hill Crafts. She does amazing work. She donated these items for you to win today. You get two summer flower dish cloths and one pocket buddy!
Peggy Hill Crafts takes custom orders. If you see anything in Pinterest that strikes your fancy she can do it. Visit her Pinterest page to take a look at some of the things she can recreate for you! Here is her page. Simply email her with your request. I promise you she will do quality work for cheaper than most. She is a stay at home mom of teens and crochet is her passion. I personally own some of her great items and they are durable and amazing.
I just love her pocket buddies. I currently have one myself that I use to store business cards in.
Be sure to visit her Pinterest page and tell me something you like here in the comments at the blog.
Each comment is an entry to win all the above items!
Contest winner chosen by random drawing in 6 days. Winner will be notified by email.
I just read Motivate Your Child. It is a Christian parents guide to to raising kids to do what they need to without being told. I have older kids. Age 20 & 15. I so wish this book was out when they where young. But this book is good for all ages age 1-19! Most parents are using approaches that are asking the wrong questions of life & they do not even realize it. Kids need internal motivation not external. I had read a lot of parenting books but this one seems to get to the root of issues realistically. It shines a new & better perspective on heart issues of any aged child & how to address them for overall better outcome of their actions. It states " God designed the conscience to help guide the heart in the right direction. But the conscience is incomplete without the spiritual leadership of the holy spirit inside.Faith development in children is strategic for building moral thinking and for recognizing that the internal promptings they experience fit into a bigger picture of God's work in the world and in people's hearts." It shows different scenarios all throughout the ages & stages of a child and how to deal with it at the root in a Biblical longer lasting approach. I It truly helps parents to teach Philippians 2;3-4 with success. No parent is perfect but our Abba father is and with the Godly wisdom shared in this book it will equip. I am so happy to have this book to review as my girl is 15 and coming into new issues & dealing with some old that the timing of this book is amazing and is already working in her life. I want to guide her on the right path and not the path of self. I highly recommend this book to any parent of any child.
Scott Turansky has been a pastor and missionary for more than 33 years and is an author of several books. In addition to pastoring full time, Scott also conducts parenting seminars on Saturdays around the United States (http://www.effectiveparenting.org/). He is the cofounder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting (www.biblicalparenting.org) and has co-authored four books.
Joanne Miller is a pediatric nurse with 26 years of experience and the cofounder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting. She is the coauthor of seven parenting books.
Ok my husband and I was wanting to create something amazing with the Spam Jalapeno we had. He loves jalapeno's! So we created Spam's Benedict! It had an interesting kick to it that was an awesome change from your typical Eggs Benedict!
The how to:
I will list them in order as you should do it and build your creation
Total cook time ten minutes
This fast meal is simple and elegant. The Jalapeno Spam gives it just the right kick of extra flavor. But of course you could use any Spam!
I received the Spam product as a Hormel Extended Family Blogger. All thoughts are my very own.
Spamerican Tour is hitting 12 major cities! Visit Spam.com/tour to see if they are coming near you! They have partnered with Food Network. Go check out the fun!
I have blogged about our Taco Tuesday before. But Taco Tuesday is one of our favorite meals of the week, so I want to share this past weeks dinner! I hope this makes your mouth water and inspire you in cooking.
To make our chicken soft tacos I used Herdez Mexican Cooking Sauce, Red Guajillo Chile. Most use this sauce in shrimp but it can also be used in chicken. It tastes amazing. My kids had never had it before and loved it. It is not a hot sauce by no means which I love yet it was spicy tasty! I also used Herdez soft flour tortillas.
You simply cook your chopped chicken pieces in the pan coated with olive oil first then add your Herdez cooking sauce. Just warm it up as you toss in the chicken no need to cook a long time.
Add your pre-cooked rice with fresh cilantro.
Add black beans
Garnish with low fat sour cream & or cheese
This meal is sure to please!
I received the Herdez products as a Hormel Extended Family Blogger all thoughts are my very own!
Today I would love to share with you a great air freshener alternative. This new design by Renuzit was made to accent your home decor as well as give a long-lasting aroma. I am seriously enjoying my sample I received as a Purex Insider for free to test. It fits lovely into my little home with my home decor style. I love the fresh scent! It is not over powering. It truly enhances my living room.
Renuzit Pearl ( New) Scents come in:
If you are looking for great odor neutralizer that is long lasting yet cute... this is it. It is currently my favorite air freshener! I hate spraying air sprays that's just not good to breath in. This solves the problem. Be sure to comment below for a chance to win your own Pearl Scents by Renuzit.
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