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Monday, December 9, 2013

Turkey Chili with the Help of Mrs Dash

Oh the cold weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we've no where to go
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!!

This song has been going through my head just about everyday... We have had snow... and snow... and snow.  It just doesn't want to stop.  It also has been cold and windy.  This is the perfect time to make Chili. Even though you have to go out in the snow and the cold it isn't so bad if you can come into a warm bowl of Chili.

I am always filling out forms to get free samples and one of the samples that I got was Mrs Dash Chili Seasoning Mix.  I decided to try it and YUM!  I love the flavour that it gave my chili.  It even tasted better after sitting in the fridge for a couple of days.  I was not asked to do a review of this seasoning and but wanted to share this wonderful seasoning.  It makes it so much easier to make a great chili.

Turkey Chili

1 lb turkey (can also use ground beef or hamburger)
1/2 cup diced onion
1 garlic clove minced
1 14 oz can diced tomatoes (I used Red Gold) 
1 5 oz can tomato sauce
1 15 oz can kidney beans
1 pkg Mrs. Dash Chili Seasoning Mix
1 cup corn (I use frozen corn)

In large frying pan or saucepan, fry turkey. Add onions and garlic and continue to cook for a couple of minutes.
Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, Kidney beans, corn, Chili Seasoning Mix.  Bring to a boil and turn down and simmer for at least 15 minutes. 
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LINKS:  Tasty Tuesdays
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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Crocheted Christmas Mitts Ornaments

This fall and winter I have been having so much fun making more ornaments.  I used to do this every Christmas and I would give my nieces and nephews homemade ornaments every year.  Well for about the last 10 years I haven't done so much.

I decided to pick up my crochet hook and do a few ornaments with them.  I found this pattern for mitts and thought they would be perfect.  My biggest problem was reading the instructions.  I am not so good at that but I do think they turned out looking alright.

After making many different ornaments I decided that this one was the one I was sending to my partner for the Ornament Swap 2013, hosted by Tutus and Tea Parties, Robyn's View and Baby Bump and Beyond.  I had so much fun last year, that I joined up again for this year.  I know that my partner received her  ornament as she sent me an email.  So, that means that I can write about what I made.

Crocheted Christmas Mitt Ornaments

Crochet Hook
Pattern for Mitts
Fabric Fusion Sheet

Crochet your mitt using this pattern.
Apply Fabric Fusion Sheet to back of burlap with iron.  This is used to give the burlap some stability and to prevent unraveling.  The first mitt I cut out my pattern first and then ironed the fabric fusion sheet to back - BAD idea.  It didn't work as good.  Works better to do this step first.
Cut out patterns - I used hearts and stars, but you can use whatever you would like.
Find buttons that match or even just the colours you like.
Thread your button and burlap shape to the mitt and tie ends.

That's it, your done.  Depending on your expertise in crocheting will depend on how long each ornament takes.  It took me about an hour or two to do one mitt.   These ornaments would be perfect to put small gifts, candies or money in, use as gift toppers or you could also use them on your table to hold your cutlery.

to use on your table for your cutlery

Tuck small gifts or money inside

Here are some of the other ornaments that I have made this year.... Hot Chocolate Ornaments, and Sheet Music Ornaments .

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Links:  Craft Frenzy Friday Link Party, Create it or Bake it, In and Out of the Kitchen

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Homemade Cranberry Sauce ~ Simple, Easy and yummy tasting.

You can't have turkey without Cranberry Sauce or at least I don't think you can.  I try to make my own and every year I do something a little different.  This year I decided to follow the recipe on the bag with a slight change or improvement I think.  This recipe is so simple and easy to make... and yummy in taste.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Pie Party at Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party #foodiefriendsfriday

"American as Apple Pie"
Pie is part of American history.  They came with the early settlers and were considered economical food. Pies were an easy way to transport and keeping food.  The pilgrims brought over the apple speed and once the trees grew, the apple pie became very popular.   December 1st was National Pie Day and the 3rd was National Apple Pie Day so.....

Fill the Cookie Jar with Sandtarts

I can't believe that it is time to Fill the Cookie Jar again.  It seems like it was only a few days ago that I filled it with  Pumpkin Chai Biscotti.  This month theme is Holiday.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Using Up Leftovers With the Help of Pompeian Grapeseed Oil

I received this product from Smiley360 in exchange for my honest opinion and review.

Last month I received Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil and I made Mustard Crusty Chicken and Couscous Cake with Mango and Ginger Salsa.  So I was excited to receive their new product ~ Grapeseed Oil Spray.

I will be the first to say that I don't really like cooking sprays.  Needless to say I do use them once in a while. This Grapeseed Oil seems different from the first spray.  Instead of getting a mist or not much of anything from other sprays, this spray looks and feels like oil.

Pompeian 100% Grapeseed Oil is all natural and light. There is no propellant mixed in with the oil so it is 100% oil and you can see it as you spray.  I also love that by the pressure of your finger you can deliver the oil differently ~ by drip, steam or spray. I have used the oil on my waffle iron, making stir fry and sauteing and it has worked wonderfully.  It also worked perfectly for making Quesadillas and using up your Thanksgiving Leftovers.

Turkey and Cranberry Quesadilla
2 8in flour tortilla (can also use corn if you want to be gluten free)
left over turkey
bacon slice
left over cranberry sauce
Pompeian 100% Grapeseed Oil Spray

Spray cast iron pan or skillet with Grapeseed Oil Spray.
Add one tortilla to pan.
Spread desired amount of crumbled turkey, bacon, onions, cranberry sauce and cheese.
Add second tortilla over mixture.
Cook on medium high until cheese is melted.
Flip tortilla over and cook other side.

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Disclamer:  I received this product,  from smiley360, for my honest review on this product.  All opinions are 100% mine. I did not receive any compensation for my review.

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Belight Tea Review

A couple of weeks ago I received an email Toffler asking me if I would like to try a new tea.   In the email it mentioned that this tea helps with digestion, metabolism and reduces snacking.  I am in and sent back my reply right away.