Review of Yumms! BBQ Grilling Mat

Review of Yumms! BBQ Grilling Mat

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   I don’t know about you, but I love to cook food on the grill in the summertime. The weather is perfect for spending time outside with family and friends.  My only issue other than the crazy amount of flies that come around the grill, is getting all of the cooked on mess off of the grill.

  When I got the grilling mat by Yumms I thought that it would be a great alternative to wrapping the racks in aluminum foil.  All you do it place it on the grill and then add your food. It’s a super simple process.

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The part that I liked the most was the fact that the food didn’t fall through and that I could still get the grill lines on my food.  I has to be really hot in order to put the lines on the food, but that isn’t too much of an issue.  The mat can handle temperatures up to 450 degrees F.

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I also had a couple of issues with it as well. I think I would need more than two of these in order to cook all of the food because the residue kind of sticks to it. It isn’t too bad, but requires me to wash it in between using it again.  Also, I am not sure how many times that I will be able to use them without them tearing apart. They are very durable, but grilling every weekend during the summer may wear them out a bit.

Tomato Basil Chicken- Recipe & Review

Tomato Basil Chicken

Tomato Basil Chicken

Recipe and Review

Makes 2 Servings

Ingredients:

2 Chicken Breast

1 Tomato

1/4 of a White Onion

2 Chopped Basil Leaves

1 Tsp Salt

2 Tsp Black Pepper

2 Tbs of Cilantro

1/4 Cup of Cheddar Cheese

Place chicken into Stainless Steel Steamer and boil until fully cooked.

Chop the tomato and onion into small pieces.

Mix in the salt, pepper, basil, and cilantro.

Preheat your oven to 350F

Chop the chicken into 1-2 inch chunks and place into a pan.

Slice the cheddar cheese.

Pour the topping on the chicken and add the cheese.

Place in the oven and cook until the cheese melts.

Enjoy!

Review of the Stainless Steel Vegetable Steamer

Steamer

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I have been wanting to try one of these out for a while now. Now that I have, I can say that it is really convenient.  It keeps all of the food together while boiling/steaming it. I can leave it open and put it on top of my pot to steam it or have it closed while I boil veggies.  Best of all I can keep foods separated while cooking them.

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It is really sturdy too.  My kids thought it was a spaceship and kept making it land on things.  It really held up well.  I think I will use it on fruit next time.

Steamer

Review of New Bone China Tea Set

Review of White Angel New Bone China Tea Set with Cup Hanger

Tea Review

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I got the opportunity to try out this tea set. I used the set to make green tea. I used a little bit of raw honey for flavoring. It is made for loose tea and it was really easy to use.

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It comes with a convenient little stand to hold the pot, cups, and saucers.  The hooks are very sturdy and hold the cups with no problems.  I love how the cups and saucers can be stored together in the same place for easy access.

Tea Review

I only had one issue with the set and that was the fact that the first teapot and 1 cup broke during transit. The company was very quick with their response. They got the replacements to me very quickly.

Tea Review

Even if you don’t like tea this set would still be a great addition. It really adds style to my kitchen.

If you would like to win one, just comment with your favorite flavor tea. ( so that I get your email to contact you) Contest ends 5/7/2015

Chocolate Muffin Recipe


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Ingredients:

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

2 cups of flour

2 eggs

1/4 cup of oil

1/2 cup of water

3/4 cup of sugar

2 tablespoons of Cocoa Powder

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350F

Sift the dry ingredients together, then combine all the ingredients with your mixer.

Pour into each silicone baking cup.

Bake for 35 minutes.

Make sure to check and make sure that they are fully cooked.

Let them for about 15 minutes and then enjoy!

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I love these silicone baking cups. They were actually very sturdy and supported the weight of the batter very well. I placed them onto a cookie sheet instead of in a muffin pan.  They held up very well unlike another brand that I previously tried. The real test came when I popped them out of the cups.  I thought for sure that they would stick or come out in pieces. Nope! I was wrong. They came out so easy. The cup was virtually clean when I got it out. Other than the slight amount of oil from the muffin, it was clean.

IMG_1533Look how clean it is!

I would definitely recommend these over other brands. The fact that they didn’t need a muffin pan really sold it for me.

