Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Thank goodness for youtube ! Hey if you have been doing that whole post everyday in Novemeber on Facebook something you are grateful for this year and you've run out of ideas. Well I just gave you one for today.
I also have a youtube from The Food Network of Alton Brown breaking down how to carve a turkey.
And what post of how to carve a turkey can be complete without a turkey recipe, well probably all of them, but I like to share recipes so here you go:
From my webpage
Garlic Butter Basted Turkey
Submitted by Rosemary (MN) HQ Resident Chef
1-2 Tbsp. Italian Garlic Bread Seasoning
1/2 cup (1 stick) softened butter
8-12 lb. whole turkey
Combine first 2 ingredients; let stand 30 minutes. Sprinkle inside of turkey with Seasoned Salt. Rub prepared butter liberally over outside of turkey; place any leftover butter in the bottom of the turkey roasting pan. Roast turkey at 325° for about 20 minutes per pound or until a meat thermometer inserted in the thigh reaches 180°. Baste turkey with seasoned butter every 30 minutes. Makes 10-12 servings.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Even though I enjoy Christmas, and I really enjoy watching all the Hallmark Channel movies, I like the gift-free gratitude-filled -ness that is Thanksgiving.
It's also fun to try new dishes. Especially since I have lots of opportunities to create new dishes with our Tastefully Simple products and I have lots of hosts who love to share awesome recipes with me! I'm a lucky cooker as the kids used to say when they were little.
Recently my host Annette, who is an awesome cook, made the yummiest dressing.
If you are looking for a way to wow this Thanksgiving I must recommend it.
Here is the recipe from our website:
Creamy Wild Rice Stuffing
Submitted by Rosemary (MN) HQ Resident Chef
Creamy Wild Rice Soup Mix
5 cups hot water
2 tsp. Garlic Garlic™
2 - 3 Tbsp. Onion Onion™
6 - 8 slices diced bacon
4 stalks diced celery
14 oz. unseasoned breadcubes
1/2 cup dried cranberries
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine first 4 ingredients; simmer, covered for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Sauté bacon in large skillet until browned; add celery. Cook until celery is tender. Toss bread cubes in large bowl with bacon mixture and cranberries. Add prepared soup, season to taste with salt and pepper; mix well. Place dressing in greased 9 x 13 baking dish; cover with foil. Bake at 350º for 30 minutes. Remove foil, bake an additional 10-15 minutes. Serve hot. Makes 10-12 servings.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Anna would say that is karma for posting it in the first place.
"A Day in The Life of a Nomad"
by Anna Hamel, age 9
First I would wake up, then I ate some berries and nuts. Next I went into the woods and got some birch wood.
Then I saw a Mastodon and I called everybody and we raced to get it and then I shot it with my bow and it wasn't even close to being injured.
Then the Mastodons ran away and we had to move so we packed up and moved. Then when we move it was like heaven how much animals there was so then we settled in and we could not wait to eat dinner and so then my dad and my brothers killed a giant deer.
After they brought it back we skinned it we ate it and then my mom made our bed and then we went to bed.
I think a Mastodon would taste like chicken, really good!
Yesterday I got a little creative with my cookie making. I wanted to do something a little different with our Citrus Sugar Cookies.
I added some Clementine Zest, I don't have a zester, so I used a cheese grater. I had some walnuts on hand, which I never do, and so I got out my Pampered Chef rotary grater and ground up walnuts. I rolled the cookie dough in the walnuts instead of the sugar packet included in the box.
Next up I think I am going to try to take our Classy Chocolate Pound Cake and make it into something with more chocolate and chopped up candy canes. *Sigh* holiday dessert making, it's a tough job but someone has to do it.
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Holidays are here. Yippee! I have a short attention span for making cookies, so I need fast recipes. Too bad I don't get bored with eating the cookies...That's a topic for another day.
Here at Tastefully Simple we have Citrus Sugar Cookies this year, just add and egg and butter.
Speaking of eggs, I have to share, if you like to eat cookie dough, use egg substitute and you don't have to worry about the salmonella!
Bonus on the cookies is that $1 goes toward Share Our Strength to help end childhood hunger in America. Recently there have been reductions in the SNAP benefits, so now more than ever ever $1 helps.
For my open house I dipped the Citrus Sugar Cookies in White Chocolate. Here you can see them a bit.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Recently someone somewhere searched 'sexy photo victoria hamel' and they got my blog. Poor person. I imagine it was a gentleman in his 60s who was crushing on the actress Veronica Hamel of Hill Street Blues Fame and instead he got my blog of rambling and recipes.
