Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Shrimp Recipe

Hey everybody!  I posted this lucious sauteed shrimp recipe on Real Women Eat today.   So please be sure to swing on by there and pick up a super-simple-easy recipe for this shrimp dish here

See you soon!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

PRAYER REQUEST TUESDAY

This is the day set aside for prayer for you.
If you have a prayer request, please list it in the comments below. You don't have to give any information you don't feel comfortable with (a simple "unspoken" comment is sufficient).

If you would like to pray, please pray for the comment above yours.
Also, if you would like to share a "praise" for a blessing you have received, please feel free to list those also! I'd love to hear of it so we can rejoice with you.


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

My life

SweetJeanette (3)
This past weekend we spent going through my husband’s grandmother’s estate.  While there were many larger items her other grandchildren were going through, and things already spoken for, my attention was more in her sewing room.
Grandma Ruth used to own her own shop.  I didn’t know her back then, and my husband and I have been together 31 years.   In her modest home, in one of her spare bedrooms, she still had the sewing equipment from those days.  There were monster machines of all types  I couldn’t even begin to know how to operate. But she did.   One of the machines was an old electric sewing machine that was in a gorgeous old, and well worn, cabinet.  I was lucky enough to get that.  Inside were gobs and gobs of buttons.  It was obvious that a lot of these buttons were saved from old clothes.  Just snipped off of the piece of clothing, so as not to waste. 
SweetJeanette (7)
I just loved these old metal bobbins.
SweetJeanette (6)
One question I kept hearing from different people as I wandered from room to room “when I’m gone, I wonder what they’ll see of mine”.  I hadn’t really thought about that before, but seeing how I kept hearing it… It made me wonder , what will they conclude about my life when they go through my “things”.
What will my possessions say about me “when I’m gone” ? Will they wonder when they see my quilt collection, my teacup and teapots, my dust (threw that in to see if you were paying attention)…will they say “she sure put a lot of stock in “stuff”, or will they see a home that loved, cared for and prayed for others?  Do my possessions accurately describe the “me” I am?

Be Sweet

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

PRAYER REQUEST TUESDAY

This is the day set aside for prayer for you.
If you have a prayer request, please list it in the comments below. You don't have to give any information you don't feel comfortable with (a simple "unspoken" comment is sufficient).

If you would like to pray, please pray for the comment above yours.

Also, if you would like to share a "praise" for a blessing you have received, please feel free to list those also! I'd love to hear of it so we can rejoice with you.


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Newton’s Fruit Thins review

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Newtons Fruit Thins…yum!
Have you seen these?  Tried ‘em?   I received a bag of  Newton Fruit Thins in the mail to try and saved them for “girls night in” Tuesday night (so they could help me in my own little “taste test”). 
I was in love at first bite!  Seriously.  One of the ladies said “tastes like you wish the Happy Meal cookies tasted”. 
I worried “what if I don’t like them”?   My mother always quoted to me “better to have a good name that fine riches”… so I couldn’t in good conscience endorse something I didn’t absolutely love.  I’m happy to say my fears vanished at first bite!
There are other flavors too, but the bag I received was the Cranberry Citrus Oat Fruit thins.  You could taste a hint of citrus, and see actual dried cranberries in it.  It’s not a sickening-syrup-sweet cookie (which I appreciate!)  Very crisp and tastes refreshing.  Three cookies equal 140 calories and 8 grams of whole grains.
I was going to save the rest of the cookies to have a “party” with my nieces and nephew and “use” them to do another taste test from a kid’s perspective but they were so good, I actually ate the rest!  (sorry kids!)
I would definitely buy these again.  The are that good!  Don’t take my word for it though, get your own bag. 

*I received a free product from One2One Network for review purposes.  I did not receive any form of compensation from the company.  All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.  I would not endorse any product or idea that I do not believe in and have tried myself.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Chillin’ for some Grillin’ Guest Post from Cris Goode

I have a treat for you today!  My guest is Cris from GOODEness Gracious!  Cris and I met on Twitter.  She’s an avid freezer cook.. and just cute as a button too! You’re going to love her post!  She’s an avid “freezer cook” and has given us a wealth of information and very helpful tips.  Please enjoy, and welcome, my friend Cris!

Hello Sweet Jeanette Readers!

This is Cris—the FREEZE-O-RAMA Mama over at GOODEness Gracious where we like to cook up GOODe food with a side of life ;).

Miss Jeanette and I met over our love for freezer cooking on Twitter. So, when she said she would like some guest posts, I knew just what to write about.

In my GOODe old days of freezer cooking at my house, I would set aside 1-2 days and do it up right, packing my freezer full and reaping the rewards all month. However, truth be told, life has just gotten too busy lately to be able to tackle full on freezer cooking days at my house…

That is why I am so excited that summer is finally here.

The other day- while I prepared dinner for that night- I stocked my freezer up several treats for my grill without having to go into full out FREEZE-O-RAMA mode. It felt so good to have a stocked freezer again and even better that I didn’t spend hours I didn’t have in the kitchen with a month’s worth of cooking!

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First up I grabbed a 4 lb pork loin from Aldis. It cost me $10. But before I was done, I had turned that into $1.67 per family sized meal. I took half of the loin and cut it into boneless chops and set them aside to prepare for freezer marinades.

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The other half I placed in the crockpot for that night’s dinner: Zippy Shredded Pork—YUM!

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After dinner that night, we had enough left for lunch the next day…

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And another family sized portion for the freezer. One freezer meal down… whew.

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While my Shredded Pork was cookin’ up, I divided the boneless chops into three baggies.

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Then I pulled out my secret weapons… salad dressing!

Sure, I love all kinds of marinades and even whipped up a batch of Aunt Mary’s Mary-nade (a staple for our grill) for one of these baggies, but mama’s crunched on time and these flavors will be perfect for my meat to marinade in while thawing before making their way to the grill.

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Just pick some of your favorite flavors like Balsamic Vinaigrette, Asian Sesame, Caesar Italian and pour about 1 cup in with your meat before freezing.

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Force all of the air out of the bag and mix well.

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Within a couple of minutes you have several distinct meals awaiting your grill for just the right time.

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Another freezer favorite is to pre-make and pre-season our hamburger patties and freeze them individually by layering them between sheets of Press and Seal.

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For us that just means pressing them out in a hamburger press and seasoning them with Lawry’s and pepper. However, if you like onion in your burgers, you could add that here too.

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We pop these babies in the freezer and they are great for lunch for one or unexpected company for 10!

You just pop the patties on the grill frozen—just like you do the store bought ones, just a lot cheaper and a lot less fat since I used the lower fat beef.

So, within an hour, I had my freezer stocked with 4 pork meals and 2-3 family portions of burgers.

Now all I need to do some similar marinades with chicken to take care of our grill.

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Other than that, I will just whip up a batch of our Seasoned Ground Beef to take a lot of the work out of quick meals like of Spaghetti, Beef Stroganoff, Mom’s Patio Beans, Texas Ranch Soup and/or Deep Dish Pizza and we will be all set.

How about you? What do you like to chill for your grill?

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Sobering Sugar Facts

Someone sent these pics in an email to my hubby, who in turn sent them to me (being that I'm all "count-those-carbs-cut-that-sugar of late)  So I have no idea where they originated.  Looking at these common items in light of how many sugar cubes they equate to, is... well, sobering to say the least!   I'll just let the pics speak for themselves...





(Bananas are one of my faves, but really???!)





























Tempted to make your next meal just water?   I am.  Ok, not really. 


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