Brand New Monday #1

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DIW#2 Mystery Scarf Blog Hop CAL

DIW#2 Mystery Scarf Blog Hop CAL

Here is my portion of the Design Improv Workshop #2 You can find out all about it here.

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Basically a bunch of us designers got together and decided to do a mystery crochet along project.  We chose a scarf.  Sounds easy enough right?

 

There is only 1 rule.  Each row can only have 40 stitches.

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Rows 1-5 are here on Stitches N’ Scraps

Rows 6-10 are here on American Crochet

Rows 11-15 are here on Underground Crafter

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Abbreviations:

Ch- Chain

Slst- Slip Stitch

Sc- Single Crochet

Hdc- Half Double Crochet

FpHdc- Front Post Half Double Crochet

Dc- Double Crochet

 

Ch 3 counts as first dc

“” is used to denote the repeats

Now starts part 4!!

Change colors

16. Ch 3, turn, dc into the next stitch, skip 2 stitches, “(2dc, ch 1, 2dc) into the next stitch, skip 4 stitches” [3 times], 2dc into the next stitch, ch 2, 2dc into the next stitch, “skip 4 stitches, (2dc, ch 1, 2dc) into the next stitch” [3 times], skip 2 stitches, dc into the last 2 stitches.

Change Colors

17. Ch 3, turn, dc into the next stitch, fphdc around the next 2 stitches, “sc into the ch space, fphdc around the next 4 stitches” [3 times], 2sc into the ch space, “fphdc around the next 4 stitches, sc into the ch space” [3 times], fphdc around the next 2 stitches, dc into the last 2 stitches.

18. Ch 3, turn, dc into the next stitch, skip 2 stitches, “(2dc, ch 1, 2dc) into the next stitch, skip 4 stitches” [3 times], 2dc into the next stitch, ch 2, 2dc into the next stitch, “skip 4 stitches, (2dc, ch 1, 2dc) into the next stitch” [3 times], skip 2 stitches, dc into the last 2 stitches.

Change Colors

19. Ch 3, turn, dc into the next stitch, fphdc around the next 2 stitches, “sc into the ch space, fphdc around the next 4 stitches” [3 times], 2sc into the ch space, “fphdc around the next 4 stitches, sc into the ch space” [3 times], fphdc around the next 2 stitches, dc into the last 2 stitches.

20. Ch 1, turn, sc into each stitch.

 

I hope you enjoy!

Lemon Matcha Muffin Recipe and Review

Lemon Matcha Muffin Recipe and Review

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Ingredients:

1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

2 cups of flour

2 eggs

3/4 cup of oil

1/2 cup of sugar

1 tablespoon of Matcha powder (I used KissMe Organics)

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mix the dry ingredients, then mix the wet ingredients.  Combine the wet with the dry ingredients.

Pour into each muffin tin.

Bake for 30-35 minutes.  Test to make sure they are completely done.

Let them cool and enjoy!

Review of KissMe Organics Matcha Powder

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I really like this powder.  It doesn’t have a funny after taste and it’s fine enough to mix with almost anything. I love the bright color that it adds to my recipes and the added health benefits.

I used it in my sugar cookie recipe as well.  My kids loved it. Next I will add it to eggs. Mmmm MMM mm.

Animal Trackers Club

Animal Trackers Club

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The Animal Trackers Club is such a great idea.  You just sign up and they send a box of learning material all focused on one animal.  They include a toy, magnet, activity sheets, mask, pencils, lunch box, word worksheets,  information cards, and more.  The lunch box holds all the material thst you get with each shipment.  There is even a ring to keep all of the tracking cards together.

I love the fact that the box keeps the mess to a minimum.  I don’t like the fact that I would need to buy several boxes to have enough for all the kids.

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Lili’s favorite part was the foam paper picture.  Once she got the hang of them, she really enjoyed it.  Nonny liked the mask and the card with tracks.  She kept comparing the card to the local animal tracks.

I would definitely look into getting this for the kids.

Animal Tail Prop

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Have you ever wondered how they make the little crochet animal tail props?  Well here is a quick and simple pattern that will tell you how to make one.  I hope you enjoy.

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