Thursday, August 25, 2016

Awesome Life Friday #77

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Welcome to Awesome Life Friday!

We're so looking forward to seeing what you've been cooking, creating, growing, decorating, reviewing, giving away, and thinking about this week!

While you're here, leave your posts at the other link up we co-host here - Party in Your PJs!  It starts on Tuesday evenings, and runs through Sunday.  I hope you'll join us there as well!

We're currently taking things easy here at RCHReview - our writers are busy moving or having babies or getting ready to send their kids back to school, or getting in a vacation before the end of the month, but here's a bit of what some of us have been up to over the last week:
We hope you'll check it out if you haven't already!  Don't forget to peek at the sidebar and check out what other giveaways we currently have going.

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Honey Oatmeal Goat's Milk Soap // Simply Stacie





Hallway Reveal // Penny's Vintage Home





How to Make Homemade Butter // Teach Mama





Easy NY Style Bagels You Can Make at Home // 
The (Mis)Adventures of a "Born Again" Farm Girl





Peach Pie Recipe // The Country Chic Cottage





Ultimate Stuffed Shells // Views From the 'Ville






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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Party in Your PJs #120

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Welcome to Party in Your PJs!

Happy Tuesday!  Welcome to the Party in Your PJs Link Party, where your posts will be seen on four different blogs each week.   In addition to Kim from The Cookie Puzzle, you'll also find Party in Your PJs every Tuesday evening at Grandma IdeasWood of Bell Trees and... here!

You'll also find the Awesome Life Friday link-up here at RCHReviews, every Thursday evening at 8pm ET so we hope to see you there as well.


Are you ready to party? I can't wait to see what you've brought to share!



Kim ~ The Cookie Puzzle | Facebook | Pinterest 
Nina ~ Grandma Ideas | Pinterest | Twitter
Lynda ~ Reviews, Chews & How-Tos | Facebook | Pinterest
Heather ~ Woods of Bell Trees | Facebook | Instagram

 Meet the Co-Hosts

Kim @ The Cookie Puzzle 

Kim is a small town girl who love simple things. Simple cookies, simple crafts and simple people. She is a wife, mother to one son and two adorable fur babies. Slightly addicted to reality TV and sitcoms, but she loves curling up with a good book or a good walk while listening to podcasts. You can find her at The Cookie Puzzle, where she shares her love for cookies and crafting. 

Nina @ Grandma Ideas 

How is this: Nina is wildly in love with her grandchildren. She delights in doing activities with them that strengthen their relationship –- playing games, doing crafts, snuggling, reading stories to them, and cooking together. She enjoys reading, technology, and traveling. (Tahiti is her most favorite place on earth!)

Lynda @ Reviews, Chews & How-Tos 

Lynda lives outside DC with her husband Michael and elderly beagle, Sadie. She and her daughter Jackie started RCHReviews as a way to spend time together in spite of living across country, and along the way they've added several friends as regular contributors. Between them all, they bring together many different perspectives and lifestyles with one common philosophy - try new things, have fun, and remember you are awesome!

 Heather @ Wood of Bell Trees

Heather is a wife of a peanut butter fanatic and mom of one silly human and one furry canine, wrangling life on 2nd shift and glitterizing everything as she goes!






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1. Limit of one pin a day.
2. Just like the party anything goes, but clear wonderful pictures with great descriptions are most successful.
3. Please no Spam ( Spammers will be deleted without warning)
4.  If you pin to the Pinterest Board, please link to the Party in Your PJs Party also, the party runs from 7 pm Tuesdays-Midnight Saturday (Central Time)
5.  Finally have fun and share this group board  with blog friends and followers!  The more success the group board is the more success you will see from your pins.

