Honey Garlic Chicken

IMG_6250Remember yesterday’s post where I said I wanted to try that honey garlic chicken?  So I did! I didn’t do it in the slow cooker, but it was awesome!!!  The recipe uses skin-on chicken but I used boneless skinless.  I was doing 4 smaller pieces of chicken without the veggies so I decided to cut the recipe in half.  I sprayed a cast iron pan and cooked the chicken on the stovetop.  I cooked the sauce mix in a small sauce pan for about 5 minutes on low then during the last 5 minutes of cooking I poored a few tablespoons of the sauce onto each piece of chicken.  The last couple minutes I poor the remaining sauce into the pan to let it condense if it wants to but if not that’s ok too.  I served the chicken with egg noodles.  With the little sauce that was left in the pan, I poored it over the noodles. You don’t need a lot of sauce as it is a very flavorful sauce.  Give the honey garlic chicken a try with or without the slow cooker.  The whole family thought it was amazing!!!

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Food Sites n’ Recipe Ideas

I’ve been getting almost all of my new recipes from AllRecipes.com for quite some time now.  I use their app on my phone and I don’t know if it’s the way I am searching, but I am seeing the same old recipes come up.  So I decided to look for other sources for new recipes.

One place you won’t find me is in the local bookstore or library in the cookbook section.  Why spend money or time on a book that you may only need 5 recipes out of when you can find equivalent recipes online.  Even the major chefs have recipes online, so if you want to find recipes by Giada De Laurenta simply google “Giada recipes” (don’t tell her I said that).

IMG_9315editI wanted to pass along this website that lists America’s Best Food Blogs.  Quite a variety out there.  I could spend all day perusing through all of these blogs.  It didn’t take me long before I found a recipe I want to try in the next week.  What do you think?

Even still, I’m looking for a new FREE recipe app.  I like to look for recipes while my husband is driving me home from work.  Do you have a favorite site or app that you use to find fabulous new recipes?  Share it in the comments!


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Zazzle Rocks!

zazzle3Would you consider yourself “creative” or “artistic?”  If you are either, you may have a future in product design.  There is an awesome site called Zazzle that makes it possible for the average person to have their own designs and creative ideas printed on many, many different products.  They have hundreds of products you can put your design on.  There’s a screen shot so you can see.  Then there are variations of shapes and sizes in each of those items.  The company started out with just t-shirts, mugs, hats… the basics that other sites carry.

The awesomeness of Zazzle:

  1. Tools to help you refine your design
  2. Ability to add text to the design
  3. Customers can customize their item using your design and you still get your full commission.
  4. Get paid for doing what you love.
  5. You can quickly have 1,000 items up for sale.
  6. No membership fees
  7. Wide variety of products and variations
  8. Easy to use website
  9. Zazzle markets your products.
  10. No investment needed!
  11. You must use work that you own the copyright on.


  1. As you create each new item it can get tedious putting in attributes, title and description if you want to quickly add products.
  2. I’d like to be able to do a bunch of products at once. For example if I have one design I’d like to add it to a pair of speakers, a mug, t-shirt, 3 ring binder, and 10 other items all at the same time rather than having to create a different title, description, category for each item. That would be a game changer if that were possible!!
  3. You must use work that you own the copyright on.

How it works is you submit your photo, do a little sizing and positioning, and your done!  After a brief wait, Zazzle will put the product up on the site!  You don’t have to do any marketing… your design will simply show up in their online catalog. You decide on the commission you want from the item and that determines the customer’s price.  The going rate seems to be that people want 20% commission.  With each increase in your commission, the price does go up for the customer.  And you can adjust that percentage with each product if you wish.  I tend to keep mine at 20% for the less expensive items (keychains, greeting cards, bumper stickers) and lower the commission for the high dollar items (sunglasses, speakers, throw blankets).

