Monday, September 15, 2014

Product Review: Kids N Pets Stain and Odor Remover


My sister, Brittany, bought a "new" used car this week. It's a 2006 Honda Civic. This is her first car out of college that she purchased specifically for the amazing Honda quality and excellent gas mileage. Her new job is about an hour drive from the house, so she needed something that'll make a dependable commuter car.

Little Brother and I have spent the week detailing it and getting it ready for Brit to drive. The previous owner bought it brand new and drove it daily to and from school and work. She owned the car through college, various jobs, and two kids. Needless to say, it needs some TLC.

All of the seats were covered in various stains and we've already ordered fancy new seat covers for it, but in my cleaning frenzy I decided to attack the seats anyway. I purchased a bottle of Kids N Pets Stain and Odor Remover at the recommendation of my good friend, Buffy. She said it works great on all kinds of stains and odors. I bought it specifically for urine stains and smells in the house, but I figured I'd try it in the car. All I can say is, "Thank you, Buffy!"

As the first spritz soaked in, most of the surface stains disappeared. The deeper stains needed a few extra minutes to soak and a lot of blotting (and some vigorous scrubbing). I'm not sure if the stains were mostly coffee or soda, but they caused a pretty good discoloration. You can still tell that the seats are stained, but they look, smell, and feel much cleaner than they were.





Thursday, September 4, 2014

Baked French Toast Sticks


Summer vacation is over. Big Sister decided to go back to public school. I'm getting back into the routine of getting up at 5:30 am every. weekday. morning. to cook breakfast. The first two weeks consisted of scrambled eggs and toast, or waffles if I was feeling froggy. Now I'm on the hunt for great made-ahead breakfasts that I can warm up while my coffee is brewing. So far, I've found crockpot oatmeal, egg muffins, and these delicious baked french toast sticks. They are super easy to make and taste great with a little bit of syrup.




Print Recipe

Baked French Toast Sticks


Course: Breakfast
Prep Time: 5 Min
Cook Time: 20 Min
Total Time: 25 Min
Serves: 3

Ingredients

  • 4 slices texas toast
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 Tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray very well and set aside.
  3. Cut bread slices into thirds then set aside. (I like to remove the side crusts for uniformity).
  4. In a large shallow dish, whisk together eggs, milk, melted butter, vanilla, and cinnamon.
  5. Dunk bread sticks into batter, let excess drip off, then place onto prepared baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 16-18 minutes, spraying the tops of the French Toast Sticks with non-stick spray before flipping halfway through.
  7. To freeze: Let French Toast Sticks cool then place onto a baking sheet and freeze in the freezer. Transfer to a freezer bag or container when hard. To reheat, microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Paleo Mom Secret Weapon


What's for dinner? Meat. Meat. Meat. Every day meat. 

A paleo mom needs to be creative when meal planning, especially when catering to one, or two, or three picky eaters. I have one large child who won't eat certain vegetables (because his mom let him get away with it when he was young) and I have one little gremlin who will only eat ground beef, my princess is pretty easy going though.

My secret weapon is: a meat baller.  Some people might call them cookie ballers, but for a paleo mom it is for meat. I prepare several pounds of ground beef at a time, spend a few minutes balling it all up, and I freeze batches for future dinners when I don't have time to cook. If I'm really busy, I just plop a batch in the crockpot and come back later to drain the fat before serving them. I also like to cook them on my George Foreman grill. It squishes them into teeny tiny hamburger patties and my kids love teeny tiny things.

When it comes to meatballs, I'm a little like Forrest Gump's friend, Bubba: you got your Italian meatballs, Moroccan meatballs, BBQ meatballs, Chinese meatballs, tangy meatballs, sweet & sour meatballs, etc. etc. All you need is ground beef, eggs, and seasoning. They cook quickly and kids gobble them up.

Add a fun dipping sauce and some interesting veggies and you've got yourself an easy dinner.

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