Monthly Archives: September 2012

Monday’s Menu Experimenting

I have set a new (rather lame) goal for myself.


I want to actually TRY some of the recipes I’ve found on Pinterest.


So perhaps the goal itself isn’t so lame.  Perhaps it’s the fact that I have to set it as a goal to actually accomplish it that is lame.  I don’t know.  Either way, I’m done with the lame, and I’m excited to try a few new recipes this week, and every week.  I’ll be pulling from the pins I’ve posted based on what I already have at home.  Maybe you’d like to try some new recipes too, eh?


These Cheesy Bacon Oven Chips look incredible.  They also look pretty darn easy.  Why have I not tried these yet?  I am ashamed.

It is apple harvest time in my backyard, and so I’m really excited to try this Crock Pot Applesauce.  It’ll be awesome, I know it!

And these Sweet Chicky Nuggets look fabulous…I’m thinking the kids will surely agree.

The rest of the week, the kids are on their own.  Kidding.  Mostly. :-)  We’ll be eating our standard chicken/rice soup, baked potatoes, etc for the rest of the week.

Thoughtful Thursday

As it is the last Thursday in the month of September, I thought I’d share more quotes and pictures from President Abraham Lincoln.  Enjoy!




“Whatever you are, be a good one.”


“I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.”


“The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read.”

“Avoid popularity if you would have peace.”



“I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.”


“A house divided against itself cannot stand.”


Peach Pie Filling (To Can)

Did I share this recipe with you?  I cannot remember.  If I did not, I apologize, and if I did already, I apologize!

When I ended up with about 75 lbs of peaches (between my mom’s tree and my purchase of a bunch because I forgot my mom had a tree!), I had lots of peaches to use.  One way I used them was with this recipe.  If you want a twist on an apple pie, but still with that cinnamony goodness, you should check it out!  It’s got a spiced flavor to it:

Peach Pie Filling for Canning

  • 5 lbs peaches, pitted and diced

  • 2 cups sugar

  • 1/3 cup cornstarch

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg

  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 5 cups water

Peel, pit, and dice your peaches; set aside.  In a medium saucepan combine the dry ingredients.  Turn on the stove to medium heat and slowly whisk the water into the dry mix.  Stir constantly and bring to a boil.  Let it boil for a few minutes until it starts to thicken.  Get your sterilized pint jars and pack the peaches tightly into each, leaving a 1-inch head space at the top.  Pour the syrup over the peaches, filling the bottles an inch from the top.  Run a knife in through the jars to get rid of air bubbles.  Wipe the rims clean with a wet cloth and put on the lids.  Screw the rings on, not too tight.  Process jars in a hot water bath for 20 minutes.

Peach Pie Filling to Can – Great way to use up those peaches from your fruit tree!


Nectresse Review (And Snag a FREE Sample!)

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of NECTRESSE™Sweetener for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.


This last week has been a little sweeter at my house!  I was given a box of NECTRESSE™Sweetener sweetener to try, and it’s been, well, sweet!

Nectresse product family.jpgFrom the maker of Splenda Sweeteners, this new product derives its natural sweetness from the monk fruit, a small green melon that grows in remote mountain regions in Asia.  NECTRESSE is the only 100% natural sweetener made from fruit – monk fruit extract.  It is a zero-calorie sweetener that is 150 times sweeter than sugar and can be used in cooking and baking, along with beverages and other treats.  It is new and available to grocery stores in packets and in canisters.

Within an hour of receiving the NECTRESSE, I was plotting and planning ways to use it.  I have a terribly powerful sweet tooth, but can’t really afford the calories, and NECTRESSE provided me a perfect solution!  First, my kids and I tried a little of it straight (I know, I know).  We were all pleased with it, but I’m telling you, it’s even better when used as it’s meant to be used:  with other foods!  :-)

I used NECTRESSE sweetener to sweeten my evening cup of herbal iced tea, and it was SO good.  I honestly could not tell a difference, and I didn’t have to use as much of the sweetener as I do sugar, either.

I also decided to try it in my standard morning breakfast shake; my Chocolate PB Banana Smoothie.  Fantastic!  It’s an easy, quick recipe, and it’s my go-to breakfast almost every morning.  Let me share:

Chocolate/Peanut Butter/Banana Smoothie

Put one frozen banana, sliced, into your blender and add a generous tablespoon of all natural peanut butter.

Add one tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder to the mix, and pour in 3/4 – 1 cup milk, depending on how thick you want it (preferably hormone-free).  Optionally, you can also add a little ground flax seed (about a teaspoon), for an extra fiber boost.

Add one packet of NECTRESSE sweetener.

Blend it up; then drink it down!

