Monday, October 28, 2013

Here is a little freebie from a great group of people...

How about a free can opener, folks? Come on, I know you open cans now and then, we all do, so why not check this site out and grab a freebie?  Heck I know my money is tight, and I know I am always running to my drawer to find a can opener. These guys offer great quality products, and to actually get one  free is right up my alley, how about you? 

Here is the link to them...they are giving away a Free Can Opener, and while you are over there, at Candarellas, check out their other products.  They have everything your restaurant or kitchen may need...and maybe a few things you didnt even know existed! Anyhow, here is the link:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Caldarellas-Restaurant-Supply/436784499700171?sk=app_128953167177144

What a great way to start the day, with a freebie!!  Must be a sign of great things to come...

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Yes, dear readers, I am here...somewhat...

If you remember, I wrote, last, that I was taking care of a house full of sick family members...well, Junior is doing much better, an occasional sneeze here and there.  Hubby, well, he was doing better, but a quick change in the weather sent him back down to the bottom. As for me, I fought the good fight...but yesterday, going out to the parent teacher's conference yesterday (without a jacket) did me in.  Normally I am hot blooded and never wear a jacket, but this year turned from the dead of summer to the depths of fall in one days time...from 90 degree temps to mid 30s virtually overnight.  I am amazed not more people are turning up sick.  Yesterday, I went from feeling pretty good, like Junior I had an occasional sneeze, but nothing beyond that...last night, however, was a whole different story...I was sneezing like crazy, and coughing.  It made my back feel as if I had been kicked by a bull mule.  For those of you who aren't that familiar with me, I had reconstructive back surgery back in March. So, if you know anything about what back surgery feels like, you will know that sneezing will debilitate you instantly, faster than if  you had been shot by a gun.  And the major sneezing fits that I have been going thru has really put me flat on my back, literally.  At the moment I dont feel too awful bad, but I haven't started sneezing yet, and the day has not really started per se, it is still early.  I am still in agony from sneezing the past day and a half, so my pain meds will see the light of day quite often today I think.  I wish I was off these drugs, but days like today, make me happy I still have them at my beck and call.  I am not quite ready to drop the narcotics for the over the counter stuff just yet.

I will try and post some reviews and recipes a little later...let me get my go round of meds in my system first and get the day started and we will take baby steps from there.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A nice way to "whistle while you work " or workout for that matter

Hey, Readers!

How many of you love the old classic Disney movies? Ever been to Disneyland or Disneyworld? Did you leave singing one of the many Disney hits that we all grew up listening to?  Or that we still play for our little ones?

Do you whistle while you work? Do you use some of these old classics to work out to?..Do you sometimes play the old Disney classic songs to make the day go by faster?

I dont know how many of you hate turning on the tv just to have it as background noise, or to be a babysitter for our little ones...I know that describes me and many others that I know. 

Anyway, I digress...A new boxed set of Disney classics is being released as a box set...no not themovies that we all have already, but a boxed set of 90 movie songs like "whistle while you work" and many others...If you love all things Disney, this #DisneyClassicsBox set of 90+ songs is just for you! http://bit.ly/DCBoxSet

Preorder the #DisneyClassicsBox http://bit.ly/DCBoxSet & get a fab download from @alexgmusic7 & @PeterHollens!

I know this really made my day when I found out about it..If you dont want it for yourself, it will make a great Christmas present, especially since the holidays are right around the corner.

I know my little one is outside the Disney music tune age group, but I have caught him still humming a few of them without even realizing it...I know I do it.  My grandbaby would dearly love this...what about yours?

Why dont you go over and check them out?

Monday, October 21, 2013

I am here, readers, I haven't forgotten you.  It is a little hard to concentrate with two sick boys at the house, hubby and jr were both sick over the weekend.  I cant believe the school is making them dress out in shorts and tshirts for PE outside, when the temps have been barely over 55 degrees for two full weeks...no wonder Jr. feels like crap.  Poor baby could barely hold his head up on saturday, spent most of the day in bed.  But he sure had an appetite when it came to meal time, good thing I had made extra the night before. 

Is anyone having trouble with wisdom teeth? I think Jr's wisdom teeth are coming in, and he has been miserable for the past week...i hope he doesnt go thru the trouble I had, I had to have all four wisdom teeth and three molars pulled at the same time...I was in agony for a month while it all healed.

