4/29/10

The Shark Navigator!!


Ok guys I have to tell you that this is the most amazing vacuum ever!! Both Shannon and I own one but Shannon has had hers longer than I. I used the vacuum once in one room and it was already full. Gross huh, but the thing is I am a clean freak and I vacuum at least 3 times a week because of the kids, if not more. You know how it is, so imagine to my amazment when the vacuum was full after vacuuming my girls room which all they do is sleep in there. I thought what the heck was my old vacuum doing, apparently wasting electricity and my time!! I just thought you might want to know that I am sold on this vacuum and will never buy another one out there. The suction power is amazing and the vacuum is very lightweight. Shannon said hers still has the same suction as the first day she used it!! We actually bought our vacuum a couple weeks ago and I injured my shoulder and decided to open it because it is advertised as being lightweight, well it didn't bother my should and it got the job done right away. It is the only vacuum I have used that when I vacuum on a hard floor it doesn't spit everything out the back at my feet. You will fall in love with this vacuum I can promise that!!! It is small and moves around everything and fits under everything it is amazing!!

4/27/10

Ciabatta Bread

I found a recipe for Roast Beef Sandwiches in the May Taste of Home. It called for Ciabatta Bread so I decided to try to make Ciabatta. I found a recipe online and it turned out great! Everyone loved it so much it will definitely become a family favorite!
Step 1: Stir together 1/8 tsp yeast and 2 Tbsp warm water and let stand 5 minutes.

Step 2: Stir together yeast mixture (from step 1), 1/3 cup water, and 1 cup bread flour (I used reg. flour). Stir 4 minutes and then cover. Let stand for 12-24 hours.

Step 3: Mix 1/2 tsp yeast & 2 Tbsp warm milk (140 degrees). Let stand for 5 minutes.

Step 4: Mix milk mixture (from step 3),
sponge (step 1 & 2),
2/3 cup warm water,
1 Tbsp olive oil, and
2 cups flour
at low until just moistened.
Add 1 1/2 tsp salt and mix until smooth and elastic about 8 minutes.
Scrape dough into oiled bowl and cover with plastic. Let rise until doubles (about 1 1/2 hours).

Step 5: Turn onto well floured surface and divide into 2 pieces. Transfer each 1/2 to a piece of parchment paper. Form each into an irregular oval about 9" long. Dimple loaves with fingers and dust tops with flour. Cover with dampened towel. Let rise unto doubled (about 1 1/2 hours).

Step 6: 45 minutes before baking, place stone on the lowest rack of the oven and preheat oven to 425 degrees. When dough is ready to bake, slide dough with parchment onto stone.
(I placed the dough & parchment on a cutting board while rising. When ready, I easily slid the dough onto the baking stone. ) Bake for 20 minutes.

Pineapple Pork Stir-Fry

I found this recipe in the May issue of Taste of Home Magazine. I have a favorite stir-fry recipe but this one sounded good so I decided to try it. While it was cooking my husband and our children came into the kitchen asking "what smells so good." It tasted just as good as it smelled!
I made a few changes to the recipe--I didn't have pork tenderloin on hand so I made it with chicken. I also didn't have fresh broccoli so I used frozen broccoli.
There was a bit of a strong soy sauce taste so next time I am going to reduce the amount of soy sauce and increase the pineapple juice.

1 can (8 oz) unsweetened pineapple chunks, undrained
3 Tbsp cornstarch, divided
1 Tbsp plus 1/2 cup cold water, divided
3/4 tsp garlic powder
1 pork tenderloin (1 lb) cut into strips
1/2 cup soy sauce
3 Tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
2 Tbsp canola oil, divided
4 cups fresh broccoli florets
1 cup fresh baby carrots, cut in half lengthwise
1 small onion, cut into wedges
Hot cooked rice

Drain pineapple, reserving 1/4 cup juice; set aside. In a small bowl, combine 2 Tbsp cornstarch, 1 Tbsp water, garlic powder, and 1 Tbsp reserved pineapple juice. Pour into a large resealable bag; add pork. Seal bag and turn to coat.

In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, cayenne, and remaining water, cornstarch and reserved pineapple juice until smooth; set aside.

In a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat, stir fry pork in 1 Tbsp oil until no longer pink; remove and keep warm.

Stir fry broccoli, carrots and onion in remaining oil until tender. Stir cornstarch mixture and add to the pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Add pork and pineapple; heat through. Serve with rice.

4/9/10

Wheat!!

Keep an eye out for low priced wheat buckets on sale!! I remember a few years back when wheat was ridiculously priced. I just spotted it at Costco for 14.99 and Shannon told me this Caselot sale at Macey's it is 12.98. So go out and get your wheat now before it goes up again with all the natural disasters that are happening, "if ye are prepared ye shall not fear!!"

Tide Stain Release!

Ok so a few weeks ago Tide Stain Release was on sale at Albertsons for $5.99 and I had a $3 off coupon and you got a catalina if you bought so much so I decided to try it. I was an OxiClean fanatic and used that on all of my load of laundry stains or no stains. Well move out of the way OxiClean, Tide Stain Release is coming thru. Wow!! With OxiClean I had to soak my clothes for at least 30 min. it did get my whites white, but with the Tide I don't even have to soak, it even got avocado mostly out of one of my daughters shirts which is amazing!! So if you see a coupon and it goes on sale it is worth buying JUST SO YOU KNOW!! Now I still do spray my clothes with spray and wash just to be on the safe side but I always did with OxiClean too and I see that this product works great!!

4/7/10

Your Life Uncommon Giveaway

My friend, Amy Lindstrom of 'Your Life Uncommon', is having a BIG giveaway today. She is giving away a Cleaning Package from Don Aslett's Cleaning Supplies. Here is what is included in the giveaway:


We will be giving away TWO of DON ASLETT'S GREEN STARTER KITS! The items in each kit are valued at over $73 each! The kits are sold in stores for $39.95 until July 1st when the price will be $44.95. And we are GIVING AWAY TWO OF THEM! A different way to clean your home from top to bottom. The chemicals are non-toxic, biodegradable and have low of no V.O.C’s. Safer alternatives for you and the environment.
• 1 Quart Foam N Flush
• 1 Quart Tub N Tile
• 1 Tub N Tile Spray Bottle w/ Foaming Nozzle
• 1 Quart Max Clean
• 1 Max Clean Spray Bottle
• 3-Pack Window Cleaner (makes 3 quarts)
• Window Cleaner Spray Bottle
• Toilet Bowl Caddy—holds Johnny Mop and Foam N Flush
• 1 Heavy-Duty Johnny Mop
• Shaw’s Pad to remove hard water scale
• 1 Professional Grout & Crevice Tool
• 1 Large White Scrubber
• 2 Multi-Purpose Microfiber cloth
• 1 Ready-to-Use X-O+ Odor Neutralizer
• Cleaning Caddy

So, if you're in the mood for some Spring Cleaning, then you better head on over to Amy's blog: Your Life Uncommon and enter this great giveaway!