May 23, 2012

Baking Soda away your bug bites

As summer approaches us with the hot weather-
and with hot damp weather - we get approached by
mosquito bites and all sorts of bug bites for that matter.

A common ingredient we tend to have when cooking
and cleaning is baking soda.

I've recently found out that baking soda is a great inexpensive
remedy to use to ease and sooth your skin
AFTER you have been bit. Unfortunately.

All you have to do is add a little bit of water, enough to make a table spoon or 2
of the baking soda to become pasty.
Rub the pasty baking soda onto all the spots that are itching you
and your skin will stop driving you crazy!

If you ever come into contact with poison ivy or any type of
allergic reaction on your skin-
you can add 3-4 tablespoons of baking soda right into your bath water
and that will help ease your entire body!

May 17, 2012

Strawberry Banana Pudding Pops

The easiest frozen homemade popsicle to make is simply taking yogurt and filling your frozen pop container.

Another way is to take any fresh fruit and a pudding mix and mix them together.

Being that May is strawberry season, I decided to use strawberries and a banana cream pudding mix.

Not only are home made popsicles so easy to make but so much healthier the the flavors are endless LITERALLY!

Balsamic Beef Skewered Salad

As the weather gets warmer, cooking on the grill becomes more and more attractive.
I decided to make some balsamic beef skewers and top the beef on a really, really
simple salad.  As far as the salad...
it's just Romaine lettuce chopped up with some slices of sun-dried tomatoes
and fresh mozzarella cheese cut into little squares.
The dressing I enjoy most is Kraft's Greek Vinegarette. It is made with olive oil,
oregano and olives with feta cheese.  I enjoy it because it's light tasting and it doesn't
overpower the actual food.

A simple tip for salad is also:  mix or toss the salad with the dressing right before you
are going to eat it rather than drizzling it on the top.
It makes a HUGE difference when it is mixed thoroughly rather than just on top
almost like a drizzled dip.  

You can grill these skewers on a grill or you can broil them in the oven!
P.s. don't mind the sweet peppers grill/roasting in the background.
It's all about double duty or in this case- multitasking.  I had a huge bag of peppers
and roasting them in the oven or grill and then cutting them into strips allows them
to last longer but also good for sandwiches, salads and even pastas.

The recipe for the marinade:
sirloin or rib-eye cut beef is best for this
2 TBSP balsamic vinegar
2 TBSP of soy sauce
1 TBSP of worcestershire sauce
2 garlic cloves chopped up
1 TBSP olive oil
1 TBSP dijon  mustard (I like the whole grain dijon mustard from Trader Joes)
1TBSP of any herb (I used basil, you can use, basil, oregano, thyme or Italian Seasonings)

Simply cut your beef into bite size squares, throw them into a mixing bowl
and then add the marinade ingredients in on top, stir it around or use tongs
to mix well together and then skewer away!
If you are using wooden skewers- please soak them AT LEAST 20 minutes
and if you don't soak the wooden ones... they WILL burn, turn black and break off.

May 7, 2012

Sit Back and Sip Some...

Sometimes after a busy day it's nice to sit back and enjoy a nice glass of something.
Some people go straight for the beer or wine.

Sometimes, nothing is better than a nice cold refreshing glass of water.
Water is great for our bodies and sometimes it's nice to enjoy it with a little something extra!

Have you ever seen the silicon trays for ice cubes?  They come in all different shapes
these days. Add some fruit and herbs to them and not only is it fun and cute but it adds
a little something extra to your water.

I took the star and x shaped trays and filled it with some strawberry and basil,
lemon and mint in another and some lime and mint in some as well.
I then took water from a water bottle and conveniently filled the few drops it needed
to fill the shapes.

It's great to make ice cubes out of your favorite drinks as well so your drinks
don't get as diluted when you add plain ice to them BUT! sometimes just a little water
with a little lemon and mint is great also!


May 4, 2012

Exotic Stir Fried Rice w/ Pineapple

I'm pretty sure everyone has eaten fried rice at some point.
The most popular fried rice seems to be pork fried rice. Although pork fried rice can be good- the slight negative is that-

A long time ago- only the people with money in China could afford beef- a.k.a. red meat.
So, long history short, people started to take pork and dye it red to make it more like beef.
You could say it was clever or you could say it was just to satisfy the mind.

Either way, I'd like to share my exotic stir-fried rice with chilled pineapple recipe.
It's still quite simple but fresher and definitely tastier.


2 cups cooked rice (2-3 serving as meal)
2 carrots shredded, then chopped into small pieces
1 medium onion diced small
2 scrambled eggs
small handful snow peas chopped (maybe 10)
3-4 heaping tablespoons of crushed pineapple (added at the end as optional)

Ingredients for sauce:
4 TBSP soy sauce
1 TBSP ground mustard
1/2 inch grated ginger
2 Tbs molasses


1. cook rice, stir, set aside
2. make sauce, set aside (easy to have ready)
3. scramble eggs, set aside in bowl
4. shred, dice all veggies & fry vegetables
when veggies are almost completely cooked... stir in sauce and 
add cooked rice while mixing it all together, turn the stove off...
5. add crushed pineapples at the end and mix (pineapple is optional)