Oh well lots of tylenol and advil on hand.

I have lots of recipes and reviews to post for you all...let me get my head back on straight and will get them out to you all, ASAP.

Thanks for sticking with me

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

product review

While shopping the pasta aisle, at my local Walmart, (as you saw in my last review) I found those mini dried ravioli..Well, I also found something else that ended up being a real go to treasure.  The product is put out by Gia Russa. These are a product of Italy, they are mini gnocchi with potato.  They feel like little erasers, not totally dried, just dried enough to be shelf stable. 

Add these little treasures to some salted, boiling water, and let simmer for ten minutes or so, and you have a fantastic dinner.  Serve with your favourite sauce and dust with some parmesan cheese.  I actually made these and served them with that pumpkin sauce/soup that I posted the recipe for a few days ago.  These were loved by everyone in my family, and I definitely plan to stock up on these when I go back to the store.  These little packages make storing easy, stackable, and easy to find on a shelf...

These are perfect for nights when you dont know what to make, or when you are out and about and dont feel like making a big meal, or if you are too sick to cook a big meal, your family can grab a package of these and some pasta sauce and they have a great meal without making you drag yourself out of bed to cook!

Or if you know a sick friend, and you want to make them a get well basket, grab a big jar of pasta sauce and some packages of these and those dried ravioli, and a container of parmesan....your sick friend will be forever greatful!

Monday, October 14, 2013

adios balloons, hello new product review

Yesterday was the final day of balloon fiesta. It is going to be sad not seeing the skies flooded with balloons...almost like the nighttime skies are filled with stars, thats what it is like looking at the morning skies dotted with balloons.  Every shape and style and size imaginable.  If you have never  seen it before, you need to check out www.balloonfiesta.com ...if it isnt on your bucket list yet, it is definitely something you need to add.

Here is a new product that is worth more than a second glance...when you next go shopping, and you are walking down the pasta aisle, check out a little blue bag on the shelf, put out by Cora Bella, this little package packs a wallop!  Mini Mezzaluna 4 cheese Ravioli.  They are dried tiny ravioli, that you put in water to rehydrate.  In ten to fifteen minutes, you have a fantastic main course for dinner.  Just add your own sauce and some grated parmesan cheese and serve it up.  Great for nights you want a quick meal or when you are just too tired to prepare a big meal.  The price is right also, it is only about $2.50 per bag. You seriously cant go wrong with this one!  Great for serving one or two people. I bought two bags and it quite handily served 4 people. 

Let's just say I cant wait to get back to the store to stock up on this product.  Sure beats having to make room for big cans of ravioli that barely feeds my family and take up so much cabinet space!
Definitely 4 out of 5 stars for me!!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Ahhh....Balloon Fiesta time again

Sitting here watching the hot air balloons fill the air for Balloon Fiesta here in New Mexico.  Next year we may go down to Albuquerque on the special shapes rodeo day...but I hope when we go, the weather holds out.  The balloons were grounded yesterday because of high winds, but the still gave everyone a good show, they all inflated and stayed on the ground, so you still got to see all the special shapes.

There is nothing like a beautiful clear blue sky, crisp cool fall air, and balloons going up as the sun comes over the Sandia mountains...a true sign of the beginning of fall.

If you have a bucket list, put this on it, it is something you truly have to see for yourself.  This weekend I will be posting photos both here and on facebook.  Anyone wanting to see what we witness every year, can come look at my pictures.

The only thing that has marred the fiesta this year is the fact that at least two people were seriously injured.  One balloon hit power lines just down the street from where I live, one of the passengers in that gondola was so severely burned that he lost one of his arms and the others in the group were also badly burned.  The day prior, on wednesday, one of the gondolas apparently had a rough landing and an elderly woman inside broke her leg.  So as you can see, even tho there is so much beauty, there is always some beastly elements involved as well.

Will try to go out tomorrow morning, and see if I cant capture more of these beautiful teardrops and special shapes as they fill the skies...keep your fingers crossed!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Review: Realm of Darkness (Haunted house)

Hello again, dear readers!

My family and I, all went to a haunted house last night, to get us in the mood for Halloween (of course, anyone that knows me, knows I dont need to get into the Halloween mood, I am there 24/7-365).  We had seen ads for Realm of Darkness, and decided to go and check it out.  What a blast!

