Monday, January 19, 2015

Bellemain Stainless Steel Mesh Strainers Review #strainer12

I cook a lot. Even though it's just me and Mike now, there is a lot to be done in the kitchen. We like to make things like spaghetti, tacos, chili, etc. That's means straining and draining quite a bit. I had a flat-screen strainer and HATED it. Stuff would miss the container I use to catch the run-off. Several times, I've had grease go down the drain. Recently, I was given the opportunity to try a set of three (3) Bellemain Stainless Steel Mesh Strainers.

I am very impressed. These strainers are bowl shaped and come in three sizes: small, medium, and large. I have used them all for various purposes. They've met my every expectation. These strainers are sturdy (lightweight but strong), easy-to-clean, and fit together to take up less cabinet space.

Product Description: 

Whether you're straining the leaves from a single cup of tea or sifting a cake's worth of flour, this versatile trio will handle just about any type or size of sieving job in the kitchen. Fine Mesh Works with Most Liquid and Dry Ingredients.
  When it comes to large pieces, such as vegetables used in making stock, any old strainer will do. But what if you're rinsing tiny grains of quinoa ... straining raspberry seeds from your marmalade ... dusting confectioner's sugar onto a cake? 
You need a finer mesh like the Bellemain's. Graduated Sizes Fit a Variety of Containers.

 Get maximum straining efficiency by choosing the size that's right for the task at hand. The smallest (3-1/8") fits a large mug, perfect for pouring loose leaf teas through. The medium strainer (5-1/2") is great for washing grains, straining sauces and other small batch jobs. The large one (7-7/8") sifts flour, washes fruit and drains pasta. 
The three sizes nest together for space-saving storage. Hanging/Support Loops Enjoy convenient, hands-free straining, thanks to the sturdy loop opposite the handle. It allows the strainer to rest on a bowl or pot while you juice lemons or break eggs into it. 
his is especially helpful if the food you're straining is heavy or you don't have much hand strength. 

When not in use, the loop can be used as a hanging hook. Built to Last a Lifetime, Guaranteed Bellemain Strainers are made of strong, dishwasher-safe stainless steel. 
A solid rim band anchors the mesh as well as the handle and loop, so there are no worries about the pieces coming apart under pressure. You'll find endless uses for them, and they'll be there for you every time. 
With a limited lifetime warranty, it's guaranteed.

 If you, like me, love to cook -- these stainless steel mesh strainers will be the perfect fit for your kitchen.

DISCLOSURE: I received a set of strainers as compensation for this review. However, ALL opinions expressed herein are my own and based on my own use of and experience with the items.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

#RealisticResolution WINNER!

Congratulations to BARRIE -- you've won the #RealisticResolutions Prize Package from Gorton's Seafood and Spark People!

Thank you to all who entered.  

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Monday, January 12, 2015

#RealisticResolution with Gorton's and Spark People! Review and Giveaway!

DISCLOSURE: I received a prize package as compensation for this review. However, ALL opinions expressed herein are my own and based on my own use of and experience with the items.

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The New Year always brings about a yearning for change and improvement. It's time to make those resolutions: Lost 100 pounds... give up snacks and sodas... stop drinking / smoking / having fun.

You get the drift.

How long do most resolutions last? Less than 72 hours. Yep... less than three days. Why? Because most of us set ourselves up for failure by setting goals too high to reach. 

Not this year. 2015 is the THE year for the #RealisticResolution!

What are Realistic Resolutions? They are a set of small, attainable goals that can be reached in a timely fashion.

Gorton's Seafood has teamed with Spark People to create a series of tips, suggestions, workouts, and recipes to help you make those resolutions a reality!

Gorton's Seafood  has so many delicious varieties of fish available: Tilapia, Haddock, Alaskan Pollock, Salmon, Flounder, Shrimp, and Clams! And we ALL know that fish is an extremely healthy, diet-friendly, food.  Did you know that Gorton's offers eleven (11) gluten-free items? ALL of their grilled products are GF! None of their products contain MSG!

Tilapia is my favourite and this is a great recipe!

Gorton's has offered my readers a coupon to try one of their amazing fish dishes -- just click here!

You may also enter the Gorton’s Eat Smarter Sweepstakes for a chance to win fabulous prizes!

I encourage you to join me at Spark People (it's FREE to join!) and make your New Year's
Realistic Resolutions!

Together, we can lose weight and improve our health! I've lost 43 pounds and still going strong!

As an incentive, Gorton's and Spark People have offered my readers a chance to win a fabulous prize pack: 2 full-value product coupons, an insulated tote, the SparkPeople Cookbook, the Spark book and the SparkPeople Boot Camp DVD.

This is the same package that I received! How cool is that?  

