Sunday, June 28, 2015

Garden update

The garden is busy growing!  My container veggies and plants are also doing awesome!  

Red nasturtium is with the spaghetti squash as a companion plant.


Spaghetti Squash in container 

Spaghetti Squash and Eggplant

Sunflower and more squash (lost most of my plants last year to squash beetles-nasty buggers!)

Strawberries and catmint (hummingbird loves it, so does Bailey!)


Green Beans growing

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Its Rewarding to Comment on your Favorite Brands Posts on Facebook!

I posted a picture of my pets (3 dogs and 1 cat) on the Invisible Fence Brand page in response to a request to  share my furry best friends for #BestFriendsDay!  So I shared my four furry friends that love the safety and freedom their #InvisibleFenceBrand fence gives them.  I forgot it was coming until the FedEx package was delivered with all these goodies for the dogs!

Thanks,  Invisible Fence Brand,

From Boomer, Rex and Puzzle!

Sweet Hot Coriander Chicken

I saw this recipe in the July 2015 issue of Better Homes and Gardens and thought it was worth a try.  I had all the ingredients on hand and thought it would be something different to try.  I used  about 10 Chicken strips instead of four 6-ounce chicken breasts.  You can view the Better Homes and Gardens recipe here.


10 Chicken breast tenders

1 TBS Grapeseed oil (or Olive Oil etc)

2 tsp Packed dark brown sugar

1 tsp Ground Coriander

2 tsp Sriracha sauce

1 tsp Chili powder

1/3 cup Orange juice

Cilantro (Optional-top at end)

1.  Assemble the marinade by combining the dry seasoning, oil, and the Sriracha sauce.  You may only want to add 1 tsp off Sriracha if you don't like super spicy foods.

2. Marinate the chicken for at least 15 minutes.  I used chicken that was frozen so I thawed it and put the marinade in a Ziploc bag in the fridge till I was ready to cook it.

3.  Heat a large skillet with a small amount of oil on medium-high heat.  Add your chicken cook until done at least 10 minutes, or internal temperature of 165 degrees F.   Turn over chicken halfway through.

4.  Remove chicken from pan and set aside in a bowl, cover to keep warm.

5.  Add orange juice and loosen and pan drippings and seasonings from the chicken.  The orange juice should reduce down to about 2 TBS.  Once orange juice is reduced and thickened spoon over chicken.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Top with cilantro (optional).

Makes about 4 servings.

Only thing I may change is the amount of chili powder/Sriracha sauce in the sauce, it was too overpowering for some.  I was thinking Pineapple juice maybe a nice sweet option/alternative to the orange juice also.  I like spicy so I thought it was good and just tasted the citrus and then a kick of spice.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant

I was excited to try Arm & Hammer's Truly Radiant Whitening and Strength Rinse, Truly Radiant Rejuvenating toothpaste and the Truly Radiant Deep Clean Spinbrush. I received the products free from Smiley360 and Arm and Hammer to provide my honest feedback.

The Truly Radiant Rejuvenating toothpaste leaves you with a clean fresh mouth long after you brush, and does not leave your teeth or gums sensitive. The clean feeling is similar to the after a dental cleaning fresh feeling. It does have a little bit stronger of a baking soda taste but not near as bad as other Arm & Hammer products I have tried.

 I am a long time Crest Pro-Health Clinical user because its the only toothpaste that I like both the taste and teeth/gum benefits. I have tried other whitening toothpastes and they did not remove the staining I have from coffee/tea/braces bands on my molars and the Arm and Hammer DID remove those stains considerably. I get dental cleanings every six months and the bracket stains are usually only minimized but the toothpaste faded them considerably.
The Spinbrush Truly Radiant toothbrush was kind of large for me. It is an interesting concept for a toothbrush but its bigger than my oral-b rechargeable toothbrush! It does spin around as you brush much like a electric toothbrush which may be good for travel or children because it does have a rotating head and elongated bristles to clean hard to reach places economically. 

The rinse is refreshing but not overly strong, similar to ACT products if anyone has used them, but maybe a little bit stronger like a mouthwash in flavor. I like that both products restore, protect and strengthen the enamel since a lot of foods we eat can damage the enamel of our teeth. The rinse has a lasting fresh crisp mint flavor. The rinse is peroxide and alcohol free stops stains before they start which is great because that means its not irritating to our gums and kids can use it too.

Get a free sample here: