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Happy 2015

January 1st, 2015

“What can be said in New Year rhymes,
That’s not been said a thousand times?
The new years come, the old years go,
We know we dream, we dream we know.
We rise up laughing with the light,
We lie down weeping with the night.
We hug the world until it stings,
We curse it then and sigh for wings.
We live, we love, we woo, we wed,
We wreathe our prides, we sheet our dead.
We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,
And that’s the burden of a year.”

  – -Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I hope 2015 is a great year for everyone! I appreciate your support and comments in 2014. I am so thankful for all of you! My only child got married in 2014, and I went back to work as a paralegal, so my blog has been much neglected. I hope to do more posts in 2015. Maybe not every day, but we will work up to that! I have some great new products to share!

Consumer Cafe: Picnic in a Glass

June 27th, 2014

Here’s another crowd pleaser. Easy and delicious, and no cooking required!

Picnic in a Glass (southernliving.com)

  • 1 (19-oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 (2 1/2- to 3-lb.) deli-roasted chicken, skinned, boned, and shredded
  • 3/4 cup chopped radishes
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 pt. grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped English cucumber
  • 3 cups coarsely crushed pita chips
  • Lemon wedges

For Yogurt Dressing:

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 4 ounces feta cheese, finely crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 5 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Table salt and black pepper to taste
  1. Stir together first 4 ingredients and 2 Tbsp. olive oil; stir in shredded chicken. Add table salt and black pepper to taste; let stand 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, stir together radishes, onion, and 1 Tbsp. olive oil. Stir together tomatoes and 1 Tbsp. olive oil. Stir together cucumbers and remaining 1 Tbsp. olive oil. Season each mixture with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Layer chickpea mixture, radish mixture, 3/4 cup Yogurt Dressing, tomato mixture, pita chips, and cucumber mixture in a 4-qt. bowl; top with remaining Yogurt Dressing. Cover and chill 2 to 4 hours. Serve with lemon wedges and additional pita chips.

For Dressing stir together yogurt, feta cheese, dill, buttermilk, lemon zest, lemon juice, and garlic. Add table salt and black pepper to taste. Let stand 15 minutes. Note: For a thicker dressing, reduce buttermilk to 4 Tbsp.

Total time includes dressing.

Consumer Cafe: Picnic-Perfect Tuna-and-Macaroni Salad

June 20th, 2014

If you are looking for something quick and easy to make for your own crowd, or take to a crowd, here’s the one.

Picnic-Perfect Tuna-and-Macaroni Salad (allyou.com)

  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 3 ribs celery, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 12-oz. can tuna in water, drained
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp. reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 tsp. cider vinegar
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add macaroni and cook according to package instructions until al dente. Drain, rinse with cold water and drain again.
  2. While pasta is cooking, combine celery, onion, parsley, carrot and tuna in a large bowl. Add cooled macaroni and toss to combine. In a small bowl, whisk mayonnaise, yogurt and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper and whisk. Pour over pasta and toss until well coated. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Add veggies: Toss in chopped artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes or roasted red peppers.
Trade pastas: You can use any short pasta shape in this recipe.

Un-Du Adhesive Remover

June 17th, 2014

I’ve recently been assigned the task of scanning all my mom’s photo albums, to put on flash drives and give to my brothers, so we all have a copy of our family photos. That’s fifty years of photos! And my mother loved to “make a memory”. That’s what she always said when taking pictures. It became such a family joke.

So, I’ve blogged before about the great scanner I have. I have scanned my entire set of family photos, and now I’m almost done with my mom’s photographs, and this scanner hasn’t given me so much as a hiccup. The sad thing is, I purchased it for $85, and it’s now $275. I was informed of this huge price difference last Christmas when one of my friend’s husbands wanted to get her one for Christmas. I will give you the same advice I gave him. Look at what else is offered on amazon.com, and as long as the resolution is the same, and the reviews are good, go for it.

Now, back to the subject. I was able to scan all of the photographs my mother kept except for two large photo albums that covered all the adorable baby pictures of my older brother and I. That was back in the day when people actually glued photos to the page. I tried carefully with a butter knife to get it off and could tell I was going to ruin the photo. I love Goo Gone, but knew that would leave a greasy mess, so I researched and found Un-Du Adhesive Remover. It’s just what I was looking for. Acid free, so it won’t ruin the photograph.

You can find it at Michaels, Wal-Mart, or amazon.com.