Thursday, January 21, 2016

Review: Marvels Jessica Jones

     Holy Cow! Seems like Hell's Kitchen has its bout of sinister and emotionally disturbed villains; let's just say Kilgrave may be the worst of them all. With his power of coercive persuasion, his motive for obtaining the life he wants and who he wants comes at a cost to all who cross his path. The more blood that involuntarily covers the hands of his victims, the more it fuels his thirst to  
manipulate and destroy.

      Who is daring enough to stop the nefarious crimes of "The Purple Man", Zebediah Kilgrave? His former victim, Jessica Jones and her band of Kilgrave survivors, including Luke Cage, are willing to do whatever it takes to revenge themselves and the ones they hurt under this puppet master's control. With her kick-butt strength, she delivers more than just an ordinary cross hook and leg sweep to whomever gets in her way of tracking down her archenemy. She is definitely not a broad you want to pick a fight with. That's for sure.
     In her determination to spare innocent lives, she is willing to go above and beyond what she can mentally, physically and emotional handle. Jessica will do whatever it takes with whatever leads and resources she has to bring justice to the helpless souls of Kilgrave's army and gain victory over what he took from her.
     Without giving to much away and risk ruining your viewing experience with Hell's Kitchen one and only, Jessica Jones; I will keep the spoilers to a bare minimum.The series overall draws and keeps your attention while adding much irritation to the malicious malefactor,Kilgrave. He really is a jerk-face I'd never want to meet. The role played by David Tennant (aka The 10th Dr. on Dr. Who) gives you chills and makes watching certain scenes unbearable and uncomfortable. He gives an amazing performance that notably gives him credibility outside of his well-known intergalactic character Dr. Who.

      Krysten Ritter also delivers an astonishing performance in this somewhat super heroic roll, as she takes on the character of the troubled private investigator, Jessica Jones. Her cunning way of channeling the character's tortured soul and the nonchalant way she tosses her assailants through walls, revels Ritter's talents go beyond "supernatural" proportions. In my opinion she sets the bar high for other actresses who may be set to play this role in the future.

If you're a serious Marvel fan, you won't want to miss this on-the-edge-of-your- seat series. The only downfall is that it is defiantly not a family friendly crime fighting adventure, so viewer discretion is advised for children. It is rated TV-MA so you may want to send your kids to bed. You can find Jessica Jones streaming on Netflix now.

     If and when you have watched the full series of Marvel's Jessica Jones, I highly suggest watching Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix as well. Both these series as well as the upcoming 2016 Netflix series Marvel's Luke Cage will lead you up to Marvel's Defenders also set to premiere in 2016 on Netflix,which will also include Iron Fist.  

     I hope you found this review worthwhile and that it somewhat invoked your curiosity into the viewing of  Marvel's Jessica Jones. Also as a side note, make sure to keep your eyes open for the Stan Lee Easter egg.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Walking Pharmacy

        You know what's embarrassing? When you leave the house without doing the important things like brushing your teeth or putting on deodorant. It never fails, you always run into that one person who you never want to see you looking like a hot mess. 
      Admit it, we've all done the pit niffs and the bad breath tests before meetings,luncheons and dates. We have all at one time or another rolled up to an important function looking like we just rescued a litter of dogs with the ungodly amount of animal fur that attached itself to you as you past Fido in the hall. 
      It's not enjoyable going about your day in fear someone might make mention of that patch of fur you can't shake off your coat sleeve, or that suspicious smell that may or not be you, and that freakishly large stain on your pant leg. It's always humiliating when people cast judgey eye glances and point finger towards you because your temporally not at your best. But then again, who really is?
    Do you need that extra security of having the essentials everyone needs for those "just in case emergencies''? I have the solution for you. It's call, The Walking Pharmacy. It's a very handy collection of all the necessities you're always wishing you had in your purse, and if you by chance do have them; they are swimming at the bottom of your bag. Who has time to mine though their bag? Certainly not me.

      Do you like the idea of having the convince of your medicine cabinet in your purse at all times? If you do, all you have to do to build your own Walking Pharmacy is to first find yourself a cute little makeup/toiletry bag suitable for what you want to carry in it. I chose an Orla Kiely cosmetic bag from Target. I believe I paid around $17. This specific bag is not available online at Target anymore, but I have seen it in a few stores. They are pretty hard to come by. So if you like this particular bag, keep your eyes peeled. 
     The thing I love about Orla Kiely, cosmetic bags is that they are very versatile when it comes to storage. They are also made out of pleasantly easy to wipe fabrics, have heavy duty zippers and most importantly they are super fashionable. I have even thought about picking up a couple more for my daughters who would love them as on the go mini art kits for all their colored pencils, markers and papers. See versatile!!