Want to be added to the group board?  Follow our Party in Your PJs board and email Kim at thecookiepuzzle@gmail.com

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Hot Ham & Swiss Rolls

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So I don't know about y'all, but my family eats the same like four meals over and over on repeat. We have a 7 year old and (almost) 2 year old, so we try to be accommodating, which leaves us with few options. Meanwhile, I also have a Pinterest account filled with new fun and exciting recipes I keep meaning to try, so we can break out of this rut.

This is based on one I've seen a few times over and the way I ended up making it.

Hot Ham & Swiss Rolls

Ingredients
1 can Pillsbury Pizza Crust
1 9oz pack honey ham
12 slices swiss cheese
½ cup butter
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1 tbsp worchestershire
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp poppy seeds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Lay out either cling wrap or foil to assist in rolling up, and unroll the pizza crust on top of it. Using hands or a rolling pin, stretch it out a bit, maintaining a rectangular shape.

Lay ham slices flat, overlapping, covering all of the crust.

Lay swiss slices over ham 4x3 rows.
Starting with the long side, roll up tightly. (Don't forget to pull off the cling wrap or foil as you go!)

Pinch seam closed, and turn over, seam side down.

Gently cut into even slices, roughly an inch thick. I managed 11 pieces.

Lay pieces flat into a greased pan. Avoid over crowding so they still puff up. I ended up using two pans for this reason.

In a saucepan, melt butter with brown sugar, Worchestershire sauce, mustard and poppy seeds on medium heat. Whisk together until smooth.

Pour evenly over rolls.

Bake for 25 minutes or until rolls are golden brown.

I think next time I will likely try with cresent rolls to create a fluffier crust. I'm also interested in trying this with a more melty cheese like chedder, or even American. This could go well with many sides - we went with a simple potato salad.   Enjoy!


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Awesome Life Friday #76

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Welcome to Awesome Life Friday!

We're so looking forward to seeing what you've been cooking, creating, growing, decorating, reviewing, giving away, and thinking about this week!

While you're here, leave your posts at the other link up we co-host here - Party in Your PJs!  It starts on Tuesday evenings, and runs through Sunday.  I hope you'll join us there as well!

