Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Diner Steak and Eggs #foodnflix

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Planes, Trains and Automobiles, the FoodnFlix movie for November, is as much a Thanksgiving tradition in my house as the turkey, dressing and cranberry sauce. More than those, to be honest since we rarely celebrate the customary holiday in the customary way anymore.

The movie is one of the few from writer/director John Hughes that doesn't concern teenagers or children. The humor is mostly character-based, and while the situations the character go through are at various levels of comedic exaggeration, the characters are always believable.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles is about a man just trying to get home for Thanksgiving, where his wife and children are eagerly awaiting him. Steve Martin plays the protagonist, advertising executive Neal Page. As the movie opens, he finishes what we can be sure was a long, tedious meeting jn New York just barely in time to catch his flight home to Chicago.

It’s all downhill from there. The troubles start when traveling shower-curtain ring salesman Del Griffith (John Candy) “steals” a taxi while Neal is paying the lawyer who hailed it $75 to relinquish it. Just as the money changes hands, the cab pulls away with Del in the backseat.

For the next two hours, Martin and Candy play two very different people forced to be traveling companions through a series of misadventures including a rerouted flight, a train that breaks down in the middle of nowhere, a rental car that catches fire and the trailer of a refrigerated truck.

As the planes, trains and automobiles slowly bring them closer to Chicago by way of Wichita, they are forced to share motel rooms with tiny beds, they get robbed, they eat the kind of greasy-spoon diner food that makes Neal’s delicate stomach turn, and they irritate each other relentlessly.

The men are each flawed in their own particular ways. Neal is rigid and picky; Del is a slob and blabbermouth. Neal is self-absorbed; Del is manipulative and uses the semblance of empathy to maneuver people. It's Del who navigates the unfolding series of challenges better, relying on street smarts and an ability to adjust; Neal is constantly frustrated when nothing goes as expected. And while Del declares indignantly at one point that "I'm a lot of things, but I'm not a thief," he's not above using Neal's credit card that ended up in his wallet after an inadvertent switch to rent a car.

Despite all of this, the men forge a weird friendship.  The movie is hilarious in spots, touching in others and I had to see it probably 20 times before I stopped misting up at the ending. (Shut up.)

There were several references to food in the movie, although many of them were of the 'Cheetos and airline liquor' variety. Of course there’s the traditional Thanksgiving dinner Neal is trying to get home to, but I wanted to go a different direction for this challenge.

Because our reluctant buddies have breakfast in a Wichita diner, I decided to go for a typical diner breakfast. As the scene is filmed, you really cannot see much of what they’re actually eating other than country style potatoes, so I chose a diner breakfast staple—steak and eggs with country style potatoes. Here’s what I did:

serves 2 (with leftovers)

3 Golden Yukon or other similar potatoes
1 medium onion
Salt, pepper and paprika

Wash potatoes and remove any eyes. Do not peel.

Dice potatoes.

Peel and dice onion.

Fry potatoes and onion in butter on medium-high heat until potatoes are crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, about 20-30 minutes. Don't stir too often - if you leave them alone, you'll get good browning on the potatoes.

Add salt, pepper and paprika to taste as cooking begins.

When cooked, scoop onto plate lined with a paper towel to drain excess oil.  

If need be, keep in warm oven until ready to serve.

serves 2

1 New York strip steak
Salt and pepper
Worchestershire sauce, if desired

Cut steak horizonally through the middle to divide it into two thinner steaks.

Rub both sides of steaks with salt and pepper and a dash of Worchestershire Sauce, if using.

Pan-fry in butter on each side over medium heat to desired doneness (2 ½ to 3 minutes per side for medium).

Cut the steak in half longwise so you have two thinner steaks. 

I made the eggs over light, with firm whites and runny yolks. For your breakfast, choose your desired style. However, keep in mind that the potatoes make a primo carrier for a runny yolk.

That’s all there is to it! Serve with coffee or juice, and good luck getting out of Wichita!

Thanks to Amy for hosting this month's #FoodnFlix challenge! I can't wait to see what others are doing with my favorite Thanksgiving movie.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Party in Your PJs #184

Happy Tuesday!

Welcome to the Party in Your PJs Link Party, where your posts will be seen on four different blogs each week.

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!

 Meet the Co-Hosts

Nina @ Grandma Ideas 

Lynda @ Reviews, Chews & How-Tos 

Facebook // Pinterest // Twitter // Instagram

Teresa @ Aging Like a Fine Wine

Facebook // Pinterest // Twitter // Instagram

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.

Lynda's Features!

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

All links are pinned to a Party can follow the board on Pinterest...feel free to follow the board, there is lots of inspiratioPn 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.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Neocell Hair, Skin & Nails Beauty Chews (Review/Giveaway


Over the last couple of years, several of my RCH co-writers have had the opportunity to test and review Neocell products, often with very good results, so I was excited when it was my turn to check out their Hair, Skin and Nails Beauty Chews.