    This bag really packs a punch when it comes to space and storage of everything I need to carry. For being a small case it sure holds quite a bit. My kit has been a life saver more than once; not just for me but for my whole family. Here is a list of everything I carry in my Walking Pharmacy.

  1. Floss Picks
  2. Cough Drops
  3. Vitamin C Drops
  4. Palmers Coco Butter Lotion
  5. Red Cross Digital Thermometer
  6. Nail file
  7. Tide To Go Pen/ Shout Whips
  8. Women's Care Products
  9. Lens Wipes
  10. Band-Aid (A lot of them)
  11. Alcohol Wipes
  12. Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen
  13. Baby Phat Perfume
  14. Colgate Wisps
  15. Orajel
  16. Carmex
  17. Visine Eye Drops
  18. Antibiotic/Pain Relief Cream
  19. Hydrocortisone Cream
  20. Small Travel Pill Container w/Tums and Allergy Relief Pill
  21. Bottle of Aleve
  22. Small Mirror
  23. 1 Lipton Tea and Honey Mix Packet
  24. Abreva Lip Medication
  25. Odds and Ends Kit- see contents below
And I have room to add more!!!
      My Odds and Ends Kit contains the small things that require much effort when searching for. The container itself is a travel size Q-Tips container which is the perfect size to fit in my cosmetic bag. It includes: bobby pins, tweezers, nail clippers, hair clips and ties, safety pins, Velcro, and a small tape measure.

You're probably thinking; do you really need to carry around all of this junk?
Trust me, I do. I have uses for everything I carry.
Velcro, really? What could you possible need this for?
Fashion emergencies, duh!
  And what about the tape measure?
 I am a home décor/crafting guru. An accurate measurement is crucial to the balance and shape of everything I create. 
Ok, ok. I'll give you those, but what about all those bobby pens, do you actually use them all?
Of course I use ALL those bobby pens. Are you crazy! I'm a mother of three girls. Bobby pens are the band aids of the hair/fashion world. They fix everything.
Well, gosh. You really are a smart and prepared young lady who has it together. I wish I was more like you.
Keep wishing. I'm one of a kind, baby. One-Of-A-Kind!
      But you can make your own Walking Pharmacy and have the luxury of carrying everything you need in a small convent bag that you can toss into your purse, carry in your diaper bag, keep in the car or even in your work desk. Trust me when I say this, once you have this little gem hanging around, you'll wonder how you ever survived without it.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Menu: 1/10-1-16

      I am the absolute worst at planning a weekly menu and one of my new years resolutions is to do just that; to be consistent with the planning and preparations of healthy-ish meals and snacks for my family. How many of you are like me and wait until the last minute to pull meat out of the freezer for dinner or get so caught up in daily todo's  you forget all together. Do you ever find yourself shoving things around the cabinets trying to figure out yet another fast fix before your husband notices there's nothing simmering on the stove when he walks through the door? I do. So here is a my menu for the week. Most recipes I get off Pintrest just because I am always up for trying new things and experimenting with new foods.

Monday, January 11, 2016
Meat Loaf, Roasted Garlic Quinoa, Sautéed Sweet Potato Hash
Best Dang Meatloaf Recipe:
2 lbs ground beef *I use deer*                  1 lb of sausage
1/2 sleve of finely crushed crackers         2 eggs                     
a few dashes of Worcestershire                1 tsp. mustard
1/2 cup brown sugar                                 1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 cup diced onion                                   
Mix all ingredients together in large bowl. Pour into baking dish of choice. Bake at 350 for and hour. In meantime prepare topping.