We're currently taking things easy here at RCHReview - our writers are busy moving or having babies or getting ready to send their kids back to school, or getting in a vacation before the end of the month, but here's a bit of what some of us have been up to over the last week:
We hope you'll check it out if you haven't already!  Don't forget to peek at the sidebar and check out what other giveaways we currently have going.

~~~

And now our favorite part - the FEATURES!  We missed the party last week, so these are from two weeks ago.  If you're one of our featured posts, we'd love it if you'd grab a button, and thanks to all of you who shared with us last week!




Grain-Free Walnut Granola // I Heart Vegetables





How to Make Cucumber Pickles - 4 Different Methods // Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth





Gingham Baby Quilt Tutorial // Gluesticks





35 Pumpkin Dessert Recipes // Quirky Inspired





Dry Erase Lapboard Desk // Old Time Pottery





La Petit Gateau & Bakery Signs // a Vintage Green





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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Party in Your PJs #119

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Welcome to Party in Your PJs!

Happy Tuesday!  Welcome to the Party in Your PJs Link Party, where your posts will be seen on four different blogs each week.   In addition to Kim from The Cookie Puzzle, you'll also find Party in Your PJs every Tuesday evening at Grandma IdeasWood of Bell Trees and... here!

You'll also find the Awesome Life Friday link-up here at RCHReviews, every Thursday evening at 8pm ET so we hope to see you there as well.


Are you ready to party? I can't wait to see what you've brought to share!



Kim ~ The Cookie Puzzle | Facebook | Pinterest 
Nina ~ Grandma Ideas | Pinterest | Twitter
Lynda ~ Reviews, Chews & How-Tos | Facebook | Pinterest
Heather ~ Woods of Bell Trees | Facebook | Instagram

 Meet the Co-Hosts

Kim @ The Cookie Puzzle 

Kim is a small town girl who love simple things. Simple cookies, simple crafts and simple people. She is a wife, mother to one son and two adorable fur babies. Slightly addicted to reality TV and sitcoms, but she loves curling up with a good book or a good walk while listening to podcasts. You can find her at The Cookie Puzzle, where she shares her love for cookies and crafting. 

Nina @ Grandma Ideas 

How is this: Nina is wildly in love with her grandchildren. She delights in doing activities with them that strengthen their relationship –- playing games, doing crafts, snuggling, reading stories to them, and cooking together. She enjoys reading, technology, and traveling. (Tahiti is her most favorite place on earth!)

Lynda @ Reviews, Chews & How-Tos 

Lynda lives outside DC with her husband Michael and elderly beagle, Sadie. She and her daughter Jackie started RCHReviews as a way to spend time together in spite of living across country, and along the way they've added several friends as regular contributors. Between them all, they bring together many different perspectives and lifestyles with one common philosophy - try new things, have fun, and remember you are awesome!

 Heather @ Wood of Bell Trees

Heather is a wife of a peanut butter fanatic and mom of one silly human and one furry canine, wrangling life on 2nd shift and glitterizing everything as she goes!






The rules for the group board include:
1. Limit of one pin a day.
2. Just like the party anything goes, but clear wonderful pictures with great descriptions are most successful.
3. Please no Spam ( Spammers will be deleted without warning)
4.  If you pin to the Pinterest Board, please link to the Party in Your PJs Party also, the party runs from 7 pm Tuesdays-Midnight Saturday (Central Time)
5.  Finally have fun and share this group board  with blog friends and followers!  The more success the group board is the more success you will see from your pins.

Want to be added to the group board?  Follow our Party in Your PJs board and email Kim at thecookiepuzzle@gmail.com

Features from Last Weeks Party!

Make sure you head over to the other member of Party in Your PJs
 to see their features - we each pick our own!

Were you Featured? Grab a button!


All links are pinned to a Party Board...you can follow the board on Pinterest...feel free to follow the board, there is lots of inspiration to be found there.

Ok...let's party!

Rules -Link to post, not your home page
-Link to something YOU made, wrote or thought
-No Etsy or Business Pages
-Link Parties, Roundups and Giveaways welcome
- Don't Link and Run! Please visit other links, make friends, learn something new, leave a comment, we all love comments
-If you were featured, grab a"Featured" button, found below.
-Consider adding our Party button to your Party Page or Post.



Monday, August 15, 2016

Smoked Salmon Rangoon (Menu Plan)

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The other day, I was having One of Those Days - I'd spent the day doing a lot of cleaning and sorting through things (we just moved, and are currently playing an ongoing Tetris game, trying to figure out where everything should go)  Suddenly, I glanced at a clock and realized it was 5pm, and not only had I not taken anything down to thaw, but I had given no thought to dinner at all, and I was too tired to muster any inspiration.

