Thursday, June 30, 2011

Chocolate Layer Dessert

1 c flour
1 stick butter, melted
1 c chopped pecans

Mix together and bake in 9 X 13" pan in 350 deg oven for 10 minutes. Cool.

1st Layer:
8 oz. pkg cream cheese, softened
1 c. Cool Whip
1 c. powdered sugar

Mix together; spread on crust.

2nd Layer:
2 small pkgs instant chocolate pudding
3 c. cold milk
1 tsp vanilla

Mix together with wire-whisk and spread over cream cheese layer.
Tope with remaining of large cardong of Cool Whip. Chill.
May be made two days in advance.

Keep Your Fridge from Becoming a Coffin!

Did you know that the average family of four throws out about 24 lbs of fresh fruit and veggies every month? That's 72 lbs per person, per year, in the trash. Is your family average or above average? This video shows how you can save this money and spend it on more fun things.
*Disclaimer: video is a little corny, but who's not a little corny every now and then.

Now is a great time to get reorganize your fridge and saving those fruits and veggies with FridgSmart Summer Set. Buy One, Get One Free.

**For details on FridgSmart: Click on Tupperware; Shop Product Gallery; On Sale; FridgSmart Summer Set.

Southwest Chipotle Dip

8 oz. sour cream
1 1/2 Tbsp Southwest Chipotle Seasoning

Mix sour cream and seasoning together.

Serve with veggies in Serving Center Set. It's perfect for taking veggies and fruit to picnics or barbequies. Just flip the cover over and fill with ice to keep veggies and dip cold.

*For Southwest Chipotle Seasoning go to Tupperware then click on Shop Product Gallery; Cooks Tools; Simple Indulgence Seasoning Blends.

**To find Serving Center Set: go to Tupperware:Shop Product Gallery; On The Go; Serving Center Set.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Crunchy Coleslaw

l lb bag shredded cabbage
4-6 green onions with tops, diced
l pkg. Beef Ramen noodles, crushed
l cup sliced almonds, toasted
l cup salted roasted sunflower seeds

l/3 cup white vinegar
l/2 cup salad oil
1/2 cup sugar
l pkg beef flavoring from Ramen Noodles

Combine vinegar, oil, sugar and beef flavoring in QuickShake Container; Shake well; refrigerate for a few hours or overnight. Before serving, set dressing out for a few minutes until liquid looks clear.

Combine mixture of slaw, onions, noodles, almonds and sunflower seeds. Toss with dressing.

Let slaw set with dressing for about an hour before serving to allow noodles to soften.

Carrots and green peppers maybe added as well.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Montreal Steak Marinade

3/4 C olive oil
3 Tbsp Montreal Steak Seasoning
1/2 Tbsp minced garlic

Mix ingredients together in Quick Shake Container by Tupperware. Put steaks in Season-Serve Container and pour marinade over steaks. Flip container a couple of times, then put in refrigerator at least 8 hours or preferably overnight.

I have used this on New York Strips, Rib-eyes and Sirloin steaks.
Last summer, I marinated steaks, vacuum-sealed them in my FoodSaver and then froze them. We took them to the beach and cooked them in our condo. Not only were they cheaper to buy at Costco than the grocery at the beach, they were much better than what my dh ordered at a couple of the restaurants.

No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

An oldie, but goody from my Stampin' Up Friend Chris:

1 stick of butter
2 C sugar
12 oz bag of chocolate chips
1/2 C milk
2 1/2 C quick oats
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 C peanut butter

Melt butter in pan, add sugar, chocolate chips and milk; boil 1 min. Take off heat; add oats, vanilla and peanut butter. Spread on wax paper in cookie sheet pan with edges. Freeze until ready. Keep in fridge.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Steve Cohen; The History Buff?

On the floor of the House this week, Mr. Cohen calls himself a “history buff”.

Just last week, he got history wrong when he said that it was the Democrats during the Clinton administration that balanced the budget. For those of you that may have forgotten ~like Mr. Cohen~ the Republicans controlled both the House and Senate during the last 6 years of the Clinton administration. Since it’s Congress who controls the purse strings of the federal government; it was the Republicans who balanced the budget and Clinton took credit for it. Clinton also signed welfare reform. But I digress.

Mr. Cohen also praises Medicare as a great program. Medicare is such a successful program, that there is a whole segment of the insurance industry called Med Sup plans; it’s become increasingly harder for Medicare patients to find doctors who take Medicare because of the reimbursement rates for doctors; and Hellcare cut $500 Billion from Medicare to keep it under the low, low price tag of $1 Trillion ~which we’re finding out more and more that it isn’t true~. Color me surprised! A government program that costs more than projected.

Mr. Cohen cites Social Security as “one of the great social advances of the 20th century”. Maybe because he’s such a “history buff” he doesn’t know that Social Security is about to go broke and American’s my age won’t see a dime of it.

Mr. Cohen says he doesn’t want Nixon to only be remembered for Watergate; he should also be remembered for Clean Water which is the “signature achievement” of his presidency. How magnanimous of you, Mr. Cohen. The environmentalists have regulated industries ~along with unions and high taxes~ out of business. Look at how the EPA is using the "Clean Water Act" to suspend 79 mining permits in West Virgina, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Last week he accused Republicans of not doing anything about jobs. What Mr. Cohen means is that the Republicans don’t see government spending as the way to create jobs. Like the last “stimulus” did so well.

Again, surprise, surprise! The way to create jobs is to cut taxes and regulations on businesses.

Mr. Cohen, quit spending my children and grandchildren's money. And brushing up on some history wouldn't do you any harm either.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Steve Cohen needs a History lesson.

Here's Congressman Cohen on why he supports WIC.

As I pointed out on his FB page where he posted his weekly newsletter with links to his speeches on the floor of the House, "History is NOT your strong suit is it? The demonrats controlled Congress only during the first 2 years of Clinton's administration; America put Repubs in control of both the House and Senate in 1994 for the rest of his years. Seeing as it is Congress specifically, the House of Reps~ that spends and allocates federal money, it was the Repubs that balanced the budget and Clinton signed it. It was also Clinton who signed welfare reform that helped reduce the spending."

A Cohen supporter then commented; "Stick to the issue, TNWAHM. We know you hate Demoncrats"

To which my reply was, "Freudian slip there, LD? You called yourself Demoncrats. I don't hate Demoncrats; I disagree with your policies and hate what you have done to this country. It's not personal.

I am sticking to the issues. In his "speech" on support for WIC ~which I actually listened to~ Mr. Cohen says, "the Bush Tax Cuts were created when there was a surplus created by a Democratic Congress and a Democratic President, Bill Clinton; and these tax cuts were passed because we had a surplus." It's a joke when Demonrats try to take credit for the balancing of the budget during the Clinton years. It was the Republicans in Congress that did that. It's also a joke when Demonrats like Cohen talk about being fiscally responsible when they didn't pass a budget for 2011 and haven't presented one for 2012.

"2007 was the when the Demonrats took over Congress; ~it's also when Mr. Cohen first went to D.C.~ since then, the budget deficits doubled to $455 Billion in 2008, then tripled to $1.4 Trillion in 2009, $1.3 Trillion in 2010 and on pace for at least that this year.

"The liberal safety net has turned into a hammock. Not only has it destroyed lives by taking fathers out of the home by "replacing" them with a check; we can't afford it anymore.

'As far as the Republicans not "producing" a jobs bill; ~again from Mr. Cohen's speeches~ we don't need more government spending. What we need are tax cuts for small businesses and regulation cuts. When it comes down to it, the vote to repeal Hellcare was a jobs bill. There have been over 1,300 waivers given to businesses for Hellcare, Talk about a job killing bill. He wants to give tax cuts for "green energy" jobs, if it's good for them, why not for the rest of America?"

Steve Cohen on the Dems Jobs Creation Plan

The Demonrats didn't pass a budget for 2011 and haven't submitted one for 2012 and Steve Cohen is trying to go after the Republicans because they haven't submitted a jobs bill? Really? Cohen's idea of a jobs bill is the government sending more money to the unions. The only jobs bill that we need is to cut corporate taxes and regulations on businesses in the US. Get government out of the way of entrepreneurs and we'll see real job creation. Steve Cohen hasn't ever run a business; he hasn't ever had to meet a payroll. All he's done is been a "public" servant and spent first the state of Tennessee's taxpayer's money and now he's spending the entire country's taxpayer's money.

He says we need incentives for "green energy" jobs so "we don't have to spend so much money with our military and lives protecting the oil imports from the Middle East." We have the natural gas and oil reserves right here in our country, but not only is the BO/BS administration not allowing expansion of our own domestic energy supply, but they've shut down oil production.

Actually the vote to repeal hellcare is a jobs creation bill. One of the various reasons that business aren't expanding right now, is because of uncertainty of their costs going forward.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Reagan on Being a Republican in CA

President Reagan had a great sense of humor.