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Cucumber, Tomato, and Onion Salad

This cucumber, tomato, and onion salad is an excellent addition to any meal, especially on a hot summer’s day. The best part, it is inexpensive to make and sure to be a family favorite.

Preparation

When making this refreshing side dish, all you need is cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions.

Cucumbers

Choose your favorite cucumbers; make sure they are crisp. Nothing wrong with using cucumbers with soft spots, but remember, they will be chewy. Try and use fresh, crisp cucumbers.

Tomatoes

What are your favorite tomatoes? Pick your favorite and slice them the way you would like. I usually choose any tomatoes on sale, but heirloom tomatoes are the tastiest.

Onions

Do you like onions? I always use sweet onions in this recipe. Sweet onions have this sweetness to them, which brings out the favors from the cucumbers and tomatoes. If you don’t have sweet onions, use yellow or red onions.

I must advise you if you do use red onions, only use half of the onion due to the spiciness of the flavor.

Vinegar

I used white distilled vinegar, that’s what I always have used. If you aren’t a fan of white vinegar use apple cider vinegar.

Salt

You don’t have to use sea salt, you can use kosher or iodized salt. Also, I don’t add a lot of salt to my mixture. Please feel free to add as much or little as you would like.

Sugar

Make sure to use white sugar, no substitutes.

LET IT CHILL

This is the most important step. If possible, let the cucumber, tomato, and onion salad refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Something about the magic of those flavors marinating… all I can say is TRUST ME!

I hope this recipe is another success for you.

Enjoy!!!

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Cucumber, Tomato, and Onion Salad

Prep Time 10 mins
Chill Time 30 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 2 large cucumbers
  • 3 large tomatoes
  • 1 large sweet onion
  • 2 tbsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp sea salt
  • 3 tbsp white sugar
  • 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar

Instructions
 

  • Cut your vegetables as you like and add everything to a big bowl. Make sure you stir everything and refrigerate until ready to eat.
  • Enjoy!!
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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, you may be feeling the pressure of getting the right gift for all of the remarkable women in your life. I understand how getting the perfect gift can get a little overwhelming, and I have made a list of some unique gift ideas and some tried and true favorites.

Flowers

Flowers are a classic gift for any woman. With Spring in the air, you have a variety of beautiful colors and vibrant bouquets to choose from. You can stick to the tried and true choosing Roses, Carnations, and Daisies or choosing her favorite flower. In the end, she will be in pure delight. Check local listings for flower deliveries.

KINDLE E-BOOK READER
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For the book lover, this is a must-have. Instead of carrying books around, download your favorite books and take them on the go with a Kindle E-Book Reader. Click here to read more.

Secura WINE OPENER AND CHILLER set with foil cutter
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A fantastic Mother’s Day gift is a wine opener and chiller. But what is even better is one with a foil cutter included. This one will get up to 30 bottles opened on a single rechargeable battery. This amazing wine opener and chiller have many more features. Click here to read more.

Wine Gift Baskets
Taste of Italy Wine Basket       Click here to Buy On Amazon

Another excellent gift for wine lovers is wine gift baskets. You can go and handpick an assortment of wines, cheeses, and crackers and make a gift basket or purchase a unique one for Mother’s Day. Gift baskets don’t have to come with wine; they come in various varieties that please anyone’s tastes.

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DEEP TISSUE MASSAGER GUN
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For the tired and stiff mom who is overdue for a much-needed massage, this is the Mother’s Day gift. Her sore and tired muscles will thank you. Click here to read more.

INSTANT POT
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An instant pot will make an excellent gift for the busy mom who cooks. It replaces different appliances and can get the job done. From making cakes, sauteing, steaming, and slow cooking, this instant pot has it all. Click here to read more.

15LB WEIGHTED BLANKET
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For the troubled sleeper, this weighted blanket is a must-have. It weighs around 5-20 lb, depending on your selected size. You achieve significant benefits from this blanket, which aids in creating cortisol and serotonin, a stress reliever and a mood booster that can help a person sleep better. Click here to read more.

ORGANIC BATH BOMBS
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Bath bombs are a fantastic gift because it creates your private spa at home. When the bath bombs are released, you can feel the stress just washing off of you. I highly recommend this gift for ANYONE! Click here to read more.

Good luck!!

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Inexpensive Mother’s Day Ideas

Mother’s Day is a special day for moms all around the world and sometimes it gets hard trying to plan the best day for your special lady. All moms are unique in their own way. Here are a few ideas that may help you in planning your special Mother’s Day adventure.

Let Her Sleep In

Let’s face it, moms are tired. Let her start her day sleeping in.

Breakfast In Bed

What better way to wake up than having breakfast in bed. You can be simple with oatmeal or go all out and make her favorites. Try a few recipes here.

Cooking Her Favorite Meal

It’s one thing to cook for her, but it is another to make her favorite meal. On Mother’s Day go all out and make her favorite recipes and have a special Mother’s Day, just for her. Check out a few recipes here.

