3/16/12

Crumbed Chicken and Salsa in Pita Recipe

Crumbed Chicken and Salsa in Pita
ingredients
2 chicken fillets, butterflied
1½ cups wholemeal (wholewheat) breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon mild paprika
salt

salsa
1 avocado
1 cucumber
2 tomatoes
1½ tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt

4 wholemeal (wholewheat) pitas
mayonnaise for serving

Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F) fan-forced. Slice chicken into nuggets, approximately 4 cm long. Place breadcrumbs, paprika and a pinch of salt in a bowl and mix (for preparation of breadcrumbs, see cooking tips). Dip chicken nuggets into breadcrumbs until coated. Cover a baking tray with foil and place nuggets on tray. Cook for 25 minutes.

To prepare salsa, dice avocado, peeled cucumber and tomatoes, and place in a bowl. Toss with lemon juice, oil and salt to taste.
To warm pitas, wrap in foil and place in oven for 2 to 3 minutes.
To serve, spread some mayonnaise over the base of the pita, and top with chicken nuggets and salsa.
Serves 4.

Butterless Butter Cake Recipe

Butterless Butter Cake
ingredients
2 eggs
1 egg yolk
3⁄4 cup (185 ml) rice bran oil
1⁄2 cup (150 g) honey
1⁄2 cup (125 ml) orange juice
1 vanilla bean
1⁄3 cup (30 g) desiccated coconut
1 1⁄2 cups (240 g) wholemeal (wholewheat) self-raising flour

Preheat oven to 160°C (315°F) fan-forced. Beat eggs, egg yolk and oil together until creamy. Stir in honey until dissolved. Add orange juice. Cut vanilla bean lengthways and scrape out seeds. Add vanilla bean seeds to mixture – use the back of a spoon to rub seeds against the side of the bowl to ensure they dissolve into the mixture. Mix in coconut and flour. Grease a 20 cm round tin with oil and line base with baking paper. Pour in mixture. Bake for 40 minutes. Leave to cool in tin for 20 minutes. Remove and leave to cool further on a cake rack.



Green Light Jerky Company - Review

Need a healthy snack? I just discovered Green Light Jerky Company and I love their beef jerky. They sent two flavors for me to try - Flavor #1 The Classic and Flavor #32 PRD. The first thing I checked was the Nutrition facts and each serving is 10g of protein! As I opened the Classic jerky, my dog and my boys came running. I hated to disappoint my dog, but he wasn't getting any. This jerky is too delicious for the dog!
Like my son said, "Now this is REAL beef jerky!" Even better, they are no preservatives, no MSG, no nitrates, no liquid smoke, and no sugar. There is nothing on the ingredient list that I cannot pronounce! As my boys polished off the first bag, I opened the second one. I had to run and hide with it because there is no way I wanted to share this one! It tastes like a prime rib dinner and I absolutely love it. They found me anyways. I need to order more.
You can buy Green Light Beef Jerky online at http://greenlightjerky.com/flavors.html. Be sure to connect with them on Facebook and Twitter too! You're going to LOVE this jerky! We do!
Disclosure - I received these products at no charge in exchange for my honest review.

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3/15/12

My 2012 in Pictures - Day 75

Fields of Gold - Texas Spring

Top Outdoor Toy Picks by a Preschool Teacher

Giveaway Event - Baskets for Babes - Win Pearls and More

We had such a huge success with our Bloggers Giving Back - A Christmas For Kids Giveaway, that we decided to round up the bloggers again and get things going for our 2nd Annual Baskets for Babes Collection!!

 WE HAVE RAISED Over $200 JUST FROM BLOGGERS FOR THIS CAUSE - WE STILL NEED MORE IF WE ARE REALLY GOING TO HELP THESE FAMILIES!!

If you would like to help this cause please donate via the chip in widget to the right at the top of the sidebar at http://www.1busymoma.com/.



 One Busy Moma and Miki's Hope are have teamed up with 26 other bloggers to bring an amazing giveaway in efforts to help raise money for this great cause.
During this giveaway we are giving away a Freshwater Pearl Necklace along with Appraisal Certificate and Cleaning Kit!! ARV $210 - Appraised at $1100!! This is an 18 inch genuine Freshwater Pearl Necklace with a White Gold Clasp.
A $50 Gift Code to Wall Candy Arts 
One Alphabeast of Choice
This event will run from 12:01 am EST on March 15th 2012 through midnight March 30th 2012 The winner will be emailed and announced on March 31st and will have 48 hours to claim their prize Enter via the rafflecopter form below!

