Summertime News

    I’ve been building another website.DTDM1

    I guess I do get a bit bored and look into things to do. I really don’t need another website — this is #5. It’s about the internet marketing community I belong to. I thought since I was part of it, I should promote it. They have a Boot Camp program of instructional videos. I’ve really been into those and following through with the tasks they place in front of me. I thought I could always learn something new. It does take time away from my other 4 websites. I’m doing a bit of a catch-up now. I need to keep my priorities straight and not allow the new website to take over.

    If you’re interested in building your own website and earning some passive income, you may want to sign-up as a FREE Starter Member. You can look around and see if this would be right for you. My new website is: http://indefinitevacation.com It’s new, I’ve just started with it, but you may find it interesting. I have some pages and posts with information you may find interesting.

    I found this place that has discount prices on books — I have a Kindle, but I have friends with Nooks.

    There are plenty of free titles you may want to check out. It’s FREE and you fill out your interests and everyday they have a selection from which you can choose — and many of the titles/books are FREE you can put in your Kindle or Nook. I don’t know how many free books I added to my Kindle for my summer reading. Here’s the link: http://bookbub.com

    I tried out a new recipe!!

    Here’s a Summer Veggie Salad You Grill on the BBQGrilled-Summer-Salad

    Recipe makes 6 – 8 Servings

    Ingredients:

    • 3 large assorted bell peppers, cut in 1-1/2 inch strips
    • 1-1/2 pounds of your favorite squash, cut in 1/3 inch strips
    • 1 medium red onion, cut in 1/4 inch thick rounds
    • 1 loaf French Bread, cut crosswise into 1 inch thick cubes
    • extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 clove of garlic, peeled

    Now for the Dressing:

    • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
    • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
    • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 pound heirloom tomatoes
    • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
    • 1/4 cup basil or herb of your choice

    Let’s Get This Salad Put Together:

    1. For the salad: Prepare the bbq medium heat.
    2. Brush both sides of bell peppers, squash, onion and bread slices lightly with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
    3. Grill vegetables until tender and brown — approximately 4 minutes per side for peppers and squash and 3 minutes per side of onions.
    4. Grill the bread until browned and crisp, turning occasionally. Cool, then rub with cut sides of garlic. Tear the bread into 3/4 inch pieces and place in a large bowl. Chop the garlic you were using and toss that in the bowl.
    5. Cut the grilled vegetables into 1 inch pieces and add to the bowl with the bread and garlic.
    6. For the dressing: Whisk first 3 ingredients in a small bowl to mix.
    7. Gradually whisk in 1/3 cup oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
    8. Add the dressing, tomatoes with juices and all remaining ingredients into the salad and toss.
    9. Let it stand for 20 minutes allowing the bread and veggies to soak up the dressing.

    It was easy and you’ll love it!

    Skinny Chocolate S’Mores Pie Recipe

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    This is S’Mores Season for me! Anything s’mores is a definite winner as far as I’m concerned . . . and a s’mores pie, a whole s’mores pie for family and friends to enjoy . . . priceless . . . and a skinny s’mores pie? Is that even possible? Yes, yes it is!!

    Well, let’s get started with this recipe!!!

    Skinny Chocolate S’Mores Pie

    Ingredients:  (These ingredients are for a sugar-free or low-fat pie, but since you’re making it, make it as you like)

    • 8 sheets of finely ground low-fat Graham Crackers
    • 4 tablespoons of melted light or regular butter
    • 6 ounces fat-free cream cheese
    • 4 ounces low-fat cream cheese
    • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
    • 2 tablespoons of your favorite non-sugar sweetener — less is more with some sweeteners
    • 2/3 cup of low-fat chocolate coffee creamer
    • 8 ounce tub of fat-free whipped topping
    • Marshmallow Ice Cream Topping for garnish is optional
    • Hot Fudge or Chocolate Ice Cream Topping for garnish is optional — sugar-free or regular

    Directions:

    1. Mix up the graham cracker crumbs with melted butter in a small bowl.
    2. Press into a 9-inch pie pan. Freeze until you’re ready to fill it up.
    3. Get out the mixer with the paddle attachment and beat the cream cheese until smooth.
    4. Beat in the cocoa, sweetener and coffee creamer.
    5. Gently fold in the whipped topping.
    6. Bring out your pie shell and pour the ingredients into it.
    7. Freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight.
    8. Bring your pie out of the freezer and drizzle with the marshmallow and chocolate ice cream toppings before serving.
    9. Wait about 15 minutes before serving.

    There you go! It is basically a skinny chocolate s’mores pie with some sugar added. I don’t mind some low-fat ingredients, but I don’t like the non-sugar sweetener. This is just my thing. You make your pie however you wish. That’s what’s great about recipes. You can do it your way.

    Have fun and enjoy!

    Thanks for stopping by!!

    Hot New Releases

    It’s always good to know what’s new and what’s hot!

    Why is it that we’re always competing for the newest and the best? Do we really want it? Is it to impress our friends and family? Do we really need it?