So in the interest of helping a fellow out, here a a tasteful, yet sexy pic of Veronica Hamel.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
So set the DVR and get out the popcorn for a family movie night, and bonus, it's one that no one in the house can say, "I already saw this."
Submitted by Kara Bohack (NY)
2/3 cup sugar
6 Tbsp. water
2 cups mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
6 Tbsp. marshmallow crème
6 Tbsp. water
Combine sugar and water in a small microwaveable bowl. Microwave on high for 45 to 60 seconds or until boiling; stir until sugar is dissolved. CAUTION: IT WILL BE VERY HOT. Immediately add chocolate chips; stir until melted. Blend in marshmallow crème. If a thinner glaze is desired, add hot water, a teaspoonful at a time. Lay Twisty Grahams™™™ out in a single layer on waxed paper lined tray. Drizzle glaze over Twisty Grahams™™™. Let cool completely. Store in sealed container. Makes 8 servings.
Monday, November 4, 2013
So I asked her to write it down.
"What a boy has to be lie to date me." By Anna
2. Hamsome (I had to keep that typo!)
3. No colored hair, like purple.
4. Not a Smart Alec.
5. Not a Dumbo.
I mean it!
(Anna w/Megan a member of the Homecoming Court)
Monday, July 1, 2013
I was drawn to reading her new novel Norse Jewel for one simple reason. I like reading about the Viking getting the girl.
Norse Jewel did not disappoint me. I was quickly drawn into the tale of Helena, a Frankish (French) thrall (slave) and her unshakable desire to return to her homeland after being abducted by Danes. Gina does a wonderful job of balancing historical accuracy with the sensibilities of current day readers. Not often do we have a romance, especially a historical romance that includes a single father. Having Hakan the Viking as a single dad trying to get custody of his son in the first millennium isn't standard romance fare, but I loved it.
Once you read Norse Jewel, I am sure you will be as pleased as me to learn that a follow up book is coming! Click the Picture to enter the blog tour giveaway!
Please read on as we enter Gina's home office for a tour of her work space.
Does the white room feel familiar? Like a plain canvas? Or a blank computer screen?
And you will be alone with your muse --- a lot.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
I'm pleased to share a book recommendation for a new paranormal romance series from Entangled Publishing. Read on as I share my review of Undying Destiny by new author Jessica Lee.
I was excited to learn that one of her inspirations is Karen Marie Moning! This book draws from the tradition of Urban Fantasy of Karen Marie Moning as well as JR Ward and Ilona Andrews.
In Undying Destiny we met Emily, a third -shift working nurse who has a real loser of an ex-finance stalking her. One night she sees a mortally wounded man in the street. Her professional instincts kick in and she attends to this stranger. Within hours her life is changed forever by Kenric St James, a Vampire who spends his nights keeps humans safe from the scourge of DEAD (Death Euphoria ADdicted ) Vampires.
Jessica Lee does a solid job of world building. I really enjoyed the DEAD concept, and the role of Kenric and his Enclave. The focus was kept on our couple but we are given the seeds of stories to come featuring other members of the Enclave.
Undying Destiny introduces us to a very rich "big bad" that I know we will meet again. Jessica also includes a stunning betrayal and an excellent suprise in the relationship of Emily and Kenric.
Emily comes into her own in this story, but it's not a far journey. I like that she is strong and gets stronger as the story progresses. I look forward to Jessica's next Enclave installment!
Here is a short excerpt from the book as well links to orders and a Giveaway!!
Undying Destiny by Jessica Lee
Entangled Publishing - June 2013
Kenric St. James is out for revenge. Over 300 years ago, an ancient female vampire turned him against his will and killed the woman he loved. He’s spent more than a century building an Enclave of warrior vampires who have sworn to defend humanity against his evil sire and her minions. But when Kenric finds a woman he finally burns to claim as his own again, Kenric knows loving her means giving his sire another target.
Emily Ross just wanted a fresh start. She’s a survivor, coming off the tail end of an abusive relationship, and craves time alone to learn who she is and to save the home that holds her heart. The last thing she needed was a controlling, alpha male calling all the shots.
Meeting Kenric might just have changed her mind, though. He is wrong for her in all the right ways. But in order to keep her heart from breaking, he first has to keep the hoards of evil vamps from stealing her very breath.
