Dadgum That’s Good and Healthy

DTG and healthy COVERTitle: Dadgum That’s Good. . . and Healthy!: Lightened-up Favorites for Smoking, Frying and Grilling!

Author:  John McLemore

Publisher: Oxmoor House (October 7, 2014) 

Pages: 208

About: 

In his new cookbook, Masterbuilt CEO John McElmore lightens up 125 of his family’s classic comfort-food recipes making them healthier without sacrificing flavor.
Includes contributions from Sunny Anderson, Karli and Brandi Harvey, Mike Huckabee and Bobby Deen.

The book contains tips on how to smoke, grill and fry to maximize flavor, but this time, with a healthier twist. After two successful cookbooks, Dadgum That’s Good! and Dadgum That’s Good, Too!, McLemore had a personal health wake-up call and he’s now on a new journey to lighten up his favorite foods for everyone to enjoy. These down-home, soul-warming recipes are captured alongside heart-warming stories of John’s family and friends.

Other Highlights Include:

· Tips from 40 years of Masterbuilt know-how including detailed sections for choosing the best wood for smoking, optimal times and temperatures, and guidelines for choosing and preparing different cuts of meat.

· The Make It Lighter sidebars show you how to further reduce calories and fat with tips like easy smoking techniques to maximize taste and flavor.

· McLemore’s Good For You notes tell you at-a-glance what health benefits come from his nutrient-dense recipes.

· Each of the125 recipes comes with a full list of Nutritional Information for keeping track of your daily intake.

As President and CEO of Masterbuilt, McLemore’s love of good food runs deep and for more than 40 years his passion has been designing quality indoor and outdoor cooking equipment to inspire home cooks everywhere.

“Dadgum That’s Good!’…And Healthy!” is the perfect book for a well-balanced lifestyle.

My Review: 

I actually gave this book as a gift because I loved it just that much. I knew it would be the perfect fit for someone that loves to grill. The person I gifted it to actually loves it because he has to stay heart healthy. He felt there was plenty in the book that he would grill along with dishes that paired well. Personally, I will use my copy for just smoking recipes and when summer grilling rolls around this book will stay nicely snuggled into my beach bag. 

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Chipotle hosts Tacky Sweater Party

Chipotle provided a gift card for my review. All opinions are my own. #Chipotle #TackySweaterParty

Come to any Chipotle restaurant in Texas wearing your cheesy, festive holiday sweater and receive a buy one/get one burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos with purchase. It’s the Tacky Sweater Party! I know I will be going with my son or my husband. They both LOVE that place.

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Don’t just fill your belly, fill your stockings too! This holiday season, Chipotle will offer three specially designed gift cards, each featuring Chipotle’s classic burrito wrapped in holiday gift paper, covered in lights or nestled in a snow globe! And don’t forget Chipotle can cater your holiday parties! Click here for more info: Chipotle Catering. I am positive I will be picking up one or two for some (cough) people on my guest list.

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My son and I just had lunch there yesterday. It’s been awhile since we went. I think it’s the one burrito on earth that can fill him up and he not ask for seconds. It’s always a good meal. I love their barbacoa meat with all the toppings. My son just copied my burrito. Lately, he just does that because I think he really has the same taste I do. The Tacky Sweater party is so fun. I cannot wait til Saturday to visit and get to see all the tacky sweaters on people. I think that is probably the funniest part! Don’t be a humbug, get out there in your tacky sweater and get your grub on. 

I’d love to see your tacky sweaters! If you have one take a picture with your burrito and post it here in the comments. Share in the fun :)

Northpole

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One cold afternoon my daughter and I sat down to watch this movie by Hallmark called Northpole we’ve been seeing and hearing so much about. My daughter is ALL about Christmas! It’s always fun when it comes around and we get to snuggle up together with hot chocolate and candy canes. We put up the tree, bake cookies, and watch the copious amounts of Christmas movies. 

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The movie Northpole was so adorable! A week later we are in Walmart and my daughter, even though she is 14 freaks out over the collection of toys they have. I thought she would never leave the aisle all over this cute Snowball the polar bear Plush and Book Combo. I thought really your 14! Truth is I am just as big of a kid as she is. When I saw the Magic Snowball I was like now I have to buy that! I knew just who to give it to. 

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See I have a friend that plays elf to my kids every year. I think she would get a kick out of this. She always brings over gifts and the teens are like YES.  I also have a friend with a daughter who is 5 that would also like these Northpole Toys just as much. Most of all I am doing secret santa this year and I know there is two little girls that are 3 and 6 these would be absolutely perfect for. These are just too fun! 

