Menu Plan Monday for August 6th thru 12th (The Vintage Edition)

This week’s recipes and menus are from my rather large collection of vintage cookbooks that I have. Since school starts this week (I know! It seems like they just got out for the summer) I wanted dishes that I would be able to make without much fuss or having to do to much prep work. These are easy to make dinners with very basic and simple ingredients since back in the 1940s and 1950s foods like quinoa, tofu and the like were unheard of. Canned fruits and vegetable are going to be saving me time not to mention since the heat here is horrid I won’t have to heat the kitchen up, I just have to warm them up in my microwave or refrigerate. 

Monday :
Roast Eye of Round
Pan Browned Potatoes ( Quick tip, use canned whole small white potatoes,drain and brown in butter. Save time and effort.)

Leftover Beef slices with Barbecue Sauce or Gravy
Steamed Rice
eftover Peas from last night
Orange Fruit Mold with Whipped Cream (Orange gelatin with orange sections)

Picnic Ham with Brown Sugar and Cloves (I’ll save about 3 slices for Friday’s dinner)
Cinnamon Apple Rings
Green Beans
Carrot Salad (I’ll make this Tuesday night so it can marinate overnight)

Baked Beans with Bacon and Onions
Crisp Green Salad
Canned Peaches with Whipped Cream

Scalloped Potatoes with diced Ham (I’m using a boxed mix for my scalloped potatoes)
Sweet and Sour Cabbage
Pudding Parfaits (Layer Pudding and cookie pieces in Bowls top with whipped cream and a few cookie crumbs)


Neiman Marcus Chicken Salad in Puff Pastry Shells
Relish Tray (Olives, Pickles and Raw Vegetables)
Cookies and Fruit


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Lavender Oil Review

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Lavender oil is awesome. It’s one of my personal favorite essential oils because it’s so useful.  It has proven itself useful for so many things. A popular story about lavender goes as follows
 ““In 1910 French chemist and scholar René-Maurice Gattefossé discovered the virtues of the essential oil of lavender. Gattefossé badly burned his hand during an experiment in a perfumery plant and plunged his hand into the nearest tub of liquid, which just happened to be lavender essential oil. He was later amazed at how quickly his burn healed and with very little scarring. This started a fascination with essential oils and inspired him to experiment with them during the First World War on soldiers in the military hospitals.” (1)

Lavender can also be used to help relax people at night. This is why so many popular bath products have lavender in them. In fact researchers have found that lavender increased slow-wave sleep, the very deep slumber in which the heartbeat slows and muscles relax. During this phase, the brain is thought to organize memory, as well.  (2)

This why I was so excited to try out Lavender essential oil from Natrogix. Theirs is a steam distilled essential oil. Steam distillation is a very delicate process that takes time and the most careful attention to detail. This process helps to ensure the purity and cleanliness of products .
I have been very happy with my Lavender oil so far. I’ve used in my bath at night. I placed a drop on my son’s foot last week when he stepped on a Lego (ouch!). My favorite use is to rub my youngest son’s back with a drop or two when he is cranky. Lavender helps relax him and put him in a much better mood. I
I learned recently that lavender essential oil can help with bronchitis. I mixed with eucalyptus oil and argan oil as my carrier oil and used it as a chest rub. It worked great and didn’t feel greasy like typical chest rubs do.

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Keto friendly dessert recipes? Yes please!!

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Ketogenic diets are quickly coming the newest way for people to loose weight. Ketogenic diets are designed so you use fat for fuel instead of glucose. Now mind you before you start ANY diet you should always check with your doctor and have a complete physical done. If your doctor says that you might benefit from a ketogenic type of  diet , desserts are going to be something you might miss since so many are not allowed on keto friendly diets.  So what’s a sweet toothed person to do than? Give up their diet entirely or suffer thru no desserts? 

Nope you don’t have to do either! Thanks to Sam Kuma’s book, Ketogenic Diet Fat Bombs: Step by Step Weight Loss Cookbook for Beginners: Delicious Dessert Recipes that are High Fat and Low Carb for Weight Loss, Fat … Anti-Inflammatory, Atkins and Dash Diet. These are actual yummy easy to make dessert recipes that are keto friendly. You can get his book here,

Even if you’re not a keto diet these desserts are great and just the right size for a simple dessert after a big meal.

You can have dessert like Tiramisu Ice Cream Fat Bombs. Or not a Tiramisu fan, how about White Chocolate Butter Pecan Fat Bombs or Pumpkin Pie Fat Bombs? With such delicious recipes staying on you keto friendly diet will be easy.

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Bamboo Baby Changing Pad Liners with Waterproof Lining Review

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Are you tired of changing pads liners that are rough on baby’s skin or are just flimsy? Those worries are going to be behind you once you try these super soft bamboo baby changing pad liners. These are soft and comfortable for baby.

The size is larger than most changing pad  out there. It’s a nice wide fourteen inches wide and twenty-seven inches long. Most changing pad liners are about eleven inches wide and just twenty-two inches long. Not so great if baby is tall or has long legs.

The fabric these super soft liners are made of is … bamboo. Yes, just like the kind the super cute adorable baby pandas eat. Bamboo fabric is easy to clean (just toss in the machine),  it’s environmentally friendly because bamboo can grow organically without the use of pesticides because it is naturally disease- and pest-resistant! Plus it is super absorbent- it is actually three to four times more absorbent than cotton allowing baby to stay drier during diaper changes

When my liner got dirty all I did was wash and dry it with our regular laundry. I had heard that liners were notorious for bunching up and becoming misshapen after machine drying but these did not. In fact , they seemed even softer after their first wash and dry. They kept their shape great and there was no odor to them.