3/14/12

Seeking Bloggers to Join a 10K Fanbration

 

Join our HUGE 10K FanBration!

 

LaDonna Dennis, creator and mastermind of www.momblogsociety and Pamela Maynard, creator of www.momdoesreviews.com have both reached an exciting point in our fan base. We now have 10,000 FB fans and still growing everyday. We are so excited about reaching this point and would like to thank our fans by holding a 10K fan celebration.

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The event will include over 50 top bloggers- that's you- helping to promote this enormous giveaway.

There will be over 20 to 30 prizes and 20 to 30 winners. That's over $1000 in prizes! Yay!

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The only requirement is that all participating bloggers must have over 5,000 FB fans.

We are taking sign ups until 3/29

Giveaway starts 4/1 and ends 4/24.

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My 2012 in Pictures - Day 74

 A dog is the only animal that loves you more than himself.
"Buddy"

3/13/12

Good Luck Giveaway Hop - Win a Wahl Deep Tissue Massager


Today may be your lucky day – so hop down and win some of these giveaways! This is the Good Luck Giveaway Hop, hosted by MamaNYC! This event will run from March 14-19th. We have over 60+ bloggers each giving away some amazing prizes! Be sure to hop down the list when you are done with this giveaway!

I'm giving away a
Wahl Deep Tissue Percussion Therapeutic Massager
(ARV $54.95)

Read my Review HERE!
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Must be at least 18 years old and follow Planet Weidknecht.
Good Luck!

Wahl Deep Tissue Massager - Review

Got stress? Yeah, me too. Sit over the computer too much? Yeah, me too. Try to cram too many yard work jobs into the weekend? Me too. Thinking of work issues late in the evening? Yep, that's me. Fortunately, Wahl is a problem solver in many ways! You may be familiar with their name because they have been around since 1919. They offer many products and you might have seen their hair trimmers, men's grooming trimmers, or even their pet clippers. Now they are making some of the most fabulous massagers too.
This new line of products was developed to provide relief from chronic pain, sore muscles, and everyday aches and pains. This Deep Tissue Percussion Therapeutic Massager has four different attachments and a huge range of intensities. I told my husband to kick off his boots and lay on the couch so we could see if we liked it.
The first thing I noticed was the nice long electrical cord. (I have an old heating pad with a really short cord and it drives me crazy trying to find a comfy spot near an outlet.) I'm also happy that I won't have to spend tons of money on batteries.
My husband got the full treatment, from the smooth attachment to the raised bump attachment, to the accupoint attachment, to the four finger flex attachment. The shape of the massager makes it very comfortable to hold and use and the on/off/intensity button on the "belly" of the massager is kind of like a mouse scroll button, so changing the speeds is seamless.
After about a half hour of deep tissue therapeutic massage with our new Wahl Massager, my husband was/is completely relaxed and snoring like a bear. I guess I'll wait to get my massage until a bit later. Meanwhile you can find Wahl products at retailers nationwide and online! Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter too.
Want to win this Wahl Deep Tissue Massager?
Wahl is sponsoring my blog and one lucky winner will get to experience the same relief 
and relaxation as my husband (and hopefully me soon). 
Enter the Good Luck Giveaway Hop 
from March 14-19 HERE