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On Christmas eve, we open gifts with my husbands family as they Czech and that’s what they do. For us at home, we open the gifts up on Christmas day taking turns so I can see everyone’s excitement and get pictures. What are you gift sharing traditions? I’d love to hear about them below. 

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I don’t get much at Christmas because I am the mom of three teenagers. Sometimes I get a little something for myself to enjoy. These adorable nesting bowls were on my for me list. I am trying to decide if I should stuff them under the tree or just use them. After all, it is baking season :D

Don’t miss out on the #NorthPoleFun! The Find Me Santa Snowflake is my favorite party of the movie. It allows for creativity in children. After all that to me is the most important part of Christmas is BELIEVING! 

Date Night at Cheddar’s

Cheddar’s provided a gift card for my review. All opinions are my own. #HomeForTheHolidays #Cheddars

The husband and I got a chance to try out Cheddar’s on a date night. The last time I went to a Cheddar’s I was pretty young and so was he. We talked about one that was in a mall near us in our teens. Both remembered it had some fabulous chicken tenders. It was a no brainer to go and try Cheddar’s out for date night. We enjoy date night! It’s time away from the three teenagers and get good time to talk about any issues good or bad without all the animosity.

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We started off with the Wisconsin Cheese Bites. There is three appetizers on the menu we had a hard time trying to decide between. When in doubt ask the waitress/waiter his/her opinion. We asked which would be the best and it was what she suggested. Within in minutes we both had to agree with her that they were totally delicious. This would bring us back alone. We love cheese!

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Then V noticed the Philly Cheesesteak on the menu. He always has to make sure it is ribeye. We make them at home but rarely. He says it has to be ribeye and it has to have the right cheese. As you can see it had both. He said the meat was tender, bread was excellent, and had the right cheese. He loved that they used whole mushrooms which gave it plenty of flavor. 

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I got the Chicken Fried Steak. You would think this is playing it safe but I am very odd about my chicken friend steak. The steak must be tender, the batter just right, and the mashed potatoes and gravy must pair perfectly. First off, the broccoli was perfectly steamed which was an amazement to me as usually that is never the case. The gravy had good flavor and the potatoes were tasty. The breading on the chicken fried steak had the perfect amount of seasoning with a good crunch. The meat was well cooked inside. Overall, I have to give a thumbs up.

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The waitress helped us with dessert. I was so stuff I didn’t think it was possible to fit anymore in. The strawberry cheesecake in a small shot glass was just enough to cap off the meal. What’s really cool is Cheddar’s is doing a Home for the Holiday contest. Tell Cheddar’s who you want to spend the holidays with and why. Three people can win $1000 and a $250 Cheedar’s gift card. Winners will be announced Monday, December 22 and additional information about the contest can be found here: Go enter here! #HomeForTheHolidays

Beach House Baking

beach-house-baking-650x599Title: Beach House Baking: An Endless Summer of Delicious Desserts

Author: Lei Shishak

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing   

Pages: 205

About: 

Lei shares the most popular recipes from her celebrated Sugar Blossom Bake Shop in San Clemente, California. Let her tropical tea transport you to the Caribbean, her s’mores cupcakes to an oceanfront campfire, and her sweet and salty beach bod brittle to picturesque New England shores! You too can live the sand and surf lifestyle while indulging in over one hundred recipes, including morning treats, cupcakes, crisps, cookies, pies, ice cream sandwiches, frozen pops, beverages, and more!

My Review: 

The maple pecan sticky buns had me at the first glance. This was a perfect recipe for my son and my husband. They absolutely love pecans. We will be making this one again for sure. The pictures are delightful. The recipes are fairly easy to follow and definitely remind me of the beach where I grew up.

With greats like Champagne Raspberry pops to Orange Pekoe Blackberry remind me of summer nights on the beach under the moonlight. Each recipe starts with a due bit about the history of the recipe or the symbolism of it. Though, not all recipes in this book would be perfect for the beach they would be wonderful for a simple party or enjoying at a family dinner. Like the Banana Pecan Cupcakes with Honey Buttercream. These would be great at a monkey themed birthday part as long as no one is allergic to nuts. 

What I really found myself enjoying from this book was that the recipes can be used over and over for events. That’s always a plus in my book. You don’t have to be a novice baker to own this book. Even though the author clearly is with her shop in San Clemente. Of course the author had me when she mentioned La Jolla which is a place I grew up near. Her ice cream sandwich to pair with the name is almost a decadent perfect fit. This is a fantastic book for the baker in your family. I know just who I will be sharing mine with.

