Seasoned Fish

Ingredients

1 lime or lemon, juice of
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
½ cup unsalted melted butter
I tsp seasoned salt, or to your taste
¾ tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
1.5 lb Sole fillet (about 10-12 thin fillets)
1 lime or lemon, sliced (optional)
¾ cup roughly chopped fresh dill for garnish (optional)

Instructions

In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, olive oil and melted butter with a dash of seasoned salt.
In a separate small bowl, mix together the seasoned salt, pepper, cumin and garlic powder. Spice fish fillets each on both sides.
Place the fish fillets on a lightly-oiled large baking pan or dish. Cover with the buttery lime mixture you prepared earlier.
Bake in 375 degrees F-heated oven for 10-15 minutes. Do not overcook.
Remove the fish fillets from the oven and garnish with the chopped fresh dill optional.

Seasoned Fish

Served with steamed chinese mixed vegetables and just drizzled a little olive oil on.

My Homemade Granola Bar Recipe #TastyTuesday

My kids love granola bars…even my daughter who is picky about EVERYTHING! But when I read the list of ingredients on most store bought granola bars I do not feel love at all! Many granola bar ingredient lists include: corn syrup (in one form or another), sugar, and caramel color. All of which I prefer to avoid! What’s a mom to do?! Well I did a little research, tried a few recipes and then came up with one that both fit my list of “better for them” ingredients AND that my kiddos liked! It’s easy peasy with just a handful of ingredients! Try it…let me know what you think…then tweak it for your family and share with me!

Homemade Granola Bars

Ingredients:

2 cups organic rolled oats

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1/2 cup organic honey

2 Tbs peanut butter

2 Tbs flax seed

1/3 cup raisins

1 tsp vanilla

1/8 tsp salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch square baking dish with butter. Spread the oats and coconut evenly across a baking sheet. Toast oats and coconut in preheated oven until browned, about 10 minutes; transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add flax seeds and raisins to mixing bowl too. Mix honey, peanut butter, vanilla extract, and salt in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook and stir until smooth. Pour the honey mixture over the oats/coconut mixture; stir to coat. Spread the mixture evenly into the buttered baking dish. Bake in preheated oven until beginning to dry, about 15 minutes for slightly chewy granola bars, a few minutes more if you like them crunchy. (Note: they will seem under done/super soft and chewy when hot.) Cool completely before cutting.

Tigger could not get enough of his Purr Packs box #toystreatstreasures

lazy Tigger

Meet Tigger. I posted this lazy day picture of my cat Tigger and much to my surprise ended up with the opportunity to review a monthly subscription box to Purr Packs. My excitement was through the roof!

outside box

I was shocked at how quickly the box arrived at my house. From the time that I was presented with the opportunity to do the review to the time when the box was delivered to my house is was less than 1 week. I was already impressed, not to mention the box was addressed to Tigger…..Come on how cute is that?!?!

Since I run a licensed daycare in my home I didn’t have time to open the box right away but Tigger….He had other plans….Tigger getting box

I had to give into his desperate attempts to open the box and I only had to cut the packaging tape from the sides for him to be able to open the side inserts of the box. He was ready to reveal his treasures.

inside of the box

The packaging was bright pink for the month of February. I have never seen a monthly subscription box packed like this before and I’ve reviewed and had many delivered to my home. This was extraordinary. The box was packed perfectly and it was very eye appealing. The treasures were all throughout the entire box (not to mention the daycare kids had a blast with the shredded pink paper).

Inside the box was a nifty card that stated everything that was included in the box as a type of inventory sheet. Included in the box was: Yeowww! Brand Hearrrt Attacks (the red heart toy that was filled with organic catnip), Purr-Packs Double-Sided Brush, Petstages Nighttime Cuddle Toy (the greyish ball that glows in the dark encouraging night time play. This toy was very SOFT!), Cosmic Catnip Kitty Family Grass Kit, Snap Cat Fish Toy, Purr-Packs Phone Stand, Feline Greenies (savory salmon flavor), and Blue Buffalo Wilderness treats (chicken and salmon recipe).

Although I’ve reviewed monthly subscription boxes before I was pleasantly surprised with Purr Packs. When I was able to evaluate all that the box included, everything was full sized! Most subscription boxes, or at least the ones I’ve had the pleasure of taking part in, provided quick little samples to use. Purr Packs included everything full sized.