SO you might be thinking “I know nothing about computer programs and graphics but I would consider myself creative.”  You don’t have to create this awesome new design that people are falling over themselves to buy.  Create a slogan or catchy phrase (that aren’t copyrighted), change the font and maybe the background color and WALA! You created a product to sell on Zazzle.  Granted, the better your design the quicker it will sell and the more commission you can charge.  Depending on the number of designs you do and products you have for sale you could earn a living on Zazzle!  But even if you only do it very part time, there is room for everyone on Zazzle.


BONUS: you can even post your items to pinterest and instagram to market your products.

If you’ve tried Zazzle already, what do you think?  If you haven’t tried Zazzle, what are you waiting for?

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Receipt Hog

There are a lot of apps that help you earn money or points towards gift cards.  These are so easy to use because you are usually earning points with little to no extra effort.  The one unnamedI’ve found that offers you the littlest effort is Receipt Hog.  All you have to do is take a picture of your receipts.  That’s it!  That simple!  You receive different points for different ranges of dollars spent.  Here are the earning levels:

  • <$10 = 5 coins
  • $10-$50 = 10 coins
  • $50-$100 = 15 coins
  • $100+ = 20 coins.

For the little work you need to do I think the frequency of payout is pretty fair as well.  You can get payout to your paypal account or in the form of an Amazon Gift e-card code.  Here are the point totals.

  • 1000 coins = $5
  • 1800 coins = $10
  • 3200 coins = $20
  • 4500 coins = $30

You can also receive points for completing small challenges.  This can be challenges like connecting your Facebook account or submitting a certain number of receipts within a week or within the month.

Nothing to lose by trying it right?  You get points for referring folks too. I’m not recommending the site simply because of that, but I sure would appreciate if you’d use my referral code. If you don’t want to that’s ok too.  My code is FREK4823

I’ll share a few more apps with you in the coming days.

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Best Ever Homemade Pancakes

When I suggested that you start using powdered milk (mixed with water) to substitute real milk, I told you I would share my recipe for homemade pancakes. So here it is!  No more buying boxes of pancake mix and finding you don’t have enough to get everyone through that Sunday morning breakfast unless you run out and get more mix.

  • 2 C. Milk
  • 4 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 C. Flour
  1. Mix the wet ingredients.  Then add dry ingredients. Mix well until there are still some lumps.  You don’t want to over mix it.  Lumps of flower will be eliminated as the pancakes cook.
  2. Spray your pan with a non-stick spray or you can add a little crisco or vegetable oil to a paper towel and rub it on the pan or griddle.
  3. With a ladle, add batter to pan for desired size.  Once bubbles form on the top, turn.

Turn them into Chocolate Chip Pancakes

  • 1/4 C. Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 C. Chocolate Chips
  1. Mix these two ingredients into the batter from above.  Once cooked, enjoy your awesome pancakes!

Other suggestions would be to add fruit on top. Our family loves putting strawberries and whipped cream on top.  What about your family?

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Save Money By Making your own Awesome Pumpkin Pies

FullSizeRenderThis year I planned to make pumpkin pies from pumpkins rather than the can in an effort to save some money and make more pumpkin pies than usual.  So I bought a huge pumpkin for $4 and thought I had it made.  I gutted and removed the skin and boiled the pieces then put it in the blender to mush it up.  The next day I was bragging at work that I am going to make soooo much pie.  Then my baking plans came to a screeching halt as my coworker advised me that there are baking pumpkins and jack o lantern pumpkins. WHAT?!  I proceeded to scour the internet for “uses for jack o lantern pumpkins.”  I found a great website that guided me through using my pumpkin goop in a pie recipe after all.  What a relief because I had a LOT of pumpkin goop!

So I learned I just had to remove any excess water that rises to the top when the mix is left to sit for about 24 hours.  I was lucky enough that I didn’t have any water to remove.  My goop was pretty darn thick!  I also learned that extra eggs in the recipe helps.  This site is the exact recipe I used and it was excellent! I also used the evaporated milk substitute I describe in yesterday’s post.

Do you use canned or fresh pumpkin?

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