1 cup ketchup              1/4 cup brown sugar
When meatloaf is fully cooked drain off grease then spread on toppings. Bake for 10 minutes more. Serve.
This has to be our favorite meat loaf recipe and we have tried a few and they never seem to have that wow factor. Then again it's meatloaf.
Roasted Garlic Quinoa: 
      The roasted garlic quinoa is a meal package I picked up from Aldi's. I never really tried quinoa except for that one time I was shoved a free sample at Costco. Fingers crossed it goes over well with the whole family.
Sautéed Sweet Potato Hash:
      Sautéed Sweet Potato Hash is super easy and delicious. Just start by pealing the prefer amount of sweet potatoes. Cubed them then toss them into a frying pan. Dice preferred amount of yellow onion and place in frying pan as well. Coat with EVOO. Season with cinnamon, chili powder, and garlic salt. Sometimes I like to switch it up and just season them with curry powder and salt. There are so many options when it comes to seasoning sweet potatoes, so experiment to your satisfaction. Fry your hash until potatoes become tender and onions translucent. I like to throw in a few pinches of real bacon bits to add that bacon smoky flavor. I love making this in the mornings for breakfast where I add and fry an egg over easy to finish it off.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Chicken and Rice Casserole, Hawaiian Sweet Rolls- New Pintrest recipe.
Photo Credit: The Boomer Brief Blog
      I'm always trying new recipes because I love building and adding to our family cookbook. A cookbook in which I will send off with each of my children when they leave the nest. This recipe I have never made and fingers crossed it goes over well with my family. Click the link below for the full step by step recipe.
 Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Cheese Ravioli in Meat Sauce, Garlic Parmesan Monkey Bread
Photo Credit: Damn Delicious Blog
      This is a super fast, super easy meal that doesn't take much thought and it's something I know the kids will be excited to see on the table. If it were up to them, they'd eat the canned ravioli. ECK! Chef Boyardee, brother I know you mean well and just trying to make a buck, but you need to get a new recipe.
      You know there is an art to getting you main dish and all the sides finished at the same time; leaving nothing to go cold or accumulate flies. So begin with your garlic knots first and get those prepped and out of the way. Toss them in the oven after you through your pasta in to boil. Follow link below for full recipe.
Cheese Ravioli in Meat Sauce
1 pkg frozen ravioli (If you prefer fresh then good for you. Use whatever your heart desires.)
1 jar of pasta sauce
1/2 lb of ground beef *I use ground deer*
                                                                  seasonings of choice
      Make ravioli according to packager directions. While ravioli cooks, fry your meat. Drain and rinse meat then mix with pasta sauce. Drain pasta and stir into meat sauce and season. Done! Bam! Just like that.  

Thursday, January 14, 2016
Buffalo Wild Wings/ McDonalds $1.99 Happy Meals
So when it  comes to agreeing what's to for dinner, Thursday's we are all sure to agree on the following. Bdubs for Jeff, Kimball and I; where they have their $.65 wings and McDonald $1.99 Happy Meals for the younger kiddos. Now we don't do this every week; maybe once a month.
     How do you like your wings? I'm partial to the less spicy flavors where as my husband goes for the hellfire flavors. As for me I like to keep the lining of my stomach intact. My order normally consists of 4 Honey BBQ and 4 Chipotle BBQ. All boneless and extra wet. My son goes for the Honey BBQ as well as whatever the new flavor is for that month. Jeff likes his Asian Zing, Caribbean Jerk, Dessert Heat. We love to serve them up with a big bottle of ranch dressing.
      Here in our area, McDonald's has a Happy Meal special every Tues-Thur from 4-8pm; where you can get all the Happy Meals you want for $1.99. Sweet deal when your feeding a lot of kids.

Friday, January 15, 2016
Bubble Up Enchilada Casserole, Spanish Rice
                                                     Dessert: Oreo Heaven Dessert *First time making this, but my sister made it for Christmas and it was fabulous.*

      This is another quick recipe if your an on the go family. Friday night games and you need to feed your athlete in a rush. This is the meal for you.
Bubble Up Enchilada Casserole

1 package Pillsbury Grands! biscuit dough               10 ounces enchilada sauce
1 pound ground beef                                                  1 packet taco seasoning
4 ounce can diced green chilies                                  2 cup grated cheddar cheese *I also use Colby Jack*
 avocado, sour cream, taco sauce for garnish

      Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Open the biscuits and slice each biscuit into 8 small pieces. Add to a medium bowl and pour the enchilada sauce over the top. Stir to coat. Brown the ground beef in a large skillet. Drain the grease and stir in the taco seasoning and 2 tablespoons of water. Stir in the green chilies. Pour the biscuits and enchilada sauce into a 9x13 baking dish. Top with the ground beef. Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the top. Top with bits of cilantro if desired. Bake for 30 minutes or until the biscuits are cooked through and the cheese is fully melted. Serve with your choice of side. We prefer Spanish rice.
Oreo Heaven Dessert
As I mentioned before, I have not actually made this, but I am so excited to whip this up; I almost can't contain myself. Imma lose it, people!! Here's the link to where you can find this "heavenly" dessert that will sure to please you taste buds and leave you wanting more...That sounded kind of seductive...Awkward..


