Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I hope it's not Good Bye

I love all of the people who have chosen to follow my blog.  I really, really do!  I'm honored you thought enough of me, the content of my blog, or just liked looking at the cuteness of it all (heehee).  For whatever reason, I sincerely thank you!

In case you haven't heard, Google Friend Connect is going away as of March 1st and, Because you won't be able to see me in your Blogger Dashboard anymore, I'd be honored if you would consider subscribing in another way!

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Thank you Proctor and Gamble!

Attention Publix Shoppers! From February 23–29 you can participate in P&G’s “One List Life” promotion, available exclusively at Publix: simply select any four fabulous participating P&G items and pick up a FREE Rotisserie Chicken while you’re at it! Learn more at

Proctor and Gamble gave me an early birthday present. Ok, maybe they didn't single me out, and maybe, just maybe they didn't know that my birthday was March 4th (a-hem!) and...well, maybe it's for everybody, but I'm no less excited. They have teamed with Publix in "One List Life" promotion. This is exciting for me, because I already use P&G products and all I needed to do was buy four of their products (which, I might add was already on my shopping list) and I got a free rotisserie chicken! That's a $7.39 savings people!

When I heard about this deal, I got right on facebook and told my friends, (I'm a good friend. I share good news); and then begged them not to go to "my" Publix and get all their free chickens there until I had gotten mine. LOL. (Thank goodness there are 3 within a 10 mile radius of my house.) Seriously! Can you believe it? P&G teamed with Publix to give me a free chicken for buying four products that I already needed to get. There's a list of the participating products on P&G's website
Check it out. You don't need a coupon to get the chicken. (can you tell I'm excited???)

Oh! And if you are a coupon clipper, or even if you're not, if you still have the January 29th P&G brandSAVER coupon insert from the paper, there are coupons in there for Tide, Charmin, Pampers, Bounty, Iams, Pantene and Cascade. You can even stack those on top of the in-store savings! (Can I get a Woot! Woot!) That gave me even greater savings. See?

Though not in the list of products to buy in the One List Life promo, I also bought Mr. Clean which is a P&G product because it was time to make more multi-surface cleaning wipes. I just love the scent of this one
It has such a nice, fresh scent. Anyway, it's very simple and easy to make your own. Take a roll of Bounty (I use Bounty because it is stronger) and cut that roll in half. An electric knife works best, but if you don't have one, that's ok, just use a serrated one. It won't look pretty but you can trim it with scissors if you have a hang-up about those things. (Uh, I trimmed mine) Put it in a plastic container with a lid. Doesn't matter what. I used this old thing that I've had since the 80's. It's my dedicated homemade wipes container.

Don't worry about taking out that cardboard center yet, just pour in about half a bottle of the Mr. Clean. When it's good and saturated, the cardboard center will be easy to just pull out.
Then you can pull your paper, wipes, from the middle. Like pop-ups. I like having these under the sink to pull out for quick wipes. I even keep another container in the bathroom.
As you can see, the bottle will take care of two rolls.

Thank you to P&G for sponsoring my participation in this “One List Life” promotion. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Mock Devonshire cream for scones

My cousin’s wife (and a member of my other blog, Real Women Eat) is having a baby.  So the family threw her a baby shower tea a couple weeks ago.  I was asked to bring the cream for the scones.  Perfect!  I have just the recipe!
I can be a snob when it comes to sweets.  Ask anyone that knows me well.  I didn’t even eat my own wedding cake because I don’t do “store bought” cakes.  Sad, I know. 
But I’m not a mean-girl snob.  I just don’t want to waste caloric intake on something I don’t love.  I know.   I know.
Back to the cream.  You probably already know this, but real Devonshire cream only comes from the milk of cows in Devon, England.  Hence, the name of this recipe… Mock Devonshire Cream.   Some recipes I’ve seen call for adding sour cream, which I don’t like the taste of in my cream (see above reference to snobbery).  This doesn’t call for that.

Mock Devonshire Cream
6 ounces cream cheese, softened
6-8 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
1 pint heavy whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Beat cream cheese until fluffy.  Beat in confectioners’ sugar until smooth.  Add whipping cream and beat on medium speed until combined, then beat on high until stiff peaks form
Refrigerate until serving.    This yields about 6.5 cups.  If that’s too much, you can half this recipe.
It’s really easy to make your own.  Never, ever use Cool Whip type topping.  That’s just wrong. (Again, see reference to snobbery above. )  Because making your own whipped cream is as simple as beating heavy cream, or whipping cream, with a hint of confectioners’ sugar until it becomes stiff.  No other chemicals, and the satisfaction of being able to say “I make it myself”.
I didn't make these scones.  Who knew, but Publix actually makes scones!  LOL.  However, if you'd like to try something that this cream would be great  on, how about these Strawberry Scones, or this would be heavenly on Fresh Peach Muffins  (just click on the recipe names)

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Caramel Apple Muffins

Because it was a dreary day, I decided to go through my recipe notebooks for something new to try.
and decided on Caramel Apple Muffins. I like apples, and I like....make that love... caramel so it was a no-brainer. I think they're best served warm while the caramel is still gooey. I saved two for hubby, and of course I had to try one, er... two. And then I boxed up the rest for hubby to take to work with him to share.

Since I couldn't share them with you to taste, I'll share the recipe and you can make 'em yourself. How's that?

Fresh Caramel Apple Muffins

2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 cup milk (I used evaporated, but I think buttermilk would be fantastic)
1/4 cup melted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped, peeled tart apples (granny smith)
12 caramels, chopped

1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup quick-cooking oats
3 Tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl.
Whisk the egg, milk, butter and vanilla and stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
Fold in the apples and caramels.
Fill paper-lined muffin cups 3/4 full.
Combine the topping ingredients; sprinkle over batter.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to wire rack. Best served warm

Note: You should watch the time when baking these. Either my oven is wonky, or something, but mine were done before the suggested time. I would check at 15 minutes, and then gauge it from there.
Also, while still kind of warm, I'd remove that paper lining. Those melted caramels will make it stick and when it cools you'll either never get that paper off, or you'll mutilate your poor muffin... unless of course you like added fiber (i.e., paper!!) in your diet. LOL


Friday, February 3, 2012

Valentine Sachet Heart

How about a little trip down memory lane with a couple of crafty Valentine tutorials?

These Valentine'scrafts were shared two years ago, but since then there have been new friends on that I thought I'd resurrect a couple of Valentine crafts from two years ago...just in case you haven't had time to go through my whole blog posts.

Just click on the pictures to be taken to the individual posts. Have fun!

and this one --- Heart wreath



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