Brenda's Perfect Brittle - Review

If you love peanut brittle, you're going to love Brenda's Perfect Brittle. If you hate peanut brittle, you are going to love Brenda's Perfect Brittle. This wonderful family recipe was perfected by Brenda Osburn in the Land of Enchantment aka New Mexico. I'm guessing it's enchanted because it really is different from any other brittle I've ever tasted (and believe me, there's been a fair share pass through my lips).
This gourmet brittle is lighter, is thicker, is tastier, is chunkier, and comes in flavors that you'd never suspect. As I pulled the bags from the packing box, the Pumpkin Pie Brittle caught my eye first. I'm a huge pumpkin pie lover so I tore into the bag and there is just nothing else like it. Plus, they are gluten free and vegan!
I love these little lollipop brittles! Perfect for gift giving or even to top off a gift as a decoration. Brenda's Perfect Brittle is made with NO added butter, so it won't stick to your teeth the way traditional brittle will. It's also much healthier!
I was very intrigued by the Brittle with Green Chile and with Red Chile. My son decided they were too hot for him, but I love the taste. This brittle isn't just made with peanuts either; some of the flavors include pine nuts or pecans. Here's a close up of the Pumpkin Pie, made simply with pumpkin seeds, corn syrup, sugar, baking soda and spices. No weird stuff I can't pronounce!
The Pecan Cherry is another super favorite flavor of mine. Nice, big, dried cherries tossed with big pecans makes for an amazing combination. I also really liked the Macadamia Gon' Coconuts Brittle. I mean, who would have ever thought coconut would be good in brittle?
Five stars for this amazingly delicious, healthy snack! 
You can buy Brenda's Perfect Brittle at http://brendasperfectbrittle.com
Be sure to follow her on Facebook and Twitter too!  
Disclosure: I received these products at no charge in exchange for my honest review.

Creating Success Around the World Blog Hop


Welcome to Creating Success Around the World

 The worldwide blog hop tour that introduces you to creative people from all corners of the globe. Join us! Every Wednesday our hosts on each continent will introduce some inspiring creativity from their corner of the world. Four wonderfully creative people will be featured here on Planet Weidknecht throughout March!
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March Main Hosts



THIS WEEK:
Lisa of Planet Weidknecht interviews
Lisa Woodruff from A Life Full of Laughter 


A Life Full of Laughter

Lisa Weidknecht: What do you create?
Lisa Woodruff: Well, I create a lot of things. Of course, probably first on the list would be my blog, A Life Full of Laughter (http://alifefulloflaughter). I also love to create crafts though. I knit, crochet, and quilt. Here are a few of my projects that I’ve recently completed - http://alifefulloflaughter.com/2012/01/ashleys-quilt.html, http://alifefulloflaughter.com/2012/01/lolas-posies-tote-bag.html, http://alifefulloflaughter.com/2012/02/day-of-accomplishments.html.

Lisa Weidknecht: Why do you create?
Lisa Woodruff: Crafting is a release for me. It’s a stress reliever. I love to just get lost in the process. I love planning out what I’m going to make, what material or yarn I’m going to use, who I’ll give the finished item to or how we’ll use it. Everything at all about the process. Of course, I love using the crafts that I’ve made & I love giving them to other people. But honestly, enjoying the entire process is why I create.

Lisa Weidknecht: Do you sell your creations? If so, how? Where? And is it profitable?
Lisa Woodruff: I haven’t sold anything yet but I would really like to. I’ve been encouraged for years by my husband and family to sell my crafts. Recently, I’ve received a great deal of interest on Facebook so I’m considering taking the leap. I’ll probably check into places like Etsy and Ebay but what I’d love most would be to just sell my creations on my blog.

Lisa Weidknecht: What mistakes have you made or lessons you have learned?
Lisa Woodruff: Mistakes? Too many of them to mention, lol. It takes time and practice to perfect a skill such as knitting, crochet or quilting. Honestly, you never really perfect it, you just get more confident. I think the biggest lesson I’ve learned is to relax and allow myself to make a mistake. Nothing and no one is perfect & that is especially true when it comes to crafting. The Amish always make one obvious mistake in each of their quilts because they don’t want to be seen as trying to achieve perfection. I think that is a beautiful sentiment.

Lisa Weidknecht: What, to you is success? Have you achieved it yet, or are you on your way towards success?
Lisa Woodruff: Honestly, I think success is happiness. Just being happy. That is why the title of my blog is A Life Full of Laughter. That’s all I really want….to be happy and enjoy my life. Crafting brings me happiness and peace along with my family, my husband and God.

Lisa Weidknecht: So what's next?
Lisa Woodruff: Next on my crafting journey is actually finishing some projects. I like to start new projects. It’s fun to pick out the pattern and materials. Unfortunately, I’m not so great at finishing things. This year, 2012, is my year for finishes. I’ve started a series on my blog, as well as a Facebook group, called “Finish it Friday”. I’m hoping to inspire myself and lots of others to actually finish some of the UFOs (Unfinished Objects)! Blog Series link - http://alifefulloflaughter.com/category/finish-it-friday/ and Facebook group link - http://www.facebook.com/groups/168535663250545/.

