Saturday, June 25, 2016

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Friday, June 17, 2016

A Brand New Start

Since my father passed away in December 2013 I have barely posted on my blog. I guess you can say that grief takes it's toll on your life when someone you love passes so suddenly.

 My blog Welcome To My Kitchen means a lot to me. I began blogging in 2009. I know my blog is not as big  as some of the others with thousands of followers and such, but  that never mattered to me. I know I have been procrastinating for quite some time. I say I am going to start posting again and it never happens.I think this is a good time to start what I love to do again.

 Fathers days is coming up this weekend. I miss my dad so much. I remember all the times we would just sit and have coffee.  I really really miss him. They say time will  heal the wounds but I am still waiting. I am learning to deal with his loss and just trying to take it day by day. I hope that I  can rebuild my blog as successfully as it was before his  death.

With each new morning  we've a brand new start..that dawns fresh perspective and Hope in our hearts.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Pecan Pie Muffins, Oatmeal Cake With Coconut Frosting & Giveaway

 Disclosure:I receive products from The Gourmet Cupboard free of charge as a Brand Ambassador.
This summer  new gourmet mixes were  introduced from the fantastic company, The Gourmet Cupboard that you can purchase. I have made and reviewed several of them including  Mojito Fruit Salad, Overnight Cinnamon Buns and now making an Oatmeal Cake with Coconut Pecan Frosting. With my busy lifestyle, I like  using the mixes because I only need a few ingredients to add to them, and I have an excellent dessert or main dish. With fall approaching, I can't wait to make some of the fall mixes such as the Pumpkin Roll and Pumpkin Bread.  I received the Pecan Pie Muffins with my last order. I love this mix; it is one of my favorites. If you like pecan pie, this mix is for you.

I didn't get to make my Oatmeal Cake With Coconut Pecan Frosting
until  late because my air conditioning went out yesterday and had to
get that fixed. So, I stayed at my friend Linda's  house until I could come back home.

This cake is easy to make. Just add a  few ingredients to the mix and frosting, and
you have a delicious moist cake your family will love. Bake
for 20 to 25 minutes. Simple, easy, quick and delicious, a new Gourmet Cupboard mix .

 The Gourmet Cupboard  is sponsoring a giveaway this month to a lucky reader of Welcome To My Kitchen.You can win a $20 credit to shop for the mixes of your choice. The Gourmet Cupboard even has a selection of Gourmet Coffees, seasonings and coatings, Asian cuisine, gourmet salads, savory and sweet dips, diabetic friendly sugar-free mixes and much more.

Be sure to check out the September special.You can get a free coffee of your choice with the purchase of one of several breakfast foods. September is breakfast food month.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Tea Tree Oil Review~ Making My Own Laundry Detergent

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

 I wash clothes every Friday night. I usually buy Gain Detergent, or
Tide. I go through detergent like crazy and spend quite a bit of money buying it.I always have  wanted to make homemade laundry detergent and have seen several post on Pinterest about this.Laundry is a chore around here, and I am usually not too thrilled about it.  But yesterday was different. I  was excited about trying out my homemade laundry detergent for the first time. I  wait till about 8  or 9 on Friday night to do laundry but decided  to do it a little earlier.

While loading my laundry, I was a little worried my clothes would not get clean.I noticed when the machine filled with water and started to wash there were little or no suds, and I have read that this is normal for homemade laundry detergent. I later returned to put my clothes in the dryer, and what do you know, my clothes were so clean and bright! I couldn't believe my eyes.  I am so thrilled. I will never have to buy the name brand detergents again.

The original recipe calls for a  laundry bar, I could not find this at HEB where I buy groceries, and there was not time to go to Walmart, so I used a regular  bar of   soap that I had at home. Next time I will look for some laundry soap or ivory soap to use.

 First I grated the soap with a cheese grater added the washing soda, Borax and 30 drops of APOTHECARY Tea Tree Oil. I received this oil to review last week.This oil has a very strong aroma but smells   good to me. You  have to be cautious not to add too much while preparing the recipe. Tea Tree Oil has many uses. You can make homemade household cleaners, use as a mouthwash, good for burns or itch relief, oven cleaning, making potpourri, or you can make dryer sheets, how cool is that? I mixed all this together and added the mixture to my blender to break up the soap and grind into a powder.

The recipe guide shows  53  ways to use Tea Tree Oil at home.
I found this intriguing. I have never used this before. What is
Tea Tree Oil? Tea Tree Oil is an oil harvested from leaves of a  tree
Native to Australia. And contains no preservatives, artificial colors, fragrances, parabens, mineral oil, chemical solvents or petroleum.

Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe:

1 cup Borax
1 cup Super Washing Soda(not baking soda)
1 bar of laundry soap or ivory, or soap of your choice, grated.
30 drops or APOTHECARY Tea Tree Oil

Mix ingredients together. Add to blender and grind to a fine powder.
Store in airtight container. I use about 1/2 per load.. enjoy making you own money saving detergent.

I can't wait to try out the other recipes in the guide. Have you used
Tea Tree Oil? If so, comment and let me know how you liked it. I loved making homemade laundry detergent, hope you will try it. You can purchase  this product on Amazon.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Polmedia Polish Pottery Review

Disclosure: I received Polmedia Polish Pottery free of charge to review. All thoughts and 
opinions are my own.

I love pottery pieces, but have never owned any polish pottery.When contacted  on my Welcome To My Kitchen fan page by Polmedia Pottery and asked to review one of their pottery pieces, I was thrilled. 

I immediately  went to Polmedia Polish Pottery & Stoneware to view the pottery pieces. Polmedia has over 66,556 products,3,780 different shapes and 4,429 patterns.The warehouse  located  in Seguin  Texas near San Antonio  houses an extensive selection of beautiful imported polish pottery.

