Tuesday, July 29, 2014

'Finish This' Week 30

This week's 'Finish This' segment is about fashion. For those that know me or have read my blog, I am not a fashionista. There are 6 fashion questions that are presented during this week's 'Finish This', so let's see what I can come up with. Before I start, I found a funny little quote:

1. I like wearing... clothes that make me feel skinny! Shirts that are not overly loose but loose enough so that my foopa does not poke out and pj bottoms so that my gut does not hang over the belt line and I can breath! Breathing is very important. 

2. My most memorable style was...pre pregnancy when I used to work in the corporate world. I wore cute skirts and dresses and fancy heels.

3. I dress to impress when... I'm going on a date out with the husband. Date nights are few and far between in our house, so it's nice to look pretty, cute and confident. 

4. The best style tip I ever received... was from my husband before he was my husband. I used to wear baggy work pants, I think they were in style at the time. He made sure to tell me that I needed to stop wearing my potato sack pants and wear fitted pants since I had a good body. He was right. 

5. 3 wardrobe staples in my closet... Oh goodness, don't judge this WAHM mama, but they are flip flops, crocs, fake Uggs, pj bottoms, sweat pants (cute ones), tank tops and tee's. I take care of kid's all day so I am bending and stretching and squatting down. 

6. 3 words that describe my style... comfortable on my days home, tight fitting jeans w cowgirl boots on my going out days, and free spirited with a tee, shorts, and flip flops with my hair in a bun on grocery store/ errand runs. 

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Lexi's Awesome Sauce

When our 9 year old found out that her dad was grilling chicken, she spoke up quickly and said that she would be making the sauce that goes on it. She knew exactly how she wanted to make it and she even gave it the name of 'Lexi's Awesome Sauce'. Lexi allowed me to share with you her 'Awesome Sauce' recipe and I must let you know, it is really good and I am not just saying that because I am her mama. 

There is not exact measurements to this sauce, but to give you an idea here is how Lexi made it:

Mix- 8 tablespoons of brown sugar, a few shakes of cayenne pepper, onion powder, cinnamon, salt and pepper and then a few squirts of ketchup, agave, and mustard. Mix it up and then add around 1/4 cup of water to liquefy. Taste and then add more of what you think makes it taste better. Lexi's Awesome Sauce had a sweet taste with a tiny bit of pepper.  

'Lexi's Awesome Sauce' can be topped on almost anything. We topped it on our chicken, corn and then the next day we topped it on our cheeseburgers. It's such a wonderfully sweet sauce with a bit of tang. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Duff Tie-Dye Cake Mix - A 'House of Fauci's' Product Review

My girls attended a birthday party last year and when I went to pick them up I saw the most awesome home made cake by a non professional baker ever! The cake was tie dyed and it was perfect! The colors were bold and bright and did not bleed into one another. I just knew this mom had used a recipe off of Pinterest and probably put tons of hours into making it; I was wrong!  She said she purchased the Duff Tie-Dye Cake Mix from Target and she said it was simple; so with that said I had to try it out. 
This kit comes with everything that you need; cake mix and food coloring. 
My girls were really excited when they found out that I purchased the Duff Tie Dye Cake Mix kit. They were very eager to help and I was excited to let them learn how to make a tie dye cake. 
Mixing the cake was just like mixing any other cake. The detailed part was mixing the color but even though it was detailed, it was so simple.
I will admit that I had to concentrate when mixing the colors. It was easy but I had to focus on the color count. In addition, I ran out of yellow so I had to grab my personal yellow food coloring to finish the mix. 
I have to say how impressed I am with the Duff Tie-Dye Cake Mix. It was not only easy to make but it tasted great. My daughter has already requested one for her birthday ... in December. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

'Finish This' Week 29

It's back!!! I skipped last week's 'Finish This' because I was just not 'feeling it'. Guess what? I am definitely feeling it this week, so let's 'Finish This'!

I add spice to my life by...drinking hard liquor. I'm not kidding. I've been married a long time and liquor is my new best friend when I need to add some spice to my life. Okay.. you can giggle, but I am not kidding. 

Bacon is... everywhere! It's on clothing, socks, band-aids, in chocolate, wrapped around chicken, and most everywhere else you can think of. It's amazing and I have to wonder if pigs are pissed about this. 
The perfect meal... is a meal that is 'down home country cooking'. I'm talking chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes with white gravy along with a side of green beans and a slice of pecan pie. Oh my goodness, if I was only 23 again and had a high metabolism. 

My favorite food to grill is...meat! To be honest, I do not grill but my husband does, so with that said.. my favorite grilled food is anything he chooses to grill. 

I beat the heat by... staying inside my air conditioned house. I do not do the heat very well. If I get too hot I become grouchy and moody, quite similar to a 3 year old. 

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Best and Freshest Southern Peach Cobbler

I have a love for Peach Cobbler and since it is the season of fresh peaches, I thought 'Why Not'. Of course I immediately went to my favorite resource Pinterest and found a recipe called 'Fresh Southern Peach Cobbler'. I looked over the recipe and decided that it was simple enough and I had all but one ingredient; it was lemon juice and I decided that my recipe could live without it. This dish turned out not only beautiful but amazingly delicious. I decided to rename it 'The Best and Freshest Southern Peach Cobbler', because it is! 

The ingredients are pretty simple, however as I stated above, the original recipe calls for lemon juice but since I did not have any I decided to exclude it. The recipe calls for 9 peaches, I think that if you have 8 peaches you will be fine but no less. 

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Peel peaches. In a bowl, combine cut up peaches, 1/4 c white sugar, 1/4 c brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cornstarch. Stir to coat evenly. Pour into a 2 quart baking dish and bake 10 minutes.  

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, 1/4 c white sugar and 1/4 c brown sugar, baking powder and salt. Blend in butter with your fingers or a pastry blender. Stir in hot water. Once the peaches are removed from the oven, plop the flour mixture throughout the peach mix. Sprinkle the top with cinnamon and sugar. 

Bake at 425 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Let cool a bit before serving and serve with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Heavenly Brownies

Often times our grocery store will have a meal deal that offers extras when you purchase a certain product. On this day, our extra was Kraft's Marshmallow Creme. When I was a kid I would make peanut butter, marshmallow creme and banana sandwiches, but I was not sure that my kids would appreciate this sandwich like I did. I decided to mix it up with some brownie mix and turn it into my version of Heavenly Brownies. 

Bake: Follow the baking directions on the brownie box. The main thing you will need to watch for is the time frame in which you cook the Heavenly Brownies. If the box says to cook for 25 minutes, I would cook for 25 minutes but be ready to add extra time and keep a close watch. The marshmallow creme has a tendency to make the brownies take longer for the center to cook, but once they are finished.. they are Heavenly! 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Cinnamon Banana Muffins

Instead of using my standard Chocolate Chip Banana Muffin recipe that I normally use; found here by the way. I decided to do a Pinterest search for regular Banana Muffins. I decided to use the 'Banana Recipe' found at 'Mama Chocolates' blog, but I decided to rename it to 'Cinnamon Banana Muffins' since the spice of cinnamon is so amazing and should be recognized. 

For this recipe you will need ingredients that you most likely already have in your pantry. 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare your muffin trays with muffin liners or non stick spray. 

Once everything is mixed up, pour the batter into your prepared muffin pan. Fill the muffin cups halfway. 

Bake at 350 degrees for around 25-30 minutes. Once they bounce back and the toothpick is clean once inserted into a muffin, you will know they are done.