You may connect with Gorton's on their social media pages:
Gorton's Seafood on Facebook,  @gortonsseafood on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

To enter for a chance to win this prize pack, just fill out the entry form below. The more entries you make, the more chances you have!

 ***Open to USA only, please. No PO Boxes. All entries are verified. Contest ends on Saturday, January 17th, 2015. ***

DISCLOSURE: I received a prize package as compensation for this review. However, ALL opinions expressed herein are my own and based on my own use of and experience with the items.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year! Welcome 2015!


 A very happy, peaceful, and safe New Year to you all! May the days of 2015 be Blessed.

 Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And ne'er brought to mind? 
Should auld acquaintance be forgot, 
And auld lang syne? 
For auld lang syne, my dear, 
For auld lang syne, 
We'll tak a cup of kindness yet, For auld lang syne! 

 And surely ye'll be your pint-stowp, 
And surely I'll be mine, 
We'll tak a cup o kindness yet, For auld lang syne! 
We twa hae run aboot the braes, 
And pou'd the gowans fine, 
But we've wander'd monie a weary fit' Sin auld lang syne. 
For auld lang syne, my dear, For auld lang syne, 
We'll tak a cup of kindness yet, For auld lang syne! 

We twa hae paidl'd in the burn 
Frae morning sun till dine, 
But seas between us braid hae roar'd Sin auld lang syne. 
 And here's a hand, my trusty fiere, 
And gie's a hand o' thine, 
We'll tak a right guid-willie waught, 
For auld lang syne.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014


And it came to pass in those days,
that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus
that all the world should be taxed.

(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth,
into Judaea, unto the city of David,
which is called Bethlehem;
(because he was of the house and lineage of David)
To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there,
the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
And she brought forth her firstborn son,
and wrapped him in swaddling clothes,
and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them,
and the glory of the Lord shone round about them
and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them,
"Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy,
which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour,
which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you;
Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes,
lying in a manger. "

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Intermarché - "Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables"

Friday, June 6, 2014

The Healing Tree Bamboo Charcoal Soap review and flash giveaway! Ends 6/8/14

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

You all know by now that I L*O*V*E soaps and am always searching for something new and original. I've found it!

I was recently given the opportunity to try Bamboo Charcoal Soap from The Healing Tree.   I'd never seen black soap before!  I wasn't too sure about it.

However, it smelled clean -- no over-powering fragrance.  I knew Mike would love it -- but would I? The answer is a resounding YES!  It lathers beautifully and leaves the skin feeling so clean and fresh.

Mike likes it because it seems to scrub away a hard day's work (being fragrance-free, it doesn't attract bugs when he's in the field). I like it because it's very soothing.

"Lets Your Skin Breathe Again"

Healing Tree Bamboo Charcoal Soap is high in absorbency so it draws dirt from deep inside the pores. Unlike normal soaps that only clean the surface of your skin, this soap can free up a lot of dirt that clogs deep beneath your skin especially if you have acne, eczema, psoriasis, and dry/cracked skin. Bamboo charcoal undergoes a firing process of 1,800 F to create high absorbency properties making it 4X more absorbent than wood charcoal. As a result, it cleanses your skin by removing years of accumulated dead skin cells.

With your pores re-opened, your skin will begin to begin to breathe again and naturally moisturize itself. There's no residue like other soaps, doesn't dry out your skin, and has no harmful chemicals. So if you want to feel what it's like to have your skin feeling like new, give this amazing soap a try!

Bamboo Charcoal Soap Benefits:
Remove Dead Skin Cells
Unclogs Pores
Smoother Skin
Natural Ingredients
Fragrance Free

Made with 4 simple Ingredients: Vegetable Oil, Water, Glycerin, and Bamboo Charcoal.
No Dyes | No Harmful Chemicals | No Animal Testing
Retail Value: $3.99

I highly recommend this amazing Bamboo Charcoal Soap for you and your family!

You may connect with The Healing Tree on their website and Social Media Pages:
FacebookGoogle+, and @healingtreeshop on Twitter!

The folks at The Healing Tree have generously offered one of my readers the opportunity to try a bar of the Bamboo Charcoal Soap.

Just follow this super easy entry:  Must be 18+ and in the USA, Only (Alaska and Hawaii not eligible)

TO ENTER:  Leave a comment telling me something you learned about The Healing Tree Products!

Winner will be selected at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday June 8th!

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.

Body in Progress: 21 pounds down!

Body in Progress: 21 pounds down!:

I am OFFICIALLY 21 pounds down in 9 weeks! 2 pounds down just this week! I feel... energized... free... happy... motivated... determined...

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Monday, June 2, 2014



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#Purex Crystals Dryer Sheets: WINNERS!

We have our winners for the #Purex Crystals Dryer Sheets! 

Purex Crystals Dryer Sheets -- Free Coupon

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