They took over the old Mervyn's store at Cottonwood Mall.  Upon entering the site, we saw what appeared to be a Halloween costume store,reminiscent of what we saw when we go to SpiritHalloween.  The only difference is that this group seemed much cheaper and there were not all the animatronic figures and scare tactic items, it mainly contained some haunted house halloween items like miniature hanging figures, skeletons, zombie signage, etc. For the most part they carried costumes, accessories, and such.  I was very impressed by their selections.  Next year we will definitely be going back to shop there for our costumes.

After we meandered thru all the aisles of goodies, we made our way back to the ticket booth for the haunted house.

On Sundays, the haunted house opens at 4pm.  So, we got our tickets and waited for the doors to open.  Our son had never gone to a "real" haunted house before, other than the one his elementary school put on for the kids...not one like this.  He had only seen such things on tv, he was really chomping at the bit to get started...but that quickly changed once we got inside.  He heard all the screams, hysterical laughter and "jump out and scare the life out of you" characters that were hiding in all the shadows and play acting various roles inside the haunted maze of rooms. 

It was all dark and scary, temporary walls lead to dead ends, lots of twists and turns, and crazies hiding in every shadow...thankfully I have very good night vision, so I could see what most people could not, and I did not scream every time someone jumped out of the shadows at us.  There were a lot of great scares.  I did, however, jump when someone on the other side of the wall would bang, with full force, to make the portraits smack against the wall in protest. 

The haunted house had great props and great makeup covered actors.  I can see why it was called Realm of Darkness.  That is good in some respects for the "scare tactics" but not so good for the safety issues.  Let yourself be forewarned...if you are going to check this haunted house out, wear good shoes, dont wear sandals, or slippery soled flats...wear fully enclosed shoes with good gripping soles.  There are some uneven floor issues that could be real fall hazards, as I was wearing ballet flats, with slick bottoms, and I jarred my knee and back pretty badly when the floor became uneven and slick in some areas. 

I know they dont want to lose the scare factor that the darkness provides, but to be honest, if they dont want more people hurt, they should put blacklight along the walkways or glowsticks of some sort, so that people can watch the floor as they are walking.  And there are some areas that it was real easy to get "lost" in, which is great in a haunted house, but not so good when you have to rely on one of the staff to help lead you out of, because it is SO dark that you cant even feel along the wall to find the next room, etc.  Just minor little details they should take into consideration...

All in all, this was a fantastic event, our son, tho he said he didnt get "very" scared, sure had a good grip on me (I think i still have nail marks in my arm LOL)...he handled it very well.  A great time was had by all!

The great thing about this haunted house is that the money they take in is given partially to the actors, which are high school children and adult volunteers, and (if I heard correctly) the rest of the money goes to local schools.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Pumpkins pumpkins everywhere...

Yup, can you guess that I love pumpkins?  Not just decorating with them but eating (and drinking)them as well. 

Here is a fantastic drink that I came up with today:
Pumpkin Latte (reminiscent of Starbucks)

1/4 cup (or more) pumpkin puree or pumpkin pie filling
4 cups milk (I use 1% milk)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
6 tbsp instant coffee
2 cups hot water
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla

Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan, stirring to combine.  Bring to a boil. Take off heat. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream, mini marshmallows or marshmallow cream.


Last night I made cheese and spinach tortellini for dinner.  It doesn't come with a sauce so I decided to get really creative. I am tired of the same old tomato based pasta sauce, so I decided to come up with something different.  The sauce I came up with could easily be made into a soup as well.

Pumpkin and Herb Pasta Sauce

2 cups milk (I use 1% milk)
1/2 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 of a large onion, diced small
1/8 cup grated parmesan/romano cheese blend
1 tbsp chicken bouillion
1 tsp italian seasoning
1 cup water
1/4 frozen chopped spinach
1 tbs chopped hatch green chili

Mix all ingredients together till blended. Bring to a boil.  Serve as a soup or serve over pasta.

I will be posting the recipe for that fantastic apple pie that I made, yes, it turned out fantastic...no leftovers!


Friday, October 4, 2013

Sorry for not getting back to y ou all sooner, but I had a house full of not so healthy people this past week and I finally got them better, back on their feet and out the door.  Now I can get back to my writing.

Something else I will be posting from time to time are tips, cost cutting ideas, substitution lists, home remedies and cleaning products you can make at home.

I will try and get back to you later tonight with some new recipes and some reviews.

Annamarie