Friday, May 23, 2014

Mango Margaritas for Friday's Happy Hour

Last Friday we made these delicious Mango Margaritas for Friday's Happy Hour.  It was the first time that I had tried making these, and I was pleasantly surprised.  I used to drink margaritas when I was younger, but my tastes changed and I like my drinks a little sweeter today.  I just went from my regular margarita recipe and changed it up a little.  Instead of sweet and sour or tons of lime juice, I added mango nectar, a little mango, and lemon juice.  They came out perfect .

Mango Margaritas


4 oz tequila
2 oz triple sec
6 oz mango nectar
1 oz simple syrup
1/2 lemon squeezed into blender
1/2 cup mango
2 to 3 cups of ice


Put all of you ingredients into a blender and blend until it is smooth and slushy.

Put water on one plate and sugar on another plate.

Dip you glasses into the water and then the sugar to rim your glasses in sugar.

Then pour your mango margaritas into your glasses and serve.

This will make 2 margaritas.

I hope you like these margaritas as much as we did.  We had them with guacamole, pico de gallo, mango salsa, and both flour and corn tortilla chips.

Have a great weekend.
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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Triple Berry Tart

I made this Triple Berry Tart last week and shared it with H's office.  It was a huge hit there.  Gone in about an hour, so I thought I would share it with all of you.  It was super easy to make, which makes it even better.

Triple Berry Tart


1 can raspberry fruit pie filling
1 cup mixed berries
1 puff pastry thawed


Preheat oven to 400 degrees and spray a tart pan with non stick cooking spray

Lay your puff pastry into your tart pan and roll sides down inside the tart pan.  There will be about a 1/2 in between the bottom of the puff pastry and the top of the rolled dough sides.

Spread  about 2/3 of the can of raspberry fruit filling on the bottom of the tart.

Next sprinkle the berries over the top of the pie filling.

Then using a pastry brush, brush some additional filling over the top of the fruit.  Almost like a glaze.

Bake for 30 minutes.

After you pull the tart out of the oven use your pastry brush again and spread the filling again lightly over the fruit.

Let cool and serve.

Serves 8 to 10 pieces

I hope that you like the tart.  I thought it came out really delicious.  I took it to the office, so that I wouldn't eat it.  It is always a great place to take food that I should not have in the house.

Have a great week.
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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party 88

We want to thank everyone who shared with Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party 87.  We love seeing all of your posts.

Welcome to Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop 88.

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Have a great week.

How To Make Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Today I will show you how to make a Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner.  Yesterday, my future daughter-in-law, Lish told me that since her girls clean the toilet in their bathroom, it sometimes smells.  They are 4 and 5, so she does not let me use chemicals, but what they are using is not strong enough for them to get it really clean and clean smelling.  I told her there was an easy solution.  I  would make a natural toilet bowl cleaner, at that would not be dangerous for the girls to use, and it would still get the bathroom clean and clean smelling.  

I have in the past written about uses for a variety of normal household items such as hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and rubbing alcohol.  These are all great ingredients for a toilet bowl, but I wanted to make sure this was a super kid friendly recipe.  I realized as I was writing I have been remiss about writing a post for all of the uses for vinegar, which I think is an amazing cleaning product.  I guess that will be for next week.

These are the ingredients that I wanted to use for my Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner and the reasons for using them:

Vinegar - this is a great all around anti bacterial and when combined with either washing soda, baking soda, or borax it becomes an amazing cleaning product.  It is also non toxic, so safe for the girls to use for cleaning their toilet.  This is an acid.

Washing Soda - is alkalline and is great for cleaning.  We use it in our washing machine all of the time.  I was hoping to be able to make something that the girls would just be able to spray in the toilet, but the washing soda will have to be sprinkled into the toilet after they have sprayed the vinegar solution.  This will also help with scrubbing the stains around the toilet.  If I were making this for myself I would use borax, but since I am making this for two little girls to use, I want to make sure that it is super safe.

Tea Tree Oil - This is a great essential oil.  It comes from the leaves of the melalueca plant.  It has antibacterial and antifungal properties.  It is not harmful for the two girls to use, so I will definitely add this to the cleaner. 

Lemon Essential Oil - This is another essential oil that has antibacterial properties.  So it will not only help clean and sanitize, but it will also help make the bathroom smell nice.

Now before we start, excuse my toilet.  It really dirty.  I know it is hard to tell from pictures what has been put inside the toilet, but it does work well.  You can at least tell that it is clean at the end.

Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner
(it can also be used all over the toilet)


1 1/4 cup white vinegar
1 cup Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
1 tsp tea tree essential oil
1 tsp lemon essential oil
1 squirt bottle or spray bottle
1 jar with holes in the top


Put vinegar and essential oils into a spray bottle or squirt bottle.

Put the washing soda into a container with holes, to that they can sprinkle it over the vinegar mixture.

How to Use:

Shake the vinegar solution well before using.  The vinegar solution should be sprayed or squirted in the toilet bowl and can either be sprayed or wiped all around the toilet, toilet seat, toilet tank, and on the floor around the toilet.

Sprinkle the washing soda inside the toilet.

The girls can then use the toilet brush to scrub the inside of the toilet.  

They can then just wipe around the toilet, toilet seat, toilet tank, and floor to finish cleaning the toilet with a rag or cloth with gloves on.

This is a great way to get your kids, even the little ones helping around the house.  It gives them something that they can do that is fun, and they can feel a sense of accomplishment.

It's also great because you are not using chemicals in the house.

Have a great week and I always love hearing from you.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Flight To Heaven - Book Review

Today is a short book review on the book Flight to Heaven by Capt. Dale Black.  This is such a great book.  My friend Karen recommended it to me and I read it in a day and a half.  I had to write a blog post or two in there (haha), otherwise I would have had it finished even sooner.  

This book is about a pilot who was the only survivor of a horrific plane crash, his amazing recovery, his time in Heaven, and what he went on to do with his life.  He was like lots of people who are living in the world, and kind of not paying attention to God.  He was a believer and knew God was there, but until the plane crash he didn't really live his life for God.

Capt. Black's is an amazing man with an amazing story, but how could it be anything else with God at the helm.  Capt. Black may a pilot for airplanes, but his story certainly shows that God is at the controls for our lives.

I hope you will give this book a try.  It's really a wonderful heartwarming story.  

Have a great week.

I am not being compensated in any way by the author or publisher.  The opinions in this post are my own.