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Current Song Favorites
March 31, 2011, 6:49 pm
Filed under: song favs

“Always Remember Me” – Ry Cuming featuring Sara Bareilles

“Murder In The City” – The Avett Brothers (going to see their concert in Charlotte next weekend!)

“Price Tag” – Jessie J featuring B.o.B.

“Till The World Ends” – Britney Spears

“Just Can’t Get Enough” – The Black Eyed Peas (really the whole album is awesome)



Cucumbers
March 31, 2011, 5:56 pm
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1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.
2. Feeling tired in the afternoon? Put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans, but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.

5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!

6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!

7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to ward off starvation.

8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don’t have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly-cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.

9. Out of WD-40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

10. Stressed out and don’t have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber with react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown the reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.

11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don’t have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminatebad breath, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causingbad breath.

12. Looking for a ‘green’ way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but is won’t leave streaks and won’t harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.

13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!!



Taco Dip
March 26, 2011, 5:34 pm
Filed under: recipes

I know.  I know.  I just posted a recipe for taco soup.  What can I say, I love Mexican food!

My mom used to make this for us Pitts kids all of the time and we loved it.  It is super easy – only takes about 10 minutes to prepare.

Taco Dip

1 can of refried beans

1.5 cup of sour cream

1 pkg. of taco seasoning

1.5 cup of shredded cheddar cheese (I like the Kraft Mexican mix)

2 tomatoes chopped

1 small can of sliced black olives

chopped green onions
Spread one can of refried beans on a platter.  Then top with mixture of 1.5 cup of sour cream and one package of taco seasoning.  Then top with 1.5 cups of shredded cheese.  Then top with chopped tomatoes and sliced black olives.  Sprinkle green onions on top. Refrigerate for an hour.

 

 

 



S.O.Stereo on The Vampire Diaries!
March 13, 2011, 4:02 pm
Filed under: song favs

It’s pretty neat to see your friends on TV.

The Vampire Diaries show is one of those cheesy CW shows that I would never watch, but our good buddies of S.O.Stereo were on there a couple of weeks ago!  They got to perform a number of songs at the “concert” that was in the show and Brad gets “possessed” by one of the vampires who makes them play a Bangles song while she sings.  Pretty hysterical.  Here is the 4 minute clip from the show that the band is in – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIR4KtIwamY&feature=player_embedded

Also, check out the webpage on The Vampire Diaries site for more info, videos, photos and songs…

www.thevampirediariesfansite.com/s.o.php

Be sure to get some of their songs on iTunes too!



My Current Tune Favorites
March 13, 2011, 3:30 pm
Filed under: song favs

James Vincent McMorrow – Hear the Noise That Moves So Soft and Low

Bon Iver – Blood Bank (this video will make you dizzy, but the song is beautiful)

Regina Spektor – Samson

Martin Solveig & Dragonette – Hello

Mann – Buzzin’



Super Easy Delicious Pasta Salad
March 13, 2011, 2:40 pm
Filed under: recipes

So, I like to blog about recipes that I use often or want to keep “on file”, that way if I am ever out of town or at work and need to look up a recipe, I just go to this blog!

I got this super easy recipe from my friend Kathryn.  Enjoy!

1 lbs pasta, whatever kind you like
2-3 Tomatoes chopped, however many you like
1 cucumber chopped
1 red onion chopped
Zesty Italian Salad Dressing – 1/3-1/2 bottle
McCormick’s Salad Seasoning, to taste…I usually use a couple of tablespoons full.
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Mix together, it serves a ton.  It’s good to make it the night before to let all the flavors sink in.  You could even add ham, feta, olives…..whatever you like!


Taco Soup
March 3, 2011, 10:23 pm
Filed under: recipes

I made this for dinner tonight and it was super easy and delicious.  Also, South Beach Phase 1 friendly!

TACO SOUP

 

  • 1/2 lb extra lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 (16 ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans, with liquid
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • cheddar cheese, shredded
  • low fat sour cream
  • avocado, slices
  • Cook ground beef and onion in medium saucepan over medium heat until meat is browned and onion is tender. Drain.
  • Mix in water, tomatoes, kidney beans, tomato sauce and taco seasoning. Bring to a boil.
  • Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Serve topped with cheese, sour cream and avocado slices if desired.
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