Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Best Lemon Bar Recipe!

The best Lemon bars ever!

My mom made the best Lemon bars when we were kids. She gave me this recipe years ago. The recipe card you see is about 25 years old, in my handwriting, and it's got all sorts of stains on it! You know it is a good recipe!

It doesn't say on the recipe card, but for the crust, I recently found out that if you soften or melt the oleo (butter), in the microwave, it is much easier to mix. Press into pan, up the sides a little and bake for 20 minutes until lightly browned. Mix the topping ingredients in the same bowl as you mixed the crust. After crust is baked, immediately pour topping onto the crust and bake another 20 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

I usually double the recipe for a 13 by 9 inch pan. Hope you enjoy them as much as my family does!
I use butter. What is oleo?! Lol

Monday, May 18, 2015

Diana's 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

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

Video of ants loving Terro. They swarm around the small puddle of Terro and then take it back to their nest. They will be gone within one day. Do not disturb them!

Every spring since I have lived in my 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. Yesterday I had ants crawling on my counter (gross I know!) So I decided to do an "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. Terro also makes traps where you cut off a bit of an end and the ants crawl in. I've used these as well with great success. As always, 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. I've been using it for years. Please let me know how it works for you!  TERRO #ItWorks!

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

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

The next morning... no ants!!

Terro Wins!!

Update 10/10/16. I have another ant problem, I put out some terrro this morning and this afternoon it is swarming with ants.

Update 4/29/2017
9:00 am ...I have ants in the upstairs bathroom, I placed a dime sized amount on a piece of foil. 2 hour later, it's filled with ants. 10:00 more ants! 

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 paver 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.



This was a hard project. We should have hired a landscaper but were trying to do it cheap. It's ok, and will solve my problem for now.