Title: Undying Destiny
Author: Jessica Lee
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: June 2013
Purchase from Barnes & Noble:http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/undying-destiny-jessica-lee/1115290509?ean=9781622660988
Almost every author's bio states they've been writing since they learned how to read. It's what they've always wanted to do. Well, my journey wasn't so straight and narrow. I was a nurse for over twenty years and hold a bachelor's degree in science with a major in biology. So as you can see, my career path had originally gone in the opposite direction. I didn't discover my passion for the craft until after I'd had my son and decided to work part-time.
I've always loved to read but had never read a paranormal romance. Then one night at work on break, I began reading Karen Marie Moning's Spell of the Highlander. I couldn't believe what I'd been missing, and I immediately fell in love with the genre.
I wanted to write like that. I wanted to create worlds where others could find the same escape and fascination I did when I read my first sensual paranormal romance.
And I hope that's what I've accomplished in my work. Please dive in, hold on tight, and enjoy the adventure. Just be careful in the dark—you might find more than you expected waiting for you there.
Jessica Lee lives in the southeastern United States with her husband and son. She loves writing and can't wait for that quiet time each day when her son is in school, and she can get lost in another place and world with the fantastical, sexy creatures in her head.
She's a member of Romance Writers of America Carolina Romance Writers.
Friday, June 21, 2013
Plus, though it is hard to believe, back then, there was no Teen Nick or a Disney Franchise built around cute teenage boys and girls. So what was a kid to do? Oh don't worry I spent plenty of time running around outside playing with friends and riding my bike. I still found time to watch the Soaps, and all without a DVR.
So here we are, it's now the 50th Anniversary of General Hospital. I haven't watch the show in perhaps two decades; but, Anna and I like to watch The Chew a few days a week, and one day we were sitting there after it was over and we got sucked in to General Hospital. Some of the characters have changed, but there are many actors and actresses still hanging in there from when I was a wee lass.
Pretty remarkable to have such a long running gig in the mercurial world of television. 50 years in, the show is still providing summer bonding for moms and daughters.
Anna is still freaked out that Uncle Jessie was on a Soap Opera.
Awesome Recipe from The Chew website just click the picture to be taken to the recipe which is actually a lightened up Chicken Saltimbocca!
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Robyn Grady adds a story within the story, which at first I was not a fan of, but as the book continued I found the second story a great mirroring of how the romance of Helene and Darius would have turned out had they met in less 'enlightened' times.
If you've had a hard winter, and are ready to escape, throw on your shades, grab The Goddess and hit the beach!
Click here to read and excerpt and order the book.
Disclosure: I received a free e-version of the book. All the opinions are mine.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Coming into the story with no preconceived ideas, only knowing that Kurt Cobain's suicide would feature prominently, I was curious and hesitant. Suicide is such an enormously verboten topic, I don't know that many of us like to poke a stick at it, much less read about it. So I took a deep breath and dove into the story and read and waited for the inevitable shoe to drop. And it did, and with the darkness of that death, came awakening.
No Alternative;, is rooted in the depression and disassociation felt by all its characters and it is through the inevitable suicide of one, that everyone around that character is transformed and infused with life.
William Dickerson's story begins in a documentary style. A staccato sharing of this time, the 1990s and this music, grunge. Throughout the book we are reminded of what was: the 1980s, what is: 1994 and what will be: 2012 and beyond. This time shifting throughout the book by our omniscient narrator was a writing technique that I felt worked and I greatly enjoyed.
The protagonist of No Alternative is Thomas Harrison and intelligent and average suburban 17 year-old who idolized Kurt Cobain. The book begins several months after Kurt Cobain's suicide, after a time of mourning, Thomas is ready to submerge himself in music and decides to start a band. The story moves forward from there and we are introduced to Thomas's younger sister Bridget, his parents and his band mates. Each character is isolated from others, living behind the mask of what they think the world would prefer them to be. It is a pleasure to read how those barriers breakdown and see these people washed clean of their perceptions.
Below you can find an excerpt from the book. I am thrilled that the excerpt provided to me focuses on Thomas's sister Bridget. Bridget is compelling, Bridge is a force and as I read on through the book, I wanted more Bridget, I wanted to pen Mr. Dickerson quick note asking him to start work on a follow-up novel of Bridget.Take a moment, read the except, and run over to Amazon and get this book. You'll thank me.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Friday, April 12, 2013
I figure this is for two reasons. One there was a stool sample taken by the vet tech, I can only assume that is highly unpleasant for beast or man.