You can read those past reviews here:

Neocell is a company that offers customers a great way to promote healthy collagen into their daily routines. If you don't know what Collagen is or why it is important to your body let me tell you what I learned!

Collagen is long strains of fibrous cells that helps to keep your skin firm and have elasticity. It helps to protect vital organs like the kidney and others as well. Everyone has collagen in their bodies and as we get older, our bodies start to produce less and less - insert wrinkles into our lives! I am sure you have been to the beauty section of a store and seen products that say something about it. A lot of lotions state they help with collagen, there are supplements and much more.

Neocell's Hair, Skin and Nails Beauty Chews boasts that it will help with all these things if you take one of their chews daily.

In these Super Fruit Punch flavored chews, you are getting 2000mg of BioActive Neocell Collagen + HA and Vitamin C.

It is recommended that you have at least 5000mg a day depending on your age, so by taking one of these a day, plus eating a healthy diet of things like fish, leafy greens, sweet potatoes, etc. you should be good!

I started taking this product and continued on for about 3 weeks before starting to prepare for my review. I started out with a fresh haircut (coincidence but helpful to the review), freshly bitten nails (my life's bad habit) and pretty clear skin. I currently take no additional supplements or vitamins. I wash my face with the same scrub that I have used forever and my shampoo/conditioner has not changed.

I think it is hard to judge my hair growing in just 3-4 short weeks. I did not notice a change in any way with my hair.

For my nails, I made myself stop biting for this time frame which was not easy, but I wanted to give my nails a chance to grow. And that they did! Now I am not sure if it was the fact that I stopped biting that they were growing or if the supplements had any affect of them. That is also a hard part to judge for me.

My skin was definitely the spot that I was able to tell the difference.

My face is generally very clear. I will get the occasional blackhead around that time of the month, but never a breakout and never pimples!

I started taking the Hair, Skin & Nails Chews and within a week, my face had drastically changed - for the worse! I had a forehead full of bumps and two pimples on my cheeks! I tried everything to make them go away but they were deep and stubborn. I am actually going on week 4 of having them on my face!

I stopped taking this product after that initial three weeks, because of the ill effect it had on my skin. I am still dealing with my face being abnormally broken out. I have to blame the product for the effect on my skin because nothing else has changed in my life besides this.

For me, I would not purchase this product in the future. I am a believer that if it doesn't work once, it won't work the next time, so for me spending  money on this product would not be worth it, especially if it's actually causing me skin problems I don't normally have.

I tried looking on their website for a price but was just overwhelmed with everything besides prices that were on there. (It looks like the website is currently being revamped - at the moment, it is not very user friendly.) I googled and the prices range from $10-$13.89 from various vendors.

Our resident Neocell reviewer has had amazing success with other products from this company, so I am pretty disappointed with my results but as it goes, everyone is different.

Neocell is widely available via both online venues and local area drugstores - I think the best bet is to try one of their products and keep an eye on your own results. They do have a variety of purposes, ranging from hydration and healthy skin to joint care to anti-oxidant supplements, and even if one doesn't do as hoped, others are likely to do better.

Neocell is also allowing one of our US winners so select a product of their choice for free!  Read on to see how you can enter to win.

One winner in the US will receive the Neocell product of their choice, as listed in the .pdf Neocell Product Catalog.

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment in this entry as instructed by the Giveaway Tools Entry Form below. This will open up additional optional entries to increase your odds of winning. (If you don't leave a comment, any additional entries will be void.)

This giveaway is open to US RESIDENTS ONLY and will end just before midnight ET on 12/4. 

The winner(s) will be notified by email 24 to 48 hours after the end of the giveaway by email. In order to claim the giveaway prize, the winner will need to respond within 24 hours of notification, or an alternate winner will be selected.

Good luck!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Max On Snax Subscription Box (Review/Giveaway)


A while ago I decided to home-school my 6 year old son and finding things to add in his curriculum that would be educational but also fun and hands on can sometime be a challenge.

I love the idea of getting monthly boxes that will help take some of the prep work off my hands, so having the opportunity to check out Max on Snax made both my son and I very happy.

This program gives my son a fun and awesome way to learn how to prepare healthy snacks and recipes. Max on Snax is also helpful to mothers and daddies alike to teach the value and benefits of eating a more healthy lifestyle.

This was a great way to get my six year old excited about working in the kitchen and making healthy snacks vs fruit gummy snacks.

For this review I received the Starter Kit ($25.00 value) and the Garden Pack ($25.00 value)

The Snax Maker Pack (which should always be the first box received on a new subscription) includes:

A Snax Hat
A Snax-maker Apron
A Sandwich Shaper
4 weekly Charts
Membership Card
Salad Recipe
Big People pack with stickers

My son loved wearing his apron and hat and even insisted on wearing it each and every time he was allowed to be our little chef.

