Nespresso.. I received the Nespresso Citiz model as a housewarming gift a few years which gets a lot of use any time of the year, either by myself or when company comes over. The coffee is excellent quality and a bargain compared to what an individual cappuccino, latte, espresso or macchiato would cost in a coffee shop. The machine comes with 2 magnetic whisks that either whip or stir depending on which drink you want to make. The machine came with a few samples of coffee pods that I went through quickly plus a recipe book with the...

Wait! Don’t throw those onion skins or tomatillo husks away because they make really neat craft materials no matter what climate you live in. The colors of the dry onion skins remind me of the autumn leaves here in the North East. If you don’t have onion skins saved and want to jump right into crafting with them, head over to your supermarket and ask them if you can have the loose skins in the onion crate. Most likely they’ll only be thrown away which makes your chances really good that they’ll let you take...

This fresh salsa is easy to make, great hot or cold, used as dip or a condiment. Green sauce quickly adds a last minute lunge of flavor to just about any dish. I use it on eggs, meats, rice, tacos, potatoes, veggies or alone with tortilla chips. What you need: 25 tomatillos with husks removed 2-3 serrano chile peppers 2 cloves of garlic unpeeled 1 cup or fistful of cilantro 1/2 cup of water salt to taste 1 avocado mashed chunky not smooth – optional What you need to do: Roll around the tomatillos, garlic and chile peppers...

No more bending or touching dirty mop water! It was time for my conventional mop to find a new home in the garbage can. After poking around to see what else is out there, I found the Mopnado and was immediately impressed. Here are a few things I praise about this mop: It cleans and strains the mop without me ever having to touch the dirty mop water. The mop heads are washable too. The bucket has wheels The mop handle is adjustable The bucket is stainless steel This is the only spin bucket I found that has a spinner in the water to give...

This fresh and earthy soup is easy to make in just under 30 minutes and that’s including prep. Freshly squeezed lemon juice compliments this soup like a pop of sunshine through the blinds. I throw in a fistful of chopped spinach adding both nutrition and color. It all blends effortlessly. What you need: 2 qts of mushroom (any kind) roughly chopped 4 tbsp butter 8 tbsp all purpose flour 4 qts chicken or veggie broth 1 lemon juiced 2 egg yolks 1 fistful of baby spinach chopped What you need to do: on low flame mix butter,...

Fire safety week is here .. The National Fire Protection Association along with local fire houses remind us about the importance of checking smoke detectors once a month. Our home detectors have been checked and each month in the calendar is marked with an appointment to check them again. This is a great time to discuss and create a plan of exiting your home calmly and orderly in the case of an emergency. Having these discussions can happen any time of the year and are especially important when you’ve moved to a new home. Adopt...

Soup Season is here and for some people like myself it never left. I was making soups in summer heat and humidity because why not? Soup is versatile, nutritious and easy. I have too many all time favorites to choose just one but on my top list is this soup that I’m sharing with you.. sopa aguada de fideo also known as watery noodle soup. It’s a thinned out tomato and chicken noodle soup and it’s anything but flavorless. This soup comes from Mexico and is a staple in homes everywhere. Like soup in general this is simple,...

I tried these for the first time in a local pub and I was blown away. I love pickles but I never thought about frying them or that they would taste good. Like I said, I was blown away. They are breaded bites with a zesty pop of pickle in every nip. Straightaway I came home and tried my hand at making them myself. They don’t take long to do and they’re perfect for any occasion snacking.. What you’ll need.. 3 pickles – I was making this for 3 people and figured one person per pickle. 2 eggs 1/2 c flour 1/4 tsp...

For International Coffee Day I want to share the love by talking about my favorite vessel .. my jarrito mug. Jarrito means ‘little jug’ in spanish. Traditionally in Mexico both hot and cold drinks are sipped from these clay pottery jugs which have a pretty awesome design feature keeping beverages hotter or colder for longer. My little jar feels great to to hold and drink from but unfortunately it’s too fat to fit into the cup-holder in my car. Jarrito mugs can be difficult to find locally but not impossible to obtain...

This is the dip that my friends and family beg me to bring whenever I go to events. It’s easy to put together and can be made ahead. What you’ll need: (2) 15 oz jars or cans of artichoke hearts in water 1 cup of grated parmesan cheese 1/2 cup of mayo 1/2 tsp paprika 1/4 tsp ground black pepper 1/4 tsp tabasco or a few swigs to taste What you need to do: Preheat the oven 425° Chop the artichoke hearts and put in a bowl add the 1 cup of cheese, 1/2 cup of mayo, paprika, pepper, tabasco and mix well. Sprinkle a little...

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