Secondly, she is rightly upset that I have not gotten her groomed and she looks like a ragamuffin .
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The minds of middle schoolers.
In the car on the way to golf lessons. Bryce (5th grader) says to Will (3rd Grader):
"Hey Will, wanna hear a story about the birds and the bees?"
Bryce doesn't wait for Will to respond. "The birds ate the bees, end of story." Cue peels of laughter from Bryce.
Patrick, 7th Grade says to me: "Hey Ma, I forgot to tell you we dissected a frog last week at school."
Me, trying to make sure and sound blasé, considering Patrick middle name is Squeamish. "Interesting Patrick, how did it go?"
Patrick responding with great enthusiasm, "It was gross and super cool at the same time."
"You know people judge other people on what they wear, like people get picked on cause they aren't wearing what's in and who cares what people wear. It's stupid, that's like bullying." Patrick said.
Bryce then chimes in "As the great author Dr. Suess said: 'Why fit in, when you can stand out.'
Surprisingly, Anna was in the car but didn't contribute to these conversations, she must have been asleep.
To end today's insight into the Middle School Boy, here is Bryce with his Face Mug. Thanks to an endowment all the Art Students at Hayesville Middle and High School were able to make and take these fun mugs. The artist behind the mugs is Rob Withrow if you click the link you'll be taken to his website. Fun Stuff! He does Face Mug Parties, so it's like a Tastefully Simple party but you make your own mug!
Monday, April 1, 2013
But I didn't, so late tonight after 7 hours of customer service calls, I rummaged around and came up with popcorn for my dinner.
Not just any old popcorn, not microwave popcorn. Tastefully Simple popcorn. I made it on the stove using Roasted Garlic Infused Oil. Then I took it one step further and mixed dry Roasted Onion warm dip mix into melted butter and tossed the popcorn .
Served in our serving bowl. Yum. Next time I will try Basalmic and Basil Dipping Oil and Parmesan cheese !
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Reality has proven to be different, yesterday the boys were being pre-teens, wanting to stay up late and play video games. Oh the end is near, pimples are minutes away.
This morning, all three kids packed their backpacks and grabbed wooden swords to go outside and have an adventure in the woods.
Childhood isn't a straight climb after all, thank goodness.
They are ridiculously excited for some egg hunting tomorrow. I didn't have much cash for Baskets or Eggs, so I made 'Easter Coupons'. Today I hyped the exciting and awesome Easter Coupons to the kiddos.
Hey Kids, instead of hunting for eggs filled with boring candy, we are going to have eggs filled with special prize tickets! You can each get 4 eggs. And one of them is filled with, wait for it, a "get out of trouble free pass!"
They started jumping up and down with excitement. Patrick asked: "Are there three of those?"
No, just one. Bryce said: "I totally have to get that one, I'm the best egg finder." Then Anna chimmed in, "No, no you're not."
And so it went.
Easter Pics from 2009.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
I don't have any extra funds to purchase springy clothes either and furthermore this cold weather has me awfully afraid to make the switch to lightweight clothes.
Hope springs eternal and hopefully you can see the buds ready to burst into life on this tree.
Monday, March 25, 2013
Then I found a work from home position taking customer service calls in the evening. Coffee in the AM, Phone calls in the PM = very little time for the family, and let time for the blog.
Not that I didn't have gobs of blogging ideas, I just managed to avoid finding the time to write them down. That's my story and excuses.
Fast forward to now, it's nearly spring and I'm ready to rebalance my life a bit. Tastefully Simple, heretofore, virtually unknown in the Hayesville NC area is starting to pick up as I talk with people and get to know them enough that they'll let me into their homes to do a taste-testing party.
Of course, once they try the products, they fall in love! Plus we have a lovely batch of new products that I have been playing with this month.
At present I have two new favorite things.
1. The Borgias on Showtime, my new favorite show. It stars Jeremy Irons as the worst Pope ever and it is based very loosely on historic record.
And 2. Dill Pickle Dip
RECIPE: BEST TUNA MELT EVER
Take one packet mix it with 1 cup light mayo and 1 cup sour cream. Then divide it into 2 seperate bowls. Use one bowl as a veggie dip.
Take the other cup and add 2 cans of tuna, 1 cup diced celery and 1/2 a cup of sliced scallions.
Mix and put in to pita halves (should make 4-6 halves)
Top the dill pickle tuna salad with a slice of cheese and pop in an oven at 350 for about 10 minutes .
Enjoy the best Tuna Melt you have ever had.