Saturday, January 16, 2016
Leftovers/Free for all


Monday, January 4, 2016

Ba-na-na-na-na-na-ah Recipes

As a mom of four, I make sure to always have fruit in the fruit bowl, and one of our favorites is of course the banana. They are a quick, get out the door because the bus is here breakfast and they can be easily thrown out the window when done. See my dilemma is, I buy to many at a time and they can never seem to get consumed by the time they get to ripe. So ripe they look like a mummified fingers. Eck! Oh, and don't be me started on those dang fruit flies. During the summer time, we all look like a bunch of crossed eye Ninja Camp rejects swatting and clapping our hands as we battle an army of nasty, evil fruit fly's in the middle of the kitchen. But because I hate to see anything go to waste I always try to find different ways to use up what I have before things spoil. With that being said, I would like to share a few of our family's favorite banana recipes.
Amazingly Healthy Banana Muffins
Photo Credit: Healthy Kid Recipes by Sophia
I just recently found this recipe on Pintrest and we absolutely love them. I normally would bake banana muffins using my mothers recipe which calls for 2 cups of sugar and 1/2 cup brown sugar; so finding a healthy alternative for one of our favorite Saturday morning breakfasts that not only pleases the kids taste buds but gives me peace of mind that I'm not loading them up on sugar. Follow the link below to for the recipe.
 Three Ingredient Banana Oatmeal Cookies
These cookies are super simple and more than likely you have all the ingredients in your cupboard. The texture takes some getting used to but they are super yummy and make a great snack to take on your day out with the kids.

Photo Credit: The Burlap Bag

                              2 ripe banana      1 C. quick oats     1/3 C. semi sweet chocolate chip  
Mash banana and oat together in medium bowl. Add in chocolate chips. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.
 Mom's Nila Wafer Banana Pudding 
My mother absolutely loved this recipe. It was one of her signature summer treats. Nothing like a big bowl of Nilla Wafer Banana Pudding to follow up Dad's fried chicken and mashed tators and gravy entrée.

1 box Nilla Wafers    bananas(sliced)     1 instant banana pudding mix    2 containers cool whip
Layer Nilla Wafers in pan of choice. Slice bananas. Mix pudding according to box directions. Let it slightly set up. Add 1/2 container of Cool Whip. Mix will. Spoon pudding mixture on wafers. Layer on wafers then bananas. Spoon on pudding mixture. Layer wafers and bananas. Continue process until pudding is gone. Finish with rest of cool whip and top with wafers. Chill for at least an hour. Serve.

Frozen Banana Bites
 I love anything with peanut butter or chocolate. Adding in one of our favorite fruits makes it even better. These make a great summer after the swimming pool snack to fill my kids tummies before a mid day siesta. I too found this delicious recipe on Pintrest. Click the link to check it out.
Frozen Banana Bites

Photo Credit: Keeper of The Home
Banana Splits
I don't think this recipe needs any explanation. We all know what these are and if you don't, I am truly sorry but you have missed out on one of America's iconic summer treats. Since I really don't like to put limits on ice cream, we eat these year round. There are no right and wrongs with it comes to creating this amazing treat. So get creative with your favorite topping.

No Bake Banana Cream Cheesecake

*Sorry no picture of dessert. It never last long enough to snap a photo.

Sweet Momma! This stuff is good. This is my husband's and mine personal favorite pie recipe. So favorite I'm not against dueling for the last piece. "I WILL CUT YOU! NOW BACK OFF!"

It's a super simple recipe that will make TWO pies. That's right, I said TWO pies... Ok! Ok! Good Lort, sit back down and compose yourself. I say the words "two pies" and you lose it faster than a teenage girl at an One Direction meet and greet. You're a dignified grown up. Acting like I just gave you dang car or something. I ain't Oprah.
As I was saying, this pie is absolutely amazing and it is no bake, which means no slaving over a hot oven. Follow the recipe below if you would like to impress all your family and friends.

Two graham cracker crust pie shells    2 packages instant banana pudding
2 containers of Cool Whip         1 package 8oz cream cheese
                              3 cups milk         1 1/2 -2 cups powdered sugar
Blend together cream cheese,  1/2 container of Cool Whip, and powered sugar. You can add more or less powdered sugar depending on how sweet you want your cheese cake mixture. Spoon equal amounts into each pie shell. Spread carefully not to break crust. Next mix your pudding with milk. Mix until fully combined. Imminently pour on top of cheesecake filling. Refrigerate and let pudding set up. When pudding is firm top pies with remaining Cool Whip. Add fresh bananas for that finished touch. Enjoy!

You're sure to be the talk of the party with this little crowed pleaser. But beware, you may find yourself hording the a whole pie to yourself in the bathroom. No Guilt, No Shame. You did your best to keep your self together while making them. Indulged, my sweet friends. There's no going back.
The greatest thing about this pie, is you can change the banana pudding out for other delicious pudding flavors.

There you have it. Some of our favorite banana treats. Try them and let me know what you think  and don't be afraid to add your own spin to them. Share in the comment section below your reviews on these flavorful snacks. Also feel free to share your favorite banana recipes as well. Happy Snacking!