Tuesday, February 21, 2017
The first time I made Lasagna, it was right after I'd gotten married. My husband and I were having one of my old college friends over for dinner and she had said in passing that Lasagna was her favorite dish. She arrived "mid-sauce" and was quite perplexed. Apparently, she had never had Lasagna where the sauce was made from scratch (do people really just use spaghetti sauce?). I however didn't know any other way to make it. Over the years I've added and tweaked until I put together what I think is the Best Ever Lasagna! My husband definitely agrees - he was eating leftover for breakfast yesterday and the kids never pass it up! It's a full-flavored dish that's definitely a bit of a labor of love - but worth every minute!
Friday, February 17, 2017
I don't know about you, but for our house, this has been the worst winter for sickness. It seems like every other week someone is coming down with something. This week was no different. Both Levi and Elijah were home sick with viruses. There might not be any magic medicine I can give them that will make it all go away, but I can make a pretty magical pot of Comforting Chicken Noodle Soup. Whether you're sick with a cold, or just in the mood for a bowl of down home deliciousness, this chicken noodle soup is where it's at! This one pot meal is enough to feed our family of six (plus have leftovers for lunch the next day)!
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Disclosure: I received the item pictured above at no cost to facilitate this review.
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Over the years of reviews there are several products that I've continued to use on an almost daily basis. My Glasstic bottle happens to be one of those products; so when they contacted me about reviewing another Glasstic with their newest feature - personalization - I knew there was no way I could turn them down. Glasstic allowed me to choose any water bottle and customize it myself, at no charge to facilitate this review, and I'm here to tell you that not only do they still have the same incredible product, but personalizing it and making it my own was simple and fast!
Friday, February 10, 2017
I was never a huge fan of fish growing up but one seafood dish I always loved was my Mom's salmon cakes. There's still something about frying them up in my own kitchen that takes me back to those days watching her cook. I created my own recipe for Salmon Cakes, which I've been making for years now for my own family. Even the kids eat these up! There's never leftovers when it's Salmon Cakes for dinner. This recipe includes a little kick with added jalapeno (don't worry - it's not too spicy - if my four-year-old can handle it, you'll be just fine)!
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Did you know that 26 million American's have hearing loss caused by noise? Did you also know that this type of hearing loss is 100% preventable? The NIDCD (National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders reports that "As many as 16% of teens (ages 12 to 19) have reported some hearing loss that could have been caused by loud noise ** In this technologically driven culture, if your kids are anything like mine, they are never too far from electronics. From iPods, to hand held game systems, tablets, and phones there is always something to connect to. Though I try to steer my kids, as much as possible, to unplug, I also believe it's important to teach them to create healthy time limits on electronics. Music however, is always allowed in our house! I have longed to find a pair of wireless headphones for my kids and without a doubt, I believe when I found Puro Sound Lab headphones, I found the best pair on the market! Puro Sound Labs sent me their Studio Grade Children's Bluetooth Headphones (pictured above) at no cost to facilitate this review. If you are in the market for headphones for your children, the look is over! **Information provided in the Your Guide To Healthy Hearing by Puro Sound Labs and Hearing Health Foundation
Thursday, February 2, 2017
If you live on the East Coast near DC, no doubt you remember the huge snowstorm we had last year. I know my back still remembers it at least. We got over 30 inches of snow and were doomed to never see the likes of fresh bread and milk again. You see, where I live in West Virginia, snow means the world stops turning. At the mere mention of snowflakes, shoppers rush to our local grocery stores to clear the shelves of every item known to man. Schools cancel, and we all hunker down for the end of the world to happen. We're also not well known for our ability to plow around these here parts and last year's storm in particular was no different. The snow plows couldn't handle our main roads, much less have the time to clear our back roads and side streets. After that particular storm, my family didn't make it out of our development for three days. I remember I was giving my arms and back a break from hours of trying to shovel out our vehicles (as if there was even anywhere we could go) when I looked up and saw the National Guard coming down the road to our aid. I didn't know when we'd get another storm like that one, I just knew the next time I wanted to be prepared. DMOS must have heard my cries because they answered my snow shovel prayers and sent me the Stealth Shovel, at no cost to facilitate this review. If you need to invest in a good shovel - this will be the last one you ever need!