HouseTrip Vegan & Vegetarian Guide

In association with HouseTrip. All opinions are mine alone.

HouseTrip has a new Vegan and Vegetarian guide in which you can pick one of three cities Berlin, London, and Paris. Once you select your city a map will come up with circles on placed where in the city those restaurants are. You can then click those circles to break down the area even closer. Then you can click each individual bubble for information on that restaurant. 

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Once the information for the restaurant comes up it lists the name, address, and full description of the food. Under it you can see comments about the restaurant that people have tweeted about. It’s refreshing to see comments that are organic about the restaurant and not a list of reviews with stars. You may also search for options like best for families and best for special occasions. You may also switch to a directory view that allows you to just view by restaurants rather then the map. It’s great cause you can look by restaurant or by location. Makes it super simple to load this up on your computer or phone to look for local vegetarian and vegan restaurants. 

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I really hope to see this contain plenty of cities in the future. I know here in Dallas/Fort Worth area it would be put to great use. It’s hard to find a good website or app that will allow you to look per a map and find good vegetarian and vegan places to eat with specifications on family friendly or special event. It’s hard to find vegetarian and vegan places in this area anyway. I really think the readers here London, Berlin, and Paris should definitely take a moment and try this site out. My most favorite part is the organic tweets and not reviews that seem to be candid. If they expand this to my area I would use this all the time. It’s got a clean intereface also! That’s a big help for me and navigation on the go. Especially since my other half like to wait till the last minute to decide where to go. Go take it for a test run!

The Hubby Swears By Windex

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My other half is the hugest fan of Windex®. You know that movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding? The one where the dad thinks everything can be fixed with Windex®? Yeah, well that is my other half! If you say, “Hey I need something to get this off” or “Nothing will work on this” his first words are Windex®.

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That being said it is really my go to for a 10 minute makeover. With two teenage boys working and my daughter in color guard I definitely need a cleaning regimen that doesn’t take all day long. We pick up our Windex® Crystal Rain and Pledge® Multisurface at Kroger. It’s easy since we are already in the store picking up groceries. That and he wouldn’t possibly live without his Windex. There is a Mega Event coming for Windex on 11/3-11/15 and for Pledge on 11/10-12/27 its a Buy 4 Save $4. Kroger Affiliates Include Baker’s Supermarkets, City Market, Dillons Food Stores, Fry’s Food And Drug, Gerbes Super Markets, Harris Teeter, Jay C, King Soopers, Owen’s, Pay Less Super Markets, QFC, Ralphs, Scott’s, Smith’s, Fred Meyer, and Food 4 Less.

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He swears it is the only product to take the scum off the shower door so you can see through it. He also likes to use Windex® Crystal Rain for car windows. He uses it especially when replacing the inspection and registration stickers. He even has a bottle stashed at work. I told you he is completely addicted.

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It’s great that he is addicted to the Windex® because it make it easy when I have to clean it. Most of the time he does though. Which makes it so much more important I buy what he prefers to clean with and make it quick. With the Windex® Crystal Rain he will use it on the shower doors. He sprays it all over and lets it sit for about 3 minutes then goes back with a paper towel and cleans it well. It’s so clean I spook myself from the other mirror.

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When using it on the windshield of a car for stickers. He peels off the old sticker and cleans it with Windex® and dries it and replaces with the new sticker. He is always hiding the bottle from our daughter too because he even has her brainwashed that it works for everything! It’s too funny. I really love it for my car windows on the inside. They always have finger and footprints everywhere!

 


I doubt that his Windex® loving personalities will ever go away. I am perfectly fine with that though. It makes my life easier. It can make your life easier too just like in the tutorial above. Do you have a Windex® tutorial? If so, I would love to hear about it below. #InstaClean

Creepy Crawler Spider Jars

This post is sponsored by Sverve and Farm Rich but all content and opinions, including the Creepy Crawler Spider Jars, are mine. #SmokehouseBBQ

Decorating for Halloween is my most favorite past time. I love to come up with ideas year round that I can make myself. A few years back I made gravestones with the kids. We ended up redoing them to have all scary characters on them and few other people like Edgar Allan Poe, William Shakespeare, and Nikola Tesla. We had to show some versatility on what we enjoy. It was so much fun to create them. 

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This year I decided I needed to come up with some lighting ideas for the windows, pathways, or balconies. I’ve worked with everything else but lights in the past. This was so much fun as it is pretty easy to create anything with battery operated tea lights.  For these jars it is just a few items.

