Sunday, March 18, 2018

2018 Southern Women's Show RVA



2018 Southern Women's Show was at the Richmond Raceway again this year.  FREE parking for everyone and lots to see and do. I went there on Saturday with my Beautiful Daughter and Ryker too. We took a stroller for him but as you can see the VINO we bought got babied... too





Our Favorite Room was the room with the Food and Tastings and FUN .... FOOD LION WAS ROCKING IT ....




Kelly hit the VAULT on the prize wheel..... what I was TRYING for ... LOL but I got a can lid








Here she is IN THERE ,  it was hard to VIEW people in there ... through the camera.... but you get the idea!  GRAB $$,  they were all ones and she grabbed one per second she was in there ...  $20 on her FOOD LION CARD and a  $10 off $
Coupon so $40 for $10 will be the end result with NO additional savings! WOW!40DA LOOT!!!!






It was Saint Patricks' Day and Ryker was the cutest Leprechaun EVER! 




WE LOVED THE CHINCHILLA RABBIT that BUTLER STUDIOS HAD for EASTER PHOTO PROP!   WHAT A BEAUTY!!



They didn't know if the bunny was a girl or a boy ?  What the heck?   We didn't really care ... we loved on "it" a lot!




What a Great Young Lady!   Claire Hollingsworth of Powhatan won the CHOPPED JR prize of $10K and was there raising dollars via "Girl Power" and Brownies!  Her Hummus was delish too! 





Saint Patricks day wasn't complete without a visit to 

O'Charleys and we had so much fun playing games and eating good food!  







Even the BLACK BOLT FAIRY had a GOOD TIME!





What a GREAT DAY with GOOD FAMILY FUN!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Making an imperfectly perfect Dinner ...EASY and cleaned out the fridge too!

Sometimes I need to get creative with "whats on hand" and create a dinner from what I have in the cabinet , pantry and fridge.   "Throwing" something together that will be DELICIOUS  and at the same time using up things that are near expiration dates....

The pie shells that were in the freezer were on the verge of freezer burn & cracked in places, the limes were turning color, the cans nearing expiration etc etc... so.... I took out the ricotta that was bought to be in a dessert and the mozzarella and parmesean and thought .. YES LASAGNA
 and KEY LIME PIE  (lime curd on hand!)!

I have thrown a dinner together for tonight and it took me about an hour to prepare and cook and all that I had to buy was a box of "oven ready" Lasagna Noodles to complete the task.  I wanted to make this as EASY as possible and as GOOD AS IT GETS sooo here ya go the photos tell the story...

INGREDIENTS: 






CUT & DUMP...








MIX And LAYER 






AFTER 25 MINUTES ... WALA 




INGREDIENTS:

QUICK , EASY AND DELICIOUS LASAGNA
  • Minced Garlic
  • Basil 
  • 1 LB Hamburger Meat
  • 2 cans of seasoned (italian) chopped tomatoes
  • 1 can of tomato sauce
  • 1/2 can of tomato paste
  • 1 Container of  Ricotta
  • 4 total cups of Monzarella
  • Seasoned Parmesean (italian)
  • Salt / Pepper
  • 1 Small box of oven ready lasagna noodles
350 degree oven

Mix together first three ingredients and cook well 
Mix together tomato products and add salt and pepper (to taste) and put in pan and cook until well blended
Mix together the cheeses (I used a solid block of Monzarella that I used separately and did not mix with other cheeses)

After your hamburger and tomato mixtures are finished cooking layer in pan.  Start with the SAUCE on the bottom   Add noodles and then cheeses and top with hamburger.  Repeat this 3 times ending with Cheese/ Sauce on the top.  Cover with Foil and cook for 20-25 Minutes or until noodles are soft and cheese is melted through.     Let the finished Lasagna sit to firm before serving.


EASY, QUICK AND DELICIOUS KEY LIME PIE

  • two frozen pie crusts
  • two limes
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 1 container of Key Lime Curd
  • two eggs
Let Pie Crusts sit out to thaw... mine were far from perfect and I did not go patching the crust, going for the more "rustic" look!     Combine the milk , eggs and curd and use a mixer to blend well.   Pour into pie crusts and bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes ...  Top with sliced limes cook and refrigerate before serving.   Can serve with whipped cream or ice cream if you like.  

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

GREAT COMPANY CUSTOMER SERVICE.... check it out



Sometimes through Error of some kind, either human or technical.... we don't get ultimate service.  I am a "sucker" for mystery boxes / bags etc and order them when they come about from my favorite stores.

I am an online shopper and love "White Plum" from time to time.  I subscribe to their emails and love to buy their clearance items.   Last November I made a $30 order... for $300 worth of clothing with a 20% off coupon and free shipping and WOW I was so happy with what I got! (still am)  Next up they put out $9.99 grab bags in 5 sizes... so what did I do ...ordered one in S/M/L  one of each and gifted the items that didn't fit me .... they had a buy2 get 1 free offer... so I signed up!   

my FREE bag didn't show up. I got 3 that I paid for ... so I sent a note to Customer Service (a nice one) in January and another in February to chase down my Freebie.... 
this was the tracking message in MARCH showing it had not been picked up yet and was supposed to be shipped February 9

Code when you sign up via email to save 20% (unique)
and this one is 15% if you share like I did on twitter:   share2save

YESTERDAY I got my package and I am THRILLED with it
this was the note:

What were the free gifts you ask?  check out the "loot"



I love love love it all!   

and those ORANGE LEGGINGS will be perfect for PTOWN football this year!!


So another satisfied customer from WHITE PLUM!   love the items they sell, their Clearance Sales and ..... YES the GRAB BAGS!

Like I said,  mistakes happen everyday.... I make them , you make them, companies make them etc... this is a happy ending for me.  All I expected / wanted was my missing grab bag... this was such a surprise and even a hand written note... SOLID customer from here on out!  

Merci Beau Coup 

More Grab Bag info from other companies to come!