Friday, July 19, 2019

Inspirational Friday


Have a great weekend:@)

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Colonel Popper Silicone Microwave Popcorn Maker Review

I eat a ton of popcorn and I've tried making it every way imaginable. So I jumped at the chance to review the Colonel Popper Microwave Popcorn Maker. I can honestly say, this is ~the one~ that works in the microwave! Easy, mess free popcorn in it's own bowl (read easy clean-up) that's a healthy, fiber rich, whole foods snack. Gotta love it! Now, I will say, the key to having a happy popcorn experience will take a little trial and error... The most important thing is to learn your microwave and what power level and time setting is best for you. I have a very strong microwave with 12 power levels, I use 2:40 minutes at level 7. Every microwave is different.
The bowl collapses for easier storage (see picture of box below).
You can click HERE to find all of my popcorn posts. 

I'm hoping the boys don't see this post...
I'm a believer and did buy one for each of them for their birthday.
Oh and, um, Christmas is coming... Just sayin🎅

Observations:
  1. A 2 lb bag of popcorn is $1.66 at Walmart. A single serving of popcorn = 1/4 C. Colonel Popper will accommodate up to 1/2 C of popcorn.
  2. It's true that you can make popcorn without oil or butter in this popper. My personal experience has been, it works a little better with just a tad of oil. I've been adding a dime size drop of vegetable oil to the Colonel Popper, then swishing the popcorn around until the kernels are a little shiny from the oil. 
  3. They say you can re-pop any unpopped kernels, I tried it and it's ok, but I prefer to just toss them. Refer to #1 above:@)
  4. You want to listen to the popping, even when I set it to 2:40 I might stop the microwave 10 seconds or so early if I notice the popping has stopped.
  5. The popcorn stays hotter longer. Whether that's because of the silicone or the unpopped kernels on the bottom, I don't know, but I like it!
  6. They say the Colonel Popper is dishwasher safe. I can't speak to that, my dishwasher's name is Lynn, and while she doesn't do a very good job, she's been with the family forever:@) Mine washes up fine with hot soapy water.
  7. I've tried the glass microwave popper with a handle that looks a little like a tea pot... I think that one creates too much condensation because it's shaped like a ball, the water runs back down the sides resulting in wet popcorn. The Colonel Popper is a better design and does a better job at allowing excess steam to escape.
  8. I've seen a similarly designed cheaper brand on the market, but the silicone seems thinner and that one doesn't have handles. Steam is hot folks, I think you'll be much happier with handles!
  9. Amazon link HERE.
*I was generously gifted the Colonel Popper for review, but all opinions are my own, 
and I'm always honest with you!

Enjoy a healthy snack and have a happy day:@)

Monday, July 15, 2019

Zoodle Scampi (Summer Squash, Garlic, Olive Oil and Butter)

I really don't eat much seafood folks, but I ~do love~ olive oil, butter and garlic:@) So when my son brought me some beautiful yellow squash from his garden I thought I'd try a simple Zoodle Scampi. Oh boy, that was a good idea! Is there someone in your life that says he doesn't care for zucchini? This scampi might just change his mind, it has a ton of flavor and cooks up in no time. This would be perfect with grilled or rotisserie chicken, but I grabbed a fork and called it a light vegetarian lunch. Tip: When I want garlic to be a primary flavor I like to use my garlic press.

Zoodles are great for low carb, but if there's room in your diet for some pasta too, 
go ahead and make this a Zoodle-N-Noodle side dish:@)

Zoodle Scampi
For each 6-7"-ish crook neck squash or zucchini, zoodled:
onion, a few very thin slices
drizzle of olive oil-maybe 2 tsp
pat of butter-maybe 2 tsp
garlic, a large clove-either minced or pressed-I used my garlic press
a couple shakes of crushed red pepper
S&P to taste
fresh parsley for garnish
  1. Heat olive oil and butter in skillet, add onion and cook slowly until translucent.
  2. Add garlic and crushed red pepper, cook for a minute.
  3. Add zoodles and a hearty pinch of S&P.
  4. Cook until desired level of doneness. I like my squash to still have some bite so I only cook it for a couple minutes. 
  5. If you feel it needs a little more butter when done... um, add it:@)
  6. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Corn on the Cob with Buffalo Wing Sauce and Blue Cheese Dressing -Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Option

Let's see, so far I've made Buffalo broccolizucchiniBrussels sprouts, cauliflower and butternut squash... Let's add some Corn on the Cob with Buffalo Wing Sauce and Blue Cheese Dressing to the list:@) If you're a hot sauce fan, you will love this! Cook the corn your favorite way, I used my Instant Pot pressure cooker, but I think a little char from the grill would be welcome too. Sweet corn and butter, spicy hot sauce, cold creamy blue cheese... Oh my, this was fun folks!

Pressure cooker corn on the cob:
Add 1 C water to vessel. Place cleaned corn in basket or on trivet. 
Select 2 minutes, use automatic release, serve immediately.
It's my goal to eat as much farm fresh corn as I can this summer:@)

Corn on the Cob with Buffalo Wing Sauce and Blue Cheese Dressing
  1. Cook corn on the cob your favorite way.
  2. Roll in butter, slather in your favorite Buffalo Sauce (I used Frank's), drizzle with your favorite Blue Cheese Dressing.
  3. Optional: Garnish with fresh parsley or cilantro.
  4. Not optional: Pass the napkins!
Enjoy summer's bounty and have a happy day:@)

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Fresh Lemonade Cucumber Salad

I've been waiting for garden cucumbers to try this Fresh Lemonade Cucumber Salad that's been floating around in my head for a while. The idea was to use fresh lemon juice instead of vinegar and purposely ~sweeten~ it up with sugar, you know, like lemonade:@) You could use a sugar substitute for a low carb version if desired. This is one of those side salads that's best served around 2 hours after it's mixed, it doesn't take long for the lemon to create a pickled effect. Don't hesitate to give this a try if you have an extra cucumber and would like to make something different!

Fresh Lemonade Cucumber Salad
One large cucumber, sliced very thin-I used a couple smaller ones
a few thin slices of onion, chopped-as much as you'd like, you know your crowd:@)
zest of half a lemon
juice of whole lemon
1 Tblsp sugar
1/2 tsp lemon pepper seasoning (or S&P to taste)
~Mix well, let mingle in fridge for about 2 hours.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Inspirational Friday


Have a great weekend:@)

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