Finish it Friday

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Looking for hedge clippers, a cordless drill, or a tufted ottoman? Goodzer shows nearby stores where it’s available – from big box stores to small local merchants – and for how much, directions to the merchant and more.

To do this, Goodzer:
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Goodzer is a free, convenient resource to help homeowners save time and money during home projects.

Olli Lolli Hoodies for Allergy Kids


March 13, 2012, TORONTO — Having to remember to have your life-saving medication with you at all times is a big responsibility, especially for a little kid.  That’s why Olli Lolli Allergy Aware Apparel Inc., offers a line of apparel that allows kids with life-threatening conditions, such allergies, asthma or anaphylaxis, to wear their emergency medication, instead of carrying it in a pouch, purse, fanny pack or knapsack that could be easily lost.

When an emergency happens, it’s vital to have life-saving medication close by, says Michelle Williams, founder of Olli Lolli and mom to two children, one who has life-threatening food allergies.
Olli Lolli™ windbreakers and hoodies are specially designed with the Olli Pocket™, a built-in pocket to hold a child’s emergency epinephrine auto-injector, asthma inhaler, or insulin injector, ensuring their medication is there when they need it.
Now kids and their care givers can immediately access life saving allergy medication, whether they are in the school lunchroom, out on the playground, visiting a grandparent, or in the neighborhood park playing with friends.

Fresh for Spring and Summer 2012, the colourful Olli Pocket™ Organic Cotton Hoodie for boys and girls is made with soft 100% Organic Cotton with a cotton lined hood and comes in purple and green.  Priced at just $59.99, Olli Pocket™ Hoodies are available in XS, S, M, L sizes that fit kids age four to 11. Prices are in Canadian dollars and the company ships to Canada and the U.S.A. Shop online at www.ollilolli.com.

My 2012 in Pictures - Day 73

This bird sang to my daycare kids for 30 minutes from this spot.

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3/12/12

Oogie's Gourmet Popcorn - Review

I know it's going to be a good day when I get an entire case of popcorn. I had no idea what kind of a treat I was in for! Oogie's Gourmet Popcorn comes in the most creative and usual flavors I've ever seen in a bag of popcorn. It was time for a popcorn party!
We started with the Movie Lovers Butter popcorn and it's so fresh and buttery. It tastes just like the kind of popcorn I used to buy at the theater, only Oogie's is much healthier! Their popcorn is all natural, gluten free and made from non-GMO corn.
When I opened the White Cheddar bag next, I could smell the cheddar instantly. I totally love this flavor. They use the best Wisconsin cheese to get that sharp, tangy cheddar flavor. All Oogie's popcorn products are trans fat free too!
I would never, ever thought to make a Sun-Dried Tomato and Parmesan gourmet popcorn. Seriously, how do they come up with these flavors? This flavor is also delicious and I'm hiding this bag so no one else can eat this one.
Next up was the Spicy Chipotle and Lime popcorn. Living in Texas means we eat lots of chipotle so I was looking forward to this taste test. It isn't as spicy as I expected it to be, but it's absolutely delicious. It will go great with margaritas!
Cracked Pepper and Asiago. Yes, you heard me right. We all salt our popcorn; why not pepper it too? This combination of cracked pepper with cheddar and parmesan cheeses is so good. Did I mention Oogie's Gourmet Popcorn is also Cholesterol Free?
These 100% whole grain snacks are so delicious that it's hard to stop eating it. The Smoked Gouda is definitely one of my favorites. The taste is so unique that I'm almost afraid I'll turn into a popcorn snob. Those little microwave popcorn packages have nothing on Oogie's!
The Original Kettle Corn popcorn is unlike any other kettle corn I've tasted. Oogie's combines pure cane juice with vanilla and a dash of sea salt to make their Kettle corn a remarkable combination of sweet and salty. It's a wonderful healthy snack!
The Hatch Chili Con Queso has that spicy Texas kick that I expected. When I poured it on the plate, I could almost see the heat rising. Oogie's has definitely cornered the market on unique flavors!!! You can purchase Oogie's online and even in stores near you! Be sure to connect with them on Facebook and Twitter so you're the first to know about the newest flavors. You're going to love them all!

Mission Save on Textbooks and Win

Mission Giveaway started with the $100 Story where with $100 several people received the help they needed. We are on a mission to help people! We have gathered a group of bloggers that want to make a difference. Together we are the Mission Giveaway Group!