Home Movie Night

For the movie lover, throw her a home movie night. Order a movie, cook up some movie night goodies, and enjoy it. It’s so easy and you get to enjoy a new movie and each other’s company. You can make it a family night and have several movies to choose from. Just make sure you bring the popcorn.

Day Camping

For the moms who love camping, plan a day camping trip. From personal experience, it allows me to spend quality time with family, and I get to be away from home. This is a pleasant surprise and she will be thankful for it.

Cooking Dinner Together

For the food lover, have a date for cooking. To spice up the experience, have recipes that are new so you can try them out, along with the tried and true recipes. It will be a memorable experience and you get to try new recipes. Check out these dinner recipes here.

Cleaning For Her

Start her Mother’s Day off with a bang by cleaning up for her. Check out a few cleaning ideas here.

Make a Memory Book

For the scrapbook lover, make a memory book. You don’t have to finish it. You can start it with your favorite memories and give it to her for her to finish. You can also make a memory book for you to do together. It is sentimental and she will cherish it with her heart.

Museum Trip

For the art and history lover, take her to a museum and let her soak up as much creative art and history as she can. It will be an amazing experience and a great escape from her busy day-to-day schedule. Make sure to check your local listings.

Botanical Gardens

For the flower and romantic lover, botanical gardens are a must. She will be enveloped with all different species of plants and scents. It will make the most avid flower lover feel as if they are in paradise. Make sure to check local listings for times and if you need to make reservations.

Give Her “Me” Time

Giving her even an hour to do nothing means everything. Sometimes we forget that moms are so busy taking care of everyone, that it seems moms don’t have time for themselves. If you can, make time to give her “me” time. She will be so grateful.

Home Spa Day

Plan a special spa day with her from doing a facial to massaging the toes. It doesn’t take a lot to do a spa day, she will be thankful that she is catered to, and her toes will thank you too. Don’t forget the cucumbers for the eyes.

Write a personal letter

Mother’s Day cards are so amazing, but what about a handwritten letter. It is personal and it definitely comes from the heart. You can write as much or as little as you want. It is the fact you took the time to write something that means the world to her.

Park TRIP

Plan a trip to the park for some rest and relaxation. Make sure to pack a cooler and head to the park. Pack a variety of goodies, and just enjoy the day.

Day Trip

Plan a trip for a day to a place maybe an hour away. You could go to the beach, a lake, the mountains, anywhere that gives her a change of scenery. She will be so excited to get away, even if it’s just for the day.

Below I have a few ideas that can be helpful to plan your day.

Mother’s Day Example #1

  • Clean house day/night before.
  • Let her sleep in while cooking her breakfast in bed.
  • Take a drive to a park out of town and enjoy the new scenery
  • Come home and finish the day with a movie night

Mother’s Day Example #2

  • Let her sleep in waking up to a personal letter
  • Give her “me” time
  • Clean for her and cook her favorite meal

Important: Whatever you choose to do, make Mother’s Day a special one.

I hope these ideas come in handy!

Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Honey Lemon Fruit Bowl

If there is a recipe that can get a Gold Medal every time, I would bet on a fruit bowl. I have never tasted a bad fruit bowl recipe, and here is the reason why. All you are doing is taking your favorite fruits and making a beautiful melody of color that is sure to captivate even the pickiest palates.

I make fruit bowls quite often. It’s a beautiful dish and it is packed full of nutrients. Very seldom do I add honey, I like the natural flavors of the berries and watermelon, but sometimes you just have to spruce it up.

The Preparation

When you cut the bottom of your watermelon, be careful not to cut too far inward.

This is a mistake I made from cutting too deep.

If you cut your watermelon too deep, don’t worry, just get some aluminum foil and cover the base. If you want to make it look festive add apples, and oranges around the base for a fruity watermelon platter.

This is what you want. Finely sliced off just a little bit.

Do you have an ice cream scooper? I learned through trial and error this is the best device for scooping watermelon. All you do is turn the scoop in, turn, and pull out. It takes maybe 10 minutes from beginning to end, and I have better control of how deep I scoop out the watermelon.

 

If you don’t have an ice cream scooper, use a metal spoon and make smaller scoops to make sure you don’t puncture the watermelon.

Choose your fruits

What are your favorite fruits? Pick your top two, and use them. I have used apples, cherries, blueberries, raspberries, pineapple, mangos, the list goes on.

I had kiwis, grapes, and strawberries on hand.

But I must warn you, bananas don’t work so well. If you want to add bananas, wait until it’s time to serve.

Once you are finished preparing your fruit bowl, you can dive in and enjoy it right then. I usually have other recipes to whip up so I always chill for 30 minutes, but you DO NOT have to wait.

Our family Super Bowl Party. See the fruit bowl and the aluminum foil is at the base.

Enjoy!