    Well, I think it’s best for you to bookmark the link above so you’ll always be in the know of what is new and what is hot so you can be on top of what is available and make a decision, not based on emotion, but on the value and you just may be the first in your circle of friends and family to snag it at the best possible price before they’ll be on store shelves.

    You see, you and only you know what your friends and family want for gifts. You know what is best for you and usually the best gifts are those that you try out yourself and use . . . and see the envy in the eye of others . . . That way, you know they really, really, truly want it. That’s the secret to giving the best gifts for all your friends and family.

    You know, there is always one picky relative that you just can’t seem to get a handle on . . . well, sure you can sit down and have a nice little chat over a nice cup of coffee or tea . . . but you can ask for his/her advice on some of the greatest and newest products . . . this may be a valuable wish list you never knew this picky relative really, truly wanted. This is how I come up with winners every single time. And my gifts are usually the most anticipated.

    This is my secret . . . I’m sure you have some of your own . . .

    The link above is invaluable. The products change regularly . . . so there will always be something new and hot to consider for either yourself or your friends and family.

    Happy shopping!!

    Thanks for stopping by.

    Summer Sundae Recipe

    Summer Sundae Recipe

    You Can Make At Home With The Kids!MovieNightSundaes

    It’s great fun to have the kids create their very own summer sundae from the variety of goodies you’ve gathered for this festive treat.

    Some ideas or ingredients:

    • vanilla or any flavor of your favorite ice cream
    • caramel corn like Cracker Jacks or whatever you like
    • crumbled up cookies of your choice
    • small chocolate candies of your choice
    • red or black licorice cut up in bite-size pieces
    • you may like to use an ice cream syrup of your choice
    • whipped cream is optional
    • anything else you may like such as fruit to add to or substitute for

    It’s doubtful you’ll need directions, but since I’m saying it’s a recipe, I’ll get it in the right format:

    1. Get out a bowl, glass or jar.
    2. Drizzle some ice cream syrup down the sides of the container.
    3. Add some crumbled up cookies, caramel corn, small candies and licorice to the container.
    4. Add a scoop of ice cream.
    5. Put some more of the ingredients on top of the scoop of ice cream.
    6. Add another scoop of ice cream.
    7. Put some more ingredients on top.
    8. Drizzle ice cream syrup on top.
    9. Add a spritz of whipped cream.
    10. Get out a spoon of your choice and begin eating.

    You can have a single scoop, a double or even a triple . . . it’s your sundae and your family treat.

    I do like recipes that work for all occasions or no occasions. This is a great treat for your family game night or family movie night or just family night.

    Enjoy!!

    Thanks for stopping by!

    You’re Better Off Cooking At Home

    I went out the other day for a hamburger at my favorite fast food place. I was disappointed and thus unsatisfied. Not only was the meal more expensive than the last time I went plus the gas to get there . . . I would have been much better off making something at home. But for some reason I craved fast food and bought into the convenience angle. I’m thinking more about the quality, now, or lack thereof.

    I was on “live chat” with my internet marketing group and one disappointed member was ranting about a different fast food place that didn’t get the order right, plus what she received wasn’t all that great. Sometimes it isn’t worthwhile to drive back and get what you want and return what you don’t.

    I’m not going to rant about fast food. I’m just saying the quality may not be what you remember from a previous visit. And I’m talking about just two particular places that I’m not going to name. You and your friends and family may have had similar experiences or your favorite fast food establishment is all right. It may all be a matter of perspective. Or the fast food place was having an off day. I remember going to one awhile back that everyone was saying had excellent food. I didn’t agree. I felt it was a wasted trip . . . but I did learn not to go back. It’s not about what others like, it’s about what you like. And right now, I’m liking what I make at home much better.

    This should probably be a great opening for a recipe. I’m thinking about it. Something cool and delicious for summer.

    Lettuce Wrap Chicken Club SandwichLettuceWrapChickenClubSandwich

    The really cool thing about this sandwich is that you can wrap it up in a lettuce of your choice and put in the ingredients you want . . . wrap it up and eat it or use a fork and eat it as a salad. You can use a salad dressing of your choice as well. It’s something different and quite refreshing.

    Ingredients:

    • Cook and dice a chicken breast
    • 1 diced tomato or you can use cherry tomatoes
    • 1/2 of a diced up avocado
    • 2 cooked slices of bacon, diced
    • 2 iceberg or romaine lettuce leaves
    • salad dressing of your choice
    • ground pepper to taste

    Add any other ingredients you want or remove ingredients and replace with other ones.

    Directions:

    1. Cook your chicken and bacon before beginning.
    2. Dice up all the ingredients.
    3. Set out your lettuce leaves and fill them up.
    4. Top with your favorite salad dressing.
    5. Fold your lettuce around your ingredients and you’re going to have a refreshing taste sensation in your mouth.
    6. I did forget to tell you to have it on a plate and have a few napkins handy.
    7. Enjoy!!

    You could use a cheese of your choice or maybe some vegetables. I like having some grated carrots on top, but you can decide what would be best for the look and taste of your “sandwich.”

    Thanks for stopping by!