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Consumer Cafe: Wave Your Flag Cake

May 23rd, 2016

Here’s the perfect dessert for your Memorial Day get-together from Kraft Foods.

Wave Your Flag Cake

  • cups  fresh strawberries, divided
  • 1-½ cups  boiling water
  • pkg.  (3 oz. each) Jell-O Gelatin, any red flavor
  • Ice cubes
  • cup   cold water
  • pkg.  (12 oz.) prepared pound cake, cut into 10 slices
  • 1-⅓ cups  blueberries, divided
  • tub   (8 oz.) Cool Whip Whipped Topping, thawed

SLICE 1 cup strawberries; cut remaining strawberries in half.

ADD boiling water to gelatin mixes in large bowl; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Add enough ice to cold water to measure 2 cups. Add to gelatin; stir until ice is melted. Refrigerate 5 min. or until slightly thickened. Meanwhile, cover bottom of 13×9-inch dish with cake slices.

ADD sliced strawberries and 1 cup blueberries to thickened gelatin; stir gently. Spoon over cake. Refrigerate 4 hours or until firm.

SPREAD Cool Whip over dessert. Top with fruit to resemble the flag, using strawberries for the stripes and remaining blueberries for the stars.

Prepare as directed with fat-free pound cake and Cool Whip Lite Whipped Topping.
Prepare using Jell-O Berry Blue Flavor Gelatin.
Prepare as directed, mixing the Cool Whip with 2 pkg. (8 oz. each) softened Philadelphia Cream Cheese and 1/4 cup sugar before spreading over dessert.

Glam Alert: Paul Mitchell Freeze and Shine Super Spray

May 1st, 2016

About this time of year in Texas, when the humidity is at about 100%, my hairdresser says my hair starts falling before she can even finish styling. Lucky for me, I have discovered the Paul Mitchell Freeze and Shine Super Spray. Doesn’t the name itself just give you hope? Hope that your ‘do will hold up the entire day?

Now you girls know in Texas we are known for our big hair. It’s not nearly as big as it was in the 80’s, but I still like a little oomph on top.

I purchased the 16.9 oz spray bottle (non aerosol) about eight months ago for around $20, and I swear the bottle still feels pretty dang full. I use it only on my top curls, with my John Frieda Hot Air Brush, since that’s where I want the style to HOLD. I also use on days when I don’t shampoo, just to give my locks a little lift.

From Paul Mitchell:

Basics: Provides powerful hold and memory.
Benefits: Creates a shiny finish.
Bonus: Helps protect hair from sun damage.
Details: Algae, aloe, jojoba, henna and rosemary boost shine. Firm-holding styling ingredients lock in your look.
So if you are looking for a hairspray with some major holding power, this is the one for you. I

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.