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Honey Lemon Fruit Bowl

Prep Time 30 mins
Chill Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr

Ingredients
  

  • 1 watermelon (any size)
  • 1 cup red grapes
  • 1 cup black grapes
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 2 kiwis
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup watermelon juice

Instructions
 

  • Cut your watermelon in half. Turn it over and cut a small piece from the bottom. It allows the watermelon to stand more sturdy. Turn back over and scoop out the watermelon. Use an ice cream scoop, it makes the process go a lot smoother.
  • Cut up your fruit and add to a bowl. Add a cup of your watermelon to the fruit bowl. Stir so all the fruit is mixed well. Pour into the watermelon.
  • In a separate bowl, mix your reserved watermelon juice, honey, and lemon juice together. and pour juice mixture over your fruit bowl. Cover and chill for 30 minutes. Stir and serve.
  • Enjoy!
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Game Day/Super Bowl Must Haves

Super Bowl Must Haves

Whether you are a fan of the sport or just a happy party goer, Super Bowl is always a big deal. I have a few great ideas that you can purchase right from Amazon, to help get your Super Bowl party ready in no time. You can have a great time whether watching solo or with family and friends, I am sure you will find some helpful tips to make your Super Bowl party a success.

Big Screen TV

If you are hosting a Super Bowl party, you have to do it right.  You want a big enough tv for everyone to be able to see and still mingle. Don’t worry, I have you covered with some amazing televisions to help you with your big day.

Face Paint

Nothing shows your team spirit like face pant for the Super Bowl party. You can have it readily available for everyone to do their own or purchase it for yourself to be game day ready.  Here are a few great ideas for our face painting needs. Get creative and show your own unique face designs and represent your team.

Party Favors and Party Supplies

Get festive for the game day celebrations with party favors and decorations to make the event more fun.  There are so many different styles and designs, you can be as creative as you want. Don’t forget the noisemakers.

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Grill

Nothing screams Super Bowl like grilling. Whether you are tailgating or hosting a Super Bowl Party, make sure you crank up the grill for some delicious game day food.

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Coolers

Coolers are a must have as a game day necessity.  With all of the beer and sodas that will be floating around you want to give easy access to all the goodies. Make sure to grab a few coolers to have the best Super Bowl party ever.

Drain plug easy draining and hose hookup.

Comes with great accessories and can be used a s a chair, up to 310lbs.

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Bottle Openers

If you are going to have drinks, make sure you have bottle openers. The worse feeling is looking around for a can opener for a pack of beer or drinks, just ot realize you don’t have one.

Appetizers

While the grill is firing up for your game day favorites, make sure to have some of your favorite appetizers available. Here are a few ideas to help your serve and store your dips, chips, and other recipes while you host an amazing Super Bowl party.

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Him under $50

This Valentine's Day show your sweetie some love with these fanatics gifts just for him. From classic chocolates to massagers, you will find it here.

Give him the gift of a deep tissue massage gun he can use anytime on different body parts, relieving tight sore muscles.

A gentle heat massager with 8 different kneading speeds for maximum muscle relief.

Relieves muscles in the back, neck, anywhere you can put a pillow, with heated adjustments to soothe tired muscles.

For your favorite snack lover, this gift has 50 single pieces of assorted snacks.

10 different flavors of delicious beef jerky in a heart shaped box.

A plethora of Valentine’s Day goodies for your special snugglebunny. Chocolate hearts, snacks, and candy.

For the tool fanatic, this magnet flashlight can go where no other flashlight can go.

This is  a luxurious grooming kit for anyone with a beard. From shampoo to beard balm, this is the perfect gift.

Forget ice cubes, give your personal hero bullet cubes to cool his drinks. Great with alcohol to keep them from getting watered down.

This is for the handyman. This multitool has wire cutters, pliers, knife, and more more.

For the cookie lovers,  nothing says I Love You like an assortment of gourmet homemade cookies.

For the nut lover, this is a great gift of over 2 lbs of a variety of nuts sure to satisfy with seven different sections.

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Her Under $50

Show the leading ladies in your life you love them with these amazing Valentine's Day gift ideas. They can be given to moms, wives, sisters, and teens. From unique gifts to the classics, you are sure to find it here.

A beautiful red silk rose with  LED lights to give a soft glowing effect for the one you love.

Elegant gift with LED lights that makes the mood feel like a real storybook.

This unique gift has a real preserved flower, Bluetooth speaker, and night light.

This necklace comes in 100 different language ,so you can tell her 100 different ways.

Nothing says I Love You to the moon and back like this birthstone necklace.

A romantic and beautiful necklace for your leading lady with I Love You in the middle.

Beautifully wrapped rose soap petals and bear bouquet.

Bear shaped rose bear for a forever keepsake.

A dozen Belgium chocolates and a 12 inch teddy bear for you special Valentine.

Valentine Day chocolate  gift basket with artificial rose flowers.

22 different candy bars to satisfy the chocolate lover in anyone.

A beautiful collection of dried fruits and nuts built in an impressive tower of black and gold.