A peek into the refrigerator yielded a motley assortment of odds and ends - we hadn't shopped yet, so all I had was a few items we'd carried over from the old house.  I was in no mood to suggest eating out (which would mean dressing in publicly-acceptable clothing), but I feared that might be what we needed to do if I didn't come up with something.

I had a block of cream cheese and a tub of smoked salmon I'd purchased on a whim thinking to have it some morning with bagels, but no bagels.

However, I did have some round won-ton wrappers, and because I'd just been mentally running through take out options, crab rangoon came to mind - except with smoked salmon!

Surely that could be a thing, right? A fast Google search showed that it was.

They wouldn't make a meal all on their own - but we now have a Panera directly across the street from us. I knew my husband wouldn't mind walking over while I put these together -  so I sent him to pick up one of their Chinese Chicken Salads for us to split, and set to work myself.

Like I said, there are several Google versions online, but this is what I did, based on what I had on on hand.

Smoked Salmon Rangoon

Filling:
1 oz block creamed cheese
4 oz smoked salmon, chopped
5 green onions, white and green minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. A1 Sauce (or Worchestershire Sauce)
1 tsp. lemon juice

1 pkg round or square won ton wrappers
vegetable oil for frying (I used coconut oil because it is what was available)

Prepare the filling:
Soften creamed cheese.
Mince the vegetables and smoked salmon.
Combine all filling ingredients in a bowl, and cream together thoroughly.
Do not add any additional salt! Between the smoked salmon and the A1/Worchestershire sauce, this is plenty salty enough.

Set up your work station - have at hand the filling and a small spoon for scooping, a small dish of water, a small plate for folding the rangoon, and a larger plate for setting the rangoon on before frying.

You'll also want a paper towel lined dish for draining the rangoon after they've been fried, and a slotted spoon or spatula for using while frying.

To prepare  the rangoon, use a scant spoonful (no more than a teaspoonful) of filling for each rangoon.

Set the filling slightly to one side of the wonton circle, wet the edges with your finger, and fold  the wanton in half, so that it makes a half moon shape.

Carefully pick up and set it on the plate, flattening the folded end so it sits upright.

I made 16 of these, and still had a good bit of filling leftover - this should make about 25-30 total.

Once your rangoon are prepped, heat oil in a deep pot (I used a medium sized sauce pan).  If you have a thermometer, the oil should be 375F - mine was still packed, so I had to guess at it.

Carefully lower one rangoon at a time into the hot oil with a slotted spoon - don't crowd them while they're cooking. I did 3 at a time.

When they are golden brown, scoop out and set on the paper towel lined dish while you do the next batch.  Once they're all done, enjoy, either as an appetizer, or, as we did, with a big salad as part of a delicious meal.

But what about the rest of the filling, you ask?  Well, remember my initial intention was to have cream cheese and salmon bagels - well, when my husband walked over to Panera for our salads, he also brought back some bagels!  Toasted and spread with the leftover filling, they made for a very satisfying breakfast the next morning!



One more thing before I go - now that we are in our new place, and have scoped out available options for food shopping, I've decided to take up meal planning again - because generally, that 5pm confused peek into the refrigerator rarely leads to good results.

We have a Farmer's Market and a Harris Teeter in walking distance, and I also have a weekly grocery delivery from Relay Foods, and my daughter recently talked me into giving Home Chef a try, so we have several good options to work with!

Menu Plan, 8/15 - 21

Monday: 
Tapioca Pudding with Fresh Fruit

Tuesday:

Wednesday:
Our Anniversary!
Eating Out

Thursday:
Stir-Fried Chicken, Veggies & Rice
Mini Egg Rolls

Friday:
Pork Chops
Salad

Saturday:

Sunday:
Leftovers/Take Out/Not Cooking


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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Awesome Life Friday #75

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Welcome to Awesome Life Friday!

We're so looking forward to seeing what you've been cooking, creating, growing, decorating, reviewing, giving away, and thinking about this week!

While you're here, leave your posts at the other link up we co-host here - Party in Your PJs!  It starts on Tuesday evenings, and runs through Sunday.  I hope you'll join us there as well!

Here's a bit of what some of us have been up to over the last week:
We hope you'll check them out if you haven't already!  Don't forget to peek at the sidebar and check out what other giveaways we currently have going.

~~~

And now our favorite part - the FEATURES!  We missed the party last week, so these are from two weeks ago.  If you're one of our featured posts, we'd love it if you'd grab a button, and thanks to all of you who shared with us last week!



Rainbow Buckwheat Salad // Strength & Sunshine




Easy DIY Beehive (with Bees!) // The (Misadventures) of a "Born Again" Farm Girl




Berrylicious Icebox Cheesecake // Toot Sweet 4 Two




Whole Wheat Sourdough Soft Pretzels // Creatively Homemade




Hand-Sewn Felt Seashells // KBB Crafts & Stitches




Chicken Taco Twice Baked Potatoes // Simply Stacie




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