  • Plastic Spiders
  • Battery Operated Tea Lights (2 to a jar)
  • 1 Package of spider web
  • 2 or 3 Different sized mason jars

Creepy Crawler Spider Jars by Mooshu Jenne - Spider web, fake spiders, and battery operated tea light candles.

Simply cut some spider web off the end. Wrap webbing around the tea light. Slide into the jar and place spider in place. Repeat the process. Twice to each jar. These are great to light the way in a dark house for your Halloween party. Use them as centerpieces or decorate the backyard for more creepy fun. 

Creepy Crawler Spider Jars by Mooshu Jenne - Spider web, fake spiders, and battery operated tea light candles.

Next week, I will be sharing with you a fun recipe from Farm Rich Smokehouse BBQ. The Farm Rich Smokehouse is a new line in the multi-serve meal category at Walmart. Their line features all natural meat:

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  • Pulled Beef Brisket in Sweet & Smoky BBQ Sauce
  • Pulled Pork BBQ
  • Double Rubbed Dry Smoked Pork
  • Double Rubbed Dry Smoked Chicken

If you too are looking for a hassle free Halloween dinner or party appetizer then grab a coupon, head out to your local Walmart, and check out the Farm Rich Smokehouse line! We will be heading to the store this weekend to check out the demo! I cannot wait to taste test all the flavors. I am pretty sure I know just which one I am going to use for my recipe next week. It should be fitting for any Halloween finger food dish. Though it will be messy!

Eight more days until Halloween. Don’t forget to come back for more Halloween goodies all they way until Halloween NIGHT!

Why I love Purex with Purex Coupons

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Purex is the only brand of laundry soap I can really use. I have skin allergies. After trying many of the different soaps out there I found that with Purex I don’t end up with any type of skin allergy. Trust me the itching can be uncomfortable. With Purex coupons I can stock up without having to run to the store over and over in one month. Washing clothes for five people can be quite the job. Running back and forth between school events, work schedules, and etc makes it a must to stock up.

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I use the Purex laundry detergent with color safe bleach for my other half that his clothing is usually covered in grease. For myself, I like to use the Purex Natural Elements laundry soap as it keeps away all the mean itches. I keep on hand a bottle of two which is nice for when I don’t get a chance to do the mountains of laundry that collects there is always soap for the boys to do it themselves.

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I picked mine up at Walmart while grabbing a few necessities for my daughter’s costume make up. #APlusValues

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Better yet is when you get a chance to stock up and use Purex coupons. Currently, Henkel is offering coupons for those that purchase $20 in product to get back $10 in savings. For more information on how to get your $10 read below!

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Upload your A+Value receipts

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Enter your e-mail address and upload your receipt here to enter the A+Values program. If your receipt is valid, you will receive your $10 coupon booklet via e-mail from Henkel and Coupons.com

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Sticky to Sparkly Clean

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Do you ever cook things that get super stuck to your dishes. I tell you the one recipe I stay away from has to be rice krispie treats. The marshmallows stick like glue. Or you know when you get tons of fresh fruit and you decide to make jam the pectin is like rubber stuck to the pot. That’s when a good dishwasher detergent comes in. Not only does it help clean but also doesn’t leave residue. See my peach jam below. We used it to clean the jars prior and then used it to clean the pot. It works wonders! It’s nice taking dishes from sticky to sparkly clean.

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We were using an Ajax one just because it’s cheap but it just didn’t do the job like it should. Having a chance to test out Finish I know we will be sticking with it because it works. While it might be a bit more and less than other more pricey brands it does the job. I think that is what counts compared to spending more to get the product to actually work. 

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Quantum™ Power & Free™ delivers sparkling clean and amazing shine, without having to pre rinse! It’s three-chamber capsule features powerful cleaning ingredients with Hydrogen Peroxide Action to attack the toughest food stains and leave a brilliant shine, all while using less harsh chemicals. I like to put one in and run it without dishes to have a clean dishwasher too! I found it in Walmart on the aisle with the dish soap and paper towels. I know my other Walmart has it on a different aisle though. 

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And here is a coupon for you!

You can see how there is no funky white residue on my jars from hard water. Finish really does the job. No one wants to hand out jams at Christmas with some kind of white funk on the jars. I cannot wait to make some cranberry jam when the holidays get closer! I know using Finish will make my job so much easier! #SparklySavings

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If you are interested in the peach jam recipe let me know in the comments!