Monday, May 18, 2015

Diana's Bananas...my new favorite frozen treat!




Diana's Bananas can now be found at Meijer by my house!  Real chocolate covered frozen bananas on a stick!  Heavenly... only 130 calories

Raid Ant Gel vs. Terro Ant Killer, Terro wins!!


Every Spring since I have lived in this house, we get an ant problem. I have tried many different ant killers. Last time I went to the store, I couldn't find my favorite ant killer Terro, so I purchased the Raid Ant Gel.  It didn't seem to work.  I found the Terro and purchased it to have on hand. Yesterday I had ants crawling on my counter (gross I know!) I decided to take the "ant killing test." On a piece of foil I squeezed out some of the Raid ant gel on one side and Terro on the other. As you can see from the picture, there is one ant on the Raid gel and many on the Terro side. Today, I have no more ants. Terro wins again. 

Last year my in-laws had a terrible ant problem in their kitchen, to the point where my mother-in-law stopped baking. My father in law purchased ant traps, sprayed, nothing worked. I told him about Terro. He did what I said to do and in a few days they were gone! 

This is what I do when I notice the ants coming. I take a piece of aluminum foil, a 2 by 2 inch piece and squirt out a dime size blob of the Terro Ant Killer on it. I place it where the ants are. Within minutes, the ants are gathering around the blob. Do not disturb them! They are taking the "killer" back to their nest. It will take a few hours. Yesterday, I placed the ant killer down and this morning they are gone. If you have young children or pets, please be careful so they don't come in contact with the ant killer,  put it in a discreet place. 

Terro did not pay me for this review! I just had to post something that I know that works. Please let me know how it works for you! 

The ant test! Raid Ant Gel vs. Terro Ant Killer


A few minutes later... (the ants are attracted to Terro better)


The next morning... no ants!!


Terro Wins!!



Saturday, May 16, 2015

Chocolate Italian Love Cake

I don't think I have a bit of Italian in me but when I saw this recipe, I knew I had to make it! It turned out really good. I think I would mix 8 oz of cream cheese and 8 oz. Ricotta next time, but it still was delicious.








Saturday, May 9, 2015

Pricilla Cookies, also known as Pizzelles

In memory of my grandmother Violet, my daughter and I made her favorite cookie. You need a cookie press. I've taken a picture of the one I use. I even have her recipe card in her handwriting. I miss her so much.


Saturday, May 2, 2015

Outdoor grass project

The ground at the base of my deck stairs is just horrible! Grass won't grow and this winter it was a muddy mess. I purchased some pavers to make a landing...pictures to follow. 

Before 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

French Press Coffee...the best coffee at home!


My Keurig coffee filter got a hole in it and I looked to buy another at several different stores but they don't carry it anymore. I have another style of filter, but my coffee grounds may be just too fine as the water won't flow through it. I was at Home Goods yesterday and saw a single serve French press for $7.99. I've heard alot about them on Pinterest, so I bought it. It didn't come with instructions so I watched a few videos on YouTube to figure it out.

Directions:

What I learned about making a good cup of coffee is that you use 2 tablespoons of coffee per 8 oz water. Take off french press lid/plunger and pour coffee grounds inside. 
Add 8 oz of hot water, about 200 degrees. Let sit for 4 minutes. Slowly press down plunger until you can push any further. Your coffee is ready! It is the most delicious coffee ever. I'm hooked!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Carrot Pineapple Cake

Picture and Recipe is from Allrecipes

John's favorite cake is Carrot Cake and this looks like a good recipe! I will make it in December for his birthday, maybe before then too! Carrot Cake (Recipe from Allrecipes)

Update 4/26/15
I couldn't resist and  made this cake today...I substituted applesauce for the oil and used 1 1/2 cups white flour and 1/2 cup whole wheat flour because I ran out of the white! OMG it is soooooo good. 
Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 3/4 cups white sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups shredded carrots
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple,
drained
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 cups confectioners' sugar
Directions:
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan.
2.Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Make a well in the center and add sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla. Mix with wooden spoon until smooth. Stir in carrots, coconut, walnuts and pineapple.
3.Pour into 9x13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. Don't panic, the center will sink a little. Allow to cool.
4.To make the frosting: Cream the butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add the confectioners sugar and beat until creamy.
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