The First thing he made was scrabble eggs for breakfast and he even named himself Chef Deiondre.

The Sandwich Shaper was fun to use, though I found myself having to eat a lot of the leftovers through out the week win-win since he always wanted to make sandwiches and experiment with how much he could put into a sandwich and cut with the shaper.

The salad recipe included was not to our personal liking, but we did manage to eat some of the ingredients on different days. So in place of that, we made a veggie side salad with our dinners on some nights.

The Garden Fun Box includes:
Butterfly Activity
Patch for Apron (Carrot)
Coloring Book
4 weekly charts
Membership card
Big People pack with stickers
Garden Game
Garden Pail
Butterfly Sandwich Shaper
Garden Snax Recipe
Basil Seed

This is the box where I fell in love with Max on Snax. I was able to break this up into a week's worth of assignments dealing with healthy eating and how to grow things that are healthy for you.

As I also love to grow our own herbs and veggies, I was pleased to see a basil Seed packet inside of the box.

Regrettably it did not take. I blame the very changeable weather in Germany, but my son loved adding his very own seed to our garden window.

He decided to use the Garden pail to store his starter seed and though it was a fail this time we did buy more seeds to try again.

(This is, after all, one of the lessons of gardening.)

The coloring book gave him a great chance to keep busy for our shopping trips, as I had him color each vegetable he saw in the book the same color he saw in the store.

Doing so made him aware of the correct colors some veggies can be so each time he had to color a picture with these vegetables he would color them correctly.

And after he colored and had eaten each of the vegetables in his coloring book, he earned the Master of the Veggies patch included in the box. We decided to sew on his Carrot Patch to his apron. Though you can easily iron on the patch I wanted to sew it down to insure it stays put when the apron was washed.

 Next was the butterfly activity and this activity was fun for him to do and work on his cutting skills, it was easy for him to follow along and do solo. I used this as an art assignment and he enjoyed being able to hang it in the curtains as if they are about to land on some of our plants.

Another favorite of mine was the weekly charts, tracking our eating habits. For this family, the first week was an eye opener to just how much we are lacking of the recommended food groups.

Over the course of a month it became a challenge we all seemed to want to conquer and
fill the chart up each week.

We used a dry eraser marker so we could reuse them. The charts also have an exercise reminder at the bottom, and that too became something my son wanted to make sure he was able to check off.

Apply this to our everyday life and it's now to the point where my son can go to the kitchen and decide on what he will have for lunch or for a snack depending on what he was missing on his chart.

Plus, with the award of having some of his favorite sweet awards at the end of the week for additional motivation.

Last, but one of my son's favorites is the Garden Game.

In the beginning, we would play this game after dinner and he really enjoyed watching his mother skip around the room.

Though I would add, the game is much better with more then two people playing, but over all anything that gets our children excited about eating healthier and learning better eating habits is a win for us all.

The Max on Snax boxes are a for sure win in our household and when you give it a try, you will love it as well. And I can truly speak for everyone here in our household that we can not wait to receive our next box.

Max on Snax kits are available as one-time purchases with a variety of themes for $25 each, or as a monthly subscription for $25 per month. If you buy a kit as a one-time thing, I recommend buying the starter kit along with another box so you can have more activities to do.

The current seasonally themed box is the FALL Box, and Max on Snax is letting us host a Giveaway! One of our readers in the US (including APO addresses) will receive this box chock full of seasonal learning and fun!

To see how you can enter to win, read on!

One winner in the US (including APO/FPO Addresses) will receive the Max on Snax Fall Box, valued at $25.

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment in this entry as instructed by the Giveaway Tools Entry Form below. This will open up additional optional entries to increase your odds of winning. (If you don't leave a comment, any additional entries will be void.)

This giveaway is open to US RESIDENTS (INCLUDING APO/FPO) ONLY and will end just before midnight ET on 12/1. 

The winner(s) will be notified by email 24 to 48 hours after the end of the giveaway by email. In order to claim the giveaway prize, the winner will need to respond within 24 hours of notification, or an alternate winner will be selected.

Good luck!

Awesome Life Friday #137

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!

My apologies for the delay in getting this posted - I totally flaked yesterday!

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Crustless Simple Pumpkin Pie // Little House Living

Natural Thanksgiving Centerpieces // Boondocks Blog

Turkey Hand Cookies // A Fireman's Wife

Kohlrabi, Carrot & Raisin Slaw // Gluten Free A to Z

Looking Fabulous in Recycled Denim at No Cost! // Tipsy Heelz

Embroidered Felt Pumpkin Leaves // KBB Crafts & Stitches

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