The artists paint the pottery using intricate detail to create a beautiful original masterpiece. I noticed on the website the pottery had beautiful, vibrant colors. The artists use  underglazes to create designs and patterns, signs the piece, and the pottery is  glazed and fired, which brings  out the beauty in each piece.

This stoneware lasts a lifetime, is microwave safe, oven safe and  for everyday use. Free shipping on items over 99 dollars. I could spend hours searching  for  all the pieces I want to purchase. Polmedia
has items on sale, new arrivals and is a Google trusted store.

I used this beautiful plate to showcase my Overnight Cinnamon Buns
I made for another review. I am going to order some additional pieces today, to use in my food photos.  This year I will be purchasing some beautiful  polish pottery for my mom and my 
sister for Christmas. I know they will love it.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Lola Granola Review & Giveaway

Disclosure: I received a variety of Lola Granola Bars free of charge for this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own

I got to try the most amazing granola, and I am so glad I did.
I am a huge fan of granola. I make my own sometimes, and I love it.

I received  a variety of Lola Granola Bars to review including  The Ruby with cranberries, The Lola with almonds and cranberries, The Enzo with cashews and almonds, The Nathan with blueberries and almonds and The Ellie with cashews and dates. Lola Granola is gluten free, all natural and Non-GMO.Over 50% organic ingredients, dairy and soy  free.

I enjoy these bars  in the mornings before work  and pack in my lunch for an afternoon snack. Lola Granola where have you been all my life? I love foods that are Non-GMO and organic. The tastiest
granola may very well be, in my opinion Lola Granola. 

About Lola Granola Bars:
Mary Molina was a stay at home mom with four kids. Her husband was forced to close  their business when the economy crashed. While taking on a new job and eating junk food to save money, he asked Mary  to pick him up  a bar, or something he could eat  at work. While struggling to find a healthy bar at the grocery store, she came up with a healthy recipe and started making delicious granola bars, naming them Lola Granola. Her husband, friends and family loved them.

She began selling her bars at her husband's work, and before she knew it, this great  idea evolved into a thriving business that is still growing. Each bar  named after her kids and her nephew. Wow, what a success story.. love it!

I fell in love with the taste of all the Lola Granola Bars, and I  am giving  Lola Granola a thumbs up review. Be sure  to like the Lola Granola Facebook page and follow on Twitter. Here is a
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Friday, August 15, 2014

TGC New Summer Mixes & Old Favorites

I received another shipment of delicious Gourmet Cupboard Mixes
a couple of weeks back and wanted to share with you some of the new
mixes that I have made and some old favorites.

This morning I made some Overnight  Cinnamon Buns, a new mix from the Gourmet Cupboard.I used Rhodes frozen rolls  to make this recipe. You simply add ten  rolls to a well -greased bundt pan, pour in the mix and top with pats of butter. I let this rise overnight and put it in the oven first thing this morning.
I loved the sticky  pecan caramel goodness.

 I made the Mojito Fruit Salad the other day and loved it.Just add ten cups of fruit to the mix and add a little water and stir.I used a variety of fruit.. pineapple, mango, strawberries
and  mixed berry blend.  This mix has spearmint in  it. Perfect
for  the summer.I want to try adding watermelon next time.

Dreamsicle Pie, imagine an orange dreamsicle in a pie.This is an old favorite of mine. So easy to make. Just add cream cheese, vanilla and the Dreamsicle mix and blend well.
Pour into a ready made graham cracker crust, chill until set.

Caramel Apple Dip, one of my favorite Gourmet Cupboard dips.
Add cream cheese, contents of the Gourmet Cupboard Caramel Apple dip mix, vanilla and blend well.  You have a fruit dip that will wow your party guests. I bought some apples and strawberries to serve with this delicious  dip.

Visit The Gourmet Cupboard  website to see all the delicious quick, easy family friendly mixes to try in your  home. Great for busy moms on the go.

 I am  enjoying working with The Gourmet Cupboard, and bringing
to you all the delicious  ways you can use the mixes to make 
easy, delicious gourmet meals and desserts in your home.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Vita Nut Milk Bag~ Making My Own Juice Review, Giveaway

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

I love fruit juice, but most juices in the stores contain a lot of sugar.I do not have a juicer at home, so when I received the opportunity to review the Vita Milk BagI love fruit juice, but most juices in the stores contain a lot of sugar.I do not have a juicer at home, so when I received the opportunity to review the Vita Milk Bag  I knew  I wanted to try making fresh fruit juice.

I purchased a variety of frozen fruit including peaches, mixed berries, mango and strawberries to make my first recipe using the Vita Milk Bag. I also picked up some fresh fruit apples, grapes and strawberries.

The Vita Milk Bag can be used to make almond milk, cold brew coffee, juice and much more. Made from fine mesh weave that is non-clogging tear resistant, premium stitch and fabric, round bottom  with no waste.

I didn't use a recipe for this review. I simply added  a bag of frozen peaches, a few apples and grapes to my blender with about two cups of water and pulsed until liquefied.

I placed the bag over a glass and poured in my  fruit mixture but soon discovered  I would need a bowl to strain my juice. This process was quite messy, but I was amazed of the results.

After pouring in my fruit mixture. I drew the string of the bag and squeezed out the juice. All the pulp stayed in the bag; I was having so much fun. I have never made juice like this before, and I do not own a juicer but I loved doing this.

I can make fresh vegetable and fruit juices to take with me to work. this will be a healthier alternative than  drinking sodas. For those who like almond milk this bag is great for that too. I have not tried an almond or nut milk recipe yet but would like to.

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