These liners can be used after baby is out of diapers too. They could be used under planters on the counter to soak extra water, as portable placemat especially on a tray when someone is sick and so many other liner

As you can see in the photo, these liners are soft with rounded edges even on the corners. The quilting is done with a flat type seam meaning no sharp edges to roughen baby’s skin.

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A cute and adorable baby shower gift (Rubbery teething pacifier clip review)

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Are you looking for a cute and useful baby shower gift for that friend or loved one’s baby shower? Than look no further than this adorable and cute pacifier clip. This clip has soft rubbery beads on it so baby can chew on them when their little gums are hurting  them. The beads are rounded so there are no sharp edges to them. Plus the beads are bright primary colors so this is a great for either a girl or a boy to use.

The clip attaches with strong but safe little nubby teeth to baby’s clothes. Simply open the clip and place on baby’s clothes to keep their pacifier safe and nearby.

The convenient snap loop makes sure that baby’s pacifier stays on the clip instead of falling off and possibly on to the floor which is what we don’t want.

This is one cute and adorable gift that you’ll want to make sure you have for that special baby in your life.

Until next time

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Survival Hax 3-Season Mummy Sleeping Bag with Waterproof Shell Review


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I recently got the chance thanks to Tomoson and a company called Survival Hax  to try and review a new outdoor(or indoor if that is more your style and speed) product. Let me tell you all about their 3-Season Mummy Sleeping Bag. 

First of all it is lightweight to carry in its own little bag. No more trying to shove it in your backpack or carry it under your arm while hiking. No, just grab the convenient storage bag with your sleeping bag and head off on your next adventure.

Is it comfortable? I along with my oldest son have to say “yes”! He used it the past few days while he was sick to keep comfortable and  not have too many bedclothes on him especially since he ran a fever on and off.  I don’t like being hot so this was good for me.

The best part to me at least was it’s machine washable!!! Yes just wash in in your washing machine at 30c (86 F) and line dry. I know some purists may tell me that I simply must hand-wash my sleeping bag. Guess what? Like the saying goes “Ain’t nobody got time for that”.  If  you want to wash the sleeping bag by hand I would recommend using your bathtub’s shower head to rinse the sleeping bag thoroughly. If you just happen to have a hand-held unit that detaches even better because you’ll be able to get inside the sleeping bag and rinse it. A mild detergent such as a free and clear type is what I used to wash mine. 

It’s waterproof!! No more waking up in the middle of the night during a freak rainstorm because you’re soaked to the bone. Nope, thanks to 190T Polyester Pongee fabric you’ll be nice and dry. I had never head of Pongee but a quick search online made me realize that I HAD used it multiple times and not known it! Pongee is the same fabric that umbrellas are made out of.


This is one sleeping bag that would make a great gift for any outdoor enthusiast.

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This is my oldest son, Koenig, who graciously let me take his photo while helping me test this out.

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How to make a 5 year old happy

We love Chick Fil-A especially their chicken strips. Golden brown with just the right amount sweetness and crunch makes them great. In fact, if Gabriel had his way we would eat Chickalay as he calls it every day for lunch and dinner. Reality says that it would get tiring for the rest of us and oh, Chick-Fil-A is CLOSED on Sunday. Have you ever tried to explain to a five year old why his favorite place to eat is closed on Sunday? It is not the easiest thing especially when they’re at the “why” stage. Thanks to some tweaking, testing and lots of willing volunteers, I have come up with a pretty close replica of Chick Fil-A’s world famous chicken strips. They’re pretty tasty if I do say so myself. It does make quite a bit so there’ll be leftovers but I can’t guarantee that.

Almost Chick Fil-A Strips

4 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast tenderloin strips


1 1/4  cup dill pickle juice (regular dill pickle not Kosher or Garlic Dill)

1 ½ cup whole milk

Egg Wash

2 eggs

½ c whole milk

¼ teaspoon paprika

Coating Mixture

2 cups all purpose flour

½ cup plain breadcrumbs

2 tablespoons powdered sugar

1 teaspoon celery salt

1 teaspoon dried basil (crush between fingers while adding to bowl)

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon paprika

Vegetable Oil for frying

Mix marinade ingredients in a large plastic or glass bowl. Do not use a metal or stainless steel bowl as the pickle juice will react causing the strips to taste bad. Add chicken strips and let marinade for about 30 minutes. You can do longer if you want to but I wouldn’t go over an hour marinating. Once done marinating, drain and allow to rest for 10 to 15 minutes in strainer. Meanwhile combine coating mixture in a deep shallow bowl and egg wash in a separate large bowl. Pour about 2 inches of oil into a large skillet and heat to medium.

Place the drained strips into the bowl with the egg wash mixture. Take a strip let drain and toss in costing mixture to coat thoroughly.

(Here is where another person in the kitchen is going to be a huge help. One person can do the egg wash and coating step, while a second person can man the skillet. I did the egg wash and coating, and Uriah just grabbed the coated strips from the bowl.)

Once you see tiny bubbles around the edges of the oil, you’re ready to make your first test strip. My first strip I cooked for about 5 minutes on each side and it wasn’t quite ready. So we decided that about 6 minutes per side worked for us. It just depends on how big your strips are.

Once you figure out how long on each side you need to cook your chicken strips on, egg wash and coat about 4 strips at a time. Fry until golden brown and then turn over to fry to golden brown on the other side. When finished, place on paper towel lined baking sheet to drain. strips-for-blogWe served ours with French fries for a kid friendly meal that everyone enjoyed. Gabriel was one happy little boy. His response “Chickalay! Daddy got Chickalay for us!”

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