Slow Cooker BBQ Pork Ribs

Here is an easy to make meal that takes less than 10 minutes to prep for. Since it cooks in the slow cooker, all you need to do is simply prep your meat, turn your slow cooker on and go. What could be better than that?

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Kids Eat Free at IHOP

Here’s a great way to go out to eat with the kids and save a little money too!

This information is for the IHOP in Hanford, California. It may not be the same at other locations. Feel free to leave a comment if you know of any other locations that have this promotion. 

Location: Hanford, California
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 7am to 10pm
Friday and Saturday: 7am – Midnight

Kids Eat FREE

Everyday 4pm-10pm
*one free kids meal per adult meal that you pay for. Also, the drinks are not free, but there are free refills on the drinks that you pay for.

Facepainting Day

Saturday and Sunday 9am-1pm
*one free kids meal per adult meal that you pay for. Also, the drinks are not free, but there are free refills on the drinks that you pay for.

 

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This looks like fun!

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How To Dust A Ceiling Fan

My last post The BEST Dusting Tip was such a popular entry, that I decided to follow up with another great dusting tip. Those with asthma and allergies might really appreciate these dusting tips.

How To Dust a Ceiling Fan:

Use a pillowcase! This way, the dust is caught in the case instead of dropping to the floor or scattering through the air. 

Where Does Rain Come From?

A Conversation with Christian, (when 4 yrs old)

Christian Mommy, I think I know where the rain comes from.

Me: Oh? Where do you think the rain comes from?

Christian: I think it comes from when the earth gets sad. I think it rains when the earth cries.

Me: Why do you think the earth is sad?

Christian: Because all of the other planets that are bigger… they won’t let him play any games with them.

Me: Oh? Why not?

Christian: Because they are bigger and they don’t like to share their toys with the earth.

Me: Oh, I see. Do you think “Mommy Earth” should go into your room and make the other kids share their toys with you? 

Christian: I think you should. I don’t want it to rain today.

How Do I Make My Cookies Softer?

Are your cookies hard and slightly burnt on the bottom? Worse yet, they don’t seem to taste much better, even after dunking them into a glass of milk. It’s almost as if they can’t soak up any of the milk. Are you asking yourself, what did I do wrong? Don’t worry, I have the answer.Make sure to check out all of my tips and tricks to help you in the kitchen here.

I want big, soft, gourmet style cookies, but mine always turn out too hard. How do I make my cookies softer?

Use more brown sugar. That’s it. Brown sugar will make your cookie a little more crumbly after it bakes. For example, take my recipe for chocolate chip cookies here. It calls for only Â˝ cup of granulated white sugar, compared to, 2 cups of brown sugar. That is a full 4 to 1 ratio of brown sugar to white. The result is a softer, more granular cookie. It breaks apart easily and readily soaks up milk upon dunking it. Just be careful, it might just fall in! Now that is what I call a soft cookie!

Try experimenting with some of your existing cookie recipes. If your recipe calls for 3/4 cup of sugar, try 1/4 cup brown sugar to 1/2 cup white. If your recipe calls for 1 cup, try half white sugar and half brown sugar. You can have a lot of fun trying out different combinations. Put your own spin on your favorite recipes. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to fail. I went through at least a half dozen different recipes before I found the one that I liked best. If all else fails, throw your failed cookies in some ice cream and call it a day.

The BEST Dusting Tip

I don’t know about you, but I hate dusting and I am willing to try just about anything to keep from having to dust every other day. So here is a little trick I heard from a friend and I have been doing it ever since: I use a dryer sheet to dust with! I have found it works well for shelves, windowsills and baseboards. 

The method I have found that works best is:

First, go over the area with a cloth designed to “catch” dust, not simply spread it around. I found my duster at the dollar store. It has a removable cloth that can be washed in the laundry.

Next, I spray a little water on a dryer sheet (just a little, you don’t want it dripping). Then, I simply wipe everything down with a dryer sheet.

Think about it. Dryer sheets repel static on clothes, right? It does a pretty good job on windowsills and baseboards too.

Here is a comparison of two windowsills in my house after TWO WEEKS without dusting. The first one is a picture before I started using dryer sheets in my weekly dusting routine, the other picture is after using dryer sheets. I had to wait two weeks, because there wasn’t even enough dust on the windowsill after the first week to warrant a picture. Take a look for yourself.

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So what do you think? Are you going to try this?

Easy Lunch Pinwheels

Here is an easy, six-ingredient recipe that you’ll love! These are perfect for a quick lunch on the run, camping trips or in the summer, when it is just too hot to turn on the oven. Sandwich Wraps are easy to make and require no stove to make. Pinwheels are also kid-friendly! For a list of more Sandwich Wrap Recipes click here.

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Sandwich Wraps

These are perfect for a quick lunch on the run, camping trips or in the summer, when it is just too hot to turn on the oven. Sandwich Wraps are easy to make and require no stove to make. Ingredients can vary. Here is a list of a few of my favorite Recipes (I will continue to add to this list throughout the summer) 

Easy Lunch Pinwheels

The Turkey Wrap

The Salami Wrap