Quickly after I had opened the box, I realized why Tigger had taken such an interest in this box…..besides it being a box (what cat doesn’t love a good box?). It had a smell that he has never experienced before….Catnip. As I am a relatively new cat owner (he’s my very first cat) I have never had experience with catnip. I quickly looked it up to make sure he could play with it and I didn’t have to take it from him after a period of time. I have never seen him act the way he did when he got a hold of that Yeowww! Brand Hearrrt Attack toy. By far his favorite out of the entire box. He literally held it in his paws and cuddled with it, rolling all over it, and not letting it out of his sight. Once the box was emptied from the other treasures he slept with it inside the box. Later on we were able to review the other treasures, but I had to let him love on his new found friend. Tigger Yeow

After a day I was able to continue on with the review. He then expressed interest in the treats. Since I recently took him to the vet and they were explaining what to do to help him take care of his teeth I was very excited to see the Greenies treats in the box. He had his nose pressed against my hand the entire time I was opening the bag for him to try. He LOVED the treats and was actually pretty bummed that I wouldn’t let him consume the entire package

Tigger Greenie

A few treats later, we tried the Blue Buffalo Wilderness treats. He went equally as nuts as he did with the Greenies treats. Tigger Wilderness

I was unsuccessful at getting pictures of him with the Snap Cat Fish Toy as he was jumping and pouncing all over the place and all the pictured ended up being a blurred mess. This toy had to be the kids favorite toy to play with him. When you squeezed the plush fish part of the toy it sent the feather at the end of it into a tail spin. Tigger went wild swatting, biting, and grabbing at the toy.

Overall this entire box was absolutely incredible! I was very blessed to be able to review it for Purr Packs. I would recommend this monthly subscription box to anyone who has a feisty feline as I do, or even a more mellow one. At Purr Packs, you are able to customize your monthly box or even send one as a gift.

Go to http://www.purrpacks.com to get started.

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Sinless Cookies #Theyaretodiefor

WahmReviewer Melissa

Sinless Cookies

This cookie is a favorite not only from my own children but the children that attend my daycare. I have a couple children who have a dairy intolerance, and one that also has a gluten intolerance. Finding recipes that meet their needs is a challenge by itself but this cookie has been a favorite since I introduced it to them. Pssst….just don’t tell them it’s good for them!

2 ripe bananas

1 cup oats

1 heaping tablespoon of peanut butter

Add ins (your choice/optional): chocolate chips, chia seeds, walnuts, dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix ingredients together. Use a spoon to drop them on a greased cookie sheet and bake them for 15 minutes. Enjoy.

Sinless cookies

 

#TastyTuesday with carrot and sweet potato #Bisque By Amanda Ripsam

 #TastyTuesday with Carrot and Sweet Potato #Bisque  By  Amanda Ripsam

Ingredients
Sweet Potato and carrot

1 large sweet potato

1lb baby carrots (I use a small bag of baby carrots)

½ cup unsweetened applesauce

¼ cup maple syrup
Directions:

  1. Peel and chop sweet potato
  2. in a large stock pot, cover sweet potato pieces and carrots with water. Bring to a boil over high heat.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer for about 20-30 minutes, until very tender. Remove from heat and drain.
  4. Combine all ingredients and puree with an immersion blender or in a food processor or blender. The trick is to get it to the creamy texture of creamed soups or a smoothie.

 

(The recipe  that I follow says that the maple syrup optional, but being Canadian it is not optional). I find that it really makes the soup sand out. I also like to eat it cold because it has the consistency of a smoothie. Also it is perfect for moms who want to make something new for their little ones.

How I came across the recipe.

I was diagnosed with a slow digestion disorder called gastroparesis over two years ago.

That is when I started to really dive into blogging, eating healthier and taking my health seriously.

I know how difficult it can be to figure out what and how to eat while living with gastroparesis. I even at one point took suggestion of baby foods from some friends in online support groups.   I figured I could save the embarrassing grocery shopping trips and make much more of the foods I liked out of recipes that I find online and make them my own to fit my own needs.

I made this soup and everyone in my house loved it. In fact when I make the soup the kids come back for more. I think it has to do with the maple syrup flavor.

Decreasing the meal size can help with some of the fullness, distention and pain that I often have experienced with regular meals so I look for soups, smoothies and bland mushy foods . I also add a scoop of vanilla protein powder on days where I need to make soup my main meals.

I am on a low fat low fiber diet and I love this carrot and sweet potato soup. I enjoy it hot as a soup with some low fat sour cream on top or I will eat it cold and have it like a desert. For the desert part I add extra maple syrup.

If you don’t have a stomach disorder like I do, you can enjoy it between meals for a well balanced snack between breakfast, lunch or dinner. I also like to serve it to the family as an appetizer with some crackers.

Let me know what you think of the soup, and post pictures of when you make it in the Facebook commenting section below. I would love to see how yours turns out.

Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese soup – #MeatlessMonday

Hi, this is Kathy Crow and today I fixed a wonderful soup for Meatless Monday. Several years
ago I had a cup of Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese soup at one of my favorite eateries. It became a
“must have” every time we ate there. It was so very rich and creamy with little bits of vegetables
that just melted in your mouth. Then one day we went in to eat and my dear soup was gone. No
longer did they carry Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese soup.
Recently I was just very hungry for soup and for Cheddar cheese soup. Not Broccoli/Cheddar
just cheddar cheese. I began searching at first for Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese but I just couldn’t
quite get the feel of them recipes until I found this one that Emeril Lagasse used. So, I tried it
and with just a few adjustments I made it my own.
Here it is:
Ingredients
•4 tablespoons butter
•1 large onion, finely chopped
•1/3 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
•1/3 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
•4 cloves garlic, minced
•1/2 cup all-purpose flour
•2 cups chicken stock
•1 1/2 cups whole milk
•1 1/2 cups heavy cream
•12 ounces sharp yellow cheddar cheese, grated (about 4 cups)
•Salt
•1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
•Crumbled bacon, salsa, or creme fraiche, chopped parsley leaves, optional for garnish

Cheese Soup Ingredients

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Directions
In a large, heavy saucepan melt the butter over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and peppers
and saute until vegetables are soft, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and saute for 2 minutes. Add
flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes.
Cheese Soup ingredients in a Skillet
Slowly whisk in the stock, milk and heavy cream. Bring soup to a low boil and reduce heat so that
the soup barely simmers. Cook, stirring frequently, until the soup is very thick and flavorful, about
20 minutes. Add the grated cheese in 1/2 cup increments, stirring after each addition until completely melted and
smooth. Do not allow soup to boil. Season with salt and cayenne pepper, to taste.
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Serve in shallow bowls, topped with some crumbled crispy bacon bits, a dollop of salsa or creme
fraiche, and chopped parsley, as desired.
Plated Cheese Soup
Recipe courtesy of Emeril Lagasse, 2003
The changes I made were to use Half and Half for all of the milk products, added more cheese
(you can use a mild cheddar for a portion of the cheese if you prefer a milder taste) and to add
some pimento for garnish. The chicken stock can be increased if the soup is too thick for your tastes
also.)

Baby it’s Cold Outside, try this Southwestern Slow Cooker Chicken and Potato Soup Recipe to Warm you Up

Wahm Reviewer Cecily

This is actually a recipe I found a long time ago in a weight watcher forum. I usually make it up a few times in the winter months when it gets really cold outside when we need something to warm us up. Its easy, healthy and super tasty. We often add sour cream, cheese and corn or tortilla chips too.

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Southwestern Slow Cooker Chicken and Potato Soup

Ingredients
3/4 pound uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 medium sweet potato(es), peeled, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 large onion(s), chopped
29 oz canned diced tomatoes, salsa-style with chiles, undrained
14 1/2 oz fat-free chicken broth
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 1/2 cup frozen corn kernels, not thawed
Instructions
Mix all ingredients, except corn, in a 4-quart or larger slow cooker; cover and cook on low heat for 6 hours.
Stir in corn and cover slow cooker; cook on high heat until chicken is no longer pink in center and vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes more. Yields about 1 1/4 cups per serving.

My Grandmother’s Favorite Banana Bread Recipe

WahmReviewer Mary Madalene

When I was younger, I remember that I was always helping out in the kitchen either with my mom or my grandmother. I remember having a lot of “baking parties” when I would spend the night or weekend with my grandmother. Since she lived out in the boonies we needed something for her to entertain me with and that’s when I started to learn to bake.

I would always stand there on the stool beside her at the counter. I would watch her grab all the ingredients that she would need and she would let me add them in to the bowl one by one. I also remember sitting in front of the oven after everything was mixed and in there prepared pans for them to bake in the oven. I would sit there so intently watching and waiting, watching and waiting, so that I could be the first person to smell the wonderful aromas as they baked.  I also loved how she would always give me that very first piece of banana bread each time she made it. It would be so very warm and I would always slather it with butter ( I love the taste of butter and loved how it made the bread even more moist as it melted).  I want to share this recipe with you, so that you can in turn enjoy her favorite Banana Bread just like I did while growing up.

Grandma’s Favorite Banana Bread Recipe

  • 4 ripe bananas – mashed
  • 1 cup of raisins
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 cup of butter or maragine (melted)
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp of vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

  1. In a bowl combine bananas and sugar and mash away
  2. Add in the eggs, melted butter, vanilla, nutmeg and raisins, then stir to combine.
  3. Next add in the salt , and baking soda, and then add the flour 1 cup at a time until throughly mixed.

