Saturday, February 25, 2012

Knorr Homestyle Stock--Review

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  • Versatility for a multitude of dishes, from soups to skillets to sides.
  • A better value than cartons or cans – each tub makes 3-1/2 cups of broth.
  • Two great varieties for adding rich flavor to dishes with either the chicken or beef flavors.
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I received the chicken stock for my review.  From watching the commercials on tv, I expected the tubs to be larger.  I was surprised to see that they are relatively small.  They pack a lot of flavor though!

It so happened that I was already cooking a chicken for homemade chicken and noodles the day the Knorr Homestyle Stock came in the mail.  Great timing!
I don't generally add stock to my homemade chicken and noodles.  I just use the stock made from cooking the chicken.   Everyone always loves it when I make chicken and noodles.....they loved them even more when I added the Knorr Homestyle Stock to the pot too!  It really gave the chicken and noodles a great hearty taste.  Half of the  batch is in the freezer for a later meal.

Here is a photo of the chicken and noodles before serving:

Included in my campaign kit was a packet of recipes.  Thy all sound great, but we couldn't wait to try the Super Easy Sweet Potato Mash.  (Half of these are also in the freezer for a later meal)
Here is the recipe:


A Chef Marco Pierre White Recipe

PREP TIME: 5 Minute(s)
COOK TIME: 25 Minute(s)
2-1/2 lbs. sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
3 Tbsp. water
1 tub Knorr® Homestyle Stock - Chicken
4 Tbsp. Shedd's Spread Country Crock® Spreadable Butter With Canola Oil
  1. Combine sweet potatoes with water in large microwave-safe bowl. Cover and microwave at HIGH 12 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  2. Remove from microwave and carefully remove cover. Stir in Knorr® Homestyle Stock - Chicken and Spreadable Butter. Mash or process in food processor until smooth.

A distinctively different taste, but it was very good. 
Guide to Career Education can help you find the right Culinary Arts school to make these and other delicious dishes like them.
Who would have thought about using stock in sweet potatoes.    Here is the picture of our finished product:

My daughter was hungry for stuffing one night.  She used the stock in with bread crumbs and made it herself.  I ate more of it than she did, it was so good!

What will be make with our last tub of the Knorr Homestyle Stock?  I really don't know.  There are a lot of great recipes on the website.  I want to try several of them using the beef stock as well.  Click the links to find out even more information and take a look at the recipes too.

Disclaimer:  I received a Knorr Homestyle Stock package from Knorr and Smiley360 for the purpose of my review.  I was not compensated in any other way and any opinions are my own.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Frugal Friday Link-Up--Uses for Popcorn and Potato Chips

Today I am going to share 3 uses for popcorn and 4 uses for potato chips. I am sharing from the 99 Cent Solutions book.

1. Pad a package. Popcorn isn't a recommended replacement for foam peanuts, but it does work for domestic shipping. Wrap the object you are shipping, place a layer of air popped popcorn on the bottom of the box, put in the item you are shipping, then fill the box the rest of the way with more popcorn. Popcorn is economical and a great shock absorber. (Let's just hope the person you are shipping too doesn't decide to eat it.

2. Decorate a tree. Remember the good old days of making popcorn strings to decorate the tree with at grandma's house? I know I do! We still make it a family tradition here when we can.

3. Make a squirrel UN-friendly bird feeder. Make a couple of loops of strung popcorn and hang them for the birds. They are great for the birds to perch on and have a snack, but too light for squirrels to climb.

Potato chips:
1. Top a casserole. Use potato chip crumbs in place of bread crumbs to top your casserole dish. I actually do save the bottom crumbs of the potato chip bags in my freezer, just for this purpose. A family favorite to have the chips on top of the casserole.

2. Give fried foods a crispy crunch. Again, in place of bread crumbs, use finely crushed potato chips instead, and fry as usual. You won't need to add any salt. Yum!

3. Make a sandwich. In the British Isles it's well known to have salt and vinegar chips between 2 pieces of buttered bread for a sandwich. Well.....we do often put potato chips, or Doritos inside our sandwiches but never just chips. They say it's strangely addictive.

4. Bake some cookies. Using your favorite butter cookie recipe, or the standard recipe for chocolate chip cookies, use crushed, salted potato chips instead of chocolate. If you love a mix of sweet and salty in your snack foods, you'll never look back! (I should give this a try for sure)

I do hope you find some of these tips and suggestions helpful each week. Link up any frugal posts you've done over the past week--or posts you do between now and next Friday when the linky closes, please.

Saline Soothers/ Boogie Wipes Home Party--Review--and Giveaway!

I have the extreme pleasure of being a Saline Ambassador.  What does this mean?  It means that I get to hand out samples of Saline Soothers and Boogie Wipes so that everyone can try these great products!

