Friday, April 4, 2014

Raspberry Italian Cream Soda for Friday's Happy Hour

Vince made these Raspberry Italian Cream Sodas last weekend, and Danny's girls loved them.  We realized that they needed to have the ingredients added in a certain order if we used the sugar free syrup, otherwise the half and half looked like it curdled.  So there was a little trial and error going on also.  Here's the recipe for the regular Italian Cream Soda,  I didn't like the sugar free flavored cream soda.

Raspberry Italian Cream Soda


6 oz club soda
2 oz Toroni Raspberry Syrup
1 TB half and half


Pour the club soda in a glass over ice.

Then add the raspberry syrup (if you use sugar free syrup you need to put the cream in before the syrup.)

Next add your half and half

Stir and serve.

This Raspberry Italian Cream Soda was so pretty and fun, and Juliet loved hers.  We put a pretty straw in it and she thought it was beautiful.

Have a great weekend and we always love hearing from you.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Grilled Chicken with Fresh Corn Cakes

Today I am sharing a recipe for Grilled Chicken with Fresh Corn Cakes from The Southen Living Best Chicken Recipes.  This recipe is delicous, and as usual, I don't really follow recipes they are kind of a guideline.  So I am sharing my version of this delicious chicken recipe.  It has a very lemony flavor, and it is so amazing.  I think I may even make it for dinner tonight.  Danny and his family are coming over for dinner and his girls eat everything, so I think they will all love this.

Grilled Chicken with Fresh Corn Cakes


3 lemons
1 tsp or 2 cloves of garlic
1/3 cup olive oil
1 tsp dijon mustard
1/4 tsp black pepper
 1 1/2 tsp salt divided
6 boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 can corn roasted on the stove or 3 ears corn husk removed and roasted on the grill
1 TB olive oil
1 6 oz cornbread mix
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil (I used dried, because the store didn't have any fresh)
8 slices cooked thick bacon
2 cups loosely packed baby spinach  (the original recipe calls for arugula, I didn't have any)


Grate the rind from you lemons until you have 1 TB, and then squeeze the lemons to get 1/4 cup of lemon juice

Next whisk lemon juice, the lemon zest, olive oil, dijon mustard, pepper, and 1 tsp salt together.  Set aside 1/4 cup of the lemon mixture for the salad dressing.

Put chicken in a gallon size ziploc bag and pour lemon juice mixture over to marinate the chicken, and let marinate for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Preheat your grill.

Next I roasted my corn in a pan on the stove, because I didn't have any fresh corn.  I just cooked it until it was browned.  If you are using fresh corn, brush it with olive oil and roast it on the grill for 20 minutes.

Cook your chicken on the grill for 20 minutes also.  Turn it after 10 minutes.  So if you are grilling the corn, you can cook the chicken at the same time.  Once the chicken is cooked, remove it from the grill and slice it to lay over the salad and corn cakes.

If you are grilling your corn, you will cut it off of the cob next.

Next you will stir together the cornbread mix and 2/3 cup of water, until smooth.  Stir in basil and 1 cup corn kernels.

Pour 1/4 cup batter onto a griddle and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, until bubbles form on top and edges look dry.  Then flip the corn cakes and finish cooking.

Next, toss your lettuce with the 1/4 cup lemon mixture and divide it onto 4 plates.  Then put 2 corn cakes on top of the lettuce.  Next you will lay the chicken on top of the corn cakes. Then put the bacon on top of chicken and sprinkle the rest of the roasted corn over all of it.

You are ready to serve.

This makes 4 servings

This is such an amazing dinner.  We love it and hope you do too.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party 83

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How To Make Tangerine Foaming Hand Soap

Today I will be showing you how to make Tangerine Foaming Hand Soap.  It is a really simple to make and much less expensive then buying liquid soap at the store.  I ran out of my Dial Foaming Hand Soap yesterday morning and decided that I should just make some rather then buy it.  I had everything on hand, and since one of my favorite essential oils is Tangerine, I decided to make it smell like Tangerines.  I also re-used my Dial Foaming Hand Soap Container to make it foam.  

Tangerine Foaming Hand Soap


2 oz Dr Bonner's Unscented Baby Mild Liquid Castille Soap
5 oz distilled water
1/4 oz jojoba oil
40 drops tangerine essential oil
1 foaming hand soap container (I used the old one from my Dial Foaming Hand Soap)


Put the distilled water in your container first.

Next add the Dr. Bonner's Liquid Castille Soap.

Then add the jojoba oil and your tangerine essential oil.

Put the pump back on your container and shake.

You are ready to go.  It smells wonderful, and is great for in the kitchen.

Here are the reasons that I have used certain ingredients.

1.  Distilled water - I use this because is has less impurities, that could make your ingredients go bad.

2.  Dr. Bonner's Baby Mild Liquid Castille Soap - This is a good all purpose liquid soap that many things can be made from.  It is concentrated so it must be diluted with the distilled water.

3.  Jojoba Oil - I used a little of this because my hands are in water all of the time and the oil makes it less drying.  You could also use olive oil or almond oil if you don't have jojoba on hand.  (I wouldn't use coconut oil because it more of a solid oil then a liquid oil)

4.  Tangerine Essentail Oil -  I love the smell of Tangerines and this is divine.  It is also an antibacterial which is great for hand washing.  You could also use Lemon, which would smell great also.

Bulk organic herbs, spices and essential oils. Sin

I always love hearing from you.  What is your favorite scented hand wash?  I hope you like this Foaming Hand Soap as much as I do.

Have a great week.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Nun Singing No One

This is a video that I saw last week and wanted to share it with all of you.  This is a nun singing the Alicia Keys song No One.  She is truly amazing.

Here is a link to the video:

She is 25 year old Sister Christina Scuccia, and she is from Sicily. 

"I came here because I have a gift and I want to share that gift.  I am here to evangelize," she said, reports Catholic News Agency.  Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, commented "Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others (1 Peter 4:10)."

I felt God covering me as she was singing this song.
I hope you love this as much as I did.  I always love hearing from you.  Let me know what you think about this song.

Here is a link to the lyrics for the song:
No One by Alicia Keys

Have a Blessed Day.