How many of us are in school now or have kids in school? Those text books cost a fortune! What if there was an alternative to shelling out all that money each semester? Well there is! You can rent! Campus Book Rentals offers new and gently used textbooks for typically less than half the price or more than you'll pay in your school bookstore. Search for the college books you need and start saving money today! For example, this Psychology textbook lists for $95.00. You can rent it for only $25.50 for the entire semester! Imagine how the savings add up when you think of 4-5 books per semester for 4 years or more. Campus Book Rentals is offering a great Grand Prize this week:

Grand Prize: $50 PayPal Cash or $50 Chocolate Gift Basket to WIN and the same to GIVE a friend!

(Winner can choose either $50 PayPal or Chocolate Gift Basket for themselves and for a friend)
 

About Our Sponsor: Campus Book Rentals

Campus Book Rentals also is teamed up with Operation Smile. Operation Smile is an out of this world, awesome organization, that performs life changing cleft lip surgeries on children whose families could not otherwise afford it. A portion of every sale goes to support this program and pay for these life-changing surgeries. Check out Campus Book Rentals and see how much you can save, and help them Pay if Forward to Operation Smile.  

Here's How You Enter:

The Giveaway will open up on Tuesday 3/13 at 12:01 am EST and Close on Friday 3/16 at 11:59 pm EST. 1) Start at the Rafflecopter Giveaway form below. 2) Complete the Mandatory entries. 3) Work your way through the links, entering contests at each blog as you go. These contests each have their own rules and end dates. 4) Complete additional entries towards the bottom and come back for additional daily entries!   That's it! You have successfully entered this awesome giveaway! Side note...It's not mandatory that you enter all the giveaways at each blog. However, doing so not only increases your chances of WINNING the other prizes, it increases your chances of WINNING the Grand Prize! Good luck!!

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Considering Purchasing a Car

The time has come for my family to purchase a car. Since my daycare is in my home, I don't need a car to drive to work. When we decided to cut our debts, we sold the Charger we owned (well, owed to the bank). My husband's truck is already paid off so it's been really nice to not have a car payment. I did buy a small junker but it died within a year since my teens were learning to drive in it. We donated it in January to a charity. Neither of the boys has a car to drive at the moment and neither is paying insurance so they aren't driving at all. That means we are driving them around everywhere they need to go.

Our truck doesn't get good gas mileage and with the price of gas going up, we're looking for something more efficient and more comfortable. Now that we've cleaned up our credit it's been wonderful to know that we can stop collection harassment for good. No longer do we need to screen calls or avoid answering the phone. Never will we get that deep in debt again! We  just applied for a loan from our credit union and got approved for way more than we want to spend, but it's nice to know our credit scores look that good now. We also got a rockin' 2.7% interest rate! And we have a plan to buy cheap and pay off quickly.

So, even though we would LOVE to buy a Dodge Challenger, we're restraining ourselves (so far). The car market is wide open to us right now and we're not quite sure what to buy. We're thinking of maybe a four door midsize sedan that will seat five. The boys will be graduating in May of 2013, so we're going to buy something with a long-term perspective. We've enjoyed the freedom of no car payment and liability-only insurance, so we aren't in a huge hurry and have time to look. I remember being so overwhelmed and scared about the amount of debt we had. If you need to stop collection harassment California and Texas, along with most other states, have programs that can help you. And hey, if I can get out of debt, anyone can!

Review - Christian Tees - I Am A Woman Of God

I Am A Woman Of God...Job 33.4. Check out this awesome Christian t-shirt! I love wearing Christian tees like this because when someone asks me about it, it gives me a non-threatening way to witness. It's also a really good reminder to me to keep my behaviors in check because if I'm clearly advertising I'm a Christian, then I want to strive to behave in a way that is complimentary to my faith.
This t-shirt is super soft and fits true to size. I ordered the ladies' large and I really like the feminine cut of the sleeves. My new shirt didn't shrink or fade when I laundered it. Since I've lost 21 pounds, it's fun replacing my old fat clothes with new, better-fitting clothing. I totally love the lavender color too! Check out http://www.iamawomanofgod.com/ for lots of different styles of Christian t-shirts. You can find them on Facebook and Twitter too!
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.