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Friday Failure

Published on February 13, 2015, by in Recipes.

So, not everything goes well or as planned in the Spatoola kitchen, even when I follow directions exactly. This has been posted all over Facebook and Pinterest, so I decided to give it a try. I made the paste. I scrubbed and nothing happened. I tried it with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. I tried it with vinegar and baking soda. I let it sit. Nothing. Nada. All of my pans are still dirty. But that’s ok, because my mom reminded me that my grandma always said that they make better cookies when they have a little wear.          

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No sugar Fed UP Challenge-Day 4

Published on June 5, 2014, by in Recipes, Update.

Brian and I are on day four of the Fed Up Challenge of not eating any added sugar. For the most part, we are both doing great! I’m so proud of Brian as he has given up regular and diet pop. I kicked that habit a few years ago and it was tough. I was a Diet Coke addict. The hardest part is there is very little “quick” food to go to. It’s all processed and has added sugar. Last night I was really tired from 3 nights in a row of bad sleep and didn’t have the energy to make dinner. Finally, I came up with some quick Mexican pizzas with corn tortillas, black beans, sweet potato, corn, and chicken. I topped them with hot sauce and cheese. Added an apple with a little coconut butter as a side and called it a meal. So, what’s the plan for

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Pinterest’s perfect chicken

Published on March 19, 2014, by in Recipes.

I have seen this recipe repeatedly pinned by Pinterest users. I am always willing to try a new way to spice up and add flavor to chicken. I have made this twice with great results. It is super easy and does lend nice flavor to chicken. When I went back to look for the “pin” last time, it was no longer accessible, so I am blogging it. Perfect chicken: 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp ground pepper 1/2 tsp paprika 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp onion powder 1-1.5 pounds chicken breast Preheat oven to 350F. Mix all dry ingredients together. I tripled the recipe to have extra on hand for next time I made chicken. Rub on chicken. Heat a little oil of choice in cast iron skillet on medium to medium-high on stove top. Cook chicken about 5 minutes on each side until browned. Place in lightly oiled(or non-stick

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Fests, food, fun and crafts

Published on June 3, 2013, by in Recipes, Update.

This was one jam-packed weekend full of pure goodness. After work on Friday, I headed straight to Maifest(my favorite summer fest) where Brian and I were able to meet up with several friends from different circles. It was one big fun time filled with German food and beer. I spent some time at the garden on Saturday. We are continuing to get strawberries and kale. Everything else is growing nicely with all the recent rain. This picture makes it look like my garden is full of weeds, but those are just onions growing in the spaces between the other plants. I really tried to maximize my space this year. I made a big pitcher of iced tea to sip on all of Saturday afternoon and evening. Brian and worked hard on finishing up some details for the wedding and getting the Save the Dates ready to send out. Our hard

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Pinterest fails

Published on February 21, 2013, by in Update.

I, like most of you have a little addiction with Pinterest. I pin far more things than I make or do and am skeptical about unrealistic claims under the pictures. I think people just write those things to get more people to pin it. There is no way that one chicken recipe is so good that you have eaten it every day for a year. No. way. I’ve had several successes from the wide world of Pinterest, but have also had some failures. Failure #1 Put Sharpie on a plain coffee mug and bake it at 350F for 20 minutes and it become permanent. IT DOES NOT! It scrubs right off. Has anyone done this and it actually worked? Failure #2 Soak a not soft t-shirt in a ratio of 1cup salt:1 cup water for 3 days. Wash and it becomes soft. IT DOES NOT! Brian soaked his shirt for

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World’s easiest breakfast muffins

Published on July 6, 2012, by in Recipes.

I saw this idea on Pinterest and thought it had to be too easy to be true. Healthy and easy breakfast muffins. Preheat oven to 350F. Take a box of your favorite muffin or cake mix. I just bought a box of muffin mix on clearance to give it a try. DO NOT FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS ON BACK. Instead, mix in one can of pure pumpkin until smooth. Scoop into greased muffin tins. Bake the minis(if you made minis) about 15 minutes. Bake the big ones about 20-22 minutes. Let cool and eat. They were moist and delicious and didn’t last long in our house.While I used an apple cinnamon muffin mix, the pumpkin flavor was strong. They were good, but I probably wouldn’t recommend it with a blueberry mix. I can’t wait to try this with a box of Jiffy corn muffin mix. Pumpkin flavored corn muffins? Yum! And

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