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Homemade Treatment for Head Lice

Well, now that school is back in session, I’ve already received a notice from one of my children’s school that there has been a reported case of head lice.  Never a fun note to get.  Fortunately, all in my household have remained lice-free, but the recent note reminded me of 3 years ago when we were not so lucky in avoiding the spread.


I remember rushing to the store immediately after discovering my daughter had caught the nasty little bug, and buying the expensive, chemical-laden treatment.  But hey, what else was I going to do?  I remember the treatment not doing a bit of good, except to dry my poor daughter’s hair out terribly.  I remember buying ANOTHER treatment, and having no luck again, meanwhile we were airing out the house of the very strong chemical smell.  I remember being SO frustrated!!



Refusing to buy a third harsh treatment, I turned to the web for ideas.  Oh, how I wish I’d done so earlier!  By this time, my daughter’s lice had spread to me, and it had gotten quite bad.  We had rid her bedroom of clothing, toys, and everything, really, and the poor kid was practically confined to that one room to prevent any further spreading.
We tried a few homemade treatments, all of which worked BETTER than the stuff we’d purchased at the store.  And so, as I take a stroll down memory lane, I feel the desire to share some of the many ideas for getting rid of head lice with you:


Listerine.  The article here explains the process very well.  We personally did not try the Listerine treatment, since we didn’t happen to already have the product on hand, so I can’t share any personal testimonials, but it’s definitely a better option to look at than the other commercial stuff!

Mayonnaise We did the mayonnaise, and although it worked for me, it did not work for my daughter.  She hated the smell, but hey, it’s mayo!  Like I said, the treatment worked for me, and though I smelled like egg salad for awhile, I was very happy to have those little bugs gone!

Olive Oil – Olive oil was what finally did the trick for Munchkin!  The smell was less invasive than the mayo, but I made up for it by making her use a vinegar rinse along with it.  The instructions suggest leaving the olive oil and shower cap on for up to 8 hours.  We kept our caps on overnight, so it was on for at least 9 hours.  I didn’t care; it worked!!


With all of these treatments, it’s important, crucial to remember follow up!  You may find a product smothers the lice, but the eggs may still be intact.  After picking the nits (eggs) out, you may discover a few days later that you missed a few.  Follow up your initial treatment every few days for a couple of weeks to ensure that the eggs are given NO chance to hatch, and if they do, that the lice have NO chance to mature and lay more eggs!  It’s a royal pain, but it’s SO incredibly important.


Other ways I’ve read about to get rid of lice (but not tried) include using Denorex, essential oils, and baking soda .


For more information on what exactly head lice is, go here.

Thoughtful Thursday – Honest Abe

Is it any wonder this man has gone down in history as one of the greats?  Here are some more quotes from him:




“No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent.”


“Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.”

“We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.”

“I don’t know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.”

(Quotes found at Brainy Quote)

Get Pee Stains Out of Your Mattress – Homemade Cleaner 8 comments

If you’re a mom like me, you’ve likely dealt with your fair share of wetting accidents on the bed.  If you have a pet, you’ve likely dealt with the same darn thing (though hopefully not on the bed!!!).


My youngest does NOT want to be potty trained.  He’s 5 1/2 years old, has autism, and has just not wanted to follow through with potty training.  He’s got a fear of any toilet that isn’t ours at home, and has a panic attack when we try to get him to use public restrooms.  Come to think of it, he does the same thing about half the time at home, but I think it’s more because he’s afraid he’ll miss something at home, than a fear of the toilet itself.  Little stinker (literally)!


Anyway, I’ve cleaned up SO many accidents.  Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to keep up on the smell.  With each accident, it seems that the smell gets a little worse.  I’ve tried the whole vinegar thing, using baking soda on the mattress, essential oil mixes, and more.  I’ve spent $30 on one single bottle of natural cleaner.  NO LUCK.

So, when I found this recipe on pinterest, I didn’t think it’d work, but I figured it couldn’t hurt to try:



8 ounces/237 ml hydrogen peroxide 3%

3 tablespoons/14.29 grams of baking soda

1 drop of liquid hand dish washing soap

Mix all ingredients into the spray bottle and use within 20 minutes.  Do not attempt to store the leftover solution. because it will leak out of the bottle.  The mixture only works if you use it immediately, because the cleaning byproducts are active for only a short time period.  You should see the stain lift and disappear within 5-10 minutes.  Once the mattress dries, if a baking soda film remains, then simply wipe or vacuum it off.


My thoughts on the recipe?  I felt like it worked better than anything else I’ve tried.  My son’s mattress isn’t nearly as smelly, although I would like to do another batch again.  I haven’t tried it on pet stains.  I also tried it on a pillow, but I didn’t feel like that worked, so I decided to suck it up and stick it in the laundry.  I now have a lumpy pillow, ha ha!

This is a recipe I’d recommend.  Seriously, it worked better than the $30 bottle of stuff I bought!