I have been handing the samples out about everywhere I go.  I also hosted a party in my home.  I want to share the photos from my home party--

First we have the snack and sample table  :)

Some of the guests arriving and milling around.

Coloring time for the kids.

Everyone was more than happy to try the samples and take a few home.  I did a drawing giving out 2 full packages.  It was a fun filled afternoon for all.

A little more from me about the Saline Soothers and Boogie Wipes:
My ambassador kit couldn't have come at a better time.  I had been blowing my nose several times a day.  What I found right away was that I blew my nose once with the Saline Soothers and my sinuses stayed clear the rest of the day.  This was daily!

I've not personally tried the Boogie Wipes, but my teenager has been using those.  (Yes, she's tried the Saline Soothers too.)  She's been handing out the Boogie Wipes samples to her friends.  I'm loving it!

I had to do my own learning on the benefits of saline, and here is what I found:
Saline (Sodium Chloride) is a mineral found naturally in the earth that excels at dissolving mucus when used in the right concentration.
Saline cleans and helps dissolve mucus, while moisturizing aloe and vitamin E keep your nose looking and feeling up to snuff.

 Saline Soothers come in three refreshing scents: Cool Menthol, Fragrance Free, and Light Lavender.

 Extra soft, alcohol, phthalate and paraben free, Boogie Wipes are available in Great Grape, Fresh Scent, Minty Menthol and Simply Unscented. Recommended by pediatricians as a gentle, effective alternative to a dry tissue.

Now for the fun!  One lucky blog reader (who is NOT already a Saline Ambassador) will win their choice of a package of Saline Soothers in Menthol or Fragrance Free--OR a package of Boogies Wipes in Grape or Fresh Scent.  Also included in the prize package will be samples of the products not chosen as well as coupons.

Five bonus winners will receive a sample and coupon pack.


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Squidoo Hopping---Mission Failure

Well, my mission was a failure.  If you remember last week, my mission was to really get to work on making the This Day in History lenses.
I got out a paper to start one---it sat on the couch next to me all week!

The thing about making lenses is that even if you know just what you want in the lens, even if you have the body of it cut and pasted, it still takes well over an hour to put a lens together.  At least it does for me.  I've been so busy that the extra hour hasn't fit in to my schedule.

Can someone come give me a kick start?

I did look at, and comment, on lots of lenses as usual.  It's pretty easy to get lost in squidoo if I am searching for something specific, or just viewing lenses to return comments, or viewing what is posted to the facebook groups.  Oh yes, and the lenses linked up in last week's hop.  A huge thank you to all of you who took the time to link up last week.  I hope to see more and more join in.  I didn't get to all of them yet, but I will!

I did edit my Learning About England lens.  It's the final update until Jasmine returns home from her trip with photos for me to add.  Her trip is March 20-28.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

WIP Wednesday 2/22/12--The Projects Roll On

It's been a busy Wednesday so I am late getting my post up this week.

I had no progress again on either the toothbrush rug or the cross magnets.
I did fill in a few more squares for the baby blocks.  I tried to work on the walker bags for quilt guild.  I did cut out the material for the other 3 bags.  I read the instructions 3 or 4 times and I'm confused.  I took the bag I started and the instructions to sewing club yesterday but my friend couldn't really tell me what my next step is.  She's told me to show up at the sit and sew tomorrow morning at the senior center.  She said there will be quite a few ladies there from guild that can probably show me what to do.  I sure hope so!  We have another month to get them done for the community project.

So...I did some more work on the scrappy quilt for sewing club at church.  It's not moving along very fast, but is moving along.
 I ripped out my sewing and re-did the second row on the quilt I am working on.  I made just over enough squares for the next row too.
 We met at church for sewing club again.  I snuck in this photo of the gals working on finishing up the tying on a quilt.  I cut around the edges while they worked.  I also cut and pinned the binding on another quilt we had already tied.  Then, I just worked a bit putting the diagonal lines on some of the squares for the scrappy quilt above.  I finally have most all of the sewing lines drawn.
 And, here is my granny square challenge blanket for day 53.  I'm sure enjoying working on this, but anxious for it to be larger.  I hope that each week you can see it getting larger even though it's just 7 squares larger each week.
I think that's it for this week's report.  I am linking up with the following blogs:
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

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Homeschool Journal--Vacation Week

Hip Homeschool Hop ButtonHubby had a vacation week last week. I made a deal with Jasmine that we wouldn't do all that much schoolwork.
We did math review problems each day on the dry erase board. We also read in the books about England every day. Well...not every day, as we went to visit my daughter and her family for the day on Friday. That was great! We've only went out of town to their house one other time since they moved.
We also had the normal things like Bible study at church, she went to her youth group meeting, and we had grill night and family fun night at church.

Short and sweet post from me this week. I want to end the post with a photo of my 8 month old granddaughter, Zelda. I took this when we were visiting. You will see Jasmine sitting on the couch in the background.

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