Sunday, January 31, 2016

Jif Peanut Butter Blossoms

One of the cookies that my children request most are the Jif Peanut Butter Blossoms.
We always have Jif Peanut Butter in the house so it is easy to whip up a batch in no time. I love the cookies with the chocolate pieces on top but my daughter prefers them without. When I took Marketing in college I did a blind taste test of peanut butters and Jif won the test. We have been diehard Jif users ever since.

    • 1/2 cup Butter Flavor All-Vegetable Shortening
    • 1/2 cup Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter
    • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 large egg
    • 2 tablespoons milk, I use lactose-free and it works fine
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 3/4 cups All Purpose Flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • Sugar
    • 48 foil-wrapped milk chocolate pieces, unwrapped

HEAT oven to 375°F.
CREAM together shortening, peanut butter, brown sugar and 1/2 cup sugar.

ADD egg, milk and vanilla.

BEAT well.

STIR together flour, baking soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture.  

BEAT on low speed until stiff dough forms.

SHAPE into 1-inch balls.

ROLL in sugar.

PLACE 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.

BAKE 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.

TOP each cookie immediately with an unwrapped chocolate piece, pressing down firmly so that cookie cracks around edge.

IF you wish to not add the chocolate press down on the cookie with a fork to spread it out.

REMOVE from cookie sheets to cool.

These goodies do not last long in my house! It is also hard to keep them away from my dog because he also loves his peanut butter!

Note: I am in no way being compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.


    Saturday, January 23, 2016

    Quick Leftover Peppersteak

    As a single mom you have to stretch the almighty dollar pretty far. There are usually only two of us in the house so we usually have leftovers in the fridge. You cannot find a roast beef in the store that will only feed two people! I hate to waste the extras by throwing them out so I love to re-use them in new quick meals in no time. My daughter loves it when I whip together this particular quick meal! I hope you enjoy it too!

    1 lb. roast beef cut into strips
    1 - 1 1/2 cups of leftover beef gravy
    1 medium bell pepper, cut into strips, color doesn't matter
    1/2 medium onion, sliced
    1 tbsp. minced garlic
    1 tbsp. butter
    soy sauce, to taste
    microwave instant rice, flavor of your choice

    Sauté onions and peppers in melted butter until onions are semi-transparent but still firm.
    Add garlic to pan and mix in.

    Sauté all vegetables until heated.

    Add beef to mixture.

    Stir beef mixture to heat.

    Add leftover gravy.

    Add soy sauce to taste.

    Taste mixture to ensure quality. Sorry it's blurry!

    Heat entire mixture.

    Serve over heated rice. I hope you enjoy this quick meal as much as we do!

    Monday, September 7, 2015

    August Likes and Dislikes

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    August Hot Topic Haul

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    Sunday, August 9, 2015

    Vlog Welcome Video

    Welcome to my new Vlog Welcome Video, I hope you enjoy it and hop over to YouTube to subscribe to my channel to subscribe! This video will give a brief explanation of some of the things I plan on doing in the future! Have a great day! Click HERE to jump over to my YouTube Channel!

    Starting A New Vlog! Come Along!

    Considering that I rarely have time to sit down and type up blog entries I decided to start a video blog as well as a regular blog. I follow so many vlogs (Grav3yard Girl, LeighAnnSays, AConMann and many more) and some of them are so basic I say to myself when I watch I can do that!! My teenage daughter thinks I am insane but what else is new? She was still willing to be my camera woman for two haul videos (coming soon!) And her boyfriend can't wait to see what I come up with. We will talking about TV, Movies, Music, Food, Beauty, Activities, Family, Mental Health and much more!
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    Saturday, August 8, 2015

    Zep Instant Spot Remover Towel Review

    I recently signed up with Crowdtap to see if I could score some samples,etc. Crowdtap is a social influence marketing platform that connects marketers with consumers to create quality content, drive social activity and provide real-time insights. The companies that list there are all common companies that I use every day, such as Jif, Playskool, Charmin and Yankee Candle. I filled out numerous surveys and then I was offered an opportunity to review the Zep Instant Spot Remover Towels. I have already used the Zep Acidic Toilet Bowl Cleaner and love it so I figured why not? 

    They sent 8 towels for me to use. I recently found that the center console in my car was quite dirty from elbow use. The car is 8 years old so it has had a a lot of use! Each wipe was individually wrapped in its own easy to open package. The Instant Spot Remover Towels were to remove tough stains such as grease, oil, food, pet stains, tar, blood and  more from carpet and upholstery.

    It is for use on: carpet, rugs, upholstery and other colorfast fabrics and textiles. Not for use on: delicate materials such as silk or suede.

    The directions say to open the wipe and spread it out directly over the stain. Blot and work towel into spot until the soil transfers into the towel. If the towel becomes saturated with soil, then you need to change the towel to prevent re-spotting the area. So I spread the towel over the entire console (excuse my filthy buckle holders, I told you, old car.) I pressed down on the 

    towel completely covering the space but found that did not pick up much off the stain. When I pick up the wipe and scrubbed the stain with it it came right out. So it just needed a little more elbow grease but really not much at all.  The center console looks brand new!! I was so impressed I jumped into the back seat and attacked some stains our huge dog's feet left! Even attacked the back floor! I love these towels! They are so easy to use and work great! I plan on going out to Home Depot and buying more and I highly recommend them! 

    Saturday, September 6, 2014

    Losing Yourself

    The recent passing of the comedian Robin Williams caused me to re-evaluate the direction my life was taking. I personally have been living with depression and bipolar disorder for years. There have been ups and downs, but I have tried to keep things under control with my medications. The recent path of my life has been harder than in the past. Personal events have caused me to forge forward on my own, without a partner, raising two teenagers as a single parent. After hearing of Robin’s loss due to suicide, I began to look inward, assessing how I was responding to my own depression. I found that I was withdrawing, not facing my problems, but rather hiding from them. I was only living with the negativity around me and not finding any positivity or joy in the world. That was not the kind of life I wanted to live or the kind of life I wanted to share with my children.

    I also realized that at my place of employment I was being discriminated against. Now this was not the usual kind of discrimination, but it was because I would not give the manager the fake adoration that others would give. Now I took that discrimination for a year not wanting to cause any trouble, but after my daughter began a summer student position at my job and began getting the same treatment because she was my daughter I knew things had to stop. I tried to be professional and called the manager aside, questioning the treatment. She called me very hurtful names and told me I barely did my job, among other hurtful things. I decided to take ownership of my rights and filed a complaint with our HR department. The situation was resolved, she apologized and end of story, I was finally allowed to transfer to the office nearest to my home, which I have been trying to do for two years. So because I took control of a negative situation, it turned out to benefit me in the end.

    In my day to day life, I try to find someone good in each day. I have started following positive people on Instagram and Pinterest and vowed to post something positive or inspirational every day on my own Instagram to help others struggling out there. My own daughter has been struggling with her own depression and try to help keep her self-worth up and help her find her own solutions. Blogging has been missing from my life and I am going to try and find some more time to put that into my life. It’s an everyday struggle, but it’s a struggle that only a person with depression can make. No one else can do the work for them. They must do the work themselves.