 

#bakersdelight Making the #bestever #bananabread Almost ready to go in the oven. #baking #banana #raisins #foodie

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  1. Line the Loaf Pan with Parchment Paper and pour mixture into the pan.
  2. Bake for 55 minutes to 1 hour; test with a toothpick inserted in the middle of the loaf when it comes out clean you can take it out and place it on a rack for 10 minutes before removing from the pan.

And we have a #winner. Here’s the result #bakingdays #bakersdelight #nomnom #bananabread #smellsdivine

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Now isn’t that just melt in your mouth delicious? 

The Virtue Training Bible Review #Faith #Trust #WordofGod

Wahm Reviewer Laura Heinle

I was blessed with the opportunity to review the Virtue Training Bible created by Mindy Dunn and her husband. I am so excited to share with you how I put this wonderful resource to work in my home, but first, I will tell you a little bit about it.

Holy Bible

Mindy describes the Virtue Training Bible on her website:

“The Virtue Training Bible is tool that allows parents and children (and anyone that loves the Word of God) to go directly to the pages of Scripture for instruction in 42 virtues.  The VTB emphasizes worship of our Triune God.  The yellow tabs at the top, right provide further study of the Trinity.”

When you order your own Virtue Training Bible, you will receive a set of 4 cards. The first card is an index card of all of the different virtues. The next 3 cards list all of the corresponding scriptures on one side and prayers on the other. You will then have the wonderful experience of setting up your own Bible. (Mindy does give the option of purchasing a ready-made Bible, but I have to say that going through each scripture on your own deepens your understanding.)

You do have to purchase your own Bible, color coded tabs to match the index card and highlighters. I purchased a Bible for $9, highlighters for $7 and flag markers for $8 a piece. All of these are easily found online or in a local store.

Once I had all of my supplies, I set to work on getting it ready to use with my kids. This was quite the process as the Virtue Training Bible teaches about 42 different virtues using over 500 different Old and New Testament scriptures! Totally worth the time I spent as it got me into the Word and helped me to get the full picture of the program.

I wasn’t sure how I wanted to use this in our home. I needed to find a way to fit it into our routine, so I decided to use it as my 11 year olds Bible study time each day. We followed the S.O.A.P. method. I gave him the Virtue Training Bible, a notebook and a printout from here to guide him through the process. I let him choose what virtue to work on and let him go.

He was to use one scripture a day from the chosen virtue, write it in his notebook and follow the rest of the S.O.A.P plan. The Virtue Training Bible made this process so easy for him. The scriptures were already picked out for him. He even chose to copy the whole passage.

Once I had all of my supplies, I set to work on getting it ready to use with my kids. This was quite the process as the Virtue Training Bible teaches about 42 different virtues using over 500 different Old and New Testament scriptures! Totally worth the time I spent as it got me into the Word and helped me to get the full picture of the program.

When you order your own Virtue Training Bible, you will receive a set of 4 cards. The first card is an index card of all of the different virtues. The next 3 cards list all of the corresponding scriptures on one side and prayers on the other. You will then have the wonderful experience of setting up your own Bible. (Mindy does give the option of purchasing a ready-made Bible, but I have to say that going through each scripture on your own deepens your understanding.)

Flash cards

He was to use one scripture a day from the chosen virtue, write it in his notebook and follow the rest of the S.O.A.P plan. The Virtue Training Bible made this process so easy for him. The scriptures were already picked out for him. He even chose to copy the whole passage when it was really long. For a kid that doesn’t like writing, this was amazing! He said his favorite part about the Virtue Training Bible is that it makes it easy to find verses about subjects that otherwise wouldn’t be so easy to find.

I highly recommend this Bible training resource for every Christian home. You can find your own by visiting http://www.virtuetrainingbible.com

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I LOVE ShaveMob! #Skincare #nomorehair #ShaveSmarter

WAHM Reviewer- Cecily Butler

SHAVE MOB~~~~~Again!!

 

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Remember way back a LONG time ago, okay it was actually almost a year ago. I did this review.

Well, I’m back to talk to you once again about ShaveMob. I can honestly say I’ve been using ShaveMob razors since I got my first kit back in January. I LOVE them. They are great quality for the price to be sure.

Well, the company contacted me and wanted to let me know (so I could pass this great info on to all of you) that they have a GREAT new stocking stuffer!!!!  The kit includes one of their great handles, and not 1 but 2 different sets of cartridges and a cute little mustache monocle.  You can get all this for a great price too!!!

REMEMBER order by DEC 17th for Christmas delivery!!

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Plus, they have a great new commercial—you can check it out on youtube here
The commercial is cute, but….they need to focus on their great ladies products too!! However, when it comes down to it, why not get the people you love something they’ll love!!

PS—after the first of the year they are coming out with a shaving cream too!!!!!

We welcome all comments and questions below.

 

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